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Sadio Mane left in tears despite Senegal win on Liverpool internationals’ fourth day

ThisIsAnfield.com - 1 hour 17 min ago

Sadio Mane was helped off the field in tears after he was booed by his own supporters in Senegal’s 1-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea on Saturday.


Mane was among eight Liverpool players in action for their national teams as the weekend kicked off, but his 90 minutes on the field were bittersweet.

The 26-year-old, who is yet to score in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign, is under considerable pressure as Senegal’s talisman.

This came to the fore as they secured a win in Bata, when he missed a gilt-edged opportunity late on and was subsequently jeered by travelling fans, with the game decided by Luis Meseguer’s own goal.

Fortunately, Mane will now return to Merseyside to begin preparations for Saturday’s clash with Watford, as will Mohamed Salah after Egypt’s 3-2 victory over Tunisia on Friday.

Scotland's Andrew Robertson - Martin Rickett/PA Archive/PA Images

Later in the evening, Andy Robertson started for Scotland in their UEFA Nations League clash with Albania in Shkoder.

Wearing the captain’s armband, the left-back played 90 minutes as Alex McLeish’s side won 4-0 at the Loro Borici Stadium through goals from Ryan Fraser, Steven Fletcher and a James Forrest brace.

Scotland will face Israel in Glasgow on Tuesday night, meaning Robertson will be among the last of Jurgen Klopp‘s squad to report back to Melwood.

Curtis Jones should return sooner, with the England U18s’ last game coming against Belgium on Monday afternoon.

On Saturday, he played 34 minutes off the bench as the Young Lions beat the Republic of Ireland 3-1 in Spain, with Tyreece John-Jules’s brace and a goal from Folarin Balogun enough to seal the win.

 Liverpool's Rafael Camacho before the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jones’ fellow first-team youngster Rafa Camacho started as the Portugal U19s sealed a 5-1 win over Armenia.

The teenager came off with 25 minutes left to play as goals from Daniel Silva, Luis Lopes, Rodrigo Fernandes, Bernardo Sousa and Diogo Bras made light work of the hosts.

Elsewhere, both Neco Williams and Morgan Boyes started as the Wales U19s took another step towards the European Championship with a 2-1 win over Sweden.

Williams made a vital clearance in the six-yard box and Boyes hit the post in a strong performance from the academy duo.

Tom Clayton came off the bench as the Scotland U19s thrashed San Marino 5-0, playing the whole of the second half in a very comfortable win.

And finally, Edvard Tagseth was also introduced at the interval as the Norway U18s sealed a 1-0 friendly victory over China.

England's Joe Gomez during the UEFA Nations League, League A Group Four match at Wembley Stadium, London (Adam Davy/PA Wire/PA Images)

Sunday brings another big day for the Liverpool internationals, with England in action against Croatia in the UEFA Nations League at Wembley.

Joe Gomez returned to training on Saturday and should feature after missing the 3-0 win over the USA due to a precaution, while Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren could also play.

Xherdan Shaqiri is likely to start for Switzerland as they take on Belgium, with both Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi—a late call-up for the Red Devils—hoping for rare game time.

And Naby Keita can help book Guinea’s place at the Africa Cup of Nations as they take on the Ivory Coast in his hometown of Conakry.

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What's on: This week's LFC community events

LiverpoolFC TV - 1 hour 18 min ago
Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.
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What's on: This week's LFC community events

LiverpoolFC.TV - 1 hour 18 min ago

Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.

For more information on these activities, and the work of the two organisations, follow @LFCFoundation and @Red_Neighbours on Twitter or click here.

