Dutch International Virgil Van Dijk named new Liverpool captain

Liverpool names a new captain

Liverpool lost their captain Jordan Henderson to the Saudi raid as he joined former Liverpool legend and now head coach Steven Gerrard at Al Ettifaq.

As reds all over the world anticipated for who was going to be their next captain, Virgil Van Dijk was one person that stood very tall among that list.

Virgil van Dijk believes taking the role of Liverpool vice-captain can help Trent Alexander-Arnold find an even higher level.

It has been announced that Van Dijk is succeeding Jordan Henderson as the Reds’ skipper and Alexander-Arnold will be his deputy.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com in reaction to the news at the team’s hotel in Singapore, Van Dijk declared his own delight at Alexander-Arnold’s progress – which he feels will only continue.

“It’s a proud moment for him obviously and his family,” said Van Dijk.

“I think he’s in a phase now where he has to make that transition of becoming a big leader for the football club. I think he will make those steps. And with the help obviously of myself and the others, Robbo, Ali, Mo, obviously the manager, he can make the next step.

“I think to give that responsibility to him could definitely even more benefit him as well. So it’s a very good choice. Obviously the others as well, they are as important and we all have to make sure that we take the responsibility.”

Van Dijk arrived at Liverpool midway through a 2017-18 campaign in which Alexander-Arnold fully established himself in Jürgen Klopp’s starting XI at right-back.

The pair have since been key figures in the Reds’ domestic, European and global success, and will now set out to be standard bearers together in the pursuit of more trophies.

“It has been good to see definitely,” Van Dijk said of watching Alexander-Arnold flourish. “It’s pleasing. I saw him coming in as a little boy and obviously with loads of quality and loads of potential and he showed it already.

“Obviously everything that we won we did together as well. And now, like I said, he’s in that transition of becoming and feeling that responsibility as well of being one of the leaders of the team. It’s nice to see.

“How we also give everything and work for it, that’s the standard we have to set in order to be successful.”

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Liverpool Legend Ian Rush talks about Mohammed Salah

Welsh and Liverpool legend Ian Rush talks about why its important for Liverpool to keep Mo Salah at Liverpool.

Ian Rush: “It’s great holding records and all that, but I’ve always said records are there to be broken.

“So I’ve actually said to Mo: ‘Go and see if you can break my record now!

“I think it is fantastic news and if he does [break the record], I’ll be the first to congratulate him, but more importantly the first thing is to become a true Liverpool legend. That means being at the club for seven to 10 years.

“It is great that something is finally sorted out and I am made up. It is something all Liverpool supporters wanted to see and now he is staying, I think it is going to be a great three years hopefully for Mo.

Ian Rush: “I look at Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United who keeps himself super fit and Mo, who is a lot younger than him [at 30], is doing exactly that too, he is keeping himself fit and he is determined to stay at that level he is at.

“I don’t think his levels will drop, I think he will come back stronger than ever now he has settled [his future]. For Mohamed, my job [as a friend] was to let him know that Liverpool is the best club in the world.

Ian Rush: “You look at everything and Manchester City can strengthen with Erling Haaland but Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling may be going. So yes, Sadio Mane is a miss but Darwin Nunez is in now and with Salah, Liverpool will be even stronger now.

“If Nunez can settle in there to replace Mane, as long as there are no injuries, Liverpool look very strong. After last season, winning two trophies – which could have been four – the expectation for Liverpool will be big and I think Jurgen knows that. So to get Nunez and to sign Salah, I think Liverpool have every right to look forward to the new season.

Ian Rush: “I am a good friend with Ramy and Mo, and I met him many times in Dubai, France, London and Liverpool. I have kept trying to tell Ramy to convince Mo to stay! This is a special club. It’s the best club in the world.

“If you want to be a true legend, and we’ve had so many great players like Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, but for all these great players, if you want to be a true legend, you have to be at the club for at least seven to 10 years and that is what it’s all about.

“Liverpool is special because whether you’re winning or losing, you have to show your loyalty. I have spoken to Mohamed a lot, telling him how great this club is.

Ian Rush: “I left for Juventus and I realised the grass wasn’t always greener on the other side and I was one of the fortunate ones to get the chance to come back. When I came back I had no hesitation as I realised how special this football club is.

