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Thiago Alcantara: My first ever visit to Anfield was in 1998

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 15:59
When Thiago Alcantara walks out at Anfield for the first time as a Liverpool player, it will actually mark his third visit to the stadium for a fixture.
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Liverpool FC complete signing of Thiago Alcantara

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 15:57
Liverpool Football Club have completed a deal for the permanent transfer of Thiago Alcantara from FC Bayern Munich.
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Liverpool in talks to sign Wolves winger Diogo Jota

HEAD NEWS - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 15:35

Liverpool are escalating their interest in Diogo Jota from Wolves and are optimistic of following up the signing of Thiago by adding the forward to their squad for a fee expected to be in excess of £35 million.

Jurgen Klopp has long been an admirer of the versatility and work rate of the Portugal international, who was left out of the Carabao Cup defeat to Stoke by Nuno Espirito Santo.

That signals a transfer is close.

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Liverpool in talks to sign Wolves winger Diogo Jota

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 15:35
Liverpool are escalating their interest in Diogo Jota from Wolves and are optimistic of following up the signing of Thiago by adding the forward to their squad for a fee expected to be in excess of £35 million.
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Liverpool interested in signing Wolves forward Diogo Jota

HEAD NEWS - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 15:30

Liverpool are interested in signing Wolves forward Diogo Jota before the summer transfer window closes.

The 23-year-old was omitted from Nuno Espirito Santo's squad for Thursday's League Cup defeat to Stoke City for unspecified reasons, the manager simply declaring: "he wasn't available".

But the grounds for his absence may well have become clearer after it emerged that he is the subject of interest from the Premier League champions.

Full story: Evening Standard

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Liverpool interested in signing Wolves forward Diogo Jota

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 15:30
Liverpool are interested in signing Wolves forward Diogo Jota before the summer transfer window closes.
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‘Be at our best otherwise it could be really tricky’ - Klopp on Chelsea trip

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 13:30

Jürgen Klopp stressed the need for his Liverpool players to be at their absolute best against Chelsea on Sunday if they're to leave Stamford Bridge with a positive result.

Like the Reds, Frank Lampard's side opened up their 2020-21 Premier League campaign with three points on the board after beating Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1 on Monday night. 

Ahead of a mouthwatering encounter in the capital on Sunday afternoon, Klopp detailed the fierce challenge that awaits the reigning champions. 

He told his pre-match press conference on Friday: "Last year we played Chelsea pretty often and pretty early in the season. All the games were really difficult, so that's what I expect, first and foremost.

"The first game against Brighton was how it looks when you play Brighton. I'm not sure but when you play Brighton we all suffer because they just play good football and you have to be decisive in the key moments and that was the story of the game pretty much. 

"Pretty early it's clear we actually have absolutely no idea who Frank will line up – so many different options. Because we don't know a lot about Chelsea in the moment – during the season that will probably change – we just have to focus on ourselves. There's enough work to do with that for different reasons. 

"We are very early in the season, so we had an intense week of work. [We] worked – how we see it – on decisive stuff. A lot of things were good in the first game, some things were not that good. I know that but it's the first game, so we don't make it less important or more important than necessary, just work with it and use it as one information. 

"All the rest of the week was absolutely good so far. So now we have to make sure that we can transform that on the pitch because we better be at our best otherwise it could be really, really tricky."

Liverpool picked up three points away at Chelsea last season as well-taken goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino secured a 2-1 win. 

It was one of 14 victories the Reds amassed on their travels in the league throughout 2019-20 to set a new club record.

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Asked about his team's success away from home, Klopp commented: "I didn't think last season about it, so why should I now start with it? 

"We don't make a difference between home and away games – it is a difference obviously because of the atmosphere in our stadium usually. 

"We have different ways to play and we had to defend with all we have and sometimes we scored more often than the opponent. 

"We can take the Chelsea game: we scored two wonderful goals, both were after set-pieces, we had more chances but it was a proper fight. That's what we have to be ready for and we should not make a difference between which ground we are playing in at the moment. 

"The pitch is similar long, similar wide, so let's go for it. The goal is in a similar position on all pitches, so we don't make the difference. But, of course, sometimes you can have a positive or negative run and it's not really to explain. 

"We played just consistently competitive, good football. That was the reason for it and that's what we have to do again. We were really in the game, we didn't give the ball away or played with 20 per cent possession away and 80 per cent at home or whatever. 

"We didn't really change. We adapted to the different opponents but we didn't really change and that's another point maybe. 

"But in the end, you need to work for these kind of numbers. We just have to work. We go to Chelsea and that's a tough place with or without supporters, the team they have, the manager they have. 

"It will just be really hardest work again and that's all we need to know."

