Georginio Wijnaldum bagged both goals for Netherlands in their 2-1 win at Belarus in Euro 2020 qualifying on Sunday evening.
The Liverpool midfielder opened the scoring with a 31st-minute header in Minsk and doubled the advantage with a rising thump from distance into the top corner before half-time.
Belarus struck back shortly after the interval but the Dutch held firm for three points, with Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk playing the full 90 minutes of the tie.
There was victory for Andy Robertson, too, the Reds left-back captaining Scotland to a 6-0 rout of San Marino in their qualifier at Hampden Park.
Fabinho and Roberto Firmino were both involved as Brazil played out a second successive 1-1 draw in their friendly double-header in Singapore.
Nigeria were the opposition on Sunday, with Firmino starting the game and featuring for just over an hour and Fabinho entering the action for the final 10 minutes.
Divock Origi remained on the bench as already-qualified Belgium registered a 2-0 win at Kazakhstan in Euro 2020 qualifying.
On Saturday, Curtis Jones made a substitute appearance for England U19s in their 4-2 victory over Belgium in Marbella.
Melissa Lawley netted her first goal in a red shirt as Liverpool FC Women played out a 1-1 draw with Bristol City FC Women at Prenton Park on Sunday.
It was a welcome first point of the season in the Women’s Super League for Vicky Jepson’s side following three straight defeats.
The away side had taken the lead in fortunate circumstances when a cross from Ebony Salmon found its way into the net, but Lawley kept her cool to equalise from the penalty spot.
Jepson’s side made a bright start to the game with Lawley, Niamh Charles and Jess Clarke causing plenty of problems for Bristol City while Rhiannon Roberts was dominating the midfield displaying superb battling qualities.
However, it was against the run of play when the visitors took the lead after 15 minutes.
Salmon found space on the right flank and her attempted cross flew over the head of Anke Preuss and into the top corner of the net.
A minute later the lead could easily have been doubled when a mix-up between Leighanne Robe and Niamh Fahey let in Salmon who could only send her effort into the side netting.
The Reds came so close to levelling the scores on 21 minutes and what a goal it could have been. Lawley beat three or four defenders down the left and as she cut inside her attempted curler seemed destined for the top corner, only for Sophie Baggaley to produce a magnificent save to keep it out.
Five minutes later Clarke came close to replicating Bristol City’s opener when he cross from the right sailed just over the top.
Just after the restart Jepson’s side went close again when a Jade Bailey corner from the right was just cleared after a scramble in the six-yard box.
On 69 minutes Jepson made an inspired change when Rinsola Babajide replaced Sweetman-Kirk.
Within a minute of her introduction she won her side a penalty. Clarke did brilliantly to hold the ball up and when it came to Babajide down the left she sped beyond full-back Loren Dykes who left a trailing leg and a penalty kick was awarded.
Lawley, who featured for England in midweek, stepped up to draw the Reds level with her first goal in a red shirt.
Babajide was causing Bristol City plenty of problems down the left with her direct style and willingness to run at defenders.
On 75 minutes the Reds No.20 beat Dykes down the left and her inviting cross was hacked away from the goalline by ex-Red Jasmine Matthews.
Try as they might, Jepson’s charges couldn’t find a winning goal but there are plenty of positives for the manager to take from this encouraging performance.
Liverpool FC Women: Preuss, Jane, Robe, Roberts, Fahey, Bradley-Auckland, Clarke, Bailey, Sweetman-Kirk (Babajide, 69), Charles (Hodson, 86), Lawley.
Subs not used: Kitching, Murray, Linnett, Purfield.
For this Liverpool FC season review, we journey back to the summer of 1977. The monarch has sat on the throne for 25 years, and Liverpool is festooned in Union Jack bunting and happily celebrates the milestone. This is Merseyside before Thatcher, when it’s people regarded themselves as both Scouse and English.
Roads have been closed to allow parties to take place in the streets, and life feels good. For supporters of the Reds, there’s another reason to celebrate, their team are Kings of Europe. Life feels glorious.
From the moment Bill Shankly stepped foot on Anfield soil, he had dreamed of turning the club into a ‘Bastion of invincibility’ with European conquest high on his agenda. He’d go agonisingly close in 1965, before some dubious refereeing in Italy denied his Reds side a place in the final.
