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Jude Bellingham should help decide Roberto Firmino future at Liverpool and Harry Kane proves it

Liverpool.com - 9 min 44 sec ago

England played their first knockout match of the World Cup on Sunday night, with all eyes on Gareth Southgate's men as they attempted to progress through to the quarter-finals. After 37 minutes of football, the scores remained even and Senegal were proving to be difficult to break down.

Luke Shaw then assumed possession of the ball, before the Manchester United full-back played a forward pass to Phil Foden. The Manchester City starlet showcased a subtle flick around the corner, with the ball reaching the feet of Harry Kane, who had dropped into midfield — almost like Roberto Firmino at Liverpool — despite his conventional role as a striker.

Once the Tottenham Hotspur talisman received possession and turned on the ball, he played a through ball to Jude Bellingham, who had used his remarkable energy and physicality to run beyond him. The English midfielder proceeded to pass the ball into the penalty box, allowing Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson to open the scoring.

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It was a sweeping offensive move and one which epitomised how Kane and Bellingham possess skills which are beneficial to one another. Now 29 years old, the Spurs striker is gifted on the ball but he's not particularly quick across the ground, which is why he's inclined to offer a short passing option rather than running in behind defences.

As a result, he's often best paired with players who offer those qualities, such as Son Heung-min at club level, or Raheem Sterling when he's representing his national team. Bellingham, it seems, is another who fits the mould, albeit in a different way.

The Borussia Dortmund captain isn't a forward — and he isn't lightning quick either — but as a traditional midfield runner, he's got it all. Bellingham is industrious, athletic, powerful and truly committed, with his penetrative runs from deeper areas growing in prominence this season.

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No BVB player has scored as many goals as him in all competitions this term and when it comes to the World Cup, he's now got one goal and one assist to his name from four starts in midfield, which isn't bad at all.

Bellingham's relationship with Kane is relevant because of how similar the latter has become to Firmino in recent times. The Brazilian has acted as Liverpool's false nine since 2016, developing a reputation for his peculiar tendency to drift away from the penalty box rather than towards it.

"Those with football knowledge know how important he is," Klopp once said about his unique number nine. "I'm pretty sure people will write books about how he interpreted the false nine position. I won't say he invented it, but the way he plays it, it looks like it."

Firmino, like Kane, has profited from being surrounded by quick players who will run beyond him and attack the spaces that he's opened up by roaming from his customary position, especially the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané. Diogo Jota, Luis Díaz and Darwin Núñez have reinforced the theme over the years.

Considering Bellingham is seemingly Klopp's first-choice transfer target for 2023, the Reds could have a decision on their hands regarding the future of Firmino, who has a contract which is due to expire at the end of the current campaign.

It remains to be seen whether the services of the 31-year-old will be retained, but it would be a shame for Bellingham to arrive on Merseyside just as Firmino departs. Based on Kane's link-up with him against Senegal, the duo would almost certainly perform as effective teammates in the same outfit.

Overall, if Bellingham does end up signing on the dotted line at Anfield, his transfer could inadvertently improve Firmino's prospects of signing an extension.

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Liverpool can beat Real Madrid to £52m 'next Rúben Dias' transfer as ideal Virgil van Dijk partner

Liverpool.com - 2 hours 9 min ago

Liverpool have a clear priority to address in the transfer market, with their midfield ageing and in need of rejuvenation, but it will not be too long into the future that they need to look at their defence as well.

Both Liverpool's main holding midfield options are 30 or thereabouts, while at centre-back Virgil van Dijk and Joël Matip have both also passed that milestone, and are nearing the twilight years of their career.

Liverpool may have Joe Gomez and Ibrahima Konaté, who are more than capable of stepping up in the future, but the club cannot rely on them alone if they have aspirations to continue the successes of Jürgen Klopp's previous era. Matip in particular — due to his injury-proneness — is someone the Reds will have to consider replacing in the coming years and he could turn to a familiar location in order to do so.

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In his brief time as the club's sporting director, it has become evident that Julian Ward likes to do his shopping in Portugal. Even when he leaves at the end of the campaign, it might make sense to continue that trend.

