Joe Gomez believes there were positives for Liverpool to build from after their Merseyside derby draw with Everton as they prepare to do battle with Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

With eight games to play, Liverpool are 20 points clear of Manchester City as they close in on a first title in the Premier League era.

Liverpool drew 0-0 away to rivals Everton in their first match back after the coronavirus lockdown on Sunday and welcome Palace to Anfield next. 

England international Gomez had to step in at left-back when he came on for the injured James Milner, who was already deputising for regular starter Andy Robertson.

"Unfortunately we didn't get the three points but it was a step closer at the end of the day," Gomez told the club's website.

"I think the familiarisation [of Anfield and having played the first game without fans] will help us in the next performance. Obviously it will be a tough game, but hopefully we can build on it."

Gomez made a key contribution when he deflected a Tom Davies shot onto the post as Everton launched a late flurry of attacks, but he felt Liverpool were the better side as they get ready to face Palace.

"It was a heart-in-mouth moment, moments like that I think it is just instinct, it could go either way - a couple of centimetres and it would have been a different result," he said.

"Obviously they had their fair few good chances but we like to think we came away dominating the game. There are definitely positives we can take from it, it is just about building on that now."

Of his positional change, Gomez added: "It was strange really. It wasn't expected and obviously I'm no Robbo.

"But it is part and parcel of the game sometimes, you have to do your best to help the team and get your result. 

"Everyone knows Robbo is our main man but I have learned to adapt in a way and full-back is a position I have played, albeit mainly on the right."

Jurgen Klopp confirmed in his pre-match media conference that Robertson was back in training and therefore in contention to face Palace.

Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool holding a 20-point lead over Manchester City is "pretty unthinkable" after watching Pep Guardiola's side thrash Burnley.

The reigning Premier League champions followed up a 3-0 win over Arsenal in the first game back following the coronavirus-enforced break to the season with another impressive display on Monday.

City scored five without reply to brush aside Burnley and, with Liverpool only able to manage a 0-0 draw in Sunday's Merseyside derby, the Reds' huge cushion at the summit has been reduced.

Klopp's side get the chance to respond on Wednesday when they host Crystal Palace at Anfield, with a first league title in 30 years within touching distance ahead of a trip to the Etihad Stadium on July 2.

"The only thing I realised from watching the game last night was how is it possible that anybody is 20 points ahead of this team? That's pretty much unthinkable, actually," Klopp told the media.

"So we must have done, obviously, a couple of things really well and right that we can have the situation here.  

"But, no, I don't think about City catching us, or whatever. I think about Crystal Palace. 

"I watched them because we play them in eight or nine days, and not watching them to hope that they lose – it was never like this.  

"Maybe I wanted them to lose last season against Leicester, but that didn't work very well so that's why I stopped doing that. That was one time and it didn't help. 

"I respect them a lot, I've said that plenty of times. They look like they will win all their remaining games because they are really strong, but they were always strong. 

"We are not so bad, so let's think about that."

Mohamed Salah – who was an unused substitute – and Andy Robertson were not involved in the stalemate at Goodison Park due to fitness concerns, though Klopp confirmed both could feature against Palace.

However, James Milner and Joel Matip are ruled out after the pair were forced off with injuries against Everton.

"[Salah] trained yesterday completely normal, he will train today completely normal I would guess and then he is available. What I make with the line-up, you have to wait until tomorrow," Klopp said on Tuesday.

"It is the same with Robbo; he trained yesterday completely normal as well, so it's the same.

"Millie and Joel will not be available for tomorrow. We have to figure out exactly how long it will take, but tomorrow they will not play."

Jurgen Klopp's enthusiasm to buy into Liverpool and what the club means to the city is the key reason for his success on Merseyside, says Roy Hodgson.

Liverpool's hopes of having their first Premier League title wrapped up with a win over Hodgson's Crystal Palace on Wednesday were dashed after the Reds drew 0-0 with rivals Everton on Sunday and nearest rivals Manchester City thrashed Burnley 5-0 a day later.

The runaway league leaders looked far from their best after the enforced three-month break due to coronavirus, though they need just five points to secure the title.

