Stadium update for FIFA Club World Cup

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 10:29

Liverpool FC can confirm we have been informed by FIFA that our two matches in the FIFA Club World Cup will now be played at Khalifa International Stadium and not Education City as planned.

As per our protocols, we will now send relevant LFC officials to Qatar in the coming days to inspect Khalifa International Stadium.

We will update supporters next week on any additional information as a result of the change of stadium.

Click here to see FIFA information and fan FAQs.

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Stadium update for FIFA Club World Cup

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 10:29
Liverpool FC can confirm we have been informed by FIFA that our two matches in the FIFA Club World Cup will now be played at Khalifa International Stadium and not Education City as planned.
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Liverpool’s boycott of the S*n leads to rejection of England game at Anfield

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 09:36

Anfield is not being considered for England’s Euro 2020 warmup against Romania in June due to Liverpool’s ban on S*n journalists.

The FA announced the friendly clash on June 7 without a venue as, with Wembley unavailable, Gareth Southgate is pushing for a northern stadium.

But with journalists from the S*n not permitted at Anfield, the Mail report that the Reds’ ground is not being considered, despite a host of others already being fully booked.

Old Trafford and the Etihad are already hosting events, while Goodison Park is “unsuitable due to its dated facilities and access issues,” which leaves St James’ Park as the most viable option.

The Mail add that Liverpool are “unwilling to alter their position,” which stems from the S*n’s treatment of supporters in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster.

Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield received a not guilty verdict at his retrial last month, and ‘Justice for the 96’ rang out across Anfield during the first six minutes of Wednesday night’s Merseyside derby.

The Kop was laden with banners, one reading “injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere” and another, spanning the divide between home and away fans, “all Scousers know the truth.”

 A banner stretching between the Everton and Liverpool supporters "All Scousers Know the Truth, Justice for the 96" before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 234th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s matchday programme was dedicated to the 96, while a mosaic was organised in their honour, held up by fans prior to kickoff.

Anfield has not hosted an England game since the 2-1 win over Uruguay in 2006, and there appear to be no plans for that to change any time soon.

It is a credit to the club that that is the case, as their hardline stance over the S*n, and the memories of the 96, are significantly more important.

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Joel Matip fitness latest

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 08:45
Jürgen Klopp expects Joel Matip to be sidelined for at least another fortnight.
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Joel Matip fitness latest

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 08:45

Matip has not featured for Liverpool since October 20 due to a knee issue and has been left out of the Reds squad for the FIFA Club World Cup this month.

“Everything in our life is all under pressure. All the little things have to heal as quickly as possible, but here it is taking the normal amount of time,” said Klopp.

“It was not like after four weeks or so that it was already as we wished, so we have to wait another two weeks I would think and then we will see.

“But then he will have been out for six weeks or so, if it is perfect, fine, but he might need to rebuild his physical things as well, which is not too cool, but it is nothing serious.

“It will be fine, but the problem is between now and then, we play 10 times and that is the situation.”

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The view from Bournemouth: 'Set-pieces will be crucial'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 08:00

Premier League leaders Liverpool travel south to take on Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.

Jürgen Klopp's Reds beat Everton 5-2 in the Merseyside derby at Anfield in midweek and head to Vitality Stadium on a club-record unbeaten run of 32 games in the top flight.

Eddie Howe's Cherries have lost four on the bounce following a 1-0 win over Manchester United at the beginning of November but have managed to score in all but one of their last eight home matches.

So, what can we expect from Bournemouth? We spoke to Back of the Net podcast host Sam Davis (@afcbpodcast) to find out...

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Last time at Bournemouth | Reds win 4-0

The Cherries are on a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats, but are there positives to take from the performances?

Despite being one of the smaller teams in the Premier League, Bournemouth have always been regarded as an exciting team to watch with plenty of attacking options, but sadly our identity has been lost in recent weeks.

That said, there have been a few highlights, including some excellent passages of play in the early and late stages of the 3-2 defeat at Spurs.  Early on, we showed a lot of desire and intensity and late in the game, the Cherries managed to claw two goals back and arguably could have stolen an equaliser. The inconsistency within the 90 minutes is something which will infuriate Eddie Howe, but I trust him to be the man to make things right.

Like many of our supporters, he will be incredibly disappointed at recent Bournemouth showings - it very much feels like we're a team that are lesser than the sum of its parts, and it'll be something he is keen to address.