Monday November 19

Premier League Kicks sessions

Walton Hall Park: 7pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Speke Community Centre: 6pm-8pm (age 11+)

Respect 4 All Ability Counts session (disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre: 6pm-7pm (age 8-12), 7pm-8pm (age 13+)

Tuesday November 20

Premier League Kicks session

Toxteth Firefit Hub: 5.30pm-6.30pm (age 8-13), 6.30pm-7.30pm (age 14-19)

Respect 4 All (disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre: 6pm-7pm (age 8-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football 

Anfield Sports and Community Centre: 3pm-4pm

Open Goals 

Seaforth in Bowersdale Park (meet at Bowersdale Resource Centre): 5pm-6pm

Wednesday November 21

Premier League Kicks sessions

Anfield Sports and Community Centre: 5pm-6pm (age 7-13), 6pm-7pm (age 13-17), 5pm-6pm (age 8-13, girls only)

Respect 4 All (disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre: 6pm-7pm (age 8+)

Open Goals 

Crosby in Coronation Park (meet at Alchemy Crosby Youth & Community Centre): 4.30pm-5.30pm

Thursday November 22

Premier League Kicks sessions

Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree: 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)

Gateacre School: 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)

Respect 4 All (disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre: 7pm-8pm (age 8+)

Military Veterans

Netherton Goals: 5pm-7.30pm

Friday November 23

Premier League Kicks sessions

Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree: 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre: 6pm-9pm (age 14-19)
Croxteth Sports Centre: 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Wirral Hive: 6pm-8pm (age 13-19)
Kirkby Leisure Centre: 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-8pm (age 14-17)
Netherton Activity Centre: 6pm-7pm (age 8-11), 7pm-8pm (age 12-19)

Respect 4 All (disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre: 6pm-7pm (age 8-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football 

Anfield Sports and Community Centre: 11am-12pm

Red Neighbours Walking Netball

Anfield Sports and Community Centre: 11.30am-12.30pm

Saturday November 24

Respect 4 All (disability)

Woodchurch High School: 10.30am-11.30am (SLD Child), 11.30am-12.30pm (Ability Counts), 12.30pm-13.30pm (SLD Adults)

Open Goals

Wavertree Sports Park: 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm
Stanley Park: 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm
Norris Green Park: 1.30pm-3pm
Jubilee Sports Bank: 1.30pm-2.30pm

Sunday November 25

Open Goals   

Walton Hall Park: 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm
Belle Vale Park: 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm
Doric Park: 11am-12pm

Military Veterans

LFC Academy: 2pm-5pm

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Mane certain Keita will 'do great things' for LFC

LiverpoolFC.TV - 1 hour 48 min ago

Sadio Mane sees Naby Keita's return to fitness as a timely fillip for Liverpool given the scope for the midfielder to achieve 'great things' for the club.

The summer signing made a stoppage-time appearance from the bench in the Reds’ 2-0 victory against Fulham last time out, having not featured in any of the previous five games due to a hamstring injury.

Fans have been treated to flashes of Keita’s talents so far but Mane knows them at first hand due to their crossing paths at Red Bull Salzburg in 2014.

The No.10 is delighted to have his friend and teammate back in contention ahead of a busy run of fixtures – and tipped Keita to stamp his influence soon.

“I always said, I knew Naby since Red Bull Salzburg because we played together. He is a great player and also young; he still has a lot to learn and improve,” Mane told Premier League Productions.

“When he came he surprised everyone but not me, because I know him. I’m sure he will do great things for us. Now he is back with the team and we are happy to have him. I’m looking forward to seeing him helping the team as he can.”

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Mane has helped Liverpool record an unbeaten start in their opening 12 Premier League matches, with Jürgen Klopp’s side in second place, just two points behind Manchester City.

Much of the external praise for the Reds last season focused on the exhilarating attacking play he was firmly a part of, while this term it is the team’s defensive foundations drawing plaudits.

And if Mane and co still need to find their most fluent football, he accepts the challenge.

“It can happen sometimes,” he said. “Maybe in a few games we haven’t played as we can, and expect to, play but we have to deal with it and try to work as hard as we can, and push individually to do better again.

“We could do better – that’s part of football. We’d love to do better for the team and the club. We have had a better start than last season, now we have important games coming and we’re going to try to do our best.”

