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Internationals: Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita on the scoresheet

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 21:44
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita were both on target for their countries in Thursday's international fixtures.
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Oxlade-Chamberlain & Trent shine as England thrash Montenegro

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 21:37

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored and Trent Alexander-Arnold assisted as England romped to a 7-0 win over Montenegro on Thursday night.


The biggest talking point of the week has been the bust-up between Joe Gomez and Raheem Sterling, both at Anfield and on international duty.

Sterling’s actions saw him dropped for Thursday’s game – the 1,000th in England’s history.

Gomez had to make do with a place on the substitutes’ bench at Wembley, but Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold started.

Jordan Henderson was suspended, affording him the night off and an opportunity to regain some freshness in his legs.

It was Oxlade-Chamberlain who got the ball rolling, smashing home to score his first international goal since returning from a serious knee injury.

Harry Kane registered a first-half hat-trick and Marcus Rashford also found the net, with Alexander-Arnold teeing-up the Tottenham striker for his third of the night, making it 5-0 before half-time.

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The Liverpool pair shone alongside rumoured Reds transfer target Jadon Sancho, often linking well down the right-hand side.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was replaced by Leicester’s James Maddison before the hour mark, earning a warm ovation from the crowd.

It’s now five goals in his last six appearances for club and country, as the 26-year-old continues to stake a claim for a regular starting berth.

Interestingly, Alexander-Arnold was pushed into a midfield role late on, with Gomez introduced with 20 minutes remaining.

Bizarrely, Gomez was actually booed by a section of the England supporters – people wonder why some Liverpool fans can’t get behind the national team!

An Aleksandar Sofranac own goal and a Tammy Abraham strike finished off the scoring, on a night when Gareth Southgate’s side sealed their place at Euro 2020.

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LFC on YouTube - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 20:00
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“Special things happen at Anfield” – The highs and lows of James Milner’s Liverpool career | Exclusive Interview

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 18:00

In four years at Liverpool, James Milner has experienced the changing of managers, the bitter taste of defeat and the ultimate feeling of success.


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Since making the move from Manchester City in the summer of 2015, rather than being a Jack of All Trades, Milner has been a master of many – and a consummate professional at Anfield.

He arrived with Brendan Rodgers at the helm and his favoured midfield role at the ready, but four months later the man who chased his signature was out and Jurgen Klopp was in.

A prolonged venture at left-back, a series of heartbreaking lows and the pinnacle of club football success shared with hundreds of thousands of Liverpool fans was to come.

Upon the release of his new book, ‘Ask a Footballer’, we sat down with the Reds’ No.7 to talk through the key moments of his time at the club so far.

From Rodgers to Klopp and Left-Back…

After five years with City, Milner traded the Etihad for Anfield on a free transfer in search of a new project to get stuck into, having achieved vast domestic success with the former.

He arrived at Anfield with Rodgers at the helm, but in a short space of time faced a level of uncertainty that football clubs regularly experience as the Northern Irishman, who left Milner with a positive impression, departed with eight games on the board.

“When I went to City it was a big club who hadn’t won things in a long time and I wanted to be part of that and starting a new successful chapter in the club’s history and it was the same at Liverpool,” Milner explained.

“It was great to work with [Rodgers] for that short time; so thorough, amazing training sessions and he was a good man-manager.

“I was grateful he brought me to the club and disappointed when he left as it’s never easy when the manager changes and he’s who signed you, he did a lot of good groundwork and came so close to winning the league for Liverpool.

“[But] football is about opinions and not everyone is always going to like you, I’m sure there are people who think even Messi and Ronaldo are not the best players!

“That’s the strange thing about football and the toughest part as when the manager changes you have to prove yourself all over again.

“You might fit into his plans or you might not so it’s an uncertain and difficult time. The football side is hard enough and then you have the people who have moved countries and have their families over here and you don’t always know what’s going to happen.

“As you can imagine, everyone is wondering is what’s going to happen, even down to the backroom staff as they might bring their own staff in so it’s an uncertain time.

“It was great to work with Brendan but then the new manager comes in and you see how the team has evolved since then, and Jurgen’s proved what a good manager he was before he came here and how good he is since as well.”

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates the 1-0 victory with James Milner during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The German’s arrival signposted the start of a new era for the Reds and with it, a change in Milner’s positioning in Klopp’s first full season in 2016/17.

But like anything, it was a transition which the Yorkshireman made with his full focus in the view of simply being the best he could, and the evolving relationship between himself and the boss no doubt made the process smoother.

“It wasn’t easy,” he admits. “It was a completely new role and how we play is different to an old traditional full-back.

“But once I made that decision, I want to be the best I can at it and so I tried to do everything I could, worked hard in training and tried to do the job to the best of my ability.

On Klopp, he says: “He’s a top manager, he’s shown that since he’s been here and before that. A great character and I enjoy being around him.

“He’s got both sides; he can have a laugh and a joke, but he can also go absolutely mental as well when it’s needed – that’s important judging that and more often than not he gets that right.”

Setbacks for Major Comebacks

 Liverpool's James Milner looks at the trophy as he leads his side out to face Sevilla during the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The new “top manager” leading Liverpool did not take long to take the Reds back to the cusp of silverware as a place in both the League Cup and Europa League final came the club’s way merely months into Klopp’s reign.