Where will the Cherries' main attacking threat come from this weekend?

The main threats from a Bournemouth perspective will come from set-pieces. Whilst we will have no Harry Wilson available for this game (the loanee can't play against parent club Liverpool), our ability to convert from free-kicks and corners has improved drastically, not least because of the pinpoint delivery of Diego Rico, our Spanish left-back.

He has been integral to a number of goals this season, often from corners, and has provided a number of assists, not least for defensive stalwarts Steve Cook and Nathan Ake - who always like to get forward and cause mischief when we have a dead-ball kick.

And what area of the team do you think the Reds will exploit?

Last weekend, Bournemouth were outdone by Spurs with a number of long balls which were unexpected but incredibly effective. I noticed against Everton, Liverpool deployed the same tactic at times, which turned out to be very fruitful. These kinds of passes can trouble our defence, and Liverpool have the technically gifted players to be able to capitalise on them.  

Despite this concern, the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are obviously a great worry for us. Formation-wise, we will certainly need to make changes to try to counter this threat, but the direct running and pacey outlets you have up front mean that all Cherries players will need to pull a huge performance out of the bag in the hope of not conceding.

How has Harry Wilson fared so far this season?

Wilson has done well for Bournemouth, however, I do feel as though the position where Howe has played him is possibly not his best. When he is pinned to the right flank, he cannot maraud down the centre of the park where he seems much more effective, with the opportunity of being able to play the ball left and right. 

Where he is situated at the moment rather stunts what he can do, but he has still netted a number of goals for us and has provided some very pivotal moments which Bournemouth fans will look back on with fondness at the end of the season - not least his contribution in helping us secure our first ever win at south-coast rivals Southampton.

How is confidence heading into Saturday's match?

Sadly, as supporters, we are short of confidence at the moment due to our current form. Our last match against 10-men Crystal Palace could have been an opportunity to gain some much-needed points. However, for the 70 minutes where we had a man advantage we looked moribund and possessed little creativity in the middle of the park - something which Liverpool could very well exploit at the weekend.

How do you expect the Cherries to line up?

We've gone with a 4-4-2 on most occasions this season, and whilst that has provided some defensive solidity at times, the rigid formation has prevented us from having the space to produce the free-flowing and attacking football that we like to see.

I would prefer to see something like 5-3-2 at the weekend, with an extra man in defence but the ability to push the wing-backs further forward and crowd out the midfield, an area of the pitch where Liverpool historically dominate. I just hope that whatever Howe picks can somehow stunt your attack and give Bournemouth a chance to attempt the attacking and overlapping football that us fans have come to enjoy.

What have you made of Liverpool this season?

Liverpool are a frightening proposition this season and unlike last season, I do believe that this time round you will be Premier League champions. The strength with Liverpool is not only in attack but with the solidity of the defence, but I must say that the team mentality seems a lot different to how it has been in previous years. 

Klopp seems to have brought together a squad that plays for the badge and plays for the fans, and the togetherness that can be witnessed at Anfield is something very special. To me, the trajectory that your club is on is one that will lead to continued success.

What is your prediction for the match?

As much as I'd like to be confident for this, my aim for the match is to have an improved performance and to see glimpses of the Bournemouth of old. I do, though, see Liverpool being too strong and coming away 3-0 victors.

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The view from Bournemouth: 'Set-pieces will be crucial'

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 08:00
Premier League leaders Liverpool travel south to take on Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.
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Mohamed Salah given the perfect setting for his Premier League century

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 07:00

Mohamed Salah could make his 100th appearance in the Premier League today, and will do so against a Bournemouth side he has punished before.

Perfect Setting for Salah’s Century

Mo Salah has scored for Liverpool in four successive games against Bournemouth—the only Reds player in history to do so.

His hat-trick here last season was the first ever by any Liverpool player against Bournemouth in the league.

The Egyptian has scored six goals against Eddie Howe’s men in just four appearances.

He could make the 100th Premier League appearance of his career, the first 13 of which came with Chelsea.

Guaranteed Goals

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum scores his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. ( Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images)

Bournemouth have conceded on average three goals per game in the last seven encounters.

The Reds have scored 37 goals in their 15 league games this season—it equals their Premier League best, set in 2016/17.

Liverpool have won each of the last 30 games in which they have scored the first goal, including the penalty shootout victory over Arsenal in the League Cup.

