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Watch: Reds take part in unusual four-sided training game

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 19:16
Jürgen Klopp's squad have been sharpening their skills in unusual fashion during their four-day training camp in Marbella.
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Where does Porto victory rank in Liverpool’s top 10 Champions League away results?

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 19:00

Liverpool enjoyed a European away day to remember Porto on Wednesday, but where does it rank in the list of great Reds away results in the Champions League?


Jurgen Klopp‘s side headed to Portugal expecting a tough challenge against a potentially dangerous Porto side, but they were magnificent at Estadio do Dragao.

Liverpool wrapped up the tie in the first-leg, strolling to a 5-0 win, and it immediately got us thinking about similarly superb away displays in the Champions League.

These have been judged on various factors, with the strength of the opposition, importance of the game and quality of Liverpool’s side at the time all taken into account.

Here’s the top 10 – is the Porto ranking fair?

10. Deportivo 0-1 Liverpool (2004/05)

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This was a crucial group stage victory during Liverpool’s march to glory in 2004/05, having picked up just one win in their first three matches.

With Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso both absent, it was Igor Biscan who stepped up to the plate, bossing the midfield battle and playing a key role in the only goal – an own goal by Jorge Andrade.

Failure to win that night may have seen Rafa Benitez’s men fail to qualify for the knockout rounds.

Strength of opposition (out of five): 2
Importance of game: 3.5
Quality of Liverpool side: 3.5

9. Maribor 0-7 Liverpool (2017/18)

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the fifth goal with team-mate Dejan Lovren during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between NK Maribor and Liverpool at the Stadion Ljudski vrt. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This has to make the cut, even though Maribor are one of the worst teams Liverpool have ever faced in European competition.

The eventual 7-0 victory was the biggest ever by an English club away in Europe, and no side has won by a greater margin on their travels in the Champions League.

Strength of opposition: 1
Importance of game: 2.5
Quality of Liverpool side: 4

8. PSV Eindhoven 0-3 Liverpool (2006/07)

 Stephen Warnock, Boudewijn Zenden, Jamie Carragher, Steve Finnan and Jermaine Pennant. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Benitez’s Reds were favourites to get the better of PSV Eindhoven in the 2006/07 quarter-finals, and they cruised to victory in the first-leg in impressive fashion.

Gerrard, John Arne Riise and Peter Crouch found the net – Riise’s was a trademark left-footed beauty – as another semi-final place was all but sealed.

Strength of opposition: 2
Importance of game: 4
Quality of Liverpool side: 4

7. Marseille 0-4 Liverpool (2007/08)

 Liverpool's Fernando Torres on his way to scoring the second goal against Olympique de Marseille during the final UEFA Champions League Group A match at the Stade Velodrome. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The pressure was on Liverpool when they visited Marseille in December 2007, with a win guaranteeing them a place in the last-16.

They excelled on a nervy night at Stade Velodrome, with a lovely solo effort by Fernando Torres helping inspire them to a 4-0 victory.

Having looked down and out after picking up just one point from their opening three group games, the Reds were through.

Strength of opposition: 2.5
Importance of game: 4
Quality of Liverpool side: 4

6. Bayer Leverkusen 1-3 Liverpool (2004/05)

Liverpool's Luis Garcia celebrates scoring. Bayer Leverkusen, 2005 (Gareth Copley/PA Archive/PA Images)

Revenge was in the air when Liverpool faced Bayer Leverkusen in 2004/05, having been knocked out by the Germans at the last-eight stage three years earlier.

The Reds had already won the first-leg of this last-16 tie 3-1, and Luis Garcia’s early double put the contest to bed. A 3-1 win was secured in the end.

It was another positive step towards that famous night in Istanbul.

Strength of opposition: 3
Importance of game: 3.5
Quality of Liverpool side: 3.5

5. Porto 0-5 Liverpool (2017/18)

This is fresh in the memory, which can mean bias comes into play, but the way in which Liverpool destroyed a good Porto side makes this worthy of a place in the top five.

