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Klopp 'not involved' in Salah contract talks

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 09/17/2021 - 09:38

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is focused on Mohamed Salah's form on the pitch and not his contract negotiations.

The club have agreed a raft of new deals with senior players this year but Salah, who has just under two years left on his contract, is one whose longer-term future is yet to be tied down.

Negotiations have not affected his performances, with the Egypt international scoring in four of his five appearances this season.

"There's nothing really to say, especially from me as I am not involved," said Klopp.

"The only thing I'm really interested in is how Mo looks, how sharp and committed he is at the moment, and that's absolutely spot on.

"He looks really good. There is nothing else to say."

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Forward Roberto Firmino will again be absent for Saturday's visit of Crystal Palace with a hamstring injury.

"He is not ready," said Klopp. "Bobby won't start training with the team until some time next week. Then we will have to wait and see."

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has backed Sadio Mane to get back to his best after his missed chances against Leeds as the forward goes for his 100th goal for the club against Crystal Palace this weekend

Klopp rotated his side for the Champions League win against Milan, with Virgil van Dijk, Thiago and Sadio Mane dropping to the bench, and the Liverpool boss will make further changes when they face Palace - their third game in seven days.

"Three games a week is normal but Sunday-Wednesday-Saturday is a tough one," said Klopp. "It's the shortest you can get in a normal week.

"We came through (against Milan) and the boys did really well. We will have to make changes again, that's clear."

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Mane netted his 99th Liverpool goal in last Sunday's Premier League win at Leeds, scoring in injury-time after squandering a plethora of earlier chances, and Klopp would love to see him reach his century against Palace at Anfield.

"Sadio looks really good and sharp," said Klopp. "We talk about this when a striker misses some chances but the amount of chances he had, that's actually the important stuff.

"He is in a good moment, both physically and mentally. It would be really nice [to get to 100 goals on Saturday].

"Sadio is an exceptional player, he has to perform exceptionally. That's how it is, that's the standard we expect from him and usually he delivers."

Garcia: 'Different' Salah will only get better

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Former Liverpool winger Luis Garcia says it's very important that they convince Mohamed Salah to commit his long-term future to the club

Mohamed Salah is a "different" prospect for opponents this season and will only get better and better, says former Liverpool winger Luis Garcia.

Forward Salah, 29, is into his fifth campaign as a Liverpool player and scored his fourth goal of the new season in the comeback 3-2 win against AC Milan in the Champions League at Anfield on Wednesday

The Egypt international has adopted his tactical understanding which could see him deliver more goals than before, according to Garcia.

Tuesday 21st September 7:00pm Kick off 7:45pm Sky Sports Football HD Sky Sports Football HD Salah has a slightly more defined spread of activity this season, compared with previous campaigns Image: Salah has a more defined spread of activity this season, compared with previous campaigns

"He is becoming more and more important. He knows where he has to be. I think we can see a different Salah at the moment. You don't see him making those 50-yard runs, beating players and putting it in the top corner.

"Now it is moving more around the box; he knows his combinations so he is ready. That is why is numbers are getting better and better.

"His strengths are used next to the box and the six-yard box. Every single time the ball is around there you know that he is so dangerous. I think the numbers could be even higher this season."

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Karim Adeyemi makes transfer admission after Liverpool rumours

HEAD NEWS - Fri, 09/17/2021 - 09:30

Red Bull Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi has cast doubt on the possibility of signing for Liverpool after admitting he would be gladly re-join Bayern Munich should an offer be made.

The 19-year-old has emerged as a potential transfer target for the Reds, with some reports suggesting Jurgen Klopp's side have been monitoring his progress since 2018.

Adeyemi has been in fine form so far this season, having scored six goals and provided one assists in seven league appearances.

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Karim Adeyemi makes transfer admission after Liverpool rumours

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/17/2021 - 09:30
Red Bull Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi has cast doubt on the possibility of signing for Liverpool after admitting he would be gladly re-join Bayern Munich should an offer be made.
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Live at 12.30pm BST: Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-Palace press conference

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/17/2021 - 08:10
Watch live as Jürgen Klopp holds his pre-Crystal Palace press conference from 12.30pm BST today.
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Inside Anfield: A thrilling opening night in the Champions League

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/17/2021 - 07:55
Relive Liverpool's 3-2 victory over AC Milan from a different perspective in the latest Inside Anfield.
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Shearer meets Carroll: ‘I thought I would finish my career at Newcastle. I’ve still got so much to give’

the Athletic - Fri, 09/17/2021 - 05:15
The first time Andy Carroll left Newcastle United, he was flown to Liverpool in Mike Ashley’s helicopter. Funny what a £35 million transfer fee can get you. The second time was a bit of a contrast; no announcement from his hometown club, no chance to say goodbye or empty his locker at the training ground and definitely no helicopter. Just a contract tailing off and a cold, familiar silence.