And Hodgson, who managed Liverpool in 2010-11 before being replaced by Kenny Dalglish, has credited Klopp's passion as one of the driving factors in the Reds' title charge.

"I think his personality, his energy and his enthusiasm have been a massive ingredient at Liverpool," the Palace coach told a media conference.

"I think the way he's worked so hard to embrace the culture and make himself aware of not only what Liverpool football club is to the city of Liverpool and how the whole city of Liverpool functions.

"I think he's done a fantastic job in that respect. And then of course he's brought to the club all of the skills that he had at Borussia Dortmund, all of the things that have made him into a really, really top-class coach.

"He's brought those skills with him and they were the reason why Liverpool went to him in the first place and ask him to be the manager of the club. So, when Liverpool lift the title this year, I think that's going to be a remarkable accolade for him and for all the players. 

"I would be surprised if he didn't himself acknowledge the fact that he's got the backing that he needed, he deserved, and it's come up trumps because he's produced the title which has been 30 long years in the waiting."

Palace won three straight league matches before the suspension of the season in March, and picked up where they left off with a 2-0 triumph over Bournemouth on Saturday, leaving them ninth, four points behind the top six, with Hodgson looking forward to taking on the best the Premier League has to offer.

"You relish facing Liverpool or Man City, not because it's going to be an easy game because it proves to you that you are at the very top level of football," he said.

"These are the flagships of our league, you relish playing against them because it means you're still there and you've given yourself a chance of getting result. We know we are playing against a team that has won the league this year deservedly so."

The queue to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho is long.

Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid are all reportedly eyeing the England international.

United, though, are prepared to wait.

 

TOP STORY – UNITED TO BIDE TIME OVER SANCHO

Manchester United are waiting for Jadon Sancho's price to drop before making a move for the Borussia Dortmund star, according to the Daily Mail.

Sancho has been tipped to join Premier League giants United at the end of the season, though Liverpool, Chelsea, former club Manchester City and Real Madrid are also believed to be interested.

However, United are hoping to drive down the £100million (€110m) price tag.

 

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Dortmund, meanwhile, have beaten United to the signing of Birmingham City teenager Jude Bellingham. That is according to ESPN, with the Bundesliga side set to announce the 16-year-old's arrival in the coming days.

- Could Arsenal and Roma be involved in a swap deal? The Daily Star says Arsenal are hoping for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to join Roma on a permanent basis, in exchange for Justin Kluivert.

Barcelona are desperate to sell before the end of the month to balance their accounts, claims Sport. The LaLiga giants are working hard on moving Jean-Clair Todibo and Philippe Coutinho out the door. Barca are willing to accept €70m (£63m) for Coutinho, who has been linked to Chelsea, Tottenham and Newcastle United.

- Il Mattino and Calciomercato.com report Arkadiusz Milik is discussing a new contract with Napoli. The Poland international has been linked to Serie A champions Juventus, Inter, Milan, Tottenham and Arsenal.

- Italian journalist Nicolo Schira says Inter are looking to sign Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if Lautaro Martinez joins BarcaParis Saint-Germain have also emerged as a possible destination for Aubameyang.

Jordan Henderson says a lack of cutting edge cost Liverpool in Sunday's "disappointing" Merseyside derby stalemate with Everton.

In the absence of injured forward Mohamed Salah, Liverpool struggled to create any clear-cut chances at Goodison Park in their first match back following a three-month hiatus.

It is just the third time the runaway leaders have dropped points in the Premier League this term and skipper Henderson admits an improvement is needed against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

"I think we can be a lot better, of course. We know that but there were still some positive things that I thought were good," he told Liverpool's official website. 

"We tried to adapt to the situation but overall obviously we are disappointed because we wanted to come here and get the three points. 

"But there are still plenty of positives, a clean sheet and I thought we defended really well. We just lacked that bit in the final third.

"The intensity was pretty good with the counter-pressing with the ball higher up the pitch. I thought that was good. 

"We were unlucky with a couple of injuries and hopefully they are not too bad. Overall, we've just got to take it, move on and try to be better in the next game."