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‘Be at our best otherwise it could be really tricky’ - Klopp on Chelsea trip

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 13:30
Jürgen Klopp stressed the need for his Liverpool players to be at their absolute best against Chelsea on Sunday if they're to leave Stamford Bridge with a positive result.
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Watch Jurgen Klopp’s pre-match press conference – Chelsea vs. Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 13:12

Jurgen Klopp may have had said little about the imminent arrival of Thiago but his body language spoke volumes as he faced the press ahead of the trip to Chelsea.

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Liverpool supporters were kept in suspense for much of Friday awaiting confirmation of Thiago’s arrival, and the boss only added to the torturous wait having remained relatively tight-lipped on the Spaniard.

It was, of course, the first question of the day and while his body language was screaming elation, his words remained coy as he refused to be the one to officially unveil his new signing – even adding “if it happens” to the mix.

“Nothing really to say,” Klopp told reporters with a smile. “How I learned it, it’s not official until it’s announced!

“I’m not an announcer so I don’t know what I can say but it looks quite promising…but it might be useful to have a look at a few Liverpool channels over the day and we will see whatever happens!”

But he was clear that the arrival of the 29-year-old would not signal the departure of an existing player as has been widely touted throughout the summer – allaying fears that Gini Wijnaldum could leave.

“It has no impact on anybody’s future in a negative way,” he added. “Somebody has to leave because somebody has come in, no. No impact.”

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Chelsea's manager Frank Lampard embrace after the FA Cup 5th Round match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

He was eager, however, to discuss the upcoming clash against Chelsea which presents another stern test for his side on matchday two.

“Last season we played them pretty often and it was really difficult, first and foremost,” he continued.

“[Their] first game against Brighton was how it looks when you play them, we all suffer against Brighton and you have to be decisive in the key moments and that was the story of the game pretty much.

“We have no idea who Frank will lineup, they have so many different options. We don’t know a lot about Chelsea in the moment, so we focus on ourselves.

“We’ve had a really intense training week, working on decisive stuff. A lot of things were good in the first game, some were not but it was the first game, we work with it and use it as one [piece of] information.”

The boss also confirmed that there are no new injury concerns and touched on his non-rivalry with Frank Lampard.

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Liverpool 'make contact' with Barcelona over Ousmane Dembele

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 13:06

Liverpool have reportedly made contact with Barcelona over a loan move for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.

Jurgen Klopp is closing in on his second signing of the summer window, with Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara expected to be confirmed as a Liverpool player shortly.

The Reds had been tracking Thiago for much of the window and finally agreed a £27million deal for the Spain international earlier this week.

Full story: Mirror

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Liverpool 'make contact' with Barcelona over Ousmane Dembele

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 13:06
Liverpool have reportedly made contact with Barcelona over a loan move for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.
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Liverpool 'make contact' with Barcelona over Ousmane Dembele

HEAD NEWS - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 13:06

Liverpool have reportedly made contact with Barcelona over a loan move for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.

Jurgen Klopp is closing in on his second signing of the summer window, with Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara expected to be confirmed as a Liverpool player shortly.

The Reds had been tracking Thiago for much of the window and finally agreed a £27million deal for the Spain international earlier this week.

Full story: Mirror

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Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool highlights

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 12:38

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

Chelsea vs Liverpool. Premier League.

4:30pm, Sunday 20th September 2020.

Stamford Bridge.

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Live on Sky: Chelsea vs Liverpool

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 12:32

Team news and stats ahead of Chelsea vs Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday (kick-off 4.30pm).

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Liverpool managed to register the paperwork in time for new signing Thiago Alcantara to be available for Sunday's trip to Chelsea.

 0:46 Sky Sports News' Vinny O'Connor has the details of the contract signed by Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara

Although the £20m deal for the Bayern Munich midfielder was not announced until late on Friday afternoon the formalities had already been completed in advance for the Spain international to join the squad if manager Jurgen Klopp requires.

Thiago would most likely start on the bench if selected but fellow midfielder Fabinho could start at the expense of Naby Keita.

Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva will all miss out for Chelsea.

The new recruits must wait for their league debuts for the Blues, with Ziyech still nursing a knee complaint, Chilwell a heel issue and Silva searching for match fitness.

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Christian Pulisic is still to shake off a hamstring problem, but striker Timo Werner is fit, having eased past a dead leg picked up at Brighton on Monday.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp 0:39 Jurgen Klopp says there could be more transfers at Liverpool before the window closes in October How to follow

Chelsea vs Liverpool will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm on Saturday; kick-off at 4.30pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

Christian Pulisic glides past two Liverpool players during a virtuoso display 5:03 Chelsea and Liverpool matches always have memorable moments, here are some of the greatest goals from their clashes Watch the Premier League live on Sky Sports

One hundred and forty-six Premier League games will be shown live on Sky Sports in the 2020/21 season, with an additional six matches added in September.

