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Swindon 1–2 Liverpool: 5 talking points from final friendly victory

Вс, 02/08/2015 - 23:45

After Brendan Rodgers’ Reds rounded off their pre-season schedule with a 2-1 win against Swindon Town, Ben Twelves picks a number of discussion topics from victory.

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Liverpool wrapped up their preparations for the upcoming campaign with a decent performance and victory against Swindon.

Christian Benteke fired the Reds ahead with a stunning debut goal just after half time, before Swindon equalised through Jonathan Obika’s curling effort.

Sheyi Ojo netted the Reds’ winner four minutes from time with help from U21s ‘keeper Lawrence Vigouroux, who played on trial for the Robbins, to hand Liverpool a second victory in as many days.

The League One side provided good opposition for the rest of Rodgers’ squad ahead of the season opener in less than a week, and here are the talking points from a positive afternoon at the County Ground.

Emre Can Impresses on Comeback

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The German made his first appearance of pre-season in Wiltshere, where he turned in a strong performance in the Liverpool midfield.

Can returned to the Reds starting XI full of confidence after an excellent Under-21s European Championship, and it showed in a dominant performance on and off the ball in a three and two man partnership.

Emre Can has to start next week. Was very pro Lucas playing alongside Henderson and Milner, but Can is just a monster.

— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) August 2, 2015

The German powerhouse produced a couple of his trademark unstoppable marauding runs, and he frequently joined in developing attacking play while also instigating some moves from deep in midfield alongside Lucas Leiva.

His passing was tidy and crisp and he went close with two well struck efforts first half, but it was his energy and dynamism that sparked injection into the Reds transitions from defence to attack that really caught the eye.

It was a very polished all-round performance from Can, who Rodgers must find a place in his starting XI for.

Christian Benteke Nets Wonder Goal but Still Work To Do

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The big Belgian opened his Reds account in spectacular fashion at the County Ground but showed there is still plenty of improving to do.

For a large part of his 67 minutes on the pitch, Benteke was very much on the fringes of the action, despite netting with a sensational volley, with his forward movement at times too static.

Benteke provided a good springboard for attacks to be created off on occasions as he dropped to link with the attacking midfield, but when play was developing behind him, opportunities to create were passed up due to a lack of forward movement from the new arrival.

Rodgers: It was a really good fitness exercise and Christian Benteke’s goal was amazing, whether it’s in a friendly or elsewhere.

— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) August 2, 2015

Alongside dropping deep, he pulled wide well too which allowed Firmino to run untracked from midfield and receive possession in dangerous areas, but when the focal point, he offered a limited presence which hindered play in and around the box at times.

The Belgium international saw a second goal ruled out for offside and missed a sitter as he provided a welcome presence in the box, but while overall is was a positive debut there’s work ahead to do.

Roberto Firmino Shows Signs of Things to Come

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Making his Reds bow at a sun-drenched County Ground, Roberto Firmino impressed hugely on Sunday afternoon.

The Brazilian slotted in seamlessly from the off – conducting acting play from wide and centrally immediately – and it took him no time at all to display why Rodgers parted with £29million to bring him to Anfield.

Instantly he showed his attacking intent and desire to run behind, and almost grabbed his first Reds goal in the opening two minutes by doing so after latching onto Lucas’ pass over the top in which he was brought down and should have won a penalty.

Roberto Firmino is really, really good at football.

— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) August 2, 2015

His touch, movement and distribution was immaculate throughout and in a fluid attacking system, and he was central to everything the Reds did going forward, especially in a brilliant first 45.

Alongside his work on the ball, the 23-year-old caught the eye with his work-rate and pressing – something which saw him carve a clear cut chance for Christian Benteke, who produced a weak finish from Firmino’s cut back after he robbed possession.

It was a really exciting first 67 minutes from Firmino and the Brazil international showed exactly what he will bring to the Liverpool side this season.

Joao Carlos Teixeira Provides Food for Thought with Tidy Display

 Liverpool's Joao Carlos Teixeira during a training session at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok on day one of the club's preseason tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Portuguese play-maker has had limited action in pre-season, and he made up for lost time with an eye-catching display on Sunday.

Replacing Joe Allen after 13 minutes, Teixeira – occupying a role on the left of Liverpool’s attack – produced a good display with his creation in advanced areas a real positive feature of the Reds offensive performance.

He almost broke the deadlock with a superb strike first half; a period which saw him produce some lovely interchanging football with fellow attacking midfielders Firmino and Lazar Markovic, before he set-up Benteke for the striker’s superb opening goal.

The 22-year-old linked well numerous times down the left with Alberto Moreno too, and he proved a tough customer to deal with for the Swindon backline when drifting inside, with his intricacy and control in and around the box which saw him carve out a number of opportunities.

It was an excellent performance from the Portugal U21 international and he provided Rodgers with another reminder of his talents.

Ryan Kent Catches Attention with Excellent Cameo Display

 Liverpool's Ryan Kent in action against FC Basel during the UEFA Youth League Group B match at Langtree Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The talented teenager may only have been on for the final 23 minutes, but he wasted no time in making his mark with an excellent cameo display.

Replacing Firmino in attacking midfield, the lively Kent, who was full of confidence, immediately caught the eye as he impacted the game from the second he entered proceedings.

