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Trophies, Golden Gloves, counters and Klopp hugs: One year of Alisson Becker

40 min 45 sec ago

Looking back now, it was perhaps the first and last time we saw Alisson Becker caught off guard.

One year ago today, when the Brazilian goalkeeper arrived from AS Roma, a familiar voice called out: ‘Sorry!’

Suddenly Jürgen Klopp materialised out of the darkness in the gloom of the Melwood press room, to interrupt Alisson’s first interview as a Liverpool player and initiate that most well-established of contemporary LFC traditions - the Klopp hug.

It certainly was not the last the two would share, and in a way their embraces tell the tale of what a remarkable 12 months it has been for Alisson personally and for the club whose colours he now defends. 

There was the hug at Anfield last December, when they leapt into each other’s arms to celebrate Divock Origi’s 96th-minute winner against Everton. Origi might be the one mentioned first when that match is called to mind, yet Alisson had made several outstanding saves to keep the score at 0-0 in the first half.

Then there was the one at Estadio Metropolitano in early June; their faces lighting up when they stumbled across each other in the chaos of the on-field celebrations after Liverpool defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the 2019 Champions League final.

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Once again, Alisson had laid the groundwork for a late Origi strike, repeatedly denying Spurs when the scoreline was a precarious 1-0 in the Reds’ favour.

“My God, he’s been unbelievable this season,” Andy Robertson beamed. “It was an absolute joke the way he made the saves, it’s down to him that we kept a clean sheet.”

After the season’s end, while most of their colleagues were jetting off on well-earned holidays, Alisson and Roberto Firmino were boarding a flight home; not for a break, but for a major international tournament on home soil.

By the time the 2019 Copa America drew to a close with Brazil’s 3-1 victory over Peru in the final at the Maracana, however, Alisson’s claim to being one of the world’s best footballers, never mind goalkeepers, had been further bolstered.

Before conceding that solitary goal - a Paolo Guerrero penalty - in the final, the 26-year-old had gone 890 minutes without conceding, a run spanning nine-and-a-half matches for club and country, including the Champions League final and that semi-final second leg against Barcelona at Anfield. 

It’s no easy feat for a goalkeeper to win the Ballon d’Or, hence why only one has ever done it - legendary Russian Lev Yashin in 1963 - but having been recognised for keeping the most clean sheets in the Premier League, the Champions League and the Copa America with a hat-trick of Golden Glove awards, there has been a groundswell of support for Alisson’s candidacy this year.

Brazilian football expert Tim Vickery is amongst those to have suggested the shot-stopper should be in contention when the 2019 edition of the game's premier individual honour is handed out in December.

Part of Alisson’s popularity stems from his personality, from the bond he’s forged with the fans and the way he lives through matches games so intensely, but statistics provide the cold, hard facts to back it all up.

His overall save percentage of 77.08 per cent in the Premier League leaps off the page, the best of any goalkeeper to have made five or more appearances in the top flight.

Alisson, who will take Liverpool's No.1 jersey this season, was a major factor behind the Reds smashing through their own records as a club: 97 points for a 38-game league season and 22 goals conceded in a Premier League campaign, to mention just two.

The 21 clean sheets that won him that Premier League Golden Glove was also a record for a Liverpool goalkeeper in the English top flight, pipping the 20 registered by Pepe Reina in 2005-06 and 2008-09. 

The cherry on the cake of all those clean sheets and saves is Alisson’s aptitude with his feet. The man from Novo Hamburgo recorded 1076 passes in the Premier League last season - another division high - while maintaining an impressive rate of 80.3 per cent passing accuracy.

It’s one thing being comfortable in possession and redistributing the ball, but Alisson’s quick-thinking and perfect execution when it comes to long kicks and throws has lead to goals at the other end more than once.

Against Fulham at Anfield last November his quick pass to Trent Alexander-Arnold left the Londoners exposed and led to Mohamed Salah converting Alexander-Arnold’s pass seconds later. The following month he repeated the trick in the build-up to Xherdan Shaqiri’s crucial third goal away to Burnley - immediately after performing an acrobatic save from Ben Mee’s header.

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“When we were 2-1 up he made a brilliant save - that’s only one thing,” Klopp opined at Turf Moor. “That’s his attitude, he doesn’t stand on his line or wait, he goes out and catches it, and then - counter-attack. So that’s a really exciting package which the boy delivers, and it helped us a lot of course.”

When it comes to first years with a new club, they don't get much better than Alisson's with Liverpool.

Indeed, perhaps Robertson summed it up best following the Champions League final.

“He’s the man, isn’t he? He’s the man.” 

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Jordan Henderson: I smile every time I think about winning the Champions League

1 hour 40 min ago

Jordan Henderson spent his summer break reflecting on Liverpool's Champions League triumph, but even now admits those historic moments still haven't quite sunk in.