The attacking football on show was mesmerising, and a Porto defence that had conceded just 10 league goals all season could not handle Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

It was an almost perfect away performance in Europe.

Strength of opposition: 3
Importance of game: 3.5
Quality of Liverpool side: 4

4. Inter Milan 0-1 Liverpool (2007/08)

 Liverpool's Fernando Torres celebrates scoring the opening goal against FC Internazionale Milano with team-mate captain Steven Gerrard MBE during the UEFA Champions League First knockout Round 2nd Leg match at the San Siro. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds may have beaten a strong Inter Milan side 2-0 at Anfield back in 2007/08, but they still had plenty to do in the return leg, having left it late to overcome 10 men.

The Nerazzurri‘s starting line-up included Javier Zanetti, Patrick Vieira and Zlatan Ibramimovic at the San Siro – they won the league that season – and Liverpool would have to stand tall to progress.

That did just that in expert fashion, and Torres’ ruthless finish three-quarters of the way through the game killed off their opponents’ hopes.

Strength of opposition: 5
Importance of game: 3.5
Quality of Liverpool side: 4

3. Real Madrid 0-1 Liverpool (2008/09)

 Liverpool's Yossi Benayoun celebrates scoring against Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League First Knock-Out Round at the Santiago Bernabeu. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Trips to Santiago Bernabeu are about as daunting as you can get, and not many fancied Liverpool to prevail there in 2008/09.

That side was the Reds’ most complete since the glory days, however, and they were excellent against a Real Madrid team brimming with world-class talent such as Arjen Robben, Raul and Gonzalo Higuain.

Yossi Benayoun headed home the only goal of the night, sending the travelling fans into delirium, and a sensational 4-0 win back at Anfield saw the quarters reached yet again.

Strength of opposition: 4.5
Importance of game: 4
Quality of Liverpool side: 4

2. Juventus 0-0 Liverpool (2004/05)

Liverpool's Xabi Alonso (C) celebrates with team-mates at full time. Juventus, 2005 (Martin Rickett/PA Archive/PA Images)

This may not have ended in a Liverpool victory, but it is one of the most impressive, gutsy results in the club’s European history.

The Juventus side they came up against were fantastic, and would go on to win the Serie A title in 2004/05, ahead of the Reds’ final opponents, AC Milan.

Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavario, Lilian Thuram, Pavel Nedved, Alessandro Del Piero and Ibrahimovic all started, against a Liverpool team including Igor Biscan, Antonio Nunez and Djimi Traore.

Having won 2-1 at Anfield, the Reds defended for their lives throughout and eventually picked up a memorable goalless draw that took them through to the semis. They did it all without Gerrard, with Carragher and Hyypia showing themselves as one of Europe’s best centre-back pairings.

Strength of opposition: 5
Importance of game: 5
Quality of Liverpool side: 3

1. Barcelona 1-2 Liverpool (2006/07)

 Liverpool's Craig Bellamy celebrates scoring the first goal against FC Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League First Knockout Round 1st Leg match at the Nou Camp. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Imagine going 1-0 down at Camp Nou to a Barcelona team containing Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho, Xavi and Deco – and winning. That’s what the Reds did 11 years ago.

This last-16 clash felt bleak when Deco headed the hosts in front, but instead of panicking, Liverpool recovered to produce a famous win.

The irony of Craig Bellamy and Riise scoring the goals was lost on nobody, following their golf-related fight, and it is a victory that will never be forgotten.

Strength of opposition: 4.5
Importance of game: 4
Quality of Liverpool side: 4

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Report: Liverpool Ladies reach quarter-finals of FA Cup

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 18:57
Liverpool Ladies progressed to the quarter-finals of the Women's FA Cup with a 3-0 win at Chichester City Ladies on Sunday afternoon.
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Report: Liverpool Ladies reach quarter-finals of FA Cup

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 18:57
Liverpool Ladies progressed to the quarter-finals of the SSE Women's FA Cup after a 3-0 win at Chichester City Ladies on Sunday afternoon.
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Jurgen Klopp explains reasoning behind Liverpool’s trip to Marbella

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 18:00

Jurgen Klopp says taking his players to Marbella for a training camp makes total sense, in terms of the weather and working on tactics.


