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PL predictions: Leeds to thrash struggling Newcastle

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Our betting expert Jones Knows is back with some midweek prediction action.

Crystal Palace vs West Ham, Tuesday 6pm

"Don't listen to him, this muppet gets us wrong every week," tweeted one Hammers fan on social media.

He has a point.

Is it time to put faith in the improving Hammers?

This muppet took on David Moyes' side in their last two against Burnley and West Brom and my fingers were well and truly burnt. Are they really capable of a top-eight finish though? If they get there it will be based around being very disciplined at the back. In their last four Premier League games, they've shipped just one goal - a metric backed up by expected goals data of just 1.94. It's Manchester City levels of rearguard action.

Moyes' men rarely make mistakes or get pulled out of position. The ever-improving Declan Rice leads by example in that regard.

However, Palace will have Wilfried Zaha back for this one, they've lost all three matches without him this season. He gives them a crucial out-ball.

That was on show in the corresponding meeting between these two in December that finished 1-1 with Palace perhaps unfortunate not to take maximum points as Sebastian Haller turned into Didier Drogba for a split-second which was enough time to score a one-in-a-million overhead kick.

This one will be nitty. It'll be gritty. It's most likely to be a draw.

Muppets never learn do they?

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

Newcastle vs Leeds, Tuesday 6pm

No matter what Steve Bruce will have you believe, Newcastle have been embarrassing in their last three matches.

Embarrassing.

No goals scored, an average of just nine touches in the opposition box per match and 1.6 shots on target per match. I'm always keen to treat a negative narrative like the one surrounding Newcastle with caution but in this case the toxicity towards their performance levels are fully justified. I've never seen a Premier League team so comfortable at 2-0 up than Aston Villa were on Saturday. The lack of endeavour, bite and spark in midfield for the Toon was jaw-dropping.

The end must near for Bruce on Tyneside if things continue in the same vein. The underlying numbers and performance data is now catching up with him. And, the last thing they need right now is a team like Leeds on their doorstep, full of energy, full of forward-thinking players.

And the money has come for a Leeds away win with the 10/11 with Sky Bet offer much shorter than late last week. I'm not one to get too carried away with an odds-on price, but this one is a real tempter.

Admittedly, Leeds were off-colour in a big way in their defeat to Brighton, sinking well below their usual average for shots, sprints and tackles. I'm willing to treat that blip in isolation as the influence of Kalvin Phillips' direct passing from deep was missing due to his suspension. He's back for this one and likely to run the show.

Marcelo Bielsa's boys scored five from a whopping 25 shots on goal in the fixture between these two at Elland Road. It would be a footballing travesty if Bruce gets the better of Bielsa here.

For those that love watching beauty overcoming the beast, this simply needs to be an away win. For football's sake.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 0-3 (12/1 with Sky Bet)

ALSO LOOK OUT FOR: Leeds to win, over 2.5 goals and Leeds to have 14 or more shots on goal (11/4 with Sky Bet - bet here!)

West Brom vs Manchester City, Tuesday 8pm

An open title race you say? Have you not seen Manchester City play recently? Liverpool's stumbles have seen even more confidence pile into Pep Guardiola's men in the betting markets.

They are now as short as 4/11 to win their third title in the last four seasons. It's theirs to lose.

Since losing to Spurs in November, City have conceded just two goals in 10 games, winning seven of those to nil. West Brom were actually one of the two teams to break through the City barricades in Slaven Bilic's final game in charge and although Sam Allardyce has given the Baggies at least a glimmer of survival hope, this fixture has a predictable look to it.

"We could play out of our skins, but still lose, so the games against Fulham and Sheffield United will be huge for us," Allardyce said in his pre-match press conference. Not exactly inspiring is it?

One of the biggest mysteries of this bonkers season is how City's slick full-back Joao Cancelo has just one assist to his name in the Premier League. He has created 27 chances for his team-mates - the same as James Rodriguez at Everton. That smart build-up play has generated an expected assist figure of 3.45, highlighting the high-quality supply he is producing. To put that into some context, Harry Kane has an expected assist figure of just 1.89 assists this season but has a ludicrously efficient 11 assists to his name.

Cancelo's influence off the bench in the FA Cup comeback at Cheltenham showcased just what an important player he is for Pep Guardiola right now, setting up Phil Foden for the all-important equaliser.