The midfielder became the fifth captain in the club's history to raise the European Cup aloft when he did so in June after the Reds beat Tottenham Hotspur at Estadio Metropolitano.

As work towards the start of the 2019-20 campaign continues, Henderson hopes the success in Madrid can inspire he and his teammates to even greater heights.

Read on below as the skipper sat down with Liverpoolfc.com to look back on the final, while firmly outlining his determination to lift many more honours...

It's the start of your ninth season at Liverpool, how does it feel coming back as European champions?

It feels good, of course! I had a good break, a good few weeks, probably the longest I’ve had in a while. I enjoyed that but I still had stuff to do, just to keep ticking over, so I’ve come back feeling good. I’m glad to be back and it’s been a good start in the last few days to get in with the lads and I’m just looking forward to getting some minutes on the pitch.

How much did you think about and take stock of what happened in Madrid over the summer?

You do tend to think back to it. It was such a big moment for me, for the team, for everybody involved with the club really. It was a huge moment and over the summer you think back and think about it. It doesn’t really sink in, to be honest, for quite a while. I’m not sure it will until maybe you finish.

It was a big achievement and it makes you want to go again really, you don’t want to be sitting on a beach or something, you want to be playing and keep competing for trophies. You want to do it all again. That’s how I felt straight away really. It gives us that taste to what it’s like to win a major trophy and I hope it gives us the confidence to keep going and keep wanting it more and more. In the future hopefully we can do it again.

What are your standout moments from the final?

I think when the whistle went was a big moment. There’s different things you’ll think about at different times. I’ll think about the game and what we did well in the game, what we didn’t do so well in the game in general. Then, of course, you come to the final whistle, lifting the trophy, all them sorts of things. The parade when we got back was unbelievable, something that you’ll just never forget in your life – it was so hard to take in at the time but when you think back, it was amazing that we’d done that together. That’ll always be in our memory, so we want to make it happen again.

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Like I said, it gives you that sort of taste of it and you want to do it all again as many times as you can. It’s a short career, it’s my ninth pre-season here and it’s flown by, I still feel like I’m 21! I want to make the most of whatever I have left. Hopefully it’s a long time yet because I’m in good shape, I feel good and I’m still young! So I’ve got a while left I think and I just want to give everything and have more moments like that in the future.

It makes you smile every time we talk about it…

Yeah, it’s something that of course you remember and we’ll never forget it, but you need to use it in the right way. I think I said before the final that no matter what happens you need to use it in the right way. If we didn’t win, we couldn’t let it affect us going forward. You’ve got to use that and it’s the same if you win, you’ve got to use it in the right way and I feel as though this group of players will do that, definitely, because I can see the hunger and the desire to want more. That’s important, that’s really important, so I feel it’ll give us a lot of confidence for sure and we’ve shown people that we can win a major trophy as a team and now it’s about wanting more.

How much did those celebrations with your dad on the pitch mean to you?

It was very emotional at the time and when you think back you sort of get emotional again. It was a big moment for everything my dad’s gone through, especially over the last few years. To be able to see him at full-time… I don’t know how he got there! To be able to see him so soon after the game was a huge moment for me personally, of course. You play football for many different reasons but that was a big moment for me. I’m getting emotional now just thinking back to it. It’s a moment that I’ll never forget.

All the hard work and dedication that led to winning it…

I know how much it [winning the Champions League] meant to him and it means so much to me. It was an amazing moment, but not just with my dad, my whole family, my friends, my teammates, everybody. That’s why it was so big, all the hard work that you put in for many years just for that one moment, it’s all worth it. Like I say, that just makes you want to do it all over again.

Have you stopped to consider what you personally have achieved? You’re part of this club’s history now, in good company as a European Cup-winning captain…

Yeah, but I keep saying that’s not what it’s about for me. Of course I’m so honoured and proud to captain this team and this football club. When I finish I can look back at my career and see how I’ve done. But for me, it’s just about giving everything for this team. I know I’m the one with the armband on a weekend if I’m playing, but there’s so many leaders and so many captains throughout this team that help lead this team in the dressing room, on and off the field. I’m just so proud to be part of this team and this football club.

You've made 324 appearances for the club and you're only 15 off from making it into the top 50 all-time Liverpool appearance makers. What would that mean to you? 

I'd be so proud. But for me at the minute, it's a number. I just want to concentrate on putting in more good performances, more work for the team and be successful as much as we can. I don't want that to sound bad, of course I'm proud and honoured to have played that many times for Liverpool Football Club and I hope that I can play a lot more games as well. But I just feel stuff like that should be looked back on when you come to the end of your career – and I don't feel the end is anywhere near yet. 

On the hunger for more, it sounds like you are really keen to get the new season going and see what can be achieved now. Do you think that last season was a defining season for the group? 

