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“Another great performance from the lads! Let’s keep it rolling” – Liverpool players react to hammering Hull

4 часа 12 минут назад
on 24.09.2016

Liverpool goal-scorers Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho were among the Reds to express their delight at the latest impressive performance that saw the Tigers mauled 5-1 at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s side produced another blistering attacking display as they thrashed Mike Phelan’s 10-man Hull.

Two cooly converted penalties from James Milner were added to by composed finishes from Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane, and thunderbolt from Philippe Coutinho, with David Meyler netting a consolation effort for the visitors.

It was a completely dominant performance from the Reds, who were simply too good for their opponents with a full team let alone when a man down following Ahmed Elmohamady’s first-half sending off.

Klopp’s men were excellent from start to finish as they built on their fantastic start to the season, and here is how they reacted to the win across their social media accounts.

The goal-scoring duo led the post-match celebrations…

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Liverpool’s captain praised the support at Anfield…

Marko Grujic expressed his joy at making his Anfield bow…

After enjoying one of the easiest afternoon’s of his career on his Premier League debut, Loris Karius expressed his delight…

Showing the collective spirit in the team, other members of the squad – and goalkeeper coach John Achterberg – also offered their praise…

Next up for Klopp’s men is a trip to Swansea, where a similarly relentless performance will be required to continue the extremely positive form.

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Relentless Reds, consistency building & squad strength – 5 talking points from Liverpool 5-1 Hull City

Сб, 24/09/2016 - 22:34

Liverpool thrashed Hull City 5-1 at Anfield with a performance that featured many plus points including the relentless pressing and showing of James Milner.


Liverpool 5-1 Hull City

Premier League, Anfield
September 24, 2016

Goals: Lallana 17′, Milner 30′ (pen), 71′ (pen), Mane 36′, Coutinho 52′; Meyler 51′

Liverpool produced exactly what Jurgen Klopp would have hoped for as they turned in a devastating display to rip the Tigers apart and seal victory.

In a breathtaking first half, Adam Lallana slotted the Reds ahead after 17 minutes, before James Milner’s penalty doubled the lead and Sadio Mane made it three to compound the visitors’ misery, who also had right-back Ahmed Elmohamady sent off.

David Meyler’s strike provided a ray of hope for Mike Phelan’s side, but Philippe Coutinho’s 25-yard stunner ended that once and for all a minute later, before a second spot-kick from Milner rounded off an emphatic victory.

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Here are five talking points from Liverpool’s latest big win, including the benefits of their pressing game.

 

Relentless Reds

 Liverpool's Adam Lallana celebrates scoring the first goal against Hull City during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp called on his side to be angry in the buildup to the game with Hull looking to steal the points—and his team vented that fury with a relentlessly aggressive and intense performance.

From the first whistle Liverpool hunted the Tigers to win possession, refusing to give them even a second to settle spearheaded by the tenacious Coutinho, Mane and Roberto Firmino, who were instantly backed up by Klopp’s marauding midfield trio.

Klopp’s men swarmed Hull, who had no way out or capability to contain the Reds with 11 men let alone 10, and the speed of pressing and also slickness, with the 74 percent possession enjoyed, was exhausting to even watch as Liverpool ran riot in a complete first-half display.

Liverpool’s tempo naturally dropped off a notch in the second period, such was their control of the game, but all afternoon the Reds were relentless in their pursuit of goals and victory, which came almost as a direct result of the intense pressure produced, first half especially.

Such speed and intensity could prove the difference for Liverpool this season, and when it’s produced to such devastating effect, it’s impossible to see how any opponents can live with it.

 

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Liverpool Finding Welcome Consistency

 Liverpool's Adam Lallana celebrates scoring the first goal against Hull City during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s struggles to find consistency, undoing excellent results with sloppy displays, has been well documented in recent years.

But moving to a sixth game unbeaten with an excellent fourth victory in a row, the Reds are now overcoming the inconsistency demons that have proved problematic.

Victories in big games against rivals are of course crucial and certainly pleasing, but Saturday’s Hull thrashing is a genuine sign that progress is being made on this front and lessons have been learned since the shock Burnley lapse in August.

The Reds were absolutely controlled and confident in their approach, and even though early chances for Coutinho and Joel Matip went begging, the patience Klopp said was missing at Turf Moor was retained, the relentlessness of performance continued and the goals arrived.

Dejan Lovren, missing with a virus, explained pre-match that lessons had been learned with costly slip-ups—how right the Croatian was.

 

Magnificent Milner

 Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring the fifth goal against Hull City from the penalty spot, his second penalty goal of the game, during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s vice-captain is an understated member of this potentially lethal team, but it was impossible to overlook his contribution at Anfield where he produced a superb display.

Scoring twice from the spot was the just reward for a performance that boasted everything Klopp wants from his players, with heart, desire, application and quality in abundance.

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Milner provided the width and attacking outlet needed as a marauding influence on the left, constantly bursting forward to receive possession and looking to break in behind’s Hull’s right side to make for dangerous crossing and cutback situations.

The natural midfielder, who was also involved in the first goal, exchanging passes with Coutinho, played two key passes, completed four dribbles and scored with both of his shots on target—summing up his forward efficiency.

And defensively, Milner produced too—aside from needlessly conceding the corner from which Hull scored—providing an assured figure in his left-back role with some crunching tackles, including a vital one on Abel Hernandez early on.

Though not without his flaws, Milner continues to surprise with how well he’s playing at left-back, and long may it continue.

 

Competition For Places Hots Up

 Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Hull City with team-mates Sadio Mane, captain Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The emphatic win will show many features of this developing Liverpool side, and that includes the strength in depth of the squad.

A lethal starting lineup filled with strength, pace and creativity proved too much for Hull, but equally impressive was the level of talent Klopp had to call upon from the bench, which was one of the strongest named in years.

To be able to score five goals while holding the quality of Daniel Sturridge—and even Divock Origi—in reserve is quite something, as is being able to introduce the likes of Emre Can and Marko Grujic to give first-choice picks a rest, leaving the likes of Alberto Moreno and Lucas Leiva without match time.

And though Simon Mignolet rightly dropped to the substitutes, that Liverpool’s backup stopper is one who has been first choice for three seasons, and knows what to expect, is a huge upgrade on previous options Adam Bogdan and Brad Jones.

Liverpool’s squad is in the best place for a long time—a testament to Klopp’s work in building an adequate group as well as team—and though having had tough selection calls to make already this season, the Reds leader will certainly have some more to come.

 

Fortress Anfield Being Built

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp after the FA Premier League match against Hull City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Winning just 18 of 38 Anfield games over the last two seasons, after recording victory in 16 of 19 in 2013/14, a crucial factor for Liverpool to improve this season is their home form.

After blitzing Leicester City in their maiden home clash, the Reds continued their impressive start to addressing those woes with another rampant performance which has now seen nine goals scored in two games in front of the home crowd.

Roared on by an extra backing from the new Main Stand, Liverpool ripped through their visitors with devastating effect on home soil for the second time this season as the Reds used home comforts just the way Klopp would want.

Anfield has proven too easy a place to play for visiting sides, but Klopp’s men have proven that anyone who rocks up in L4 will now face a huge test against a unified force from fans to players.

Klopp recently vowed to turn Anfield into a fortress following the official opening of the new stand. So far, so good.

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Jurgen Klopp: “That was how football should be, but I think we could have done better”

Сб, 24/09/2016 - 21:49

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was satisfied with the 5-1 win over 10-man Hull but was still slightly disappointed the performance fizzled out in the second half.

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The hosts cruised into a 3-0 half-time lead through Adam Lallana, James Milner‘s penalty—after Ahmed Elmohamady was sent off for handball—and Sadio Mane.

Tigers substitute David Meyler pulled one back shortly after the break but Philippe Coutinho immediately restored the three-goal cushion before Milner added his second from the spot when Daniel Sturridge was fouled.

