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21st July 2019, 20:27
Liverpool and Manchester City recorded two of the three highest points totals in Premier League history last season, with both teams' attacking players essential parts of their success.

City scored a record 169 goals in all competitions, with seven players reaching double figures. The Reds were also a potent force, but only three of their squad scored more than seven goals.

The 2019-20 season is only a matter of weeks away - the two teams meet in the Community Shield at Wembley on 4 August - and the Premier League is again expected to be dominated by last term's top two.

But while City boast a depth of attacking talent like few others, Liverpool relied heavily last season on Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino - all of whom are absent from their pre-season tour of the United States because of their international exploits this summer.

Does that lack of rest and preparation time leave the Reds at a disadvantage? And do they need a plan B?

A summer off? Forget about it
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has already suggested he will have to manage the return of his front three through the opening weeks of the season - a concern, surely, given that the Reds lost only once in 2018-19 and still did not win the league.

Mane's season only finished on Friday, when Senegal lost 1-0 to Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations final, 363 days after he began his pre-season training for the 2018-19 campaign.

That's just 16 days before the Community Shield, while the European champions then have three games in nine days - including their opening Premier League match against Norwich and a Uefa Super Cup final against Europa League winners Chelsea - all of which Mane could miss.

Salah was also involved in Afcon with Egypt, while Firmino helped Brazil win the Copa America.

City, who will be aiming for a third straight league title, also have absentees from their pre-season tour of the Far East. Gabriel Jesus was alongside Firmino for Brazil, Sergio Aguero was also involved in the Copa America and Riyad Mahrez was on Afcon duty with Algeria - but their squad depth means forwards Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane have already played friendly matches.

"I don't want to sound like a moaner, but Mane's season has been 13 months long," said Klopp.

"Have you ever heard of a year with 13 months in it? We need to see how we deal with it. The Brazilians finished the season on an absolute high winning two trophies. For Mo it was slightly different, but I'm constantly in contact with him and all three of them are fine.

"We have important games to come and we know pretty much which players are available. Hopefully we can go through this period without any injuries and let's prepare the group we have around for the first couple of games. Then Sadio should be in as well and fresh enough to go again."

Are Liverpool more reliant on their attackers than Man City?
In a word, yes.

The inevitable consequence of boasting one of world football's deadliest attacking trios is that you want to play them whenever possible.

While City manager Pep Guardiola had the luxury of rotating his first-choice forward line of Sterling, Aguero and Bernardo Silva last season - bringing in the likes of Mahrez, Sane, Jesus and Phil Foden - Klopp only tinkered with his forward line when he absolutely had to.

The Reds depended heavily on Salah, Mane and Firmino, with the trio contributing 63% of their Premier League goals. The figure for City's first-choice front three was much lower, at 47%.

And there must be a concern that a heavy workload last season, plus their summer matches, means Liverpool's key players could be at risk of burnout this term.

Mane, for instance, racked up 4,306 minutes of club football last season. Only 18 outfield players in Europe's top five leagues played more in all competitions - Salah being one of them (4,337).

The Senegalese played a further 944 minutes of international football in 10 games since August 2018.

Mane and Salah played more minutes than any City forward last season, despite Guardiola's side still being involved in four competitions until 18 April, when they were knocked out of the Champions League by Tottenham.

City's busiest attacker was Sterling, who clocked up 4,096 minutes, but the most games he played in a row was 10 - a stark contrast to Salah's run of 50 consecutive appearances. City also had six forwards who played more than 2,000 minutes. Liverpool only had three, who were all way over the 3,000 mark.

Firmino may have played almost 1,000 fewer minutes than team-mate Mane but he was still more active than City's main striker Aguero. The Brazilian added a further 500 minutes of international football at the Copa America this summer, too.

Since August 2017, Salah has played 8,457 minutes for the Reds - ranking him ninth in Europe's top five leagues for minutes played in that period.

Most minutes by outfield players in all competitions among Europe's top five leagues since August 2017

1. Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) - 9,591 6. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) - 8,503
2. Gerard Pique (Barcelona) - 8,824 7. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) - 8,497
3. Saul (Atletico Madrid) - 8,665 8. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - 8,492
4. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) - 8,572 9. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) - 8,457
5. Jordi Alba (Barcelona) - 8,511 10. Marcelo (Real Madrid) - 8,416

He started all but one of the 38 Premier League games last season, coming on as a substitute against Burnley in December, while Mane missed just two matches, starting 35.

Firmino was involved in 34 games, including 31 from the start, while back-up striker Divock Origi managed just 673 minutes in all competitions.

Liverpool's front three played 12,047 minutes between them. The only game in which at least two of the three did not start was against Barcelona in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final.

City's trio of Aguero, Sterling and Silva played a lower total of 11,489 minutes, despite the domestic treble winners being involved in seven more games in the 2018-19 season (City - 60, Liverpool - 53).

Guardiola's ability to rotate his squad was helped by the signing of Mahrez last summer - the Algerian bought from Leicester for £60m despite the fact City had just become the first Premier League team to reach 100 points.

Mahrez was the only City player in action for more than 10 consecutive games last season.

So what is Liverpool's plan B?

With first-choice front three Salah, Mane and Firmino all missing this US trip, the 3-2 defeat by Borussia Dortmund on Friday was a chance to see Klopp's back-up options. Or maybe the back-ups to the back-up options, given Xherdan Shaqiri is absent with a calf injury and Adam Lallana sat out the match with a dead leg.

Harry Wilson, who scored 18 goals on loan at Derby last season, started along with Ryan Kent, who impressed at Steven Gerrard's Rangers in 2018-19. Champions League hero Origi played through the middle.

Wilson was the pick - he linked up well with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a fine early counter-attack which saw Kent denied at the far post by Dortmund keeper Marwin Hitz when he should have scored.

Wilson was then also denied when he tried to lob the keeper, before the two combined to equalise. Fabinho's pass was dummied by Kent, Wilson took a touch and steered coolly into the far corner.

The duo combined again before half-time, Wilson finding Kent, who went around the keeper but couldn't get a shot away.

Origi earned himself a new long-term deal with some legendary cameos on the way to Champions League glory and will surely start the season, but the question is who will be alongside him?

Could it be Rhian Brewster? The youngster, who former Liverpool player Jason McAteer told gleeful Reds fans before the game reminded him "a bit of Ian Rush, a bit of Robbie Fowler", took his penalty brilliantly for his fourth goal in this pre-season, but was quiet apart from that in his half hour.

While this was a long way from the team that lined up in crucial games towards the end of last season, the potential absence of key players early in the season means places are up for grabs.

We will find out if anyone can press more of a claim to take one of them when Liverpool face Sevilla on Sunday.


22nd July 2019, 20:05
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was thankful teenage left-back Yasser Larouci did not appear to be seriously injured after being "hit full throttle" by Sevilla defender Joris Gnagon's horrendous red-card tackle on a hot-headed night in sweltering Boston.

Sevilla were annoyed that Larouci played on when one of their players was down, but there can be no excuse for Gnagon's frustrated kick, which launched 18-year-old Larouci into the air and led to him being carried off on a stretcher.

"It is much too early in the season to create headlines by saying the things I think about the situation," Klopp said after the game, which Liverpool lost 2-1.

The German manager was watching his words, but midfielder James Milner described the challenge - for which Gnagon has apologised - as a "disgrace".

"Was it too much? I thought so, yes," Milner told LFCTV.

"We know it's only a friendly, but you don't see many red cards in friendlies, do you? You don't normally see too many tackles like that."

Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega could also have been sent off in the first half of a feisty friendly for catching Harry Wilson with an elbow.

Former Manchester City forward Nolito had curled Sevilla in front before Liverpool's Champions League hero Divock Origi thrilled a 35,654 crowd with an equaliser.

Liverpool fielded a whole new XI after the break, with the predictable impact on the flow of the game - but after Gnagon's dismissal, the Spanish side still found a late winner through substitute Alejandro Pozo.

Could pre-season attacking absences derail Liverpool's title bid?
'He hit him full throttle'
On another brutally hot evening on the east coast of the United States - with temperatures at 34C at kick-off - Klopp ended a fiery first half by exchanging words with Sevilla's former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui.

Banega had already gone in hard on at least one occasion when he brought the opening period to an end by flattening Wilson with the second of two swinging arms. He would surely have seen red as well on another night.

There were more spiky challenges from both sides in a 15-minute spell at the end of the first half, before Gnagon swiped into the shins of Larouci, who later got on the team bus using crutches and with a brace on his leg.

"It looks like Larouci was lucky but we have to wait. He hit him full throttle. Harry got a knock on his cheekbone and his eye so that was not too cool," Klopp added.

"In general, I don't like overly hard games. The challenge is there to win the ball, that's the only reason. There are rules. I don't want to say anything specific about this game because there will be headlines. I want to have a holiday in Spain again."

Yasser Larouci pictured on a stretcher
Larouci was taken off on a stretcher but appeared to escape serious injury
'I apologise for an odious act'
Klopp said that there was no need for Sevilla to apologise, but after the game Gnagon did just that, calling his challenge "an odious act", while the La Liga side tweeted that they wish Larouci "a full and fast recovery".

Lopetegui said "it was possibly a red card", adding that his 22-year-old French defender was "very worried because he knows it is a bad tackle and not a good decision".

Klopp insisted he "hates losing", even in a friendly where he was still without his first-choice front three and goalkeeper, among "seven or eight" missing personnel.

The European champions had started the game well, with right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold marking his first start of pre-season by creating a chance for Ben Woodburn, while Origi had an effort well saved by former Fulham keeper Sergio Rico.

But Sevilla then grew into the game, with former Newcastle forward Luuk de Jong wasting two free headers before Jesus Navas found his former City team-mate Nolito to curl home.

Andy Lonergan, a 35-year-old goalkeeper who most recently turned out for Rochdale against Scunthorpe in front of 3,361 people, then saved brilliantly from De Jong before Origi blasted in from a corner to level.

The game appeared to be petering out into a draw when Pozo kept his feet well to dance around second-half keeper Simon Mignolet and slot home the winner for the 10 men.

Liverpool head to New York and another tough game against Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday, and face Manchester City in the Community Shield in 13 days' time.

"I can blame nobody for our opponents because I planned the pre-season," Klopp said.

"It's pretty rare that we play the best football on the first matchday, but we want results - and that is what we are working on."

Little to learn from Dortmund defeat - Klopp
Full teams
Liverpool: Lonergan (Mignolet), Alexander-Arnold (Hoever), Phillips (Gomez), Van Dijk (Lovren), Robertson (Larouci (Duncan), Wijnaldum (Milner), Henderson (Fabinho), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Jones), Woodburn (Kent), Wilson (Lewis), Origi (Brewster).

Subs: Mignolet, Atherton, Fabinho, Lovren, Milner, Gomez, Brewster, Matip, Kent, Lewis, Jones, Hoever, Duncan, Larouci.

Sevilla: Rico (Vaclik), Navas (Corchia), Carrico (Kounde), Carlos (Kjaer (Wober)), Reguilon (Escudero), Banega (Vazquez), Jordan (Ben Yedder), Fernando (Oliver), Ocampos (Gnagon), De Jong (Munir), Nolito (Dabbur (Pozo)).

Subs: Diaz, Vaclik, Munir, Vazquez, Ben Yedder, Gnagon, Dabour, Kjaer, Wober, Kounde, Pozo, Alonso, Escudero, Corchia, Jimenez, Torres.


22nd July 2019, 20:38
Big fan of Liverpool. They play with high spirit.

All the best to them this season.

23rd July 2019, 01:17
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says winning the Ballon d'Or would be "a big honour" but he can still get better.

Van Dijk, 28, is one of the favourites to win the award for the world's best player after being instrumental in Liverpool's Champions League victory and Premier League title challenge.

"If I am rewarded for the season I had last year that would be unbelievable and I would be so proud," he said.

"But I feel there is still more to come. I can get more out of me."

Van Dijk has been an integral part of Jurgen Klopp's side's improvement since joining from Southampton for £75m - a world-record fee for a defender - in January 2018.

He won last season's Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award and was also named the BBC Sport website's player of the year.

But the Netherlands captain says he is a harsh critic of his own game and will demand more from himself this season to try to win more trophies.

"Obviously, it is a big honour to be named as one of the favourites to win such a prestigious award but what can I do? I just get on with playing," he told BBC Sport.

"I am very hard on myself. I know the slightest loss of concentration, the slightest mistake will be punished. I try to limit it as much as possible.

"I have always been very critical of myself and I like the people around me to be critical too. And they are, the manager is as well, which is a good thing.

"I have improved since I joined Liverpool. Last year I am very satisfied with the fact that I played so many games on a consistent level, I am very proud of that fact. On a critical part I could have done more on attacking set-pieces, been more dangerous. It is not easy, I try to work on it.

"I feel there is still more to come. That comes from playing games. In my position it is all about experience as well. Playing games, staying fit, and that will hopefully bring success for the team."

Liverpool are fighting on seven fronts this season - including a December trip to Qatar for the Club World Cup - and such is Manchester City's form over the past two years that Van Dijk believes Liverpool may need to match their record haul of 97 points from last term to challenge for a first Premier League title again.

"You have to do a similar number again, look at City they are a fantastic team," he said.

"Every Liverpool fan dreams of the Premier League. Everyone is waiting for it. We were so close last year, unfortunately it didn't happen but the only thing we can do is go for it.

"There are so many games. Our December period is a madness, basically.

"Last season we lost only one game, we did everything we could but City were just a little bit better than us.

"We have to respect that as well. We are going to try and do even better than last year."

Liverpool conclude a three-match tour of the United States on Wednesday, when they face Sporting Lisbon at New York's Yankee Stadium.


23rd July 2019, 01:26
Big fan of Liverpool. They play with high spirit.

All the best to them this season.

You are a smart person. :)

Tough season for LFC as we are expected to fight hard again for the title and compete in all 4 competitions.

International football this summer could hurt us. Our 3 star players up front are still not with the team and Mane wont even play the first match.!

23rd July 2019, 03:11
No bigger fans of the European Champions like me:wa Two losses to Dortmund and Seville albeit with a much weakened team has raised some eyebrows. I am still hoping we get some transfer business done before the season starts. With the departure of Sturridge and Moreno we need to make a few signings.

23rd July 2019, 21:50
Mane, Salah and Firminho have all been away on international duty during the summer break whcih means it could be an interesting start to the season for Liverpool.

23rd July 2019, 21:56
Mane, Salah and Firminho have all been away on international duty during the summer break whcih means it could be an interesting start to the season for Liverpool.

We have Norwich, Southampton, Arsenal(h) and Burnley in August. Shouldnt be an issue.

25th July 2019, 03:03
Jurgen Klopp has dismissed any talk of Liverpool making a move for Gareth Bale this summer and says they need a team rather than individuals.

The Real Madrid star appears certain to depart the Bernabeu after a public fall-out with manager Zinedine Zidane, who said it was "best for everyone" if Bale left.

Bale has subsequently been linked with a big money move to China, but could yet remain in Europe if a potential buyer is willing to meet his high wage demands.

Talking ahead of their pre-season match against Sporting Lisbon - which you can follow live on the Sky Sports website and app - Klopp said: "These fantastic football players have some strange ideas. I respect them all so much, but they probably only say these things because somebody asked them.

"Bale is a Real Madrid player and if he leaves it will be outstandingly expensive and big wages.

"He is an outstanding player, I like him a lot but it is not about him. You have to create a team. A team is not a collection of the best individual players, they have to work together.

"Liverpool is a long-term project. The team is really good. Will there be difficult situations? Probably. There would be if we bring in a new player, or two or three. I didn't say we won't do anything, it is going to be a big window for sure but people don't think about the people who are already in.

"Sometimes you have to calm the situation down, pay your bills, have a normal life and live in the house before you build a new one."


25th July 2019, 03:21
We will need Brewster, Origi and Shaqiri to step up more this season if we are to challenge for the league. No chance are we gonna sign a troublesome player like Bale who wants £1 million a week. Liverpool make stars like Barnes, Sterling, Rush, Dalglish, Keegan, Barnes, Alonso, Suarez, Coutinho and Owen to name a few. We rarely sign overrated rubbish like Man Utd do.

25th July 2019, 04:35
We will need Brewster, Origi and Shaqiri to step up more this season if we are to challenge for the league. No chance are we gonna sign a troublesome player like Bale who wants £1 million a week. Liverpool make stars like Barnes, Sterling, Rush, Dalglish, Keegan, Barnes, Alonso, Suarez, Coutinho and Owen to name a few. We rarely sign overrated rubbish like Man Utd do.

Need to strengthen the midfield. Otherwise will be chasing Man City shadow again.

25th July 2019, 05:22
Need to strengthen the midfield. Otherwise will be chasing Man City shadow again.

Yeah we need a creative midfielder. Was hoping we'd get Fekir before he joined Betis yesterday.

25th July 2019, 16:41
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is ready "to write a new chapter" and move on from their Champions League victory after the club concluded their pre-season US tour with a 2-2 draw against Sporting Lisbon.

Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum scored for the European champions in a friendly bookended by Sporting goals from Bruno Fernandes and Wendel.

Liverpool have been without at least four of their first-choice XI in the US and Klopp is happy to be returning to England.

"It was an intense week, three games in a short period. Maybe we did too much," he said.

"But now nobody should talk to me too often about the Champions League trophy, that is now finished. Now we can write a new chapter.

"From a sports point of view I am happy to go back to England."

On the coolest night of the tour Klopp named his strongest starting XI which saw Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain flank Origi in attack.

For the third time in as many games Liverpool conceded first, Simon Mignolet making a dreadful error which allowed a powerful Fernandes strike to go right through him.

It was a poor moment from the Belgian goalkeeper, but he went on to have a strong game, saving well from Luciano Vietto and Raphinha.

Origi grabbed his second goal of the three-match tour at the end of Liverpool's best move to equalise, slamming in the rebound after Jordan Henderson's header was saved, before Wijnaldum scored via a deflection from Oxlade-Chamberlain's pass.

The excellent Fernandes then laid on the equaliser for Wendel after the break as both sides made a host of changes which stemmed the flow of the game.

"Bruno is a sensational player but that shot will not often be a goal - Simon knows that," said Klopp.

"It was a goalie mistake, it happens. We reacted well and scored two good goals.

"That was a proper pre-season game, a lot of mistakes because of the intensity.

"We have to work on everything but we had good moments."


25th July 2019, 17:01
Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne will be out for about six months after suffering knee ligament damage during the club's pre-season tour of the United States.

Clyne, 28, was injured during the defeat by Borussia Dortmund last week and has flown home for treatment.

The England player is out of contract next summer and had been linked with a return to former club Crystal Palace.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said the team were "gutted" at the news.

"He was training and playing so well - he was in outstanding shape," he added.

"Clearly an injury of this nature isn't a happy moment for any player, but the silver lining for him is that, according to the medical guys, it's a straightforward ACL injury.

"This means fixing it and coming back from it should follow a path that is free from pitfalls and complications."

Liverpool say the defender has a clean tear of his anterior cruciate ligament and expect Clyne to return to fitness in six months - late January 2020.

Clyne joined Liverpool for £12.5m in July 2015 but lost his first-team place to Trent Alexander-Arnold and spent the second half of last season on loan at Bournemouth.


26th July 2019, 04:01
Liverpool's first game is against Norwich (August 9). Should be an easy win to start off the season.

26th July 2019, 05:42
As Clyne won't be in the first team he won't be much of a miss on field. His injury does mean we can't sell him for now. Here's hoping that we bring in a few before the season starts.

28th July 2019, 14:10
Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Harvey Elliott from Fulham.

The 16-year-old winger made three appearances for the Cottagers last season and became the youngest debutant in Premier League history when he featured against Wolves in May.

He will be part of the Liverpool squad for today's friendly against Napoli in Edinburgh.


29th July 2019, 15:21

29th July 2019, 17:34
3 losses in 4 friendlies (+ 2 practice game against semi amateurs) - pre-seasons are hardly indicative but it does suggest how good Klopp is & how lucky he was in last season.

He is brilliant for obvious reasons but he was extremely lucky that apart from few weeks in January, LFC hardly suffered any injury crisis for that bikini thin squad. We are basically heading to another season where to make the top 4, we should hope that Mo, Mane & Bobby is fit for at least 50 games. And, same can be said for TTA & Robertson - with Clyne out for 23-25 weeks (basically till February), our back-up wing backs are academy kids, Henderson & Milner. Also, the way Mignolet is keeping - unless they acquire a decent back-up GK, if God forbid Alisson breaks his wrist or arm, we’ll need to score 3 every game for 3 points.

....... and this is the season we had a gross earning of £256mn only from UEFA & FA tv rights & prize money (excluding gate money, sponsorship money, online money, kits/souvenirs sale & brand partnerships).

29th July 2019, 18:00
Liver pool needs to get nabil fekir signed to strengthen their mid field.

29th July 2019, 21:37
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has played down his side's struggles in pre-season as they prepare for Sunday's Community Shield against Manchester City.

The Reds' 3-0 defeat by Napoli at Murrayfield was their fourth successive pre-season game without a win.

"I don't want to find excuses before we play [City] but we had a completely different pre-season," said Klopp.

"We played it without six players. From a freshness point of view, the games came at the wrong moment."

Liverpool have been without goalkeeper Alisson, and strike trio Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah because of international commitments, while Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri have been injured.

"Have we had the best pre-season of our lives? I cannot say that with the results, but the sessions were really good," said Klopp, whose side play Lyon in a friendly on Wednesday before the game against Premier League champions City at Wembley.

"The problem is all the games are in public so everybody sees what we're doing. But we have to prove ourselves during the season, not in one game."

Keita and Shaqiri have resumed training, while Alisson, Firmino and Salah will return to the squad on Monday.

Mane is still absent after Senegal reached the Africa Cup of Nations final, which they lost 1-0 to Algeria on 19 July, and he is scheduled to return next week.

"I don't think we can expect to play our best game of the season on Sunday - that's how it is with the pre-season we've had and the long season after it," said Klopp, whose side finished runners-up to City and won the Champions League.

"But it's not about that, it's about winning a football game, and we'll try to do that."

Klopp, who was irritated about the game with City being called a friendly, added: "I would like to try to win it - it's a final.

"This is the first time I realised that nobody sees it like that, to be honest. 'A curtain-raiser', it's unbelievable."


30th July 2019, 05:41
Liverpool shouldn't panic. Upset losses can happen to any team. Just start the season in good spirit and with confidence.

31st July 2019, 02:12
3 losses in 4 friendlies (+ 2 practice game against semi amateurs) - pre-seasons are hardly indicative but it does suggest how good Klopp is & how lucky he was in last season.

He is brilliant for obvious reasons but he was extremely lucky that apart from few weeks in January, LFC hardly suffered any injury crisis for that bikini thin squad. We are basically heading to another season where to make the top 4, we should hope that Mo, Mane & Bobby is fit for at least 50 games. And, same can be said for TTA & Robertson - with Clyne out for 23-25 weeks (basically till February), our back-up wing backs are academy kids, Henderson & Milner. Also, the way Mignolet is keeping - unless they acquire a decent back-up GK, if God forbid Alisson breaks his wrist or arm, we’ll need to score 3 every game for 3 points.

....... and this is the season we had a gross earning of £256mn only from UEFA & FA tv rights & prize money (excluding gate money, sponsorship money, online money, kits/souvenirs sale & brand partnerships).

It's Klopps own choice not to strengthen. Don't blame FSG. There is money to spend. I'm sure if he just signed squad players they would not have a issue.

All good teams strengthen after success. Doing nothing is absolute the worst thing you can do. Players become more comfortable and less motivated due to lack or motivation.

This Liverpool team can certainly be improved.

Even our famous yanks allowing us to sign Pepe with a LB and CB to come potentially. :)

2nd August 2019, 14:26
If Liverpool fans thought last season was special, 2019-20 could take things to a whole new level.

Their Champions League success and second-placed finish in the Premier League in 2018-19 means they will take part in seven different competitions over the next 10 months - the Community Shield, Uefa Super Cup, Club World Cup, Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

Has anyone ever done that before? And how realistic is it that Liverpool could win all seven? BBC Sport takes a look.

If Liverpool go all the way in each competition, they are likely to play 67 games across exactly 300 days - an average of a game every 4.5 days. They will play a minimum of 50 matches if they get knocked out of every cup immediately.

Their total could reach 71 if they finish third in their Champions League group - to go into the Europa League last 32 - and need FA Cup replays in the third and fourth rounds.

That is on top of their seven pre-season friendlies in England, the United States, Scotland and Switzerland.

"It would be great if we could use the whole squad throughout the whole season," said Klopp. "That would make life easier. The number of games sounds big. We have big targets.

"We will never try to avoid football games. We are happy to have as much as possible, as it means you have had a successful season.

"The league, as always, will be our main focus because we play most of our games there. There are no games where we can say 'let's send the kids there' because all the games are so exciting, close and competitive."

They could already have won two trophies - beating their 2018-19 haul - by the time they play their second Premier League game of the season.

The Reds open the campaign with a Community Shield game against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday, 4 August.

After their league opener at home to Norwich on Friday, 9 August, they play Europa League winners Chelsea in an all-English Uefa Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday, 14 August.

If the Reds go all the way in the Champions League they will be back in Istanbul for the final 290 days later - on 30 May 2020. The city's Olympic Stadium has wonderful memories for Reds fans, who saw their team beat AC Milan in the final of the same competition at that venue in 2005.

Before that, Liverpool face a very busy December. The festive period is hectic at the best of times - but Liverpool will play at least eight games in 29 days over Christmas - including a 7,000-mile round trip to Qatar.

In the Club World Cup, being held in the Gulf state from 11 to 21 December, Liverpool will go in at the semi-final stage on 18 December, with the 2019 South American champions in the other last-four tie.

Jurgen Klopp's team will have have at least one Premier League fixture moved as a result - their game against West Ham is scheduled to be on the same day as the final and third-place play-off.

If the West Ham game is shifted forwards or backwards by a few days, the Reds will play six Premier League games in December - and again on 1 January. The Carabao Cup quarter-finals are scheduled for the week beginning 16 December too.

Odds are not currently available on the Club World Cup. But a £1 accumulator on Liverpool to win the other six would earn £6,790.

Manchester United famously opted out of the FA Cup in 1999-2000 to play in the Fifa Club World Championship. They went out in the group stages, with David Beckham being sent off in a 1-1 draw with Necaxa
The only country which has ever had teams eligible for seven top-level trophies in one season is England.

The only way to play that many is to win the Champions League - thus qualifying for the Uefa Super Cup (which only started in 1972) and Club World Cup (formerly the Intercontinental Cup) - and then have four domestic competitions.

Of the 10 countries to have had a European Cup/Champions League winner, England, France, Portugal and Scotland are the only four to have League Cups. But France's and Portugal's both came in after Marseille and Porto's respective wins. Celtic won the 1966-67 European Cup - but Scotland does not have a domestic Super Cup/Community Shield-style game.

This is the fifth season that an English club will have taken part in seven competitions. The most recent example was Chelsea, who actually featured in eight in 2012-13 (a bit more on that later).

Liverpool were the first team to do it, back in 1984-85, while Manchester United played in seven competitions twice, in 1999-2000 and 2008-09.

