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Watch: Salah and Lovren face off in Lunar New Year table tennis challenge

1 hour 55 min ago

To mark Lunar New Year this weekend, we brought together Mohamed Salah and Dejan Lovren to face off in a table tennis challenge at Melwood.

On numerous occasions, the duo have used their own social media accounts to document previous encounters with the rackets, all of which have been competitively contested.

But who would prevail when we finally put them head-to-head in front of our own cameras?

Find out in the video below...

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Pre-Wolves stats: Reds out to match club record for clean sheets

4 hours 55 min ago

Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool will equal a club record set nearly 100 years ago if they prevent Wolverhampton Wanderers from scoring at Molineux on Thursday night.

The Reds have kept a clean sheet in each of the last seven league games and another would match the eight consecutive shutouts recorded by the 1922-23 title-winning side.

Klopp's men would be the first to emulate that milestone since Rafael Benitez's Reds also hit the landmark in December 2005.

In the last five league trips to Wolves, the Reds have conceded just one goal: a 90th-minute Kenny Miller equaliser almost 16 years ago to the day.

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For more need-to-know pre-match facts and figures, courtesy of club statistician Ged Rea, read on...

Liverpool have won eight and drawn two of their 11 Premier League encounters with Wolves, scoring 17 of the 20 goals netted in the fixture.

The Reds have won the last six league clashes home and away, scoring 13 times and conceding once.

Sadio Mane has found the net three times in his last two appearances against Wolves.

Roberto Firmino has scored five goals in his last four games away from Anfield. All of his nine league and cup goals during this campaign have come on the road.

Sunday's 2-0 win over Manchester United saw Klopp's side set a new club record by scoring in each of their opening 22 games of a top-flight campaign.

The Reds have scored in each of the last 31 league games.

Liverpool have conceded just five goals away from home in the league this season – fewer than any other team in the four highest divisions in England.

They are unbeaten in their last 39 Premier League games – the third-best run in the competition's history, behind Chelsea (40) and Arsenal (49).

Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves side have recovered 18 points from losing positions in the top flight this season – more than any other team.

Since the beginning of last season, Wolves have accumulated 24 points from 19 meetings against the so-called 'big six' – more than any other team.

Only two visiting teams have left Molineux with all three points in the top flight this season – Chelsea won 5-2 and Tottenham claimed a 2-1 victory.

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The view from Wolves: 'The battle on the flanks could be key'

5 hours 55 min ago

Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Molineux on Thursday to take on a Wolverhampton Wanderers side who are pushing for a place in the top four.

Last Saturday, Nuno Espirito Santo's team fought back from two goals down to win 3-2 at in-form Southampton and close the gap to the Champions League spots.

The Reds narrowly beat Wolves 1-0 at Anfield in December, when Sadio Mane's first-half strike proved to be decisive.

So, what can we expect from Wanderers on their own patch? We caught up with Wolves Blog writer and Molineux season ticket holder Ben Rasmin (@benrasmin) to get some answers...

How would you rate Wolves' season so far and what are your expectations for the rest of it?

Excellent. At the start of the season, a lot of fans and pundits were unsure how our small squad would cope with the added demands of the Europa League. But the competition has been a help rather than a hindrance, taking the team above and beyond the high standards they set for themselves last season. I think qualifying for the Champions League might be a step too far for us, but there's no reason why we can't hold onto our current position and finish inside the top six.

Wolves have already played 39 games this campaign - more than a full Premier League season - so are there any signs of fatigue creeping in?

We have looked a bit leggy during our January fixtures, up until the astonishing second-half performance against Southampton. But, with Willy Boly well on the road to recovery and new signings incoming, I don't think it's anything to be too concerned by.

After three Premier League games without a win, how important was the comeback victory against Southampton?

Very. The defeat at Watford was disappointing, the draw with Newcastle United even more so. With three tough games on the horizon, it was important we got something at Southampton. At half-time that looked nigh-on impossible, but the second half was astonishing and further proof that this team just doesn't know when it's beaten.  

