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    Liverpool FC | 2021/22 Season

    Liverpool Premier League fixtures - 2021/22

    Exact dates and kick-off times are subject to change depending on broadcasting schedules

    14 August 2021 - 15:00 - Norwich City vs Liverpool

    21 August 2021 - 15:00 - Liverpool vs Burnley

    28 August 2021 - 15:00 - Liverpool vs Chelsea

    11 September 2021 - 15:00 - Leeds United vs Liverpool

    18 September 2021 - 15:00 - Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

    25 September 2021 - 15:00 - Brentford vs Liverpool

    2 October 2021 - 15:00 - Liverpool vs Manchester City

    16 October 2021 - 15:00 - Watford vs Liverpool

    23 October 2021 - 15:00 - Manchester United vs Liverpool

    30 October 2021 - 15:00 - Liverpool vs Brighton

    6 November 2021 - 15:00 - West Ham United vs Liverpool

    20 November 2021 - 15:00 - Liverpool vs Arsenal

    27 November 2021 - 15:00 - Liverpool vs Southampton

    30 November 2021 - 19:45 - Everton vs Liverpool

    4 December 2021 - 15:00 - Wolverhampton vs Liverpool

    11 December 2021 - 15:00 - Liverpool vs Aston Villa

    15 December 2021 - 20:00 - Liverpool vs Newcastle United

    18 December 2021 - 15:00 - Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool

    26 December 2021 - 15:00 - Liverpool vs Leeds United

    28 December 2021 - 15:00 - Leicester City vs Liverpool

    1 January 2022 - 15:00 - Chelsea vs Liverpool

    15 January 2022 - 15:00 - Liverpool vs Brentford

    22 January 2022 - 15:00 - Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

    9 February 2022 - 20:00 - Liverpool vs Leicester City

    12 February 2022 - 15:00 - Burnley vs Liverpool

    19 February 2022 - 15:00 - Liverpool vs Norwich City

    26 February 2022 - 15:00 - Arsenal vs Liverpool

    5 March 2022 - 15:00 - Liverpool vs West Ham United

    12 March 2022 - 15:00 - Brighton vs Liverpool

    19 March 2022 - 15:00 - Liverpool vs Manchester United

    2 April 2022 - 15:00 - Liverpool vs Watford

    9 April 2022 - 15:00 - Manchester City vs Liverpool

    16 April 2022 - 15:00 - Aston Villa vs Liverpool

    23 April 2022 - 15:00 - Liverpool vs Everton

    30 April 2022 - 15:00 - Newcastle United vs Liverpool

    7 May 2022 - 15:00 - Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur

    15 May 2022 - 15:00 - Southampton vs Liverpool

    22 May 2022 - 16:00 - Liverpool vs Wolverhampton


    Arsenal all the way!! (and Pakistan, of course!)

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    Liverpool do not expect any of their players, including Egypt's Mohamed Salah, to play in the Tokyo Olympics.

    They have told the relevant federations they do not want their players to take part in the competition, which runs from 22 July to 7 August.

    That means Salah, 29, looks set to miss the Games - but Egyptian FA president Ahmed Megahed still hopes he will play.

    "I don't want to say it's impossible for Salah to participate, but it is difficult," admitted Megahed.

    The Olympic football tournament is for under-23 teams - but three over-age players are allowed.


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    Benfica have made an official approach for Liverpool's Harry Wilson.

    Initial talks broke down, but the club expects them to return in their attempts to sign him.


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    Liverpool's ambitious transfer 'enquiry' complicates Mohamed Salah contract talks

    Kylian Mbappe to Liverpool is a rumour that refuses to go away, but the longer it takes for the superstar to sign a new deal at PSG, the more traction it will gather.

    A move to Anfield for the winger always seemed like a long shot and there was never any substance to the claims.

    But Mbappe's uncertain future in Paris has drastically changed things.

    The Frenchman has one year left on his current deal, yet to sign an extension and if he doesn't, he can potentially talk to other clubs in January.

    That scenario negates the hefty transfer fee that previously ruled Liverpool out of the running for his signature.

    Or at least with 12 months remaining on his deal, that price tag is now more manageable if PSG do not want to lose him for nothing next summer.

    And it's believed that Liverpool have 'enquired' about the availability of the French forward this summer, according to Marca.

    The report states the Reds would have to sell first to generate the funds for the purchase

    It remains to be seen whether a swap deal was discussed but the potential decision would certainly have a knock-on effect for Mohamed Salah's future at the club, which would only add more tension to what's been a far from ideal six months between the pair.

    The Egyptian has two years left on his current deal at Liverpool and there has been no indication of a new one on its way.

    Salah has continually been linked with a move to Real Madrid and Barcelona during his time in England, but it was all noise until he said he would be open to playing in La Liga "one day".

    He told Marca in March: "It's not up to me. We will see what happens, but I prefer not to talk about that right now.

    "I hope to be able to play for many more years, so why not? No one knows what is going to happen in the future, so maybe one day, yes."

    Fast forward to May and, despite Salah's comments, there was still no sign of a new deal as the forward claimed the club had not attempted to begin talks with him.

    He said to Sky Sports about his contract situation: "No one is talking to me about that, so I can't say much about that.

    "No one in the club is talking to me about anything so I do not know."

    And the latest controversy surrounding his Olympics involvement could put even further strain on their relationship.

    The Anfield club have turned down a request for the winger to be released to play for Egypt in Tokyo as they are unwilling to grant another absence with his appearance at the African Nations Cup already on the cards for next January.

    The Olympics runs from July 22 until August 7, a week before the Premier League begins, and the Reds see this as a crucial stage in pre-season as they put in their final preparations for the new campaign.

    Salah plans to challenge Liverpool's decision in the hope they will change their mind, according to Egyptian Football Association president Ahmed Megahed, but it's a far from ideal situation for both parties.

    Liverpool's approach for Mbappe only adds more fuel to the fire that his long-term future is away from Anfield.

    If Liverpool were to sacrifice one of their heavyweights to sign the PSG star this summer, all signs are pointing towards him.

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    Long-term injured defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez plus new signing Ibrahima Konate will all kick off pre-season at Liverpool's training camp in Austria on Monday.


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    Liverpool have made an approach for Wolves and Spain winger Adama Traore, 25. (Football Insider)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebat View Post
    Liverpool have made an approach for Wolves and Spain winger Adama Traore, 25. (Football Insider)
    Need a better source for sure. Would be glad if we signed him.


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    Porto have signed midfielder Marko Grujic for £10.5m from Liverpool, who are also expected to sell forward Taiwo Awoniyi to Union Berlin for £6.5m.

    Serbia international Grujic, 25, spent last season on loan at Porto, making 28 league appearances and eight Champions League outings for them.

    Nigerian Awoniyi, 23, scored five goals in 22 games on loan at German side Union Berlin last season.

    Liverpool have negotiated 10% sell-on clauses in both deals.

    Grujic became Reds manager Jurgen Klopp's first signing at the club when joining from Red Star Belgrade in January 2016 for £5.1m.

    He made 16 appearances for Liverpool, while also spending spells on loan at Cardiff City, Hertha Berlin and Porto.

    Awoniyi, who joined Liverpool in August 2015, has not featured for the club and was only granted a work permit to play in the UK in May.

    He has been on loan at FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen, Royal Excel Mouscron, Gent, Mainz and Union Berlin during his time at Liverpool.

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    Even with Grujic departing we need to sell more players before making some major signings. Wilson and Origi should be sold but Shaqiri after his performance at the Euro championships should be retained, I sense selling him will be a major mistake. Nat Philips will most likely leave too. Need to sign a replacement for Wijnaldum then there are also rumours that Hendo could be leaving this summer as well. Michael Edwards is brilliant at transfers getting good money for average players. Awaiting more Michael magic!


