Besiktas Want Karius

According to David Maddock of the Mirror, Besiktas are interested in signing Liverpool's Loris Karius and the talks are ongoing. The German shot-stopper arrived in 2016 for around £5million from Mainz as manager Jurgen Klopp began shaping the team to his designs. It had become obvious somewhere along the line that Klopp preferred his signing to Simon Mignolet. Karius was given the No.1 shirt and the No.1 spot straight away, even ...

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Mignolet, Karius Set for Axe, Woodburn Goes to Sheffield

Jurgen Klopp seems a very serious person when he comes down to business. He's on very friendly terms with his players, but there is a ruthless streak in him, a necessary trait of any successful manager in the world of football. Goalkeepers Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius are set to feel it first-hand. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'cii-JTI-SCRmbFfp1mIvyw',sig:'T201IvLwb0Kdcnm7dt_wdIUfyj4d8sv6isEr6OozcGY=',w:'594px',h:'396px',items:'963217054',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); With the signing of Alisson Becker for a world-record goalkeeper fee ...

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Champions League Final Live Game Cafe!

Welcome, boys and girls, to the biggest game in the world of club football. The venue: The National Stadium of Wales (Cardiff) The KO time: 19:45 BST (20:45 CET) Real Madrid CF vs Juventus FC Hopefully, it won't be too long before were able to see our beloved Liverpool play in it, but tonight we'll have to settle for watching the two probably best teams in Europe go against each other, and be assured we're going ...

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With or Without Jon

Liverpool haven’t had much luck with full-backs over the recent years. The pair of Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique on their best day had some promise, but injuries and inconsistencies took their toll, as first Enrique, and then Johnson too, became rather unreliable. But back to the start of that (in)famous 2013/14 season, both of them missed the start of the campaign, and Brendan Rodgers was forced to deploy Jon Flanagan ...

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Juve in for Emre?

Italian journalist  Gianluca Di Marzio claims Italian champions Juventus are keeping an eye on Liverpool's Emre Can.  According to Di Marzio, Juventus are in the market for a midfielder, and Emre Can, due to his quality and the present situation with his contract, has emerged (again) as a possible target. He also states that the initial contact has been made between the Turin club and Can's representatives. Should they fail to reach ...

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Liverpool 1 – 2 Crystal Palace: Match Report

Crystal Palace visited Anfield as part of round 34 of the 2016/17 Premier League season on Sunday, 23rd April. The season has reached that crucial stage where every point on the board is of vital importance, and with the Eagles known to cause trouble for the Reds, there was no room for mistakes in this game. There were several worries about the fitness of players for Jurgen Klopp ahead of the clash, ...

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Special Sunday Live Game Cafe!

Hello and welcome to FOAR's Live Game Cafe, on this nice, relaxing day, known as Sunday. Like yesterday, there’s a mixture of the Premier League and the FA Cup today as well, with one small difference. Well , Liverpool play today, don’t they? https://twitter.com/empireofthekop/status/856055232501084160   Here we go. 14:15 BST (15:15 CET) Burnley vs Manchester United As you’ve probably heard, Manchester United have been left without Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo for the rest of the season as ...

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Saturday Live Game Cafe!

Welcome, friends, to another one of FOAR's Live Game Cafes! It's Saturday again (well there's something you didn't know), and I don't know about the weather conditions where you all live, but in my town it's cold and windy outside - a perfect day for some shouting at the TV while watching football. But first I'd like to share a piece of wisdom I've come across while browsing this morning, one that ...

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WBA 0 – 1 Liverpool: Match Reports & Player Ratings

 Round 33 of the 2016/17 Premier League season saw Liverpool play West Brom at the Hawthorns. Match Report For this game, Jurgen Klopp abandoned his three-at-the-back experiment from the previous match and went back to his usual 4-3-3. Simon Mignolet was in goal, Nathaniel Clyne (right) and James Milner (left) flanked Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren at the back. Lucas Leiva anchored the midfield completed by Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum. Philippe Coutinho ...

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Sunday Live Game Cafe!

Welcome again, friends. Today is the day Liverpool could take their chances of a top four finish to the level of extremely high probability, almost certainty should they win at the Hawthorns. A convincing win over Bournemouth yesterday by Spurs has kept up the pressure on league leaders Chelsea, and now Antonio Conte's side need to win today at Old Trafford. Otherwise they could become anxious over the title which so ...

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Saturday Live Game Cafe!

Hello friends, and welcome again to FOAR's Live Game Cafe.  On this day, marking the 28th anniversary of the most terrible event the world of football has ever seen, the thoughts of everybody at FOAR are with the families of the 96 victims of the infamous disaster. May the people who went to see a football game and never came back rest in peace, now that the truth has been brought ...