Jurgen Klopp confessed after the match that Liverpool were "lucky" to escape with a point after Alisson Becker made a fine save late on to deny Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

And Henderson reserved special praise for the Brazil international, who now has a joint-high 11 clean sheets in 21 Premier League appearances this season.

"He has been outstanding all season and he's come up with a brilliant save as well to keep us with a clean sheet, so that was important for us," he said. 

"But, overall there's still a lot of positives. Like I said, in the final third I think we can be a little bit better and more clinical but we'll get ready now for Wednesday."

"Every game in the Premier League is tough and each team. You look at our next game against Palace, who performed well on Saturday, so every game we play will be tough.

"We've just got to perform as best as we can and try and win as many games as we can."

Despite being held by Everton, Klopp's side boast a 23-point lead on Manchester City having played a game more than their closest challengers, who they face next week.

For so long, Real Madrid have been tipped to sign Kylian Mbappe.

Zinedine Zidane has made no secret of his admiration for the Paris Saint-Germain sensation.

But, Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool could throw a spanner in the works, especially if Sadio Mane departs Merseyside.

 

TOP STORY – LIVERPOOL EYEING MBAPPE AMID MANE FEARS

Liverpool are plotting a move for Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe amid fears over Sadio Mane's future at Anfield, according to The Sun.

Mane is contracted until 2023 but Liverpool are reportedly growing anxious as Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain monitor the situation.

As a result, Liverpool are eyeing PSG star Mbappe and Mane could figure in a swap deal plus £200million (€221m), which could disrupt Madrid's grand plans for the French forward.

 

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- Sport Bild claims Bayern Munich have offered €40m (£36m) for Manchester City star Leroy Sane, who is set to leave the Premier League giants at the end of the season. Meanwhile, the Bundesliga champions are targeting Ajax sensation Sergino Dest. Sport Bild reports the United States international will arrive if they satisfy Ajax's demands, though Bayern are only thinking of a loan deal at the moment.

- It is a race against time for Miralem Pjanic to move to Barcelona. Sport says Barca and Juventus want to reach a deal by the end of June so it can be counted as part of the current season. The proposed deal would likely see Pjanic and Mattia De Sciglio join Barca, with Arthur moving in the opposite direction. However, Arthur is reluctant to swap Barcelona for Turin.

- Sport Bild reports Borussia Dortmund see no reason to sell Manchester United target Jadon Sancho in the off-season unless a club offers over €100m.

Mario Gotze remains in the sights of Milan, reports Calciomercato. Gotze will not renew his expiring contract at Dortmund and is set to leave Signal Iduna Park. Lazio have been linked but Milan are eyeing the German, with Ralf Rangnick reportedly in line to take over in the dugout.

- Napoli have turned down Liverpool's bid for star centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, according to Corriere dello Sport.

- Tuttosport says Juve want Napoli's Arkadiusz Milik to partner superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Juve are willing to offer Federico Bernardeschi as a makeweight in the deal.

- FC Inter News says Inter have rejected an offer from Marseille for midfielder Joao Mario. The Portuguese has spent the season on loan in Russia via Lokomotiv Moscow.

Jurgen Klopp is hopeful the injuries suffered by James Milner and Joel Matip in Liverpool's stalemate with Everton are not serious.

In their first game back from the coronavirus-enforced break, Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Sunday.

They are 23 points clear of Manchester City, who have a game in hand, atop the table, as they close in on a first league title since 1990.

However, Klopp has worries over Milner (hamstring) and Matip (toe) ahead of Wednesday's home clash against Crystal Palace.

"'Millie' felt a hamstring a little bit, but we had this in the past. 'Millie' is not often injured and hopefully it is not serious," the Liverpool manager told a news conference.

"He is smart enough to show up in the moment when he feels it, so hopefully it was the right moment. Maybe not Wednesday [against Palace], but after that I would hope for.

"Joel was unlucky and we had to make a quick decision. It was a situation with Richarlison and he bent or stretched his big toe.

"I don't think a lot of people have had that. It is really painful, but hopefully it settles, the pain settles and then we will see. I hope nothing serious has happened, but I don't know yet."