I feel as though the last few years we've improved so much and we've been always improving and always getting better. [We're] always improving on the things we need to improve on, but also keep doing the things that we do well all of the time. We're always wanting more, we're always working so hard to keep improving with the help of the manager and the staff giving us new ideas. It's a great team, of course, there's so many good people in it. That's important because when you want to achieve more and you want to win trophies, you've got to be together and you've got to have that work ethic and you want to have that determination. I feel as though we've got that in abundance in this squad.

I'm looking forward to the new season starting and seeing how good we can be again this season. Like I said, the last few years I feel as though we've progressed each season and we want to do that again this season. It'll be difficult because I thought last season we were outstanding for large parts. It's a big task, but one that we're ready for. We want to do it all over again, be better and see what happens come the end of the season. 

Just one league defeat last season and it still wasn't quite enough to pip Manchester City. Do you think it'll take a similar level of consistency this season by yourselves if you want to try and get your hands on that Premier League title? 

Certainly, yeah. You've got City, who over the last few seasons have performed every week so well, won so many games, but you've also got other teams who I feel have improved and will do better. That's the way the Premier League is really – it's always improving, it's always getting better. You need to improve, you need to keep going, you need to keep doing different things, learning different things. That's important but we're ready to do that. We're ready to keep learning from the manager, the staff and keep giving everything for this football club. I feel if we do that then we'll win more trophies in the near future. 

Going into this season, going off what you achieved last season, is there a different mindset? 

Of course it'll give you confidence, but you've still got to have that hunger and that desire, which I know we'll have. In a different way, to again want more trophies, want to be successful. But that's always been the hunger, that's always been the aim. We've got to do that again, we've got to keep wanting more and writing our own history. This team can achieve so much, but it's down to us to give everything, put in the hard work on the training pitch, listen to what the manager has got to say and do what he wants us to do. If we do that then it gives us the best chance to win trophies. [There are] exciting times ahead, I hope.

I just can't wait to get started again in a new season. You need a few games in pre-season to get ready, but the lads are looking good already, they've obviously done a lot of work off-season to keep themselves fit. That shows me and it'll show everybody else that we're ready to compete again. 

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Watch live: Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund

3 hours 40 min ago

Watch Liverpool's first match of their pre-season tour in the United States - against Borussia Dortmund - live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

Our build-up to the 1.05am BST kick-off at Notre Dame Stadium begins at 12.15am on Saturday morning with exclusive interviews and previews on location.

Watch all of the action between Jürgen Klopp's current and former teams as it happens via LFCTV or LFCTV GO - visit liverpoolfc.com/watch for more information and to see the live rights in your country.

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Rhian Brewster's mission to repay Jürgen Klopp's faith

8 hours 10 min ago

Repaying Jürgen Klopp's faith is Rhian Brewster's top priority.

The 19-year-old was elevated into the Liverpool first-team squad after his recovery from long-term injury and hit the target three times in the two friendlies before the club’s pre-season tour of the United States began this week.

Klopp has spoken on several occasions already this summer about his hopes for the striker and firm belief that he has the ability to make an impact at senior level.

Those words have been gratefully received by Brewster – but the No.24 is wise enough to know only he can ensure his actions on the pitch speak louder.

“He has said it quite a few times now and I just want to repay his faith in me,” he told Liverpoolfc.com after Thursday’s open training session at Notre Dame University.

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“It is alright him saying it but it is for me to go out there and do it. I’m looking forward to doing that.

“Of course it’s sad that Daniel [Sturridge] has gone but it’s a gap for me and hopefully I can fill his big boots. He’s not a bad player! Hopefully I can push on this season.”

Brewster struck with three instinctive finishes in the meetings with Tranmere Rovers and Bradford City to get his pre-season off to an eye-catching start.

But the England youth international understands the games against Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting CP in America – and the conditions they will be played in – represent a sterner examination personally and collectively.

“I got two goals against Tranmere and a goal against Bradford but coming to the US we’ve got Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting,” he added.

“It’s going to be a tough task but it will be good to get more minutes in this heat. Hopefully I can get a few more goals and push on.”

Brewster conducted his lengthy injury rehabilitation at Melwood, allowing him to integrate with Klopp’s squad before his opportunity on the pitch arrived.

The teenager is already a popular member of the group and he revealed how the players have been bonding during their downtime in the States.

“It’s good to not only know each other on the pitch but off the pitch as well,” he said.

“We interact – we play table tennis, we play pool, we play darts, we eat together. We watch Love Island together! It’s good to bond and I think that’s going to help us going into the season.”

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Photo gallery: Liverpool prepare for Dortmund friendly with open training session

9 hours 7 min ago

Liverpool warmed up for their pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund with an open training session at Notre Dame University on Thursday afternoon.

