Takumi Minamino is pushing for an opportunity to show his pre-season form on the pitch for Liverpool, explained Pepijn Lijnders.
The Reds attacker is awaiting his first appearance of 2021-22, having been an unused substitute in five of the six fixtures so far this term.
Jürgen Klopp and his coaching staff have been highly impressed by Minamino’s levels since returning from a loan spell at Southampton in the summer and are excited by his scope for further improvement.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup tie against Norwich City, assistant manager Lijnders said: “Taki had a really good pre-season and I think it was really important for him after going to Southampton, which was a good decision at that time.
“He came back and had a complete, full pre-season with us training-wise. He made an impact in pre-season, we were really enthusiastic about him. Then he had a small issue, with the national team, but he’s back now. He was not 100 per cent fit because he came back early, but now he is good to go and we are really happy that he’s part of our team.
“Jürgen said, ‘Wow, the amount of times Taki comes one-v-one against the goalkeeper.’ I said, ‘Yeah, it shows you don’t need super, super speed to come one-v-one with the goalkeeper.’ He is a very natural, intelligent mover.
“That’s what we need; we needed it already in the last games. He has this good timing to move in behind, good combination play when the players are close to him.
“He only can become better. That’s what we like, that’s why we brought him in at that time – because we saw the potential, not the end product.”
Go behind the scenes of Liverpool's hard-fought victory over Crystal Palace in the latest edition of Inside Anfield.
Jürgen Klopp’s Reds made it four wins out of five in the Premier League this term on Saturday, with Sadio Mane notching his 100th goal for the club.
Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita – via a sensational volley at the Kop end – were also on the scoresheet in front of another capacity crowd.
Take a different look back at the encounter with our special access around the stadium throughout the day in the video below.
Curtis Jones and Caoimhin Kelleher will start for Liverpool in Tuesday's Carabao Cup third-round tie with Norwich City.
The Reds visit Carrow Road for the second time this season, but their line-up is set to look significantly different to the side that beat the Canaries 3-0 in the Premier League last month.
“It’s gold for young players, proper gold, because we like this competition to introduce new players - and that’s why I have to say that Curtis, he’s going to start tomorrow and it’s his 50th game for Liverpool. That all started with this cup,” assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders said on Monday.
Lijnders also confirmed that Kelleher will play in goal and elaborated on Liverpool’s selection plans by detailing: “If you want to talk about team selection, you have to understand our way, our identity, our culture - what already started a long time ago.
“We want to compete in each game and in these intense periods where you play each three days, it’s really important to, one, protect the players because it’s a high risk to play again and again and again.
“And second, if you want to compete in the way we want to compete - with chasing the opposition and having fresh legs and having a fresh mind, having a fresh heart, having fresh lungs - then it’s important that you use energisers, [what] we call them, so players who come in and inspire the others with their game.
“So, that’s what we are going to do tomorrow and what we are doing in the last week as well.”
Four players who will not be involved are Thiago Alcantara, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino and Neco Williams.
Thiago is certainly out of the Reds’ next two matches due to the calf injury he sustained during Saturday’s win over Crystal Palace.
“I can’t say now how long it will take but definitely not tomorrow and not at the weekend,” Lijnders stated.
Alexander-Arnold missed the weekend victory due to illness and Firmino has been absent for the last three games due to a hamstring injury, with Lijnders explaining: “[Trent] should be fine in a few days but Norwich comes too early… then we have Bobby, who will do parts of team training but also not ready. But progressing well.”
The Dutchman added: “Neco is progressing well as well. [For him] tomorrow also comes too early.”
For Norwich, Christoph Zimmermann and Przemyslaw Placheta remain sidelined, while Daniel Farke told the media on Monday that Todd Cantwell is unavailable due to personal reasons.
The Canaries manager reported no fresh injury concerns following Saturday’s defeat by Watford - which was missed by Sam Byram, Bali Mumba and Jacob Sorensen - but confirmed his intention to rotate.
“Once you have to play against the best teams in the world, and we do this on league level and now we do this against Liverpool in the cup, we have to do this with full intensity,” Farke, whose team beat Bournemouth 6-0 in round two, said.