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LFC to mark 28th anniversary of Hillsborough

Liverpool Football Club will mark the 28th anniversary of Hillsborough with tributes across club sites and a day of themed programming on LFCTV. At 3.06pm on Saturday afternoon, players and staff across the club will pause to observe a minute’s silence in memory of the 96 children, women and men who lost their lives as a result of the tragedy on April 15, 1989. At Melwood, the day’s training session will stop ...

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Sunday Live Game Cafe!

Hello, and welcome once again. Yesterday was a great day for sure, with the way the Reds rose to the occasion and snatched the three points from Stoke. If you missed it, you can read the report here and the player ratings here. Will Howell has done a great post-match reaction & analysis video, and you can also check out some other post-match reactions and pressers. Today there's a total of two ...

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Stoke City 1 – 2 Liverpool: Match Report

Just three days after the midweek disappointment, the Reds were in action again, away to Stoke City, playing their 32nd league game of the season. Without Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana, with Roberto Firmino judged to be fatigued and Philippe Coutinho just coming back from illness, Klopp picked a rather unusual lineup, arranged in a 3-5-2:   Matip was in the centre of defence flanked by Lovren and Klavan, the trio of ...

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Saturday Live Game Cafe!

Hello and welcome, friends. Sit down and grab a drink. No need to take the shoes off. Today a total of seven games are being played in the Premier League, and it's going to be an interesting day for sure. But before we get into them and the teams facing each other this round, let's take a look at the current standings: Most of the seven games today are important, with at ...

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Liverpool 2 – 2 Bournemouth: Match Report & Player Ratings

Round 31 of this season’s Premier League handed Liverpool the chance of paying Bournemouth back for what the Reds had suffered at the hands of Eddie Howe’s team at the beginning of December. It was also an opportunity for the Reds to improve their chances of Champions League qualification for the next season, considering the other fixtures of this round. With Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana all unavailable, Jurgen Klopp ...

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Wednesday Live Game Cafe!

Hello and welcome to another Live Game Cafe! We thoroughly appreciate you dropping by to enjoy the game(s) with us dab-smack in the middle of the week. First of all, let's take a look at what happened yesterday: And now the table looks like this:   There's plenty of action left for today, including Liverpool's mission to avenge themselves for that surprising defeat at the Vitality earlier this season. Here we go.   19:45 BST (20:45 CET) Arsenal vs ...

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Liverpool 3 – 1 Everton: Match Report

The day – Saturday, April 1st 2017. Early kick-off game. The venue – Anfield. The opponent – Everton. Round 30 of the 2016/17 Premier League season featured the 228th  Merseyside Derby, with Liverpool hosting their bitter rivals from the other side of Stanley Park. Both teams were hit hard by injuries for this game, and neither Jurgen Klopp nor Ronald Koeman were able to name their preferred line-ups. Klopp opted to retain his ...

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Derby Saturday Live Game Cafe!

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Alexandre Lacazette’s Agent Dispels Atletico Madrid Deal Rumours

Arsenal and Liverpool might have received a big boost on the transfer front, after Alexandre Lacazette's agent claimed that there is no truth to rumours linking his client to a deal with Atletico Madrid. ​ It was understood that the Frenchman had a verbal agreement with the Spanish giants, agent David Venditelli has denied the report from ​Cadena Cope, and said that neither he nor Lacazette have ever even met with Atletico representatives. Venditelli claimed, as reported by ​RMC Sport, ...

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Origi frustrated by shortage of game time at Liverpool

Divock Origi is frustrated by his lack of playing time for Liverpool and is considering his future at the club. The forward has struggled for a regular run at Anfield, with Jürgen Klopp preferring the attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mané. “It’s a bit frustrating that I don’t play a lot,” Origi said. “It has been a while since I’ve been able to play a few games ...

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Impressing Liverpool? How Julian Brandt fared in Germany win over England

Was there anything to impress from the Bayer Leverkusen star? With Liverpool interested in bringing Julian Brandt to Anfield this summer, Wednesday night offered an opportunity to take a closer look at the Bayer Leverkusen star. The 20-year-old was named in the starting line-up for Germany’s home friendly against England in Dortmund, his fifth cap for the senior side, before coming off on 58 minutes. Here is a summary of his evening as ...

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Manchester City 1 – 1 Liverpool: Match Report

Round 29 of the Premier League saw the Reds visit the Manchester Blues at their Etihad stadium. Ever since Manchester City became one of the richest clubs in England, Liverpool’s clashes with them have been bearing much importance for both teams. This time the game was simply huge in terms of top-four placement at the end of the season, for which both teams are strong candidates. Not being able to count on ...