Wolves lost 1-0 at Anfield in December, will Nuno do anything differently tactically at home?

I'm biased, but Wolves should have got something at Anfield. We really took the game to you and were good value for a point. I think we'll take a similar approach at home, while obviously remaining mindful of your clear attacking threat.

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Who has been Wolves' star player this season?

It's hard to single out one player as they've all been excellent. Adama Traore is definitely worth a mention, he's probably the most improved player in European football and Nuno has transformed him into one of the division's most exciting players. Joao Moutinho continues to enjoy his Indian summer at Molineux, oozing class and laying on assists for fun. But for me, Raul Jimenez leads the way. He's been involved in more goals than any other Premier League player this season and is so crucial to how we play.

Which key player battle are you most looking forward to seeing on Thursday?

I'm looking forward to seeing our wingers go up against your full-backs. Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are both world-class players, but they'll have to be at their very best to keep Traore and Pedro Neto quiet. With Jonny and Matt Doherty overlapping, that could be an area where we cause you trouble. The midfield battle will also be crucial, as ever.

How do you expect Wolves to line up?

Finally, what is your score prediction?

I'm really looking forward to this game. The atmosphere at Molineux is always great under the lights and the away end will be in good voice, given you have plenty to sing about at present! I really think we should have got something in the reverse fixture, so I'll back us to go one better this time around and get a result. 1-1. 

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Wolves v Liverpool: TV channels and live coverage details

8 hours 5 min ago

Liverpool visit Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Thursday, with kick-off at Molineux scheduled for 8pm GMT.

The match will be shown live on BT Sport in the UK.

Extended highlights will be available on on LFCTV GO from midnight.

You can listen to the game live with our free audio commentary service and follow the build-up, action and reaction as it happens with Liverpoolfc.com’s live matchday blog.

For Reds fans outside of the UK, global TV listings for the match can be found here.

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Klopp press conference: Shaqiri's future, Ox form and Wolves difficulty

9 hours 27 min ago

Jürgen Klopp explained why Liverpool do not intend to further trim the first-team squad this month as he looked ahead to Thursday's clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

During his pre-match press conference at Melwood, the boss was asked about the future of Xherdan Shaqiri, the challenge of taking on a Wolves side the Reds edged 1-0 in December, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Read what Klopp had to say on the subjects below…

On Shaqiri’s future and how important he can be for the rest of the season…

The majority of December and January we had a bench full of kids – wonderful kids, but kids. So, how could we think about giving a player to anybody? I don’t understand that. It’s not about Shaq or whatever, it’s about pretty much everybody. That we just have to keep them for sorting our situation and not the situation for different clubs. If somebody would come around the corner and ask properly – which didn’t happen – maybe, if they are desperate, we think. But there’s absolutely no intention from our side to do anything.

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On Wolves being a difficult team to face…

Wolves are not only this year, but last year, really difficult to play. They play a similar system to other teams. It depends a little bit how they set up – three or five at the back. But they do it differently, Coady has a different role, they make the pitch really big and ask you for a lot of footwork. You have to run a lot. That’s normal and good, it’s their way to play. For us, there are solutions for that but not without working a lot. You cannot play on a 50 or 60 per cent basis against Wolves, then you have absolutely no chance. That’s the challenge for that game.

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On whether Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ‘frustrated’ after recent games…

Oxlade is in a good shape. He’s not [frustrated with himself], he just looks like this. I asked him, it’s all fine. It’s normal a player wants to play 90 minutes. We have to learn from our own past. Oxlade is an unbelievably important player for us and there are moments in a game when players get a bit tired, then they show up again and stuff like this. I try to read the players during the game and try to understand in which moment or situation they are, energy level-wise and stuff like this. I make a decision and sometimes I hit the point and sometimes not.

