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Liverpool will “intensify efforts” to sell Mamadou Sakho in January transfer window

ThisIsAnfield.com - 1 hour 24 min ago
on 02.12.2016

Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho is set to be sold in January, having failed to regain Jurgen Klopp‘s trust following six months in exile.

The Frenchman was sent home midway through the Reds’ pre-season tour of the United States, and has since dropped down to U23 level, playing for and training with Michael Beale‘s side.

Sakho’s fortunes worsened following an ill-advised outburst on social media in September, saying “the fans deserve to know the truth.”

Having turned down loan moves to West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and Besiktas in the summer, Sakho will now leave on a permanent deal in the winter transfer window.

That is according to the Guardian, who claim Liverpool will “intensify efforts” to shift Sakho on the turn of the year.

This comes after Klopp told reporters on Friday morning that “there is no thought to sell any player in the first-team squad,” later reiterating that Sakho was not part of this group.

“Now you know, I said it: he is not in these plans for the first team,” he said of Sakho.

“The first-team squad is here. Do you really think I would have said Sakho will not be sold in winter? Nothing changed.

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“Once again this actual first-team squad is in this dressing room, from this point of view nobody will be sold.”

 Liverpool's Joel Matip in action against Southampton during the FA Premier League match at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp’s comments come as a definitive statement over Sakho’s future, with the 26-year-old having no hope of reclaiming his role in the Liverpool first team.

This is relieved by the excellent form of summer signing Joel Matip, who has played a key part in the Reds’ defensive improvement.

Since Matip’s Premier League debut away to Tottenham Hotspur in August, Liverpool have conceded just nine goals in 11 games.

The Cameroonian has formed a strong partnership with Dejan Lovren, while Ragnar Klavan and Lucas Leiva have impressed when called upon in the League Cup.

With Joe Gomez returning from a year on the sidelines with an ACL injury to keep two clean sheets in two games alongside Sakho for the U23s, Klopp has a number of strong options to call upon.

Gomez is likely to make the step back into the first-team setup in the coming weeks, increasing the competition in Klopp’s ranks further, with Sakho dropping further down the ranks.

A January move would be sensible, given Klopp’s decision, and now Liverpool are simply left to find a buyer.

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Eddie Howe hopes not to see ex-Bournemouth man Adam Lallana on Sunday

ThisIsAnfield.com - 2 hours 13 min ago

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is hoping not to see Adam Lallana in a Liverpool shirt on Sunday, after recalling their time together at Dean Court.

Howe spent all but two seasons of his playing career with Bournemouth, while he also managed the Cherries between and 2011, with his current spell coming after 21 months in charge at Burnley.

During his time as a player on the south coast, Lallana was making his name in the club’s academy, while he also spent a month on loan there in 2007.

Lallana is set for a late fitness test for Liverpool’s clash with Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon, after recovering from a groin injury that kept him out of the Reds’ last three games.

However, speaking at his press conference on Friday morning, Howe said he would prefer the No. 20, who has been in excellent form so far this season, sat out.

“He’s a talented player. I was aware of him as a young player, we took him on loan way back under Kevin Bond,” he told reporters.

“You could see technically, very, very good off both feet, had all the tricks that you need, very creative eye, very good passer of the ball, moves very well.

“So I’ve been an admirer of his for a long time, and I hope not to see him on Sunday!”

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Howe is likely to call at least one former Liverpool player into his starting lineup, having signed Brad Smith and Jordon Ibe for a combined £21 million in the summer.

Smith made his first Premier League start since joining the Cherries against Arsenal last time out, playing 81 minutes in his natural role at left-back.

Meanwhile, Ibe has started in 11 of his 12 league appearances so far this season, though he has played over 70 minutes just twice, and dropped out of Howe’s lineup for the last two games.

“He’s only 20 years old and given time he will make a real difference,” Howe said of Ibe.