Unfortunately for punting purposes, the traders at Sky Bet are seemingly well versed with Cancelo's chance creation powers, pricing him up at just 2/1 to grab an assist. There are bigger prices available in the betting jungle.

He can play a big part in another win without conceding for Manchester City.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 0-2 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

Southampton vs Arsenal, Tuesday 8pm

These two teams meet for the third time in just over a month, so, theoretically, predicting an outcome should be a doddle, no?

Southampton have edged the two encounters with an aggregate score of 2-1 which does make an argument for them being overpriced as the supposed outsiders for this one at 21/10. But making assumptions like that using just the bare result on such a small sample size is the quickest way to skintsville. With a deeper overall assessment of both sides, a low scoring draw seems the most likely result between two evenly-matched teams.

I'm expecting the influence of a fully-fit Thomas Partey to have a massive impact on Arsenal's results over the next few months. He gives them a forceful ball-carrying option through the middle and possesses all the tools to be one of the best all-round midfielders in the Premier League - that was on show in the 1-0 win over Manchester United in November. When he's back at full-throttle, Arsenal have a player to take them up the table.

Thomas Partey is 2/1 to have a shot on target from outside the box Image: Thomas Partey is 2/1 to have a shot on target from outside the box

He's also a player that isn't afraid of shooting from range, which makes him very interesting in Sky Bet player shot markets. He's averaging 1.48 shots a game so far in his brief Arsenal career, a figure which is similar to his numbers at Atletico Madrid. He's 2/1 for a shot on target on Tuesday - a price certainly worth a look.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

ALSO LOOK OUT FOR: Thomas Partey to have a shot on target from outside the box (2/1 with Sky Bet)

Burnley vs Aston Villa, Wednesday 6pm

If you're going to get a result at Burnley, your two centre-backs need to stand strong. And, in Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa, Villa have two excellent defenders that relish a battle and defend their box with great authority. They've been part of a back four that has registered nine clean sheets this term. If those two maintain their performance levels for this encounter, Villa should carry more than enough attacking threat to make the 11/10 on an away win with Sky Bet a winning price.

In the reverse fixture Burnley somehow got out of Villa Park with a 0-0 draw despite Villa registering 27 shots on their goal - the second-highest shot count posted by one team in a game this season. Dean Smith's side attack with such confidence, trickery and ruthlessness that it's really difficult to see how Burnley will keep a clean sheet. One goal should do it.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 0-1 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

Chelsea vs Wolves, Wednesday 6pm

Wolves can't catch a break. This fixture will have looked a lot more appealing to Nuno Espirito Santo on Monday morning than it does now. Instead of travelling to a confidence-drained, stuttering Chelsea side that looked under-motivated with Frank Lampard in charge, it's now a completely different scenario. Chelsea, you'd assume, will now be fully charged to impress their new boss Thomas Tuchel.

Timo Werner could hardly trap or pass the ball properly against Luton. Wolves will get to see the probable transformation into Diego Maradona up close on Wednesday night.

A change of boss in the dugout is always a difficult one to analyse from a betting view in the immediate aftermath. Tuchel is famed for his aggressive and tactically astute style but working on assumptions without using evidence is not a path to profit. I'll be sitting back and watching with interest to see what Tuchel does with an undoubtedly richly talented, yet out of form, squad of players.

What we do know is that Wolves are in toothless mood in the final third. Recording just one shot on target against Chorley from the sixth tier of the English football pyramid in the FA Cup took pragmatic football to another level. A Chelsea win to nil makes sense, but it's predicted with absolutely no confidence whatsoever.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 2-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

Brighton vs Fulham, Wednesday 7.30pm

Even my eyebrows were raised reading our alternative Premier League table according to Opta's Expected Goals model on Monday morning. Brighton are the kings of underperforming in accordance to their performance data but it was striking to see them sitting in fifth place in that xG table. As our stats man Matt Cheetham pointed out, based on how many times they have created significantly better chances than their opponents, Graham Potter might have been expected to have double their current points total.

Yet, they remain just five points above the drop zone and still they don't pass the test with the eye to suggest they are in a false position despite the staggering metrics. In both boxes Potter's team are flaky. A win for Fulham here would open up the dog-fight at the bottom, however, they have a touch of the Potters themselves. Scott Parker plays an easy-on-the-eye style but creating clear chances remains a problem - as does their ability to concede at crucial times in matches.

