'Steven Gerrard has left LFC Academy legacy'

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Steven Gerrard’s spell as Liverpool’s U18s coach has left behind a legacy, believes Academy director Alex Inglethorpe.
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'Steven Gerrard has left LFC Academy legacy'

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Steven Gerrard’s spell as Liverpool’s U18s coach has left behind a legacy, believes Academy director Alex Inglethorpe.

The Anfield legend was in charge of the young Reds side for the 2017-18 season before taking up a role as manager of Rangers this summer.

Inglethorpe feels Gerrard has ‘left his mark’ on everyone at the Academy and is confident he’ll go on to prove a success in first-team management.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "Having the opportunity to work with Steven left it's mark, not just on the players but on the staff as well.

"You see the qualities that he brings. I think we've been really lucky to have had Steven here.

"At best, I knew we would get two or possibly three years. We always knew that he would be wanted and having worked with him I can understand why. He's a natural leader.

"He's incredibly dedicated towards achieving what he wants. He's not a man who looks to cut any corners.

"He's not someone who wants to be fast-tracked. He was prepared to come into the Academy and commit in the same way as every other coach.

"I have no doubt that he's on the pathway to becoming a top manager. All he needs is time and a bit of patience from everybody.

"He's in the infancy of his journey but I'm convinced that he will succeed and achieve everything as a manager that he did as a player."

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Mario Gotze wants to join Liverpool

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Mario Gotze wants to quit Borussia Dortmund to join Liverpool, a Bundesliga expert has revealed.
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Mario Gotze wants to join Liverpool

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Mario Gotze wants to quit Borussia Dortmund to join Liverpool, a Bundesliga expert has revealed.

Lee Price, who has written two books on German football including a biography on Jurgen Klopp, understands Gotze wants to test himself in England.

And Price has revealed Gotze has TWICE considered signing for Liverpool before - only to stay in Germany.

The 26-year-old, who was left out the Germany World Cup squad, is down the pecking order at Dortmund and is keen on linking back up with Jurgen Klopp.

The pair enjoy a good relationship with Klopp the man who gave Gotze his big break in 2009.

Liverpool had targeted Nabil Fakir from Lyon but that move broke down after problems in the attacking midfielder’s medical.

"Liverpool have emerged as the favourites to sign Mario Gotze," Price told Express Sport.

"Their deal for Nabil Fekir collapsed, and the club are scraping around for alternatives - with Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri both being monitored but not convincing Jurgen Klopp.

"One man he has known and liked for a long time - and has considered signing for Liverpool on two occasions - is Mario Gotze.

"The German star is out of favour at Borussia Dortmund, and wants to test himself in England, plus would command a relatively modest fee in today’s hyperactive transfer market.

"Most Premier League clubs would take the star, but Liverpool would be his top choice, largely because of the Klopp factor - who he worked with at Dortmund.

"Klopp thinks he can revitalise the player’s career, unearth a bargain, and add strength in depth to his squad.”

Gotze scored Germany’s World Cup winning goal four years ago - then left Dortmund for Bayern Munich.

But his career hampered by fitness problems and in 2016 he completed an £18million return to Dortmund.

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Raheem Sterling on moving to Liverpool, the media and playing for England

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Former Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has spoken about moving to the Reds at 15 in an incredibly personal account of his early years in the game.

A tremendously talented young attacker when he broke through with the Reds, Sterling has since departed for Man City, where he won the Premier League last year.

Sterling hasn’t always been in favour with Reds fans due to the circumstances of his departure, but that’s nothing compared to the treatment he has received from certain sections of the media.

In a revealing interview with Players Tribune, he has opened up about his younger years which shaped his life and career, including moving to England and then on to Liverpool.

Sterling was with QPR originally, but had the chance to move north to the Reds at age 15.

 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the first goal against Southampton during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While still a young age, Sterling tells the story of how it was apparent to him that this was a key moment in his development.

But the real turning point came when I was 15. Liverpool wanted me, but it was three hours away from home. And I’ll never forget sitting my mum down and telling her that I wanted to go. I love all my friends from my neighbourhood.

They’re still my best friends in the world. But at that time, there was a lot of crime and stabbings going on, and I felt like Liverpool was a chance for me to go away and just focus on football.

In my head, I was like, O.K., this is it. My mum sacrificed her life to get me here. My sister sacrificed her life to get me here. I’m here. Let’s go.