The Reds are unbeaten in league and cup in the last 44 games (41 wins, three draws) when scoring the first goal since losing to Chelsea at Anfield in the League Cup last season.

Dean Court Anomaly

Liverpool's Loris Karius looks on dejected after his mistake gives Bournemouth's their fourth goal during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, London. Picture date December 4th, 2016 Pic David Klein/Sportimage via PA Images

The Reds have lost one of the 15 meetings between the clubs in all competitions, winning 11.

In the eight previous meetings at Dean Court, Liverpool have won five with two draws and a defeat.

When losing in 2016 Liverpool conceded more goals in 37 minutes (four) than they have in all the other seven visits to Bournemouth put together (three).

The teams have met only eight times in the league (all in the Premier League) with the Reds winning six, drawing one and losing the other.

Liverpool have done the double over the Cherries in three of the four league campaigns in which they have met.

3 O’Clock Blackout

This will be the first time since May 2007 that Liverpool will have kicked off at 3pm on a third successive Saturday.

Absent King

 Joshua King during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Bournemouth have not scored in any of the last four meetings with Liverpool, home and away.

The last player to do was Josh King with an 87th-minute equaliser at Anfield in April 2017.

King, with two, is the only Bournemouth player to score more than once against Liverpool in the club’s history, while Simon Francis has played most games for his club against the Reds (10).

The Norwegian is set to miss this game through injury.

Ex-Reds and Klopp’s Loanee

 AFC Bournemouth's Jordon Ibe is replaced by substitute Dominic Solanke during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jordon Ibe played 58 times for Liverpool scoring four times. In the league he netted once in 41 appearances.

Dominic Solanke scored once in 27 games for Liverpool before joining Bournemouth for £19 million last January.

Harry Wilson has scored six goals in his 14 league appearances this season. He is ineligible to play today against his parent club.

This Season’s Scorers

 Liverpool's Sadio Mané celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 234th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Bournemouth: H.Wilson 6, C.Wilson 5, King 3, Ake 1, Fraser 1, Mepham 1, S.Cook 1

Liverpool: Mane 13, Salah 9, Origi 5, Firmino 4, Oxlade-Chamberlain 4, Milner 3, Van Dijk 3, Wijnaldum 3, own goals 3, Matip 2, Robertson 2, Alexander-Arnold 1, Fabinho 1, Henderson 1, Hoever 1, Lallana 1, Lovren 1, Shaqiri 1

* Stats courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea (@ged0407).

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Missing Men: Bournemouth 2016

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 07:00

Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge got the goals as Liverpool beat Bournemouth 2-1 away from home in 2016, but can you name the rest of the Reds' experimental starting XI that day?

Jürgen Klopp made 10 changes to the side that had secured an incredible comeback win over Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals of the Europa League just days earlier at Anfield and handed a debut to his goalkeeper.

But who was the No.52 that April afternoon? And can you fill in the rest of the Missing Men below?

Fill in the answers in the quiz below, or click Next at the bottom of the page to reveal the Missing Men…

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Missing Men: Bournemouth 2016

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 07:00
Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge got the goals as Liverpool beat Bournemouth 2-1 away from home in 2016, but can you name the rest of the Reds' experimental starting XI that day?
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Bournemouth Vs Liverpool Preview - Reds must keep pedal to the floor at Vitality StadiumOrigi Haunts...

Anfield Index.com - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 06:14


Venue – Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth

Referee – Chris Kavanagh

Date & Time – Saturday, December 7th @ 15:00

Current Odds – Bournemouth 6/1, Draw 15/4, Liverpool 4/9


Strap yourselves in for an insanely busy December for Liverpool. Even as fans, it seems there’s a lot to keep up with this month. Imagine how the players feel. A fantastic 5-2 trouncing of Everton on Wednesday has everyone buzzing. Time to keep the form going and not get complacent.


Bournemouth Form

Bournemouth have just one win in 10 in all competitions, losing their last four Premier League matches. Eddie Howe’s side has slipped to 12th in the table as a result of this dip.

They will improve in the second half of the season and go on to achieve mid-table safety at least. Let’s hope they don’t have an upturn in form just yet.

