Liverpool Hopeful On Van Dijk Fitness For Club World Cup Final

 

Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between FC Porto and Liverpool at the Dragao Stadium in Porto on April 17, 2019. Paul ELLIS / AFP

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hopeful Virgil van Dijk will be fit to play in Saturday’s Club World Cup final against Flamengo after the Dutchman missed their semi-final.

“Virgil was part of training today so we will see how it looks at the end,” Klopp said at a press conference at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, where Saturday’s game will be played.

Van Dijk had played in every match this season for the Anfield club, with the exception of the League Cup, before sitting out Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Mexican side Monterrey.

With Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren also absent, Jordan Henderson dropped into central defence to partner Joe Gomez in that game.

Fabinho is also missing for the Premier League leaders, while Georginio Wijnaldum — who travelled to Qatar despite picking up an injury in last weekend’s win over Watford — again sat out training.

“We have no new injury concerns,” Klopp added. “We played on Wednesday and now it’s Friday so we are using each hour for recovery and then we will see who we can line up tomorrow.”

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Liverpool FC Kicks Off New Partnership With 1XBET

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Liverpool FC has teamed up with international gaming and technology company, 1XBET, in a new multi-year partnership.

The relationship will see 1xBet become the Official Global Betting Partner of Liverpool Football Club, enabling supporters to take advantage of exclusive offers and sporting entertainment.

It will use the partnership with the club to increase brand awareness within its key global markets through stadium branding at Anfield and branding on Liverpool FC’s digital platforms, along with access to first-team players and club legends, to provide fans with additional ways to interact and engage with the world of football.

One of the most rapidly developing companies in the betting industry, 1xBet boasts the largest number of markets in pre-match and live betting odds, alongside online games such as live casino tables and virtual slot machines.

Billy Hogan, managing director and chief commercial officer, Liverpool FC, said: “We are delighted to welcome 1XBET as our newest partner. I am sure that their games and special offers will appeal to our fans around the world and we look forward to starting the 2019/2020 season with them on board.”

Alex Sommers, 1xBet spokesman, said: “Liverpool FC is one of the world’s most iconic football clubs with a wealth of history and a huge global fanbase. We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with the club to meet our goal of bringing fans closer to the sporting action through our innovative products and supercharged betting experience.

“We’re very proud of the relationship we have with Liverpool Football Club and we’re keen to work closely with fans around the world to bring them exciting entertainment opportunities and unique offers in the upcoming season.”

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• Founded in 1892, Liverpool FC is one of the world’s most historic and famous football clubs, having won 18 League Titles, seven FA Cups, eight League Cups, six European Cups, three UEFA Cups, three European Super Cups and 15 Charity Shields.

• As a socially responsible Club, Liverpool FC is proud of its heritage and plays a proactive role in its communities through its official charity, Liverpool FC Foundation, which aims to create life-changing opportunities for children and young people in Merseyside and beyond, and the Red Neighbours programme, which creates events and experiences specifically aimed at improving the lives of those living in and around the Anfield area (L4, L5 and L6).

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Conte Demands Focus After Chelsea’s Loss To Liverpool

Antonio Conte, Chelsea, LiverpoolChelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has called on his team to learn valuable lessons from their defeat to Liverpool in the English Premier League.

The defeat was Conte’s first since taking charge of the Blues and the former Juventus boss was disappointed with the two goals his side conceded.

He asked them to pay attention to details if they want to think like a great team.

Liverpool centre-back, Dejan Lovren, feels The Reds have become fully accustomed to the ‘tactical blueprint’ of their coach, Jurgen Klopp, for trips to the homes of their rivals.

Since Klopp’s arrival at Anfield in October, Liverpool have returned unbeaten in six league visits to Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City.

They also claimed a 1-1 draw at Manchester United in last season’s Europa League last-16 second leg, following a 2-0 first-leg win at Anfield.

“We know what we need to do when we come to away games, especially against big teams like Chelsea.

“We are a team who wants to play, who wants to win – we are not a team who will defend deep and await our chances,” 27-year-old Lovren told Liverpool website.