The Premier League has further increased the number of televised games this season from 200 to 231, with over half of the extra fixtures set to be shown live on Sky Sports.

Overall, Sky Sports will be showing 146 Premier League matches live throughout the 2020/21 season, continuing to bring you all the latest twists, turns and shocks at the home of the Premier League.

There will also be two additional midweek programmes - one will be played across the weeks commencing January 11 and 18 and the second will be in the week commencing May 10. All of these games will be broadcast live.

You can also follow the action with our dedicated live blogs on the Sky Sports website and app, and watch free match highlights from every game shortly after full-time on our digital platforms and YouTube channel.

Sunday 20th September 4:00pm Kick off 4:30pm Sky Sports Premier League HD Frank Lampard and Jurgen Klopp 1:15 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Chelsea have bought well in the transfer window, but believes they have threats all over the pitch. Opta stats
  • Chelsea have lost each of their last three Premier League meetings with Liverpool; only once before have they lost more in a row against the Reds in the competition (four between November 2010 and May 2012).
  • After winning just one of their first 16 Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge between 1992-93 and 2007-08 (D4 L11), Liverpool have since won six of their last 12 league games away at Chelsea (D3 L3), including three of five under Jürgen Klopp (D1 L1).
  • Only Liverpool themselves (22) have won more Premier League matches against the reigning champions than Chelsea (15 - level with Manchester United); indeed, the Blues are unbeaten in their last 13 home league games against the previous season's title-winning side (W7 D6), winning each of their last three in succession.
  • Excluding games on the opening day of a season, this will be Liverpool's first Premier League match against a side starting the day above them in the league table since October 2018, a 0-0 draw against Manchester City.
  • Chelsea finished the 2019-20 Premier League season with six consecutive home victories, last winning seven in a row at Stamford in Bridge in the competition in December 2017 under Antonio Conte.
  • Since their 2019-20 title win was confirmed in June, Liverpool have conceded 15 goals in their eight Premier League games (W5 D1 L2) - their previous 15 league goals conceded came across a 23-game spell.

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Thiago signing does not mean other players must leave, insists Jurgen Klopp

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 12:20

Jurgen Klopp all but confirmed Thiago’s Liverpool arrival and was quick to insist the Spaniard’s place in the squad will not come at the detriment of existing players at the club.

The Spaniard’s arrival is set to be officially confirmed over the coming hours after the Reds agreed to a four-year deal with their new No. 6.

Tongues are rightly wagging at Thiago’s Anfield arrival, with the world-class operator set to provide tactical versatility to the side and shed some of the burden on the full-backs to create.

And while Thiago penned a heartfelt goodbye message to Bayern Munich, who he spent seven years with, earlier on Friday morning confirmation of his place within Liverpool’s squad has yet to be announced, leaving Klopp to act coy in his pre-Chelsea press conference.

The boss was clearly in a good mood when the first question thrown at him was in relation to Thiago, grinning in delight as he looked to dodge an official declaration that his signature is imminent.

“Nothing really to say,” Klopp said with a wry smile. “How I learned it, it’s not official until it’s announced!

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“I’m not an announcer so I don’t know what I can say but it looks quite promising. My hands are tied pretty much but it might be useful to have a look at a few Liverpool channels over the day and we will see whatever happens!

“Nothing is announced, that’s all I can say. I can answer after something is announced…or not,” he added with a laugh.

A myriad of reports throughout the summer as Liverpool chased Thiago was in the context that the Reds would need to see players leave before a deal could be done, with Gini Wijnaldum widely touted as the man to depart.

It has since been claimed that positive talks have taken place with the Dutchman who is expected to remain in place this season, and the boss was eager to insist that Thiago’s arrival will not signal the departure of one of his existing players.

That’s “if it happens”, as Klopp continued to act coy.

“If it happens, it has no impact on anybody’s future in a negative way,” he continued. “Somebody has to leave because somebody has come in, no. No impact.

“It’s about timing, sometimes you buy before you sell and sometimes you sell before you buy. There are different scenarios and sometimes you earn the money back in a different way.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates with Georginio Wijnaldum after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-2. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“What is always true for us is that what we earn with football we spend with football, that’s the club. A pretty short summary of our philosophy but it’s one of the key points and we cannot just say we need this and that and cannot afford it.

“I would not insist on it but we work constantly on improvement, sometimes people like it and sometimes they like it later, that’s fact.

“The window itself leaves the window open, so that’s normal and I cannot promise we will do something and I cannot say it’s 100 percent sure we don’t do anything – it’s the situation.