“The first half was brilliant, that was how football should be if you are able to do it,” Klopp said.

“In the first few minutes you could really see how strong we could be in counter-attacks.

“I was a little bit surprised of the speed and power of these situations.

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“The most impressive thing today was the counter-pressing: I think it was the best game we played in counter-pressing until now.

“Second half was not as exciting, still good but not at 100 per cent of concentration.

“I don’t want to criticise but I think we could have done better in the second half.

“It was good, but not as good as it could have been.

“We have a lot of things to improve and one is that if you are brilliant you need to be brilliant for 95 minutes.”

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane in action against Hull City during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp woke up to social media buzzing about out-of-favour defender Mamadou Sakho‘s 3am Snapchat rant at not being considered.

The France defender, who in the last six months has failed a drugs test and been sent home from the pre-season tour of the United States because of concerns over his attitude, hit out at what he sees as his marginalisation at Anfield.

“Now it’s three weeks since I am fit to play games. They don’t want me to play also with second team lol! Why I don’t know,” the centre-back, who rejected Klopp’s advice to go out on loan in the summer window, wrote.

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“I accept my situation but I can’t accept the lie…The fans deserve to know the true! [sic]”.

The outburst cut no ice with Klopp.

“I was confronted that maybe it was something I should know about. On matchday I am in a wrong mood to know about it,” said the German.

“It is not the right moment to speak about it. It makes sense to think about something and then you give the right answer. It is not positive, I would say.

“I think I address the situation when I think is the right moment.”

 Hull City's caretaker manager Mike Phelan and Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Hull caretaker boss Mike Phelan’s 54th birthday was one to forget.

“Yeah, I’ve certainly had better ones but the day is not over yet for me. I will have a drink on my birthday. You have to have one in defeat as well as when you win,” he said.

“I am not going to pick holes in the team or the players. They have come a long way from pre-season and they have got points on the board already.

“We also knew we had a run of three games—Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea—that were always going to be difficult but we have to show some kind of discipline and desire.

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“Liverpool are flying. You can see their mentality is good. Their workrate is up there with the best.

“They are expressing that desire that they want to achieve something. It is going to be difficult to play against Liverpool in that mood.”

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Liverpool 5-1 Hull City: Player Ratings

Сб, 24/09/2016 - 20:29

James Milner, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho were the stars of the show as Liverpool sealed a 5-1 win over Hull City on Saturday.


Liverpool 5-1 Hull City

Premier League, Anfield
September 24, 2016

Goals: Lallana 17′, Milner 30′ (pen), 71′ (pen), Mane 36′, Coutinho 52′; Meyler 51′

Loris Karius – 7 (out of 10)

Making his Premier League debut after an impressive showing away to Derby County in midweek, Karius had the quietest opening 45 minutes that he is likely to have in a Liverpool shirt, with Hull failing to have a single shot on goal.

Karius will be disappointed, however, to concede David Meyler’s goal early on after the interval, but the German could have done little to stop the midfielder’s powerful effort.

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 Liverpool's goalkeeper Loris Karius warms-up before the FA Premier League match against Hull City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Nathaniel Clyne – 7

Compared to his omnipresent full-back counterpart, Clyne produced a relatively quiet performance on the right defensive flank at Anfield.

As ever, he was solid defensively, and dutifully pushed forward to support attacks, continuing his run of consistent form in the No. 2 shirt.

Joel Matip – 7.5

Matip’s performances since coming into the Liverpool side this season have proved to be a revelation, and the Cameroonian continued this with an assured showing on his second Anfield outing.

Dominant in the air and strong on the ground, Matip was once again impressive at centre-back—and given Mamadou Sakho‘s social-media transgression in the early hours of the morning, this is hugely encouraging.

Ragnar Klavan – 8

Drafted into Klopp’s starting lineup following illness to Dejan Lovren, Klavan impressed in a largely composed display at the heart of the defence, slightly outperforming his partner.

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The Estonian made a number of vital interventions and, crucially, provided an incisive passing outlet from the back, threading balls out into midfield quickly and efficiently to maintain momentum.

 Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring the second goal against Hull City from a penalty kick during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

James Milner – 9 (Man of the Match)

Milner’s rebranding as Liverpool’s first-choice left-back this season has so far gone without a hitch, but speaking ahead of the game, Jamie Carragher suggested his performance against lesser opposition such as Hull would provide a more useful yardstick when analysing his all-round game.

The vice-captain responded emphatically, providing an invaluable presence charging forward down the left flank, giving Coutinho license to drop inside and influence play.

He took his two goals with consummate ease, dispatching a pair of penalties beyond Scotland international David Marshall, continuing his remarkable run of never losing in any of the 43 Premier League games he has scored in so far.

Jordan Henderson – 8.5

Henderson was another player in Carragher’s spotlight before the game, with the ex-Reds centre-back commending his resurgence in form following a campaign hampered with injury in 2015/16.

While Milner, Lallana and Coutinho will take much of the plaudits for Liverpool’s dominance in the final third, Henderson pushing his side forward from his role at the base of Klopp’s midfield was key, penning Hull into their own half and allowing the Reds to apply pressure.

 Liverpool's Adam Lallana celebrates scoring the first goal against Hull City during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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Adam Lallana – 9

With Henderson providing stability in his deep-lying role in Liverpool’s three-man midfield, Lallana was once again given license to prove forward as Klopp’s central attacking presence behind Roberto Firmino.

This paid off, with the No. 20 scoring the opener, before providing assists for both Coutinho and Sadio Mane, with his awareness and incision in the final third key to breaking Hull down.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 8

Serving as the selfless foil to Lallana’s attacking flair, Wijnaldum performed with a relentless energy, winning the ball back quickly and ensuring lost causes were resurrected time and time again.

He’s still yet to score his first Liverpool goal, but Wijnaldum is proving just as important as his more adventurous midfield colleague.

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the third goal against Hull City during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sadio Mane – 8.5

Seven games, three goals, three assists: Mane’s start to life at Liverpool certainly goes some length to justifying his lofty £30 million price tag.

The Senegalese performance at Anfield was one of growing familiarity to Reds supporters, with his pace, trickery and powerful shooting power troubling the Hull defence throughout.

 Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the fourth goal against Hull City with team-mate Sadio Mane during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Philippe Coutinho – 9

With Lallana pushing forward alongside Mane and Firmino, Klopp seemingly altered Coutinho’s duties for Saturday’s clash, with the Brazilian dropping into a deeper role in the Liverpool midfield.

This saw him run the show as the Reds’ primary creative outlet, assisting Lallana’s opener and setting the tempo throughout, with his astonishing long-range strike on 52 minutes the icing on the cake, killing off any chance of a Hull comeback.

Roberto Firmino – 8

Replacing Divock Origi and restored in his role as Liverpool’s centre-forward at Anfield, Firmino did everything but register a goal or assist.

His selfless off-ball movement in the buildup to Lallana’s opener was characteristic of a performance of subtle excellence, and served as evidence as to why he is often preferred to Sturridge and Origi.

 

Substitutes

 Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action against Hull City during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Daniel Sturridge (on for Lallana, 68′) – 7 – Won Liverpool’s second penalty with some fine footwork shortly after coming on, but arrived as his side dropped the tempo.

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Emre Can (on for Henderson, 73′) – N/A – Received invaluable game time after injury, but could do little to further influence the result.

Marko Gruic (on for Coutinho, 73′) – N/A – Same as Can, barely touching the ball in his 17 minutes on the pitch.

 

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 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp after the FA Premier League match against Hull City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp – 9

Speaking ahead of the game, Klopp urged supporters to raise their expectations for Liverpool’s second home clash of the season, saying “we have to go to Anfield on Saturday and set the tone for the afternoon.”

Watching his side fulfil their half of the bargain on the pitch, Klopp will have been pleased to hear Merseyside roar the Reds on throughout.

