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David Alaba transfer situation "unclear" amid Liverpool claim

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 10:02

David Alaba's future is still clouded in uncertainty following comments from both his father and manager.

The 28-year-old Bayern Munich defender looks certain to leave the club before too long, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

The likes of Liverpool and Manchester United have been linked with the player, but Real Madrid have emerged as the most likely suitors, with some reports claiming they could even sign Alaba this month.

Full story: Daily Mirror

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David Alaba transfer situation "unclear" amid Liverpool claim

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 10:02
David Alaba's future is still clouded in uncertainty following comments from both his father and manager.
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Liverpool v Burnley: TV channels and live coverage details

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 10:00

Liverpool host Burnley in the Premier League on Thursday night – read on for details on how you can watch or follow the match.

The game at Anfield kicks off at 8pm GMT and will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK.

Extended highlights will be available to watch on LFCTV GO from midnight.

Don't miss a kick this season and throughout 2021 with our current offer of 30 per cent off an annual subscription to LFCTV GO.

Visit video.liverpoolfc.com and enter the code GOJAN21 to take advantage of the deal before 11.59pm GMT on January 31. Terms and conditions apply.

Our Match Centre will begin on Thursday morning on Liverpoolfc.com and the official LFC app, bringing you all the build-up to the game, minute-by-minute updates, audio commentary, interactive features and much more.

For global broadcast listings, click here.

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Liverpool v Burnley: TV channels and live coverage details

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 10:00
Liverpool host Burnley in the Premier League on Thursday night – read on for details on how you can watch or follow the match.
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Liverpool remain in contention for Bayern Munich defender

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 09:53

Liverpool remain in the frame to sign Bayern Munich utility player David Alaba though Real Madrid are favourites.

The 28-year-old is out of contract in the summer and Madrid have offered a lucrative four year deal but he is still deliberating over his final decision.

Bayern are also still to agree a new contract with midfielder Jamal Musiala, the ex-Chelsea academy product has interest from Premier League clubs.

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Liverpool remain in contention for Bayern Munich defender

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 09:53

Liverpool remain in the frame to sign Bayern Munich utility player David Alaba though Real Madrid are favourites.

The 28-year-old is out of contract in the summer and Madrid have offered a lucrative four year deal but he is still deliberating over his final decision.

Bayern are also still to agree a new contract with midfielder Jamal Musiala, the ex-Chelsea academy product has interest from Premier League clubs.

Full story: MailOnline

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Liverpool remain in contention for Bayern Munich defender

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 09:53
Liverpool remain in the frame to sign Bayern Munich utility player David Alaba though Real Madrid are favourites.
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Liverpool and Man City 'set to battle it out for Wolves star Adama Traore

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 09:38

Liverpool and Manchester City want to sign Adama Traore but Leeds United consider the Wolves winger out of their price range, according to reports.

The Spain international has previously attracted interest from clubs across Europe, including Barcelona, due to his dribbling abilities and lightening speed.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, Liverpool, City and Leeds are the clubs most interested in making a move for the winger this month. However, Leeds Live claim the prospect of Traore moving to Elland Road is 'pure fantasy.'

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Liverpool and Man City 'set to battle it out for Wolves star Adama Traore

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 09:38

Liverpool and Manchester City want to sign Adama Traore but Leeds United consider the Wolves winger out of their price range, according to reports.

The Spain international has previously attracted interest from clubs across Europe, including Barcelona, due to his dribbling abilities and lightening speed.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, Liverpool, City and Leeds are the clubs most interested in making a move for the winger this month. However, Leeds Live claim the prospect of Traore moving to Elland Road is 'pure fantasy.'

Full story: MailOnline

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Liverpool and Man City 'set to battle it out for Wolves star Adama Traore

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 09:38
Liverpool and Manchester City want to sign Adama Traore but Leeds United consider the Wolves winger out of their price range, according to reports.
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Liverpool have ‘no immediate plans’ to offer key Reds new deals due to pandemic

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 09:30

With finances under a microscope due to the financial implications of the pandemic, Liverpool have “no immediate plans” to offer contract renewals to key members of Jurgen Klopp‘s side.

