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Copa America: Fabinho and Firmino feature in Brazil's win over Peru

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Fabinho and Roberto Firmino both helped Brazil record a 4-0 win over Peru in their second Copa America fixture.
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'Every day is enjoyable' - John Achterberg's decade with LFC first team

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A decade as part of Liverpool's first-team coaching set-up went by in a flash for John Achterberg.
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Liverpool line up Osasuna pre-season friendly

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 20:09

Liverpool are set to host Spanish side Osasuna this pre-season in a match that will serve as a tribute to former player Michael Robinson.

So far, the club have yet to confirm any pre-season friendlies, despite Jurgen Klopp‘s side returning for training in less than a month.

However, as revealed earlier this month we expect Anfield to host at least two games.

One of those we expect to be against Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side, while reports in Spain now suggest La Liga side Osasuna will travel to Anfield in early August.

The match is said to be as part of a tribute to former Liverpool midfielder Michael Robinson, who went on to play the final two years of his career with the Spanish side before becoming a household name in Spain for his TV and media work.

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Robinson, who was part of the Reds’ squad that won the league title, League Cup and European Cup in 1984, passed away aged 61 last April.

Osasuna, also nicknamed ‘The Reds’, finished last season 11th in La Liga.

A match against French side Lyon has similarly been discussed as part of a tribute to former manager Gerard Houllier, who passed away aged 73 last December.

Liverpool’s non-tournament involved players are due to return to pre-season training on July 12, with a friendly at Tranmere expected the following weekend.

The Reds begin the 2021/22 season away to Norwich on the weekend of August 14.

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Florian Neuhaus would be “perfect player for Klopp” with quality “you cannot find”

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 18:02

Florian Neuhaus has been presented as Liverpool’s primary midfield target this summer, and the 24-year-old has been hailed as “the perfect player for Jurgen Klopp.”

Neuhaus has emerged as a possible addition for the Reds in the transfer window, with the club weighing up their options following the departure of Gini Wijnaldum.

Wijnaldum will be a difficult player to replace, but Liverpool will do their due diligence when it comes to identifying the perfect candidate, which may come in the form of Borussia Monchengladbach’s No. 32.

Contact was made with Neuhaus’ representatives earlier this year, and though his €40 million release clause has now expired, he is likely to be available for a similar fee.

Sport1 journalist Florian Plettenberg, who first broke the news of Liverpool’s interest, explained the situation in an interview with the Liverpool Echo‘s Blood Red podcast.

Plettenberg described Liverpool as “the club who is most interested,” ahead of both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and claimed an offer in the region of €40 million (£34.3m) and €45 million (£38.5m) would likely seal his move.

He added that “it’s more likely that he moves in the next summer,” but “it’s all dependent on [Liverpool].”

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Painting a picture of Neuhaus’ quality as a player, Plettenberg compared him to Bayern midfielder Leon Goretzka, as “the typical box-to-box midfielder.”

He believes the Germany international would be “the perfect player for Klopp,” owing to his versatility and his impact at both ends of the pitch.

“Neuhaus is like Goretzka and he’s very good in front of goal,” he told the Echo‘s Matt Addison.

“He’s made a lot of goals and he’s kind of a dangerous player. He’s very versatile, very flexible; he can also play on the wings, but he’s technically very, very good and physically very good.

“He’s a very interesting player and I think it’s the perfect player for Jurgen Klopp – but he’s also a very interesting player for Julian Nagelsmann maybe for Bayern Munich in the next year.”

2DJD09B Florian Neuhaus (BMG) Borussia Monchengladbach - Hertha BSC Berlin 27.10.2020, Fussball; 1. Bundesliga, Saison 2020/21 Foto: Moritz Muller Copyright

Neuhaus scored eight goals and set up another eight in 45 games for Gladbach last season, while operating as a central midfielder, rather than further forward.

He has also netted twice in six appearances for the Germany national team so far, and Plettenberg sees his ability to score and break up play to a similar standard as something “you cannot find” in many midfielders.

“This is something that makes him special, that he’s able to score goals and that he’s able to win tackles,” he continued.

“This is a very, very important mixture, and you cannot find it so often if you look at the top, top midfielders in the world right now.

“So Neuhaus, in my mind, has the quality for the next big step, for the next big club, and I’m convinced that he will make the step to one of the top four, five, six teams in the world.”

