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LFC marks Holocaust Memorial Day

LiverpoolFC.TV - 1 hour 57 min ago

Liverpool Football Club will mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 this week with a range of activities taking place across the club.

Holocaust Memorial Day, which takes place on Wednesday January 27, is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi extermination camp, and remembers the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution and in genocide around the world.

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 is ‘be the light in the darkness’, which encourages reflection on the ways individuals and communities resisted the darkness to ‘be the light’ before, during and after genocide.

LFC is supporting the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s national moment – ‘Light the Darkness’ – which invites households across the United Kingdom to light candles and safely place them in their windows at 8pm on Wednesday, to remember victims of genocide and unite against prejudice.

Reds captain Jordan Henderson will feature in HMDT’s ‘Light the Darkness’ campaign video alongside other Premier League footballers to encourage fans to show their support. The video will be available to view here on Liverpoolfc.com, the club’s social media channels and LFCTV.

The club is also hosting virtual talks with Holocaust survivors for its staff and players, which will be supported by a range of online educational resources.

In addition, the Academy’s U18s will also be sharing their experiences of visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland as part of their learning and personal development, as well as taking part in a virtual educational talk with Holocaust survivors.

Lynne Stockton Howard, senior vice-president, HR at Liverpool FC, said: “It’s really important for us as a club to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and remember the millions of people who have so tragically lost their lives across the world as result of persecution and genocide.

“As part of our Red Together strategy, which encompasses the club’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism in November last year.

“The adoption of the IHRA’s definition not only reflects the club’s ethos and values but also demonstrates our ambition to continue to strive to make LFC as inclusive as possible and a place where everyone feels welcome and accepted.”

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LFC marks Holocaust Memorial Day

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Liverpool Football Club will mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 this week with a range of activities taking place across the club.
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“Gutted” James Milner calls for Liverpool to bounce back against Spurs

ThisIsAnfield.com - 4 hours 38 min ago

Liverpool definitely put in an improved showing against Man United in the FA Cup, but there’s still a way to go to rediscover top, and more importantly winning, form.

The Reds have struggled significantly in 2021, with a rotating cast in defence not making it easy to find consistency in possession or organisation, while it has also impacted our build-up play.

In addition, the forward line has gone through a huge dip in form at the same time, while the supply line from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson has suffered too – a perfect storm leaving the Reds with only one win in seven.

Despite that, the game at Old Trafford showed a few steps forward, not least of all the fact of scoring twice – the first time it had happened since Palace, excluding the game against Villa’s kids.

Key to the second goal was James Milner, who was aggressive in driving forward and clever in producing a dummy, allowing Mo Salah to bury his shot and equalise.

The vice-captain saw the positives in the performance, but wasn’t hiding the disappointment at either losing to a rival or exiting the cup and the chance of silverware.

No second chances in knockout football. Gutted we didn’t get the job done. Have to look forward now, a job to do on Thursday #YNWA pic.twitter.com/RMiZur72E9

— James Milner (@JamesMilner) January 24, 2021

“I think the boys can be proud of how they played. Disappointed to give away the goals we did, which could have been stopped, but we reacted better today to disappointments in the game, better than we have done in recent games, and I think that’s a positive for us going forward,” he said to Sony.

“[When you’re] winning game after game – at times maybe when we didn’t deserve to win – and things are going your way, everything is easy.

“And obviously when results aren’t going your way, things that went your way before don’t seem to. That’s what we have to keep pushing, keep working hard, reacting the right way to disappointments.”

As well as the reaction during the match, which saw the Reds equalise after falling behind soon after the second-half restart, Milner pointed out the vast improvement in chance-creation.

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the first goal during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

That has been a real issue for the Reds of late and having a clinical edge will be key in a tough upcoming spell.

“I think the boys did well today; they worked hard up front, created some good chances and I thought some of the play in the final third was a lot better today, we carved out some good chances.

“Ultimately today is a cup game, but hopefully it’s the first step of us getting back on a good run.”

It’s Spurs up next for the Reds and a massive game for not just points and confidence, but also the top-four battle which we’re now in. Then it’s away to West Ham, another team in-form and flying high.

Liverpool might be out of the cup, but the return to scoring form and the associated positives might just have come in time to lift the Reds’ league form.

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The good, the bad & the team vs. Spurs – Debating Man United 3-2 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - 5 hours 5 min ago

After Liverpool lost 3-2 away to Man United on Sunday, three Reds supporters dissect another disappointing day for the Premier League champions.

