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'We will miss him': Jürgen Klopp explains Adam Lallana situation

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 22:30

Jürgen Klopp has offered an update on Adam Lallana's situation - and believes Liverpool will miss his influence when he departs the club at the end of the season.

The midfielder will bring a six-year spell with the Reds to a close when his contract expires upon the conclusion of the campaign.

Lallana recently signed a short-term extension to ensure he could complete the prolonged 2019-20 season with the club and remain an option for Klopp in the final fixtures of the term, though so far has not been named in the matchday squads since the Premier League restart.

“It’s clear that Adam will leave the club in the summer,” the manager told reporters. “For now, I miss already everything about him and in this moment he is still here.

“He is an outstanding player and he is one of the most influential players on the training quality I’ve ever had in my life.

“He is an incredible professional but now as we have the difficult situation and we respect that a lot. Everything with Adam is sorted. He is top fit, he is in training and everything is fine, but, yes, the future is his future and if we need his help on the pitch we can get it.

“He is there and trains 100 per cent but as long as we don’t need it he will just train. And, that’s the normal thing. I think there was a lot of discussions about players with ending contracts but his was not even a discussion: it was clear we would extend Adam’s contract and he wanted to do that as well.

“But, we will not put any risk on his future or whatever, that’s absolutely clear. He is one of the most important players since my time here so I wish him only the best for the future.

“From my point of view, he is already a legend here so he can now be a legend somewhere else from next season on.”

Klopp added: "He’s had very important games for us but what he did on the training ground that was absolutely exceptional. The young players, when they talk about their most important things in the future, what happened in their first two years, they will mention Adam Lallana, 100 per cent.

"Not only him but him as well. Because the way these guys train and the attitude they show in each session, that is an example for all the others."

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'We will miss him': Jürgen Klopp explains Adam Lallana situation

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 22:30
Jürgen Klopp has offered an update on Adam Lallana's situation - and believes Liverpool will miss his influence when he departs the club at the end of the season.
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How Gomez became pillar of Liverpool defence

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 18:20
By Richard Morgan

Football journalist - @Richiereds1976

Watch Brighton vs Liverpool live on Sky Sports Premier League or Main Event from 8pm on Wednesday; Kick-off is 8.15pm

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Joe Gomez discussed Jurgen Klopp's influence, injuries and playing alongside Virgil van Dijk in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports Joe Gomez discussed Jurgen Klopp's influence, injuries and playing alongside Virgil van Dijk in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports Joe Gomez discussed Jurgen Klopp's influence, injuries and playing alongside Virgil van Dijk in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports

Joe Gomez has had injury setbacks to overcome during his time at Liverpool, but the centre-back is now a cornerstone of the meanest defence in the country and at 23, already a world, European and Premier League champion.

When Gomez arrived at Liverpool in June 2015, signed as a versatile defender from Charlton, he was joining a club that had finished the previous season sixth, a cavernous 25 points behind champions Chelsea.

The promising Gomez was brought in by manager Brendan Rodgers as part of a £100m summer splurge on Christian Benteke, Nathaniel Clyne, Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings and James Milner (albeit on a free transfer), with the Northern Irishman seeking to return Liverpool to the Champions League.

Gomez arrived at Liverpool from Charlton Gomez arrived at Liverpool from Charlton Gomez arrived at Liverpool from Charlton

However, despite starting the first five league games of that season at left-back, Gomez's campaign was brought to a premature end after he ruptured his ACL while on England U21 duty in October 2015.

Gomez does have one good memory of that painful time in his career, however - it was while waiting for the scan on his injured knee that he first learned of Jurgen Klopp's arrival at the club.

Initially Gomez was used at left-back by Brendan Rodgers Initially Gomez was used at left-back by Brendan Rodgers Initially Gomez was used at left-back by Brendan Rodgers

"I got my scan for my ACL the day he came in," he said when we spoke earlier this week. "Obviously at that point in time as a young player, I remember being on that camp when it got announced that he was going to be our manager and I think I was 18 at the time, you are eager to come back and impress.