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    Harry Wilson has joined the exit list by joining Fulham for around £12 million. Together with other recent departures this has bought in around £30 million to our coffers. With more departures like Nat Philips and possibly Origi pending it should further give us a larger budget. I am at least hoping for one midfielder to come in before the season starts. If either Shaq or Origi depart then a forward could come in too, I have faith in Jurgen and Michael Edwards.


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    Virgil van Dijk could make his return from long-term injury in Liverpool's pre-season friendly against Hertha Berlin on Thursday, says manager Jurgen Klopp.

    Liverpool struggled in the absence of Van Dijk after the centre-back suffering a season-ending knee injury in the Merseyside derby at Everton in October last year.

    Klopp also revealed fellow defender Joe Gomez is closing in on a return to action, with the 24-year-old having suffered his own serious knee injury while on international duty with England last November.

    Speaking to the official club website, Klopp said: "I hope, I am not sure, that there is the opportunity that Virgil could play a few minutes.

    "He looks really good in training and maybe we can bring [him in], but I need to have some final conversations. He looks ready and we will see.


    "If you see the games now as part of their rehab training, that makes sense.

    "Joey is very close. There is no race between the two of them; they had different injuries and stuff like this, but [he is] very close.

    "If Virgil can play now 20 then probably Joey can in the game after. We will see. In training they both look really good."

    The return of some key defensive reinforcements will be a major boost for a Liverpool side who will be looking to regain the title from Manchester City.

    However, Klopp is keen to not rush Van Dijk and Gomez back into the fold prematurely, hinting he is prepared to ease them back into match action.

    Liverpool kick-off their Premier League campaign on August 14 against newly-promoted Norwich at Carrow Road, live on Sky Sports.

    "I think from time to time there are some pictures of them from training sessions and everyone can see how good it looks, but there is no rush for us," Klopp added.

    "It is not about they now need five pre-season games to be ready for the start or whatever.

    "It is a long season and we prepare them after these very, very serious injuries for the rest of their careers and not for the first game of the season."

    Liverpool will kick off the 2021/22 Premier League season with a trip to take on newly-promoted Norwich City at Carrow Road on August 14, live on Sky Sports.

    Jurgen Klopp's side, who finished in third place last season, host Chelsea and champions Man City on August 28 and October 2 respectively, before they face Man Utd at Old Trafford on October 23.

    The first Merseyside derby of the season takes place at Goodison on the evening of November 30, while Leeds United visit Anfield on Boxing Day, before the Reds bring in the New Year by taking on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on January 1.

    Xherdan Shaqiri's future at Anfield could be decided this week amid interest from Spanish and Italian clubs, while Liverpool are unlikely to make a move for Italy's Euro 2020 star Federico Chiesa.

    Shaqiri's impressive performances at Euro 2020 - where his three goals in five games helped Switzerland reach the quarter-finals - have attracted the attention of a number of clubs.

    La Liga's Sevilla and Villarreal were previously interested in signing the 29-year-old on loan, but are now keen on a permanent deal.

    If Shaqiri does leave Liverpool, he is unlikely to be replaced at Anfield by Chiesa.

    he club do hold an interest in the 23-year-old - who helped his country to Euro 2020 glory this summer - but are not planning to take it any further as they consider him to be too expensive.

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    Xherdan Shaqiri's future at Anfield could be decided this week amid interest from Spanish and Italian clubs, while Liverpool are unlikely to make a move for Italy's Euro 2020 star Federico Chiesa.


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    Scored three yet conceded four today in what was an entertaining friendly. Adama Traore is the current player heavily inked with a move to Anfield. For that to happen we most likely need to sell Shaqiri and perhaps even Origi before any new arrivals. It is good to see JK getting rid of some fringe players like Wilson and Grujic providing some class arrives through the door before the window shuts. With great pace and power I would be excited to see the Traore deal happen, Sarr of Watford could also be another possible signing.


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    Fabinho has signed a five-year contract extension with Liverpool.

    Fabinho has made 122 appearances for Liverpool since joining from Monaco in the summer of 2018 in a £43m deal.

    The 27-year-old midfielder, who has also deputised at centre-back for Jurgen Klopp's side, was a key figure in both Liverpool's 2018-19 Champions League and 2019-20 Premier League winning sides.


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    We need a few signings before the season starts.


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    Wesley Fofana was carried off on a stretcher after suffering a potentially serious injury during Leicester's pre-season friendly against Villarreal on Wednesday.

    The injury to Fofana's left leg occurred after a scissor challenge by Villarreal forward Nino during the second half, with Leicester leading 3-0 at the King Power Stadium.

    Fofana immediately called to the bench, with physios and paramedics rushing on.

    Following a lengthy period of treatment, Fofana was stretchered off to applause in front of a crowd of over 17,000 fans.
    The 20-year-old French defender established himself as a key player for Brendan Rodgers' side in his debut Premier League campaign last season, making 38 appearances in all competitions.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PakLFC View Post
    We need a few signings before the season starts.
    Not going to happen. It’s ridiculous. Other sides around LFC are strengthening while we remain static.

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    Quote Originally Posted by in_cutter View Post
    Not going to happen. It’s ridiculous. Other sides around LFC are strengthening while we remain static.
    Yes it is very disappointing. I don't know why we are not spending. Every season we have this must sell to buy policy hanging over us. If the owners are skint then sell up and leave.


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    Liverpool have confirmed Andy Robertson will undergo a scan on Monday to determine the extent of the ankle injury; Jurgen Klopp: "The pain settled already, but we cannot say anything further without further assessment. He has to get a scan and then we will know more"



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    Andy will hopefully be fine after a few weeks. On a positive note JK hinted some incoming transfer activity could occur at the latter end of the window.


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    Liverpool defender Andy Robertson insists his injury is "nothing too major" but ankle ligament damage will rule him out of the Premier League opener at Norwich on Saturday.
    The Scotland international had to be helped off the pitch in Sunday's friendly with Athletic Bilbao and further assessment has revealed a problem which will prevent his involvement this weekend.

    "Scan suggests nothing too major but there's some ligament damage which will need to mend," he wrote on Twitter.


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    In Kostas Tsimikas there is a very natural replacement for Robbo. It's in other positions where we need to strengthen. Strong rumours that Shaqiri and Origi could be on the brink of leaving too. As for incomings we at least need another forward if even one of the aforementioned leave and midfielder to replace Wijnaldum. There is still plenty of time for Jurgen and Michael to bring in quality.


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    January's AFCON means for a month or so African players will be unavailable for their club's. We'll be missing Mane and Salah too, big blows. Without these two we don't have many options up front.


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    Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has extended his contract with the club until the summer of 2025.

    The 30-year-old, who was under contract until 2023, follows Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Alisson in signing new deals with the club this summer.

    He played just five league games last season, as he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in October.

    Van Dijk, who resumed playing in pre-season, said he was "delighted, very happy and proud" to sign a new deal.

    "Where I am today, how I feel today, as a very senior, important player for the team and for the club," added the Netherlands centre-back, who has made 130 appearances for Liverpool. "That's just a fantastic feeling and why I definitely feel at home here."

    Manager Jurgen Klopp said: "Imagine if we had to buy this boy now. Thank God we only had to give him a new contract."

    'Financial power no surprise' - Klopp

    Liverpool's only summer signing remains central defender Ibrahima Konate, bought from RB Leipzig for £36m.

    The club has focused resources on securing the future of key first-team names, while rivals Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United have spent significantly more on new attacking players.

