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Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane both make their mark as Senegal hold Brazil to draw

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 15:04

Roberto Firmino scored and Sadio Mane assisted as Brazil and Senegal played out a 1-1 friendly on Thursday, with Liverpool taking the headlines in Singapore.


A mid-season friendly, almost 7,000 miles away from Merseyside, in a humid 30′ heat, was not the ideal situation for the Reds.

But both Firmino and Mane started as Brazil took on Senegal in Singapore’s National Stadium on Thursday afternoon, and the pair were both influential in a spirited draw.

Having been expected to make away for the returning Neymar, Firmino instead led the line as the Paris Saint-Germain forward provided support along with Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus.

Liverpool’s No. 9 opened the scoring within nine minutes, and it came in impressive fashion as he latched onto Jesus’ threaded pass and chipped Alfred Gomis with a brilliant finish.

Sim Senhor echoed around the stadium, with Brazil dominating for much of the first half.

But not to be outdone by his Reds team-mate, Mane played a key role in restoring parity just before the break, winning a penalty after a driving run down the left flank.

Mane beat Dani Alves for pace and nutmegged Marquinhos into the area, only to be brought down by the centre-back, allowing Bristol City’s Famara Diedhiou to step up and convert the spot-kick.

The 27-year-old continued to terrorise Alves after half-time, with the ageing right-back unable to deal with his pace and dribbling ability, resorting to cynical fouls.

 Brazil's Roberto Firmino during an international friendly between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A balanced start to the second half saw Firmino make way just before the hour mark, with the striker likely to feature again on Sunday as Brazil take on Nigeria.

Mane played the full 90 minutes in a back-and-forth final half-hour, which largely saw Neymar attempt to score on his 100th appearance for the Selecao.

A goal never came, though, and the friendly ended at 1-1, with both Liverpool forwards playing a decisive role.

While Brazil will remain in Singapore until the end of the week, this marks the end of the break for Senegal, and Mane should now return to Merseyside for training next week.

Given the concerns over the game, the key positive was that neither Firmino or Mane appeared to suffer injury, and Fabinho remained an unused substitute.

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Roberto Firmino scores as Brazil and Senegal draw in Singapore

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 14:59

Roberto Firmino scored a sublime goal and Sadio Mane won a penalty as Brazil and Senegal played out a 1-1 draw on Thursday.

The Liverpool forwards were on opposite sides for the international friendly in Singapore, where Reds midfielder Fabinho was on the bench for Brazil.

Firmino needed just nine minutes to put his country ahead.

Moving onto a through pass by Gabriel Jesus into the Senegal penalty box, Firmino delicately lifted a finish up past the goalkeeper and inside the right-hand post for the opener.

The African side grew into the game, however, and Mane fired a warning midway through the half when his pace fashioned a shooting opportunity from the left channel that Ederson pushed out.

But direct running from the Liverpool No.10 did help to draw Senegal level moments before the break.

Mane surged into Brazil territory from his position on the flank and was eventually felled in the area by Marquinhos, allowing Famara Diedhiou to step up and drive a penalty into the bottom left corner.

Firmino was withdrawn just shy of the hour mark as there was little to separate the teams in the second period, with no further goals. Mane completed the whole game, while Fabinho was an unused substitute.

Brazil play a second friendly fixture in Singapore this Sunday, with Nigeria the opposition for Tite’s Copa America champions.

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Roberto Firmino scores as Brazil and Senegal draw in Singapore

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 14:59
Roberto Firmino scored a sublime goal and Sadio Mane won a penalty as Brazil and Senegal played out a 1-1 draw on Thursday.
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Liverpool coach believes Caoimhin Kelleher “can be anything” if he reaches his potential

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 13:30

Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg has lavished praise on third-choice stopper Caoimhin Kelleher, believing the 20-year-old “can be anything.”


Kelleher made his first-team debut for the Reds in the 2-0 win at MK Dons in the League Cup, and produced an excellent all-round display.

His speed off his line, sweeping behind the defence, long and short passing, comfort in possession and reflexes in the six-yard box helped keep the League One outfit at bay.

It was a standout showing from the Irishman, who has served as backup to Adrian since his recovery from a broken wrist, on the bench in the last eight games in the Premier League and Champions League.

Though this has come through the misfortune of Alisson, and he will return to the role of No. 3 once the Brazilian recovers, Achterberg has high hopes for Kelleher.

“He reads the game and plays well with his feet for Liverpool, but his shot-stopping and his reactions are massive for any club, I would say,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“This is where he is good and it is what he showed against MK Dons.

“He can keep making the next steps and how far he goes is how he can producing these displays on the field because that is where you are going to be assessed.

“In my opinion, he can be anything. It depends how he develops.”