"And you are thinking, 'does he know about me? What does he think of me? Am I going to get a chance?' So obviously at that point, I was devastated at the timing being so bad, but straight away he spoke to me."

Talk of Klopp brings an immediate smile to Gomez's face and it soon becomes apparent the affection he has for the larger-than-life German, both as a boss and a friend.

It is a nice feeling and probably when you get a hug it means he is in a good mood and we have done well as a team. We do not take them for granted

Joe Gomez on getting a post-match hug from Jurgen Klopp

"He is an unbelievable manager and an unbelievable person as well," he said. "I would say that I have learned just as much from him as a person just in my everyday life and attitude towards life as I have as a footballer and a professional.

"He is just a good person as well off the pitch and I think that translates to all of us and it makes us want to play for him and do our best on the pitch.

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"And the fact that he is human and he does not seem like this distant boss that we cannot speak to and approach - he is an approachable person and a role model for us all."

That serious knee injury has not been the only setback Gomez has had to endure during his time at Anfield, the defender also damaging ankle ligaments in March 2018, before then fracturing his leg nine months later.

Gomez has paid tribute to the influence Klopp has had on his career Gomez has paid tribute to the influence Klopp has had on his career Gomez has paid tribute to the influence Klopp has had on his career

As a result, shorn of match fitness, the man many consider to be Virgil van Dijk's most suited centre-back partner missed the 2018 Champions League final, while also having to settle for a place on the bench when Liverpool won their sixth European Cup the following year.

"I remember getting the results in the doctor's office (after his ACL)," he said. "And as soon as I got the results he came in and spoke to me and just said, 'I'm here for you and I'll be waiting for you,' that sort of thing.

"Those words stuck with me throughout my whole rehab, which obviously was a tough one. I had my setbacks, but he was always communicating with me.

Gomez has endured his fair share of injuries while at Liverpool Gomez has endured his fair share of injuries while at Liverpool Gomez has endured his fair share of injuries while at Liverpool

"Then coming back - he himself had an ACL injury when he was playing and I think that helped him relate and understand what I was going through.

"And not just once I got back, but just the process and understanding that I myself was still young at the time and that even when I thought I was ready, I was not ready and he knew when I was ready.

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Prior to Liverpool's 4-0 loss at Man City, the Reds had not lost a Premier League game in which Gomez had started at centre-back

"He was massive for me and since then I have had numerous difficult injuries and he was always understanding and communicating with me.

"Thankfully I have had a longer period now where I have been able to get games under my belt and play consistently and I am thankful that he showed that patience in me, because throughout that time, you never know if you will get a chance again.

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"And he showed faith in me, so I will forever be in his debt for that."

Not that the Catford-born defender is complaining, especially as there really is 'no I in team' at Liverpool, a collective drive instilled in the players by Klopp and a major factor behind the club's record-breaking campaign.

"It speaks volumes that as a team and a collective on the pitch, there is obviously not enough space for everyone to play and sometimes the starting XI stays consistent," said Gomez.

"But if you went around the dressing room and asked everybody about the manager, we would all speak of him in such high regard.

Gomez and Van Dijk have formed a rock-solid partnership at the heart of Liverpool's defence Gomez and Van Dijk have formed a rock-solid partnership at the heart of Liverpool's defence Gomez and Van Dijk have formed a rock-solid partnership at the heart of Liverpool's defence

"As a group, it is a nice environment to be in and a nice group to play for and there are not really any egos in the dressing room. And I think that is a massive component to us being so tight this year."

Huge credit in Liverpool winning their first title in 30 years must go to their parsimonious defence, which has let in just 25 goals, while also keeping 15 clean sheets - both Premier League highs this season - and in particular to the partnership at its centre between Gomez and Van Dijk.

Liverpool’s Premier League record since the start of 2018-19 when Gomez and VVD have both started With both Gomez & Van Dijk starting Premier League since Aug 2018 Without both Gomez & Van Dijk starting 29 Games 42 25 Wins 34 3 Draws 6 1 Losses 2 59 Goals for 102 2 Avg. Goals For 2.4 14 Goals against 33 0.5 Avg. Goals Against 0.8 86.2% Win Ratio % 81% 78 Points 108 2.69 Points per game 2.57

The stats show that since the duo first started together against West Ham in August 2018, not only have Liverpool lost less Premier League games on average, but they have also conceded less.