For two years, I went ghost. You can ask my friends. When we had a day off, I’d come back to London on the train for a day to see my mum, and then it was back to Liverpool. I was shut down from the world. Just building myself up as a footballer.

While Sterling may have moved on from Merseyside, it’s clear from his interview that Anfield has made a lasting impression on one particular area in his life—his daughter.

 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the first goal against Southampton during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A title-winning winger he may be, but there’s only one wide forward being sung about in House Sterling, as he tells it.

So the other day, my daughter’s running round the house singing a little song. And her dad had just won the league with City. Just got 100 points in the league, actually. Does she care?

Haaaaa! Mate, she don’t give two Scooby-Doos about Manchester City. She’s Liverpool through and through.

She’s running through the halls like Raheem Sterling, and you know what she’s singing?

Mo Salah! Mo Salah! Mo Salah!

Runnin’ down the wing!

Salahhhhh la la la la la la la!

Egyptian king!

Can you believe that? Cold-blooded, mate.

The wide-ranging interview covers Sterling’s early growth, his move from Jamaica to England and the sacrifices his family—his mother and sister, particularly—had to make.

It really is a story of success in the face of adversity, and despite being one of the country’s key players and a template for success, he is vilified in parts of the national media.

Naturally, there’s no need to explain which part: it’s always the same, isn’t it?

That unsavoury sub-section is addressed and dismissed by Sterling, criticised as not understanding or caring to understand the motivations behind his successes, and the subsequent rewards it has brought.

 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling in action against Aston Villa during the Premier League match at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“If you grew up the same way I grew up, don’t listen to what certain tabloids want to tell you,” Sterling says.

“They just want to steal your joy. They just want to pull you down.

“I’m telling you right now…England is still a place where a naughty boy who comes from nothing can live his dream.”

The entire story is well worth a read and Sterling goes on to discuss his youth teams, school days and the culture back home in Kingston.

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Local youngsters team up with elderly residents for special workshop

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A group of local schoolchildren invited their elderly neighbours to a special interactive workshop this week, in a bid to tackle social isolation.
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Local youngsters team up with elderly residents for special workshop

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A group of local schoolchildren invited their elderly neighbours to a special interactive workshop this week, in a bid to tackle social isolation.

New Park Primary School, in Anfield, teamed up with Red Neighbours to deliver the intergenerational class, where young pupils learnt to make rag rugs and cushions and then passed on their new-found skills to their senior friends.

The project provides important social interaction for older members of the community, for whom loneliness can be a huge issue. Craft activities of this nature can also improve motor functions and slow cognitive decline in the elderly.

Support for the elderly community forms one of the key areas of focus of the Red Neighbours programme, alongside food poverty and education, encouraging a physically active community, and creating memorable experiences for young people.

Take a look at a selection of photographs from the afternoon below.

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Alexander-Arnold's World Cup support for Sadio Mane

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Trent Alexander-Arnold is hoping Sadio Mane enjoys an excellent World Cup finals with Senegal – but he hasn’t spoken to his Liverpool teammate about a potential clash with England in the tournament’s round of 16.
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Alexander-Arnold's World Cup support for Sadio Mane

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Trent Alexander-Arnold is hoping Sadio Mane enjoys an excellent World Cup finals with Senegal – but he hasn’t spoken to his Liverpool teammate about a potential clash with England in the tournament’s round of 16.

The Reds defender was on the bench as the Three Lions got their campaign up and running with a 2-1 victory over Tunisia on Monday night.

The following evening, Mane captained Senegal to a 2-1 success against Poland in Group H with Alexander-Arnold watching closely on television at England’s training base.

"I try to watch every one of my club-mates' games out here, I watched their first game and I want to see him do well,” said Liverpool’s No.66.

"It's only right we all support each other in that sense. Whenever I watch Senegal I want to see them win and the same with my other teammates.

"We're just focused on ourselves but if the time comes when we hopefully get out of the group and we play them, that's when we'll focus on it."

England and Senegal could go head-to-head in the last 16 of the World Cup depending on the final standings in their respective groups.

But it’s not something Alexander-Arnold and Mane have discussed so far, as the former explained: "We never spoke about it, there were three games we needed to get past and there's still two now.

"Until we know we might be playing each other, that's when we'll speak."