The Red Devils famously did not take part in the 1999-2000 FA Cup, but they did play in the Intercontinental Cup and Club World Championship (as it was then called) that campaign, the one year the two competitions overlapped.

Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa both missed the chance in the late 1970s and early 1980s by failing to reach the Charity Shield (as it was then called).

Liverpool could also have done it in 1977-78, but they opted out of the Intercontinental Cup, as many English teams did at that time, because of a fear of violence from their South American opponents.

Has anyone ever won all seven?
Liverpool failed to win any of their seven competitions in 1984-85, including a Uefa Super Cup defeat by Juventus in Turin (pictured)
None of the sides listed above ever managed to win all seven trophies. The best haul was Manchester United's four of Premier League, League Cup, Community Shield and Club World Cup in 2008-09.

United won two in 1999-2000 - the Premier League and Intercontinental Cup.

Chelsea did not win any of the seven they competed in during 2012-13, although they dropped down to an eighth competition - the Europa League - after going out in the Champions League group stages, and they won that.

Liverpool failed to win any of their seven competitions in 1984-85. They finished second in the First Division and lost in the European Cup final, Uefa Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Charity Shield.

Barcelona won all six trophies available in the calendar year of 2009 - although that counts the second half of the 2008-09 season, when they won the Champions League, La Liga and the Copa del Rey - and the first half of 2009-10 when they lifted the Spanish Super Cup, Uefa Super Cup and Club World Cup.

They "only" managed three in 2008-09 and four in 2009-10. Plenty of sides have won four trophies in a campaign, including Manchester City's domestic clean sweep last season.

Liverpool won all five cup competitions available in 2001 - their League Cup, FA Cup and Uefa Cup treble - followed by the Charity Shield and Uefa Super Cup in August.

Belfast side Linfield claim to have won seven trophies in 1921-22 and again in 1961-62, although those were all domestic or all-Ireland leagues and cups.

Celtic won all five trophies in which they competed in 1966-67 - the European Cup, a Scottish league, cup and League Cup treble and the Glasgow Cup.

Could Liverpool win eight trophies this season? Their under-21s are in the Checkatrade Trophy, which was won by Portsmouth in 2019
Some of Liverpool's players could actually play against first teams in eight different competitions this season.

Liverpool Under-21s are in the Checkatrade Trophy, the competition that pits some Premier League and Championship youth sides against first teams from Leagues One and Two.

Liverpool will face Accrington, Oldham and Fleetwood in 'Northern Group B'.


6th August 2019, 00:19
Liverpool have signed former West Ham keeper Adrian to replace Simon Mignolet, who has joined Club Bruges.

Adrian, 32, was available on a free transfer having been released by the Hammers during the summer.

He played 150 times in six years for West Ham after joining them from Real Betis in 2013.

The Spaniard will fill the gap as Liverpool's back-up to first-choice Alisson Becker after Belgium keeper Mignolet's £6.4m transfer to Bruges.

"I'm very ambitious, I come here to try to win everything, to try to push Ali from the first minute and to make us better," said Adrian.

"Obviously I want to win titles. I come here to fight for all the competitions.

"We have many competitions ahead - we're going to fight for it and try to get them."

Adrian joins teenagers Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott in signing for the European champions this summer.


7th August 2019, 14:42
Andrew Robertson says it will be "tough living up to the expectations this season" as Liverpool prepare to mount another Premier League title bid.

The Reds won the Champions League last season but finished second domestically to Manchester City with 97 points.

"We set records that will probably never be done again and we still fell short," Scotland left-back Robertson told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"We believe if we do what we did last season we will be in the race again."

Robertson expects more teams to be in the title race next season, despite the fact the Reds - who last won the league in 1990 - finished 27 points clear of third-placed Chelsea last season and amassed a points total that set a record for runners-up in any of Europe's top five leagues.

"Last year, from the turn of the year, it was probably a two-horse race but I do believe it will be more competitive at the top this season," he told the Football Daily Liverpool special.

"Those other teams were dropping points against teams they probably should have beat and we did that well last season.

"I think the teams behind us have improved in the market. Whether the signings are successful is another thing but they are trying to close the gap."

Manchester City beat Liverpool on penalties to take the 2019 Community Shield
Robertson is not worried about Liverpool's failure to add to their squad this summer with youngsters Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott and back-up keeper Adrian the only additions to the Champions League-winning squad.

The starting XI for the Community Shield penalty shootout defeat by City on Sunday all played in the Champions League final victory over Tottenham in Madrid.

"Everyone wants new players coming in and sometimes it's not possible," said Robertson. "We have a very good squad. We don't want to be a team that only won the Champions League.

"We want to leave a legacy and win more trophies. We can only do that by having the same application and mentality as we did last season."

'I wasn't meant to sign that day'

Defenders Robertson and Harry Maguire joined Hull City for a combined £5.35m on the same day in July 2014.

Since then Robertson has played in two Champions League finals and World Cup semi-finalist Maguire became the most expensive defender of all time when Manchester United signed him for £80m from Leicester.

"I needed a haircut that day," Robertson said. "I wasn't meant to sign that day, it was meant to be the day after but they wanted us signing together. I still speak with Harry and we kind of clutched on to each other in the first few days as the two new guys.

"I spoke to him this week but I have no doubt Harry will make that step. He is a fantastic footballer and hopefully he only has two bad games against us this season!"

'We cannot know about title race'
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp also spoke to BBC Sport for the Liverpool special.

Like Robertson, he believes there could be more teams in this season's title race.

"If you are around City or level with them then you must be really good," he said. "I see all the other four teams and Everton looks really ambitious, bringing in lots of players. So many things can happen. I would like to say again that it is us and City - but this time us on top. But we cannot know."


9th August 2019, 21:37
Finally the new season has arrived!

Liverpool at home to Norwich tonight.

Looking for a strong performance and 3 points. Dont care how we beat them, 1-0 will do for the first game of the season.

13th August 2019, 01:35
Liverpool keeper Alisson has been ruled out "for the next few weeks" with the calf injury he picked up in the season-opening win against Norwich City, says manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Brazil international, 26, went off after 39 minutes of the 4-1 victory and was replaced by summer signing Adrian.

Liverpool could sign veteran keeper Andy Lonergan on a free transfer, with third-choice Caoimhin Kelleher not yet fully fit after a broken wrist.

"It's not too cool," said Klopp.

"It's a calf injury which takes Alisson out for a while."

Alisson was a key figure for the Reds in his debut season after joining from Roma, helping them win the Champions League and finish second in the Premier League.

"I don't want to make now an exact prognosis on when he will be back - it takes a couple weeks for sure, and we have to see," said Klopp.

"I saw already like 'six weeks' and stuff like this, but Ali was not a lot injured in his career so I would like to wait a little bit to see how he develops in that process now, but he is not in for the next few weeks."

Lonergan is available on a free transfer having left Middlesbrough in the summer.

The 35-year-old initially joined the Reds during pre-season as cover when Simon Mignolet, who has since left, was their only available keeper, with Alisson on holiday following international duty and Kelleher injured.

Another back-up keeper, Kamil Grabara, is currently on a season-long loan at Championship side Huddersfield.


16th August 2019, 17:04
Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian could miss his side's Premier League game against Southampton on Saturday after a collision with a pitch invader.

Manager Jurgen Klopp says the Spaniard was injured during post-match celebrations following Liverpool's win over Chelsea in the Super Cup on Wednesday.

"A supporter jumped over something, was chased by some security guys, slipped and kicked his ankle. Crazy," Klopp said after Adrian saved Tammy Abraham's penalty in the shootout win."

He added: "Apart from that it was a brilliant night for him."

The incident happened as the Liverpool players were huddled together celebrating the match-winning save.

A supporter, attempting to join the group, ran towards them, slipping as he was grabbed by a steward, and collided with several players.

Klopp said: "There's no doubt about how much we love our fans, there's no doubt about that at all, but if they all could stop doing that - that's the worst example we have so far heard about.

"We played against Manchester City and someone ran on the pitch then.

"At Norwich, there was someone as well.

"I don't know what you can do about it in the stadium but that means there is a lot of responsibility for the supporters as well. If the one person cannot hesitate or stop himself, then the people around should do it because it's not funny. It's crazy. You think 'wow, how can something like this happen?'"

Liverpool's third-choice keeper Andy Lonergan, 35, who was an unused substitute for the game in Istanbul which finished 2-2 after extra time, could deputise for Adrian if the 32-year-old is ruled out.

Liverpool's first-choice keeper Alisson is sidelined with a calf injury and when asked, Klopp said Lonergan was "ready" if needed.

Best known for his time at Preston, the veteran has played for a host clubs and arrived at Anfield in the summer after being released by Middlesbrough following a loan spell at Rochdale.

Klopp also has 20-year-old academy graduate Caoimhin Kelleher as an option, but added: "The decision will be made tomorrow. No chance to make it earlier."

Meanwhile, Liverpool have called off transfer talks with Serie A side Roma over defender Dejan Lovren.

It comes after Roma indicated they were willing to make a €20m deal to sign the Croatia centre-back only to fail to make an official offer.

Instead, Roma are understood to have used intermediaries to attempt loan Lovren for a small fee.


16th August 2019, 20:35
Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian 'optimistic' he will start against Southampton

Adrian is hopeful of starting Liverpool's match against Southampton despite suffering an ankle injury in a collision with a pitch invader.

The Spaniard, 32, was injured during post-match celebrations following the win over Chelsea in the Super Cup on Wednesday.

"Today I feel much better," Adrian told the club website on Friday.

"I hope after more treatment it's going to be much better. I'm very optimistic to start playing on Saturday again."


18th August 2019, 01:21
Good result at Southampton today but the goalkeeping situation must be a worry for Klopp.

23rd August 2019, 01:17
Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has signed a contract extension committing him to the club until 2023.

The 25-year-old returned in April after a missing a year with a knee ligament injury suffered in the Champions League semi-final against Roma in 2018.

The midfielder's previous deal had been set to end in 2022.

"It's really exciting for me to be able to sign," he said. "Hopefully I can put in some good performances to make amends for not being around last year."

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has 32 England caps, added: "You've got to count your blessings every time you get an opportunity like this. I am really excited to be able to extend my time here.

"I can promise the supporters that I'll give them absolutely everything moving forward."

Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first Premier League start since April 2018 against Southampton on Saturday, playing 89 minutes. He also started the Super Cup win against Chelsea on 14 August but lasted just 45 minutes on that occasion.


25th August 2019, 00:05
Liverpool maintained their place at the top of the Premier League and their 100% start to the season as Arsenal were well beaten at Anfield.

The Gunners, the only other side in the top flight to win their first two games, had opportunities to shock Liverpool in a tight first half, especially when record £72m signing Nicolas Pepe shot straight at keeper Adrian after running clear.

Liverpool took control when Joel Matip put them ahead with a powerful header from Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner four minutes before the interval.

And any hopes manager Unai Emery had of watching his side mount a recovery were snuffed out in the 49th minute after a moment of madness from new signing David Luiz, who needlessly dragged Mohamed Salah back in the area.

Liverpool's Egyptian attacker drilled home the penalty and then embarrassed Luiz again out on the touchline at the start of a dazzling run that ended with a low, curling finish into the bottom corner just before the hour.

Arsenal substitute Lucas Torreira pulled one back late on, but nothing was getting in the way of Liverpool's 12th successive Premier League victory, equalling their best sequence in the top flight under Kenny Dalglish between April and October 1990.


The Viper
28th August 2019, 22:46
Bobby Duncan: Liverpool reject accusations of 'mentally bullying' youth team player

Liverpool have rejected accusations of 'mentally bullying' teenage forward Bobby Duncan.

The 18-year-old, who is the cousin of former club captain Steven Gerrard, had been the subject of interest from Serie A side Fiorentina recently but Liverpool want to keep the youngster.

Duncan's representative, Saif Rubie, says Duncan is being kept at the club against his will.

The Reds described Rubie's comments as "unfounded allegations".

In a lengthy statement released on social media, Rubie said: "This is not really dignified behaviour from a club with the rich history of Liverpool and one [at which] one of their greatest-ever players, Steven Gerrard, happens to be Bobby's cousin.

"It's a sad state of affairs that a club such as Liverpool can be allowed to get away with mentally bullying and destroying the life of a young man such as Bobby."

Duncan joined Liverpool from Manchester City in 2018 and scored 32 goals in all competitions for the club's under-18 side last season.

He was part of the Reds' squad for their pre-season tour of America this summer and also scored in the 6-0 friendly defeat of Tranmere in July.

In a response to Rubie's comments, Liverpool said: "Liverpool Football Club is aware of and disappointed by the unattributed comments and unfounded allegations that have been made in the media regarding one of our players.

"As the interests of the player in question are not best served by either inaccurate speculation, inflammatory statements or public discourse, we will be making no further comment.

"We will, however, continue our efforts to work privately with the player to find resolution in the best interests of all involved."

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, in a reply to Rubie's statement on Twitter, said: "I know Bobby and his family well. He's young and at that age we all want everything right now.

"[He] played for the first team in pre-season, which is a great start, and he should try to develop this season and maybe make the bench in [the] Carabao Cup. That should be the advice you're giving him."


29th August 2019, 01:53
We need to win a domestic competition this season. I would sacrifice the CL for the EPL title this season. Must also speak of my concern of Jurgen suggesting he'll quit after his contract is out. I don't want him to manage some other side when his rest period is over. We should consider something like an in-between manager for a season or two allowing him to return after his break is over.

1st September 2019, 02:52
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp played down striker Sadio Mane's reaction after being substituted in the 3-0 win at Burnley, and then praised his forward line for helping the club achieve a 13-match winning run in the Premier League.

The incident involving the Senegal international occurred in the 85th minute with the Reds 3-0 up. As Mane walked off he made a gesture to the bench and continued to be animated as he sat down, seemingly frustrated at fellow forward Mohamed Salah's decision not to pass to him in the opposition area moments earlier.

The German boss laughed off the incident, and said: "But it's good eh? He was upset, it was obvious.

No pre-season for the front three but they still deliver - so far, so good

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
"Sadio cannot hide his emotions, I like that. But all sorted. We spoke about it and everything is fine.

"We are individuals, we are emotional. It was a situation in a game. What else could have happened? It was not a phone call."

Mane, Roberto Firmino and a fluke own goal helped the Reds maintain their 100% start to their Premier League campaign.

Reaction from Turf Moor
The Clarets had fought toe-to-toe with last season's runners-up until the 33rd minute when Trent Alexander-Arnold's seemingly intended cross to the far post brushed the back of Chris Wood and sailed over the head of the stranded Nick Pope in goal.

Another piece of misfortune occurred soon after the restart. This time Burnley skipper Ben Mee inadvertently found Reds forward Firmino with a short pass; he then found Mane who fired low past Pope.

There were few chances after the break, but Liverpool converted the clearest of them when Firmino fired in from the edge of the area after he was teed up by Salah.

Klopp said he was surprised the league leaders had extended their winning streak, because none of his front three had a full pre-season - both Mane and Salah played at the African Cup of Nations, while Firmino competed at the Copa America.

Nick Pope
It was an unfortunate moment for Burnley's Nick Pope who this week received a recall to the England squad
"If you ask me four weeks ago I wouldn't expect it would happen," said Klopp.

"We had a tricky pre-season. No pre-season for the front three but they still deliver. So far, so good."

His Reds go into the international break with as many points and in the same position as the corresponding period last season.

Burnley, who have now won just two of their past 17 matches against Liverpool in all competitions, drop down to 11th in the table.

Reds forwards make most of limited chances

Burnley 0-3 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp pleased with Reds' second ball game
Not too many will begrudge a team like Liverpool the rub of the green now and again.

Up until Wood's own goal neither full-back Alexander-Arnold nor Andy Robertson had much of a chance to attack down the flanks, as they were both kept busy by Burnley's Aaron Lennon and Dwight McNeil.

However, the danger posed did not deter Alexander-Arnold from pushing forward at any opportunity, and just after the half-hour mark his latest foray led to the lucky opener. As his cross nestled in the back of the net, the England defender reacted with sheepish pleasure.

There were, though, more lavish scenes of celebrations moments later when Mane sent his angled drive past the Burnley keeper.

Both he and fellow forwards Firmino and Salah were limited to scraps in the match, but when the next opportunity arose after the break they took it.

This time Egyptian Salah made one of his familiar marauding runs forward only to see his progress halted at the edge of the area. However, the cavalry arrived in the form of Firmino, who struck home the third for Liverpool.

Burnley out of luck

Burnley 0-3 Liverpool: Sean Dyche admits Liverpool can 'hurt any team'
Two errors in two successive games will grate on a Burnley side that prides itself on making the opposition work for their win.

It was Danny Drinkwater's mistake that led to Sunderland's equaliser in the 3-1 Carabao Cup midweek defeat, and against the Reds, skipper Mee suffered a rare lapse at the wrong place and against the wrong team.

That was an unfortunate four minutes for the Clarets, who up until the fluke opener looked good as they sparred against the European champions.

They came close to taking an early lead when Wood flashed a shot that Spanish keeper Adrian pushed away. And minutes later, Alexander-Arnold prevented Barnes from an almost-certain fifth of the season when he cut out Aaron Lennon's ball from the right.

The two first-half goals seemed to knock some of the wind out of Burnley, who failed to put up much of a fight after the break. Had James Tarkowski left a cross for Mee from a second-half corner, the captain might have atoned for his earlier error. And late in the game substitute Jay Rodriguez was denied by keeper Adrian - a sharper Rodriguez might have scored.

Having been competitive in almost three-and-a-half league games, Burnley boss Sean Dyche is unlikely to be too concerned about a second defeat in a matter of days.

Man of the match - Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

Roberto Firmino was alert to Ben Mee's error and then got his goal after reading the play of Mohamed Salah - a great forward display
Mane the lucky charm - the stats
Liverpool have won 13 league games in a row for the first time in their history, while they are only the second English top-flight side to win 13 in a row while scoring more than once each time (after Tottenham in 1960).
Liverpool have gone 21 Premier League games without losing (W17 D4 L0); losing just once in their last 43 games in the competition (W35 D7 L1), a 1-2 defeat to Man City in January.
Burnley have picked up just one victory in their last 25 Premier League games against 'Big Six' teams (D6 L18), beating Spurs at Turf Moor in February 2019 (2-1).
Liverpool have won three consecutive away games at Burnley for the first time since August 1970 (all competitions) under former boss Bill Shankly.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has won five Premier League games versus Dyche; against no manager has he registered more victories in the competition.
Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Burnley have scored eight own goals in the Premier League; only Bournemouth (nine) have scored more.
Liverpool have not lost any of the last 33 Premier League games in which Mane has found the net (W29 D4 L0).
Since the start of last season, no Liverpool player has scored more goals in all competitions Mane (30 - level with Salah).
Firmino became the first Brazilian to score 50 Premier League goals; he is the ninth player to reach the milestone for Liverpool overall - no other club has had more (level with Manchester United).

What's next?
Liverpool are at home to Newcastle on Saturday, 14 September (12:30 BST) and Burnley are at Brighton the same day (15:00 BST).


2nd September 2019, 13:43
Liverpool have given Bobby Duncan permission to speak to Fiorentina ahead of a possible Deadline Day move to Serie A.

The clubs are close to agreeing a deal worth in the region of £2m for the 18-year-old, who is expected to head to Florence on Monday to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical.

Sky Sports News understands Liverpool will also insert a 20 per cent sell-on clause in the deal.

Duncan had been at the centre of a row since last week when agent Saif Rubie claimed Liverpool were keeping him against his will, having pulled out of a U23 game due to "deep mental issues with all the stress".

Liverpool denied the accusations but have now decided to allow Duncan to talk with the Italian club, who lost their opening two games of the domestic league season.

Jurgen Klopp insisted Liverpool are "sensitive" with their youngsters and "really care" about Duncan, the cousin of club legend Steven Gerrard.

The European champions have rejected loan offers from Fiorentina and Danish club FC Nordsjaelland.

Duncan, whose contract runs until 2021, scored 25 goals for the development squad last season.

He has yet to make a competitive appearance for the first team but did feature in pre-season, scoring in the 6-0 win at Tranmere.


14th September 2019, 19:06
3-1 as it ends. Only concern is that this is 4th game in s row that we have conceded one - need to tighten there; not every week we’ll score 3.

I have absolutely no doubt that between Coutinho & Firmino, the later one is the better player. Some his touches are unique and in every match, he has a moment or two of individual genius. He is more of a No. 10 in the shirt of No. 9. At 27, he has the best 3-4 years of career coming and I hope he sticks to LFC for that - PCs Barca adventure should ring an alarm bell for all those Latin players desperate to move to Spain’s big 2. It’s probably one of the granger coups of history that Firmino cost £25mn, Coutinho £8mn ... and then Coutinho was sold for £125mn+!!!!

14th September 2019, 19:18
3-1 as it ends. Only concern is that this is 4th game in s row that we have conceded one - need to tighten there; not every week we’ll score 3.

I have absolutely no doubt that between Coutinho & Firmino, the later one is the better player. Some his touches are unique and in every match, he has a moment or two of individual genius. He is more of a No. 10 in the shirt of No. 9. At 27, he has the best 3-4 years of career coming and I hope he sticks to LFC for that - PCs Barca adventure should ring an alarm bell for all those Latin players desperate to move to Spain’s big 2. It’s probably one of the granger coups of history that Firmino cost £25mn, Coutinho £8mn ... and then Coutinho was sold for £125mn+!!!!

Firminho is seriously underrated and an almost perfect false 9. Selfless, hardworking and doesn’t mind letting others hog the spotlight.

It looks like Neymar is now set for a long haul at PSG, which means that Mbappe to Madrid next summer can happen. Also, Cavani is almost certain to quit next summer as well.

Firminho would be a perfect foil for Neymar and will allow him to run the show. He can basically be to Neymar was Benzema was to Cristiano.

PSG is a bully in the transfer market. Their unmatched financial muscle means they can pretty much buy and keep any player they want. If they hunt Firminho next summer which is quite likely, it will be tough for Liverpool to keep him.

The Viper
14th September 2019, 23:21
Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle: Mohamed Salah & Sadio Mane put Burnley issue behind them in style

Problems? What problems?

Liverpool's Premier League rivals may have hoped to have spotted a potential issue brewing at Anfield before the international break when Sadio Mane made a very public point of expressing his dissatisfaction with Mohamed Salah, when the Egyptian failed to pass to him during the 3-0 win at Burnley.

Manager Jurgen Klopp had already laughed off the row, while before Saturday's 3-1 home victory over Newcastle, Salah had sent out the ultimate modern-day olive branch in the form of a meme of the pair hugging.

By full-time at Anfield, the only question surrounding Liverpool's stellar front three is how any side in Europe can hope to keep them quiet.

Mane, Salah and Roberto Firmino all missed the Reds' pre-season tour of the United States, and Firmino was playing for Brazil in Los Angeles in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

But it just doesn't seem to matter.

Salah and Mane - changing of the guard?

Salah had been the quieter of Liverpool's trident when he scored the third goal on Saturday, collecting a fine backheel from Firmino, driving past Fabian Schar and burying a shot into the corner.

He has scored four goals already in the Premier League this season - taking his total to 58 in 79 for the Reds. He is not having a quiet season, but is Mane now eclipsing him?

Against Newcastle Mane was a menace, especially once he switched to the left of the front three after half an hour. His first goal was fantastic, taking a touch inside the area and flashing a drive into the top corner without hesitation.

Both forwards have scored 26 times in the league since the start of last season, with Mane's goals coming more frequently, at a rate of one every 132 minutes to Salah's 142.

But interestingly, considering Mane's complaints, Salah offers far more to the team in terms of assists - with the Egypt international having set up 10 league goals since the start of the 2018-19 campaign compared with Mane's two.

Mane has made more chances for Salah in the same time period though - 23 to 17.

One thing is for sure, they both love playing at Anfield.

Mane has never lost a Premier League home game in which he has found the net, winning 33 and drawing two of his previous 35 games when doing so.

And Salah has been directly involved in 50 league goals for Liverpool at Anfield, scoring 36 and providing 14 assists in 41 appearances.

As a pair, the two don't tend to gel all that well. Only one pass was played between them - from Mane to Salah - on Saturday. They need a link man in the middle. Luckily they have a brilliant one.

Firmino adds to Klopp's armoury

Firmino played an hour as Brazil were beaten by Peru in the United States little more than 72 hours before Saturday's 12:30 BST kick-off at Anfield.

Anyone who has recently completed a long-haul transatlantic flight can attest to what it takes out of you, so it was no real surprise the 27-year-old was handed a break against Steve Bruce's side.

That was the plan anyway. But Champions League hero Divock Origi only lasted 36 minutes before coming off with an ankle injury, with Firmino then coming on between his two team-mates.

The impact was both immediate and long-lasting. Firmino robbed Christian Atsu of the ball, looked up and played Mane in for his second goal. Clinical.

After the break, Firmino was playing a different game to the Magpies defenders. With flicks and backheels, he pulled them apart and could have ended the day with four or five assists.

He finished the match with four key passes and only an offside flag prevented him from laying on Mane for a hat-trick after another flowing move.

"It was my idea to start Sadio in the centre and Divock on the wing, but it didn't really work," Klopp said afterwards.

"Bobby then came on in his natural position. We used Mo more often, had one-twos in the box, played balls into his feet and then we were in charge of the game. They were wonderful goals. Really sensational. Nice football."

Newcastle boss Bruce perhaps summed it up best when asked about the attacking options available to his counterpart.

"The introduction of Firmino, with his movement and the way he plays, was key," he said.

"The front three are as good as you get. You can understand why they are European champions and lost once last year.

"They are an excellent, excellent team with pace and creativity, and at the top end of the pitch they damage you."

Origi will go for a scan on his injured ankle, while Xherdan Shaqiri also came on for the last few minutes.

Premier League - you have been warned.


15th September 2019, 00:05
Firminho is seriously underrated and an almost perfect false 9. Selfless, hardworking and doesn’t mind letting others hog the spotlight.

It looks like Neymar is now set for a long haul at PSG, which means that Mbappe to Madrid next summer can happen. Also, Cavani is almost certain to quit next summer as well.

Firminho would be a perfect foil for Neymar and will allow him to run the show. He can basically be to Neymar was Benzema was to Cristiano.

PSG is a bully in the transfer market. Their unmatched financial muscle means they can pretty much buy and keep any player they want. If they hunt Firminho next summer which is quite likely, it will be tough for Liverpool to keep him.

They can't accommodate Firmino, unless Neymar is sold; but the level that Neymar has taken his price (wage & fee), I don't see him moving out of Paris before 30. Also, most likely Pogba will end-up in PSG next season, and I am not sure how much Firmino will fit into Tuchel's system. If they hire Pep or Klopp next summer, then may be otherwise I don't see Bobby moving to PSG, France isn't Spain.

17th September 2019, 10:19
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says last season's Champions League win does not make them the best team in Europe.

The Reds' 2-0 victory over Tottenham in June's final in Madrid gave Klopp his first major trophy with the club.

They begin their title defence against Napoli in their Group E opener on Tuesday (20:00 BST), and Klopp says his side cannot dwell on past success.

