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Ki-Jana Hoever: The 16-year-old Dutch starlet in training with Liverpool’s first-team

ThisIsAnfield.com - 1 hour 1 min ago

Liverpool’s injuries in defence have seen 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever training with the first team. But what makes the talented youngster a stand-out?


Hoever was one of the Reds’ less-heralded summer signings, understandably, but the signs are good that he might role in the future as significant as those who Jurgen Klopp spent rather more money on.

The Dutch youth international went straight into the U18s set-up, but he has already featured for U19s, U23s and is now training with the seniors.

That’s a direct result of recent occurrences in Klopp’s squad; Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip joined Joe Gomez on the injury list this week.

Klopp hasn’t been shy about calling on the younger stars at the club, aiding their progress by training with first-team players and giving them the opportunity to impress at close quarters, and it’s Hoever’s own displays which have prompted his call-up.

He has made a great start to life at Liverpool, and this won’t be the last we see of him around the first-team scene.

Indeed, he could get an earlier opportunity than expected if he impresses the manager enough.

 Liverpool's substitute Ki-jana Hoever warms-up during the UEFA Youth League Group C match between Liverpool FC and FK Crvena zvezda at Langtree Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ki-Jana Hoever

Age: 16
Position: Right-back and centre-back
Signed from: Ajax

Arrival

 Liverpool's manager Barry Lewtas during the UEFA Youth League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain at Langtree Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Hoever played initially at the AZ Alkmaar academy, but moved to Ajax in 2014, then aged 12. His formation continued apace with the Dutch side, but he never signed professional terms with them.

Instead, that allowed a move to Melwood to come about this summer and the 16-year-old joined the Reds in mid-August.

Ajax rated him extremely highly and were “devastated” to lose his services, according to the Echo‘s James Pearce, but their loss has already been Liverpool’s gain.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City were all chasing his signature, but the appeal of Liverpool is great, it seems, for Dutch defenders of both the present and the future.

It didn’t take long for Hoever to make an impact.

U18s boss Barry Lewtas highlighted how Hoever has dealt with the move and settled in immediately.

 Liverpool's manager Barry Lewtas before the UEFA Youth League Group C match between FK Crvena zvezda Under-19's and Liverpool FC Under-19's at ?ukari?ki Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“We know what qualities he’s got, we know what he came with, and we certainly know the things he’s got to improve on because there are a lot.

“But he’s starting from a good level and he’s done ever so well in terms of dealing with it mentally. He’s only 16 and he’s moving into a dressing room full of young men.

“We are all keeping our feet on the floor with him. He’s still got a lot to do, sometimes you can ride the wave when you first get into teams, but he knows it’s a long process. He’s very mature, he’s a good boy and he knows he’s got lots to improve on.”

Once he was officially signed on having received international clearance by early September, Hoever made his debut for the U18s in a 4-1 win over Newcastle midway through the month.

The following month he made his debut for the U19s, coming on as a sub in the UEFA Youth League win over Red Star, before starting in the same competition against PSG in November.

Last month he also made his bow at U23 level, though this step-up proved a steep learning curve: the 16-year-old was part of an inexperienced Liverpool side hammered 7-0 by a far more experienced Villarreal lineup.

On the international stage, Hoever is part of the Netherlands U17 side; in the recent break he scored three times in three games for them, including a free-kick.

That showing set-piece prowess wasn’t a one-off, either, as his time with Ajax showed.

Ki-Jana Hoever (16) with his first goal for Ajax U17. Great free-kick! ???#AjaxU17 #AjaxYouth [@trodat4030] pic.twitter.com/Qn2rzKrfhQ

— Ajax Youth Academy (@AjaxYA) January 20, 2018

Early impressions & future

 Jake Cain, Paul Glatzel, captain Adam Lewis, Liam Coyle, Neco Williams, Curtis Jones.(Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

His rise since signing for Liverpool has been fast. Naturally, coaches aren’t willing to go overboard about good performances from young players—so it’s fair to suggest that when comments are made, it’s because of a particularly noteworthy display.

The U23s won the mini-derby late last month, with Hoever playing the full 90 minutes, and boss Neil Critchley spoke in glowing terms about the teenager’s showing.

“I don’t want to get too carried away with him but, wow, what a performance.

“He’s 16 and he’s calm and assured in his decision-making. He got a little bit tired near the end but understandably so – he played in the week as well.

“His authority and assurance on the pitch for a boy so young was very, very impressive.”

That composure and mentality has been a stand-out feature of his time on the pitch, both in and out of possession, and which gives an inkling as to the type of defender he’ll turn out to be.

Hoever is extremely confident on the ball, which no doubt stems from his formation as a right-back. He moves forward well, is unafraid to rove infield and dictate passes from central areas, but doesn’t shirk his defensive duties.