“At Mo’s age, if he did leave the club, there would be no coming back. So when I spoke to both Mo and Ramy, I said if they get the chance to, then sign! The fans love him and now he is here for another three years at least.

Ian Rush: “I think it was just a matter of dotting the Is and crossing the Ts really. He never really wanted to leave. I spoke to him at the last home game (against Wolves in May) and he said never really wanted to leave.

“His agent is a really good friend of mine as I say, him and his wife, and it was just about managing to convince them this is the best club in the world, whether you win or lose. And it’s not always about winning, when you lose, these fans get right behind you and that is what makes this club so special.”

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Why Liverpool could win the CL final

The similarity to the 2018/19 Champions League-winning campaign is that domestically Liverpool are chasing a rampant Manchester City, and it seems that having such an objective always brings the best out of Jürgen Klopp’s team. When they hit top form, and everything works in devastating harmony, it’s hard to see anyone coping with them.

Liverpool Uefa ranking: 2

Liverpool European Cup wins:

1976/77, 1977/78, 1980/81, 1983/84, 2004/05, 2018/19

Last season: quarterfinals (L 1-3 agg v Real Madrid)

Last final: 2018/19 (W 2-0 v Tottenham)

Liverpool’s Champions League Campaign 2021/22

Record: W10 D1 L1 F30 A13

Top scorer: Mohamed Salah (8)

Semifinals: 5-2 agg v Villarreal

Quarterfinals: 6-4 agg v Benfica

Round of 16: 2-1 agg v Inter

Group B: winners

Liverpool have faced stiff competition, which makes it even more impressive that they sport a near-perfect record: 12 games and just one loss in the round of 16 second leg against Inter. In fact, it was only the Nerazzurri who consistently troubled Klopp’s side, at least until a nerve-strewn first-half display in the second leg of their semifinal against Villarreal. The way the Reds bounced back was a statement in itself, however.

How do Liverpool play?

Klopp rarely deviates from his tried and tested 4-3-3 formation – a system that has served the Reds wonderfully well since the German’s arrival in 2015. Their high-intensity pressing has been refined in recent seasons – with a little help from smart acquisitions such as Diogo Jota and Luis Díaz – but it remains just as effective. At their best, they are arguably Europe’s finest side.

Who is The Reds key player?

Mohamed Salah. The Egypt forward has been the face of this Liverpool side since arriving from Roma in 2017. A star at Basle, he first landed in England with Chelsea in 2014 but has proved a major talent on Merseyside, his pace, intelligence and finishing helping him bag 33 Champions League goals for the club.

Who is Liverpool coach?

Jürgen Klopp. The Reds boss since 2015, Klopp guided the Reds to continental glory in 2018/19 and to their first English title in 30 years the next season. A striker turned defender at Mainz, he masterminded two Bundesliga titles with Dortmund before heading to Anfield.

Did you know?

The Reds have been European champions six times – more than any other English team. That is as many titles as Bayern, with Milan and Real Madrid the only clubs to have won more.

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Man City wins 2021/2022 EPL trophy ahead of Liverpool

Missing out on the Premier League title on the last day of the season has given Liverpool an extra edge heading into the Champions League final, manager Juergen Klopp said.

Liverpool came from behind to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 at Anfield but City hit back from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa and clinch back-to-back titles.

Liverpool, who have already won the League Cup and FA Cup, could add a seventh European crown to their collection in the Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday.

“This season is absolutely incredible and will not end today, it ends next week obviously,” Klopp told reporters. “And there we will try absolutely everything.

“We have now five days to prepare the final, that’s what we will do.

“And of course, losing the league today increased the desire to put it right next week, it increased the desire.”

Klopp also congratulated City and manager Pep Guardiola on winning their fourth Premier League title in five years.

“I am proud but I’m disappointed, of course, as well,” Klopp said. “There are maybe worse scenarios, if you would have been a point up and don’t make it, that might feel even worse.

“Congratulations to Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, all staff, all players, whole club, for being champions. We were close but in the end not close enough. That’s how it is.”

Liverpool face the Spanish champions in Paris on 28 May in a rematch of the 2018 showpiece in Kiev, which Real Madrid won 3-1.