Jurgen Klopp conceded Liverpool were fortunate to escape with a point from the Merseyside derby against Everton.

For the second season in succession, the fixture at Goodison Park finished goalless but only after Tom Davies struck the post 10 minutes from time.

Liverpool controlled most of the contest but had little to show for their superiority in the way of clear opportunities.

Nevertheless, Klopp was largely satisfied with what he saw as his team edged to within five points of the Premier League title.

"It was a real fight, both teams invested a lot," he told Sky Sports.

"Both teams showed that they understand it's a derby. Even without a crowd it was intense, physical. It was all in. All players were really involved and in the game.

"I liked our defending, our counter-press was good. We won a lot of balls. We didn't have enough chances for the possession we had.

"Most of the time we were dominant but then they had the biggest chance. It came out of the blue and we were lucky in that moment.

"Apart from that we were in control but we want to have more chances ourselves."

Everton captain Seamus Coleman did a superb job at right-back in shackling Sadio Mane, although Klopp felt his team could have been cuter to exploit the space elsewhere that that tactic created.

"We have to be more clear in the situations, pass the ball and shoot in the right moment, more crosses in the right area," he added.

"After 60, 70 minutes I could see it was better, we were finding the right spaces.

"Everton defended really well, they tried to take care of Sadio and Trent [Alexander-Arnold].

"We were then not smart enough to use the space you have if one player like Coleman plays completely against Sadio."

Takumi Minamino was handed a start as Mohamed Salah remained unused on the bench.

Despite some bright touches and a couple of half chances during the opening 45 minutes, the January recruit from Salzburg made way for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the break.

"Before the game I had the idea I wanted to change really early, just use the opportunity that five changes give you," Klopp explained, insisting his decision was not a slight on Minamino's display.

"Taki played well. At the beginning it was a bit difficult but then he was in the game.

"It had nothing to do with Taki's performance. It was purely my idea to try it."

It's getting closer, and that's about the best Liverpool can say about the 236th Merseyside derby. 

Yes, they dropped points in the Premier League for just the third time this season, but Liverpool always draw at Everton. It's seven times in the last eight meetings in the competition now that the Goodison game has ended in stalemate. 

That elusive Premier League trophy is nevertheless edging its way towards Anfield, and that means this latest visit across Stanley Park can be chalked up as a successful mission. 

Had Dominic Calvert-Lewin converted the chances that came his way in the second half, or Tom Davies buried a glorious match-winning opportunity, then the elbow bump followed by an attempted bear hug from Carlo Ancelotti for Jurgen Klopp at the final whistle might not have been so gladly received. 

For Everton were Liverpool's equals in this first match back for both sides since the league was suspended in March, and that should provide cheer for those on the blue side of the city fence. 

Klopp's Reds, whose lead over Manchester City has been clipped slightly to 23 points and could drop to 20 when Pep Guardiola's men face Burnley on Monday, ought to have nothing to worry about. 

They, as much as Everton, could have won this game, which was not a classic by any means. They rarely are: with tempers raging and tackles flying in, football can come second to animosity and score-settling in the derby. 

But unusually this was tepid, akin to pre-season fodder, one to chalk off probably as a settler for the rest of the games that will rush by over the next five weeks. 

The coronavirus effect on football has inevitably cast a dampener on Liverpool's special campaign, and empty seats at the home of their rivals were a sorry sight. 

Everton and Liverpool have not traditionally done social distancing particularly well, with Goodison Park and Anfield being uncomfortably close. 

The boys in blue have been in their neighbours' shadow for the past 35 years too, and seeing Liverpool carry off the title this season will sting. 

Yet in the league table, these teams have unmistakably been keeping their distance from one another this season. 

Everton began the game with just 37 points, a full 45 fewer than Liverpool, the greatest gulf between the sides for a Merseyside league derby in their histories. 

For a while, the contest was a great advert for a points-per-game resolution and an abandonment of the campaign - the resolution many of those without an eye on football's finances have thought wise all along. 