The latter saw Milner don the captain’s armband, and while it was an “incredible” honour for the 33-year-old, the night ended on a disappointing note – just as it had done at Wembley earlier in the year.

Defeat in Europe, though, may have been a blessing in disguise as Klopp and his team had only domestic football to contend with, and as a result, greater time was devoted to imparting his style on the squad.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out well in the end, but to be captain of a club like Liverpool with the history and success in Europe was a massive moment for myself,” Milner said.

“[But] with the amount of games you have, the transition we had as a team would’ve been harder with learning how he wanted us to play and changing that style.

Liverpool players look dejected after the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland vs Sevilla. (May 2016) (Picture by David Davies PA Archive/PA Images)

“So obviously the next season we had less games and more training time and worked very hard, a lot of double training sessions and not too many days off, even though we had free midweeks.

“I think that was an important season in our transition as a team.

“It takes you a while to put it behind you, and the manager was adamant that we’ll be back and we’ll improve and he’s been proved right.

“But I think going through nights like that together as a team is where your team spirit is formed and that character that we’ve seen over the last few years, bouncing back from that shows how much character is in the squad.

“Nights like those and disappointments like those are what drive you on and make you become stronger.”

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates with the European Cup following a 2-0 victory in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda) James Milner

The growth which followed those experiences and the continued show of character and unity propelled Liverpool to the top echelon of clubs around the world and to their sixth European Cup, an achievement five-years in the making for Milner.

“It obviously feels pretty good winning the Champions League at any time, to be honest, but I think going through all that as a squad, bouncing back and playing for a club like Liverpool and seeing all the history and contributing to that was massive.

“I think it’s amazing playing for Liverpool and you have to earn that right to be part of the club’s history, so to be able to put another Champions League on the board is fantastic.

“You see the transition in the squad and the team, and I think that would have been tough to bounce back from again if we hadn’t won that, so there was a lot of pressure on it.

“Going close in the league, the disappointment in the years before – that would’ve been tough for everybody including the manager as well.

“So, to deliver when it mattered most, and we all know it wasn’t the prettiest game of football but finals aren’t about that, it’s about getting over the line and winning it and we managed to do that.”

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‘Old Man’ Jokes & Words of Wisdom

 Liverpool's captain James Milner celebrates scoring the second goal from a penalty kick during the FA Premier League match between Cardiff City FC and Liverpool FC at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While Milner’s role within the squad has constantly evolved other the years, one thing which has remained constant is his reliability and professionalism which has come with over 17 years of experience at the top level.

The latter has seen him receive stick from his teammates, with Virgil van Dijk‘s regular swipes at his age the catalyst for his memorable ‘old man’ celebration in the win over Cardiff last season.

“I’d thought about [the celebration]. I’d been getting a bit of stick from the boys about my age and Virgil [Van Dijk] gives me stick when there are any old games on TV as he’ll always ask what number I am, and the game is from the 70s,” he revealed.

“It’s good fun but I get asked about my age more and more, which is fair, but in terms of myself I feel fine, I feel great – no different to how I felt five years ago.

“So it was just a bit of a joke around that, but it was a big penalty at the time. It was an important goal, so you have to enjoy those when they go in.”

On the other side of the coin, with age comes wisdom and the know-how to navigate life as a professional footballer, and recently assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders listed Milner as one of the club’s invaluable role models for the emerging youth as he will “never whine, never complain, never make excuses.”

 Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mate Curtis Jones during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between MK Dons FC and Liverpool FC at Stadium MK. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

And Milner himself, who made his debut at 16-years-old, was eager to stress that the opportunity which has been presented to young footballers should not be wasted as he detailed how life for him rising through the ranks was dramatically different.

“The setups now are just incredible, at the academy, at Melwood and the new training ground when it’s done. Just take that opportunity you get,” he advised.

“They don’t have to do as many jobs as we did, so there’s good sides and bad sides to that but they’re treated like professional players from such a young age, so everything is there for them.

“I think don’t waste a day, don’t caught up in the other side of it just concentrate and improve as much as you can and start the good standards then because then it’ll lead you through.

“You get one chance and you don’t want to realise that you missed an opportunity five years down the line.

 Liverpool's Ki-Jana Hoever (L) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Harvey Elliott during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between MK Dons FC and Liverpool FC at Stadium MK. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Being at Liverpool is an incredible opportunity, the players your around and all the staff – take the opportunity and do everything you can to be the best player you can.

“You want to help the young guys and you want that confidence,” he added. “On the field you want to be arrogant, in a good way, and have that confidence and belief and you want to encourage that.

“Off the field, it’s down to earth and making sure they’re respectful. People make mistakes, they’re young kids and they’re in a privileged position and getting paid good money so it’s not easy, but hopefully, we can help them learn before they make any mistakes.”

Fans & Fortress Anfield

Liverpool players and staff on the bus during the Champions League Winners Parade in Liverpool. (PA Image)

While managers have changed and players have come and gone, throughout Milner’s entire journey at the club one thing has remained constant: the unwavering support of the Liverpool faithful.

For the fans themselves in Milner’s years at the club, there have been a plethora of tremendous highs, with the recent parade through the city with the European Cup mutually at the top of the list.

“[It was] incredible. You talk about it and the hairs go up again on the back of your neck.

“The amount of people that were there all over the place, hanging out of windows, off scaffolding – unbelievable really. I couldn’t speak for two days after just from signing and shouting.