The 18-year-old created much excitement with his pace and dribbling, but his control and one-and-two touch game really impressed, as he looked to play both the creator and finisher – though he was denied finding the net when he was fouled when through on goal.

Kent displayed some superb technical play in tight areas, but also showed his awareness with some sublime first time passing, and an outstanding dummy from Teixiera’s pass that allowed Moreno a chance which the Spaniard should have done better with.

It was a very promising display from Kent, who showed that he can become another one for the future at Anfield.

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“Wonderful technique” — Rodgers raves about Benteke’s wonder strike

Вс, 02/08/2015 - 22:37

Brendan Rodgers said it doesn’t matter that it was scored in a friendly, Christian Benteke’s goal against Swindon on Sunday was “incredible”.

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Benteke started his first game in a Liverpool shirt as the Reds ended their pre-season preparations with a 2-1 victory at League One’s Swindon Town.

Always nice to start with a win and a goal looking forward to the season thank you for your welcome? #YNWA

— Bentekechristian (@bentekechris20) August 2, 2015

The Belgian international grew into the game and broke the deadlock three minutes into the second half with a fantastic volley from the edge of the area.

Liverpool fans will be hoping it’s a glimpse of what’s to come from the 24-year-old, who signed from Aston Villa this summer for £32.5 million.

Rodgers was delighted to see his new signing get on the scoresheet, and happy at the fitness test the game at the County Ground had given his players.

He told the club’s official website after the game, “Christian’s goal was incredible, whether it was a pre-season friendly or in a league or cup game. It was wonderful technique from the big guy.

“The other guys started to get some minutes under their belt; Firmino, Emre Can, boys that have come back a bit later. It was pleasing all round.

“It finished off our pre-season preparations – a number of guys needed a game today. It was a really good exercise.”

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Sheyi Ojo scored Liverpool’s winner after Jonathan Obika had equalised for the hosts.

The game also saw the debut of Roberto Firmino, the summer signing from Hoffenheim, and Rodgers was equally pleased with the ability the Brazilian showed.

He added, “You see his quality. He is really bright on the ball, has got wonderful technique and has got the ability to want to get forward and score a goal.

“For those players it was just getting them into that game situation, which is never easy as they have only been back a week or so. But they adapted and coped very well.”

However, it wasn’t all good news as Rodgers confirmed Joe Allen will have to undergo a scan on his hamstring. The Welsh midfielder came off after just 13 minutes.

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Joe Allen blow to Liverpool as midfielder faces hamstring scan

Вс, 02/08/2015 - 22:22

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Joe Allen will have a scan on his hamstring after hobbling off during Liverpool’s pre-season victory over Swindon Town on Sunday.

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Allen was forced to leave the pitch just 13 minutes into the game, and with just a week to go until the start of the new Premier League season, a setback would be dire timing.

“I think Joe was his hamstring, unfortunately, so that doesn’t look so good for us,” Rodgers told the club’s official website after the game.

“But we’ll see how that is tomorrow when he has a scan.”

There was also bad news for youngster Pedro Chirivella, who had replaced Allen in the first half.

Rodgers added, “Young Pedro looked like he had bent his wrist and it looked a sore one. I’ll see how he is in the changing room.”

Liverpool completed their pre-season preparations with a 2-1 victory, meaning they are undefeated all summer.

A different starting XI to that which beat HJK Helsinki on Saturday face League One Swindon and after a slow first half, the game sprung into life in the second.

On his debut, £32.5 million striker Christian Benteke expertly spun on the edge of the area before launching a thunderous volley home to break the deadlock three minutes into the second-half.

Alberto Moreno was arguably at fault for letting Jonathan Obika in to score a Swindon equaliser on 62 minutes, but Sheyi Ojo’s first goal for the Reds’ first-team won it right at the death.

The Reds now go back to Melwood for their final preparations for the new season, which kicks off for Liverpool at Stoke City on Sunday, 9th August.

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Swindon Town 1-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings

Вс, 02/08/2015 - 21:57

Liverpool beat Swindon Town 2-1 at the County Ground on Sunday, and Henry Jackson rates each Reds player on the day.

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Swindon Town 1-2 Liverpool
Friendly – County Ground – Sunday, 2nd August 2015

Watch the goals: Benteke (48), Ojo (87); Obika (63)

Adam Bogdan: 6

The Hungarian had a quiet afternoon against the League 1 outfit, and could do nothing about Jonathan Obika’s well-taken goal.

The ex-Bolton man didn’t look great with the ball at his feet, however.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6.5

The 16-year-old will be pleased with the way he performed, producing a solid, if spectacular, display at right-back on his debut.

His use of the ball wasn’t always the best, but that’s to be expected for a player of his age.

Kolo Toure: 6

Toure wasn’t tested much throughout the contest, but whenever he was called upon, he dealt with the danger well. Slightly erratic at times, and doesn’t bring much calm to proceedings.

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Mamadou Sakho: 6.5

The Frenchman was similarly reliable when called into action, and his quality on the ball was typically incisive and classy. One sublime piece of skill in the second-half outlined his talent.

Alberto Moreno: 5.5

The 23-year-old was one of Liverpool’s less impressive players, although he did make a number of good attacking bursts down the left.

He gave away needless fouls, as is the norm with Moreno, and he will feel he should have done better defensively for Obika’s goal.