Liverpool could do that in the near future, while learning from Manchester City in the process, because Portuguese outlet A Bola report that Liverpool and Tottenham have been joined by Napoli and Juventus in the race to sign Benfica's teenage defender António Silva.

According to Calciomercato last month, Liverpool were also competing with Real Madrid and PSG for the 19-year-old, who has made a remarkable breakthrough for his side in the last few months and has already featured for Portugal at the World Cup, playing against South Korea within the last week.

Despite his tender age, Silva has been a stalwart at the back for Benfica this year, who have not only impressed in the Primeira Liga but also in the Champions League, knocking out Juventus from the competition.

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In fact, A Bola reported earlier in the season that an English side (which may or may not be Liverpool) are already ready to make a £52m bid for Silva's services in the January window. Considering his talent, it would not be a surprise if Liverpool were to join the race for the player, if indeed they are not already in it.

At 19, he could be the ideal candidate to rejuvenate Liverpool's squad, and potentially fight himself into the starting line-up alongside Van Dijk. He would certainly be a contender to one day succeed him.

In Rúben Dias, the last Benfica centre-back who went on a similar trajectory won the Premier League title with Manchester City. Silva could potentially help Liverpool to repeat history: it's a tantalising transfer template.

An original version of this article was first published on November 11.

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Jack Grealish sums up Liverpool transfer difference amid Pep Guardiola 'Jude Bellingham decision'

Liverpool.com - 4 hours 9 min ago

It is no secret that Liverpool would like to sign Jude Bellingham in 2023. But it is also no secret that the competition for the player's signature is strong and there are plenty of other sides who would like the England star.

It seems inevitable at this point that Bellingham will leave Borussia Dortmund, but quite where he ends up remains to be seen. Liverpool and Real Madrid are in the conversation, but so are Manchester City.

Chelsea, Manchester United and PSG, according to Le10sport, would also like to be deemed realistic options, but that trio would appear to be more on the periphery.

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For Liverpool, arguably the biggest question is how they afford such a transfer. Bellingham is going to cost at least £100m ($122m/€116m) and quite possibly a fair chunk more. Even that would be £15m ($18m/€17m) more than Liverpool's most expensive deal.

Real Madrid, however, were more than willing to break the £100m barrier for Kylian Mbappé, and Manchester City have already hit that number for Jack Grealish.

If Liverpool were to splash the cash — and there is a strong case to suggest that even at that price, given he is only 19, Bellingham would prove value for money in the long-run — they would have to be absolutely convinced that it was the right move.

The Reds also went without a midfielder in the previous transfer window, taking a huge gamble in the meantime, seemingly with one eye on waiting for the one that they really want.

By contrast, Football Insider report that Manchester City would be willing to cash in on Grealish to fund a move for Bellingham, with the former Aston Villa man not having lived up to the £100m price tag yet.

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Whether that is true or not, it is a familiar issue that Liverpool have come against when competing with Pep Guardiola's side: if one mega-money signing does not pay off, they can try another.

These days, Manchester City are much more successful when it comes to working out which players to buy — long gone are the days where they spent £30m-plus on a mistake-prone centre-back every season — but the element of risk is simply not the same as it is at Anfield.

Big money signing didn't pay off in the way you thought it would? No bother. Another one is just around the corner. Even under Guardiola, there was a time when there was a revolving door of £50m full-backs arriving.

Ultimately, whoever wins the race for Bellingham is highly unlikely to regret making the move. But even with the surest of things, there is an element of risk with a deal of such a cost.

The contrast between Liverpool and Manchester City is the relative importance of that risk is entirely different, though it seems that in this case, it is just about low enough for the Reds still to be tempted.

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Alisson subbed as Brazil progress & German investors linked – Liverpool FC News

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 20:57

The World Cup continues apace and there’s just more day of round of 16 action left; so far it’s all Europeans and South Americans who are into the quarters.

Today at the World Cup

We’ve had our first game go all the way and it’s pretty much no surprises in the last eight at this stage.