Klopp himself barely put a foot wrong, with his team selection faultless and his use of late substitutions to rest Henderson, Lallana and Coutinho very sensible.

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Liverpool 5-1 Hull City: Reds seal 5-goal mauling of 10-man Tigers

Сб, 24/09/2016 - 19:51

Liverpool secured another convincing victory on home soil on Saturday afternoon, with a thumping 5-1 win over newly promoted Hull City.


Liverpool 5-1 Hull City

Premier League, Anfield
September 24, 2016

Goals

Lallana 17′ (assist – Coutinho)
Milner 30′ (penalty)
Mane 36′ (assist – Lallana)
Meyler 51′
Coutinho 52′ (assist – Lallana)
Milner 71′ (penalty)

Welcoming Hull to Anfield for only their second home game of the season, Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds looked to continue their fine start to 2016/17.

Klopp named Loris Karius between the sticks for his Premier League debut, behind a back four of Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and James Milner, with Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana in midfield.

Leaving Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi on the bench, the German fielded Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho in his three-man attacking line.

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In front of a packed crowd at the new-look Anfield, the Reds produced a remarkably dominant display against Mike Phelan’s struggling side.

 Liverpool's Adam Lallana celebrates scoring the first goal against Hull City during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Lallana scores third Premier League goal of season on 17 minutes
  • Milner’s penalty makes it 2-0, with Elmohamady sent off
  • Mane’s persistence rewarded by adding Liverpool’s third
  • Meyler claws one back with powerful finish following Hull corner
  • Coutinho dampens Hull hopes with long-range strike one minute later
  • Sturridge earns another penalty, Milner hammers home

Starting strongly as expected, Liverpool nearly went ahead in just the fifth minute, but Matip headed Milner’s corner over the bar despite finding himself unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box.

Coutinho went even closer minutes later, but was too soft in his attempt to stab home from point-blank range, after some excellent attacking buildup play.

The Brazilian made amends shortly after, however, driving forward from a deeper position in midfield to lay in the ball into the path of Lallana, whose scuffed left-footed shot trickled past David Marshall to give Liverpool the lead.

With Liverpool completely dominant throughout the opening 30 minutes, Hull’s misery continued as Ahmed Elmohamady was sent off for a handball on the line, allowing Milner to convert from the penalty spot.

After hitting the bar with a long-range drive, Mane then made it 3-0 to the Reds, spinning in the box before firing low into the bottom corner.

This gave Klopp’s side an emphatic lead heading into half-time, and the manager will have asked for more of the same at the interval.

 Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring the fifth goal against Hull City from the penalty spot, his second penalty goal of the game, during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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Phelan replaced Tom Huddlestone with centre-back Harry Maguire at half-time, moving to a five-man defensive line, giving Liverpool’s attack a new challenge for the final 45 minutes.

It was the Reds’ defence that was tested first after the break, and Hull substitute David Meyler made it count, hammering home following a corner kick.

But the fightback wasn’t to last long, as one minute later Coutinho restored Liverpool’s three-goal lead, driving past Marshall from range after a sweeping ball from Lallana.

Showcasing the embarrassment of riches at his disposal, Klopp brought on Daniel Sturridge for the final 20 minutes, adding another top-level talent to his attacking line alongside Mane, Firmino and Coutinho.

The striker didn’t take long to make an impact, with his fine footwork in the box earning another penalty, which Milner duly converted to make it 5-1.

This saw Liverpool drop off in intensity, playing the contest out to an excellent victory.

TIA Man of the Match: James Milner

Referee: Andre Marriner

Attendance: 53,109

Liverpool: Karius; Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Milner; Henderson (Can 73′), Wijnaldum, Lallana (Sturridge 68′); Mane, Coutinho (Grujic 73′), Firmino

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Subs not used: Mignolet, Lucas, Moreno, Origi

Hull City: Marshall; Elmohamady, Livermore, Davies, Robertson; Clucas, Huddlestone (Maguire 46′), Mason (Henriksen 73′), Snodgrass; Hernandez, Diomande (Meyler 32′)

Subs not used: Jakupovic, Maloney, Mbokani, Keane

Next Match: Swansea City (A) – Premier League – October 1

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Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Hull City: Karius keeps place for league debut

Сб, 24/09/2016 - 17:01

Jurgen Klopp has largely reverted to his regular lineup for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Hull City, with Loris Karius the high-profile change.

The Reds welcome Mike Phelan’s side to Merseyside for their second Anfield outing of the season, looking to continue their fine league form.

Klopp has steered his side to three wins, one draw and one loss in their first five league games of 2016/17, as well as sealing victories over Burton Albion and, most recently, Derby County in the League Cup.

Eager to maintain this impressive streak, Klopp has named a strong starting lineup, making four changes from Tuesday night’s win over the Rams.

Summer signing Loris Karius keeps his place in goal, however, with the 23-year-old usurping Simon Mignolet to make his league debut.

Shielding Karius’ goal are Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and James Milner, with captain Jordan Henderson poised to provide cover in the No. 6 role in midfield.

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With Henderson serving as Klopp’s creative platform in the middle of the park, Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum return to their box-to-box roles, after sitting out on Tuesday night through minor injury.

Joining Liverpool’s midweek attacking stars, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, in Klopp’s forward line is Sadio Mane, with Divock Origi dropping back onto the substitutes’ bench.

Origi and Mignolet will be kept company in the dugout by Lucas Leiva, Alberto Moreno, Marko Grujic, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge.

Dejan Lovren misses out due to illness, leaving Lucas as Klopp’s backup centre-back.

Liverpool: Karius; Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Milner; Henderson, Lallana, Wijnaldum; Mane, Coutinho, Firmino

Substitutes: Mignolet, Lucas, Moreno, Grujic, Can, Origi, Sturridge

Hull City: Marshall; Elmohamady, Livermore, Davies, Robertson; Clucas, Huddlestone, Mason, Snodgrass; Hernandez, Diomande

Substitutes: Jakupovic, Maguire, Meyler, Maloney, Mbokani, Keane, Henriksen

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“Sakho is finished” “He won’t play again” – Liverpool fans react to Mamadou Sakho’s Snapchat updates

Сб, 24/09/2016 - 11:12
on 24.09.2016

Mamadou Sakho has effectively ended his Liverpool career. That’s the view of most fans after the defender posted a series of Snapchat messages showing his frustration at his situation.

Sakho wrote on the social media platform late on Friday night:

“Now it’s 3 weeks since I am fit to play games. I finish all my rehabilitation work. They don’t want me to play also with second team lol! Why I don’t know.”

“Still working hard like Scouse Soldier! Still not talking cos I want speak on pitch.. I will speak soon for the people who support me and don’t understand the situation.

“Still happy to live in my “Liverpool Country” with my family, hope to have chance to play soon to give my best like I try to do always!

“I accept my situation but I can’t accept the lie… The fans deserve to know the true! Thanks for your support.”

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It’s a dangerous move from the Frenchman, after he turned down a loan move away from the club last month and against the manager’s advice.

Fans now are struggling to see a way back for Sakho, with this turn in events hardly likely to prove his professionalism or help his cause with Jurgen Klopp:

So the man who was sent home from the pre-season tour for an unprofessional attitude takes to snapchat to moan about his current situation ?

— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) September 24, 2016

As much as I like Sakho, this is Klopp's ruthless side and it's similar to Guardiola's.

— James Nalton (@JDNalton) September 24, 2016

Sakho has probably just ended his Liverpool career there. He's more stupid than we thought.

— Carl (@CarlMason79) September 24, 2016

@thisisanfield oh well i estimated hed be gone by next season, guess he'll be gone by Jan

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— Brian Allen (@brianlfc0210) September 24, 2016

@thisisanfield the only thing he's showed is that he's a man child with a serious fucking attitude problem.

