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Wed 6 March 2024 10:30
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Liverpool appear to be no further down the line in sorting out a replacement for Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp is set to leave the club this summer after almost nine years of glorious stewardship. As succeeding him goes, it’s a big old job for someone.

Ever since Jurgen’s announcement towards the end of January, Xabi Alonso has been seen as the most likely candidate to take over. But with Alonso hurtling towards the business end of a super season with Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich also interested, there’s been no movement on that front. Not publicly at least.

As a result, other names are having to be considered, too. One of which, according to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, is Inter Milan manager Simone Inzaghi.

Like Alonso, Inzaghi is also having a tremendous season. With Inter well clear at the top of the Serie A table and also going well in the Champions League, the 47-year-old is said to have been ‘added to Liverpool’s list.’

Inzaghi is reportedly aware of the Reds’ interest and also apparently ‘doesn’t mind it.’ However, the Italian coach is claimed to have little desire to take over at Anfield. For ‘family reasons and for sporting ambitions,’ Inzaghi is said to be keen to continue his project in Milan.

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As Liverpool’s search continues, there is a danger that we become blasé about coaches who aren’t called Xabi Alonso.

Such is the groundswell of support to see Xabi come back home to Anfield, any other candidate would feel like something of a disappointment. In Inzaghi’s case, that feeling would certainly be there for some.

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Nevertheless, the former Lazio midfielder would surely be a solid appointment for Liverpool.

Over five years as Lazio manager, Inzaghi helped turn the club from Rome into a genuine force in Italian football once again. He won them their first major silverware since 2013 with a Coppa Italia win in 2019.

And having since joined Inter in 2021, Inzaghi has continued his theme of being a man for the cups. The San Siro side have won the Coppa in both of his seasons in charge so far. Although they won’t make that a third this season.

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Inzaghi also memorably guided his team to last year’s Champions League final, losing out to Manchester City.

All of this paints the picture of a manager who is growing all the time while adding bits of success here and there. 15 points clear at the top of the league, Inzaghi will surely secure a first league title for his collection this May.

From there, he does look primed to kick on. Brother Pippo Inzaghi has referred to Simone as being an ‘incredible’ manager [FourFourTwo] and further success looks inevitable for him.

At some stage, perhaps that will include making the step abroad. But for now, Inzaghi looks keen to carry on at Inter. Given the way things are going there, you can’t blame him for that. Providing the right candidate is brought in, Liverpool won’t lose too much sleep over it.

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UNCATEGORIZEDMo Salah, Ryan Gravenberch, Diogo Jota, Alisson Becker, Curtis Jones and more are back from injury to face Manchester City sagaPublished 24 hours ago on March 5, 2024By soccerlivenews

Mo Salah, Ryan Gravenberch, Diogo Jota, Alisson Becker, Curtis Jones and more are back from injury to face Manchester City saga

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Liverpool injury news on Mo Salah, Ryan Gravenberch, Diogo Jota, Alisson Becker, Curtis Jones and more.
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Published 5th Mar 2024, 03:00 GMT
Liverpool pair Curtis Jones and Mo Salah. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Liverpool pair Curtis Jones and Mo Salah. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Liverpool will be hoping to get more players back to full fitness as they prepare for another huge week in their season.

The Reds’ ambitions of winning four trophies continues – largely down to the youngsters in their squad. They claimed the Carabao Cup after beating Chelsea 1-0 at Wembley last month before they moved into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 triumph over Southampton.

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And Jurgen Klopp’s grip at the top of the Premier League table remains intact. Liverpool required a 99th-minute goal from Darwin Nunez, making his return from injury, to earn a dramatic 1-0 victory at Nottingham Forest. Dominik Szoboszlai and Wataru Endo also came back to full fitness at the City Ground.

Liverpool’s quest to win the Europa League recommences when they travel to Sparta Prague on Thursday in the last 16 first leg. Then the Reds have a potential Premier League title decider when Manchester City, a point behind in the table, visit Anfield on Sunday.

While Klopp’s injury crisis has eased somewhat, the number of players on the treatment table is lengthier than he would like. Ahead of this week’s double-header, here’s a look at the current injury list and if anyone could make a return to action.

Mo Salah – hamstring
Liverpool’s talisman has played just twice for the club in 2024. After suffering his issue representing Egypt at AFCON, Salah made a goalscoring return in the Reds’ 4-1 win at Brentford last month. However, his outing came at a cost and he hasn’t featured since. Klopp admitted the 31-year-old is getting closer to being available again and Liverpool won’t want Salah to break down for a third time.

