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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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 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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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.
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.”
Jürgen Klopp felt there were some positives to be taken from Liverpool's performance, but acknowledged his side made 'decisive errors' as they were beaten 3-2 by Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday.
The Reds went in front after 18 minutes of the fourth-round tie at Old Trafford through a sublime dinked effort from Mohamed Salah.
The hosts levelled soon after, however, when Mason Greenwood finished a counter-attack before Marcus Rashford put them ahead after the break.
Liverpool equalised through Salah just prior to the hour mark, but Bruno Fernandes’ free-kick with 12 minutes to go settled the outcome of the contest.
Afterwards, Klopp answered questions from reporters in his post-match press conference. Read on for a summary of what he had to say.
On going out of the tournament…
It’s not what we wanted, so it’s frustrating. If you want to win tonight, you have to play at your absolute top. We weren’t on our absolute top, but we made a lot of steps in the right direction. The start of the game was good, but then we made decisive mistakes; around the first goal United scored, we had too many options offensively and no protection. We lost the ball and then there was a counter-attack. It was not the first counter-attack in the game, so we have to improve that. You could see the boys really wanted to change the fortune, they wanted to score goals and that’s good. We did that, we scored twice, which is good as well. That’s all OK but in the end they scored three, we scored two and they are through and we are not. That’s a fact as well. We can take positives out of this game, of course – I saw a lot of steps in the right direction and that’s all good. It was good preparation for the Tottenham game with their counter-attacking threat. We know exactly what we have to work on. If you are in a situation you don’t like, you want to get out of it. We want to get out of it and for that we have to make steps. Tonight we made these steps – not the final ones, but we made steps and that’s for the moment OK.
On scoring twice after going four matches without finding the net…
Of course, of course we take that. We scored two goals, we had other situations where we could have scored as well. We had other situations where we created really well against a deep-defending block, so that is good. There were a lot of good things but it’s a result game and we need results. If we scored two then that should not then mean we concede three. There were obvious mistakes around the goals: the first, protecting, the second, a mishit of the ball and the third, your colleagues told me now it was not a foul. I didn’t see it so I cannot change that, but the free-kick they got, the journalist said it might not be a foul but I didn’t see it back. That’s how it is, you have to stay stubborn in moments like this. You have to do the right stuff again and again and we will. If you want to change something you have to work hard and that’s what we will do.
On trusting the players to improve their form and deliver results...
There’s no doubt about my trust. But trust doesn’t mean we are not critical of ourselves, it’s not that I say, ‘You did everything right in the last few years so now I don’t care if you made some mistakes.’ That’s not like this. We are really in the situation 100 per cent. But you don’t have to worry about us, as a group we are really together. We know it. If I have a problem, we have a problem. If one player has a problem, we have a problem. That’s all our problem at the moment so we have to sort it together and that’s what we will do. Nobody thinks about the very good things that happened in the last few years – nobody. We are just in this moment and try to win football games again. That’s all.
On whether confidence is an issue…
I don’t want to make that every week now. Tonight I didn’t see any confidence problems. But what we said is when you don’t score for a while it’s not good for the confidence, obviously. The best strikers in the world can tell you they all had moments when they didn’t score with each chance. But it’s all about how you deal with it. We are on it, believe me, and we will sort that.
Liverpool exited the FA Cup after a 3-2 defeat by Manchester United in their fourth-round tie at Old Trafford on Sunday.
A sublime dink by Mohamed Salah opened the scoring on 18 minutes but Mason Greenwood quickly equalised for the home team and Marcus Rashford earned them a lead early in the second half.
Salah got the Reds back on level terms before the hour, only for a Bruno Fernandes free-kick 12 minutes from time to gain United a place in the last 16.
Jürgen Klopp opted for five changes to his starting XI as Rhys Williams came into central defence and James Milner captained the side from midfield.
Roberto Firmino, Curtis Jones and Salah were also brought in to form Liverpool’s front three.
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, R. Williams, Fabinho, Robertson, Thiago (Shaqiri, 81), Wijnaldum (Mane, 62), Milner, Jones, Salah, Firmino (Origi, 81).
Unused substitutes: Kelleher, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Tsimikas, Phillips, N. Williams.