So, what then is the key to their formidable partnership?

"Everyone knows how appreciative I am to be in a team with him, to learn from him and be his partner at times," Gomez explains. "It is massive for me and I am thankful he came to the club.

I genuinely go to him for advice. We have a good relationship, I consider him one of my closest friends in the team

Joe Gomez on his relationship with Virgil van Dijk

"He knows I have learned a great deal from him and we are good friends and that is the fundamental, the foundations of things, as well as the fact we get along, helps massively. And just communicating.

"Besides from that, as a unit and as a team, defensively we have grown. We can't take credit for some of those stats entirely, as a team we have definitely become more sound defensively and that is down to the gaffer and the coaching staff.

"But I enjoy massively playing with Virgil and I have learned a great deal from him and I continue to do so on a weekly basis, so I definitely know I'm blessed to be amongst top-quality defenders at the club and not just Virgil - Dejan (Lovren) and Joel (Matip), I've learned bits from each of them and a few of the other centre-backs over the years as well.

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"Massively [it helps having an off-pitch friendship] - I genuinely go to him for advice. We have a good relationship, we are close, I consider him one of my closest friends in the team. That helps, of course, but as a team the main thing is we go out as a collective and play for each other, the manager and the club."

Meanwhile, a now injury-free Gomez is on course to play his most amount of games ever in a league season, while his return to the starting line-up last December after injuries to Matip and Lovren saw Liverpool keep clean sheets in 10 of the next 11 games he started as they established an unassailable lead over Man City and won the Club World Cup for the first time.

Come the climax to this never-to-be-forgotten, triumphant campaign, Gomez - now the complete modern defender with his exceptional pace, ability to read the play and bring the ball out from defence - can sit back satisfied with his integral role in Liverpool Football Club finally being back on their perch.

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Brighton v Liverpool: Team news

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 17:15

Liverpool will need to make fitness checks on James Milner and Dejan Lovren ahead of the trip to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Milner was forced to sit out the victory over Aston Villa on Sunday due to a minor muscle issue the Reds didn't want to risk. 

Lovren has been absent from the past two matches with a knock, while Joel Matip is set to miss the remainder of the season with his foot injury. 

There was, however, a return for Xherdan Shaqiri on the weekend, with the No.23 part of a matchday squad for the first time since January.

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Brighton, meanwhile, will definitely be without Jose Izquierdo, with Steven Alzate also a doubt.

Seagulls manager Graham Potter told the media on Monday: “The only player not available on Wednesday will be Jose Izquierdo. He’s still some way away, he’ll be more for further in the future.

“We’re monitoring him [Alzate] daily, we’ll have to make some decisions over him in the next few days. He looked like he was struggling slightly in training on Monday, so we’ll have to see.” 

Last match

Norwich City 0-1 Brighton (July 4): Ryan, Lamptey, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Propper, Bissouma, Mooy, Trossard, Maupay, Connolly. 

Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa (July 5): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita, Mane, Salah, Origi.

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Brighton v Liverpool: Team news

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 17:15
Liverpool will need to make fitness checks on James Milner and Dejan Lovren ahead of the trip to Brighton and Hove Albion.
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Reds out to end barren away run – Brighton vs. Liverpool Preview

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 17:00

There’s a poor recent away run for Liverpool to rectify when they face Brighton in their latest Premier League fixture on Wednesday night.

Brighton vs. Liverpool

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 – 8.15pm (BST)
AMEX Stadium
Premier League (34)
Referee: Craig Pawson

Liverpool are back on the road, heading to the south coast on Tuesday and staying in a hotel overnight before they seek to secure their 30th win of what has been a landslide Premier League season.

The Reds were far from their best against Aston Villa but continued to find a way to keep the points tally ticking over as they stretched their formidable run at Anfield to 57 games unbeaten, the last 24 of which have ended in wins.