Liverpool Form

43 points from a possible 45 in the Premier League. That’s 14 wins and 1 draw in Liverpool’s opening 15 games of the season. Phenomenal. The team has also now gone a club-record 32 top-flight games unbeaten. Jurgen Klopp has formed a team for the ages. Don’t doubt it. You’ll very rarely see this class of side again, anywhere.

Wednesday night’s win over Everton was with a much-changed starting lineup as The Reds face into a very demanding winter schedule. It worked and, importantly, it showed the strength-in-depth is actually there.

The next month will go a long way to deciding Liverpool’s season. Let’s start with another three points at Bournemouth on Saturday.


Bournemouth Team News

Eddie Howe will be without Steve Cook, Charlie Daniels, Lloyd Kelly, Andrew Surman, David Brooks, Junior Stanislas and Josh King, all through injury.

Harry Wilson will be ineligible for this game as Liverpool is his parent club.

Defender Adam Smith faces a late fitness test to see if he is available for selection.

Howe’s Bournemouth has lined up in 4-4-2, 4-4-1-1 and 4-5-1 formations in recent months. It will probably be a 4-5-1 they go with for Saturday’s game.

Liverpool will need to keep Ryan Fraser quiet while Callum Wilson will give Virgil van Dijk and co plenty to think about.

Liverpool Team News

Alisson returns for Liverpool after missing the 5-2 derby victory through suspension.

Joel Matip, Fabinho and Nathaniel Clyne are all injured for this clash. Fabinho and Clyne won’t be back until the new year. Matip should be back in the next few weeks.

Klopp needs to rotate his starting lineup throughout December due to the hectic schedule facing The Reds.

The back four should be the same as those who started against Everton. However, in midfield, it could be a different trio of Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi is my pick for the front three to start at Bournemouth.


Bournemouth XI (4-5-1) – Ramsdale; Smith, Mepham, Ake, Rico; Groeneveld, Cook, Lerma, Billing, Fraser; Wilson

Liverpool XI (4-3-3) – Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Origi


Liverpool have won the last four meetings between the two sides with an aggregate score of 14-0 in those games. Mohamed Salah has bagged six goals in that time against Bournemouth.

The last two games at the Vitality Stadium were 4-0 wins for Liverpool. A Salah hat-trick and a Steve Cook own-goal did the damage on the south coast last season.



I think Jurgen Klopp’s midweek rotation against Everton will reap further rewards here. Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino will be chomping at the bit. A punt on Salah to score two or more goals OR Salah and Firmino both to score. I still can’t back The Reds to keep a clean sheet but they should win this game by two goals, at least.

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Sadio Mane interview | Fitness, Bournemouth, Harry Wilson and the Ballon d'Or

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 12/07/2019 - 06:00
Sadio Mane feels fresh and ready to go again as Liverpool’s pursuit of the Premier League title continues at Bournemouth.
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Stats: Salah out to extend record scoring run against Bournemouth

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 12/06/2019 - 23:59
Mohamed Salah will aim to extend a record scoring run when Liverpool face Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
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Reds head to happy hunting ground in Dean Court – Bournemouth vs. Liverpool Preview

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 12/06/2019 - 18:43

Liverpool head to Bournemouth looking for a third consecutive win at Dean Court, as they aim to hold their lead at the top of the Premier League.

Bournemouth vs. Liverpool

Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 3pm (GMT)
Dean Court
Premier League (16)
Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Following a trio of unconvincing results, the Reds enjoyed the rout they had long been threatening as a much-changed side thrashed Everton 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Three days after, and they are back on the road for a trip to the south coast, taking on a Bournemouth side who, like the Blues, are struggling this campaign.

Eddie Howe has overseen just four wins in the league, with four of the Cherries’ seven defeats coming in the last four games.

However, their most recent victory came with an impressive showing at home to Man United, and Howe will be clinging to this as he hopes to inspire Bournemouth to become the first side to take three points from Liverpool.

With many of his big names rested, though, Jurgen Klopp will be confident of another positive result as the Reds set the pace at the top of the table.

Team News

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

There are no new injury problems for Liverpool, with Joel Matip (knee) and Fabinho (ankle) the only first-team regulars sidelined.

Klopp did, however, indicate that there were “little concerns” within his squad after the Merseyside derby, which could impact his planned lineup for the weekend.

The manager is likely to make more changes, having opted for five in midweek, with Alisson set to return after his suspension, and Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah almost guaranteed to start too.

Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are all options if Klopp opts to reshuffle further.