"There are a lot of good teams out there and you have to prove that constantly," said the German.

"We cannot be the best team in Europe because Manchester City are the best team in the world - that's the same planet, I heard.

"Last season, we were really good. I'm not too sure we were the best team in Europe, but we were really good in the right moments and that's why we won the Champions League."

Liverpool were also paired with Napoli in the group stage last year, with the Italian side winning the corresponding fixture 1-0.

Klopp says his side cannot afford to let their performance level drop in any game in this season's competition, especially with teams likely to have extra motivation against the reigning champions.

"Last year, we learned from one game to the next game and we have to use that experience, because if we don't defend with all we have then we have no chance against Napoli. They are so strong," he added.

"They are stubborn in a positive way. They play football, they break lines, they have good counter-attacks, they are creative. I enjoy it when I analyse Napoli. I like to watch them."

Captain Jordan Henderson echoed his manager's sentiments by stressing the players have put last season's Champions League success to the back of their minds.

"Last season was last season," said the 29-year-old England midfielder.

"We can take experience from the campaign and, if we can take that into this campaign, ultimately we feel we can still do a lot of things better and everything is possible again."

Origi misses out for Reds
Divock Origi, who scored the second goal in the Champions League final against Spurs, did not travel with Liverpool to Naples after twisting his ankle in the 3-1 victory over Newcastle at the weekend. Teenager Rhian Brewster instead made the trip to Italy.

Left-back Andy Robertson picked up a knock at the weekend but is expected to be fit for the game.

Midfielder Naby Keita and goalkeeper Alisson remain sidelined, although the latter could return to training soon.


17th September 2019, 11:13
We have made a great start to the season no doubt about it. Thing is the way the team plays is is gonna be so hard to keep up the intensity through the season especially when their are midweek games. The players of a winning side will forever be linked elsewhere such is the nature of the transfer market. Having seen the likes of Coutinho failing miserably at Barcelona this should come as a warning to anyone else who thinks the grass is greener elsewhere. Money will no longer be a motivation for the likes of Salah and Bobby moreover it doesn't get any better then playing for the European Champions. Dijk and Klopp are also being linked with possible moves to the La Liga as well, i am ignoring all these rumours for now.

Newcastle only angered us with an early goal. After that we totally dominated them like their daddy! Could have scored many more had it not been for their on form keeper.

18th September 2019, 13:53
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18th September 2019, 13:53
Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore has stayed in hospital with a fan who was "ambushed" in a bar in Naples before the Reds' Champions League loss to Napoli on Tuesday.

The fan collapsed at half-time due to "significant blood loss" according to a post on social media.

Merseyside Police say two Liverpool fans were reportedly assaulted at a bar before the match at 18:00 local time.

They were attacked by a group on scooters and suffered cuts and grazes.

The two men from the UK, aged 26 and 46, were treated at the scene before attending the game.

Moore had responded to a tweet asking for supporters to visit the injured fan, who has now been discharged from hospital.

"I'm at the hospital with him right now," Moore tweeted just before 01:00. "We will not leave him until we are comfortable that he's fine."

He later added: "The hospital staff and the police have now helped Steven and have been very co-operative. He's been seen and will be monitored throughout the night. He asked me to thank everyone for their concern."


22nd September 2019, 23:03
Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

Huge 3 points! We rarely win away to Chelsea, so imo this is a massive result for us.

YNWA :klopp

The Viper
22nd September 2019, 23:13
15 wins in a row in the Premier League for Liverpool.

22nd September 2019, 23:17
The red juggernaut rolls on.

25th September 2019, 19:48
Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore says the Reds are "back on our perch" - a phrase famously used by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson about the Anfield club.

After arriving at Old Trafford in 1986, Ferguson said his first job was to "knock Liverpool right off their perch".

The Scot proceeded to win 13 Premier Leagues before retiring in 2013, taking their tally of English top-flight titles to 20, compared with Liverpool's 18.

But Moore, a lifelong Liverpool fan who was appointed by the club in 2017, thinks the Champions League winners have regained their old status.

The Reds were crowned European champions for the sixth time in June and are five points clear of Manchester City - and 10 ahead of United - at the top of the Premier League after winning all six of their games this season.

They have only lost once in their past 45 top-flight matches, finishing a point behind champions City last term.

"We are back on our perch, as we famously say," Moore told former Liverpool striker Michael Robinson, who is now one of Spain's leading sports broadcasters, during an interview at the World Football Summit in Madrid.

The 64-year-old was appointed by Fenway Sports Group - the American company which bought Liverpool for £300m in 2010 - in February 2017.

Since then, the Reds have reached two Champions League finals under manager Jurgen Klopp and started work on a state-of-the-art training ground at Kirkby which is expected to be completed in 2020.

"What the Fenway Sports Group have done at Liverpool over the past nine years is nothing short of miraculous," added Moore.

"They have gone through ups and downs but have stayed the course and never taken a penny out of the club."

The new Main Stand at Anfield opened in 2016 - taking the stadium's capacity above 54,000 - while the Reds signed Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk for £75m and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson for £67m in 2018.

Moore confirmed Liverpool are spending about £16m on a digital strategy aimed at increasing engagement with a supporter base they estimate at 771 million followers.

"Football is a virtuous cycle," he said. "You drive revenues so you can afford to buy a goalkeeper or a centre-half that will win you games. When you win games, sponsors want to be part of your story, so they write you a cheque. You take that money and buy better players. They win you more games."

Liverpool boss Klopp will have been in charge for four years in October.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager has taken the Reds from eighth in the Premier League to three straight top-four finishes for the first time in a decade and reached four cup finals.

The 52-year-old German was named men's coach of the year at the Best Fifa Football Awards on Monday.

"Jurgen is one of the more holisitic human beings you will ever meet," said Moore.

"He is able to keep the ship going straight, motivate not just the players but his staff, the coaching staff, the sports science staff - he keeps everyone on an even keel.

"His personality is infectious. His charisma is without question

"Even when you have lost he makes you think there is a brighter sunshine ahead."


25th September 2019, 21:46
To return on our perch must win the league. Great performance against Chelsea especially in the second half by the defence facing a Chelsea onslaught. Yes the disallowed Chelsea goal was offside, VAR has greatly enhanced the game.

The Viper
27th September 2019, 23:38
Joel Matip: Liverpool defender was one of Jurgen Klopp's 'best pieces of business'

The signing of defender Joel Matip is "one of the best pieces of business" Liverpool have done in the past few years, says Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

The 28-year-old centre-back joined the club on a free in 2016 after his deal with German club Schalke expired.

Klopp's signings also include Virgil van Dijk for £75m and goalkeeper Alisson in a deal worth up to £66.8m.

"In a world of big transfer fees, to sign a player like Joel Matip on a free transfer is incredible," said Klopp.

"It was maybe one of the best pieces of business we did in the last few years."

Since 19 January, Cameroon international Matip has partnered Van Dijk in central defence in all but six matches, across all competitions.

He is currently being picked ahead of England defender Joe Gomez and Croatia international Dejan Lovren.

"Joel was always an incredible talent. He played as an 18-year-old boy for Schalke in the Bundesliga," added Klopp, whose side are top of the Premier League with a 100% record going into Saturday's game at Sheffield United.

"It's a strong league and he played there, and was always a standout player, a fixed point in defence.

"Yes, he lacked a little bit of consistency - that can happen, especially with his physical stature.

"He doesn't always look sensational when he moves. But he grew and developed.

"Joel is in a really good moment and long may it continue."


1st October 2019, 20:14
Jürgen Klopp has said he expects Liverpool to be punished for fielding an ineligible player in the Carabao Cup “if it was our fault alone” but Pedro Chirivella should be exempt from any censure.

The EFL is due this week to consider the case against Liverpool with a fine the most likely outcome for Chirivella playing against MK Dons last Wednesday without international clearance. Expulsion from the competition or a replay of the third-round tie are other possibilities.

Liverpool applied to the Football Association for clearance for the Spanish midfielder in July, after the 22-year-old’s return from an unsuccessful loan spell at Extramadura, but it was not received before his substitute appearance against MK Dons.

Klopp said on Tuesday: “I cannot say too much. Other people are working on it. If it was our fault alone, we need to get punished. It didn’t happen on purpose but my only real concern is the player. He could not play for half a year in Spain last year and if he were not able to play now that would be the biggest problem. I am not


The Viper
1st October 2019, 23:37
Liverpool: Alisson close to return - Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says goalkeeper Alisson could be fit to face Leicester on Saturday but expects him to return against Manchester United.

Alisson, 26, has missed nine games in all competitions after suffering a calf injury in the Premier League opener against Norwich on 9 August.

Liverpool host Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League on Wednesday.

After the game against Leicester and the international break, they face United at Old Trafford on 20 October.

"There are two opinions," said Klopp. "One is Alisson's and the other is the medical department, which is more cautious. We have to wait and see.

"In training, he looks really well but it was a serious injury and we don't want to take any risks.

"We have to see for Leicester and the Manchester United game - probably 100% but we will see."


2nd October 2019, 00:13
Liverpool is on fire. 7 wins in 7 games.

They last won Premier League back in 1989-90 season. It is time to end the drought.

The Viper
3rd October 2019, 00:24
Liverpool fined for fielding ineligible player Pedro Chirivella

Liverpool have been fined £200,000 - half of which has been suspended - by the EFL for fielding an ineligible player in their third-round Carabao Cup win against MK Dons last week.

Spaniard Pedro Chirivella, 22, who came on as a substitute in the 2-0 victory, did not have international clearance.

The EFL said it "wasn't appropriate" to expel Liverpool from the competition because of "mitigating factors".

Liverpool host Arsenal in the fourth round on 29 October.

The EFL said £100,000 of the fine will be suspended until the end of next season.

Liverpool said they "accept the judgement, outcome and punishment", which they described as "proportionate with the technical indiscretion committed".

Midfielder Chirivella needed the paperwork from the Football Association after a loan spell at Spanish side Extremadura last season.

The EFL said Liverpool had "sought the assistance of the Football Association" before the season, and had been allowed to include Chirivella on the team sheet for Premier League Two games, the under-23 competition.

An EFL statement read: "The club's breach was in part due to the challenges it encountered with securing the correct international clearance, and its subsequent ability to include the player on team sheets despite the lack of clearance.

"As a result the board concluded the most appropriate sanction was a financial penalty."

Liverpool said: "Even though there were mitigating factors, which were beyond our control or jurisdiction, we believe it appropriate we apologise to the competition's governing body and also to Milton Keynes Dons."

Liverpool must pay the of £100,000, plus an additional sanction, if they were to field another ineligible player in the competition before the end of next season.

In 2014, Sunderland were fined by the Premier League and the EFL after they fielded ineligible player Ji Dong-won in four league matches and a League Cup game.


6th October 2019, 14:09
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers felt Sadio Mane "made the most of the contact" that earned Liverpool a match-winning penalty at Anfield on Saturday.

Mane went down under contact from Marc Albrighton, before James Milner's spot-kick sealed a 2-1 win that maintains Liverpool's 100% league record.

"It did not look clear and obvious to me," said ex-Liverpool boss Rodgers.

Leicester midfielder James Maddison had earlier cancelled out Mane's opener when he made it 1-1 in the 80th minute.

"We are bitterly disappointed to concede the penalty," added Rodgers, making his first return to Anfield since being sacked by the Reds in October 2015.

"Sadio Mane made the most of the contact. I don't think if it had not been given by the referee it would have been overturned by VAR [video assistant referee]. When the referee gives decisions it is hard for them to overrule it."

Maddison, who scored with Leicester's only shot on target, said the penalty was "very soft", adding: "I don't think the contact warrants the way Sadio Mane went down."

However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted the foul was "obviously a penalty".

Liverpool have not dropped points in the Premier League since March. The last time they did so at Anfield was against Leicester in January, and the Foxes were just moments away from repeating that feat here.

Klopp's side are now on a 17-game winning streak - one short of Manchester City's record of 18 - and lead second-placed City by eight points before Pep Guardiola's side host Wolves on Sunday (14:00 BST).

"Without luck we cannot win the amount of games we have won, but over the 90 minutes we deserved it," added Klopp.


8th October 2019, 21:33
With Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrating his four-year anniversary at Anfield, we look back at the German's first starting line-up and where the players are now...

The Klopp era began on October 8, 2015 and his first game took place nine days later at White Hart Lane against Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham.

Simon Mignolet

Mignolet joined Liverpool from Sunderland in 2013 and remained the club's number No 1 goalkeeper throughout Klopp's first two seasons at the club. In January 2016 he signed a new five-year deal with the club but the following summer he faced competition from Loris Karius, who Klopp brought in from Mainz.

The Belgian initially held off the challenge from Karius, who broke his hand in pre-season, but Klopp eventually announced the German goalkeeper as his first choice with Mignolet consigned to the bench. It was thought the 31-year-old would drop even further down the pecking order with the arrival of Alisson Becker from Roma, but the decision to loan Karius to Besiktas saw Mignolet stay for another season before moving back to Belgium with Club Brugge this August.

Nathaniel Clyne

Clyne had only just arrived at Anfield himself when Klopp was appointed but he was already an England international from his Southampton days and the right-back impressed initially for Liverpool. He remained the first-choice right-back for the rest of that season and the whole of the following campaign before suffering a back injury in the summer of 2017.

The return to fitness of Joe Gomez coupled with the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold meant that by the time Clyne was ready to compete for his place again the situation had changed. Last season, there was a loan spell at Bournemouth, but a cruciate ligament injury suffered in training in the summer leaves Clyne, now 28, facing another lengthy spell out.

Martin Skrtel

Skrtel spent eight-and-a-half years at Anfield and made 320 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool, but just 19 of those appearances came under Klopp. Despite starting Klopp's first game in charge, he fell quickly down the pecking order following the emergence of the partnership between Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho.

Kept out of the starting XI for much of the second half of the season, the defender joined Fenerbahce for £5m in the summer of 2016. After three seasons in Turkey he moved to Italy with Atalanta but following a bust-up with coach Gian Piero Gasperini he left the Italian club just 24 days after signing and returned to Turkey with Istanbul Basaksehir.

Mamadou Sakho

Mamadou Sakho may have had a mistake in him on his day but he was firmly a part of Klopp's first choice centre-back pairing up until failing a routine drugs test in March 2016, although he was later cleared by UEFA.

That should have settled things - but Sakho was then sent home from Liverpool's pre-season tour of the USA in July 2016 for breaking club rules.

He turned down a move away from the club that summer but in the end, he joined Crystal Palace on loan in January 2017, having failed to play a single Premier League minute for Liverpool that season, and signed permanently at Selhurst Park the following summer.

Alberto Moreno

Moreno was Liverpool's first-choice left-back when Klopp arrived, but his defensive limitations had already been well documented and he found life difficult adapting to the new manager's pressing game.

James Milner was drafted in as Liverpool's stand-in the following season which saw Moreno restricted to two league starts, later finding himself further sidelined by the arrival, and success, of Andy Robertson, although he did start nine games on Liverpool's run to the Champions League final in 2017/18.

His Liverpool career finally came to an end in the summer, when he left on a free transfer and subsequently joined Villarreal.

Jurgen Klopp has used 67 players during his four-year, 221-match reign.

James Milner

The ever-reliable Milner is the only player to start Klopp's first game in charge of Liverpool and his most recent one - even scoring the stoppage-time winner against Leicester last time out. Now 33, he has featured in 168 matches under Klopp, coming off the bench to play his part in the team's Champions League triumph over Tottenham in June.

He has filled in as a full-back for long periods but it is as a relentless midfielder that Milner has proven most effective, typifying the spirit of Klopp's Liverpool. His contract is up at the end of the season but talks over a new deal are ongoing. Do not be too surprised if Milner is still in that Liverpool line-up on the fifth anniversary of the German's time in charge.

Emre Can

Perhaps, the one who got away? Signed in the summer of 2014, Can showed flashes of brilliance under Klopp - a wonder goal away at Watford sticks in the memory - and grew to become one of Liverpool's first-choice midfielders in Klopp's first two seasons at Anfield. The midfielder scored the first goal of the Klopp era, netting in Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan in the Europa League.

He continued to flourish under Klopp during the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, but with talks over a new contract stalling, his future at the club was thrown into doubt. By March 2018, Can had scored six goals but an injury threatened to ruin his season. He did return to feature in Liverpool's Champions League defeat to Real Madrid, but it proved to be last appearance for the club before a move to Juventus. The 25-year-old ended his first season as a Serie A title winner, but with competition for places fierce in Turin he found himself left out of Juve's Champions League squad this season.

Lucas Leiva

Lucas Leiva was already old hat by the time Klopp arrived, having joined Liverpool back in 2007. He was handed the captain's armband against Crystal Palace a month after the new manager joined, but the arrival of Georginio Wijnaldum the following summer saw him pushed down the pecking order.

Only making 12 starts in 2016/17 proved too much for the Brazilian to deal with, and he was sold to Lazio for £5m.

Adam Lallana

Lallana flourished with the attacking licence given by Klopp, picking up six assists during the German's first season at the helm, and another seven the year after, when he also netted eight league goals.

Injuries have devastated his club career ever since, starting only six league games in the intervening two-and-a-bit years. Lallana did come on from the bench on Saturday against Leicester as he continues his comeback from another setback, but poor physical health may have stolen what could have been a bright few years under Klopp from the former Southampton man.

Philippe Coutinho

A key figure at Anfield when Klopp arrived, Coutinho remained one of the first names on the team sheet for the remainder of the German's first season with Liverpool. He went on to score 12 goals in all competitions during the 2015/16 season and continued his excellent form under Klopp, producing thirteen goals in 31 games in the following campaign.

Coutinho's importance at Liverpool was recognised when he signed a new long-term deal with the club in January 2017, but Barcelona eventually came calling and just a year later he was on his way to the Nou Camp in a staggering deal worth £142m. However, the Brazilian failed to make the same kind of impact he made at Anfield in Spain, and this summer he was sent on loan to Bayern Munich, where he has scored two goals in his eight appearances so far this season.

Divock Origi

Chosen essentially by default with Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge both ruled out, Origi nearly took full advantage of his starting berth when he struck the bar with an early header on Klopp's debut.

Since then, Origi has proven a useful squad player for Klopp, scoring seven times from 14 league starts the following season before spending 2017/18 on loan at Wolfsburg. But if that suggested he might be on his way out of Anfield, his performances last season had him back in the door.

A last-minute winner in the Merseyside derby, another late winner at Newcastle and goals in the Champions League semi-final and final earned him a new long-term contract at Anfield earlier this year.

Joe Allen - A favourite of departing boss Brendan Rodgers, Allen found life tough going in the all-action approach Klopp adopted in the early days of his Liverpool career. A number of hamstring injuries did little to help him impress the new manager, and he moved to Stoke for £13m the following summer.

Jordon Ibe - Ibe enjoyed what looked like it might be a breakthrough season in some of Klopp's first year in charge at Anfield, but it proved a false dawn as he was deemed surplus to requirements and shipped out to Bournemouth for a healthy £15m. Having made his first-team bow the year before, Ibe started 10 of the 30 league games Klopp presided over in his first campaign, but managed just two assists and one goal from 27 appearances - and his time was up.

Klopp's reign in numbers

Here a look at some of the numbers from Jurgen Klopp's four-year reign at Anfield...

221 - number of games played in all competitions.

320 - points won in the Premier League from 152 matches at an average of 2.11 per game.

146 - the number of games it took Klopp to record 300 league points - the fewest required by any of the club's managers.

458 - goals scored in all competitions - averaging 2.07 goals per game, the highest ratio by any Reds manager in the last 123 years.

58.82 - win percentage (130 in 221 games), bettered only by one previous Liverpool manager - John McKenna (69.44).

92 - wins in Klopp's first 150 Premier League games, more than any other Liverpool manager.

44 - average number of minutes between Liverpool goals (458 goals in 20,010 minutes).

43 - number of occasions Klopp's side have scored four goals or more in a game.

14 - number of Premier League teams Klopp is unbeaten against.

17 - successive league victories recorded (currently), a club best and one short of Manchester City's record which they can equal at Manchester United on October 20.

1 - the first manager to take an English team to three European finals in his first three seasons of European competition.


11th October 2019, 20:33
Liverpool's Harvey Elliott has been banned from all domestic club football for 14 days after admitting derogatory language about Harry Kane in a video.

The winger joined Liverpool in July having become the Premier League's youngest player in May, appearing for Fulham aged 16 years and 30 days.

Elliott's social media video, for which he has since apologised, constituted an "aggravated breach" of FA rules.

He must also complete a face-to-face education course and pay a £350 fine.

Elliott, 16, posted the offensive video on Snapchat during Tottenham's Champions League final defeat by Liverpool on 1 June.

The player stated that the video was filmed at his friend's house, where and seven of his friends, all aged 16 and fans of both Liverpool and Tottenham, were goading each other during the match.

He said he was unaware one of the terms he used mocked disabled people.

Liverpool sought to assure the Football Association that they take a zero tolerance approach to any forms of discrimination and said Elliott was spoken to as soon as the video circulated.

The meaning of the offensive words, and how they may be viewed by the general public, was explained to him. In addition, club captain Jordan Henderson, Kane's England team-mate Jordan Henderson, spoke to Elliott about his conduct.


The Viper
18th October 2019, 23:36
Joel Matip: Liverpool defender signs new deal until summer 2024

Liverpool defender Joel Matip has signed a new long-term deal which will keep him at the club until summer 2024.

The 28-year-old Cameroon international has scored two goals in nine appearances in all competitions for the Reds this season.

Matip joined Liverpool from Schalke in 2016 and helped Jurgen Klopp's side to the 2018-19 Champions League title.

"It's a great feeling to be a longer part of the club. It's really just a great feeling," he said.

"From outside, you know Liverpool is such a big club - but when you are inside, then you really get a feeling for how big the club is in all the countries - the supporters are everywhere. It's a massive and big club that I think every player would want to play for.

"We have a young and talented team and I think every one of us is hungry. Now we've seen how it is to win something and we want to have that feeling again."

Matip missed Liverpool's last two games before the international break through injury but is expected to return for Sunday's visit to Manchester United.


19th October 2019, 02:24
Liverpool is yet to lose a game this season. 8 games with 8 wins. This is remarkable!

19th October 2019, 02:34
Can't wait for this game. Matip and Allison should be back. I have a strong feeling we're going to make it 9 out of 9

19th October 2019, 06:10
We need an early goal. Utd will have 10 men behind the wall as they really have nothing to play for.

20th October 2019, 15:04
We need an early goal. Utd will have 10 men behind the wall as they really have nothing to play for.

Doubt they would do that. Ole would get the sack if he plays like that at home. They have their pride to play for and obviously they do not want to get stuck in a potential relegation battle come Christmas. They will not sit back. They would want all 3 points from this.

20th October 2019, 23:18
1-1 is not a bad result away to United all things considered. Rashford's goal should have been disallowed seeing how the move started with a foul. Mane was really unlucky to see his effort ruled out when the ball clearly first hit his thigh. Their defender then had control before Mane robbed him to score. The ref was poor giving them all the free kicks and us nothing at all. The game for most of the part was boring with both cancelling each other out particularly in the first half. We had most off it in the second dominating possession fully deserving the equaliser at the very least. Another 20 mins and we'd probably have won it.

23rd October 2019, 00:28
Mohamed Salah has returned to the Liverpool squad for Wednesday's Champions League game at Genk after recovering from an ankle problem.

The Egypt forward, 27, suffered the injury before the international break and missed Sunday's 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

Full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold (virus) and fellow defender Joel Matip (sore knee) will remain on Merseyside.

Liverpool are second in Group E with three points from two games.

England defender Joe Gomez is likely to fill in for Alexander-Arnold at right-back with Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren poised to play alongside Virgil van Dijk in place of Matip.

The match at Genk is the first of two back-to-back fixtures against the Belgian side.

Liverpool squad: Alisson, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Gomez, Adrian, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Brewster, Robertson, Origi, Kelleher.

English dominance - best of the stats
This is the first meeting between KRC Genk and Liverpool in any competition.
Genk's only previous meetings with English opponents in European competition was in the 2011-12 Champions League group stage, drawing 1-1 at home and losing 5-0 at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.
Liverpool have won all five of their European Cup/Champions League matches against Belgian teams, keeping five clean sheets in those games - one of those wins was in the 1978 European Cup final against Bruges (1-0).
English teams are unbeaten in their last 14 Champions League games against Belgian teams (W12 D2 L0) since Manchester United's 2-1 defeat at Anderlecht in October 2000 - five English teams have faced Belgian teams since then without losing (Leeds, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Leicester).
Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino is the only player since the start of the 2017-18 season to have both scored and assisted 10 Champions League goals (14 goals, 10 assists) - although he has only scored or assisted in one of his last seven away games in the competition (one goal away at Porto).


29th October 2019, 21:15
Liverpool defender Joel Matip is set to be sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury and could possibly be out until after the international break.

Matip has missed Liverpool‘s last two matches against Genk and Tottenham after experiencing discomfort in his knee when the Reds drew 1-1 at Manchester United.

The injury had initially occurred during the win over Sheffield United at the end of September and will come as a huge blow to the league leaders.

It means he will be absent for important clashes, starting with the Carabao Cup tie against Arsenal on Wednesday, Saturday’s Premier League trip to Aston Villa, the Champions League return with Genk and Manchester City’s visit to Anfield on November 10.

According to the Echo, Liverpool have not put a specific date on when Matip is likely to be back playing, with some reports suggesting he will be out for six weeks.

The former Schalke defender, who arrived at Anfield in 2016, has formed a impressive partnership alongside Virgil van Dijk this season, conceding just eight goals this season, the same as Leicester and Sheffield United.

In the absence of Matip, Jurgen Klopp appears to have opted to bring back in Dejan Lovren ahead of Joe Gomez.

Matip recently signed a a new contract with Liverpool that will see him stay at the club until 2024.


30th October 2019, 09:26
It was a penalty when their defender clearly hacked Mane down. Spurs opening the scoring so early gave us much time to bang a few past them as well even in the first half when we missed a few. Had Son put it in like he should have done instead of hitting the bar it was game over. Robertson and Trent are the best left and right backs in the world in my opinion, these two never tire running up and own the park all of ninety minutes. That we got Robbo so cheaply in this day is unbelievable, he must be worth at least £50 million in today's market. Harry Kane running his mouth about VVD calling him various things only made him look like a bigger fool afterwards then again he is probably fed up getting tanked by us repeatedly.

31st October 2019, 23:56
Captaining Liverpool is something full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has "always dreamed of" and "would love to do one day".

The 21-year-old, born and raised in the city, is one short of 100 games for the club he made his debut for in 2016.

He became the youngest player to start two consecutive Champions League finals when Liverpool beat Tottenham in June.

Alexander-Arnold also said he has never thought about leaving Liverpool and "can't see that changing".

The England international said: "I am not shy in saying that [being captain] is a dream for me. Whether it comes true or not is not up to me; I don't pick who is captain.

"But that is something I would love to do one day. Captaining Liverpool is something I have always dreamed of and it is something that motivates me.

"I have always been a Liverpool player, Liverpool has always been my home. I have never thought about changing clubs.

