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Wilson with another stunning FK. The boy definitely is a set-piece expert.
Harry Wilson with a Harry Wilson
Nat Phillips has revealed how Jurgen Klopp personally arranged the Liverpool centre-back's season-long loan to Stuttgart.
The 22-year-old defender joined the Bundesliga II side for the season earlier this month to help the German side regain their place in the top flight after last term's relegation.
Phillips was part of the club's tour of the United States over the summer, but with new signing Sepp van den Berg bolstering the Premier League's defence further during the transfer window, the youngster accepted opportunities would be limited in Klopp's backline.
Phillips was given the green light to look for a short-term switch during the window and had several offers on the table.
However, when he informed his manager of the possible options, Klopp was unimpressed and instead made a call to Sven Mislintat, who he worked with at Borussia Dortmund.
Klopp rates the Bolton-born defender highly and thought the unnamed clubs were not be ideal for Phillips' long-term development.
Mislintat, who was chief scout during Klopp's time as manager, now works as sporting director for Stuttgart and made his move after a personal recommendation from the Liverpool manager.
"I told Jurgen Klopp about a few offers I had, Stuttgart was not one of them at that time," Phillips told Bild.
"Jurgen was not enthusiastic about the options and I think he called Sven Mislintat shortly after our meeting.
"Klopp congratulated me on this move and he immediately wrote me a message on his phone: 'Good club, great city, my birthplace, I wish you a great time.'"
Phillips was one of several Liverpool players to leave on loan during the transfer window, with as many as nine sealing short-term moves out of Anfield.
Marko Grujic, Sheyi Ojo, Ben Woodburn, Harry Wilson, Kamil Grabara, Allan Rodrigues and Taiwo Awoniyi all either left or extended loan stays during the summer months, while Ovie Ejaria has effectively left having joined Reading on transfer deadline day with a view to a permanent deal.
Maybe it's the LFC fans
It is. Lucas wins Lazio's player of the year every year because of Liverpool fans.
Ciro Immobile scored an incredible 41 goals in 47 appearances for Lazio in all competitions in 2017/18 and yet because of the presence of Liverpool supporters, Lucas won the poll with 71% of the vote.
Grujic scores again
Really hope Grujic takes up Milner's minutes next season, Feel next season if he's sent on loan again he won't play for us again
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Nice goal BTW. He knows his height makes him a threat in the box; his movement was like that of a centre-forward.
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Our young Canadian striker, Liam Millar on the scoresheet for Kilmarnock yesterday
Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi has been told by Jurgen Klopp to make Mainz his home for the next two years ahead of what the Reds boss hopes will be a successful return to Anfield.
The Nigerian forward joined the Reds way back in summer 2015, but is yet to feature for Liverpool as he’s been unable to secure a work permit to play in the Premier League.
And having been sent on a number of loans – the 22-year-old now counts spells at Frankfurt, NEC Breda, Royal Excel Mouscron (twice) and Gent on his CV – the player was this summer sent to Bundesliga side Mainz.
With the player admitting he fears his Anfield dream could be over before it begins, Awoniyi has been given new hope of yet becoming a Liverpool star by Klopp, who has told the “amazing” striker to earn his stripes in Germany for the next two years before, hopefully, earning his permit and becoming a fully-fledged member of the Reds’ squad.
And with Brexit fears almost seeing Liverpool sell the striker for £15m, Klopp opted against the sale in the hope it could yet work out for the player on Merseyside.
Awoniyi himself has corroborated that by saying that the manager himself suggested he move to Mainz, where he started his coaching career.
“I went to Mainz because it was where Klopp started,” Awoniyi told SportingLife.ng.
“It is like his home and he said ‘Taiwo, you can go there and make it your home too’.
“He said hopefully I would get my chance there and that maybe in the next one or two years the work permit is given and I could come back, but if not I would have to move on with my career.
“I think the most important thing to say about that is that Liverpool are still looking forward to me getting a work permit that will make me eligible to play in the Premier League.
“I believe just this past summer they had the best opportunity to sell me to another club permanently because they had a lot of clubs that showed interest in me.
“But then they said they were not selling because they they don’t need to sell me, and that I am an amazing talent that could still blossom. This was the reason they kept me.”
Ojo just scored a pretty good against Feyenoord
BEN Woodburn is on a mission to take his game to the next level by making a bigger contribution at the sharp end for Oxford United.
Karl Robinson’s men head to Lincoln City this afternoon looking to improve on an away record which has seen them score just four goals in five matches.
Woodburn has one of those, at Bristol Rovers, but the Liverpool loanee believes U’s supporters are yet to see the best of him.
The 19-year-old said: “I don’t think so. I can add a lot more goals and assists into my game.
“Hopefully I can show it.
“There’s always little parts to improve on in your game.
“I don’t think you’ll ever have a perfect performance but that’s the main aim for me at the moment – get a few more goals and assists.”
Woodburn has played in a more advanced role during United’s last two games.
On Tuesday night at Bolton Wanderers, that saw him looking to combine with Matty Taylor.
And although the game finished goalless, the Wales international saw promising signs to take into today’s game at Sincil Bank.
He said: “I felt like Matty and I linked up well, we were unlucky not to score.
“We’re all getting an idea of how each of us play. As the games are going on we are getting a better connection.
“He makes excellent runs and I think it’s only a matter of time until he gets his first goal and he’s flying.”
U’s boss Karl Robinson could name the same XI which started Tuesday night’s goalless draw at Bolton Wanderers.