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Sunday Live Game Café!

Sunday. Just how bloody remains to be seen. Hello and welcome once again to FOAR's Live Game Café. An extremely interesting day, to put it mildly, is before us. Three Premier League games are being played today. Well, two games and one Game. First of all, here's a reminder of the results of the games played yesterday: And after those games, the table looks like this: As we see, Arsenal losing to Watford puts ...

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Saturday Live Game Café!

Hello, and welcome to FOAR's Live Game Café and round 29 of the 2016/17 Premier League season. The table currently stands like this: Seven games are being played today, and some of them might be interesting for Liverpool to observe, whether simply the result being significant, or the play. Let's see what's in store. 12:30 BST (13:30 CET) West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal The first game of the day is probably the most interesting one ...

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Liverpool to join Bayern’s Audi Cup this summer

Liverpool are currently in talks to take part in the high-profile pre-season tournament organized by Bayern Munich. According to Liverpool Echo, the Bavarians are keen to see the Reds join their friendly exhibition event this summer. Audi Cup lasts two days and Liverpool would play against two top-class teams. It takes place every two years, and in 2015 it hosted Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan. The two Manchester clubs have ...

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Lovren to play for the U23s tonight

Defender Dejan Lovren will play for Liverpool's U23 team tonight (Monday) vs Chelsea.  The Croatian centre-back missed games against Hull, Spurs and Leicester due to a knee problem for which he required the services of a specialist in Germany. After that he was an unused substitute in the 3-1 win over Arsenal, but he injured his back in training last week and was therefore left out of contention for the game ...

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Liverpool 2 – 1 Burnley: Match Report & Player Ratings

The round 28 of the 2016/17 Premier League season saw Liverpool welcome Burnley. Jurgen Klopp sent out the following line-up: The formation of the team seemed to be floating between the standard 4-3-3 with Emre Can in the holding role instead of Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi up front for Roberto Firmino, and a 4-2-3-1 when Lallana would advance into the No.10 role right behind Origi. Sean Dyche on the other hand opted ...

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Sunday Live Game Café!

Hello people, and welcome to another Live Game Cafe.  Like yesterday, we again have a mixture of the FA Cup and the Premier League today, but with only one game in each competition. Even so, things should be far more interesting for us today. Let's see why.   14:00 BST (15:00 CET) - The FA Cup Tottenham Hotspur vs Millwall  As is the case with Manchester City, the FA Cup may present Spurs with a ...

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Saturday Live Game Cafe!

Hello friends, and welcome. This weekend it's a mixture of competitions again, as both the round 28 of the Premier League and the quarterfinals of the FA Cup are being played. The day, or at least the football part of it, starts and ends with an FA Cup fixture, with three Premier League matches squeezed in between. Here we go.   12:15 BST (13:15 CET) - The FA Cup Middlesbrough vs Manchester City In a match that ...

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Liverpool 3 – 1 Arsenal: Match Report

The 27th game of Liverpool’s 2016/17 Premier League campaign was played at Anfield, against Arsenal, in a moment when both teams find themselves where they never meant to come – under fire from fans and under criticism from the media. For that exact reason, the moment is extremely important for both teams’ chances of securing a top-four spot at the end of the season. Unable to count on Dejan Lovren and ...

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Saturday Live Game Cafe!

Hello everybody, and welcome to another Live Game Café. Another Saturday has come, and another Premier League weekend begins. This time it’s round 27, but first, let’s take a quick look at the table as it stands beforehand: And now, let’s see what’s on the agenda for today.   12:30 BST (13:30 CET) Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth I never thought I’d say this, let alone put it in writing, but today we’ll be hoping Manchester ...

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Jordan Henderson: The Role & Significance

The Player Ever since his arrival at Liverpool FC in the summer of 2011, Jordan Henderson has been much debated among the fans and media, and was also the subject of much back-and-forth thinking by Brendan Rodgers, when the Northern Irishman replaced Kenny Dalglish in 2012. As Rodgers started his reign and began his reshuffle of the team, several players got axed, and Henderson was very close to getting there himself. However, ...

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Saturday Live Game Cafe!

Hello all, and welcome! Grab some coffee. It's finally Premier League Saturday, and since the last weekend was all about the FA Cup, it has been long in coming. The table currently stands like this: Without further ado, let's take a look at what's on today.   15:00 BST (16:00 CET)   Chelsea vs Swansea City It's probably too much to hope that the new-found form of the Swans under Paul Clement will be able to cause an ...