An opening 10 minutes of harmless sparring was interrupted when Greenwood drew a save from Alisson Becker, who was making his first FA Cup appearance.
Greenwood drove into space along the right-hand side and, as the angle narrowed and passing options decreased, shoved a low shot that Alisson cleared with his foot.
Liverpool were enjoying a fair share of the ball, though, and they made that possession count with a clinical opening goal in the 18th minute.
Firmino turned into space in the centre of the United half and guided a perfect pass behind Victor Lindelof to the run of Salah, who moved into the box and deftly lifted a right-footer over Dean Henderson and into the net.
Jones then rifled an effort straight at Henderson from distance, before Trent Alexander-Arnold was off target from a 20-yard free-kick, as the visitors sought to increase their lead.
It was United who struck next, however.
From a counter-attack, Rashford’s high, swinging pass from the left wing evaded Milner’s attempt to clear and released Greenwood to control and sweep a finish across Alisson into the bottom corner.
Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay consecutively headed over the crossbar from corners, and the former clipped a set-piece and a further shot wide as the interval arrived with the score still 1-1.
United landed an early blow in the second half as Rashford netted just three minutes after the restart.
The England striker capitalised fully as Williams was unable to cut out Greenwood’s hooked pass over the Liverpool defence, running through in the left channel to slot the ball beyond Alisson.
But Liverpool were undeterred and might have levelled on 58 when Thiago Alcantara’s delivery into the area fell loose for Milner, who scooped his effort too high on the stretch.
From the subsequent goal-kick, though, the No.7 kick-started an equaliser.
Milner won possession in United territory, fed Firmino on the left edge of the box and dummied the return pass into the middle, allowing Salah to tuck the ball between Henderson’s legs and restore parity.
Henderson had to punch away an Alexander-Arnold blast as the visitors mounted more pressure, and Klopp soon sent on Sadio Mane in place of Georginio Wijnaldum.
Salah threatened a hat-trick when he was once again freed in behind by a Firmino pass, but the Egyptian’s low nudge off his right boot was blocked by Henderson.
Instead, it was the hosts who secured the fifth and decisive goal of the afternoon.
Liverpool were aggrieved by the award of a free-kick as Fabinho and Edinson Cavani tussled at the edge of the area, and substitute Fernandes whipped it into the bottom right corner for 3-2.
The Reds kept pushing for another equaliser – while Cavani sent a header against the post – but it did not materialise and their FA Cup hopes were ended for 2020-21.
Liverpool make five changes for the FA Cup fourth-round tie with Manchester United.
Rhys Williams begins in defence at Old Trafford, while James Milner returns in midfield.
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Curtis Jones are also drafted into the starting line-up for the champions.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, R. Williams, Fabinho, Robertson, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Milner, Jones, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Kelleher, Mane, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Tsimikas, Shaqiri, Origi, Phillips, N. Williams.
Liverpool and Manchester United are reportedly set to 'go head-to-head' for the signing of RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, with a host of European clubs also watching the in-demand Frenchman.
Klopp is an admirer of Upamecano and sees the 22-year-old as 'a natural future partner for Van Dijk' at the heart of his defence but must match the swift moves made by United, according to the Mirror.
Upamecano has a £38million release clause inserted into his contract with Leizpig, which officially comes into play at the end of the current campaign.
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One week on from playing out a goalless draw in the Premier League at Anfield, Liverpool meet Manchester United once again today as the rivals contest an FA Cup fourth-round tie at Old Trafford.
Ahead of kick-off, we caught up with United-supporting musician Tom Grennan to get his views on the clash.
Tom recently released his new single – Little Bit Of Love – with an album titled Evering Road set to follow in March.
Read his thoughts on the latest Liverpool v United encounter and how he sees the game panning out below...
So, where did your love for Manchester United come from?
The love for United stemmed from my cousins in Ireland; most of them support United and as soon as I was born, I was out in a United baby grow so I couldn't be anything else.
Who were your United heroes, who did you pretend to be as a kid growing up?
My hero was – and is still – Paul Scholes. He just did everything right and, for me, made football look easy. I would always watch videos of him and how he took balls from the air – his touch was unreal
What are your first memories of Liverpool v United matches?
