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Tuesday, 1 January 2019

The five Liverpool changes that show why Man City have been caught

Things were a lot different the last time Jurgen Klopp took his side to the Etihad in the Premier League
Mohamed Salah comforts Sadio Mane after his red card during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool in September 2017
Mohamed Salah comforts Sadio Mane after his red card during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool in September 2017
It was the most chastening afternoon of Jurgen Klopp's reign at Liverpool.
And it matched the heaviest defeat the German has ever suffered as a manager.
Not since losing 6-1 with Mainz against Werder Bremen in 2006 had Klopp been on the receiving end of a beating similar to that meted out by Manchester City at the Eithad in September 2017.
Just four games into the new season, Pep Guardiola's side delivered an ominous warning of their title credentials with a 5-0 thrashing of a Liverpool team many were tipping as likely challengers for the Premier League crown.

Whatever could go wrong did go wrong for Klopp's side.
Not least in the 37th minute when Sadio Mane was dismissed for clumping City goalkeeper Ederson in the side of the face with a high boot.
The signs were already not great for Liverpool, Sergio Aguero having netted the opener in the 24th minute when Kevin De Bruyne's simple pass cut a huge hole through the visiting defence.
By half-time Gabriel Jesus had doubled the advantage against the 10-man Reds. Another Jesus goal and a double from substitute Leroy Sane rubbed salt into an alarmingly gaping wound.
Liverpool's January Fixtures
Klopp was unimpressed after the match.
"The first goal was so easy to defend... push up! Then two players are offside," he said.
“But we didn't, and that's what the first half was like, we weren't compact enough and didn't cause them enough problems. I was not happy."
Few expect there to be so clear a mismatch when the teams meet again in the Premier League at the Etihad on Thursday evening with the Reds now the team in pole position in the title race, a full seven points clear of champions City at the top of the table.
And the Liverpool side that lined up that dismal afternoon last season is hugely indicative.
Gabriel Jesus scores his sides third goal past Simon Mignolet as Manchester City beat Liverpool 5-0 in September 2017
Gabriel Jesus scores his sides third goal past Simon Mignolet as Manchester City beat Liverpool 5-0 in September 2017
With the exception of Trent Alexander-Arnold – and it's worth noting that he was still 18 at the time and making only his fourth Premier League start – the Reds are almost certain to field a completely different defence.
Back then, Simon Mignolet was in goal with Alberto Moreno left-back and Ragnar Klavan partnering Joel Matip at the heart of the backline.
On Thursday, it's expected Alisson Becker, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren will start.
Sixteen months ago saw Emre Can, now of Juventus, feature in midfield. And while the regular front three started the match, none completed it with Mane dismissed, Mohamed Salah sacrificed at half-time and Roberto Firmino substituted long before the final whistle.
Roberto Firmino can't believe it as Liverpool's Sadio Mane is dismissed against Manchester City in September 2017
Roberto Firmino can't believe it as Liverpool's Sadio Mane is dismissed against Manchester City in September 2017
By contrast, City could this week conceivably play 10 of the 11 starters that afternoon.
Of course, when Liverpool returned for their Champions League quarter-final second leg in April, a 2-1 win underlined their rapid progress under Jurgen Klopp.

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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Leicester City 2-3 Liverpool: Coutinho back with a bang as Reds battle for victory

Leicester City 2-3 Liverpool


Salah 15′ (assist – Coutinho)
Coutinho 23′ (assist – Moreno)
Okazaki 45+2′ (assist – Maguire)
Henderson 65′ (assist – Sturridge)
Vardy 68′ (assist – Gray)