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Mane certain Keita will 'do great things' for LFC

LiverpoolFC TV - 1 hour 48 min ago
Sadio Mane sees Naby Keita's return to fitness as a timely fillip for Liverpool given the scope for the midfielder to achieve 'great things' for the club.
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Marko Grujic returns and Herbie Kane shines as Liverpool loanees play through break

ThisIsAnfield.com - 3 hours 18 min ago

Marko Grujic was among the Liverpool loanees in action this week, despite most leagues taking a break for international qualifiers and friendlies.


The Serbian has been sidelined since September after suffering ankle ligament damage, but was back in training at the start of November.

Though he is yet to make his comeback for the Hertha Berlin first team, he took part in a friendly against 2. Bundesliga side Aue on Thursday.

Grujic started alongside the likes of Karim Rekik, Per Ciljan Skjelbred, Salomon Kalou and Davie Selke in a 1-1 draw that saw Pascal Kopke cancel out Florian Kruger’s opener.

The Liverpool midfielder played an hour, before being replaced by Sidney Friede, with manager Pal Dardai telling herthabsc.de that he saw Grujic visibly “lack playing practice.”

“The test was important for our rhythm and a good load, we had a lot of chances, but unfortunately we did not use them consistently enough,” Dardai said.

“We saw Marko Grujic lack playing practice but we will build him up step by step.”

Hertha are next in action at home to Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga next weekend, and Grujic could feature as a substitute as his recovery continues.

Doncaster Rovers' Herbie Kane (Dave Howarth/PA Archive/PA Images)

Elsewhere, Herbie Kane played the full 90 minutes as Doncaster Rovers sealed a late 2-1 victory over Wimbledon in League One on Saturday.

This was Kane’s 20th appearance for his loan club, and as his role under Grant McCann grows increasingly key he was again subjected to a rough approach from the visitors.

After escaping a shocking challenge from Matt Challoner to score twice in Rovers’ 2-2 draw at Chorley the previous weekend, he took to Twitter after their latest win to joke about his treatment:

Great 3 points!? anyone got any spare legs???

— Herbie kane (@herbiekane) November 17, 2018

While it is difficult to see this as a positive, this is a testament to Kane’s reputation, as his excellent spell with Doncaster rolls on.

Corey Whelan also started and played the full 90 minutes at right-back as Crewe Alexandra beat Tranmere Rovers 3-2 in League Two, with Shamal George an unused substitute for the visitors.

Finally, ex-Liverpool youngster Sam Hart was withdrawn after 79 minutes as Rochdale lost 3-2 to Shrewsbury, with Connor Randall still absent as he works his way back from a fractured cheekbone.

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Mane and Salah on BBC African Footballer of the Year shortlist

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 22:54

Liverpool forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have been named on the five-man shortlist for the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

The duo scored 20 and 44 goals respectively for the Reds last season to help their team reach the Champions League final and achieve a second successive top-four finish in the Premier League.

Both went to the World Cup with their countries in the summer and the pair top the LFC scoring charts so far in the current campaign.

The candidates for the BBC prize, won by Salah last year, were announced on Saturday evening, with Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) and Thomas Partey (Ghana) the other contenders.

Click here to cast a vote before the 8pm GMT deadline on Sunday December 2. The winner will be announced on Friday December 14.

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Mane and Salah on BBC African Footballer of the Year shortlist

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 22:54
Liverpool forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have been named on the five-man shortlist for the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.
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Sean Cox’s family thank fans for “unbelievable” support after attack at Anfield

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 18:05

The brothers of Liverpool fan Sean Cox have thanked the city’s people for their “unbelievable” support after he suffered life-changing injuries at Anfield in April.


Sean and Martin Cox were heading to the stadium for the Reds’ Champions League semi-final tie against Roma when they were attacked by away supporters.

The father of three was left with injuries that required him to be placed into an induced coma, though he has now returned to his native Ireland.

But still needing long-term treatment which could span years, a GoFundMe page was set up in order to provide support for Cox and his family, raising over £350,000 to date.