“There is so much more to come, the potential of the player is limitless and he’s technically and athletically excellent.

“Every player is different, people have to get used to our way of working.

“But we’ve seen a lot of good things from him, maybe that hasn’t happened consistently, but for a young player that’s the challenge.

“[You have] to change those moments of brilliance into consistent match-winning efforts.”

Ibe’s next opportunity to do so could be against Liverpool, the club he spent four years with, making 58 first-team appearances, scoring four goals and assisting a further seven.

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Melwood gallery: 30 photos from pre-Bournemouth training

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 21:45
Preparations for Sunday's trip to Bournemouth continued this afternoon, as Liverpool were put through their paces at Melwood.
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Melwood gallery: 30 photos from pre-Bournemouth training

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 21:45

Preparations for Sunday's trip to Bournemouth continued this afternoon, as Liverpool were put through their paces at Melwood.

The Reds trained ahead of the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium under the watchful eye of Jürgen Klopp.

Our photographers were on hand to capture the best of the session at the club's West Derby base, and you can view a full gallery below.

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Liverpool U23s coach Michael Beale linked with assistant manager role in Brazil

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 20:40
on 02.12.2016

Liverpool U23s coach Michael Beale is reported to be set to join Sao Paulo manager Rogerio Ceni as the Brazilian’s new assistant manager.

Beale is well established on Merseyside, and has been in charge of the Reds’ U23s, formerly the U21s, since 2014.

This has capped a successful four years at the club so far, but if reports in Brazil are to be believed, his time with Liverpool is due to come to an end.

According to Globo Esporte, Ceni headhunted Beale on a trip to Liverpool in September, and a deal could be finalised next week.

Ceni met with Jurgen Klopp, as well as Lucas Leiva, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, at Melwood, before taking over at Sao Paulo at the end of November.

Beale has been pictured in Brazil this week, watching Sao Paulo’s 4-0 win over Capivariano along with Ceni on Sunday, and he is set to begin learning Portuguese on taking over the role.

Rogerio ceni assiste partida de ida da final do paulista sub20 em cotia! #sub20 #u20 #spfc #saopaulofc #saopaulofutebolclube

A photo posted by Mauricio Rummens (@rummens) on Nov 27, 2016 at 4:46am PST

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If Beale does leave Liverpool, it will prompt a shakeup in the club’s academy coaching setup – and freeing up a role for Steven Gerrard.

 Former Liverpool player Steven Gerrard during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Neil Critchley is currently in charge of the Under 18s, with Des Maher coaching the Under 16s, and the duo could take a step up in roles respectively.

Critchley has been with the club since 2013 and is widely regarded within the academy.

Alternatively, the Reds could look to appoint a entirely new U23s manager, with Klopp already having brought the likes of Zeljko Buvac, Peter Krawietz and Andreas Kornmayer into the club.

It is unlikely that first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders will take the role, as he is already settled as the club’s liaison between the academy and the senior side.

One possible candidate for the role is Gerrard, who has been heavily linked with a return to the Reds after his retirement last month.

Gerrard has already turned down a managerial role with MK Dons, and some reports have suggested he doesn’t want just a “symbolic” role but a “meaningful” one – which U23s coach would be.

Whether he would step in as U23s immediately remains to be seen, and the 36-year-old could instead coach the U16s, with Critchley as U23s coach and Maher moving up to the U18s.

Gerrard has been at Anfield for Liverpool’s last two games, with his affinity with the club clear.

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Karius supports Premier League Schools Tournament

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 20:15
Loris Karius recently visited the Academy to show his support for the Premier League Schools Tournament.
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Karius supports Premier League Schools Tournament

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 20:15

Loris Karius recently visited the Academy to show his support for the Premier League Schools Tournament.

The Liverpool goalkeeper was in Kirkby alongside the club’s official charity, the Liverpool FC Foundation, which has been hosting these competitions for the past 10 years.