Klopp and his Liverpool players jetted off to southern Spain after Wednesday’s 5-0 win over Porto, making the most of a weekend without a game, due to being out of the FA Cup.

The Reds will spend four days in southern Spain as they prepare for next Saturday’s Premier League visit of West Ham – and the final third of the season.

Confidence is sky-high after the 5-0 drubbing of Porto in the Champions League, but the Reds must now kick on and not lose momentum.

They were guilty of doing that last month, after victory over Man City was followed by a loss at Swansea City, but any dropped points in the top-four battle now feel a little fatal.

This short trip should only be beneficial, with lots of time on the training ground allowing Klopp and his players to work on fitness and tactics.

The manager alluded to this, giving his reasoning behind taking his players abroad.

“It’s because it’s a change of circumstances,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.

“The light is different obviously, and I thought for all the things we have to do now – like working a little bit on different systems and stuff like that – it made sense that we can do it in shorts and with real light!”

Liverpool enjoyed a similar mini-break last season, heading to Tenerife for a week in March, and it helped freshen them up ahead of a crucial top-four run-in.

The hope is that this current trip has a similar effect as the Reds look to again qualify for the Champions League, and go far in the competition itself.

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Inside training: Work continues at Reds' Marbella base

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 17:29
Work continues at Liverpool's training camp in Marbella - and on Saturday, the squad completed two sessions in the Spanish sunshine. You can watch the best of the second workout of the day online now.
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Liverpool players enjoying change of scenery – and some sun – at Marbella training camp

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 16:57

Liverpool’s players are enjoying a change of scenery at a training camp in Marbella, and they have been sharing their experience on social media.


The FA Cup defeat to West Brom last month may have been a major disappointment, but it has afforded Jurgen Klopp and his squad more time on the training ground.

The Reds don’t play again until next Saturday against West Ham, meaning it will have been a 10-day break between that game and the 5-0 win over Porto.

Rather than stay in the cold February surroundings of Melwood, Liverpool have flown from Porto to Marbella for four days, similar to last March, when they spent a week in Tenerife.

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They are clearly enjoying themselves in some pleasant southern Spain temperatures – who doesn’t enjoy some al fresco dining in the middle February?

Klopp himself was photographed looking unbelievably laid-back over the weekend, and judging by social media, his players are following suit.

It’s not all relaxing though, with this very much a training camp and Klopp has made it clear the players are there to work, not relax. So no stealing taxis at 5am.

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Liverpool’s Scouse Captains: Phil Thompson – from Kirkby to Paris and European glory

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 16:00

After the story of Liverpool’s first scouse captain, author Jeff Goulding continues the series with one of the Reds’ most famous captains and the first scouser to lift the European Cup.


Imagine for a moment spending your childhood as a young Scouser, growing up in the tough working-class town of Kirkby, in Liverpool. You spend your finest hours watching the Reds from the magnificent standing Kop in the 1960s.

What a glorious set of memories you would have. You’d revel in recollections that would light up your darkest days and keep you warm throughout winters where winning seems the hardest thing to do. You would have witnessed glorious sights and sounds most supporters can only dream of.

What could be better than that?

Well, what if you then went on to sign a professional contract with Liverpool F.C. and made your debut in a 3-0 win over Manchester United. Surely, that would be the pinnacle, wouldn’t it? What if it wasn’t.

What if, disappointed at not being selected for the team on a Saturday, you had the nerve to walk into Bill Shankly’s office and ask the great man “why didn’t you pick me boss?” and his reply was:

“Son, you will play many games for this club, for many years to come. One day you will captain this club. I wouldn’t even be surprised if you captained your country. You should thank me for dropping you on Saturday.”