In the most recent U19 Youth League match against Napoli, he played as the left-sided centre-back, another indication of his impressive awareness.

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True, he wasn’t tested a huge amount in the game as a dominant Liverpool side controlled the game from start to finish in a 5-0 win, but he was unflustered against sporadic counter-attacks, covered well when the ball was played in behind full-backs and kept the ball moving from deep.

Playing in that manner, and with his potential trajectory from right-back to centre-back in future, it’s impossible to not look at another Liverpool defender who shares some traits with him.

 Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp (R) and Joe Gomez after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. The game ended goal-less. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Gomez had long been seen as an ideal modern centre-back: classy on the ball, confident in possession but defensively resilient. Now, this season, he’s proving that’s the case.

Hoever naturally has many years to go to reach this point, but that isn’t to say he can’t have impact before then, perhaps particularly at right-back.

Current injuries are short-term and fleeting, but in the longer term, it’s undoubtedly a position Klopp will feel needs a new face to offer competition to Alexander-Arnold.

A few seasons back, the Reds were stacked in that position: Nathaniel Clyne first choice, Jon Flanagan making a case, Connor Randall getting surprise opportunities.

None made enough of a lasting impression; one has departed, one is injured and soon out of contract, one is expected to be sold and hasn’t had a significant look-in this season.

Maybe Hoever’s chance will come sooner rather than later.

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The view from United: 'You'll see speed at Anfield'

LiverpoolFC.TV - 2 hours 2 min ago

Fresh from securing progress to the Champions League knockout stages in midweek, another big game awaits Liverpool at Anfield as arch-rivals Manchester United visit this Sunday.

What can we expect from Jose Mourinho's side?

United fan, poet, journalist and author Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) gave us the lowdown...

It was a 0-0 draw on United's last visit to Anfield. Will it be a similar approach on Sunday?

Absolutely. There are few teams who benefit from going to Anfield and taking an expansive tactical approach, and in United's present position it seems likely Mourinho will go for damage limitation, particularly with Liverpool's recent form in mind.

Which United player is likely to carry the fight to Liverpool?

It's funny, the first name that came into my head was actually Ashley Young. He is someone few of us ever expected to see at United for so long but my goodness, he has proven to be a survivor. And he always shows the greatest commitment in these games.

I would also include - should they be picked - Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and, of course, Ander Herrera, who always seems to give monumental defensive displays at Anfield. Other players have fighting spirit, but in my view these four stand out.

Which Liverpool player do United fear the most?

I don't know - though Mohamed Salah is outstanding - if any one player makes them particularly fearful. The fear may come from Liverpool's ability to hurt teams collectively, no matter who they pick in their side. It's the counter-attack which may frighten United more than anything.

How do you think United will line up?

Ha, I just have no idea, but I will have a go. Probably almost the same team that beat Fulham 4-1 last week.

What is this United team's biggest strength?

Speed. This team's attack is as fast as they come but it needs to be unleashed. I actually think that we will see some of that as United will probably play on the counter for most, if not all, of the game.

What is your prediction for the match?

I think United will put up a spirited performance, and start with surprising intensity, but that Liverpool will have wised up from their defeat last season at Old Trafford. Sadly (for us at least), I can see Liverpool winning this 2-0.

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The view from United: 'You'll see speed at Anfield'

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Fresh from securing progress to the Champions League knockout stages in midweek, another big game awaits Liverpool at Anfield as arch-rivals Manchester United visit this Sunday.
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Jordan Henderson on Liverpool’s stylistic changes, rotation in the squad and the challenge against Man United

ThisIsAnfield.com - 2 hours 45 min ago

Jordan Henderson has warned against dropping standards before the crucial Premier League game against Man United, saying their rivals will sense an opportunity to cause an upset.


The captain has had an up-and-down season so far as Jurgen Klopp has continually shuffled the pack in midfield.

Alternating between a two or a three in the centre of the park means Liverpool have started on several occasions with the No. 14 on the bench, though he has back in the team for the must-win game in midweek in the Champions League.

That particular test was passed, but the Reds have another huge clash to focus on against rivals Manchester United.

Henderson spoke to LiverpoolFC.com in the buildup about the Reds’ changed approach this season—but says the Reds aren’t any less exciting than last term.

Indeed, Henderson feels there are improvements in other areas which have contributed to the change, rather than any kind of drop-off in attack.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson with the ball but Trent Alexander-Arnold takes it off him to score from a free-kick during the FA Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“We have defended very well – we’ve got a lot of clean sheets this season. To win trophies, you need to have that really, along with the attacking power and goals we’ve got.