Jurgen Klopp‘s men took on their bitter rivals at Old Trafford, with a place in the FA Cup fifth round up for grabs.

It proved to be another defeat for Liverpool, as goals from Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes sent United through.

Mohamed Salah did score twice, however, and the performance was better that we have seen in recent weeks, meaning it wasn’t all negative for the Reds.

Here, This Is Anfield’s Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) is joined by Owen Collins (@OGBCollins) and John O’Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) to discuss another Liverpool defeat and how their starting XI could look against Tottenham on Thursday.

The good…

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the first goal during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

OWEN: Goals! Two really good goals at last. It had felt so long since we last scored that I wondered if the footballing gods were punishing us for all the “you can’t celebrate a goal anymore” moans earlier in the season.

They were two really well-taken strikes, Mo’s dink over Henderson in particular, and represent the most positive aspect of a disappointing result.

We looked far more creative and far more coherent as a side for most of yesterday, with both goals coming from passing the ball into the box, rather than just firing in crosses or shooting straight at the goalkeeper from 18 yards.

Hopefully, this marks a shift in things and we can get back to being the imaginative, unpredictable side from earlier in the season.

JOHN: The attacking structure looked hugely improved on the platter of aimless crosses we’ve been served up in recent games, like Owen says.

Liverpool moved the ball well through midfield and created some good opportunities, besides the goals – yes, goals, imagine – they scored.

Thiago is wasted as the deepest midfielder, in terms of adding a shield to the back four, but the way he can progress the ball up the guts of teams and bring the more advanced attackers and midfielders into the game will be huge for this Liverpool team going forward.

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Trent, after a very tough spell of form, showed signs he is improving again. It’s not as if he was fantastic, but he was better than previous weeks.

People forget how young he is and, like all young players, he will have spells of inconsistency. Cream rises to the top, though, and he will be fine.

The performance, largely, was good. Liverpool went to United and were the better team, shorn of any senior centre-back, Henderson and Mane (from the start). That is definitely a performance they can build upon.

HENRY: Despite the result, there was clear positives that simply weren’t anywhere to be seen against Burnley, and in other games, as both Owen and John point out.

Salah looked really sharp for the first time in a while and Firmino showed signs of returning to form, too, as is alluded to above.

Just seeing a Liverpool shot hit the net for the first time since 1955 was a welcome relief.

Like John, I thought Trent was improved, too, and the general cohesion and inventiveness of the football on show was good in the second half.

The bad…

 Liverpool's Rhys Williams during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

OWEN: It’s strange, I expected to lose this one and was basically resigned to doing so.

But then we equalised and looked by far the better team for much of the second half, so when the inevitable came it stung far more than anticipated.

Spare me the ‘it’s only the FA Cup’ stoicism – it’s another trophy we’re not going to win this season and another chance for glory extinguished.

After taking the lead, we seemed to suddenly revert back to the ‘cross and hope’ style of recent games, which was immensely frustrating, although we snapped ourselves out of it.

Similarly, heads dropped after United’s winner – at the moment we look quite a long way from the “Mentality Monsters” of last season. Understandable, yes, but still difficult to take.

Oh, and Rhys didn’t have a great game, but the keyboard warriors taking Twitter potshots are even worse.

We need a bloody centre-back, though!

JOHN: I almost feel bad for saying it because there is no way he should be thrown in at this level, but Williams was a clear negative.

He made a lot of fundamental errors, two of which led to United goals, and he looked very slow on his feet.

Still, though, if Liverpool had their ducks in a row at centre-back and signed somebody, that performance, which could really dent his confidence, may not have happened.

Thiago as a No.6 didn’t work. The Spaniard is a brilliant player, but it is a terrible waste asking him to anchor the midfield.

 Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara (L) Manchester United's Edinson Cavani during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

He doesn’t have the physical attributes to kill opposition counters – United cut through the midfield too easily at times yesterday.

His playmaking abilities would be far better served further up the pitch, which we saw glimpses of. He does have a Fernandinho-esque tendency to avoid yellow cards, though, which is good.

HENRY: I don’t agree with Owen about the FA Cup not being a second-rate competition these days. I want to love it like I used to, but it’s just not the same anymore – like my feelings towards Soccer AM!

Losing to United always feels bad, however, so I could have done without that.

Like Owen said, though, the “Mentality Monsters” mindset seems to have disappeared – I always felt Liverpool were going to lose at 2-2, whether it be inside 90 minutes, in extra-time or on penalties.