The Reds returned to the King Power just four days after their 2-0 humiliation in the League Cup third round, looking to improve their dismal form.
Having failed to secure victory in their last four outings in all competitions, including a 5-0 loss to Man City and a 1-1 draw with Burnley in the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp‘s side needed a response.
The German made seven changes to his starting lineup from their midweek defeat, with the likes of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino returning to the side.
Boasting a stronger selection and looking take revenge for their cup exit, Liverpool will have been desperate for a better result on Saturday, and they fought for a vital win.
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 23, 2017: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Alberto Moreno during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds enjoyed the majority of the possession in the opening stages, but it could have been 1-1 within the first 15 minutes, as both sides squandered similar opportunities.
Firstly, Riyad Mahrez sent his effort over the bar after Simon Mignolet had denied Jamie Vardy, before Salah skewed a shot wide on the rebound after Emre Can had struck the post from range.
The Egyptian made amends shortly after, however, beating Kasper Schmeichel with an excellent header at the far post, converting Philippe Coutinho‘s inch-perfect cross.

And then, with Alberto Moreno brought down by Wilfred Ndidi 25 yards out, Coutinho stepped up to send a sensational, curling free-kick beyond Schmeichel to put Liverpool 2-0 up.
With the Reds continuing to dominate throughout the first half, Firmino went close to adding a third, but his low effort drifted wide of the post.
While Klopp’s forwards produced a major improvement in the final third, it was more of the same from Liverpool’s defence, with confusing following a set-piece allowing Shinji Okazaki to stab home just before the break.
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 23, 2017: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saves a penalty from Leicester City's Jamie Vardy during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Klopp’s side looked to keep up the pressure after half-time, with Coutinho testing Schmeichel with a volleyed effort from the angle two minutes in.
But the Foxes were able to impose themselves more as the game went on, with Craig Shakespeare shuffling his pack by replacing the quiet Mahrez with a former Reds target in Demarai Gray.
Responding in kind, Klopp brought off Firmino and sent on Daniel Sturridge, with the striker providing a new dimension in the Liverpool forward line.
It was Sturridge who laid on the visitors’ third, with Jordan Henderson firing home after a swift counter-attacking move.
But Liverpool’s two-goal lead lasted just 90 minutes, with Vardy nodding past Mignolet to keep Leicester in the hunt, as the Reds’ defence struggled once again.
Referee Anthony Taylor almost made matters worse when he adjudged Mignolet to have brought down an onrushing Vardy soon after, but the Belgian was on hand to save the penalty and seal the win.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Steven Gerrard to manage Liverpool under-18s from next season

The iconic Liverpool midfielder has been working throughout the club’s youth ranks so far these past three months, but will be promoted to under-18s boss in the summer.
This is according to the reliable journalist Paul Joyce, who explains that “Jurgen Klopp and academy director Alex Inglethorpe believe it will be an important step in Gerard’s development as a coach.
“Klopp and Inglethorpe [have] been impressed by Gerrard’s work ethic and attitude since rejoining club in floating role at [the] Academy.”
Gerrard has been a regular fixture at the Reds’ under-18s fixtures in his opening three months in charge, clearly enjoying his new role and beginning a new chapter in his career.
ALTRINGHAM, ENGLAND - Friday, March 10, 2017: Liverpool's academy coach Steven Gerrard congratulates his team after a 2-2 draw with Manchester United during an Under-18 FA Premier League Merit Group A match at Moss Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
The current under-18s coach is Neil Critchley, who has been in the role since 2013 – joining from Crewe’s famed academy.
Gerrard’s promotion could therefore see Critchley promoted to under-23s head coach, with a permanent successor to Michael Beale having yet been announced.
Mick Garrity has been in temporary charge of the Reds’ under-23s since Beale left to join Sao Paulo earlier this year.
It’s also claimed that Gerrard will lineup for Liverpool in the Reds’ post-season friendly in Sydney on May 24.

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Liverpool Football Club has named Peter Moore as its new chief executive officer.