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Potential return game: Sparta Prague (A), Thurs 7 March or Man City (H), Sun 10 March.

Ryan Gravenberch – ankle
The midfielder had to be stretchered off in the first half of the Carabao Cup final with ligament damage. Gravenberch’s issue wasn’t as serious as first feared, however, and he’ll continue to be assessed.

Potential return game: Sparta Prague (A), Thurs 7 March or Man City (H), Sun 10 March.

Curtis Jones – ankle
The homegrown midfielder also had ligament damage at Brentford but his issue seems more severe. Assistant manager Pep Lijnders admitted Jones could be back around the time of the international break later this month.

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Potential return game: Man Utd (A), Sun 17 March or Brighton (H), Sun 31 March.

Stefan Bajcetic – other
The 19-year-old midfielder has played just twice this season because of a problem related to his body’s growth and Liverpool have been cautious. Bajcetic is back training on the grass and is awaiting the green light to be reintegrated with his team-mates. He will likely need some weeks to build up fitness and strength.

Potential return game: Brighton (H), Sun 31 March.

Alisson Becker – hamstring
The No.1 goalkeeper as a ‘serious’ injury although there is hope that he will be back before the season’s end.

Potential return game: N/A

Trent Alexander-Arnold – knee
The Liverpool vice-captain isn’t expected to make a return to action before the international break. Much will depend on how his issue reacts.

Potential return game: April

Diogo Jota – knee
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The versatile forward had to be stretchered off at Brentford and was ruled out of action for a couple of months. Reports in Jota’s native Portugal suggest he will be back available for the end of the season.

Potential return game: N/A

Joel Matip – knee
It’s been three months since the centre-back picked up ACL injury in a 4-3 win over Fulham. Matip has been removed from Liverpool’s Europa League squad for the last 16 and that suggests he’s not close to a return.

Potential return game: N/A

Thiago Alcantara – hip
The midfielder has been limited to a solitary outing this season because of his ongoing problem. There is no time frame on when he might be back, although Klopp does not know if Thiago will play again this term.

Potential return game: N/A

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Liverpool named as possible mystery bidder preparing huge Barella offer
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HENRY JACKSON
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Jurgen Klopp loves him as a player.

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Liverpool are reportedly one of two clubs who could be the mystery suitor behind a huge offer which is about to arrive for a “top-class” player who Jurgen Klopp loves, according to reports in Italy.

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The Reds completely rebuilt their midfield last summer, following some massive struggles in that area throughout the 2022/23 season, with Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo and Ryan Gravenberch all making a big difference.

Klopp may be moving on as manager at the end of the season, but whoever comes in will surely be looking at making further additions to the squad, bringing in his own players and ensuring fresh legs with long-term potential arrive.

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One player who has been linked with a move to Liverpool in the summer transfer window is Pedro Neto, who is once again standing out as arguably Wolves’ most influential player this season. He has nine assists in the Premier League in 2023/24 to date, and only Pascal Gross, Kieran Trippier and Ollie Watkins (all 10) have more to their name in the competition this season.

Palmeiras teenage gem Luis Guilherme is seen as another option for the Reds, being considered a player with long-term potential, and highly-rated Leeds United starlet Archie Gray is also being considered a hugely exciting candidate to add to the squad.

Liverpool named as possible mystery bidder
According to Il Secolo XIX [via Sport Witness], Liverpool are interested in signing Inter Milan midfielder Nicolo Barella this summer, with the Reds possibly the mystery bidder preparing to “submit” an offer for him. They say a “major Premier League club” is about to put big money on the table, with the Reds and Manchester City name-checked as the likely two options.

The 27-year-old isn’t out of contract at the Serie A giants until the summer of 2026, so only a huge amount of money is likely to have a chance of prising him away.

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Liverpool should definitely be looking at Barella as a strong summer transfer target if they aren’t indeed the one bidding, with the Italian arguably one of Europe’s most complete midfielders for a number of years now. In fact, Klopp has admitted in the past that he is a big admirer.

“He’s a really good player, a really good player and I like him a lot. He has all the things you want from a midfield player: he is aggressive, he is technical, he can run for ages and all these kinds of things. That’s a top-class player.”