"I always thought Liverpool was destined to be my club. When I grew up, the dream was always to play for Liverpool. Now I am living the dream and I can't see that changing."

But he explained how a lottery draw when he was six years old set him on the path to where he is today.

"It was a normal day at school coming up to half term and there was a summer camp going on at the [Liverpool] academy," he said. "They sent six or seven invites to my school. It was about encouraging young players to play football.

"Every child wanted to go, so names were picked out of a hat and mine came out. I went down on the Saturday with mum, nervous as anything - excited, couldn't sleep.

"I was nervous to see if I was going to fit in, if I was any good or not. I went in the morning and it was within the first hours, one of the members of staff went over to my mum and said: 'Can you start bringing him two or three times a week?'"

'When I was misbehaving in school, I wouldn't be allowed to train'
Trent Alexander-Arnold
Alexander-Arnold says he got help in improving his mindset from coach Alex Inglethorpe (left)
Alexander-Arnold grew up in the West Derby area of Liverpool and came up through the age groups at the club, captaining the Under-16 and Under-18 teams.

He said: "When I was 13 and at secondary school, the Liverpool academy started a scheme of bringing players out of school for two afternoons a week. You miss afternoon lessons to go training. But the school was reluctant to let me go; they wanted me to focus on education.

"Mum and dad always drilled into me: Education came before football. If I was naughty at school, I wasn't allowed to play football. The school wouldn't let me leave, so mum and dad made the choice to change my school so I could play more football.

"When I was misbehaving in school, I wouldn't be allowed to train. Mum would call the coach and say that I'd been naughty and would not be training."

He comes across as a mild-mannered player, but that was not always the case.

"When I was making mistakes, I was a sore loser," he said. "My reaction wasn't right. If I made a mistake, I would be out of the game for a minute or two. If I lost at the end of training, I would kick balls away, make a bad tackle. But I realised that wasn't the right way.

"Alex Inglethorpe, the first coach who stood up against me, told me that would hold me back and it was something we worked on for one season to make sure it stopped happening.

"It would eat me up a lot - but after you calmed down, you would realise how bad you have been; how it is not OK to treat people like that. It is about working hard, using your mentality as a positive and motivation."

Alexander-Arnold says the 2005 Champions League final parade went past his house
Alexander-Arnold first went to Anfield as a supporter in the spring of 2005, as Liverpool were in the midst of a memorable Champions League run under the management of Rafael Benitez.

He said: "My first game at Anfield was the Juventus Champions League quarter-final in 2005. We won 2-1. It is hard to describe; it was loud, chaos, so many bodies. I was still small, I was looking and trying to see things.

"I was walking up the steps and seeing the warm-ups, the bright lights, the songs. It was probably the most special game I have ever been to. It was my first one and I always wanted a taste of that."

Liverpool went on to win the trophy that season, coming back from three goals down to beat AC Milan on penalties in an extraordinary final in Istanbul.

"We were on the front wall when the parade came past our house, all our mates came," Alexander-Arnold said.

"The players then were everything, I had posters in my room of Gerrard and Carragher.

"I understand young kids in the city will think of me like that and that gives me a responsibility to be a good role model. There is stuff on and off the pitch that you have to do to show a good example."

Alexander-Arnold was given his first-team debut by Jurgen Klopp in October 2016, when Liverpool beat Spurs 2-1 in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

He has since gone on to have his own big European nights. There was heartbreak in May 2018 as Liverpool lost the Champions League final 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev, but exhilaration a year later as Tottenham were defeated 2-0 in Madrid.

Alexander-Arnold started both finals, and credits Klopp with developing him into the sort of player who can deal with those occasions.

"He is someone who really made me who I am today," the defender said. "He has pushed me to get better on a day-to-day basis. He has given me so many opportunities, I could never repay him."

Racism is 'embarrassing' in this day and age
Alexander-Arnold has won seven international caps for England and was part of the squad for October's 6-0 European Championship qualifying win in Bulgaria, a match marred by racist abuse directed towards the Three Lions players by home fans.

Bulgaria were punished by Uefa by being given a two-game stadium ban - with half of that punishment suspended for two years.

"It was difficult, it was tough," Alexander-Arnold said. "Personally I had never faced it before. We got told there was the potential of it happening and we got told we had to follow certain procedures and that is what we did. The team handled it very well.

"We want to play football, win games and do our country proud. To face something like that is massively disappointing and something that should not be happening in this day and age; it is embarrassing.

"But these sort of things happen and you need to get your head round them and come out as the bigger people. That is what we did."


1st November 2019, 21:31
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out fielding different teams in two competitions in two countries - possibly on the same day - to solve the club's Carabao Cup quarter-final issue.

The Reds were drawn to play Aston Villa in the last eight in the week commencing 16 December, when they are in Qatar for the Fifa Club World Cup.

"We cannot leave any players at home for the Carabao Cup," said Klopp.

The Premier League is unlikely to allow Liverpool to move any top-flight games.

Their league game at West Ham United has already been postponed because of their participation in the tournament in the Middle East.

The Anfield club and the EFL are in talks over an alternative date but Klopp said there was "no final decision yet".

"We have two games there [Qatar] in a very busy period," the German added.

"It's not that we can go there with 11 players and say they play the two games in Qatar and the other guys play in England against Aston Villa. It doesn't work like that.

"We have to make the decision and we will make the decision - but not yet."

There appear to be no potential slots in December, a month when Liverpool already have eight fixtures scheduled - five in the Premier League, their final Champions League group match and two Club World Cup games.

There is a midweek window after the FA Cup third round on the first weekend in January - but that would mean playing the Villa tie when the first legs of the EFL Cup semi-finals are due to take place.

Another midweek slot is potentially available in the week commencing 13 January, before the second legs take place in the week beginning 27 January.

The EFL Cup final is on 1 March and Klopp questioned the logic of the competition having two-legged semi-finals.

"After a very busy schedule in December, there is two [legged] semi-finals," he said.

"It is an easy decision for me to say: 'OK, if you keep that competition, why have two (legged) semi-finals?'"

BBC Sport understands the EFL is not planning any change to the format of the two-legged EFL Cup semi-finals.

Liverpool 'not able to play' quarter-final unless fixtures change
Liverpool's fixture pile-up (Premier League unless stated)
4 December Everton (h)
7 December Bournemouth (a)
10 December Red Bull Salzburg (a) Champions League
14 December Watford (h)
16 December Week of EFL Cup quarter-finals
18 December TBC (Qatar) Club World Cup
21 December TBC (Qatar) Club World Cup
26 December Leicester City (a)
29 December Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)
2 January Sheffield United (h)
4 & 5 January FA Cup third round
6 January Week of EFL Cup semi-final first legs
11 January Tottenham Hotspur (a)
19 January Manchester United (h)
23 January Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)
27 January Week of EFL Cup semi-final second legs
1 February Southampton (h)

'Leagues need to think about players and not wallets'
The problems faced by Liverpool over their fixture congestion also resulted in Klopp urging football's authorities to discuss the workload on players.

"It's obvious that it's too much," said the former Borussia Dortmund manager. "Everybody involved in the game would tell you that.

"At the moment there is an imbalance between the number of players in the squad, the competitions you have to play, and a big gap between the breaks the boys need and get.

"The Manes, Salahs, Hendersons - all these guys have two weeks off a year, in a physically demanding job.

"The solutions? I think there are a few possible but the leagues have to sit and really discuss, and think about the players and maybe not about their wallet.

"These are the games we have to play - and we play them with all we have - but somebody has to think about how many games."

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he had sympathy with Klopp and agreed that there are too many games for top-flight players.

"If we have bigger squads, how do we pay them? We need less fixtures, less competitions, more recovery," the Spaniard said on Friday.

"But I have been in meetings and it's always the same. We just talk about it.

"I'm completely with Jurgen when he makes these statements - it's too much.

"I had to prioritise Ilkay Gundogan for the last game - no Kevin [de Bruyne], no David Silva. Other clubs do the same."


4th November 2019, 16:13
Premier League stats: Liverpool kings of the last-gasp winner

It was a dramatic weekend at the top of the Premier League, with plenty of late twists to digest as Liverpool found a very late equaliser and a stoppage-time winner at Aston Villa.

Manchester United were once fabled for their crucial goals in 'Fergie time', but these days they are becoming something of a speciality for Jurgen Klopp's leaders.

Meanwhile, Merseyside neighbours Everton also provided late drama but Dele Alli's undefeated run goes on.

BBC Sport takes a look at the weekend's key Premier League statistics.

Mane and Liverpool leave it late again
Liverpool started and ended the day with a six-point advantage over Manchester City, but the prospective gap changed throughout the afternoon - as high as seven, and down to three - as both sides made heavy weather of overcoming opponents from the bottom half of the table.

Sadio Mane had the final say, converting in the fourth minute of stoppage time to protect the Reds' advantage going into City's trip to Anfield on Sunday.

Mane becomes only the fourth player to score four winners in the 90th minute or later in the Premier League, matching the achievements of Papiss Cisse, Steven Gerrard and Ian Wright.

There are 11 players to register three - with Christian Benteke the only one of those still active in the English top flight.

It was also the 35th time Liverpool have scored a 90th-minute winner in the Premier League era, making them clear leaders in that department.

They have managed 10 more than any other side in the competition's history, with only a handful of teams registering more than 20.

Five of those late winners have come since the start of last season. That too is more than any other side, with only Cardiff City and Wolves managing three in that time.

Tosun joins late list but Alli's run goes on
There was to be even more late drama on Sunday.

Liverpool's Merseyside rivals Everton rescued a point against Tottenham at Goodison Park, as Cenk Tosun pounced with 96 minutes and 57 seconds on the clock.

That was the latest goal to be scored in a Premier League match for almost three years, since Alexis Sanchez struck for Arsenal against Burnley after 97 minutes and 14 seconds in January 2017.

However, Tosun's goal arrived almost five minutes earlier than Dirk Kuyt's strike against Arsenal in 2011 - the latest to be scored as far as exact time data exists from 2003-04 onwards.

While Tosun's late strike denied Spurs victory, it was not enough to end Dele Alli's undefeated record.

The England midfielder extended his Premier League record of never losing when he has scored to 39 matches.

It's good, but it's not quite James Milner...

If Aguero shoots, he scores (most of the time)
Champions Manchester City had an agonising wait, but they finally broke Southampton resistance in the 70th minute with their first shot on target.

It was the longest Pep Guardiola's side have had to wait for a first shot on target in the Premier League since December 2016, when they were kept at bay until the 82nd minute by Leicester in a 4-2 defeat.

Only on eight occasions have Guardiola's City failed to have a shot on target in the first half of a league game, and interestingly Southampton have been the opposition in exactly half of those games.

Crucially for City, though, Aguero kick-started City's fightback with his ninth goal from just 10 shots on target in the Premier League this season.

On the subject of goalscoring feats, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got his 50th goal for Arsenal on Saturday.

That milestone arrived in only his 78th game for the Gunners in all competitions, making him the quickest to reach it for Arsenal since Wright reached 50 in 10 fewer games in 1993.

Only six Arsenal players have got to 50 goals in fewer games than the Gabon international - it even took club legend Thierry Henry 83.

Not to be outdone, however, Wolves' striker Raul Jimenez cancelled out Aubameyang's opener for his 11th goal in all competitions this season. Only Aguero and Sterling, with 13, currently boast a better return among Premier League players.

But perhaps the striker celebrating the most this weekend was Watford's Gerard Deulofeu.

After failing to score with any of his first 25 shots in the league this season, the Spaniard finally found the back of the net at the 26th attempt against Chelsea.

Deulofeu's shot conversion rate of 3.8% is the joint-lowest of anyone to score in the Premier League in 2019-20, with only Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe matching his unfortunate record.

The names above should get some tips from Sheffield United's unforgiving Lys Mousset, who has converted 100% of his three shots on target so far.https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/50283016

4th November 2019, 20:29
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4th November 2019, 21:22
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hit back at Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola after he accused Sadio Mane of being a diver.

Mane, the Liverpool and Senegal forward, was booked at Aston Villa on Saturday for simulation, before scoring a header in stoppage-time to secure a 2-1 win for the Reds.

Guardiola, speaking after City's comeback win against Southampton on Saturday, reacted by saying "sometimes Mane's diving, sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute".

But his words did not go well with Klopp, who said: "I'm not really in a Man City mood at the moment.

"Do I like that he says this about one of my players? I'm not even 100 per cent sure if he spoke about Sadio [Mane] or us in general. I didn't hear Sadio's name.

"I don't know how he could have known about any incident in the game so quickly after [their game against Southampton].

"Sadio is not a diver. There was a situation in the Aston Villa game where he got a contact and went down. Maybe it wasn't a penalty but there was contact - it's not like jumping over a leg and acting like he hit you."

It is not the first time Mane has been scrutinised for going down too easily this season.

The former Southampton forward won late penalties for Liverpool in narrow victories over Leicester and Tottenham last month.

But Klopp, speaking ahead of Tuesday's Champions League group game against Belgian side Genk, maintained that Mane is not a cheat.

"All the other penalties were penalties because he was in that situation and stayed there," added Klopp.

"I'm 100 sure if something like this would happen for Man City they would want to have a penalty because somebody kicked a player in the box and it's a penalty."

"I'm absolutely not in the mood to talk about Manchester City. I really want to talk about Genk or us, but not about the game on Sunday."


5th November 2019, 22:33
Liverpool will field different teams in two separate competitions within 24 hours after the EFL announced the date of their Carabao Cup quarter-final with Aston Villa will not be changed.

The Reds will play at Villa on 17 December at 19:45 GMT and will compete in the Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar the following day at 17:30 GMT.

Manager Jurgen Klopp had ruled out the prospect of playing both fixtures.

But the EFL said keeping the date followed a "request from the club".

A Liverpool statement said: "We would like to thank the EFL for their efforts to accommodate us and we can confirm alternative dates were discussed, but ultimately none were considered suitable without compromising the scheduling of the competition itself or placing an undue strain on our playing staff.

"As a result, we will be utilising two playing squads simultaneously, with one squad participating in the Fifa Club World Cup in Qatar and another in the Carabao Cup.

"The club would like to take this opportunity to underline that while this is not an ideal scenario, it is an outcome which was arrived at with the best interests of the competition, our fellow clubs and ourselves as the sole motivating factor."

Liverpool now have nine fixtures in December, with a run that includes a league match at home to Watford on 14 December, the EFL Cup tie with Villa three days later, a first Club World Cup game the following day and a final match in the competition on 21 December.

Klopp's side then return to league action away at Leicester on 26 December.

An EFL statement said Liverpool had committed to "fielding a team that is largely consistent with those that have participated in earlier rounds of this season's competition" at Villa Park.

EFL football services director Dave Cookson said: "In these exceptional circumstances the decision was taken having received clear assurances from the club that there will be a level of consistency in team selection, a feature which is key to ensuring integrity is maintained."

The EFL said maintaining the fixture date was "the best decision in minimising the impact of rescheduling the final stages of the competition".

There are no midweek slots available in 2019 other than during international breaks and the first legs of the EFL Cup semi-finals are scheduled to be played in the week commencing 6 January.

When fixtures pile up...
In April, Venezuelan club Deportivo Lara played two matches in the space of six hours - one of which was in the Copa Libertadores - and won both.

On the same day, Venezuelan side Zamora played two fixtures 4,000 miles apart, losing 4-0 at Deportivo La Guaira in the league and 3-2 at Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro in the Copa Libertadores.

Arsenal and Manchester United played on consecutive days in November 2001. The Gunners lost 4-2 to Charlton in the Premier League on 4 November and on the same day United were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool at Anfield, also in the league.

On 5 November, Arsenal beat United 4-0 in the League Cup.

And in November 1987, striker Mark Hughes played for Wales and Bayern Munich in two countries on the same day.

After playing for his country, Hughes recalled: "There was a Lada to whisk us off after the match. I had to get changed into my kit on the plane."


6th November 2019, 00:39
Markhor one day you will put us over :mv

6th November 2019, 14:23
Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool manager says 'we cannot carry on like this' over fixture congestion

Jürgen Klopp says "we cannot carry on like this" after it was decided his Liverpool side will play two games in two days in December.

The Reds face Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup quarter-final on 17 December before playing the Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar the next day.

"We have to find solutions," said Klopp. "The problems are obvious.

"Every year we do the same again. Some find it funny - 'five games in three days - let's see how it works out'."

From 23 November to 2 January, Liverpool face a testing period of 12 games in 37 days in four competitions - the Premier League, Champions League, EFL Cup and Club World Cup - with an FA Cup third-round tie still to be determined in the first week of 2020.

On Friday, Klopp had ruled out the possibility of fielding two different Liverpool sides in two competitions in two continents, but a club statement on Tuesday said although it was "not an ideal scenario" the outcome was reached in the "best interests of the competition".

The EFL confirmed the date for the last-eight tie against Villa would be kept following a "request from the club".

Speaking after goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain earned the Reds a 2-1 Champions League victory over Genk at Anfield, Klopp said: "Do we want to be in trouble with Fifa or the EFL? Probably not and we respect the competitions.

"The Carabao Cup makes it sound like we don't want to play in it.

"That is not true, but I don't understand two games in the semi-final. I don't like that in a busy period of the season.

"You only play the Club World Cup if you win the Champions League, and that does not happen in your life five million times so you take that opportunity. Is it the best time of the year? Nope. We will go there, we will try to play all the games with all that we have."https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/50311637

8th November 2019, 19:24
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says the assault that resulted in serious brain injuries to Reds fan Sean Cox is "the lowest point" of his time at the club.

Cox, 54, was attacked by Roma fans before a Champions League game at Anfield in April 2018.

He will return to the ground for the first time since the incident for Sunday's game against Manchester City.

"I hope we can organise that I can see him for a couple of minutes before the game. I really want to," said Klopp.

After almost 18 months of treatment in the Republic of Ireland, Cox moved to a specialist neurological facility in the north of England for a 12-week rehabilitation programme, focusing on developing his speech and movement.

His wife Martina said he had made progress since the attack, but it has been slow and "his speech remains very challenged".

A legends charity match staged at the Aviva Stadium in April this year raised 748,000 euros for the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust.

Cox and his family will be guests of Premier League leaders Liverpool for the game against City.

"When it happened to Sean, it was the lowest point of my time at Liverpool," said Klopp.

"Something like this should not happen in general in life and it should not happen around a football game as well.

"We all know it's not finished yet and there is a long way to go.

"If we can give him the opportunity to come back to watch a really big game - and that he wants to do that - that for me, coming from a really low point, is one of my highlights since I have been here."

Italian fan Simone Mastrelli was sentenced to three and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting Cox.

The growing Liverpool and Man City rivalry
Premier League champions City are six points behind Champions League holders Liverpool going into the game.

"From a sport's point of view this rivalry is getting bigger and bigger," said Klopp.

"Obviously Manchester Ciy are a pretty good football team and thank God there is a rivalry because it means we are a pretty good team as well."

Meanwhile, Klopp reassured City they should have no concerns about their arrival at Anfield.

The Etihad side's bus was attacked as it made its way to the stadium before a Champions League quarter-final in April 2018 and City have sought assurances that there will be no repeat.

"If someone from City is concerned still, it's our fault," said Klopp.

"We all didn't throw a bottle, but it was one of us. All of us have to make sure that something like that never happens again.

"We will do everything to make sure it doesn't happen again."


14th November 2019, 19:34
Mohamed Salah's return date for Liverpool remains unclear with the forward continuing to have treatment on his ankle injury, following his withdrawal from the Egypt squad on Tuesday.

Salah has been ruled out of Egypt's upcoming internationals versus Kenya and Comoros due to the ongoing problem and the forward was pictured wearing a protective boot on his left foot in Cairo, as he sat out of an Egypt training session.

Sky Sports News understands Salah has been given the chance to train away from Liverpool's Melwood training ground as he continues his rehabilitation, and the club will grant him an extended period of time off over the international break.

It remains unclear how long he will be sidelined for but the forward, who has nine goals in 17 appearances in all competitions for the Reds this term, remains a doubt for Liverpool's next Premier League clash against Crystal Palace on November 23.

The 27-year-old originally suffered the injury in Liverpool's 2-1 win over Leicester City on October 5, hobbling off the pitch at Anfield after coming under a second-half challenge from Foxes midfielder Hamza Choudhury.

Since that game, he scored in Liverpool's 4-1 away win over Genk in the Champions League and was substituted off after scoring a penalty in the victory over Tottenham.

Salah headed in an Andy Robertson cross during the first-half last Sunday in Liverpool's crucial victory over Premier League title rivals Manchester City.

He was taken off in the 87th minute at Anfield and replaced by defender Joe Gomez with Jurgen Klopp's side looking to close out the 3-1 triumph.


14th November 2019, 22:41
Salah has been struggling for few weeks. Klopp should rest him for a week or two. Bring in Ox or Origi in his place.

15th November 2019, 02:33
Dec is gonna be such an important month with ten matches or something. If Salah and Robbo are out it will make it doubly difficult for the boys.

16th November 2019, 22:20
Former Liverpool defender Dominic Matteo has had surgery on a brain tumour, the Anfield club have said.

A Liverpool club statement said the 45-year-old former Scotland international had an operation on Monday and has since come out of intensive care.

Matteo made 155 Reds appearances between 1993 and 2000 before joining Leeds United.

He helped the Elland Road side reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2001 and later captained the club.

"The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Dom, his family and friends and we will be offering our support to them throughout this difficult time," said Liverpool's statement.

Peter McDowall, a presenter on LFC TV, on which Matteo is a regular pundit and commentator, posted on social media: "Horrible few days but he's doing well. We love you Dom, more than you know."

Matteo also had spells with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City before retiring as a player in 2009.


16th November 2019, 23:44
Liverpool could be missing 7 players after the international break. Salah and Robbo could be joined by the likes of Hendo and Gomez on the treatment table. Some squad players like Shaqiri are also out injured. Wishing Dom Matteo a speedy recovery from a terrible illness.

26th November 2019, 22:13
Jurgen Klopp says he is "not worried" about Mohamed Salah's fitness but Liverpool will wait before deciding if the forward plays against Napoli.

Salah was an unused substitute in Liverpool's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday after Klopp said the forward's ongoing ankle injury was "still there".

He was left out of Egypt's squad for their recent Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Kenya and Comoros in order to continue treatment on the injury, which he aggravated against Manchester City earlier this month.

"Mo looks really good," Klopp said ahead of facing Napoli on Wednesday, when Liverpool will secure a place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a victory.

"We'll see today but I'm not too worried about it."

But Klopp said Joel Matip, who has been sidelined with a knee injury, will not be rushed back.

"Joel is improving but is some time away," he said. "There will be a scan this week and then we will see how it is."

Klopp 'constantly changing plans'
Salah, 27, originally suffered the injury in Liverpool's 2-1 win over Leicester City on October 5, hobbling off the pitch at Anfield after coming under a second-half challenge from Foxes midfielder Hamza Choudhury.

Since that game, he scored in Liverpool's 4-1 away win over Genk in the Champions League and was substituted off after scoring a penalty in the victory over Tottenham.

But after scoring in the win over title rivals Manchester City, he was taken off in the 87th minute.

Liverpool's congested run of fixtures makes uncertainties over injuries even more difficult for Klopp.

The club already facing the unusual dilemma of having to play a Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar less than 24 hours after a Carabao Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa.

What do Liverpool need to reach the last 16?
Liverpool will be through if they beat Napoli, or if Salzburg do not beat Genk.

A win would clinch first place in Group E.

Defeat to Napoli at Anfield would see the Italian side qualify and leave Liverpool needing a result against Salzburg just a week before.

"We have plans for everything and we change them constantly," Klopp added.

"I have two smartphones, and when one of them is ringing it is rarely good news.

"You only get the messages when a player is not fine. Then you have to make new plans."

Defender Andrew Robertson played down concerns over his ankle issue, insisting he can manage his fitness.

"It's been better, just a bit stiff after matches and something I can manage with. I feel fresh and hopefully that continues," Robertson said.

"I get paid to play games and train and we're all the same, we don't want to miss training sessions and games. It's all about managing. We all want to play games but sometimes it's not possible and someone has to step in and tell you otherwise.

"Sitting up in the stands is no good for me and my heart."

Napoli remain the only club to have beaten Liverpool this season, but have struggled domestically since then and sit seventh in Serie A.

Klopp is expecting a "dangerous" Napoli side, though, and says it would be Liverpool's "biggest mistake" to think they are already through to the knockout stage.

"If there is any manager in the world that doesn't need advice from me, it's Carlo Ancelotti," said Klopp.


27th November 2019, 07:07
With such a heavy fixture list Liverpool need a win tomorrow against a dangerous side. This will give us respite going in to the Salzburg match. Mind you, apart from our trip to the Middle East other top sides also have a very busy December as well. I expect us to defeat Napoli in a closely fought match, they'll be up for it as well no doubt about it. In Origi and possibly Shaqiri we have good replacements should Salah be unfit. Seems the injuries are easing off as well.

28th November 2019, 08:09
Defending champions Liverpool will need at least a point in their final group game at Red Bull Salzburg to guarantee reaching the last 16 of the Champions League after a lacklustre draw against Napoli.

The Reds would have gone through as Group E winners with a win but fell behind midway through the first half when Dries Mertens beat the offside trap to finish from a tight angle.

Liverpool were far from their best in the first half as they struggled to put together the fast-flowing attacking football they are capable of, although went close to equalising on the stroke of half-time when James Milner was denied at the near post.

Kalidou Koulibaly cleared Roberto Firmino's effort off the line as Liverpool improved after the restart, with Napoli sitting deeper to protect their lead.

The hosts finally equalised when Dejan Lovren headed home from a corner after 65 minutes, the goal prompting Anfield to roar into life as Liverpool fans urged their side on to find a winner.

But despite a late push the Napoli defence held firm to earn a point.

It means Liverpool will have to go to Red Bull Salzburg on 10 December needing a draw or hope Napoli lose at home to Genk.

Off-colour Reds left with work to do
With 11 wins and two draws in their previous 13 games, it had seemed before kick-off that this would be a straightforward night for the Reds.

They hadn't lost at home since a League Cup defeat by Chelsea in September 2018, while Napoli arrived at Anfield a side in disarray, with off-pitch unrest coupled with a run of six games without victory.

But the Italians have been a thorn in Liverpool's side in recent years. They had won two of their three previous Champions League meetings, and were only an Alisson save away from ending the Reds' title-winning campaign at the group stage last season.

A bright first five minutes proved to be a false dawn as Liverpool struggled to get a foothold in midfield, while their normally deadly front three of Mohamed Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane could not link up effectively to carve open a disciplined Napoli defence.

Liverpool have finished strongly in recent weeks to get wins against Tottenham, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace but even after Lovren's equaliser there was never really a sense that they would go on and finish the job.

It was an off day for Liverpool but the draw does keep their unbeaten run going and the performance will provide manager Jurgen Klopp with an indication of what needs improving ahead of a busy December.

Injuries and experiments add to disappointment

Liverpool are at the start of what could be the biggest challenge of their season, this game the first of 12 in just 36 days, and that perhaps prompted Klopp to assess his options to combat fatigue.

