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Chelsea v Liverpool: Ticket selling details

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:02

Liverpool have released ticket selling details for the Premier League clash with Chelsea, to be played at Stamford Bridge on Sunday September 22, kick off 4.30pm.

The club have received a total allocation of 2,985 stand tickets for this all ticket fixture. Supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel.

Ticket prices

Adult: £30
Over 65/under 20s (junior): £25

Please be aware that supporters in possession of concessionary tickets will be asked for ID at the turnstiles.

Hospitality members

Sir Kenny Dalglish Box holders, Premium Level and Centenary Club members should contact the hospitality department on 0151 264 2222, option 2.

Disabled supporters

Within the allocation, we have received 30 pairs of wheelchair and personal assistant tickets, ambulant tickets are also available.

Wheelchair and ambulant tickets are free of charge. Please click here.

Ticket sales

The below sales will take place online only.

Tickets will be available to season ticket holders and Official Members based on Premier League away fixtures recorded during season 2018-19 on the following days:

13 or more games: from 8.15am, Wednesday August 28 until 10.45am, Thursday August 29.

Supporters are guaranteed a ticket during this sale and can purchase one ticket per person, up to a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction.

The following sales will then take place on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability, and supporters can purchase one ticket per person up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

12 or more games: from 11am until 1.45pm, Thursday August 29.

11 or more games: from 2pm, Thursday August 29.

Should there be any tickets remaining following the initial sales, Liverpool FC will make a further announcement. Supporters are advised to check www.liverpoolfc.com/tickets for sale updates.

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

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Chelsea v Liverpool: Ticket selling details

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:02
Liverpool have released ticket selling details for the Premier League clash with Chelsea, to be played at Stamford Bridge on Sunday September 22, kick off 4.30pm.
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Bobby Duncan emerges as loan target for Danish outfit as search for first-team action continues

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 14:28

Liverpool youngster Bobby Duncan has reportedly been subject to an offer for a season-long loan at Danish outfit Nordsjaelland.


The 18-year-old had a prolific debut season for the Reds primarily at under-18 level after joining from Man City, scoring 30 and setting up a further 16 in a total of 43 appearances.

Duncan was duly rewarded in the summer with a place in Jurgen Klopp‘s pre-season squad, where he made five appearances from the bench which returned one goal and an assist.

In the season thus far he has twice featured from the bench for the under-23s in their defeats to Tottenham and Chelsea, the latter of which saw a host “of scouts from across Europe” watch on.

Duncan, however, harbours hopes of playing first-team football which appears a ways off at Anfield with fellow youngster Rhian Brewster ahead of him in the pecking order.

Not to mention he would also be competing against the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi.

He is highly-rated at the club and possesses an abundance of raw talent but with a slim window of opportunity in his position, he is said to be open to a move abroad.

According to the Daily Mail, Nordsjaelland are offering regular senior football on a season-long loan deal which would also see them pay his wages in full.

 Liverpool's Bobby Duncan during the pre-match warm-up before a friendly against Sevilla FC at Fenway Park on day six of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Danish Superliga side, who are currently fourth in the table after six games, have made a formal move for Duncan, which Liverpool are said to be considering – and is not believed to include an option to buy.

However, conflicting reports from Sky Sports suggest the Reds have already rejected their approach for the teenager who was also subject to interest from Porto and Benfica earlier in the summer.

While the reliability of each report remains to be seen, it is clear that Duncan is demanding a wide array of interest in his services and that up and coming English talent remain firmly on the radar of clubs across Europe.

Duncan is tied to the club until 2021 after penning a three-year deal upon his arrival in 2018, ensuring Liverpool are in a comfortable position if and when they weigh up his immediate future.

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Training photos: Reds get set for Arsenal at Melwood

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 14:23

Liverpool trained on Tuesday with their sights set on the weekend meeting with Arsenal - and our photographer was at Melwood to capture the session.

The Reds were put through their paces by Jürgen Klopp and his coaching team ahead of Saturday's clash with the Gunners at Anfield.