The Reds continued their preparations in the United States with a workout in front of local supporters at the venue where they'll face Jürgen Klopp's former side on Friday night.

The 8.05pm local time kick-off (1.05am BST on Saturday morning) will be shown live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO - click here for more information and to see the live rights in your country.

Check out the best pictures from the squad's latest session in the gallery below.

Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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Signings and selfies: Reds meet supporters in Notre Dame

9 hours 11 min ago

The Liverpool squad took time out of their schedule during their second training session at the University of Notre Dame on Thursday night to meet local supporters.

The players and staff mingled with fans gathered at the stadium at the University of Notre Dame to pose for photographs and sign autographs.

Liverpool are action on Friday evening when they take on Borussia Dortmund in their first game of their United States tour - watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

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Sweetman-Kirk heads late leveller as LFC Women draw with Cleveland Ambassadors

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 22:55

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk headed in a late equaliser as Liverpool FC Women kicked off their pre-season tour of the USA with a 2-2 draw against Cleveland Ambassadors at Notre Dame University on Thursday.

The forward, who ended last season as her side's top scorer with 12 goals in all competitions, applied the crucial finish after a stunning run and cross from debutante Melissa Lawley.

Ashley Hodson had netted for the Reds in the first half to cancel out Catarina Macario's early opener for Cleveland, who took a 2-1 lead when Sophia Smith netted two minutes before the break.

The Reds' comeback and the continued goalscoring exploits of Sweetman-Kirk will be pleasing for manager Vicky Jepson, but the performance of new signing Lawley from Manchester City and her willingness to take on defenders and cause havoc on either flank was particularly noteworthy.

Women's Premier Soccer League side Cleveland took an early lead when Macario netted with a deflected, looped effort, but Hodson struck back for LFC Women just four minutes later.

The 24-year-old showed superb pace to latch onto a ball over the top and drilled a low right-footed finish past the goalkeeper to make it 1-1 with 10 minutes on the clock.

Teammate Rinsola Babajide then went close to putting the Reds in front but her left-foot shot flew inches over the bar. The LFC forward then embarked on a brilliant run to set up Hodson, but this time her fellow attacker shot over from close range.

At the back, Reds goalkeeper Anke Preuss made a stunning point-blank save to deny Smith, while centre-back Sophie Bradley-Auckland was called into action to make two goal-saving tackles.

However, with half-time looming, Cleveland's Smith eventually find a way through when she cut in from the left and beat Preuss with a great finish to put the American side 2-1 up.

Jepson made three changes at the break, including the introduction of Sweetman-Kirk, but it was fellow substitute Fran Kitching who was first to make her presence felt as she forced the goalkeeper into a great save off a low shot that looked destined for bottom corner on the hour mark.

Two minutes later and the Reds were unlucky not to equalise. Leighanne Robe delivered a brilliant cross from the left and Niamh Charles rattled the crossbar with a header.

The match could have swung Cleveland’s way when a clearance fell straight to Macario, but Preuss recovered to make a great save from her 40-yard effort.

Liverpool would have the final say, though, when Sweetman-Kirk headed in on 83 minutes and ensured the Reds’ pre-season got off to an unbeaten start.

Liverpool FC Women: Preuss, Jane, Bradley-Auckland, Bo-Kearns, Purfield, Bailey, Roberts, Lawley, Babajide, Charles, Hodson.

Substitutes: Kitching, Robe, Sweetman-Kirk, Fahey.

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Gallery: Liverpool squad meet local children in South Bend

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 21:25

Liverpool players signed autographs and posed for photographs with local children in South Bend, Indiana, on Thursday afternoon.

Jürgen Klopp's side kick off their pre-season tour of the USA with a friendly against Borussia Dortmund at Notre Dame Stadium on Friday.

And the squad took time out of their 2019-20 preparations to entertain some young Reds.

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Klopp: We are completely focused on ourselves - nobody else

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 20:50

Jürgen Klopp has asserted Liverpool are ‘completely focused’ on themselves as they look ahead to 2019-20 – and not the possibilities of how other teams will perform in the new Premier League season.

The Reds suffered just one defeat during the entire top-flight campaign last term – picking up 97 points in the process – but were ultimately pipped to a first crown since 1990 by Manchester City by the finest of margins.

Pep Guardiola’s side’s haul of 98 compared to Liverpool’s 97 was enough to see them retain the trophy – and Klopp knows they will once again prove a powerful force this time around.

Nevertheless, the manager insists the Reds’ only attentions are on how they can compete at the division’s summit again and not how the clubs likely to also be challenging are shaping up as pre-season preparations continue in the United States.

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Klopp told a pre-Borussia Dortmund press conference in Notre Dame: “[I am] completely focused on Liverpool. Completely.