However, it is a different story away from home for Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds on recent away days as they have failed to win any of their last five in all competitions, losing four.

It’s a run of results which has seen Liverpool fail to even register a goal, their worst streak since Graeme Souness oversaw eight away fixtures without scoring in 1992.

The only points dropped in this remarkable league season have been on the road and they will be aiming to rectify their record against a Brighton side who have now all but safely secured their topflight status for 2020/21.

The Seagulls currently find themselves nine points above the drop zone with five games remaining to alleviate the pressure of uncertainty.

Liverpool should be confident of ending their poor record away from Anfield and have recent history behind them in meetings against Brighton having won all five meetings since their promotion to the Premier League.

Team News

 Liverpool's captain James Milner during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Aside from Joel Matip, who is out for the rest of the season, Jurgen Klopp only has to consider minor knocks and injuries for his team’s trip to the south coast.

With just three days between Liverpool’s last game and their meeting with the Seagulls, there is another chance for rotation to inject fresh legs and avoid further injuries.

Andy Robertson had suffered a dead calf late in the win against Aston Villa but declared himself “good to go”, but form and rest could determine his place in the XI.

His likely replacement in James Milner, meanwhile, is set to be available after missing out over the weekend after “feeling something” in a muscle prior to the game, a setback which follows on from his hamstring strain sustained against Everton.

And continuing the theme in defence, Dejan Lovren is to miss his third consecutive game with a muscle injury of his own, leaving Klopp without another senior centre-back option once more.

There will also be many who hope to see the club’s youngsters provided with another opportunity to feature either from the off or from the bench following on from Curtis Jones netting his maiden Premier League goal.

Possible Brighton XI: Ryan; Lamptey, Duffy, Dunk, Burn; Mooy, Propper, Bissouma, Trossard; Maupay, Connolly

Last 5 Away to Brighton (All Competitions)

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the first goal from the penalty kick during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the American Express Community Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Won 1-0 – January 2019 (Salah pen)
Won 5-1 – December 2017 (Murray pen; Can, Firmino x2, Coutinho, Dunk OG)
Won 2-1 – September 2011 (Barnes pen; Bellamy, Kuyt)
Won 3-2 (AET) – January 1991 (Small, Byrne; McMahon x2, Rush)
Lost 2-0 – January 1984 (Ryan, Connor)

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 Liverpool’s Curtis Jones (L) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool are just one goalscorer away from setting a new club record for the most players hitting the net in one league season.

When Curtis Jones struck to double the Reds’ lead against Aston Villa he became the 17th different player to score for the club in 2019/20, a record matched only by seasons 1911/12 and 2015/16.

It leaves Klopp’s side just five games to find the 18th goalscorer to see another record tumble in their wake, and there are only five obvious possibilities – one of whom is currently sidelined.

Joe Gomez, Neco Williams, Dejan Lovren, Harvey Elliott and Takumi Minamino are those who are without a league goal and are capable of being the 18th man.

Can Liverpool break their away duck at Brighton and also see a new record established?

Form

 Liverpool’s Curtis Jones celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate captain Jordan Henderson (R) during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 2-0 vs. Aston Villa
Lost 4-0 vs. Man City
Won 4-0 vs. Crystal Palace
Drew 0-0 vs. Everton
Lost 3-2 vs. Atletico Madrid

Brighton – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 1-0 vs. Norwich
Lost 3-0 vs. Man United
Drew 0-0 vs. Leicester
Won 2-1 vs. Arsenal
Drew 0-0 vs. Wolves

Klopp’s View

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Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Klopp stressed the need for his chargers to be ready for a Brighton side “full of confidence”:

“We play Brighton now. I’m not 100 percent sure if they are still fighting for staying in the league or they already feel secure, which is possible as well.

“They are a really good football team, I really think what they did over the last year is really incredible.

“A relegation battle last year and implementing a new style, proper football style. It’s interesting and my colleague [Graham Potter] is doing a really good job.