Bournemouth will be without the ineligible Harry Wilson, while Steve Cook (wrist), Adam Smith (ankle) and Josh King (hamstring) are ruled out with injury.

Possible Bournemouth XI: Ramsdale; Francis, Mepham, Ake, Rico; Danjuma, Billing, Lerma, Fraser; Solanke, Wilson

Last 5 Away to Bournemouth (All Competitions)

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Won 3-1 – December 2014 (Gosling; Sterling x2, Markovic)
Won 2-1 – April 2016 (King; Firmino, Sturridge)
Lost 4-3 – December 2016 (Wilson, Fraser, Cook, Ake; Mane, Origi, Can)
Won 4-0 – December 2017 (Coutinho, Lovren, Salah, Firmino)
Won 4-0 – December 2018 (Salah x3, Cook OG)

Dean Court

 A general view of Bournemouth's Dean Court Stadium before the FA Premier League match against Liverpool. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Capacity: 11,360

Away fans’ pubs: The best bet for away fans is to head into the centre of town before the match. The stadium is about three miles from it and there are plenty of buses and taxis to get you to the ground.

This will give you a much bigger variety of bars and pubs to suit any taste.

A piece of advice for the visiting fan: My standard advice would be to make a weekend of it. Bournemouth is known as a tourist haven for a reason.

Information courtesy of Neil Grover (@AFCBNG).

Did You Know?

 Liverpool's Andy Robertson celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Despite Liverpool’s 4-3 loss back in 2016 depicting Dean Court as a difficult stadium to visit, only two current Premier League sides boast a worse home record against the Reds.

Klopp’s side have won on three of their four visits to Boscombe, for a win ratio of 75 percent.

This is equal to their record on trips to Norwich (75%), albeit based on half the amount of games, and behind only Burnley (83.3%) and Brighton (100%).

Liverpool have also scored more league goals at Dean Court than at any other stadium during Klopp’s reign as manager, with 13.


Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri (left) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with team-mate Adam Lallana during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 5-2 vs. Everton
Won 2-1 vs. Brighton
Drew 1-1 vs. Napoli
Won 2-1 vs. Crystal Palace
Won 3-1 vs. Man City

Bournemouth – Last five results (all competitions)

Lost 1-0 vs. Crystal Palace
Lost 3-2 vs. Tottenham
Lost 2-1 vs. Wolves
Lost 2-1 vs. Newcastle
Won 1-0 vs. Man United

Klopp’s View

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Speaking at Melwood on Friday, Klopp expressed his relief that Wilson was unable to play against his parent club, and assessed the loanee’s progress so far:

“Oh, Harry. I’m happy, to be honest, that he cannot play against us!

“Each free-kick is a proper, proper threat. But we were never in doubt about Harry’s shooting abilities, his skills in that part of the game are incredible. World class for sure.

“But Harry is at Bournemouth to improve all the rest of his game as well. So being involved, being decisive, being between the lines, using the speed and all that stuff.

“He makes big steps, so that’s really important.

“Now [Bournemouth are] not in the best run but even there he scored two goals in the game before the last game [against Tottenham]—nice goals, as well.”

TV & Liveblog Info

 A television camera blocks the view of photographers during the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Bournemouth vs. Liverpool is not on TV in the UK, with the Saturday 3pm kickoff the last of the Reds’ games to not be broadcast in 2019.

This Is Anfield’s Chris Williams will be providing updates, analysis and our usual biased view on our matchday liveblog, however, kicking off from 2.15pm.

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Jurgen Klopp backs Sadio Mane to challenge for Ballon d’Or in future

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 12/06/2019 - 18:42

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes forward Sadio Mane can challenge Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or in years to come.

The Senegal international has been in sensational form in 2019 and actually won Messi’s vote in FIFA’s Best awards in September.

However, he finished fourth in the Ballon d’Or stakes behind the Barcelona forward, team-mate Virgil Van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi said it was “a shame” Mane finished fourth but Klopp does not expect that to be the case for much longer.

“The first three in the Ballon d’Or was Messi, Van Dijk, Cristiano and then Sadio. That’s a nice row. Having two players there shows a lot,” said the Reds boss.

“Mo was fifth and Alisson was seventh. We obviously played a good season and they had to respect that.

“Sadio is in incredible shape. Since the first day he came in he has been an incredibly important player.