Andy isn’t bitter. Football rolls on, a hype-powered juggernaut, and the big man wants to roll with it. At 32, he doesn’t have a club currently, but he is keeping himself fit, training every day and waiting for a chance. “I want to play for as long as possible,” he says and the frustration is that his return to St James’ Park in 2019, which carried a tang of romance — he described it as “a dream” — did not pan out as he would have liked.

By the end, any notion of romance was dead. Is that fair, I ask him? “Yes, definitely,” he says, speaking over Zoom from his home in Essex. “I thought I was going to be finishing at Newcastle. I thought that was going to be me for the next four or five years. It didn’t happen and it didn’t happen for many reasons … To be honest, it was really hard for me, not playing when I thought I could have made a difference.”

That frustration is heightened by the number of games Andy has missed when he could not make a difference. At this stage of his career, time is fragile. “There’s still unfinished business,” he says. “I didn’t really get a run out at Newcastle. I was in, I was out, I was in again. And I was fit all season. The stats say that for 43 games, I was available for 40 of them.

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EFL chief Rick Parry: Why English football needs a reset

the Athletic - Fri, 09/17/2021 - 05:10
At the grimmest point in the pandemic for football, when nobody knew for certain what the future looked like across the entire game, it was predicted that a lot of clubs in the EFL — as many as a quarter by some estimates — would go out of business.

What followed was the curtailment of a season followed by a campaign played out in almost its entirety in front of empty stadiums. But despite revenues disappearing, the clubs survived — at least, for the time being.

On Sunday, September 19, it will be two years since Rick Parry was appointed as the EFL’s chair. He started the job five weeks later and four months after that, the whole world was turned upside down. An already challenging terrain for the organisation’s members became a lot worse very quickly.

The feeling is calmer now. Football is back, grounds are open, and attendances are encouraging. Yet in March 2020, Parry shared the concerns of those who claimed things would never be the same. Without the resilience of the owners in the EFL, the landscape now would have been very different.

“They have been phenomenal,” Parry tells The Athletic. “Owners tend to get a rough ride but, on this occasion, I think it needs to be acknowledged it would have been impossible to get through the period without their commitment. We had to stay relevant.”

Parry knows, however, that such praise should not deflect from the problems that remain in football. He says the pandemic has “highlighted a lot of the challenges our clubs face,” when “we should have been talking more seriously about a financial reset anyway”.

Though the EFL and its clubs’ owners found a way to navigate their way through the last 18 months, it remains a reality that in the 2018-19 season, clubs relied on more than £400 million in terms of owner subsidy.

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With most of Europe’s top sides in transition, this could be another good year for English clubs in the Champions League

the Athletic - Fri, 09/17/2021 - 05:03
This season’s opening round of Champions League group matches was dominated by the sense that most of Europe’s top sides are in transition.

Of the 12 clubs considered to have a vaguely decent chance of winning the 2021-22 competition by the bookmakers — Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona and Inter Milan — the vast majority have undergone at least one significant change to their playing identity over the summer.

More specifically: they’ve either lost a key attacker which will necessitate a change of approach, they’re busy trying to accommodate a new key attacker, or they’ve changed their manager. Few are immune from such upheaval, with the big English clubs notable exceptions.

The three clubs to have lost key attackers are Barcelona, Inter and Juventus. Two of them were defeated in their opening group game. Barcelona were absolutely thrashed at the Nou Camp by a Bayern side playing at half-pace and Ronald Koeman’s side failed to record a single shot on target in a bleak demonstration of their current plight.

For years, the all-round brilliance of Lionel Messi hid Barcelona’s steady decline into the current shambolic outfit, but his departure has left them bereft of serious quality.

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PL predictions: Leeds to turn heat up on Bruce

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 09/16/2021 - 21:00

Our betting guru Jones Knows was in red-hot form with his predictions last weekend - what has caught his eye this time around?

