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Photos: New arrivals to LFC Retro collection

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:00

Check out the latest arrivals to LFC Retail's Retro collection, which can be purchased in time for Christmas.

The new additions can be seen modelled by first-team players Mohamed Salah, Dejan Lovren, Curtis Jones, Fabinho and Divock Origi.

The collection includes a range of men’s, junior and women’s pieces, with a selection of retro jerseys and track jackets.

Shop in-store or online now.

LFC adult retro 1999-00 away kit - £40

LFC adult retro 1982 track jacket - £50

LFC adult retro 1998-99 away kit - £40

LFC adults retro 2000-01 away kit - £40

LFC adults retro Candy track jacket - £50

LFC adult retro 2002-03 away kit - £40

LFC retro women’s Candy '89 retro home shirt - £40

LFC adult retro 1986 track jacket - £50

LFC retro women’s Istanbul 2005 shirt - £40

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LFC official Members can win prizes every day until Christmas

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:00

LFC official Membership is counting down to the festive season with a series of fantastic giveaways exclusively for our valued members and season ticket holders.

There will be a different prize available each day, with just 24 hours to enter each draw.

Giveaways range from match tickets and signed merchandise to once-in-a-lifetime experiences. 

There will be a new prize draw each day through to Christmas Eve. 

Today you could win a limited edition 'six times' shirt signed by members of the first team, to commemorate the Reds becoming champions of Europe for the sixth time. 

For your chance to enter visit the Members’ Area now.  

Not a Member? Join now and visit the Members’ Area daily for your chance to take part.

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Photos: New arrivals to LFC Retro collection

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:00
Check out the latest arrivals to LFC Retail's Retro collection, which can be purchased in time for Christmas.
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LFC official Members can win prizes every day until Christmas

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:00
LFC official Membership is counting down to the festive season with a series of fantastic giveaways exclusively for our valued members and season ticket holders.
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Grujic’s midfield masterclass & Ojo’s cup final disappointment – Liverpool FC Loan Watch

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 08:31

Marko Grujic produced a midfield masterclass with a goal and assist at Hertha Berlin, while Sheyi Ojo suffered a painful cup final defeat at Rangers.


Gametime took a downturn this week for Jurgen Klopp’s borrowed Reds, as only six loanees featured.

Despite that limited match action there was no shortage of talking points, as those who played experienced severely contrasting fortunes on a dramatic weekend.

There was a stunning display from Grujic and an agonizing cup final loss for Ojo, while the season came to a successful end for one Red.

Here’s the full lowdown on all the action, starting with that star performance.

Grujic produced a midfield masterclass…

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Grujic is wasting no time in proving his worth to new boss Jurgen Klinsmann, who was denied his first win as Hertha were held to a 2-2 draw at Frankfurt on Friday night.

In that stalemate Grujic was the star of the show, as he scored one and assisted another to ensure his side took a point back to the German capital.

The assist came first and it was a brilliant piece of play.

Out on the left flank after breaking from midfield, Grujic produced a delightful, one-touch reverse flick through his marker’s legs to release Dodi Lukebakio who put Hertha 1-0 up.

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— Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) December 6, 2019

Grujic himself then doubled the lead on 63 minutes with a real poacher’s effort – converting from close range from Dedryck Boyata’s ball across the face of goal.

It was a man-of-the-match performance from the Serbian, who now has three goals and two assists from 15 appearances this season.

Such contributions will ensure he continues to play a key role as Hertha undertake a new era with Klinsmann at the helm.

There was cup final disappointment for Ojo…

Sheyi Ojo of Rangers during the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on 20 October, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto)

Sunday’s mouth-watering Scottish League Cup final against Celtic presented the ideal chance for Ojo’s Rangers to prove they are back to the force of old.

At a rain-soaked Hampden Park, the Gers missed that opportunity, falling to a 1-0 defeat to their arch-rivals who snatched victory from a game Steven Gerrard’s side dominated.

It made for a day of double-disappointment for Ojo, who was denied the chance to play his part as he watched on from the bench for the duration.

Given how several of Rangers’ attacking players underperformed when it mattered most on the big stage, it may be a move the Reds legend regrets in hindsight.

Ojo – and his teammates – will have to move on swiftly and attempt to bounce back by overhauling their rivals to emerge victorious from the season-long title race.

The season came to an end for one Red…

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Brazil’s Serie A campaign drew to a close on Sunday night, thus bringing to an end Allan Rodrigues‘ season with Fluminense.