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Manchester City beat Aston Villa to win title on final day

Manchester City won the Premier League for the fourth time in five seasons after a pulsating title race reached a dramatic conclusion as the champions staged an incredible comeback from two goals down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola’s side were teetering on the brink of blowing the title after falling 2-0 behind midway through the second half at the Etihad Stadium.

But Ilkay Gundogan sparked an astonishing City revival as the German midfielder reduced the deficit before Rodri grabbed the equaliser.

Gundogan turned in City’s third goal in the space of five minutes in the 81st minute, triggering wild celebrations and rendering second placed Liverpool’s 3-1 victory against Wolves irrelevant.

City finished with 93 points, one ahead of Liverpool as they ended their rivals hopes of winning an unprecedented quadruple.

On a breathtaking final day, Burnley were relegated as Leeds beat the drop, while Tottenham qualified for the Champions League at the expense of their north London rivals Arsenal.

It was City who hogged the spotlight on a day their fans, who spilt onto the pitch in delight, will never forget.

Guardiola’s men can rightly be called a dynasty after joining Manchester United as the only clubs in the Premier League era to have won four titles in five seasons, with Alex Ferguson’s teams doing it on three separate occasions.

The eighth league title in City’s history is Guardiola’s ninth major trophy since arriving at the club in 2016.

Once again,Manchester City saved the best until last as they edged Liverpool out on the final day of the season for the second time after beating them to the finish line in 2019.

It was 10 years since Sergio Aguero’s famous last-second goal against QPR sealed City’s first title since 1968 and this jaw-dropping success was almost as unlikely.

Guardiola had called on Manchester City’s fans to be “loud, loud, loud” in their bid to retain the crown, but they were stunned into silence in the 37th minute.

Lucas Digne whipped in a cross from the left and Matty Cash got in front of Joao Cancelo to score with a bullet header.

Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho doubled Villa’s lead with a cool finish in the 69th minute.

The shell-shocked Guardiola slumped into his seat, but Manchester City would not surrender and Ilkay Gundogan headed them back into contention in the 76th minute.

Rodri’s low strike from the edge of the area two minutes later set up a nerve-jangling finale.

And in the 81st minute, Kevin de Bruyne’s low cross reached Gundogan at the far post and the substitute tapped home to send City into ecstasy.

Having already won the FA Cup and League Cup, Liverpool can still enjoy a memorable season of their own if they beat Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Paris on Saturday.


Liverpool trailed Manchester City by 14 points in January, but Klopp’s side pushed them to the wire, showing the fortitude that earned them the nickname “mentality monsters” from their manager.

Liverpool were rocked after just three minutes when Pedro Neto produced a close-range finish from Raul Jimenez’s cross.

Sadio Mane equalised with a clinical strike from just inside the area after sprinting onto Thiago Alcantara’s pass in the 24th minute.

Mohamed Salah poked Liverpool ahead with six minutes left but by then news of City’s extraordinary recovery had reached Anfield, which was in subdued mood by the time Andrew Robertson scored in stoppage-time.

Tottenham’s 5-0 rout of relegated Norwich secured fourth place at Carrow Road.

Just a few weeks ago, Antonio Conte had insisted it would take a “miracle” for Tottenham to finish in the top four, but the Italian has masterminded a superb run that ends his club’s two-year absence from the Champions League.

Dejan Kulusevski’s 16th minute tap-in from Rodrigo Bentancur’s pass put Tottenham ahead before Harry Kane struck with a diving header in the 32nd minute.

Kulusevski curled a sublime shot into the far corner in the 64th minute and Golden Boot winner Son Heung-min scored in the 70th and 75th minutes.

Tottenham’s victory left north London rivals Arsenal in fifth place despite their 5-1 win against Everton.

Burnley’s six-season stay in the top tier ended with a 2-1 home defeat against Newcastle, with Leeds staying up after a 2-1 win at Brentford.

Leeds started the day below Burnley on goal difference, but the Clarets were beaten by Callum Wilson’s brace, while Jesse Marsch’s team escaped thanks to Raphinha’s penalty and Jack Harrison’s last-gasp strike.