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on various industries and football is no different, with the standstill in 2020 and the continued absence of fans resulting in a sizable financial hit.

It has ensured clubs have had to pull back on spending and it’s resulted in the transfer market taking a hit, with Liverpool alone having been tipped to record a loss of anywhere between £70m and £200m in the last year.

With uncertainty still surrounding the return of fans to stadiums, who are not expected to be seen again this season, matchday income will continue to take a hit.

A recent study conducted by KPMG calculated the Reds’ loss of revenue at 7.9 percent, a figure which could continue to rise dependent on Champions League progress and matchdays without fans.

And it is due to this uncertainty and the financial repercussions already experienced which are delaying the tabling of new deals for Liverpool’s key figures.

The Times‘ Paul Joyce states Liverpool are “constantly reviewing all their deals” but have not yet presented “new terms” to “the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Alisson” as they factor in the pandemic.

It is corroborated by the Daily Mail‘s Dominic King, who states that “there are no immediate plans to offer contract renewals” in this climate.

However, “when the time comes,” Mohamed Salah, Van Dijk, Fabinho and Alisson will all be considered for new deals.

 Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp congratulates hat-trick hero Mohamed Salah after the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. Liverpool won 4-3. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It comes following growing talk surrounding the future of Salah, who has now spoken of his future with publications in Spain and Norway within the last month.

The No. 11 expressed his desire to “stay as long as I can” at Anfield but insisted it is in “the club’s hands” to make it so, where his next deal could represent one of, if not, the last lucrative contract of his career.

He will be 31 when his current deal ends in 2023, and he is part of a sizeable Reds cohort who have the same expiry date.

Van Dijk, Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Fabinho sit alongside Salah in having just over two years left, which comes a year before Klopp’s contract ends.

With those players having been key in the recent success, they will know their market value has risen and therefore will rightly demand deals which represent being key to such success.

It comes as no surprise then that Liverpool have to be strategic in the current climate to assess how to reward their players while also keeping an eye on the evolution of the squad.

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Jurgen Klopp divulges on why new signings “can take time” to settle at Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 09:00

Jurgen Klopp has stressed the importance of openness for information for any potential new signing as he touched on the well-discussed settling in periods some players require.

It has been no secret throughout Klopp’s time at the helm at Liverpool that a number of new signings have required an extended time to find their feet and slot into the Reds’ system.

Andy Robertson is a prime example, as is Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and most recently Takumi Minamino, with time on the training pitch and not a competitive game prioritised.

It can be a time of frustration for the players themselves but it’s a “completely normal” situation for Klopp as he ensures time is carved out, even when it doesn’t feel as though there is any, to help the transition for the entire team.

It’s a part of the German’s management style which has been well covered in the past and the boss opened up on ‘feeling no rush’ to fast-track a new signing when speaking on The Robbie Fowler Podcast.

The conversation started with Klopp being asked what a “Jurgen Klopp player’ looks like, to which he jokingly replied “good” before delving into the key trait of openness and confidence without a know-it-all attitude.

“Open. Open for information. What I like is a very, very confident football player and person who doesn’t take himself too seriously,” he explained.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (L) celebrates with Andy Robertson after the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Semi-Final match between CF Monterrey and Liverpool FC at the Khalifa Stadium. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

“Very self-confident so you know I’m good, but I understand I need all the others as well otherwise I have no chance in this game. So a little bit like that.

“But if that’s your only strength, you have no chance in my team. First and foremost you should be able to play really good football.

“Another blessing in my life is that I’ve worked together with players that are so much better than I ever, ever, ever was and so that makes it really easy for me to enjoy their skills.

“There’s not a typical Jurgen Klopp player. But you should be open for football information.