But then came the flashes of excitement you remember from when football stadiums were packed, and supporters would chide one breath, cheer the next, and when players would respond and the energy would grow, sending the temperature of these occasions soaring. 

Roberto Firmino burst forward and drove his shot wide, Trent Alexander-Arnold went for goal with a free-kick from 35 yards that could have embarrassed Jordan Pickford, and then Liverpool lost James Milner to an apparent hamstring problem, a dose of first-day-back-at-school glumness for the midfielder and Klopp. 

Naby Keita shot just off target after a neat one-two with Firmino before Everton began to hog the chances, Richarlison squandering a big opening when he blazed high and wide of Alisson's goal, his composure still in lockdown. 

Calvert-Lewin almost made the breakthrough when he produced a delicate backheeled flick to divert Richarlison's cross from the left towards goal. 

Alisson made the save but the ball still reached Davies at the far post, the 21-year-old seeing derby glory before him but sending his shot against the foot of the left post. 

Calvert-Lewin headed wide for Ancelotti's men moments later, with the visitors clinging on. 

Liverpool might be about to anti-climax their way through the final leg to glory, but glory all the same is surely still coming. 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin rued the late chances Everton passed up to end their Merseyside derby misery against Liverpool.

The Toffees are now without a win in 19 Premier League matches against their near neighbours, although they almost stole the points after an obdurate defensive showing in a behind-closed-doors Goodison Park game.

Alisson was forced into a smart save from Calvert-Lewin's instinctive 80th-minute flick before Tom Davies struck the post on the rebound.

Calvert-Lewis then sent a diving header wide and Alisson denied Brazil colleague Richarlison to leave Liverpool five points away from their long-awaited title triumph.

"Yeah, it was just instinct at the end, we had a few chances but it wasn't our day," the England Under-21 international told Sky Sports.

"Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don't and unfortunately today it didn't.

"Well take the point but that was a big chance for us today."

Normally played out amid a febrile atmosphere, Calvert-Lewin conceded a Merseyside derby without fans took some getting used to.

"It was strange, I can't lie to you," he said. "Playing with no atmosphere and no fans, it was a little bit bizarre for a game of this magnitude.

"Usually the place is bouncing and it was hard to get used to. But we play football for a living and it's all about focus.

"The only thing that changes is sometimes you get that little uplift from the fans when they're all roaring.

"That had to come from within today, which I think it did, and we were unlucky not to nick it."

Calvert-Lewin also acknowledged the lack of quality for large chunks of the contest was inevitable to some extent after the lengthy lay-off.

"Obviously it wasn't as sharp as you'd expect when we had the rhythm of the games before," he added.

"It's been a long time out and the players are a little bit rusty.

"Myself, my timing was a bit off, with my check challenges and my duels and things like that. Those are things you can't really replicate and it comes with games."

Liverpool edged closer to their first league title in 30 years but were frustrated by an obdurate Everton in a 0-0 derby draw at Goodison Park. 

The Toffees are now winless in 19 Premier League matches against their local rivals, although that statistic did not appear to weigh upon Carlo Ancelotti's approach as his side offered scant attacking threat. 

They still came closest to breaking the deadlock 10 minutes from time, though, as Tom Davies hit the post after Alisson had kept out Dominic Calvert-Lewin's clever flick.

Jurgen Klopp left Mohamed Salah unused on the bench and his team need four more points to become champions, although that equation will change if Manchester City fail to beat Burnley on Monday. 

An early error from Fabinho let Richarlison loose to flash a shot across the face of Alisson's goal.  

Takumi Minamino dispossessed Andre Gomes in the 34th minute, allowing Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane to tee up Roberto Firmino, with the Brazil forward pulling wastefully wide.  

Everton centre-back Michael Keane, booked for an earlier foul on Mane, produced a vital block to thwart Minamino before half-time, by which point Liverpool had lost James Milner to a hamstring injury and sent on Joe Gomez. 

Firmino's clever chested lay-off saw Naby Keita volley wide in the 51st minute, with Everton attacks having more or less disappeared from view. 