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Merseyside duo chase England star

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Everton and Liverpool have emerged as favourites to land Ruben Loftus-Cheek this summer.
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Merseyside duo chase England star

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Everton and Liverpool have emerged as favourites to land Ruben Loftus-Cheek this summer.

Loftus-Cheek admits his future at Chelsea is uncertain and that he needs to play regular games.

The England ace spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace after being told he wasn’t part of Antonio Conte’s plans for the campaign.

And with Chelsea’s managerial situation still unresolved Loftus-Cheek’s future is uncertain.

Loftus-Cheek made his Chelsea debut in 2014 but has yet to be given an extended run in the side.

But he made 25 appearances on loan at Crystal Palace last season and Roy Hodgson is keen to get him back.

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Reds identify PL centre-back trio as targets

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Liverpool are currently keeping tabs on three Premier League defenders in Jamaal Lascelles, Harry Maguire and James Tarkowski.
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Reds identify PL centre-back trio as targets

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Liverpool are currently keeping tabs on three Premier League defenders in Jamaal Lascelles, Harry Maguire and James Tarkowski.

That’s according to the Guardian.

The Reds splashed out £75million - a world-record fee for a centre-back - on Virgil van Dijk back in January and saw obvious rewards with the Dutchman in the back-line.

And now Liverpool want to recruit another defender to add more strength in depth at the back, with English trio Lascelles, Maguire and Tarkowski among their targets.

Newcastle skipper Lascelles has been linked with Chelsea and Tottenham following a terrific campaign for Rafael Benitez’s side, leading them to a solid 10th-placed finish.

The 24-year-old was even touted for a late England call-up for the World Cup, although the U21 international missed out on the squad. He made 33 Premier League appearances, scoring three goals, for the Magpies last term.

One defender who did make the Three Lions squad for Russia was Leicester City’s Maguire, who enjoyed an excellent season for the Foxes after joining from Hull City.

The towering ball-playing 25-year-old, who cost £17m just 12 months ago, started England’s opening game as they won 2-1 against Tunisia in Volgograd and even set up Harry Kane’s winning goal from a corner.

The Guardian say that Liverpool would face competition from Premier League champions Manchester City for Maguire, who would likely demand a huge transfer fee after playing all 38 league games for Leicester last term.

Another alternative who also enjoyed a strong 2017-18 season was Burnley’s Tarkowski, who made the standby list for England’s World Cup selection but pulled out through injury.

Tarkowski, also 25, excelled for Sean Dyche’s Burnley as they reached the second round of Europa League qualifying courtesy of finishing seventh in the English top-flight.

Only injury and suspension prevented Tarkowski from playing in all of Burnley’s league games last year although he still featured in 31 of 38 games and was rewarded with his international debut back in March.

Reports from the Independent last month also linking Lascelles and Tarkowski, suggested that Liverpool simply want to add extra quality at the back.

The Guardian also say that Liverpool are keen on Jack Butland of Stoke City when they resume their search for a new goalkeeper, while Paris Saint-Germain’s Alphonso Areola is also touted as a possibility.

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Henderson backs ‘brilliant’ Oxlade-Chamberlain to come back even better

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s attitude and application will enable him to return from injury stronger.
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Henderson backs ‘brilliant’ Oxlade-Chamberlain to come back even better

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s attitude and application will enable him to return from injury stronger.

Liverpool’s No.21 saw his impressive first season at Anfield cruelly cut short when he sustained knee ligament damage during the Reds’ Champions League semi-final tie with AS Roma in April.

But captain Jordan Henderson is certain that Oxlade-Chamberlain has the mental and physical capabilities to pick up where he left off once he is fit again.

“That was disappointing for us as a team because Ox has been brilliant all season,” Henderson says of his teammate's setback on LFC’s official 2017-18 end-of-season DVD.

“He’s came in and I think he’s put in some brilliant performances and you can see how the fans have took to him straight away. [He’s] brilliant to have around in the dressing room, he’s a big character and he’ll be missed over the time that he’s out, definitely. 

“But I know that he’ll be back as soon as he can and as strong as he can, because that’s the type of person he is. He’s always positive, even now when he’s injured he comes in with a smile on his face and he’s always joking around and laughing. 

“It’s amazing to see, really, because of where he is at the minute and he’s got a pretty long journey ahead of him to recover, but I’m sure he’ll attack that. 

“He’s got brilliant people around him and helping him, and the lads will help him as much as they can throughout that journey. I’ve got no doubt he’ll be back as soon as he can and he’ll be even better when he’s back.”