“If you arrive here and think you have already got the game to the extent that you know everything about the game, I’ve never met that person, then you could struggle a little bit as we have a lot of information.”

And even if you are the best player in the world, you may still need time to adjust alongside the team as relationships and instinct within the setup can take time regardless of ability.

For Klopp, it is part and parcel of the transition and he never feels he needs to rush the process despite external talk or transfer price-tags.

“They all should help you. That’s now a little bit the problem, we’ve had the situation quite frequently that a new player comes in and they’re really good, we’ve paid a lot of money for them and then they need time,” he continued.

 Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' celebrates at the final whistle during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“In the beginning, they get some information, we try to condense it as much as possible but that’s the moment they start thinking.

“A football player who is led by [the mind] is not too cool, you have to feel the game and so that means until that information goes in a little and becomes more natural for the players and that can take time.

“And that’s why sometimes players arrive here, everybody is talking about the big money signing and then they need time. From time to time that happens and that’s completely normal.

“For me, I feel absolutely no rush in that. It’s just all these different pieces in a football game have to fit together and just bringing the best player in the world into a very good team doesn’t mean it will work together immediately.

“We all need time to settle, we all need time to tune all these kind of things.

“The little problem we have in football is you usually don’t get that time, but we are cheeky enough to just take it and give ourselves the time and make it happen.

“So far, it’s worked most of the time.”

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Watch live: Jürgen Klopp's pre-Burnley press conference

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 08:40

Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-match press conference live with us from 1pm GMT today.

The Liverpool manager will preview his side's home clash with Burnley by answering journalists' questions via video call from the AXA Training Centre.

Return to this page shortly before the start time to tune in.

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Watch live: Jürgen Klopp's pre-Burnley press conference

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 08:40
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'We need to work harder and stay confident' - Gini Wijnaldum

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 08:30

Liverpool must double down on their work ethic in order to emerge from a rare barren spell in front of goal, Georginio Wijnaldum believes.

The champions have scored only once in four Premier League outings since last month’s ruthless 7-0 rout of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

They do, though, remain the division’s most prolific side this season, having netted 37 times in 18 matches so far.

And Wijnaldum sees effort and application as the keys to once again unlocking their well-established goalscoring potential.

“It’s really strange, even for us, but that’s something that can happen,” the midfielder told Liverpoolfc.com, of the team’s recent attacking difficulties.

“What we have to do right now is keep the confidence and try to change it around because I think we have the quality that we can change it around. We’ve shown it in so many games. 

“The only thing we have to do now is work harder, work even harder than before, because you also have teams who are getting better. Teams analyse us, they were trying things to make it impossible for us to score goals, and that makes it even harder for us. So what we have to do is work harder to create chances and score goals.

“I think people are used to seeing us score a lot of goals, which we also showed against Crystal Palace. But this is the Premier League: teams are really good and they are getting better every year. 

“Also with technology you can analyse teams really good, know how they play and everything, so it’s getting much more difficult for us to score goals. 

“But still then we have the quality to make it even more difficult for them to stop us scoring goals, so what we just have to do is work hard, keep confidence and do the things we did before.”

We caught up with Wijnaldum ahead of Thursday night’s clash with Burnley at Anfield. Read on for the rest of our chat with the Dutchman…

Gini, you’ve played in all 18 of Liverpool’s Premier League games so far this season. How important to you is it that you’re nearly always available for selection? 

I think it’s really important [and] for the manager also because he can pick you always. I think also for the team, if you’re always available it gives confidence to the team because the team knows they can rely on you. But it is something you have to work really hard for because I have to work really hard to stay fit. I have to be lucky to stay fit because sometimes you cannot change it. If you get a muscle injury, or other injuries like if someone kicks you, it’s difficult to protect yourself from that, but I’m just trying to do as good as possible and take as-good-as-possible care of my body to stay as fit as possible for a really long time. 