Injury forced the Brazilian midfielder to miss his side’s last two games, including the final day 2-1 victory against Corinthians.

That win signed off what has been a long, hard-fought campaign for Fluminense, who produced a late season surge to finish in 14th place and comfortably avoid relegation.

Allan made 36 appearances in total and posted a solitary assist, and this spell back on home soil has unquestionably been the most rewarding of his senior career to date.

Given how it has seemingly been a successful move for both sides, chances are we now see that deal made permanent.

A mixed bag for the remaining Reds…

Goalkeeper Loris Karius of Besiktas during the Turkish Superlig Match between Bursaspor and Besiktas at Buyuksehir Belediye Stadium in Bursa , Turkey on September 02 , 2018 (Seskimphoto/Imago/PA Images)

Five more loanees joined Grujic in enjoying game time but there was only one who tasted victory.

Loris Karius and his Besiktas team are flying currently, and the German helped his side record a sixth successive win in all competitions with a dramatic 3-2 victory at Kasimpasa.

Elsewhere in the goalkeeper’s union, Kamil Grabara‘s run without a clean sheet in the Championship extended to five games after Huddersfield suffered a 2-0 derby-day loss to Leeds.

North of the border, Liam Millar had an unsuccessful return to Kilmarnock’s starting XI, with the Canadian unable to notch his first goal since September as Killie lost 3-0 at Livingston.

Back in Europe, Taiwo Awoniyi enjoyed a rare outing at Mainz 05 with a welcome extended run-out.

The Nigerian played 45 minutes as his side went down 2-1 to Augsburg, and he couldn’t mark his return with a goal.

Finally, it was another rewarding week at Kidderminster for Rhys Williams, who competed back-to-back full games – first drawing 1-1 against Gateshead before a 3-1 loss to Boston.

Liverpool’s Loanees This Weekend

Kidderminster Harriers' Rhys Williams (Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport)

  • Marko Grujic (Hertha Berlin) – 90 mins vs. Eintracht Frankfurt, goal & assist
  • Kamil Grabara (Huddersfield) – 90 mins vs. Leeds
  • Liam Millar (Kilmarnock) – 78 mins vs. Livingston
  • Taiwo Awoniyi (Mainz 05) – 45 mins vs. Augsburg
  • Rhys Williams (Kidderminster) – 90 mins vs. Boston
  • Loris Karius (Besiktas) – 90 mins vs. Kasimpasa
  • Nat Phillips (Stuttgart) – To play on Monday night vs. Nurnberg

Injured: Ovie Ejaria, Ben Woodburn
Ineligible: Harry Wilson
Not in action: Sheyi Ojo, Allan Rodrigues, Anderson Arroyo

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Jürgen Klopp on Curtis Jones' PL debut: 'It was really nice to see'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 08:00

Jürgen Klopp admitted it was a 'nice' sight to see Curtis Jones make his Premier League debut on the weekend, but stressed the decision to introduce the young Scouser was entirely pragmatic.

Jones replaced Andy Robertson with 14 minutes remaining of Saturday's 3-0 victory at Bournemouth to make his top-flight bow.

It was a dream come true for the 18-year-old, although Klopp was quick to point out many more challenges lie ahead for the No.48.

"Growing up and being a local lad, I think it’s everyone’s dream to go and play for your boyhood club. I just say a… https://t.co/3WJbf4iq2A

— LFC (Liverpool FC) 8th Dec 13:10

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, the boss said: "It was his third time in the squad, so then I thought it makes sense to bring him on.

"But it was not a present, I have to say. It's his development. We want to show respect for that and we appreciate that.

"Then you need a player and today we were without Adam and Gini here. We thought we need a midfielder because we want to rest Robbo a little bit, so move Millie there. That's then a good choice.

"He did really well, he did really well. It was nice to watch and he enjoyed the game. Obviously it was not the most difficult game and it will not be the most difficult game in his career, but it was really nice seeing him.

"There are two or three more in the moment which we still have in the backhand. If we have to use them then we will then use them early. If not, then we give them a bit more time to develop and use them later."

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Jürgen Klopp on Curtis Jones' PL debut: 'It was really nice to see'

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 08:00
Jürgen Klopp admitted it was a 'nice' sight to see Curtis Jones make his Premier League debut on the weekend, but stressed the decision to introduce the young Scouser was entirely pragmatic.
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12pm GMT: Watch the Reds in training ahead of Salzburg

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 06:30

Liverpool will train at Melwood before flying out to Salzburg for their Champions League showdown – watch part of the session live.