“I can still remember his first goal, the Arsenal goal: running down the line, cutting inside and with the next step left-foot into the far corner.

“An incredible goal. And each year he made big steps and is in a good way.

 Liverpools Sadio Mané celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 234th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“For an offensive player when Messi says something like this… Sadio, especially against Barcelona at home, was very impressive, it was like we had three of him on the pitch.

“If he stays healthy he will have an incredible career in front of him and I think he can climb in that Ballon d’Or table.

“But then some other people make decisions – not even Lionel Messi can decide that.”

Mane is Liverpool’s top scorer this season with 13 and at times was unplayable in the midweek Merseyside derby win over Everton which restored their eight-point lead at the top of the table.

Victory at Bournemouth, who have lost the last four, guarantees Klopp’s side are top at Christmas.

The Reds have been top on December 25 three times previously but remain the only club never to have gone on and won the Premier League from that position.

“I’ve told you often enough I am really not interested in these numbers and this history but that is part of the deal when you are in a good position,” said the manager.

“There are a lot of people who celebrate already, a lot of people who worry still and a lot of people who hope that you will still fail.

“I don’t listen to any of them. What that means for Christmas I never thought about.

“We need to be lucky that players stay fit and healthy. These are all things which worry us much more than who will be first at Christmas and what it means.”

Liverpool’s December programme has been complicated by their involvement in the Club World Cup, which will see them play two matches in Qatar later this month – the first 24 hours after a Carabao Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa.

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Weeks of speculation were ended when the designated 23-man squad travelling to Doha was published this week, naming all his first-team players plus youngsters Rhian Brewster, Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Neco Williams.

There is an outside chance Liverpool will try to field that youthful quartet in the Carabao Cup and then immediately fly them to Qatar to sit on the bench for their Club World Cup semi-final.

But Klopp said “not for one second” did he consider splitting the squad and leaving some senior players behind for the League Cup side, which will be managed by Under-23 boss Neil Critchley.

“We had to do it like this. I think it’s a really nice opportunity for the younger players to face that (Villa). I know everybody thinks ‘no chance’ but football is a wonderful game,” he said.

“There was absolutely no chance to do it differently, in the moment when it was clear when it would be played and all the other dates were absolutely not possible for us to play it later.

“At the end we will not suffer because of it. That’s not possible. If somebody thought I should have done it differently, I cannot change that.”

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Bournemouth v Liverpool: Team news

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 12/06/2019 - 17:00

Liverpool will welcome back Alisson Becker for Saturday's Premier League clash with Bournemouth.

The Brazilian goalkeeper served a one-match suspension for the midweek victory over Everton but is available to Jürgen Klopp again for the trip to the south coast.

At his pre-match press conference on Friday lunchtime, the manager also reported that the Reds have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game.

Klopp did, however, explain that the nature of the demands on the players at this time of year means he must be prepared for all circumstances.

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“In the moment, it looks OK,” he said.

“But it’s like, if somebody wakes up and feels a little bit here and there, then I need to know that. When I know that, then I have to deal with that information.

“Nobody is ruled out, yet, so that’s good, but there are still three hours until we train, so there is still a bit of time. But in this moment, they all should be fine.”

Klopp made five changes to his starting XI for the Merseyside derby on Wednesday and saw the likes of Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri grasp their opportunity with starring roles in the 5-2 win.

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The boss noted that the quick turnaround between games – and the intensity he expects to face against Bournemouth – will influence his selection this weekend.

“We have to see who we can use, especially when it’s three days between two games,” he said.

“Wednesday-Saturday is always a massive challenge and we have to be sensible and sensitive in the same moment with the decision-making about the line-up because Bournemouth will be really demanding, they will ask for everything.

“We have to again be really spot on, intense, all that stuff. They are not happy with their situation so we need a good intensity in that game again. That’s what we try to make sure with the line-up, but then still the boys have to do the job and hopefully they can do it.”

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is without several first-team players due to injury and Adam Smith is the latest to be ruled out ahead of Liverpool’s visit.

The defender sustained an ankle injury during the Cherries’ midweek league clash with Crystal Palace and cannot play on Saturday.

Steve Cook (wrist) and Joshua King (hamstring) remain sidelined, while the game comes too soon for the returning Junior Stanislas and Andrew Surman.