Check out 68 photos of their latest work-out below...

Photos by Andrew Powell

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Training photos: Reds get set for Arsenal at Melwood

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 14:23
Liverpool trained on Tuesday with their sights set on the weekend meeting with Arsenal - and our photographer was at Melwood to capture the session.
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Analysing Liverpool’s ‘new defensive line’: The reasons for it and how it will improve

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 13:00

Although Liverpool has made a solid start to the new season, the way opponents have repeatedly carved open their defence has been a real cause for concern. Edward Stratmann analyses.


Having conceded 49 shots in their first four competitive games – 19 more than at the same time last season – Jurgen Klopp will want to quickly address this issue. For the team who had the best defensive record in the Premier League last campaign, letting in only 22 goals, they must do better.

Appearing to play a slightly higher line than throughout a fair chunk of last season, this combined with some individual errors and opponents clearly doing their homework, has seen Liverpool’s backline breached far too frequently.

When quizzed on the high line and these defensive difficulties, Klopp’s comments made for interesting reading, as he cited that the perception of the problem is greater than it actually is. “If you compare us to August last year, it’s not that big a difference,” he explained.

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“The thing is Chelsea had a lot of finishes that were offside but there were no whistles, so then you see that it was two or three yards offside and so that means it’s good defending.

“We know that we have to improve a couple of things, but those things will come together the longer we are together and get used to it again. We have to find our best path.”

A brilliant tactician who knows how to find solutions to problems, it would take a brave man to bet against Klopp ironing out these deficiencies in the coming weeks.

Judging by his comments, he firmly believes the Reds aren’t too far off getting it right and all they need is some more repetitions on the training ground and to fully get back to playing together again.

VAR and more

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp reacts during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Another reason behind why Klopp might be pushing the defensive line slightly higher could be due to the introduction of VAR, which should eliminate any offside errors and therefore give Liverpool more confidence to play further up.

Whatever the exact explanation is, the fact remains that their adversaries have found plenty of joy getting at Liverpool in their early-season fixtures. Upon analysing this, and the blame can’t solely lie on the advanced positioning of the backline, for their play further up hasn’t been flawless either.

While Liverpool have still pressed effectively for the most part, there has been the odd occasion when they’ve given the ball holder too much time and space to launch long balls in behind. This is definitely something that must not happen when playing a high line, for it can leave the defence horribly exposed.

A far bigger problem has been that Liverpool have turned the ball over and missed tackles far too often in central midfield areas.

On the many occasions this has happened, especially against Norwich City and Chelsea, this has meant their central defenders have been put in terrible trouble. Whether it be stepping out rashly, getting caught on the ball, hitting a sloppy pass or through a poor first touch, these needless errors have hurt the Reds severely.

Midfield balance?

Moreover, the fact two of their three central midfielders usually push high or into the half spaces, in combination with the fullbacks usually bombing on, has only compounded their issues.

With hardly any access to counterpress effectively once a turnover is committed, Liverpool have often found themselves very stretched and struggling to react to quell the danger. This has regularly left their holding midfielder and central defenders stranded to defend in scenarios where there’s very little room for error.

While they’ve still counterpressed with some success and have fast defenders to track runners in behind, losing the ball in the middle of the park is a killer for any side, so if they can fix this, they will instantly alleviate some of their worries.

The way Klopp’s men have been uncharacteristically guilty of being found out of position hasn’t helped either. With players getting exposed due to not scanning their surroundings adequately, being in poor body postures and caught ball watching, there’s been a handful of moments when they’ve completely lost their marker.

Despite these not costing them badly yet, these blown assignments can destroy the defensive organisation, for they force another teammate to leave his post to cover, which can subsequently create space in their original zone of operation.

vs. Last season

Liverpool’s opponents also deserve plenty of credit for their part in making life tough for them.

Having clearly done their research, the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Teemu Pukki, Pedro, Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic have brilliantly directed their runs between defenders and on their blindside to find joy.