Last weekend's winners (+34.5 profit to level stakes):
  • Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea all to win to nil acca at 22/1
  • Chelsea to win to nil at 10/11
  • Manchester City to win to nil at 15/8
  • Wolves to win more corners than Watford at 5/6
  • Leandro Trossard to score first at 15/2
  • Matip 1+ shots & Wolves to win corner race double at 5/2
  • First goal to be a header in Everton vs Burnley 9/2
Newcastle vs Leeds, Friday 8pm, live on Sky Sports

There has been plenty of talk surrounding 'home advantage' this season with fans back at grounds. Well, this one could be a case of 'home disadvantage' for Newcastle. Leeds - without a win this season - will be circling this fixture in their diary as the one to get their season up and running in front of a home crowd that are on the turn. Just one point taken from Newcastle's first four games has come with a dollop of positives from Steve Bruce, but the tidal wave of negativity from the fanbase is building to a crescendo. It could boil over at St James' Park.

Bruce can point to some fluent attacking play in the defeats to West Ham and Manchester United but the numbers paint a worrying picture. They have lost the 'expected goals battle' in all four of their fixtures, posting a total of 4.29 xG for and a whopping 10.53 xG against. Also, Newcastle have conceded the most Premier League goals since Project Restart (June 2020), shipping 91 in 51 games. A set of numbers that screams relegation battle.

Leeds have not exactly been setting the world alight either but Marcelo Bielsa's style will always make them a threat against leaky defences - as shown by their seven goals scored against Newcastle in the two fixtures last season. A Leeds win is fancied at anything bigger than evens and their shots line of more than 16 is worth a tickle as Bielsa notoriously demands his teams to keep on attacking whatever the match scenario.

SCORE PREDICTION: 1-3

BETTING ANGLE: Leeds to have 16 or more shots at goal (6/4 with Sky Bet)

Friday 17th September 7:00pm Kick off 8:00pm Sky Sports Premier League Sky Sports Premier League Wolves vs Brentford, Saturday 12.30pm

Wolves remain a team I want to keep on my side. They turned impressive performances into points last weekend at Watford, playing with plenty of control and confidence in the second half to thoroughly deserve maximum points against a team set for a season of struggle. The task for them this weekend will be a similar one with Brentford likely to remain playing with their no-thrills style where clean sheets are their ploy to a season of survival.

Only Manchester City have a better expected goals against record than Brentford this season with Thomas Frank's team restricting Arsenal, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Brighton to just an expected goals against figure equating to 2.66. It is an impressive feat and makes me fancy their chances of getting out of Molineux with another clean sheet.

For a bet, though, my eyes are drawn to the chances of Joao Moutinho picking up a card at 9/2 with Sky Bet. He has escaped one so far this season, but has made nine fouls, two of which were sliding challenges that were on the borderline of a yellow. The 35-year-old is being tasked with covering lots of ground in a midfield two with Ruben Neves - a task he has accomplished very well thus far. However, it does leave him exposed during transitions from the opposition and his card-count should rocket in the coming weeks if playing in the same role.

SCORE PREDICTION: 0-0

BETTING ANGLE: Joao Moutinho to be carded (9/2 with Sky Bet)

Burnley vs Arsenal, Saturday 3pm - PLAY SUPER 6 FOR FREE!

If Mikel Arteta can create a solid spine to what Arsenal are trying to do, then a top-six finish is still within their grasp despite a flaky start. The signs are there to get me on board with that prediction - which is a 9/4 shot with Sky Bet.

Gabriel Magalhaes adds plenty of steel and no-nonsense defending to compliment Ben White's footballing ability and Thomas Partey will become an automatic starter when able to stay clear of injury. There is a talented team lurking, I'm sure of it. And I'm happy to side with them for this one in what should be a tight game.

That spine will be significantly tested at Turf Moor, though. Sean Dyche does not seem overly concerned about Burnley's winless start to the campaign and for 60 minutes at Everton on Monday night where they were the better team you can see why. It is all about channelling that level for an entire 90 minutes and avoiding getting punished for mistakes made in key areas of the pitch.

Kieran Tierney will be seeing plenty of the ball down Arsenal's left, as he always does. Arteta makes it pretty obvious regarding their ploy of getting him on the overload down that side and it is difficult to stop. He put in 15 crosses in the defeat at Brentford and six in the win at Norwich, officially creating nine chances for his team-mates. One of those is going to be taken soon in a game like this one where Arsenal are expected to dominate territory.