Chelsea had lost 1-2 to Liverpool in a premier league cracker-match on Friday at the Stamford Bridge.

The much talked about game started with both teams hoping to pick at least a point but Liverpool emerged winners after a perfect first half performance saw them race into a 2-goal lead that Chelsea could not recover from.

Chelsea Lose 1-2 To Liverpool In Premiership Tough Game

Liverpool and Chelsea matchChelsea lost 1-2 to Liverpool in a Premier League cracker-match on Friday.

The much talked about game started with both teams facing the game with so much enthusiasm, hoping to pick at least a point from the game.

Liverpool opened scoring at the 17th minute, with Dejan Lovren guiding a volley into the net from six yards.

Ivanovic had committed a foul and Liverpool took a quick short free-kick before Coutinho flight a ball to the far side of the box, where several Liverpool players were waiting, unperturbed by any defenders. Lovren guided the ball into the net.

Lovren’s first goal for Liverpool in the Premier League gave the visitors early lead in the game.

At the 36th minute Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson, increased the margin for his side, after he curled a sumptuous dipping shot right into the top corner, beating Chelsea’s keeper again.

The first half of the game ended, with Liverpool two goals ahead of the home team.

Play resumed in the second half, with Chelsea making attempts to close the margin.

At the 62nd minute, Matic did brilliantly, showing unseen nimbleness to jink his way past Lallana to the by-line and cut the ball back to Costa, who stabbed the ball into the net at the near post.

It looked like a comeback for the home team, which made several efforts to share points with the visiting side.

Liverpool defence held sway, warding-off all attacks from Chelsea, carting home three maximum points.

It was their fifth game in the new season and with the win, Liverpool now have 10 points below Chelsea with 10 points but ahead of the reds on goal difference.

Manchester City is at the top of the table. The club has remained unbeaten in the new season, with 12 points from four games.

They are followed by Everton on 10 points, with five goals difference.

Arsenal’s Petr Cech Reveals Secret To Vital Saves

Petr CechPetr Cech says taking a calm assessment of dangerous situations is the key to making important saves.

The experienced goalkeeper has had a big impact at Arsenal since his summer move from London rivals Chelsea.

Cech was particularly pleased with his performance against Liverpool in August, when he made two fine saves to deny Christian Benteke and then Philippe Coutinho.

“[My favourite was] probably the first one against Benteke because Gabriel tried to intercept the ball when he ran across the goal, and until the last fraction of a second I didn’t know whether he was going to touch it or not,” Cech told Arsenal Player.

“I had to wait and I also knew that Benteke was already there. I thought, ‘OK I have to wait to see if he deflects it towards his own goal or whether it will go anywhere else’, and then I knew that I would have to go fast to the other side. I was lucky that I had perfect timing to get there.

“Taking information before the situation happens helps. I knew he was running there so I knew that the moment Gabriel missed the ball I had to get there as fast as possible.

“It’s the awareness that I had two options; to wait and then as soon as the ball went past him, knowing that I had to get there. I was ready for that so as soon as I saw that he would not touch the ball I had already gone.

“Maybe it’s a bit of experience, but I would say it’s taking the information prior to the situation. That was the key in this moment.”

Cech Hails Arsenal Team Spirit

CechPetr Cech believes that Arsenal’s “extraordinary” team spirit will drive them on to further success in the coming season.

The Czech Republic international joined the club in June and has been delighted with the reception he has received from his new team-mates.

Cech is confident that the camaraderie he experienced on tour with the club in Singapore can help the Gunners mount a sustained title challenge this term.

“What I’ve found is a group of players who work very hard and who are focused on what they are doing on the pitch to get ready,” the goalkeeper said.

“I found that the team spirit is extraordinary in the way that everybody pulls in the same direction. This is why I believe that we can have a successful season.

“We need to have that connection between players to reach the same targets. I’ve only been here a few days but I can feel that the team is together.

“We have a good balance in the team. We have players with a lot of experience and we have young players who want to prove their value by being a part of the first-team squad and playing as much as possible.

“There are hungry players, there are experienced players and in terms of the age category we have a good balance. We hope to use that to our advantage.”