It made Richarlison's shank into the Gwladys Street End with Virgil van Dijk breathing down his neck all the more frustrating. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold had a 63rd-minute free-kick deflected over before Joel Matip joined Milner on the injury list. 

In the context of a dour contest, Everton launched a stirring late rally, Davies agonisingly close to snatching glory and Alisson frustrating his compatriot Richarlison once more after Calvert-Lewin sent a diving header wide. 

 

What does it mean? Liverpool made to wait 

Not that they will mind at all, but Liverpool could still end next week without being crowned Premier League champions.

When they are, their success should be remembered in the context of what came before the coronavirus pandemic. This soulless encounter was very much at odds with the finest moments Klopp has crafted on Merseyside. 

No shame for Seamus 

It might only be one win in 15 attempts now, but Seamus Coleman is still an Everton player who knows what it feels like to beat Liverpool. The experienced captain led by example at right-back, with two inch-perfect challenges on Gomez and Mane early in the second half crucial when it came to preserving parity. 

Minamino still bedding in 

Klopp said the extended training period before the Premier League restart had been useful for January recruit Minamino. A surprise inclusion ahead of Salah, who is still short of match fitness, the former Salzburg forward showed some nice touches and enjoyed a couple of half chances, but the opportunity to make a statement passed him by. 

What's next 

A stunning title triumph may still be completed when Liverpool host Crystal Palace on Wednesday, with Everton on the road at bottom club Norwich City. 

Takumi Minamino was handed a start for Liverpool in the 236th Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park, with Mohamed Salah on the bench for his team's first game since the Premier Leauge restart.

Minamino has only made three substitute appearances in the top flight since joining from Red Bull Salzburg in January, but gets his chance as Salah "works his way back to full fitness" according to Liverpool's official website.

Naby Keita starts in midfield after impressing in the recent friendly against Blackburn Rovers and Joel Matip gets the nod to partner Virgil van Dijk at the heart of a defence that is missing Andy Robertson.

James Milner will slot in at left-back, with Georginio Wijnaldum and Joe Gomez among the substitutes.

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has handed a first Premier League start to teenage winger Anthony Gordon, as the Toffees look to end a winless run against their local rivals that stretches to 18 top-flight matches.

Liverpool are five points away from securing a first top-flight title since 1989-90.

Jurgen Klopp's claim that Liverpool cannot dominate in the Premier League like Manchester United did has been disputed by Wayne Rooney, who says the key for the Reds is keeping their manager.

Liverpool, who are 22 points clear of Manchester City, are on the cusp of a first top-flight title since 1990 and need just two more wins to guarantee lifting the trophy.

Boss Klopp said he feels it is impossible for one club to enjoy the sort of success United did under the legendary Alex Ferguson, who won 13 Premier League titles during his 26-year stint.

Former United captain Rooney – a long-time foe of Liverpool due to his association with Everton and the Red Devils – disagrees, though, and tipped the Anfield club to win the league at least five times in the next decade on the proviso Klopp remains at the helm.

"Liverpool's squad is young and all the key players are tied down on long contracts. They have huge potential to win more trophies," Rooney wrote in his column for The Times.

"Klopp says it's impossible for any club to dominate like United once did but he is wrong.

"There's a simple way for Liverpool: let Klopp go on and on.

"United dominated because Fergie stayed so long. I think if Klopp, who is only 53, stayed at Anfield for the next 10 years Liverpool would win at least five Premier League titles.

"He could keep building great sides because, as I mentioned, players join clubs to work with managers as good as him.

"On the flip-side, players stay at clubs because of managers, too. And if Klopp left it would be no surprise to see the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino also deciding to move on.

"If I were one of Liverpool's owners, I would be doing everything in my power to tie him down for many years."

Rooney won the Premier League five times playing for Ferguson at Old Trafford, while he also became a Champions League winner under the Scot.

Liverpool's first game back since the suspension of the top flight due to the coronavirus pandemic is Sunday's Merseyside derby at Everton.

Trent Alexander-Arnold will wear one-off 'Black Lives Matter' boots during Sunday's Merseyside derby against Everton, with the Liverpool star hoping society can begin to fix itself in the face of discrimination.