LFC’s official end-of-season DVD includes exclusive interviews with Henderson, Jürgen Klopp and many more.

To pre-order your copy now, click here.

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World Cup star sends exciting transfer message

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RB Leipzig and Sweden star Emil Forsberg has declared he is ready to join a big club this summer.
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Lovren immaculate, Argentina a shambles & France unconvincing – World Cup talking points

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Argentina were hideously bad in their latest World Cup setback on Thursday, but Dejan Lovren‘s impressive form continued.

Another three matches lay tantalisingly in front of us on Thursday, as the group stage slowly begins to reach its business end.

Australia and Denmark earned a share of the spoils first up, France edged out Peru and Argentina were humbled by a buoyant Croatia side.

As usual, there were talking points galore.

The Good

Imagine being told back in October that Lovren would be bossing it at a World Cup and keeping Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo quiet in the space of a month.

It has been quite a turnaround in fortunes for the likeable centre-back since his nightmare away to Tottenham and he was excellent as Croatia humiliated Argentina 3-0.

That’s back-to-back clean-sheets for Lovren and his teammates this summer, and they are a definite dark horse at this tournament.

 Croatia's Luka Modric during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Qualifying Group A match against Wales at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by Kieran McManus/Propaganda)

There is a lovely balance to the team, especially in midfield, where Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic cut an imperious duo, not to mention the more unsung Marcelo Brozovic.

Speaking of the ever-majestic Modric, his 25-yard strike that made it 2-0 was another cracker at this World Cup.

Dejan Lovren is loving life in the Croatia changing room after that win over Argentina #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/aZ3A9e5ZoZ

— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) June 21, 2018

If Modric is an ex-Spurs hero, one of their current superstars, Christian Eriksen, didn’t allow him to take all the limelight.

The Dane’s wonderful half-volleyed finish with his weaker left foot put Denmark 1-0 up against Australia, before VAR allowed Mile Jedinak to equalise from the penalty spot.

The Bad

Brilliant from Modric but in all the years of watching Argentina I can’t remember them ever having such a poor side.

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 21, 2018

Let’s dedicate this entire section to Argentina, shall we?

Lionel Messi and his hapless teammates kicked off at 7pm in the UK, at the exact same time I was starting an hour of 7-a-side.

My team suffered badly in the heat after a reasonable start, but as the minutes ticked by, we eventually conceded three goals in as many minutes, all of which were walked into the net in embarrassingly easy fashion.

As I raced back for the second-half of the Argentina game, I was not expecting to sit down and see them resemble my unfit, disinterested bunch.

In fact, they were even worse, and Rakitic’s clincher in the dying minutes was painfully easy.

One lad during my game had a shot that was so wayward the ball almost rolled into a sports hall 50 yards away – he would have been a star man for Argentina, such was their ineptitude.

You have to feel for Messi, who cut a disconsolate figure all evening, and his country are perilously close to a galling group stage exit.

The Feeble France

 France head coach Didier Deschamps before the international friendly match between France and Wales at the Stade de France. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

France were tipped by many to win the World Cup, due to their team being littered with world-class attacking talent.

After a limp 2-1 win over Australia in their opening match, Didier Deschamps’ men were hoping to produce a more flamboyant showing against Peru.

Barring the odd smattering of class involving Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud, Les Bleus were not impressive in the slightest, though, and the media back home will still be deeply unimpressed.

Mbappe’s fortunate goal settled matters, but Peru had every right to feel a little hard by. Much like Egypt, they have exited the World Cup in sad fashion.

France won’t be lifting the Jules Rimet trophy for the first time in 20 years unless they improve drastically.

Pundit of the Day – Pablo Zabaleta

 Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta in action against Liverpool during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

I’m giving this to Pablo Zabaleta for one reason – he looked so devastated in the BBC studio after Argentina lost that he could do with a pick-me-up.

This accolade will no doubt do him the world of good.

Friday’s matches

 Brazil's Roberto Firmino during an international friendly between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Roberto Firmino‘s Brazil are back in action on Friday, although manager Tite has confirmed that Gabriel Jesus will again start up front again against Costa Rica. No idea why.

Nigeria face Iceland in what is a huge game for Argentina – they will be praying Iceland don’t win – and the evening entertainment sees Marko Grujic‘s Serbia take on Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri’s Switzerland.