He would eventually win the UEFA Cup in 1973, and in doing so he had cemented Liverpool’s love affair with European football. He would surely have looked on with immense pride as his protege, Paisley, delivered the continents top prize in 1977, beating Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 in Rome. Bob had fulfilled his mentors promise and the Reds were Kings of Europe.
As a beaming Emlyn Hughes greeted the press with a smile as bright as the Cup he was holding, he was asked “how do you top that?”
“Win it again,” came his emphatic reply. The gauntlet had been thrown down to the rest of Europe and his teammates. Liverpool would not be surrendering their crown easily.
However, if they were to retain the cup, they would have to do it without their talismanic striker, Kevin Keegan. ‘King Kev’ had left for Hamburg in July. In doing so, he broke many a young Red’s heart, including my own.
Paisley, though, was a master in the transfer market. He had a keen eye for what he believed was the archetypal Liverpool player, and throughout his nine-year reign he would replace one seemingly indispensable star after the other. This was one of his many talents, and it ensured almost total domination of English and European football throughout his tenure.A new King, Kenny
In the summer of 1977, Bob would head to Glasgow Celtic and return to Anfield with one Kenny Dalglish. I need not tell you how significant that signing was. With the benefit of hindsight, we all know it was inspired and possibly the greatest in the club’s history.
However, as a measure of Paisley’s true genius at talent spotting, Bob knew how important it was back then, when some of us thought Keegan was irreplaceable. He reportedly instructed club officials to make a hasty exit before the Glasgow club changed their minds after he had secured the signing of Dalglish for £440,000, a fee he described as “robbery with menace.”
Kenny would make his debut in Charity Shield, a 0-0 draw with Manchester United. Despite him not scoring, supporters would see enough in that game to recognise that Liverpool had signed another star though.
The season got underway amidst turbulent times. The far-right National Front had attempted a number of marches across the country, only to be met with fierce counter-demonstrations in London and Birmingham. In sport, cricketer Geoffrey Boycott hit his 100th century and Ron Greenwood became the England manager. Meanwhile, Liverpool Football Club marched on.
The Reds eased through their first 12 games of the season, winning eight, drawing three and losing only one. That was a stinging 2-0 defeat to Man United at Old Trafford. It was a result that left Liverpool fourth in the table, a single point behind the then leaders, Manchester City.
October brought a return of the European Cup to Anfield, and the reigning champions would kick off their defence against Dynamo Dresden. The game got underway at 7.30pm, under the floodlights, and with just under 40,000 inside the stadium, Liverpool proceeded to wipe the floor with the German side.
In the 14th minute it was a young centre back, Alan Hansen, who opened the scoring with a header from a John Toshack corner. It was his first goal for the club, and he would later admit that he had intended to put it to the keeper’s right, but it had gone the opposite direction. It didn’t matter, he had scored and the Reds were off and running.
Hansen, who had signed from Partick Thistle the season before, would go on to win eight league titles, two FA Cups, three League Cups and three European Cups for the Reds. However, in a glittering career that spanned fourteen years and 620 games, he scored just eight goals. He sometimes joked that he would get a nosebleed if he crossed the halfway line. Hansen, or ‘Jockey’ as he was nicknamed, was a supreme defender – arguably one of the best the club has ever seen – and though he didn’t score too many, he certainly kept a lot out.
Liverpool won the game 5-1, thanks to a brace from Jimmy Case, a Phil Neal penalty and Ray Kennedy hit the fifth. The final would be contested at Wembley in 1978, and the Reds had taken their first decisive step towards the capital.
Writing in the Daily Mirror, Frank McGhee described Liverpool as ‘powerful and wonderful.’ He singled out John Toshack in particular, who he said had destroyed the concentration of the Dresden defenders.
Paisley took a lot of praise also, for his ‘master-stroke of planning.’ Knowing that the East German champions would try to stifle the Reds attack with a tight marking game, Paisley had thrown Toshack, who was a giant of a player, into the mix. The Welshman would be playing his first game since March 76, but his contribution was pivotal, in unsettling the Dresden back line and creating the space for others to run amok.