“It’s a developing situation, everything could happen. A player could come to me and say I want to go, I don’t expect that, but it could happen and we have to react – all these things can happen.”

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Jürgen Klopp's pre-Chelsea squad fitness update

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 12:19

Jürgen Klopp reported no new fitness concerns as Liverpool build up for Sunday's Premier League clash with Chelsea.

The Reds travel to Stamford Bridge for their first top-flight away game of the season and the boss has the same group available from the opening-day victory over Leeds United.

“Intense week. A few little things here and there but in the moment should be OK,” Klopp explained at his pre-match press conference.

“Nobody is coming back or whatever, and the rest we have to see. So, still two days to go – two training sessions – but for the moment, we seem OK.”

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Jürgen Klopp's pre-Chelsea squad fitness update

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 12:19
Jürgen Klopp reported no new fitness concerns as Liverpool build up for Sunday's Premier League clash with Chelsea.
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Liverpool make Ousmane Dembele loan bid, claim Spanish report

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 11:25

Liverpool are “keen on taking” Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele on a season-long loan deal, according to a Spanish paper, with a forward seemingly next on the agenda for the Reds.

The Reds had been relatively quiet in the transfer window until earlier this week, with Kostas Tsimikas the only arrival amid widespread reports suggesting outgoings must be made before incomings.

Then, a breakthrough in a deal for Thiago which is set to be announced on Friday and further ties to forwards as the Reds’ next target area becomes apparent.

Watford‘s Ismalia Sarr has been regularly touted, with the Mail‘s Dominic King reporting that the club have made an enquiry into the availability of the winger, but no bid has been made.

The 22-year-old is viewed as a candidate to provide cover for both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, and now Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele has been added to the mix by Spanish outlet Sport.

The Frenchman has long been known as a favourite of Klopp’s and they claim the club “have made contact” with Barcelona “about the possibility of taking the France international on loan.”

 France's Ousmane DembÈlÈ in action against England during an international friendly match at the Stade de France. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The deal would reportedly see the Reds “take on his salary and pay a small fee for a one year loan,” but the Catalan side have “not responded” and would be resistant to agreeing to a loan deal.

Dembele’s talent is undeniable, with his pace and skill having led to his €105 million transfer to Camp Nou in the summer of 2017, but a series of injuries has denied him the chance to justify his hefty fee.

He has made a total of 74 appearances for Barcelona in three seasons, returning 19 goals and 17 assists, but he has not made a competitive appearance since November last year due to a troublesome hamstring injury.

It would not be out of the realm of possibility that Liverpool would pursue such a move, with the outlay for a permanent signing, regardless of Dembele’s current output, beyond the Reds’ reach.

And a loan spell would make him only the second player Klopp has signed on a temporary basis at Anfield – with Steven Caulker the first back in 2016.

A new attacking option is undoubtedly a need for Liverpool this season and Dembele can play on either flank, the question is if he can get his body back on track after being besieged by injury at the age of just 23.

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Dates confirmed for LFC Women's league campaign

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 10:59

Full fixture details for Liverpool FC Women's FA Women's Championship campaign have now been confirmed.

Vicky Jepson’s team have started the season with a win and a draw, making them one of five teams with four points at the top of the Championship table.

The kick-off details for the remaining league fixtures were released today, with matches currently remaining behind closed doors.

All LFC Women league games will take place on Sundays, with home matches at Prenton Park.

After the current international break, the Reds will return to finish the month by hosting Charlton Athletic on September 27.

See an updated fixture list below – please note, these are subject to change.

September

Sunday 27 – Charlton Athletic (H) – 2pm

October

Sunday 4 – Coventry United (A) – 2pm
Sunday 11 – Leicester City (A) – 2pm

November

Sunday 1 – Lewes (A) – 12pm
Sunday 8 – Sheffield United (H) – 2pm
Sunday 15 – Blackburn Rovers (A) – 2pm

December

Sunday 6 – Crystal Palace (H) – 2pm
Sunday 13 – London City Lionesses (A) – 2pm
Sunday 20 – Durham (A) – 12pm

January

Sunday 10 – London Bees (H) – 2pm
Sunday 17 – Leicester City (H) – 2pm

February

Sunday 7 – Charlton Athletic (A) – 2pm
Sunday 14 – Coventry United (H) – 2pm

March

Sunday 7 – Crystal Palace (A) – 2pm
Sunday 28 – Blackburn Rovers (H) – 2pm

April

Sunday 4 – Lewes (H) – 12pm
Sunday 25 – Sheffield United (A) – 2pm

May

Sunday 2 – London City Lionesses (H) – 2pm

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Dates confirmed for LFC Women's league campaign

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 09/18/2020 - 10:59
Full fixture details for Liverpool FC Women's FA Women's Championship campaign have now been confirmed.
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