Jurgen Klopp press conference: Liverpool boss cannot provide Alisson return date, says Napoli stadium situation is ‘not too cool’

13 Sep

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp remains in the dark over when goalkeeper Alisson will return from injury.

The Brazilian, who has excelled for the Reds since his £67m move from Roma last July, was forced off with a calf complaint during the first Premier League game of the season against Norwich last month.

Klopp will not rush Alisson back from the treatment table
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Klopp remains hopeful his no.1 goalkeeper could return after next month’s international break, but says he won’t be putting any pressure on the 26-year-old to rush back.

“He’s improving but we cannot put any pressure on it,” the German said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Newcastle.

“It was a really serious injury in the calf and it’s now much better. That’s good for us and good for him but we don’t know exactly.

“The target was always after the next international break he could be ready but we don’t know.

Hopefully everything will be fine for the rest of the season, that’s the plan.”

Klopp also discussed other injury news, the visit of Newcastle to Anfield, and the state of Napoli’s stadium ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash during his press conference.

You can read all the key talking points, below…


Klopp on Naby Keita’s injury

“Naby is close. He could be in training when we come back from Napoli next week.”

Klopp on ‘very difficult’ Newcastle test

“Off season it was really difficult with Rafa leaving. For Steve for sure it is a difficult job. He has done fantastic so far – close games and good results as well.
“(They’re) very difficult to play. They kept pretty much the same style as last year.

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“I think 24/25 per cent possession at Tottenham but always really good, scored a wonderful goal, defended with a big heart and good organisation.

“That’s what we had to prepare for and that’s what we did. It will not be easy.”

Klopp on the Napoli changing room farce

“I trust UEFA enough to think that they will sort something and we will have a shower and a space where we can change. I hope it will be organised like this but I don’t know.

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“I don’t want to make it bigger than it is. If it would look like it looked on a few pictures we saw, that would be not too cool, but, as long as the pitch is still there and all the rest as well then we could play.

“We cannot change it so we only go there and accept the circumstances and go out and play football.”

Klopp on squad morale

“We have to make sure we have a wonderful atmosphere in the group. We work hard for that and we try to keep that. We just try to improve all the time.

“This club is wonderful and it’s just the atmosphere hasn’t always been like this. The players like each other a lot.”

Klopp on Liverpool’s incredible home record in the Premier League

“We don’t think about [the home record]. We know as well, records are there to be broken.

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“Each team could have done it but we were mostly better and deserved it. Only thing I’m concerned about is how we can be in a better mood and shape than Arsenal. That was a high level.

“We have to make sure they day [the record ends] is far away in the future. We can only give everything tomorrow. We have a chance to win, so we must do it.”

Klopp on Salah and Mane resting over the international break

“It was perfect they didn’t have to go on international. I am happy for them to play for them but I say 500 times, the players who didn’t go, everything is different. A very intense period.

“Sadio and Mo have had time off they needed. They are refreshed that’s how it is and hopefully we can use that.”

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FIFA 20: Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk among top ten players as EA Sports confirms ratings

9 Sep

Gamers from around the country cannot contain their excitement following the release of the FIFA 20 player ratings.

The announcement by EA Sports has gone down brilliantly with Liverpool fans, with TWO Reds stars making the top ten highest rated players in the game.

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Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk have been given a 90 rating, which will come as no surprise following Liverpool’s incredible campaign where they amassed an extraordinary 97 Premier League points and also claimed a historic sixth Champions League title.

Egyptian star Salah moves up to 90 from 89, while Van Dijk, who was crowned the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year last month, has also moved up by one ranking mark from last year’s game.

The top ten ranked players in FIFA 20

1) Lionel Messi: 94

2) Cristiano Ronaldo: 93

3) Neymar: 92

4) Eden Hazard: 91

5) Kevin de Bruyne: 91

6) Jan Oblak: 91

7) Virgil van Dijk: 90

8) Mohamed Salah: 90

9) Luka Modric: 90

10) Marc-Andre ter Stegen: 90

Unsurprisingly, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two best players on the game, rated at 94 and 93 respectively,

PSG winger Neymar is rated at 92, pipping Real Madrid’s new signing Eden Hazard and Man City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne – who have been given 91 ratings.