He opted to play Joe Gomez at right-back with Trent Alexander-Arnold left on the bench, but it was an experiment that failed to come off as Gomez struggled to provide the same kind of attacking threat down the right as his England team-mate.

But as well as a need to rotate, injuries will also be a concern for Klopp during this hectic run of fixtures.

Salah started against Napoli after recovering from an ankle problem but struggled to make an impact in the game, while Fabinho limped off early on and an extended absence for the midfielder would be a blow to Liverpool's ambitions at home and abroad.

Man of the match - Dejan Lovren

Source: https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/50519961.

28th November 2019, 15:19
Jurgen Klopp says he is unsure of the severity of Fabinho's injury, but says the outcome is "massive" after the midfielder limped off in Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Napoli.

Fabinho, who has played in all but one of Liverpool's Premier League games this season, limped off in the first half after team-mate Dejan Lovren attempted to tackle Hirving Lozano.

He was replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum in the 19th minute and is banned for Liverpool's Premier League fixture against Brighton on Saturday, but Klopp will be keen to have him back for the Merseyside derby next Wednesday.

"The biggest thing is the Fabinho injury, that's massive," said Klopp.

"It's early and we all hope it's not too serious but it's pretty painful and in an area you don't want to have pain, around the ankle."

Asked by reporters how serious the injury could be, Klopp added: "I don't want to say what I expect because I hope it is not serious.

"He has pain, which is not good. He couldn't continue. I hope it is not that serious. We'll know more maybe tomorrow or the day after."

Draw with Napoli adds to fixture stress
Klopp admits it is never easy at Liverpool and says he had not planned ahead to go to Red Bull Salzburg with a weakened side after their Champions League progress was halted.

The 1-1 draw with Napoli means Liverpool need a result in Salzburg in a fortnight's time, and means Klopp cannot rest some of his star players amid a hectic period of fixtures.

But Klopp said he never expected to have it easy enough to have the luxury of going to Salzburg not needing anything.

"If we have ambitions in the Champions League, we have to show that in Salzburg - and until then, we have to show our ambitions in the Premier League. There are a couple of games to play until then and we have to be focused on them - and we will be, no doubt."


3rd December 2019, 21:35
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is open to making signings in January, with the club "always ready" in the transfer market.

It comes after Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola ruled out bringing in any new arrivals during the winter window - despite his lack of options at centre-back.

Asked if he was surprised about Guardiola's comments, with City 11 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, Klopp said: "I'm not here to speak about the Man City transfer window.

"I'm only hearing this now for the first time. Am I surprised? No. But it's not important.

"We don't speak about it. We are pretty much always ready - if we can do something which helps us, we will try to do it. If not we will not."

Most managers are reluctant to do business in January due to inflated transfer fees, but Klopp is unsure if there is any real difference compared to the summer window.

He is, though, unhappy with the summer transfer window closing earlier for English clubs than the rest of Europe.

"I think the summer window is really difficult because of the different moments when it closes in Europe," he added.

"That makes it really difficult. We'll see how that goes in the future but the summer window only hurts English clubs and doesn't help them. It's not cool."

Klopp is no stranger to making signings in January. In the 2018 winter window, he brought Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool from Southampton for £75m, a record fee for a defender at the time.

It is a signing that has paid off for Klopp and Liverpool, with Van Dijk coming second in the 2019 Ballon d'Or rankings - behind Barcelona forward Lionel Messi - at Monday's ceremony in Paris.

"Lionel Messi, as I have said 500,000 times, is the best player I saw in my lifetime," said Klopp. "He rightly so won it six times and Cristiano won it five times.

"But I can't remember a more impressive season of a defender ever. So I think it would have been right as well if Virgil van Dijk won it. I heard it was pretty close."


5th December 2019, 00:17
Shaqiri, Origi and Milner given a chance today in the Merseyside Derby.

5th December 2019, 00:51
Shaqiri, Origi and Milner given a chance today in the Merseyside Derby.

Not sure about this, Everton might not be in good form but are bitter rivals. Its never an easy game even at home.

Im sure Klopp will change quickly if he needs to.

6th December 2019, 00:26
Liverpool have named a strong 23-man squad for the Fifa Club World Cup - which clashes with their Carabao Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa.

Eighteen of the 19 players named in Jurgen Klopp's two Premier League matchday squads over the past week will travel to Qatar.

Youngsters Rhian Brewster, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Neco Williams have also been named in the party.

It means the quartet are set to miss the cup match at Villa.

The selection confirms that Liverpool are concentrating their senior player resources on the Club World Cup as they deal with a schedule clash.

Klopp's side will play at Villa on 17 December at 19:45 GMT and will compete in the Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar the following day at 17:30 GMT.

The Premier League leaders are fielding different teams in two separate competitions within 24 hours because they said alternative dates were not considered "suitable without compromising the scheduling of the competition itself or placing an undue strain on our playing staff".

Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, named on the bench as Liverpool beat Everton 5-2 on Wednesday, is the only player to have featured in a Liverpool first-team matchday squad this week who will not be at the Club World Cup. Andy Lonergan is instead travelling to the tournament as one of three goalkeepers alongside Alisson and Adrian.

Centre-back Joel Matip and midfielder Fabinho are both injured and have not been included in the Club World Cup squad.

Liverpool squad: Alisson, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Gomez, Adrian, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Lonergan, Shaqiri, Brewster, Robertson, Origi, Jones, Alexander-Arnold, Elliott, Williams.


10th December 2019, 15:46
European champions Liverpool need a point away at Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday to be sure of a place in the Champions League last 16.

Liverpool are currently top of Group E and will guarantee top spot with a win.

Salzburg, who lost 4-3 at Anfield in October, need to win and hope Napoli are beaten by Belgian side Genk.

"Everybody knows it's a final and we're prepared for that - Salzburg has to win against us," said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

"We are not a typical Champions League winner, we're still ambitious like crazy, we will go for everything and run for our lives.

"It's not that I expect us to go through, I expect us to play the best game we can play."

Reds midfielder Adam Lallana misses out through injury, but central defender Dejan Lovren and midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum are both in the 19-man squad.

Liverpool, who beat Tottenham 2-0 in last season's final in June, could have qualified with a game to spare if they had beaten Napoli in their last Champions League match, but the Italian side held them to a 1-1 draw at Anfield.

If the Reds lose to Salzburg, they will need Genk to take points off Napoli or Klopp's side will drop down to the Europa League.

Who needs what in the Champions League?

Group E, Liverpool first, Napoli second, Red Bull Salzburg third, Genk fourth

There is one scenario where Liverpool will still qualify if they lose, but they need to score four away goals or more and only lose by one goal (eg a 5-4 defeat)

Lovren went off just before half-time in Saturday's 3-0 win at Bournemouth but trained on Monday, while Wijnaldum, who missed the game against the Cherries, has also travelled.

When these two teams met in October, goals from Sadio Mane, Andrew Robertson and Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool a 3-0 lead after 36 minutes.

However, the Austrians fought back to make it 3-3, although Salah then scored again to seal a 4-3 victory.

Salzburg, top of the Austrian Bundesliga, have scored 87 goals in 24 games in all competitions this season, 28 of which have come from 19-year-old Norwegian Erling Braut Haaland in only 21 appearances.

Match facts

This will be the second competitive meeting between Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool, following their game at Anfield on matchday two in which the Reds won 4-3, despite leading 3-0 after 36 minutes.
Red Bull Salzburg

Salzburg have lost four of their five matches against English opposition in all European competition, conceding at least twice in every match (13 in total). At home, Salzburg drew 2-2 with Blackburn in September 2006 (Uefa Cup) and lost 0-2 to Man City in September 2010 (Europa League).
Salzburg have won 15 and lost one of their last 20 home games in European competition (including qualifiers), with that defeat coming last time out on home soil versus Napoli.
Striker Erling Braut Haaland has scored in all five of his Champions League games so far, scoring eight goals and averaging a goal every 37 minutes. No player has ever scored in their first six appearances in the competition.
Only Tottenham (17) and Bayern Munich (21) have scored more goals than Salzburg (16) this season. Since 2003-04, the most goals scored by a side in the group stage to be eliminated is 16 scored by Chelsea in the 2012-13 campaign - they went on to win the Europa League.

Liverpool have won five of their seven games against Austrian sides in all European competitions (drew one, lost one), losing only to Grazer AK in a Champions League qualifier in August 2004.
Liverpool have only won two of their last 11 Champions League away group stage games (drew three, lost six), losing four of the last five (won one). The Reds last won consecutive away group games in the competition back in September 2008 under Rafael Benitez.
Neither Liverpool or Salzburg has kept a Champions League clean sheet this season. The Reds could become only the second reigning champion to fail to keep a clean sheet in their first six matches of the following campaign, after Real Madrid in 2016-17 (first 10 games).
Since the start of the 2017-18 campaign, the two players with the most Champions League assists are Liverpool duo Roberto Firmino and James Milner with 11 each.
Liverpool conceded three goals from five shots on target on matchday two against Salzburg; the most goals they have conceded against an opponent in the Champions League group stage is five, against Galatasaray in 2006-07 and Sevilla in 2017-18.


11th December 2019, 20:11
Flights have been cancelled after a private plane came off the runway at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

The airport is expected to be closed until 17:00 GMT and an inquiry has been launched into what happened when the plane landed at about 06:00.

Four people were on board the plane but no-one was hurt, a spokesman for the airport has confirmed.

A source at Liverpool Football Club confirmed the private jet was carrying one of the club's owners, Mike Gordon.

Mr Gordon, who is the president of Fenway Sports Group, was on a flight from Bedford, Massachusetts to Liverpool to attend a regular meeting at the club.

"He was not injured but would like to pass on his appreciation to the staff at Liverpool John Lennon Airport and the emergency services for their amazing work," the source said.


12th December 2019, 18:33
Liverpool interested in Takumi Minamino January transfer

Liverpool are interested in signing RB Salzburg's Takumi Minamino when the January transfer window opens.

The Japan attacking midfielder impressed against Liverpool in their two Champions League group games this season, scoring at Anfield.

The 24-year-old has a £7.25m release clause in his contract, which has alerted a number of Premier League, Bundesliga and Serie A clubs, so the Reds are accelerating their interest.


13th December 2019, 16:36
Jurgen Klopp signs new Liverpool deal until 2024

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has signed a new deal with the club that will run until 2024.

Klopp, who joined the Reds in October 2015, signed a new six-year contract in July 2016 and that has now been extended further.

Liverpool won the Champions League under the German last season and finished second in the Premier League.

They lead the top flight this season and have an eight-point lead in pursuit of a first league title since 1990.

"This club is in such a good place, I couldn't contemplate leaving," Klopp, 52, told Liverpool's website.

"For me personally this is a statement of intent, one which is built on my knowledge of what we as a partnership have achieved so far and what is still there for us to achieve.

"When I see the development of the club and the collaborative work that continues to take place, I feel my contribution can only grow.

"People see what happens on the pitch as a measure of our progress and although it is the best measure, it's not the only measure. I have seen the commitment from ownership through to every aspect and function of the club you can think of.

"When the call came in autumn 2015, I felt we were perfect for each other; if anything, now I feel I underestimated that.

"It is only with a total belief that the collaboration remains totally complementary on both sides that I am able to make this commitment to 2024.

"If I didn't, I would not be re-signing."

Liverpool lost only one game in the Premier League last season as they amassed 97 points but missed out on the title by a point to Manchester City.

This time around, they are unbeaten in the league - having won 15 and drawn one of their 16 games - and hold an eight-point lead over second-placed Leicester City and a 14-point advantage over Manchester City.

The Reds host Watford on Saturday at 12:30 GMT before their main squad head off to Qatar to play in the Fifa Club World Cup.

Liverpool have also progressed through to the knockout stages of the Champions League as they attempt to defend a trophy they won in June by beating Tottenham in Madrid.https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/50780855

The Viper
13th December 2019, 23:41
Liverpool: James Milner signs contract extension until 2022
Liverpool midfielder James Milner has agreed a contract extension to stay at the Premier League leaders until 2022.

The 33-year-old joined the Reds on a free transfer from Manchester City in June 2015 and is in the final season of his present deal.

He won the Champions League with Liverpool last season, adding a Super Cup winners' medal in August.

"This was obviously the ideal for me - stay and play at the highest level as long as I can," Milner said.

"There's a long, long way to go, but we'll keep striving to keep improving and getting success for this club."

The contract extension was announced on the same day that manager Jurgen Klopp signed a new deal of his own until 2024 and Milner quipped: "Obviously the gaffer waited to sign his dependent on whether I signed mine, so that makes me a feel bit more important!"

Milner made his Premier League debut aged 16 for Leeds in 2002 and is sixth in the all-time appearances list.

He first played for England in 2009 and won 61 caps, announcing his international retirement in 2016.

Milner has made 198 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 25 goals and featuring in five cup finals.

He has played 21 times so far this season as the Reds have opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League and progressed to the Champions League last 16. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50789231

14th December 2019, 00:40
Jurgen Klopp signs new Liverpool deal until 2024

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has signed a new deal with the club that will run until 2024.

Klopp, who joined the Reds in October 2015, signed a new six-year contract in July 2016 and that has now been extended further.

Liverpool won the Champions League under the German last season and finished second in the Premier League.

They lead the top flight this season and have an eight-point lead in pursuit of a first league title since 1990.

"This club is in such a good place, I couldn't contemplate leaving," Klopp, 52, told Liverpool's website.

"For me personally this is a statement of intent, one which is built on my knowledge of what we as a partnership have achieved so far and what is still there for us to achieve.

"When I see the development of the club and the collaborative work that continues to take place, I feel my contribution can only grow.

"People see what happens on the pitch as a measure of our progress and although it is the best measure, it's not the only measure. I have seen the commitment from ownership through to every aspect and function of the club you can think of.

"When the call came in autumn 2015, I felt we were perfect for each other; if anything, now I feel I underestimated that.

"It is only with a total belief that the collaboration remains totally complementary on both sides that I am able to make this commitment to 2024.

"If I didn't, I would not be re-signing."

Liverpool lost only one game in the Premier League last season as they amassed 97 points but missed out on the title by a point to Manchester City.

This time around, they are unbeaten in the league - having won 15 and drawn one of their 16 games - and hold an eight-point lead over second-placed Leicester City and a 14-point advantage over Manchester City.

The Reds host Watford on Saturday at 12:30 GMT before their main squad head off to Qatar to play in the Fifa Club World Cup.

Liverpool have also progressed through to the knockout stages of the Champions League as they attempt to defend a trophy they won in June by beating Tottenham in Madrid.https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/50780855

When I read this news, stopped caring about Boris winning.

Long Live Jurgen! :klopp

15th December 2019, 00:51
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has forcibly rejected the idea that the Champions League could be expanded.

Following a 2-0 win against Watford on Saturday, the Premier League leaders will next face Aston Villa in a Carabao Cup quarter-final on Tuesday.

And less than 24 hours after that, they will play in a Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar.

"We have to cut off games not put more in. Until then we have to do what we do," said Klopp.

Klopp will fly to Qatar with a senior 23-man squad on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, Liverpool's under-23s coach Neil Critchley is expected to take charge of a youthful side for Tuesday's game at Villa Park.

What happened in the Premier League?
Note: This article contains a word some readers may find offensive

Liverpool are among six Premier League clubs reportedly supporting plans to expand the Champions League group stage to 32 teams.

"Today I read the top clubs want more games in the Champions League," said Klopp. "I am not involved in these plans. That's absolute ********."

When asked about the fixture congestion that sees his side play eight matches in four weeks in three competitions on two continents, he said: "We have to deal with it."

Liverpool are competing in seven competitions this season and could play up to 67 games in 300 days if they go all the way in each of them - an average of a game every 4.5 days.

They have already played 27 matches in all competitions and will have played 31 before the new year.

Klopp was dealt a blow on Saturday, despite his side battling to victory over bottom-of-the-table Watford, when midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum was forced off with a muscle injury after an hour.

On Friday, centre-back Dejan Lovren was also ruled out through injury, with Klopp stating the club "don't have a timeframe" on when he will return.

Liverpool's squad has been heavily rotated this month. Klopp made seven changes in the 3-0 win at Bournemouth and six in the previous victory against Everton.

He has also shown faith in Liverpool's young players, placing importance on keeping the squad fresh.

He handed a debut to 18-year-old Curtis Jones last week before naming Neco Williams, 18, on the bench at Anfield on Saturday.

Williams and Jones could be one of four young players - Rhian Brewster and Harvey Elliott the others - that could fly to Qatar immediately after taking part in the EFL Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa.

"With the Gini's [Wijnaldum] injury today and Dejan's three or four days ago - I don't know who was injured three days before that but for sure, somebody - our squad is not getting bigger," Klopp said.

"Our main problem is about losing players. We are fine with the number of fixtures but losing players does not make it any easier."

'Sensationally good organisation'
Heavy fixture congestion and injuries are not Klopp's only concern - he is worried the conditions in Qatar and the organisation of the Club World Cup, a tournament the Reds have never won, will go against them.

"I think it's raining there which doesn't help the pitch. The one pitch we are all playing on, which is sensationally good organisation - where all the games are on one pitch and it's raining," he said.

"I'm not sure if people in Qatar are used to a lot of rain. We will see how the pitch will be. That's a bit of a problem.

"But we don't have more games. We have one game more and that is it. Until then, we will try to sort it as good as possible for us."


15th December 2019, 01:47
Minamino is going to be one hell of a coup - a player of his calibre for £7-8mn is a day light robbery.

I think, these are the type of signing that actually tells about Klopp the manager. Apart from the technical skills & versatility of playing at multiple positions across attacking line, this guy comes with high energy, extreme work ethics and a mentally that’s essential for Klopp’s formation. He is probably going to be 5th singing for Klopp from the soccer school of RB’s football Director - Ralf Rangnick. Other four are Matip, Firmino, Naby & Mane. And, this signing should make an instant fan favourite in Japan.

But, what we impressed me most, is how Klopp thinks, plans his squad and how much he values on a happy squad. Money is not a problem for him now, and he can buy almost anyone available there; but there is a problem with that - something Pep is facing at MCity. There is hardly any forward in world now who can take out one of the spots of Liverpool’s front three; therefore whoever comes will have to spend significant time on bench. This is a major problem if you fill your squad with galacticos from top soccer nations - anyone sitting on bench is risking his national spot. This guy Minamino can seat whole season on LFC bench, still his spot in Japan’s starting XI won’t be in risk. This is where I found Klopp outstanding- he is collecting top quality talents from less stronger countries. Individually brilliant players and regardless of game time, automatic choice for their national team. Sir Alex used same tactics.

We probably will buy one more player in January, but I don’t expect any marque signing. I guess,
Klopp will spend massively in summer window.

15th December 2019, 01:55
Minamino is going to be one hell of a coup - a player of his calibre for £7-8mn is a day light robbery.

I think, these are the type of signing that actually tells about Klopp the manager. Apart from the technical skills & versatility of playing at multiple positions across attacking line, this guy comes with high energy, extreme work ethics and a mentally that’s essential for Klopp’s formation. He is probably going to be 5th singing for Klopp from the soccer school of RB’s football Director - Ralf Rangnick. Other four are Matip, Firmino, Naby & Mane. And, this signing should make an instant fan favourite in Japan.

But, what we impressed me most, is how Klopp thinks, plans his squad and how much he values on a happy squad. Money is not a problem for him now, and he can buy almost anyone available there; but there is a problem with that - something Pep is facing at MCity. There is hardly any forward in world now who can take out one of the spots of Liverpool’s front three; therefore whoever comes will have to spend significant time on bench. This is a major problem if you fill your squad with galacticos from top soccer nations - anyone sitting on bench is risking his national spot. This guy Minamino can seat whole season on LFC bench, still his spot in Japan’s starting XI won’t be in risk. This is where I found Klopp outstanding- he is collecting top quality talents from less stronger countries. Individually brilliant players and regardless of game time, automatic choice for their national team. Sir Alex used same tactics.

We probably will buy one more player in January, but I don’t expect any marque signing. I guess,
Klopp will spend massively in summer window.

From next season Liverpool want to be competing to win in all competitions. Of course we want to win the league first and it will happen this year, there is no doubt. The next step is to win FA cup and League cup too in the same season along with trying to defend the title and get to 7 in the CL. Minamino will not be sat on the bench all season.

17th December 2019, 20:38
Jurgen Klopp says he is the "wrong person" to address concerns over Qatar's human rights record.

Liverpool are in the country for their Club World Cup semi-final with Mexican side Monterrey on Wednesday.

Concerns have been expressed about the country hosting this event and the 2022 World Cup because of its stance on homosexuality and immigrant workers' rights, among other issues.

"Organisers have to think about these things, not the athletes," Klopp said.

"When sportsmen have to decide to be part of a competition, it's not right."

The Reds won the Champions League in June to qualify for the tournament, held at Khalifa International Stadium, which will also host matches at the 2022 World Cup.

According to a report by the International Trades Union Confederation in 2013, more than 1,200 workers from Nepal and India had died on construction projects in Qatar linked to the World Cup, including non-football infrastructure schemes, in the previous three years.

The ITUC said at the time that if deaths continued at that rate then they could reach 4,000 - although it has now dropped its complaints against Qatar following improvements in workers' rights in the country.

Qatar has always disputed those figures, saying the deaths cannot be linked directly to the World Cup.

In February Amnesty International said that although progress has been made, Qatar "must step up efforts to honour labour rights promises" before the 2022 World Cup begins.

"I have an opinion on football but this is a real serious thing to talk about I think and the answers should come from people who know more about it," Klopp said before Wednesday's semi-final against Mexican club Monterrey.

"I have to be influential in football but not in politics. Anything I say wouldn't help, it would just create another headline, positive or negative.

"I like that you ask the question but I think I am the wrong person.

"My personal opinion, I have one of course, is of course I think we should all be treated equally, that is clear.

"But we don't have the time to judge things when we are here, we only have time for training."

Paul Amman, founder of Liverpool LGBT+ fans group Kop Out, was invited by the organisers of the 2020 World Cup to visit the country last month with his husband.

Amman, who is not in Qatar for the Monterrey match, although other members of Kop Out are, told BBC Sport: "Qatar has moved significantly in recent years, especially in migrant workers' rights and in capacity and capability to host major events.

"I do not feel this has moved enough yet, but there is still progress being made and to be made.

"Football and its fans have a power to help change things for the better in Qatar for migrant workers, for LGBT+ people, and for our experience and safety at tournaments.

"The experience has led my husband to confirm that it was right that we took the chance and visited."


18th December 2019, 04:11
Liverpool's Under-23s boss Neil Critchley has defended the club's decision to play their youngest-ever side in the 5-0 defeat by Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

The average age of the team was 19 years and 182 days, with Liverpool's senior side at the Club World Cup.

Critchley, who took charge of the team, said: "Try telling those players it was a bad evening for them.

"My overwhelming feeling was one of immense pride."

'We are the beneficiaries of the first team's success'
Before kick-off, some pundits had felt Liverpool would have been better sending a mix of youth and experience to both the EFL Cup and the Club World Cup, while there some criticisms of the English Football League on social media for not re-scheduling Tuesday's game.

However, Critchley felt the club made the best of unusual circumstances.

"This was decided by the club as the best solution," he added.

"We are the beneficiaries of the success of the first team and we could not have done much more."

Some of the youngsters have now headed out to Qatar to join the first team, while Critchley revealed that Villa boss Dean Smith and his assistant John Terry came into the Liverpool dressing room at the end of the match.

"We just told the Liverpool players, 'well done' and keep working at what they are doing," said Smith.

"I came through coaching those sorts of age groups. It was great to see them on that stage tonight; we had to be very professional.

"It was a bit of a weird game, probably the weirdest one I've been involved in for a quarter-final of a major competition. They had technically gifted players, were tactically switched on and they made it very difficult for us at times."

This was Liverpool's youngest side in their 127-year history, eclipsing the previous youngest team Liverpool fielded, in an FA Cup game against Plymouth in 2017. The average age of that side 21 years and 296 days.

The oldest players in the Reds' side on Tuesday were captain for the night Pedro Chirivella and Isaac Christie-Davies, both 22.

Harvey Elliott, 16, Tom Hill, 17, and Luis Longstaff, 18, made up the front three.

Chirivella started the game with the most senior Liverpool appearances with seven. Herbie Kane had the most first-team appearances with 50, although 49 of those were for Doncaster last season.

Seven of the 11 Liverpool players on the pitch at the end of the game were teenagers.


18th December 2019, 16:21
Red Bull Salzburg winger Takumi Minamino will have a Liverpool medical on Wednesday and is set to join the Premier League leaders on 1 January.

The Japan international, 24, is thought to have a release clause of £7.25m.

Minamino has scored nine goals and provided 11 assists in 22 appearances for Salzburg this season.

He played in both of his side's Champions League group games against the Reds this season, netting in the 4-3 defeat at Anfield in October.

Liverpool won 2-0 in Salzburg on 10 December to secure their place in the last 16 of the competition, where they will face Spanish side Atletico Madrid.

Despite playing against the Reds in this season's Champions League, Minamino would be eligible to play for the European champions in the knockout stages of the tournament following a rule change by Uefa last year.

The Japanese, who Liverpool believe is worth more than treble his release clause, would also bolster a squad 10 points clear of second-placed Leicester City at the top of the Premier League, as the Reds look to win their first top-flight title since 1990.

Liverpool were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Aston Villa on Tuesday. The Reds' youngest-ever starting line-up - fielded because the first-team squad are in Qatar for the Club World Cup - lost 5-0 at Villa Park.

You can watch Liverpool's semi-final against Mexican side Monterrey in Doha live on BBC Two from 17:00 GMT on Wednesday (kick-off 17:30).

Jurgen Klopp's team also face a tough FA Cup third-round tie against Merseyside rivals Everton on 5 January.

Midfielder Fabinho remains sidelined by injury, along with defenders Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren. Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, who went off injured during Saturday's win over Watford, has travelled with the squad to Qatar but will not be available to face Monterrey.

Club World Cup semi-final: Monterrey v Liverpool
Venue: Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar Date: Wednesday, 18 December Kick-off: 17:30 GMT


19th December 2019, 15:26
Liverpool have confirmed they will sign winger Takumi Minamino from Red Bull Salzburg when the transfer window opens on 1 January.

The Japan international, who is thought to have a release clause of £7.25m, has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal until summer 2024.

Minamino, 24, has scored nine goals and provided 11 assists in 22 appearances for the Austrian side this season.

"It has been a dream, my dream to become a Liverpool player," he said.

Minamino finalised personal terms and passed a medical on Merseyside on Wednesday.

"To play in the Premier League was one of my targets," he added.

"I think this is the top-class league in the world. I was thinking if my career as a footballer progressed smoothly, someday I would be able to play in the Premier League.

"But I never thought I would be able to play in this team and I'm really happy about it. I'm looking forward to it."

Minamino played in both of his side's Champions League group games against the Reds this season, scoring in the 4-3 defeat at Anfield in October.

Despite that, he would be eligible to play for the European champions in the knockout stages of the tournament following a rule change by Uefa last year.

"From those games I learned this team has such a high level of technique and intensity," he said.