— Up the Reds (@Red_UnderTheBed) September 24, 2016

@thisisanfield It's looked pretty ominous for him since pre season. Hard to imagine seeing him play for us again…

— LFC Chatter (@LFC_chatter) September 24, 2016

@thisisanfield is was digging a whole before them snapchats. But now he's dug his grave. He won't play again, he should move on

— John Connor (@JohnConnor_LFC) September 24, 2016

As one pointed out, the timing of this was hardly wise, the night before an important home match where Klopp has called for a positive atmosphere throughout the club:

@thisisanfield Klopp will have him training on his own again now for doing this JUST before a game. Disruptive! Shot yaself in foot Mama!

— James Andrews (@ScouseBoyJim) September 24, 2016

Some fans also saw Sakho’s side though, and at least the defender wants to be playing:

Not a fan of the way Sakho acted but I'd rather a player hungry to play than one who's happy to sit around and pick up a pay cheque

— Jay Stewart (@JasonJaystew7) September 24, 2016

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Mamadou Sakho speaks out on Snapchat: “The fans deserve to know the true”

Сб, 24/09/2016 - 10:47

Defender Mamadou Sakho has used Snapchat to deliver a series of messages speaking out about his situation at Liverpool, showing his frustration at being frozen out.

The French defender opted not to take Jurgen Klopp‘s advice and take a loan move away from the club last month, and now says he has been fit for three weeks.

“Now it’s 3 weeks since I am fit to play games,” wrote Sakho on Snapchat. “I finish all my rehabilitation work. They don’t want me to play also with second team lol! Why I don’t know.”

Sakho referring to not even being selected for Michael Beale‘s under-23s and likely his messages where after being told on Friday that he wouldn’t feature for the young Reds this coming weekend again.

“Still working hard like Scouse Soldier! Still not talking cos I want speak on pitch.. I will speak soon for the people who support me and don’t understand the situation.

“Still happy to live in my “Liverpool Country” with my family, hope to have chance to play soon to give my best like I try to do always!

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“I accept my situation but I can’t accept the lie… The fans deserve to know the true! Thanks for your support.”

Klopp will wake up to the news of Sakho’s social media messages – on the morning of a home game when the manager has called for a positive atmosphere throughout the club. The manager will be furious.

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Speaking about Sakho earlier this week, Klopp said the defender needed match fitness “that’s all.”

“[He’s] still working on it. He’s closer to everything,” Klopp said.

“He’s still working, but it’s a big difference between match fitness, that’s all.

“It’s not about how the player feels, it’s about how I feel.

“It needs time, for sure. It makes more sense to really use the time, and that’s what we’re working on.”

Quite how Sakho will get that match fitness isn’t clear, especially if he isn’t being chosen for the Under-23s (where three overage players are allowed and where he was praised for his attitude while playing for the Under-21s before).

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What’s clear though is that Sakho speaking out like this is hardly likely to prove his professionalism to Klopp and is very unlikely to help his cause.

It’s unlikely there’s any way back for the player after this.

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Fortress Anfield required as Reds seek to continue good form – Liverpool vs. Hull City Preview

Пт, 23/09/2016 - 22:00

Liverpool are looking for a sixth win in seven matches on Saturday, when they welcome newly-promoted Hull City to Anfield.


Liverpool vs. Hull City

Saturday, 24th September 2016, 3pm (BST)
Anfield
Premier League
Referee: Andre Marriner

Having won 3-0 at Derby Country in the League Cup on Tuesday, the Reds now divert their attention back to the Premier League.

Despite a tougher start than any of their rivals, Jurgen Klopp‘s side lie sixth in the table, and are now second-favourites with the bookies to lift the title in May.

There’s certainly a reason to be feeling excited at the moment, even if we have experienced plenty of false dawns in the past.

Saturday’s showdown with Hull is an enormous game, mainly because of Liverpool’s woes in matches of this ilk over the years.

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We all know how good they are against the top sides, but it is the weaker teams who have ensured the Reds come unstuck in recent times.

Three points at Anfield would be a sizeable mental barrier hurdled, as Klopp and his players look to end that long 26-year wait for a maiden Premier League crown.

Hull have had a good start in their own right, beating champions Leicester City on the opening day, and they will not go quietly on Saturday afternoon.

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 Liverpool's Martin Skrtel and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet appeal as they concede the first goal against Hull City during the Premier League match at the KC Stadium. (Pic by Gareth Jones/Propaganda)

Opposition View

We spoke to Hull fan Rick Skelton (@HullCityLive) to talk about the Tigers’ start to the season:

Hull have seven points from their first five games, having faced Leicester, Man United and Arsenal. You’d have taken that, right? Are you happy with how you’ve been playing?

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Burnley are very much our bogey team, and we had Swansea away too, so seven points so far is a fantastic haul. With the trip to Anfield next and then Chelsea at home, I’d have taken a couple of points from the first seven games. To be guaranteed at least seven is fantastic, especially when you consider our tumultuous summer and the mess we were in with no signings and four major injuries.

We’ve played well though. We’ve set up to be difficult to break down and counter-attack on the break and we’ve done both brilliantly.

Hull City's Michael Dawson lifts the trophy after winning the Championship Play-Off Final

Do you believe Hull will have enough to stay up this season, or are you still a little pessimistic about your chances?

We’ve got some really good players. We always did have plenty of quality and now we’ve got a little bit of depth, we can have a real go.

Being really honest, there are some very average looking teams in the league. Swansea and Burnley who we’ve already faced, Stoke who’ve started poorly, Sunderland who are always rubbish until Spring and more besides. So we’ve got as good a chance as six or seven others.

Are you happy with Mike Phelan as manager?

Yes. He’s done a good job in difficult circumstances. His team is very well organised. He’s got players out of position, like Jake Livermore at centre half and Sam Clucas as a defensive midfielder, who look like they’ve played there for years.

He’s also encouraged a good team spirit. For all the trouble at the club surrounding the hideous owners, the relationship between the players and fans is incredible and Phelan is part of that.

Onto Saturday’s game: Which Hull players do you see as key to your chances at Anfield? And which Liverpool players strike fear into you?

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Liverpool have a lot of movement between the lines and press high, a bit like Arsenal did last week, so it’s going to be a big test for the centre halves, Livermore and Curtis Davies, and the three midfielders particularly to match those runs and be disciplined enough to stop spaces appearing.

Robert Snodgrass is our best attacking weapon so he’ll need to make the most of whatever possession we get.

Phillipe Coutinho often looks the best player in the league so he’s always dangerous and Sadio Mane’s pace has given Liverpool’s attacks another dimension. Roberto Firmino looks to have settled really well now too while Adam Lallana and James Milner are always busy, cute around the area and contribute plenty. Nothing to worry about, eh?

What’s your prediction for the game, and how do you see the match panning out?

I think Hull City will make it difficult for Liverpool to play through us and our chances of getting a result will depend on how long we can frustrate for.

I see a narrow defeat for The Tigers which wouldn’t be too bad a result if our spirit is intact coming out. We don’t want a spanking like Leicester got.

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Klopp says no “final decision” has been made yet on whether Loris Karius or Simon Mignolet will start in goal, although the former looks favourite to get the nod.

Both Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum are available for Saturday’s game, having not featured against Derby.

Daniel Sturridge returned to training on Thursday, although Klopp didn’t sound quite as confident that he would start proceedings.

Klopp will have to decide who he plays in attack, with Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Sturridge realistically battling for three places in the starting line-up.

The Reds’ back four and midfield three picks itself, with only the ‘keeper dilemma and up front to decide.

Mike Phelan has no new injuries to worry about, although Alan McGregor, Michael Dawson and Alex Bruce are all long-term absentees.