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Can you list every Liverpool player to feature at the Euros since 2000?

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 18:00

The Euros are in full swing once more, with seven players representing Liverpool this time around – but can you recall all 41 to do so in the tournaments since 2000?

The European Championships have been running since the 1960s, accounting for a total of 16 tournaments.

But here, we’re just looking at the six from 2000 onwards and the Liverpool players who would be named to represent their country in the final squads.

A total of 41 have been called upon while on the books at Anfield, with 13 different nations represented in that time.

There may be a few names that you need to dig deep into the memory bank for, but, remember, each player listed was a Red at the time of the respective tournament.

Good luck!

41 players to name in 8 minutes – can you do it? Want more quizzes? Try these!

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Ashley Hodson signs new deal with Liverpool FC Women

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 12:59

Ashley Hodson has signed a new contract with Liverpool FC Women.

The 26-year-old is the club's longest-serving player and has now made 113 appearances for the Reds.

Watch: Hodson signs new LFC Women deal

Hodson originally graduated to the first team from the Centre of Excellence and reserves to make her debut in April 2014. She made 11 appearances in a season where Liverpool clinched their second Women's Super League title under Matt Beard, who recently returned to the club.

She overcame serious injury to return to the senior set-up and showed her versatility last season by making appearances at full-back, as well as in her more typical wide attacking position.

LFC Women manager Beard told Liverpoolfc.com: "I gave Ashley her debut back in 2014. I remember back then how excited we were by her pace, how direct she was and she was a good finisher.

"She's developed over the years I've been gone and we're delighted she decided to commit her future to the club.

"She's a big part of the team now, she's got a fantastic personality and, for me, she's going to be a vitally important part of the team going forward. She knows the club and she knows this division now.

"We had a great relationship during my previous stint and I'm looking forward to that continuing."

St Helens-born Hodson says a push for promotion to the WSL is top of the wish list for 2021-22, while personally she'll be looking for goals and assists to help the cause.

"I'm really excited for what's to come and I can't wait to get going with the girls again," she said. "Obviously I've been at the club a long time and I can't wait to carry on this journey. 

"We've got a really good group, we've got a new manager in Beardy who I'm familiar with and I'm really excited to get going with him again.

"As a club we want to push on. Last year didn't turn out the way we wanted it to and we've taken lessons from that. We want to turn the frustrations of last year into motivation.

"Working with Matt in the past, it was a great experience and I can't wait for him to come back in. He'll bring a lot of leadership qualities, he's a really good manager and I think all the girls who haven't worked with him before are going to love him."

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Ashley Hodson signs new deal with Liverpool FC Women

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 12:59
Ashley Hodson has signed a new contract with Liverpool FC Women.
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Haaland breaks silence amid Liverpool rumours

HEAD NEWS - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 12:00

Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Braut Haaland has revealed he wants to achieve his 'big dream' of winning the Champions League.

Haaland has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea this summer while Liverpool have also been tipped for a move.

The 20-year-old goalscoring sensation has netted 57 goals in 59 appearances for Dortmund since joining from RB Salzburg in January 2020 and was the leading goalscorer in the Champions League this term.

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Haaland breaks silence amid Liverpool rumours

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 12:00

Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Braut Haaland has revealed he wants to achieve his 'big dream' of winning the Champions League.

Haaland has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea this summer while Liverpool have also been tipped for a move.

The 20-year-old goalscoring sensation has netted 57 goals in 59 appearances for Dortmund since joining from RB Salzburg in January 2020 and was the leading goalscorer in the Champions League this term.

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Haaland breaks silence amid Liverpool rumours

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 12:00
Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Braut Haaland has revealed he wants to achieve his 'big dream' of winning the Champions League.
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Blackburn could loan another Liverpool youngster after Harvey Elliott success

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 10:35

Liverpool midfielder Leighton Clarkson has been touted with a loan move to boyhood club Blackburn, following the success of Harvey Elliott at Ewood Park last season.

The Reds sanctioned Elliott’s season-long switch to Rovers late in the summer transfer window, and the 18-year-old benefited hugely from the game time in Lancashire.

With seven goals and 11 assists in 42 games for Tony Mowbray’s side, Elliott is hoping to have produced the form and numbers to convince Jurgen Klopp he is ready to step up to Liverpool’s first team.