“We’re in a tough spot in a tough, tough league,” said Howe at his pre-match press conference, following four consecutive league defeats for Bournemouth.

“But these challenges inspire me, we need to show the unity and the fight for the challenge and that’s what I’m telling my players.”

On-loan Harry Wilson, who has scored six league goals in 14 appearances for the Cherries this season, is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Last match

Crystal Palace 1-0 Bournemouth (December 3): Ramsdale, Rico, Ake, Mepham, Smith, Groeneveld, Billing, Lerma, H. Wilson, Solanke, C. Wilson.

Liverpool 5-2 Everton (December 4): Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Lallana, Shaqiri, Mane, Origi.

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Bournemouth v Liverpool: Team news

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 12/06/2019 - 17:00
Liverpool will welcome back Alisson Becker for Saturday's Premier League clash with Bournemouth.
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U23s suffer defeat at Tottenham Hotspur

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 12/06/2019 - 16:51

It was a frustrating afternoon for Liverpool U23s as they lost 4-0 away at Tottenham Hotspur in Premier League 2 on Friday.

Rodel Richards opened the scoring for the hosts on 20 minutes before two spot-kicks in the second half changed the game.

On 55 minutes, Morgan Boyes was sent off and Jamie Bowden made no mistake from the spot, then five minutes later the same player converted another penalty to make it 3-0.

Spurs added a fourth goal in stoppage-time as Bowden claimed his hat-trick, and the home team also ended up with 10 men when Malachi Fagan-Walcott was shown a red card.

Reflecting on the game, U23s boss Neil Critchley told Liverpoolfc.com: “I thought the first half was even but they had the better of the first 20 minutes, then we were the dominant team right up until half-time and missed a good opportunity to equalise.

“We started the second half on top again and then came the pivotal moment of the game when a penalty was awarded against us and Morgan was sent off. I thought that was debatable, not just the sending-off but the penalty as well.

“That changed the game and then almost straight after they scored another penalty. That was a penalty and I’ve got no qualms about that decision.

“But even with 10 men I thought we gave a good account of ourselves, played some good football and the character we showed on the pitch was excellent.

“They made it 4-0 with the last kick of the game but I thought that was harsh on us. I didn’t think there was too much between the two teams throughout the whole 90 minutes.”

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, Williams, Gallacher, Clayton, Boyes, Chirivella, Elliott (Bearne (Norris)), Kane, Longstaff, Christie-Davies, Hill.

Unused substitutes: Dixon-Bonner, Atherton, Varesanovic.

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U23s suffer defeat at Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham v Liverpool: Away ticket details

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 12/06/2019 - 16:32

Liverpool FC has released the following away ticket details for the Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday January 11.

The match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will kick off at 5.30pm GMT.

The club has received a total allocation of 3,038 stand tickets for this all-ticket fixture. This allocation is less than last season’s due to Tottenham now playing in their new stadium.

Supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel.

Ticket prices                                   

Adults – £30
Over 65s – £19
Young adults (18-21) – £22.50
Juniors (under 18) – £17

Please be aware that supporters in possession of concessionary tickets will be asked for ID at the turnstiles. If supporters are not able to provide the relevant ID, they will be refused entry.

Hospitality members

Sir Kenny Dalglish Box holders, Premium Level and Centenary Club members should contact the hospitality department on 0151 264 2222, option two.

Disabled supporters

Within the allocation, the club has received 26 pairs of wheelchair and personal assistant tickets. Ambulant and personal assistant tickets are also available – click here for more information.

Ticket sales

The below sales will take place online only.

Tickets will be available to season ticket holders and Members based on Premier League away fixtures recorded during 2018-19, on the following days.

12 or more games: from 8.15am on Thursday December 12 until 10.45am on Friday December 13.

Supporters are guaranteed a ticket during this sale and can purchase one ticket per person, up to a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction.

The following sales will then take place on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability, and supporters can purchase one ticket per person up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

11 or more games: from 11am until 1.45pm on Friday December 13.

10 or more games: from 2pm on Friday December 13 until 10.45am on Monday December 16.

9 or more games: from 11am on Monday December 16.

Should there be any tickets remaining following the initial sales, the club will make a further announcement. Supporters are advised to check here for sale updates.

For ticket fulfilment (delivery and collection of tickets), click here.

For a visiting supporter guide, click here.

For coach travel, click here.

For away support information, click here.

For general information, click here.

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