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Nice little run out and training ground kick around yesterday for the Reds.

 

Shaqiri hasn’t played in a while, bosses the bitters and scores. Naby ain’t played in a while, bosses the Cherries and scores. Nice little squad the mad German has put together. 
 

Hoping Degsy is nothing serious, and we see Fabs and Matip back after Christmas. 
 

Closing in on zero losses the PL in a calendar year. Just keep rewriting the record books lads. It’s quite fun to behold.

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I counted 18 passes leading up to the Keita goal. A number were just knocking around at the back in the build up, but still.

 

Combine that with the 'long ball' goals from Henderson to Ox and Lovren to Origi against Everton, it's hard to defend. 🙂

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32 minutes ago, Long n Left said:

 

 

Beat me to it!

 

All the local corp have it now. Ridiculous bargain piece of business. 

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/_pauljoyce/status/1205049503440613377

 

Joyce breaking something this AM is more than enough to give proper credence to a rumour.

 

Ticks all the boxes. And anyone that's been developed at Salzburg given how top draw both Naby and Sadio (with the only glaring weakness in the squad cover for him which this lad affords) really peaks your attention. Aside from his displays the two group games where he more than passed the eye test as RBS' stand-out player among a team packed full of really good, exciting ones.

 

Throw in the Japanese/ Asian market, the ridiculous bargain clause, no cup-tie situation for the knock-outs, and it would appear from every standpoint a complete no-brainer.

 

*The Joyce piece as The Times is subscription-based on-line-

 

PREMIER LEAGUE

Liverpool close on Red Bull Salzburg star Takumi Minamino — and can sign him for just £7.25m

Paul Joyce, Northern Football Correspondent

December 12 2019, 9:00am, The Times

 

 

Liverpool are ready to accelerate their interest in Red Bull Salzburg’s Takumi Minamino next month and try to exploit a release clause of just £7.25 million.

 

The Japan international, who impressed against the European champions despite his own side’s 2-0 defeat on Tuesday night, is available for a fraction of his true market value which underlines why Liverpool are prepared to move in the January window having originally discussed a summer deal.

 

Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, is the driving force behind the prospective transfer having been thrilled by Minamino’s performances in the Champions League where his quality, poise in possession and ability to pick a pass from an attacking midfield role was clear.

 

The 24-year-old scored in Salzburg’s 4-3 defeat at Anfield in October and had been deployed at the top of a midfield diamond behind two strikers this week. Minamino has also played wide and in a two pronged strike force previously to underline his versatility in a variety of positions.

 

He has two goals and three assists in the competition and it is understood some of Liverpool senior players mentioned Minamino to the club’s coaching staff having recognised his technical ability and workrate. Minamino covered 66.8kilometres in six appearances in Group E.

 

However, Klopp has tracked Minamino prior to this season due to his fascination with the Red Bull football empire and its ability to develop the sort of talent he wants for his own teams.

 

Naby Keita and Sadio Mané both saw their careers take a leap forward at Salzburg having been signed by German sporting director Ralf Rangnick, a figure whom Klopp regards as being a major influence on his own coaching career.

 

“You are educating great players here in Salzburg,” said Klopp after the win in the Red Bull Arena which sealed the club’s progress into the last 16 of the competition as winners of Group E. They will be seeded and could now face Real Madrid, Atalanta, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund or Olympique Lyonnais.

Liverpool, who see Minamino as being worth in excess of £20 million, believe the player would contribute to their push for honours over the coming months should they be able to win the race for his signature.

 

A change in Uefa’s rules ahead of the 2018-19 season saw the “cup-tied rule” removed which would allow Minamino to play in the Champions League knockout stages for a new club.

 

Minamino’s dazzling performances for Salzburg should guarantee a number of interested parties at the end of the season from Premier League, Bundesliga and Serie A sides, which is another reason why Liverpool will try and move early. He has scored nine goals in total this term.

 

There have only been two January signings so far in Klopp’s tenure. Marko Grujic joined from Red Star Belgrade for £5.1million in January 2016 and is currently on loan at Hertha Berlin. Virgil van Dijk came from Southampton for an initial £70 million in January 2018.

 

It is a measure of Minamino’s talent that Liverpool are prepared to break from their normal strategy, although it has become a forte of Anfield officials to conduct smart transfer business and this would be another example.

 

Salzburg’s teenage striker Erling Haaland has drawn many admiring glances, including those of Manchester United, after scoring 28 goals already this season. He has a release clause of around £17 million

 

South Korean forward Hee-Chan Hwang is another player to have caught the eye and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ sporting director Kevin Thelwell watched him against Liverpool.

 

But it is Minamino with whom Klopp is taken and wants to sign.

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And Mel Reddy is saying it's done- 

 

 

*Vote Labour today. We can do this!

 

Hail. 

 

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I didn't think I could be more impressed with both the City of Salzburg, and the wonderfully friendly, welcoming boss football club and its supporters who represent it. 
 
And then this gift happens. 

 

Talking of, and topical for today, the last 10 mins were solid-

 

NSFW!

