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LIVERPOOL 29 Dec 2017 09:07 #5462

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Virgil van Dijk signing a statement of intent for Jurgen Klopp’s new Liverpool era

Jack Lusby, 28 December 2017

Jurgen Klopp‘s patience and persistence paid off when Liverpool secured a mammoth £75 million deal to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in 2018.
In the weeks leading up to the January transfer window, the Reds were barely expected to scratch the surface in terms of business.

Klopp’s record in the winter market had seen him bring in just one player in two years at Anfield, that being Steven Caulker on loan from Southampton, while he was similarly quiet in Germany.

And with Man City poised to swoop for Klopp’s priority defensive target, a summer move for Basel centre-back Manuel Akanji seemed more likely.
But with days to go before the new year, Liverpool pulled off a sensational deal to secure Van Dijk’s long-awaited switch to Merseyside.

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LIVERPOOL 30 Dec 2017 09:43 #5469

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Reds must be wary against dangerous Foxes – Liverpool vs. Leicester City Preview

Henry Jackson Match PreviewNews
29 December 2017


Liverpool have another home Premier League game to look forward to this weekend, with Leicester City making the trip to Anfield.

Liverpool vs. Leicester City
December 30, 2017 — 3pm (GMT)
Anfield
Premier League

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

The Reds got back to winning ways on Boxing Day, with a hapless Swansea City side taken to the sword, in an eventual 5-0 win for Jurgen Klopp‘s men.

The second-half performance was superb, and it once again showed what this Liverpool side can do when everything falls into place.

The win over the Swans saw the Reds rise to fourth in the Premier League table, and it is now a case of consolidating that position over the remainder of the festive period.

Up next is the visit of Leicester – a team more than capable of troubling the best sides in the country on their day – in Liverpool’s final game of 2017.

The Foxes’ post-title-winning dip was completely inevitable, but Claude Puel has come in and steadied the ship, guiding them to eighth place.

If Liverpool aren’t switched on on Saturday afternoon, as was the case in the first-half against Swansea, their opponents will be waiting to pounce, especially on the counter-attack.

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LIVERPOOL 31 Dec 2017 09:15 #5472

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Jurgen Klopp hails “best Anfield reaction” after Liverpool 2-1 Leicester City

Jack Lusby 30 December 2017

Jurgen Klopp hailed the improved Anfield atmosphere for helping Liverpool turn a one-goal deficit around to seal a 2-1 victory over Leicester City.

The Reds fell behind to a Jamie Vardy strike just two minutes into Saturday’s end-of-year clash with the Foxes, leaving Klopp’s side deflated.

But, largely buoyed by Leicester’s lack of sportsmanship, the home support roused Liverpool to produce an impressive comeback after half-time.
Both goals came from the majestic Mohamed Salah, bringing the winger’s tally to 23 goals in just 29 appearances this season.
And he deserved considerable plaudits when he was brought off on 82 minutes.

However, speaking after the first time the Reds had come from behind at the break to win since 2014, securing their longest unbeaten league run in his tenure, Klopp highlighted the positive effect of Anfield.

“This was a perfect game except for the situation for the first goal after two-and-a-half minutes,” he said.
“This was the best reaction we ever showed. The crowd was fantastic today.

“People are not that patient at Anfield but today was one of the best atmospheres we’ve had so far.”

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BURNLEY V LIVERPOOL 01 Jan 2018 18:09 #5497

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Hi Paul,

Saw the game today and Liverpool struggled with klopp making something like 7 initial changes to the side.

I thought they lacked formation and nowhere near as fluent in play as they have been recently.

Mane's goal was OUTSTANDING :) and they clinched the win in the closing minutes,looking forward to the Everton game friday at last on BBC1 :)
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LIVERPOOL 02 Jan 2018 07:38 #5500

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Hi Jobber, Indeed Manes Goal was Brilliant, We did struggle in the First half, And we had to wait, Edge of seat to
the final moments in extra time.
To many Changes, But with so many Games coming thick and fast must be difficult decisions for Klopp.
But Another Win at the end of The Day. B)

Mane productive but centre-backs the match-winners – 5 talking points from Burnley 1-2 Liverpool

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Liverpool’s centre-backs were the late, late heroes as the Reds sealed a 2-1 victory at Burnley in the Premier League on New Year’s Day.