Liverpool-born Moore will take up his new role in June and report directly to the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group.
The 61-year-old is currently chief competition officer at Electronic Arts, based in the United States, and will move to Liverpool to join the club in the summer. His nearly 10 years at EA have seen him in a number of leadership positions, including chief operating officer and president of EA SPORTS.
Moore has previously held senior roles with Microsoft, SEGA and Reebok. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Keele University in the UK and a master’s degree from California State University.
The appointment completes a 10-month transition plan by FSG and finalises the senior management structure at the club.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Lovren: Every game is a 'win' game for Liverpool

Dejan Lovren
Liverpool's positive start to the season has given Dejan Lovren belief the quality is there to beat any team in the division – and the defender wants to show that against West Bromwich Albion.
A run of five wins and just a single defeat in the opening eight Premier League games looks to have laid the groundwork for the Reds to challenge for the top spots this term.
“It’s good when you are in the race,” Lovren told “You have a better chance to finish well than if you are sixth or seventh. You know everything is possible.
“Every game is a ‘win’ game for us – we have the quality to beat everyone, when you look at the teams we have played already. It’s just about a winning mentality. If we can keep that, at the end of the season we can be proud.”
For now, though, the focus is purely on the visit of the Baggies.
Lovren’s first match in English football, back in August 2013, saw the centre-back face Albion for Southampton following a switch from Lyon. “A tough game,” he recalled.
Last season, the Reds were unable to overcome Tony Pulis’ side in their two Premier League meetings, drawing 2-2 at Anfield and 1-1 at the Hawthorns after trailing in both.
Lessons have been learned, insisted the Liverpool No.6. “Whenever I have played against West Brom it was a really difficult game, physically and mentally.
“It will again be a tough game, but I think we need to learn from our mistakes from last year when we played them here. We know what we can expect, but now it is a different situation.
“We improved a lot with Jürgen [Klopp]. We were really good last season when he came, but now we are flying. We just need to keep that winning spirit.”

Should Klopp’s men dominate the ball in the manner they have for most games so far this season, Lovren will be expected to do more than defend.
Like Joel Matip alongside him, the 27-year-old is tasked with ensuring the opposition cannot break away from the pressure exerted high up the pitch.
He explained: “You need to be more ready to read the ball, where we can lose the ball and where the striker is. Sometimes I feel like I’m in the box!
“It’s normal if you want to stay in position and keep the ball – if you want to score, you need to be in their half.
“With all the managers I’ve had before, they all wanted an attacking game and to be on the front foot, not to go back.”
A first Premier League clean sheet of the campaign was achieved on Monday night as the Reds were held to a goalless draw by rivals Manchester United at Anfield.
Lovren would understandably have preferred a victory to a shutout, but the Croatia international is encouraged by the sense of tightening up at the back.
“I prefer to collect three points, to win 2-1, 3-1, 4-1 or 4-2 – just to win,” he added. “You can also see the mistakes when you concede and maybe take them out for the next game.
“There will be fewer and fewer conceded goals, like in the game against Manchester United. Of course, it’s always positive to have a clean sheet.”


Sunday, 21 August 2016

Liverpool FC owners hire advisers after Chinese approach

Liverpool FC fans cheer before their World Football Challenge soccer match in Toronto...Liverpool FC fans cheer before the first half of their World Football Challenge soccer match against Toronto FC in Toronto July 21, 2012. 
The US owners of Liverpool FC have appointed financial advisers after an unsolicited approach by a consortium led by Chinese investment firm Everbright and PCP Capital Partners, the private equity firm founded by Amanda Staveley.
Fenway Sports Group, led by John W Henry, has hired Allen & Co, the boutique investment bank, to advise on discussions over the acquisition of a substantial stake in one of England’s most storied football clubs, people close to the talks have told the Financial Times.