For most of us, we would be happy if the world ended in that very moment, content that there was no greater feat we could achieve in life. Actually, just being in the same room as Bill Shankly would have been enough for most Reds.

(L-R) Liverpool's David Fairclough and Phil Thompson celebrate the winning goal (Picture by S&G S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport)

For this promising youngster though, all of that would be a mere prelude to a glittering career so far-fetched that even the famed Roy of the Rovers comic strip would have rejected it as a storyline.

Phil Thompson would go on to play 477 times for Liverpool, scoring 13 times and collecting seven league titles, two FA Cups, 2 League Cups, 2 European Cups and 2 UEFA Cups. He would go on to serve the club in assistant and caretaker manager roles.

Thommo would be a key backroom figure in the all-conquering Kenny Dalglish sides of the 80s and helped Graeme Souness lead Liverpool to an FA Cup win in the 90s. He was also one of the architects of the 2001 treble season. He would then lead the team for six months during Gerard Houllier’s illness the following season, helping the Reds to a second place finish.

 Liverpool's caretaker manager Phil Thompson celebrates the 3-1 victory over Manchester United during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Tommo knew what it meant to represent the Kop, his “pride and joy,” and he never allowed himself to give anything less than his all, in a Reds shirt. That meant he couldn’t tolerate second best from any player in a Reds shirt.

It would make him a tough and sometimes unforgiving coach, a fact that once put him at loggerheads with a young Robbie Fowler. What followed was a training ground bust up with the prolific No 9 that led to a very public stand-off between the two.

Fowler would go on to say that a lot of young players despised Thompson for his hard-line attitude to coaching. However, Thompson would often handle any dissent by demanding that the young upstart put their medals on the table and “let’s see who knows best.”

Clearly he wasn’t popular with the youngster. However, surely no one could doubt his commitment and passion for Liverpool Football Club. Nor could they question his success as a player. After all this is a legend of whom Bob Paisley once said:

“I regard Phil as one of the best possible examples of a true professional. His greatest asset as a player is his ability to read the game, he showed that gift even as a teenager. He is not the biggest man physically for his role in defence but his football brain is outstanding.”

After making his debut in 1972, Thompson would become a league championship and UEFA Cup winner, before being handed the task of handling Newcastle’s Malcolm Macdonald in the 1974 FA Cup.

‘Super Mac’ had famously boasted about how he would destroy Liverpool at Wembley in the run-up to the game. It would prove a huge miscalculation, but when he realised he was up against a spindly 20-year-old in the Reds’ defence, he must have been rubbing his hands with glee.

However, the youngster from Kirkby put the Newcastle man in his back pocket and turned in a display of defensive solidity and composure that earned him many plaudits. His performance would be the cornerstone of Liverpool’s 3-0 demolition of the Geordies and helped to secure the club’s second FA Cup.

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Thompson’s list of magical moments is almost as long as his trophy haul. He maintains that becoming a Liverpool player is his greatest achievement and, after that, captaining the club. That honour would eventually come in the 1978-1979 season.

That year Emlyn Hughes was coming to the end of his powers and struggling to hold down a regular starting place. It was an idea that caused consternation among the players, including the likes of Terry McDermott and Phil Neal.

According to his autobiography, Thompson admits he couldn’t understand it and began to doubt himself. It was common for the captain to be a defender and, with Thompson a local lad who had been an almost ever-present, it was felt his time had arrived.

Then, with Liverpool preparing to face Arsenal in a home game in April 1979, Paisley turned to Thommo and told him he would lead the team out that day. It was a huge honour, with the Reds pursuing the league title, and he didn’t let the side down.

He would drink champagne on the Anfield pitch in May 1979, as his side ran out 3-0 winners over Aston Villa, securing Liverpool’s 11th league title and Tommo’s fourth. He would tell the Liverpool ECHO, on the night:

“For me, a boy from the Kop, to lead Liverpool out, on the night they won the title, at Anfield, was a fabulous feeling.”