Moreover, the way their foes have used methods like opposite movements, rotations and strategically drawn and pinned Liverpool’s defenders has been effective in generating disconnects in their backline.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Besiktas Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Comparing some numbers in key metrics from last season to this term have shown a slight drop off in some of their defensive success (albeit from a small sample size).

Not only have they conceded more shots per game (9.30 pg compared 7.71 pg last term), had a higher XG against (1.47 pg compared to 0.85), allowed more passes per defensive action (11.09 pg compared to 10.17) and given their opponents more passes per possession (4.24 pg compared to 3.75), they’re also turning the ball over more (76 pg compared to 71).

It’s not all doom and gloom, however, as there’s been multiple times when their high line and accompanying high press has enabled them to condense the pitch to suffocate their opposition. In addition, catching their adversaries offside 23 times has clearly illustrated the benefits of this tactic.

With the Reds still winning matches and playing some pretty good football, it’ll be fascinating to see how Klopp deals with the aforementioned issues. Knowing him and his meticulous coaching staff, though, you can guarantee he’ll be working tirelessly to smooth over these cracks.

Looking at the issues listed, the problems would be best addressed collectively, for the finger shouldn’t be pointed just at the defensive line, as the lack of compactness and frustrating turnovers are the main stumbling blocks.

If the Reds can overcome these early issues, then there’s no reason to suggest the high line can’t be a consistent success.

Only time will tell if they, in fact, can. But under’s Klopp’s expert tutelage, Liverpool will surely come up with the answers to this intriguing conundrum sooner rather than later.

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LFC Foundation donates £24k to support holiday camps in Anfield

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:21

The Reds’ official charity, LFC Foundation, is donating £24,000 to Anfield Sports and Community Centre (ASCC) to help support their ‘Fit & Fed’ programme for the next 12 months.

Fit & Fed, which are free camps that run during school holidays, provide a range of sports and other activities - such as dance and art - for local children in the school holidays. Participants also receive a healthy breakfast and lunch as part of the scheme.

These camps will be running alongside a packed summer schedule of activity at ASCC including badminton, basketball, LFC Foundation multi-sports events, arts and crafts, boxing, fitness classes, trampolining, inclusive sports, and much more.

Matt Parish, LFC Foundation director, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to donate funds to Anfield Sport and Community Centre to help support their fantastic Fit & Fed camps for the next 12 months.

“Providing free access to physical activity and healthy food during the school holidays is really important to support local children and their families. We know that many families feel the financial strain of the school holidays particularly in areas of high need like Anfield.

“The camps will also bring benefits to the wider community by providing activities to keep young people engaged and off the streets, helping to reduce anti-social behaviour.”

The club’s Red Neighbours team, who specifically work in the Anfield area and surrounding postcodes of L4, L5 and L6, are also supporting ASCC’s activities throughout the summer.

Red Neighbours currently delivers a number of activities that run at ASCC including walking football, walking netball and Eat Well Spend Less cookery sessions for local families.

Adam Clarke-Jones, manager of Anfield Sports and Community Centre, added: “We are delighted to have the support and financial backing of the LFC Foundation as well as continued help from the club’s Red Neighbours team with our wider programme of activity here at ASCC.  

“Our centre aims to support the local community by providing a range of inclusive activities that everyone can access. We are so grateful for Liverpool Football Club’s continued assistance through the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours team because it enables us to keep delivering more for our local residents.” 

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LFC Foundation donates £24k to support holiday camps in Anfield

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:21
The Reds’ official charity, LFC Foundation, is donating £24,000 to Anfield Sports and Community Centre (ASCC) to help support their ‘Fit & Fed’ programme for the next 12 months.
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Pukki tops Power Rankings

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:00
Adam Smith

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Tune into the monthly Kings of the Premier League show on Sky Sports at the end of August, brought to you by Budweiser, to find out who is crowned King of the Month

Last Updated: 20/08/19 4:49pm

Sky Sports and Budweiser, the official beer of the Premier League, have teamed up to bring you the weekly Power Rankings.