    Asked if he was surprised other clubs were spending heavily despite the disruption the pandemic has caused, Klopp said: "I'm not surprised because these clubs don't depend on this kind of thing, I think.

    "We all know the situations at Chelsea, City, Paris St-Germain. What's happening at Manchester United, I don't know - I don't know how they do it.

    "I'm never surprised about the financial power of City, Chelsea or United. I've been in the country long enough to know they always find a solution to do these things.

    "For us, it's our way. We keep the team together, that's important as well.

    "I know it's not as exciting as signing new players. People think that if you don't sign, you don't work - that's not the case.

    "I know it's not as exciting, but if you're a real Liverpool fan you're excited about the news the club delivered in the last few weeks."

    Did you know?

    Since Van Dijk joined Liverpool in January 2018, he has won 72 of his 95 Premier League games. The win rate of 76% is the best of any player to make 80 or more appearances in the league over the same period.

    'I'm ready for the weekend'
    Van Dijk, who joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75m in January 2018, has established himself as one of the Premier League's most influential defenders, playing every domestic minute as the Reds won the title in 2019-20.

    His injury early in the 2020-21 campaign was a significant moment in the club's season, with their defensive resources also stretched by injuries to Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

    Van Dijk subsequently chose not to play for the Netherlands at the delayed European Championship this summer in order to focus on his rehabilitation.

    He has made three pre-season appearances and says his recovery from "a season to forget" has been "going well".

    "I feel good," added Van Dijk, who could feature in Liverpool's season opener at Norwich on Saturday.

    "Friendlies, you get your match fitness up, get into repetitions of doing things again and again.

    "I feel like I am ready for the weekend, so we'll see what the manager decides. It is going to be a totally different atmosphere and mindset for me personally as well."

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    Mohamed Salah scored one and provided two assists as Liverpool got their Premier League title bid off to a winning start with a comfortable victory at newly promoted Norwich City.

    Salah got his side's third to become the first player to score on the opening weekend in five consecutive Premier League campaigns and cap a fine display after earlier setting up Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino.

    The Reds were boosted before kick off by the return of talismanic defender Virgil van Dijk after 10 months out through injury and their day got even better when they took the lead midway through the first half.

    Trent Alexander-Arnold found Salah inside the box and the Egypt forward's touch fell into the path of Jota to finish clinically.

    It was a little harsh on Norwich, who had made a spirited start to the game as they were roared on by a buoyant home crowd making the most of their return to Carrow Road and the top flight.

    Teemu Pukki, who scored 11 goals in the Premier League two seasons ago, drew an early save out of Alisson after getting in behind the visitors' defence.

    But once Liverpool went in front they rarely looked in danger of letting their lead slip as Norwich struggled to rediscover their early rhythm.

    Max Aarons cleared a goal-bound effort from Sadio Mane six minutes after the break but a second goal duly arrived shortly after the hour mark when substitute Firmino struck.

    The Brazil forward had only been on the pitch four minutes when he tapped in from close range after unselfish work from Salah, who opted to pass to his team-mate when he had the chance to shoot himself.

    Salah then wrapped up the perfect opening day for the Reds when he collected the ball after a corner had only been half cleared and curled a fine strike into the back of the net.

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    Where are the geniuses who were saying Salah will leave in the summer..?

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    It was Gary Neville who was feeling Mo Salah would leave. He could "feel it" at the time more out of hope then anything else. I good start by the boys with 3 out of 4 forwards scoring in an away match. Great to see VVD back taking care of matters.


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    Jurgen Klopp says there are no developments on captain Jordan Henderson's contract at the moment.

    On the return of Virgil Van Dijk: "I wasn't impressed in a surprised way - he had a four and a half week pre season. He played like he trained last week so we're really happy to have him back."

    On Naby Keita and Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain: "Very valuable, all about being available and using the momentum - that's football. Without luck in life you are often on the wrong side of things and when you get injured in the wrong moment the football train never waits so we have to keep them in the best shape. The quality of the players has never been in doubt. Great to have them - when you get the chance you better use it. It will not be the last time. There are a lot of good players in our squad and we will change them when necessary."


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    Team news - Henderson returns for Liverpool
    Liverpool v Burnley (12:30 BST)

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp makes two changes from last weekend's 3-0 win over Norwich. Jordan Henderson returns to captain the side, while Harvey Elliott is also handed a start.

    Andrew Robertson, Curtis Jones and Thiago all return to the bench.

    Liverpool XI: Alisson, van Dijk, Keita, Mane, Salah, Henderson, Jota, Tsimikas, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Elliott

    Subs: Adrian, Kelleher, Konate, Thiago, Firmino, Gomez, Jones, Minamino, Robertson


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    Goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane ensured Liverpool made it two Premier League wins from two with victory over Burnley at a packed Anfield.

    Jota opened the scoring in the 18th minute, heading past Nick Pope from Konstantinos Tsimikas' cross for his second goal in as many games.

    Mohamed Salah had the ball in the back of the net eight minutes later, but it was ruled out by the video assistant referee as the Egyptian was offside in the build-up.

    Sean Dyche's side were looking for back-to-back league wins at Anfield for the first time since 1897 after ending Liverpool's 68-game unbeaten home run last season.

    But Burnley's brave defence were finally beaten again as Jurgen Klopp's side doubled their lead through a superb second-half Mane strike.

    It was a promising all-round performance by Liverpool as captain Jordan Henderson returned to the starting XI after missing the season opener, with teenager Harvey Elliott also impressing on his first Premier League start.


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    Clinical performance by the boys today. Bit of a dodgy start until Jota finished a superb move thanks to a brilliant cross by Tsimikas. He too also looked good until his shoulder injury late on, at least Robbo is is back on the bench now if the former is out injured for a while. Salah and Mane look in form too as we prepare for much tougher matches that are around the corner. Now I am hoping Shaqiri and Origi leave allowing us to spend in the market before it closes at the end of the month. Indeed, Harvey looks very promising...he's one to keep an eye on as the season progresses. Must also mention Diego Jota is a revelation for what we paid for him compared to how much other teams spend on so called top stars. We would have scored a few more had it not been for a goal line clearances. Maximum points from two matches without conceding is the perfect start.


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    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said "it's like we're going 10 to 15 years backwards" as he called on the Premier League to protect players by rethinking rule changes.

    Klopp was unhappy with a number of challenges during Saturday's 2-0 win over Burnley.

    Before the new season, clubs were told officials would not penalise "trivial things" to allow games to flow better.

    Klopp told BT Sport: "If you like that sort of thing, watch wrestling."

    Referee Mike Dean did not issue any yellow cards at a sold-out Anfield on Saturday, despite Burnley conceding 12 free-kicks.

    Klopp was frustrated with challenges from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood and left questioning if the rule changes are having a negative impact on the game.

    "We always had to be ready for a proper fight and we were today," said Klopp.

    "You saw these challenges with [Ashley] Barnes and [Chris] Wood and Virgil [van Dijk] and Joel [Matip]. I'm not 100% if officials are going in the right direction with these decisions.

    "It's like we're going 10 to 15 years backwards. The rules are like they are, but you cannot defend these situations.

    "The message now is let the game flow, but nobody exactly knows what that means.

    An 18th-minute Diogo Jota header and an impressive second-half Sadio Mane strike ensured Liverpool made it two Premier League wins from two, and Klopp is thankful his players emerged unscathed.

    "I like decisions that favour the offensive team, that's fine," said the German.

    "But we have to stick to protecting the players. We cannot deny that.

    "In a lot of moments, we played a brilliant game without scoring. In all the other moments, we had to fight incredibly hard. We won it and nobody got injured."

    Klopp's Burnley counterpart Sean Dyche was also unhappy with some of the decisions, which he felt contradicted what managers were told prior to the new season.

