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Liverpool will miss Ronnie Moran’s “old-school tough love” – Robbie Fowler

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 23:57

“It was the old-school tough love—he’d shout at you and want you to do that little bit better, and maybe force a player to say, ‘I’ll show him’. I thought he was brilliant.

“And I think that has gone from the game now, where everyone’s putting the arm around the shoulder and coaches are maybe scared to say things to certain players in case something happens.”

 Liverpool's coach Ronnie Moran against Coventry City during the Premiership match at Highfield Road. Coventry won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Moran, an integral part of Liverpool’s famed Boot Room, twice managed the club on a caretaker basis during his time on the backroom staff, which followed 16 years as a Reds player from 1952, including a spell as captain.

During his near-half-century of service, the club won 13 league championships, four European Cups, two UEFA Cups, five FA Cups and five League Cups.

Fowler, scorer of 183 goals in 369 appearances for Liverpool, added: “He was there for 49 years as a player and coach, and I think anyone who goes that amount of time at a football club is worth their weight in gold.

“You go back as far as the Boot Room under Bill Shankly—everything that was instilled in the early days was carried on by Ronnie, and certainly Ronnie was instilling that into the coaches after him.

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“He was a man who loved being in and around the place—even when he retired he was still in every day, walking around the perimeter at Melwood.

“I think he just loved the game and he loved being part of Liverpool.”

 Liverpool's Steve McManaman, captain Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen line-up before the Corazon Classic Legends Friendly match against Real Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Saturday’s charity match at Anfield will see respects paid to Moran, with a minute’s applause being held just prior to kick-off and the players involved in the game wearing black armbands.

The contest pits a Liverpool Legends side against a Real Madrid team, and as well as Fowler, the hosts’ 23-man squad features Steven Gerrard, the former Reds captain now in a youth coach role at the club’s academy, who is set to play at the ground for the first time since May 2015.

Also in the Liverpool Legends squad are the likes of Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen, Steve McManaman, Ian Rush and John Aldridge.

The event is set to raise funds for the Liverpool FC Foundation, the club’s official charity, and thereby support its range of programmes and partnerships which aim to improve the lives of children and young people.

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Liam Coyle on life with Steven Gerrard at the Academy

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 20:00
Liam Coyle has offered a fascinating insight into what it is like for him and Liverpool's youngsters to learn from Academy coach Steven Gerrard.
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Liam Coyle on life with Steven Gerrard at the Academy

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 20:00

Liam Coyle has offered a fascinating insight into what it is like for him and Liverpool's youngsters to learn from Academy coach Steven Gerrard.

Since returning to the club in February to take up a coaching role in Kirkby, Reds legend Gerrard has been operating in the professional development phase of the club's young prospects.

Gerrard also gives the Academy hopefuls the benefit of his expertise on the training pitch - and for 17-year-old Scouser Coyle, that is something he occasionally struggles to believe is real.

“It’s unbelievable to have him out with us on the training pitch and you think that’s Steven Gerrard coaching me!” Coyle told Liverpoolfc.com.

“Steven gets involved and plays in the training matches with us. I remember the first time he got involved and I was alongside him in centre midfield.

“He still puts himself about and trains like he would if he was still playing for the first team and it’s just great to play alongside him and learn from him.”

In recent weeks Gerrard has been a regular source of encouragement on the sidelines with Neil Critchley’s U18s - and Coyle admits his presence inspires the team.

He added: “His motivation is really good. He talks to all of the lads before the game and he gets you going.

“I’ve already got that self-motivation myself but we are such a young team and it helps them as well.

“Everyone looks up to him because we all know what he did as a player for Liverpool. Anyone who comes into this club is going to be inspired by him.”

On a personal level, Coyle says it’s invaluable to have a mentor like Gerrard on hand to give him tips as he strives to achieve his dream of one day putting on the famous red shirt of his beloved club at Anfield.

He said: “It’s great for me to have someone like Gerrard at the Academy. He gives me advice and helps me with little tips as a midfielder.

“I’ve been fortunate to have a couple of individual sessions with Steven. He's been helping me with my long passing and teaching me how to strike a ball better.

“We have also been doing some shooting practice because I don’t score many goals but if I can work on that, who better to learn from!”

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Harry Wilson reveals his plan to ensure future at Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 19:36

Liverpool U23s captain and boyhood Reds supporter Harry Wilson has detailed his plans to secure his place in Jurgen Klopp‘s first team.

The Wales international has begun training alongside Klopp’s squad on a regular basis this year, and made his senior debut in January’s 1-0 win away to Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup.