“Just enjoying it with the boys was the most special thing and sharing it with everyone: the fans, your family and the staff that don’t get the recognition.

“Just seeing how much it means to people and you see the big crowds and then you pick certain people out in the crowd and see the emotion on their faces it’s a special time and you have to enjoy it.

“It doesn’t happen very often and there’s plenty of lows and downs in your career and its important when you get those ups.

“The support they give us home and away, all over Europe, is incredible. They live and breathe this football club and I’m lucky enough to pull on the shirt for however many years.”

Milner has experienced the ‘power of Anfield’ as both a Liverpool player and as an opponent, he acknowledges the “special” place it is.

“It depends on your mindset. As an away player you’re aware of the atmosphere. I always enjoyed it, you want to play in the best and most hostile atmospheres, so it didn’t affect me negatively when I played there as an away player,” he explained.

 Liverpool players celebrate after the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Barcelona at Anfield. Liverpool won 4-0 (4-3 on aggregate). Mohamed Salah, manager Jürgen Klopp, Virgil van Dijk, James Milner. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“But maybe that’s me playing a long time or just the sort of character I am but I think it helps more when it is on your side.

“Now when I’m there [at Anfield] it affects me more as it’s on my side and it helps me, as opposed to when it was against me as you wanted to shut the crowd up and keep them quiet.

“I think you can see by the special games that occur at Anfield what a special place it is when the atmosphere is right up there.

“The Barcelona and Dortmund games, there’s not too many places in the world, if any others, that can create an atmosphere like that and change games.

“It’s so important and that’s why special things happen at Anfield.”

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Jordan Henderson details the conversation with Jurgen Klopp that changed his role

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 17:20

Jordan Henderson has recounted the conversation he had with Jurgen Klopp that saw him switch roles in midfield and prompted an upturn in form.


The captain took up duties as Liverpool’s deepest midfielder in Klopp’s second season with the club, and was often criticised for his performances.

It has partly contributed to a lack of popularity for Henderson among a section of supporters, but with few other natural options for the No. 6, he was deemed the best fit and applied himself impressively.

The arrival of Fabinho from Monaco last summer, and his slow transition into the XI, saw Henderson fade out of Klopp’s priorities, but an open conversation earlier this year reinvigorated the 29-year-old.

A goal and an assist off the bench in the 3-1 win at Southampton in April was followed by a strong showing on his return to the starting lineup against Porto.

Now, he has restored his first-choice status, typically alongside Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum, serving as a No. 8.

Speaking to Jamie Carragher as part of his The Greatest Game podcast, Henderson detailed his feeling at the time and why he approached Klopp to discuss a change.

 Liverpool's substitute Jordan Henderson on the bench before the UEFA Champions League Group E match between KRC Genk and Liverpool FC at the KRC Genk Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Listen, when I’m not playing I’m not great, and I find it really difficult,” he admitted.

“I always respect the players around me and know how good the other players are, and it’s not a case of ‘I should be starting’, it’s more of a ‘what can I do to get in the team?’ and ‘what do I need to be doing better?’.

“And at that time I’d played a position where I needed to play, because obviously we didn’t really have that type of player.

“I learned a role that was needed, and I felt as though I learned that role really well, and the gaffer helped me do that role so well.

“When Fab came in—and in the sort of December time he started really taking on that role really well, and it was more of his natural position and for me he’s so good in that position—after that period I started thinking ‘maybe now I can show what I feel as though is more natural to me’.

“So it was around that time I had a conversation with the manager about maybe playing a little bit further forward in the No. 8.

“It was more natural, I played there for England as well.”

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at the St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Carragher asked whether it was more a demand from captain to manager, but Henderson refuted this, insisting it was a positive, productive back-and-forth.

“It was more of a conversation with the manager where I wanted to see what he thought, and I wanted to see where he thought was my best position,” he continued.

“So it was definitely more of a conversation, I wanted to feel where he thought I sat: was I more of a No. 6 for him?

“To be fair the answer was ‘well, both. I see you as both’.

“And he asked me what I thought and I just said ‘I feel the No. 8 is a lot more natural for me, and I’ve played there for England recently and I felt as though I played well’.

“I was just more confident in that position, and obviously he took that on board.

“In the next game after that I didn’t start, but I was ready to then, because I’d had the conversation with him, I knew exactly what he wanted for me.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson embraces manager Jürgen Klopp as he is substituted during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“I was ready to go and show that in that position I could contribute even more.”

This season, despite rotation Henderson has been a regular starter, and in his last three appearances has scored one and assisted one, including an excellent cross for Sadio Mane in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Man City.

A move back to the No. 8 that better utilises his energy, work rate and forward thrust appears to be benefiting both player and club.

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LFC Women players meet Lord Mayor at Town Hall

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 17:20

Liverpool FC Women players Jemma Purfield and Rinsola Babajide were guests at Liverpool Town Hall today as the countdown to Sunday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield continued.

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Anna Rothery, invited the players as representatives of the team along with Everton players Lucy Graham and Danielle Turner.

The players spoke with the Lord Mayor about their journey in football and how much they were looking forward to the occasion at Anfield.

As the mayoral lead on equality, the Lord Mayor spoke to the players of the importance of diversity in football and the fantastic inspiration that events like Sunday could give to both young girls and old.