Burnley 1-2 Liverpool
Premier League, Turf Moor
January 1, 2018


Goals: Gudmundsson 87′; Mane 61′, Klavan 90+4′

Jurgen Klopp‘s side fought to the end and took a deserved three points thanks to an injury-time winner.

A low-key first half was scrappy and uninspiring in the rain, with both teams resorting to crosses as the best source of half-chances on goal.

Sadio Mane made the breakthrough on the hour mark with a great finish from the edge of the box and the Reds looked for much of the remainder of the game as though they’d take a big three points on the road.

Burnley had other ideas though and a late flurry of aerial balls resulted in Johann Berg Gudmundsson nodding home unmarked at the far post to equalise.

That wasn’t the end of the scoring though as Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan combined in stoppage time to win the match late on.

Here are the five biggest talking points from the match.

www.thisisanfield.com/2018/01/mane-remaining-productive-but-centre-backs-the-match-winners-5-talking-points-from-burnley-1-2-liverpool/
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LIVERPOOL 02 Jan 2018 17:35 #5519

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As you say Paul, edge of seat stuff last few minutes of game and GREAT !! to see that goal go in SO late :)

Looking forward to fridays game.

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LIVERPOOL 03 Jan 2018 08:44 #5522

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jobber wrote:
As you say Paul, edge of seat stuff last few minutes of game and GREAT !! to see that goal go in SO late :)

Looking forward to fridays game.

Jobber

Indeed Mate, Have cleared my Friday evening Commitments, So can settle in front of the TV with a Cup of Tea
and watch The Reds dismantle Everton

Meanwhile back on the Transfer Front;


Philippe Coutinho ‘confident’ of Liverpool exit but Barcelona must meet demands
Jack Lusby
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2 January 2018

Philippe Coutinho is reportedly expecting to have played his last game for Liverpool, as he sets his sights on a January move to Barcelona.

Earlier on Tuesday it was claimed that Coutinho was hoping to seal his long-awaited switch to Catalonia at some stage in the winter transfer window.

This comes after the Brazilian buckled down and performed in the first half of the season after a much-publicised downing of tools towards the end of the summer.
Coutinho was the subject of three failed bids from Barcelona ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, but while Liverpool took a hardline stance then, their stance seems to have softened.

According to the Times‘ Paul Joyce, corroborating reports from the Guardian and the Mail, Coutinho is seeking a January exit.

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LIVERPOOL 03 Jan 2018 12:25 #5529

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Coutinho would obviously be a massive loss for you if not an entirely unexpected one that hasn't at least given Klopp time to prepare a contingency plan.

Sunderland have been linked with Ben Woodburn which would almost certainly be a loan to the end of the season if it becomes reality. He hasn't had a lot of game time and I wonder whether he is close enough to the first team to maybe become more involved if and when Coutinho moves on but that is pure guess work on my part. Although still very young, Chris Coleman has already picked this lad for Wales so there is already a positive link to build on. I just wondered if any of you guys have seen much of Woodburn and if so what you think his best position is. Any other info would also be appreciated.
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LIVERPOOL 04 Jan 2018 09:53 #5534

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Verc wrote:
Coutinho would obviously be a massive loss for you if not an entirely unexpected one that hasn't at least given Klopp time to prepare a contingency plan.

Sunderland have been linked with Ben Woodburn which would almost certainly be a loan to the end of the season if it becomes reality. He hasn't had a lot of game time and I wonder whether he is close enough to the first team to maybe become more involved if and when Coutinho moves on but that is pure guess work on my part. Although still very young, Chris Coleman has already picked this lad for Wales so there is already a positive link to build on. I just wondered if any of you guys have seen much of Woodburn and if so what you think his best position is. Any other info would also be appreciated.

Should get more play time with Liverpool, Plays well for Wales.
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The Merseyside derby, more rivalries and potential upsets—FA Cup Third Round Preview

Henry Jackson News, 4 January 2018

The FA Cup third round takes place this weekend – a set of fixtures that remain one of the most famous in the footballing calendar.

For the first time since the last international break in November, the Premier League takes a back step.
Taking its place is the FA Cup, and even though the competition has lost its way a little in recent years, third round weekend can still be very entertaining.

Liverpool have an exciting tie to look forward to—more on that later—but there are a whopping 31 other games to keep an eye on, too.

Here is a look at some of the best, and worst, action to take in over the next four days.

Ones To Watch: Liverpool vs. Everton & Brighton vs. Crystal Palace

As soon as Liverpool were drawn to face Everton in round three, there has been a buzz of anticipation on Merseyside and beyond.