Sizeable donations have come from Roma and their chairman Jim Pallotta, Jurgen Klopp, Peter Moore, Michael Edwards, Christian Purslow, David Meyler and Seamus Coleman.

Supporters’ clubs from as far as Phoenix and Edmonton have also contributed heavily, while a host of fundraisers were held throughout the recent 4-1 win over Cardiff City.

We are really pleased to welcome Martin and Peter Cox to Liverpool today.

They wanted to come and say thanks to those in the city who have supported Sean and continue to do so. pic.twitter.com/RepB8CRsyh

— Spirit of Shankly (@spiritofshankly) November 17, 2018

And speaking to the Liverpool Echo as they returned to the city to receive the £60,000 raised that day from Spirit of Shankly’s Ste Monaghan, Martin and Peter Cox hailed the support their family has received.

“The support has been massive, absolutely massive,” Peter said.

“When you are down and you see what the people of Liverpool are doing for you, especially the Spirit of Shankly, it’s just unbelievable.

“The bucket collection that day, seeing the clips of Liverpool people—women, men, children—taking their own time out in the cold for my brother, it’s unbelievable.

“The generosity is overwhelming, it really is and we can’t thank them enough.”

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Martin explained that Cox’s condition was “gradually getting better,” but said that it had been “very tough” for their family, describing the attack as “surreal, horrific [and] life changing.”

He added that Cox was recently able to “pick up a cup by himself unaided” for the first time, and that he is working his way back to eating properly.

Their time in hospital alongside him has been, understandably, very difficult, and particularly while he was initially being treated in the Walton Centre in Liverpool.

But Martin said that small gestures from those in the city—including taxi drivers who drove them back to their hotel and refused a fare—helped them through.

“The first month he spent in the Walton Centre and we were travelling over to see him, taxi drivers, just ordinary people, were giving their fares,” he recalled.

“They were going out for a night’s work on a Monday or a Tuesday when things are quiet and they would pick us up from the hospital and bring us back to the hotel.

 A Liverpool supporters' banner for Sean Cox during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“They would say ‘sorry for asking, are you related to the guy who was attacked?’. We would say yes and they would say ‘it’s OK, you don’t have to give us the fare’.

“We would be like ‘come on, this is your living’. It’s the little things like that.”

Martin concluded: “It’s true what they say—You’ll Never Walk Alone. The people of Liverpool have proved that.”

To make a donation to support Sean or to share the GoFundMe page, click here.

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Internationals: Wins for Mane, Robbo, Jones and Camacho

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 17:36

Sadio Mane helped Senegal to a 1-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying on Saturday.

The Liverpool forward played the whole of the Group A match, which his country won courtesy of a Luis Meseguer own goal early in the second half.

The result consolidated Senegal’s position at the top of the section with 13 points ahead of their final fixture against Madagascar in March 2019.

Andy Robertson captained Scotland to a 4-0 win in their UEFA Nations League tie at Albania, featuring for the entirety of the League C Group 1 clash.

The Scots therefore moved level with Israel on six points in the section ahead of the decisive final fixture between the sides on Tuesday.

Curtis Jones came on as a 56th-minute substitute for England U18s as they recovered from a goal down to beat Republic of Ireland 3-1 in a tournament match in Spain.

Rafael Camacho played 65 minutes of Portugal U19s’ 5-1 victory over Armenia in Yerevan.

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Internationals: Wins for Mane, Robbo, Jones and Camacho

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 17:36
Sadio Mane helped Senegal to a 1-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying on Saturday.
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Internationals: Sadio involved in Senegal victory

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 17:36

Sadio Mane helped Senegal to a 1-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying on Saturday.

The Liverpool forward played the whole of the Group A match, which his country won courtesy of a Luis Meseguer own goal early in the second half.

The result consolidated Senegal’s position at the top of the section with 13 points ahead of their final fixture against Madagascar in March 2019.

Rafael Camacho played 65 minutes of Portugal U19s’ 5-1 victory over Armenia in Yerevan.