Maybe with Ox last time I was a bit too early but he got a knock on top of that, he was limping a little bit. If a midfielder is limping you start looking in more detail and then if in one or two defensive situations the midfielder is not there where he should be, you think, ‘OK, it has an impact’ and then we have to make a decision. That’s what we did. After the game, it didn’t feel that bad anymore with the knock he got. That’s good, absolutely good and all OK. Most of the time we had really good options to make substitutions and in this case as well. Adam [Lallana] came on and helped us in the last few games a lot. We have good options and as long as we have good options we will make changes.

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'Best news you can get' - Klopp on Fabinho's return

9 hours 29 min ago

Jürgen Klopp has welcomed the return of Fabinho and revealed the Brazilian is getting 'closer and closer' to full fitness.

The No.3 made his first appearance since November on Sunday after an ankle injury when he appeared as a second-half substitute in the victory over Manchester United.

Klopp, however, is unsure when the 26-year-old can be considered fit enough to start a fixture, but added the Reds will remain patient.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, the boss said: "It's sensationally good that we have him back. How close is he to starting? I don't know exactly.

"It was a long time out. Not too long, thank God, but it was long enough, so he needs to find rhythm again and then we will see how we introduce him step by step. 

“But [it’s the] best news you can get that we have these boys back – Joel back, Dejan is on a way back – and we played through the toughest period of the season with two centre-halves. 

"Our fifth centre-half Fabinho, who can play the position as well, was injured as well, so it was really tough. 

“We came through, thank God, and now we have to make sure that the boys are in the best possible shape before we use them again. 

“But of course we do that with training sessions – Fab was in more than a week, which is good. In a different squad situation, maybe he would have trained last week around the Man United game than being involved in the game. 

“But he had a few minutes and that was good for him as well. [He's] getting closer and closer.”

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LFC fitness latest: Lovren, Milner, Keita and Shaqiri

10 hours 24 min ago

Jürgen Klopp offered the latest on Liverpool’s injury concerns ahead of Thursday’s trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Reds have welcomed back Dejan Lovren to full training this week, with the centre-back recovering from an issue that had kept him out since the Champions League tie in Salzburg on December 10.

However, James Milner, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri remain sidelined with respective knocks, meaning they will miss the clash at Molineux tomorrow.

“Dejan trained now since the start of the week, Monday,” Klopp told his pre-match press conference on Wednesday. “So, [it’s his] first steps out on the pitch, it’s good.

“Millie is not in team training, Naby is not in team training and Shaq is not in team training.

“They are all back soon.”

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Inside Training: Extended highlights of Reds' session at Melwood

10 hours 55 min ago

Inside Training takes you behind the scenes of Liverpool's preparations for Thursday's game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Jürgen Klopp oversaw the Premier League leaders' Tuesday evening session at Melwood ahead of their trip to Molineux - and our cameras were granted exclusive access to film the workout in full.

Watch the latest edition of Inside Training above.

Click here to sign up to LFCTV GO now and get a month's free access.

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Academy players inspire at LFC Foundation football sessions

11 hours 55 min ago

Liverpool FC Academy players have been supporting LFC Foundation coaches with weekly football sessions across Merseyside this season.

Each Thursday, the youngsters assist with the development of players enrolled in the Premier League Kicks programmes, participating in activities and offering inspiration with the help of trained LFC Foundation community coaches.

Since 2007, Premier League Kicks has been working in local communities to inspire young people into sport.

The programme is aimed at eight to 18-year-olds in areas of high need, providing free sports activities for both boys and girls and for those with additional learning, behavioural, physical and sensory needs through the Kicks Inclusion programme.

This week, Harvey Elliott, Morgan Boyes and many more will be getting involved with sessions at Anfield Sports and Community Centre, Gateacre School and Liverpool Aquatics Centre.

With their participation each week, the Reds players work towards their coaching badges through offering support with activities and managing games.

Phil Roscoe, Academy player care manager, said: “As an academy we have a long-standing relationship with LFC Foundation and this is just one example of the work that we have undertaken across the city for many years.

“Not only does this help our players complete voluntary hours for the varying coaching awards they are undertaking at the club but also gives them a clear understanding of the responsibility they have as a Liverpool player working in the city.”