My first memories were that they were always big games, but I remember going to my friend's house, who's a massive Liverpool fan, and watching a United v Liverpool game. I will always love that Rio Ferdinand header in the last minute!
You actually started out in football, didn't you?
I did play for a while, yeah. Like any kid, my dream was to play football. I played for Luton for a while when I was younger. I'd love to tell you it was a knee injury and that's why I'm not professional… but, unfortunately, I was just not good enough!
What are you working on at the moment?
I've got a new album coming out in March called Evering Road, so I'm really excited for that! You can pre-order it now as well, which would be amazing and help me out loads so I reckon you should…! But, yeah, I'm looking forward to that and just working on myself as well, trying to keep fit and positive through this mad time we find ourselves in.
Back to the game, how do you rate United's season so far?
If I'm being honest, it's a crazy season and I know we're top of the league but Liverpool are still scarily good! Our little 0-0 draw last weekend was a big result for us, I think. Overall, I think we're in good shape, just got to keep winning games.
Which Liverpool player would you take for United's team?
Right now, I would take Andy Robertson – he's unreal!
You played Trent Alexander-Arnold at FIFA last year, how was that?
Yeah… that's something I've tried forgetting! I'm joking, it was wicked! I did get absolutely hammered, though! He definitely didn't take it easy on me, that's for sure. The first half was pretty even, I'd say, then he opened up on me and I think it was like 5-1 by the end of it.
How do you think United will approach Sunday?
For the win. I think if we can beat Liverpool, it will give us the confidence in going on in the tournament and beating other teams.
What's your prediction?
I'm going to say 1-0 to United.
Check out Little Bit Of Love by Tom Grennan on the official Liverpool FC Spotify, taken from his forthcoming album Evering Road.
Jürgen Klopp emphasised the belief he has in his Liverpool squad as he insisted they are 'ready for the battle' of improving their recent form.
The Reds journey to Old Trafford for an FA Cup fourth-round clash with Manchester United on Sunday on the back of a 1-0 home defeat by Burnley in the Premier League.
Klopp’s side have now gone five top-flight matches without a win and four without a goal, and the boss was asked about dealing with the pressure that comes with such a run.
“No, I don’t feel the pressure from outside,” he said. “I dealt with the pressure I put on myself my entire life already, so I’m kind of used to that and I know myself good enough that it’s pretty difficult to make me really happy on the long term with something. Short term I’m quite easy to excite but in the long term it’s not easy.
“When you had the success we had, there are two directions: one is you keep going exactly on the same level, which is difficult with the challenges we have around. And the other one, it gets a little bit less. In the moment it feels like it’s a lot less and that’s what we of course have to change.
“We are not like this that we think just because we try we should get everything. We are really ready for the fight, we are ready for the battle, 100 per cent. But in the moment we didn’t use the right tools, that’s true as well and that’s what we absolutely have to adjust and to improve. And that’s what we do.
“The only problem is the tests we face are constantly public and on television. That means everybody watches each little step in whichever direction; that’s obviously very nice when you have a good run and when you have not that good a run it’s not exactly the same, there’s not the same enjoyment. But anyway, it’s the thing to do.
“I’m not in doubt about us as a group, not at all. But these moments you need the group to come closer together and do the right things – and that’s what we do.
“We lost the game [against Burnley] and it was a really low point, it’s not that I thought, ‘Oh, who cares?’ It’s not because of the series [of unbeaten league games at Anfield], which was nice as well. It was a game we lost and when I think back I can’t find a reason why we lost that game. But we lost it, with all the things that happened with the penalty, the chance we had and all these kind of things.
“It happened – and sometimes you need a really low point to then change things properly. And that’s for sure what we will try and we will go for now, that’s 100 per cent.
“If we would have won [against Burnley] in a bad game, like somehow 1-0, the world would have said: ‘OK, it’s not the football they usually play but they are back on the results path.’ But in the long term that wouldn’t have helped. [Thursday] can be a real help if we use it.”
Klopp was also asked about the influence Liverpool’s senior players can have within the dressing room during difficult periods on the pitch.
“They have always an incredibly important part, they always play a really important role. But not only them,” he said.