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Internationals: Sadio involved in Senegal victory

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 17:36
Sadio Mane helped Senegal to a 1-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying on Saturday.
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Match report: LFC Women narrowly beaten by Bristol City

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 17:16

Liverpool FC Women were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Bristol City Women in their Women's Super League clash on Saturday afternoon.

Quickfire goals from Lucy Graham and Ella Rutherford gave the home side an advantage at Stoke Gifford Stadium that the Reds could only halve through Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.

Rutherford had already threatened a breakthrough on 12 minutes when she neatly chested down a cross into the box, turned and struck towards goal – but Satara Murray recovered to block the drive.

Bristol did net four minutes later, though.

Graham got free to reach a delivery from the left before anybody else in the Liverpool box and thundered home an unstoppable header at the back post.

As Vicky Jepson’s Reds came to terms with their concession, City compounded the setback by claiming a second goal within five minutes.

Julie Biesmans’ diagonal effort from the right edge of the area was fumbled out by Liverpool goalkeeper Anke Preuss and Rutherford pounced to convert the rebound.

The visitors rallied commendably, first stemming the tide and then changing the complexion of the game nine minutes before half-time.

Laura Coombs’ cross from the right flank bounced untouched to the back post, where Sweetman-Kirk kept her composure to knock the loose ball into an open net.

A more even second half ensued, Rosella Ayane sending a lobbed shot inches wide from 20 yards at one end before Poppy Pattinson cleared away from the goalline when a Reds corner caused a scramble at the other.

Leandra Little flicked a header off target and Coombs had a decent long-range punt palmed out as Jepson’s charges increased the pressure but their best chance came with 84 on the clock.

Sweetman-Kirk expertly collected Rinsola Babajide’s low cross with her back to goal and rolled a defender to allow a close-range strike – but Sophie Baggaley reacted instantly to block and the points were Bristol’s.

Liverpool FC Women: Preuss, S. Murray, Bradley-Auckland, Little, Roberts, Fahey (Daniels, 77), Coombs, C. Murray (Rodgers, 66), Babajide, Sweetman-Kirk, Linnett (Clarke, 53).

Unused substitutes: Kitching, Thomas.

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Match report: LFC Women narrowly beaten by Bristol City

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 17:16
Liverpool FC Women were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Bristol City Women in their Women's Super League clash on Saturday afternoon.
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The story of Liverpool’s heartfelt response to Hong Kong Red’s brain tumour diagnosis

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 16:00

This Is Anfield spoke to siblings Tony and Helen Chan about Liverpool’s touching response after the Hong Kong Red was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2017.


“There are more important things in life than football.”

Words spoken by Jurgen Klopp, and while they ring true, the very nature of supporting a club extends beyond just the 90 minutes on the field—as it can offer solace and a support system like no other.

For Tony Chan, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour prior to Liverpool’s pre-season tour of Hong Kong in the summer of 2017, it was just that.

The lifelong Red missed the visit of Klopp’s men as he focused all his efforts on his recovery and while football had to take a backseat, his sister, Helen, and Liverpool Football Club were not going to allow the visit to pass Tony by.

He was sent well wishes from a number of the club’s legends and a signed shirt from the first team.

This Is Anfield spoke to Tony and Helen, members of Hong Kong’s Expatriate Supporters club, about their incredible story and the heartwarming gesture from the Liverpool family.

“When you hear the words brain tumour, you just don’t know what to think…”

Tony was born and raised in the United Kingdom and has been a Liverpool fan from a very early age, so the rare chance to see the club in action following his move overseas was grasped at every opportunity.

However, in 2017 his life was turned upside-down after scans revealed he had a brain tumour and his sister, Helen, who was guided expertly into following the Reds by Tony, explained:

“Whenever Liverpool come over, which they hadn’t in about 10 years, my brother always gets tickets to watch the matches, and for anything that involved them he was there.

“This time round straight away my brother bought tickets for the games and all the activities.

“But, a couple of weeks before they came over he was rushed into hospital and they found a huge brain tumour, and then obviously he couldn’t take part in Liverpool’s visit.