Form

 Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the third goal against Derby County during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match at Pride Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 3-0 vs. Derby
Won 2-1 vs. Chelsea
Won 4-1 vs. Leicester
Drew 1-1 vs. Tottenham
Won 5-0 vs. Burton

Hull – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 2-1 vs. Stoke
Lost 4-1 vs. Arsenal
Drew 1-1 vs. Burnley
Lost 1-0 vs. Man United
Won 3-1 vs. Exeter

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Klopp’s View

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Klopp made it clear that he and his players will not take Hull lightly, with much written about Liverpool’s struggles against inferior teams:

“We have to create chances against each team, we did it [against Burnley], but didn’t score. I’m not sure Hull will [sit back like Burnley], but I didn’t see a a lot of space against Chelsea or Tottenham.

“[They had] 10 men behind the ball, nobody gambled, all involved in defending. If there’s anything, it’s a moment when I’m not angry but not happy with my English.

“I think we all can improve—team, coaches, manager and the crowd—because it’s all about expectations. If you create a chance against Chelsea, it’s positive; if you miss it, it’s positive.

“If you create a chance against Burnley and miss it, it’s negative.

“We don’t have to rate the opponent before the game, no football game is easy.”

One to Watch: Robert Snodgrass

Hull aren’t a side blessed with creativity and threat in attack, but Robert Snodgrass is one of the few who can hurt you on his day.

The Scotland international has enjoyed a superb start to season, scoring four goals in six appearances from his right-sided role.

Capable of cutting onto his left foot and weaving some magic, Snodgrass is one that James Milner will have to monitor closely on Saturday.

The 29-year-old is not a world-beater, but on his day he has undeniable quality.

Odds & TV Info

Given Liverpool’s unstoppable recent form, it is no surprise to see them as very strong favourites to pick up all three points at Anfield.

Klopp’s men are 1/4 to win, while Hull are a long-shot at 10/1. The draw is 5/1.

The game is not live on UK television, but our matchday liveblog will be keeping you up to date with the action, as ever. We will go live at 2:15pm (BST), with the match kicking off at 3pm.

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Karius to start as Klopp restores key men – Predicting Liverpool’s XI vs. Hull City

Пт, 23/09/2016 - 19:10

Jurgen Klopp is set to return to his strongest lineup for Saturday’s clash with Hull, but with the quality and depth of his squad, it won’t be an easy selection for the Liverpool boss.


The Reds host Mike Phelan’s Tigers as they return to Premier League action looking to build on an increasingly impressive start to the campaign.

Klopp’s men arrive at Anfield full of confidence following three straight wins – now also five games unbeaten in all competitions – and the Reds will be determined to add to the winning sequences by avoiding a first ever home loss to Hull.

Finding consistency and avoiding slip-ups against ‘lesser’ sides is the challenge for Liverpool over the next two league games, and Klopp has some big calls to make in defence and attack with the XI he entrusts to start that positively at Anfield.

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Liverpool’s XI

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Klopp has already faced numerous tough selection choices this season, and he has more again ahead of Saturday’s game – at the back and in attack.

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In defence, having finally introduced Karius to English football, Klopp could stick with his envisaged long-term No.1 behind what has become the trusted back four, with Lovren and Milner resuming their left-side roles.

The manager reportedly told Karius and Mignolet of the decision to go with the German, after training on Friday on afternoon.

The midfield picks itself with Jordan Henderson, Wijnaldum and Lallana all fresh, meaning they’ll continue their record of starting every league game together so far this season.

The huge call comes in the front three, where Klopp must bench one of Sturridge, Firmino, Coutinho or Mane.

With Sturridge having missed part of the week after struggling with a knock after the Chelsea match, the England forward looks likely to be the one to miss out, meaning Firmino back into the central no.9 role.

That would provide the following lineup:

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That would also leave a VERY competitive bench, featuring Sturridge, Divock Origi, Emre Can, Lucas or Klavan, Moreno, Grujic and Mignolet.

Having produced some big performances and results to cement a fine start, the Reds must retain their focus and performance level to avoid a repeat of Burnley and claim a routine three points.

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Pick your XI:

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Exciting times for Liverpool FC academy after Ovie Ejaria debut and Ben Woodburn’s emergence

Пт, 23/09/2016 - 17:49

Former Liverpool academy manager Hugh McAuley has hailed the progress of youth stars such as Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn.

Ejaria made his senior debut during the Reds’ 3-0 win away to Derby County in the League Cup third round on Tuesday night, while Woodburn has shone for the U23s so far this season.

Woodburn, who has scored four goals and laid on five assists in five Premier League 2 games so far this season, joined Ejaria and Trent Alexander-Arnold in Jurgen Klopp‘s squad for pre-season.

Speaking to the 5times podcast this week, McAuley hailed the progress made in the club’s academy, with Ejaria’s debut “the icing on the cake for a coach.”

“It’s fantastic for the academy, any time a young players makes their debut for the first team,” he explained.

“It’s a real feather in the cap for everybody.

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“Ovie did that the other night, and everybody would be absolutely thrilled for him.

“I was myself, because he’s made excellent progress and deserved that opportunity.”

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp along side first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders, goalkeeping coach John Achterberg, Alex Inglethorpe and Steve McManaman watch the Under-23 side take on Leicester City during the FA Premier League 2 Under-23 match at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

McAuley also praised the support of Klopp, and Liverpool’s links between the academy at Kirkby and the first-team training facility at Melwood, despite the distance between the two.

“The most important thing for me is Klopp has shown he’s willing to play these lads if they show that real potential,” he added.

“He’ll watch them closely in training, a lot of them train at Melwood on a regular basis.

“So he’s well in touch with what he needs to do as part of the development of those young players.

“I think we’re starting to see the dividend of that integration between the academy and the first team.

“Everybody is hands on, everybody makes an excellent contribution, and long may it continue.

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“The challenge of course is to get somebody working in our first team regularly.

“I know Kevin Stewart‘s part of that squad now and he’s coming on to play a couple of little cameos, I know Ejaria’s made his debut, so you want that to continue.”

 Liverpool's Ben Woodburn in action against Leicester City during the FA Premier League 2 Under-23 match at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

One player who has been tipped to make the progression to first-team regular in the future, despite being just 16, is Woodburn.

At such a young age, Woodburn is already making great strides in the academy, stepping up from the U18s to the U23s this season and making a seamless transition.

It is only a matter of time before Klopp invites him up to Melwood on a regular basis, but McAuley has pleaded for the club to practice patience and a hardline stance, keeping their young stars “on the straight and narrow.”

“At times, from my experience, the talking doesn’t have to be complimentary all the time,” he continued.

“They also need to be told their home truths, as a coach you tell it how it is, so the ones you rate highly above the others have to be told.

“That’s part of the game, because the coach can tell you and 50,000 people can tell you that.

“You need to be ready for that, and hopefully those little barriers, that I went through as a player with Ronnie Moran and these types of people.

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“They always made sure your attitude was correct, and kept you focussed on what you had to do.”

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Jamie Carragher on clean sheets, Matip-Lovren partnership, James Milner, and Jordan Henderson

Пт, 23/09/2016 - 16:43

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has given his view on the importance of the Reds’ centre-back pairing, the form of Jordan Henderson and more.

The former vice-captain, speaking to the 5times podcast this week, provided his view of Liverpool’s 2016/17 campaign.

Unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions, including victories over Leicester City and Chelsea in the Premier League, the Reds can look forward with optimism.

However, while Carragher said Jurgen Klopp‘s side have “thoroughly outplayed” their opposition on the whole so far, he stressed how crucial it will be to work on keeping clean sheets in the future.

“I still think we can improve [in defence], I don’t think we’ve kept a clean sheet yet in the league,” he told host Neil Mellor.

“That’s something that will have to change going forward, if we want to continue on that run that we’re on.

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“You’ve got to take into account the opposition, we’ve played top-quality opposition for almost every game we’ve played in the league.

“[Joel] Matip and [Dejan] Lovren going forward as a partnership will be a lot better, the more they play together as a team.”