“For that I trust my whole squad. We have three games in seven days and it is important to bring some recovered players on the pitch, but not to rest other players. It is more to have players who can go with this intensity against the ball in order to be competitive.”
Norwich 1-3 Watford (September 18): Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Kabak, Williams, Gilmour, Normann, McLean, Rashica, Pukki, Sargent.
Liverpool 3-0 Crystal Palace (September 18): Alisson, Milner, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Mane, Salah, Jota.
A free coach will be in operation to take fans to the next Liverpool FC Women home game, against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
It comes as the club continues to trial a ‘Park and Ride’ offer and follows the successful uptake of the service at the first home match.
The service will depart Anfield at 12pm BST on Sunday and take supporters to Prenton Park for the FA Women’s Championship fixture, which kicks off at 2pm.
The coach will then leave from Prenton Park after the game and return fans to Anfield. Anyone who wishes to ‘Park and Ride’ can leave their cars at the Sir Kenny Dalglish car park at the stadium before taking the coach.
To reserve a place on the coach, fans just need to complete this form and display a valid match ticket to the coach steward.
Match tickets are on sale to the public now at www.liverpoolfc.com/women-tickets priced just £4 for children and concessions, and £6.50 for adults.
Anfield season ticket holders and LFC Members are also reminded that a discount code will be placed in the Members Area this week that entitles them to four free tickets for this match.
A family park will be in operation for children ahead of the game in the Prenton car park, including football games, photo opportunities with Mighty Red, and face painting with lots of glitter.
Matt Beard’s side have taken four points from their last two fixtures in the league and will be keen to secure their first home win of the season.
Palace have an identical points total and goal difference to the Reds so far, so a good contest should be in store – book your tickets now and come along to support the team.
Manchester United and Liverpool are both reportedly keen on AC Milan star Franck Kessie amid a contract standoff with the club.
The Serie A giants have been in “continuous” talks with the midfielder and his agent George Atangana as Premier League giants Liverpool and United monitor the situation ahead of the January transfer window.
According to Ill Milanista, Tuttosport has reported it is “not a mystery” that the Premier League clubs have been considering a move for the Ivorian international.
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Liverpool and Chelsea are on red alert as transfer target Kingsley Coman has been tipped to leave Bayern Munich by the club's ex-sporting director.
The Premier League pair were linked with the winger during the summer transfer window but the Reds and Blues were both said to be put off by Bayern's asking price, reportedly £86million.
Coman, who has recently undergone minor heart surgery, has a contract at the Allianz Arena until 2023 but has often discussed his desire to feel more appreciated at the German giants, or else he will seek pastures new.
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Liverpool U23s were beaten 4-0 by Leeds United in their Premier League 2 fixture at the Academy on Sunday afternoon.
Barry Lewtas’ side suffered their second loss in the division this season as goals from Joe Gelhardt (two), Amari Miller and Pascal Struijk gained three points for the visitors.
Having seen the seniors and the U18s clinch victories on Saturday, the U23s kicked off hoping to complete a treble and bounce back from their defeat at Tottenham Hotspur last week.
The hosts found themselves up against a powerful Leeds line-up, however, and fell behind with 13 minutes on the clock.
After the away team snatched possession in the middle of the park, Gelhardt spotted a chance to try his luck from around 45 yards with Marcelo Pitaluga out from his goalline.
The Liverpool goalkeeper got a touch to the Leeds man’s attempted lob but could not prevent the ball from finding the net for 1-0.
A crucial block by Tony Gallacher later stopped a potential second as Sean McGurk spun in the box, before the Reds came close to an equaliser.
Billy Koumetio dispatched a pass over the top of the opposition defence for Tyler Morton to run on to and the midfielder’s own attempt at a lob drew an excellent save from Kristoffer Klaesson.
And Leeds instead doubled their lead in first-half stoppage time, Gelhardt making ground along the right flank and teeing up Miller to beat Pitaluga from a tight angle.
Lewtas sought to freshen things up by introducing both Morgan Boyes and Elijah Dixon-Bonner from the bench at the outset of the second half.
The latter almost helped to reduce Liverpool’s arrears on 52 minutes as his free-kick from the left was flicked on to an unmarked Koumetio, who headed over from close range.