“So far, it has been a good combination and we need to keep that going for the rest of the season if we want to do something really special. So far it has been good – hopefully it can get better, we can keep improving and keep winning games.

“We play the way that we play – I don’t think it has changed too much.

“We have controlled [matches] and maybe become more mature as a team in certain instances in games, where we have controlled the game a lot better, with the ball and even without the ball.

“I can definitely see that the maturity has helped us win games and keep clean sheets.

“But our style of play is there for everybody to see. We’re still an exciting team to watch, we want to be at a high intensity level. We want to score goals as well as defend well, that has never changed. The maturity in certain games has been much better this season.”

While Henderson wears the armband when he’s on the pitch, several others have had to do the honours this season at different points.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk wearing a rainbow coloured captain's armband during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield, the 232nd Merseyside Derby. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum were voted third and fourth captains respectively by the squad members earlier this term, while James Milner is of course vice-skipper.

It’s a big part of the reason for the Reds’ unbeaten form, says Henderson, having so many players who can take charge and show the way to victory.

“There are a lot of leaders in the group and there is a lot of experience in big games as well. That helps, of course. The group has got so many good players in it, a huge squad.

“The lads that haven’t been playing have been coming in and doing a really good job as well – everybody is fighting for their place and I think that can be really healthy if you use it in the right way.”

On the Anfield clash on Sunday, Henderson is sure United will try to react and find another result against their rivals—but the skipper is adamant Liverpool must simply continue to do what they have all season.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates after beating SSC Napoli 1-0 and progressing to the knock-out phase during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“United will think it’s the perfect opportunity to come here and kick-start their season. We’ve got to make sure that doesn’t happen.

“It’ll be a tough game, like it always is against United – they’re a good side with many good players. As a team, we’ve just got to focus on what’s important: that’s our performance level and to keep doing the things we’ve been doing.”

Having started in midweek in the win over Napoli, Henderson will be hoping to retain his place for the latest big test.

His position may well be dependent on which formation Klopp opts to utilise from kick-off, with Gini Wijnaldum and Fabinho having been the double-pivot of preference of late.

Either way, a much-improved second-half showing against the Italian side must set the tone for Henderson’s season going forward, as he bids to lead the team to the league title.

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More Melwood photos: Liverpool's pre-United training

LiverpoolFC.TV - 3 hours 1 min ago

Take another behind-the-scenes look at Liverpool's pre-Manchester United training with our second photo gallery from Melwood.

The Reds stepped up preparations for the Premier League clash with their arch-rivals during a workout under the lights in West Derby on Friday evening.

Enjoy 26 more pictures from the session in the slideshow below.

Photos by Nikki Dyer

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More Melwood photos: Liverpool's pre-United training

LiverpoolFC TV - 3 hours 1 min ago
Take another behind-the-scenes look at Liverpool's pre-Manchester United training with our second photo gallery from Melwood.
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Reds look to complete perfect week with victory over rivals – Liverpool vs. Man United Preview

ThisIsAnfield.com - 3 hours 1 min ago

Liverpool lock horns with Man United on Sunday, as the Reds look to maintain their unbeaten Premier League start and rub salt into their rivals’ wounds.


Liverpool vs. Man United

Sunday, December 16, 2018 — 4pm (GMT)
Anfield
Premier League
Referee: Martin Atkinson

If Liverpool’s season was going superbly last weekend, their midweek heroics have made it an almost-perfect start.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side produced a dominant performance in the 1-0 win over Napoli, reaching the Champions League knockout stages in thrilling fashion.

The Reds can now focus solely on domestic action until February and few matches come any bigger than Sunday’s.

Man United head to Anfield a shadow of the side that dominated the English game for 20 years—Liverpool have not been so superior to their adversaries since the 1980s.

Jose Mourinho has an excellent record against Liverpool, however, and he would love nothing more than to end their unbeaten run and let the whole world know about it.

 Manchester United's manager Jose Mourinho looks miserable before the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Manchester United FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While underperforming, United remain a capable side: there is perhaps as much chance of them being taken apart at Anfield as there is of them dogging their way to a positive result, as they did at Juventus last month after being battered for 85 minutes.

On paper, Klopp’s men look to be too strong, especially when comparing the positive atmosphere at the club and United’s current malaise, but form can often go out of the window in this game.

It remains English football’s greatest fixture, regardless of where both teams are in the table, and it is never short on drama and controversy.

This is the latest in a run of awkward matches for the Reds; if they can overcome this hurdle it will complete an impressive quintet of quickfire wins against Everton, Burnley, Bournemouth, Napoli and United.

This fixture last season: Liverpool 0-0 Man United

Team News

 Liverpool's Joel Matip (L) and SSC Napoli's Fabián Ruiz during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The injury problems are starting to mount up for Klopp, with Joel Matip sidelined for six weeks with a shoulder injury and Trent Alexander-Arnold also out with an ankle problem.