“Since lockdown, they changed their approach a little bit and they went for results. We don’t know exactly what we will face, a team in a good run and pretty much full of confidence. We need to be ready for that.”

TV & Liveblog Info

 A female television camera operator during a preseason friendly match at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brighton vs. Liverpool will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage starting at 8pm (BST) ahead of the 8.15pm kickoff.

Chris Williams will be keeping you up to date with all the action and providing his usual non-bias take on This Is Anfield’s matchday liveblog, starting from 7.30pm (BST).

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Live on Sky: Brighton vs Liverpool

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 16:20

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Brighton vs Liverpool in the Premier League on Wednesday (kick-off 8.15pm).

Team news

Brighton boss Graham Potter has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Premier League champions Liverpool.

Long-term absentee Jose Izquierdo remains sidelined, while the club are regularly assessing the fitness of Steven Alzate, who had a minor groin procedure delayed during lockdown.

Alzate was said by Potter to be "struggling" in training earlier this week, so is unlikely to feature against the Reds.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to make changes for their third match in seven days.

Captain Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino were all rested for Sunday's laboured win over Aston Villa but made a crucial impact when coming off the bench.

Left-back Andy Robertson is due a rest but that could depend on whether stand-in James Milner has recovered from a minor problem which kept him out at the weekend.

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Follow the match on Sky Sports Premier League without crowd noise and Sky Sports Main Event with crowd noise from 8pm; kick-off 8.15pm. Also keep up-to-date in our dedicated live blog with in-game clips, as well as highlights published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after full-time.

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Charlie's prediction

Brighton are just about there. You look at the 27-point mark with Aston Villa and Bournemouth, and then Watford on 28. Brighton will be after one more win, but I would say one point could be enough unofficially.

Liverpool were poor against Villa. I understand it is hard to get motivated when the job is already done, and there is no crowd to inspire them either. They have just won their first Premier League ever and have been such heroes.

Do they think the records are important? I think Jurgen Klopp is tempted to play a few youngsters through the week. Some players look tired, like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson who look knackered.

Mentally, it is the demands of everything that gets you there. Sometimes the crowd can carry you along, but I think they may make a few changes. Mohamed Salah looks out of sorts, but Roberto Firmino makes such a difference when he plays. I still think they will be good enough to take home the points if Klopp does make the changes.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-2 (15/2 with Sky Bet)

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  • Brighton have lost each of their last eight meetings with Liverpool in all competitions, including all five games in the Premier League.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in all six of their top-flight away games against Brighton (W3 D3), with both teams finding the net in five of those six meetings.
  • Brighton have won two of their four Premier League games since the restart (D1 L1), as many as they had in their previous 18 (W2 D8 L8). The Seagulls are looking to pick up back-to-back wins in the competition for the first time since November.
  • Liverpool have won 29 of their 33 Premier League games this season - should they beat Brighton, they will have reached 30 wins in a season faster than any team in the history of English league football, with Man City holding the record in 2017-18 (35 games).
  • Brighton have lost all four of their previous Premier League matches against teams starting the day top of the table. Their last top-flight win over a side top of the table was back in December 1980, beating Aston Villa 1-0 with a goal from Michael Robinson.
  • Liverpool have failed to score in any of their last five away matches in all competitions (D1 L4) - they are without a goal in their last seven hours and 42 minutes away from home. Only once in their history have the Reds gone more away games without a goal (8 games in April 1992 under Graeme Souness).
  • Brighton have scored 35 Premier League goals this season, equalling their tally from last season with five games remaining. It is one more than they scored in their first season in the competition in 2017-18 (34).
  • At the start of this matchday, Brighton are nine points clear of the relegation zone. It is the furthest ahead of the relegation zone the Seagulls have been all season, and the furthest since January 12th 2019, when they were 10 points ahead of 18th position.
  • Liverpool's Sadio Mane has scored against 28 of the 30 opponents he faced in the Premier League, failing only against Middlesbrough (one game) and Brighton, who he has faced four times and had eight shots against without finding the net.
  • Since the start of the 2017-18 season, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 127 goals in 147 appearances in all competitions (92 goals, 35 assists), 22 more than any other Premier League player in that time.