This marks another step in Wilson’s great progress on Merseyside, having been with the club since he was eight years old.

But he is not looking to settle now, with the young winger explaining that he is targeting a long-term role under Klopp, and just how he was setting out to ensure this was the case.

“I’m starting to know everyone a bit better and the training has been excellent,” he said of his time at Melwood.

“The players have been great with me so I’m starting to fit in, it’s a big step from the U23s but everyone at the academy is aiming to get there eventually.

“So whether your time is now or it’s in the future, you have to adapt.

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“Training at Melwood day in, day out is definitely helping me. I think the U23s try to play the same way as the first team so that makes the step a little easier.

“From a young age I’ve been taught what Liverpool Football Club means, my family are all Liverpool supporters and always have been.

“So for me to play for this club for so long means a lot and I’m hoping to be here for a long time to come yet.”

 Liverpool's Under-23 duo Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn join up with the Wales senior squad for the forthcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group D match against Republic of Ireland. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Wilson is currently with the Wales squad for the March international break, alongside fellow Reds team-mates Danny Ward and Ben Woodburn.

His call-up by Chris Coleman serves as recognition for his development as a young player, having broken double figures for both goals and assists for the Liverpool U23s this season.

Though a pathway into the Reds’ first team is more difficult to find, given the quality of the likes of Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho, he could be given more opportunities by Klopp in 2017/18.

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But the 20-year-old is under no illusion that he must continue to hone his game to earn his manager’s trust.

“I’ve been working on things that weren’t as strong. Finishing on my right foot is one example and I’ve done a lot of work with Alex [Inglethorpe] on that,” he continued.

“I also feel that my defensive work has got better, as well as the positions I get myself in so I am able to press forwards or press backwards.

“Playing a first-team game at Anfield would be great but I’ve got to keep developing and continue working hard first. Then hopefully that chance will come.”


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Trent at the double in England U19s win

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 19:00
Trent Alexander-Arnold scored twice as England U19s eased to a 3-0 victory over Spain at St George's Park on Friday afternoon.
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Trent at the double in England U19s win

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 19:00

Trent Alexander-Arnold scored twice as England U19s eased to a 3-0 victory over Spain at St George's Park on Friday afternoon.

Liverpool full-back Alexander-Arnold helped the Young Lions seal qualification for the U19 European Championship with a goal in each half.

The 18-year-old Scouser opened the scoring after just nine minutes, then doubled England's advantage with a penalty midway through the second period.

A late third goal from Arsenal forward Chris Willock wrapped up all three points for Keith Downing's side, who have sealed their spot at the U19 Euros with a qualifying game to spare. 

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Trent Alexander-Arnold continues brilliant form with brace for England U19s

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 18:52

Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold scored twice as the England U19s sealed a 3-0 victory at home to Spain on Friday afternoon.

The 18-year-old is enjoying a breakthrough campaign at club level, having made the step up to first-team level to feature regularly under Jurgen Klopp.

This has translated to the international stage, too, where he is a key figure for Keith Downing’s Young Lions, as he proved at St George’s Park on Friday.

Starting at right-back, with Liverpool target Ryan Sessegnon deployed at left-back, Alexander-Arnold quickly imposed himself against a Spain side that included Barcelona midfielder Carles Alena.

It didn’t take long for the Reds youngster to make his mark, firing the ball beyond Daniel Martin Fernandez at his near post to put the U19s 1-0 up in Staffordshire.

With another player on Klopp’s radar, Nottingham Forest striker Ben Brereton, in great form up front, England continued to dominate on home soil, and it was Alexander-Arnold who sealed their second.

Driving forward from the right flank, the teenager was fouled in the penalty area, before dusting himself off and sending his spot-kick into the back of the net to make it 2-0.

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Arsenal forward Chris Willock put the icing on the cake late on, but Alexander-Arnold was no doubt England’s star man.

He had already laid on an assist in the Young Lions’ 3-0 victory over Norway on Wednesday, kicking off an impressive international break.

 Liverpool's Rhian Brewster in action against Reading during FA Premier League 2 Division 1 Under-23 match at Adams Park Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alexander-Arnold was not the only Reds youngster on form for England this week, with 16-year-old striker Rhian Brewster scoring a brace for the U17s on Thursday afternoon.

Starting up front against the Czech Republic, Brewster put Steve Cooper’s side ahead in the opening stages, before adding his second shortly after half-time in an excellent 5-3 win.

Both Alexander-Arnold and Brewster can hope for bright futures under Klopp on Merseyside, making a swift rise through the ranks.