Karius presented the winning teams, Eastcroft Park and St Anne’s, with their medals before participating in a Q&A with the youngsters and posing for pictures with all of those involved.

The Premier League Schools Tournament gives hundreds of young people the chance to experience the thrill of being treated like a top-flight footballer and was created to increase participation in football throughout the country.

Each of the division’s 20 teams stage their own competition each year to select a school to represent them in the regional and national finals, with LFC winning the tournament three times in the past six years – including Plantation Primary School from Halewood, who won the tournament in 2014 and 2015.

The Liverpool FC Foundation takes real pride in the tournament and engaged with a total of 125 schools in last year’s successful event.

Karius said: “It’s fantastic to be here to see so many young people enjoying playing football and keeping fit.

“There was also some great talent on display, which shows the high standard of the teams involved with the annual Premier League Schools Tournament.”

Head of the Liverpool FC Foundation, Andrea Cooper, added: “It was great to be able to welcome Loris down to the Academy to meet those participating in the tournament and to answer some questions from the children.

“The Premier League Schools is a fantastic tournament which Liverpool FC and the LFC Foundation are immensely proud to be involved in year in, year out.”

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Striker responds to Liverpool transfer links

HEAD NEWS - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 19:07

Sardar Azmoun admits he will consider leaving Rostov if an approach comes from Liverpool.

The Reds are reportedly one of several European clubs tracking the Iran international ahead of the January transfer window.

Dutch clubs Ajax and PSV Eindhoven have also been linked with Rostov, who netted goals against Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich in the Champions League earlier in the season.

The 21-year-old confirmed he was yet to receive any offers but insists he would consider any approaches that came his way.

"Ajax, PSV or Liverpool? I have [not] received any offers," the exciting forward said.

"If there are, then I’m going to take my time to look into it, whether it comes from Liverpool or other clubs."

Azmoun started his career at Rubin Kazan before a productive loan spell led to a full contract with Rostov.

The Iranian star failed to score in his first 13 games for the Russian club, but he has since netted four goals in five games.

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Striker responds to Liverpool transfer links

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 19:07
Sardar Azmoun admits he will consider leaving Rostov if an approach comes from Liverpool.
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Striker responds to Liverpool transfer links

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 19:07

Sardar Azmoun admits he will consider leaving Rostov if an approach comes from Liverpool.

The Reds are reportedly one of several European clubs tracking the Iran international ahead of the January transfer window.

Dutch clubs Ajax and PSV Eindhoven have also been linked with Rostov, who netted goals against Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich in the Champions League earlier in the season.

The 21-year-old confirmed he was yet to receive any offers but insists he would consider any approaches that came his way.

"Ajax, PSV or Liverpool? I have [not] received any offers," the exciting forward said.

"If there are, then I’m going to take my time to look into it, whether it comes from Liverpool or other clubs."

Azmoun started his career at Rubin Kazan before a productive loan spell led to a full contract with Rostov.

The Iranian star failed to score in his first 13 games for the Russian club, but he has since netted four goals in five games.

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Liverpool 4-1 Bournemouth (1968) – Shankly’s Reds put Cherries to the sword in FA Cup replay

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 19:00

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In music, The Beatles still dominated. On the day of our classic game, January 30th, they had two songs in the top ten; and they’d been there for weeks. By the end of the year they would release the White Album to mixed reviews. It still went to number one on both sides of the Atlantic, proving that the only people who listen to critics are critics.

Liverpool Football Club had grown used to dining on Champagne and Caviar, but they’d entered a period of austerity as Shankly set about rebuilding his fallen empire. Shanks had joined Liverpool in 1959 and in seven years took an average side in the second tier of English football to two first division titles in 1964 and 1966 and, most importantly for Kopites, brought home the holy grail of trophies, the FA Cup in 1965. However, the Reds would have to wait until 1973 for their next title.