Manchester United lost 1-0 at Crystal Palace, but qualified for the Europa League thanks to West Ham’s 3-1 defeat at Brighton.


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Liverpool edge past Villa to keep title hopes alive

Sadio Mane earned Liverpool a come-from-behind 2-1 win at Aston Villa to keep the Premier League title race alive.

Douglas Luiz’s early goal had left Jurgen Klopp’s side up against it inside three minutes but Joel Matip soon equalised and Mane completed the turnaround midway through the second half. The win moves Liverpool back level on points with leaders Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola’s side still have a game in hand and the victory at Villa Park also came at a cost – Fabinho trudging off injured in the first half. But Jurgen Klopp will just be glad to have come through this test as former Reds hero Steven Gerrard certainly had Villa fired up.

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Liverpool football club beats Villarreal 5:2 on aggregate to advance to this season’s Uefa Champions League final.

Liverpool becomes the first team to advance to the final of this season’s UCL final after eliminating Unai Emery’s Villarreal in the semi-finals.

Villarreal lost the first league by two goals to nill at Anfield, goals courtesy Henderson and Sadio Mane. Many concluded that the tie is over for Villarreal but Unai Emery’s side had something up their sleeves.

Villarreal went ahead in the second league just after 3 minutes after Gerard Moreno assisted Dia. Getting to the latter part of the game, Villarreal took a two goal lead after Etienne Capoue gave his second assist of the night by assisting Francis Coquelin.

Jurgen Klopp introduced Luis Diaz as Diogo Jota was subbed off. Fabinho netted in the 62nd minute to bring Liverpool back into the game. With the Reds having more control than before, Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross was met by a beautiful header from Luiz Diz.

With few minutes left to play, Sadio Mane put the icing on the cake by dribbling past Rulli to finish beautifully from Naby Keita’s pass.

The reds now await the winner from the Real Madrid vs Manchester City encounter tomorrow.

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The English Premier League has started and as usual, there are expectations from all the clubs. Unlike last season where the coronavirus pandemic could not allowed the fans to cheer up their teams during the league, this year the fans are all expected to cheer up their teams during all the matches.

Some of the matches have already taken place and it seems the arrival of the fans have given the teams much confidence and they needed support. It could be identified that almost all the big teams have started very well as they win their first matches.

At the end of the last season thus 2020/2021 season, Manchester City won the English Premier League with 86 points. Manchester United placed second with 74 points. Liverpool was next with 69 points and the reigning Champions League winner and Super Cup winner Chelsea followed as fourth with 67 points.

Statistics show that after the 2020/2021 season the Manchester City who happens to be the champions had 83 goals in all. Manchester United who also placed second after the league also placed second as far as goals are concerned with 73 goals. Tottenham, third with 68 goals and Liverpool fourth with 68 goals. The champions of Europe had 58 goals.

Rating top players; Harry Kane from Tottenham led the goal scoreboard with a good 23 goals. Mohamed Salah who is a Liverpool player was next to Harry Kane with 22 goals. Bruno Fernandes from Manchester United took home 18 goals. It is clear that Harry Kane has the most assists and followed by Bruno Fernandes.

Round One Results

Brentford 2-0 Arsenal

Manchester United 5-1 Leeds

Burnley 1-2 Brighton

Chelsea 3-0 Crystal Palace

Everton 1-0 wolves

Watford 3-2 Aston Villa

Norwich 0-3 Liverpool

Newcastle 2-4 West Ham

Tottenham 1-0 Man City

Transfer: Chelsea FC contact Harry Kane representatives

Round Two Fixtures

Saturday 21st August 2021

Liverpool — Burnley (11:30 )

Aston Villa — Newcastle (14:00)

Leeds — Everton (14:00)

Crystal Palace — Brentford (14:00)

Manchester City — Norwich (14:00)

Brighton — Watford (16:00)

God wanted me to leave Chelsea – Olivier Giroud

Sunday, 22nd August, 2020

Southampton— Manchester United (13:00)

wolves —Tottenham (13:00)

Arsenal — Chelsea (15:30)

Arsenal suffer another injury blow in Chelsea friendly as Thomas Partey limps off

Monday, 23rd August 2021

West Ham — Leicester City (19:00)

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