This clash looks a classic case of both teams taking a point, something that has occurred 14 times in matches involving these two this season, including in the reverse fixture at Craven Cottage.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-1 (5/1 with Sky Bet)

Manchester United vs Sheffield United, Wednesday 8pm

I'm keen to get Sheffield United on my side for this one. Chris Wilder has found a formula that is generating progressive football once again - it's a shame it's come 10 games too late.

Trusting the Blades in the match result market looks too risky though as terrible finishing and defending their box properly will surely hold them back at Old Trafford. You can get 10/11 with Sky Bet on Wilder's boys with a +2 goal head start on the handicap, meaning you'll cop a return if they win, draw or lose by one goal. That makes perfect sense in what is likely to be a tougher assignment than many foresee for this Manchester United side.

However, I'm happy to invest in the shots market for this one. With the Blades now full of confidence again, their attacking patterns involving their wide players and midfield are flowing. This is yielding good territory and efforts at goal. In their last four games they have registered 67 shots at goal, averaging 16.75 per 90 minutes. Yes, two of those were against lower-league opposition in the FA Cup but they managed 16 in their clash with Tottenham.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side play in a progressive style that leaves them open to attacks on their goal, as showcased by facing 229 shots against this season - the seventh highest in the Premier League. They are happy to leave the back door open.

Depending on your style of punting, Sheffield United to have nine or more shots (5/6 with Sky Bet), 10 or more (11/8) or - for the brave souls - 13 or more (11/2) is an angle to get involved with.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 2-1 (13/2 with Sky Bet)

ALSO LOOK OUT FOR: Sheffield United to have nine or more shots (5/6 with Sky Bet)

Everton vs Leicester, Wednesday 8pm

A game to get excited about this one.

Leicester were excellent in their 2-0 win over Chelsea but had Frank Lampard to thank for that. His arrogant decision to set out his team to dominate possession, allowing Leicester to find space on the counter-attack, showed huge tactical naivety.

Carlo Ancelotti is too shrewd to fall into that trap.

As he's done in recent weeks - and in the 2-0 win at Leicester - he will set up to play compact with no space in behind. Everton will allow Leicester to dominate the ball and look to take advantage of any set-piece situations - it's an area they excel at and may prove the difference in this one.

Carlo Ancelotti Image: Carlo Ancelotti masterclass on the cards?

Only Chelsea have scored more goals from set-pieces than Everton this season, including the second goal in that win at the King Power and they scored twice from corners in their FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday. Leicester have shipped 10 goals from set-pieces, too, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yerry Mina and Michael Keane are all huge threats. Home win.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)

Tottenham vs Liverpool, Thursday 8pm

Whenever Liverpool trade at odds-against in a Premier League match, my eyes light up.

Yes, four Premier League games without a goal does sound the alarm bells that perhaps we've seen the peak of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool tenure and it's downhill from here. That is easily argued though, especially when looking at Liverpool's attacking metrics in their four-game goalless run. Klopp's men have lacked fluidity in the final third, granted, but the most important factor is that they're still getting into the areas that have made them such a force. Amazingly, they've registered 72 shots in those four games - only Manchester City have had more - and posted an expected goals figure of 5.72. All that is missing is the final finish. I'd be stunned if the goalless run continues in this one.

Even in defence, Liverpool aren't allowing many chances to the opposition. In that four-game run they've only faced 29 shots on their goal, just two more than Manchester City.

That equates to me that despite their alarming drop-off in results, the metrics bring forward the argument that fine margins aren't falling their way. If they stick to the process, then it's bound to turn. A price for an away win, which would normally be trading at 8/11, can be snapped up at 6/5. It's hard to ignore.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 0-2 (7/1 with Sky Bet)

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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.

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

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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 - 7 hours 13 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 - 7 hours 29 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.

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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

HEAD NEWS - 7 hours 38 min ago

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

LiverpoolFC.TV - 7 hours 38 min ago

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.
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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...

Anfield Index.com - 7 hours 46 min ago

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 - 8 hours 27 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

LiverpoolFC.TV - 8 hours 27 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.
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Loan watch: Assists for Awoniyi, Elliott and Millar

LiverpoolFC.TV - 8 hours 50 min ago

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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Harvey Elliott registered his eighth assist of the Championship season to help loan club Blackburn Rovers win at the weekend.
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James Milner: We reacted well but we have to keep pushing

LiverpoolFC.TV - 9 hours 25 min ago

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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