Brewster could hope to take part in the Reds’ pre-season preparations this summer, following in the footsteps of Ben Woodburn.

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Woodburn is now part of the Wales senior squad, and both he and Liverpool U23s captain Harry Wilson are pushing to feature alongside Danny Ward against the Republic of Ireland on Friday night.


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Video: Steven Gerrard joins Run With George charity campaign at Liverpool academy

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 18:30

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard joined the Run With George campaign, running with George Mathias in support of the Alder Hey Children’s Charity.

Ten-year-old George is running 75 miles, a mile for every month his younger brother James has been alive, to raise money for the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Born premature, James needed serious treatment to save his life, and George is seeking donations at his SponsorMe page.

Supporting George in his efforts, Gerrard met the brothers at Liverpool’s Kirkby academy, where he is now serving as a youth coach after the end of his playing career.

He also sat down with George and James for an interview about his career as Reds captain, his favourite Liverpool goal and his toughest opponents.

Asked to nominate two other Liverpool figures to take part, Gerrard went for Jordan Henderson and Jurgen Klopp–so watch this space.

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At time of writing, Run With George has raised over £9,500 for the Alder Hey Children’s Charity.

* You can donate to George’s campaign here or text George to 70660 to give £3.00.


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Dirk Kuyt explains how “great mentality” ensures Coutinho & Firmino don’t struggle after Brazil duty

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 18:09

Dirk Kuyt has hailed the “great mentality” of South Americans like Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino for their ability to play through fatigue.

Kuyt has been renowned for his phenomenal fitness throughout his career, and the Dutchman became a hugely dependable player over the six years he was with Liverpool.

His boundless energy gave the Reds an edge in attack, and this has seen him endure into his late 30s, where he still plays regularly for Feyenoord.

As part of a Q&A with FourFourTwo this month, Kuyt was asked who worked the hardest among his Liverpool team-mates, and the forward struck upon a key asset for South American players.

“I definitely played with some guys who worked hard and were always there on the forefront,” he explained.

“Of course, Steven Gerrard worked tirelessly, but I also remember John Arne Riise always kept going too.

“What springs to mind most are South Americans, like Luis Suarez and Javier Mascherano, who trained and played straight after they had come back from an international on a Wednesday.

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LFC v Bournemouth: Further Official Members ticket sale

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 18:07
Liverpool have made the following ticket announcement regarding late availability for Official Members ahead of the Anfield meeting with Bournemouth on Wednesday April 5.
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LFC v Bournemouth: Further Official Members ticket sale

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 18:07

Liverpool have made the following ticket announcement regarding late availability for Official Members ahead of the Anfield meeting with Bournemouth on Wednesday April 5.

A  limited number of tickets are available to LFC Official Members in the additional Members sale for this Premier League fixture.

Tickets are available on a first come first served basis and can be purchased online now.

Click here to check availability.

The above sale is subject to availability and while stocks last.

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Watch: Milner scores a screamer in Tenerife training

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 18:00
James Milner lit up a short-sided game among Liverpool's squad in Tenerife with a stunning strike - and you can watch the No.7's brilliant effort now in the latest edition of 'Inside Training'.
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Watch: Milner scores a screamer in Tenerife training

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 18:00

James Milner lit up a short-sided game among Liverpool's squad in Tenerife with a stunning strike - and you can watch the No.7's brilliant effort now in the latest edition of 'Inside Training'.

A fast-paced, competitive match also included goals from Kevin Stewart - fresh from pulling off an outrageous overhead kick earlier in the week - and Lucas Leiva as the Reds trained in the Spanish sunshine.

LFCTV GO subsribers can watch the best of the action by clicking play on the video above. Not yet signed up? Click here for details on how to do so.

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Wilson: Training at Melwood is helping my development

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 17:05
Harry Wilson is feeling the benefits of training regularly at Melwood as he strives to make the step up to Liverpool's first team.
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Wilson: Training at Melwood is helping my development

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 17:05

Harry Wilson is feeling the benefits of training regularly at Melwood as he strives to make the step up to Liverpool's first team.

The young forward has scored 25 goals across competitive and friendly matches for the Reds' U23s this season, having taken to his appointment as captain of that side with aplomb.

Jürgen Klopp rewarded Wilson with his senior Reds debut in January, the 20-year-old coming on as a substitute in the FA Cup third-round replay victory over Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.

Wilson was then an unused substitute in Liverpool’s Premier League win over Burnley at Anfield earlier this month and received a surprise call-up to Wales’ senior squad for their World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland on Friday night.