    When asked if he liked the new rules, Dyche said: "I do, but it didn't happen today.

    "There were too many soft fouls. We were told in the week before there would be no soft fouls. There were too many for me.

    "Then we get a penalty that isn't given. If that's in the middle of the pitch, it's given."

    The Clarets boss felt his side should have been awarded a spot-kick when winger Dwight McNeil went down in the box under pressure from Trent Alexander-Arnold, but Dean allowed play to continue.

    "Our record with [getting] penalties is not great," he added. "Hopefully that will change at some point."

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    Good start.

    2 wins 2 clean sheets.

    Alexander-Arnold was brilliant yesterday.



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    Liverpool have agreed a deal to sell playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri to French side Lyon.



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    Xherdan Shaqiri has been sold to Lyon for a reported fee of around £9 million. I was hoping he would retain his services and sell Origi instead then bring in another forward. After his performance at the Euro championship Shaqiri proved himself as being a very good option even if coming off the bench. Hoping that Origi still leaves before the window shuts allowing us to spend some money. Having sold talent in access of £40 million a forward and replacement for Wijnaldum should be on our shopping list. Looking forward to seeing Harvey Elliot being given many more chances and young Kaide Gordon being given his debut. No point in having an academy if potential is not given the opportunity to prove itself.


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    Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson has signed a new deal with the club which runs until the summer of 2026.

    The 27-year-old Scotland captain joined the Reds from Hull in July 2017 for an initial fee of £8m and has made 177 appearances for the Anfield club.

    Robertson follows Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk in extending his contract with Liverpool this summer.

    "I want to stay at this club for as long as possible," said Robertson.

    "It's always a happy time for me, for my family. We're settled here, we love everything about this football club and I'm glad that the journey is continuing."

    Robertson has won the Premier League, Champions League, Fifa Club World Cup and Uefa Super Cup during his time at Liverpool.

    His start to this season has been hampered by ankle ligament damage he suffered in a pre-season friendly against Athletic Bilbao.

    It has resulted in him missing Liverpool's first two games of the Premier League season, which have seen Jurgen Klopp's side beat Norwich City and Burnley.


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    Liverpool have announced that Jordan Henderson has signed a new contract with the club.

    The new deal keeps Henderson at Anfield until the summer of 2025.


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    Liverpool's Naby Keita 'safe and well' in Guinea following military coup in country

    Liverpool are "satisfied that Naby Keita is safe and well" as they work to get him out of Guinea following an attempted coup in the country.

    The 26-year-old was representing his country in a World Cup qualifier against Morocco on Monday.

    The match was postponed following hours of heavy gunfire near the presidential palace, with an attempted coup taking place in the capital Conakry.

    A Liverpool spokesman said the club was in "constant contact" with Keita.

    "We have had regular communication via his national team management," said the club spokesman in a statement to the PA news agency.

    "We are satisfied that he is safe and well cared for. Obviously the situation is fluid and we will maintain regular dialogue with the relevant authorities as we work to get Naby back to Liverpool in a timelyand secure manner."

    Liverpool are "satisfied that Naby Keita is safe and well" as they work to get him out of Guinea following an attempted coup in the country.

    The 26-year-old was representing his country in a World Cup qualifier against Morocco on Monday.

    The match was postponed following hours of heavy gunfire near the presidential palace, with an attempted coup taking place in the capital Conakry.

    A Liverpool spokesman said the club was in "constant contact" with Keita.

    "We have had regular communication via his national team management," said the club spokesman in a statement to the PA news agency.

    "We are satisfied that he is safe and well cared for. Obviously the situation is fluid and we will maintain regular dialogue with the relevant authorities as we work to get Naby back to Liverpool in a timelyand secure manner."

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    Job done, comfortable 3-0 win away at Leeds.

    Gulf in class between the 2 teams, but Leeds had a few chances.

    However once Leeds went down to 10 men, there was only going to be one winner.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Job done, comfortable 3-0 win away at Leeds.

    Gulf in class between the 2 teams, but Leeds had a few chances.

    However once Leeds went down to 10 men, there was only going to be one winner.
    There was a gulf in class but Liverpool weren't convincing. It's doubtful they'll be part of the leading pack at the end.

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    Harvey Elliott was stretchered off after suffering a dislocated ankle in Liverpool's Premier League clash against Leeds United at Elland Road.

    The 18-year-old appeared in severe pain after going down under a challenge from Leeds' Pascal Struijk who was sent off in the 60th minute following a VAR review into the incident.

    Play was halted for several minutes as Elliott received treatment from Liverpool's medical staff.

    The youngster, making his fourth Premier League appearance of the campaign, was replaced by Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.

    Struijk had come on as a substitute for Leeds in place of Diego Llorente, who was taken off in the 33rd minute due to an injury.

    Away fans sang "You'll Never Walk Alone" as Elliott left the pitch while sections of the home supporters applauded.

    A number of the teenager's team-mates, including Mohamed Salah and Alisson Becker, were visibly distressed.

    At the time Elliott was carried off the field, Liverpool had taken a 2-0 lead in the game against Marcelo Bielsa's side thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Fabinho.

    Captain Virgil van Dijk, who was sidelined with a long-term injury last season, told Sky Sports after the game: "

    Sky Sports' Gary Neville said of the incident: "It's not a good one. Players who saw it originally have walked away in shock. Jurgen Klopp is furious.

    "The most important thing is the boy but I'm not sure it's a red card. We're watching it up here but we can't show it. The red card is a result of the injury rather than the tackle."

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    An awesome performance overshadowed by a terrible injury to Harvey. A bit harsh to send the Leeds player who it seemed didn't play any part in his injury. Other then that the front three particularly Salah and Mane ruled Leeds all afternoon making their defence chase shadows. Thiago was awesome to as was Fabinho. Keep this going and we are title contenders, I am concerned with Bobby injured we are lightweight up forward if an injury were to occur.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritOf1903 View Post
    There was a gulf in class but Liverpool weren't convincing. It's doubtful they'll be part of the leading pack at the end.
    What you talking about? Liverpool controlled the match from start to finish. You were obviously watching the wrong match.


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    Harvey Elliott will undergo surgery after suffering a dislocated ankle in Liverpool's Premier League clash against Leeds United at Elland Road.



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    Harvey is most likely out for the season. Poor lad things were looking so good for him.


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    Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliott had successful surgery on his injured ankle on Tuesday and he could return to action this season, the club said.

    Elliott, 18, was carried off on a stretcher during Sunday's 3-0 win at Leeds after a challenge by defender Pascal Struijk, who was sent off.

    Liverpool said he suffered a "fracture dislocation" of his left ankle.

    "The operation was a success so his comeback starts now," club doctor Jim Moxon said.

    "We won't put pressure on him by setting a specific timeframe beyond being able to say with confidence we expect him to feature again later in the season following our rehab programme."



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    Liverpool remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season after Sadio Mane scored his 100th goal for the club in a victory against Crystal Palace.

    Jurgen Klopp's side created numerous chances against a resilient Palace before Mane pounced on a rebound at the back post in the first half.

    Mohamed Salah doubled their lead with just over 10 minutes remaining when he smashed home a flick-on from a corner, before Naby Keita's late curling strike made it 3-0.

    Liverpool were wasteful in the first half as Diogo Jota fired over the bar from a few yards out in a glorious position, while Thiago and Jordan Henderson were also denied by keeper Vicente Guaita.

    Palace had started brightly - hitting the post twice in as many minutes as Liverpool failed to clear their lines in the box - but the hosts' persistence eventually paid off.

    In the end it was a comfortable victory that capped a good week for Liverpool at Anfield, following their dramatic 3-2 win over AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday.