It would get even better though for the lad from the Kop. His team would retain the league title in 1980 and then in 1981 Thompson would enter dreamland.

Liverpool finished a distant fifth in the league that season. They had also gone out of the FA Cup in the 4th round. However, they had beaten West Ham to lift the League Cup on April 1st.

With the league a forlorn hope, the prospect of a third European Cup in four seasons had Kopites dreaming. A former member of their ranks was club captain and the chance to become the first Scouser to lift the biggest trophy in European football didn’t phase him at all.

Only Real Madrid, in Paris, stood in his way. In truth it wasn’t the greatest game in the history of the competition. The Reds laboured to a 1-0 win thanks to an iconic goal from left-back Alan Kennedy. That didn’t matter to Tommo though, as he proudly hoisted ‘old big ears’ aloft in the Parc de Princes on the 27th May 1981.

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Others would follow; Dennis Mortimer, a boy from Liverpool, would lift it in 1982 for Aston Villa, and of course, Steven Gerrard would do it in 2005.

However, the honour of being the first Scouser to lift the biggest prize, as captain, goes to Kirkby’s own Phil Thompson.

Imagine that.

* Jeff is the author of the forthcoming book, Red Odyssey: Liverpool FC 1892-2017 – available to pre-order now.

* We’ll have more in this series, profiling the other scousers to captain the Reds.

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Why Danny Ings has been studying Roberto Firmino for months

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 15:00
Roberto Firmino has been Danny Ings' role model for months.
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Klopp: Robertson's Porto performance his best so far

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 14:30
Jürgen Klopp believes Andy Robertson enjoyed his best game for Liverpool so far in Wednesday's 5-0 win over Porto, describing the defender's performance as 'the whole package'.
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Klopp: Robertson's Porto performance his best so far

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 14:30

Jürgen Klopp believes Andy Robertson enjoyed his best game for Liverpool so far in Wednesday's 5-0 win over Porto, describing the defender's performance as 'the whole package'.

Making his Champions League debut, Robertson was irrepressible on the left-hand side of the Reds' back four as they carved out a huge first-leg lead in the sides' last-16 tie.

Fans and pundits alike have paid tribute to the Scot in the aftermath of his brilliant showing in Portugal - and the quality of his contribution was not lost on the manager, either.

Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: "It was really good. The whole package, offensively and defensively, was really good. I would say it was his best game.

"We didn't speak before the game about his debut, we handled it like business as usual, and he did really well.

"I saw him in the dressing room before the game deep breathing - it's special, it's really special.

"At the end it's only a football game but we are all human beings and we are [affected] by different circumstances and when you hear the Champions League song before the game...

"I remember my first time, it was really different to all that you've had before because for a football player it's a dream.

"When he played in Scotland or in Hull it was quite a distance to go to a Champions League tie and now he played it - and in that manner, even better."

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Robertson endured a slow start to his Liverpool career following a summer move from Hull City, making just three appearances over the course of the first 22 fixtures of the season.

But, having taken the chance afforded him by injury to Alberto Moreno, the 23-year-old has featured in 14 of the subsequent 17 games, performing impressively throughout.

Klopp insists Robertson needed time out of the starting XI in the early part of the campaign in order to adapt to new demands and feels that patient approach is now paying dividends.

The boss added: "The way people talk about Alberto Moreno, I hope it has settled a little bit but it was never fair, that's just how it is.

"If you see Alberto Moreno training, there's nobody in the squad has a shadow of a doubt about him quality-wise.

"He's an unbelievably strong player and he didn't deliver all the time, that's true, but at the beginning of the season he was so strong for us.

"There was one game where he dropped and everybody was saying it was exactly like it was before.

"Obviously, life as a football player is not always fair, but in that time if we would have played Robbo instead of him - no chance to convince anybody, he was not ready for that.

"That's no problem, it was a big step to come to Liverpool, but he needed the time and he used the time. Well done, I have to say. 