  • To precisely nobody’s surprise, Japan and Croatia became the first game to go to extra time and penalties
  • Rubbish penalties, as it turned out for the Asian nation, who miss out on a new record of reaching the last eight
  • Brazil then produced the most one-sided first half since Spain vs Costa Rica as they blew South Korea away
  • 4-0 at the break and 4-1 at full time, this one was only heading one way by ten minutes in

Japan were excellent in spells but failed to take their chances. Croatia, by contrast, were decent in possession but created little – and Ivan Persic scored a worldie header to level it.

Extra time was nowhere near as good as the 90, yet the sides were evenly matched throughout…until it went down to spotkicks. Japan were not good.

As for Brazil, Liverpool’s pair had their expected roles: Fabinho sub, Alisson in goal.

The latter conceded his first goal in three games and although it was a rout, 4-0 at half time and 4-1 at full, the No1 still had to make three really good stops from one-on-ones to try to preserve another shutout. Even so, there was nothing he could do about a thunderous late strike.

 Brazil's goalkeeper Alisson Becker celebrates his side's second goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Brazil and South Korea at the Stadium 974. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Brazil's goalkeeper Alisson Becker celebrates his side's second goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Brazil and South Korea at the Stadium 974. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alisson was subbed off with 11 minutes to play, but don’t fear – this was no injury or sending-off; third-choice goalkeeper Weverton came on to ensure the whole squad featured during the course of the World Cup for Brazil.

They’ll play Croatia in the last eight in a decent-looking matchup.

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 Liverpool's Director Michael Gordon, owner John W. Henry and his wife Linda Pizzuti during the FA Premier League match against Leicester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Director Michael Gordon, owner John W. Henry and his wife Linda Pizzuti during the FA Premier League match against Leicester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s proposed, or possible, or indeed partial, sale continues apace. Well, at a snail’s pace. Or possibly not at all.

In fact all we’ve got at the moment is a day to day litany of rumours, but the latest one is slightly more interesting and perhaps notable for a timescale.

The report suggests a German investment group is further along in their planning to submit an offer than any of the Qatari-Saudi combinations, while interest also comes from America.

A full sale remains the preferred outcome, the report claims.

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Ex-Red Taki Minamino stepped up to take Japan’s first penalty, but it did not go well.

Takumi Minamino misses the first penalty of the shootout ?

??? Watch every penalty on @BBCiPlayer, listen on @BBCSounds and follow on the @BBCSport app #BBCWorldCup #BBCFootball pic.twitter.com/EPsnv6vUZd

— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 5, 2022

In fact, very few of Japan’s penalties went well. Just one of four, in fact.

Still, at least Taki can take solace in that he could *checks notes* return to play in Germany where he’s had such success…apparently.

Jermaine Jenas offering brilliant insight saying Minamino was fantastic during his time in Germany, where he has never played. Super stuff.

— Josh Gudgeon (@JoshGudgeon) December 5, 2022

According to Jermaine Jenas, Minamino’s “time in Germany” went well. Takumi Minamino has never played in Germany

— Danny Corcoran (@calcio_danny) December 5, 2022

Tuesday’s matches and LFC aspects
  • 3pm: Morocco vs Spain
  • 7pm: Portugal vs Switzerland

Another day with no current Reds active, but Diogo Jota would have been of course and Thiago Alcantara doubtless hoped he would have been.

Xherdan Shaqiri is the notable ex-Red in action and the winners of these two games will meet in the quarter-final. Morocco are the last non-European or South American side who can make the last eight.

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Throwbacks, ‘green spark’ and sponsors – All we know about Liverpool kits for 2023/24

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 18:00

At the midway point of the current campaign, paused for the World Cup, what do we know about Liverpool’s Nike kits for the 2023/24 season?

Liverpool will enter the fourth season with Nike as their kit supplier next term, having signed a multi-year deal with the American manufacturer in 2020.

So far, Nike have provided a number of eye-catching kits, and others that have divided opinion among supporters.

This season, for example, a ‘trippy’ away shirt received a mixed reaction from fans, who were overwhelmingly positive when it came to the dark green third kit.

But what about next season? Here is everything we know about Liverpool’s kits for 2023/24 so far.