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Jürgen Klopp: We want to be the spot for everybody with a Scouse soul

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 15:45

Jürgen Klopp wants Liverpool to be the destination for ‘Scouse souls’ as he reinforced the importance of providing a pathway for Academy players.

Curtis Jones was on the scoresheet in Liverpool’s Premier League outing with Aston Villa on Sunday just a day after signing a new long-term contract, while 17-year-old Harvey Elliott penned his first professional deal with the club at the start of the week. 

Speaking at a press conference previewing Wednesday’s clash with Brighton and Hove Albion, Klopp explained the ‘door is really wide open’ for talented and hungry young footballers.

Read below for the boss’ thoughts...

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On how the future looks for Liverpool…

Good. But it depends on how you see the future. What is the future? In my life, there was never a period where I knew less about my future. I pretty often didn’t know how it would be. But the future of all of us, I think it’s the first time that no one knows exactly how it will be. We cannot cut that off the general situation. The general situation is that we’re all waiting for a vaccine against this awful disease. That’s the future of all of us. As a football club, we are not worried about the future: we have a good team and we have a good age group. The future is already prepared with a few really, really good footballers around us and I’m really happy that the boys see it the same way. I’ve said a lot of times, for young players, the biggest plus they have is time. But in the moment when they lose patience, things can go not exactly like they should go.

Our boys want to play and be involved, see every day in training that they are really close, but are not losing patience for it not working out tomorrow and playing 90 minutes every three days. We try to help them as much as we can to become the best player they can be. We do that with all the players, but with the younger ones, the responsibility on our side is obviously even bigger. I really like that these boys are committed 100 per cent to that way, and it’s a wonderful sign for all of us. How I said, the next few [players] are already lined up, if you want. Our Academy is producing a lot of good players in the last few years and we are really happy that the boys want to be part of that process, even when it’s then the first time in their life they don’t play week in, week out. But they have a lot to learn and we give them the time to do so. 

On always having a local player in a Premier League squad…

I don’t know if that will always be possible, to be honest. I think it’s a bit easier for the London clubs. I’m not sure if they have to come from Chelsea directly to be a local lad, or if it’s allowed that you’re from another part of London and it’s local. We try and we want to be the spot for everybody with a Scouse soul. It’s not a competition with Everton, but if you love football, you’re talented and ready to work hard, then we want you to be here. For that, we need to show the boys that there is a way through. We have to show perspective, that’s our responsibility. It’s really nice that the boys are now so close to it; Trent made it and the three others are really close to getting through. That’s an important sign for all the other kids around: this is a club where you can have pretty much everything. You can play together with world-class players; you can train with them and you can make sure that you improve as much as you can. Then, the club is ready to give you a chance. If that will always be the case, depends on the boys. We cannot create a football player if the football player is not ready for it. If you’re a talented boy and have the desire to improve, the door is really wide open.

On the possibility of more game-time in the Premier League next season for Jones, Elliott and Neco Williams…

That’s always the plan. One is about education and the other is then showing that education works, training works and that they’re ready. We don’t only have the boys here because they are nice, humble, good-looking or whatever. They are here because, in the moment, they mainly get the benefit from what we do but that’s a fair deal because, in the end, we get the benefit from what they’re doing. That’s how it is and that’s how you deal with your kids. What pleases me the most about it is that the boys are so humble and hard-working in that age group. The perfect scenario is that we have role-model professionals around, these slightly elder guys, who just show how you have to be if you want to make your way. If the boys follow this path, with the talent they have, it’s pretty likely that they will have a proper career. That’s good news.

You need luck injury-wise and stuff like this but, here, we will always try to use them as often as possible. The dream is to have all boys but it will not happen now in the next five years, but maybe in 10 years it would be great if we could have a team full of Scousers, why not? That’s not a bad thing to be a Scouser, it’s a good thing because they are hard-working and it’s clear that they will fight like crazy. A few things are really nice already in the characteristics of a Scouser. Good. But the door is open for all the other boys who want to play football, good football. Liverpool is a very open-minded club.