Williams was a disaster and it felt like the Reds were playing with 10 men at times because of it. You have to feel for him, though.

I thought Alisson was below par, which hasn’t been mentioned enough. That outside-of-the-foot pass gets on my nerves and he wasn’t great for the second and third goals.

If that Fernandes winner was Pickford in goal, we’d be mocking him for getting beaten at that side.

John is spot on about Thiago, too – using him that way doesn’t get the best out of him and he actually looked a liability defensively as the minutes ticked by.

And the starting XI vs. Spurs…

 Liverpool's Joel Matip during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. Burnley won 1-0 ending Liverpool’s run of 68 games unbeaten at home. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

OWEN: Both Salah and Firmino looked renewed yesterday and their respective braces of goals and assists will hopefully bring fresh confidence.

With Mane fresh and rested, too, I would favour an end to the up-top tinkering for Thursday night.

If Henderson’s still out, I’d like to see Milner keep his place, as I think he’s the best replacement we’ve got for Hendo’s particular brand of graft.

Thiago looked pretty spent by the time he came off yesterday, but he has to start, in order to unpick what will likely be another Mourinho parked bus.

Defence remains the issue, with Williams highly susceptible to counter-attacks, which doesn’t bode well given how Spurs will likely play against us.

If Matip can make it through the week without another injury, there’s absolutely no question he starts alongside Fabinho. Break out the cotton wool, Jurgen.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

JOHN: Assuming Henderson and Matip are fit, they come straight back in. I would also play Wijnaldum as the 6 and not Thiago.

The rest picks itself: Alisson; TAA, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

HENRY: There is the West Ham game on Sunday to keep an eye on, but I also think the team picks itself, assuming absent key men are available.

Matip is a shoo-in to start if he is fit, while having Henderson’s energy and leadership back will be a huge boost, especially for Trent. The skipper covers him so well when he goes forward.

So: Alisson, Trent, Matip, Fabinho, Robbo, Gini, Hendo, Thiago, Mo, Sadio, Bobby (I like the Gini as a No.6 shout).

Do I think Klopp will pick that team? No. He will rotate with West Ham in mind.

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Harvey Elliott heads up treble of assists as Liverpool loanees impact

ThisIsAnfield.com - 5 hours 22 min ago

Several of Liverpool’s loanees had a telling impact at the weekend as no fewer than three managed to claim an assist – with another earning a clean sheet.

Once again, it was Harvey Elliott who stole the biggest headlines as far as the Reds’ crop out on loan goes, as he helped have a match-winning effect for Blackburn Rovers.

Playing on the right of attack in a 4-3-3 once more, Elliott fashioned his eighth assist of the Championship season in Rovers’ 1-0 win over Middlesbrough – no other player in Blackburn’s squad has more than three!

This was no standard, simple pass to someone who did all the hard work, either; picking up the ball in a deep area, Elliott played an incisive and clever one-two to bypass three defenders, drove into the box and played a low, right-footed cross into a dangerous area – where Joe Rothwell was on hand to net the only goal of the game.

Rovers are up to ninth with that victory, eight points off the play-off spots.

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There was an assist in League One, too, as Liam Millar continued his good start to life with Charlton Athletic.

The Canadian wide man played on the left in the Addicks’ 4-4-2, striking the woodwork himself and setting up his team’s first goal in a 2-2 draw.

Over in Germany, Taiwo Awoniyi’s good run with Union Berlin yielded an assist in defeat.

Union lost 2-1 to Augsburg, a second defeat in a row which hampers their Europa League ambitions.

Awoniyi’s assist came as he showed good pace and strength to beat a defender to a ball in the box, before he turned to lay it off for Marcus Ingvartsen to equalise.

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The Nigerian had a couple of shots of his own, but couldn’t add to his tally of five Bundesliga goals for the season.

Loris Karius was again an unused sub.

Elsewhere, Kamil Grabara picked up a clean sheet for AGF in a 3-0 win Aalborg. The result leaves the Polish goalkeeper’s team third in the Danish Superliga, three points off the top.

And there was another run out for Colombian full-back Anderson Arroyo with Salamanca, as the 21-year-old finally gets a run in a senior team after several unfruitful loan spells.

His 90-minute showing at right-back came in a 1-0 loss to Coruxo in the Segunda B – the third tier in Spain – and was his sixth league appearance in a row.