Barella vs. LFC’s new midfielders

Appearances

Goal contributions

Tackles per game

Key passes per game

Pass %

Nicolo Barella

25

5

1.3

1.1

86.2%

Alexis Mac Allister

22

6

2.7

1.2

87.9%

Dominik Szoboszlai

22

5

1.3

2.1

87.6%

Wataru Endo

19

1

1.4

0.8

87.1%

Ryan Gravenberch

19

0

1.1

0.6

82.5%

At 27, Barella is right at the peak of his powers, possessing both a lot of experience but also time to improve further as a player, and he was a key part of Italy’s Euro 2020 success, starting six of his country’s seven matches en route to glory.

The one argument to make is whether Liverpool need another midfielder, considering how well-stocked they are, but assuming Thiago moves on when his contract runs out this summer, the Inter star could be a brilliant replacement.

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FA confirm lengthy suspension for Liverpool youngster after Manchester United controversy
Liverpool teenager Luca Furnell-Gill is serving a ban after being charged by the FA for violent conduct when playing for under-18s

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Liverpool youngster Luca Furnell-Gill is serving a lengthy suspension after admitting a disciplinary charge following the controversial clash with Manchester United earlier this year.

Furnell-Gill was banned for five games by the Football Association after accepting the claim of violent conduct during the Under-18 Premier League North match at United’s Carrington training base on January 30.

The 17-year-old defender was caught on camera involved in an ongoing spat with Manchester United forward Ethan Wheatley during the second half of the game, which Liverpool lost 4-3.

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The Liverpool youngster was seen turning to aim a punch towards Wheatley as he chased opposing player Ethan Williams in the build-up to United’s second goal, and later clashed with the same player and aimed an elbow during the altercation. Both players were spoken to by the referee but ultimately went unpunished.

Liverpool subsequently addressed the matter internally, and the ECHO understands the player was extremely contrite after the game and that Academy director Alex Inglethorpe contacted Manchester United counterparts the morning after the game to apologise.

Furnell-Gill hasn’t played since the United game, after which the Reds have had four matches including the FA Youth Cup win over Fulham and exit from the competition at Leeds United last weekend.

He joined Liverpool from Preston North End at U15 level and made his U18s debut as an U16 player last season, and is presently a first-year scholar with the U18 squad.

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Bobby Clark reflected on a perfect end to his first Premier League start after Liverpool’s dramatic late victory over Nottingham Forest.

Darwin Nunez headed home a 99th-minute goal at the City Ground on Saturday – delivering a 1-0 win, maintaining the Reds’ place at the top of the table and sparking wild scenes of celebration among the travelling supporters.

For Clark the day was extra-special, with the 19-year-old handed the first league start of his professional career by Jürgen Klopp.

The midfielder featured for an hour before being replaced by Wataru Endo, and afterwards he spoke to Liverpoolfc.com about his pride and emotion.

“Oh, a great way for it to end!” said Clark. “Obviously I was grateful to get my first Premier League start.

“When I came off, obviously things were out of my control. But I knew that something was coming and [to do that] late was top!”

He continued: “It’s mad but I always had the feeling we were going to do something with the top players we’ve got in the front of the pitch, and Alexis [Mac Allister] with the calmness at the end and Darwin putting it in, it was top!”

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Clark had previously started Liverpool’s Emirates FA Cup fifth-round win over Southampton at Anfield last Wednesday, and was one of seven players to retain their place in Klopp’s XI for the trip to Forest.

“It was [Friday] in training when we were doing our work for the game,” he said, when asked when he had found out he was starting again.

“I was decent but I thought I could have done a lot more in what I know I can do, but it was alright.”

Liverpool’s young players have been front and centre in recent weeks, with the likes of Jayden Danns, Lewis Koumas and James McConnell also attracting attention with their impressive showings at senior level.

Having followed up his own impact in the Carabao Cup final with outings in the FA Cup and now the league, England youth international Clark says he is enjoying the challenge of adapting to life at the top level.

“It all comes from the gaffer and all the players,” he said. “They fill you with confidence and they let you do your thing, so it comes from there.

“That’s the main thing. If you don’t have a manager like that, it’s going to be much harder. Whenever I’m coming on or starting, he just lets me do my thing and fills me with confidence.”

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Liverpool caught cold as Bayern Munich near huge coup with five-year offer to be accepted
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Bayern Munich look to have beaten Liverpool to the punch

Bayern Munich have caught Liverpool napping, with a report claiming the German giants are primed to see a five-year contract offer accepted.