On Neco Williams becoming Trent Alexander-Arnold’s understudy…

There’s always a picture now. Neco made exactly the same steps like Harvey and Curtis, for example. Neco is a bit lucky now with the full-back situation: we have actually two plus Neco, three plus Millie [Milner] and Joe [Gomez] who we can. It’s a little bit easier to have minutes in a very intense time than it is, for example, Harvey. But that doesn’t mean Harvey does not make big steps. It’s unbelievable, he’s still 17. It’s unbelievable how good he is. Timing is always important in life and whatever you can create by yourself, whatever you can create by yourself, whatever we can produce together and by ourselves, the better it is. It saves money, of course. But on the other side, these boys need time. But we will use them as often as possible, that’s the plan with them. Whatever we can save out there, in the crazy world of the transfer market, is good of course. But the boys have to commit.

That’s why I’m so happy about the two contracts [Harvey and Curtis] as there is always an easier way, if you want. You can either make sure that you are now in the best place and it means playing week in, week out or that you prepare your career. And we are here for preparing careers until the moment is there until the boys can play week in, week out. How I said, as long as the boys are committed to that way, it will be really good for them. We have proven in the past and I proved it probably at Dortmund and now here at Liverpool since we were here, it’s not about how old you are, it’s not about who you are, it’s only about how good you are and then you will play. 

On the club’s plan for Rhian Brewster, who is out on loan at Swansea City…

For the plans with Rhian, we talk to Rhian and not here. There's nothing to say really. Yes, it was unbelievably important and I was really happy that we had the opportunity to do so [go out on loan]. He plays his first proper senior year; he had an awful injury and needed a really long time. That’s why we said when he came back it doesn’t make sense to be a striker sometimes in the squad, sometimes not. It was clear that his situation is different to a lot of other situations from the boys in the club and I was really happy that he could go to his former coach, who he knew from the youth national teams. That helped a lot and they really wanted him and that’s very important for a young striker because you cannot score every week and you should still stay on the pitch. It happened now at Swansea and he has played a good season. Rhian has shown absolutely his talent, that’s clear. In the moment, nearly perfect how it is. But how it will be next year, we will talk about it with him and his representatives.

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Jürgen Klopp: We want to be the spot for everybody with a Scouse soul

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 15:45
Jürgen Klopp wants Liverpool to be the destination for ‘Scouse souls’ as he reinforced the importance of providing a pathway for Academy players.
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Boss: The boys will need to adapt at Brighton and then use our principles

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 14:28

Jürgen Klopp believes Wednesday night's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion will further test Liverpool's ability to adapt and solve issues on the pitch in real-time.

The Reds travel to the Amex Stadium for another Premier League fixture with a side in the bottom half of the table following the victory over Aston Villa on the weekend. 

Unsure exactly how Graham Potter will set out his Brighton side as they seek more points to guarantee safety, Klopp is aware, though, of how tough the test will be for the champions.

"He is doing a really good job there, my colleague," the boss said at his pre-match press conference. "But now since the lockdown they changed their approach a bit, they went a bit more for results. 

"You could see that against Norwich, maybe it's not the perfect example, but I think Norwich had more possession in that game. We don't know exactly what we will face. 

"A team in a good run and pretty much full of confidence about the results they had since the lockdown. We need to be ready for that. 

"After that, Burnley – always difficult. After that, Arsenal fighting for Europe for sure and after that, Chelsea fighting for Champions League. Then lastly, Newcastle – probably fighting for nothing anymore but still the last home game. 

"But all different and a lot of things we need always. One of these things we need is being patient but it's not something I ask for before the game because we will find out how patient we need to be. 

"First and foremost, I want us to be lively, I want us to be active, I want us to be creative and I want us to be really solid, especially in protecting the counter-attacks.

"Whatever setup Brighton will choose and they used to change a lot for the specific opponent system-wise. So against us when we played here, it was kind of a 4-3-2-1, maybe they play that again.