"The rush is very often only from the outside, the boys themselves know they need to adapt, they know they need each session, they know they need to look a little bit left, a little bit right.

"We are already convinced when we sign the player; 'Come in, we want you to make us stronger, if immediately, good, if not, then we have to work for it'.

"That's why we have more than 11 players and, thank God, in the moment Alberto got the injury, Robbo stepped up. It was lucky to be honest, it was exactly the right timing.

"Now Alberto has to fight, no doubt about that, but we need two left-backs, we cannot go into the season with one."

With Moreno now back in the fold after recovering from his ankle problem, Robertson faces tough competition to maintain his place at left-back.

Klopp admits it can be difficult to keep every player happy when he faces these sorts of selection decisions each week but is adamant he gives everyone a fair chance to stake a claim. 

"It depends on the situation. If I feel it is unfair that he is not in the squad then I speak, but usually it is all about the team for the weekend," he continued.

"If somebody thinks something is wrong with my decision you can come in my office after the game and we can talk about it.

"Most of the time, the answer is easy, I decided on 11 others or 16 other players, that's how it is.

"It's always the job for the player to convince me because I'm completely open, who convinces me is in.

"But at one time, as I said before the Porto game, there was no player who didn't convince, but they still had to go in the stand.

"That's sometimes hard but, in the long term, they will all get the benefit for sure.

"Sometimes you talk more, sometimes you talk less, it depends on the player, the situation of the player, all that stuff.

"We have quite a good relationship but at the weekend when I make the squad I'm not the best friend of all of them for sure."

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Danny Ings feeling privileged to be at Liverpool following Champions League debut

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 14:20

Danny Ings says life at Liverpool is good after the injury nightmare of the last two years, with Wednesday’s Champions League debut a special moment for the 25-year-old.


Ings’ Reds career has been one littered with disappointment, with back-to-back cruciate ligament injuries restricting him to just 17 appearances since his arrival in July 2015.

Having looked as though a January exit may be on the cards, Jurgen Klopp instead allowed Daniel Sturridge to join West Brom, keeping Ings at Anfield.

Although very much a peripheral figure, the likeable former Burnley man is fit again and enjoyed a late cameo in the thrilling 5-0 win at Porto.

Ings couldn’t hide his happiness at making his Champions League bow, and says just being part of this talented Liverpool squad is something to cherish.

“It was one of those things where you watch it as a kid and have a dream of playing in the competition,” Ings told Liverpoolfc.com.

“So to come on and make my debut was a huge moment for me. I was very, very happy.

“To be part of this group in a competition like that is huge for me, from the levels that I’ve come from over the years.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Danny Ings after the 2-3 defeat during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 25-year-old now wants to build on that, saying: “I want to stay around it with the lads and try to win as many games as we can and see how far we can go in the competition.”

Speaking a little more about his general lack of involvement – he has only played six times in 2017/18 – Ings admits it is hard to feature regularly.

“I’ve been fit but we’ve got such a quality group of lads,” he added.

“I had to be patient; the manager didn’t think I was quite ready for the early months of the season.

“To be in the Champions League squad, get minutes and play a part in the fifth goal to help Sadio get his hat-trick was very nice.”

Ings is widely seen as one of the most popular players at Liverpool, and his attitude during his time out injured is thought to have wowed Klopp.

Whether or not he has a long-term future at the club is certainly up for debate, but while he is here, an immaculate work and team ethic is guaranteed.

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Ings: I dreamed of playing in the Champions League

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 12:00
Danny Ings achieved a childhood dream when he took to the field in the second half against FC Porto on Wednesday night.
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Ings: I dreamed of playing in the Champions League

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 12:00

Danny Ings achieved a childhood dream when he took to the field in the second half against FC Porto on Wednesday night.

Amid the thrill of Liverpool’s destruction of the Portuguese side – Sadio Mane’s treble and goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino racking up a 5-0 win – the striker was introduced for his Champions League debut.