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Tuesday Champions League Cafe!

The third pair of the Champions League round of 16 first-leg games are being played tonight. Let's hope Manchester City continue their run and get distracted at a crucial moment in the Premier League season.   Manchester City vs Monaco https://twitter.com/ChampionsLeague/status/834112107926867968   Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid https://twitter.com/ChampionsLeague/status/834111780653768705 Enjoy the games and banter on in the comment section. Cheers!

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Why the referee for Leicester v Liverpool is bad news for Jurgen Klopp

Lee Mason has become something of a jinx for Reds this season. The latest round of referee appointments has been announced – and it could spell a problem for Liverpool. Lee Mason has been chosen to officiate Liverpool's trip to Leicester City on Monday night. The Greater Manchester referee has a bit of previous with the Reds, most prominently in the 2013-14 season when then Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was fined for questioning ...

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Mane’s first goal against Spurs: Perspective

Due to the winter crisis (not to use the word “slump” again), a debate had arisen among the fans and pundits naturally, about the possible causes for it, and especially due to its duration and consequences, an opinion has surfaced that Klopp was a “one-trick pony” and that his methods and tactics had been found out. After watching the first goal Sadio Mane scored in the 2-0 win over Tottenham on ...

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Klopp on Brewster, Dhanda and Masterson

Reds boss impressed by youngsters during La Manga trip Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool Academy duo Yan Dhanda and Conor Masterson have impressed him during the club’s Spanish training camp. The teenagers were promoted to the first-team squad for the trip to La Manga as reward for their progress at Kirkby so far this season. Klopp revealed that he also considered taking highly-rated 17-year-old striker Rhian Brewster. However, he opted for Dhanda and Masterson after ...

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Wednesday Champions League Cafe!

Evening, folks, and welcome to FOAR's special edition of Live Game Cafe, dedicated to the UEFA Champions League. Tonight, there are two more games of Europe's elite competition to be played. At the Allianz Arena in Munich, Bayern welcome Arsenal. The two sides meet at a moment that can be described as different for one and the other, with the German team striding towards another league title after a bit of ...

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Tuesday Champions League Cafe!

After a long break the UEFA Champions League is set to continue tonight with the round of 16, when Paris Saint-Germain welcome five-time winners of the competition, FC Barcelona, while Benfica host Borussia Dortmund. It will be a chance for former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez to say hello to his partner in Uruguay NT attack Edinson Cavani. Unai Emery, who lead Sevilla to that heart-breaking victory over Liverpool in the Europa ...

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Liverpool ‘yearn’ to sign player, and can complete €50m deal if Klopp acts early enough

Inaki Williams to Liverpool keeps popping up in the Spanish media. At the beginning of February, Marca reported on Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool interest in the Athletic Club Bilbao attacker. Jurgen Klopp ‘has reports on his table’ about the player, according to the newspaper, and Liverpool are following his progress closely. Another Spanish newspaper, AS, touches on the subject in their Tuesday edition. It’s explained that Liverpool ‘yearn’ to sign Inaki, but that, ...

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Monday Night Live Game Cafe!

Two days after the Reds smashed Spurs, round 25 comes to an end with a game between AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City. Eddie Howe and his lads will look to upset the odds at their home turf of the Vitality Stadium, just like they did when Liverpool came to visit. Ahead of tonight's game they sit in 14th place and have accumulated 26 points, six more than Hull City who currently ...

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I wanted van Dijk at Liverpool says Rodgers

Ex Reds boss claims scouts told him defender wasn't ready for Anfield.   Southampton’s £40million plus rated centre-back Virgil van Dijk is reportedly being chased by Liverpool but former Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he tried to sign the Dutchman during his time at Anfield but was knocked back by the club’s scouts. Although currently sidelined with an ankle injury, van Dijk is one of English football’s most wanted men with ...

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Liverpool heading to La Manga for warm-weather training camp

Jurgen Klopp's side will spend four nights in Spain as part of mid-season break. Liverpool will fly to Spain this week for a warm-weather training camp as part of Jurgen Klopp’s February “pre-season”. The Reds will head out to La Manga on Wednesday and spend four nights in the exclusive resort before travelling back to Merseyside on the Sunday. Klopp gave his players three days off following Saturday evening’s 2-0 home win over ...

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Gini Wijnaldum: This is how we have to play

Georginio Wijnaldum heaped praise upon Liverpool's performance after yesterday's 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur and declared: 'This is how we have to play'. The Reds ended a five-game winless streak in the Premier League as Sadio Mane netted twice in the first half at Anfield to put Mauricio Pochettino's side to the sword. The hosts were the dominant force throughout, with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris producing some heroics between the sticks to keep ...