The second leg, however, was far from comfortable. Liverpool lost the game 2-1, with Steve Heighway grabbing one for the Reds in the second half, after they had fallen two behind to a goal either side of half time. Dresden, with home advantage and playing in front of a fiercely partisan crowd, put the men from Anfield under enormous pressure.
Michael Charters, writing in the Liverpool Echo, described how he had never seen the Reds under so much intense bombardment, saying that not since the UEFA Cup final in 1973, had they had such a hammering. He singled out Ray Clemence, whose saves prevented the East Germans from completing a historic comeback.
The tie finished 6-3 on aggregate. It may look comfortable on paper, but it had been far from it.
Sandwiched in the middle of the two legs, were three games against Everton and Manchester City. Liverpool’s league form was beginning to unravel. They played out a dull goalless derby stalemate, in which both sets of defenders had the upper hand. Then came a tough visit to early pace-setters, Manchester City.
Mick Channon, Brian Kidd and Joe Royle hit City’s three goals and David Fairclough registered a solitary consolation for the Reds on a miserable day. Liverpool were now in second place, but the cracks were starting to show.
At the halfway stage of the season, after a Boxing day draw away to Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest, the Reds had slumped to fourth in the table. They had won 10, drawn six and lost five of their opening 21 games. Forest were now top of the table and that’s were they’d be at the end of the season. Liverpool would have to be content with a runner up spot.European Royalty
However, in December – just as it was at the end of the season – Europe would prove to be Liverpool’s salvation.
After beating Dresden in November, they would have to wait until March to contest the Quarter Final stage. Before that, the Reds would face Kevin Keegan’s SV Hamburg in the European Super Cup Final in December.
The two-legged contest would prove to be a nightmare return to Anfield for Keegan. The German side gave a creditable performance in the first leg, in front of a home crowd of just 16,000. They had even taken the lead, only for David Fairclough to grab an equaliser. Still, the UEFA Cup winners had held the champions of Europe – not for long.
The second leg saw Keegan’s side humiliated at Anfield. The Reds trounced them 6-0. The Daily Mirror describes their performance as ’emphatic – almost arrogant.’ Who could argue with that? The Reds roared into Hamburg, and with the Kop at its majestic best they tore the German side to shreds.
Terry McDermott, in particular, put in a stellar performance, smashing three goals which included two scored in the space of a minute, in a devastating blitz that saw Liverpool go 4-0 up in the 56th minute. The icing was applied to the Reds sumptuous cake with another mesmerising brace in the 86th and 88th minutes. Fairclough and Dalglish adding the gloss to an already gleaming performance.
Keegan hadn’t known what hit him, and Liverpool had added another piece of silverware to the cabinet.
For McDermott, this had been a watershed moment in his Liverpool career. After spending much of his time out wide, he had been moved into a more central role, due to injuries elsewhere. It would be a position he would master for the rest of his Reds career, allowing him to launch raid after raid from the middle of the park and score 81 times for the Reds.
Despite their struggles on the league front, Liverpool were marching on in both Europe and the League Cup. They went out of the FA Cup in the third round, though, after a 4-2 defeat to Chelsea, but by February they had secured their place in the final of the League Cup thanks to victory over Arsenal.
The Reds would once again face Nottingham Forest at Wembley. Before that though, a couple of key moments in Liverpool history would play out. The first came in a home game against Manchester United.The Scottish Spine
Liverpool won 3-1, but the game was marked by a debut goal for new signing Graeme Souness. The tough Scot had been signed from Middlesborough in January 1978. He would go on to become part of an all-Scottish spine withHansen and Dalglish, and they would conquer all before them.
Bill Shankly once said, “If you’ve got three Scottish players in your side, you’ve got a chance. Any more, and you’ve got a problem.” Kenny Dalglish later quipped, “I used to look around the dressing room at Jockey and Souness and think, ‘we’re the master race’. Then in walked Steve Nicol.”
In the game against United, in February, Souness would stamp his mark on Liverpool’s midfield and grab his debut goal. He would have a far bigger contribution to make this season, but scoring against United in front of almost 50,000 people isn’t a bad start.
The second significant moment came when Liverpool travelled to Lisbon in the Quarter Final of the European Cup. The game took place on the 1st March, and the Reds were given the sternest of tests by the Portuguese Champions. The weather was awful and rain pelted the pitch, creating conditions more reminiscent of English football than a tie on the continent.