The pair join Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster on the treatment table.

Klopp is going to have to shuffle his pack because of this defensive injury crisis, with James Milner or Fabinho likely to fill in at right-back.

Nathaniel Clyne is an option having returned to training, but he is unlikely to be risked in a match of such magnitude.

Dejan Lovren should be fit to partner Virgil van Dijk at centre-back, while Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and Naby Keita will be hoping to start in midfield.

Xherdan Shaqiri didn’t feature against Napoli and could come in, but with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all available, the Swiss international may have to make do with a place on the substitutes’ bench.

United are also suffering with injury problems of their own—Victor Lindelof and Alexis Sanchez are definitely out—with Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial all doubts.

Mourinho confirmed earlier in the week that English trio Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford will all start at Anfield.

Last 5 at home to Man United (All Competitions)

 Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scores the first goal against Manchester United's goalkeeper David de Gea from a penalty kick during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Drew 0-0 – October 2017
Drew 0-0 – October 2016
Won 2-0 – March 2016 (Sturridge pen, Firmino)
Lost 1-0 – January 2016 (Rooney)
Lost 2-1 – March 2015 – (Sturridge; Mata x2)

Did You Know?

 Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring the second goal against Manchester United from the penalty spot by kissing the television camera during the Premiership match at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In the five years since Alex Ferguson left United, the Reds have won just twice in 10 Premier League meetings against them—once at home and once away.

Both of those victories came during David Moyes’ doomed spell at Old Trafford in 2013/14, with Daniel Sturridge scoring the only goal at Anfield and Steven Gerrard netting two penalties—he also missed one—in a 3-0 triumph in Manchester.

There was also the Europa League success in 2015/16, however, with Liverpool running out 3-1 winners on aggregate.

Form

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 1-0 vs. Napoli
Won 4-0 vs. Bournemouth
Won 3-1 vs. Burnley
Won 1-0 vs. Everton
Lost 2-1 vs. PSG

Man United – Last five results (all competitions)

Lost 2-1 vs. Valencia
Won 4-1 vs. Fulham
Drew 2-2 vs. Arsenal
Drew 2-2 vs. Southampton
Won 1-0 vs. Young Boys

Klopp’s View

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Speaking to reporters, Klopp confirmed that Clyne is available, saying he isn’t without options at right-back despite Alexander-Arnold’s absence:

“He (Clyne) has been in training for four days – is he ready for 90 minutes? I don’t know. But he is ready. He is a very experienced player.

“We have other options as well so we will not push Clyney through after his longest spell of training.

Rafa Camacho played outstandingly in pre-season and even Curtis Jones played (at right-back) against United (in Ann Arbor).

“As long as we have options everything is fine.”

TV & Live Blog Info

 A female television camera operator during a preseason friendly match at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool vs. Man United is live on Sky Sports Main Event from 3.30pm (GMT), with kickoff at 4pm.

Chris Williams is in the hot-seat for This is Anfield’s live blog from 3.15pm, as he looks to provide more entertainment than a Mourinho performance!

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Jordan Henderson interview: 'We're still exciting... but more mature'

LiverpoolFC.TV - 5 hours 2 min ago

Jordan Henderson has called on Liverpool to maintain their winning combination of defensive solidity and attacking firepower when they tackle Manchester United on Sunday.

The Reds took top spot in the Premier League last weekend by increasing their unbeaten streak since the beginning of the season to a 16th game with a 4-0 victory at Bournemouth.

Henderson and co have only conceded six goals in the league, with a greater control and resolve providing the platform for Liverpool’s best ever start – 42 points from 48.

That record will be challenged by arch-rivals United at Anfield and Henderson insists the current situation in the table has little to no influence on their 201st meeting.

The captain spoke to Liverpoolfc.com ahead of the game and you can read the Q&A in full below…

You achieved the important result you needed on Tuesday night. How helpful will it be to now park the Champions League for a few months and focus on the league?

It was a big night midweek and a big boost for us to get through to the next round. But now it’s done with, we move on quickly. We’ve got another huge game on Sunday that we quickly turned the focus to. I’m sure we’ll be ready. We don’t have to worry about the Champions League for a few months. We take it game by game anyway so it doesn’t really matter too much. But you can put all your energy into the league and FA Cup over the next few months and park the Champions League until February.

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You have been part of two or three Liverpool teams that have gone close to success through attacking firepower. Is there more control throughout this side?

We have defended very well – we’ve got a lot of clean sheets this season. To win trophies, you need to have that really, along with the attacking power and goals we’ve got. So far, it has been a good combination and we need to keep that going for the rest of the season if we want to do something really special. So far it has been good – hopefully it can get better, we can keep improving and keep winning games.