Matt Parish, director of LFC Foundation, said: “I’d like to thank all of the Academy players who commit their time each week – offering their knowledge and expertise to help develop the young footballers in the local community.”

For more information on LFC Foundation and its range of programmes, click here.

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Liverpool's stance on Timo Werner transfer revealed

14 hours 5 min ago

Liverpool have no plans to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner in the January transfer window.

The Reds will continue to watch the German's development, as will a number of top European clubs including Chelsea.

But the Merseyside club are also unlikely to pursue a move in the summer as things stand, as speculation over his future mounts in Germany.

Reports in Bild this week claimed Liverpool is Werner's preferred destination should he decide to move to the Premier League.

The report said it remains a question of when he decides to move on, however, having extended his contract until 2023 last summer.

Bild also reported that his new contract has a £51m release clause which will decrease year-on-year as it progresses.

Source: Sky Sports

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'We’re hungry but we’re nowhere near finished' - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

15 hours 55 min ago

Liverpool's stunning form in the Premier League this season has been fuelled by the disappointment of finishing second last term and a burning desire to lift more silverware, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes.

After a 97-point total saw them fall just short to Manchester City in 2018-19, the Reds have gone on to claim 64 points from a possible 66 in the top flight this campaign. 

And having won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup all within the space of under seven months, Oxlade-Chamberlain states winning is becoming a habit Jürgen Klopp's side certainly don't want to kick. 

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The midfielder told Liverpoolfc.com: “The way you can explain something like that is if you look at Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, the bar they have set for years and years and years, they might go one season or calendar year scoring 70 goals [and] if they hit 45 the next year they are probably not satisfied and the people around are probably not satisfied any more. 

“Once you have proven to yourself and externally what you can achieve and the levels you can hit, that’s when the difference is. 

"When you consistently hit them year after year, or as close to, is when you will be satisfied with yourself and others will be satisfied. 

“That’s why the likes of those two players I just mentioned go down as the greatest – because they have been able to keep that up for year on year on year, for 10 or 15 years. That’s nothing to think lightly of, it’s unbelievably hard."

He continued: “When I look at last season, how it finished and we didn’t win the league with 97 points, you’ve also got to respect what Man City managed to do that year, the year after they won it with 100 points. 

“To then go and get 98 points the next season takes a lot of mental strength and it takes that sort of desire to go again the next year and not be satisfied with what you’ve done. To keep churning out game after game the next year takes a lot of doing and you’ve got to respect that. 

“We’re on a good track at the minute. Ninety-seven points and you’ve got that disappointment, that made us hungry for this year again. We’re going well at the minute. But it’s the same mentality of nothing is done yet, the job is not done. 

“Winning trophies and winning matches is the same thing – once that’s what you’ve got your mindset on doing, you do it one week and you’ve got to keep doing it every week. That’s the sort of space we’re in.

“As Adam [Lallana] said, it does become an addiction. It takes a lot of mental strength as well. We’ve got a good group of lads here and a great manager to keep pushing for that, so I don’t think that will be an issue. It does become something you’re hungry for. 

“We’re definitely hungry but we’re nowhere near finished and we’re not at the target we need to get to. We’ve got to stay hungry and keep pushing, then hopefully we get the results that we’re after.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain has made 24 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions this season and found the back of the net on five occasions. 

The 26-year-old's aims for the rest of the campaign are simple after missing so much action when he suffered a serious knee injury in April 2018. 

“Just to be available to help this team where I can," he explained. "Obviously being out for pretty much the whole of last season, my main aim this year was to make sure I stayed available and when I was called on I put in the work and contributed to this team wherever I could. 

"That’s really all I’m focused on for this year, being a part of this team and helping this team achieve what we want to achieve. 

“Anything along the way – goals or anything like that – is a bonus. For me, just to be fit, have a good season and a consistent one of playing when needed – that was my main target this year. 