Blackburn is only 40 miles from Liverpool, and the proximity between the two clubs – along with their Championship status and Mowbray’s management – makes Rovers an ideal destination for young talent from Anfield.

The connection could continue in 2021/22, with the Lancashire Telegraph naming Clarkson as “one possibility” as Blackburn “may look to use their blossoming relationship” with the Reds.

This was followed up by another report from the same publication that suggested an enquiry has been made into the 19-year-old midfielder.

Meanwhile, LancsLive add that Rovers “would consider a loan move” for the lifelong Blackburn supporter, who started in the 1-1 draw with Midjtylland in the Champions League.

Clarkson also took a place on the substitutes’ on seven occasions at senior level last season – three times in the Premier League and four times in the Champions League – while training day in, day out with Klopp’s squad.

 Liverpool's substitute Leighton Clarkson during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Liverpool FC and Atalanta BC at Anfield. Atalanta won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp has compared him to Germany legend Philipp Lahm, with The Athletic reporting that he is “a player whom the club feel is playing at a level well beyond his years.”

A dynamic, central midfielder, Clarkson is tenacious off the ball and boasts great technique on it, with his eye for a pass seeing him lay on 13 assists in 31 games in his final full season with the Liverpool under-23s in 2019/20.

Last term, he scored five and assisted four in 17 appearances at academy level, but his time training, travelling and playing with the first team is the real marker of his progress.

It is questionable as to whether he could make the same impact as Elliott at Blackburn, with the Reds’ No. 67 a generational talent in the making, but it could offer him the platform to prove himself.

As a Rovers supporter, Clarkson would relish the opportunity to shine at Ewood Park, before potentially returning to challenge for a midfield berth back at Liverpool.

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“Won’t wish him well” to “all the best” – Liverpool fans divided over Benitez to Everton

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 10:10

Rafa Benitez has moved a step closer to filling Everton‘s vacant managerial position in a move that has polarised both Reds and Blues.

Carlo Ancelotti left Everton this summer with all but a second glance to return to Real Madrid, leaving them to search for their fourth permanent manager in as many years.

Benitez was name-checked early on in the process and is now deemed to be in “prime position” to be offered the role after the third round of talks with the Blues’ hierarchy.

The Times, the Telegraph and the Guardian, among others, report that Benitez is “on the verge” of taking the role after it had looked as though Nuno Espirito Santo would be appointed.

With his connections to Liverpool Football Club, for some, it will prove a contentious decision on both sides of Stanley Park with the battle lines clearly drawn.

For others, enough time has passed since Benitez’s Anfield departure in 2010 and he has enough credit in the bank – either way, fans made their feelings known.

There was strong opposition to the potential move…

You can't be a Liverpool legend – as a manager – and then go on to manage them. Just doesn't happen. If you do, fair play, but you get erased. Simple as.

— Robert G (@RobGutmann) June 16, 2021

If and it’s a big if still that Rafa joins Everton then his flag can’t be raised at Anfield anymore by fans. Cant be raising the flag of an Evertonian manager.

— Homes (@LFC_Wahome) June 16, 2021

They just absolutely don’t deserve Rafa. Simple as really. And it’s mad because if they could get over the ‘redshite’ side of things, they’d see very quickly he’s a man worth adoring.

— Ryan (@ryan3levis) June 16, 2021

Cares that much for his family, he took a long term contract in China, and went without them. I’m sure it’s convenient for him but that’s it. So is Tranmere, manage them.

— Paul Senior (@PaulSenior1) June 16, 2021

I can’t believe people are happy for Rafa going to Everton. Absolute Liverpool icons & legends, especially managers don’t manage the Ev or Utd. It’s simple. There’s 2 teams. He doesn’t need the cash, he’s 61 & ain’t doing shit there. He’d be better bringing Preston/Blackburn up!

— SAM G-W (@OneSGW) June 17, 2021

But also a touch of humour as one would expect…

I hope Rafa's first job as Ev manager is to gather up all the People's Club signs and burn them in the centre circle as he explains to the press that they were an artificial construct invented by Moyes and big clubs don't need such glib sloganeering.

— Stephen Davies (@stevedaviesseo) June 16, 2021

You know there are reds out there who have Rafa tats on their bodies ??#Rafa #LFC #bitters

— Stu (@Kopstu) June 16, 2021

Rafa loves the aggro doesn’t he? It seems like he exclusively goes to clubs with mad owners or with fans who hate his guts.

— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) June 16, 2021

Rafa can obviously go where he wants and all the best to him. Adores Merseyside. Loves the peninsula.

Only thing he loves more than the peninsula is the beef. Absolutely loves the beef. It is amazing the amount of conflict he finds himself in the centre of.

What a man.

— Neil Atkinson (@Knox_Harrington) June 16, 2021

And others were very much accepting after all he has done for LFC and the city…

About @rafabenitezweb and #Everton

I understand the feeling from some due to his time at #LFC… 15 years ago! But I know his connection it is now more or at least as much with the city of Liverpool than with LFC as it is run now (he has no relationship with the new owners)

— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) June 11, 2021

Not that my opinion matters, but given what he did for Liverpool FC, and what him and Montse did for various organisations publicly and privately then Rafa will always get a pass from me

Evertonians might not welcome him, but he’d give them everything and improve them

— Andy Heaton (@Andrew_Heaton) June 16, 2021

It also goes without saying that what that man did for the people of this city (and for the Hillsborough justice campaign) means that he will always be welcome here. He is an adopted son, is Rafa. And lives on the Leisure Peninsula too, albeit in a slightly Tory bit

— Bolshevik Bannerman ? ? ?? (@TheLeftwaffe) June 16, 2021

Benitez gave £96k to the Hillsborough Family Support Group when he left Liverpool. Actions like that far outweigh whatever club colours he wears in the dugout for me.

— Matty Boyes (@Matty_Boyes16) June 16, 2021

Benitez will be great for Everton and the club will be superb for him. It's a perfect match. He will fight EFC's cause ever bit as hard as he did for LFC and NUFC. And at Goodison he'll have sensible owners

— Tony Evans (@TonyEvans92a) June 16, 2021

Rafa Benitez won us the European Cup. He can manage whoever he wants, barring Man Utd. I was more annoyed when he went to Chelsea than I am that he’s going to Everton. He loves this city, he wants to live here. I’m sound with it… not that he’d be arsed if I wasn’t.

— Adam Rowe (@adamrowecomedy) June 16, 2021

My love for Rafael Benitez is unconditional. He’s a Liverpool legend but he’s also a champion of this city. I won’t wish him well at Everton but no problem with him going there – this is his home. If they can put history aside & get behind him he’ll make them a proper team again.

— Neil Docking (@NeilDocking) June 16, 2021

Rafa Benitez is a legend and always will be, in my eyes. If he is confirmed as manager of Everton, I wish him all the best. I only ask that he loses the derby twice a year and finishes below Liverpool. All the best Rafa lad. pic.twitter.com/D7w8bKuguB

— Jeff Goulding (@ShanklysBoys1) June 16, 2021

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Liverpool FC duo celebrate as Italy’s Locatelli gets fans talking – Euro 2020 Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 07:57

If you’re Welsh, there’s a pretty strong chance you’ve got a sore head today – enjoy it! Meanwhile, we may have seen one of the two best sides at Euro 2020 last night.

Italy are the first side to officially qualify for the last 16, but Wales have all-but joined them after a hard-earned win over a desperately disappointing Turkey squad.

In the first round of games, today’s sides provided lot of goals, attacking quality and excitement, so there should be more compelling viewing on the way.

It’s also a first game for Denmark since Christian Eriksen’s collapse, so their response in a tough game will be key.

Day six talking points
  • Manuel Locatelli scored twice in another fantastic Italy display, as they saw off Xherdan Shaqiri‘s Switzerland 3-0. Italy have already written their own mini history this tournament with so many goals – they are right up there with the favourites.
  • Harry Wilson and Neco Williams both made late entrances as subs as Wales beat Turkey 2-0, getting their first minutes at this summer’s finals
  • Gareth Bale also secured a record: the most big chances created in a game since records began at Euros, laying on five. He assisted two and also won and missed a penalty!
Today’s fixtures
  • Ukraine vs North Macedonia, Group C, 2pm on ITV
  • Denmark vs Belgium, Group B, 5pm on ITV
  • Netherlands vs Austria, Group C, 8pm on BBC One
  • Colombia vs Venezuela, Copa America, 10pm on BBC iPlayer
Expectations on…

 Andriy Yarmolenko of Ukraine scores their side's first goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group C match between Netherlands and Ukraine at the Johan Cruijff ArenA on June 13, 2021 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Lukas Schulze - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Andriy Yarmolenko. He scored an early contender for goal of the tournament in Ukraine’s mini-comeback against Netherlands last time out, before the Dutch won it late on.