Fellow full-back Adam Lewis missed Plymouth’s FA Cup defeat to Sheffield United through an ankle injury, but he is expected to return to the line-up for the next game.

Marko Grujic should be in action with Porto on Monday in their league game away to Farense.

Liverpool FC loaness this weekend

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Harvey Elliott – Blackburn – 65 mins vs. Middlesbrough, assist
Loris Karius – Union Berlin – unused sub vs. Augsburg
Kamil Grabara – AGF Aarhus – 90 mins vs. AaB, clean sheet
Taiwo Awoniyi – Union Berlin – 90 mins vs. Augsburg, assist
Liam Millar – Charlton Athletic – 90 mins vs. Swindon, assist
Anderson Arroyo – Salamanca UDS – 90 mins vs. Coruxo

Injured: Adam Lewis – Plymouth
Plays Monday: Marko Grujic – Porto

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Liverpool eye ex-Arsenal defender

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Liverpool have reportedly made contact with Sokratis Papastathopoulos as they look to address their long-standing weakness at centre-back.

Sokratis, 32, only left Arsenal last week as he agreed to terminate his contract at the Emirates after two-and-a-half seasons.

Meanwhile, Liverpool remain hugely depleted at centre-back following the serious knee injuries suffered by first-choice pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

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Liverpool eye ex-Arsenal defender

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Liverpool have reportedly made contact with Sokratis Papastathopoulos as they look to address their long-standing weakness at centre-back.

Sokratis, 32, only left Arsenal last week as he agreed to terminate his contract at the Emirates after two-and-a-half seasons.

Meanwhile, Liverpool remain hugely depleted at centre-back following the serious knee injuries suffered by first-choice pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

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Liverpool eye ex-Arsenal defender

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Reds Exit FA Cup After Old Trafford Defeat Manchester United vs Liverpool FA Cup Preview - Rivals meet again in FA Cup clash wit...

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Liverpool exited the F.A. Cup in the fourth round after a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Despite a brace from Mohamed Salah, the hosts advanced thanks to goals from Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, and Bruno Fernandes.

Jurgen Klopp, as is his want in the domestic cups, shuffled his pack and made some personnel alterations from the defeat to Burnley in midweek.

Curtis Jones came in in place of Sadio Mane, James Milner replaced Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Roberto Firmino started over Xherdan Shaqiri. Meanwhile, Joel Matip was rested and Rhys Williams partnered Fabinho in the heart of the defence.

The visitors — in their turquoise kit — started sharply and they made it count on the scoreboard near the 20-minute mark. Firmino’s slide-rule ball sent Salah through on goal and the Egpytian cooly lifted the finish over Dean Henderson to give Liverpool a merited lead.

The midfield balance for the away team didn’t look right — with Thiago being asked to anchor the engine room an alien concept to him — and United exploited it when Rashford was given all the time in the world to lift a clipped pass into the path of Greenwood. Williams totally misread the flight of the ball and the young Englishman showed composure by drilling the ball low past Alisson after his first touch set him up to shoot.

United were buoyed by their goal and came close to taking the lead on the cusp of half time but Paul Pogba’s free-kick drifted wide and the teams went into the interval level.

The hosts started the second period with vigour and they had another goal three minutes after the resumption. A speculative, clipped ball into the channel from Greenwood was misjudged by Williams — a player clearly struggling to cope with the step-up in level — and Rashford passed upon it by clipping a low shot past Alisson. The Brazilian arguably should have done better, but United found themselves 2-1 to the good.

To their credit, the Reds improved from that point onwards — with James Milner getting to grips with the game after being on the periphery — and they were the better team. The veteran blazed over after a Thiago pass unleashed him in the box. Looking especially dangerous down the right, Liverpool knitted some enterprising moves together. Trent Alexander Arnold, who has better than his recent poor performances, tested Henderson with an angled shot, as the visitors turned the screw.

The pressure eventually told when Salah completed his brace with a low finish. Counter pressing in unison after a bad touch from Edinson Cavani, Liverpool went for the jugular, and Milner’s ball down the left released Firmino. The Brazilian then played a ball into the box that the Reds number 11 — with help from Milner — smashed low into the net.

Liverpool were the better side in the second half and they continued to probe for their third goal, even introducing Sadio Mane in place of Georginio Wijnaldum. Salah came closest when he fired a low, right-footed shot at Henderson after running onto a through ball in the right-hand channel.