    And it means they go top of the table with four wins from their opening five games, while visitors Palace remain outside the top 10.


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    Hmm..this isn't the Juggernaut of 2019 but then that was a freak of nature.

    This is still an incisive but cleverer team, one reliant on time akin to Man City last year. Amid the talk of the three rich clubs, Liverpool are making a sneak attack to reclaim the league.

    Favourites for me five games in.

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    Liverpool's Brazilian duo Alisson Becker and Fabinho will travel directly to Spain from international duty to complete their Covid-19 quarantine.

    The club are sending them to Madrid, where Liverpool face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, to finish their 10 days in isolation.


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    We will miss the Brazilian due tomorrow. It is gonna be a difficult match tomorrow at Watford.


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    Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick as rampant Liverpool condemned Claudio Ranieri to a miserable start to life as Watford manager in a one-sided game at Vicarage Road.

    The home side had no answer to Liverpool's fluid attacking play.

    Sadio Mane became the third African player to score 100 Premier League goals before Roberto Firmino struck either side of the break and Mohamed Salah finished a brilliant individual goal with a smart shot beyond Ben Foster.

    Salah's goal takes him level with former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba as the highest-scoring African player in Premier League history with 104 goals.

    Firmino completed the scoring in the final minute for his first hat-trick since December 2018.

    The result means Liverpool have scored three goals or more in all six away games in all competitions so far this season, something no other English top-flight side has ever managed. It also extended their unbeaten start to the season and took them back to the top of the table, before Chelsea's visit to Brentford (17:30 BST)

    It could easily have been more but a combination of bad luck and - from Salah - a terrible mis-control cost them further opportunities.

    Rampant Reds

    This was Liverpool's biggest win since the 7-0 hammering of Crystal Palace last December, which was also the last time Firmino, Salah and Mane all scored in a top-flight game.

    In joining Egypt's Salah and Ivorian Didier Drogba as African goalscoring centurions, Senegalese Mane is part of a pretty exclusive Premier League club.

    Salah's curling pass with the outside of his left foot could not have been any more inviting and Mane showed superb composure to meet the ball with perfect timing and give Foster no chance.

    Firmino's three were welcome - but they were also all pretty straightforward. The first two were tap-ins thanks to James Milner's low cross into the six-yard area and the ball running loose from a desperate Ben Foster save after Craig Cathcart had turned the ball towards his own goal.

    There was a bit more to the Brazilian's third as he ran forward with intelligence, something no defender countered, after Neco Williams had crossed.

    But there was no doubting Salah's was the goal of the game.

    Surrounded by three players on the edge of the Watford box, through a combination of speed, dexterity and brilliant close control, Salah got rid of them all before finding the target with his usual unerring accuracy.

    It means he has now scored in eight successive matches in all competitions and in nine out of 10 in total, underlining why Liverpool are so keen for him to sign an extension to his current contract, which has less than two years to run.


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    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, speaking to BT Sport: "We did not have much time to train. Monday we did a bit and we walk players through it. Fabinho was already in Madrid so he could not train with us. So Alisson in and the rest the same. We can't train five times and we know exactly what to do. We don't have to talk to much about doing different things here and there. It is the same again.

    "They have no real left-back on the pitch. [Kieran] Trippier can play there. [Geoffrey] Kondogbia is tall and physically strong and can play in defence for sure. They will be deep and annoying but who cares. Luis Suarez is on the bench. I would have paid money to be at the meeting when Diego Simeone told him he was not playing. It is a strong team. They can change five times and we can do that. Hopefully the game is so intense that we need it because then it will be a good one."


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    Brilliant result tonight in the Champions League 3-2 win away at Atletico Madrid.

    The reds in brilliant form at the moment.



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    Even at 2-2 I felt we would win the match. The first AM goal appeared offside to me, was surprised to see VAR allow it. Our penalty was surely that with Robbo clearly hacked to the ground but the decisive moment was when Griezmann began playing karate on a Football pitch. For heaven sake what was he doing taking aim at Bobby's head like that. Then I see Simeone doing the "I don't believe it" act on the sidelines in trying to defend his forward.

    Keita took his goal very well after Salah's shot goes in off Milner. They had good chances to score and should have don had it not been for some fine keeping from our Brazilian keeper. We are almost easily through in what was deemed as the most difficult group.


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    Mohamed Salah says he wants to spend the rest of his career with Liverpool.

    The 29-year-old Egypt forward has scored 137 goals in 214 games for the Reds since a £34m move from Roma in 2017, including 12 goals this season.

    His current Liverpool deal runs out at the end of next season.

    "It doesn't depend on me, but if you asked me I would love to stay until the last day of my football [career]. It's not in my hands, it depends on what the club wants," Salah told Sky Sports.

    He added: "At the moment I can't see myself ever playing against Liverpool. It's hard, I don't want to talk about it, but it would make me really sad."

    Salah started his career with Al Mokawloon in his homeland and had spells at Basel, Chelsea, Fiorentina and Roma before joining the Reds.

    Liverpool go to Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday with Salah looking to score in a 10th consecutive game.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Mohamed Salah says he wants to spend the rest of his career with Liverpool.

    The 29-year-old Egypt forward has scored 137 goals in 214 games for the Reds since a £34m move from Roma in 2017, including 12 goals this season.

    His current Liverpool deal runs out at the end of next season.

    "It doesn't depend on me, but if you asked me I would love to stay until the last day of my football [career]. It's not in my hands, it depends on what the club wants," Salah told Sky Sports.

    He added: "At the moment I can't see myself ever playing against Liverpool. It's hard, I don't want to talk about it, but it would make me really sad."

    Salah started his career with Al Mokawloon in his homeland and had spells at Basel, Chelsea, Fiorentina and Roma before joining the Reds.

    Liverpool go to Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday with Salah looking to score in a 10th consecutive game.
    Everyone wants to play for Real. That's the simple truth and I think he deserves the chance given he wants it. He doesn't need to be a god...he has down far more for Liverpool than arguably a single other player in their history

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    Minamino and Origi see off stubborn Preston and send Liverpool into last 8

    Second-half goals from Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi secured Liverpool's place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals at the expense of a resolute Preston North End side at Deepdale.

    Japan striker Minamino, who scored twice in his side's 3-0 win over Norwich City in the previous round, finished neatly from Neco Williams' cross to end the Championship outfit's stubborn resistance after 62 minutes.

    Origi, who also netted in the previous round, then produced a brilliant improvised finish with his heel to put the result beyond doubt with six minutes remaining.

    Jurgen Klopp named an entirely different Liverpool side to the one which thrashed Manchester United 5-0 on Sunday and despite dominating possession for long periods it was Preston who fashioned the best first-half opportunities.

    Preston started cautiously as they sought to produce a huge upset and reach the first league cup quarter-final in their history but they eventually carved out some chances, the best of which came after 28 minutes.

    In a remarkable goalmouth scramble, Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian produced a superb save to deny Sean Maguire and then Ryan Ledson's goal-bound follow-up was blocked by Williams and Brad Potts blazed over.

    Tom Barkhuizen and Ledson had also both failed to find the target in good positions while Potts was unable to lift his shot over Adrian as Frankie McAvoy's side threatened on the break.

    A flat and generally disjointed Liverpool team - perhaps hardly surprising given the changes - failed to register a shot on target prior to the interval and struggled to ignite after the break too.

    Jurgen Klopp then brought on right-back Conor Bradley and pushed Williams forward and the change had the desired effect.

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's off-target drive from the edge of the box was the closest the subdued visitors had gone before Minamino's opener.