Does he merit a start against Stoke City next Sunday?

Lucas Leiva: 6.5

Lucas produced a dependable performance on the whole, playing with calm and authority in the middle of the park. He even had a few goalscoring opportunities, which is almost unheard of.

Joe Allen: n/a

The Welshman lasted just over 10 minutes before limping off with a suspected hamstring injury. Nearly scored just minutes before leaving the pitch.

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Emre Can: 8

Can was fantastic at times on his return to the side after an extended break, bringing pace, power and all-round quality to the Reds’ midfield.

The 21-year-old is a superb footballer when in full flow, and on this evidence, he has start against Stoke. Man of the Match.

Lazar Markovic: 5.5

An unconvincing display from the talented Serb, who struggled to get into the game.

His decision-making let him down a number of times, and a couple of finishes were poor. One even went off for a throw-in.

Roberto Firmino: 6.5

Liverpool have clearly signed a very talented footballer in Firmino, and despite not being at his best, he showed plenty of quality.

The former Hoffenheim star linked up well with fellow new signing Christian Benteke, and oozed class with the ball at his feet. Faded as the match went on; unsurprising considering it was his first game back.

Christian Benteke: 7

Benteke marked his Liverpool debut with a magnificent strike, on an afternoon where he will surely have silenced a few of his doubters.

His pace, strength and movement were impressive throughout, although he did miss one glorious chance in either half. Promising.

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Substitutes

Joao Carlos Teixeira (on for Allen ’13): 7

Teixeira did well when he replaced Allen early on, looking silky and creative on the ball.

Dan Cleary (on for Alexander-Arnold ’57): 6

The young defender was not really noticed much, but did nothing wrong in his right-back role.

Ryan Fulton (on for Bogdan ’67): 6

The goalkeeper was only really called into action once, and dealt well with the situation.

Sheyi Ojo (on for Benteke ’67): 7

Ojo looked lively during his cameo, having a goal disallowed and firing home Liverpool’s late winner. He is a player who could feature more than some think in 2015/16.

Ryan Kent (on for Firmino ’67): 7.5

The youngster was again very impressive, as has been this case a few times this summer, and could easily have won a penalty when clean-through on goal.

Pedro Chirivella (on for Can ’76): n/a

No time to really make an impact, and left the pitch injured in the dying moments.

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Photos: Benteke and Ojo on target as Liverpool end pre-season with win at Swindon

Вс, 02/08/2015 - 21:49

We’ve rounded up the best photographs from Liverpool’s 2-1 victory at Swindon Town on Sunday.

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Brendan Rodgers (middle) shares a joke with Kolo Toure and Christian Benteke.

After a goalless first half, Christian Benteke spun on the edge of the box and fired a wicked volley in past Swindon trialist goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux.

Benteke was starting his first game in a Liverpool shirt, alongside Brazilian Roberto Firmino, who looked lively and eager to impress — particularly in the first half.

After Swindon’s Jonathan Obika equalised, Sheyi Ojo scored a late winner with the unfortunate help of a goalkeeping error as Brendan Rodgers’ men ended pre-season on a high.

There was bad news, however, as Joe Allen was taken off injured during the first half. Rodgers confirmed after the game, “Allen’s injury looks like his hamstring, so that doesn’t look good.”

But the Reds manager will be happy overall at how his side have conducted themselves during pre-season — Sunday’s win at Swindon being another good fitness exercise just one week before the start of the Premier League campaign.

Here’s the best of the photos from the County Ground, courtesy of Propaganda Photo.

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Brendan Rodgers gives instructions at kick-off.

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Roberto Firmino had a lively first half.

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Emre Can was playing his first game of pre-season.

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Christian Benteke took is goal very well indeed. Watch it here.

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Christian Benteke’s new Liverpool teammates congratulate him on his first goal for the club.

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Sheyi Ojo fires in a late winner for Liverpool — his first goal for the first-team.

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Kolo Toure and Christian Benteke share a joke after the final whistle.

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“That Benteke goal was ridiculous” – Liverpool fans react to 2-1 win over Swindon Town

Вс, 02/08/2015 - 21:20

Following Liverpool’s 2-1 victory at Swindon Town on Sunday, we round up the best of the social media reaction during and after the game.

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The Reds finished off their pre-season in style, with the win at the County Ground ensuring Brendan Rodgers‘ side went the summer unbeaten.

Christian Benteke’s sensational opener on his debut was clearly the most memorable moment of the day, while Sheyi Ojo’s late winner highlighted the young talent currently on show at the club.

Benteke Goal… https://t.co/95HHzrJdYu

— MostarLFC (@MostarLFC) August 2, 2015

Focus now turns to next Sunday’s Premier League curtain raiser at Stoke City, as the serious business really starts for Liverpool.

Here is how social media reacted to the win against Swindon:

Great goal! 25 more like that this season please ??

— Rebecca Parry (@beccaparry10) August 2, 2015

All of Liverpool's new strikers have scored in pre-season, promising!

— Tom McMahon (@TomMc_Sports) August 2, 2015

Great goal Benteke good run out for kids roll on next week

— Jeff Goulding (@ShanklysBoys1) August 2, 2015

Toure-Sakho remains Liverpool’s best tactical fit combo for CB, best actual defensively technical pairing for CB, and backup pairing for CB.

— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) August 2, 2015

‘shankly96′ on the forums:

Our ratio of chances created to goals scored worries me, we need to become more clinical. Good debuts for Firmino and Benteke. Can was great on his return. Ojo and Kent played well, as did Lucas.

Roberto Firmino is really, really good at football.

— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) August 2, 2015

The 2 new lads, Markovic, Can & Texeiera all showed enough. Not much fluency but it is pre-season.

— Craig Rimmer (@Craig_Rimmer) August 2, 2015

That Benteke goal was ridiculous. Made it look so easy.

— The Liverpool Way (@theliverpoolway) August 2, 2015

Ojo goal…. https://t.co/MAqmq9QfMk

— MostarLFC (@MostarLFC) August 2, 2015

‘nonodoll’ on the forums:

Preseason done and dusted. Bring on Stoke.

#LFC's loanee @LawrenceV93 is the Swindon man of the match. Not bad for a trial run.

— LFCZA (@LFCZA) August 2, 2015

What a strike by Benteke pic.twitter.com/BI0PJNtAcp

— LFCTS (@LFCTS) August 2, 2015

Bit of a mad one, but this Ryan Kent is the best player I've ever seen. #LFC

— Joe Connolly. (@JoeMConnolly) August 2, 2015

Can't believe Benteke wasted his one worldie he gets per season in a friendly against Swindon.

— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) August 2, 2015

Let us know your thoughts on the game in the comments below.

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Video: Christian Benteke’s superb volley on his Liverpool debut vs. Swindon

Вс, 02/08/2015 - 20:11

Christian Benteke gave Liverpool fans a glimpse of what could be to come from him with a fantastic volley to give the Reds the lead against Swindon Town on Sunday.

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The Belgian international was starting his first game for the Reds when, three minutes into the second half, he chested the ball down on the edge of the area, spun and volleyed in past Lawrence Vigouroux in the Swindon goal.

The £32.5 million signing from Aston Villa will be hoping he’s done enough at the County Ground to convince Brendan Rodgers he’s fit enough to start against Stoke City when Liverpool’s Premier League campaign gets underway next Sunday.

Fellow new signing Roberto Firmino also started against Swindon, as well as Emre Can, playing his first game of pre-season for the Reds following his involvement at the U21 European Championships earlier this summer.

It is Liverpool’s final friendly of the summer, and second of the weekend after Saturday’s 2-0 victory over HJK Helsinki in Finland.

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LIVE: Swindon Town vs. Liverpool – follow the Reds’ final pre-season match

Вс, 02/08/2015 - 18:45

Liverpool take on League One side Swindon Town in their final pre-season friendly of the summer (4pm kick off). We’re live to bring you the latest.

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Swindon Town vs. Liverpool
Sunday, 2 August 2015; 4pm BST
County Ground
Pre-season Friendly

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Liverpool: Bogdan, Alexander-Arnold, Moreno, Toure, Sakho, Lucas, Markovic, Can, Benteke, Allen, Firmino.

Substitutes: Fulton, Cleary, Ojo, Chirivella, Maguire, Kent.

Swindon Town: Trialist, Thompson, Williams, Turnbull, Ormonde-Ottewill, Traore, Kasim, Stewart, Byrne, Obika, Hylton

Substitutes: TBC

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Swindon Town vs. Liverpool – Team News – Benteke & Firmino make first starts for Reds

Вс, 02/08/2015 - 17:45

Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino make their first appearances in Liverpool shirts on Sunday afternoon as Brendan Rodgers‘ side take on Swindon Town in their final pre-season friendly of the summer at the County Ground.

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The Reds are unbeaten in pre-season and today’s game comes less than 24 hours after a comfortable 2-0 victory over HJK Helsinki in Finland.

The only player to potentially be involved in both games is Pedro Chirivella, who was a late substite in Helsinki, but Emre Can makes his first appearance of the summer after missing the tours of Asia and Australia due to international commitments.

There’s a run out for first team regulars Alberto Moreno, Mamadou Sakho, Lucas Leiva, Lazar Markovic and Joe Allen, whilst youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold and new signing Adam Bogdan also start.

Both Liverpool players on loan at Swindon Town for the season start against the Reds — Jordan Williams and Kevin Stewart.

The players will not be wearing squad numbers during the game.

Liverpool: Bogdan, Alexander-Arnold, Moreno, Toure, Sakho, Lucas, Markovic, Can, Benteke, Allen, Firmino.

Substitutes: Fulton, Cleary, Ojo, Chirivella, Maguire, Kent.

Swindon Town: Trialist, Thompson, Williams, Turnbull, Ormonde-Ottewill, Traore, Kasim, Stewart, Byrne, Obika, Hylton.

Substitutes: TBC

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Divock Origi believes Liverpool are looking sharp for Stoke City opener

Вс, 02/08/2015 - 14:27

Divock Origi believes his extra efforts in training to adapt to the “higher rhythm” of English football are paying off, with one week until Liverpool’s Premier League season gets underway.

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The Belgian international scored Liverpool’s first in their 2-0 win over HJK Helsinki in Finland on Saturday, before Philippe Coutinho doubled the Reds’ lead minutes later.

The 20-year-old had only been on the pitch for 10 minutes when James Milner flicked on Jordon Ibe‘s low cross from the right and Origi put the ball away from close range to break the deadlock.