The Lord Mayor presented each team with a civic plaque to mark the occasion though insisted she would be remaining a firmly neutral ‘purple’ when she attends the game on Sunday.

Tickets for Sunday’s derby (kick-off 3pm) will remain available at Anfield ticket office until 3pm on Saturday. The game will also be broadcast live on LFCTV, LFCTVGO and on the @liverpoolfc Facebook page (territory restrictions apply)

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LFC Women players meet Lord Mayor at Town Hall

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 17:20
Liverpool FC Women players Jemma Purfield and Rinsola Babajide were guests at Liverpool Town Hall today as the countdown to Sunday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield continued.
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Sancho headlines quartet of transfer stories – Thursday’s Liverpool FC News

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 16:50

Can’t half tell that the proper football isn’t on this week, hey? Four transfer stories, Klopp interviews and plenty more besides!


Rumours grow over Salah downtime

We already know Salah is out of Egypt’s squad for this international break, and that he’s a likely doubt for Crystal Palace in a week-and-a-half time.

But it appears that it could be even longer, too—depending on the reports you choose to believe.

For certain, Salah has been in some intensive recovery work with Liverpool physio Richie Partridge, and the forward is wearing a protective boot, too.

But some speculative reports have suggested he could be sidelined for a month—find out more via the link above.

Summer transfer kitty spanked on one lion

Jadon Sancho of England ( MAURICE VAN STEEN/VI Images/PA Images)

“And the bidding for our next item, Jadon Sancho, starts at £100 million…”

You can imagine the summer scenes already, right? Sancho, the hottest property in English football (outside the Premier League, at least) could well be off this coming summer, with Liverpool’s long-standing interest apparently “reignited” of late.

The England international is unhappy at how Borussia Dortmund have treated him this year, seemingly, and the Reds will be in the front row at the auction house next summer as a result.

Klopp impact everywhere

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the FA Premier League match between Aston Villa FC and Liverpool FC at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Just in case you didn’t realise it, Jurgen Klopp is boss. He’s amazing. Everybody acknowledges his impact and everybody loves him.

Maybe except for Pep Guardiola.

Even so, there’s plenty of talk regarding the boss today:

Double transfer talk

More transfer news! One is an ‘interest’, one is a ‘never gonna happen’. We’ll start with the latter one.

Klopp was asked by a Swedish newspaper, Sportbladet, if he would ever consider signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and while being enormously respectful of the striker’s career, noted there are two good reasons it wouldn’t happen.

One, his career history which took him to Old Trafford; two, his less-than-Firmino-esque style of play.

“If he had not played for Manchester United before, then we might have considered him! No, but I’m not even sure he wanted to play here. We’re a pretty intense team [laughs]! With that said, I couldn’t have had more respect for Zlatan.”

Perhaps more interestingly, Genk sporting director Dimitri De Conde says two Champions League group stage rivals are monitoring key midfielder Sander Berge.

It’s RB Salzburg who have been left in the shade here, with the Reds and Napoli two of the many, many sides who are eyeing up the 21-year-old Norway international.

“We also know Liverpool follow him carefully,” De Conde said. “Klopp spoke to the boy after the Anfield game, congratulating him on the performance.”

Quickfire LFC news

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • And tickets for the Women’s Merseyside derby at Anfield are still on sale – here’s an interview with the captain the last time this fixture played out at Liverpool’s stadium, back in 1997
Around the Prem

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  • Fans inside the stadium will get more information as VAR checks take place (Sky Sports)
  • Newcastle and AC Milan both want Arsenal naughty boy Granit Xhaka on loan (Telegraph)
  • And Chelsea offered €50m for Napoli full-back Elseid Hysaj, who will leave on a free this summer (Mail)
Stupid decision of the day

Emre Can‘s move to Juventus has gone so well, that he’s not on their Champions League squad list for this season and will be put up for sale in January.

The midfielder, who has a €50 million release clause, will actually be made available for just over half that value.

Tweet of the day

#throwbackthursday to going to watch my first game at Anfield and going on the stadium tour. Never did I think that one day I’d be able to play on the same pitch as my heroes have. Can’t wait to live out a childhood dream in the Merseyside derby this Sunday at Anfield ? #ynwa pic.twitter.com/CMoy9qHMto

— niamhcharles (@niamhcharles7) November 14, 2019

What we’re reading

Oliver Kay has written a piece which is at times insightful, funny, disturbing and, well, long, covering the managers in charge of England’s 1000 international matches for The Athletic.

And the Guardian‘s Will Unwin has spoken to Finland captain Tim Sparv, with the nation on the brink of their first-ever major international finals.

Worth watching tonight

Euro 2020 qualifiers are the order of the night: England take on Montenegro in the aforementioned 1000th game, while if you’re simply a fan of goals then France vs. Moldova is probably the match for you. Both kick off at 7.45pm (UK).

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Pressing, long passes and Salah consistency - the stats behind Liverpool's form

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 16:41

Liverpool's performances have drawn praise from fans, pundits and opposition managers alike this season and Jürgen Klopp's side are providing fascinating subject matter for statisticians too.

Football statistics are now more advanced than ever before, providing a framework for supporters to understand their team’s strengths and weaknesses, and a mechanism for coaching staff to make incremental improvements which can be the difference between success and failure at the very highest level.