Following the death of African American man George Floyd in police custody last month, anti-racism protests have swept the globe and the Premier League gave its backing ahead of this week's restart.

For this round of fixtures, players' shirts have donned 'Black Lives Matter' (BLM) above their numbers instead of names, while players have taken a knee for the first nine seconds of some matches.

Similarly, Manchester City have confirmed a BLM sleeve patch will remain on their jerseys for the rest of the season.

Liverpool resume their campaign at Everton on Sunday and Alexander-Arnold has planned a special gesture, as he will wear one-off BLM boots and then auction them off, raising money for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

"'Do your talking on the pitch'. I've always loved that sentiment - but now we need to speak up in other ways as well," the 21-year-old wrote on his social media channels. "Tonight [Sunday] my boots will carry the message Black Lives Matter.

"It can no longer just be our feet where we express ourselves. We have to use our profile, the platforms we have and the spotlight that shines on us to say, it's time for meaningful change.

"The system is broken, it's stacked against sections of our society and we all have a responsibility to fix it.

"Black people are viewed differently. We face discrimination in actions but also in thought. It's more than just violence and abuse. Opportunity in life is restricted if you look a certain way. How can that be in 2020?

"Sadly so many in the black community have to face this each and every day - but I also have hope. Hope that the world is awake in this moment. Finally willing to learn.

"So while we have this opportunity, where people are listening, let's speak, let's educate, let's campaign and let's promote the message that better education brings change.

"This is the moment of change. This is the moment to say enough is enough. This is the moment to make sure it stops now. Racism is a fire that is now burnt out."

Trent Alexander-Arnold thinks Jurgen Klopp's impact at Liverpool has been "mind-blowing" and he applauded the German for managing to embody the club and city despite not being a local.

Klopp made the switch to Liverpool in 2015 after leaving Borussia Dortmund, replacing Brendan Rodgers and taking over a team in transition.

He quickly made a difference, guiding them to the Europa League final in his first season, but that was just the tip of the iceberg.

In 2017-18, the Reds reached the first of two successive Champions League finals. Although a defeat to Real Madrid left them disappointed on that occasion, they went on to beat Tottenham to claim a sixth European crown the following year.

And now Liverpool are on the verge of a first Premier League title, and a first top-flight success in 30 years – just two wins stand between them and the trophy, with the Reds set to resume their campaign following the coronavirus shutdown on Sunday when they visit rivals Everton.

While Liverpool's squad has undoubtedly benefited from significant investment over the past five years, many are quick to point to Klopp's influence, and Alexander-Arnold is one of them.

"To think back to where the club was when he took over to now, all the players and what level we were at, whether he bought us or helped us come up from the academy, the things he's done to the whole club have been mind-blowing," the full-back told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"To change the whole club, to change everyone from doubters to believers, to get everybody thinking the same way, believing the same way and having the same dreams – he just embodies the whole club.

"Even without being from the city, the country and being local, he just clicks with the club. He does it with every person – the fans, the staff and the players.

"You've got to respect the things he does. Every person who has been involved with him can only thank him as much as possible. The way he develops the people around him to making their dreams come true and helping them do what they want is amazing.

"He is someone who will always be special to the club and to me personally."

The season's suspension left Liverpool in limbo for a while, unsure whether they would get to complete what was on the verge of becoming a historic year for them.

Although it was eventually established that the Premier League did wish to play 2019-20 through to its conclusion, Alexander-Arnold conceded it was exasperating having his dream put on hold.

"If you can imagine your ultimate dream and being so, so close to it – two steps away from it really – and someone saying, 'you need to wait over 100 days then you might get it'. It was quite frustrating," he added.

"But the league position hasn't changed, our mentality hasn't changed and that is to win every game, push boundaries, break records, win the league and be remembered.

"You have to wait so long to win the league, then when you do it, you have to wait so long to celebrate it properly. The things we see on that day, though, will hopefully be things we will never forget."

Liverpool hold a 22-point lead at the Premier League summit and know victories over Everton and Crystal Palace in their next two matches will seal the title.

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