Ukraine have to go all-out for the win this time against North Macedonia and as the only even vaguely regular scorer in the squad – he has 41 international goals, next highest Roman Yaremchuk has nine – it’s on him to both fashion and finish off goalscoring chances.

He’s only seven goals off the all-time record for his nation…which is currently occupied by his manager, Andriy Shevchenko.

Key battle to watch

Gini Wijnaldum vs Marcel Sabitzer. It’s not the first time these two have met this year, with the Dutchman coming out on top in the Liverpool vs Leipzig Champions League encounters.

Their roles are a little reversed on the international scene, with Wijnaldum more attack-minded and Sabitzer at times tasked with a more central midfield role.

Who wins this game likely wins the group, making this the clash of the clash of Group C.

Fans are talking about…

 Manuel Locatelli of Italy looks on during the Italy Training Session ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group A match between Turkey and Italy at Olimpico Stadium on June 10, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Chris Ricco - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The brilliance of Manuel Locatelli for Italy. Suddenly, fans of every club have decided they are linked with him and want him – but you Reds already knew to watch for him, didn’t you?!

Would you take Locatelli at Liverpool?? #ITA pic.twitter.com/tNd7HiQlJS

— Liverpool News (@LFCVine) June 16, 2021

Locatelli will flourish in this current Chelsea team… ?? pic.twitter.com/Eka3lR32sR

— Stan21. (@Whizzy_khiddy) June 16, 2021

Sassuolo has stated they will sell Manuel Locatelli for 40 million euros. [@FabrizioRomano]

Get this done @ManUtd ??, he’s showing his talent on the big stage ??#Transfers #UtdPlug ? pic.twitter.com/6NXhJ5JPXa

— UtdPlug ? (@UtdPlug) June 16, 2021

Berardi and Locatelli after seeing they’re linked with Tottenham: pic.twitter.com/bzQztPBEqg

— Hotspur Edition (@HotspurEdition) June 16, 2021

Locatelli in euros v locatelli when he signs a 5 year deal at Arsenal pic.twitter.com/geP30kLqyA

— RM (@ReissMeikle) June 16, 2021

Locatelli proving that he's as good a 8 as he is a 6. That surely opens doors across Europe for him. #EURO2020 #ITA pic.twitter.com/3BUP97BDsx

— Rajath Kumar (@rajathkumar) June 16, 2021

Manuel Locatelli vs Switzerland

2 goals
51 passes
90% pass accuracy
1 key pass
3/4 accurate long balls
2 tackles won
1 interception
1 aerial won

Man of the day. Italy's hero. Loca Locatelli. ?? pic.twitter.com/J8L9s9qxWV

— Football Talent Scout – Jacek Kulig (@FTalentScout) June 16, 2021

Reds in action

Since Gini is no longer a Red, it’s a quiet day for those watching from a Liverpool perspective. Take notes of who we should sign instead!

Predictions

Ukraine to sneak a win, Belgium to respectfully batter Denmark, Netherlands and Austria to make another case for game of the tournament – with the Dutch triumphant.

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Rickie Lambert: ‘Scotland were desperate to beat us but I knew I was going to score’

the Athletic - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 05:01
Fourteen years had passed since England and Scotland last went toe-to-toe and Rickie Lambert, simply as another England fan, remembers how much he was looking forward to the game.

The Southampton striker was not expecting to be involved, let alone play a starring role, and could have been forgiven for having other things on his mind.

“I wasn’t expecting it (to be called up) at all,” Lambert tells The Athletic. “I was hoping I’d be in a couple of squads before that, but I didn’t get in and they were struggling for strikers at the time. When I didn’t get called up, I thought I wasn’t for Roy Hodgson.

“My little girl was being born on the day the squad was announced, and I had no idea the England squad was going to be announced.

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Euro 2020: Mixed fortunes for Williams, Wilson and Shaqiri

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 06/16/2021 - 22:31

Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Neco Williams were involved in Euro 2020 matches on Wednesday as Group A continued.