If a deal is agreed, it would be the most significant transaction in a long list of investments from China in European football clubs and comes as President Xi Jinping wants to elevate the status of football in China.
While the precise size and valuation of any deal under discussion is unclear, the consortium is understood to be interested in buying a large stake in the club, the people added. The consortium is structured as a partnership between Everbright, a Chinese state-owned financial conglomerate, and Ms Staveley’s PCP. They are being advised by Silk Road Finance.
Earlier this week, Liverpool FC chairman Tom Werner insisted to local media that the club was not for sale. However, the FT has learnt that the approach by the consortium is being taken seriously by Fenway Sports, which also owns the Boston Red Sox, the US major league baseball team.
Ian Ayre, chief executive of Liverpool FC, said: “We have no comment. There is no bid and we have no ongoing investment discussion of any kind with anyone.” Fenway Sports could not immediately be reached for comment. Ms Staveley declined to comment.
Allen & Co declined to comment.
According to Deloitte, Liverpool is the world’s ninth richest club by revenues, with a turnover of €391.8m during the 2014/15 season. Its revenues are set to rise this season, as all Premier League clubs will benefit from the first year of the Premier League’s record £5.1bn television deal with Sky and BT.
The lucrative media rights deal has drawn a number of international investors to Premier League clubs in recent month as well as the opportunity to push clubs in Asia, particularly China.
English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion was acquired this month by Guochuan Lai, a 42-year-old Chinese businessman. In December, a Chinese consortium led by private equity groups China Media Capital and Citic Capital paid $400m for the stake in City Football Group, the parent company of Manchester City, which is owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi. Ms Staveley advised the sheikh when he bought the club over eight years ago.
Everbright, meanwhile, alongside a Chinese media company, bought a more than 60 per cent stake in MP & Silva, the Italian sports rights company, in a deal that valued it at just over $1bn.
In 2010, Liverpool was acquired for £300m by New England Sports Ventures — subsequently renamed Fenway Sports Group — following a legal fight over the sale with previous owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
Mr Henry’s ambition was to re-establish one of England’s most illustrious clubs to the top of the sport. But under his leadership, the club has only once qualified for the Uefa Champions League, Europe’s most prestigious competition that features the continent’s top teams.
Under Fenway Sport’s ownership, Liverpool came close to winning the English Premier League the 2013/14 season, ultimately slipping to second place.
After a disappointing start to last season, the club replaced manager Northern Irish Brendan Rodgers with former Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp. Under the command of its new German manager, the team reached the Europa League final, but lost to Sevilla, which meant the club failed to qualify for the Champions League.

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Friday, 18 March 2016

Man Utd v Liverpool: Uefa could investigate fans' behaviour

seats were thrown at Old Trafford
Manchester United and Liverpool could face Uefa action after fans lit flares and were involved in scuffles during the Europa League last-16 second leg at Old Trafford.
BBC Radio 5 live's Ian Dennis reported punches were thrown, while the police had to form a "human wall" to protect Liverpool fans in the United section.
Seats were also thrown by supporters.
Greater Manchester Police arrested five men; two on suspicion of affray and one who was cautioned for lighting a flare.
In a statement, superintendent Jim Liggett said GMP was investigating a "handful of concerning incidents".
Following fighting between fans from both sides in a small section of the crowd, the police had to escort a number of supporters out of the ground and on to their coaches.
A number of smoke bombs and flares were let off in the away end shortly before half-time, GMP added.
The game ended 1-1, with Liverpool winning 3-1 on aggregate to progress to the quarter-finals.
Uefa, the governing body of European football, says it is awaiting the referee's report from the game before deciding on what action to take.

Guidelines from Uefa state host clubs are liable for order and security inside and around the stadium.
All clubs may be subject to disciplinary measures for "inappropriate behaviour on the part of their supporters" including the throwing of objects, the lighting of fireworks or any other objects and "any other lack of order or discipline observed inside or around the stadium".
Before the match, police had to remove a banner on the M602 motorway in Salford designed to taunt Liverpool fans heading to Old Trafford.
United were not punished by Uefa after after some of their fans sang offensive Hillsborough disaster chants during the first leg at Anfield.
Stewards had to step in as trouble flared between fans at Old Trafford