The Reds are scheduled to begin their workout at 12pm GMT. 

Return to this page shortly before the start time to watch the squad's preparations via our YouTube stream.

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12pm GMT: Watch the Reds in training ahead of Salzburg

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 06:30
Liverpool will train at Melwood before flying out to Salzburg for their Champions League showdown – watch part of the session live.
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6:30pm GMT: Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-Salzburg press conference

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 06:00

Jürgen Klopp and a member of his Liverpool squad will attend a press conference at 6.30pm GMT today to preview the Champions League showdown with Salzburg.

Klopp and a player will take questions from journalists at the Stadion Salzburg ahead of Tuesday's fixture in matchday six.

Return to this page shortly before the start time to watch the media briefing live with us.

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6:30pm GMT: Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-Salzburg press conference

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 12/09/2019 - 06:00
Jürgen Klopp and a member of his Liverpool squad will attend a press conference at 6.30pm GMT today to preview the Champions League showdown with Salzburg.
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Keita’s quality never in doubt, and Jurgen Klopp pleased to give Mane a rest

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 23:10

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he has never doubted the quality of £52.7million midfielder Naby Keita.


Keita, who arrived at Anfield to much fanfare in the summer of 2018, has been reduced to a peripheral figure and played a limited role in last season’s Champions League success and the club’s current 33-game Premier League unbeaten run.

The Guinea international gave a reminder of his ability with a goal and an assist on his first top-flight start of the campaign in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Bournemouth.

Reds boss Klopp, who has reassured the 24-year-old about his lack of first-team opportunities, admits the relentless form of his league leaders and a series of tight matches have made it difficult to give him minutes.

“Naby had injuries, the team is in really good shape, so then do you change?,” said Klopp.

“We are not flying, it’s not like we won all of the games 4-0, or 5-0, so we had to bring on a player who helps us with defending set-pieces.

“Then Naby is sitting outside thinking, ‘why don’t I play?’ I get all that.

“So we stayed in contact, we talked and we spoke a lot about it.

“But in the end of course a player needs to have this evidence that the manager still believes in you. I was never in doubt about that.

“It was just unlucky and in life you need luck always. He started (his Liverpool career) really well – everybody forgot that – then got injured. And again we had two really good seasons.

“(I was) never in doubt about his quality.”

Former RB Leipzig player Keita doubled Liverpool’s advantage at the Vitality Stadium and then slipped in Mohamed Salah for the third after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring.

Liverpool last lost a league game back in early January but, despite building a sizeable points advantage over Leicester and Manchester City at the top of the table, Klopp is not getting carried away.

The comfortable nature of the south coast success meant Klopp was afforded the luxury of giving breathers to unused substitutes Divock Origi – who scored twice in Wednesday’s Merseyside derby win over Everton – and Sadio Mane ahead of Tuesday’s crunch European clash with RB Salzburg.

Klopp also gave midfielders Adam Lallana and Georgino Wijnaldum the weekend off because of minor injury concerns.

He believes resting and rotating his players will be key to successfully negotiating a hectic December schedule and competing in five different competitions.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. Liverpool won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“It was wonderful – maybe the best thing of the (Bournemouth) game – we didn’t have to use Sadio Mane,” said the German, whose team must avoid defeat in Austria to reach the Champions League knockout stages.

“He was the all-time (ever-present) player in the last couple of weeks, so he could stay outside, Divock outside.

“The people were shouting for Divock Origi, I get that, I loved the performance of Divock Origi (against Everton) but bringing him on to say thank you or whatever, we have so many games.

“We will see how we start on Tuesday. I have no clue about that now.

“But (on Saturday) we could give at least one or two – plus Gini (Wijnaldum), plus Adam – kind of a rest, and hopefully they are all fit again on Tuesday and then we make a new decision.”

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Free-scoring Salzburg warm up for Liverpool’s visit with resounding victory

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 18:00

Salzburg continue to fire on all cylinders ahead of Liverpool’s visit for the decisive Champions League tie on Tuesday.


While Jurgen Klopp‘s side notched another league victory over Bournemouth on Saturday, the Reds’ Group E counterparts similarly swept aside WSG Wattens to the tune of 5-1.

Salzburg’s convincing victory over the weekend was their 13th in 17 games, a result which ensures they remain atop of the Austrian Bundesliga with a two-point buffer over LASK.