SCORE PREDICTION: 1-2

BETTING ANGLE: Kieran Tierney to register an assist (4/1 with Sky Bet)

Kieran Tierney joined Arsenal from Celtic in the summer of 2019 Liverpool vs Crystal Palace, Saturday 3pm - PLAY SUPER 6 FOR FREE!

The quality within the ranks of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City is making them impossible to oppose when facing any other team in this Premier League. As Gary Neville pondered on Monday Night Football, this might be the best English domestic league we have ever seen in terms of quality.

If Liverpool take their chances in this one, then Palace will not stand a chance - a very similar defeat looks on the cards to the one they suffered at Stamford Bridge on the opening weekend.

Interestingly, Sadio Mane has scored in each of his last eight appearances against Palace.

Sadio Mane celebrates after doubling Liverpool's lead at Anfield

Only Robin van Persie (against Stoke) has scored in eight consecutive Premier League games against the same opponent, so Mane is set to create history if finding the net. Of course, these runs do eventually hit the buffers, but I am happy to invest in his chances. Despite his wayward finishing from his 10 shots against Leeds last weekend, he leads the way for expected goals in the Premier League this season with chances falling his way equating to a figure of 3.47 with an actual return of two goals. He can bring those two figures closer together by scoring first at 7/2 with Sky Bet at Anfield.

SCORE PREDICTION: 3-0

BETTING ANGLE: Sadio Mane to score first (7/2 with Sky Bet)

Manchester City vs Southampton, Saturday 3pm - PLAY SUPER 6 FOR FREE!

If it looks like a home win, quacks like a home win, then it is probably a home win. You do not need me to tell you that. And odds of 1/9 with Sky Bet certainly back that theory up.

Instead of fumbling around trying to sniff out some betting value in the outright match prices, my eyes are firmly focused on Manchester City players in the various goalscorer markets. A price that jumps out to me is the 25/1 with Sky Bet about Ferran Torres scoring with a header, something he has already done this season in the win over Arsenal. Pep Guardiola has started the Spaniard in all six matches across all competitions this season - clearly he likes the way he leads the line.

Although ripe for improvement in that position, Torres does have the instincts to get in where it hurts and should be thriving in that central role with the amount of quality ammunition coming in from wide areas. This is especially relevant for this encounter as Southampton are notoriously sloppy at defending direct ball into their box. Since Ralph Hasenhuttl took over in 2018, Saints have allowed 84 headed shots on target - the third highest of any Premier League team with 22 of those headers finding the net.

SCORE PREDICTION: 4-0

BETTING ANGLE: Ferran Torres to score a header (25/1 with Sky Bet)

Norwich vs Watford, Saturday 3pm - PLAY SUPER 6 FOR FREE!

On what we have seen, I would be surprised if these two are not in the bottom three come the final day of the season.

However, relegating teams in September is not a smart move. And a win for either of these two at Carrow Road could ignite a spark in results.

Norwich are not a team I can trust fully to turn promising performances into results. But I am happy to back them here at 23/20 with Sky Bet, mostly down to Watford's tameness in attack. Since breezing past Aston Villa on the opening day, they have only created a total expected goals tally of 1.5 with their attacking patterns very lacklustre when falling behind in matches.

Those that like playing the cards market may want to check out what Sky Bet has to offer in that regard for this one. With both teams playing for the win and tension in the air, I am expecting a full-blooded battle with a potential for a card-frenzy. This fixture in the Sky Bet Championship last season was card-crazy with 11 being shown across the two fixtures. It should be spicy.

Watford, despite not carrying much dangerous attacking threat in the final third, are a team that plays with a physical edge and do draw fouls from the opposition, especially through Ismaila Sarr. Opposition teams have averaged 2.75 cards per 90 minutes vs Watford this season. That bodes well for the chances of Norwich midfielder Pierre Lees-Melou getting the attention of the referee and picking up a card at 7/2 with Sky Bet. The fiery Frenchman was cautioned in the defeat to Leicester.