"And obviously I want to be able to bring the things I brought to the team before I got injured, so try to be an attacking midfielder that can assist the boys up front when I play. 

"And also make sure I’m at the levels defensively that this team requires and the manager requires of the midfield boys to be able to play and be reliable to play. 

"Other than that, I’m just happy as long as this team keeps pushing forward and I can be a part of that. That’s exactly what I want."

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Watch live: Jürgen Klopp's pre-Wolves press conference

17 hours 55 min ago

Jürgen Klopp's Wolverhampton Wanderers preview will take place from 1.30pm GMT on Wednesday - watch the boss' press conference live with us.

Liverpool's manager will address the media at Melwood ahead of his side's trip to Molineux.

Return to this page shortly before the start time to tune in live.

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40 photos of Liverpool's Tuesday training session at Melwood

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 20:30

Check out 40 photos of Liverpool's Tuesday evening training session at Melwood.

Dejan Lovren was involved as the Reds' preparations for Thursday's trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers continued under the lights at their West Derby base.

Our photographers were there too, and provided the gallery below.

Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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'Unbelievable how close it is' - Ngog on Salah's and his own Man Utd goal

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 19:30

It was only during the second viewing of Mohamed Salah's clincher over Manchester United when the memories came flooding back for David Ngog.

A rapid counter-attack, a cool finish in front of the Kop to down United and your own goalkeeper hurtling to kick-start the celebrations is nothing new to Ngog. 

But on Sunday after Salah netted, the former Red was just happy Jürgen Klopp's side had wrapped up an important three points in the Premier League. 

The replays, however, triggered a flashback to October 2009 when Ngog put the finishing touches on a 2-0 win over Liverpool's arch-rivals in extremely similar fashion before being embraced by Pepe Reina. 

Watch free: Split screen of Salah and Ngog's Man Utd clinchers

"It's unbelievable how close it is," Ngog remarks in a conversation with Liverpoolfc.com. "It's different play of course – he has a longer run and he read it well against the defender. 

"But that was in the last minute, against Man United, it's brings back memories. 

"I was at home but I was with my family as well. I saw the two goals and I was happy because it's Liverpool and it's really important this season. It was exciting. To be honest, at that time I was just watching, not thinking about the goal before. 

"But when I saw the replay and saw it was similar – and the celebration, of course, with Alisson running. It was really, really funny to watch."

Over a decade on, those scenes after his United goal are fresh and clear in Ngog’s mind. 

"I think it was one of my great memories when I was in Liverpool," the 30-year-old adds. "Especially the celebration with Pepe, who was a great teammate, a great player, goalkeeper and a great guy.

"It was a surprise for me to see Pepe when I turned back to celebrate! Afterwards, it was just joy and you want to share with the fans and everybody. It was a great memory. 

"The celebration is one of the best and it's just improvisation. You don't really prepare for it, it just happens in the moment."

In between his current commitments for Hungarian side Budapest Honved, Ngog is fond of watching Klopp’s team in action. 

He, like most of the footballing world, has been taken aback by the quality and consistency of the reigning European and world champions. 

"They're in the best position possible," Ngog states. "I think Jürgen Klopp did a great job in getting everyone involved. 

"They play with a lot of energy and it's just great to watch. I really hope – and I think – they will succeed this season."

Ngog's affiliation with the Reds began in the summer of 2008 when he transferred from Paris Saint-Germain at the age of 19 as he proceeded to score 19 goals in 94 appearances for the club.

His spell on Merseyside ended in 2011 when he moved to Bolton Wanderers before going on to represent Swansea City, Stade de Reims, Greek side Panionios and Ross County afterwards.   

"I was in at a young age and had plenty to prove," Ngog responds when asked summarise his Liverpool career. "I was surrounded by great players with great experience and I think I learned a lot from it. 

"For me, it's all good memories. Of course you always want to do more but for me at that age it was a good achievement for me in my life and my career."

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Daniel Atherton joins Marine on loan

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 15:59

Daniel Atherton has joined Marine on loan until the end of the season.