    Liverpool were able to see out the tie in comfort when Origi flicked home from close range with a wonderful improvised finish after being set up by Williams as the Reds booked their place in the quarter-final draw, which takes place at 10:30 BST on Saturday, 30 October.

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    Eight-time winners Liverpool will take on Leicester City in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

    West Ham, who knocked out holders Manchester City in round four, face last year's beaten finalists Tottenham.

    Sunderland, the only EFL club left in the competition, travel to Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal, while Premier League leaders Chelsea take on west London rivals Brentford.

    The games will be played in the week of 20 December.

    Speaking on Tuesday, Sunderland manager Lee Johnson joked that he wanted to face either Spurs or Arsenal away in the quarter-finals.

    "I'd love to have Arsenal away or Tottenham away, or someone like that," Johnson said. "Then we will wait for the really big guns when it is two legs."

    Quarter-final draw in full
    Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham

    Arsenal v Sunderland

    Brentford v Chelsea

    Liverpool v Leicester City

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    Bad result today drawing against Brighton after being 2-0 up. With Chelsea winning we have lost crucial points today against a mid table side we are rightfully expected to defeat. Although it could be the recent cluster of matches took the energy out of the boys credit to Brighton who fully deserve a draw. Now on to Atletico Madrid at home in a few days time.

    Good news is with Man City losing we have put some daylight between us and them.


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    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side's 2-2 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion felt like a "defeat" after the Seagulls scored two second-half goals to deny Liverpool victory at Anfield.


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    Jurgen Klopp criticised Liverpool's body language as they threw away a two-goal lead against Brighton to drop three points off the top of the Premier League.

    He said: "It looked like bit by bit by bit we lost another player, body-language wise. Then all of a sudden it wasn't there any more. In the first half, we were playing incredible passes between the lines, which was exactly what we needed, but in the second half I can't remember a lot.

    "We lost momentum, that was obvious, but if you only play wide you cannot make a real difference given how they defend. We had to attack through the centre, and we didn't.

    "They are definitely underestimated, not from us but in general. They have incredible technical players. When they play wide, the next pass maybe goes in the centre, and the first touch is incredible. You watch it like, 'Wow!'.

    "The second goal they scored was a well-played goal, but we could have defended it better. They deserved the point, and that's it."

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    Roberto Firmino suffered a serious hamstring injury during Liverpool’s 2-0 Champions League win over Atletico Madrid, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.

    The Brazil international sustained the injury in the second-half at Anfield, having replaced Sadio Mane during the interval.

    Ahead of the Super Sunday game against West Ham, Klopp said he was unsure how long Firmino would be on the sidelines.


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    Horror show for Allison.

    Seemed to be all at sea for set-pieces.

    Defensively LFC looked out of sorts against a confident team.



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    A bad day at the office allowing West Ham to overtake us in the table and Chelsea to open up a gap. Not gonna get easier with the mighty red's playing ten times in December. The injuries don't help either particularly Keita and Milner. Still early days to count us out of the running but we need to go on another run. Yes first goal by West Ham rightfully stood, it was Allison who timed his jump poorly that lead to the goal. Great finish by Origi too late on in the match.


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    To me Klopp seems to be crying every time his team loses, it's alway the refree's fault when Liverpool loses lol. Nevery seen such whining from any other coach for the last 35 years.


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    Michael Edwards: Liverpool sporting director to leave Liverpool at end of season

    Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards will leave the club at the end of the season.

    The 42-year-old has been at the Reds for a decade and is credited with being a key figure in their successful recruitment in recent years.

    Assistant sporting directing Julian Ward will replace Edwards following his departure.

    "I had always planned to cap my time at the club to a max of 10 years," said Edwards.

    He added: "I've loved working here, but I am a big believer in change. I think it's good for the individual and, in a work setting, good for the employer too."

    Edwards became sporting director in 2016 and during his time in the role Liverpool brought in a number of key players, including goalkeeper Alisson, defender Virgil van Dijk and forward Mohamed Salah.

    The Reds say he and his team played "a pivotal role" in helping Jurgen Klopp's side enjoy success on the pitch.

    Liverpool ended a 30-year wait for a league title in 2019-20 and also reached successive Champions League finals from 2018, winning a sixth European Cup in 2019.

    "To be part of this club during this period has been a privilege, due to the people I have been fortunate enough to work with and the success we have enjoyed," Edwards added.

    Newcastle had been linked with taking Edwards in a director of football role, but new manager Eddie Howe said: "As far as I know, absolutely not.

    'I know nothing about Michael Edwards' future. He's someone who I hugely respect in the game and what he does - and what he's done for Liverpool."

    Via : https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/59238640

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    Liverpool 2-0 Porto: Thiago and Mohamed Salah strikes see Liverpool on course for perfect Champions League group stage

    Second-half strikes from Thiago and Mohamed Salah saw Liverpool ease past Porto as they won 2-0 and kept on course for a perfect Champions League group stage.

    Heading into the game, Liverpool had already qualified as Group B winners, but Jurgen Klopp made just four changes from the weekend's victory against Arsenal and handed a European debut to 19-year-old Tyler Morton.

    Porto began quickly and the complexion of the match could have been so different if Otavio had fired home a glorious chance in the 12th minute. Liverpool also had the ball in the net in the first half, but Sadio Mane's strike was ruled out by VAR for offside.

    It took just seven minutes for the hosts to take the lead after half-time thanks to a wonderful half-volleyed strike from Thiago. After another goal was ruled out for offside - Takumi Minamino's effort flagged - Salah fired home his 17th goal in 17 games to make it five wins in five in the group stage so far for Liverpool.

    As for Porto, their quest for the knockout rounds was helped by AC Milan's late win against Atletico Madrid in Group B's other game, meaning all three teams will battle it out for the final last-16 place in two weeks' time.

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    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was keen to clarify his use of the phrase "little tournament" in reference to the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, insisting it was meant as a frustration in an ironic sense and not as an insult to the tournament.

    Klopp explained to an offended journalist that his remark - which came after the 4-0 win against Arsenal on Saturday - was a way of expressing his frustration at losing vital players at an important stage of the season.

    Liverpool are set to lose Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane for the month-long tournament, which runs from January 9 to February 6.

    Replying to a journalist on Saturday, who asked if Klopp was "relieved" they had got through a busy period with "no international break until March", Klopp laughed and replied: "I've heard that so often that there's no international break until March. In January, there's a little tournament in Africa, I just want to say, and I think Asia is playing games, too - South America as well, great, can't wait."

    Klopp was then speaking in his Champions League post-match press conference after Liverpool had secured a fifth straight win in the competition to beat Porto 2-0 on Wednesday.

    After a journalist had said Klopp had insulted the players, fans, people and continent of Africa with the comment, Klopp replied: "I didn't mean it like that. I don't know why you understand it like that.

    "It's not even close to the idea in my mind that I want to talk about AFCON as a little tournament, or the continent of Africa like a little continent, not at all.

    "What I meant is, because people said, and if you watch the full press conference, if you wanted to understand it in the right way you could have understood it in the right way. I said 'there's no international break anymore until March' and I said: 'Oh and there's a little tournament in January,' and I didn't mean a little tournament, just like you say it when there's still a tournament. It's ironic. There's still a tournament. A big one. We lose our best players to the Africa Cup of Nations.

    "I'm not a native speaker, but if you want to understand me wrong you can do that all the time. I know that I would never think like this. I never understand why you thought like this to be honest, but that's really not OK, because I would never do that, but that's it now.

    "It was not my intention, but you made something of it. That's not so cool as well to be 100 per cent honest."

    After the 2-0 victory, Klopp hailed Thiago Alcantara's "thunderball" goal which set them on their way at Anfield.