Ings was added to the Reds’ European squad at the beginning of February and gained minutes in the tournament at the first opportunity, the opening leg of their last-16 tie.

In doing so, the 25-year-old ticked off a leading item on his bucket list.

“It was one of those things where you watch it as a kid and have a dream of playing in the competition,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“So to come on and make my debut was a huge moment for me. I was very, very happy. But the most important thing was the 5-0 win – away at Porto, it’s a huge result.

“To be part of this group in a competition like that is huge for me, from the levels that I’ve come from over the years.

“It was a huge moment but something I want to build on. I want to stay around it with the lads and try to win as many games as we can and see how far we can go in the competition.”

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Running out on Europe’s biggest stage was the latest marker in Ings’ remarkable comeback from two serious knee injuries since signing for Liverpool in 2015.

The No.28 has played the long game this season, clocking up minutes – and goals – with the U23s when chances for the first team were at a premium.

A feeling of frustration was natural for the energetic Englishman. But the wait has merely made the reward all the sweeter.

He explained: “I’ve been fit but we’ve got such a quality group of lads. I had to be patient; the manager didn’t think I was quite ready for the early months of the season.

“But to be part of it now and getting minutes on the pitch, and to play in a competition like the Champions League, is huge. So I’m happy.

“It was something that a few months ago I probably thought maybe wouldn’t have happened. So to be in the Champions League squad, get minutes and play a part in the fifth goal to help Sadio get his hat-trick was very nice.”

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Sadio Mane: Porto hat-trick has given me great confidence

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 11:30
Sadio Mane is hopeful his performance in Wednesday's 5-0 victory over FC Porto is an indication he's back to his best – and believes he will take huge confidence from his three-goal showing.
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Sadio Mane: Porto hat-trick has given me great confidence

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 11:30

Sadio Mane is hopeful his performance in Wednesday's 5-0 victory over FC Porto is an indication he's back to his best – and believes he will take huge confidence from his three-goal showing.

The Senegal forward struck a hat-trick in the Champions League last 16, first-leg tie at the Estadio do Dragao to help Liverpool to an emphatic win.

Mane admitted recently he hasn’t been satisfied with his own form, but is optimistic his fortunes have turned for the better following the treble.

Asked whether he felt he was operating at his peak again, he told Liverpoolfc.com at the Reds’ training camp in Marbella: “I think so! It’s always important – especially for a striker – to score.

“It gives you confidence and I am feeling confident. Now I am looking forward to continuing to give my best, as I have done all of the time even when I have not been at my best.”

Watch: Mane's clinical hat-trick against Porto

Mane’s performance in Porto saw him named the UEFA Champions League Player of the Week following an online vote.

The No.19 tallied 57 per cent of the total in the poll to scoop the accolade.

He continued: “I’m very happy to win the award, but the most important thing was getting the three points.

“I’m happy to have scored the three goals, but I want to score many more and progress to the next round.

“It was a big honour for me to score the hat-trick, but without my teammates I am nothing. The whole performance of the team was great on the night. We started the game well and did so right until the end, creating many chances and scoring five goals.”

Mane’s tally for this season now stands at 12 – only one fewer than he managed in the whole of 2016-17.

“It’s not in my mind, but it would be great for me to score more goals than last season,” he said. “There’s more competition this season, but the most important thing is to score and help my team.”

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Match preview: Liverpool Ladies head to Chichester in FA Cup

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 01:26
Liverpool Ladies are back in action on Sunday when they take a long trip to west Sussex to play Chichester City in the SSE Women's FA Cup fifth round.
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Match preview: Liverpool Ladies head to Chichester in FA Cup

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 01:26

Liverpool Ladies are back in action on Sunday when they take a long trip to west Sussex to play Chichester City in the SSE Women's FA Cup fifth round.

Scott Rogers' charges will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways following successive defeats by Arsenal and Manchester City in the Women's Super League.

The Reds produced a superb display to beat Watford 5-0 in the fourth round and a similar performance is the target this time around.