Level with Hazard and De Bruyne is Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak who once again dazzled in LaLiga and has been rated as the best goalkeeper in the game with a 91 rating.

Meanwhile, this year’s FIFA 20 demo will be released on Tuesday, September 10.

It will be available on XBOX 360, PlayStation4 and via Origin Access for PC.

In the demo you’ll be able to try out the new VOLTA Football and 11v11 Kick Off.

The Champions Edition of the full game will then be released on September 24 with the Standard Edition following on September 27.


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Liverpool injury update: Report details expected return date for sidelined goalkeeper Alisson

6 Sep

Alisson will be back playing for Liverpool by early October at the latest, according to reports.

The goalkeeper has been sidelined since the opening day of the Premier League season, when he suffered a calf injury during the Reds’ 4-1 defeat of Norwich.

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Summer signing Adrian has deputised while Alisson recovers, with Liverpool refusing to put a time frame on his possible return to action.

But the Brazil international could be back as early as this month, The Athletic’s James Pearce has claimed.

Pearce provided an update on Alisson’s rehabilitation during a Q&A session, confirming the glovesman has started using Liverpool’s anti-gravity treadmill so he can take part in mobility and strength work without stressing his body.

He also suggested a return date of late September or early October, though due to the international break from October 7-15, Alisson may not be seen in a Liverpool shirt again until the trip to Manchester United on October 20.

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A slightly earlier return would mean he’s available for October clashes against Leicester in the Premier League and RB Leipzig in the Champions League, while being back in September could see Alisson feature against Sheffield United as well.

Naby Keita, the midfielder, is also currently sidelined with a muscle issue around the hip area and Liverpool have not yet provided a possible return date for the £52million man.

Premier League players dominate 2019 FIFPRO World 11 shortlist with Man United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Man City stars all nominated

5 Sep

For the first time since 2009 Premier League clubs have the most players on the FIFA FIFPRO World 11 shortlist.

English teams replace Spanish LaLiga clubs with the biggest representation on the list of 55 footballers announced today.

Raheem Sterling’s performances for Man City have earned him a place on the shortlist
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Premier League champions Manchester City have eight players on the list, including Joao Cancelo who played for Juventus last season, while European champions Liverpool have seven players selected.

Tottenham have three representatives – Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen – while Manchester United have two – David De Gea and Paul Pogba.

N’Golo Kante is the only Chelsea player selected, although Eden Hazard (now at Real Madrid) gets the nod for his performances for the Blues last season.

More than 23,000 professional footballers voted for the 2019 World 11, selecting one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards who were the best in their position during the 2018-2019 season.

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The 11 players who received most votes on their position earn a spot on the World 11.

FIFPRO and FIFA will reveal the World 11 on Monday, September 23 during The Best FIFA Football Awards in the Scala in Milan.

THE 55 MOST VOTED PLAYERS ARE:

GOALKEEPERS (5)

Alisson Becker (Brazil, Liverpool FC)
David De Gea (Spain, Manchester United)
Ederson Moraes (Brazil, Manchester City)
Jan Oblak (Slovenia, Atletico Madrid)
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Germany, FC Barcelona)

DEFENDERS (20)

Jordi Alba (Spain, FC Barcelona)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (England, Liverpool FC)
Daniel Alves (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain/Sao Paulo)
Joao Cancelo (Portugal, Juventus/Manchester City)
Daniel Carvajal (Spain, Real Madrid)
Giorgio Chiellini (Italy, Juventus)
Virgil van Dijk (The Netherlands, Liverpool FC)
Diego Godin (Uruguay, Atletico/Internazionale)
Joshua Kimmich (Germany, Bayern Munich)
Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal, SSC Napoli)
Aymeric Laporte (France, Manchester City)
Matthijs de Ligt (The Netherlands, Ajax/ Juventus)
Gerard Pique (Spain, FC Barcelona)
Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid)
Andrew Robertson (Scotland, Liverpool FC)
Alex Sandro (Brazil, Juventus)
Thiago Silva (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain)
Raphael Varane (France, Real Madrid)
Marcelo Vieira (Brazil, Real Madrid)
Kyle Walker (England, Manchester City)