SCORE PREDICTION: 2-0

BETTING ANGLE: Pierre Lees-Melou to be carded (7/2 with Sky Bet)

Aston Villa vs Everton, Saturday 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports Saturday 18th September 5:00pm Kick off 5:30pm Sky Sports Main Event Sky Sports Main Event

Villa got plenty of tongues wagging with their performance at Chelsea. Yes, getting done 3-0 is not exactly a reason for cheer but the performance on show, with Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings starting in attack, looked promising. They created an expected goal figure of 1.73 at Stamford Bridge and posted 18 shots on Edouard Mendy's goal. Since Thomas Tuchel took charge, no opposition team has amassed a higher expected goal figure in a Chelsea home game.

The question is, can they be trusted to back up that performance in a completely different match scenario? Never trust one much-improved run in isolation, a wise horse racing punter told me. That may ring true here. I have my doubts on Villa with some snoozy and lackadaisical early-season showings, defined by me as the Grealish hangover, still lingering in my thoughts. I am happy to take them on with Everton in town and then start to respect them as a force in the future if backing the Chelsea performance up.

Everton will be happy to allow Villa the ball and that will suit Rafa Benitez's boys down to the ground. Not many teams go to Brighton and play with such control and fizz on the counter-attack. They got a result there playing that way and this could be a similar outcome.

SCORE PREDICTION: 1-2

BETTING ANGLE: Everton draw no bet (11/10 with Sky Bet)

West Ham vs Manchester United, Sunday 2pm, live on Sky Sports

Should the sixth-best team in the Premier League be 100/30 with Sky Bet to beat the fourth-best with the added pull of home advantage? I would suggest that price is too big to ignore.

Manchester United remain an overrated team by the markets. Cristiano Ronaldo, of course, makes them stronger in the final third but as a team they are being rated very closely to Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City. The team aspect of their play and strategy from the man at the helm falls very short when compared to those three aforementioned teams. It is basically a formula of relying on quality individuals to make match-changing interventions at key times.

West Ham vs Man Utd

All fine and dandy against most teams in this Premier League but playing that way does leave you vulnerable to fit, well-coached teams that play above the sum of their parts. Wolves absolutely played United off the park ticking all those criteria - all that was missing was the ability to score from creating an expected goals figure of 2.33. My money was down on Wolves that day. And, I am in the mood for recouping some now United are up against another excellent opponent with the counter-attacking style and finishing ability to hurt them.

The Hammers have scored in 18 of their last 20 home matches and even though Michail Antonio is suspended, their defensive organisation and skill on the counter-attack is capable of creating big chances against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men.

SCORE PREDICTION: 2-1

BETTING ANGLE: West Ham to beat Manchester United (100/30 with Sky Bet)

Brighton vs Leicester, Sunday 2pm

Two good footballing teams likely to cancel one another out here. The draw is a serious runner at 11/5 with Sky Bet.

The scorching pace of Jamie Vardy remains Leicester's main weapon of attack and he will be licking his lips at the prospect of latching onto Shane Duffy at the heart of the Brighton back three. Duffy is one of the best around at winning 50-50 balls in the air but get the ball down the side of him and he is a weakness in this Brighton side. When faced with pace he has already been cautioned twice this season for wild lunges on opposition players. I can foresee a situation of Vardy testing his ability in one-on-one situations with a last-man infringement a possible outcome. The 66/1 for a red card to be shown Duffy's way is worth a tickle.

SCORE PREDICTION: 1-1

BETTING ANGLE: Shane Duffy to be sent-off (66/1 with Sky Bet)

Tottenham vs Chelsea, Sunday 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports Sunday 19th September 4:00pm Kick off 4:30pm Sky Sports Premier League Sky Sports Premier League

Why would you fix it if it is not broken? That is my theory regarding Chelsea and the chances of them winning without conceding at 15/8 with Sky Bet. The same price as we got last week when they did the business to nil over Aston Villa.

Thomas Tuchel is a bit of a master at mastering the away day. Since he took over, Chelsea have lost just one of their 15 away games in all competitions - the only defeat being a 2-1 reverse at Aston Villa on the final day of last season, where they could be excused for having an eye on the Champions League final. Chelsea have also won four of the last five Premier League meetings with Spurs, keeping a clean sheet in four of those clashes.

Tottenham's display at Palace did not come as too much of a shock to me. Nuno's style is always going to make them a tough watch early on in games against so-called inferior opposition. His plan to turn the game into a 20-minute one was working until the sending-off. They will win plenty of games by one goal this season on the road. Not this one though. It is all about Chelsea to grind this one out, showcasing their excellent defensive prowess.