“And when you hear the words brain tumour, you just don’t know what to think.”

It was a serious health scare which came out of the blue, and detailing how it all unfolded Tony said:

“In June 2017 I was at work and went out for lunch with one of my colleagues, and after we ordered our food we were just having a chat about football and for some reason as I was talking I started slurring and it felt like the world was slowing down.

“I then blacked out and the next thing I know some people are lifting me up and putting me in an ambulance. My friends had said I had a seizure which I’ve never had before in my life, so that was a bit crazy.

“I then went to the nearest hospital and had a quick scan, a few minutes later they told me I had a tumour on the brain.

“It was a meningioma on the right-hand side at the front of my brain and it caused a lot of pressure on my head and that is why I had the seizure.

“Luckily, we found out later after a few more tests that it was benign.

“I was in hospital and my sister and brother came to visit me, and I remember telling them I was gutted because I had tickets to see Liverpool in Hong Kong at that time, but I had to sell them straight away as my health had to come first.

“I had a six-hour surgery and it went very well—my head was killing me, but they said they had removed as much as they could.

“After that I just felt really blessed, and really happy to be honest, that I didn’t die.

“I’ve got two kids and my youngest at the time was only about seven or eight months old and all that was flashing by me—and when they say life flashes by it really did.

“I thought about my past leading up to now, so I was really thankful that everything went well.”

“It was the best surprise…”

With Tony still recovering in hospital Helen set out to do whatever she could to bring Liverpool to her brother while they were in town.

And while she did not expect the extent of the club’s support on top of her own efforts, it was a gesture which was treasured by the pair.

“We mentioned him to the club through the supporters’ group and they arranged a signed shirt by the team to give to him as he couldn’t make it,” Helen said.

“Unfortunately, he couldn’t go and collect it himself, but it was really nice of them. I didn’t expect it.

“One surprise I did was just a little thing I did with my friends and family and I had asked if they could take pictures holding a note wishing him well.

“So I printed a few and Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, John Barnes and Sami Hyypia all signed it and took a picture, which I then put in a book for my brother.”

Tony, meanwhile, said: “While I was recovering in the hospital my sister came by and surprised me as she got all my friends and the Hong Kong Expat supporters’ group to sign a ‘get well soon’ card.

“Somehow, she even got some Liverpool legends to sign the card and I was given a photograph of them signing the card and everyone sent lovely messages.

“It gave me more strength to carry on and to recover and it just felt so good, especially seeing the real Liverpool Legends in the photos as well, knowing they actually took time out to write me a message, it was just unbelievable.

“And then to surprise me later on while I was recovering after I went home—I had to take about two or three months off work—my sister came to see how I was, and she gave me a bag with the official Liverpool badge emblazoned on it.

“I opened it up and it was the best surprise. It was a signed Liverpool shirt from all the current players and that was the closest thing that brought me to tears—it was a really nice surprise.

“Salah had just joined as well so his signature was on it and it is something I will keep forever.

“After a few weeks out of hospital I had enough strength to go watch one game with my sister at the supporters’ club, and I needed to go and thank everyone for helping me recover.

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“As soon as I walked into the bar they were all cheering and it felt great and gave me more strength.

“I think it was the whole mentality of You’ll Never Walk Alone, and it was really alive at that time. I’ve been with the HK supporters’ group since 2004 when I first moved over. We are just like another family.”

Tony is now well and truly on the road to a full recovery: “Today I’m still OK. I haven’t had any more seizures, I’m off my medication and the doctor says I can start drinking again in moderation.”

Thanks again to Tony and Helen for sharing their story. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain: Your support keeps me going

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 14:57

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has thanked Liverpool fans for their understanding and support during his ongoing injury lay-off.

The Reds midfielder is expected to miss the vast majority of the current season due to the multiple ligament damage he sustained in the Champions League semi-final first leg against AS Roma in April.

Oxlade-Chamberlain opened up on the injury, his rehabilitation and its demands, and more in BetVictor’s latest This is Melwood video, launched on Friday evening.