You’ve only missed 11 Premier League games out of 170 since you joined the club. Does it mean a lot to you that the manager clearly has so much faith in you?

Of course it says a lot, that the manager has faith in you. I also feel the faith from the technical staff since I am here at the club so it gives you a really good feeling. I think every player that plays football wants to feel confidence from their manager and I’m lucky I have it. 

It gives me a lot of confidence [how often he is selected] and also a good feeling because you have the feeling that you work with a manager who believes in you and will always give you chances no matter what. Like I said, every player wants that. Sometimes you work with a manager who doesn’t look at you the way the manager looks at me right now so I am lucky and I am pretty happy that I am in the position I am in right now. 

How much do you think your game has improved during your time here?

A lot because when I came here, I think even before I spoke with the manager to join Liverpool, I was more busy as an attacking midfielder than anything and he said to me, ‘You can do more than only attacking, you can be more of an all-round midfielder than you are right now, you can be a much better midfielder than you are right now.’ And since I joined the club he was busy with me trying to improve my game and I have to say I am quite all-round, right now, as a midfielder. The only thing that I have to add to my game is scoring more goals here at Liverpool because I did it at Newcastle, I do it in the national team. I have to say that the positions I played in at Newcastle and for the national team are more attacking midfield and here I am more a box-to-box midfielder so in that way I already improved to be more all-round. But to make it complete is to score goals, then you are an all-round midfielder who scores goals. So there are plenty of things that I can improve. 

Does it annoy you that you don’t score as often for your club as you do for your country, or do you accept it because you play a different role here?

Of course it annoys me because you want to help the team, to help Liverpool, as much as I help the national team with scoring goals. But of course there are a few differences: in the national team I play as an attacking midfielder so I come more in front of the goal, but here we work on it also and hopefully I can add that to my game also - and sooner rather than later!

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Last time out: Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United

On Burnley, then: how do you view the challenge they will provide on Thursday?

A really big challenge. Also because if you look at the previous years we played against them it was never an easy game. It was always a game where we had to fight to get the points. You could see it last season when we drew against them at home… so if you look at the history you see that every time when we play against them we have to give more than 100 per cent to win the game. So it’s going to be a really big challenge to win the game against them. 

It’s very tight at the top of the table. Does the Reds’ experience of title races give you an advantage over some of your competitors in terms of dealing with the pressure?

Well, we just have to show that we can deal with it. I don’t think the past will help you 100 per cent, we still have to show that we can deal with the pressure, to deal with being at the top of the table. We just have to put the pressure on all the other teams by winning games and then we will see who can handle the pressure and who can’t. Even though we know how it is to be there, we still have to work hard to stay there and even come in first place again. So you cannot rely on what happened in the past. It is a new year, a new situation, the competition is another competition… so we all have to deal with that and at the end we will see who deals the best with it.

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'We need to work harder and stay confident' - Gini Wijnaldum

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 08:30
Liverpool must double down on their work ethic in order to emerge from a rare barren spell in front of goal, Georginio Wijnaldum believes.
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Klopp ‘bets heavily’ on Mbappe & 3 ex-Reds’ negative views on current pair – Liverpool FC Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 01/19/2021 - 17:21

Liverpool news on Tuesday centres more around things that aren’t happening than things which are. Rumours, quotes, news and more for your midweek perusal!

Kylian chase still on

Recent talk among fans seems to have settled on Erling Haaland as the striker to buy in the next year or so.

But longer-term links still have the Reds looking at Kylian Mbappe, with Jurgen Klopp a huge admirer.

According to the latest from Spain, that’s still very much the case and the club are willing to go big if he gives the sign of leaving PSG.

Sport say Liverpool will match Real Madrid for salary and that Klopp will “bet heavily” on Mbappe to refresh the attack in the summer if he departs Paris.

Equally happily, Liverpool are now reported as “not wanting” Sergio Ramos, which is the most obviously correct rumour in the history of football media.