Bayern Munich and Liverpool are both entrenched in the race to appoint Xabi Alonso as their next manager. Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp will leave their respective posts at the end of the season. It’s been speculated Tuchel could be given his marching orders early if Bayern fail to advance past Lazio in the Champions League Round of 16.

At present, the signs point towards Liverpool being the ones to secure an agreement for Alonso.

TEAMtalk has learned a three-year contract offer is on the table and initial talks between the Reds and Alonso’s camp have been positive.

Furthermore, Sky Germany revealed Alonso has a ‘verbal promise’ with Bayer Leverkusen. The in-house agreement relates to Alonso having permission to leave the club THIS SUMMER if a suitable offer is lodged.

Sky Germany claimed that in the absence of a release clause, Liverpool must fork out a fee in the region of €15m-€25m to prise Alonso out of Leverkusen.

But while Liverpool look set to beat Bayern to Alonso, journalist Rudy Galetti claims it’s Bayern who’ll sink Liverpool when it comes to a key transfer target.

Klopp to be denied final transfer wish?
Back in October German reporter Florian Plettenberg confirmed Liverpool were sizing up Schalke sensation, Assan Ouedraogo.

The 17-year-old has burst onto the scene in the Bundesliga 2 this season and is a regular for Germany at Under-17 level.

Ouedraogo is a classy and powerful central midfielder and owing to his 6ft 4in height, has drawn early comparisons to Paul Pogba.

Pogba’s late-career decline and subsequent four-year ban for doping have left a stain on the Frenchman’s name.

However, it’s important to remember Pogba was among the world’s leading central midfielders during the early part of his career at Juventus and was a guaranteed starter for a hugely successful France side.

“Liverpool and especially Jurgen Klopp is monitoring the development of Assan Ouedraogo,” the Sky Deutschland reporter revealed in October.

“The 17 y/o versatile midfielder from Schalke has a release clause in 2024. Clubs from abroad have to pay around €20m (£17m).”

But according to Galetti on Monday, it’s Bayern Munich who’ll be the ones to snap up Ouedraogo.

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Taking to X, Galetti stated: “Bayern are advancing in talks with Ouedraogo.

“The Schalke central midfielder – whose contract expires in 2027 – received a five-year proposal from Bayern and seems inclined to accept.

“RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt are still interested in him, while no concrete move from Liverpool so far.”

Why Liverpool have not made their move was not made clear. It may be that the Reds no longer hold serious interest in the player.

Alternatively, the impending exit of Klopp – who Plettenberg suggested was the driving force behind Liverpool’s interest – could be a factor.

Nonetheless, unless Liverpool act quickly, it appears Ouedraogo will be heading to Munich.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Saturday, December 30, 2017: Liverpool’s Director of Football Michael Edwards and Commercial Director Billy Hogan during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
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Liverpool are undergoing significant changes not only in the backroom but in the club’s hierarchy, with CEO, Billy Hogan, the latest to see his role altered at top level.

The club finds itself needing a new sporting director, manager and backroom staff all within the space of a few months, with a lot hinging on owners FSG making the right appointments.

And despite the season of change the club already finds itself in, last week, Hogan, CEO of Liverpool FC, was named CEO of FSG International.

The announcement came during FSG’s owners’ meeting, with Hogan to oversee the management of FSG’s entire enterprise, which is continuing to grow across various sports around the world.

A statement from FSG on Hogan’s promotion said: “This moment in FSG’s expansion marks a fitting occasion to formalise our leadership structure, recognising the ongoing contributions and responsibilities shouldered by Sam [Kennedy, Red Sox CEO] and Billy across our entire portfolio.”

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“We know our people are our greatest asset, and in Sam and Billy, we have two of the most accomplished executives in the industry whose enduring contributions stand out even more as original hires by FSG over two decades ago.”

It has been suggested that the promotion will not impact Hogan’s day-to-day role at Liverpool, but it will to a certain extent considering how vast FSG’s portfolio is becoming.

The change follows Liverpool’s attempt to lure former sporting director Michael Edwards back to Merseyside, with a restructuring of the club on the cards as he seeks greater control.

In a report from the Times‘ Paul Joyce, Edwards would “seek total control of football operations at Liverpool in order to consider coming back to Anfield less than two years after his departure.”

 

Edwards, if he came back in that position, would effectively take on the role of FSG president Michael Gordon, who is heavily involved in the running of the club, and could lessen some of Hogan’s responsibilities.