There has been a lot of discussion about Liverpool changing style this season. What is your sense of it?

We play the way that we play – I don’t think it has changed too much. We have controlled [matches] and maybe become more mature as a team in certain instances in games, where we have controlled the game a lot better, with the ball and even without the ball. I can definitely see that the maturity has helped us win games and keep clean sheets. But our style of play is there for everybody to see. We’re still an exciting team to watch, we want to be at a high intensity level. We want to score goals as well as defend well, that has never changed. The maturity in certain games has been much better this season.

Does that maturity come with having a lot of experience spread throughout the team?

There are a lot of leaders in the group and there is a lot of experience in big games as well. That helps, of course. The group has got so many good players in it, a huge squad. The lads that haven’t been playing have been coming in and doing a really good job as well – everybody is fighting for their place and I think that can be really healthy if you use it in the right way. So far, we have. Hopefully we can continue that.

You have played United 16 times as a Liverpool player so far. Does it still have a special edge?

It has got a special edge to it with the rivalry and the history of the clubs. It’s a massive game. But at the same time you’ve got to focus on what’s important; it’s about doing the job like we have been for the majority of the season, going out and performing to a very high level, and concentrating on our performance rather than anything else that comes with it. If we do that, we’ll have a good chance of winning.

Does the gap between the sides in the table have any relevance for the game?

I don’t think it matters, to be honest. Of course we feel we’re in a good moment, we’re very confident. But that can change very quickly in football so you’ve got to keep on a very high level. United will think it’s the perfect opportunity to come here and kick-start their season. We’ve got to make sure that doesn’t happen. It’ll be a tough game, like it always is against United – they’re a good side with many good players. As a team, we’ve just got to focus on what’s important: that’s our performance level and to keep doing the things we’ve been doing.

Liverpool haven’t won in the last eight league games against United. How do you go about changing that form?

It’s about focusing on what’s important. It’s not a great record against them over the last few years but it’s a different year, different teams and different players. A lot has changed since the last time we played them. For us, it’s another opportunity to go out and win a football game.

The next match after this will be your 300th appearance for the club. How do you reflect on that?

I don’t look back, not yet. I’ve got plenty of time to do that when I finish. For me, it’s about looking forward and keeping going. I’ll keep improving and keep working hard, doing my best for the team to help the team become successful. That’s all I think about.

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Jordan Henderson interview: 'We're still exciting... but more mature'

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Jordan Henderson has called on Liverpool to maintain their winning combination of defensive solidity and attacking firepower when they tackle Manchester United on Sunday.
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Alisson: My best yet to come

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Liverpool face Man Utd at Anfield on Sunday, live on Sky Sports By Rory O'Callaghan

Last Updated: 15/12/18 11:11am

Alisson has conceded just six goals in the Premier League this season Alisson has conceded just six goals in the Premier League this season Alisson has conceded just six goals in the Premier League this season

Alisson Becker believes he still has "so much more to offer" Liverpool despite his strong start at Anfield.

Liverpool paid a world-record transfer fee for a goalkeeper to sign Alisson from Roma in the summer, and the Brazil international has swiftly adapted to life in England - conceding just six goals in the Premier League this season.

Alisson is fast becoming a fan favourite at Anfield but the 26-year-old insists he still has some way to go before being compared to club greats, such as Tommy Lawrence, Ray Clemence, Bruce Grobbelaar and Pepe Reina.

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"I think it's too early for this," he told The Times. "Obviously, I'm really happy with all the love I'm receiving from the fans and the due recognition, which means I'm doing things right on the field, but Liverpool have always had great goalkeepers.

"People talk about Pepe Reina, how the fans held him in high esteem, the staff here remember him fondly.

"So, I'm happy with the recognition and the love received but I have so much more to offer, to contribute to Liverpool."

Liverpool progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Napoli at Anfield.

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Alisson produced a magnificent save to deny Arkadiusz Milik in the closing stages of the match, and the Brazilian felt as though he had scored the winning goal for his side.

"Definitely that is the case," Alisson says. "A save at the end of the game is always great and you feel you have contributed to the game.

"Of course, an important save in the first minute is as important as a save in the last minute but for the fans it's the closest thing to scoring a goal in the last minute, like we did in the derby against Everton.

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"But I only managed to make that save with the help of my team-mates' contribution and thank God we got the victory."

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp recently claimed he would have paid double the fee for Alisson, had he known how good he would turn out to be.

Alisson says he has developed a strong relationship and Klopp, who was fined £8000 by the FA for running on to the pitch to celebrate with Brazilian after Divock Origi's dramatic winner in the Merseyside derby.