Did you know, for example, that Liverpool have caught their opponents offside 51 times in the Premier League this season, more than anyone else in the division?

Or that the Reds have regained possession on 80 occasions in the final third, seven more than closest competitors Southampton?

It’s all part of a tranche of information provided by Opta data editor Michael Reid, who will be discussing his findings on the Premier League Review Show, from 5pm on Friday on LFCTV.

Some of these stats provide confirmation of things fans may have already suspected; others, however, are eye-opening. It may not shock anyone to learn that Liverpool permit opponents fewer passes per sequence – 2.67 – than any other Premier League club and less time on the ball – 6.98 seconds on average – than anyone other than Leicester City, but it’s certainly an affirmation of Jürgen Klopp’s ‘intensity is our identity’ mantra.

The analysis is also particularly interesting in light of the performance the Reds produced in their 3-1 win over Manchester City last Sunday, one of the highlights of which was Trent Alexander-Arnold’s superb cross-field pass to Andy Robertson in the lead-up to Mohamed Salah’s goal.

James Milner’s assist for Sadio Mane in October’s 2-1 win over Leicester is another example of Liverpool’s expertise when it comes to long passes – rather than long balls – with 387 completed successfully so far this term.

At full-back, Alexander-Arnold and Robertson have passed to one another 62 times, at an average of 5.2 per 90 minutes.

Passes between Alexander-Arnold and Robertson in the Premier League this season

The Scouser and the Scotsman also rank joint-ninth in terms of assists registered in the big five European leagues since the start of last season – a list otherwise dominated by creative midfielders.

As for Salah, his remarkable consistency is evidenced by the fact that he has the exact same amount of ‘goal involvements’ – goals and assists combined – in the Premier League (nine) as he did at the same stage last season and the season before, and in fact his ratio of goals/assists has improved from one every 115 minutes last term to one every 105 this.

Meanwhile, Fabinho, another of Sunday’s star performers, is shown to have upped his recoveries from 4.3 per 90 minutes at this point last season to 7.7 this, with a chance creation rate that’s climbed from 0.7 per 90 minutes to 1.3.

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For much more in-depth analysis of the campaign so far, Opta guru Reid will be joined in the studio by host Peter McDowall and former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor, as the Premier League Review Show continues to dive into a range of metrics.

The programme will also be available on LFCTV GO from Friday evening.

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Pressing, long passes and Salah consistency - the stats behind Liverpool's form

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 16:41
Liverpool's performances have drawn praise from fans, pundits and opposition managers alike this season and Jürgen Klopp's side are providing fascinating subject matter for statisticians too.
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PL set to undergo VAR changes

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 15:42
PL and PGMOL aiming to improve the consistency of decisions, speed up processes and increase communication to fans

Last Updated: 14/11/19 5:48pm

Premier League fans inside stadiums will get more detailed information about VAR checks starting from next month.

The decision was agreed by the Premier League and the PGMOL, the referees' association, at Thursday's stakeholder meeting.

During one of the longest Premier League shareholders meetings in recent years, referees boss Mike Riley spoke for more than an hour, admitting that the league had to improve the consistency and speed of decisions along with the communication to fans after 12 weeks of VAR.

He then faced a 50-minute grilling from representatives of all 20 Premier League clubs, who raised a host of concerns about the technology and its use.

The Premier League will commission Hawkeye, who provide the in-stadia updates, to offer more written information on screens so fans know what incidents are being considered by VARs at Stockley Park.

For instance, under the new guidelines a message will appear on the big screens saying 'Checking Penalty - Possible Handball', rather than just, 'Checking Penalty'.

The Premier League will continue to show definitive video clips for all overturned decisions, but is not allowed to show video until the VAR has made a decision.

0:57 David Gold, joint-owner of West Ham, says VAR is 'alive and kicking' after the meeting David Gold, joint-owner of West Ham, says VAR is 'alive and kicking' after the meeting

Despite significant opposition from a number of clubs the Premier League chiefs dismissed calls to use the controversial pitch side monitors more often, believing that a major change of policy mid-season would affect the integrity of the competition.

There had been calls for on-field officials to refer to the monitors more regularly, but the league said "it would be reserved for unseen incidents, or when information from the VAR is outside the expectation range of the referee".

The statement added: "Ensuring the pace and tempo of Premier League football remains an important focus for clubs".

0:35 Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow says Premier League clubs have grave concerns over VAR Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow says Premier League clubs have grave concerns over VAR

It is understood opinions were mixed from the clubs, with some suggesting they were "baffled" by how VAR is being used; while other clubs remain supportive of the technology they believe is here to stay.

It is also understood that Riley emphasised that the number of correct decisions in Key Match Incidents has risen from 82 per cent to 91 per cent in the last three months and promised that research will now take place with fans and clubs to understand their views on how VAR can be improved.

Speaking after the meeting, Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow said: "I've got grave concerns about VAR but so has everybody in the room.

"We had a very robust discussion, messages got through to the Premier League and referees' association that fans are unhappy and many other stakeholders think we've got to do a whole lot better.

"I expect to see real improvements in the speed of decisions, consistency and above all else - for those of us in the stadia - we want much better communication of what's going on - before, during and after.

"I think if we get those three ingredients, things will look a whole lot better in a few months' time."

West Ham co-owner David Gold was more supportive.