MIDFIELDERS (15)

Sergio Busquets (Spain, FC Barcelona)
Casemiro (Brazil, Real Madrid)
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City)
Christian Eriksen (Denmark, Tottenham Hotspur)
Frenkie de Jong (The Netherlands, Ajax/FC Barcelona)
Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea/Real Madrid)
N’Golo Kante (France, Chelsea)
Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid)
Arthur Melo (Brazil, FC Barcelona)
Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid)
Paul Pogba (France, Manchester United)
Ivan Rakitic (Croatia, FC Barcelona)
Bernardo Silva (Portugal, Manchester City)
Dusan Tadic (Serbia, Ajax)
Arturo Vidal (Chile, FC Barcelona)

N’Golo Kante is the only current Chelsea player named on the shortlist
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FORWARDS (15)

Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Manchester City)
Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid)
Roberto Firmino (Brazil, Liverpool FC)
Antoine Griezmann (France, Atletico/FC Barcelona)
Harry Kane (England, Tottenham Hotspur)
Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich)
Sadio Mane (Senegal, Liverpool FC)
Kylian Mbappe (France, Paris Saint-Germain)
Lionel Messi (Argentina, FC Barcelona)
Neymar Junior (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Juventus)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool FC)
Heung-Min Son (South-Korea, Tottenham Hotspur)
Raheem Sterling (England, Manchester City)
Luis Suarez (Uruguay, FC Barcelona)

Wojciech Szczesny joked he must be football’s greatest goalkeeper because he kept Liverpool star Alisson and Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon on the bench

4 Sep

Poland should reach Euro 2020 without any problems and that’s because they have Wojciech Szczesny – aka football’s greatest ever goalkeeper – in goal.

That’s according to the man himself, who was in a good mood ahead of his nation’s qualifiers against Slovenia and Austria.

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Poland have four wins from four and have conceded no goals, with the Juventus no.1 in goal for two of them and West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski playing the other two.

“In Roma I put on the bench the best goalkeeper in the world, in Juventus the best in history,” he joked with his country’s media while discussing playing with current Liverpool no.1 Alisson and then Gianluigi Buffon.

“It turns out that I am the best in the world and in history. If Lukasz [Fabianski] puts me on the bench, he would be the best in history!”

Szczesny made the no.1 position his in Turin when Buffon left for PSG last summer. However, the Juve and Italy legend returned to the club ahead of the current season and, speaking to Polish daily newspaper, Sports Review, the former Arsenal man reiterated he was joking and said another year of learning from the 41-year-old is priceless.

“I’m glad he came back,” continued Szczesny. “Our relationship, when he was in Paris, has not changed much. We were in constant contact. I was also one of the first people to learn about the possibility of his return.

“I must admit that I was very happy about that. I was called from the club and asked if I had any problem with Gigi coming back.

“And anyway, it’s not just a good move for Juventus, but also for me. Possibilities of training with Gigi, talking, watching, sharing insights. This can never be bought anywhere. I would have to be very stupid not to use it.

“When I came to Juventus two years ago, I knew I would be his substitute for a year. I have never been upset because of it. Now he has returned aware of his role. I am delighted he is back.”

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And on Alisson, Szczesny never had any doubt his former Roma team-mate would go onto become the best in the business.

The Liverpool keeper was recently crowned goalkeeper of the year at the Champions League draw, and writing on Instagram in 2017, Szczesny said of the Brazil international: “Great guy and a fantastic goalkeeper! Soon to be one of the best in the world!”

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Before leaving for Juve in the summer of 2017, Szczesny was used by manager Luciano Spalletti in Serie A, while Alisson played in European matches.

The Brazilian became the main man upon his team-mate’s departure where he cemented his place as the world’s best, forcing Liverpool to spend almost £70m on him in 2018.

At the time, Roma boss Spalletti commented: “We’ve got two goalkeepers. With Szczesny we have different options and qualities and if he’s not available we have someone who is able to provide cover and show his ability.

“We need both of them, our training games could end 0-0, given how good they both are.”

The players who have made the most individual errors in the Premier League since the start of last season, including Bernd Leno

3 Sep

Arsenal showed plenty of grit and determination to earn a draw against Tottenham in the north London derby last weekend.