Shandon Baptiste, Jamie Mackie and Elliott Moore missed the midweek trip, but could return to the squad today.
Lincoln have doubts over centre back Michael Bostwick and midfielder Jorge Grant, while Lee Frecklington and Tom Pett are long-term absentees.
Woodburn with two assists today
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LIAM Millar has insisted the penalty shoot-out defeat to Hibernian in the Betfred Cup quarter-final at Rugby Park on Wednesday night won’t derail Kilmarnock’s revival under Angelo Alessio, writes Matthew Lindsay.
And the Liverpool loanee has expressed hope the painful experience can help him to fire Canada to the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar in future.
Millar buried his spot kick confidently to put the Ayrshire club 3-2 ahead, but his team mates Stephen O’Donnell and Niko Hamalainen then failed to convert theirs.
But the last eight match was the fourth in a row at Rugby Park that Alessio’s team has kept a clean sheet at home – the score in the cup tie was 0-0 after 120 minutes.
The former Juventus, Chelsea and Italy assistant endured a difficult start to his time in Scotland; his team was knocked out of the Europa League by Welsh minnows Connah’s Quay Nomads and then lost their opening two Ladbrokes Premiership games.
However, Millar, who is hoping to start in the league meeting with Ross County at home tomorrow, still feels Kilmarnock are moving in the right direction together.
“It was disappointing,” he said. “It is the worst way to lose a match on penalties. That is the cruelty of football sometimes. We have had 120 minutes to win the game and penalties are 50/50 and you never know who is going to be successful. Unfortunately for us our luck was out.
“But we are getting better and better every game, we are starting to pass the ball around a lot more and we are gaining in confidence. It is all very positive and we need to keep going.”
Millar, who was born in Toronto and brought up in Ontario as a boy before moving to England as a teenager, made his debut for Canada last year.
The 19-year-old is hoping to help his national team make it through to their only their second World Cup finals in the coming seasons and reckons being part of the penalty shoot-out will prove invaluable.
“That was my first experience of a penalty shoot-out ever in my professional career,” he said. “It was nice to take a penalty and to score and get into that mindset and environment.
“We have got World Cup qualifiers with Canada in the future and you never know what is going to happen so that might stand me in good stead.
“You never want to lose a game on penalties, but that is football.”
Harry Wilson has revealed that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp stays in regular contact during his loan spells, firstly with Derby last season and now at Bournemouth.
The winger is enjoying another productive spell away from Anfield following a successful season at Derby last year. Wilson helped the club reach the Championship play-off final with 18 goals in 49 appearances under the tutelage of Frank Lampard.
The Wales international has made another step up this season, joining Premier League side Bournemouth and is very much continuing the form that seemingly impressed Klopp last term.
Wilson told Soccer Saturday: "He was happy with how the loan [at Derby] had gone, he said I had a great season.
"Throughout last season, I was getting texts off him if one of our games was on tele that he had watched. It was good to know that when you go out on loan, you're not just forgotten about, which may happen at some teams.
"We have a loan guy who you keep in regular contact with, so when you're getting regular messages off the manager, it always gives you that boost.
"Of course I wanted to play in the Liverpool first team this year, but if that wasn't the case, I wanted to be playing in the Premier League. I was delighted when I heard Bournemouth wanted to take me and I've started off well.
"When I heard that Bournemouth were interested in me, one of the main things I heard was what a great manager they had here. I'm good friends with Chris Mepham and David Brooks from Wales so hearing what they had to say about the manager, staff and players here, I knew it was going to be a good move for me.
"Speaking to the manager too and hearing what he had to say, how he would improve me as a player and how he saw me playing in his team, I knew from the first phone call it was going to be the right move for me and since I've been here, he's been fantastic."
Wilson has netted three Premier League goals in five appearances so far, and received a text with a smiley face from Klopp when he scored his first Bournemouth goal in a 2-1 win against Aston Villa in August.
"Yeah, there's some truth in that. I'm not sure how it got about," he added. "I'm good friends with the media guy Matt McCann at Liverpool and he was with Jurgen and they sent me a little message. It made me laugh and they had a good result themselves so everyone was happy.
"I always pride myself on goals and if I can keep scoring, I'll be happy. I was happy with the Man City goal that I got here but I don't mind what type of goals they are as long as they count, that's all that matters. I just want to make sure my numbers are good and I help the team win games."
Another important part of Wilson's career is representing Wales, where he currently holds the record as the youngest player to represent the country at 16 years and 207 days old - beating the Gareth Bale's previous record by 108 days.
Speaking about his debut as a teenager, he said: "Making my debut at such a young age was a massive thing for me. Chris Coleman was the manager at the time and put faith in me, a few injuries in that squad helped me out as well.
"With the manager we have now, Ryan Giggs, he's shown that if you're playing regular football for your club and you're performing well, it doesn't matter how old you are. He's not afraid to put you in the team.
"The team we've got at the minute in Wales is a fantastic mix of youth and experience. There seems to have been a wave of young lads coming through at one time so we all know each other, we've all been playing together for years with the U21s or the U19s. The senior lads in the team have made our transition easy, they've been great with us."
For now, Wilson is a Bournemouth player, but playing in Liverpool's first team is his dream, having been part of the club since he was young.
"Being at Liverpool since the age of eight, it's always been my dream to break into the first team and be playing at Anfield week in, week out," he said.
"But my focus right now is on Bournemouth because I'm delighted that they've given me the chance to play in the Premier League, and trying to finish as high as we can."