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/jaytothelo/status/1204524084232675329

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/PeoplesMomentum/status/1204505248154443781

 

Along with reminding Boris of just what a C he is along with 'Maggie being in the mud.'  Just because. 

 

Scousers being politically savvy in standing up for the right things. 

 
*Vote Labour today. We can do this!
 
Hail. 

 

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I love the respect from the RBS Sporting Director about how honoured they are at our interest.

 

Another classy, classy touch after playing 'YNWA' after the game Tuesday.

 

Really pulling for Salzburg the Europa League after how brilliantly welcoming and friendly they were to us. Which was the exact same after in defeat.

 

Hail. 

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So, after the worst possible start to a Friday EVER! (If you think the ‘70/‘80/‘90’s were bad under Thatcher and Tebbit, you ain’t seen NOTHING yet! This is the most right wing bunch we’ve EVER seen), step forward the Germans to flip it on its head and make this the BEST Friday ever!

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/lfc/status/1205449182309441536?s=21

 

Soz abar us if this isn’t your manager!

 

Hail.

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13 minutes ago, dchogs said:

And now Milner?  Doubling down on the good news... Milly's such an important utility player for the Reds.

 

Perfect end to a perfect day!

 

I don't think there's ANY coincidence that they announced the manager's extension this morning knowing how down everyone was after last nights political carnage.

 

Still absolutely buzzing off that, Longest time at any club, And you wouldn't bank on it being his last contract either. People hate to read how special this football club and City is but a glowing testament to that is Jurgen's been head-over-heels in love here since day 1. We just fit each other like a glove.

 

And now a 2-year extension for just about the most perfect model pro you could imagine. 

 

 

Hail. 

 

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Story of the team news is Neco Williams on the bench. 

 

Hardest 18 in all of Europe to break into and this class' development is starting to really show with another one cracking the bench. 

 

Awesome experience for the teenager. 

 

Into this shower of utter S Redmen! 

 

Hail. 

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Think Jurgy was hoping for a 2-0, 3-0 halftime score so he could get Neco a 30 minute run out and protect Trent from yellow #5. Oh well. Kind of surprised he got the nod over Hoever, but understand Neco’s been bossing it for the youth sides. Think they’ve got Hoever slated for CB as well. We'll see what team they put out Tuesday, may see them both in that side.

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Yanno, relaxing watching games today brings home just  HOW far we’ve left everyone completely behind in a little over 4 short years under Jurgen.


After the first game, Utd and Everton, COMBINED, are STILL 6 points behind us.


Real hard to justify either of them as even rivals any more as they drop further and further behind. (As P poor as what we’ve been, we’ve never been THIS far out of first after 17 games.).

 

Ridiculous turn around from what he inherited. A new era of Red dominance is upon us as our cycle is here again.

 

Hail.

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So here we are. The start of this absolutely unique, and utterly disgraceful, situation we've been placed in having to play 2 games, in less than 2 days, in 2 completely different competitions on, 2 different Continents.

 

Still mind-blowing that the EFL can have absolutely ZERO respect for the integrity of their marquee competition. Which they've made a complete and utter mockery of this season by refusing to reschedule tonight's quarter-final at Villa.

 

Which is getting worse by the day with Brewster battling a training injury, Adam Lewis still out, and Jones and Neco Williams already out in Qatar for the CWC. We'll do well to have a starting XI with an average age over 18 and a half tonight. With most of the 18 all eligible for the U19's/ 18's/ 17's and 16's. We were looking at a really decent chance of thinking of winning the League Cup this year. But we're now left with facing a far stronger, experienced Premier League side in Villa with what will be the youngest and least experienced competitive team in Liverpool Football Clubs illustrious 127-year history. The players that could well appear tonight at Villa Park have a combined total of 18 first-team appearances between them. Of which after Chirivella's 7 games, you're down to the next most experienced being on 2! With 17-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever the only player to score for the first-team!

 

That's the reality of the absolutely scandalous situation the EFL have put us in that these kids are going to have to deal with.

 

I'm anticipating getting beat. But I don't fear any heavy defeat as we've been placed in a ridiculous situation so all we can do is deal with the hand they've dealt us and go out, give everything we have, and come out the other side having given a good account of ourselves regardless of the final scoreline.

 

If they do somehow make the semi's however, it would surely go down as the biggest upset not only in the League Cups entire history, but the most embarrassing defeat Aston Villa will have ever suffered in their long 145-year existence.

 

Do us proud boys and have the night of your young lives representing Europes best.

 

Oh, to just add to the utter madness of this mess, they'll be managed tonight by the U23's manager with the first-team staff all being out in Qatar preparing for tomorrow's CWC semi. This was his first time in front of the cameras for a 'first-team' presser yesterday-

 

 

 

 

Hail. 

 

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HOLA! You go away for week and DON'T come back to a thread full of L'pool 'officially' being the best team in the whole wide World?!!!!!

 

We'll soon put that right! image.gif.b05cfcaa7e16fc5c33095909c068a5a4.gif😉

 

But there was another superb display to catch up on first before that .....