The two sides played out a one-sided 1-1 draw at Anfield—how Liverpool didn’t win remains a mystery—and the Reds will be eyeing up revenge on Friday.

Any away draw against the Reds is treated like victory by Everton.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side will be strong favourites to progress against their very limited local rivals, as the German searches for his maiden piece of silverware at the club.

Anfield will be in great voice under the lights, and victory would be a positive step on their way to what is hopefully a first FA Cup crown since 2006.

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For us, THE Match to Watch
Friday January 5th
Liverpool vs. Everton – BBC One, 7:55pm
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LIVERPOOL 05 Jan 2018 23:01 #5581

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Another tough win tonight but a WIN! I Thought Roberson and lallanh were good seem to be finding their place and pace. :)

www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/jurgen-klopp-admits-liverpool-should-11804972




Not sure about Matip or Karius excuse the spelling :)

Real shame is looking quite certain now that Coutinho will be leaving going by what the pundits been saying.

Just hope salah is in for the long haul,too many chasing the millions and showing no commitment to their clubs these days imo.
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LIVERPOOL 06 Jan 2018 08:19 #5583

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Things did Not go without Controversy, But in such a Local Dust up what else could one Expect, B)
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Liverpool 2-1 Everton: Van Dijk stuns Blues with dream derby debut winner
Jack Lusby
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5 January 2018
Liverpool were graced with a dream debut from their £75 million man as Virgil van Dijk secured a 2-1 FA Cup third-round win over Everton.

Liverpool 2-1 Everton
FA Cup Third Round, Anfield

Goals
Milner (pen) 35′ (assist – Lallana)
Sigurdsson 67′ (assist – Jagielka)
Van Dijk 84′ (assist – Oxlade-Chamberlain)

Rounding off a run of 14 games in 49 days, the Reds welcomed their city rivals to Anfield on Friday night looking to ensure they emerged from their congested winter unbeaten.
Having not suffered defeat since their 4-1 loss away to Tottenham at the end of October, Liverpool took on their Merseyside rivals in strong form, buoyed by Monday night’s 2-1 win at Burnley.

But with Sam Allardyce insisting before the game that “it’s win or bust” in the FA Cup, Jurgen Klopp will have needed to steel his side for a tough test.
The German made six changes to his starting lineup from the trip to Turf Moor on New Year’s Day, including a debut for £75 million signing Van Dijk.
With a break of eight days to come after Friday night’s derby, Liverpool were desperate to ensure momentum with a win, and the Dutchman was the one to make it count.

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And that "Unfortunate Incident"
Liverpool release statement on Roberto Firmino & Mason Holgate incident in FA Cup clash
www.thisisanfield.com/2018/01/liverpool-release-statement-roberto-firmino-mason-holgate-incident-fa-cup-clash/



Agree Jobber IF Coutinho should go it will be a sad loss;
And you are right To little club Loyalty and far too much Money Chasing :(
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LIVERPOOL 07 Jan 2018 09:50 #5602

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Its Official Coutinho Is Leaving Liverpool

Not Unexpected; But im sorry to see him leave.

Jurgen Klopp explains Philippe Coutinho’s departure and plans to invest and “react in the right way”

This Is Anfield, News 6 January 2018

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reacted to – and perhaps attempted to explain – Philippe Coutinho‘s departure from the club.


The German boss describes Coutinho as “a good friend, a wonderful person and a fantastic player” in a statement on the official website.
Klopp sought to explain how the club attempted to keep the Brazilian at the club, but the player was insistent on moving to the Nou Camp.

“Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his teammates this was a move he was desperate to make happen,” explained Klopp.

“Despite that, we managed to keep the player here beyond the summer window, hoping that we would be able to persuade him to stay and be part of what we are looking to do.
“I can tell the Liverpool supporters that we, as a club, have done everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of LFC was as attractive as moving to Spain, but he is 100 per cent certain his future – and that of his family – belongs at Barcelona.

“It is his dream and I am now convinced there is nothing left at our disposal to change his mind.”
Coutinho joined the Reds five years ago this month, from Inter Milan, and has made 201 appearances, scoring 54 goals.
“Philippe has made a fantastic contribution to this club over his five years of service and as disappointed as we are he doesn’t want to extend that, the relationship we have for him means with a heavy heart we wish him well.”

Coutinho was sidelined with a reported back injury in the final weeks of the summer transfer window and handed in a transfer request on the eve of the Reds’ opening league fixture, and then missed the two games in January due to another suspicious injury.