“It would be great if we could be around Man City again because that’s the only possibility to have to pass them because it is already clear they are the big favourite again. No problem with that. They have a very good situation, which they showed last year especially after having 100 points in the season before – the greed they showed, the determination they showed, it was just impressive.

“I don’t think they would have had 98 points if we wouldn’t have been around – and we would not have had 97 points if Man City wouldn’t have been around. We chased each other through the season, put each other under pressure and that led to that.

“Tottenham were around, exactly on the same level until March probably – I am not 100 per cent sure when they had a few difficult results, for them. That was the moment the gap became bigger, but that was the only moment.

“All the teams will start again: there is no duel with City and Liverpool and all the rest are watching us. That’s not how the Premier League is, all of these games are so difficult to play and we know we were lucky in the Tottenham game at home when they scored an own goal and in one or two more situations for sure. We were [also] unlucky in one or two games when we drew, but it is like it is.

“What we did last year, we were really rock solid in all; we were difficult to play, difficult to outplay, in general we always created chances, we were strong in a lot of departments, didn’t get nervous in difficult situations in a game, could increase pressure in different situations on the other teams.

“That was all there, but unfortunately football – especially a football team – is not like riding a bike and you lose it in a specific period. You don’t lose everything, but the teamwork, how one thing leads to another, how one thing fits to the other, that’s not there from the first day again. But it’s still somewhere and we only have to make sure we all remember it again, so our improvement and our development is our main target.

“If we can get better than last year that would be great and that’s what we’re looking for, not at other teams. We play them [all] twice – OK, with the Champions League and stuff like that maybe four or five times a season – but in the Premier League it is just the two games and they are always difficult and will stay difficult. They have to stay difficult for City as well – and for the others.

“You see what Man United are doing in the transfer market, or probably will do; Arsenal want to strengthen; Chelsea have their situation but bring all the young boys, all the players on loan, back. If a team is not really influenced by a transfer ban then it is Man City because they have the players and they will be strong as well. Everton, probably nobody wants to hear that here, but they – year in, year out – really strengthen the squad. [They’ve made] good signings again [and] they had a good team already last year.

“There are a lot of jobs to do and that’s what we have to be concerned about – not how we can beat City. That’s not the only thing we have to do because there are a lot of other things.”

Despite Liverpool’s achievements last season, which, of course, included the Champions League final triumph at its conclusion, Klopp feels there is room for improvement within his squad.

Indeed, the boss is convinced 2018-19’s experiences will stand the players in good stead for the challenges ahead.

He continued: “The first thing we have to learn, and maybe you have to learn, is it makes no sense to compare seasons. If you lose two games and win all the others then we have more points than last year, for example.

“In the moment when we lose a game and then – probably it will happen like this, you can imagine – everyone starts [with] questions asked after any defeat. We know we don’t have to compare the season – to win the league, or to achieve whatever, you have to have to be the best team at the end. You have to go through all the difficult moments as a group, as a unit, and that’s what we did so far and what we have to do again.

“We finished last season with a massive high, clearly. It was brilliant, absolutely brilliant, and will stay with us forever, which is brilliant as well, but apart from that it is a new season. We achieved what we achieved last year by working extremely hard on all the things we had to work on – and that’s what we have to do again.

“The boys are a year older, the boys are a year further in their careers, they are more experienced in different situations. That’s what we have to try to use. Then, let’s play football again against a lot of very, very strong teams. That’s our main problem, actually: the others don’t sleep and develop as well, so we have to be ready.”

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Henderson on Oxlade-Chamberlain: 'He can give us something different this season'

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 20:25

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's displays so far this summer have left Jordan Henderson ecstatic about the impact the No.15 can have on Liverpool's upcoming campaign.

The midfielder only returned to action in April after one year and two days out with a serious knee injury, but he was credited with playing a significant role throughout the Reds' 2018-19 season that ended in Champions League glory.

As preparations for the new footballing year continue, Henderson can't wait to have Oxlade-Chamberlain firing on all cylinders when August rolls around.

Speaking at a press conference to preview Friday's friendly with Borussia Dortmund in Indiana, the captain said: “I'm very close with Ox, I've played with him for a number of years, especially at U21s [level] and now with Liverpool and England.

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"So I’m quite close with him and he's a fantastic person. Off the field, last season he was a massive part behind the scenes, even though he had a really bad injury and I'm sure he will have been going through some painful times.

"He was always positive, always happy around the team, always there to support us when we needed him. He was a massive part for us off the field and this season I hope he's a massive part on the field as well.

"I hope he can just show everybody what he’s capable of, like he did before he got injured. He's looked so strong, so good in training.

"This pre-season is important for him, just to get back to playing games regularly and to get his match fitness back. I'm sure once he does that then he’ll be flying again.

"He's like a new signing for us, he's such a fantastic player, so powerful, and he gives us something different in this team.