Norwich striker Teemu Pukki has toppled Raheem Sterling in the Power Rankings chart - but who else made the top 50?

The Finland international broke the deadlock against Newcastle with a sensational volley before completing his hat-trick to secure the 3-1 win - having opened his Premier League account against Liverpool.

Sterling slipped into runner-up spot after heading home a sumptuous Kevin De Bruyne (No 7) cross, before Erik Lamela (No 4) levelled the scores three minutes later in a 2-2 draw with Spurs.

Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele kept his place among the top 10 Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele kept his place among the top 10 Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele kept his place among the top 10

Burnley striker Ashley Barnes (No 3) maintained his scoring streak with a first-half equaliser against Arsenal, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (No 5) hit back with a sensational winner at the Emirates.

Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford (No 8) and Anthony Martial (No 10) made the top 10 after a 1-1 stalemate with Wolves, while Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk (No 9) narrowly retained his place among the top performers.

Below we present each club's form player in the rankings, with Harry Wilson soaring to Bournemouth's summit on his league debut for the club, while former Derby team-mate Mason Mount topped the chart for Chelsea.

You can find out more about the Power Rankings' methodology here

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Off Script: Carra's standout team talks

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:00
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"Before Houllier came, the British way at half-time would be that when the door shut, everyone would be talking non-stop"

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7:20 Jamie Carragher joins Geoff Shreeves for this week's Off Script. Carra reveals his most memorable team talks and how effective they were Jamie Carragher joins Geoff Shreeves for this week's Off Script. Carra reveals his most memorable team talks and how effective they were

In the latest Off Script, Jamie Carragher explains how Gerard Houllier changed the art of the team talk for him, and why Ashley Cole was so special.

Carragher's friend and Plymouth manager Ryan Lowe recently allowed Sky Bet behind the scenes at the club, including a fascinating look at his pre-match team talks.

7:52 Sky Bet went behind the scenes at Plymouth to get the lowdown during their pre-season preparations under new boss Ryan Lowe Sky Bet went behind the scenes at Plymouth to get the lowdown during their pre-season preparations under new boss Ryan Lowe

So what makes a good team talk, and how have they changed over the years?

Carragher also reacts to Ashley Cole's retirement from football on Sunday, and why all eyes are on Frank Lampard at Chelsea...

Houllier's half-time visuals

Gerard Houllier was probably the best manager I had for team talks. Not just half-time team talks, he was brilliant at a team meeting, and could really pump you up for a game.

It was interesting when Gerard came in. Before that, the British way at half-time would be that when the door shut, everyone would be talking non-stop, with 15 minutes you had to cram it in.

But when the foreign managers came in, they wouldn't speak for five minutes, and I've heard Arsene Wenger was the same. There's not a lot of information given at half-time now, because nobody is taking anything in.

Houllier would come in, not say anything for five minutes, make sure everybody was ready, and when he did speak, everyone would be ready to listen. And he'd speak for two or three minutes max.

Carragher played under Gerard Houllier until 2004 at Liverpool Carragher played under Gerard Houllier until 2004 at Liverpool Carragher played under Gerard Houllier until 2004 at Liverpool

Sometimes Houllier would send Phil Thompson in a few minutes before half-time, to write a message on the flipchart in the dressing room. The one that rings a bell is when we were 2-0 up at half-time against Manchester United once. But at that time, United were obviously famous for fighting back.

He wrote the scoreline of a recent game where United had come back from 2-0 down to win. I can't remember who it was against, but it could have been anyone. They did it to everyone!

Roy Hodgson was also interesting in team talks. People look at Roy and think: 'Everyone's favourite uncle, a really nice man.' But he could lose it!

Carragher on Hodgson at Liverpool

It was a little message for us for when we sat down. Nobody was speaking, but it was as if to say: "This game is not over." It was a visual, rather than a manager talking.

Roy Hodgson was also interesting in team talks. People look at Roy and think: "Everyone's favourite uncle, a really nice man." But he could lose it.