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LIVERPOOL 08 Jan 2018 11:49 #5608

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Liverpool are just a feeder club for the european big boys these days and they make it so easy for them to come and cherry pick our star players and dont be surprised if barcelona start shouting from the rooftops in the coming months about how they didn't pay the reported transfer fee but paid what they ordered liverpool to accept just like they did when they decided to buy suarez in 2014
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LIVERPOOL 11 Jan 2018 14:29 #5656

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Looks like it maybe the return of the Squirril Biter :cheer:

Jurgen Klopp 'confident' of signing Luis Suarez :)

www.express.co.uk/sport/football/901350/Liverpool-Jurgen-Klopp-Barcelona-Luis-Suarez-Philippe-Coutinho-La-Liga-transfer-news

Despite his biting probs is a great player, be great to see him back and quite funny as a lot fear this guy for good reason.
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That would sure make Life Interesting there Jobber B) But We have the small Matter of Playing Man City,
Now Everyone POSITIVE Thinking, We CAN Win :)

The tactics needed for Liverpool to end Man City’s unbeaten run on Sunday
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What a game we have in store on Sunday. Unbeaten in 17 games, Liverpool, versus unbeaten this season, Manchester City. Alex Malone shares his pre-match thoughts.

The best home defence in the league versus the second best away attack (guess who’s number 1?)
A home team unbeaten in 11 versus an away team unbeaten in 11 (they’ve won 10 of them). A home team who have conceded only 5 goals versus an away team who has scored 25.

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www.thisisanfield.com/2018/01/liverpool-can-end-man-citys-unbeaten-run-sunday/?utm_source=webpush&utm_medium=Campaign&utm_campaign=webpush

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Oh Boy, What can I say, once again it was "Last Gasp; Edge of my seat right up to the end.
But not just a Win, But a triumphal Victory.
B)

Liverpool 4-3 Man City: Reds pummel league leaders to end City’s unbeaten run
Jack Lusby
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14 January 2018
Liverpool produced a stunning display to end Man City‘s long unbeaten run in the Premier League, sealing a 4-3 victory at Anfield on Sunday.
Liverpool 4-3 Man City
Premier League, Anfield
January 14, 2018

Goals
Oxlade-Chamberlain 9′ (assist – Firmino)
Sane 41′ (assist – Walker)
Firmino 59′ (assist – Oxlade-Chamberlain)
Mane 61′ (assist – Salah)
Salah 67′ (assist – Ederson)
B Silva 84′ (assist – Gundogan)
Gundogan 90+1′ (assist – Aguero)


On the back of a 17-game unbeaten run, the Reds faced their biggest challenge since their 4-1 humbling at Tottenham back in October.

With champions-elect City travelling to Anfield looking to continue their near-pristine league campaign, Liverpool were tasked with becoming the first side to defeat them on the domestic stage this term.

Pep Guardiola’s side had dropped points on just two of 22 occasions heading into Sunday’s clash, with draws against Everton and Crystal Palace coming four months apart.

Having lost Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool were primed for a real test of their credentials with Jurgen Klopp also without the injured Virgil van Dijk.

Eager to prove they can continue their ascent without their No. 10, the Reds took to the field looking for a statement victory, and they certainly delivered.

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LIVERPOOL 16 Jan 2018 15:03 #5725

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Now its Time to Sought out the Goal Keeper Question

Simon Mignolet unrest can lead to Liverpool’s stoppers all being in a better place this January

Karl Matchett 16 January 2018

With Simon Mignolet considering his future Jurgen Klopp has a decision to make. Danny Ward can help him, and Liverpool, stay on the path to success.


With Loris Karius being handed the No. 1 shirt for the Man City match and the boss so publicly backing him to remain in place, it didn’t take long for the Belgian to respond.

Mignolet, first choice for 19 of the first 22 Premier League matches this season, spoke out barely a day after being left out for the Reds’ momentous, groundbreaking victory.

“After everything that has happened this season, I know where I stand, and the situation has become clearer,” he said.

“I always try to stay calm, and I have already grown stronger from such situations.

“But of course I also have to think about my own future, the only thing I can do is focus on the training and do my best.

“I’m [nearly] 30 years old and the World Cup is coming. This situation cannot last too long, that’s clear. I cannot say more about it.”

Now, on one hand, it’s natural and entirely understandable where Mignolet is coming from.

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