“I think we played well and I’m always happy to score,” Origi told the club’s official website.

“As a striker, it was very difficult to play this team. But, tactically, the coach found the solutions and in the end we won 2-0, so it’s nice.

“I think I’ve started well and I’ve had to adapt to the rhythm, because in England the rhythm is very high. I was happy to score and I’m confident for the rest of the season.

“The most important thing was to adapt to the rhythm and the players – I’ve had to give 200 per cent in every training session but I’m learning every day and now it’s paying off.”

Liverpool kick-off their Premier League campaign at Stoke City on Sunday, 9th August and Origi believes with the final preparations, the team will be ready for the challenges the new season will bring.

“With the new guys coming in, we have a very strong squad,” he added. “Everybody is sharp and we’re ready for Stoke.

“We’re ready for a very good season, the mentality is very good, we’re very tight as a group and now we have to show it on the field.”

Origi isn’t expected to feature, but Liverpool play their final pre-season friendly of the summer at League One’s Swindon Town on Sunday at 4pm. Read the match preview here.

Check back to This Is Anfield shortly before kick-off for live coverage.

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Video: Ex-Reds Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane combine for LA Galaxy goal

Вс, 02/08/2015 - 14:20

Former Liverpool players Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane combined to score LA Galaxy’s third in a 3-1 victory over Colorado Rapids in MLS on Saturday night.

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In the final seconds of the game, Keane ran clear into the Colorado half, and using Gerrard as support played a one-two before sliding home.

Earlier goals from Sebastian Lletget and Alan Gordon had turned a first half 1-0 deficit around for Galaxy.

The pair played together at Anfield when Liverpool signed Keane from Tottenham in the summer of 2008, but the Irish forward’s career didn’t last long, being sold back to Spurs six months later.

Keane scored 5 goals in 28 appearances for the Reds, whilst Gerrard netted 186 times in 710 games for the club before leaving earlier this year.

It was Galaxy’s first away win in almost a year, and Gerrard said he was relieved to have broken their poor form away from home.

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Gerrard will be making a return to England this season as one of the pundits for BT Sport’s coverage of the Champions League.

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Liverpool’s centre-back pairing “yet to be decided” ahead of Premier League start

Вс, 02/08/2015 - 12:18

Brendan Rodgers has admitted he still doesn’t know what centre-back partnership will take to the field for Liverpool in their opening Premier League game at Stoke City next week.

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The Reds have started with Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren in the heart of their back four for most of pre-season, including Saturday’s 2-0 victory over HJK Helsinki.

However, Mamadou Sakho is expected to have his time to prove his worth for a place in Rodgers’ starting lineup when Liverpool play their final pre-season friendly of the summer at Swindon Town on Sunday (kick-off 4pm).

It would appear the decision is whether Lovren or Sakho partner Skrtel when the Reds get their Premier League campaign underway at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday, 9th August.

Only Rodgers would start Lovren over Sakho after last season just to prove a point. His stubbornness with player selections will cost him.

— MB (@MrBoywunder) August 1, 2015

Trying to be less reactionary these days but if Lovren starts over a fit Sakho then I have zero sympathy for Rodgers, come what may.

— PhantomGoal (@PhantomGoal) August 1, 2015

As for delusional… Who was it that championed Lovren over Sakho, & called the Croat a leader, which bemused even the player himself?

— Kevin (@emptyMINDZ) August 1, 2015

Whilst Rodgers admitted he hasn’t made up his mind on the matter yet, he is looking to add consistency to his side with a unchanging back four unit this campaign.

“It’s not something I’ve totally decided upon yet,” Rodgers is quoted in the Liverpool Echo as saying.

“I’ll sit down with the staff and we’ll look at it next week.

“The key is getting consistency in that area of the field.

“Your two centre-halves are critical. They are the tactical decision makers in the game. That balance is important for us this season.

“We had too many defensive changes last year and that’s not something that I like.

“Hopefully this season we’ll be more consistent as a back four.”

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Pre-Season 2015/16: Swindon Town v Liverpool – Preview

Вс, 02/08/2015 - 11:22

Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool face Swindon Town on Sunday in their last warm-up clash ahead of next weekend’s much anticipated season opener against Stoke City.

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Swindon Town vs. Liverpool
Sunday, 2nd August 2015; 4pm
County Ground
Pre-season Friendly

Liverpool head to League One side Swindon for the final friendly clash of their pre-season schedule as the Reds finish off their preparations for the new season.

The match against the Football League side is the second of a rare double header this weekend for Rodgers’ squad, who strolled to a routine 2-0 win against HJK Helsinki under 24 hours ago.

Another strong looking Reds squad is likely to travel to Wiltshire for Sunday afternoon, and it’s the last chance for the remainder of the group to impress Rodgers against Mark Cooper’s side, ahead of next week’s opener.

Liverpool have won four and drawn one of five warm-up clashes this season so far and will want to end the pre-season campaign unbeaten – something which will help build confidence ahead of the big kick-off.

Opposition

NEWS: Sunday’s friendly against Liverpool has now SOLD OUT.

— Swindon Town FC (@Official_STFC) July 30, 2015

Cooper’s side have endured a testing pre-season schedule, having come up against Premier League opposition three times already.