The Austrian outfit headed into the clash with WSG Wattens off the back of two score draws in the league, with a convincing 4-1 win over Genk in the Champions League sandwiched in the middle.

But having scored in every game this season, Salzburg would continue to see their attacking prowess come to the fore, with Patson Daka, Masaya Okugawa, Andreas Ulmer, Erling Braut Haaland and Takumi Minamino – the latter two of whom both found the net at Anfield – all on the scoresheet.

Despite the Reds’ upcoming visit, Salzburg fielded a strong starting XI as Jesse Marsch had few injuries to consider as his side cruised to their third win in five games across all competitions.

In fact, their outing was one which ensured they have now scored three or more goals in seven of their last 12 games – a run of form which has also seen them concede 12, a welcome record for the Reds.

Haaland, who has attracted interest from the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Man United, has been a key contributor to Salzburg’s formidable form in front of goal having notched 10 goals and one assist in his last 10 appearances.

Moreover, the 19-year-old has been prolific in the Champions League this season and sits behind only Robert Lewandowski in the standings with eight goals to his name.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Salzburg at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

And ahead of Liverpool’s visit, Marsch has instructed his side to play with all of their “confidence” as they no longer possess the element of surprise.

“We are excited but calm, the energy and concentration are optimal, we can not surprise [them], they understand our football,” he said.

“But if we get our best performance, we have a good chance, we have to play with all our confidence.”

But Liverpool head to Austria with a clear agenda, as avoiding defeat will ensure the Reds safely secure their passage to the last 16.

It will be anything but straightforward, however, as Salzburg have tasted defeat just twice this season by a single goal – against both Liverpool and Napoli – and will have nothing to lose on Tuesday as they currently sit third in Group E, three points adrift of Liverpool at the top.

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Report: Charles on the mark as LFC Women draw with West Ham

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 17:15

Liverpool FC Women earned a share of the spoils as they battled back to deservedly claim a 1-1 draw against West Ham United Women at Prenton Park on Sunday.

Trailing to an early goal and then missing a penalty, Niamh Charles managed to get the equaliser for the Reds in the final quarter of an hour.

Vicky Jepson’s side made a bright early start. Inside the opening two minutes, a superb pass from Niamh Fahey at the back released Ashley Hodson down the left flank, and after cutting inside the forward was unlucky to see her effort deflected just wide.

From the resulting corner, a superb delivery from Jade Bailey just failed to find a telling contact to divert the ball in the net, with Charles stretching to reach the ball.

But the away side took the lead in the fourth minute with a counter-attack that came from a Liverpool corner.

A fine pass from Kate Longhurst released Kenza Dali down the right and her cross found the unmarked Adriana Leon, who managed to divert the ball past Fran Kitching.

It was tough for Jepson’s side to take after a promising start, and the goal gave the Hammers confidence as they managed to win a number of corners.

However, in the 27th minute a superb break saw Lawley play in Hodson, but her first touch took the ball away from the goal and the chance was gone.

Lawley was in fine form and was a constant threat to West Ham's defence down the right flank. Her fine cross in the 33rd minute somehow eluded four red shirts in the box before another brilliant run and delivery found Hodson, who could only send her effort wide.

After the half-time break, Charles had an excellent early chance when she ran at the West Ham backline, but saw her effort well saved by stopper Courtney Brosnan.

Then at the other end Kitching had to be alert as she made a fine stop to keep out a curled effort from Dali.

The Reds were awarded a penalty in the 65th minute when Rhiannon Roberts went down following a challenge in the back, but unfortunately Lawley sent her resulting spot-kick wide.

But with 14 minutes to go, the pressure finally paid off and Charles grabbed a deserved equaliser. A fine pass from Becky Jane found Lawley, whose pinpoint delivery was turned into the net by Charles.

Lawley was then close to making it 2-1 when her superb effort was brilliantly kept out by Brosnan.

With five minutes left, Lawley thought she had made it 2-1 but her celebrations were short-lived as the referee had blown up for an earlier handball.

Both sides then had chances to win it in stoppage time. For the Hammers Jacynta Galabadaarachchi curled an effort just wide from close, while a free-kick at the other end found substitute Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, who saw her close-range header held by Brosnan. 

Liverpool FC Women: Kitching, Jane, Robe, Roberts, Fahey, Bradley-Auckland, Charles (Sweetman-Kirk, 85), Bailey, Hodson (Babajide, 67), Linnett (Murray, 82), Lawley.

Unused substitutes: Preuss, Rodgers, Kearns.