"Their football is of such a high level and I did feel that they were the champions of the Champions League. Feeling that, it makes me feel even happier that I can play in this team. I'm really happy to be part of that team.

"My target is to win the Premier League and the Champions League, and to make good contributions to the team."

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the fans know what to expect from Minamino having seen him face the Reds recently.

"Takumi is a very quick, very clever player - he finds space between the lines," added Klopp.

"He is brave with the ball but also brave without the ball - a proper team player. He makes the best of himself for the benefit of others.

"His Champions League experience is a big bonus and coming from the club and organisation he does, we know he'll be well coached, used to an elite environment and had all the right experiences."

Liverpool only made three senior signings in the summer, with goalkeepers Adrian and Andy Lonergan arriving on free transfers and young defender Sepp van den Berg joining from PEC Zwolle.


21st December 2019, 01:32
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola is the "best manager in the world" and says he has no problem finishing second to the Spaniard.

The pair have been challenging each other at the top of the leagues in both England and Germany since Guardiola arrived at Bayern Munich in 2013.

Klopp's Dortmund and Liverpool sides have never won a league title during that time, but the German does not view his relationship with Guardiola as a typical rivalry.

He said: "I'm lucky that I can say that my teams were at least close to his teams because I've said a lot of times, I think he is the best manager in the world.

"What he is doing with his team is incredible. The way they play, I really like to watch.

"Pep and I, we are different, so our teams mirror our character. He is much finer than I am as a person so he is the gentleman and I look how I look on the touchline. Probably a bit more intense maybe.

"There's no rivalry left or right of football. We respect each other lots but on the pitch we want to beat them, that's normal.

"At the end of the season in most of the seasons he has still won the league. In Germany always, and in England so far as well. That's how it is but I can easily live with that because I have no problem with being second even when I want to be first."

Liverpool currently sit 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League, 14 ahead of City, meaning Klopp is well set to finally triumph over Guardiola.

With a league title looking increasingly likely and alongside last season's Champions League success, Liverpool's current team has the potential to become an era-defining outfit, yet Klopp is unsure they will go on to dominate for years.

He said: "I don't think that something like that is possible still, this kind of domination in periods.

"It's not too long ago that we had the Barcelona of Pep Guardiola dominating pretty much everything.

"Man City dominating the Premier League for the last years since Pep is here at least. They are incredible and they have to fight each week.

"We don't think about ourselves like this. We don't think that somebody has to name us on the same level with any Ajax team, any United teams or other teams in the world.

"We just want to play the best football we can play and we want to have the best time together we can have."

The Reds will miss their Premier League fixture this weekend as they are currently out in Doha at the FIFA Club World Cup, where the will play Flamengo in Saturday's final.

Klopp has put emphasis on the competition, fielding a young side in their Carabao Cup defeat to Aston Villa on Tuesday in order to send a strong squad to Qatar.

The 52-year-old would love another piece of silverware to add to his collection as he is underwhelmed Liverpool have only won one major trophy during his tenure.

Klopp said: "We didn't win a lot. We tried a lot and won so far one competition.

"We tried really often and that's it. Maybe people like the people who try constantly and that's what we are. We don't see ourselves as constant winners, we see ourselves as constant challengers.

"My relationship to my players is very close and I expect a lot from them, but appreciate a lot what they do.

"If you win a game it's about the players, if you lose a game it's about me because my message was not right or they didn't understand what I say. But that's not their fault, it's my fault because I have to say it in a way that everybody can understand it.

"I just celebrate with them after the game because I respect their effort. If we lose or draw and I see how much they invest in the game, it's still worth saying thank you for that."


22nd December 2019, 15:28
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp praised his players for "passing test after test" after they became Club World Cup champions for the first time by beating Flamengo in Qatar on Saturday.

Roberto Firmino scored the decisive goal in extra time to secure a 1-0 win at the Khalifa International Stadium.

It is the second trophy the Reds have won this season after they beat Chelsea to win the Uefa Super Cup in August.

"The boys dug in again and massively put in a performance," said Klopp.

"They keep getting tested constantly - our life is like this. At the moment we pass test after test after test. We have to make sure we pass further tests as well."

Victory was all the more impressive for Liverpool considering it has come in the middle of a busy December for the 2019 Champions League winners.

The Club World Cup clashed with Liverpool's Carabao Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa, meaning they had to send separate teams to compete in the competitions.

A youthful Reds side lost that game 5-0 at Villa Park but the first team were able to add another trophy to the cabinet and they return to England with a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League, as well as a game in hand over their rivals.

Klopp said he was proud of his players for putting in such a strong performance in another final.

He added: "I struggle to find the words to express my respect for the boys. It was incredible. We did so many good things.

"I saw so many sensationally good performances and I am really happy.

"It was a very intense game for different reasons; it was not our best game we have ever played but it was enough to win.

"This was a wonderful night for the club. I said before I didn't not know how it would feel.

"Now I know it feels outstanding, absolutely sensational. I am so proud of the boys."

One concern for Liverpool was a potential injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The England midfielder, 26, was seen using crutches and wearing a protective boot during Liverpool's celebrations having earlier been substituted following an awkward fall.

"Hopefully it is not too serious," Klopp said. "Even he was smiling at the end, which helped us all."


24th December 2019, 20:01
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss at least the Premier League leaders' next two games with ankle ligament damage.

The England midfielder, 26, was forced off during Saturday's Club World Cup final, returning later to celebrate the 1-0 victory over Flamengo on crutches.

Oxlade-Chamberlain missed almost all of the 2018-19 season with a knee injury.

"We have to see how quick it can settle," said Klopp, whose side face second-placed Leicester on 26 December.

"It can take a while, or it can be quicker."

Klopp said there was "no chance" Oxlade-Chamberlain could make Thursday's match at the King Power Stadium (20:00 GMT kick-off). Liverpool then host Wolves on Sunday (16:30) in what will be their ninth game of a packed December.

The German also confirmed three other injured players - midfielder Fabinho and defenders Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip - will also not play again this year.

The Club World Cup was the second trophy Liverpool - who are 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a game in hand - have won this season, after they beat Chelsea on penalties to win the Uefa Super Cup in August.

They also won last season's Champions League with a 2-0 win over Tottenham in the final on 1 June.

"We have developed at playing in finals. You get used to the excitement and still doing the right things. We have matured," added 52-year-old Klopp, whose side had been beaten in three finals before victory over Spurs in Madrid.

"We went there to Qatar to achieve something special. We did that, it felt brilliant. We went home, had a proper sleep and now we prepare for Leicester."


26th December 2019, 14:14
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says it is "a crime" that some Premier League teams have to play two games in three days over the festive period.

The Reds travel to Leicester on Thursday, before hosting Wolves on Sunday but most other sides only have one day off between games.

After winning the Club World Cup in Qatar and defeat in the Carabao Cup, Liverpool will have played nine games in a packed December.

"It's absolutely not OK," Klopp said.

"And we still have it. None of the managers have a problem with matches on Boxing Day, but playing the 26th and 28th is a crime.

"We can say whatever we want and no-one is really interested but every year it is the same for the coaches involved in it."

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The Club World Cup was the second trophy Liverpool - who are 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a game in hand - have won this season, after they beat Chelsea on penalties to win the Uefa Super Cup in August.

The semi-final and final in Qatar clashed with Liverpool's Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat at Aston Villa, meaning they had to send separate teams to compete in the competitions.

Klopp's side, who are chasing a first league title in 30 years, will have two days of rest between festive Premier League fixtures, but 14 sides will only get one day off between matches.

"There is no reason to give teams less than 48 hours to play another Premier League game," Klopp added.

"Sports science doesn't give you something to deal with it. The body needs a specific amount of time to go again. It's easy. That's science. But you ignore that completely."

Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace play West Ham at home on Thursday (15:00 GMT) and just 48 hours later face Southampton away on Saturday (15:00 GMT).

"I enjoy the training, the matches themselves somewhat less so as I think it's harsh to play at the level we play at with just a day's rest," said Hodgson.

"It's too much to ask. I don't enjoy that part, it's a very dangerous period - there can be injuries, there can be fatigue. Suddenly you find yourself looking up the table rather than down."


27th December 2019, 11:08
Liverpool tightened their grip on the Premier League title race even further as they produced a masterclass to overpower nearest challengers Leicester City at The King Power Stadium to extend their lead to an imposing 13 points.

Jurgen Klopp's side started the match 10 points clear of the Foxes with a game in hand - then produced a performance of such stature and dominance it is almost impossible to see how they will not claim their first title in 30 years.

Liverpool's slender half-time lead, courtesy of Roberto Firmino's header from a magnificent Trent Alexander-Arnold cross, did not reflect their superiority - but they turned this into a powerful statement victory after the break.

Leicester were enjoying their best spell when Caglar Soyuncu handled in the 71st minute, and substitute James Milner scored from the spot with his first touch seconds after coming on.

Liverpool added the flourishes their magnificent display deserved when Alexander-Arnold set up another for Firmino, who scored with a cool finish, before the England defender got his own reward with a thumping right-foot angled finish.

The leaders have now dropped only two points from their first 18 games and, having lost only one league game last season, it would take a collapse of unthinkable proportions from an outstanding team to cast this huge advantage aside.

'Liverpool confirm 30-year wait is coming to an end'
We don't feel, think or mention title - Klopp
Reaction from the King Power Stadium
What else happened in the Premier League on Thursday?
Flawless Liverpool are champions elect
Liverpool have had too many near misses since their last title win in 1990 to get ahead of themselves - but how can anyone see beyond them this time?

They put together a magnificent campaign last season, with their only defeat - by reigning champions Manchester City - proving decisive. But they are in no mood to be denied this time.

Klopp delighted after 'very important' win
From the first whistle here, despite the flashlights and pyrotechnics designed to whip up the home support and team, Liverpool were in control. They could have scored twice inside the first minute through Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane.

Leicester, suffering a dip in form, were pressed out of their stride relentlessly in a performance without a flaw from Liverpool.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez were imperious at the back, while full-backs Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson posed a huge attacking threat while being assured at the back.

Liverpool controlled possession and were always a danger in attack. Leicester may have been in this game until the last 20 minutes, but Klopp's men always had extra gears and went through them to produce a victory of champions.

Leicester's brutal reality check
Leicester City have had their season put into perspective by successive defeats against reigning champions Manchester City and now Liverpool.

It will be a bitter disappointment after hopes were raised just a couple of weeks ago that Brendan Rodgers' team could yet mount a title challenge to rival their miraculous victory in 2015-16.

Leicester lacked patience - Rodgers
That will not be happening now. Liverpool emphasised the gulf between the two sides in brutal style here, barely giving the Foxes a chance and subduing the cacophonous pre-match atmosphere within seconds.

While this was a painful night, Rodgers and his players should draw great encouragement from the manner in which they have muscled between the Premier League's two superpowers and put themselves in prime contention for a place in next season's Champions League.

Rodgers looks like he may have to rebuild some confidence, but there has still been much to admire from Leicester City this season - and still plenty to go for in the months ahead.

Man of the match - Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Trent Alexander-Arnold
Trent Alexander-Arnold made two assists, scored one goal and claimed a clean sheet as a part of Liverpool's back four
'An important day for us' - what they said
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to BBC Sport: "I am happy about that. I appreciate it because I do not take it for granted and the boys have to do it every three days. We had big chances at the start of the game, did not score with them but stayed in the game and controlled it.

"It is was difficult for Leicester to get into the game, both teams felt the intensity of the season but we controlled it more and maybe Leicester were not as aggressive, maybe because of us and our positioning. We scored a first goal, super, super, cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino can score from that situation.

"We struggled a bit with their build-up in the second half and we won the balls immediately and then scored the second goal, then the boys were flying. It looked really nice.

"1-0 is not even a result, it was a moment and it could have been difficult when they had set-piece but that is OK, I don't expect a game like this to have a free run because they have so much quality and the season Leicester have had. We were very concentrated and the goals were absolutely nice and an important day for us."

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers to Match of the Day: "We played our last two games against two of arguably the best teams in the history of the Premier League.

"We didn't have enough patience in the first half. We never secured the ball which meant we had to defend for long periods really.

"The players gave everything. It's a great learning game for us. Credit to Liverpool they played well.

"We just didn't have long enough periods with the ball. When you don't against a top team - world champions - it becomes difficult for you.

"We are at the halfway point now. We are 19 games in. It is the bigger picture with these guys. We have come a long way in this period. The players have been brilliant and this is another learning game for them, they see the physicality you need to compete.

"People were trying to put us in a race with Liverpool but we know where we are."

Biggest gap between first and second - the stats
This was the biggest margin of victory in a clash between teams starting the day in the top two of the Premier League since league leaders Manchester City beat Manchester United 6-1 in October 2011
Liverpool have won five consecutive Boxing Day matches for the first time in their league history, winning those games by an aggregate scoreline of 15-0.
Leicester have lost a home Premier League game by a four-goal margin for the first time since a 1-6 defeat to Tottenham in May 2017.
Liverpool have won three consecutive away league matches against Leicester for the first time in their top-flight history.
Roberto Firmino's second goal against Leicester was the 500th Liverpool have scored under Jurgen Klopp in all competitions.
Leicester failed to muster a single shot in the first half of a Premier League game for only the second time this season, also failing to do so in their first meeting with Liverpool in October.
Each of Roberto Firmino's last nine goals in all competitions for Liverpool have come away from Anfield.
Leicester have won just two of the 11 Premier League games under Brendan Rodgers in which Jamie Vardy has failed to score.
Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has registered 20 assists in the Premier League since start of last season, more than any other player.
James Milner has scored 13 of his 14 penalties for Liverpool in the Premier League, with only Steven Gerrard (32) and Robbie Fowler netting more for the Reds (13).

What's next?
Leicester travel to West Ham on Saturday, 28 December (17:30 GMT), while Liverpool host Wolves the following afternoon (16:30).


29th December 2019, 02:53
Tittle race over. The PL is coming to Anfield.

29th December 2019, 03:12
Challo. Enjoy karlo. Even Blackburn n Leicester won it once

30th December 2019, 10:43
Liverpool are investigating an alleged incident between Wolves defender Jonny and a ball boy during the Reds' 1-0 win at Anfield on Sunday.

The club are looking into claims he came into contact with the youngster while trying to retrieve a ball.

In a statement to Press Association, Liverpool said: "The club will follow established protocols in terms of gathering the relevant information.

"While that process takes place we will be making no further comment."

Wolves are aware of the alleged incident, but are awaiting further feedback from Liverpool.


30th December 2019, 11:12
Challo. Enjoy karlo. Even Blackburn n Leicester won it once

No need to be bitter.

30th December 2019, 12:06
The FA would celebrate Liverpool’s title win more frantically than Klopp.

30th December 2019, 19:09
No need to be bitter.

Not sure how u decipher that. It's begrudging respect for our rivals

30th December 2019, 19:10
The FA would celebrate Liverpool’s title win more frantically than Klopp.

Here come the conspiracy theories.

30th December 2019, 21:27
The FA would celebrate Liverpool’s title win more frantically than Klopp.

The resident troll strikes again. It’s amazing how the FA has helped Livarpool win not just 18 games this season but also last years champions league and the club World Cup. The FA is so powerful I bet Livarpool will win the Euros in 2020.

It’s insane how many people refuse to credit Liverpool for their consistency and genuinely believing the dark forces are helping them win every game.

Why must you constantly make a fool out of yourself? I thought you would’ve learnt something after calling Keita a donkey for being injured.

10th January 2020, 17:38
Jürgen Klopp has today been awarded the Premier League Manager of the Month accolade for December.

It’s the fourth time in 2019-20 the boss has claimed the prize, having also won it in August, September and November.

Klopp oversaw another flawless month for Liverpool in the Premier League as they opened up a 13-point lead at the top of the table.

The Reds saw off Everton, Bournemouth, Watford, Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the division.

Klopp pipped Watford's Nigel Pearson and Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to the prize – the seventh time he has collected it during his Anfield tenure.


12th January 2020, 00:24
Liverpool have won 61 points in the Premier League in 2019-20 - the most any side has ever registered after 21 games in a single season across Europe's big five leagues.

More importantly, 16 points clear at the top. :klopp

12th January 2020, 01:30
Another victory for the boys in their relentless chase for the elusive title. Spurs played well too creating many sitters although I knew without Kane they'd struggle to score. Son always seems to blast it over the bar against us when scoring is much easier:inzi2 We should have put the game to bed before half time, in the second half at home they would naturally come hard at us. Now lets tank those Mancs at home next week!

12th January 2020, 01:42
Not at their best today but another clean sheet and another win.

Sometimes you have to win ugly and this Liverpool side can do that.

17th January 2020, 21:08
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says moving the Africa Cup of Nations back to January "is, for us, a catastrophe."

The 2021 tournament has been moved from the summer because of "unfavourable" weather in host country Cameroon.

And the Reds face losing Senegal forward Sadio Mane, Egypt winger Mohamed Salah and Guinea midfielder Naby Keita for a month in mid-season.

"If we have to make a decision about bringing in a player, it is a massive one," said the Anfield boss.

"You know for four weeks you don't have them. As a club you have to think about this. It doesn't help African players."

The 2019 Cup of Nations in Egypt was the first one to be held in the summer after the tournament had traditionally been staged in January and February.

The decision, made in 2017, to move the start of the competition to June was widely welcomed, especially by top European clubs.

Reverting to a January start also means that the competition will not clash with the expanded Fifa Club World Cup, being held in China in June 2021.

But Liverpool are one of a number of Premier League clubs who will lose first-team players.

"I couldn't respect the Africa Cup of Nations more than I do because I like the competition and watched it a lot in the past. It's a very interesting tournament," added Klopp.

"But, it's an obvious problem that you play a tournament in the middle of the season, although it makes more sense for Africa to play it in our winter when the weather is better for them - I get that.

"But we have absolutely no power - so if we did say 'We don't let him go', the player is suspended.

"If a player is injured and cannot play for us we have to send him to Africa and they have a look and in one or two weeks they are back. Nowadays, it should not be like this."

Meanwhile, Liverpool can still improve defensively, according to Klopp, despite having recorded nine clean sheets in their last 11 games in all competitions. The Reds had only managed three in their first 24 competitive matches of this season.

The German suggested that saves made by goalkeeper Alisson and chances spurned by Wolves and Tottenham in recent games have been a factor in their defensive improvements.

"It's just used to getting each other, getting more and more convinced about things and, how I said, luck in the right moment: in life and football, without luck you don't have a chance," he said.

"We have to be honest in these situations, it's not that we defended completely perfect in the last six games [no goals conceded], there's a lot of space we have for improvement, but we knew that."

Klopp also said his team will have to be at their best to overcome a counter-attacking Manchester United side, who they drew 1-1 with during the league meeting at Old Trafford in October, when the sides meet at Anfield on Sunday.

He added: "The majority of the time, we face teams set up like this.

"We want to be dominant, but we have to protect ourselves against this situation. Attacking football only works if you use the full width of the pitch in the attacking half and that makes it dangerous when you lose the ball.

"This game is asking us for perfection. You lose the ball in the wrong moment and the train starts going.

"We respect them totally. The difference to playing at Anfield to Old Trafford is massive."


18th January 2020, 03:27
Klopp has ample time to prepare for the 2021 African tournament. He needs to plan for it right now.

20th January 2020, 11:47
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he is happy for fans to start believing the Reds will win the Premier League this season but insists his focus remains on taking each game as it comes.

Klopp's side beat Manchester United 2-0 on Sunday to go 16 points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand.

After the final whistle Liverpool fans sang "we're going to win the league" as the Reds close in on a first league title in 30 years.

"They can sing that," said Klopp.

"I am not here to dictate what they sing. If our fans were not in a good mood now that would be really strange.

"Of course they are allowed to dream and sing whatever they want and, as long as they do their job in the moment we play, all fine. But we will not be part of that party yet."

Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah scored the goals as Liverpool recorded a 13th consecutive win in the league.

They have now taken an incredible 64 points out of the 66 available this season, having only dropped points when they drew at Manchester United in October.

"We are here to work," added Klopp. "It is as simple as that. It is a very positive atmosphere but I have to stay concentrated.

"We play on Thursday against Wolves. I am only interested in that game and nothing else."

Anthony Martial had Manchester United's best chance in the game but fired well over when through on goal
Defeat for Manchester United means they are 30 points behind Liverpool in fifth place.

The Red Devils dominated English football for years but have not won the Premier League since 2013 and BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Chris Sutton believes they are a shadow of the side they used to be.

"The difference between the two sides is that Liverpool are living in the present," said the former Blackburn and Chelsea player.

"They are living in this moment. They are a team who are improving all the time and the club is improving all the time - on and off the field.

"United have hit the wall, they are treading water under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, that's just the way it is. They are living in the past. They are a bang average team and will not be able to touch Liverpool in the next couple of seasons."


27th January 2020, 11:13
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed he will not take charge of his side's FA Cup fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury Town, with Neil Critchley to lead a young squad.

Jason Cummings came off the bench to score twice on Sunday, earning a 2-2 draw that means League One side Shrewsbury will play a lucrative replay at Anfield early next month.

That game is set to fall within the Premier League's inaugural mid-season break, with Klopp having previously promised his senior stars they would get time off to recover ahead of the run-in.

That means Critchley will be in the dugout, the Liverpool Under-23s coach having overseen an EFL Cup exit to Aston Villa earlier in the season when the Reds were on Club World Cup duty.

"Look, our situation is the following: we have known that for a couple of weeks it is like this," Klopp told a news conference.

"Actually, we knew it a bit longer because it was always clear when we came through into the next round it would be like this.

"In April 2019, we got a letter from the Premier League where they asked us to respect the winter break, not to organise international friendlies and not to organise competitive games in respect of it.

"I have said to the boys already, two weeks ago, that we will have a winter break, so it means we will not be there – it will be the kids who play that game because they cannot deal with us like nobody cares about it.

"I know it is not very popular, but that’s the way I see it and, how I said, the Premier League asked us to respect the winter break and that’s what we do it. If then the FA [Football Association] do not respect it then we cannot change.

"But we [the first-team squad and staff] will not be there."

Klopp explained he plans to give his team a week's rest, during which they will undergo individual training regimes away from Melwood in order to stay fit.

He added: "That's what the winter break is about and then another competition tells us it's not that important, so we had to make these decisions before because the boys have family.

"And the international players like Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, all these guys they have never [time] off so this is the week.

"I said in the moment it was clear there would be a winter break months ago, before I knew the FA Cup could come in between, then we would respect it and we do."


28th January 2020, 22:18
Give the boys a two week break as promised after the Southampton game. Our B side should be able to defeat Shrewsbury rather easily at home.

28th January 2020, 23:48
Aww someone is upset


29th January 2020, 00:44
Aww someone is upset


One Jason Mcateer thinks the same. Many are desperate to see Klopp leave Liverpool for obvious reasons. It is so disappointing the see former players wanting the same. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7924379/Jason-McAteer-thinks-Jurgen-Klopp-leave-Liverpool-contract-ends-avoid-burnout.html

29th January 2020, 05:26
After winning the recent club World Cup Liverpool are now again the most successful club in England. Mr Ferguson much to your dismay we are back on our perch and looking miles ahead of you on the field of play as well. Normal service has resumed:klopp


5th February 2020, 14:37
Absent Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was "delighted" as the youngest team in the club's history beat Shrewsbury to reach the FA Cup fifth round.

Klopp decided to miss the fourth-round replay because it fell during the Premier League's winter break.

A Reds side with an average age of 19 years and 102 days set up a tie at Chelsea with a 1-0 win.

"There was a message at half-time and at full-time [from Klopp]," said under-23s boss Neil Critchley.

"There was a message before the game that Chelsea away could be an opportunity for one or two of them and they put in a performance tonight."

There was at least one of Klopp's senior players in the sell-out 52,399 crowd, with James Milner offering his support sat behind the home dugout.

"He trained with us yesterday and he asked whether he could come along," added Critchley, who oversaw the game for Liverpool.

"He was giving words of advice, he was getting right behind the players. He was vocal in the dressing room. He was animated. He was vocal behind me, I could hear him."

Ro-Shaun Williams' own goal was enough to send a Liverpool side containing seven teenage outfield players through against their League One opponents.

Liverpool right-back Neco Williams, whose long ball forward led to the goal, said it was a night that his team-mates would remember for "a long time".

The result means the Reds are still in the chase for three additional trophies, having already won the Club World Cup and Super Cup.

They have a 22-point lead at the top of the Premier League and are in the last 16 of both the Champions League and FA Cup.

"The lads were excellent and hopefully we will do the same against Chelsea in the next round," said 18-year-old Williams.

"Our aim is to win the FA Cup. I think the [senior] lads will have been extremely proud of us and hopefully us young players will get a chance again."

Aged 19 years and five days, Toxteth-born Curtis Jones became the youngest first-team captain in Liverpool's history.

"All the boys went out there and showed belief, character, showed everything that the manager looks for in his players," said Jones.

"I was grateful to become the youngest captain of the team but most importantly we came away with the win with a great performance.

"The boys showed heart, character and a hard decision for the next game."

'Klopp should have been there'
Former England captain Alan Shearer said "it doesn't sit right with me" that Klopp missed Tuesday's match.

The German said last week he "decided three weeks ago we would have a mid-season break based on a letter we got [from the Premier League] in April 2019".

Top-flight teams were all due to have two weeks off in February but the 2-2 draw in the original tie meant the replay fell within that period, prompting his decision to miss the match, along with his entire senior squad.

"I understand Jurgen's point in terms of his players having the break they were told they'd have," said Shearer on BBC One.

"He is the manager so he can put whichever team he wants but it doesn't sit right with me - he should be there. He should be at the ground giving the support to those young players."

Former England keeper Rob Green, speaking to BBC Sport, said Klopp's decision not to field his senior players and stay away was "clever mind games".

"Coming from Germany, he thinks we're crazy playing all these games, so it's a really interesting quandary and one where you're thinking he's got the upper ground here," added Green.

Former Birmingham and Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison also believes Klopp should have been present.

"If I was one of those youngsters, I would've liked Jurgen Klopp to have been there, win, lose or draw, to have put an arm around me and say I had done well," said Morrison.

"But he's made his decision and he's one of those managers that has credit in the bank because he's been so good."

'This tie had the potential to be a real legacy for the club'
Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts said before the replay that the League One club missed out on making more money from it.

The Reds cut ticket prices to £15 for adults and £1 for children while the game was not shown live on television.

"We're going to generate some money from this but nowhere near what it could've been," Ricketts told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"It had the potential to be a real legacy for the club and for us to put some infrastructure in place but it's still more then what we would've got without a replay, so we'll look at that on the positive side."

Speaking about the game, Ricketts said his players "could not get near" Liverpool "to impose ourselves".

He added: "It is game 39 for us and it caught up with us. We could not get up to the physicality level."


6th February 2020, 08:55
Chelsea next in the FA Cup. By then we should have won the title allowing Klopp to play a much stronger side. The one that defeated Shrewsbury will be no match for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

6th February 2020, 23:19
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner says the club's fans should savour their "dream" season as they close in on potential record-breaking Premier League title triumph.