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Chelsea's FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It is a difficult situation for Kelleher, as Achterberg acknowledged that “he needs to play games” in order to prove he is capable of operating at senior level for club and country.

The Dutchman added that he “shows every day in training his speed and reactions,” but his appearance at Stadium MK would help him “make big strides and steps.”

Liverpool opted against sending Kelleher on loan in the summer, instead sanctioning another move for Kamil Grabara, with Pepijn Lijnders explaining Jurgen Klopp‘s coaching staff “felt he is ready to be involved.”

Lijnders shares Achterberg’s opinion of the youngster, describing him ahead of his debut as a “special” goalkeeper who would take the “next step at the right moment in time.”

Kelleher has expressed a willingness to head out on loan to gain first-team experience, though he is also of the belief that he can progress in training.

But this could be the “next step” in fulfilling his vast potential, with Andy Lonergan capable of filling in as third choice in the second half of the season.

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Jamie Carragher believes Naby Keita faces decisive year to cement Liverpool role

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 12:49

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool still need to give Naby Keita time to settle, before turning to transfers to address an area they are “lacking slightly in.”


With eight wins in eight in the Premier League, and an eight-point lead over Man City, there is little faulting the Reds’ squad at this stage.

Given their first-choice goalkeeper has been sidelined for the entire campaign so far, and Mohamed Salah is arguably yet to hit top form in front of goal, the room to improve further is hugely encouraging.

But the depth of Klopp’s ranks could be improved, with persistent injuries to the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana hampering his ability to rotate.

Keita is one such player, the Guinean out for six weeks with a hip injury earlier in the season and now being eased back in, with a cautious approach taken for much of his time at Liverpool so far.

The No. 8 is yet to fully settle into his place in the side, and has been unable to consistently show the levels that prompted a £52.75 million switch from RB Leipzig in 2018.

Carragher has highlighted the 24-year-old as a possible solution to a Reds midfield which he feels is a class below the defence and attack—arguing that he has a year to prove himself before the club could opt to sign another midfielder.

“I think Liverpool have a world-class goalkeeper and back four, a world-class front three, but I just think that they have a top-class midfield rather than world class,” he argued.

 Liverpool's Naby Keita during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Salzburg at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fabinho in that holding position is as good as anyone in the Premier League.

“But what Liverpool have in that position is they have a lot of numbers in terms of players, and what I think the manager will do is just use them all sparingly.

“Trying to get them all at 100 percent rather than playing the same two [alongside Fabinho] every week.

“I think the one before Liverpool look to the transfer market is Naby Keita.

“Liverpool are still waiting for him to take off really, it was a big transfer fee when he came in, he didn’t quite hit the ground running, had some good games, some injuries.

“I think the feeling around the club is they’ve got to give it a good 12 months to really see what Keita can bring to this midfield.

“If he brings what he was supposed to bring, or how he was talked up in Germany before he came, that would add something that was maybe lacking slightly in the midfield.

“But it’s very difficult, it’s not about anything lacking for Liverpool at the moment when they’ve won 17 games on the bounce.”

 Liverpool's Naby Keita during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Genève. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It is difficult to argue with Carragher in terms of Keita’s potential and the speed-bumps he has faced so far, as the player who shone at Leipzig would walk into Klopp’s starting lineup.

The prospect of an in-form Keita deployed alongside Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum, for example, is an attractive one, but it has rarely been an option available to the manager.

He has been left out of the Guinea squad for the October international break, however, and the hope will be that he is able to put his fitness issues behind him and prove himself in the near future.

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Must watch: Virgil van Dijk answers difficult questions in Kop Kids

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 12:00

On the pitch, as the song goes, he's 'calm as you like', but how did Virgil van Dijk react to tackling some difficult questions from Liverpool's U8s team? Find out in the latest edition of Kop Kids, brought to you by Joie.

The centre-back climbs into the hot seat as the Reds' Academy youngsters take turns to pitch questions to him.

And as he quickly discovered, this was nothing like any of the usual media duties he's become accustomed to over the course of his career.

Among the questions put to him, Van Dijk is asked what it was like to win the Champions League, what he's scared of, who smells the nicest in the Liverpool dressing room, and which Reds players make up his FIFA Ultimate Team.

You can watch the entertaining chat with our No.4 in full below...

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Must watch: Virgil van Dijk answers difficult questions in Kop Kids

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 12:00
On the pitch, as the song goes, he's 'calm as you like', but how did Virgil van Dijk react to tackling some difficult questions from Liverpool's U8s team? Find out in the latest edition of Kop Kids, brought to you by Joie.
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Former Red is world No.1 in Fantasy Premier League

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 10:21

As Liverpool lead the way in the real thing, a former Reds player is currently top of the world in Fantasy Premier League.