It is no wonder, then, that Liverpool continue to push for Edwards’ return, as the transfer guru already knows the club inside out and a restructuring of the club and FSG as a whole makes this the ideal time to see him assume more power.

Nevertheless, Hogan’s promotion, the pursuit of Edwards and Klopp’s departure ensures this a significant period for a club that is soon to be in a period of transition, something they have not had to encounter for nearly nine years.

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Liverpool may have no sporting director, nor a new manager for the the summer yet. However, that doesn’t mean that the club’s recruitment team is sitting around idle. The Reds will already be tracking potential candidates, and seeking out prospective signings for the summer transfer window.

One area where Liverpool could be looking to strengthen is in attack. This season has shown that while Liverpool have some exciting attackers, the Reds could probably do with another option in attack.

All five first team offensive players have been out injured at some point this season. This has meant even midfielders like Harvey Elliott and Dominik Szoboszlai have been forced to play in the front three at certain points during the campaign.

Having another option in there could give Liverpool a much needed extra boost in attack. The kind of boost that could help the Reds propel forward again next season. And according to Fabrizio Romano, there is one player on Liverpool’s radar, who is considering leaving his current club this summer.

 

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Pedro Neto has previously been linked with a £79m move to Liverpool. And now Fabrizio Romano has revealed that the player is looking to leave Wolves at the end of the season.

“Wolves have not communicated any price tag for Pedro Neto but the feeling, speaking to sources, is that in the summer he is expected to join a very important club,” Romano said on the Here We Go podcast.

“He has been on the list of many clubs in recent years, a few years ago he was really appreciated by Arsenal, and then Liverpool and also other clubs started following him.”

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Neto is a fantastic player, who really suits Liverpool’s style of play. His explosive speed can hurt any opponent, and there is no question he would be a huge boost for the Reds. However, the question will be just how much Wolves will want for his services.

The Reds will not want to overspend, and it seems like Wolves will be looking to hold out for a pretty hefty fee. If that will be the case, we can see Liverpool turning elsewhere.

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(Video) Young Liverpool fan saved from abhorrent abuse by Forest fans; Robertson dragged him out crowd
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Nottingham Forest fans were understandably upset after watching their side give away a late goal against Liverpool but their treatment of one young fan was disgusting.

As the full-time whistle blew, the fume from the home supporters behind our bench was toxic and it soon became clear that a young Red and his mother were in among it all.

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This led to Andy Robertson and several members of our coaching staff collecting the youngster and taking him to safety.

Being upset after conceding a goal is understandable but there’s no reason to treat anyone like this, especially someone so young.

You can watch the terrible footage of the Forest fans via @ianyoungkop on X:

Poor kid. pic.twitter.com/WfTdTVoNga

— Ian Young ⚽️🎬📖📱 (@ianyoungkop) March 4, 2024

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During the last few weeks while everything has gone according to plan for Liverpool on the pitch, the same cannot be said for what’s happened off it. Injuries have haunted Jurgen Klopp’s side. It seems like game by game, more and more players have fallen due to injury.

However, things are changing in a positive direction. Over the weekend, both Darwin Nunez and Dominik Szoboszlai returned to action. The former even grabbed the headlines coming to Liverpool’s rescue by scoring a last-minute winner for the Reds against Nottingham Forest.

There could be more positive news this week with Mohamed Salah expected to be back in action for the Reds. And it’s not just those three who are on the return. Yesterday, another Liverpool star returned to action for the club’s U21 side.

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23-year-old Rhys Williams has been out injured for a while. After coming back from his loan spell at Port Vale, the Liverpool defender hasn’t been able to feature in training or in a competitive match. However, yesterday he finally returned.

Williams came back into action for Liverpool lining up for the club’s U21 side against Aston Villa. It wasn’t the best of returns though for the defender with the young Reds’ losing 2-0 to their opponents.

It’s great to see Williams back though. He has always been highly rated at the club’s academy. And he even impressed for the first team during the 2021/22 season. A few years ago in a press conference, Klopp described him as an ‘exceptional’ player.

Now, what comes next for Williams remains to be seen. He’s been quite unfortunate with his last few loans spells. He couldn’t get in the squad at Aberdeen during the beginning of this season. Meanwhile, he picked up an injury at Port Vale after going there on loan in January and returned to the Reds without having featured for his loan side.