 

On 12/17/2019 at 9:13 PM, Berggy9598 said:

Has Klopp been watching me play footie manager? Looks like he hit the old filter button and checked the include reserves box for league cup games. 

 

Haha. Props for that. But joking aside, this one deserves revisiting .....

 

I've just finally caught up on the Villa game. And WOW!!!!!

 

That was the best 5-0 defeat you've ever seen.

 

Villa had NO right to be 4 up at half-time. They had three shots on goal. Had a massive slice of luck with an utterly mad deflection the second. Whilst their goalie (the MOTM by a Country mile BTW which tells the main story of the game), made a string of superb saves. The young lads were exceptionally unlucky to have even been behind at half-time. Just the difference between veteran experience and a massive dollop of luck going their way.

 

And what made the young Reds performance on the night that much more ridiculous was they never caved at half-time down 4 and if anything got even better the second half. A real testament to everyone on the clubs staff that the youngest side the clubs ever fielded in a competitive game in its entire 127-year history embodied everything the first team does on a weekly basis. Total fight and commitment for the full duration with the same style (pressing/ the shape/ passing triangles all over the park et al) that runs right through the football club at every level.

 

The stats speak for themselves-

 

A L'pool 18 containing three 16-year-olds,  with no less than 8 players making their senior debuts, in a starting XI that wasn't even a U23 side. But the youngest of young combined U23/18/17/ 16 eligible side, the youngest the club has ever fielded (the average age of the starting XI's was 19.5 years Liverpool's young guns compared to Villa's International filled, experienced side averaging 28.09 years), and a starting XI with the fewest combined first-team appearances in Liverpool's entire history (16); TOTALLY out-playing an Aston Villa side to the tune of-

 

Possession: 57.2%- 42.8 %.

637 passes to Villas 469. (550/392 accuracy.). 11 key passes to Villas 8.

15 shots to Villas 11. (8/7 on target.).

7 corners to Villas 2.

 

In context, that was an absolutely phenomenal display from Critchley's charges in the furthest thing from a 5-0 defeat imaginable. The natural difference being Villa's vast experience in taking their limited chances. With most all the luck and bounce of the ball in the game rolling their way too.

 

No wonder Smith and Terry went out of their way (props to them for that) to go the changies and applaud the kids for how well they played and just what a tough game they gave Villa.

 

Massive kudos to the 5,000 strong away contingent too who not only made the journey to Villa in such numbers for no-win situation game, just before Chrimbo. But who never stopped supporting the young kids for the full 90 with an outstanding display of vocal those young boys will NEVER forget. (Sidenote- LOVED the destroying of Boris and the Torries too which came over loud and clear.).

 

Strange to say after exiting the competition with a 5-0 defeat, but you couldn't fail to be prouder of the young lads and just what they displayed on the night which made it worth talking about now.

 

And I didn't even get into just a genuine phenom Harvey Elliott is ......

 

Hail. 

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Of course, the ridiculous situation of the Villa game was just the pre-cursor to the main event in Qatar .....

 

I honestly didn't think you could get a better high than being Champions of Europe. Something I've been exceptionally fortunate to experience 3 times in the flesh. The absolute ultimate in a football fans experience. And I've been exceptionally privileged,  with this magnificent football club, to have seen my team live in 6 European Cup/ Champions League finals now. What I've always thought of as the single biggest football game on the planet ..... but honestly, I don't think you can top what we experienced Saturday evening in the desert. Not just Champions of your Country. Not just Champions of your Continent But Champions of the whole bloody World!-

 

https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1208495391068577793

 

World bloody Champions. Just can't say that enough without splitting your face smiling. What can honestly top that? A full year of getting to wear THAT badge on your shirt that signifies you're the best in the World-

 

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HEAVEN!

 

Absolutely mad how people, in the insular English way, tried to decry the MASSIVE global significance of the CWC and vainly tried to put the League Cup as being more important ......

 

How did it go? 'Klopp couldn't win finals/ trophies' wasn't it?

 

Well now he's won the three European/ International majors in a row and in so doing become the first manager of a British side to hold all three at the same time-

 

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'We've conquered all of Europe, and then we didn't stop ...... '

 

Up the best in the World Reds!

 

Hail. 

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To tidy up the admin-

 

Our first World Chamionship now puts us two major trophies clear of Utd as Englands most decorated football club. (47- 45.).

 

Something about a perch ..... ?

 

And we are now only the 5th club, after Milan, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid to hold all three UEFA/ FIFA majors (UEFA Champions League/ Super Cup. FIFA Club World Cup) at the same time.

 

And would anyone bet against these historic Reds being in all three finals again in 2020?

 

Hail. 

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LOVED the celebrations in the changies Sat'day night with the togetherness of the players, staff and fans as one-

 

NSFW!

 

https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1208700416076210176

 

https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1208534795896143873

 

'CAMPIPONE (No 'H''! We aren't wools) LIVERPOOL!

 

https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1208500664231436294

 

Hail. 

 

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