It may have been a game played in the iconic Stadium of Light, but the pitch was a mud bath and the Reds had to summon all their reserves of character and resilience to get through the game. At one point the weather was so bad, it looked like the game would be abandoned.
Benfica took the lead in the 13th minute and for a moment doubt flickered for the European Champions. Was the Quarter Final a step too far, could they really go on and be the first English club to successfully defend their crown?
The answer came in the form of Jimmy Case and Emlyn Hughes. In the 37th minute, Liverpool won a free-kick outside the Benfica penalty area. With the rain beating down and the Scouser facing a river of mud and defensive wall in front of him, he shaped up to test the keeper.
He put the ball through the wall and it flew straight into the net. The Reds were level. In the second half they battled away and in what the Liverpool Echo called a performance of remarkable character. Hughes grabbed Liverpool’s second decisive goal in the 72nd minute and, with that he gave everyone associated with the club the belief that they could go all the way.
The second leg saw Liverpool coast to a 4-1 win. The goals came courtesy of Ian Callaghan, Dalglish, McDermott and Phil Neal. Only Borussia Monchengladbach stood in the way of another European Cup Final in successive seasons.
Before that though, the Reds would face Nottingham Forest in the League Cup Final. Eventual league champions, Forest, were emerging as serious rivals for Liverpool. Brian Clough had fashioned a tough side and they would give Liverpool a stern test at Wembley on the 18th March 1978.
The omens looked good for Liverpool, as Clough had been unable to field his first choice Keeper, Peter Shilton, who was cup-tied. Instead he opted for 18-year-old Chris Woods. The Reds couldn’t find a way through though, despite a McDermott goal being ruled out for handball. The ball seemed to hist his shoulder, but the referee wasn’t having it, and the tie was eventually taken to a replay at Old Trafford four days later.
Paisley’s men lost 1-0 thanks to a John Robertson penalty in the 53rd minute. Liverpool players raged as the foul that led to the spot-kick appeared to be outside the box, and Tommy Smith was particularly cutting about the referee at full time, declaring that he should be shot for his error.
There was even more controversy in the tie, when Callaghan received his first and only booking in a career that spanned 18 years and 857 appearances. Even Forest defender, and Scouser, Peter Withe seemed to plead with the referee not to give the booking. It was a miserable day in the capital for the men in red, but they would experience entirely the opposite emotions in the same place, less than a month later.Wembley For No.2
Liverpool would return to Wembley for another European Cup Final on the 10th May 1978. They had got there thanks to the away goal rule, in a two-legged semi-final against Borussia Monchengladbach. Having lost the first leg 2-1, the Reds won the home match 3-0. Their opponents would be Belgian Champions, Club Brugge.
As games go, it was far from being a classic. However, with the stadium packed to the rafters with 92,5000 in attendance and Liverpool supporters vastly outnumbering their opponents, the game erupted into life in the 65th minute.
Brugge had come to stifle Liverpool and had shown very little ambition throughout the game. The Reds had looked frustrated at times, but the red throng in the stands, a sea of colour and waves of noise had never given up.
The ball fell to Souness, who played a delightful ball to Dalglish. With the goalie rushing out and committing himself early, Kenny dinked the ball over him.
The Scotsman didn’t even wait to see if it had hit the net, knowing his strike had been perfect, he immediately rushed off towards the jubilant Liverpool supporters behind the goal.
He may have given his manager palpitations as he vaulted the advertising boards, but nobody among those delirious fans will ever forget what would become his trademark goal celebration. Arms outstretched and a grin as wide as the Mersey, Kenny had become a King.
Liverpool saw out the game, and Emlyn Hughes would lift his second European Cup in as many seasons. The Reds were the undisputed masters. And, although they had slipped a notch domestically, nobody could hold a candle to them on the biggest stages.
The homecoming was epic, with reports putting the numbers in excess of 500,000. This was a season of such significance. Paisley had built another all-conquering team with a spine as rock-solid as any, he had cemented his place in football history – becoming the first Englishman to retain Europe’s biggest prize. And, he had replaced one club legend with another, ensuring Liverpool’s domination of English and continental football continued without pausing for breath.