Nick Tanner – who made 59 appearances for the club, including four in the last title-winning campaign of 1989-90 – is nine points clear in the overall rankings of almost seven million players.

The 54-year-old’s 65-point haul last weekend – helped by a goal and assist from Sadio Mane – established him as the leading boss in the game so far with a total of 587.

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“To be in front of nearly seven million people is a great feeling,” he told The Athletic. “I hadn’t even done fantasy football before last season.

“I was a manager in non-league for 10 years and I’m always watching games like I’m a manager so I think that helps. Certain aspects are similar.

“Fantasy football is all about setting a team up each week and working with the budget you’ve got. You’re trying to work out who’s about to hit form and who needs replacing.”

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Former Red is world No.1 in Fantasy Premier League

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 10:21
As Liverpool lead the way in the real thing, a former Reds player is currently top of the world in Fantasy Premier League.
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Liverpool link emerges as Thomas Muller prepares to 'quit Bayern'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 09:39

Thomas Muller wants to leave Bayern Munich in January, according to German newspaper Bild - and they also claim Liverpool have been interested in him during Jurgen Klopp's time in charge.

Muller has fallen behind Philippe Coutinho in the pecking order at the Bundesliga side and has been benched for their last five games.

Coach Niko Kovac all but confirmed the forward was no longer a starter stating: "When there's need, he'll get his minutes."

Bild believe the German wants out of Bayern as soon as possible which could see him leave in the January transfer window.

And Muller was a target of Liverpool in 2017, according to Bild journalist Christian Falk, with Klopp reportedly asking Bayern about the availability of the striker.

Falk also said Manchester United and Arsenal had shown an interest in the former German international with Louis Van Gaal prepared to pay up to £100million for his signature but a deal was unsuccessful.

Bild claim Muller rejected 'mega offers' from the Premier League in order to stay in Germany but is now considering leaving the club he has spent 19 years at.

Aged 30, the forward is in the latter stages of his career but has scored more than 100 goals in the Bundesliga.

Muller's contract runs until 2021 and Bild say he had intended to see it out - until he was left out of Bayern's starting XI again at the weekend.

Other reports suggests a summer exit may be more likely, but a few teams could be keeping tabs on the striker's situation in the coming months.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Liverpool link emerges as Thomas Muller prepares to 'quit Bayern'

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 09:39
Thomas Muller wants to leave Bayern Munich in January, according to German newspaper Bild - and they also claim Liverpool have been interested in him during Jurgen Klopp's time in charge.
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Liverpool link emerges as Thomas Muller prepares to 'quit Bayern'

HEAD NEWS - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 09:39

Thomas Muller wants to leave Bayern Munich in January, according to German newspaper Bild - and they also claim Liverpool have been interested in him during Jurgen Klopp's time in charge.

Muller has fallen behind Philippe Coutinho in the pecking order at the Bundesliga side and has been benched for their last five games.

Coach Niko Kovac all but confirmed the forward was no longer a starter stating: "When there's need, he'll get his minutes."

Bild believe the German wants out of Bayern as soon as possible which could see him leave in the January transfer window.

And Muller was a target of Liverpool in 2017, according to Bild journalist Christian Falk, with Klopp reportedly asking Bayern about the availability of the striker.

Falk also said Manchester United and Arsenal had shown an interest in the former German international with Louis Van Gaal prepared to pay up to £100million for his signature but a deal was unsuccessful.

Bild claim Muller rejected 'mega offers' from the Premier League in order to stay in Germany but is now considering leaving the club he has spent 19 years at.

Aged 30, the forward is in the latter stages of his career but has scored more than 100 goals in the Bundesliga.

Muller's contract runs until 2021 and Bild say he had intended to see it out - until he was left out of Bayern's starting XI again at the weekend.

Other reports suggests a summer exit may be more likely, but a few teams could be keeping tabs on the striker's situation in the coming months.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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John Bishop announces comedy event in aid of Seán Cox appeal

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 09:00

Comedian John Bishop will host a night of stand-up comedy at Dublin’s 3Arena on Friday January 10, 2020 to raise money for The Seán Cox Rehabilitation Trust.

John will be joined on stage by a star-studded line-up including Michael McIntyre, Tommy Tiernan, Dara O’Briain, Deirdre O’Kane, Joanne McNally, Jason Byrne and Des Bishop in aid of the ‘Support Seán’ campaign.

Tickets for the event go on sale this Monday - October 14 - at 9am. They can be purchased by visiting this link.

The Seán Cox Rehabilitation Trust was set up to raise money to fund the future rehabilitation of lifelong Liverpool fan Seán Cox from Dunboyne, who was left with life-changing injuries following a horrific and unprovoked attack in April 2018. 