Progress has certainly been made in 2016-17, then - and Wilson believes he is reaping the rewards of learning from Klopp and the Reds’ first-team squad on a daily basis.

“I’m starting to know everyone a bit better and the training has been excellent,” he said.

“The players have been great with me so I’m starting to fit in. It’s a big step from the U23s but everyone at the Academy is aiming to get there eventually so whether your time is now or it’s in the future, you have to adapt.

“Training at Melwood day in, day out is definitely helping me. I think the U23s try to play the same way as the first team so that makes the step a little easier.

“From a young age I’ve been taught what Liverpool Football Club means. My family are all Liverpool supporters and always have been, so for me to play for this club for so long means a lot and I’m hoping to be here for a long time to come yet.”

Wilson also cited extra training work with Academy director Alex Inglethorpe as another factor behind his development.

However, the Wrexham-born attacker, who has been with Liverpool since U9 level, thinks he still has work to do if he is to fulfil his ambition of becoming a first-team regular.

“I’ve been working on things that weren’t as strong,” he added.

“Finishing on my right foot is one example and I’ve done a lot of work with Alex on that.

“I also feel that my defensive work has got better, as well as the positions I get myself in so I am able to press forwards or press backwards.

“Playing a first-team game at Anfield would be great but I’ve got to keep developing and continue working hard first. Then hopefully that chance will come.”

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Wilson: Training at Melwood is helping my development

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Harry Wilson is feeling the benefits of training regularly at Melwood as he strives to make the step up to Liverpool's first team.
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Wilson: Training at Melwood is helping my development

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 17:05

Harry Wilson is feeling the benefits of training regularly at Melwood as he strives to make the step up to Liverpool's first team.

The young forward has scored 25 goals across competitive and friendly matches for the Reds' U23s this season, having taken to his appointment as captain of that side with aplomb.

Jürgen Klopp rewarded Wilson with his senior Reds debut in January, the 20-year-old coming on as a substitute in the FA Cup third-round replay victory over Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.

Wilson was then an unused substitute in Liverpool’s Premier League win over Burnley at Anfield earlier this month and received a surprise call-up to Wales’ senior squad for their World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland on Friday night.

Progress has certainly been made in 2016-17, then - and Wilson believes he is reaping the rewards of learning from Klopp and the Reds’ first-team squad on a daily basis.

“I’m starting to know everyone a bit better and the training has been excellent,” he said.

“The players have been great with me so I’m starting to fit in. It’s a big step from the U23s but everyone at the Academy is aiming to get there eventually so whether your time is now or it’s in the future, you have to adapt.

“Training at Melwood day in, day out is definitely helping me. I think the U23s try to play the same way as the first team so that makes the step a little easier.

“From a young age I’ve been taught what Liverpool Football Club means. My family are all Liverpool supporters and always have been, so for me to play for this club for so long means a lot and I’m hoping to be here for a long time to come yet.”

Wilson also cited extra training work with Academy director Alex Inglethorpe as another factor behind his development.

However, the Wrexham-born attacker, who has been with Liverpool since U9 level, thinks he still has work to do if he is to fulfil his ambition of becoming a first-team regular.

“I’ve been working on things that weren’t as strong,” he added.

“Finishing on my right foot is one example and I’ve done a lot of work with Alex on that.

“I also feel that my defensive work has got better, as well as the positions I get myself in so I am able to press forwards or press backwards.

“Playing a first-team game at Anfield would be great but I’ve got to keep developing and continue working hard first. Then hopefully that chance will come.”

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Ex-youth scout held over 'sex offences'

BBC Sport - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 17:05
Former football youth scout arrested on sex charges

A former youth football scout has been arrested by police investigating allegations of historical sex abuse.

Harry Dunn worked for clubs including Chelsea, Liverpool and Rangers.

Police said an 84-year-old man was arrested and charged with a number of "non-recent sexual offences".

Last year, Police Scotland was among forces across the UK to launch investigations into allegations of child abuse within football after reports from high-profile players.

Mr Dunn is understood to have worked with Liverpool and Rangers in the 1980s and later with Chelsea.

It is thought he now lives in Edinburgh.

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Enjoy LFCTV free for the next 10 days

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 16:20
Fans can enjoy free access to everything LFCTV has to offer during the next 10 days.
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Enjoy LFCTV free for the next 10 days

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 16:20

Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, have teamed up with the Home Office and True Vision to release a series of informative and engaging resources that raise awareness of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) discrimination within football stadia.

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