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Roy Keane admitted Pep Guardiola’s record at Anfield was ‘not great’ ahead of his Manchester City side’s trip to Merseyside.

Of course, there are far from many outfits with a glowing record at L4 in recent years since Jurgen Klopp took over in 2015.

“Well it’s not great, but the rest of his record is pretty good,” the Irishman spoke on Sky Sports.

“When you see records like that you think that can be broken in terms of the percentages of getting results there.

“But it’s going to be very difficult, because Liverpool are obviously hanging in there in terms of grinding out results like they did yesterday.

“It’s going to be very, very difficult, but Pep and Man City are more than capable of going down and getting a result – a result being maybe a draw even.

“But yeah, that record’s not great, but not many teams have great records at Anfield.”

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The Merseysiders will go into the clash next weekend a point ahead of the incumbent champions following their 3-1 win over Manchester United.

 

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The sight of Dominik Szoboszlai making a cameo along with goalscorer Darwin Nunez will have been seriously reassuring.

Mo Salah, though not present at the City Ground, is also expected to make a recovery in time for City’s visit.

How much of a part the Egyptian is able to play remains to be seen.

In the meantime, we shouldn’t forget the contributions of younger stars Bobby Clark, Conor Bradley, Jayden Danns and the like.

Some, or all, to varying degrees, could be called upon to make an impact next Sunday.

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(Images) What happened to Konate & Danns amid Forest furore should shock fans more than goal controversy
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Before we begin an unnecessary witchhunt against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, it’s important to bear in mind a few other facts about the officiating that took place.

As James Pearce rightly noted on the contentious decision itself: “So much happened after [Caoimhin] Kelleher restarted the game and before the goal.”

Those suggesting that Paul Tierney – for goodness sake, actually repeat the referee’s name out loud five times – was tilted towards the Reds might need to give their head a good old wobble.

We’re talking about the same official Klopp has expressed concern about for quite some time now. The very sight of the 43-year-old’s name on our fixtures sets hairs on end.

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The failure to penalise a high boot on Ibrahima Konate, for one, is pretty poor on its own. Remember the failure to penalise Danilo after dragging down Jayden Danns in the Forest box?

If anything, Nottingham Forest got off lightly with the officiating at the City Ground.

You can catch the image and clip below, courtesy of James Pearce’s X account and LFCTV:

So much happened after Kelleher restarted the game and before the goal.
Forest should be more angry with Hudson-Odoi/Awoniyi for trying to dribble the ball out of their own box just before Mac Allister’s cross.
Plus Tierney missed high boot on Konate when defender went down. pic.twitter.com/1V3kTAORSt

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) March 2, 2024

Top left of the screen as the ball swings in. Didn’t show a closer angle but if you pause you can see Danilo with both his hands wrapped around Danns. pic.twitter.com/wzTIqAfN79

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They showed the foul on Danns when I was watching it live. It was one of the most blatant fouls you will see in the area. Completely wrapped his hands around him and dragged him to the ground.

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Liverpool have won the 2023/24 Carabao Cup, beating Chelsea at Wembley Stadium thanks to a 118th minute header from Virgil van Dijk.

Following a swathe of missed chances, disallowed goals and goalmouth scrambles, the final looked destined to go to a penalty shootout, however Liverpool captain popped up late in the game to nod home a Kostas Tsimikas corner kick to win the game.

The trophy is the first of a potential quadruple for the Reds in Jurgen Klopp’s final season in charge.

It was Chelsea who largely dominated the opening exchanges of the game, with Liverpool having to rely on a truly stunning stop from Caoimhin Kelleher to deny Cole Palmer and the offside flag ruling out a Raheem Sterling effort to keep Mauricio Pochettino’s side at bay.

The tide surprisingly turned in the game after Ryan Gravenberch was carted off following a heavy challenge from Moises Caicedo. Jurgen Klopp’s decision to shift Conor Bradley into the middle of the park as an emergency number eight proved to be a shrewd one, as the Reds began to assert themselves in the game thereafter.

This good period prior to half-time for Liverpool culminated in Cody Gakpo – in for the injured Darwin Nunez – cannoning a header off the post.

Liverpool’s ascendancy continued into the second half, and Virgil van Dijk had thought he’d given his side a vital 1-0 lead on the hour mark after he’d rose highest in the heart of the penalty area to head him. However, following a lengthy VAR check, the goal was ruled out due to Wataru Endo blocking Van Dijk’s marker Levi Colwill from an offside position. A contentious decision, to say the very least.