Brazilian Striker, Firmino, Joins Liverpool In £29m Deal

Liverpool Sign Brazil Striker, Firmino In £29m DealEngland football giants, Liverpool FC, have signed Brazilian striker, Roberto Firmino, from Hoffenheim for about £29m.

The 23-year-old’s five-year deal was subject to a medical, which would take place after his return from the Copa America in Chile.

The Brazilian forward has scored 47 goals in 151 games for Hoffenheim, becoming the Reds’ second most expensive player after Andy Carroll, who was signed from Newcastle for £35m in 2011.

Liverpool have so far resisted two offers from Manchester City for England forward, Raheem Sterling.

However, having spent the last four and a half seasons in the Bundesliga, Firmino was on target for Brazil in their 2-1 Copa America victory over Venezuela on Sunday.

Liverpool Agree Deal To Sign Danny Ings

Danny IngsLiverpool FC have announced that they have agreed personal terms with Burnley striker, Danny Ings.

The English Premier League side announced this on their website on Monday, June 8.

The club says subject to a medical, the striker will join the club on July 1 after his contract with Burnley has expired.

The 22-year-old struck 11 goals in 35 Barclays Premier League appearances last season, which was his first in the top flight. He also averaged a goal from every 2.8 shots he took in his debut season in the English top flight.

Danny Ings had found the target 21 times in the previous campaign to help the Clarets secure promotion from the Championship. He was voted the best player in the Championship as he helped Burnley win promotion to the Premier League in 2013-14.

The forward has nine caps for England U21s, with four goals to date too, and will represent his country at the U21 European Championship later this month.

He faced the Reds twice in 2014-15, featuring for 90 minutes at Anfield in March and his signing is expected to be well accepted among Reds fans having scored against both Everton and Manchester United last season.

Danny Ings scored 43 goals in 130 appearances in total for Burnley over the course of four seasons at Turf Moor.

Liverpool Players Will Help Mignolet Win Golden Gloves – Skrtel

LiverpoolLiverpool defender, Martin Skrtel, says assisting goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet to win the Golden Gloves award will be one of Liverpool’s targets in their final three matches of the 2014-15 season.

The goalkeeper currently leads the standings in the race for the accolade, with his 14 clean sheets putting him ahead of the likes of Fraser Forster, Joe Hart and Thibaut Courtois.

While trying to secure a top-four berth is the most crucial for the Reds, Skrtel insists they’ll also be trying to help Mignolet get his gloves on the custodian prize at the end of the campaign.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s always nice to get a clean sheet, and Simon is at the top of the list. We will try to help him and we hope and believe he can win it.

“That will be one of the messages for the last three games – but not only for these last three games as we try to keep clean sheets as often as we can. At the moment we’re doing pretty well and we want to carry on in that way.”

Liverpool head into their last trio of matches trailing fourth-place Manchester United by four points in the race for Champions League qualification and Skrtel knows it’ll be difficult to overturn that deficit, but is adamant the Reds won’t be giving up on the hope of doing so until it’s mathematically impossible.

“It’s obviously not over because we still have a chance – and while we have a chance, we will fight for it,” said the 30-year-old.

“We will do all we can do to try and get into the top four and then we’ll see where we finish at the end of the season.

“We have to be honest – we know it is not in our hands, but we have to win our games and wait on United’s results. Then we’ll see. We are ready and we’ll be fighting.”

Meanwhile, Skrtel insists he remains fully committed to Liverpool.

The centre-back has been the subject of media speculation regarding his long-term future, but has confirmed he’s in negotiations regarding a new contract with the Reds.

“There is always talk about my position and my future.

“Almost every single transfer window there is always talk about myself leaving Liverpool and interest from other clubs.

“But as it stands, I still have a contract with Liverpool, I have an offer from Liverpool and we’ll see where we finish [with those talks].

“I am fully committed to Liverpool.”

Suarez, Torres To Return To Liverpool For Gerrard’s Charity Game

Gerrard-Suarez Former Liverpool striker, Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres, will be returning to Anfield to play in a charity match, to be hosted by Liverpool on March 29.

