Liverpool 2019-2020: Let's Take About Six, Baby

67YAZ

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Whatever disappointment there was following a record breaking 2nd place in the EPL has been washed away by winning the Champions League. The overwhelmed looks of joy and release on the players and coaches alike said it all. What Klopp has done is nothing short of amazing given the rollercoaster of the FSG years up until his hire.

And as such, signing Klopp to a new deal is high on Liverpool's priorities these days. There's also talk of extensions for Origi and Milner. Origi is still only 24, so I would not be surprised if he turned down a deal in hopes of walking on a free next year to a side that would put him in the starting XI. There were rumblings that Milner might have wanted a return to Leeds if they were promoted, but not t'was not to be..

Major expiring contracts - Sturridge, Moreno, & Bogdan.

Likely on the way out - Clyne, Mingolet, Grujic

Cloudy futures - Harry Wilson had a super season at Derby and is attracting a lot of interest, will be some push and pull between Liverpool & his agents over a new deal/loan/transfer. Karius had a disastrous season in Turkey, so he's coming back with even less value than last summer. I don't think Lovren will be happy spending another year as a rotation option and have to think Klopp will let him explore the market. And then there's poor Adam Lallana, whose career has become a train wreck of injuries, and is heading into his last year; maybe a loan would serve all parties well.

Young'uns who we might see some of (or maybe not) - Rhian Brewster, Ben Woodburn, Ki-Jana Hoever

Needs - A back up for Alisson. Cover at left and right full back. A 4th CB if Lovren leaves. A young attacker to mix in with Salah-Firmino-Mane. Maybe a young midfielder if the right player is available at the right price.
 
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Fixture list is out!

August
Friday 9 – Norwich City (H)
Saturday 17 – Southampton (A)
Saturday 24 – Arsenal (H)
Saturday 31 – Burnley (A)

September
Saturday 14 – Newcastle United (H)
Saturday 21 – Chelsea (A)
Saturday 28 – Sheffield United (A)

October
Saturday 5 – Leicester City (H)
Saturday 19 – Manchester United (A)
Saturday 26 –Tottenham Hotspur (H)

November
Saturday 2 – Aston Villa (A)
Saturday 9 – Manchester City (H)
Saturday 23 – Crystal Palace (A)
Saturday 30 – Brighton and Hove Albion (H)

December
Wednesday 4 – Everton (H)
Saturday 7 – Bournemouth (A)
Saturday 14 – Watford (H)
Saturday 21 – West Ham United (A)
Thursday 26 – Leicester City (A)
Saturday 28 – Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)

January
Wednesday 1 – Sheffield United (H)
Saturday 11 – Tottenham Hotspur (A)
Saturday 18 – Manchester United (H)
Tuesday 21 – Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)

February
Saturday 1 – Southampton (H)
Saturday 8 – Norwich City (A)
Saturday 22 – West Ham United (H)
Saturday 29 – Watford (A)

March
Saturday 7 – Bournemouth (H)
Saturday 14 – Everton (A)
Saturday 21 – Crystal Palace (H)

April
Saturday 4 – Manchester City (A)
Saturday 11 – Aston Villa (H)
Saturday 18 – Brighton and Hove Albion (A)
Saturday 25 – Burnley (H)

May
Saturday 2 – Arsenal (A)
Saturday 9 – Chelsea (H)
Sunday 17 – Newcastle United (A)
 

67YAZ

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Aside from the standard English clusterf^%*# of games around the holidays (4 in 12 days), that’s a remarkably balanced fixture list. Derbies and top-6 matchups are pretty well distributed. No complaints.
 

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Ings is officially owned by Southampton. Nice piece of business- bought him from Burnley, saw him tear his ACL, let him feature a few times, and sold him for a profit.

That said, they should just have asked Southampton for a credit memo for whoever they snipe next.
 

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A month and 5 days after the Champions League Final, the team had their first training session for the new season today. 16 players were involved, including first teamers Milner, Fabinho, Matip, and Gomez, guys returning from injury-plagued seasons like Lallana and Oxlade-Chamberlain, and many youngsters hoping to make an impression. New signing Sepp Van den Berg was also present.

Mane scored against Uganda to put Senegal into the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations, but Salah and Egypt are out after losing to South Africa. Naby Keita was already back in Liverpool after picking up an injury during the competition, but is expected to be cleared to train later this month.

Alisson and Firmino will get a 3 week break following tomorrow's Copa America final before joining back up with the squad.

Shaqiri picked up a calf injury in the Nations League game against England and will not be available immediately. Given that the entire front 3 will be recovering from international duty for a few weeks, there should be plenty of opportunities for Rhian Brewster and Ben Woodburn in the early friendlies coming up.

First friendly is Thursday 7/11 against Tranmere Rovers, followed by one on 7/14 vs. Bradford City. The first games against a "name" side will be 7/19 against Dortmund at Notre Dame Stadium followed by Sevilla on 7/21 at Fenway.
 

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I ended up with three extra tickets to Fenway if anybody's looking. Section 42 (supporters' area). $70/ea face. I'll absorb the other $35 or so in charges.
 

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Link to the Tranmere friendly


Nice finish by Nathaniel Clyne 6 minutes in, was found with a great ball by Rhian Brewster

Wilson finds Brewster at the far post for the 2-0

Yasser Larouci has been exceptional for an 18 year old at LB

Third goal, another for Brewster, off a rebounded Milner shot

Curtis Jones with a tidy finish off a Ben Woodburn back-post cross for the fourth goal

Matip with a long ball over the top to Origi - outstanding first touch to control it and takes it around the keeper for goal 5

Here's the Origi goal: https://streamable.com/04141

Paul Glatzel got the sixth goal, but looks like he has to come off - final sub for Liverpool is their third keeper, may have another Shamal George situation on our hands.

Tranmere pulled one back but it was flagged for a marginal offside... harsh

Indeed, Dan Atherton (3rd keeper) will come on in Glatzel's place

Atherton has now apparently injured one of Tranmere's CBs as he headed the ball out for a Liverpool corner
 
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