Jurgen Klopp's side are 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League, dropping only two points from their opening 25 top-flight matches. They are well on course to surpass records including most points, most wins and most goals.

Werner acknowledges the job is still unfinished but said because such a historic campaign is unlikely to happen again in the near future fans should enjoy it while they can.

"As a supporter this has been a dream season so far, every weekend we seem to find a different star to laud. As Jurgen says, we haven't finished the job yet, we'll have time to enjoy this even more at the end of the season," he said.

"We haven't accomplished anything yet but at the same time everybody, not just Liverpool fans, can appreciate the brand of football that is on display.

"I keep telling everyone to really savour this, the record that we have kept so far - I don't think it is going to come along again so quickly. We're just enjoying the experience and looking forward to the next match.

"To me it's about the pleasure of watching so many talented players every week execute at such a high level. The competition is so great you think eventually we are going to have an off-day, but it hasn't happened yet.

"I am [pinching myself]. I'm just enjoying every weekend.

"This is a team that really enjoys playing football and there is a certain character quality that they have on the pitch and off the pitch."

'Stress on players is a concern'
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was absent from Anfield for their FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Shrewsbury on Wednesday in protest at the replay being staged during the winter break from the Premier League.

Werner reiterated those concerns saying the football calendar is currently putting too much stress on players.

Premier League winter break: How is your club spending it?
"We all have to look at the calendar," said Werner, after attending a Premier League shareholders' meeting for representatives of all 20 clubs.

"We are all concerned at the amount of stress we are putting on our players. It is a bigger issue and I am not competent to know what the solution is."

When can Liverpool win the Premier League title?

It's becoming inevitable that Liverpool will claim their first title in 30 years, but when exactly will it happen? And can they secure it at the home of a rival?

Here, we do the maths on the possibilities, how they can win the title at rivals Everton or Manchester City, and what records they could break along the way...

What if Liverpool and Man City keep winning?
Following Manchester City's 2-0 defeat at Tottenham, Liverpool need 18 points from their remaining 13 games to secure the Premier League title - that's six wins.

So if both Liverpool and City keep winning from this point, Liverpool's sixth win, as the current schedule goes, would be at Anfield against Crystal Palace on Saturday, March 21, live on Sky Sports.

Clubs have been confirming their Champions League squads for the knock-out phase of this season's competition with Liverpool including new signing Takumi Minamino.

Liverpool are back in Premier League action on February 15 at Norwich, live on Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off 5.30pm. We'll also have a live blog and full-time highlights of the trip to Carrow Road.

Liverpool's other February games against West Ham (home - Feb 24) and Watford (away - Feb 29) will be shown on Sky Sports, as well as their March fixtures against Everton (away - March 16) and Crystal Palace (home - March 21).


11th February 2020, 20:54
Liverpool's Adrian on Jurgen Klopp, the Anfield dressing room, & landing on your feet

It was the Premier League's opening day and Norwich City were visiting Anfield. Liverpool's Alisson was down with a calf injury. There was silence in the stands.

Jurgen Klopp brought his new substitute goalkeeper off the bench and spoke softly in his ear: "Welcome to Anfield."

Adrian had only been at the club for four days. He had trained with his team-mates just twice. As he was about to make his debut, did Klopp have anything else to add?

"He hugged me. He showed me I had his trust," Adrian says. "I felt like the schoolboy who has to introduce himself in front of his new classmates, but what can I say about Anfield? The way the fans embraced me in such a critical moment, losing one of their best players. They gave me total confidence."

Adrian smiles as he looks back now on that unexpected Anfield bow - and the whirlwind week that followed. The Spaniard, 33, is enjoying life as the guy who landed on his feet in Liverpool half a year ago.

But to really understand him - and how he fits in to a very special team - you have to go back a little further still.

Things might have turned out very differently for Adrian. For a long time it seemed as if his time might never come. After years spent waiting in the wings, he finally made his debut for Real Betis, the club he joined aged 11, when he was 25.

He also came off the bench that day, in the 11th minute, dressed in yellow, with the number 13 on his back, which is also a sign of bad luck in Spain. He conceded four goals before the final whistle in a 4-0 defeat by Malaga on 20 September 2012.

A few months later, there was another low point: a 5-1 thrashing by city rivals Sevilla.

But Adrian was never going to give up, and the confidence of his manager - former West Bromwich Albion boss Pepe Mel - helped him through.

"I often think about that match," Adrian says. "It was one of my career's key moments. Pepe was the first manager to give me a chance as a professional.

"He trusted me beyond any mistake I could have made that day. A week later we beat Real Madrid 1-0 at home, and I stopped several goals. Man of the match. Kind of. Since then I've improved a lot. I'm very grateful to him."

At the end of that 2012-13 campaign, with 32 games under his belt and with Betis struggling financially, Adrian would move on. The Premier League was his next destination. He packed his bags and left for West Ham United as a free agent. And he would keep that number 13 shirt.

For a 26-year-old Andalusian who had never been abroad and spoke only in his mother tongue, it was the start of an adventure that would bring much joy, but also disappointment. Towards the end of his time with the Hammers he had lost his starting spot, and with his contract up last summer - having made 150 appearances over six years at the club - he was once again free to move on.

Without a team, he spent pre-season training alone in Pilas, on pitches used by a local non-league side, 30 miles away from his hometown of Seville. It was anything but easy.

"I'd made a drastic decision not to stay any longer at West Ham, despite having a three-year contract offer on the table," he says. "I hadn't played a single game all season in the Premier League. I didn't feel valued economically either, to be honest. It was tough for me.

"Summer came and then I felt those butterflies in my stomach. I knew something good was coming. I was already aware of Liverpool's interest before I received the first offers.

"They called me at the end of July. They said that they'd sell [Simon] Mignolet if I gave the deal the green light. That's how it happened."

Real Betis might have been in for him too - Adrian even fantasised over the idea of making a return - but there was uncertainty following the departure of Quique Setien, now manager at Barcelona.

"It could have worked but the new staff still had to decide what kind of keeper they needed," he says. "In the end, they signed a much younger player. I didn't fit their profile, but we're professionals no matter what we feel inside. My final decision wasn't that bad after all, was it?"

Adrian laughs. He is a man who laughs often. And right now there is a lot to laugh about in the Liverpool dressing room. Their 22-point lead will surely lead to a first league title in 30 years. But nobody's talking about how close they are, not even the man most responsible for Liverpool's remarkable recent success.

"What Jurgen has achieved here is extraordinary," Adrian says. "Just look how we are in the league. It is so easy working with him. So easy. He's always smiling, cheerful, optimistic. He's the manager but he behaves like any another member of the team.

"Him being close to us helps us believe in his methods. He's convinced us all of his leadership and abilities by being close to us and proving that whatever is on his mind works in the end.

"Klopp usually tells us that we'll face many problems during the games, so we must be able to fix them. Any team can surprise you with a new system, for example. He's there to guide us. He visualises football very well from the sidelines and transmits this knowledge to the players in a masterful way.

"Training sessions are intense. He does his job passionately and that's exactly how we perform on the pitch. Jurgen is not only a top strategist, but also a great person. The best group management I've seen. Next to the team through thick and thin."

For Adrian, too, this has been a remarkable season. After having not played a single game last term and after a summer spent training with a friend on non-league pitches, on 5 August it was announced he would be signing for Liverpool. His Friday evening debut came four days later and then, five days after that, came the Uefa Super Cup final win over Chelsea.

In just over a week Adrian went from zero to penalty hero - and, in doing so, won the first title of his career.

The Super Cup win was celebrated in Seville as well - in Su Eminencia, the working-class neighbourhood where Adrian was raised.

"Everyone met at my parents' house - my wife, my closest friends, my in-laws. Everything happened so fast that they didn't even have the chance to fly to Turkey for the match, we couldn't arrange it. Receiving that video call and seeing tears of happiness from home was unforgettable."

Later that night in Istanbul, with almost the whole team sleeping, Liverpool's leaders made their first proper gesture to fully welcome the 'new guy at the office'.

"James [Milner] told me to take the trophy with me for the night. It took me several seconds to realise he really meant it. Who better than me, he said. So I agreed."

Adrian's brother and a close friend, the only people close to him who were able to come, were waiting in the hotel upstairs.

"Getting into the room with the Super Cup, my first title. Their faces. Awesome."

When he signed for Liverpool last summer, some Spanish media talked about Adrian as a washed-up, discarded 32-year-old. He of course did not see it this way. He resolved to do his talking on the football pitch. He just had not expected his chance to come so quickly.

"It was a moment I was hungrily waiting for. Not so soon, though," he admits.

"Fortunately, I was both mentally and physically ready. I had to see it that way. It's never pretty when a team-mate gets injured, but only one of us can play.

"Alisson is peaceful, humble and deserves every single thing he has achieved. We spend so much time together, but still I'm here to fight. I won't just sit down on the bench and wait.

"He won the Champions League and the Copa America last year. He was the best keeper in the world. But he can't relax with me around. I've proved it."

At Liverpool's Melwood training ground, the skies are darkening and the wind is howling. Adrian begins to look at the clock on the wall, then on towards the training pitches outside. He cannot take his eyes away. It is clear he is already thinking about getting back to work - his body language betrays him.

"Hey, Ali!" he shouts as Alisson walks past. They smile at each other. A few seconds later, young midfielder Curtis Jones walks through the door and gives him a fist bump.

Now the hallways are beginning to buzz. It is time to get going. There is another hard session ahead, another challenge to prepare for, more titles to target. Beyond that, Adrian has not thought about much.

"Let me enjoy the moment!" he complains in jest, laughing again.

"Football careers are over so quickly. We have to make the best of it while it lasts."


13th February 2020, 10:32
Mohamed Salah's potential involvement at Tokyo 2020 will be a decision for the player and his club Liverpool, says Egypt coach Shawky Gharib.

The forward, 27, is on Egypt's provisional 50-man list for the football tournament, which will hold its final on 8 August - the first day of the 2020-21 Premier League season.

"We cannot force Salah to participate with us," Gharib told Reuters.

The tournament is for under-23 teams but three over-age players are allowed.

Fifa has previously acknowledged that clubs are not obliged to release over-age players for the Tokyo Olympics.

Gharib added: "Salah's participation with the Pharaohs team is a decision to be taken only by Salah, his club Liverpool and his coach Jurgen Klopp.

"I have chosen him in an expanded list of 50 players. The final list of 18 players will be submitted next June."


16th February 2020, 11:26
Liverpool's unstoppable charge towards their first top-flight title in 30 years is "outstanding", says Jurgen Klopp after his side edged a narrow victory over bottom-of-the-table Norwich.

Sadio Mane came off the bench to score the winner with 12 minutes remaining, expertly taking down skipper Jordan Henderson's raking pass and smashing in at the near post.

It means Klopp's men need just five more wins from their remaining 12 games to guarantee their first Premier League title, having dropped just two points all campaign, and lie a mammoth 25 points clear of champions Manchester City.

"The gap is so insane, I don't really understand it," Klopp told Sky Sports. "I am not smart enough. I have not had that before. It is outstanding, so difficult.

"I go back into the changing room and we chat about the things and then I am like 'Oh, but congratulations. We won the game, another three points.'"

Chances were at a premium in a blustery first half, but Liverpool ramped up the pressure in the second period - Canaries goalkeeper Tim Krul making a stunning double save to deny Mohamed Salah's low shot and Naby Keita's close-range follow-up.

Having been pegged back for a long period, Norwich could have scored on the counter-attack as Alex Tettey's strike from an angle caught Alisson by surprise at his near post but the effort rattled the foot of the upright.

But Senegal international Mane - who missed the last two games through a hamstring injury - proved to be the difference having entered the action on the hour mark.

It looked for a while that it may be a frustrating day for Liverpool at Carrow Road, misplacing a number of passes in the final third and being restricted to long-range efforts.

Keita's drive was tipped over the crossbar by Krul, while efforts from Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were comfortable for the Dutch goalkeeper to deal with.

When the marauding Trent Alexander-Arnold dragged a shot wide from the edge of the box after just 13 seconds, a routine win looked to be on the cards, but the Reds had to battle hard once more.

Klopp added: "I could tell in all the players' faces that they weren't nervous, they were enjoying it, and if one team was going to score it was going to be us.

"We protected against the counter-attack well too. It's really all about these wonderful football players."

To say Liverpool have dominated the division is an understatement - they have annihilated all in front of them and the numbers make staggering reading:

Liverpool are now unbeaten in 43 league games, closing in on Arsenal's all-time record of 49.
They have collected a remarkable 102 points from the past 105 available.
The Reds have picked up 35 wins from their last 36 games - a 1-1 draw at Manchester United in October the only blemish.
They have won 17 games in a row - one shy of Manchester City's record - and kept 10 clean sheets in their past 11 games.
The result also means 76 points after 26 games is the best record at this juncture in the history of Europe's top five leagues - something even the continent's great sides including La Liga's Barcelona, Juventus of Serie A, Bundesliga's Bayern Munich and Ligue 1's Paris St-Germain were unable to achieve.

The defending European champions go into Tuesday's last-16 first-leg tie at Atletico Madrid in flawless form and Klopp's side will take some stopping from reaching their third consecutive final, as they aim for a Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup treble.

So near yet so far for Norwich
Daniel Farke's side remain anchored to the foot of the table, seven points from safety and are staring at an immediate return to the Championship.

They display some attractive football at times, playing out from the back which almost proved costly on a couple of occasions, but failing to hold out means they have conceded a joint league-high 48 goals.

Had they taken their chances, they would have claimed a spectacular victory against all the odds, with Lukas Rupp left ruing what might have been.

The German midfielder broke the offside trap in the first half and when faced one-on-one with Alisson, inexplicably decided to square the ball towards Teemu Pukki instead of shooting and the Brazilian goalkeeper managed to claw the pass away.

The lively Todd Cantwell struck the side-netting, while Tettey's low, drilled strike hit the upright.

Farke told BBC Sport: "Performance-wise we were pretty good in many topics, sadly one topic was missing, to be clinical in our finishing. We had our chance in the first half."

On Mane's goal, Farke added: "I just watched it back shortly. When the referee doesn't give a foul it won't be overturned. It was also due to the quality of Mane - his control and then his second touch. It was smart movement from Mane and if the referee doesn't give a foul you can't see it [being] overturned. We have already learned that VAR is not on our side.

"Performance-wise we can take a lot of confidence but sadly no points."

Ton up for Mane - the stats
Liverpool have opened the scoring in each of their past 14 Premier League meetings with Norwich City - no side has ever scored the opening goal in more consecutive games versus another in the competition's history (Chelsea also 14 v Portsmouth).
Norwich have only won one of their past 13 Premier League games (D5 L7) and have failed to score in back-to-back league matches for the first time since November 2019.
Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in 10 of their past 11 Premier League matches, this after having only kept one shutout in the previous 11 such games before this.
Sadio Mane scored the 100th goal of his English club career in all competitions, scoring 25 for Southampton and 75 for Liverpool.
Mane's goal was his 57th in the Premier League for Liverpool, but the first coming as a substitute.
Jordan Henderson has assisted five Premier League goals this season; only in 2014-15 (nine) and 2013-14 (seven) has he provided more in a single league season in his professional career.
Both of Liverpool's past two Premier League games have been goalless at half-time; only two of their first 24 such matches of the season had been 0-0 at the break before this.
Norwich failed to attempt a single shot in the first half of a league game for the first time under Daniel Farke, and the first time in any league match overall since April 2014 v Manchester United.
What next?
Norwich travel to Wolves next Sunday in the Premier League (kick-off 14:00 GMT), while Liverpool are in European action on Tuesday, followed by a Premier League game at Anfield against West Ham next Monday (20:00).


19th February 2020, 21:35
Liverpool are set to let Adam Lallana leave in the summer when the England midfielder's contract runs out.

There are no talks taking place between the European champions and the 31-year-old over a new deal and he will be available on a free transfer.

Lallana, who has been linked with Leicester City, moved to Anfield for £25m in 2014.

He was signed from Southampton by then-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who is now in charge of the Foxes.

Lallana has played 13 times for Liverpool in the league this season, scoring once.

His only goal this season was against Manchester United, when his equaliser maintained the club's unbeaten record.

Lallana's time at Anfield has been hampered by injuries in the past two seasons but he was a key part of Jurgen Klopp's side in the early days of the German manager's reign.

He helped the Reds win the Champions League last season and has scored 18 times in 126 league games for the club.


21st February 2020, 19:11
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will miss about three weeks with a hamstring injury, says manager Jurgen Klopp.

Henderson, 29, was forced off late on in Liverpool's 1-0 Champions League defeat by Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

The midfielder has made 34 appearances for the runaway Premier League leaders this season, scoring three goals.

"We have heard of different hamstring injuries in the Premier League - Harry Kane for example - but it's not that bad," said Klopp on Friday.

Tottenham striker Kane - an England team-mate of Henderson - has had surgery on a torn hamstring sustained on 1 January and is not expected to return to training until April.

Klopp added: "[Henderson] will be out for three weeks or so, which is not cool but how we see it is we were still lucky."

Over the next three weeks the Reds have Premier League matches against West Ham United, Watford and Bournemouth, an FA Cup fifth-round tie at Chelsea and the return leg against Atletico in the last 16 of the Champions League.

They go to Everton for the Merseyside derby on 16 March.


25th February 2020, 18:50
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he "never thought it was possible" for his side to equal Manchester City's record of 18 consecutive Premier League wins.

The league leaders joined City in an English top-flight record with a 3-2 victory over West Ham on Monday.

City won 18 straight games between August and December 2017.

"It's so special. The numbers are incredible, so difficult. I said we wanted to write our own stories, create our own history," said Klopp.

"Obviously, the boys took that really seriously and that is all cool but just not too important at the moment.

"We are just in the situation and want to recover and prepare for the next game."

The last time Liverpool dropped points in the league was in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United on 20 October 2019.

Victory over West Ham at Anfield, where keeper Lukasz Fabianski suffered a nightmare, took Liverpool to within four wins of their first league title in 30 years.

Liverpool took an early lead when Fabianski failed to deal with a routine Georginio Wijnaldum header but David Moyes' side replied through Issa Diop's header and then substitute Pablo Fornals swept West Ham into the lead nine minutes after the break.

But Fabianski inexplicably allowed Mohamed Salah's shot to squirm through his legs in the 68th minute and Sadio Mane turned in Trent Alexander-Arnold's lob with nine minutes left to complete the comeback.

It means Liverpool are 22 points clear of defending champions City at the top of the table.

"I couldn't have wished for a better position to go into these last 11 games," Klopp added. "I never thought it was possible but each one of [the victories are] really difficult."

Manchester City's 18-game run
1. Bournemouth - 2-1 10. Leicester - 2-0
2. Liverpool - 5-0 11. Huddersfield - 2-1
3. Watford - 6-0 12. Southampton - 2-1
4. Crystal Palace - 5-0 13. West Ham - 2-1
5. Chelsea - 1-0 14. Manchester United - 2-1
6. Stoke - 7-2 15. Swansea - 4-0
7. Burnley - 3-0 16. Tottenham - 4-1
8. West Brom - 3-2 17. Bournemouth - 4-0
9. Arsenal - 3-1 18. Newcastle - 1-0
Scored 58, conceded 11
Liverpool's 18-game run
1. Tottenham - 2-1 10. Wolves - 1-0
2. Aston Villa - 2-1 11. Sheffield United - 2-0
3. Manchester City - 3-1 12. Tottenham - 1-0
4. Crystal Palace - 2-1 13. Manchester United - 2-0
5. Brighton - 2-1 14. Wolves - 2-1
6. Everton - 5-2 15. West Ham - 2-0
7. Bournemouth - 3-0 16. Southampton - 4-0
8. Watford - 2-0 17. Norwich - 1-0
9. Leicester - 4-0 18. West Ham - 3-2
Scored 43, conceded 11

What other records have Liverpool got this season?

Liverpool have won their past 21 home Premier League games, equalling the English top-flight record for consecutive home wins, set by the Reds themselves between January and December 1972 under Bill Shankly.
Klopp's side can amass 112 points this season - no title-winning team has achieved that in England.
This is now Liverpool's longest unbeaten run, beating the 37 that concluded in 1894.
Liverpool's last defeat in the league came at Etihad Stadium against Manchester City on 3 January, 2019. They've only dropped 10 points in total since then.
The last time Liverpool failed to score was in the 0-0 draw at Merseyside rivals Everton on 3 March, 2019.
The earliest Premier League title win was achieved by Manchester United when they claimed victory in 2000-01 on 14 April. If the Reds keep winning, they could win the title in March.
Liverpool have the best-ever tally at this stage of the season by a side in any of Europe's 'big five' leagues - England, France, Italy, Germany and Spain.
'It happens all the time' - analysis
Former Chelsea and Scotland winger Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 Live: "Usually there is no jeopardy at this place [Anfield] because you expect Liverpool to win. They were asked a lot of questions, had to go through a lot of gears. It was a brilliant game. Yet again when Liverpool need to win by the odd goal they find a way.

"They rode a little bit of luck in the second half. When there were 10 minutes left, the West Ham fans would have been thinking 'that is an absolute eternity'. There are some teams where you think you're running out of time but you don't think that at Anfield anymore. Even a minute feels like an eternity.

"All three goals came from full-back assists. That isn't a fluke, it happens all the time. That's one of the reasons Liverpool have been so extraordinary."

Former West Ham and England goalkeeper Rob Green on BBC Radio 5 Live: "Liverpool weren't at their best on Monday. Compared to last week, the performance from West Ham was a stark contrast. They asked questions. Every man put a shift in.

"Jurgen Klopp was celebrating that like a huge, huge win. It was probably the most they have been pushed all season."


2nd March 2020, 20:38
Ex-Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been banned from football for four months for breaching betting rules.

He was originally given a six-week ban last summer, four of them suspended, but the FA appealed against the findings of an independent commission.

An appeal board also doubled the 30-year-old's fine to £150,000.

It was announced on Monday that Sturridge's contract with Turkish side Trabzonspor had been terminated by mutual agreement.


6th March 2020, 20:01
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has been ruled out of their Champions League last-16 second leg against Atletico Madrid with a hip injury.

Alisson will also miss Saturday's home Premier League game against Bournemouth and is a doubt for the Merseyside derby at Everton on 16 March.

Liverpool host Atletico on Wednesday, trailing 1-0 from the first leg.

"He is not available for tomorrow and then the next week," manager Jurgen Klopp said of the 27-year-old.

"We have to judge the situation. I would say after the international break, 100%. Whatever we can get before that we will see."

Alisson, who has played 28 times for Liverpool this season, picked up the injury in training before Tuesday's 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round defeat at Chelsea.

The Brazil international - the world's most expensive goalkeeper when he joined Liverpool from Roma in 2018 in a deal worth up to £66.8m - also missed nine weeks of the campaign with a calf injury sustained in their opening league match against Norwich City in August.

"He [Alisson] had a little incident in training before the Chelsea game," Klopp said.

"We all thought it was nothing and it was clear he would not play anyway. The plan was that he would be on the bench.

"[There was a] scan the next day and they found something, so now he is out."


6th March 2020, 22:54
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has been ruled out of Saturday's game with Bournemouth due to a hip injury

8th March 2020, 23:23
I believe, Ancelotti’s toffees will get a point at Goodison, therefore we have a chance to win the title at Etihad.....

9th March 2020, 02:39
Liverpool will win the league. But you can see in the last few weeks that teams are starting to work them out. I think the end of the cycle for these players is close. Klopp needs to reinvest in the first team in the summer to keep things fresh and players motivated.

If Liverpool have a summer like last year where they don't sign anyone, expect a drop off next year.

12th March 2020, 12:26
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says their Champions League last-16 defeat by Atletico Madrid "doesn't feel right" and criticised the La Liga side's style of play.

The European champions' hopes of defending their title were ended by a 3-2 loss at Anfield on Wednesday, with Atletico winning 4-2 on aggregate.

The Reds had reached the final in the previous two seasons under the German.

Klopp suggested Diego Simeone's Atletico do not play "proper football".

"I am completely happy with the performance. It's so difficult to play a side like this," Klopp told BT Sport, adding he was "searching for the right words".

"I don't understand with the quality they have the football they play. They could play proper football but they stand deep and have counter-attacks.

"We accept it, of course, but it doesn't feel right tonight. I realise I am a really bad loser, especially when the boys put such an effort in against world-class players on the other side who defend with two rows of four.

"We know in the past two years we had some lucky moments in the Champions League - you have to to reach two finals - but today everything was against us in the decisive moments."

Defeat was Liverpool's fourth loss in six matches in all competitions, but they remain 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Captain Jordan Henderson said Wednesday's result was "disappointing" but added the players would use it to end the season strongly.

"We put everything into that game so we are bitterly disappointed, especially with the goals we conceded," the 29-year-old England midfielder told BT Sport.

"All we can focus on is our performance level, and to have conceded those goals isn't like us. We're disappointed but we'll take it on the chin.

"For the rest of today and tomorrow it won't feel nice, but we have to use it to help us finish the season strong."


14th March 2020, 17:13
Jürgen Klopp has today issued the following message to supporters following the Premier League's decision to postpone all football activity until April 3 at the earliest.

I don’t think this is a moment where the thoughts of a football manager should be important, but I understand for our supporters they will want to hear from the team and I will front that.

First and foremost, all of us have to do whatever we can to protect one another. In society I mean. This should be the case all the time in life, but in this moment I think it matters more than ever.

I’ve said before that football always seems the most important of the least important things. Today, football and football matches really aren’t important at all.

Of course, we don’t want to play in front of an empty stadium and we don’t want games or competitions suspended, but if doing so helps one individual stay healthy - just one - we do it no questions asked.

If it’s a choice between football and the good of the wider society, it’s no contest. Really, it isn’t.

Today’s decision and announcement is being implemented with the motive of keeping people safe. Because of that we support it completely. We have seen members of teams we compete against become ill. This virus has shown that being involved in football offers no immunity. To our rival clubs and individuals who are affected and to those who later will become so, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

None of us know in this moment what the final outcome will be, but as a team we have to have belief that the authorities make decisions based on sound judgement and morality.

Yes, I am the manager of this team and club and therefore carry a leadership responsibility with regards to our future on the pitch. But I think in the present moment, with so many people around our city, the region, the country and the world facing anxiety and uncertainty, it would be entirely wrong to speak about anything other than advising people to follow expert advice and look after themselves and each other.

The message from the team to our supporters is only about your well-being. Put your health first. Don’t take any risk. Think about the vulnerable in our society and act where possible with compassion for them.

Please look after yourselves and look out for each other.

You’ll Never Walk Alone,


6th April 2020, 23:07
Liverpool have reversed their decision to place some non-playing staff on temporary leave and apologised to fans.

On Saturday the club said they were going to apply to the government's taxpayer-funded job retention scheme, sparking a fierce backlash.

But in a letter to the club's fans, chief executive Peter Moore said: "We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week... and are truly sorry for that."

He said that as a result of "extensive consultation and our own internal deliberations, we have opted to find alternative means".

Liverpool became the fifth team to furlough non-playing staff with the season suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

6th April 2020, 23:20
U turn but you tarnished the club's reputation kudos to Man city protecting all non playing staff

The Viper
20th April 2020, 01:08
Dejan Lovren says Liverpool are eager for more success and to show what they are capable of when football resumes following the coronavirus shutdown (via Sky Sports).