Read some of the best bits from the frank and emotional chat below, including the No.21’s appreciation for the fans and how a friendship with Rhian Brewster blossomed in recovery…

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On the support of Jürgen Klopp…

He has been massive for me. Whenever I see him he has always got a smile on his face and is really positive. He keeps me in his thoughts; when he talks about the team he’ll mention me, which is obviously really nice, especially when the boys are doing so well. The important thing is he has given me time and said: ‘We know how long this is going to be, don’t worry about it, it’s not a problem – get yourself right and then we’ll go again.’ It’s really nice to hear.

On his relationship with Brewster…

Rhian has been brilliant. He is a great lad; I don’t really have to tell him too much, a lot of the time he is checking in on me, to be honest! He is always so positive, he has got that youthful enthusiasm about him, which is again really good to have around – it keeps me going. I’m glad to see him pushing on, he is going to be getting closer. That’s really good and I look forward to seeing what he can do on the pitch now.

On the backing of Liverpool fans…

You can’t ask for anything more, that’s what keeps you going, when you’ve got the support of the fans behind you. Whether it’s them giving you the time, respecting the injury, to do what you need to do to come back. That helps massively, for one. And when they remind you that you’re missed and they can’t wait to see you back out there, little things like that keep you going. I’ve had nothing but positive feedback from the fans – I can’t thank them enough for that. It’s what keeps me going every day, to come back and try to reward their patience and support by hopefully getting back onto the pitch and performing to the level I was before and even better.

On his targets...

I’d love to be able to make an appearance at least before the end of the season, depending on what we’re doing and if I’m really needed. I’m sure I’m not going to be; even when I’m back I won’t be fully up to scratch. It would be nice to get a few appearances before the end of the season, probably more mentally to prove I can do it. Then have a good pre-season and start fresh next season. But I know if I manage to get back on the pitch I won’t be thinking, ‘It’s just nice to be out here.’ I’ll want to do well, score and try to help the boys win. If I’m needed for any emergencies, I’m going to have to pull out some good performances!

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Oxlade-Chamberlain: Your support keeps me going

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 14:57
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has thanked Liverpool fans for their understanding and support during his ongoing injury lay-off.
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Shaqiri's midfield value explained

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 12:56

Xherdan Shaqiri's value to Liverpool in a deeper midfield role is in the difference he offers to the team, according to Steve McManaman.

The summer signing has been used in several positions by Jürgen Klopp since joining the club from Stoke City, including a berth behind the front three.

He has made a fine start to life at Anfield, too, with the calm volley against Fulham last weekend his fifth goal contribution in his last six Reds appearances.

McManaman is a fan of the Switzerland international and believes his ability to conjure chances from deep provides Klopp’s side with greater cutting edge.

“He has that little bit of creativity in there, if the front three are not firing or are just off their game. Shaqiri as a midfielder does offer you something a little bit special,” said the former Liverpool winger.

“And he has played really well of late. He has only been at Liverpool for three or four months. The games I have seen him of late, he has had a really big impact.”

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The 2-0 win over Fulham before the international break extended Liverpool’s unbeaten run since the start of the Premier League season to 12 matches.

Only Manchester City can better their total of 30 points and, regarding the race at the top, McManaman agreed with the policy expressed by the Reds’ players of focusing on themselves.

“Like most people, I’ve been very impressed – very impressed with the summer dealings and very impressed with how they have started the season,” added the 46-year-old.

“Bar a couple of iffy performances in the Champions League, which we hope they will rectify in the next couple of games, they are doing really well.

“All you can do is worry about what you do in a Liverpool shirt; if you win every single game from now until the end of the season you’ll probably win the league. We know it’s not as easy as that.

“As long as you play your best, try hard and work hard, the fans appreciate that.”

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Categories: LFC NEWS

Shaqiri's midfield value explained

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 12:56
Xherdan Shaqiri's value to Liverpool in a deeper midfield role is in the difference he offers to the team, according to Steve McManaman.
Categories: LFC NEWS

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