Pitaluga made a brilliant save to keep out Stuart McKinstry’s volley as the hour mark arrived, but Leeds were celebrating again within seconds – Struijk headed home from the resulting corner to stretch their advantage to 3-0.
Next, Gelhardt repeated his trick from the first half with an outstanding long-range strike into the top corner, this time from a distance of 35 yards.
Mateusz Musialowski could have registered a consolation for Liverpool when found in space by James Norris’ cross but dragged his effort wide of the goal.
And the Reds were grateful to Pitaluga for denying the visitors a fifth from the penalty spot. Gelhardt was fouled by Boyes inside the box but saw his kick stopped by Pitaluga to keep the deficit to four on a frustrating day in Kirkby.
Liverpool U23s: Pitaluga, Gallacher, Beck, Clayton, Koumetio, Corness (Boyes, 46), Morton (Dixon-Bonner, 46), Norris, Bearne, Woltman, Musialowski.
Unused substitutes: Hughes, Wilson.
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The No.10 brought up a century of strikes for the Reds when he notched the opener in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield.
Mane’s tally since joining the club in 2016 has included all manner of efforts, from unstoppable long-rangers to clinical headers and outstanding solo goals.
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Liverpool are hopeful the injury Thiago Alcantara sustained during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace is not serious.
The midfielder picked up a calf issue during the second half of the Anfield encounter and was forced from the field.
However, Jürgen Klopp told his post-match press conference the Reds are optimistic it’s only a minor injury.
“The only little bit that overshadowed [the game] was Thiago, but we hope it is not serious,” said the manager. “He felt his calf and now we hope really it is not that serious.”
Check out our gallery from Liverpool FC Women's Friday afternoon training session at The Campus.
Matt Beard's side are without a fixture this weekend due to the international break, but are back in action a week on Sunday when they host Crystal Palace at Prenton Park in the FA Women's Championship.
Take a look at how the Reds' preparations are going below.
Photos by John Powell
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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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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
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.
Liverpool FC has welcomed SC Johnson, a family company at work for a better world, as a global and purpose-led partner.
The multi-year ‘Goals for Change’ partnership will see the Reds and SC Johnson team up to deliver a collective vision for a healthier world with local and global initiatives focused on three specific areas: sustainability, health and opportunity.
Utilising their access to the men’s and women’s teams, ‘Goals for Change’ will help fans understand what they can do to help create a more sustainable future, aligning closely with the club’s own sustainability initiative, The Red Way, which launched in January this year.
Matt Scammell, commercial director at LFC, said: “We launched our sustainability programme The Red Way earlier this year and made a commitment to make a positive difference to our people, our communities and our planet. SC Johnson has made important step changes within their industry which have delivered incredible results through several sustainability initiatives.
“I feel very optimistic about the work we can do together through this partnership, both raising awareness and looking after the safety of our supporters and ultimately using our voices for good to help the next generation of Reds all around the world.”
At launch there will be two key elements, around sustainability and health.
Upcycling at Anfield
SC Johnson will work with LFC on a comprehensive and industry-leading plastics upcycling programme within Anfield and LFC’s club facilities to upcycle single-use plastic products into select SC Johnson consumer products, which will eventually be retailed within the UK.
On matchdays there will be branded recycling bins located on each concourse encouraging fans to drop their plastic waste into. Across the season, the closed-loop recycling model aims to turn more than 500,000 plastic bottles into new Mr Muscle® packaging.
“Plastic waste is a threat to our planet for this and future generations,” said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “At SC Johnson, we believe we all have a responsibility to solve this critical environmental issue. Our partnership with Liverpool FC is one of the many steps SC Johnson is taking to move forward our vision for a waste-free world as it creates another local solution to this global problem by leveraging football to help close the plastic-recycling loop.”
Keeping Anfield clean
LFC is committed to maintaining the highest hygiene standards for both supporters and staff, while also considering the environmental impact. As official cleaning and disinfectant partner, SC Johnson is helping with the safe return of supporters this season with their innovative professional cleaning products now a staple across LFC’s stadiums and the AXA Training Centre.
Working together, LFC and SC Johnson will reinforce good hygiene as an essential part of supporters’ new matchday routine. Additional sanitiser and soap dispensers have been placed around the stadium, including turnstiles – making it easy and accessible for fans to wash or sanitise their hands regularly.