Carragher said the importance of Matip and Lovren finding an understanding is “massive.”

“You can build from that,” he explained, “there’s going to be times when you need to play poorly and win, and nick games 1-0, and a lot of that comes from your centre-backs.”

“I always remember something Ronnie Moran used to say when I first joined: if your two centre backs play well, no matter how everyone else plays you’ve got a chance of winning the game and I think he’s right.

“If your two centre-backs build a partnership, don’t get too many injuries, can play week-in week-out you can build from that.”

 Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring the first goal against Tottenham Hotspur from the penalty spot during the FA Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Carragher also praised a bright start to the season for James Milner, now operating as Klopp’s first-choice left-back.

“I think he’s done very well, it’s difficult to find yourself in a situation when your not on your strongest foot,” he said.

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“But you’ve got to be clever enough—and I think he’s experienced enough—to put yourself in positions where you don’t have to use your left foot.

“Maybe go wider than normal to receive the ball, so you have to go inside on your right foot.

“I think the way Liverpool play, there’s not normally a player outside him, players like [Philippe] Coutinho or [Roberto] Firmino are tucked in.

“So it’s nice to be able to use your right foot and find them between the lines.”

The 38-year-old suggested that games where Liverpool dominate could prove to be more difficult for Milner, as he sees more of the ball in attacking positions, highlighting the next run of games as “one to look out for.”

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson in action against Derby County during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match at Pride Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

One player who has also proved key to Liverpool’s defensive effort so far is Jordan Henderson, who is beginning to find form in his new role at the base of Klopp’s midfield.

Henderson is making steps towards reaching top form again, after spending much of the 2015/16 campaign out injured, and Carragher has provided the captain with his backing.

“I know Jordan gets a little bit of criticism, and a lot of it is about him being captain,” he said.

“But when he was made captain, there was no one else—he had to be captain, and rightly so.

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“There’s no one else in the squad now I look at and could take the armband off Jordan Henderson.

“He didn’t have his best season last season, but he wasn’t fully fit.

“I think the year before he did very well, he was one of our best players, and the year before that when we almost won the title, he was very, very important.

“This season I think we’ll start to see more of what we expect of Henderson.

“The injury he had last season, I had towards the end under Kenny [Dalglish], when you’re getting injections half an hour before the game to go out and play.

“It’s not easy, it’s permanently on your mind.”

Carragher praised Henderson’s contribution in his new role, but suggested Emre Can would come in to take his position once fit—despite backing stability in Liverpool’s defensive system.

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Klopp: We’re working to improve; we’ve achieved nothing yet

Пт, 23/09/2016 - 14:41

Liverpool’s season is on an upward curve after a goal-laden start but manager Jurgen Klopp knows it is still far too early to make judgements.

Ten points from their opening five Premier League matches has them handily placed in sixth after a difficult start saw them go to Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham. Goals – 19 in seven games in all competitions – have been flying in with 10 different scorers already but Klopp has cautioned about getting carried away.

“Nothing has happened until now. We’ve only played five league games plus two cup games,” said the German.

“We need to find stability and create solutions for each situation. We are still working on that.

“We need to be ready for each game. There’s no time to look for excuses. We want to perform. We have the biggest expectation from ourselves.

“We don’t think: ‘Ah, we’ve got it’. Football is quite a simple game but it’s difficult to win.

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“It’s not about celebrating ourselves but it’s better to have an optimistic mood than for everything to be in doubt. It’s up to us to use that.

“That’s how it is in football. We have to be ready for the next game. It’s not about the past.”

For all the optimism floating around Anfield, the 2-0 defeat at Burnley is still difficult to swallow. It was a match Klopp’s side, on the back of beating the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium, were expected to comfortably win against the Clarets – but it turned out to be anything but, despite them dominating in terms of possession and chances created. Saturday sees the Reds back at Anfield for only the second time this season with another newly-promoted team in Hull to get past.

 Liverpool's Manager Jürgen Klopp shouts to his players during the FA Premier League match at Turf Moore. (Pic by Gavin Trafford/Propaganda)

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Klopp is confident his side have learned from that chastening experience at Turf Moor and he dismissed the suggestion these were the games a team with Liverpool’s aspirations should be sweeping aside.

“We should not care about the name of the opponent,” he added.

“We didn’t care about it before we played Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal – not the name, not the players – only focusing on the style of play, what we have to do, where are our opportunities, where is the space we can create.

“We don’t think ‘Okay, what’s the name? For them only 50 per cent of preparation time’. No. We are 100 per cent aware of the difficulties we can have in this game.

“It is not easier against Hull. Why should it be easier?

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“When we can win against teams which people think are stronger than we are, why can’t a team which people think are weaker than us have the opportunity to win?

“I’m not saying Hull are a bus-parking team. You don’t win all these games five or six-nil.

“I would like to see everybody go with the right expectation for this game and not be disappointed if we miss a chance after 10 minutes.

“I think we all can improve, and by all I mean the coaches, manager, and the crowd because it is all about expectations.”

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Arsenal vs. Chelsea Tops The Bill, More Misery For Mourinho? – Premier League Preview

Пт, 23/09/2016 - 13:34

There’s a feast of Premier League football to look forward to this weekend, particularly on what could be a thrilling Saturday.

Liverpool kicked of last weekend’s schedule with a richly-deserved 2-1 win at Chelsea on Friday, thanks to goals from Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson.

Reds supporters could then sit back and enjoy what was a very entertaining couple of days.

Man City kept up their 100 per cent start with a 4-0 drubbing of Bournemouth, but for rivals Man United it was a horror-show, as they lost 3-1 at Watford.

Arsenal won comfortably at Hull City, Tottenham edged out Sunderland at White Hart Lane and Everton continued their good start with victory at home to Middlesbrough.

Stoke still prop up the table, having been soundly beaten by Crystal Palace, while David Moyes’ 19th-place Sunderland are also on just one point.

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West Ham’s surprisingly poor start to the campaign sees them complete the current relegation zone, after their insipid 4-2 defeat at West Brom.

There are 10 more Premier League matches to look forward to over the next three days – here is some of the key action to look our for.

London Derby Tops The Bill

 Arsenal's manager Arsène Wenger before the Premiership match against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by Vegard Grott/Propaganda)

Clashes between Arsenal and Chelsea have always been fierce affairs, and this one should be no different.

It is a great chance for both sides to show that they are capable of a title challenge this season, with the league looking as open as ever in 2016/17.

Arsenal have not beaten their London rivals in the league since October 2011 – their only win in that time was the 2015 Community Shield – but there is a feeling that they are due a victory.

Arsene Wenger’s men have recovered well after their 4-3 defeat to Liverpool on the opening weekend, and the home advantage may well prove key on Saturday evening.

Chelsea have flattered to deceive in the first month or so of the season, and a second successive league defeat would suddenly crank up the pressure on Antonio Conte.

Whatever happens, there is bound to be controversy.

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Can Man City Be Stopped?

 Manchester City's manager Pep Guardiola during the FA Premier League match against West Ham United at the City of Manchester Stadium Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was clear that Man City were getting a special manager in Pep Guardiola, but not many expected him to make such an immediate impression.

His side have looked sensational so far this season, winning all of their nine matches across three competitions, and the bookies already have them odds-on for the title.

With Kevin De Bruyne playing as well as any player in the league, Raheem Sterling back to his best and David Silva and Sergio Aguero still wonderful players, they will take some stopping.

Guardiola’s side make the trip to Wales to face Swansea City on Saturday, which on paper, should be another relatively routine City win.

The Swans have got just four points from their opening five matches, and they don’t look a side who will cause the top teams too many problems in the coming months.

The rest of the league will be willing on the hosts, but City look too good for there to be an upset.

More Misery For Mourinho?

 Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho before the Premiership match against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After three wins on the bounce, everything looked rosy for Jose Mourinho, as Man United’s three years of mediocrity looked to be a thing of the past.

All of a sudden, however, things have unravelled, with three defeats in the space of eight days, including a sobering afternoon against rivals City.

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It would be wrong to suggest a full-blown United meltdown is imminent – they steadied the ship slightly with a 3-1 win at Northampton Town on Wednesday – but things don’t seem right both on and off the pitch.

A lack of cohesion is there for all to see, with Wayne Rooney anonymous, Paul Pogba struggling and the style of play very one-dimensional.

United welcome champions Leicester City to Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime, and a huge response is needed by Mourinho and his players.

The Foxes will hope to play better than they did at Anfield a fortnight ago, and if they can strike early, the home side will really be tested.

Everton Aim To Build On Formidable Start

 Everton's manager Ronald Koeman during the FA Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ronald Koeman was an excellent managerial appointment by Everton in the summer, even if it may pain Liverpool fans to admit it.

The Reds’ local rivals have picked up four wins and a draw from their opening five league games, and while it hasn’t been a difficult start, they look made of sterner stuff than under Roberto Martinez.

Idrissa Gueye looks an inspired signing in defensive midfield, and Koeman appears to be getting the most out of the key players who sometimes underperformed last season.

Everton take on Bournemouth at Dean Court on Saturday, which will not be easy.

Eddie Howe’s team may be 17th in the table, but they won their last home game 1-0 against West Brom, and will believe they can cause an upset.

It is matches such as these where we will find out whether or not Everton are capable of a top-four challenge this season.

Spurs Begin Life Without Kane

 Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane in action against Liverpool during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Kloppaganda)

Over the past two years, few players have been as influential to their team as Harry Kane has to Tottenham, with the England striker scoring 61 goals since the start of 2014/15.

An ankle ligament injury has ruled Kane out for the foreseeable future, however, and there are many who believe Spurs could struggle because of it.

It is a great opportunity for Mauricio Pochettino to show he has a strong enough squad to cope without their talisman, with Vincent Janssen likely to be the man to step in.

First up for Kane-less Spurs is a trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon – a game which any neutral would expect the north London club to win.

Aitor Karanka’s newly-promoted outfit don’t look an easy team to beat, however, and should Spurs’ attack fail to fire, predictable accusations of being a “one-man team” will come their way.

Fixtures & UK TV Info

 Leicester City's manager Claudio Ranieri before the Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Man United vs. Leicester – Old Trafford, Saturday 12:30pm, Sky Sports 1

Prediction: 2-1

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Bournemouth vs. Everton – Dean Court, Saturday 3pm

Prediction: 1-1

Liverpool vs. Hull – Anfield, Saturday 3pm

Prediction: 3-0

Middlesbrough vs. Tottenham – Riverside Stadium, Saturday 3pm

Prediction: 1-2

Stoke vs. West Brom – Britannia Stadium, Saturday 3pm

Prediction: 1-1

Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace – Stadium of Light, Saturday 3pm

Prediction: 0-0

Swansea vs. Man City – Liberty Stadium, Saturday 3pm

Prediction: 1-3

Arsenal vs. Chelsea – Emirates Stadium, Saturday 5:30pm, BT Sport 1

Prediction: 2-1

West Ham vs. Southampton – London Stadium, Sunday 4pm, Sky Sports 1

Prediction: 1-1

Burnley vs. Watford – Turf Moor, Monday 8pm, Sky Sports 1

Prediction: 1-2

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Kenny Dalglish and the 96 among those awarded the Freedom of Liverpool

Чт, 22/09/2016 - 23:51

Kenny Dalglish and key Hillsborough campaigners were awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool on Thursday, along with posthumous honours for the 96.

At an event held at St. George’s Hall on Thursday evening, the 96 to lose their lives to the Hillsborough disaster became the first to be posthumously awarded the Freedom of Liverpool.

Dalglish and his wife, Marina, were also honoured, as well as Professor Phil Scraton, who served as primary author of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report.

The Right Reverend James Jones is also in line to collect his award, but will do so in the new year.

 Margret Aspinall and Kenny Dalglish with their medals before a Conferment of the Freedom of the City of Liverpool for the 96 Victims of the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster at the St. George's Hall. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Margret Aspinall and Kenny Dalglish with their medals before a Conferment of the Freedom of the City of Liverpool for the 96 Victims of the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster at the St. George's Hall. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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 Trevor Hicks and Margret Aspinall of the Hillsborough Family Support Group during a Conferment of the Freedom of the City of Liverpool for the 96 Victims of the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster at the St. George's Hall. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Margaret Aspinall and Trevor Hicks, mother of James and father of Sarah and Vicki respectively, were on hand to represent the 96.

 Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson gives a speech during a Conferment of the Freedom of the City of Liverpool for the 96 Victims of the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster at the St. George's Hall. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Kenny Dalglish receiving his medal during a Conferment of the Freedom of the City of Liverpool for the 96 Victims of the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster at the St. George's Hall. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A ceremony, held in the Great Hall, saw Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Roz Gladden, present the honours.

The 96 were given individual scrolls and medals, displayed at the city’s Town Hall on Wednesday, to mark their Freedom of Liverpool.

Furthermore, 96 chairs were left empty at the ceremony, which saw a number of the Hillsborough families attend.

 A general view of the St. George's Hall before a Conferment of the Freedom of the City of Liverpool for the 96 Victims of the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Professor Phil Scraton receives a standing ovation during a Conferment of the Freedom of the City of Liverpool for the 96 Victims of the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster at the St. George's Hall. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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Scraton received a standing ovation at the event, marking his contribution to the 27-year fight for justice, and speaking on his award, he said: “To receive this honour alongside the 96 is not only special, it’s incredible.”

“I would trade everything for them to be here and me not to,” he added.

 Some of the 96 candles lit during a Conferment of the Freedom of the City of Liverpool for the 96 Victims of the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster at the St. George's Hall. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ahead of the event, Liverpool legend Alan Hansen said: “I think it’s a great tribute to them after the long fight and the hard work, the success that they deserve.”

Mayor Joe Anderson said the posthumous honour “demonstrates the importance of those people” to Liverpool, vowing the 96 would be “forever immortalised in the history of our city.”

Anderson also paid tribute to the fight for justice, finally achieved in April of this year:

“The Hillsborough campaign was a long, heartbreaking journey for all involved. It seemed fitting that after the latest inquests brought the families the truth and justice outcome that they had fought so hard for, we mark this monumental moment by awarding the 96, and those outstanding individuals who have given them their support, with the city’s highest honour.

“The 96 paid the ultimate price for the failings and actions of others, and I hope this tribute will show their families and friends that this city will never forget them, and that we thank those individuals who fought for the truth and played a pivotal role in the 27-year campaign.”

Mothers, fathers, siblings and children collected honours for the 96 one by one, in what serves as a fitting award for those who lost their lives in the tragedy in Sheffield in 1989.

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Liverpool 5-3 Hull City (1959) – Future legends fuel 8-goal thriller at Anfield

Чт, 22/09/2016 - 22:00

As Liverpool prepare to take on Hull City at Anfield, Jeff Goulding steps back 57 years to an eight-goal Merseyside classic.


Liverpool 5-3 Hull City

Division Two, Anfield
August 29, 1959

When it comes to glorious memories Liverpool fans are often spoiled for choice. This classic match feature is a case in point: I could have taken a trip back to the 2009/10 season in order to find a classic home game against Hull. What a game that was too; full of goals and featuring players who grace the club’s hall of fame—and a European Cup-winning manager to boot.

The curtain may have been coming down on Rafa Benitez‘s reign during that season, but with Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard‘s Scouse hearts beating in the dressing room, Pepe Reina in goal and Dirk Kuyt and Fernando Torres up front there was much to sing about. On the bench we also had the Twitter king, Ryan Babel, and the ’70s Russian porn star, Andriy Voronin, to entertain us. The game itself finished 6-1 to the Reds, with a hat-trick for Fernando, a brace for Babel and a goal for the captain too.