“I can imagine what a lot of people think about us in the moment and all these kind of things – but people don’t change overnight, people sometimes face challenges they are not immediately ready for and sometimes don’t even know that a challenge ever will come up. But this is a challenge we didn’t want to have. Was it absolutely impossible that it could happen? No, especially in the situation we are [in].
“They are always important and they are still brilliant people and brilliant characters, all of them. All of them made happen what happened in the past few years. And, again, they don’t change overnight their personality – it’s still a really, really, really good group.
“Led by some of them, they are always strong and always important. Do I use them? I don’t have to really because they work without remote control actually!”
Mohamed Salah is set to return to the starting line-up for Liverpool's FA Cup clash with Manchester United.
The Egyptian was named on the bench along with Roberto Firmino against Burnley on Thursday, but Jürgen Klopp stated during his pre-match media duties that he will likely be named in his XI for the fourth-round tie at Old Trafford.
“It makes it absolutely likely that Mo will start,” the boss said, when asked about the likelihood of Salah beginning the game. “I don’t think that is a massive secret.”
Elsewhere, Liverpool will assess the condition of Jordan Henderson after the captain missed the 1-0 defeat by Burnley with a minor fitness issue.
Asked what the determining factors will be in selecting his starting line-up, Klopp said: “Opposition and competition. We want to win the game, it’s clear.
“It’s a cup game, the game will be decided that night and we want to win the game. That’s it. That’s how we will make the line-up.”
Meanwhile, United are likely to make changes to their starting line-up, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“We’ll rotate that’s for sure, but we’ll put a decent team together of course and a team that I feel can win the game,” he said.
United are expected to welcome back Victor Lindelof after he sat out their 2-1 win at Fulham on Wednesday having figured against Liverpool three days earlier.
“Victor will be fine for the weekend,” said Solskjaer. “It was just too quick a turnaround we felt with the travel with his back. I wanted to play Eric [Bailly] against Fulham and Victor wasn’t ready anyway, so we now have four days extra [for Victor].
“He got some treatment [on Wednesday] and did some light training so he should be ready for the weekend.”
United will remain without Brandon Williams and Phil Jones for the 5pm GMT kick-off.
Last match (Premier League)
Fulham 1-2 Manchester United (January 20): De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, Fred, Greenwood, Fernandes, Martial, Cavani.
Liverpool 0-1 Burnley (January 21): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Mane, Origi.
Liverpool FC Women have successfully appealed against a three-match ban given to Melissa Lawley in last weekend’s match against Leicester City.
The 26-year-old forward was shown a red card shortly after arriving as a planned second-half substitute.
The Reds appealed on the basis the tackle was only worthy of a yellow card and that a three-game ban was clearly excessive.
An independent panel has now upheld the claim of ‘clearly excessive punishment’ and reduced the ban from three games to one.
An FA spokesman said: “An independent Regulatory Commission has upheld a claim of clearly excessive punishment in relation to Liverpool FC Women’s Melissa Lawley...
"…the independent Regulatory Commission has withdrawn the original suspension and applied a one-game ban instead.”
Liverpool U23s' Premier League 2 encounter with Derby County on Saturday has been postponed.
The match was called off following a pitch inspection by the match referee after snowfall in the Kirkby area.
Rearranged fixture details will be announced on Liverpoolfc.com.
Mohamed Salah was today presented with the Standard Chartered Player of the Month award for December.
The forward saw off competition from Brazil duo Fabinho and Roberto Firmino to clinch the accolade for the first time in 2020-21.
Salah struck six times in eight appearances during December, maintaining his position as Liverpool’s top goalscorer so far this term.
He began the month by netting against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield before nudging in the opener versus FC Midtjylland in Denmark a few days later.
The No.11 then blasted in a penalty to secure a point in a draw at Fulham prior to breaking the deadlock in the top-of-the-table clash with Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.
And Salah came off the bench to fire twice in the 7-0 rout of Crystal Palace, the second of which was a stunning curling effort from the edge of the area.
Upon being presented with the award, the Egyptian told Liverpoolfc.com: "Thank you very much. It's nice but we just need to win some games from the games coming.
"The situation is not great at the moment but we just need to focus on each game and stay together and carry on.