Read on for more details about the clash...

Where is the game being played? The match is at Oaklands Park, with kick-off set for 2pm GMT. Admission is £5 for adults, £4 for students and concessions, and £2 for children.

How can I watch? We will have highlights on LFCTV and LFCTV GO in the coming week.

View from the manager, Scott Rogers

"We played very well in the fourth-round win over Watford and I think that's the key - not to underestimate teams. We have to treat Chichester with the respect they deserve, they have done very well to get to the fifth round and that shows they must be doing something right.

"From our point of view, we need to put a professional performance in and if we can do that and get a bit of luck then I think we are a match for anyone on our day. We have seen some highlights of Chichester in action and we have an idea of what they will be like, but at the end of the day it's all about focusing on us and doing a good job to make sure we are in the draw for the next round come Monday morning."

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Critchley picks out lessons to learn from narrow defeat

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 00:49
Neil Critchley felt his Liverpool U23s side did not get what they deserved in a 1-0 defeat by West Ham United in Premier League 2 on Saturday afternoon.
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Critchley picks out lessons to learn from narrow defeat

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 18/02/2018 - 00:49

Neil Critchley felt his Liverpool U23s side did not get what they deserved in a 1-0 defeat by West Ham United in Premier League 2 on Saturday afternoon.

An early goal from a set-piece by Josh Pask was enough for the Hammers to claim three points against a very young Reds line-up at the Kirkby Academy.

Read on for Critchley’s thoughts on his team’s performance and why, despite the loss, the players will have benefited hugely from the physical test they faced…

On the disappointment of conceding an early goal to a set-piece…

“It was disappointing in terms of the manner in which we lost the game. To concede in the first two or three minutes from a set-play was really frustrating because I felt after that we had to battle and compete, and we did that extremely well. We had a young team out there and we were giving away some size and some strength, and you could tell that, but the boys gave absolutely everything.

“In the second half I felt we were the team that were on the front foot and dominant in their half of the pitch without creating loads of opportunities. There weren’t that many opportunities in the whole game at either end really. We failed a little bit with our decision-making and our quality in the final third, so in lots and lots of ways I’m delighted with how the boys have done, and I’m desperately disappointed for them because I don’t think their efforts have got what they merited.”

On the learning curve for the youngsters to get used to the physical side of the game at U23 level…

“This was a fantastic game for them. I know we’ve lost the game but in some ways what the boys take from that game is huge. That’s what development is about, learning and progressing, and they need to take a lot from that game. We’ve got some really big games coming up as well and we need to stick at it and keep going. I thought the boys were terrific for 87 minutes of the game and I’m just disappointed we never got what we probably deserved in the end.”

LFCTV GO: Watch highlights from the clash with West Ham

On the importance of senior players such as Herbie Kane and Conor Masterson being role models for the U18 players…

“That is crucial and we have put a little bit of pressure on them in the last week. They need to now come to the fore, not just in terms of their effort but the standards that they set every day, in training, their behaviour around the training ground and leading by example on the pitch. That’s not easy because they are both young players as well, but that can be such a benefit to them in terms of their own development as people as well as footballers.”

On having a young team at U23 level for the rest of the season and the chance for them to shine…

“We had three first-year scholars starting on that pitch and some of the players have played very few games at U23 level. Going 1-0 down so early on in the game, we could easily have caved in there against a powerful team, and physically and mentally we could have wilted, but we didn’t. We stuck at it and the team that was on top in the second half was us.”

On the Premier League 2 title race with five games left to play…

“We’ve got some really good games to look forward to and they are going to be some really tough games as well. I said to the boys in the dressing room at the end of the game it’s about fine margins. We’ve lost our last three games 1-0 and there’s been nothing in them, if anything we have been the better team for long periods in all of those games. In both penalty boxes set-pieces are vital and when you go into men’s football, knowing how to win and being always switched on at those crucial moments is vital. Our boys had a real taste of that and I’m sure we will get that in the next few weeks as well.”

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