4 Premier League and 2 Champions League games – Liverpool FC November Preview

Liverpool kick off November buoyed by a rare victory, and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to build on this with a sustained run of positive form.


The Reds’ 3-0 win at home to Huddersfield Town was only their third in two months, having struggled for consistency since beginning September with a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Man City.

Their 4-1 capitulation away to Tottenham rounded off a miserable 10-game run, with Liverpool’s emphatic response at home to the Terriers much-needed.

Klopp’s side face another six games over the next month, while the German will be forced to contend with another international break, as he looks for a major improvement on Merseyside.

While it has certainly taken a blow since August’s 4-0 win at home to Arsenal, the Reds can still hope of challenging for a top-four finish in the Premier League, as well as progress in Europe.

Here’s what to expect from Liverpool’s first team, U23s and U18s in November.

 

First-Team Fixtures & TV Info

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 28, 2017: Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Huddersfield Town at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)


 

Form Guide & Talking Points

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 14, 2017: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp applauds the supporters after the goal-less draw with Manchester United during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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The Reds’ 3-0 victory over Huddersfield was crucial, with Klopp’s side quelling the Terriers’ momentum after they had secured a 2-1 win over Man United in their previous outing.

But there remains the threat of this merely serving as another false dawn, as Liverpool have failed to capitalise on any of their last three wins.

Sealing back-to-back wins is imperative, and fortunately the Reds are handed a favourable clash to begin the month, at home to Maribor in the Champions League group stage.

Having recorded their biggest-ever European away win last time out against the Slovenian minnows, Liverpool can hope for another convincing result at Anfield.

Home form this season has been encouraging, with Klopp overseeing four wins and three draws in seven games so far, scoring 15 goals and conceding just five.

It serves as cause for optimism on Merseyside, as Liverpool look to get back to winning ways as winter sets in.

And if they can defeat both Maribor and Sevilla in November, they will book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 21, 2017: Liverpool's Adam Lallana in action against Middlesbrough during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp is left to deal with the distraction of the season’s third international break, coming after the trip to West Ham on November 4, but conditions are certainly better than in October.

For starters, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino will remain in Europe, with Brazil taking on Japan in Lille and England in London as they turn out for two showcase friendlies.

This is offset by the departure of Mohamed Salah, who is set to travel 5,048 miles to Kumasi for Egypt’s dead-rubber World Cup qualifier away to Ghana, though.

Sadio Mane has also been included in Aliou Cisse’s Senegal squad for their qualifying double-header against South Africa, but the winger is unlikely to travel due to injury.

November should see the return of both Mane and Adam Lallana from injury, however, with their comeback pencilled in for the home clash with former club Southampton.

How they settle back into Klopp’s squad could define Liverpool’s success as the season unfolds.

 

Liverpool U23s

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 20, 2017: Liverpool's Matty Virtue [#12] celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mates Rhian Brewster [#14] and captain Corey Whelan during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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  • Bristol City (H) – Premier League Cup – November 5, 1pm – LFCTV
  • Newcastle (H)Premier League International Cup – November 10, 7pm – LFCTV
  • Sparta Prague (H)Premier League International Cup – November 28, 7pm – Not on UK TV

With the first team struggling for form and Klopp keeping faith in his senior players, Neil Critchley has been able to call upon a host of top-tier talents at U23 level.

The likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Marko Grujic and Dominic Solanke have all featured for the young Reds in recent weeks, while Harry Wilson continues his scintillating form following his return from injury.

With the U23s set for five fixtures in November, they could be handed more valuable game time, as they look to impress Critchley and, in turn, Klopp.

Critchley will also welcome the triumphant Rhian Brewster back into the fold, after the 17-year-old’s heroics for England at the U17 World Cup.

Brewster scored eight goals in six games in India, winning the tournament’s Golden Boot, capping his exceptional campaign with a goal in the Young Lions’ 5-2 victory over Spain in the final.

The hope will be that Brewster continues his rise, with Klopp suggesting a first-team berth is not far away.

 

Liverpool U19s & U18s

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, September 13, 2017: Liverpool's Curtis Jones celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Liam Millar during the UEFA Youth League Group E match between Liverpool and Sevilla at Prenton Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

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  • Maribor (H) – UEFA Youth League – November 1, 12.30pm – Not on UK TV
  • Sevilla (A) – UEFA Youth League – November 21, 4pm – TV info TBC

Similarly busy in November, Steven Gerrard’s squad will be looking to extend their fine run as they take to the field six more times across three competitions.

Mirroring the first team’s Champions League clashes, the U19s will take on Maribor and Sevilla in the UEFA Youth League, which currently sees them top Group E with two wins from three.

Elsewhere, the U18s take on West Ham in their second clash in the Premier League Cup, looking to build on their 4-3 victory over Middlesbrough in September.

There is also the small matter of three U18 Premier League games, most notably at home to Man City at the end of the month.

Gerrard is building a strong group at U18 level, with the development of Liam Millar, his wild card in attack, worth keeping an eye on in particular.

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