United, though, introduced firepower of their own off the bench and Bruno Fernandes — their attacking linchpin — entered the fray. The Portuguese didn’t have to wait long to make an impression. After Cavani conned the referee into buying a dive from him after a tussle with Fabinho, Fernandes bent the freekick from just outside the box into the bottom right corner. Arguably, Alisson could have done better but United wasn’t to care as they lead 3-2.

Klopp sprung on Shaqiri and Divock Origi in the dying minutes but the hosts held on to advance. It was another defeat to Liverpool, whose last win feels like it was years ago, but after four consecutive games without a goal at least they scored.

Liverpool team: Alisson; Alexander Arnold, Williams, Fabinho, Robertson; Thiago, Milner, Wijnaldum; Jones, Firmino, Salah.

Replacements: Mane for Wijnaldum, Origi for Firmino, Shaqiri for Thiago.

Subs not used: Kelleher, Phillips, Kostas Tsimikas, Oxlade Chamberlain, Williams, Minamino.

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Liverpool 'have made contact with former Arsenal defender Sokratis

HEAD NEWS - 6 hours 19 min ago

Liverpool have reached out to former Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos as they step up their search for defensive reinforcements, according to reports.

Jurgen Klopp's side have been ravaged by injury this season - particularly in defence - with key centre-back Virgil van Dijk a long-term absentee while Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have also been out for some time.

Klopp has previously made no secrets of his desire for a new defender and the club have now acted by making first contact with Greek international Sokratis, as reported by the Athletic. 

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Liverpool 'have made contact with former Arsenal defender Sokratis

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Liverpool have reached out to former Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos as they step up their search for defensive reinforcements, according to reports.

Jurgen Klopp's side have been ravaged by injury this season - particularly in defence - with key centre-back Virgil van Dijk a long-term absentee while Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have also been out for some time.

Klopp has previously made no secrets of his desire for a new defender and the club have now acted by making first contact with Greek international Sokratis, as reported by the Athletic. 

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Liverpool 'have made contact with former Arsenal defender Sokratis

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Loan watch: Assists for Awoniyi, Elliott and Millar

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Harvey Elliott registered his eighth assist of the Championship season to help loan club Blackburn Rovers win at the weekend.

The Liverpool forward provided the cross for Joe Rothwell to net in a 1-0 victory for Rovers at Middlesbrough on Sunday afternoon.

Liam Millar was influential for Charlton Athletic on Saturday, meanwhile, as they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Swindon Town in League One.

The Canada international struck the crossbar from a free-kick during a first half that saw his team fall 2-0 behind at the Valley.

But Millar provided a pinpoint delivery for Chuks Aneke to reduce their deficit, and the comeback was sealed in the 90th minute by Andrew Shinnie.

Taiwo Awoniyi also claimed an assist, in a 2-1 defeat for Union Berlin at Augsburg in the Bundesliga.

The striker teed up teammate Marcus Ingvartsen for an equaliser in the first half, though Union – for whom Loris Karius was an unused substitute – departed WWK Arena without any points.

In Spain, Anderson Arroyo clocked up 90 minutes as Salamanca UDS were beaten 1-0 by Coruxo FC.

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Loan watch: Assists for Awoniyi, Elliott and Millar

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James Milner: We reacted well but we have to keep pushing

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James Milner urged Liverpool to 'keep pushing and keep working hard' after they were eliminated from the FA Cup by Manchester United.

The Reds lost an eventful fourth-round tie at Old Trafford 3-2 on Sunday, having taken a first-half lead through Mohamed Salah and later equalised courtesy of the Egyptian.

It was a frustrating outcome for Jürgen Klopp’s side, one that followed their home loss against Burnley in the Premier League three days earlier.

Asked about the mood among the players post-match, Milner told Sony India: “Ultimately disappointment. It’s a cup game and the result is the only thing that matters in a cup game, so that’s disappointing.

“I think the boys can be proud of how they played. Disappointed to give away the goals we did, which could have been stopped.

“But we reacted better today to disappointments in the game, better than we have done in recent games, and I think that’s a positive for us going forward.”

No second chances in knockout football. Gutted we didn’t get the job done. Have to look forward now, a job to do on… https://t.co/ztEmVsK3xU

— JamesMilner (James Milner) 24th Jan 20:20

On the team’s confidence levels, the No.7 added: “I think when you’ve been on the run we have in the last few years, winning game after game – at times maybe when we didn’t deserve to win – and things are going your way, everything is easy.

“And obviously when results aren’t going your way, things that went your way before don’t seem to. That’s what we have to keep pushing, keep working hard, reacting the right way to disappointments.