 On this day in 1888 The English Football League was established. This image from 1973 shows Liverpool manager Bill Shankley holding aloft the League Championship Trophy. Liverpool manager Bill Shankly holds aloft the League Championship trophy at Anfield today, and the joy on the face of the young supporter says it all. Liverpool just clinched the title by drawing 0-0 with Leicester.

In all that time the people’s love for the man from Glenbuck remained undiminished. Shankly was an incredibly charismatic leader and his powers of communication, both with players and supporters, are unsurpassed even in the modern game. You only have to consider the thousands who packed out St George’s Plateau to welcome his defeated heroes after the 1971 FA Cup final against Arsenal, for proof of the man’s appeal and the people’s enduring trust in him.

The 1967-68 season was a frustrating one and a series of disappointing draws over Christmas saw the Reds going into the New Year playing catch up, after taking five out of a possible eight points. However, they would go into their FA Cup clash with the Cherries on the back of two home wins against West Bromwich Albion and Southampton.

Liverpool 4-1 Bournemouth

FA Cup 3rd round replay, Anfield, 30 January 1968

The game kicked off at 7:30 on a Tuesday night. Liverpudlians were doubtless looking forward to the Merseyside Derby, which would take place at Goodison on the Saturday. The Blues would end Liverpool’s resurgence with a 1-0 victory, thanks to a Howard Kendall goal, in front of almost 65,000 supporters. The attendance at Anfield for the visit of Third Division Bournemouth was almost 55,000.

Given the esteem in which the cup was held, the atmosphere would have been electric. Archive footage of the period shows that the Kop would have been packed solid and supporters would have been in fine voice long before the kick-off, as they sought to entertain themselves and show off their superiority over other supporters.

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Up front for Liverpool was a big target man, Tony Hateley. The 26 year old had joined the Reds for a record £96,000 in 1967 from Chelsea, where he had managed just one season. He had scored 150 goals prior to joining the Reds and would score a further 28 for Liverpool in 56 appearances. Not a bad goals to game ratio for a striker, but his direct style didn’t seem to fit with Shankly’s famous pass and move ethos.

Alongside him was goal machine Roger Hunt. He had made his debut in 1959, stepping in for the legendary Billy Liddell. In the years that followed he would not be found wanting, managing 285 goals in 492 appearances; a ratio of 1:73. Hunt served the Reds for a decade, winning the second division title in 1961-2, two League Championships and the FA Cup.

This was Hateley’s first game back after a four game absence. At the end of the game the Kop would be chanting his name as he walked off the pitch. He’d scored only one of the Reds four goals that night, but he’d played a pivotal role in Liverpool’s progress and the supporters were keen to give thanks.

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Dave Horridge’s match report reflected the big man’s impact. “Liverpool were expected to apply pressure from the start, and Hateley created it. They then needed a goal, and Hateley provided it.”

Tommy Smith had provided the assist with a high ball into the box, which the striker headed “spectacularly” into the net on 33 minutes. It was a richly deserved opener, as the press had observed “Liverpool had conditioned Bournemouth to expect the worst.”

 Liverpool fans' banner remembering 'Sir' Roger Hunt during the Premiership match against Bolton Wanderers at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Just before half-time Peter Thompson picked up the ball from a throw in and raced past two Cherries defenders and smashed in Liverpool’s second on 43 minutes. As the opposition players supped their tea during the break, they probably wished they were already on the bus back to Bournemouth.

Their worst fears would be realised within six minutes of the restart. Hateley this time turned provider and set up Hunt for the third. Scouser Chris Lawler notched the Reds fourth in the 73rd minute and the win was sealed. Chris played in defence but chipped in with his share of goals in a career that spanned 12 years. In all he scored 61 goals in 549 appearances for Liverpool.