Home

The home shirt for 2023/24 has already leaked online, with reliable sources revealing a basic design with white bands around the crew collar and cuffs.

It serves as a throwback to a host of popular shirts throughout Liverpool’s history, most notably that worn during the club’s first-ever FA Cup triumph in 1965.

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— Kyle (@KB2X) November 4, 2022

The design, which is predominantly ‘gym red’, can also be compared to the Reebok shirts worn by Gerard Houllier’s side in 1998/99 and 1999/00.

Liverpool’s new home shirt will be the first release of the summer, and is likely to be unveiled in May.

Away

While there is yet to be a reliable leak of the away shirt that Liverpool will wear next season, various information has been reported on what it will look like.

Chiefly, that comes with the colourway of white, ‘green spark’ and black, as per Footy Headlines.

This is based on a number of products that have already been leaked, including a pre-match anthem jacket and a training top.

Kit enthusiast @KB2X leaked the images on Twitter, though it remains to be seen whether they turn out to be official releases for the season ahead.

Based on this information, designers @AggerR4ul_ and @ismet1m00 produced mockups of the potential away shirt.

Third

Again, less is known when it comes to Liverpool’s third kit, as it will be the last to be officially released.

This season, Liverpool’s dark green third kit was not unveiled until September – a full month after the campaign had begun.

The reliable @FumlerRawk – via Footy Headlines – has claimed, however, that the colourway will be ‘space purple’, white and ‘gridiron’ grey.

No designs have leaked so far, but ‘space purple’ has already been used on Liverpool’s home goalkeeper kit for 2022/23.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Comparisons have been made with the Warrior third kit from 2013/14, though it is doubtful that is popular enough to warrant a throwback!

Anything else we need to know?

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, wearing the captain's armband, during the Standard Chartered Singapore Trophy pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at the Singapore National Stadium. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, wearing the captain's armband, during the Standard Chartered Singapore Trophy pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at the Singapore National Stadium. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Yes. There could be another change to Liverpool’s kits from 2023/24 as the terms of their sleeve-sponsorship deal with Expedia are due to expire this summer.

Talks are ongoing with Expedia and other potential sponsors, though no update has been provided since the summer.

Expedia, the travel company, took over from Western Union in 2020, and have been paying Liverpool around £10 million per year.

That would be set for an increase with any extension or new deal.

The club’s main kit sponsor, Standard Chartered, recently agreed a new five-year contract worth over £50 million a year, expiring in 2027.

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“Jurgen said sorry” – German striker rues last-minute Liverpool transfer collapse

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 16:31

Liverpool had lined up a free transfer for German striker Max Kruse in 2019, only for the heroics of Divock Origi to see them pull out of a deal.

The 2018/19 campaign was a standout one for Jurgen Klopp‘s long-standing front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, who netted 69 goals between them.

But it was ultimately defined by the goals of a player who only spent 669 minutes on the pitch over the course of the entire season.

Origi returned from a quiet loan spell with VfL Wolfsburg and, turning down a move to Wolves, settled back into the squad on Merseyside, going on to score seven times including an iconic brace against Barcelona.

 Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the fourth goal with team-mates during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Barcelona at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the fourth goal with team-mates during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Barcelona at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

His second in that Champions League semi-final second leg ultimately changed the course of not only his future, but also that of Kruse, who has recalled the events, as quoted En Son Haber.

“We had been on the phone with Jurgen Klopp since February,” he explained, with a free transfer from Werder Bremen lined up.

“It was like I was transferred to Liverpool, only the signature was missing. It would be the pinnacle of my career.

“However, things developed very differently.”

Kruse added: “The duo of Sturridge and Origi was going to be sold, I was going to sign. That was their plan.

“Then Origi started scoring many goals in the last part of the season. The club changed its mind after these goals.”

It had been reported during the second half of the season that Liverpool were among the clubs pursuing Kruse, with Daniel Sturridge‘s own contract set to expire.

But as the now 34-year-old continued to detail, Origi’s upturn in form prompted him to be let down gently by Klopp himself.