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Liverpool’s knack of beating the best but not the rest continues against Spurs

In answering their critics, Liverpool validated much of the criticism they have received. If an impressive and merited victory over Tottenham Hotspur maintained their strong form against their top six rivals, it served also to underline their status as reverse flat track bullies. Put them up against the strongest and they invariably perform; pitch them against the weakest and the tendency is to wilt. While the sixteen points they have taken in ...

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Liverpool 2 – 0 Tottenham: Match Report

After a horrible period that seemed like century long but actually lasted about a month and a half, Liverpool hosted Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield for a round-25 Premier League game. Klopp stuck with the 4-3-3 formation that he has used all season, as well as with Simon Mignolet in goal after a few shaky performances by the Belgian ‘keeper. Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner covered the flanks either side of Joel ...

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Saturday Live Game Cafe!

Welcome, people, to FOAR's Live Game Cafe. Joe's unavailable at the moment due to some *ahem* unavoidable commitments - don't do anything I wouldn't Joe - so it's your lot to suffer my pathetic attempt at entertaining you a bit before today's games. Please keep your shoes on, we haven't fixed the ventilation system yet. Speaking of today's games - here they are.   12:30 BST (13:30 CET) Arsenal vs Hull City We'll of course be ...

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Athletic Bilbao Forward Inaki Williams Teases Liverpool Move But Says ‘Bilbao Is the Place Now’

Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams has said that he feels "very lucky" to have been linked with a move to Liverpool. The 22-year-old's performances for the Basque club have impressed his many admirers this season, with Liverpool one of the sides most heavily rumoured to attempt to bring him in. And Williams has admitted that he is pleased to see such an historic club interested in acquiring his services. "Lots of things are ...

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It’s Deserved, But Is It Smart? The Adam Lallana Contract Conundrum

Over the last couple of days, various media outlets have released reports that Adam Lallana is going to be signing an extended contract at Liverpool. The England international first arrived at Anfield in 2014 following a big money move from fellow Premier League side Southampton, and despite a slow start initially he’s gradually become an integral part of the exciting unit that Jürgen Klopp is putting together. Assessing his performance during ...

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Liverpool ban S*n journalists over Hillsborough coverage

• Newspaper barred from Anfield and Melwood training ground • Decision based on notorious coverage immediately after 1989 disaster Liverpool Football Club have banned the S*n from their Anfield stadium and Melwood training ground over the newspaper’s notorious coverage of the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool supporters were unlawfully killed. The S*n will not be permitted to report on the club’s matches from Anfield and be given no access to interview players or ...

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Liverpool vs Spurs: Pre-Match Presser

Klopp on Lallana's new deal “Adam is a very important player for us. He already has a pretty long contract. “How close is a new one? We don’t talk about this. It says nothing about his importance if we are negotiating or not. “We have to talk to the player, the agents and then, when something is decided, we will inform you.” On facing top six opposition Liverpool have taken 13 points from a possible ...

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Foot In Mouth Desease

Written by: Keith van Vollenhoven  It is the curse of the modern day footballer and lest we forget, the retired footballer trying to stay relevant.  Why oh why do they have to state the obvious, why say anything when you have been so GOD dammed awful since the turn of the year. Everyone knows it, the results speak for themselves and no matter how much they talk about it, it will ...

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Luiz’ Free-Kick & Hull’s First Goal – Analysis, Opinion, Conclusion

After some very good displays over the course of the season, Simon Mignolet has now come under redoubled fire from his critics after conceding two very, shall we say, interesting goals.  So, after three and a half years at the club, we all know well what kind of a 'keeper Mignolet is. As has been said many times, an excellent shot-stopper, very unreliable with set-pieces and decision-making. He had improved his ...

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Hull City 2 – 0 Liverpool: Match Report

Liverpool travelled to Hull for the round 24 of the 2016/17 Premier League season. As a very gruesome January gives way to a new, hopefully better month, and after we had started looking forward to having all of our players at the manager’s disposal, an hour before the match the club have released the information that both Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan are unavailable for selection. The formation was the familiar 4-3-3, ...

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January 2017 Review: It’s Been a Cold Winter

January – the first month of the year... Usually signifies a new beginning. Well, hopefully not this time. At least when Liverpool FC are concerned. There has been plenty to see, nothing really to celebrate. This whole month was full of experiences we need to learn from, and move on as quickly as possible. It seems that everything that could have gone wrong – for the largest portion of the ...