The only sour note to a game the home side totally dominated was the Cherries consolation. Emlyn Hughes was racing towards his own goal in an attempt to prevent a Bournemouth player reaching a cross. Unfortunately he smashed his attempted clearance past a despairing Tommy Lawrence, into his own net. It didn’t matter though and Liverpool would be worthy 4-1 winners on the night.

The Reds would go all the way to the 6th round in the cup that year; succumbing to a 2-1 home defeat to West Brom after two replays. They’d also finish third in the league, three points behind winners Manchester City and one point behind runners-up Manchester United, who became the first English side to win the European Cup that season.

Shankly’s legend and the affection in which he was held remained untarnished though. He would reward Liverpool supporters for their unwavering devotion with a further League Championship, FA Cup and UEFA Cup, before shocking the football world in 1974 by resigning as manager of Liverpool Football Club. His legacy though lives on today and will forever more.

Liverpool XI: Lawrence, Lawler, Strong, Smith, Yeats, Hughes, Callaghan, Hunt, Hateley, St. John, Thompson.

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Striker admits he's open to Anfield move

HEAD NEWS - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 18:30

Rostov striker Sardar Azmoun has claimed he would consider a move to Liverpool.

Azmoun has been linked with Liverpool in recent weeks due to his fine performances in the Champions League with Russian side Rostov.

The 21-year-old enhanced his reputation with goals against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid and the Liverpool Echo claim he has caught the eye of the Reds.

He is also said to be on the radar of Dutch giants Ajax and PSV Eindhoven.

When asked about a potential move away from Rostov, he said: "Ajax, PSV or Liverpool? I have not received any offers.

“If there are, then I’m going to take my time to look into it, whether it’s come from Liverpool or other clubs.”

Azmoun's agent Mehdi Hagitali claimed last month his client was focusing on his future with Rostov, but did not rule out a move elsewhere.

“I read about the interest in Sardar from Liverpool, but I can say that at present there have been no formal proposals from either foreign or Russian clubs," Hagitali said.

"His main goal is to become the best striker in the Russian Premier League.

"But if some proposals come, we will look at them."

Azmoun has scored six times and provided two assists in 22 appearances for Rostov this season.

He signed a two-year deal with the Russian side in the summer and is under contract until June 2018.

He has 22 caps for Iran and has already scored 16 international goals.

Source: Daily Express

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Striker admits he's open to Anfield move

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 18:30
Rostov striker Sardar Azmoun has claimed he would consider a move to Liverpool.
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Striker admits he's open to Anfield move

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 18:30

Rostov striker Sardar Azmoun has claimed he would consider a move to Liverpool.

Azmoun has been linked with Liverpool in recent weeks due to his fine performances in the Champions League with Russian side Rostov.

The 21-year-old enhanced his reputation with goals against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid and the Liverpool Echo claim he has caught the eye of the Reds.

He is also said to be on the radar of Dutch giants Ajax and PSV Eindhoven.

When asked about a potential move away from Rostov, he said: "Ajax, PSV or Liverpool? I have not received any offers.

“If there are, then I’m going to take my time to look into it, whether it’s come from Liverpool or other clubs.”

Azmoun's agent Mehdi Hagitali claimed last month his client was focusing on his future with Rostov, but did not rule out a move elsewhere.

“I read about the interest in Sardar from Liverpool, but I can say that at present there have been no formal proposals from either foreign or Russian clubs," Hagitali said.

"His main goal is to become the best striker in the Russian Premier League.

"But if some proposals come, we will look at them."

Azmoun has scored six times and provided two assists in 22 appearances for Rostov this season.

He signed a two-year deal with the Russian side in the summer and is under contract until June 2018.

He has 22 caps for Iran and has already scored 16 international goals.

Source: Daily Express

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Klopp has no plans to sell Sturridge

BBC Sport - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 17:30
Daniel Sturridge (right) has scored four EFL Cup goals this season

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted striker Daniel Sturridge is not for sale.

After struggling for first-team football, the England international has been linked with a January move to Premier League rivals West Ham.