The match, organised by the Liverpool FC Foundation, would feature sides led by club captain, Steven Gerrard and retired vice-captain, Jamie Carragher.

Suarez is among those who have agreed to play. The Uruguayan forward left the Reds to join Barcelona for £75m last year July.

Former Liverpool players like Fernando Torres, Pepe Reina, Dirk Kuyt and Xabi Alonso would also be involved in the match.

Chelsea captain, John Terry, his team-mate, Didier Drogba and former Arsenal striker, Thierry Henry, have also expressed interests that they would be involved in the game.

The teams would be completed with Liverpool players not on international duty and academy prospects. The two managers are yet to be announced.

Suarez 28, won all three English domestic Player of the Year awards last season, scoring 31 Premier League goals as Liverpool finished second place to Manchester City.

He left shortly after being suspended for 4 months, for biting Italy defender, Giorgio Chiellini, while playing for Uruguay in a World Cup match in Brazil in 2014.

Money raised would go towards a number of foundations, including the club’s foundation, which funds community programmes across the city.

Incomes would also go towards Alder Hey’s new children’s hospital in the Park project, the Wirral-based Claire’s House Children’s Hospice, Youth Charities Positive Futures and Cash for Kids, and Centre 56, which supports women and children who have suffered or are at risk of domestic abuse.

Liverpool Step-up Bid For Cech

cech_1Liverpool FC has revealed its intentions to step-up bid for Chelsea FC’s Goalkeeper, Petr Cech, source said.

Petr Cech 32, who is arguably one of the world’s top 10 goalkeepers, could barely get a game this season, because Thibaut Courtois looks like he may well become Chelsea’s best goalkeeper.

Cech was Chelsea’s No.1 goalkeeper for 10 years and he is believed to want a move away from Stamford Bridge, after losing his place to Thibaut Courtois, who returned from a highly successful loan spell at Atletico Madrid.

As Courtois is just 22, Cech may face a long wait to get back his starting role at Stamford Bridge.

With that in mind, the first goalkeeper to end a competitive game unbeaten, at the new Wembley Stadium, could well leave the club this summer.

Source reported that Liverpool, Napoli and Roma were all considering bids for the Czech international.

Simon Mignolet has impressed between the sticks at Anfield since being dropped earlier this season, but coach Brendan Rodgers would surely love to add a goalkeeper of Cech’s experience and ability to his squad.

Liverpool would have to likely rival bids from the two Serie A sides, but Cech is settled in England and Liverpool are likely to offer a bigger deal, considering the new British TV rights deal kicking in next year.

Liverpool To Host “Show Racism the Red Card” Event

Liverpool FC Team poses with SRtRC
Liverpool FC Team poses with SRtRC

The Liverpool Football Club are proud to host this year’s national awards ceremony for Show Racism the Red Card’s (SRtRC) school competition.

SRtRC would take place on Tuesday April 28 at Anfield, is an anti-racism educational charity that utilises the high-profile status of football and its star players in order to help tackle racism in society.

The majority of the campaign’s output is the delivery of education to young people and adults in schools, workplaces and at events held in football stadiums.

Each year, they deliver training to more than 50,000 individuals across Britain, as well as organising the largest equalities-themed competition for schools in England.

Thousands of young people of all ages and abilities, enter by producing artwork, creative writing, film and music pieces with an anti-racism theme.

Anfield would join a long list of venues that have hosted the SRtRC ceremony over the years.

The Etihad Stadium, Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford, St James’s Park, Wembley Stadium, Villa Park and the Emirates Stadium have also held the event.

SRtRC Deputy Chief Executive, Paul Kearns, said: “It’s brilliant news that Liverpool FC has agreed to host the awards ceremony.

“We’ll be working with the club to make this event a really special one for the winners of this year’s competition in England.

Mr Kearns showing his eagerness, said “I can’t wait to see the entries. it’s always great to see the work about racism that young people throughout the country have produced.

“I know that this will be a really exciting incentive for young people from all over the UK, but particularly Liverpool and Merseyside, to get their entries in to this year’s competition,” Paul added.