"He's a massive player for us to have back. Hopefully he can just stay injury-free for a while now."

Another player looking to put frustrating injury spells firmly in the past is Adam Lallana.

The 31-year-old has been used in a new deep-lying midfield role for the first two pre-season friendlies – a trait of his excellent footballing abilities, according to his skipper.

“Ads has took to that role really well in training and in the games that I've seen over the pre-season," Henderson continued. "He's a fantastic footballer, so he can play anywhere on the pitch really.

"But I think he'll give us something different in that position definitely – the way that he receives the ball, he can get out of tight situations and he can open the play up for us and start the play off really well. 

"I’m excited to see what he can bring in that position because I think he can give us something different.

"He’s enjoying it, he's learning and improving. I've learnt that position over the last few seasons as best I can, so I'll try and help him as much as I can, as well as Fab will who does that role fantastically well.

"But I think Adam will have his own style in that position and I'm really excited at how he can bring that style in there."

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Live: Watch Liverpool train at Notre Dame University

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 18:52

Watch Liverpool train at Notre Dame University live right here from 8.30pm BST on Thursday.

The entirety of the Reds' workout in Indiana ahead of Friday's friendly against Borussia Dortmund will be streamed live across the club's official channels.

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Live now: Klopp and Henderson's pre-Dortmund press conference

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 18:50

Jürgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson are currently holding a press conference at Notre Dame Stadium - and you can watch it live with us.

The media briefing is taking place ahead of Liverpool's pre-season friendly meeting with Borussia Dortmund in Indiana on Friday.

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LFC Women and LFC Foundation host soccer clinic in South Bend

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 18:00

Four LFC Women players and manager Vicky Jepson teamed up with LFC Foundation to deliver a coaching session for local kids in South Bend, Indiana on Wednesday.

Ashley Hodson, Jess Clarke, Jade Bailey and Melissa Lawley joined LFC Foundation coaches and official club mascot Mighty Red for a morning of activities with 16 players from local soccer team Michiana Echo U12s.

The session marked the launch of a brand new partnership between LFC Women and Joie, which sees the baby gear brand become LFC Women’s official family partner and take an on-shirt position on the tail of their jersey.

Already a sponsor of the men’s team, Joie supports families of all shapes and sizes, promoting values in line with the club’s own family-orientated philosophy.

The new partnership comes as LFC Women embark on their first pre-season tour, also hosted by Joie. The team will visit three cities in the USA alongside the men’s squad, focusing on training and community activities as well as playing matches in South Bend and Boston.

“It’s been fantastic to get out in the community here in South Bend and be involved in today’s soccer clinic,” said Jepson.

“The children were all brilliant and worked really hard with our players and the LFC Foundation coaches to try to improve their skills.

“We’re also thrilled to have Joie on board as our tour host and new principal partner and we’re looking forward to working with them on more community projects like this going forward.”

As the morning of coaching came to an end, there was a surprise in store for the youngsters as they were each presented with a brand new LFC home shirt before receiving invites to Thursday’s game between LFC Women and Cleveland Ambassadors at Notre Dame University.

The Reds are currently Stateside as part of their preparations for the 2019-20 season, with both the men’s and women’s teams heading to Indiana, Massachusetts and New York over the nine-day trip.

Jürgen Klopp’s men face Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting CP in South Bend, Boston and New York respectively, while the Women’s squad take on Cleveland Ambassadors in South Bend and Conference All Stars in Boston.

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In full: Watch our exclusive big interview with Jürgen Klopp

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 16:30

Watch our exclusive, in-depth interview with Jürgen Klopp on Liverpool's pre-season tour of the United States in full via LFCTV GO.

We sat down with the boss in Indiana on Wednesday for a 21-minute chat on a wide range of topics as the Reds gear up for 2019-20.

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Liam Millar nets the winner as U23s beat Hearts

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 15:15

Liam Millar netted the winner as Liverpool U23s brought their two-game tour of Scotland to a close with a 2-1 victory over Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle.

After Monday’s 1-0 win over The Spartans FC, Neil Critchley’s side were given the opportunity to play at a first-team stadium in a behind-closed-doors fixture on Thursday.

The hosts took the lead but Jack Bearne, who scored the decisive goal against Spartans, levelled with a good finish.

Luis Longstaff was then brought down by the Hearts goalkeeper and Canada international Millar made no mistake from the spot.

Reflecting on the win, U23s boss Neil Critchley told Liverpoolfc.com: “It was great for the boys to play at Tynecastle and it was another good performance.

“We have had a good time in Scotland both on and off the pitch and managed to build up minutes for the players which is the most important thing in pre-season.

“It was good to give Ovie Ejaria his first 45 minutes but unfortunately we lost Rhys Williams after 20 minutes with an ankle injury. We will assess him on Friday morning but we are hopeful it’s not serious and he will be OK.”