Seán, 53 and a father of three, was attacked as he made his way to Anfield to watch the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool FC and AS Roma. After almost 18 months of treatment in Ireland, Sean is currently undergoing an initial 12-week rehabilitation programme in the north of England in a specialist neurological facility which focuses on developing speech and movement.

John Bishop said: “Seán Cox was just like any other football fan - an ordinary man on his way to watch his team playing a big game. Then this brutal attack happened and changed his life forever. It could have been any of us. One way to support this very brave man is through laughter, so we’ve brought together a brilliant line-up of comedians to help raise money for Seán’s on-going rehabilitation. Please come and join us on Friday January 10 as we support Seán.”

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John Bishop announces comedy event in aid of Seán Cox appeal

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 09:00
Comedian John Bishop will host a night of stand-up comedy at Dublin’s 3Arena on Friday January 10, 2020 to raise money for The Seán Cox Rehabilitation Trust.
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Trent Alexander-Arnold: A team effort allows me and Robbo to go forward

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 08:00

Trent Alexander-Arnold is quick to point out the productivity of Liverpool's full-backs in the final third of the pitch is down to a collective effort.

Alexander-Arnold's 12 top-flight assists last season was the highest amount ever recorded by a defender in a single campaign.

With Andy Robertson trailing one behind that total, it was the first time in Premier League history that two defenders from the same team had each registered double-digit assists in a season.

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Such attacking output has continued in 2019-20, and Alexander-Arnold believes it's only possible because of the license given by manager Jürgen Klopp and selfless attitude of his teammates.

The No.66 told Premier League Productions: "It's good to be able to help the team with creating chances and wanting to give good service to the attackers to go and score goals.

"Eventually how you win games is scoring goals. I think as full-backs, me and Robbo, we want to do that as much as possible and the manager gives us that freedom to do that and doesn't limit us and tells us we have to stay back. He gives us that freedom of being able to go forward.

"The midfield help us out a lot by covering us and allowing us to get forward.

"It's a team effort and the lads are in the box all the time to be able to put the chances away." 

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Trent Alexander-Arnold: A team effort allows me and Robbo to go forward

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 08:00
Trent Alexander-Arnold is quick to point out the productivity of Liverpool's full-backs in the final third of the pitch is down to a collective effort.
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Dortmund CEO: I tried to lure Klopp back

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 07:31
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Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed he tried to lure Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp back to the club in the summer of 2018.

Klopp won two Bundesliga titles during his seven years at Dortmund and transformed the club back into European contenders.

The German departed Dortmund in 2015 before taking up his current role at Liverpool a few months later and has since led the Reds to Champions League success.

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Although Watzke wanted to bring Klopp back to the Bundesliga club, he admits he was not surprised that his former manager did not break his contract with Liverpool.

"I knew that Jurgen would [decline], that he will fulfil his contract in Liverpool," Watzke wrote in his new book REAL LOVE. A life with BVB.

"Jurgen has always fulfilled his contracts, but if you want to go new ways and we had to break new ground at BVB, then at least I had to ask Jurgen if he could possibly imagine that.

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"I did not expect that at all, but I would not have forgiven myself for not asking him at that moment."

As well as guiding Liverpool to their sixth European Cup, Klopp has his side well placed to end their wait for a first league title in 30 years.

Liverpool are already eight points clear of second-placed Manchester City in the Premier League, and Watzke believes Klopp's ability to be so successful is due to the fact he is "always honest".

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"The most important thing in our relationship was and is that we can rely on each other blindly," he added.

"Jurgen never lied to me. He is always honest, even in the job. And I never lied to him.

"Even in the most difficult phase, in the season of separation, when we crashed to the last place sometime shortly before the separation in the Bundesliga, that was the case.

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LIVE NOW: Watch Brazil v Senegal on LFCTV and LFCTV GO

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 06:00
Two of Liverpool's front three are on opposing sides today as Roberto Firmino and Brazil take on Sadio Mane’s Senegal – and you can watch the game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO now.
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Watch live today: Brazil v Senegal on LFCTV and LFCTV GO

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 06:00

Two of Liverpool's front three will be on opposing sides later today when Roberto Firmino and Brazil take on Sadio Mane’s Senegal – and you can watch the game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO from 12.55pm BST.

The pair will face off in the international friendly in Singapore this afternoon, with Liverpool duties on hold until a trip to Manchester United on October 20.

It’s sure to be an intriguing encounter in the Far East – and it’s one you can watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO from 12.55pm. 

What’s more, for those wishing to tune in online, you can sign up to a month’s free trial of our on-demand video service now by using the code 1920GOFREE.

For more details on how you can watch Firmino and Mane in action, visit www.liverpoolfc.com/watch.

For viewers in the UK and Ireland, LFCTV and LFCTV GO are the only places you'll be able to watch Brazil v Senegal live.

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