SCORE PREDICTION: 0-1

BETTING ANGLE: Chelsea to win to nil (15/8 with Sky Bet)

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Inside Training: Small-sided games, attacking drills and volleys

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 09/16/2021 - 20:27

Enjoy behind-the-scenes footage from Liverpool’s Thursday workout with the latest Inside Training.

Our cameras were in position at the AXA Training Centre to capture the Reds in action ahead of Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace.

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Inside Training: Small-sided games, attacking drills and volleys

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 09/16/2021 - 20:27
Enjoy behind-the-scenes footage from Liverpool’s Thursday workout with the latest Inside Training.
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Training gallery: 47 photos from Liverpool’s Thursday session

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 09/16/2021 - 18:18
Check out our collection of photographs from Liverpool’s Thursday afternoon session at the AXA Training Centre.
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Training gallery: 47 photos from Liverpool’s Thursday session

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 09/16/2021 - 18:18

Check out our collection of photographs from Liverpool’s Thursday afternoon session at the AXA Training Centre.

The Reds were back to work after their pulsating victory over AC Milan as Saturday’s clash with Crystal Palace now comes into focus. 

Take a look at their latest workout in the gallery below. 

Photos by John Powell

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Jurgen Klopp pulls off conjuring act on Liverpool’s night of familiar chaos

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 09/16/2021 - 17:35
Sitting in the Upper Main Stand, it was a familiar feeling as Liverpool sealed a chaotic 3-2 win over AC Milan, on a welcome return of European nights.

Old friends and familiar footballing chaos.

It was good to catch up with AC Milan on Wednesday night, as Liverpool and our 2005 and 2007 Champions League final opponents threw out a bit of a mad one, you know, just for old time’s sake, like.

Deliciously fast out of the blocks, this felt like Liverpool were keen to show Milan that the footballing world has turned considerably in the last 16 years – back to an era when Serie A still had at least a partial claim to being the best league in the world, and in his role as an antihero, Djimi Traore was an unexpected Champions League winning left-back.

Liverpool were utterly incessant in the first 42 minutes, especially the opening 30 of those, during which Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson put the ball into the Milan penalty area 15 times.

Milan were disorientated, pinned back and liable to the most basic of unforced errors.

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates scoring the 1st goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 1 game between Liverpool FC and AC Milan at Anfield. (Pic by Paul Currie/Propaganda)

What the majestic Paolo Maldini, watching on from the comfy seats of the Main Stand, made of it all can only be speculated, but I dare say his next conversation with Franco Baresi will be a withering one.

A goal provoked by Alexander-Arnold, and a surprisingly awarded penalty which was even more surprisingly missed by Mohamed Salah, and the visitors were offered that frustrating open window we seem to offer opponents too regularly, in which to procure themselves a way into a game that should already be over as a contest.

Jurgen Klopp’s players were so dominant that they even broke the ball.

Tentatively, Milan probed us, before unleashing a first-half punchline that we never saw coming, as Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz grabbed a couple of goals within not much more than a minute-and-a-half, shortly before the interval.

It all rendered Anfield a little bit stunned, something that was added to by the sight of Simon Kjaer putting the ball in the Liverpool net at the beginning of the second half, albeit swiftly disallowed.

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring to make it 2-2 during the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 1 game between Liverpool FC and AC Milan at Anfield. (Pic by Paul Currie/Propaganda)

Within a blink of an eye, Liverpool were level, Salah putting the ball in the Milan net with a degree of the unorthodox, in a situation where he felt he might have been offside.

VAR has inadvertently invented a new type of goal: the unassuming one.

I’ve seen a small handful of these, where the player converts an opportunity with a relaxed shrug of the shoulders, convinced VAR will rule it out, only for it to be a valid goal.

They are goals which are scored with the pressure off, almost as if on a training pitch, as opposed to the goalscorer being of the mind that he is confronted with a pivotal pressurised moment, and onside in a Champions League match, where there is the prospect that the chance might instead be snatched at and missed.

It was beautifully crafted by shock starter Divock Origi with a wonderful ball forward.

Given that I’d been preoccupied pre-match with navigating my way beyond the NFC ticketing system and through the turnstiles, I hadn’t even checked the team news prior to the lineups being announced shortly before kickoff.