"VAR is alive and kicking and we have just got to be patient," he said. "There are a few changes that have to be made and they will be. But it's improving all the time and we are confident that we are doing the right thing.

"My personal opinion, I cannot support the idea that we are going to have a referee that's been running around for an hour, has then got to run all the way over to the pitch side to watch the event. That's not right. We can't do that."

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Liverpool interested in Genk midfielder Sander Berge

HEAD NEWS - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 14:37

Liverpool and Napoli are among the sides tracking Genk midfielder Sander Berge the club's sporting director, Dimitri De Conde, has claimed.

The 21-year-old Norway international has turned out 20 times for the Belgian side so far this season and has featured in every minute of their Champions League campaign to date.

It was during European competition that he caught the eye of the Reds, despite Genk going down 4-1 and 2-1 to the defending champions in their fixtures against the English side.

Nevertheless, they stand to face stern competition for his signature.

"Napoli are interested in Sander, it's a possibility a deal could be done,” De Conde told Radio Punto Nuovo. “We also know that Liverpool are interested and [Jurgen] Klopp, after the game at Anfield [in the Champions League], complimented him on his performance.

“There are clubs in Italy who are following Berge and Napoli could be one of them, but at this stage there are no offers on the table. From next week, things could change.

“We haven't had any official contact with Napoli yet.”

He does not, however, expect a deal to be completed before the summer.

“Berge to Napoli in January? We don’t know. We are currently fighting for our seasonal goals and we are in a complicated situation,” he explained. “Our intention is to hold on to Sander until the end of the season, but we can’t make any predictions. If the big clubs come knocking at our door, we will have to start negotiations, just as the agent has to do.

“These are situations we can’t predict, we’re focused on our season, hoping to keep Sander until May. Then if a top club like Napoli is serious, we will sit at the same table to negotiate, it is logical.

“The current valuation of Berge? We do not talk about figures; we do not set a price at the moment. We will see when we find ourselves in a negotiation.”

Berge began his career at third-tier outfit Asker in his homeland before moving to Valerenga.

Since then, his rise has been rapid, with two years spent at the Eliteserien outfit before a switch to Belgium in 2017. In his two years in Genk, he has grown from a bit-part bench player into a regular starter, making 40 appearances for the club last season as they won the national league title.

Moreover, he has won 18 caps for Norway and is expected to line up for them against the Faroe Islands in Euro 2020 qualification on Friday. He also boasts a single goal for the national team, grabbing the opener in a 2-0 victory over Malta in Oslo back in September during another qualifier.

He comes from a sporting family, with both his mother and father basketball players. As such, he cuts a rather striking figure in the centre of park, standing at 6'5" tall.

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Liverpool interested in Genk midfielder Sander Berge

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 14:37
Liverpool and Napoli are among the sides tracking Genk midfielder Sander Berge the club's sporting director, Dimitri De Conde, has claimed.
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Liverpool interested in Genk midfielder Sander Berge

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 14:37

Liverpool and Napoli are among the sides tracking Genk midfielder Sander Berge the club's sporting director, Dimitri De Conde, has claimed.

The 21-year-old Norway international has turned out 20 times for the Belgian side so far this season and has featured in every minute of their Champions League campaign to date.

It was during European competition that he caught the eye of the Reds, despite Genk going down 4-1 and 2-1 to the defending champions in their fixtures against the English side.

Nevertheless, they stand to face stern competition for his signature.

"Napoli are interested in Sander, it's a possibility a deal could be done,” De Conde told Radio Punto Nuovo. “We also know that Liverpool are interested and [Jurgen] Klopp, after the game at Anfield [in the Champions League], complimented him on his performance.

“There are clubs in Italy who are following Berge and Napoli could be one of them, but at this stage there are no offers on the table. From next week, things could change.

“We haven't had any official contact with Napoli yet.”

He does not, however, expect a deal to be completed before the summer.

“Berge to Napoli in January? We don’t know. We are currently fighting for our seasonal goals and we are in a complicated situation,” he explained. “Our intention is to hold on to Sander until the end of the season, but we can’t make any predictions. If the big clubs come knocking at our door, we will have to start negotiations, just as the agent has to do.

“These are situations we can’t predict, we’re focused on our season, hoping to keep Sander until May. Then if a top club like Napoli is serious, we will sit at the same table to negotiate, it is logical.

“The current valuation of Berge? We do not talk about figures; we do not set a price at the moment. We will see when we find ourselves in a negotiation.”

Berge began his career at third-tier outfit Asker in his homeland before moving to Valerenga.

Since then, his rise has been rapid, with two years spent at the Eliteserien outfit before a switch to Belgium in 2017. In his two years in Genk, he has grown from a bit-part bench player into a regular starter, making 40 appearances for the club last season as they won the national league title.

Moreover, he has won 18 caps for Norway and is expected to line up for them against the Faroe Islands in Euro 2020 qualification on Friday. He also boasts a single goal for the national team, grabbing the opener in a 2-0 victory over Malta in Oslo back in September during another qualifier.

He comes from a sporting family, with both his mother and father basketball players. As such, he cuts a rather striking figure in the centre of park, standing at 6'5" tall.