The Liverpool Academy goalkeeper will spend the rest of the 2019-20 campaign with the promotion-chasing Northern Premier League North West Division club.

Atherton, 20, is a member of the Reds’ U23s squad and made two appearances for the first team during pre-season in 2019.

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Three Liverpool tips for Fantasy Premier League's double gamweek

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 12:05

Fantasy Premier League managers face big decisions ahead of the first double gameweek of the season.

Liverpool meet Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United away in gameweek 24 - and here are three Reds players worthy of serious consideration ahead of the trips Molineux and the London Stadium…

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Mohamed Salah

Salah must surely be prominent in the thoughts of FPL bosses looking to cash in their triple captaincy chip with the double gameweek in mind.

Liverpool’s No.11 is in prolific points-scoring form, with a seven-point haul against Manchester United last time out taking his tally for the season to 133.

Some 58 of those points have been amassed in Salah’s last seven Premier League appearances and he averages seven points per game in 2019-20. 

The Egyptian has previous against both Wolves and West Ham, too. He scored and assisted in Liverpool’s 2-0 win at Molineux last season, and has four goals in four appearances versus the Hammers. 

As such, triple-captaining the £12.4m midfielder for gameweek 24 could prove to be something of an FPL masterstroke. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Another game, another assist for Liverpool’s – and indeed the FPL’s – top-scoring defender. 

Alexander-Arnold set up a Premier League goal for the ninth time this season when Virgil van Dijk planted his perfectly-delivered corner home in last Sunday’s 2-0 win over United.

That, coupled with the Reds’ seventh successive top-flight clean sheet, saw Alexander-Arnold register 10 more points to take his season total to 128.

The right-back’s tally is 15 more than Van Dijk, the FPL’s second-highest scoring defender, and he averages a remarkable 10 points per game over his last six Premier League appearances.

Such a record brings with it a significant price tag, of course, with Alexander-Arnold currently costing £7.6m.

But more than half (67) of the 21-year-old’s FPL points this term have been earned in away matches, making him an attractive option prior to a gameweek in which his side play on the road twice.

Alisson Becker

Liverpool’s No.1 has been a reliable source of points since his return from injury, by virtue of playing a major role in his team’s formidable recent defensive record.

But, seemingly not content with a seventh shutout on the spin, Alisson hit rarefied FPL heights when United visited Anfield last weekend.

By assisting Salah’s stoppage-time clincher at the Kop end, he became the first goalkeeper to set up a Premier League goal since Pepe Reina did so for Fernando Torres back in March 2010.

That moment of brilliance bolstered the £6.1m-Brazilian’s points total to 13 for the match and 64 from 14 Premier League appearances this season.

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Kylian Mbappe describes Liverpool as 'a machine'

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 11:00

Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe has described Liverpool as "a machine" as they aim to clinch their first league title since 1990, and has told BBC Sport he is "100 per cent" happy in the French capital as he continues to be linked with Real Madrid.

Liverpool have also been linked with Mbappe - regarded by many as the best young player in the world - despite manager Jürgen Klopp saying the striker is out of his club's price range.

And while the 21-year-old World Cup winner, who joined PSG in 2017 in a transfer worth £165.7m, reaffirmed his commitment to his current club at the launch of his charity, 'Inspired by Kylian Mbappe (IBKM)', he says he watches Liverpool's title charge with admiration.

"What Liverpool do in this moment is amazing," Mbappe said. "They're like a machine, they've found a rhythm and are like 'we play again, we play again'.

"They've lost zero games. When you watch you think everything's easy but that's not easy. The guys are focused, they play games every three days and they win, they win, they win.

"Now the problem is that everybody watches Liverpool, and everybody watches what we can do against them, so now they have to show they are strong again but it's a very good team with a very good manager."

Source: BBC

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Watch free: Split screen of Salah and Ngog's Man Utd clinchers

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 11:00

Mohamed Salah's injury-time finish over Manchester United on Sunday clinched victory for Liverpool and evoked memories of another famous win against the Reds' arch-rivals.