It all seems a perfect fit doesn’t it? But why would I feature a seven-goal thriller when an eight-goal one will do?

In order to find such a treasure trove we must journey back through the mists of time, almost 60 years to the year 1959. Here we find ourselves in Liverpool, a tough working-class city still recovering from the ravages of war. Its citizens don’t know it yet, but they will soon find themselves at the epicentre of a cultural revolution. Liverpool, the city, its musicians and footballers were about to conquer the bloody world.

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In a suburb of the city, three lads called John, Paul and George had set up this band, they’d been making music for three years but couldn’t decide on a name. They’d been The Quarrymen, Johnny and the Moondogs, Japage 3 and The Quarrymen again. Eventually, in 1960, they would bin them all off and settle on The Beatles. Look them up, they were alright.

Meanwhile, Liverpool FC were a team in the doldrums, languishing in the second division of English football. Little did Kopites know that their club was also on the cusp of an equally momentous decision, in replacing manager Phil Taylor with some fella called Bill Shankly.

Liverpool's legendary Bill Shankly. Turning towards the Kop end of Anfield, Shankly gets an ovation from the fans who idolised him when Liverpool became League champions.

Of course that wouldn’t happen until the December of 1959, but in the August of that year the Reds would feature in a struggle of titanic proportions against a newly promoted Hull City. It was a game that would see Liverpool, roared on by the Spion Kop, battle back from 2-0 down at half-time to win by five goals to three.

Kickoff was 3.15pm in front of a crowd of 35,520. The Reds’ lineup boasted three men who would become true legends in the club’s history. Ronnie Moran would captain the side on the day. He would eventually go on to form a key part of the world-famous Boot Room; a dynasty that masterminded Liverpool’s dominance of European football for decades. Against City, in the summer of ’59, he would line up alongside future super-scout Geoff Twentyman, as well as one of Anfield’s greatest sons, Billy Liddell.

As the game got underway Liverpool came under fierce attack. Bert Slater was in goal and, according to the Liverpool Daily Post, he was far from a safe pair of hands. Two bad errors by the ‘keeper led to City going in 2-0 up at half-time. However, in what was to become a hallmark of Liverpool’s world-famous fans, Kopites would rally to the cause in the second half.

In an article, under the headline ‘Kop roars Liverpool to victory‘, the Post talked of the result being a fitting reward for their support.

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Within just seven minutes of the restart Jimmy Harrower pulled one back. Here I’ll hand over to the Post, who described it as “one of the finest goals ever scored on the ground”:

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“Harrower survived an appeal for a foul charge at the start of his run; went on undisturbed, beat three men in close order and then, after making his shooting angle a few degrees squarer, hit a left-foot shot which flummoxed deputy goalkeeper Fisher, and sent spectators wild with enthusiasm.”

Just six minutes later Liddell crossed for Jimmy Melia, who headed home a leveller to a crescendo of noise rolling down from the famous old terrace. Game well and truly on. Then it was the turn of the captain, Moran, whose free-kick flew through a wall and into the net. Imagine his delight at scoring his first for the club, in front of his fellow Scousers in the Kop end. Within 20 minutes Liverpool had completely turned the game on its head.

Liddell served Liverpool as a player for 23 years, racking up 492 appearances and 215 goals, winning one League Title in 1947 and an FA Cup runners-up medal in 1950. He was so synonymous with the club that fans often referred to the team as Liddellpool. Billy was recently voted sixth in a list of ‘100 Players Who Shook The Kop’, but in 1959 he was nearing the end of his powers. Still he managed a somewhat lucky goal for Liverpool’s fourth.

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It had been a great game for the legend. He had a hand in Melia’s goal and had hit the woodwork twice. But despite all of that, the drama was far from over. Alan A’Court would add a fifth, with “probably the best shot of his career,” and Hull looked to be on their knees. Somehow though, they rallied enough to notch a late consolation goal at the Anfield Road end with just four minutes left on the clock.

The Reds would see the game out, though, taking both points and climbing to seventh in the second division table. These were far from illustrious times, but all of that would soon change. Nevertheless Kopites left the ground happy enough that day. Here’s how the Post wrapped up their match report:

“Hull City were good up to a point—the point at which Liverpool got a hold of them and shook them with a characteristically fierce come back of the sort which sends the fans home happy.”

Shankly took over as manager just three months later, in December, and John, Paul and George decided to call themselves The Beatles in the new year—the rest, as they say, is magnificent, glorious history.

Liverpool XI: Slater, Molyneux, Moran (C), Wilkinson, White, Twentyman, Morrissey, Melia, Liddell, Harrower, A’Acourt

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Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius: “We will see who is No. 1 against Hull”

Чт, 22/09/2016 - 20:50

Loris Karius has stressed his desire to take over as first-choice goalkeeper at Liverpool, continuing against Hull City on Saturday.

It remains up in the air as to whether Jurgen Klopp will revert to his No. 1 for 2016/17 so far, Simon Mignolet, or hand Karius his second start in as many games.

The 23-year-old, who joined from Mainz 05 in a deal worth £4.7 million in May, made his debut for the club away to Derby County on Tuesday night.

Helping to secure progress from the League Cup’s third round by keeping a clean sheet, Karius impressed in what was a relatively quiet night at Pride Park.

Mignolet remained on the substitutes’ bench throughout, and speaking to German publication Die Zeit after the game, Karius stressed that he hoped it remained that way.

“We will see who is at the gate at the weekend against Hull,” he said, when asked who would be No. 1 at Anfield.

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“It is clear I want to play, but we all want to play.

“The important thing, though, is that we are working well in practice and harmonise as a team. The rest—the coach has to decide.”

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Loris Karius in action against Derby County during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match at Pride Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Karius spent the first weeks of the season sidelined with a broken hand suffered against Chelsea in pre-season, but made a remarkable recovery to take his place on the bench for Liverpool’s first game at the newly redeveloped Anfield.

Then making his debut against the Rams, Karius continued to explain how it was crucial for his reassurance that he got through the 90 minutes unscathed.

“It is an overwhelming feeling to have finally given my competitive debut for Liverpool after my injury,” he said.

“That it then ended with a 3-0 win, of course, is all the better.

“For me personally it was important to see if the hand was at 100 percent for the 90 minutes. That was definitely the case.

“That I could be back on the field seven weeks after breaking my hand against Chelsea, hardly anyone could have imagined—I did not.”

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After his successful recovery, Karius has set his sights on making the No. 1 spot his own, and Klopp could give a clear indication of his plans by 2pm on Saturday afternoon.

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Video: Dejan Lovren, Marko Grujic & Lazar Markovic in LFC Carpool

Чт, 22/09/2016 - 20:23

Liverpool’s Balkan trio, Dejan Lovren, Marko Grujic and Lazar Markovic took a trip round to city together this summer, talking life with the Reds.

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Before Markovic’s loan move to Sporting CP, the Serbian joined his compatriot, Grujic, and Croatia international Lovren on the drive to Melwood.

With Grujic asking the questions, the trio talked their fears, hidden talents and club initiations.

Reliving Lovren’s winning header in last season’s 4-3 Europa League quarter-final victory over Borussia Dortmund, the Croatian said “from now until the end of my life, I think people will remember this goal.”

They also prank called their team-mate, Philippe Coutinho, and gave a powerful rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone on their arrival at training.

Lovren scored his first goal of the season in the Reds’ 2-1 win away to Chelsea earlier in September, while Grujic made his full debut away to Derby County in the League Cup.

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Meanwhile, Markovic’s spell with Sporting has been mixed so far, making three substitute appearances, including a loss to Real Madrid in the group stage of the Champions League.

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