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Salah return date unclear after ankle injury

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 10:24
Salah hurt left ankle again in Liverpool's win over Manchester City By Sky Sports News

Last Updated: 14/11/19 4:56pm

Salah was substituted late in the second-half against Manchester City on Sunday Salah was substituted late in the second-half against Manchester City on Sunday Salah was substituted late in the second-half against Manchester City on Sunday

Mohamed Salah's return date for Liverpool remains unclear with the forward continuing to have treatment on his ankle injury, following his withdrawal from the Egypt squad on Tuesday.

Salah has been ruled out of Egypt's upcoming internationals versus Kenya and Comoros due to the ongoing problem and the forward was pictured wearing a protective boot on his left foot in Cairo, as he sat out of an Egypt training session.

Sky Sports News understands Salah has been given the chance to train away from Liverpool's Melwood training ground as he continues his rehabilitation, and the club will grant him an extended period of time off over the international break.

 Egypt FA)  Egypt FA) Mohamed Salah wearing a protective boot as he is sidelined from Egypt training (credit: Egypt FA)

It remains unclear how long he will be sidelined for but the forward, who has nine goals in 17 appearances in all competitions for the Reds this term, remains a doubt for Liverpool's next Premier League clash against Crystal Palace on November 23.

The 27-year-old originally suffered the injury in Liverpool's 2-1 win over Leicester City on October 5, hobbling off the pitch at Anfield after coming under a second-half challenge from Foxes midfielder Hamza Choudhury.

Mohamed Salah first injured his ankle in Liverpool's 2-1 win over Leicester Mohamed Salah first injured his ankle in Liverpool's 2-1 win over Leicester Mohamed Salah first injured his ankle in Liverpool's 2-1 win over Leicester

Since that game, he scored in Liverpool's 4-1 away win over Genk in the Champions League and was substituted off after scoring a penalty in the victory over Tottenham.

Salah headed in an Andy Robertson cross during the first-half last Sunday in Liverpool's crucial victory over Premier League title rivals Manchester City.

He was taken off in the 87th minute at Anfield and replaced by defender Joe Gomez with Jurgen Klopp's side looking to close out the 3-1 triumph.

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Vicky Jepson's guide to the LFC Women squad

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 09:00

Ahead of Sunday's Merseyside derby at Anfield, Liverpool FC Women manager Vicky Jepson gives us a guide to her squad.

The Reds will host Everton at 3pm GMT as part of the FA's Women's Football Weekend during the men's international break.

  • Tickets for LFC Women v Everton are available from the Anfield ticket office until 3pm on Saturday November 16

Sunday's showdown represents a first opportunity for LFC Women to play a league fixture in front of the Kop.

To preview the milestone moment, Jepson provides an extensive lowdown on the players aiming to make the occasion a victorious one...

Goalkeepers

1. Anke Preuss

A German goalkeeper, Anke is experienced and last month won our Standard Chartered Women's Player of the Month, which was well deserved. She made some really important, big saves for us and continues to do so. This is Anke's second season with us and she has come on in leaps and bounds. She is an integral part of the team who always gives 110 per cent in the training sessions. We also often find her being top of the fitness tests amongst the whole squad.

18. Fran Kitching

Fran is a bubbly character who is loved by all. She is a social butterfly who certainly keeps the positivity high throughout the camp. She works tirelessly hard and whenever she has been asked to step up and take the No.1 shirt she has certainly delivered for us and never let us down. She is still young with a lot of potential.

Defenders

3. Leighanne Robe

This is Leighanne's second season at the club. She played at full-back for us last season and really showcased that she deserves to be playing in the Women's Super League. She improved week in, week out and this season she has also been covering the centre-back position for us when Niamh Fahey has been unavailable. She is a versatile defender and also a very powerful and athletic defender that can get forward to attack and she is also really quick to recover.

5. Niamh Fahey

Niamh is our vice-captain and an Irish international. She has great pedigree with the experience of playing for Arsenal and Bordeaux. Niamh is a leader who drives her standards high but also knows when to have fun and keeps our training sessions fun with the banter. She is loved by all and on the pitch she is a catalyst who drives us forward and she is not scared of putting in a good tackle when it needs to be done.

6. Sophie Bradley-Auckland

Sophie is our captain and the mother of the team. She is also an inspirational motivator of the team. She played in the Team GB squad for the 2012 Olympics and has been involved in the international set-up with England. She has been through many lows in her career but tough times don't last forever, tough people do. Sophie is a tough character in the dressing room and on the pitch and you often see her saving the team with last-ditch tackles. Her emergency defending is one of the best I have ever seen in the Women's Super League and she is a fantastic captain for us to drive us forward.

22. Becky Jane

Our new summer recruit from Reading, Becky has certainly added strength to our back four. She is an attacking right-back who has got frightening pace. She is technically very gifted and she can retain the possession for us. It's very rare a winger will get the better of her and even if they do get past her, she has got the pace to recover and cut out the danger.

23. Jemma Purfield

We signed Jemma last season and she did a fantastic job at left-back. She has stepped up and played in big games and has got an assist this season with a great cross for Niamh Charles in the Sheffield game. I'm sure we will see a lot more from Jemma this season.

Midfielders

4. Rhiannon Roberts

Razza is a Wales international with lots of experience. She plays with her heart on her sleeve and is not scared of a feisty tackle to break up the play. She is full of energy in midfield and a great leader when it comes to set-pieces.