 Manchester United's Chris Smalling in action against VfL Wolfsburg's Max Kruse during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Manchester United's Chris Smalling in action against VfL Wolfsburg's Max Kruse during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Jurgen called me [and said]: ‘Sorry Max. The decision is to keep Origi. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to sign you’,” Kruse said.

“My transfer to Liverpool didn’t happen at the last minute. I was very upset.”

Kruse eventually joined Fenerbahce, only for a dispute over unpaid wages seeing him leave his contract early, after which he headed back to the Bundesliga with Union Berlin.

A return to Bremen followed in January of this year, only for his deal to be mutually terminated at the end of November after a disagreement with manager Niko Kovac.

It is perhaps no surprise, then, that Kruse could feel bitter about the last-minute collapse of his switch to Liverpool – though it may point to a bullet dodged for the Reds.

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Kylian Mbappé should have just reminded Liverpool of ideal free summer transfer at World Cup

Liverpool.com - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 16:00

The scoreline may not have reflected the overall balance of the match, but it was pretty easy going for Kylian Mbappé and France in the round of 16 against Poland at the World Cup.

Not only did the game ensure qualification into the next round, it was also a match in which Mbappé completely dominated, involved in all three of France's goals and providing a constant threat up front. Having scored five goals at the tournament, he has now surely cemented his name as one of the best in the world at the moment, and the game against Poland was of historical significance in terms of that endeavour as well.

Mbappé's second goal means he now has nine goals at the World Cup before his 24th birthday. That's more than anyone has ever scored at the same age, with the 23-year-old beating Brazilian legend Pele's record.

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The goal that broke the record not only served as a reminder of one of the best in the world, it could also serve as a reminder for Liverpool in the transfer market.

With Marcus Thuram registering the assist for Mbappé, the Reds should have been sent a reminder of an ideal solution in the transfer market in order to bolster Jürgen Klopp's attacking options in the summer.

Thuram's contract expires at the end of the season and he is free to negotiate with clubs as early as January. The World Cup has provided him with an ideal platform to demonstrate his skills ahead of next month.

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Having featured as a substitute in three of France's games so far, Thuram's assist against Poland was his first goal contribution in the tournament. His ability to cause havoc in the limited time given to him displayed the devastating impact he could have at Liverpool, with Thuram using his speed and power to capitalise on the Polish defence's rugged legs.

The 25-year-old's direct nature combined with his versatility would make him a valuable asset at Anfield. Thuram already possesses the quintessential traits for a Liverpool attacker and he is at the right age to provide a bit of rejuvenation in the squad.

Considering the future of Roberto Firmino, who also has a contract expiring at the end of the season, Thuram presents the perfect solution for Liverpool. The club's recruitment team are unlikely to find another forward who has 17 goal contributions in 17 games for his club side this season and who is available on a free transfer — let alone one who is making a mark alongside Mbappé on the world's biggest stage for one of the tournament favourites.

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Two new names linked with Liverpool transfers as £34m duo 'emerge as Jürgen Klopp targets'

Liverpool.com - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 14:05

With the January transfer window just around the corner, Liverpool will be linked with a flurry of players. Some will be old names familiar to Reds’ fans; others will be fresh names, which may not be familiar at all to many.

Here at Liverpool.com, we will give you a complete run-down of the new names to be connected with a move to Liverpool (so don’t expect Jude Bellingham to appear on this list!).

AntónioSilva (Benfica)

The Portuguese defender has highly impressed at Benfica, and Jürgen Klopp would be wise to take a look at him. Silva is only 19 and has played in World Cup match already, against South Korea in the 2-1 loss.

Silva has been valued at €15m (£12.9m/$15.8m) by Transfermarkt.

Linked by: A Bola.

Read more about him: How Liverpool could copy Manchester City's move for teenage defender Silva.

Marco Asensio (Real Madrid)

The Real Madrid winger’s contract is expiring at the end of the season and the thought of Liverpool being able to sign someone like Asensio, with his vast experience, on a free transfer should no doubt be appealing to Jürgen Klopp.