Wilson was an 85th-minute substitute and Williams entered the action deep into stoppage time for Wales against Turkey in Baku.

Goals from Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts secured a 2-0 win for Wales, who are now second in the section with four points from their two fixtures so far.

On-loan Ozan Kabak remained on the bench for a Turkey side at the foot of the table after back-to-back defeats at the tournament.

Shaqiri, meanwhile, started for Switzerland in their 3-0 defeat by Italy at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Liverpool attacker played 75 minutes of the tie, which saw Manuel Locatelli (two) and Ciro Immobile net for the hosts.

Group A concludes on Sunday afternoon as Wales tackle Italy and Switzerland meet Turkey.

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Euro 2020: Mixed fortunes for Williams, Wilson and Shaqiri

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 06/16/2021 - 22:31
Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Neco Williams were involved in Euro 2020 matches on Wednesday as Group A continued.
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99% of LFC supporters vote to back plans for board representation

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 06/16/2021 - 21:27

In a historic vote by members of the Liverpool Supporters Trust, Spirit of Shankly, fans have voted by a margin of 94.44% in favour of plans for greater supporter participation in decision making at Anfield.

An astonishing 68.39% of members took part in the ballot, which asked them to vote on proposals agreed between the Trust and representatives of the Liverpool board, including CEO Billy Hogan. Spirit of Shankly were recommending acceptance of the plans, which included the following:

  • The establishment of a Supporters Board, which would be written into the club’s regulations making it a legally binding agreement. SOS will be head of this board.
  • A formal recognition agreement between SOS and LFC, which would be written into the club’s constitution so that if / when the ownership changes, this contract will remain in place.
  • Collaboration between SOS and FSG on the government’s fan-led review to improve the future of the game.
  • Club owners Fenway Sports Group to meet any costs as a result of the European Super League, not the club.
  • A representative of the Supporters Board will meet annually with Liverpool’s board of directors to consult on issues pertinent to fans. Outside of this, if an agreed consultation matter is to be discussed at an LFC board meeting, the chair of the Supporters Board will be present.
  • Supporters Board representatives to have a term of two years and be chosen as the result of a democratic vote.
  • The proposals would constitute the Supporters Board led by SOS as a recognised legal body and ensures that the Liverpool board would be contractually obliged to consult with supporters representatives.

What followed was a period of consultation with members of the supporters’ trust, which involved a virtual meeting in which attendees could see the proposals in detail and ask questions. This meeting was then put online so that those unable to attend could watch, along with a published Q&A on the Spirit of Shankly website.

Supporters were then invited to vote to either accept or reject the proposals.

It has now been revealed that plans for greater supporter participation at the very top of the Anfield hierarchy have received a resounding vote of confidence from supporters.

Expressing his delight at the result, Spirit of Shankly Chair, Joe Blott, told This is Anfield: “Firstly I want to thank everyone who took the time to vote in our recent ballot. An incredible 99.44% of our members voted in favour of our proposal and the turnout was 68.39 per cent.”

These are truly astonishing numbers and demonstrate the enthusiasm with which the plans have been greeted by supporters. But what next, when will we see the new arrangements put in place?

 Liverpool's owner John W. Henry before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Huddersfield Town AFC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Clearly there is more work to be done in this respect and talks with Liverpool officials will continue. Blott is clear that there is still work to do, but feels that the union has been given a huge mandate, empowering them to move forward.

“Thanks to supporters giving us such a firm mandate, we are now empowered to step up our work with the club’s Board of Directors and our engagement with representatives of other supporters groups,” explained Blott.

“Our vision of improved supporter engagement, enshrined in the Club’s Articles of Association and contractually binding between all parties is now a step closer.”

This represents something of a watershed moment for Spirit of Shankly, who have now racked up more than a decade of campaigning for supporters rights.

Their work spans two ownerships and got underway during the catastrophic and ultimately doomed reign of Hicks and Gillett. They have also been at the forefront of recent campaigns to end food poverty and against the club’s plans to increase ticket prices, trademark the word Liverpool when used in a football context, and of course opposition to the failed European Super League proposals.

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However, it is now hoped that this announcement heralds the beginning of a new era of relations between supporters and the club – one in which the ‘mistakes’ of recent times are consigned to history.

This of course remains to be seen, but the union will claim with some justification that they have now amply demonstrated the power and value of unity, organisation and collective action and that there has never been a better time to join Spirit of Shankly.