Brazil vs. Costa Rica (Group E) – 1pm – ITV
Prediction: 3-0

Nigeria vs. Iceland (Group D) – 4pm – BBC
Prediction: 2-2

Serbia vs. Switzerland (Group E) – 7pm – BBC
Prediction: 1-0

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Jordan Henderson, the sideways passing myth and his role for Liverpool and England

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 21/06/2018 - 23:15

Despite 280 appearances across seven years for Liverpool, Jordan Henderson remains a player who still very much splits opinion among the fan base.

The debate around Henderson is amplified to an even greater extent on the international scene, as his performances for England tend to draw extreme reactions from fans of other clubs, regardless of how well he actually plays.

There appears to be a somewhat fixed opinion for many people that Henderson lacks the quality to be England’s first choice central midfielder — and for many Liverpool fans, he’s a player who should be upgraded upon in terms of the starting XI.

All-change under Klopp

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates his side's 4-2 victory (6-3 on aggregate) with captain Jordan Henderson during the UEFA Champions League Play-Off 2nd Leg match between Liverpool and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Undoubtedly, the past few years under Jurgen Klopp have not been easy going for Henderson, with a chronic heel injury severely limiting his game time and consistency.

Under the German’s management, he has also undergone a significant positional transition into a holding midfielder, rather than the all-action, box-to-box role he fulfilled under Brendan Rodgers.

It’s easy to forget just how integral Henderson was to Liverpool’s title challenge in 2013/14 and how much the side suffered in his absence following his suspension against Man City at the back end of that season.

The following campaign, he went on to record an impressive 14 assists and seven goals, despite a disappointing season for the team overall.

Since taking on the captaincy role from Steven Gerrard in 2015, there have been recurrent questions around his leadership credentials. Much of that, however, stems from the fact that his predecessor was arguably the greatest player in Liverpool’s history and set a standard which was impossible to maintain.

 Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring the second goal against Manchester City during the Premiership match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s unfair to measure Henderson against such a legendary figure, as he is a different player in his own right.

Throughout the first half of 16/17, Henderson grew into the No. 6 role and began to demonstrate his ability to dictate games from a deeper position. Using his mobility and intelligence to shield the defence, he also provided a solid base to allow Liverpool’s more attacking players to flourish from.

Although perhaps not his natural role, Henderson has undoubtedly matured under Klopp both as a player and as a captain.

He demonstrated this throughout the 17/18 campaign, with standout performances against Porto, Man City and Roma, as he led his side by example to the Champions League final.

From a leadership perspective, it’s clear to see how Liverpool’s players look up to Henderson and respect him as a senior figure, and he’s often seen directing his team-mates where to be on the field.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Additionally, it’s clear he has been offering advice to guide younger players like Trent Alexander-Arnold through games, as well as being the most likely player to get in the referee’s ear when he feels necessary.

You only have to listen to how he speaks in his post-match interviews, or the way in which he went out of his way to make sure the players celebrated with the Sean Cox banner in front of the away supporters in Rome, to see how Henderson understands and embodies the values of the club.

He might not be Gerrard, but all he does is about putting the team first, and in that sense, he’s everything you would want a Liverpool captain to be.

Multiple roles in one

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st leg match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC on Valentine's Day at the Estádio do Dragão. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In terms of his role in the side, Henderson’s job is an extremely demanding one as it is largely his responsibility to provide defensive cover in midfield—while also allowing the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah to play with such freedom.

Not only does Henderson read the game well and make important tackles and interceptions to break up play, he is also tasked with setting the tempo and keeping the ball moving quickly through the midfield.

This is a role he performs better than any other midfielder at the club, or for his country.

A common criticism levelled at Henderson is that he plays far too safe on the ball, only passing sideways or backwards rather than making incisive forward passes.

Yet you only have to watch him on a weekly basis for Liverpool — or for England against Tunisia — to see how this narrative doesn’t hold up in reality.

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In England’s opening World Cup game against Tunisia, Henderson was one of the standout performers for Gareth Southgate’s side, selected to start as the lone holding midfielder in a 3-3-2-2 set-up.

He played several exceptional, pinpoint, long-range forward passes to create dangerous attacking situations, and had a superbly struck 25-yard volley well saved.

He also provided energy and drive from midfield throughout the game as England chased a late winner.

All midfielders pass sideways and backwards, as it’s an inherent part of the job.

