Are these our new kits?

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Photographs have emerged today of what appear to be the new Liverpool kits.


The three shirts pictured in the sketchy shots would be the home, away and third shirts for the 2018/19 season and appear to be the real deal thanks to the presence of Georginio Wijnaldum wearing one of them.


New Balance will continue to provide kit supplies to the club next season and shirt sponsor Standard Chartered along with sleeve sponsor Western Union will both be present on the shirts.

The snaps show a photo of a fairly safe looking design for the home shirt, with red flanked by white as usual – but there is a shot of a garish purple shirt with orange trim, which will divide opinions.

A third shirt is shown, which Holland international Wijnaldum is wearing, and that is predominantly white with red and grey trim.


Gracia responds to Doucoure speculation

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Watford boss Javi Gracia did not give away when he responded to questions about the future of Abdoulaye Doucoure.

The Frenchman recently spoke about interest from ‘big clubs’ after he was linked with moves to Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

And the Spaniard said he wasn’t sure if any of the top clubs were looking to sign one his side’s star players and was simply looking forward to their game against Everton this weekend.


“I have spoken with him about the movement when we play against Everton but not about that.” he said.

“I do not know if there are other big clubs interested in Doucoure or other players, but if there are clubs interested it is because they are playing well.

“I am interested in them playing well and we will see what happens in the future.” he added.

Scouts from some of the interested clubs are likely to be in attendance at Vicarage Road as Doucoure lines up for the Hornets against Sam Allardyce’s Everton side.

Klopp still keen on Zielinski

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is still keen on signing Poland international Piotr Zielinski.

That’s according to a report by Calcio Mercato, in which they claim that the Napoli star is still on the German’s radar as he plans his Summer transfer activity.

Klopp came close to bringing the midfielder to Anfield back in the Summer of 2016, but could not get a deal over the line and Zielinski instead left Udinese for domestic rivals Napoli.

He has been in impressive form for the Serie A club so far this season and that has seen Klopp continue to monitor his progress in Italy as he mulls over launching a bid at the end of the season.


Klopp is likely to lose Germany international midfielder Emre Can to Napoli’s rivals Juventus on a free transfer as his contract is set to expire in June, so a move for Zielinski would make sense.

Napoli are not likely to be keen on letting him go, however, so any move is likely to cost a reasonable chunk of Klopp’s transfer budget as he looks to push his team up to the next level.

His manager, Maurizio Sarri, recently described Zielinski as ‘the next Kevin De Bruyne’ and his desire to retain his services are shared by Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis.

So Liverpool will have to push hard to get a transfer deal completed.

Bailey not looking to move yet

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Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey has said that he isn’t ready to make a move just yet.

The Jamaica international has become a man in demand after impressing for the German club, with several Premier League clubs chasing his signature.

Manchester City are said to be leading the race ahead of Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal to bring him to England.

But Bailey is in no hurry to make the next step in his fledgling career just yet.

“Leverkusen is perfect for me.” he told Bild.

“I want to develop and then I can take the next step.

“When I move to a big club, the people there will want to know me.

“I want to make a name for myself at the highest level.” he added.

Rosenior says Sessegnon deal is done

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Former Fulham forward Leroy Rosenior has stated his belief that a deal for Ryan Sessegnon “has been done”.

The England under-19 international has been in impressive form for the Championship side and it has seen him linked with a move to the Premier League.

Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have all been strongly linked with offers for the teenager and Rosenior believes it is Spurs who have won the race.

“I think that a deal has been done for Ryan as teams have been in for him.” he told James Richardson on the Totally Football Show.

“It’s a Premier League side with strong rumours of Tottenham. I wouldn’t be surprised if other sides have been in for him as well.

“He stays at Fulham before moving in the summer. His future is already mapped out.

“Ryan has great potential. He is one of those players who you think he’s not a left-back and not a left-winger.

“He could be an amazing player.” he finished.

Gerrard pleased with win over United

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Liverpool under-19 manager Steven Gerrard has praised his young side for their 2-0 victory over rivals Manchester United in the UEFA Youth League.

The former Anfield skipper oversaw his side’s victory in the last sixteen clash at Prenton Park as goals from Ben Woodburn and Rafael Camacho sealed progress to the quarter-final stage.

“It feels good. It feels good to coach this team and certainly to beat one of our big rivals in the last sixteen of a massive competition.” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“It feels good, but the players deserve the credit. They’ve had two or three days to prepare for this game on the back of big fixtures in the weekend just gone and they’ve carried out the game plan very, very well.

“Some superb individual performances within that, but I think it’s important to create a team and a squad. Our substitute came on and gave us that breathing space by finishing the game off.

“I’m proud of the lads and so are Critch and all the staff because we’ve given them a lot of information and messages over the last couple of days and they’ve taken it in, soaked it up, and put in such a mature performance.” he continued.

Gerrard had done his homework by watching how Nicky Butt’s side play and it paid off as his side executed his tactical plan to seal the win.

“United started with a diamond so we knew the space was on the side.” he said.

“Out of possession that’ll always be our game plan, we want to try to press aggressively and win the ball back in good areas and then we can spring off that with the likes of Curtis Jones, Liam Millar, Bobby Adekanye and Ben Woodburn.