To follow, SC Johnson will also get involved with the club’s local community activation and charitable initiatives run by Liverpool FC Foundation, including the international philanthropic programme Right to Play, which delivers educational messages to empower young people and communities to rise above adversity, giving them the skills to learn, lead and succeed.
The brand will also benefit from matchday visibility and branded content.
More information on The Red Way is available here.
Joe Gomez makes his first start of the season in Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League opener with AC Milan at Anfield tonight.
The centre-back is named in the Reds’ starting XI for the first time for a competitive fixture since November 2020 after recovering from knee surgery.
Gomez is one of four changes Jürgen Klopp makes from the weekend win at Leeds United, with Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Divock Origi also coming into the line-up.
Virgil van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara and Sadio Mane are on the bench, while Harvey Elliott is ruled out due to the ankle injury sustained at Elland Road.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Keita, Jota, Salah, Origi.
Subs: Adrian, Kelleher, Van Dijk, Konate, Thiago, Milner, Mane, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Minamino, Tsimikas, Phillips.
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Liverpool U19s began their 2021-22 UEFA Youth League campaign with a 1-0 victory over AC Milan on Wednesday afternoon.
Max Woltman's clinical finish early in the first half was the difference in an entertaining encounter at the Kirkby Academy.
Harvey Davies made sure of the three points with a terrific performance in the young Reds' goal and they'll now look to build on the win when they travel to FC Porto later this month in Group B.
Woltman delivered a statement of intent in the opening phases, forcing the first of many saves from Milan goalkeeper Sebastiano Desplanches.
He beat the stopper after eight minutes of play following tenacious work down the left-hand side by Owen Beck. The Welsh full-back battled hard to win back possession inside the final third, before calmly delivering a cut-back that found the free Woltman inside the box.
The No.9 swept the cross on the half-volley into the far corner, giving the hosts the perfect start.
The rest of an end-to-end opening 45 minutes saw both teams go close on a number of occasions.
Davies and Desplanches made fine interventions throughout to keep the scoreline at 1-0, though Milan's Youns Gabriele El Hilali struck the crossbar from close range shortly before half-time.
The first clear-cut chance of the second period fell to Milan, with El Hilali firing over after a corner was flicked on at the near post.
Davies was called into action again with 17 minutes remaining when he brilliantly clawed away Enrico Di Gesu's looping header, which was destined for the back of the net. He then kept out Gabriele Alesi's long-range effort and follow-up shot.
Di Gesu was again denied by the Liverpool goalkeeper, who got down well to push clear a drilled hit from the edge of the box.
The Reds survived late attempts from substitutes Leonardo Rossi and Alesi to ensure it was a successful afternoon in matchday one.
Liverpool U19s: Davies, Bradley, (Bajcetic, 90), Chambers, Koumetio, Beck, Morton, Stephenson, Gordon, Balagizi (Corness, 86), Woltman, Musialowski (Cannonier, 81).
Unused substitutes: Mrozek, Norris, Frauendorf, Clark.
Harvey Elliott has undergone successful surgery on the ankle injury he sustained during Sunday’s victory at Leeds United.
The 18-year-old suffered a fracture dislocation of the left joint following a challenge in the second half of Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Elland Road.
Elliott will now begin a rehabilitation programme with the Reds’ medical team and while he is expected to return to action later this season, no timescale is being placed upon his comeback.
Club doctor, Dr Jim Moxon – who, along with first-team physiotherapist Chris Morgan, was first on the pitch to treat the midfielder – explained: “Harvey sustained a fracture dislocation of his left ankle during the game.
“We were able to reduce the dislocation immediately on the pitch and Harvey had surgery today to repair the fracture and ligaments damaged in the incident. The operation was a success so his comeback starts now.
“We won’t put pressure on him by setting a specific timeframe beyond being able to say with confidence we expect him to feature again later in the season following our rehab programme.”
Liverpool's Champions League campaign begins on Wednesday night - and preparations for the Anfield meeting with AC Milan are continuing at the AXA Training Centre.
Jürgen Klopp and his coaching team oversaw Tuesday afternoon's session in Kirkby.
See how the Reds' workout unfolded in photos below.
Photos by John and Andrew Powell (@andyphotolfc)