"I want to thank them [the fans] very much and tell them thank you very much for voting for me. We just need to stay together, supporting the team, and I'm sure everything is going to be fine."
Standard Chartered Player of the Month 2020-21
December: Mohamed Salah
November: Diogo Jota
October: Diogo Jota
September: Sadio Mane
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Barry Lewtas believes Tyler Morton has the perfect role models to learn from at U23 level in midfielders Leighton Clarkson and Jake Cain.
Morton penned a new long-term deal with Liverpool on Thursday and has found himself playing alongside the duo in recent Premier League 2 outings.
Clarkson and Cain both train regularly with the first-team squad and, alongside Morton, the trio were impressive performers during Monday night's 1-1 draw with Everton in the mini-derby.
The latter netted a fantastic goal to earn Lewtas' side a share of the spoils, and attention now turns to today's Premier League 2 meeting with Derby County at the Academy.
Kick-off is 1pm GMT and you can watch the game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.
We caught up with Lewtas ahead of the fixture and he reflected on the mini-derby, Morton's Academy journey so far and more...
On the level of performance from his side in the 1-1 draw with Everton…
I thought we played very well. We were disappointed with the start obviously, conceding a goal in the opening minute of the game. It was a good goal from Everton's point of view and I can see why they would be really happy with that team goal, but we got caught higher up the pitch, which we were disappointed about, but these things happen. The reaction from the players was excellent and we controlled the game after that and created good chances against a really resolute Everton defence. Their two centre-backs were excellent and they blocked us out when we got in behind them. We tried everything we could and could have won it with the last kick of the game but it just wasn't to be.
On Morton's fantastic goal in the mini-derby and his progress at U23 level…
It was a fantastic goal. We are quite flexible in our midfield and I thought Tyler picked out some good positions, and playing against Everton in Premier League 2 also has its physicality parts too and I thought he really stood up to that part of the game. Tyler has scored three goals for us now in Premier League 2 and that's a nice habit to have, but he is still developing and improving and he is training ever so well with us. His progress is coming on nicely.
On coaching Morton since U12 level at the Academy and seeing him sign a new deal…
I was delighted for Tyler to get his new contract and he is working so hard. He was in my U12s team and then moved up through the years and he was also with me in the U18s. I have known Tyler for a long time so I'm in a very fortunate position that I get to work with so many of these talented players. It's nice to see the progress he is making over the years and hopefully his attitude and commitment to training points in the right direction of him continuing to improve.
On Morton benefiting from playing alongside Clarkson and Cain in recent outings…
It will help Tyler a lot. I've worked with Leighton and Jake for a very long time so they have been a fixture in my teams for quite a few years. Jake and Leighton are the heartbeat of how we want to try to play in terms of our style and they are able to execute that for us, so adding another player like Tyler means that we have a lot of the ball and can have good control of the game. That allows Tyler to get on the ball as well so we do have what I would say is a footballing midfield. We have some really good technicians who want the ball. We also have Ben Woodburn back training with us after his loan spell at Blackpool. He's a really popular character in the group and it's great to have him back around the group.
On Saturday's Premier League 2 meeting with Derby…
We have had some really tough games against Derby County over the years. The boys are well aware that playing Derby is one of the toughest games – there's no question of that. They always have some talented young players and they are well organised. I thought we played really well earlier on in the season at Derby and were unfortunate to lose 2-1 after Jake's fantastic free-kick. We just had a sticky 15 minutes when we conceded two goals and Derby were then ever so resolute. We had some great chances but just couldn't score, so we know we are in for a really tough game.
On Fidel O'Rourke making his first start in Premier League 2 against Everton on Monday…
Fidel works his socks off for the team. Over the course of the season we have had Luis Longstaff, Liam Millar, Paul Glatzel and Joe Hardy playing at No.9. We have had injuries to Paul and Joe, unfortunately, so we have had to move people around. Fidel has had to be patient but in training every day his attitude is fantastic. He has captained my U18s team on numerous occasions so I know what Fidel is capable of. He has trained tirelessly to try to get into the team and has done everything that has been asked of him. I felt against Everton he was someone who could give us that option to run in behind and try to disrupt their backline and I felt he did that. He played a part in our goal and also was unlucky to have an effort cleared off the line. Fidel gave us a really good option against Everton and I was pleased with him.