Asensio has already won a bagful of honours in his time with Los Blancos. The forward, 26, is valued at €25m (£21m/$26m) by Transfermarkt.

Linked by: Diario Madridista.

Read more about him: Why the time might finally be right for Liverpool to make a move for Asensio.

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Three Premier League fixture changes for Reds in February

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 14:00

Three of Liverpool's Premier League fixtures in February have been rescheduled.

See the updated details for the meetings with Everton, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace below.

  • Liverpool v Everton – Monday February 13, 8pm GMT
  • Newcastle v Liverpool – Saturday February 18, 5.30pm GMT
  • Palace v Liverpool – Saturday February 25, 7.45pm GMT**

All three games will be broadcast live by Sky Sports in the UK.

**This match is subject to participation in the Carabao Cup final. If Liverpool do not progress to the Carabao Cup fifth round and Bournemouth/Manchester City are involved in the final, Palace v Liverpool will move to a 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday February 25.

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Three Premier League fixture changes for Reds in February

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 14:00
Three of Liverpool's Premier League fixtures in February have been rescheduled.
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Liverpool confirm 33-man squad for Dubai training camp

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 13:47

Liverpool have confirmed their initial 33-man squad for this month’s training camp in Dubai, which will include friendlies against Lyon and AC Milan.

The majority of the Reds squad flew to Dubai on Monday afternoon, with others already stationed out in the United Arab Emirates following their time off.

Jurgen Klopp will use the time away, which will be around two weeks, to focus on preparations for the second half of the campaign.

That will see rigorous training and clashes with Lyon (Dec 11) and AC Milan (Dec 16) in the Dubai Super Cup.

While six players are still at the World Cup, Klopp has been able to call upon a strong squad, with 33 players meeting on Monday and one more to follow.

 Liverpool's Thiago Alcântara during the UEFA Champions League Group A matchday 6 game between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Thiago Alcântara during the UEFA Champions League Group A matchday 6 game between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Thiago, Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson, Roberto Firmino, Harvey Elliott and the fit-again duo of Joel Matip and Luis Diaz are among those to have arrived.

The club’s official website notes that Diaz, along with Diogo Jota, Naby Keita and Arthur, is due to “work on individual rehabilitation,” but it had been previously reported that he is set to join team training.

Joining the senior players at the camp are a number of youngsters, including loanee Marcelo Pitaluga and long-term absentee Kaide Gordon, who will also work on their recovery.

 Liverpool's Ben Doak during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Derby County FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Ben Doak during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Derby County FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Exciting winger Ben Doak made the plane, along with the likes of Bobby Clark, Melkamu Frauendorf and Layton Stewart, who were all involved in the Carabao Cup win over Derby last month.

Darwin Nunez is due to resume training next week, with Uruguay having already been knocked out of the World Cup.

Alisson, Fabinho, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold will rejoin the squad at a later date.

Liverpool squad in Dubai

 Liverpool's Thiago Alcântara during a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group A matchday 1 game between SSC Napoli and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Thiago Alcântara during a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group A matchday 1 game between SSC Napoli and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Goalkeepers: Kelleher, Adrian, Davies, Mrozek, Pitaluga*

Defenders: Gomez, Matip, Phillips, Quansah, Robertson, Tsimikas, Ramsay, Chambers

Midfielders: Thiago, Elliott, Milner, Jones, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita*, Bajcetic, Arthur*, Cain, Corness

Forwards: Salah, Diaz, Nunez**, Firmino, Jota*, Carvalho, Gordon*, Clark, Doak, Frauendorf, Stewart

* Injured
** To join next week

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Full Liverpool squad heading to Dubai as Jurgen Klopp travelling party confirmed

Liverpool.com - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 13:32

As the World Cup churns through its games, the tournament comes closer to its finish line. That means a return to club football is drawing nearer, and Liverpool will be back in action.

The Reds, of course, will be flying out to Dubai soon for some friendly games to prepare for the second half of the season. Some players will be absent due to their ongoing involvement in the World Cup, but most of the main squad will be there.