“I think the boys did well today; they worked hard up front, created some good chances and I thought some of the play in the final third was a lot better today, we carved out some good chances.

“Ultimately today is a cup game, but hopefully it’s the first step of us getting back on a good run.”

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James Milner: We reacted well but we have to keep pushing

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James Milner urged Liverpool to 'keep pushing and keep working hard' after they were eliminated from the FA Cup by Manchester United.
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Issues, improvements, and actual goals – 5 talking points from Man United 3-2 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 01/24/2021 - 20:40

Liverpool are out of the FA Cup after a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday as the winless run rolls on.

Man United 3-2 Liverpool

FA Cup fourth round, Old Trafford
Sunday 24 January, 2021

Goals: Salah 19′ 58′; Greenwood 25′, Rashford 48′, Fernandes 78′

Hits and misses with rotations and returns

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah before during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

James Milner, Rhys Williams, Curtis Jones – those were the three names in the line-up who could be termed rotations, or being given their chance.

Mixed results were served up. Jones was decent at times, peripheral at others. Williams didn’t do well – more on that in a bit.

As for Milner, he was alternately way off the pace and the catalyst for us trying to win the game – driving us forward, getting caught out of position, firing over a great chance, cleverly creating Salah’s second, tackling and creating overloads and then not having the pace to do anything about it.

It was a very Milner showing, all things told – just what he’s in the team for on the ball, and just what we have to allow for off it.

So that’s what a goal looks like

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the first goal during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Huzzah! It was a moment to cherish, yet the players only seemed to react in pretty angry fashion – with themselves or recent struggles, no doubt – when Mo clipped a beauty over Dean Henderson and into the net.

Other than the four against Villa which were scored against kids, it was a first goal in 456 minutes netted past what we might term a senior side.

The lead didn’t last too long, but it was a real pleasure to see an actual opening fashioned through a neat pass, a clever run…and to see it taken, of course.

A second for Salah was a bonus and it looked for a period as though the Reds were the more likely to win, but too few other players ever really looked capable of scoring.

Rhys and the rest

 Liverpool's Rhys Williams during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Here was perhaps the first 90-minute long showing of where Liverpool are struggling without a consistent back line.

There’s no point in skirting around the issue – Rhys Williams had a bit of a shocker. He jumped into tackles he couldn’t win because he knew he didn’t have the pace to get back from so high upfield, and erred when trying to cut the ball out for United’s second.

As commendable as his performances were against Spurs and Atalanta, here he was naive and caught out – which is understandable given his age.

But he was not the only issue, not the only underperformer.

Alisson had far from the greatest game of his life, beaten with three similar finishes into the far corners, and his playing out put us under pressure a couple of times.

Fabinho was unusually erratic and the cover from the 8s in the channels wasn’t always there – particularly obvious when Liverpool didn’t start with a normal three-man midfield.

These are all knock-on effects of the ongoing chopping and changing we’re being forced into, which were bound to catch up with the defensive work eventually. Here, they’ve cost a place in the last 16.

One in seven

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold prepare to take a free-kick during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s not always about the 90 minutes on show and this needs a wider-lens view.

Liverpool have now won one game in seven across all competitions, and that was against children.

The Palace game, our last ‘real’ win, was a long time ago now and there’s a very real need to accept the reality and stop the rot – we’ve lost three of five, not just not won them.

Perhaps we saw the first signs of how in the early stages.

Firmino was excellent with his link play this time – two assists on the day – in part because he worked hard and in part because he had support which was on the run. Two in attack through the middle gave United problems (although it also did to the Reds, when they countered our right flank).

Maybe that’s a stepping stone to how we’ll need to line up for now, tilting the balance back towards the attack rather than being solid, just to fire and bludgeon our way back to winning ways.

Twin focus

 Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær (L) and manager Jürgen Klopp during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

So the season boils down to the league and the Champions League.

Next up is Spurs, which has quickly become a match which might define what the next few months look like: will we be looking up at the top couple from Manchester and trying to play catch-up?

Or will we be looking at Leicester, Spurs, possibly Everton and maybe even West Ham – all could be ahead of the Reds by Thursday night – and trying to play catch-up…for the top four?

This, against United, was an improved showing. It wasn’t a great showing, but it was better, with individual components to pick out and look to repeat.

But there’s a lack of confidence still with some in attack and far too many questions at the back. Come Thursday in north London, Liverpool dare not let Spurs score first.

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