The Robins have lost all three clashes against their top flight opposition though, suffering a 4-0 defeat against Everton, a 2-0 loss at the hands of Aston Villa and another heavy defeat, this time by a 4-1 score-line against West Brom last weekend.

Sunday’s clash against the Reds will also be the last friendly fixture in anticipation for the looming campaign for the Robins, who like Liverpool, will be hopeful of ending their season warm-up schedule in positive fashion.

The trip to the County Ground will be Liverpool’s first since August 1993, when the Reds romped to a 5-0 thrashing in the Premier League, thanks to goals from Neil Ruddock, Ronnie Whelan, Mike Marsh and a brace from Steve McManaman.

 Liverpool's Kevin Stewart makes his debut against Brondby IF during a preseason friendly match at Brøndby Stadion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Cooper’s young squad boasts a number of Liverpool links, with the most recent coming with his loan captures of Reds youngsters Kevin Stewart and Jordan Williams, who could line up to face their Anfield teammates.

The loaned duo could be joined in the Town starting XI by ex-Liverpool academy ‘keeper Tyrell Belford and central midfielder Anton Rodgers, son of the Liverpool manager.

The Robins’ boss likes to utilise a 3-5-2 shape – the formation that took his side to a Wembley play-off final last season – and Swindon could line up in that set-up for the clash.

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Brendan Rodgers chose to split his squad across the two games; a wise move which allows first team options the chance to enjoy a large amount of action.

However, the majority of those expected to form the Reds starting XI played in the 2-0 win in Helsinki, meaning those playing in this fixture have the chance to stake their claim for a starting shirt and provide food for thought for the Reds boss.

Liverpool look set to take a strong looking group to the County Ground, with Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho and Alberto Moreno all options to play in defence.

Lucas Leiva, Joe Allen and Emre Can were all left out of the trip to Finland so could form a midfield three, and a strong looking Reds attack could see Lazar Markovic joined by new arrivals Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke who are set to make their first Reds outings.

Rodgers confirms that Benteke and Firmino will play some part in the game v Swindon tomorrow. #LFC

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 1, 2015

The rest of the squad for the match is likely to be made up of younger members of the first team squad and U21 players, with Tiago Ilori, Joao Carlos Teixeira, Jordan Rossiter, Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo all possible candidates to take part.

However, despite also being left at Melwood, frozen out trio Jose Enrique, Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli, who have been training away from the squad as they’re shown clearly they have no future at Anfield, will be left out of involvement again.

Rodgers lined his side up in his preferred 4-3-3 formation for the second half of Saturday’s win, and the Reds boss is likely to do the same in Wiltshire to keep preparations for the looming start consistent throughout the squad.

With the personnel at Rodgers’ disposal for the clash, within a 4-3-3 shape, the Reds starting XI could look something like this come kick-off time tomorrow:

Swindon XI 4-3-3

The final friendly clash of the 2015/16 schedule will be shown live on LFC TV, with kick-off coming at 4pm.

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HJK Helsinki 0–2 Liverpool: 5 Talking points from routine friendly win

Вс, 02/08/2015 - 00:19

Following the Reds’ comfortable 2-0 victory against the Finnish Champions, Ben Twelves picks a number of discussion topics from the penultimate warm up clash.

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Liverpool extended their unbeaten pre-season run with a controlled performance and easy 2-0 success over HJK Helsinki on Saturday.

After a largely uneventful opening 72 minutes, second-half substitute Divock Origi put the Reds ahead with his second pre-season goal, before Philippe Coutinho, on his return to action, cemented victory five minutes later with a deflected effort.

It was another productive workout for Rodgers’ men, but also showed there is still work to be done ahead of next weekend’s kick-off.

Here are the talking points from the clash.

Danny Ings Impresses Despite Harsh Luck In Front of Goal

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Though the new signing failed to do what all strikers want and register on the scoresheet, it was far from a disappointing performance.

The 22-year-old – spearheading the attack with Origi in reserve – showed a whole host of promising signs during the encounter despite failing to find the net.

Ings could have done better with a couple of opportunities including from Jordon Ibe’s cut-back, with his touch deserting him at another, but he was unlucky too with a couple of instinctive efforts, including a glancing header across goal from Jordan Henderson’s free-kick.

He failed to find the net before being replaced, but Ings’ movement in and around the box really caught the eye as he provided a mobile outlet in attack, where his tidiness in possession – especially in tight areas – was impressive.

He also worked hard out of possession pressing from the front, and his unselfishness alongside the positives of his game will undoubtedly have pleased Rodgers, with the only thing missing from his performance being a goal.

Philippe Coutinho Sharp on Comeback Appearance

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It was the Brazilian’s first match time with the first team of the summer, and he typically impressed, grabbing the match-clinching goal.

There were – as expected – moments of rustiness for Coutinho, with final passes off key at times, but there were far more moments of class than sloppiness from the 23-year-old on his first game back.

Typically creative and tidy, the Brazilian worked well with his close control, dribbling, feints and jinks in and around the box making it almost impossible for HJK to take the ball from his grasp.

Only a couple of over hit and underweighted passes prevented the Reds enjoying more clear-cut chances, but Coutinho, after a couple of speculative attempts, found his range late on, when his curling effort found the far corner of the net.

Ings: Philippe Coutinho is something else — it’s going to be great to play with him.

— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) August 1, 2015

Danny Ings spoke pre-match of his excitement at playing with the magician, and even though he was way off his brilliant best, it was still plainly obvious as to why.

4-2-3-1 Experiment Proves Fruitless for Brendan Rodgers

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during a press conference at the Saujana Hotel on day ten of the club's preseason tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Liverpool manager made a return to the unsuccessful formation in the first half in Helsinki, and it once again proved an uninspiring move.

With energetic duo Henderson and James Milner anchoring midfield and Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Jordon Ibe in support of Ings, the Reds endured a flat first half with little attacking threat in the system.

Though Rodgers’ side controlled the game, Liverpool lacked energy from the middle of the park with Henderson and Milner both restricted in their forward running, with the onus then falling on Coutinho to supply Ings who largely fed off scraps in a frustrating first 45.

With Ibe and Lallana very much on the periphery of the game – despite the teenagers’ best efforts to create – the Reds struggled for attacking fluency and to create clear chances; epitomised by Coutinho’s speculative 40 yard strike with little else on.

Rodgers: "The game was a good workout for us. Our fluency was much better in the second half. It was another good game for our fitness."

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 1, 2015

Second-half, the more settled Reds played with more purpose and fluency – as Rodgers acknowledged post-match – no doubt aided by the scrapping of the rigid 4-2-3-1 and switch to the regularly utilised 4-3-3. It paid dividends as two goals arrived.

4-2-3-1 did nothing to help Liverpool impress last season and with the same happening in Helsinki, and Rodgers must avoid using the system this season.

Jordon Ibe Impresses Again with Man of the Match Display

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It was a flat penultimate friendly fixture in Finland, but the eye-catching display of the talented teenager helped light up proceedings.

Impressing again in the preparations for the new season, Ibe turned in another strong display playing on the right of the Reds attack, where he proved too hot to handle for the HJK left side.

Full of confidence and visibly so, Ibe drove at the Finnish back line time and again, leaving his marker for dead on occasions and giving him the run around numerous times.

Jordan Ibe was yet again our best player today!been by far the outstanding player from the pre season games!

— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) August 1, 2015

Final delivery and decision making was at times lacking from the 18-year-old, but any negatives were far outweighed by the positives of his performance, with his pace, power and trickery providing Liverpool’s biggest threat.

And another good performance saw Ibe claim an assist for Origi’s opener – when he breezed effortlessly past his marker before fizzing a dangerous low ball across – which Milner flicked expertly into the Belgian’s path, before he turned and smashed home.

It’s been a brilliant pre-season for the youngster and he has shown his readiness for regular action from the off for the upcoming campaign.

Clean Sheet a Welcome Bonus Following Improved Defensive Display

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In a game that Brendan Rodgers labelled as “the toughest of pre-season”, the Reds boss will be pleased by an improved defensive display.

Though helped by the added protection of a two man anchoring midfield first half, the back-line – which could turn out to be the back four that takes to the pitch at Stoke next week – worked better as a unit and dealt positively with any danger.

Apart from two scares from corners which must be collectively improved, and quickly, the Reds defence looked comfortable and in control, with Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren cutting calm, collected figures at the heart of the back four.

Nathaniel Clyne was far from his best but did his job adequately at right back, while Joe Gomez again oozed class on the opposite side with another performance that belied his years.

Though Liverpool’s dominance meant the defence were largely untroubled, the level of concentration and no-nonsense manner in which danger was dealt with was pleasing.

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Brendan Rodgers hails Liverpool’s fluency in Helsinki win

Вс, 02/08/2015 - 00:10

Brendan Rodgers was pleased with his side’s performance as they overcame HJK Helsinki 2-0 in their penultimate pre-season friendly on Saturday, declaring it an “overall good night”.

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After a lifeless first half, Liverpool enjoyed long spells of possession in the second, pressing well and finally breaking through the Helsinki defence on 73 minutes.

Divock Origi put away Jordon Ibe‘s cross, which had been flicked into his path by James Milner, for Liverpool’s first before Philippe Coutinho‘s deflected shot doubled the lead minutes later.

Good result in Helsinki… Back to liverpool now #lfc ?? pic.twitter.com/b4oi2PKCBE

— Joe Gomez (@J_Gomez97) August 1, 2015

Ready for the new season pic.twitter.com/cTaTPTOxJg

— Divock Origi #27 (@DivockOrigi) August 1, 2015

Rodgers was pleased with his side’s response after the dull opening 45 minutes and was satisfied with the fitness exercise the game brought about.

“I was pleased,” he told LFCTV.

“We were better in the second half than the first. We tried something new in the first half, but our fluency was really good in the second half and obviously we scored a couple of good goals.

“It was another good workout for us in the last of our pre-season games abroad.”

Liverpool now return to England for their final friendly of the summer against Swindon Town on Sunday (4pm UK), and Rodgers feels with a bit more work his side will be ready for Stoke City in the Premier League next Sunday (9 August).

“Considering all the traveling around the world they’ve been through, the players are in good condition,” he added.

“We still have another week’s good work to do but we’re really focussing on that after the Swindon game.”

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Photos: Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi help Liverpool FC to win in Helsinki

Сб, 01/08/2015 - 23:34

We’ve rounded up the best photos from Liverpool’s penultimate pre-season friendly — Saturday’s 2-0 victory over HJK Helsinki in Finland.