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Report: Charles on the mark as LFC Women draw with West Ham

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 17:15
Liverpool FC Women earned a share of the spoils as they battled back to deservedly claim a 1-1 draw against West Ham United Women at Prenton Park on Sunday.
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Liverpool Women end barren run in front of goal in draw against West Ham

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 15:59

Liverpool FC Women finally found an avenue to goal to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw with West Ham on Sunday.


Liverpool FC Women 1-1 West Ham Women

Women’s Super League, Prenton Park
December 8, 2019

Goals: Charles 77′; Leon 5′

Vicky Jepson’s side made a return to home soil after back to back trips to members of the top three in Arsenal and Man City, both of which saw the Reds fall to narrow 1-0 defeats.

And Liverpool Women made a change at both ends of the field for the Hammers’ visit, with Fran Kitching taking up the role in between the sticks while Ashley Hodson was given the nod to lead the line as the Reds remained on the search for their first league goal in open play.

A feat which would prove successful and offer a timely boost to Liverpool’s bid to move up the table.

Having taken confidence from their recent outings, despite the final scoreline, Liverpool Women started brightly as they looked to mount early pressure on the visitors by peppering the face of goal.

But the Reds found their first mistake in possession punished as West Ham quickly transitioned to the opposite flank after capitalising on Becky Jane’s loose pass, with Adriana Leon’s first-time strike evading the wrong-footed Kitching with just five minutes gone.

 Liverpool's Melissa Lawley during a friendly match between Liverpool FC Women and Metropolitan Conference All Stars at Jordan Field at the Harvard Stadium on day seven of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool would continue to flirt with danger at the back as West Ham seized the ascendency after their opener, as the Reds’ inability to find the end product in the final third continued to be a source of frustration.

With Melissa Lawley’s breakaway from a West Ham corner let down by a wayward pass to an onrushing Hodson who was in acres of space, before Niamh Charles’ brilliant interception on the halfway line came to nothing as her final product failed to test the ‘keeper.

The start of the second half required a number of desperate interventions from both Kitching and her fellow defenders to keep within striking distance.

And just when it seemed as though the Reds were handed a lifeline after Rhiannon Roberts was impeded in the area midway through the term, Lawley dragged her spot-kick wide.

 Liverpool's Rhiannon Roberts during a friendly match between Liverpool FC Women and Metropolitan Conference All Stars at Jordan Field at the Harvard Stadium on day seven of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

To their credit, Liverpool Women failed to let their heads drop and Lawley would soon find her redemption as the Reds finally found the route to goal when her driving strike from a tight angle took a deflection before finding Charles near the goal line.

It was all Liverpool as the clock moved closer to the 90 minute mark, but the score failed to be added to – ensuring the Reds picked up their second point of the season, where Jepson and Co. will hope their shackles in front of goal have well and truly been unlocked.

TIA Woman of the Match: Rhiannon Roberts

Liverpool Women: Kitching; Robe, Fahey, Bradley-Auckland, Jane; Roberts, Bailey, Linnett (Murray 82′); Lawley, Charles (Sweetman-Kirk 86′), Hodson (Babajide 67′)

Subs not used: Preuss, Rodgers, Kearns

Next game: Durham (H) – WSL Cup – Wednesday, December 11, 6.30pm (GMT)

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'It's a massive honour' – Curtis Jones on Premier League debut

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 13:00

Curtis Jones will be eternally grateful for Jürgen Klopp's belief after the young Scouser made his Premier League debut during Saturday's 3-0 victory at Bournemouth.

The 18-year-old realised a life-long ambition when he replaced Andy Robertson with 14 minutes remaining on the south coast, with the Reds three goals up.

It was Jones' fourth appearance for the club in all competitions as he outlined his determination to secure further opportunities.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: "Growing up and being a local lad, I think it’s everyone’s dream to go and play for your boyhood club.

"And to do it at a young age is a massive honour and I’m grateful, and I just say a massive thank you to the gaffer and his staff for having the belief in me.

"As everyone could see the scoreline was perfect, so I could come on and be relaxed and play and show what I’m capable of doing.

"I spoke to the gaffer when I was getting warmed up and he was telling me to go on and be calm and go and play my game, which gave me all the confidence I needed. I went out there and I just tried to play my game.

"When you go into different kind of games and you play with a few of the youth lads, who don’t have that experience, it’s always that little bit harder.

"But today I think the rest of the boys around me made it that little bit easier and I’m looking forward to a few more of them games."