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Liverpool 1 – 1 Chelsea: Match Report

The last day of the horrible month of January 2017 saw Liverpool welcome Premier League leaders Chelsea to Anfield, playing the 23rd league game of the season.   After a disappointing string of results, the Reds entered this gameweek in 4th place, 10 points behind their opponents in this match, opponents they had previously beaten this season at Stamford Bridge. A win for Liverpool would have meant reducing the over-large gap to Chelsea to ...

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Liverpool 1 – 2 Wolves: Match Report

After the third round of the FA Cup turned out more difficult than expected, the next obstacle popping up at Anfield were Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jurgen Klopp, whose team had hit a string of disappointing results, had a lot to think about considering the Premier League game against Chelsea coming up on Tuesday. He chose a rotated line-up, with a first-team player here and there. The team was arranged in a ...

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Liverpool 0 – 1 Southampton: Match Report

The second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final, with a one-goal deficit against the Saints, was a decent chance to make the next step and reach the final of the competition. This time, Klopp opted for a two-striker system ahead of a diamond midfield in a 4-4-2 formation. Loris Karius was in goal, Trent Alexander-Arnold got the nod since Nathaniel Clyne remains unfit to play, James Milner on the left side, with ...

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Liverpool 2 – 3 Swansea: Match Report

Placed between two cup clashes (FA Cup win against Plymouth earlier in the week and EFL Cup semi-final second leg against Southampton), Liverpool played Swansea at Anfield within round 22 of the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp arranged his men in a 4-3-3 like this: Simon Mignolet in goal, Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan as the back four, Jordan Henderson (C), Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield, and ...

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Steven Gerrard returns to Liverpool FC in Academy coaching role

Liverpool FC has announced that Steven Gerrard is to return to the club in a full-time capacity to take up a position within the Academy. The Reds legend will serve as a coach at the youth complex in Kirkby, operating in a wide-ranging role in the professional development phase of the young players. Gerrard will begin his responsibilities in February, marking a return home to the club where he spent 17 years ...

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Joel Matip eligible for LFC selection after FIFA confirmation

Liverpool FC can confirm that all charges against the club and its player Joel Matip have been dismissed by FIFA following confirmation this evening from world football's governing body. The club had requested FIFA to provide guidance on Matip's eligibility after a complaint had been made by FECAFOOT to FIFA concerning the player's purported call-up to the Cameroon national team for the Africa Cup of Nations. Following FIFA's ruling, the club now ...

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Plymouth Argyle 0 – 1 Liverpool: Match Report

In the rematch of the FA Cup third round fixture, Plymouth Argyle hosted Liverpool after they managed to stay undefeated at Anfield.   It’s probably fair to say that before the game at Anfield nobody really expected to see Liverpool travel to Plymouth at all, but as Jurgen Klopp would say, it is what it is. Stranger things have happened in football. Be that as it may, it was about time Liverpool ...

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Manchester United 1 – 1 Liverpool: Match Report

And so it came. The big game we’ve been waiting for. The setting – round 21 of the 2016/17 Premier League season. The venue – Old Trafford, Manchester. As has been said many, many times before, this clash needs no special introduction whatsoever. But let’s take a look at how the two teams were entering this weekend, and what their hopes were. Apart from the obvious desire to inflict a ...

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What’s happening? News from all around

With the January transfer window well underway, there are plenty of goings on in and around it. Kolo the Coach? According to Iain MacFarlane of The Express, former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is about to offer former Liverpool player Kolo Toure a player-coach role. The report quotes Rodgers in saying: “I brought him here for a number of reasons and one of them, of course, was playing, to help us get through to ...

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Liverpool 0 – 0 Plymouth Argyle: Match Report

Liverpool kicked off their FA Cup campaign this season by  welcoming Plymouth Argyle to Anfield, in what must have been a huge game for the visitors and their fans. As was to be expected after the very congested festive period, Jurgen Klopp completely rotated his team and sent out the club’s youngest ever starting XI in a competitive match, but he still stuck to his usual 4-3-3 formation. Loris Karius returned to ...

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Liverpool agree £3.75m deal for defender Ilori

Deal done with Reading for former Sporting Lisbon youngster Liverpool are on the brink of selling defender Tiago Ilori to Reading for £3.75million. A fee has been agreed and the Reds have granted the 23-year-old centre-back permission to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical with the Championship outfit. The transfer means that Liverpool will make a small profit on Ilori, who cost them £3.5million from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2013 ...