"It's hard to explain what was happening," he says. "It was at the end of the game, I was celebrating.

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"Generally, I prefer not to celebrate too much so I can concentrate on the game and stay level-headed but the goal came at the end of the game so I could let it all out.

"I ran to the middle of the field and did my usual celebrations, pointing to the heavens, thanking God, and then I looked to one side and I saw Jürgen and I thought, 'What is he doing?' It was a great moment and I gave him a big hug.

"I appreciate it wasn't the correct thing to do and he has been punished for that - but it was worth it."

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What's on: This week's LFC community events

LiverpoolFC.TV - 6 hours 32 min ago

Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.

For more information on these activities, and the work of the two organisations, follow @LFCFoundation and @Red_Neighbours on Twitter or click here.

Monday December 17

Premier League Kicks sessions

Walton Hall Park - 7pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Speke Community Centre - 6pm-8pm (age 11+)

Respect 4 All Ability Counts session (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 8-12), 7pm-8pm (age 13+)

Tuesday December 18

Premier League Kicks session

Toxteth Firefit Hub - 5.30pm-6.30pm (age 8-13), 6.30pm-7.30pm (age 14-19)

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 8-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+) 

Red Neighbours Walking Football  

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 3pm-4pm

Open Goals

Seaforth in Bowersdale Park (Meet at Bowersdale Resource Centre) - 5pm-6pm

Wednesday December 19    

Premier League Kicks sessions

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 7-13), 6pm-7pm (age 13-17), 5pm-6pm (age 8-13 girls only)

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 8+)

Open Goals

Crosby in Coronation Park (Meet at Alchemy Crosby Youth & Community Centre) - 4.30pm-5.30pm

Thursday December 20

Premier League Kicks sessions

Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree - 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)

Gateacre School - 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 7pm-8pm (age 8+)

Military Veterans

Netherton Goals - 5pm-7.30pm

Friday December 21

Premier League Kicks sessions

Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree - 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-9pm (age 14-19)
Croxteth Sports Centre - 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Wirral Hive - 6pm-8pm (age 13-19)
Kirkby Leisure Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-8pm (age 14-17)
Netherton Activity Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 8-11), 7pm-8pm (age 12-19)

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 8-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football  

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11am-12pm

Red Neighbours Walking Netball 

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11.30am-12.30pm

Saturday December 22

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Woodchurch High School - 10.30am-11.30am (SLD Child), 11.30am-12.30pm (Ability Counts), 12.30pm-1.30pm (SLD Adults)

Open Goals 

Wavertree Sports Park - 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm 
Stanley Park - 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm 
Norris Green Park - 1.30pm-3pm
Jubilee Sports Bank - 1.30pm-2.30pm

Sunday December 23   

Open Goals    

Walton Hall Park - 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm
Belle Vale Park - 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm 
Doric Park - 11am-12pm

Military Veterans 

LFC Academy - 2pm-5pm

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What's on: This week's LFC community events

LiverpoolFC TV - 6 hours 32 min ago
Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.
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Liverpool target Demirbay is 'complete midfielder'

HEAD NEWS - 6 hours 53 min ago

TSG Hoffenheim midfielder and reported Liverpool target Kerem Demirbay is a 'complete midfielder' and has become an irreplaceable part of the club's first team.

That's the opinion of one of the key people surrounding Demirbay's move to Hoffenheim in 2016 - the club's scouting chief Lutz Pfannenstiel.

Demirbay was coming off the back of an outstanding loan spell with Fortuna Düsseldorf, where he scored ten goals in the second division when Hoffenheim came knocking at the door of parent club Hamburger SV.

The midfielder signed on the dotted line at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena for £1.5m just months after highly regarded manager Julien Nagelsmann was appointed at the club.

Premier League side Liverpool have most notably been linked with a move​ for Demirbay since the summer, especially since their proposed move for Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir fell through at the eleventh hour. And Pfannenstiel's recommendation may mean the Reds should sit up and take notice - saying Demirbay's eye for goal makes him a "complete midfielder".

"He is a complete midfielder with a great balance between offensive creativity and hard defensive work," Pfannenstiel told 90min. "If a player in his position also can score, then you have the complete package.

"Demirbay can play in various positions. He is not just technically but also tactically strong. His ability to solve pressure situations as well as playing the deadly pass makes him very important."

Demirbay is certainly deserving of Pfannenstiel's high praise too. The two-time Borussia Dortmund youth player has featured in all but one Bundesliga game that he's been injury free for this season, taking his Hoffenheim appearance tally up to 70.

The 25-year-old has featured in slightly deeper positions this season, creating space for summer signing Leonardo Bittencourt, while youngster Nadiem Amiri will also be staking a claim for Nagelsmann's first team when he returns from injury.