The Gunners found themselves 2-0 down after 40 minutes thanks to Christian Eriksen’s opener and Harry Kane’s penalty.

Arsenal showed great character to come back against Spurs
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However, strikes from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw Arsenal earn a 2-2 draw against their rivals.

A massive cause for concern for manager Unai Emery will be the mistakes his players made though.

Granit Xhaka made an unnecessary foul on Heung-Min Son which gave Spurs their penalty while Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno should have done better for Eriksen’s goal.

The German kept out an initial shot from Erik Lamela but could only palm the ball straight into the Dane’s path, who slotted the ball into an empty net.

Leno’s blushes were spared by Lacazette and Aubameyang
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Leno has been culpable a few times since he joined Arsenal in the summer of 2018 but how many errors leading to goals has he made?

Below you can see the top nine players to have made errors leading to goals in the Premier League since the start of last season, with thanks to Opta.

8= Martin Dubravka (Newcastle) – Errors leading to goals: 3

8= Alisson Becker (Liverpool) – Errors leading to goals: 3

The Liverpool stopper is a surprise inclusion in this chart
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5= Sergio Rico (Fulham) – Errors leading to goals: 3

5= Angus Gunn (Southampton) – Errors leading to goals: 3

5= Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) – Errors leading to goals: 3

3= David de Gea (Manchester United) – Errors leading to goals: 4

De Gea hit some bad form towards the end of last season
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3=. Jordan Pickford (Everton) – Errors leading to goals: 4

2. Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth) – Errors leading to goals: 5

1. Bernd Leno (Arsenal) – Errors leading to goals: 6

Leno has made six errors leading to goals in the Premier League
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Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk wins UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award at Champions League draw, Lucy Bronze wins Women’s Player of the Year

29 Aug

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been crowned the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year for his performances during last season’s Champions League.

The Dutchman, who helped the Reds become European champions in 2018/19, beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the award.

Van Dijk won two prizes and Reds team-mate Alisson Becker won Goalkeeper of the Year
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Centre-back Van Dijk also claimed the Defender of the Year prize, with Liverpool team-mate Alisson Becker winning Goalkeeper of the Year.

Messi was named the Forward of the Year award while his Barcelona team-mate Frenkie de Jong won Midfielder of the Year, however, De Jong won it for his performances playing for Ajax.

England defender Lucy Bronze was crowned the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year after helping her club Lyon win the Champions League for a sixth time.

Bronze beat Lyon team-mates Ada Hegerberg and Amandine Henry to the award and becomes the first English recipient of the honour, voted for by top coaches in the women’s game and journalists.

Bronze played for England at the Women’s World Cup in the summer
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The awards were handed out at the 2019/20 Champions League group stage draw in Monaco, which saw Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City learn which three teams they’d have to face in their respective bids to reach the knockout stage of the competition.

Liverpool will face Napoli, FC Salzburg and Genk in Group E, while Spurs take on Bayern Munich, Olympiakos and Red Star Belgrade in Group B.

Europa League champions Chelsea face Ajax, Valencia and Lille in Group H on their return to Europe’s premier club competition.

Meanwhile, Premier League champions Manchester City will play Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta in Group C.



 

Alisson injury latest: Liverpool goalkeeper continuing recovery but Reds coach cannot reveal return date

23 Aug

Liverpool goalkeeper coach John Achterberg admits it is ‘difficult’ to predict when Alisson will return from injury.

The Brazil No.1 was forced off with a calf issue in the Reds’ opening day defeat of Norwich.

Alisson’s injury did not prevent Liverpool winning 4-1 at Anfield
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Liverpool face Arsenal on Saturday, LIVE on talkSPORT, and Adrian will continue to deputise for the Brazil international.

And Adrian, who joined Liverpool on a free transfer earlier this month, will remain in goal for an undetermined time with Liverpool’s medical staff unable to confirm when Alisson will return.

Achterberg, Liverpool’s goalkeeper coach, told The Athletic: “Ali is good. He’s in every day for treatment and they try to improve things.

“He’s able to do some fitness work in the gym without using his leg. It’s difficult, but you have to try to look forward and be positive. You have to try to turn a negative into a positive.