Buoyed by surving that scare, Chelsea went up the other end and created a few chances of their own in the dying embers of the game. The best of which fell to midfielder Conor Gallagher, who redirected a low cross from Palmer past a routed Kelleher and, unfortunately for Blues fans, off the wrong side of the post.

Despite a total of 31 shots being taken throughout the 90 minutes of action – 12 of which were on target – the game went to extra time.

The chances continue to come in the extra 30 minutes, with youngster Jaylen Danns forcing Djordje Petrovic into a smart save with a headed effort and Harvey Elliott drilling an effort into the side-netting.

Liverpool eventually made their dominance of extra time count with two minutes to go when Van Dijk headed home the winning goal.

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Liverpool midfielder Ryan Gravenberch was stretchered off following a tackle from Moises Caicedo
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Jamie Redknapp was left stunned by referee Chris Kavanagh’s decision not to caution Moises Caicedo for a “disgusting” challenge on Ryan Gravenberch.

The Liverpool man was forced off on a stretcher after Caicedo’s first-half lunge. Jurgen Klopp has been dealt several injury woes in recent weeks and Gravenberch looks set to join them on the treatment table.

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Reds supporters raged online when Caicedo escaped treatment, with many believing the midfielder should have seen red. Klopp – as well as crocked forward Mohamed Salah – were visibly furious following the attempt to in the ball.

During the game, former referee Mike Dean agreed with the on-field decision, insisting the lunge did not showcase serious foul play. He said: “I think he’s caught his foot on his (Ryan Gravenberch’s) foot.

“I know the VAR can’t inform the referee but tackles like that, he’s seen a foul, tried to play on that’s when you say to the referee ‘It’s not serious foul play but it’s a yellow card’. It is a yellow card offence, no doubt whatsoever.”

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However, former Liverpool star Redknapp went further, slamming Caicedo for his “clumsy” challenge. He added in the studio: “It’s not a great challenge. It’s extremely clumsy. I think it always is worse when a player’s foot is planted. You can see here, that as Gravenberch makes the challenge, his foot is planted. It looks disgusting.

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“You can see here, that Caicedo is not looking where the ball is going. You can see why he (Gravenberch) comes off. It’s definitely a yellow card. I can see why Jurgen Klopp was so upset and disappointed with it.”

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Van Dijk’s goal on the hour mark was ruled out.
Liverpool fans were left feeling hard done by after Virgil van Dijk’s goal in the second half was ruled out for offside.

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Van Dijk headed home on the hour mark to give Jurgen Klopp’s side the lead after Chelsea had also had a goal chalked off in the first half.

But following a VAR check, the Dutchman’s header was classed as offside after Wataru Endo, who denied Levi Colwill the chance to get back and defend, stood in an offside position.

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Fans felt though that Endo hadn’t interfered with play and were therefore baffled by the decision to disallow the goal.

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“From a strictly neutral view, it feels at times as if VAR is using a fine toothcomb to find a reason to disallow goals. That Liverpool one would have stood in every single year pre-2020. Overthinking it all,” wrote one person on X (formerly.

“Absolutely shocking that is given as offside. The fact the rules are like this. Where we are saying that Colwell would have been there is a joke. Endo blocks. Doesn’t impede Chilwell at all. Blockers have been in the game since forever, for a reason,” added a second.

“Technical offside ? Deary me, what is happening to our game,” commented a third.

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A fourth said: “VAR has ruined football fact…”

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Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk saw his goal against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final controversially ruled out for offside.

The defender held off Ben Chilwell to thump home what he thought was the opening goal in a tense clash at Wembley Stadium.

But after a long wait for a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) check, the goal was ruled out for a “technical offside.”

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Replays showed that Wataru Endo was in an offside position when the free kick was sent in and as he blocked Levi Colwill from marking Van Dijk, the goal was disallowed.

Both Colwill and Chilwell were tasked with marking Van Dijk, who scored in his last Liverpool game and has three goals to his name this season.

It is up for debate if Colwill even would have been able to prevent Van Dijk from scoring but Endo was deemed to be interfering with play so the goal had to be chalked off.

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Standard Sport’s chief football reporter Dan Kilpatrick reported on the incident from Wembley: “That feels like another big VAR decision which has set a precedent that will be impossible to uphold in future.

“Those kind of blocks happen at every set piece at this level. Are they all really going to be policed in the same way from now on?”

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