James Milner considers Sunday's FA Cup tie with Manchester United an ideal opportunity for Liverpool's players to show their determination to end a difficult run of form.
The 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley on Thursday night extended the Reds’ winless streak in the Premier League to five games, with no goals scored in the last four.
Looking towards the trip to Old Trafford as a chance to put things right, Milner stressed the squad’s responsibility to do everything necessary to turn the tide.
“It’s a great opportunity for us,” the vice-captain told Liverpoolfc.com of the fourth-round meeting with United this weekend.
“Football is like that – there’s peaks and troughs. Nothing is ever easy and smooth. It seems easy sometimes when things are going well and you’re flying.
“When you’re in tougher times the ball seems to not quite go in the goal or drop to players in the six-yard box. A lot of the time that’s just how you think of it mentally. ‘Here we go again’ if things aren’t going well. But you look at the positive side if things are going well.
“The thing about football is you get no favours, no-one is going to make it easier for you. It’s down to us to pull ourselves out of this run we’re in and it comes down on our responsibility and our shoulders.
“We have to be big enough to pull ourselves out. When things are going well it’s easy, everybody wants to get on the ball, it’s easy to play. Things come easy when things are going well.
“When it’s not, that’s where you need to stand up and be counted and be responsible and keep pushing and change it. It’s down to us to do that.”
During the chat at the AXA Training Centre, Milner also discussed the nuances of playing United for the second time in a week and the desire to clinch the club’s first FA Cup since 2006.
Read the rest of the No.7’s pre-match thoughts below…
A second game against Manchester United within a week. What can you take from that game and is it an advantage to play them again so soon because how they play is fresh in your minds?
Yeah, I think obviously that helps on the analysis side; before you go into a game you always do your homework on a team. But obviously when you’ve played another team so soon before, like you say it’s fresh in your mind. There are things in that game that went well that you want to try to keep doing, and there’s things that you want to change and things they would have done to combat us. We’ll prepare and work on that in the next few days going into the game.
It’s one of the games fans always look out for in the fixtures, as a Leeds boy you do that yourself too. Are you relishing getting an extra crack at them this season?
It’s always a special game. Liverpool v United is the first one everyone will look for, I’m sure, every season. The rivalry is there for a reason – both teams have been very successful. Myself as a Leeds fan, growing up to dislike the red side of Manchester as well. It means a lot. There’s respect there, it’s respectful dislike, if you can say that. You’re always desperate to beat them. They’re obviously having a good season and it’s down to us to pull one out and get one over on them.
This Liverpool side thrives on the atmosphere – do you think the lack of fans has hit you harder maybe than some others this season?
I wouldn’t say harder, it’s the same for all teams – I don’t want to use that excuse. It is a big miss in the game. It’s definitely not an excuse, it’s the same for all teams. Looking and analysing it from our point of view, how we play – we’re on top of teams at times and you feel that pressure in the stadium growing on the other team when there’s fans there. When you’re on the attack, when we’re pressing and winning the ball back, you get that lift from the crowd when you win that ball back, it’s a little win in the game and all these things build up. That’s obviously from our side, but it’s the same for all teams and we haven’t dealt with it as well as we should have done. We need to do it better.
The fans have been incredible since I’ve been at the club and long before I’ve been at the club. You’re well aware of the support they give us. It would help us if they were right by our side on that football pitch at this moment in time, but we have to stick together in the training ground. We know the fans are right behind us, as always, and we need them more than ever and sharing their voices where they can. It’s disappointing they’re not with us but it’s down to us to give them something to shout about and pull ourselves out of this run we’re in at the moment.
It’s 15 years since Liverpool last won the FA Cup – how much would you like to have that back in the trophy cabinet?
It’s always special when you win any trophy and the FA Cup is a special competition. The success we’ve had over recent years, we’ve managed to change that wall at the training ground and at Anfield with the number of trophies we’ve won. That’s always special and a big motivation. For a club as successful as Liverpool you want to keep adding to that. It would be nice to do that but obviously there’s a long way to go. We just want to step out there and win every game we can. The next one is the most important and maybe more so than ever, obviously with the little run we’re on at this moment in time.