He would do this thing where if a player wasn't being aggressive or jockeying with his marker, he would go over to them and jockey with them, like the David Brent dance! I'd be crying laughing. He was very entertaining in team talks.

Cole didn't have an ego

Ashley was a quiet bloke off the pitch. On the pitch? He was typical Chelsea, a little bit ratty, I think Mourinho got into him, he'd get involved, and they'd always be around the referee. But I can't talk about that, I did that job for Liverpool!

Carragher insists Ashley Cole had no ego, and was misrepresented in the media Carragher insists Ashley Cole had no ego, and was misrepresented in the media Carragher insists Ashley Cole had no ego, and was misrepresented in the media

He's a quiet lad. The criticism he got from sections of the media at different times for different incidents was similar to Raheem Sterling in some ways. The public then think of this player in a particular way. I've named Raheem Sterling because I played with him as well, and they were both quite quiet lads.

Ashley wasn't some big ego, or very loud in the dressing room, he didn't have this swagger about him, he just played his football. You didn't hear too much from him around the hotel with England, which was the only time I was really around him, so I felt a bit sorry for him with the way he was portrayed around in the media. That certainly wasn't the lad I knew.

I was always kicking him, because they always had the ball when we played against that Arsenal team. If you were to ask me what was the toughest thing on the pitch for me, it was playing right-back against that Arsenal team, with Ashley Cole, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry, because Henry was like a second left-winger.

Carragher hated playing against the famous Arsenal side of 2002 to 2004 Carragher hated playing against the famous Arsenal side of 2002 to 2004 Carragher hated playing against the famous Arsenal side of 2002 to 2004

Including European teams, that Arsenal team from 2002 to 2004 were the best I ever played against. I know Manchester United have been the most successful in the Premier League era, but in terms of individually giving me the most problems, it just felt things were happening so fast that you couldn't compute what was going on. It was like a pinball machine. Things were happening too quickly for me.

There were actually times after Arsenal games, up against Cole and the rest of them, where I thought: "I'm actually out of my depth here!"

A brilliant player for Arsenal and Chelsea, and a great England player too.

All eyes are on Lampard

I think everyone who becomes a manager is putting themselves on the line, and fair play to them, especially coming to Chelsea so early in his managerial career.

I know Frank. In some ways, I am as close to Frank as I am with any player who I didn't play club football with. We played U21s together and roomed together.

I'd have loved to see Frank get this job in 10 years' time, with 10 years' experience. That doesn't mean he's not going to be successful now, but he would be a better manager in 10 years, that's obvious.

Frank Lampard with Carragher during their England days Frank Lampard with Carragher during their England days Frank Lampard with Carragher during their England days

I think everyone, when a former player goes back to a club, wants it to go well. I don't think Frank will ruin what happened as a player, he was that good.

But say Steven Gerrard went back to Liverpool as manager, John Terry at Chelsea or Thierry Henry to Arsenal. This part of the managerial career is remembered most because it's the former club, so this will be remembered more than what he does at Derby, or some future jobs. So there is a lot on the line, and I think he's taken the job in difficult circumstances.

Some people think the club have done him a favour in giving him this job. You could argue that. But you could also look at it the other way and say he's done the club a favour, because maybe not many top managers wanted to come, with the transfer ban and losing Eden Hazard.

I hope this season goes well for him, and then next season when they can actually buy players he can shape the squad to what he wants to do.

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Reds to face Man City, Southampton and Swansea in U18 PL Cup

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:00

Liverpool have been drawn in Group D of the U18 Premier League Cup.

The young Reds have been pitted against Manchester City, Southampton and Swansea City and will face each team once, either home or away. Dates and venues of the fixtures are still to be confirmed.

The six group winners and two best runners-up will progress to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Last season, Barry Lewtas' side reached the last-eight stage, where they were edged out 3-2 by Manchester United.