"But we have only two days' time, so we cannot prepare for all the different systems. Most of the things the boys have to learn on the pitch and then use our principles, our patterns. Hopefully it will work out."

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Potter took charge of the Seagulls in the summer and has them sitting 15th in the top-flight standings with five fixtures left to play. 

Klopp paid tribute to the work the former Swansea City boss is performing on the south coast after inheriting a team that finished one place above the relegation zone last season.

He continued: "From the first matchday, I thought, 'Brighton, they changed a couple of things.' But again, maybe the results, especially in the later period after December, the results were not as good as they should be to stay comfortably in the league. 

"After lockdown, you saw they changed their approach slightly but they had other opponents as well. I think they played Arsenal, United and stuff like this, so it's not that easy. 

"It's the biggest challenge in life for a football manager to implement your ideas while you have to produce results. Because nobody waits nowadays for the result, everybody wants to see the result immediately. 

"A lot of respect for what Graham is doing there."

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Boss: The boys will need to adapt at Brighton and then use our principles

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 14:28
Jürgen Klopp believes Wednesday night's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion will further test Liverpool's ability to adapt and solve issues on the pitch in real-time.
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'They are massive' - Klopp's praise for work of Reds' backroom team

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 14:10

Jürgen Klopp has underscored the ‘massive’ contribution made by Liverpool’s staff towards the club’s Premier League title success.

The manager used his pre-Brighton & Hove Albion press conference to highlight the vital work done by employees not on the pitch in aiding those on it.

Indeed, such collective efforts were crucial to the Reds during the suspension of football due to the COVID-19 pandemic as staff across multiple areas of the club pulled together to work through the lockdown and ensure players were ready to resume work at Melwood in May after more than two months away.

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“I'm not sure they are ‘little’ [things],” Klopp said of the work of his backroom team. “They are not in public, but they are massive.

“There are no little things in this process, to be honest, there are only things we see in public and things we don’t see it public. We appreciate it all in the same manner.

“I am not sure, but I never understood it 100 per cent why people make a cut [on] who gets a medal and who does not get a medal, but the medal you get is here [head] and maybe here [heart].

“It is not too important if you really have [a physical medal] in the end because you don't look at it every day; it is much more important that you are involved and that we show the appreciation and respect we have for all the people who were involved in that process.

“It is not important, but for a player, for example, maybe it's more important than other people who are involved in it.

“We will find a way to show how much we appreciate what everyone has done. If there is a medal needed for it, then we will create our own one.

“We will never forget it anyway, so all good.”

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'They are massive' - Klopp's praise for work of Reds' backroom team

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 14:10
Jürgen Klopp has underscored the ‘massive’ contribution made by Liverpool’s staff towards the club’s Premier League title success.
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‘With Hope in Your Heart’: The Seán Cox Story

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 14:00
A book written by the wife of Liverpool fan Seán Cox will be released in October, explaining how life has changed for the family following the serious, unprovoked attack her husband suffered outside of Anfield in April 2018.
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Liverpool FC Women complete Rachael Laws signing

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 10:59
Liverpool FC Women have completed the signing of goalkeeper Rachael Laws.
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Brighton 1-3 Liverpool highlights

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 10:56

FTFull Time AETAfter Extra Time LIVEThis is a live match. ETExtra Time HTHalf Time

Brighton and Hove Albion vs Liverpool. Premier League.

8:15pm, Wednesday 8th July 2020.

Amex Stadium.

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'Liverpool is very popular with him' - Bayern Munich legend on Thiago

HEAD NEWS - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 10:45

Recent reports linking Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool all point to the player’s exit from Bayern Munich, according to one club legend.

The Spain international continues to be tipped to join Jurgen Klopp’s side this summer, with the Bundesliga champions thought to be keen on cashing in on his services.

It has been claimed that Bayern would be willing to sell the 29-year-old for around £30m this summer, with Thiago spending the last seven seasons in Munich.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

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'Liverpool is very popular with him' - Bayern Munich legend on Thiago

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 10:45
Recent reports linking Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool all point to the player’s exit from Bayern Munich, according to one club legend.
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