Deep into stoppage time at Anfield and holding a 1-0 lead, Alisson Becker sent the ball upfield to play Salah through on goal. 

The Egyptian shrugged off the defensive efforts of Daniel James before calmly slotting beyond David de Gea and sparking ecstatic celebrations on the pitch, as well as in the stands.

Alisson led them as the goalkeeper dashed the length of the field to embrace the goalscorer before the rest of his teammates caught up. 

"There’s comparisons with one we scored about 10 years ago and then he’s ran up and celebrated like Pepe Reina did!" Trent Alexander-Arnold laughed post-match.

Indeed, Reina had a similar reaction when David Ngog put the finishing touches on a win over United back in October 2009.

The French forward raced through in the 96th minute at Anfield after a Lucas Leiva pass to make it 2-0 in front of the Kop.

“It was a fantastic moment for me and the team and I would say it's my best moment in football,” the French forward declared in the aftermath. 

“I was surprised because the first person to celebrate with me was Pepe but that shows you just what this victory means for us."

Watch the similarities with the goals and their celebrations in the video above.

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Joe Gomez: It's hard to measure Virgil van Dijk's influence on us

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 08:00

Joe Gomez believes Virgil van Dijk’s influence on Liverpool’s record-breaking team is bordering on immeasurable.

Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United, which extended the Reds’ lead at the top of the Premier League to 16 points, was kick-started by Van Dijk’s towering early header, and the Dutchman’s latest indomitable performance duly earned him the club’s Man of the Match award. 

A central defensive partnership between Gomez and Van Dijk has now helped Jürgen Klopp’s side register seven consecutive top-flight clean sheets, with the former speaking in glowing terms about the latter following the win against United.

“I’m buzzing for Virg. Everyone knows how happy I am when he scores and it’s nice for us to put work in in training on those set-pieces and then they come off,” Gomez told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I don’t think it’s easy to measure what he does for us as a team. He’s such a dominant character, a dominant player. He’s a special player and we’re lucky to have him at the club - he’s my big brother! He’s a top player and a top person to be alongside.”

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Gomez continued his own fine form during Sunday’s success but the England international was typically modest when it came to assessing his displays since coming back into Liverpool’s team. 

“It’s been positive for me to get a nice run of games and I think the biggest thing is I’m trying to do my best to contribute to the team,” he stated.

“We know how important each game is and on a personal note and as a team, I think we just focus on the next game. 

“No-one’s getting ahead of themselves or thinking any further than the next game and that’s what’s most important about this team. We’ve got so many characters in the dressing room as well as the manager to keep it like that. It’s just about keeping our heads down, focusing and cracking on.”

Mohamed Salah’s stoppage-time strike at the Kop end finally sealed the victory over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s visitors following a largely dominant performance from the league leaders.

Gomez continued: “We would have liked to have had a bigger lead than 2-0 at the end of the game but the most important thing is that we put in a good performance as a team.

“We saw it out, rode out the pressure at the end and Mo finished it off for us, so there are positives to take from the game and we know what this game means. Onto the next one.”

There is also no temptation in the Reds’ dressing room to sit back and admire their achievements in what has been a near-flawless season to date.

“No, not at all,” Gomez replied, when asked if he and his teammates are looking at the Premier League standings.

“We just focus on each game and the three points that are ahead of us at the time, [we’re] not focusing on the points [total] or whatever. We’re in this position and it’s one that we’re focused on and just hungry to finish off.”

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Inside Anfield: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 07:30

Go behind the scenes of Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Manchester United with Inside Anfield.

The Reds strode 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League with an impressive win against their arch-rivals on Sunday.

Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring early on, before Mohamed Salah latched on to Alisson Becker's pass and slotted in a second in stoppage time at the Kop end.

Our cameras were, as usual, granted access to areas of the ground including the players' tunnel.

Watch what they captured in the latest edition of Inside Anfield below...

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