Demirbay, who has gained two appearances for Germany and was part of their Confederations Cup winning side in 2017, has been attracting interest from across Europe throughout his time with Hoffenheim - with Liverpool not the only club linked.

Although Demirbay isn't as well known for his creativity like Fekir is, the German does boast an impressive eye for goal, is renowned for the ability in his left foot and would undoubtedly strengthen most teams across Europe.

Source: 90min.com

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Liverpool target Demirbay is 'complete midfielder'

LiverpoolFC.TV - 6 hours 53 min ago

TSG Hoffenheim midfielder and reported Liverpool target Kerem Demirbay is a 'complete midfielder' and has become an irreplaceable part of the club's first team.

That's the opinion of one of the key people surrounding Demirbay's move to Hoffenheim in 2016 - the club's scouting chief Lutz Pfannenstiel.

Demirbay was coming off the back of an outstanding loan spell with Fortuna Düsseldorf, where he scored ten goals in the second division when Hoffenheim came knocking at the door of parent club Hamburger SV.

The midfielder signed on the dotted line at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena for £1.5m just months after highly regarded manager Julien Nagelsmann was appointed at the club.

Premier League side Liverpool have most notably been linked with a move​ for Demirbay since the summer, especially since their proposed move for Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir fell through at the eleventh hour. And Pfannenstiel's recommendation may mean the Reds should sit up and take notice - saying Demirbay's eye for goal makes him a "complete midfielder".

"He is a complete midfielder with a great balance between offensive creativity and hard defensive work," Pfannenstiel told 90min. "If a player in his position also can score, then you have the complete package.

"Demirbay can play in various positions. He is not just technically but also tactically strong. His ability to solve pressure situations as well as playing the deadly pass makes him very important."

Demirbay is certainly deserving of Pfannenstiel's high praise too. The two-time Borussia Dortmund youth player has featured in all but one Bundesliga game that he's been injury free for this season, taking his Hoffenheim appearance tally up to 70.

The 25-year-old has featured in slightly deeper positions this season, creating space for summer signing Leonardo Bittencourt, while youngster Nadiem Amiri will also be staking a claim for Nagelsmann's first team when he returns from injury.

Demirbay, who has gained two appearances for Germany and was part of their Confederations Cup winning side in 2017, has been attracting interest from across Europe throughout his time with Hoffenheim - with Liverpool not the only club linked.

Although Demirbay isn't as well known for his creativity like Fekir is, the German does boast an impressive eye for goal, is renowned for the ability in his left foot and would undoubtedly strengthen most teams across Europe.

Source: 90min.com

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Liverpool target Demirbay is 'complete midfielder'

LiverpoolFC TV - 6 hours 53 min ago
TSG Hoffenheim midfielder and reported Liverpool target Kerem Demirbay is a 'complete midfielder' and has become an irreplaceable part of the club's first team.
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Chris Kirkland on the launch of mental health app YAPA

LiverpoolFC.TV - 7 hours 2 min ago

Chris Kirkland hopes to help people suffering with mental health issues open up with the launch of YAPA, a brand new app which is available to download now.

Kirkland’s experiences of talking about his issues with mental health are a clear example of just how important taking that first step towards help is.

“It felt like a massive weight off my shoulders, I could see clearly for the first time. It’s not an over-exaggeration to say it was life-changing for me and helped me get to where I am today,” says the former Liverpool goalkeeper.

Now, over a year on from bravely revealing the struggles he faced with anxiety and depression, Kirkland has helped launch an app which aims to help others do the same.

YAPA (‘You Are Perfect Always’) is a brand new social media app that puts users’ mental health at its forefront. By sending out ‘Yaps’, users can communicate their emotions and feelings to each other and start the process of opening up about their issues, while also helping others who may be going through a difficult time.

YAPA is available to download for free now on iOS and Android devices

Approximately one in four people in the UK will suffer with a mental health issue each year and in the fight to lower this statistic, the app will also provide details to users for professional help in their local area if necessary.

“Mental health should be treated in the same way as physical health,” says Kirkland.

“But whether we get to that stage I’m not so sure. The issues are a lot more publicised now than they were in the past, which is good in raising awareness, but there’s still a stigma around mental health that won’t go away.

“People will still find opening up and seeking help hard to do, so if we can help people do that through the YAPA app then all the hard work that has gone into releasing it will be worthwhile.

“It’s about 18 months since I told people about my struggles with mental health, and the number of people suffering with mental health issues is rising. Right now I’m in a good place; I still have bad days but I’m better equipped to deal with those days, thanks to opening up and getting help, and that’s what we want people to do.”

Kirkland isn’t alone in the venture.