 AC Milan's Alexis Saelemaekers and Liverpool's Divock Origi during the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 1 game between Liverpool FC and AC Milan at Anfield. (Pic by Paul Currie/Propaganda)

Not paying enough attention, when I heard Sadio Mane’s name amongst the substitutes, I vaguely thought to myself that Peter McDowell had made a bit of a mistake there, in naming him on the pitch and on the bench.

Divock, though. The perfect contemporary Liverpool antihero.

He was imperious for the first 15 minutes of both halves and departed the pitch around the hour mark due to cramp.

With very little football to his name since winning the Premier League, this had to have felt like rolling in for the first week back at school and then being told it’s cross-country running for PE. I had sympathy cramp on the walk back to my car.

Jordan Henderson, a man who looks like he’s in the mood for something special to happen this season, drove in a majestic winner. Anfield erupted, on a wondrously atmospheric night when we reconnected with the pure energy that our European occasions provide.

 Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring the 3rd goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 1 game between Liverpool FC and AC Milan at Anfield. (Pic by Paul Currie/Propaganda)

Prior to the game, Milan’s supporters seemed in awe of the grandeur on display and, to be fair, I think we did too, perhaps realising that we were being handed back something we maybe took for granted before a continuing global pandemic enveloped us.

With Milan having spent the last seven seasons out of the Champions League, this was a game that had the defined feeling of facing an ambitious but startled newly promoted Premier League team.

This could easily have been that mad 4-3 against Leeds last season.

Prior to the game, I had anticipated that our opponents would be highly motivated and potentially dangerous, only for us to railroad them for 42 minutes, and then for the evening to settle into something more akin to what I’d expected, yet it still came as something of a shock.

A complex and multi-layered 90 minutes of football.

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Klopp was bold, Joe Gomez was handed his first start since a serious injury of his own, while Virgil van Dijk was kept on the bench, keeping Thiago and Mane company, with the latter two being brought into play during the second half.

To Porto we go next in the Champions League, where another win would give us the perfect springboard to go into the double-header against Diego Simone’s Atletico Madrid, and to potentially stretch for the last 16 in a pleasantly sedate manner, whereas a setback would blow Group B apart.

In what will be a difficult group, this was an opener of stylish football, offset by a couple of sucker punches, and a retro comeback, all while squad management was in operation. Quite the conjuring act really.

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Garcia: 'Different' Salah will only get better

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 09/16/2021 - 17:34

Mohamed Salah is a "different" prospect for opponents this season and will only get better and better, says former Liverpool winger Luis Garcia.

Forward Salah, 29, is into his fifth campaign as a Liverpool player and scored his fourth goal of the new season in the comeback 3-2 win against AC Milan in the Champions League at Anfield on Wednesday

The Egypt international has adopted his tactical understanding which could see him deliver more goals than before, according to Garcia.

Salah has a slightly more defined spread of activity this season, compared with previous campaigns Image: Salah has a more defined spread of activity this season, working further towards the opposition box from the right flank

"He is becoming more and more important. He knows where he has to be. I think we can see a different Salah at the moment. You don't see him making those 50-yard runs, beating players and putting it in the top corner.

"Now it is moving more around the box; he knows his combinations so he is ready. That is why is numbers are getting better and better.

"His strengths are used next to the box and the six-yard box. Every single time the ball is around there you know that he is so dangerous. I think the numbers could be even higher this season."

Salah's best goalscoring return remains the 44 goals he recorded across all competitions he recorded in the 2017-18 season - his first at the club.

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Talks are underway over a new deal for Salah, who has two seasons remaining on his current contract.

Salah has won both the Champions League and Premier League at Liverpool, with Garcia hopeful both parties can reach an agreement over a new deal.

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Jamie Carragher discusses Salah's importance to Liverpool and just why the Egyptian winger deserves a new contract with The Reds

Garcia, part of the Liverpool side that memorably won the 2005 Champions League, added: "When you try to keep the important players on your side, to extend the culture with them, you know you are going to have a strong team because we cannot forget this team has won the Champions League and Premier League.

"Most of (the players) are here. It is the same team."

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Garcia believes Liverpool are "ready" challenge for honours both domestically and in Europe this season if Jurgen Klopp is able to make the most of his squad through rotation.