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Reds to face Man City, Southampton and Swansea in U18 PL Cup

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:00
Liverpool have been drawn in Group D of the U18 Premier League Cup.
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Win a place at Anfield screening of Sheff Utd clash

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:37

Calling all Junior Members and junior season ticket holders, this is your chance to come and see Liverpool take on Sheffield United on the big screen at Anfield.

On Saturday September 28, the Reds travel to Bramall Lane for the Premier League clash with the Blades, and we’ll be holding an extra special live screening of the game for Official Members and season ticket holders. 

But that’s not all, the event will include:

  • Screening of the match
  • Food and drink
  • Visit from Mighty Red, the club’s official mascot
  • Quizzes and games
  • Goodie bags

We have 40 tickets up for grabs for LFC Official Junior Members and junior season ticket holders and each winner will be able to bring one adult along with them on the day.  

Enter your child's details in the Members Area now for them to be in with a chance of winning, or if your child isn’t a Member or Junior Season Ticket Holder, sign them up for an LFC Official Junior Membership now.

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Win a place at Anfield screening of Sheff Utd clash

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:37
Calling all Junior Members and junior season ticket holders, this is your chance to come and see Liverpool take on Sheffield United on the big screen at Anfield.
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Neil Critchley: That was a tough night, we must learn from it

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 09:00

Neil Critchley pulled no punches when he delivered his honest assessment of Liverpool U23s' 3-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

The Londoners fielded experienced internationals Antonio Rudiger and Michy Batshuayi, with the Belgium striker netting twice.

Curtis Jones was named captain after penning his new contract and was joined in the line-up by the likes of Rhian Brewster, Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg.

Read on for Critchley’s thoughts on a frustrating night for the young Reds…

On the overall display…

That was a tough night, to be honest. There were a million moments where we could have done a lot better in and loads of situations in and out of possession where we failed. We stuck at it and showed a bit of character towards the end, but the game was gone at that stage. The manner in which we got beat and our performance was disappointing really.

On whether the experience of Batshuayi and Rudiger made life tougher for his players…

No, because you want to play against the best players. I thought Rudiger and Batshuayi played the game properly and they were a credit to themselves, real professionals. They showed a proper good attitude and were a great example to not only their players, but ours as well. That was a tough night for our defenders playing against Batshuayi and our forwards against Rudiger. The biggest crime from the game is if we don’t take anything from this. If we don’t learn from it, we don’t improve and don’t look to improve then that’s worse than the defeat.

On a long way to go in the season for the side to gel…

We looked a bit disjointed and we looked a new team playing for the first time on the pitch. We made quite a few changes from our last game and it does take time to build those relationships. We didn’t have that on the pitch, it will take time. But again, the boys have to show that right mentality every day in training and that willingness to learn.

On the start his team made to the game…

I thought we looked quite edgy and nervous in the first 10 to 15 minutes then we grew into the game with some nice passages of play. The first goal was a really critical goal at that stage of the game. Then for the second goal, we defend well enough and Batshuayi shows good movement in the box, we’ve not marked him properly and he’s finished it off. You are then chasing the game and then it becomes open and we are chasing the game against some good players and good athletes. It was tough at times but we have to dust ourselves down, learn from it, move on and see if we can do better in the next game.

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Neil Critchley: That was a tough night, we must learn from it

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 09:00
Neil Critchley pulled no punches when he delivered his honest assessment of Liverpool U23s' 3-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
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'We know what it'll take to win more trophies' - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:00

Liverpool need to continue overcoming frequent and unique tests if they are to build on last season's Champions League victory, according to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The midfielder believes Saturday's 2-1 victory at Southampton – hot on the heels of the midweek Super Cup triumph in Istanbul – was the latest example of the team's ever-improving ability to grind out results.

Winning Europe's premier club competition has given the Reds vital experience that Oxlade-Chamberlain now wants to use while competing on different fronts this term.

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"We’ve had a taste of winning [a trophy] and we knew what it took to get there," the 26-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com. "It was nowhere near easy. I think it’s going to get harder and harder.

"We know what it’s going to take, there are going to be moments that test us and maybe new tests this year that we didn’t face last year.