Players like Hansen, Souness and Dalglish were formidable and are rightly praised for lighting up Liverpool in the 70s and 80s. However, let us never forget that the man who found them, put them together and provided them with the stage to weave their magic, was Bob Paisley. The man Roy Evans called a ‘humble genius,’ and who an emerging rival – Brian Clough – called the ‘Frank Sinatra of football.’Liverpool FC, 1977-78
Manager: Bob Paisley
Captain: Emlyn Hughes
Top Scorer: Kenny Dalglish (31 all comps)
Most Appearances: Kenny Dalglish, Phil Neal (62 all comps)
Total games: 62
Games won: 35
Games drawn: 14
Games lost: 13
Clean sheets – league: 23
Clean sheets – overall: 32
Total goals: 104
Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher were back in Liverpool red on Saturday as they lined up for the Legends team against Glasgow Rangers.
There was the very strange sight of Gerrard in blue as he played the final 10 minutes for the team he is now manager of in Scotland, with Liverpool the 3-2 winners.
The match provided a chance for former Reds’ players to meet up again and, of course, there was plenty to discuss about the current Liverpool side.
“I always think they’re going to win,” said Gerrard. “No matter who they’re playing against, whether it’s in the Champions League or whether it’s a top-of-the-table clash, I always fancy Liverpool as favourites now.
“With the front three and the form they’re in, they are unplayable at times.
“Obviously Van Dijk has been a really big [piece] of the jigsaw, the ‘keeper, and the rest around them are not bad either!
“They are great to watch and it’s brilliant from a fan point of view to see them sitting top of the league.
“But I’m sure Jurgen is thinking the same thing as me: take the next game as it comes, keep pushing and try to win your next one.”
That next one for Liverpool is the small matter of a trip to Old Trafford next Sunday – a ground that the Reds have not won at since March 2014, a match which saw Gerrard score two penalties.
A player who will be for that fixture will be the Reds’ top scorer this season, Sadio Mane.
The Senegalese frontman has eight goals so far in all competitions, following on from 26 last season. The No.10 has a huge admirer in the shape of Carragher.
“Mane, probably along with Raheem Sterling, [is] possibly the best left winger in the world,” praised Carra.
“I absolutely love him, he’s my favourite player at the club. He’s brilliant, he’s always got a smile on his face, always there, always gets knocked about, gets goals, setting others up.
“He’s the one who came in at the very start under Klopp, his first real big signing, and I think ever since then he’s just been getting better and better. He’s just a machine.”
Carragher and Gerrard both speak just like us supporters. Mane is the key player at the moment and brilliant to watch.
Occupying that left side of attack, Mane is a player Liverpool could have done with during Gerrard and Carragher’s time.
“I always talk about the teams I played in never possibly had, say, a John Barnes, that world-class wide player,” says Carragher. “But I think Liverpool have got that now.
“I think that’s what’s making the difference why they are so good and look in a great position to hopefully go on and win the first Premier League.
“If you start comparing people like Sadio Mane to John Barnes then that shows how well he’s doing.”
Thomas Muller could leave Bayern Munich and some Liverpool supporters have suggested that Anfield would make an ideal destination. We put this to the debate.
“If the coaching staff see me as a sub in the future, I will have to think about my situation. I’m too ambitious to not do that,” Muller said recently, having found himself on the bench at Bayern in recent weeks – mostly due to the arrival and form of Philippe Coutinho.
The versatile attacker, who turned 30 in August, has a contract the Bavarians until 2021.
With a general consensus among Liverpool supporters that the area in which they could improve their squad being in attack beyond the majestic front three, should Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds be interested in any potential deal?This Is Anfield Writers
JAMES NALTON: I’m not entirely convinced it’s the right move, but think it would make some sense.
He could be a replacement for James Milner, not necessarily positionally, but in terms of having a more experienced player at the club. What’s more, this experience involves winning trophy after trophy, including a World Cup, rather than the usual meaning of the word which is just a nicer way for saying the player is old and past their peak years.
He could also fill in in a number of positions across the attack, or as an advanced midfielder, as he’s been playing for Bayern recently.
That said, if Liverpool are going to raid the Bundesliga again, younger players like Kai Havertz and Jadon Sancho would be a better options for these creative roles in midfield or out wide.