8. Jade Bailey

Jade is a young midfielder who came to us with a fantastic pedigree having been at Chelsea and Arsenal. She had a little setback with a knee injury but she is now back to full strength. She is a playmaker who looks to get on the ball and serve the forwards as much as possible. We have seen another side to her game this season when she breaks up the play for us and brings energy to our midfield.

10. Christie Murray

It's great to have Christie back from injury and she can be a key player for us. A Scotland international, Christie can play as a holding midfielder or as an attacking player in the No.10 role. She is a set-piece master for us and last season she got a hat-trick of assists in our derby win over Everton. Christie was part of the Scotland Women's squad for the World Cup and she did a fantastic job representing her country.

11. Melissa Lawley

Our summer recruit from Manchester City, Mel has already made a big impact for us. She is a senior Lioness having been in the England squad. She is still young but has got huge potential, which we have seen in some of our games so far. I'm still excited to see what more we can get from Mel because she certainly has the ability to be a match-winner. Mel is a dribble driver and she is capable of shooting from long range, although we haven't seen that yet, hopefully we might do on Sunday. She is a magician in the final third, she loves to take on defenders and get good crosses into the box.  

14. Ashley Hodson

Ash returned from a long-term injury towards the end of last season. She did fantastic for us in the pre-season. She can play anywhere across the front three and has a lot of pace that can cause opposing defences a lot of problems. She works tirelessly hard every single day in training.

17. Niamh Charles

Niamh is a very talented player who I have worked with for a number of years from when she was coming through our development teams. One of our home-grown players who I am very proud to have seen grow to be a key player for us in the Women's Super League. She has got so much potential and she can be a full-back's worst nightmare. She is just as comfortable playing on the right and the left, and can score goals. I'm sure we will see more goals and more assists from Niamh this season.

19. Amy Rodgers

Amy is another talented youngster who has stepped up from our U21s. Last season she won the fans' Player of the Year, which was well deserved. She really grew as a player and took the opportunity when injuries in our squad gave her that chance. Amy played in the Euros for England U19s during the summer. She hasn't had much of a break, to be honest, but she works tirelessly around the clock every day in training to make sure she is a better player than she was the previous day. She has a great attitude. Amy also balances between a healthy education at university alongside that.

21. Missy Bo Kearns

Missy Bo has been at the club since she was eight and I know being a lifelong Liverpool fan how excited she is to be involved at Anfield. Personally, I have grown with Bo on her journey as well as mine. She is a midfield player who can play in the No.8 role and is a box-to-box player. She is still obviously learning her trade at senior level but she can make an impact for us.

Strikers

7. Jess Clarke

Jess is an experienced senior player who has been involved with England. Jess is a wide player and she has got good pace. We rely on her to provide opportunities for us to score with her crosses from wide positions and she can also cut inside. It's great to have Jess back because she missed a lot of football last season after having a knee operation.

9. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk

Courtney was our top goalscorer last season. Although she hasn't scored yet this term, I'm certain it won't be long until she is back on the goal trail, hopefully this Sunday at Anfield! She leads our press superbly well out of possession and I don't think there are many No.9s that can show the passion to want to win the ball as much as she does. She brings a real energy up there and links the play really well.

20. Rinsola Babajide

Rinsola has frightening pace and she is one of the quickest players in the Women's Super League. She has pace and power going forward, she is very direct and has a wand of a left foot. I'm excited to see her play at Anfield and hopefully she can get a goal and an assist for us.

24. Kirsty Linnett

Kirsty has found herself back in the squad but in a new role now as a No.10. Last season she played as a No.9 but had a few injuries. Kirsty can certainly play in the No.10 position and she is very good at playing in the pockets and linking up the play. She got a hat-trick recently against Coventry. What I want to see now is her develop and blossom and really nail down her role and responsibility as our No.10.

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Vicky Jepson's guide to the LFC Women squad

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 09:00
Ahead of Sunday's Merseyside derby at Anfield, Liverpool FC Women manager Vicky Jepson gives us a guide to her squad.
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Harry Wilson: Messages from Klopp are a boost

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 08:24

Harry Wilson's loan spell with Bournemouth has been boosted by the knowledge Jürgen Klopp is keeping track of his performances.

The 22-year-old forward scored his fourth goal in 13 appearances for the Cherries during their Premier League defeat at Newcastle United last weekend.

Wilson will spend the duration of the season with Eddie Howe’s side as he gains further experience following a hugely productive campaign with Derby County in 2018-19.

Knowing his form is being watched from Melwood is an extra incentive for the Wales international.

“I am always in touch with Liverpool, they have a loan guy there who I am in contact with every week, and I get the odd message off the manager,” he said.

“He says he has been watching and after I scored against Man City he congratulated me on the goal. He messaged and said, ‘Great free-kick!’

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“It gives you a boost to see that, and it is great he is keeping an eye on me. It is good to know when you go out on loan you are not forgotten about.

“I’m still in contact with a few of the lads and if I can get to a game I always will.”

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Harry Wilson: Messages from Klopp are a boost

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 08:24
Harry Wilson's loan spell with Bournemouth has been boosted by the knowledge Jürgen Klopp is keeping track of his performances.
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Fabinho on having two LFC nicknames and wanting to improve

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 08:00
Jürgen Klopp referred to Fabinho as Liverpool's 'Dyson' last month, but the midfielder has now revealed it's one of two nicknames used for him by the rest of the squad.
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