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What’s happening? News From All Around

It's been a while since the last time we got together to discuss happenings in no direct connection to Liverpool over some coffee. Let's do a quick recap of what's been happening in the world outside.   Rudy Boro-bound Rudy Gestede has officially left Aston Villa and joined Middlesbrough, both clubs have confirmed. The fee is officially undisclosed, but according to several reports, it is believed to be £6m. Since joining the Villans in July ...

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Sturridge, Milner, Henderson and the post-Sunderland presser + Matip

Daniel Sturridge limped off the pitch at the Stadium of Light on Monday, while James Milner was taken off at half-time. After going down on the edge of the box after an attempt to get away from Sunderland's defenders, Sturridge remained on the ground, and left the pitch supported by the team medics at the next break of play. James Milner played the first 45 minutes and did not come back after ...

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Sunderland 2 – 2 Liverpool: Match Report

Liverpool started their 2017 exploits at Sunderland's Stadium of Light, kicking off the second half of the season at the same time. The usual 4-3-3 formation was formed in the following line-up: Mignolet in goal, Clyne, Milner, Lovren and Klavan as the back four,  Can (in place of Henderson), Wijnaldum and Lallana in the middle, Firmino and Mane supporting Sturridge in attack. As it is often the case when Liverpool play against ...

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December 2016 Review: Doing What It Takes

Being a Liverpool fan has never ever been boring, and recently it's been unbelievable, even for our standards. A look at the last month of 2016 is enough to see why. "It's the first time since Christmas last season Vladimir Smicer has scored for Liverpool, and even their supporters, who've seen it all down the years, one or two of the expressions on their faces, suggest that they can't quite believe ...

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Liverpool 1 – 0 Manchester City: Match Report

In the final game of 2016, Liverpool welcomed Manchester City, the expensive star-studded team lead by the biggest star of them all, Pep Guardiola.  Jurgen Klopp was limited in his team selection with Joel Matip and Philippe Coutinho both still unavailable through injury, and he made a decision perhaps bold, but definitely surprising. The shape was the same, the 4-3-3 we've become accustomed to seeing this season, but the choice of players ...

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Liverpool 4 – 1 Stoke: Match Report

In their 18th league game of the season, Liverpool hosted Stoke City, the main goal being the three points and keeping up with the impressive run of Chelsea. There were no surprises in the line-up or the formation for this game. Simon Mignolet was in goal, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner made up the back four, Jordan Henderson was stationed in his usual place between (and a ...

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Klopp eyeing move for Julian Draxler

Liverpool are considering rivaling Paris Saint-Germain for Julian Draxler, the Germany international. Jürgen Klopp has identified Draxler, who is set to leave Wolfsburg, as a potential January target as he looks to boost his attacking options. The issue will be the fee, with Wolfsburg having paid Schalke £30 million for him in August 2015 as a replacement for Kevin De Bruyne when he joined Manchester City. PSG appear in pole position for the ...

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Everton 0-1 Liverpool: Match Report

Liverpool visited (we can hardly say traveled to) Everton at Goodison as the 227th Merseyside Derby rounded the 17th matchday of the Premier League. With Arsenal losing to Manchester City on Sunday, it was a good opportunity for the Reds to break away from them. Liverpool started in their usual shape with Simon Mignolet in goal, Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren right in front of him, Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner defending ...

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Match Report & Gallery: Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool

In the 16th round of the 2016/17 Premier League season, Liverpool played away to Middlesbrough. The Reds needed to win this game in order to catch up with Arsenal in the second place. Needless to say, Jurgen Klopp arranged his troops in a 4-3-3, but with a few slight surprises in the line-up. The underfire ’keeper Loris Karius gave way to Simon Mignolet between the posts, while Ragnar Klavan partnered Dejan Lovren ...

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Live Game Cafe! Premier League Tuesday

This week Premier League games are being played smack in the middle of it, starting tonight with two clashes, both kicking off at 19:45 BST. Here they are. Everton vs Arsenal It's strange for us to hope for an Everton win, but tonight we could do with one, right? Arsenal are on form at the moment and any team that stops them will be doing us a favour. Team News It should be a ...

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Craig Bellamy: Former Liverpool striker rejoins Cardiff City as player development manager

Ex-Wales captain Craig Bellamy has returned to former club Cardiff City as their player development manager. The 37-year-old ended his career with the Bluebirds in 2014 and made 91 appearances during two spells with his hometown club. In the role, Bellamy will oversee the club's youth development as they progress to the first team. "It's a position I feel passionately about and one that comes with huge responsibility," Bellamy said. "To be appointed in ...