Liverpool have two games lined up against Lyon and Milan, and as players return from the World Cup, they will likely enter the training camp later than others. Players like Arthur and Diogo Jota will make the journey as part of the travelling squad, continuing their injury rehabilitation in new surroundings.

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So who will go to Dubai, and who won't? Liverpool have confirmed the squad.

Goalkeepers:

Caoimhin Kelleher

Adrián

Harvey Davies

Fabian Mrozek

Marcelo Pitaluga

Defenders:

Joe Gomez

Andy Robertson

Joël Matip

Kostas Tsimikas

Calvin Ramsay

Nat Philips

Jarell Quansah

Luke Chambers

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Midfielders:

Thiago Alcântara

Harvey Elliott

James Milner

Curtis Jones

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arthur (injured)

Naby Keïta

Stefan Bajčetić

Jake Cain

Dominic Corness

Forwards:

Mohamed Salah

Roberto Firmino

Luis Díaz

Diogo Jota (injured)

Fábio Carvalho

Bobby Clark

Kaide Gordon (injured)

Melkamu Frauendorf

Layton Stewart

Ben Doak

Darwin Núñez is scheduled to arrive next week, following Uruguay's elimination from the World Cup.

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Liverpool name initial 33-man squad for Dubai training camp

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 13:15

Liverpool have named an initial 33-man squad for their training camp in Dubai.

The Reds departed for the United Arab Emirates on Monday afternoon, where they will begin preparations for the second half of the season.

The travelling party includes Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, Naby Keita and Arthur Melo, who will continue to work on their individual rehabilitation programmes from their respective injuries.

Liverpool will face Olympique Lyonnais and AC Milan in two matches in the Dubai Super Cup – with both to be shown live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO – before they return to Merseyside ahead of the Carabao Cup tie with Manchester City on December 22.

Players currently participating in the World Cup will rejoin the squad at later dates, with Darwin Nunez set to arrive next week.

Liverpool squad for Dubai training camp:

Adrian, Kelleher, Davies, Mrozek, Pitaluga, Salah, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Elliott, Tsimikas, Ramsay, Robertson, Carvalho, Bajcetic, Phillips, Gordon, Keita, Matip, Gomez, Jota, Arthur, Diaz, Thiago, Firmino, Chambers, Quansah, Clark, Frauendorf, Stewart, Doak, Cain, Corness.

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Liverpool name initial 33-man squad for Dubai training camp

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Liverpool have named an initial 33-man squad for their training camp in Dubai.
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Jude Bellingham and Jordan Henderson laugh off question on Liverpool transfer

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 12:51

After helping England beat Senegal at the World Cup, Jude Bellingham and Jordan Henderson were asked about playing together at Liverpool.

Bellingham assisted Henderson for the opening goal in Sunday’s 3-0 victory, setting up a clash between England and France in the quarter-finals.

It was a statement win for the Three Lions, and one that caught the eye of Liverpool supporters as their captain and the club’s No. 1 target combined.

Their relationship has come under the microscope while in Qatar, and both Henderson and Bellingham have been full of praise for each other in regular interviews.

But the subject of Bellingham joining Liverpool in 2023 remains off-limits, as Norwegian broadcaster TV 2 Sport discovered post-match.

“I’ve said it many a time: he’s a one-off,” Henderson said of his team-mate.

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“We need to let him enjoy playing football. He’s only 19, so let him enjoy playing football.

“He’s been incredible [not only in] this tournament but for a long period of time at Dortmund.

“He’s carried it on into this tournament and hopefully he can just keep going from strength to strength, keep working, keep doing the things he’s doing and being a big player for England.”

In response, the pair were then asked the question: “And Liverpool in the future?”

 Jordan Henderson of England celebrates scoring in the 38th minute for 1-0 with team mate Bellingham

 Jordan Henderson of England celebrates scoring in the 38th minute for 1-0 with team mate Bellingham

That ended the interview abruptly, with Henderson and Bellingham both walking away as the teenager jokingly said: “You’ve ruined it for all of them now. You’ve ruined it, man!”

There were no further questions, with the rest of the waiting media left to watch as the pair laughed it off.

Is there really no smoke without fire, though? Let’s hope so!

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