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It was more a fitness exercise than anything else, but Brendan Rodgers will be happy that a strong starting XI came through the game unhurt and maintaining their unbeaten record this summer.

After a dull and uninspiring first half Liverpool raised the tempo of their game in the second. Shouts of “Quicker! Quicker!” came from the bench as the Reds pressed Helsinki back.

Danny Ings was replaced by Divock Origi shortly after the hour mark and on 73 minute the Belgian international finally found the breakthrough, putting away Jordon Ibe‘s low cross from the right that had been expertly flicked on by James Milner.

It wasn’t long before Liverpool found themselves 2-0 up — Philippe Coutinho working well with Milner down the left to enter the area. His shot was deflected and Rodgers’ side held on for the win.

It’s likely that none of the players playing in Helsinki will feature in Sunday’s final friendly of the summer at League One Swindon Town (4pm), as Rodgers begins to finalise his team for the opening game of the season at Stoke next Sunday, 9th August.

We’ve rounded up the best photographs from Helsinki, courtesy of Propaganda Photo.

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Liverpool’s latest youth recruit, Allan Rodrigues de Souza, warms up. Full story here.

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Liverpool lineup prior to kick-off.


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James Milner’s distribution is looking like an increasingly exciting attribute to Liverpool.

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Brendan Rodgers hypnotises/gives instructions to Jordan Henderson.

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All smiles after Divock Origi’s opener for Liverpool.

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Divock Origi celebrates giving Liverpool the lead.


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Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi congratulate each other on scoring the goals for Liverpool.

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Brendan Rodgers will be pleased with Danny Ings’ movement.

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Video: Philippe Coutinho scores for Liverpool on first pre-season start

Сб, 01/08/2015 - 22:12

Philippe Coutinho doubled Liverpool’s lead against HJK Helsinki with a deflected shot from inside the area.

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Making his first start of pre-season for the Reds, the Brazilian looked lively all afternoon, but Liverpool struggled to find a way to goal until Divock Origi‘s 73rd minute opener.

Coutinho then linked up well with James Milner to run into space in the area, before his shot took a deflection to net Liverpool’s second of the game.

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Video: Divock Origi gives Liverpool the lead in Helsinki

Сб, 01/08/2015 - 22:08

Divock Origi found a 72nd minute breakthrough in the scoreline to put Liverpool 1-0 up in their pre-season friendly against HJK Helsinki on Saturday.

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Jordon Ibe‘s low cross from the right was flicked on by James Milner, with Origi smashing the ball home from close range.

The goal came after a period of mounting pressure from Liverpool who finally wore down a resilient Helsinki defence.

Origi had only been on the pitch for 10 minutes, replacing Danny Ings as a second-half substitute.

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LIVE: HJK Helsinki vs. Liverpool – Follow the Reds’ penultimate pre-season match

Сб, 01/08/2015 - 20:15

Liverpool take on HJK Helsinki in their penultimate pre-season friendly of the summer (5.30pm kick off). We’re live to bring you the latest.

 Wales' players during training at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group 4 match against Finland. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

HJK Helsinki vs. Liverpool
Pre-season Friendly
Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Saturday 1 August, 2015; 5.30pm (UK)

HJK Helsinki vs. Liverpool is live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO. Our live coverage updates automatically. Have your say on Twitter:

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Gomez, Henderson, Milner, Coutinho, Ibe, Lallana, Ings

Substitutes: Fulton, Maguire, Chirivella, Kent, Allan, Origi.

HJK Helsinki: Örlund; Peiponen, Heikkilä, Baah, Lampi; Kolehmainen, Schüller; Kandji, Atom, Mendy; Jallow

Substitutes: Sahlgren, Sauramaa, Lehtinen, Ojala, Heikkinen, Moren, Sorsa, Malolo, Moussi, Savage, Alho, Klinga, Zeneli, Havenaar

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Confirmed: Liverpool sign Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza

Сб, 01/08/2015 - 19:58

Liverpool have confirmed they have secured the future of Allan Rodrigues de Souza, and the Brazilian midfielder could make his first appearance on Saturday.

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The 18-year-old is set to sign for around £500,000 from Internacional after spending the week training at Melwood with the squad.

Allan has been named among the substitutes for Saturday evening’s penultimate pre-season friendly of the summer against HJK Helsinki. Kick-off is 5.30pm (UK) and there’s live coverage on This Is Anfield from 5.15pm.

Upon announcing the matchday squad, Liverpool FC tweeted:

#LFC have secured Allan for the future and he's currently spending time with the Reds with the permission of his club, Internacional.

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 1, 2015

Allan was originally linked with a move to Liverpool last month when Andy Hunter of The Guardian reported the Reds’ interest:

“The 18-year-old impressed Liverpool coaches during the Frenz International Cup held in Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur earlier this year, when both the Merseyside and Brazilian clubs’ under-18s teams featured, and talks to bring the player from Porto Alegre to Anfield are under way.

“Allan, as he is more succinctly known, would cost around £500,000 and represents part of a concerted effort by Liverpool to bolster their options at youth level this summer.”

Allan is the third youth signing of the summer for Liverpool after 16-year-old Bobby Adekanye from Barcelona and 17-year-old Brooks Lennon from Real Salt Lake City.

Welcome to Liverpool, Allan

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