MATT LADSON: I think we can all agree that the main thing Liverpool lack is depth and options in attack beyond our incredible front three.
If there was a chance to sign a player of Muller’s quality we should be interested. He’s only just turned 30 so has plenty of years ahead of him.
Having said that, if he isn’t happy on the bench at Bayern then would he accept a peripheral role for us? Perhaps Klopp could persuade him as such and rejuvenate his career – if anyone could, it would be Klopp.
The alternative is, Klopp could go to 4231, with Muller behind Firmino and Salah and Mane out wide. That might solve that issue of the midfield creativity. I doubt, though, that he’d do that mid-season.
CHRIS WILLIAMS: Whilst I’d love the experience and options Muller would bring, I don’t think he’s ever going to leave Bayern Munich.
Niko Kovac will be sacked by the next international break if results don’t improve. Muller’s a Bavarian, the last at Bayern they’ll never sell him.
HENRY JACKSON: Muller in January won’t happen because Klopp doesn’t sign players at that stage of their career, but I’d love it.
Versatile, hard-working, big-game player, snide and would ease the burden on the front-three.
So, a mixed debate between our writers, and it was similar on social media. On Facebook, 65% said Liverpool shouldn’t be interested and the exact same result on Twitter.
Here’s what some of the fans said:
Great player and professional in his day but we would have to pay him sky high wages to warm the bench so I think it would be best to invest it in more younger stars ?
– Paul Price on Facebook.
Wanting to buy and being interested are two different things. Being interested in a great of the game with still plenty to prove is exactly what Klopp has built. Just be happy we're in the conversation for such a player…
— Jason Jones (@jasonjones19) October 12, 2019
A few years ago I would say yes, but not now. There are younger, quicker players that can be moulded into the system and style we play. Great player but just past his best.
– Alan Dellow on Facebook.
I feel like the wages he will ask for will be astounding
— Eric Callison (@ECal15) October 12, 2019
A proper world class forward so why wouldn’t u want him ? He would offer another dimension to our team and certainly knows where the goal is . I bet all the people moaning and saying no are the same people who were moaning we didn’t buy anyone in case of injuries up top ..well ..here he is !! I’d snap him up in a heartbeat ??
– Dax Anderson on Facebook.
Müller wouldn’t start every match but he would fit into the system pretty well, could replace firmino some games
— Alan Smith (@Alan8smith) October 12, 2019
He is one of my favorite players. I’m not sure how much he has declined but constant injuries to Bayern’s wingers and the coaches since Pep haven’t helped him. That said, he’d come off the bench at Liverpool and if he isn’t happy coming off Bayern’s bench he isn’t going to happy coming off of Liverpool’s. Pass.
– JackJohn Al on Facebook.
Great player, he's not the quickest player but would still be a great asset off the bench he's tall, strong, experienced, great technique, movement and has a champions mentality ingrained in him. Who wouldn't love to have him at liverpool?
— 6 (@SC_YNWA) October 13, 2019
Müller would also fit into the system pretty well when he replaces firmino, runs a lot. Not technically good as firmino but as a depth player yes please
— Alan Smith (@Alan8smith) October 12, 2019
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Liverpool FC Legends clinched a 3-2 win in an entertaining meeting with Rangers Legends on Saturday - and you can watch the best of the action now.
Luis Garcia, Patrik Berger and Emile Heskey were on target for a Reds side featuring Steven Gerrard at Ibrox.
Heskey's deft finish proved the difference as Rangers responded twice, with all five goals coming in the first half.
Enjoy the highlights of the contest in the free video above.
Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.