"We had to dig in, the boys dug in all last year through difficult moments, where you’re expected to win and still go out and win. We know there’s going to be tests and we know that’s what’s required."

There is a collective determination among the squad and staff to ensure Madrid was just the start of a sustained period of success for the club.

Oxlade-Chamberlain added: "Mentally, this group of players is top drawer. The manager is one of the most mentally persistent managers out there, for sure, he keeps us going.

"We know what the demands are on each other. And I think that has grown in the team, there are more and more leaders coming out of this side – not just Hendo, Millie, Virg. Everyone is starting to take responsibility for what they need to do on and off the ball.

"It’s a team that’s really going in the right direction. But it’s early in the season; we’ve got to keep our feet on the ground, keep plugging away and keep churning out results.”

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'We know what it'll take to win more trophies' - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:00
Liverpool need to continue overcoming frequent and unique tests if they are to build on last season's Champions League victory, according to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
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Match report: LFC U23s beaten by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 20:59

Liverpool U23s were defeated 3-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

Goals either side of the break by Michy Batshuayi preceded Faustino Anjorin’s strike 16 minutes from time as the young Reds endured a difficult evening in the capital.

The hosts’ first goal was created and finished by two full internationals, Antonio Rudiger supplying Batshuayi to give Chelsea a deserved lead with 40 minutes on the clock, and the Belgian was on hand to power in his side’s second very soon after the interval.

Anjorin then completed the scoring late on after Caoimhin Kelleher had made an outstanding save to deny Batshuayi his hat-trick. 

Liverpool managed to withstand significant early pressure, with Morgan Boyes and Ki-Jana Hoever making last-ditch blocks to thwart Anjorin and Juan Castillo inside the opening 15 minutes.

A fine Kelleher stop, low to his right, frustrated Tariq Lamptey soon after when the Chelsea defender cut inside to get his shot away following a buccaneering burst forward from right-back.

Having negotiated their way through that spell unscathed, Neil Critchley’s team gained something of a foothold in the game by virtue of keeping hold of the ball for longer periods.

Blues goalkeeper Jamie Cumming remained untroubled, though, and Liverpool were again indebted to Kelleher for their parity midway through the half.

Billy Gilmour’s blast from distance was destined for the top corner before the young Reds’ stopper acrobatically turned it behind. 

Another crucial Boyes interception, this time ahead of Batshuayi as the striker lurked at the back post, swiftly followed and Elijah Dixon-Bonner then managed to get his toe to the ball to prevent Gilmour from making a clean connection on a shot from just inside the penalty area.

Chelsea’s dominance did finally tell five minutes prior to the break, however.

Batshuayi beat Sepp van den Berg to Rudiger’s lofted pass, then got back to his feet quickly after colliding with Kelleher on the edge of the box and coolly chipped into an empty net.

And, just two minutes into the second half, Batshuayi had his second of the evening.

Castillo found Anjorin with a low ball into the box from the left and, in turn, Chelsea’s No.10 fed the Belgian, who finished by smashing into the roof of the net.

Only a terrific save from Kelleher, who spread himself bravely at the forward’s feet, stopped Batshuayi from completing a quick-fire hat-trick and Anjorin struck the crossbar on the rebound.

Critchley made a triple substitution just after the hour mark, but it was Chelsea who continued making all the running in an attacking sense. 

Tariq Uwakwe linked up well with Batshuayi and crashed a shot goalwards that hit Kelleher in the face a minute before Anjorin jinked free in the area and slotted in the hosts’ third. 

Harvey Elliott called Cumming into action in the closing stages after a neat first touch bought him the space to get a shot off, but Liverpool could not force a late consolation. 

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, Hoever (Williams, 63), Van den Berg, Boyes, Larouci (Gallacher, 63), Kane, Lewis, Dixon-Bonner, Jones, Elliott, Brewster (Duncan, 63).

Unused subs: Atherton, Clayton.

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Match report: LFC U23s beaten by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 20:59
Liverpool U23s were defeated 3-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
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