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Keep or sell? Have your say on Liverpool players linked with summer transfers!

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 06/16/2021 - 18:00

Liverpool could see a number of players exit through the Shankly Gates this summer, while others have question marks over their future. But here you decide: keep or sell?

As ever, the Reds are predicted to oversee a transfer window of change, with a host of fringe figures up for sale to raise funds for new signings.

The usual suspects are among those, including perennial loanees Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson, while some who have played a bigger role on the first-team stage in recent seasons are also on the chopping block.

Meanwhile, debate is ongoing over players deemed important but who have struggled with injury problems in recent seasons.

Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards will have the final say on who stays or goes, but we are putting the decision into your hands with our latest poll.

To avoid landslide results, we’ve left out the likes of Loris Karius, Sheyi Ojo and Ben Woodburn, who are all destined for the exit.

So here are 13 players linked with summer moves away from Liverpool or with doubts over their futures.

All you have to choose is keep or sell! Want more quizzes? Try these!

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Shaqiri to “decide” future within weeks & Reds ‘beaten’ to De Paul – Liverpool FC Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 06/16/2021 - 17:50

Liverpool will be signing and selling approximately one thousand players this summer, if you believe the rumours. We don’t – not all of them, anyway.

Isak rumours, but hold that thought

If you watched Spain vs Sweden recently at Euro 2020, you’ll likely have been impressed by Alexander Isak’s endeavour and skill. Same goes for watching LaLiga all season, really.

He has quickly been linked to Liverpool as a Roberto Firmino replacement – but take these rumours with a pinch of salt.

As Jack Lusby explains, the rumours follow hot on the heels of a local opinion piece suggesting Isak as an addition, while Dortmund have a rebuy clause at a lower price than his market value will probably be.

Perhaps we’ll sign a forward, perhaps it’ll even be Isak eventually, but these particular rumours don’t seem founded in much certainty.

Reds rumours of the day

 Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. Burnley won 1-0 ending Liverpool’s run of 68 games unbeaten at home. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Latest Liverpool FC news

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Liverpool want to raid Ajax for highly rated commercial director Menno Geelen, as they look to continue strengthening the off-pitch operations too
Euro 2020 latest

Click the link above for all Euro 2020 news regarding the Reds!

  • France are in hot water after Benjamin Pavard played on following a head injury which briefly saw him knocked out
  • Austria’s Marko Arnautovic has been suspended for one game for “insulting another player” – good job they don’t have those rules in Sunday League games
  • Paul Pogba is the latest player to remove a sponsorhip drink from his presence in the Euro press conferences – his more based on religious beliefs than nutrition, though
Latest transfer chat elsewhere

 Portugal's captain Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates the 2-0 victory over Wales during the UEFA Euro 2016 Championship Semi-Final match at the Stade de Lyon. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has been offered £17m a year to move to Man United in exchange for Paul Pogba, but the Portugal forward wants a move to PSG instead
  • Scott Parker has done such a good job getting relegated with Fulham that Bournemouth want him to keep them in the Championship too
Tweet of the day and match of the night

Lots of talk about the mobility of Neuhaus since his Liverpool link, so I had a look at some Bundesliga data.

He definitely doesn’t fit the usual mould of a runner, and that might be an understatement. pic.twitter.com/zOCSi3syY5

— Josh Williams (@DistanceCovered) June 16, 2021

Tonight’s late game is Italy, who were excellent in game one, against Switzerland and our Shaq.

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As Premier League season ticket holders (hopefully) return en masse, how much are their clubs planning to charge them?

the Athletic - Wed, 06/16/2021 - 12:00
As football starts to return to some sense of normality, with fans back for the final few games last season, and behind closed doors matches looking likely to be a thing of the past, clubs have released season ticket policies for 2021-22.

The pandemic-affected 2020-21 season was complicated, and clubs had little time to come up with a suitable policy. The majority either suspended season-ticket sales or offered some sort of option to defer or freeze tickets, and there was some backlash from supporters at certain clubs.

So what options do you have, how will you be affected if you didn’t renew last season and what can you do to protect yourself financially? We took a look.

“It’s going to be a challenging summer for clubs but in our experience supporters are very understanding of the issues they face after more than a year of behind-closed-doors games,” says the Football Supporters Association’s Harpreet Robertson.

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