    The Spain international broke the deadlock with a delicious low, first-time, 25-yard half-volley which was subsequently added to by Salah's sixth European goal of the season.

    It was only the second time Thiago has found the net during a disrupted 14 months since arriving in a £20m move from Bayern Munich but it was a strike worthy of the wait.

    "We had bigger chances in the game but we scored with that situation," he said of the midfielder's 52nd-minute opener.

    "Whoever sees Thiago in training knows he has the technique to do it but even with this technique it doesn't happen constantly that he can fire such a thunderball. It was good timing, a great goal.

    Liverpool have made a mockery of their so-called 'Group of death' with their 15-point haul a club record for the group stage but Klopp said now was not the time to assess just how well they were playing.

    "We could have lost this game tonight, we gave chances away when they could have scored so we should not make too much of it as we were lucky in moments," he said.

    "We had moments when we were not cool to play against; I didn't expect that tonight because we changed decisive things to be honest.

    Klopp says he was 'really pleased' with his side's performance in their 2-0 home win over Porto in the Champions League.

    "We didn't expect the boys to be a pressing machine immediately but to grow into the game and that's what happened. A lot of good things happened tonight but I'm not sure we should make the mistake of saying we are this or that again.

    "We will know at the end of the season - but we are in a good moment and we should try everything to keep that going."

    Liverpool's fixtures during AFCON (Jan 9 to February 6)

    W/C January 10: Potential Carabao Cup semi-final second leg

    January 15: Brentford (H)

    January 23: Crystal Palace (A) - live on Sky Sports

    February 5: Potential FA Cup fourth round

    February 9: Leicester (H)

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    The mighty reds breezed through the so called group of death. The front three are scoring for fun making mockery of all defences. Only Chelsea and Man City are our challengers in the league. We have a great chance of winning the big one seven times.


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    Liverpool are once again being tipped to swoop for Sporting star Pedro Goncalves, who caught the eye again in his side’s impressive Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund in midweek.

    Record reported back in January that the Reds were very keen on the playmaker, while a summer swoop was also mooted at one point.

    Goncalves, who operates mainly as a No.10 but can also play out wide, scored 23 times last season as Sporting won their first league title in two decades.

    The 23-year-old has notched 11 times this term and scored his fifth goal in three games as Sporting beat Dortmund 3-1 to reach the Champions League knockout stages.

    His eye-catching displays have been attracting interest from across Europe, with Rousing The Kop claiming that the Reds could renew their interest – either in January or next summer.

    A Bola previously reported that the player has a £67million release clause, which at that age seems reasonable.

    Goncalves has so far been capped twice by Portugal and is expected to have a huge future ahead of him.

    Pep backed to lead Man City to Holy Grail as Champions League chances are rated

    Oleksandr Zinchenko is on Newcastle’s list of January targets as Eddie Howe attempts to keep them in the Premier League. (Daily Mail)

    Manchester United have joined a number of clubs, including Tottenham and Newcastle United, in wanting to sign 21-year-old Serbia forward Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina. (Daily Mail)

    Steven Gerrard plans to boost Aston Villa’s performances by deploying the ‘unit coaches’ he used to great effect while manager of Rangers. (Daily Mail)

    Manchester United are bringing in Ralf Rangnick as interim boss – despite the German snubbing a similar role at Chelsea in January. (The Sun)

    Liverpool and Juventus have sent scouts to watch Olympiacos wonderkid Aguibou Camara in action against Fenerbahce. (The Sun)

    Newcastle have joined a long list of teams hoping to sign Benfica youngster Darwin Nunez. (The Sun)

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    Manchester City will step up their attempts to secure Raheem Sterling to a long-term contract following his goalscoring return to Pep Guardiola’s team and interest from Barcelona. (Daily Telegraph)

    Ralf Rangnick was Manchester United’s overwhelming choice to take over as interim manager after making a huge impression during an interview for which he had less than 24 hours to prepare. (Daily Telegraph)

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has spoken with Arsene Wenger about a possible return to the club. (Daily Telegraph)

    Manchester United did not consult Sir Alex Ferguson before deciding to appoint Ralf Rangnick as the club’s new interim manager. (Daily Express)

    Newcastle target Axel Witsel is reportedly preparing to bid farewell to team-mates at Borussia Dortmund. (Daily Express)

    Raphinha has reaffirmed his commitment to Leeds, claiming he can fulfil his ambitions at Elland Road. (Daily Mirror)

    PSG have reportedly opened negotiations to appoint Zinedine Zidane as their next manager in an update of great importance to Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

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    HT: Liverpool 3-0 Southampton.

    Cruise control.

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    Another easy walkover at fortress Anfield. The lads were on fire again with Jota this time causing the damage with a brace. If Salah don't get you then Mane will and if he doesn't then Jota will arrive at the party. Bobby isn't even back yet then we have Origi capable of scoring crucial goals too. With VVD and Konate now taking care at the opposite end things are looking rosy again for the mighty reds. Happy days Good too see Ox back in the reckoning putting in good shifts too.


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    Diogo Jota scored twice as Liverpool thrashed Southampton to move up to second in the Premier League, one point behind leaders Chelsea.

    Southampton arrived at Anfield clearly determined to attack the hosts but their bold intent was punished after less than two minutes when Andrew Robertson was allowed to get away down the flank and cross for Jota to poke in.

    Sensing the opportunity to secure a big win against wide-open opponents, Liverpool kept up the attack, Sadio Mane heading wide before having a goal ruled out for a marginal offside.

    But a second goal duly arrived just after the half-hour mark when the unmarked Jota tapped in from Mohamed Salah's square ball after good link-up play between the Egypt international and Jordan Henderson.

    Those two strikes took Liverpool to 700 goals scored since Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield - they have also become the first top-flight team in English football to score at least twice in 17 straight matches in all competitions since Sunderland in 1927.

    The Reds were not done there, however, and a third goal arrived just a few minutes later when the visitors failed to clear their lines properly and Thiago Alcantara punished them with a deflected strike for his second goal in as many games.

    The half-time interval provided only a brief respite and Liverpool made it 4-0 soon after the restart as Virgil van Dijk fired in from a corner.

    Jota almost completed his hat-trick midway through the second half but stabbed just wide as Southampton kept the damage to four goals when in truth it could have been much worse.

    With games every three or four days, December is looking like it could be a crucial month in the title race but Liverpool head into the festive period in imperious form.

    In the space of seven days they have sent Arsenal, Porto and now Southampton away from Anfield empty handed - scoring 10 goals and conceding none.

    It is the sort of marker they needed to lay down after a couple of disappointing results at the start of this month - drawing at home to Brighton and losing at West Ham - but the last few days have shown Liverpool at their attacking best.

    They were helped in this game by a Saints side who looked disjointed and far too open from the outset, but the hosts' attacking play would have found a way through a stiffer defence than this.

    Liverpool's pace going forward was relentless, with Jota, Mane and Salah hanging off the shoulders of the Southampton defenders, ready to pounce on any opportunity.

    This was a rare game in which Salah was not on the scoresheet but he still more than played his part and his assist for the second meant he has now been directly involved in 150 Premier League goals in his 171 league games for the Reds.

    The pace certainly dropped off after Van Dijk scored Liverpool's fourth but with nine games coming up in December, Liverpool perhaps wisely conserved their energy.

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    Liverpool 4-0 Southampton: Jurgen Klopp unhappy with Saints chances

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side gave Southampton too many chances despite beating the visitors 4-0 at Anfield.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/football/59444044


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    Big match tonight away at Everton.

    On form itís an easy Liverpool win, but the Merseyside Derby can throw out some surprises occasionally.