What Henderson does well is to wait for the right opportunity to play an ambitious forward ball, rather than aimlessly firing long passes at any opportunity in the vague hope of finding a team-mate.

The likes of Frank Lampard, Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand all rightly praised Henderson’s performance.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

And yet, the bizarre phenomenon of England fans still criticising him was evident all over Twitter after the game, despite having fulfilled his role in the side to very good effect.

Henderson has surely cemented his place as England’s first-choice midfielder for the remaining two groups games, ahead of Tottenham’s Eric Dier.

He was able to replicate the kind of form he showed for Liverpool at the back end of last season on the international stage, where he has struggled to do so at times in the past.

Anfield future

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson after the 4-0 victory over Arsenal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Regarding his future at Liverpool, Henderson faces greater competition for his starting spot than he has done in a long time following the arrival of Fabinho from Monaco; the Brazilian is widely regarded as one of the best specialist defensive midfielders in Europe.

While Henderson has performed the anchoring role admirably, it is not his most comfortable position and there have been occasions where his lack of natural defensive instincts have been exposed.

Such competition is only healthy, however, and those assuming that Fabinho’s arrival will signal the end of Henderson’s time as a regular starter at Liverpool might be in for a surprise.

As Klopp demonstrated with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andy Robertson last season, he is not afraid to be patient with new signings and gradually ease them into the side, using time on the training ground to allow them to adapt to Liverpool’s style of play and the role he demands from them.

Given the complexity of playing the No. 6 role in this Liverpool side, it’s quite possible that Fabinho might also be slowly integrated rather than immediately thrown in as first-choice.

Meanwhile, Henderson’s experience and know-how will still most likely see him start a significant number of games in that role.

As Fabinho settles in, Klopp will also have the option of potentially fielding Henderson in a more advanced role.

From there, he is able to break forward and use his energy and creativity in the final third, rather than operating in a more disciplined role at the base of the midfield.

The arrival of Naby Keita could also provide a very different type of option in that deeper role in certain games.

The £52 million signing from Leipzig—although more likely to play the majority of games further forward—has the ability to turn and dribble past opponents from deeper areas, in a way which isn’t part of Henderson’s game.

Tactical options

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp jokes with captain Jordan Henderson after the 4-1 victory over Leicester City during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There might also be occasions where Klopp deploys more of a 4-2-3-1 shape, as he did against Brighton in the final game of last season, in which he may opt to use a double-pivot.

Henderson alongside Fabinho would provide enough defensive cover to allow the boss to effectively field four attackers in front of them.

There were occasions last season where the combination of Henderson, James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum lacked variety and guile as a unit, despite their excellent energy and work ethic.

Therefore, having the contrasting skillsets of Fabinho and Keita to complement the existing midfield options, will give Klopp much more scope to find the right balance of creativity and solidity in his midfield set up.

At the age of 28, Henderson is one of the few experienced figures in this youthful Liverpool squad, having played in multiple cup finals and international tournaments throughout his career.

From everything you hear from Klopp and the players, he’s a highly influential and universally well-liked figure in and around Melwood—a role which supporters don’t get to see first hand.

Henderson will remain an important part of Liverpool’s squad for the foreseeable future.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates after the 7-6 aggregate victory over AS Roma during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match between AS Roma and Liverpool FC at the Stadio Olimpico. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While in the long run, the likes of Fabinho and Keita will be expected to form an integral part of Liverpool’s evolving midfield in seasons to come, there remains a very important role for Henderson next season, as these new arrivals bed in.

He can be expected to start a significant number of games as a result.

Both for club and country, he remains a player vastly underrated by many, but trusted and admired by team-mates, managers and experts working within the game.

Although not world class by any means—and not without his flaws—Henderson is a far better midfielder than he is often given credit for.

While his place in the Liverpool side will come under greater pressure than ever before with the arrivals of Fabinho and Keita, he will nonetheless continue to be an important figure for club and country for some time to come.

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Liverpool fans have mixed reaction to Emre Can finally joining Juventus

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 21/06/2018 - 23:14

Emre Can has finally joined Juventus after months of flirting with them and Liverpool supporters have been reacting to the news.

There has been an inevitability about the German moving to the Serie A champions for months now, and on Thursday he officially became a Juventus player.

It brings an end to four seasons at Anfield for the 24-year-old, during which time he often appeared to be a divisive figure.