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“They haven’t given us a specific time he’ll be out as it’s difficult to say how quickly it will heal. That’s all with the medics.

“There’s an international break coming up and we’ll have to wait and see how long it takes after that.”

Backup keeper Adrian was the penalty hero in Liverpool’s shootout victory over Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup, but blundered on his full Premier League debut for Jurgen Klopp’s side by gifting Southampton’s Danny Ings a late goal last week.

When asked what he said to Adrian after his error against Saints, Klopp responded: “Yes, you finally arrived, welcome.

“Ali did the same – it’s a goalie thing at Liverpool, no problem with that as long as we win the games. All good.”


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Andy Lonergan could become oldest Englishman to make Premier League debut in 21st century if he plays for Liverpool against Southampton

16 Aug

Andy Lonergan will become the oldest Englishman to make his Premier League debut in the 21st century if he features for Liverpool on Saturday.

The veteran goalkeeper could make his debut just days after signing a contract with the Reds.

Andy Lonergan could make his Premier League debut at 35
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No.1 goalkeeper Alisson Becker suffered a calf injury in their opening day Premier League victory against Norwich.

Back-up Adrian was the hero in Liverpool’s hero in the UEFA Super Cup when he saved Tammy Abraham’s penalty in the shoot-out.

In the celebrations, a fan ran on the pitch and slipped into him causing damage to his ankle.

Adrian is hopeful of playing against Southampton but it is likely a late call will have to be made.

Lonergan was released by Middlesbrough at the end of last season but could now find himself starting at the St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.

If he does play, he will be the oldest Englishman to make his Premier League debut in the 21st century at the age of 35 years and 302 days.

The goalkeeper has had a journeyman career with spells at Preston, Leeds, Bolton, Fulham, Wolves and Middlesbrough as well as loan moves to Darlington, Wycombe, Swindon and Rochdale.

The last Englishman older than Lonergan to make his Premier League debut was John Dreyer at 36 years and 57 days when he played for Bradford against Middlesbrough in 1999.

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Andy Goram was the last goalkeeper to make his Premier League debut at 35 or older doing so for Manchester United against Coventry in 2001 at 37 years and one day.

He conceded twice before being substituted off in the 67th minute.

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Liverpool vs Chelsea: How Jurgen Klopp’s side could line-up in the UEFA Super Cup against Premier League rivals in Istanbul

13 Aug

Liverpool can pick up their first piece of silverware this season but must first beat Chelsea if they want to return home with the UEFA Super Cup.

The Reds are returning Istanbul 14 years on from their Champions League win as current European champions.

Jurgen Klopp has decisions to make for his line-up against Chelsea
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It is an all English tie thanks to Chelsea winning the Europa League, with commentary of Wednesday’s match coming live on talkSPORT.

Liverpool will want to win and we can expect Jurgen Klopp to field a strong side.

They have also had two extra days to recover and prepare as they played on Friday whereas Chelsea played in the 4.30pm kick-off on Sunday.

One notable absentee will be goalkeeper Alisson Becker who is set to miss a number of games with a calf injury.

Alisson limped off down the tunnel against Norwich
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Apart from the Alisson injury, there are no fresh concerns for Klopp.

“Not really. No ‘injuries’ maybe, but little things after a game, which was an intense one. We have to see, we have time to sort that all,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.

“Wednesday is the game – it was Friday to Wednesday so that should be OK. But after that we need to think about the Southampton game, we come back on Thursday and two days later we play Southampton, so we cannot ignore that game as well.

“So we will see, but real injuries, no, little knocks, yes.”

Sadio Mane is in contention to start after coming off the bench in Liverpool’s 5-1 win against Norwich on Friday.

The Senegal international only returned to the squad last week following his involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Klopp said: “I think he would have been ready to start on Friday, but after five days and having two players on the pitch with pretty much no pre-season up front you have to look a little bit at how you can do it.

“It’s not clear from the first second which three players you have to change, especially with them, which kills all your plans when the goalie leaves the pitch that early.

“So I think it was the right thing to do, but he’s for sure fresher now, fitter now, and yeah, he is ready.”

We could see a bit of rotation in the Liverpool midfield with James Milner and Naby Keita possibly seeing some game time at the expense of Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum.

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