Monday October 14
Springfield Park and Garden – 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)
Walton Hall Park – 7pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 6pm-7pm (age 8-12) and 7pm-8pm (13+)
Kicks Female session
Woodchurch Sports Complex, Wirral – 6pm-7pm (age 13+_
Table tennis club
Anfield Sports & Community Centre 6pm-7pm (open age)
Tuesday October 15
Bowersdale Park (Seaforth) (meet at Bowersdale Resource Centre) – 5pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)
Kicks Female session
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 5pm-6pm (age 13+)
Toxteth Firefit Hub – 5:30pm-7:30pm (age 11-19)
Adlam Park, Fazakerley – 5pm-7pm
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 6pm-7pm (age 8-16) and 7pm-8pm (age 17+)
Red Neighbours Walking Football
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 3pm-4pm (50+)
Anfield Sports & Community Centre (indoor) - 5pm-6pm (age 7-12)
Wednesday October 16
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 4pm-5pm (age 4-6)
Crosby in Coronation Park (meet at Alchemy Crosby Youth & Community Centre) – 4.30pm-5.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 5pm-6pm (age 7-12) and 6pm-7pm (age 13-16)
Kicks Female session
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 5pm-6pm (age 5-7)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre (Cruyff pitch) – 5pm-6pm (age 8-13)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 6pm-7pm (age 8+)
Multi-sports - Badminton
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 6pm-8pm
Thursday October 17
Jubilee Sports Bank, Kensington – 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 8pm-10pm (age 11-17)
Wavertree Sports Park – 5pm-6pm (age 8-13) and 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Gateacre High School – 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Netherton Goals – 5:45pm-7pm
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 6pm-7pm (age 5-7) and 7pm-8pm (age 8+)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 7pm-8pm
Friday October 18
Red Neighbours Walking Football
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 11am-12pm
Red Neighbours Walking Netball
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 11.30am-12.30pm
Rice Lane Recreation Ground – 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)
Wavertree Sports Park – 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)
Croxteth Health and Wellbeing Centre – 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Netherton Activity Centre – 6pm-7pm (age 8-11) and 7pm-8pm (age 12-17)
Kirkby Leisure Centre – 5pm-6pm (age 8-13) and 6pm-7pm (age 14-19)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 6pm-7pm (age 8-16) and 7pm-8pm (age 17+)
Saturday October 19
Woodchurch Sports Complex, Wirral – 10:30am-1:00pm
Stanley Park (meet at Isla Gladstone) – 11am-1pm (age 5+ and parents)
Newsham Park – 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Norris Green Park (meet by playground) – 1.30pm-3.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Crown Park, Edge Hill – 1pm-2.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Garston Park – 3pm-5pm (age 5+ and parents)
Sunday October 20
Birkenhead Park - 11am-1pm (age 5+ and parents)
Walton Hall Park – 12:30am-2.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Belle Vale Park – 1pm-3pm (age 5+ and parents)
Doric Park – 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Victoria Park - 1.30pm-3.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
The Academy, Kirkby – 2.45pm-4.30pm
Robbie Fowler's first taste of management in the A-League featured a dramatic finish as Brisbane Roar snatched a 95th-minute point.
The Liverpool legend oversaw his opening league match as the Roar’s head coach on Sunday morning, with their season getting under way at Perth Glory.
Fowler’s side fell behind in the first half and looked to be on course for defeat until Roy O’Donovan produced an equaliser five minutes into stoppage-time.
Sadio Mane's development during his time at Liverpool has Jamie Carragher in the belief that the forward is now among the elite in world football.
Mane won the Premier League Golden Boot last season and has followed that up with more excellent performances in 2019-20 as the European champions sit eight points clear at the top of the table.
After arriving at Anfield from Southampton in the summer of 2016, Mane has continued on a trajectory that sets him apart from others, according to Carragher.
The former defender told Liverpoolfc.com: "Even after the first couple of games, I said Mane, probably along with Raheem Sterling, was possibly the best left winger in the world.
"I absolutely love him, he's my favourite player at the club. He's brilliant, he's always got a smile on his face, always there, always gets knocked about, gets goals, setting others up.
"He's the one who came in at the very start under Klopp, his first real big signing, and I think ever since then he's just been getting better and better. He's just a machine."
Mane switched to the No.10 shirt prior to the start of the 2018-19 season, with Carragher believing the 27-year-old's abilities are similar to those of a former occupant of the squad number.
"I always talk about the teams I played in never possibly had, say, a John Barnes, that world-class wide player," he added. "But I think Liverpool have got that now.
"I think that's what's making the difference why they are so good and look in a great position to hopefully go on and win the first Premier League.
"If you start comparing people like Sadio Mane to John Barnes then that shows how well he's doing."
Liverpool FC Women and Bristol City Women go in search of a first FA Women's Super League win of the season when they meet at Prenton Park on Sunday at 12 noon.
The official matchday programme is a great souvenir for the occasion and is packed full of great content.