The idea behind YAPA came from entrepreneur Jack Knowles, who has a technology background in developing and releasing apps.

“I’ve had many friends struggle with mental health issues and I myself have had problems with stress and anxiety in the past,” says Knowles.

“A lot of social media apps focus on ‘likes’ and ‘followers’ but YAPA doesn’t. There are no functions like that in the app and you can’t post photos either. It’s more focused on telling people how you’re feeling and trying to help others who perhaps aren’t in a good place.

“Our focus is on moving away from that aspect of social media and more towards talking to people. I want everyone who has a mobile device to have YAPA downloaded, because we hope it can be the future of social media.”

A year in the making, YAPA is available to download now via iOS and on Android devices, and Kirkland’s hope is that it’ll ‘go from strength to strength’.

He continues: “A lot of hard work has gone into the app, particularly from Jack. We wouldn’t be releasing something like this if we didn’t feel it could help people. There aren’t too many apps like this so hopefully it’ll go from strength to strength. Apple have also allowed us to lower the age limit on the app so younger people can use it too.

“As we know, opening up and talking to people when you’re in a bad place is the hardest step to take and hopefully this app can try to make that easier for people.

“There is help out there, it’s all about not being scared to ask for it. It’s not easy, I found it really hard to take that first step, but once you do things really start to get easier.

“How big is it going to be? Well, we think it’ll be massive, but regardless of that if it can just help one person it will have worked.”

YAPA is available to download now for free on iOS and Android devices

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Chris Kirkland on the launch of mental health app YAPA

LiverpoolFC TV - 7 hours 2 min ago
Chris Kirkland hopes to help people suffering with mental health issues open up with the launch of YAPA, a brand new app which is available to download now.
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Alisson: Napoli save felt like scoring a winner

LiverpoolFC.TV - 7 hours 14 min ago

For Alisson Becker, the stoppage-time save against Napoli was the closest thing to scoring a winning goal.

Tuesday’s Champions League tie, on which both Liverpool’s and the Italian side’s hopes of progressing to the knockout stages hinged, remained in the balance when four minutes were added on at Anfield.

The Reds led 1-0 courtesy of Mohamed Salah’s goal. The scoreline was one of a set few which would guarantee Jürgen Klopp’s team a place in the last 16 at the expense of Napoli.

And then a cross from the right fell at the feet of Arkadiusz Milik, who seemed a certain scorer yards out. If he could prod the ball home, qualification went to the visitors rather than the hosts.

Instead, Alisson rushed from his line to block the shot and dramatically preserve Liverpool’s ambitions in the tournament.

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Asked if the stunning save felt equivalent to scoring a winner, the goalkeeper – who has achieved 12 clean sheets in 22 appearances for the Reds – told The Times: “Definitely that is the case.

“A save at the end of the game is always great and you feel you have contributed to the game. Of course, an important save in the first minute is as important as a save in the last minute but for the fans it’s the closest thing to scoring a goal in the last minute, like we did in the derby against Everton.

“But I only managed to make that save with the help of my teammates’ contribution and thank God we got the victory.”

The European showdown with Napoli followed another unforgettable Anfield occasion in Alisson’s first Merseyside derby at the beginning of the month.

Another rivalry takes centre stage this weekend, with Manchester United the visitors on Sunday afternoon as Premier League leaders Liverpool aim to extend their unbeaten run.

It’s a fixture the Brazil international already has knowledge of, but one he believes can only be fully understood once played in.

“The two clubs I played for previously, Internacional and Roma, had two major derbies so I’m used to derbies and, worldwide, the Liverpool-United rivalry is well known,” said the No.13.

“We were very familiar with it in Brazil, more aware of it than of the Liverpool and Everton rivalry given the size of the two clubs, but knowing about it and experiencing it are two different things. I can’t wait to experience it and some beautiful football.

“The game against Napoli was really special; we had to get a specific result and were pushed on by the supporters. I don’t think Sunday will be any different.

“It’s a really important game in terms of our aspirations to win the title. We need the win. We will have the support to do that and to continue with our excellent trajectory.”

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Alisson: Napoli save felt like scoring a winner

LiverpoolFC TV - 7 hours 14 min ago
For Alisson Becker, the stoppage-time save against Napoli was the closest thing to scoring a winning goal.
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Inside Training: Man Utd prep at Melwood

LiverpoolFC.TV - 8 hours 30 min ago

The LFCTV GO cameras were at Melwood on Friday to provide exclusive footage of the Liverpool squad's latest preparations for the visit of Manchester United.

The Reds, unbeaten in the Premier League this season, host their arch-rivals at Anfield on Sunday evening.

With 48 hours to go until kick-off, the players stepped up work towards the clash - and subscribers can watch a montage from the training ground above.

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