“In possession, we want to move the ball from side to side. The lads were terrific today, both in and out of possession.

“We didn’t mind their back players having the ball, we just needed to keep sliding and not let them play through the middle of the pitch.

“Their dangerous players are Gomes and Chong and they like to receive the ball between the lines but we didn’t give them much space.

“I think their chances came from our tiredness and little bit of sloppy play, but I think it’d be unfair to criticise the players in any way today because for the small space of time we’ve had, they’ve carried out a game plan so superbly.

“They’ve executed it perfectly.” he finished.

Liverpool will face a trip to play rivals Manchester City in the next stage of the competition as they seek to lift some silverware this season.

Firmino makes statement following investigation

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Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has released a public statement following the culmination of the Football Association investigation into claims made against him by Everton defender Mason Holgate.

Holgate claimed that Firmino used “discriminatory” language against him during the FA Cup third round tie at Anfield last month, but the FA have found in favour of the Brazil international.

And Firmino has moved to state that he did not use any such language and is pleased to have his name cleared following a lengthy investigation by the authorities.

“As difficult as it has been to remain publicly silent, given the serious and damaging nature of what it was claimed I said during the game, I did so to demonstrate my respect for the process and to allow the issue to be investigated in the most thorough way.” he said.

“It is critical for football that tackling racism and all forms of discrimination is taken extremely seriously. As someone who has experienced racist abuse during my life, I know how damaging and hurtful it can be.

“Now the process is concluded, I would like to place on record, for the avoidance of any doubt, I did not say the word, or a variation of the word, that was claimed and subsequently reported in the media.

“I did not use any language that referenced race. I did not – and would never – reference a person’s skin colour or culture, by means of insult, during a dispute or an argument.

“There is no place for discrimination on a football pitch, or anywhere else in life for that matter.

“I am pleased after exhaustive reviews of all the evidence, in this specific incident, the matter is resolved.” he finished.

Club release Firmino statement

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Liverpool Football Club have released a statement following the Football Association’s announcement that they will not discipline Roberto Firmino after an accusation made against him by Everton defender Mason Holgate.

“We thank Roberto for the manner in which he has conducted himself during this difficult process, acknowledging that being subjected to such a serious allegation for this length of time has been hurtful to him and his family.” it reads.

“Both the club and player were in full agreement from the beginning that if an investigation was required it should be a thorough and robust one.

“Roberto has co-operated fully with the process and shown a willingness to engage and assist throughout, with the only objective being to discover the truth of what happened.

“We are satisfied that the outcome of the process has exonerated the player of using any racist or discriminatory language.” it ends.

Firmino was accused of using “discriminatory” language against the young defender following an altercation during the FA Cup third round tie at Anfield early last month.

Firmino cleared over Holgate accusation

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The Football Association have cleared Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino and said that he will not face any disciplinary action following the altercation with Everton defender Mason Holgate last month.

Holgate accused the Brazilian of using a “discriminatory term” after he had pushed the twenty-six year old into the Anfield crowd during the FA Cup third round clash.

Firmino admitted that he insulted Holgate in Portuguese, but denied using any discriminatory language and the FA have released a statement following a lengthy investigation.

“We are completely satisfied that the allegation was made in absolute good faith by Holgate and that there is no suggestion of this being an intentionally false or malicious allegation.” they said.

“We appreciate that this has been a difficult process for both parties, and would like to express our thanks to Mason Holgate and Roberto Firmino as well as both clubs for their assistance, professionalism and full co-operation during this investigation.” they added.

And Firmino was pleased to have his named cleared after almost two months of interviews and statements from twelve players, referee Bobby Madley and the fourth official.

“As someone who has experienced racist abuse during my life, I know how damaging and hurtful it can be.” he said.

“I would like to place on record, for the avoidance of any doubt, I did not say the word, or a variation of the word, that was claimed and subsequently reported in the media.

“I did not use any language that referenced race. I did not – and would never – reference a person’s skin colour or culture, by means of insult, during a dispute or an argument.” he finished.

Ings watching Firmino closely

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Liverpool striker Danny Ings has revealed that he is learning from team-mate Roberto Firmino.

The former Burnley forward has admitted that he has been closely watching the Brazil international during training and matches to try and improve his own game – and challenge for a place in the side.

“From the moment I started training back with the lads, I tried to learn every day – especially from Bobby.” he told Liverpoolfc.com

“He is a fantastic player with the way he plays and the amount of work he does for the team, not just on the ball but off the ball as well.

“They are the things I have to look at and learn from, and that’s what I did over the months I was out.

“Being back training with them every day, you get used to the patterns the manager wants and the intensity he wants.

“I’m learning every day from all the lads here and trying to be the best player I can be.” he continued.

Ings also revealed that he wasn’t interested in leaving the club during the January transfer window after other clubs made contact with Liverpool to check his availability.

“I wanted to try to be a part of it with the lads here and get minutes.” he said.

“After that long period out and all the hard work I didn’t want to give up. It’s such a great club and a great team, it’s all I wanted to be part of.

“Going into the back end of the season now, I know that if I work hard enough I can get some more minutes and try to contribute to the team as much as I can.

“I’m looking forward to it.” he finished.