Manager Vicky Jepson shares her thoughts in her regular column while captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland also looks ahead to the game in her skipper's notes.
Goalkeeper Anke Preuss features in an in-depth interview, while vice-captain and birthday girl Niamh Fahey provides an insight into her musical tastes.
There is a great pull-out poster of the Reds' men's and women's squads, all the latest news from around the club's training base as well as the facts and stats to keep you in the know.
So make sure you pick up your copy of the official matchday programme at Tranmere on Sunday, priced £3.
Jose Enrique reflected on the emotions of representing Liverpool again after being part of the legends team that defeated Rangers on Saturday.
The former Reds full-back has recovered from a rare form of brain tumour which required the Spaniard to undergo life-saving surgery last summer.
Enrique featured for the full 90 minutes at Ibrox as Liverpool FC Legends claimed a 3-2 win through goals from Luis Garcia, Patrik Berger and Emile Heskey.
Post-match, he explained the gratitude he feels just to be able to participate after the challenges he has had to overcome.
“A year ago I had a tumour in my head, I thought I was dying, and now I’m playing here in front of 30,000 people. I can be grateful and happy to be part of this,” Enrique told Liverpoolfc.com.
“It’s amazing. It has been a very difficult time, probably the most difficult time of my life.
“To [wear] this shirt again, it’s my club – I feel like this is my club – and to play 90 minutes again with this team is amazing.”
Steven Gerrard was at the centre of the Liverpool midfield against the club he now manages at first-team level, while the likes of Jamie Carragher, Dirk Kuyt and Glen Johnson also pulled on their boots again.
A donation from the fixture will now be made to LFC Foundation, the Reds’ official charity, which delivers a range of programmes and partnerships to create life-changing opportunities for children and young people across the city and beyond.
And Enrique was proud to be involved in the occasion.
“There were a lot of goals, all in the first half. It was really good, I really enjoyed [playing] 90 minutes,” he said.
“I don’t even remember the last time I played 90 minutes. I was really happy to see the guys and obviously to play again.
“When you are retired, to come here and play in front of the fans, you have memories and you enjoy it so much. I won’t forget this.”
Liverpool Legends beat their Rangers counterparts 3-2 at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon.
First-half goals from Luis Garcia, Patrik Berger and Emile Heskey decided the encounter in the Scottish city of Glasgow that was played in front of 30,488 spectators.
Ian Rush managed the Liverpool side featuring the likes of Jamie Carragher, Dirk Kuyt, Glen Johnson and Rangers first-team boss Steven Gerrard, who turned out for both teams.
The former skipper represented the Reds in the first half and was jokingly booed by the home crowd as he registered the match's first shot on target inside three minutes.
The visitors conceded a penalty minutes later when Carragher brought down Kris Boyd. Boyd stepped up from 12 yards out but ended up dragging his effort wide of Jerzy Dudek's right post.
The deadlock was broken when Kuyt sent in an inviting cross into the box that was met by Garcia's diving header, with Neil Alexander unable to keep it out.
Berger then doubled Liverpool's lead after a counter-attack from Kuyt and Gerrard saw Garcia pick up the ball in the box and square for the eventual goalscorer.
Rangers pulled one back in the 25th minute when Boyd made amends for his earlier miss, converting Lee McCulloch's neat through ball.
Goals for either side were then netted within seconds of each other.
Liverpool's two-goal advantage was restored as Heskey delicately dinked over Alexander, with Gerrard claiming the assist. But that was quickly wiped out when Peter Lovenkrands pounced on loose control from Johnson.
Both teams squandered opportunities towards the end of an entertaining opening 45 minutes. Thomas Buffell missed from yards out, while Gerrard was denied by the post from close range.
After a fast start to the second period, the affair slowed down somewhat and chances were few and far between.
Rangers stopper Alexander repeatedly denied Liverpool from adding to their lead with a string of impressive saves.
There was a standing ovation from all four corners of Ibrox in the 75th minute when Gerrard was replaced by David Thompson and headed straight down the tunnel.
He emerged moments later decked in blue to a rapturous reception and completed the remaining nine minutes for Alex McLeish's team.
Alex Rae grazed the top of the crossbar for Rangers in the dying moments, but the Reds held on to the result.