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After the landmark moment in his career, Jones paid tribute to those who aided his progression from the Kirkby Academy through to the first team.

"I’ve got to thank my family for what they’ve done for me and taking me to the Academy," he continued.

"Critch and Barry – who have given me the role of being captain for the teams [U23s and U19s] – and Alex [Inglethorpe], who are always pushing me every time that I’m there.

"So a massive thank you to them and everyone around me, and thank you to the manager again."

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'It's a massive honour' – Curtis Jones on Premier League debut

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 13:00
Curtis Jones will be eternally grateful for Jürgen Klopp's belief after the young Scouser made his Premier League debut during Saturday's 3-0 victory at Bournemouth.
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PL hits and misses: Liverpool pass latest test

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 12/08/2019 - 11:06
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The best of the weekend's talking points, from Liverpool passing their latest test to Man Utd finally showing 'the way'.

Liverpool pass another test 2:53 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Bournemouth in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Bournemouth in the Premier League

As Jurgen Klopp said in his post-match interview, Liverpool do not go into any game expecting to win but realistically, they were never going to lose at Bournemouth. The stats and form all pointed to another Liverpool victory and they ultimately glided to an easy three points.

The game turned on Nathan Ake's injury and once Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain flicked home past Aaron Ramsdale, there was only going to be one outcome. Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah were outstanding and linked up with one another for two of the goals, with similarly impressive performances across the park.

Perhaps the biggest positive was their clean sheet, having not kept one in 13 games in all competitions heading into Saturday's match, with the returning Alisson making only one clear save. That will give Liverpool huge confidence going into their midweek Champions League fixture against Red Bull Salzburg, which they must at least draw to make the last 16.

All in all, it's another game ticked off for Liverpool in an incredibly congested run of fixtures and they passed the sometimes tricky Bournemouth test with flying colours. Klopp even joked at the end of his press conference he could not yet think about Christmas because he still had to travel to Qatar for the Club World Cup, but maintaining their 11-point lead at the top of the table over this period would surely be present enough.
Charlotte Marsh

United show the 'way', but City show their cracks 2:54 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester United's win over Manchester City in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester United's win over Manchester City in the Premier League

Saturday felt like a moment in time on both sides of Manchester. It was the day Manchester United finally got going, finally started playing. It was, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer put it, the 'Manchester United way'.

Seven years on from their last title, and even longer since Solskjaer's last appearance for the club, what is that 'way'?

It's domination of the ball at home - something they have not quite mastered yet - but away from Old Trafford it's counter attacking football, and not in the direct, negative sense.

Each and every time United won the ball in their own half, the first thought was forward. They advanced fast, never less than three players busting a gut to reach the penalty area. Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were magnificent.

Solskjaer said it was a Manchester United performance in his mould. Beating Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola in the space of four days is quite a feat, considering this week looked to be the beginning of the end of the Norwegian.

But for City, this was the day the title looked out of their reach. Guardiola insisted he was happy with the performance, but how could he be, given they were carved open at will in a chaotic and brilliant first 30 minutes.

Their defence was the weakness again, and Pep's apparent avoidance of realisation he has an issue is a stick repeatedly used to beat him with. Will this prompt January movement? Or will Fernandinho finally move back into midfield?

Stubbornness has worked for the Catalan in the past, but at the moment, City's season is at stake.
Gerard Brand

Leicester looking like the real deal 2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leicester's win over Aston Villa in the Premier League. FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leicester's win over Aston Villa in the Premier League.

Another game, another win for Leicester City and this one was pretty convincing. They had arguably not been at their best for a few games, but still managed to grind out the victories, but Sunday's 4-1 win against Aston Villa saw them at their full flowing best.

They did have to bide their time, but similarly to Nathan Ake's injury in Liverpool's win against Bournemouth on Saturday, it was an injury to Tyrone Mings that seem to decide the game. Jamie Vardy scored his open almost instantly after the defender had come back onto the field, although he was still struggling and had to be replaced not long after.

From then on, Leicester were always going to win. Jack Grealish's deflected strike did pull one back for Aston Villa at the end of the first half, but the Foxes dashed any shred of confidence their opponents had when Jonny Evans headed home seven minutes after the restart.

If we're being honest, Brendan Rodgers' side should have scored another few in the second half - James Maddison twice put efforts wide, Caglar Soyuncu smashed a shot into Tom Heaton's face and Harvey Barnes also forced a save from the Aston Villa goalkeeper. Rodgers himself admitted after the game that they should maybe have scored more, but didn't want to be greedy. He already has a nine goal win this season after all.