Firmino’s fading form?

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. The game ended in a 0-0 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brilliant Bobby. Bobby dazzler. Fantastic Firmino.

Those headlines haven’t come along anywhere near as regularly over the last year or so, with the No. 9 going through a rough patch in front of goal and having a lesser impact in creative terms, too.

Klopp still relies on him enormously from a tactical perspective, but performance level has always been up there too – but not so much this term.

Jamie Carragher feels the Brazilian is in danger of being phased out of the team as a result.

Carra worries that he won’t recapture top form and, without the regular goals that the other pair have, it’s him who will be edged out by Diogo Jota or another arrival.

Meanwhile, there’s slightly less-relevant and more-bizarre criticism of…Thiago Alcantara, of all players.

He’s still finding his feet as a Red and yet is near-immaculate with his play, but both Didi Hamann and John Barnes have stated the claim against his inclusion in the past day or so.

Slowing down the game and not offering a goal threat seem to be the main criticisms against him, which perhaps suggests neither of them are Bundesliga watchers on a regular basis.

Or coaches.

A place for positivity

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. The game ended in a 0-0 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Forget the footy for a sec – sometimes you have to appreciate the magic of this club for the people within it.

Quickfire LFC news

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. The game ended in a 0-0 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • A school trip, Trent A-A and training at the Bernabeu! (TIA)
  • The Reds are still keen on David Alaba despite reports saying he has agreed a move to Real Madrid (SW)
  • Klopp was delighted with Shaq’s performance on his return to the side against United (LFC)
  • And young forward Max Woltman has signed a first pro deal with the Reds (LFC)
Around the Prem

Erling Haaland (Bernd Thissen/DPA/PA Images)

  • Chelsea will go uber-big on a Haaland deal in the summer because there’s just not enough attacking talent at the club and more is always the answer (Athletic)
  • PSG want a decision this week from Spurs on whether they’ll be allowed to waste six months on watching Dele Alli stumble about (Mirror)
  • Solskjaer doesn’t want Jesse Lingard to leave this month, presumably as he’s been so good in helping clear up the balls and cones after training or something because he certainly hasn’t helped them with results (ESPN)
  • And Palace want to sign Jean-Philippe Mateta from Mainz. Collective shrug of the shoulders ensues. (Independent)
Stupid opinions of the day

All the revisionism over Mesut Ozil’s contribution for Arsenal over the past couple of days. He’s collected over £12m since he last kicked a competitive ball for them on account of being lazy, unproductive and incapable of changing his game to suit the team and is being made out to be some tragic hero who was the finest of the finest.

Vladimir Smicer had a better minutes per assist record in the Prem than him.

Tweet of the day

“Thiago isn’t the right fit for Liverpool…”

“He slows them down…”

Me: pic.twitter.com/kp3rrLk3mE

— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) January 19, 2021

Worth watching tonight

City vs Villa. They’ll go top with a win – Villa haven’t played since New Year’s Day!

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Order Liverpool v Burnley matchday programme online now

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 01/19/2021 - 16:00

Liverpool return to Anfield action once more on Thursday evening – and supporters can purchase the official matchday programme for the clash with Burnley online now.

In the latest edition, Rhys Williams reveals what it's like to mark Harry Kane, learn from Virgil van Dijk and Fabino, and train against Mo, Sadio and Bobby.

And, in another in-depth interview, Mohamed Salah has a message for the fans from himself and the rest of the first-team squad, while Jürgen Klopp and captain Jordan Henderson assess the Burnley threat in their respective columns.

Elsewhere, the programme spotlights the 'Bosman' free-transfer ruling 25 years on and how it's affected Liverpool FC in the past (losing Steve McManaman) and present (gaining James Milner and Joel Matip).

To order your copy for home delivery, click here.

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Order Liverpool v Burnley matchday programme online now

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 01/19/2021 - 16:00
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