The U23s are back in action on Sunday when they will face Merseyside neighbours Marine. The match at the Marine Travel Arena kicks off at 2pm BST and admission is £5 for adults and £3 concessions.

A busy period continues three days later as the squad head to Rugby Town’s Butlin Road to take on Coventry City on Wednesday July 24.

That game kicks off at 7pm and tickets are available in advance from the hosts priced £9 for adults, £7 concessions (over 60 and 16-21) and £2 for U16s. Cash prices on the turnstile will be an extra £1.

Liverpool U23s v Hearts: George, N Williams, Gallacher (Boyes, 63), R Williams (Clayton, 20), Johnston, Chirivella (Ritaccio, 63), Kane, Ejaria (Longstaff, 46), Millar (O'Rourke), Bearne (Varesanovic, 73), Dixon-Bonner (Sharif, 46). 

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LFC Women look to gear up with new partners

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 14:59

Liverpool FC Women has announced a brand-new principal partner, Joie, and welcomes Standard Chartered’s move to the front-of-shirt position.

Already front and centre on the men’s team jersey, the multi-year partnership with Standard Chartered will see the bank extending its long-running relationship with the club.

Also already a sponsor of the men’s team, Joie supports families of all shapes and sizes, promoting values in line with the club’s own family-orientated philosophy.

As a principal partner of LFC Women, baby gear brand Joie will take an on-shirt position on the tail of the jersey, formerly occupied by Standard Chartered, and will be known as official family partner of Liverpool FC Women. 

The announcement comes as the side conduct their first pre-season tour with the men’s team, which will see them play two friendlies in the United States, as well as training, meeting supporters and taking part in community activities. The women’s tour is also being hosted by Joie. 

The first stop saw Joie take manager Vicky Jepson and four members of the squad to visit the Michiana Echo U12s players.

Jade Bailey, Melissa Lawley, Jess Clarke, Ashley Hodson and Jepson all went along to help to deliver a special coaching session with the girls.

They also presented this season’s LFC Women home shirts to the team and invited them to Thursday's game against Cleveland Ambassadors at Notre Dame University, courtesy of Joie.

Peter Moore, chief executive of Liverpool Football Club and chairman of LFC Women said: “It’s fantastic to see that Standard Chartered is strengthening its involvement with the LFC Women’s team.

“And for a family-focused brand like Joie, it’s also a very positive message to see them investing in both the women’s and men’s teams, and hugely positive to see brands continuing to back diverse and inclusive organisations. We’re very pleased we can count on their support.”

Jepson said: “It’s really galvanising as a team to have the support of brands like Joie and Standard Chartered for the next few years. We’re really looking forward to working with them beyond our pre-season tour.”

David Welsh, senior managing director at Joie, said: “At Joie we are all about families, and we’re delighted to expand our support of the Liverpool FC family to the LFC Women’s team. We look forward to continuing our partnership together, supporting families in need and inspiring the next generation of LFC fans.”

Emma Sheller, global head of brand and marketing at Standard Chartered, said: “Nearly 50 per cent of our employees are women and diversity and inclusion underpins the bank’s values.

“The popularity of women’s football is on the rise - as we’ve just witnessed with the recent Women’s World Cup - and Standard Chartered is excited to be expanding our existing relationship with Liverpool FC Women and work with these elite athletes on some really meaningful partnerships over the next few seasons.”

LFC Women captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland will also continue in her role as official brand ambassador of Joie. 

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LFC Women look to gear up with new partners

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 14:59

Liverpool FC Women has announced a brand-new principal partner, Joie, and welcomes Standard Chartered’s move to the front-of-shirt position.

Already front and centre on the men’s team jersey, the multi-year partnership with Standard Chartered will see the bank extending its long-running relationship with the club.

Also already a sponsor of the men’s team, Joie supports families of all shapes and sizes, promoting values in line with the club’s own family-orientated philosophy.

As a principal partner of LFC Women, baby gear brand Joie will take an on-shirt position on the tail of the jersey, formerly occupied by Standard Chartered, and will be known as Official Family Partner of Liverpool FC Women. 

The announcement comes as the side complete their first pre-season tour with the men’s team, which will see them play three friendlies in the United States, as well as training, meeting supporters and taking part in community activities. The women’s tour is also being hosted by Joie. 

The first stop saw Joie take manager Vicky Jepson and four members of the squad to visit the Michiana Echo U12s players.

Captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland, Melissa Lawley, Jess Clarke, Ashley Hodson and Jepson all went along to help to deliver a special coaching session with the girls.

They also presented this season’s LFC Women home shirts to the team and invited them to Thursday's game against Cleveland Ambassadors at Notre Dame University, courtesy of Joie.

Peter Moore, chief executive of Liverpool Football Club and chairman of LFC Women said: “It’s fantastic to see that Standard Chartered is strengthening its involvement with the LFC Women’s team.