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    Liverpool went top of the Premier League as substitute Divock Origi scored a last-minute winner to sink Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

    With seconds remaining, Origi latched on to a Mohamed Salah pass, smashing the ball beyond Jose Sa in the Wolves goal.

    The win meant Liverpool leapfrogged leaders Chelsea, who lost 3-2 to West Ham in Saturday's early kick-off, although they will drop down to second if Manchester City beat Watford in the 17:30 GMT match.

    Defeat was cruel on Wolves, who had defended heroically for 94 minutes and were 60 seconds away from becoming the first team to stop Liverpool scoring this season.

    Reds go top in dramatic fashion
    Liverpool came into this match in blistering form, having scored at least twice in each of their past 18 matches and scoring 14 times in their past four.

    But for most of the afternoon, it looked as if they would be denied in front of goal for the first time since drawing 0-0 with Real Madrid last April.

    In the first half, former Wolves forward Diogo Jota headed a deep cross narrowly off target while Romain Saiss produced a superb sliding tackle to deny the Reds' Salah a tap-in.

    And in the second period, Liverpool continued to dominate as Thiago was denied by a combination of Raul Jimenez and Sa before former Jota missed a huge opportunity, seeing an effort blocked on the line by Conor Coady with the keeper stranded.

    It looked as if that would be the game's best chance but the Reds kept up the pressure and were awarded for their attacking intent with just one minute of stoppage time remaining when Origi broke the deadlock with his fourth goal of the season.

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    Tough match at Spurs for Liverpool.

    Wide open match which ended 2-2.

    3 points behind Man City now.



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    Allison was both hero and villain for Liverpool making a few excellent saves then missing the ball completely allowing Son to put it in. I feel we had the better of the match and probably deserved to nick it but 1-1 is not a bad result away to Spurs.

    They had some great chances too particularly Dele Alli missing a sitter when it appeared much easier to score. From replays it appeared Kane should have been sent off for that terrible tackle on Robbo then it turns out our Scotsman is rightly sent for an early shower later on for an equally bad tackle.

    That push on Jota in the box was surely a penalty if ever there was one. With us and Chelsea both dropping points the Man City have widened the gap at the top of the table. Considering we were without Thiago, Hendo, VVD, Origi and Fabinho the result fills me with hope much more then disappointment.


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    Jurgen Klopp and the Sky Sports pundits were left perplexed after Harry Kane's tackle was not upgraded to a red card before a later challenge saw Andrew Robertson sent off in Liverpool's 2-2 draw at Tottenham.

    Robertson was on the receiving end of Kane's studs-up challenge in the first half, but after a quick check play continued with the Spurs striker receiving just a yellow card.

    In a breathless match on Super Sunday, Robertson then put Liverpool 2-1 up in the second half, but just three minutes after Heung-Min Son's equaliser he saw red for kicking through Emerson Royal.

    VAR instructed referee Paul Tierney to review Robertson's challenge, and Klopp could not understand why there was no intervention for the earlier tackle from Kane, which the Liverpool boss claimed could have been a leg-breaker.

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    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp vented his frustration at referee Paul Tierney at full-time following the 2-2 draw at Tottenham, claiming that his side should have been awarded a penalty in the first half
    Jurgen Klopp, who was shown a yellow card by Tierney in the first half for his protests, was left puzzled by the lack of VAR intervention, and inferred the referee may have an issue with him.

    "I have no problems with referees - only you," Klopp was overheard saying to Tierney after the game.

    The Liverpool boss told Sky Sports: "There were obviously many other things that were influential in this game, but some of these questions are better to ask Mr Tierney."

    Asked if Kane's punishment should have been stronger, Klopp said: "Definitely, stronger. We can give Robbo a red card, it's not the smartest challenge of his life. But that's definitely a red card, no doubt about it. So we have a VAR sitting there, and he has a look again at the Robbo situation. Fine, that's what he's there for. What did he do in the Kane situation?

    "And the penalty situation with Diogo Jota. Mr Tierney told me he thinks Diogo stops on purpose because he wants the foul. If you want to shoot you have to stop because you cannot run and shoot at the same moment. It is always helpful if you have played football yourself in the past. When you see the situation back, where is he stopping? I don't understand that.

    "But it is OK, the draw is OK, we are not that crazy that we think we cannot draw at Spurs, but these are crucial, decisive situations. It's a great pass from Naby Keita and then someone finished the situation off in a not really football, legal way. And the ref and the VAR doesn't say a word. I really have no idea what is his problem with me. Honestly, I have no idea."

    Klopp also said in his post-match press conference: "We can accept Robertson's sending off. This is the proof the VAR was there today, because before that we thought he might not be in his office. Because the two other situations, Harry Kane should have seen a red card and he didn't.

    "It was a very quick decision from the referee, I'm not sure if he was prepared for it, how can you know that quick? Wow. That's obviously two wrong decisions of him, and one right [Robertson's red], all three against us.

    "I have no idea why. You have to ask the VAR. That's an absolutely clear 100 per cent red card. Sometimes you cannot see it clearly or whatever, but in this situation, if Robertson's foot is still on the ground, his leg is broken. The ref saw it different."

    Sky Sports' Jamie Carragher described the foul on Jota as "a blatant penalty" and agreed with fellow pundit Jamie Redknapp that Kane "should have been sent off".

    Carragher said: "Last season, it was almost as if people were getting a penalty for a little touch on the ankle and saying 'contact'. We have come away from that thankfully but we are now at the stage where you are almost thinking 'what is the point of VAR?'. People complain about VAR but it [the problem] is who is controlling VAR.

    "'Clear and obvious' has become a real problem. They are saying they don't want VAR to referee games. But that is just going back 10 years when there was no VAR. The whole point of VAR is to help referees in certain situations when they get big decisions wrong - and that was a big one."

    Reviewing the foul on Jota, Redknapp complained: "It is a horrendous decision. He is barged over. It is such a bad decision, it is a joke decision."


    Redknapp was equally insistent Kane should have been dismissed for his foul on Robertson.

    "It was reckless and out of control," said Redknapp. "It was a red card. If Robertson's leg was on the floor, Kane could have snapped his leg.

    "Sometimes a reputation, being the England captain, can help you. I think that helped a lot. He was over the top of the ball, it was high and he was lucky."

    Kane was shown a yellow card for the tackle with VAR declining to advise Tierney to review his decision.

    "What l don't understand is the terminology being used," added Carragher. "The one thing you could say [in Kane's defence] is that he caught him just above the boot. But the actual VAR terminology was 'speed and intensity'. But Kane was sprinting at the ball and lunging! He couldn't have been any slower, so that was a nonsense."

    Kane, meanwhile, denied he deserved to be sent off and claimed he got the ball in his tackle on Robertson.

    Asked if he was worried he would be sent off, Kane told Sky Sports: "No, definitely not. I thought it was a strong tackle but I won the ball, although I've not seen it back.

    "When you are playing against top sides and fighting for points, there are going to be strong tackles. They checked it and it stayed as a yellow card and we move on.

    "It didn't feel like it [a red card] and Andy Robertson said I just caught his foot. When you slow stuff down in football it makes it look worse than what it is. But that's why VAR is there."

    Spurs boss Antonio Conte:

    "I haven't seen the Robertson situation with Kane. I haven't seen the possibility of a penalty. My staff said to me that the second goal was a clear handball. And I think it's not right to comment on the refereeing decisions after the game. I don't know if Jurgen wanted to comment on this, but I can tell you that my staff said to me it was incredible to give it, and not disallow it, because there was a clear handball from Salah.

    "But the game was an exciting game, there were great emotions from the people. I don't like that we have to speak about the refereeing decisions at the end."

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    Would have been a red card for Kane if he wasnít the beloved captain of England imo.

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