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Liverpool 2-2 West Ham: Match Report

 Liverpool failed to cash in on their dominance against West Ham at Anfield. Klopp sent his men again in his usual 4-3-3 formation, with the much criticized Karius in goal, while Matip, Lovren, Clyne and Milner made the line of back four. Henderson anchored the midfield, joined by Wijnaldum and Lallana. Firmino, Mane and Origi were tasked with attacking. The game started very well, and it took the Reds only five minutes ...

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No Droppings, Please!

Loris Karius had a horrible game on Sunday vs Bournemouth. A howling mistake for the last goal, and at least one other goal looking rather preventable. The young German endured a tough start at the club, having broken his hand in pre-season. In his absence, Simon Mignolet performed very well. Jurgen Klopp nevertheless decided to bench the Belgian and make his compatriot Liverpool’s first-choice ‘keeper. Upon his return, Karius put in some shaky ...

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Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool: Match Report

On the 14th matchweek of the season, Liverpool played away to Bournemouth. The Reds (or green on this occasion) needed the three points from this game to keep up with leaders Chelsea, after the Londoners pulled an away victory at the Etihad on Saturday. As it turns out, what you need doesn't always match with what you get. Liverpool started in their usual shape, with Lucas playing instead of the injured Matip, alongside ...

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November 2016 Review: Staying Strong

While social networks are filling up with clubs reminiscing about goals scored in previous Decembers, we take a look at how Liverpool got on in this year's November. It was an eventful month of course, with plenty going on all the time. Let's look at the on-pitch stuff first. The Games The month started beautifully, with the Reds dispatching Watford at Anfield with six goals. It was a brilliant display, and hats off ...

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Match report: Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland

Liverpool hosted Sunderland at Anfield as part of the round 13 of the Premier League. After an international break and a goalless stalemate at St. Mary's last week, Liverpool needed to return to winning ways as soon as possible, and Sunderland, though on the back of two consecutive wins, were perceived as the perfect opportunity to do so. The former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes, now in charge of ...

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What’s happening? News from all around

Get your coffee ready and sit quietly for a couple of minutes, because we bring you this week's choice of football news from outside. Janssen knocked out Vincent Janssen has been injured on international duty when Holland met Belgium in a World Cup qualifier this week, by none other than our very own Simon Mignolet. The two of them went for the ball that Georginio Wijnaldum lobbed towards Janssen, but Mignolet got there ...

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Karius on Klopp, expectations and starting as a striker

Loris Karius has come a long way since his fledgling football career began with him playing as a striker – and the 23-year-old is determined to match the new expectations he is meeting as a Liverpool goalkeeper. The German joined the club from Mainz in the summer after making almost a century of Bundesliga appearances, and has been between the posts for seven Reds matches. After featuring in last Sunday’s 6-1 home ...

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Liverpool on course

As we all know, Liverpool top the Premier League after 11 rounds... There is a joke at the Reds’ expense going around among the people that dislike this great club, and even among those calling themselves “neutral“ when it comes to the Premier League.  The joke compares Liverpool’s current position to an elephant on a tree – nobody knows how it got there, but everyone knows it’s going to fall. This lack ...

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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard ends Major League Soccer career

Gerrard played his last match for LA Galaxy tonight - and thoughts now turn to his next move Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has played his final game in Major League Soccer - and thoughts will now turn to the next chapter in his career. Gerrard left Liverpool and signed an 18-month contract with LA Galaxy back in January 2015. Tonight his side lost the second leg of the MLS Western Conference semi-final 1-0 ...

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Liverpool on top: Reactions from the team

After the emphatic win against Watford and the team's rise to the top of the Premier League, several players spoke their minds to the club's official site. Sadio Mane claims Anfield must be his lucky ground: “I think Anfield is really lucky because I’m scoring every time! “But I’m just happy. The most important thing is the three points and we got it today so everybody is really happy.” The Senegalese winger has made ...

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Watford boss Walter Mazzarri: Liverpool the best we’ve faced

Walter Mazzarri believes Liverpool are the best side his Watford have faced in the Premier League so far this season following the 6-1 drubbing at Anfield on Sunday. The Hornets went into half-time 3-0 down after goals from Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Emre Can put the hosts well on their way to the top of the Premier League. Watford's misery continued with Roberto Firmino, Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum adding to the ...

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Match Report: Liverpool 6-1 Watford

Liverpool made themselves reckoned with in the title race beyond any doubt with a six-goal mauling of Watford at Anfield. Lined up in the familiar 4-3-3 formation, the team that manager Jurgen Klopp put forth today consisted of Loris Karius in goal, Matip, Lucas, Clyne and Milner forming the last line of defence, captain Henderson sitting in front of them joined in midfield by Emre Can and Adam Lallana, while Roberto ...

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