The Viper
23rd April 2020, 22:53
RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner is ready to sign for Liverpool if they pay his £52m release clause before it expires on 15 June.

The Viper
24th April 2020, 01:01
Jurgen Klopp exclusive: Liverpool are not the finished article

Jurgen Klopp insists his Liverpool side have plenty of room to improve and are not the finished article.

Despite sitting top of the Premier League by 25 points before football was halted due to coronavirus, the German explained to Sky Sports how they will work on improving even more, with fresh talent to come from within the club.

Some of that talent was showcased throughout cup competitions this season, and though Klopp insists the fundamentals of the club won't change, they can get even better.

"We will not change, that's the first thing, but whether we will be successful depends on what other clubs are doing as well because they have all the chance to improve things, do things better. So I have no clue what the future will hold for us.

"But we will not change, this team is not the finished article, and we have a lot of space for improvement, and we work on that.

"We have fresh blood internally coming through. We can improve with this team, which is great."

Reflecting on his time at Liverpool on The Football Show with Jamie Carragher and David Jones, Klopp explained the importance of the faith given to him by the Anfield chiefs early on during his time at the club

This confidence and positivity was shown even after Klopp's first handful of games in 2015, and throughout final defeats against Sevilla (Europa League 2016), Manchester City (League Cup 2016) and Real Madrid (Champions League 2018).

"It was really clear we needed time. It was clear we cannot fix it overnight. Everyone wanted that, but we couldn't so I had to ask for time. I knew.

"Before that in my career I never got the sack so I had no experience with that, but I knew then it was a different level, and if I can't deliver here quick enough, then I will get the sack.

"We got that time, and the nice thing is that after six, seven, eight games, they were really positive about the situation, they realised we were on the right path. From that moment they didn't question it one second. They were full of faith and trust, and they said the path we will stay on, and everything will be fine.

"That's what we did then. When we lost finals against Sevilla or City or Real Madrid, I think pundits say then if he doesn't' win the next one then they might change, but internally it was never somebody thinking like this."

Reflecting on the coronavirus crisis, with talk of the Bundesliga returning as early as May 9, the former Borussia Dortmund and Mainz manager says training should only be re-introduced when it is safe to do so.

Klopp sees no use in forcing football to return, but does see that it could have a positive impact on the mood of the country.

"We will see, they [Germany] are all very optimistic they will start mid-May. We will see what that means.

"We will see when that starts here," he added. "We know what we want, and the first thing that we want is that everybody is safe and healthy. In the moment it is possible to start training again, we will do that.

"We are all at home, all isolated, we have no cases or stuff like this. If we come together and train in groups of two or five or six or eight, I'm not sure when that will be possible, we have to wait for the government on that. We cannot force that and will not, because we can't, there's absolutely nothing for that.

"But if football can help in some departments with lifting the mood, giving something to think about and to deal with in a different way, then we have to start training at one point, but I don't know when that will be."

Klopp also admits his life hasn't changed too much during the lockdown, saying he would either spend most of his time at home or at Liverpool's Melwood training ground.

"Look, my life didn't change too much to be honest. I can't usually go out, stuff like that. I could go to Melwood once a day for eight, nine, 10 hours it would be the same because at home it is always the same.

"We don't go in restaurants and stuff like this so we didn't change too much. So I don't miss this part of it, but of course I miss the boys, football, and for everybody else to have their normal life.

"It's not important how I feel because I am used to a private lockdown if you like, but I can imagine for other people it is much more difficult and I hope it will change at some point."

What do Liverpool need?
Jamie Carragher, speaking on The Football Show:

"I think there could be something more in reserve for the front three. I think Liverpool have been lucky in that the best players and most important players for Jurgen Klopp have never really suffered injury-wise, certainly big injuries, if you think of the front three, the full-backs and Virgil Van Dijk.

"Can there be more back-up if something happens? Certainly with Andy Robertson at left-back, probably the only recognised left-back at the club.

"I just think Liverpool need more than Divock Origi as back-up for the front three when they're out, and hence why Liverpool have been linked with Timo Werner. I actually do think Liverpool need to invest to keep them where they are.

"So certainly for me, a strong understudy to Andrew Robertson, and certainly someone who is really going to push that front three. I think they certainly need to spend big to keep them ahead of the pack."https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11669/11976599/jurgen-klopp-exclusive-liverpool-are-not-the-finished-article

The Viper
28th April 2020, 00:16
The plans to accommodate 7,000 additional seats and raise Anfield's capacity to 61,000 will not be completed until summer 2023 at the earliest.

30th April 2020, 21:41

As a club, we are aware of and disappointed by comments attributed to Mayor Joe Anderson in a media interview which was published today.

As well as a lack of evidence to support such claims, we would also point to recent discussions with Mayor Anderson relating to the possibility of any behind-closed-doors football, which concluded that it is important that key stakeholders across the city continue to engage and work collaboratively.

In recent weeks, we have engaged with supporters’ groups who have informed us of their determination to respect social distancing measures and, in the event of a resumption of football being announced, we would continue to work with them and other key stakeholders in keeping with our collective desire to achieve this crucial objective.

As part of our ongoing operations, we are in regular contact with the Mayor and his office and we hope these conversations can continue.

In the meantime, our primary focus remains responding to the humanitarian crisis which continues to unfold and in particular providing ongoing support to various NHS initiatives and those experiencing food poverty and social isolation.

3rd May 2020, 00:50
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren admits he has struggled with the psychological impact of the coronavirus lockdown and says players will need time to "recover mentally" from quarantine.

While some Premier League clubs have reopened their training facilities under strict conditions, Liverpool's squad remain at home with individual programmes and no date has been set for their return to Melwood.

Lovren admits he has missed working alongside with his team-mates and is looking forward to a return to full training.

"It hasn't been easy as we have been locked up in our homes for 46 days now," Lovren told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novisti.

"The psychological aspect is the most difficult to overcome. I work out on my own as much as I can, I kick the ball around a bit with my son on our lawn, but training with the team is totally different."

The Croatia international admits it is difficult to get excited by his training regime in lockdown.

"I try to stay motivated any way I can. I get up in the morning and tell myself 'I am going to get knackered in training today' and at least I've managed to lose some weight," added Lovren.

"But I've also lost some mass on my legs because there is no substitute for a 90-minute team training session. You can't do an indoor exercise on your legs for 90 minutes."

The Premier League met on Friday to discuss 'Project Restart' and a possible return to competitive action in June, should it be deemed safe and given government approval.

Lovren is keen to see the season completed in full, with Liverpool 25 points clear at the top of the table, but says players will need enough time to rest between games after a long period without competitive action.

"I hope Aleksander Ceferin and all the other people from UEFA and FIFA will come up with a solution so that we don't get into a situation of having to play 15 games in 30 days," he added.

"We need time off. This hasn't really been time off because the players will need to recover mentally from the pandemic and the resultant quarantine."


4th May 2020, 22:00
Liverpool have not ceased their interest in signing Timo Werner, but the club have made no concrete decisions around transfers given the financial implications of coronavirus and uncertainty over how it will reshape the market.

Anfield remains the forward’s destination of choice if he is to leave RB Leipzig, with the player not concealing his desire to line up under Jurgen Klopp, whom he has labelled “the best coach in the world.”

Werner has been assessed by the Premier League leaders since 2015, with their analysis escalating over the past two years given his stylistic suitability to fill an attacking role at the club.

The 24-year-old’s declarations – both publicly and privately – that he wants to improve and would not be put off by the challenge of having to fight for his place addressed the only question mark Liverpool had against him given their explosive front three of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

As detailed by The Independent, the recruitment team and Klopp subscribe to a ‘it’s not about the first three months, but the first three years’ policy and do detailed character assessments of how a player would cope with being out of the fold, as Andy Robertson and Fabinho were, for example, while absorbing the demands on and off the pitch.

There have been differing reports over the release clause inserted into the contract extension Werner signed with Leipzig last summer and the terms around it, but a talent of his age being available for around £50m was seen as good value before the global pandemic.

Liverpool were willing to sanction a deal at that cost, feeling it resembled the outlay spent on Firmino and Mane with inflation.

However, Covid-19 has removed surety from transfer planning as clubs cede income on an unprecedented level while not having any certainty over how this season and the next one will unfold.

Liverpool had already been preparing for a relatively quiet summer before the crisis unless significant problems (an injury to a key player, a core asset pushing to leave) emerged.

There is an appreciation now that any business under consideration is up in the air until there is a clearer picture over the transfer landscape across Europe.

Leipzig’s sporting director Markus Krosche has already conceded that fees in the region of £50m for the club’s in-demand stars like Werner and Dayot Upamecano “is rather unlikely, at least this summer” due to coronavirus.

Liverpool have been determined not to abandon the recruitment principles that have restored the club as a domestic and European powerhouse.

While that means eschewing blockbuster price tags unless the player is a certified game-changer like Virgil van Dijk or Alisson, it also equates to being shrewd and trying to stay ahead of the competition when the window opens.

The club have been skilled in securing deals that were largely frowned upon or generated very little buzz - Mohamed Salah, Robertson, Firmino, Mane, Gini Wijnaldum – being cases in point.

With such an emphasis on finding value this summer, Liverpool’s pedigreed analytics team will be seeking out clever moves (see Joel Matip on a free, activating Xherdan Shaqiri and Takumi Minamino’s low release clauses).


12th May 2020, 00:47
Liverpool star defender Virgil van Dijk admits it was a special feeling to compete his move to the Reds in 2018.

The Dutch international joined Liverpool from Southampton 28 months ago in a £75 million deal that made him the most expensive defender in world football at the time.

Since Van Dijk's arrival, Liverpool’s defence has been the best in the Premier League with Jurgen Klopp’s men winning the Champions League and on the verge of lifting the Premier League title this term.

"It was surreal for me to have to make a decision where to go to at the time. The instant feeling was there with Liverpool and they ticked most of my boxes," Van Dijk told Jamie Redknapp on Sky Sports.

"When I went to Celtic, I didn't realise how big they were at the time, but I had a feeling before I joined Liverpool how big Liverpool really were.

"You see all their games, I'd played there two times before I joined them, and over the course of time before I signed, I met so many people, Liverpool fans, that would say, 'I hope you sign for us'.

"It was special, and when things got finalised and you start playing, my debut against Everton was something I will never forget.

"How things went in the end; starting in the winter, reaching the Champions League final, the disappointment of losing it but then winning it the year after, coming very close to winning the Premier League and obviously now we are in a very fortunate position to hopefully get it over the line when things start moving again.

"We are making big progress as a team and I have definitely made big progress myself."


15th May 2020, 00:35
Jamie Carragher admits he felt sorry for Alberto Aquilani, who was a panic buy for Liverpool and joined the club injured and out of shape.

One of the most expensive mistakes in Liverpool history, Aquilani joined from Roma for just under £20 million and played just 18 Premier League games for the club in three years.

The midfielder left for no more than £1 million in 2012 and Carragher, who once named Aquilani as one of Liverpool's three worst signings of his time as a player, sympathises with the Italian.

"It was just a complete and utter mess," Carragher told The Athletic.

"It was a panic signing. Xabi (Alonso) was going and there was that sense of, 'We have to get someone in'. But we signed someone who hadn't played for months and was months away from being fit again.

"He was injured when he arrived and there was pressure on the medical staff to get him back quick. It soon became clear it would take longer than the club had initially put out there. That then caused problems for the medical staff.

"It was a terrible decision all-round to bring him in. It just wouldn't happen these days with the structure Liverpool have in place with a sporting director.

"I felt sorry for the lad because he was caught in the middle of it. He was put in a position he shouldn't have been put in.

"I'm not having this talk about the finances at the time or missing out on who we really wanted.

"Managers frequently don't get their first target. Look at Alex Ferguson. He missed out on Alan Shearer and signed Eric Cantona.

"If you couldn't replace him properly, then why sell Xabi? He was always going to want to go that summer with what happened the previous year with Gareth Barry.

"You've still got to spend the money you can spend wisely. All the lads were disappointed about Xabi leaving. He had been there a long time and he'd had a great last season for Liverpool."


20th May 2020, 20:06
Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp says return to training like 'first day at school'

Liverpool's return to non-contact training "felt like the first day at school", says manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Premier League leaders worked in small groups at their Melwood training ground on Wednesday for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown.

The top flight hopes to resume in June, with 92 fixtures left to play, having been suspended since 13 March.

"I woke up even earlier than usual and then I realised it was my first day," Klopp told Liverpool's website.

"It felt like the first day at school - for me, it was 46 years ago, but it must have been similar.

"I dressed myself in my uniform again - and for the right reason, for going to training."

The easing of government restrictions have allowed players to train in small groups in staggered sessions, with all 20 clubs unanimously agreeing to stage one of the return-to-training protocols at Monday's "Project Restart" meeting.

As well as training in groups of no more than five, sessions must last no longer than 75 minutes for each player. Social distancing must be adhered to.

Liverpool are 25 points clear at the top of the table, with nine games to play, and need just two more wins to secure their first Premier League title.

The league had previously identified 12 June for matches to possibly start again, but there is now an expectation this will need to be pushed back.

Klopp said he was "really happy" to see his players again and that they were all in "good spirits" and "good shape".

"We don't know exactly how long we have, but we have some time to prepare the rest of this season and already the next season because I don't think there will be a massive break between the two," he said.

"It's a pre-season for us. We don't know how long and we will not have test games or friendlies.

"Maybe we can organise it between us when we are allowed to, but it will not be the same like in other pre-seasons."

Klopp said he was glad his players had had a "real rest" during nine weeks off in lockdown as opposed to two or three weeks of holiday per year.

However, he added: "Of course, you cannot rest when you are worried about the situation in the world, not in the same way like you do on a proper holiday."

One player and two staff members at Watford and Burnley assistant manager Ian Woan are among six positive Premier League tests for coronavirus revealed on Tuesday.

A total of 748 players and staff were tested in the first round of twice-weekly testing as part of the return-to-training measures.

Official protocols sent to players and managers last week, and obtained by the BBC, revealed corner flags, balls, cones, goalposts and even playing surfaces will be disinfected after each training session.

Klopp said the the protocols are "brilliant" and that he felt his side were able to train in a "very, very safe place".

He added: "Then hopefully for all of us we will get good news because that always would mean the development was in the right direction for the whole country and then for the league as well."https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/52743144

20th May 2020, 22:05

Feels sooo good to see the boys back training. :)

20th May 2020, 22:51
Reports in Germany claim that Liverpool have made a shock enquiry for Manchester City winger Leroy Sane but have quickly hit a dead end.

The surprising and highly ambitious transfer swoop for the Germany international has been confirmed by reliable journalist Christian Falk.

Head of football at Sport Bild, Falk, confirmed talk that the Reds were interested in 24-year-old Sane, who has been recovering from injury this season.

Jurgen Klopp’s men apparently enquired about Sane and a potential transfer next summer, but Sane never considered the move due to the rivalry between the two teams. He also has his heart set on Bayern Munich, says Falk.

Liverpool were hoping for a free-transfer switch in the summer of 2021 and agreed to match the players wages at City.

The deal though will not be happening with Sane said to be keen to finally wrap up a move to Bavaria.

Sane has been a top target for Bayern since last summer, but that conjecture ended in August when Sane suffered a serious knee injury in his first appearance of the season – the Community Shield against Liverpool at Wembley.

Earlier this month Sport Bild reported that Bayern Munich had made a derisory €40m (£36m) offer for Sane after reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Germany man.

The Bundesliga champions have approached the City forward and come to an agreement over his contract with Sane agreeing on a five-year deal.

Sport Bild claims that Bayern will consider any deal under €60m (£54m) a major success, but their initial €40m (£36m) offer is well short of City’s reported €100m (£90m) valuation on the player.

City paid Schalke £46.5m, including add-ons for Sane in 2016 and will not let him leave for less than that.

City boss Pep Guardiola admitted in January that he would not be able to stop Sane from leaving should the German winger decide to pursue a move away from the club.

“It’s a question for Leroy, his agents and the club. I’m not involved in that.

“What I want is for him to come back fit. His knee looks really good and after that, honestly, it’s not of my business. It’s not in my hands.”


21st May 2020, 19:53
Jordan Henderson: Great to be back in training with Liverpool

Jordan Henderson is delighted to be back in training and has challenged Liverpool to "pick up where they left off" when the Premier League season resumes.

The Liverpool captain joined his team-mates as they returned to Melwood on Wednesday following a two-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Liverpool, like all Premier League sides, are working in small groups and following social distancing guidelines as they wait for the resumption of contact training, but Henderson says he and his team-mates are just happy to be back on the grass - even if the outbreak has put things in perspective.

"It's been great to get back and see the lads, get the balls out and be able to pass into each other and interact a little bit," he told Sky Sports' Patrick Davison.

"It's been really good and something I've looked forward to for a while now.

"I think a lot of lads will be the same. Football is taken away from you and it's obviously difficult because at the end of the day it's the most important thing to us.

"But then something like this happens and it puts everything in perspective. I feel lucky to be in the position that I'm in.

"You have a lot of time to reflect and think about things, but ultimately I was itching to get back playing football as soon as possible once everything had calmed down a bit and it was safe to do so."

Henderson kept in regular contact with team-mates and staff throughout the lockdown, but admits he missed the camaraderie in the Liverpool dressing room.

"You miss the banter," he said. "You miss preparing the games. You miss training and working hard with a view to having a game on the weekend or in midweek.

"It's just everything that you do on a day-to-day basis that you miss.

"But we're so fortunate to be playing football and be in the position that we're in. Sometimes you can take that for granted, but at times like this, you realise how lucky you are."

Read more: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11669/11992193/jordan-henderson-great-to-be-back-in-training-with-liverpool

1st June 2020, 12:18
(Reuters) - Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has said resuming contact training has made a “massive difference” for the Premier League leaders as they step up preparations for the restart of the season on June 17 following the COVID-19 disruption.

The league was suspended on March 13 due to the pandemic, with teams returning to training in small groups before voting last week to return to contact training.

“It’s absolutely brilliant, a massive difference ... we could work on all the things we wanted to work on,” German Klopp told the club website.

“The first week was already really good with small groups, I enjoyed that ... it was important to get on track again, to get used to the pitch, ball and boots... now we work on tactical things, that works really well.

“... Hopefully we can make progress in the next two or three weeks, there are a lot of things that need to be organised... we need to get hopefully a couple of (bits of) information but we take it like it is and use each second we are together.”

Liverpool have a 25-point lead over Manchester City and need two wins to secure their first top-flight title in 30 years. They are scheduled to face Everton in their first game back.


7th June 2020, 16:49
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool could hold a Premier League title parade midway through next season, if that is when coronavirus restrictions on mass gatherings are eased.

Liverpool are on the verge of securing a first top-flight title for 30 years and Klopp's side require just two victories from their final nine games to guarantee the trophy.

Matches are set to resume behind closed doors on June 17, meaning Liverpool's supporters will not be at Anfield to celebrate their likely triumph, or permitted to gather in the city to honour the campaign.

"That you can't celebrate in the way you've always dreamed of, that's not nice, I totally understand that," Klopp told Sky Germany. "I feel the same way. It's not that my ideal is to celebrate alone in the stadium, then just drive home.

"It wasn't like that when you thought about it. But that cannot be changed now. Why should we now make a big deal about something that can't be changed?

"There comes a day when life will get back to normal. When someone has found the vaccine, when someone has found a solution to the problem, when infection rates are zero or below - that day will come eventually. Then we have the right to celebrate what we want to celebrate on that day.

"If this is the 12th or 13th matchday of next season and we want to celebrate it - who is going to stop it? Then we still have the trophy and then we can drive it around town and stand on the bus. If other people then think that we are completely crazy, I honestly don't care.

"Can it then still be a special celebration? No question. It's different, but different is sometimes absolutely OK."

Season can become 'historic'

Liverpool had amassed a remarkable 82 points from 29 games when the Premier League was suspended in March, with Klopp's side having dropped points on just two occasions, with a solitary draw and a defeat.

With his side on course to eclipse Manchester City's record total of 100 points from the 2017-18 season, Klopp has urged his players to win all of their remaining fixtures.

"The problem at the moment is that we still have to become one (champions)," Klopp said

"I am not sitting here and want to doubt that, but I also know that we want to win football matches and not only two, but if possible nine.

"This can become historic, I have to say so clearly. And not only club historical, but historical in general. We have the chance to get an unbelievable number of points and so we prepare ourselves and then we will see what comes out of it."

Liverpool squad kneeling an 'extraordinary moment'

While Liverpool's performances on the pitch this season have given Klopp plenty of reason to be proud, the German revealed an off-field gesture by his players this week had impressed him.

His squad showed their support for the Black Lives Matter movement as they knelt around the centre circle during a training session at Anfield, a move that several other Premier League clubs followed.

The gesture followed the death of American George Floyd, who died on May 25 after a white police officer who has since been charged with his murder held him down by pressing a knee into his neck.

"For us, the contact with each other and Black Lives Matter is natural," Klopp said. "If you look at our team, we have players from Africa, from England, et cetera.

"It's so natural for us that we didn't even think about sending a message at first. Because it's completely normal, nobody realised that we would have to say it again. But then the boys noticed it. Then they spontaneously decided to do it.

"I have been very proud of the boys for a long time, but this was another extraordinary moment. When I saw them there and this photo was taken, I was really proud, because it is also an important message. No question about it."


The Viper
12th June 2020, 23:58
Virgil van Dijk will reportedly become the highest-paid player in Liverpool's history with a new £220,000-a-week deal.

19th June 2020, 18:42
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is asked if a lack of preparation time in recent weeks will impact the intensity of Sunday's Merseyside derby.

He tells BBC Radio Merseyside: "I am an experienced manager but don't have much experience with games behind closed doors. When I saw the first two games in the Premier League they looked in good shape, the intensity level was good.

"I watched a lot of Bundesliga and in the beginning the intensity was there. Then it became tricky for teams because of the number of games in a short period. That is the challenge for all of us.

"How that will influence the intensity, I don't know. We won't go for excuses. It will be 100% tough for all of us."

22nd June 2020, 10:40
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="und" dir="ltr">Mané😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭<br><br> <a href="https://t.co/42O3anGt9L">pic.twitter.com/42O3anGt9L</a></p>&mdash; Rue (@thfcrueben) <a href="https://twitter.com/thfcrueben/status/1274766004514684931?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 21, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

23rd June 2020, 23:19
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he would prefer to play their game away to Manchester City at City's home ground, rather than a neutral venue.

A decision on the 2 July Premier League match at Etihad Stadium will be made at a meeting of Manchester City Council's safety advisory group on Thursday.

Police requested five games be played at neutral venues over safety concerns.

"I would prefer it is at Manchester, otherwise it would be really difficult to organise it," Klopp said.

"I don't know how it would be, but it would not be in Liverpool so it would mean we both have to go somewhere where we both need a hotel."

Liverpool, who need five points to clinch their first league title in 30 years, face Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

City are second in the table, 20 points behind Liverpool. They travel to Chelsea on Thursday.

Other matches assigned to neutral venues included the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton, but that was deemed safe to go ahead at Goodison Park following talks between the government, police and the Premier League.

Klopp said: "The whole period we are in has shown that the massive majority of people really behaved responsibly and seriously and take this situation as it is."


25th June 2020, 12:14
Mohamed Salah believes now is the right time for Liverpool to end their 30-year wait for a top-flight English title.

Salah scored as the Reds beat Crystal Palace 4-0 on Wednesday - a result that leaves them two points away from winning the Premier League.

They could seal their victory on Thursday if Manchester City - the side that pipped them to last season's title - fail to win at Chelsea.

"Two points to go to win the league, it's great," Salah told Sky Sports.

"Since I came here I said I want to win the Premier League. The city did not win it for a long time.

"Last year we had a chance but Man City also played really well and deserved it. It's our time to win the league."

Liverpool's last top-flight league title, their 18th, came in 1989-90, when Sir Kenny Dalglish led them to victory.

Since then the closest they have come is last season, when Jurgen Klopp's side amassed a remarkable 97 points but were beaten by a single point by Pep Guardiola's City.

This season, the Reds have been unrivalled in their brilliance, with only football's three-month suspension in England because of the coronavirus pandemic delaying their league triumph.

Having drawn at Everton in their first game back and now beating Palace, Klopp's side are on the brink of victory.

"Tonight was a big step, that's clear," Klopp told BBC Radio 5 Live. "We've all still got to play seven games, if we play like this it's really not nice to play against us.

"I have to watch the game tomorrow because we play them one week later. That's being professional and doing my job."

Liverpool completely outclassed Palace on Wednesday, scoring four times but also spurning numerous opportunities to add more goals.

Trent Alexander-Arnold scored the opener from a free-kick before Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mane added the others.

"It was a brilliant game," added Klopp. "If you are involved in this, if you are as close as I am to these boys, then you can't be happier than I am.

"The way they played, the passion we showed was so exceptional, there were moments that I couldn't believe it. Especially after being 4-0 up and still showing it.

"I'm so happy that we showed that we do it for the people even when they're not really here. In this moment I am in a really good mood."


25th June 2020, 21:22
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Nathaniel Clyne will leave Liverpool when his contract expires on 30 June.<a href="https://t.co/Q8SvGbPvnI">https://t.co/Q8SvGbPvnI</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LFC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LFC</a> <a href="https://t.co/TG1X0PaWIT">pic.twitter.com/TG1X0PaWIT</a></p>&mdash; BBC Sport (@BBCSport) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCSport/status/1276175177282465792?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The Viper
6th July 2020, 22:54
"I'm excited to see what the future holds and I'm just excited to give everything to the club and the fans."

Harvey Elliott has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool after turning 17 in April.

10th July 2020, 17:46
Jordan Henderson will miss the remainder of the Premier League season with a knee injury sustained against Brighton, but Jurgen Klopp is "pretty positive" the Liverpool captain will be fit for the start of next season.

24th July 2020, 15:36
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BREAKING: Jordan Henderson has been crowned the Football Writers&#39; Association Footballer of the Year for the 2019/20 season.</p>&mdash; Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/SkySportsNews/status/1286587808552026113?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

24th July 2020, 19:24
FWA awards aren't that memorable. Sterling won it last year and pretty much was forgotten. I hope Hendo wins the PFA award. It's between him and KDB. On a neutral basis, I think KDB was the better player but as a Liverpool supporter, I want Hendo to win. His leadership on the pitch was extremely vital to win the PL.

27th July 2020, 18:30
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Zenit St Petersburg have signed Dejan Lovren from Liverpool.<br><br>Full story: <a href="https://t.co/Xn6lntkZ8B">https://t.co/Xn6lntkZ8B</a> <a href="https://t.co/lMPmxonKeO">pic.twitter.com/lMPmxonKeO</a></p>&mdash; BBC Sport (@BBCSport) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCSport/status/1287730636694986753?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 27, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The Viper
28th July 2020, 00:34
Jurgen Klopp has pipped Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth and last season's winner Chris Wilder to the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy for the LMA Manager of the Year at the LMA Awards

28th July 2020, 01:51
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Quite an announcement.