His potential is great, though, and while Can’s ability to blow hot and cold was infuriating, losing him is a blow for the Reds.

Here’s the best of the fan reactions to the news on social media.

Supporters had mixed feelings about Can’s reasons for leaving, with his vast earnings seemingly key:

Anyone wondering why Emre Can left @LFC for Juventus: he will be earning a minimum £11m a year for the first two years of a four year contract in Italy. That's £220,000 a week, which would have made him Liverpool's highest earner. By some distance.

— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) June 21, 2018

€16m sign on fee. €220k per week. Live in beautiful Turin. Slower, less aggressive (physically less demanding) league. Play in his preferred position. Massively historic, successful club.

I don’t blame Emre Can one little bit. He’s not an LFC fan. Owes us nothing really.

— Graeme Kelly (@GraemeKelly1) June 21, 2018

£14 million signing on fee for Emre Can at Juve, blimey. His agent has pulled an absolute blinder there.

— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) June 21, 2018

Looks like Emre Can is getting a €16 million signing on fee. Fair play to him!

— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) June 21, 2018

Emre Can getting a 16m EUR signing-on fee is the latest evidence to re-inforce my theory that 98% of pro footballers are motivated only by money

— Dan Kennett (@DanKennett) June 21, 2018

All these “fair play” to Emre Can posts.

I’m sorry but I won’t praise anyone who runs down their contract & LFC lose out on a potential £35m+ asset.

He’s chosen money – his life, his choice.

I’m not praising him for it though.

— LFC4LIFE (@LFC4LIFENET) June 21, 2018

Emre Can said it wasn’t about money.

Emre Can takes a £14m signing on fee from Juventus.

Never took to the guy. Never felt like his heart was with the club.

Only disappointment is that we don’t get a transfer fee.

— Olé (@Ole_LFC) June 21, 2018

People saying "Emre Can moved for money" yeah he probably did, same reason we move jobs.. he's not an LFC fan and he's moving to Turin, earning 220k a week and getting a 16 mil sign on bonus

I'm no way an Emre fanboy but leave it out will ya

— Marty Sikora (@marty_sikora) June 21, 2018

While some were upset to see Can depart Anfield, others were unaffected by the news:

Emre Can. Hype in a haircut. Don't care.

— Karl (@TheCenci) June 21, 2018

Some fans seem more upset that Jon Flanagan has left rather than Emre Can. Bizarre.

— Kloppite (@PeteKopite) June 21, 2018

Wish Emre Can farewell for going to Juventus, on his day he was one of our best midfielders but never a consistent starter for us at his time. Always greatful for his vital goal against Watford which got us top 4 last year. Pleasure for his service at the club, danke Emre!

— Samue (@VintageSalah) June 21, 2018

See you then Emre. Never as bad as half the people said, never as good as the rest said. Capable of brilliant performances, capable of utter dross. He’s got his move, we’ve got Keita and Fabinho. C’est la vie

— Ste Davies (@StevenD1977) June 21, 2018

Emre Can has finally arrived in Turin.

Juventus fans, if you think that was slow – wait until you see him play.

— Paul (@Kolology) June 21, 2018

“Good luck to the lad, gave us everything he had until the day he left. He wanted a new challenged and dealt with things the right way.”

Daniel Wade on Facebook.

“To be honest, on review I’ve got a lot of respect for him. He knew Klopp is buying several better players than him, and has moved to a league more suited to his pace.”

Andrevv VVagner on Facebook.

All the best, Emre.

When you were good you were amazing, but when you were bad you were almost unwatchable.

— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) June 21, 2018

Emre Can divides opinions. Very good young player. Still. Overrated. People say he’s young. Fine. The thing is. There’s so many youngsters in world football, who are far younger than him and are better. That’s the whole point with him.

— Timmy Robson (@WaveyTimz277) June 21, 2018

Emre Can was underrated he’ll be a big miss for Liverpool ?

— Luke Honan (@LukeHonanLFC) June 21, 2018

Oh, look. Emre Can taking way too long to finish a move. Shocked.

— NTX (@NTXabi) June 21, 2018

See Juve have confirmed Emre Can ? pic.twitter.com/Hxuqe2rJ0n

— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) June 21, 2018

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Lovren's Croatia beat Argentina to advance at World Cup

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 21/06/2018 - 23:00
Dejan Lovren's Croatia qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup by defeating Argentina 3-0 on Thursday evening.
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