"The most important is to do a good rotation (of players). Jurgen knows very well how to do that. How to keep all 100% of them focused on the game," said the Spaniard, who was speaking at the launch of a sustainability partnership between SC Johnson and Liverpool, promoting the environment, health and opportunities for communities around the world.

"The talent is there, and once again these are the players who won trophies in the previous years so why challenge again for every trophy."

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Haaland bid ‘unlikely’ & key takeaways from AC Milan – Liverpool FC Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 09/16/2021 - 17:14

Liverpool are joint-top of the table domestically and now outright top of the group in Europe – if you care about such things so early in the season! Good start, either way!

Liverpool won’t ‘open the money box’ for Erling

Unless you have your browser cleverly filtered to exclude anything with transfer rumours, you’ll be aware the Reds have been linked with Erling Haaland plenty of times.

Bayern Munich also have been suggested as a destination for the Norwegian striker – but the club’s former chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge doesn’t think either club will end up landing the Borussia Dortmund star, mainly because the Reds won’t loosen the purse strings for such a signing.

“I think Bayern are interested in Robert [Lewandowski] staying beyond the end of his contract in 2023. Haaland is a [big] investment. I don’t think he’s going to Liverpool. I know the owner very well and he is not known for opening the (money) box.”

While it’s true Liverpool have been a sell-to-buy outfit for the most part, when funds have been there, the club have made sure to spend big on the right players when they identify them. Van Dijk wasn’t exactly a free transfer, after all.

Haaland would be a record-breaking deal to land from Dortmund even with a release clause coming into play, and Rummenigge thinks Real Madrid could end up with both him and Kylian Mbappe.

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 Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring the 3rd goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 1 game between Liverpool FC and AC Milan at Anfield. (Pic by Paul Currie/Propaganda)

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 Burnley's manager Sean Dyche during the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round 2nd Leg match between Burnley FC and ?stanbul Ba?ak?ehir at Turf Moor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Sean Dyche has signed a new four-year contract with Burnley, ensuring both that they will stay a top-flight side until at least 2025 and also that strikers of less than 6 foot 8 will continue to not be welcome at Turf Moor
  • Antonio Rudiger might be sold in January to free up funds and a squad place for Jules Kounde, which sounds very Chelsea, given Rudiger has been their best centre-back under Tuchel
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This is the best version of Fabinho we’ve ever seen. Outrageous footballer. Going to retire as one of the greatest midfielders ever.

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Torture yourself with thinking that Leicester vs Napoli sounds like a good match, but the Europa doesn’t let that happen. Or go third-tier and watch Rennes vs Spurs in the groundbreaking new yawnfest Uefa have spawned.

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Fantasy Premier League: the Ronaldo, Lukaku, Salah dilemma and how to get them all in your team

the Athletic - Thu, 09/16/2021 - 17:00
Is it viable to have a team that includes Mohamed Salah (£12.5 million), Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.6 million) and Romelu Lukaku (£11.6 million) in FPL?

That’s the hot topic in the community going into Gameweek 5.

All three players delivered last weekend, scoring five goals between them, which has managers considering whether it’s worth going with all three points-machines…

For this week’s column, I’ve put together two teams, one fitting in all three big hitters and one with just two of them, so you can get an idea of what each approach looks like.

Hopefully, this will help you decide which path to take over the next few weeks.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5 million) is in both teams. A player at his price who is averaging 8.5 points per game this season is simply undroppable. But keeping him makes it very tricky to squeeze in all three premiums. The squad needs to be trimmed significantly around the edges.

The teams below were created using my team value.

Here’s the Three Premiums Team…

I feel 4-4-2 is the best formation to go for if you want to fit all of Salah, Ronaldo and Lukaku in.

Looking at this draft hurts my eyes, though.

First, the bench is very weak. It would be made up of Tino Livramento (£4.1 million), Moussa Sissoko (£4.

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Lee Jonas signs first professional contract with Liverpool FC

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 09/16/2021 - 16:59

Lee Jonas has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool FC.

The 17-year-old defender has been with the Reds since U12 level after joining from Everton.

Born into a sporting Liverpool family, he played his football for Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s U18s last season and has started this campaign in fine form, scoring in the opening-day victory over Stoke City.

Primarily a strong tackling centre-back who reads the game well, he has also played at full-back and as a holding midfielder.

Jonas has been a regular with England at various youth age groups and recently joined several Academy teammates in starting for England U18s against Wales.

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