And let's not forget, Leicester made history with their win. They won an eighth successive Premier League game - a club record for the longest such run in the top flight - and are tightening their grip on second place with every victory. Liverpool still have a monstrous fixture list to contend with and should they slip, the Foxes are ready to pounce.
Charlotte Marsh

Bad decisions cost Aston Villa

Aston Villa are hovering perilously close to the relegation places and they did themselves no favours in their defeat to Leicester. Other losses may have been partly due to outside factors, but there were instances here that Villa had full control over.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing and looking back, manager Dean Smith should have bought Tyrone Mings off a few minutes earlier than he did. The defender picked up a muscle injury, but attempted to play on, with Jamie Vardy scoring not long after. Mings was not his usual self as the Leicester strike strode into the area and things might have been different if Bjorn Engels had replaced him sooner.

There was also a poor pass from Douglas Luiz in the build-up to Vardy's second goal, which was Leicester's fourth. His sloppy kick went to Dennis Praet, who set the striker through on goal - and we all know how that ends.

It was a real shame for Aston Villa, who did have their own sights of goal in an end-to-end start, but once Leicester opened the floodgates, there was going to be no stopping a side who ooze composure and confidence.

Aston Villa currently occupy 17th place by virtue of goal difference over Southampton, who they face in a key game on December 21. They have a favourable run over Christmas and now is the time to start pulling away from the bottom three.
Charlotte Marsh

Ferguson transforms the mood at Everton 2:58 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Everton's win over Chelsea in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Everton's win over Chelsea in the Premier League

Everton supporters might have hoped their struggling side would suddenly play in the image of their caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson but they could not have believed that the transformation would be this dramatic. The team's tenacity was evident right from the start of their 3-1 win over Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime.

The victory lifted Everton out of the relegation zone in which they had been languishing at the time of Marco Silva's sacking but much more than that it featured a bit of the pride and spirit that these supporters demand from their players. Everton made 37 tackles in the game - the most by any team in a Premier League game so far this season.

Ferguson went with an ambitious 4-4-2 formation and committed to getting the ball forward. In the opening 45 minutes, Everton played more passes into the final third than they had in any previous game of the current campaign. Chelsea just could not cope with it - Dominic Calvert-Lewin channelling his new manager's aggression in scoring twice.

Chelsea were threatening at the other end but time and time again there was an Everton player there to block the path of the ball. Perhaps this is a mere short-term fix for a club in need of a long-term plan but at this stage Everton need any type of fix going. One inspired by Ferguson, celebrating with gusto on the touchline, is as welcome as they come.
Adam Bate

Carroll gamble paying off 2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Newcastle’s win over Southampton in the Premier League. FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Newcastle’s win over Southampton in the Premier League.

The gamble of handing a contract to Andy Carroll seems to be paying off for Steve Bruce and Newcastle.

The big man was the game-changer Bruce required in their 2-1 win over Southampton.

Newcastle's hopes of turning the game around at 1-0 down looked slim with Joelinton fumbling around up top - but cometh the hour, cometh the Carroll. His introduction sparked the crowd into life, and his team-mates too, as one of his first touches sent Allan Saint-Maximin into a dangerous area.

Carroll then provided the key moment with a delicious cross from almost on the touchline that was thumped home - in Carroll style - by Jonjo Shelvey. His aerial prowess was required in the closing stages as he headed clear three late Southampton corners, proving his worth in both boxes.

If Bruce can manage Carroll's schedule, then Newcastle have a genuine threat to lead their line for the remainder of the season.
Lewis Jones

Lampard must solve Chelsea's defensive issues 0:31 Frank Lampard slammed his Chelsea team for conceding 'ridiculous goals' in their 3-1 defeat at Everton Frank Lampard slammed his Chelsea team for conceding 'ridiculous goals' in their 3-1 defeat at Everton

Chelsea remain well placed among the Premier League's top four and know a win at home to Lille on Tuesday will ensure progression through to the knockout stages of the Champions League too. Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount, scorers against Aston Villa in midweek, continue to make great strides. That's the context. But still there are concerns.

Either side of that win over Villa, Frank Lampard has seen his team beaten on consecutive weekends. Firstly by West Ham, ending their run of eight without a win, and now against Everton, ending their own sequence of three consecutive defeats. The defensive vulnerability of this Chelsea team is all too apparent. They were hapless at Goodison Park.

Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen were far too passive for Dominic Calvert-Lewin's first goal. For his second, Kepa Arrizabalaga's sloppy kick started it but Kurt Zouma appeared to switch off yet again. If Chelsea had merely matched the desire shown by Everton then the quality of Mateo Kovacic and the rest would surely have taken the game away from the home side.

Fikayo Tomori was on the bench. Antonio Rudiger can come back in too. But the lifting of Chelsea's transfer ban also gives Lampard the option of looking elsewhere. He knows that if he turns to the market then there will be talk of him showing a lack of faith in this young team. But many more performances like this one and his players risk testing his patience.
Adam Bate

Kane quietly brilliant again as Son takes the headlines 2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Tottenham's win over Burnley in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Tottenham's win over Burnley in the Premier League

"Incredible. Top, top, top player. Top, top, top person. I can not find more words to describe." That was Jose Mourinho after Tottenham's 5-0 thrashing of Burnley. He was not speaking about Heung-Min Son - he had plenty to say about him too - but his captain Harry Kane, who happened to score two stunners of his own on Saturday.

Son's wonder goal will take the headlines - and rightly so. But Tottenham's hopes of success over the course of this season are intrinsically linked to Kane and, after a couple of games without him scouring, Mourinho will have been delighted to see his talisman back to his brilliant best.

"It's not just the goals," Mourinho said when he was eventually asked about Kane in his post-match press conference. They help, of course, and he now has 15 in 19 appearances for Spurs this season. But Kane's all-round contribution to this team is now pivotal. "It's the combination play, it's what he does in between the lines, in the defensive process, at the leadership level…" Mourinho continued.

Moments before smacking in his second powerful finish of the afternoon, Kane had gone down after landing awkwardly on his ankle while challenging for a header. It was a reminder of his vulnerability to that type of injury in recent seasons. And a reminder of how much Spurs would miss him. But for now, Kane looks pumped up and excited by Mourinho's arrival - and, while his team-mates take the headlines, continues to be quietly brilliant.
Peter Smith

Bournemouth bad luck continues 2:12 Eddie Howe believes Bournemouth 'never really recovered' after Nathan Ake's injury in their 4-0 home loss to Liverpool in the Premier League Eddie Howe believes Bournemouth 'never really recovered' after Nathan Ake's injury in their 4-0 home loss to Liverpool in the Premier League

Bournemouth cannot catch a break at the moment, especially with injuries. Heading into the game, they were already missing Steve Cook, Josh King and Junior Stanislas just to name a few, and two more huge names will be joining them in the treatment room.

Up until the 33rd minute, Nathan Ake was Bournemouth's best defender and, to use a popular vernacular, had Mohamed Salah in his back pocket. Indeed, it was another well-time clearance ahead of the Liverpool forward that appeared to stretch his hamstring, forcing him off the field, with the visitors going on to score just a few seconds after. This was no coincidence.

Fast forward an hour or so, and down goes Callum Wilson after chasing after a pass down the left wing, with Trent Alexander-Arnold in quick pursuit. The striker pulled up and he was also replaced not long after. Bournemouth may now have two key players at either end out of action for a while, which is not going to help their current slump.

Away from the injury woes, Bournemouth also need to stamp out individual errors that are leading to opposition goals. Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was always going to have a tough afternoon against Liverpool's forward line, but his indecisiveness arguably gifted Liverpool their first goal, while a woeful Jack Simpson pass allowed Naby Keita to set up Salah, who rarely misses.

A dejected Eddie Howe said his post-match press conference this was the toughest spell Bournemouth have faced in the Premier League. It's hard to disagree with him and while Bournemouth's form has often yo-yoed, their lengthy injury list is an entirely new problem Howe and his team must overcome quickly.
Charlotte Marsh

Hope for Watford? 2:52 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Watford's draw against Crystal Palace in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Watford's draw against Crystal Palace in the Premier League

Watford certainly produced a stoic display in their goalless draw against Crystal Palace, with new boss Nigel Pearson watching from the stands.

Hayden Mullins assumed control for the second game running and stirred the Hornets into producing a physical performance worthy of three points.

Pearson will be most impressed with wingers Ismaila Sarr and Gerard Deulofeu, who rattled a Palace side that sat 13 places above them upon kick-off.

Despite sitting two points adrift at the foot of the table, Watford have some key players returning from injury and, with Pearson on board, top-flight survival appears achievable if the goals starts to flow.
Adam Smith

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