“And for a family-focused brand like Joie, it’s also a very positive message to see them investing in both the women’s and men’s teams, and hugely positive to see brands continuing to back diverse and inclusive organisations. We’re very pleased we can count on their support.”

Jepson said: “It’s really galvanising as a team to have the support of brands like Joie and Standard Chartered for the next few years. We’re really looking forward to working with them beyond our pre-season tour.”

David Welsh, senior managing director at Joie, said: “At Joie we are all about families, and we’re delighted to expand our support of the Liverpool FC family to the LFC Women’s team. We look forward to continuing our partnership together, supporting families in need and inspiring the next generation of LFC fans.”

Emma Sheller, global head of brand and marketing at Standard Chartered, said: “Nearly 50 per cent of our employees are women and diversity and inclusion underpins the bank’s values.

“The popularity of women’s football is on the rise - as we’ve just witnessed with the recent Women’s World Cup - and Standard Chartered is excited to be expanding our existing relationship with Liverpool FC Women and work with these elite athletes on some really meaningful partnerships over the next few seasons.”

LFC Women skipper Bradley-Auckland will also continue in her role as official brand ambassador of Joie. 

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Inside Training: Running drills for Reds in Notre Dame

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 13:11

Despite temperatures exceeding 30 degrees in Indiana on Wednesday, the day's second session consisted of gruelling running drills for the Liverpool squad as the United States tour continued.

The Reds players were put through their paces - quite literally - at Notre Dame University, with preparations for Friday’s fixture with Borussia Dortmund continuing to crank up.

You can see the best of the workout in our free video above now. Not yet signed up? Click here to join now and follow the team on tour.

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Jürgen Klopp on James Milner: 'I'm blessed to manage him'

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 10:50

James Milner’s enduring excellence means Liverpool’s vice-captain remains an invaluable resource for Jürgen Klopp.

The upcoming campaign represents the fifth of Milner’s Anfield career and the No.7, now 33 years old, has looked as fit as ever in the early weeks of pre-season.

The Reds’ friendly wins over Tranmere Rovers and Bradford City that preceded their tour of the United States both featured impressive 45-minute run-outs from Milner, who netted twice at Valley Parade last Sunday.

And Klopp has explained why the Champions League-winning midfielder’s influence is of vital importance to his squad, both on and off the pitch.

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“There have not been many,” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com in Indiana, when asked if he has ever worked with a player of Milner’s ilk before.

“I was blessed to have a few players like this; Sebastian Kehl, for example, at Dortmund was a more experienced player in a very young team and was a leader in that team, like Millie is. And I think Millie improved his football a lot in the last two or three years as well. 

“His attitude is outstanding. Millie is a sports guy, in each sport he is doing he is brilliant. Without Millie it wouldn’t have been possible. His kind of a little bit dirty dressing-room talks, I cannot do, these things you say in the dressing room that I am not allowed to say in public. That’s the last little kick and that’s nice. 

“We have so many leaders in the team: Hendo of course, Millie of course, Gini, Virg, all these guys, they are in a different way all leaders. They know what to do and they will know it for a new season. 

“Millie looks again in the pre-season like [he’s in] in his early 20s; but he isn’t, he knows that, and we try to respect that. But he is not only in the game not really stoppable, in training it’s the same. All good.”

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Klopp: There's expectations but no pressure for Rhian Brewster

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 10:00

Jürgen Klopp predicts a bright future for Rhian Brewster, but has explained why expectations should be tempered as the striker takes his fledgling steps in senior football.

The 19-year-old has struck three times in two pre-season games so far this summer, following up a brace at Tranmere Rovers with a poacher’s effort agains Bradford City on Sunday.

Klopp is encouraged by Brewster’s progress so far, particularly as he has overcome a long-term injury absence; however, the manager wants him to be allowed to develop with no pressure on his shoulders.

“You know how it is in football, it’s pre-season, he’s still very young,” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com in the United States. “He has expectations, I have expectations. He has expectations and that’s good, it’s absolutely good.

“The thing is, the Premier League is the Premier League and we need to make sure he is ready for that. We think he is ready, to be honest, but we have to see when and how often and stuff like this.

“He was injured for a long time. He is a fantastic footballer, we fought really hard for getting him and then keeping him and all that stuff. Now he is here and I think he sees the chance, the chance is there and that’s very good.

“He is an exceptionally good boy and player and I am really excited about the future, but there is not pressure at all on him.

“The big guns are not in and we are all focused and the boys and stuff like that, but don’t put pressure on him. I think he can deal with it because he is a really confident boy, but to be a real Premier League striker you have to miss a chance in front of 50,000, hear the noise, feeling the importance and then if you go again, you have a good chance to be a really big gun.”

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