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Liverpool hard man even Vinnie Jones feared hated label he was given

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 1 hour 34 min ago
Liverpool legend Steve McMahon was a player who hated his hard man tag despite being feared by VInnie Jones
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Virgil van Dijk partner, Mohamed Salah problem - Liverpool to-do list clear ahead of Ipswich game

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 1 hour 34 min ago
Liverpool transfer news as the Reds have plenty of work to do between now and their opening weekend trip to Portman Road
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Liverpool hard man even Vinnie Jones feared hated label he was given

icLiverpool.co.uk - 1 hour 34 min ago
Liverpool legend Steve McMahon was a player who hated his hard man tag despite being feared by VInnie Jones
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Virgil van Dijk partner, Mohamed Salah problem - Liverpool to-do list clear ahead of Ipswich game

icLiverpool.co.uk - 1 hour 34 min ago
Liverpool transfer news as the Reds have plenty of work to do between now and their opening weekend trip to Portman Road
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Luis Suarez drops retirement hint as Darwin Nunez reacts before potential football ban

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 2 hours 34 min ago
Aston Villa news with the latest headlines and transfers rumours from the summer window including the Liverpool ECHO's take on Luis Suarez and Darwin Nunez
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Luis Suarez drops retirement hint as Darwin Nunez reacts before potential football ban

icLiverpool.co.uk - 2 hours 34 min ago
Aston Villa news with the latest headlines and transfers rumours from the summer window including the Liverpool ECHO's take on Luis Suarez and Darwin Nunez
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Jurgen Klopp gets another special role after leaving Liverpool as Mohamed Salah enjoys Wimbledon

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 5 hours 34 min ago
Jurgen Klopp continues to enjoy his time off away from football, turning up for an event in Berlin on Saturday night
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Jurgen Klopp gets another special role after leaving Liverpool as Mohamed Salah enjoys Wimbledon

icLiverpool.co.uk - 5 hours 34 min ago
Jurgen Klopp continues to enjoy his time off away from football, turning up for an event in Berlin on Saturday night
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England player ratings as Jordan Pickford brilliant and Kyle Walker terrible vs Spain

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Sun, 07/14/2024 - 22:05
England player ratings from Euro 2024 final as Everton's Jordan Pickford shines in agonising defeat to Spain
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England player ratings as Jordan Pickford brilliant and Kyle Walker terrible vs Spain

icLiverpool.co.uk - Sun, 07/14/2024 - 22:05
England player ratings from Euro 2024 final as Everton's Jordan Pickford shines in agonising defeat to Spain
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Jurgen Klopp spotted at Euro 2024 final after former Liverpool boss takes on new role

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Sun, 07/14/2024 - 21:48
Latest Liverpool news and gossip as Jurgen Klopp was spotted in Berlin to watch the Euro 2024 final between England and Spain
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Jurgen Klopp spotted at Euro 2024 final after former Liverpool boss takes on new role

icLiverpool.co.uk - Sun, 07/14/2024 - 21:48
Latest Liverpool news and gossip as Jurgen Klopp was spotted in Berlin to watch the Euro 2024 final between England and Spain
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Jordan Henderson shows true colours after ex-Liverpool captain makes eight-hour journey in van

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Sun, 07/14/2024 - 20:45
Latest Liverpool news and gossip as former Reds captain Jordan Henderson makes the trip to watch England face Spain in the Euro 2024 final
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Jordan Henderson shows true colours after ex-Liverpool captain makes eight-hour journey in van

icLiverpool.co.uk - Sun, 07/14/2024 - 20:45
Latest Liverpool news and gossip as former Reds captain Jordan Henderson makes the trip to watch England face Spain in the Euro 2024 final
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Quiet negotiations set to ramp up as Liverpool learn transfer target's price tag

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Sun, 07/14/2024 - 20:45
Liverpool news with the latest headlines and transfers rumours from the summer window including the Liverpool ECHO's take on Marc Guehi and Baris Alper Yilmaz
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Quiet negotiations set to ramp up as Liverpool learn transfer target's price tag

icLiverpool.co.uk - Sun, 07/14/2024 - 20:45
Liverpool news with the latest headlines and transfers rumours from the summer window including the Liverpool ECHO's take on Marc Guehi and Baris Alper Yilmaz
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Jordan Henderson rents van to make eight-hour journey for England vs Spain Euro 2024 final

Liverpool.com - Sun, 07/14/2024 - 20:34

Former Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson did not make it into England's final roster for Euro 2024 - but he was in the stadium after making an eight-hour journey in a rented van!

Henderson, like many other fans in England, was unable to score a suitable flight to Berlin with the Ajax midfielder choosing to hire a van and make the journey from Amsterdam to cheer the Three Lions on. The former Reds midfielder was pictured inside the stadium, smiling after completing the long trip to see the game against Spain.

Henderson was seen as a candidate to make the roster despite his rocky year after leaving Liverpool, spending half of the season with Saudi Pro League team Al-Ettifaq alongside Steven Gerrard before joining Ajax. Henderson did not make the cut for the Euros roster, but has still taken the opportunity to back the team and his nation to make the journey to the German capital.

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A veteran midfielder held in high regard by England head coach Gareth Southgate, Henderson could miss out on being a part of the first England team to win silverware since 1966. Instead of selecting Henderson, Southgate opted for the likes of Declan Rice and Conor Gallagher, as well as exciting younger stars in Kobbie Mainoo and Adam Wharton - with the former playing a big part in England's upturn in the knockout stages of the tournament.

Henderson left Liverpool in the summer of 2023 after 12 years at the club, becoming captain in 2015 following Steven Gerrard's exit - going on to win every major trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

Henderson just missed out on a spot in the squad Henderson just missed out on a spot in the squad (Image: Getty Images)

But after being told that his future with the club would likely be as a rotational player, Henderson accepted the controversial move to Saudi Arabia. But after just six months, he choose to leave, citing personal reasons as to why he felt it did not work out for him.

He told reporters: "But you might get others that don't settle or something happens in their private life, whatever it may be, and things change quickly. It had nothing to do with anything else other than a football decision. I felt it was a perfect opportunity for me to come to such a huge club."

Henderson now looks to be an important player at Ajax, wearing the captains armband last season with the team making numerous moves this summer - including hiring new head coach Franceso Farioli.

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Jamie Carragher has already made his feelings clear on Gareth Southgate staying on as England boss

Liverpool.com - Sun, 07/14/2024 - 20:03

Jamie Carragher, the Liverpool legend and former England international, believes that Gareth Southgate should stay on as the Three Lions' boss no matter what happens later this evening against Spain in the European Championship final.

Southgate, who has now reached back-to-back finals in the main UEFA competition for national sides, has failed to get the best out of talents like Liverpool ace Trent Alexander-Arnold. But he could point to his record when it comes to the knockout phase of major tournaments as a positive of his tenure, albeit England is yet to get over the line.

"I always feel that an international manager, if the players and his FA don’t want him to leave, then it always feels strange leaving after a Euros," Carragher said on Sky Sports. "It feels to me that the World Cup is the one you leave after.

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"If we’d gone out to Switzerland (in the quarter-finals) he would probably have walked away because there would have been a lot of criticism and the scrutiny that goes with the job, which he has done for a long time. But I feel if he comes out of this feeling good – which he should do now whatever happens tonight – I think it would be right to finish it at the World Cup in America.

"If I was in Gareth’s position I would be thinking, ‘Would I want to give this team to someone else and they may be go on and win a World Cup?’ If it was me I’d do a couple more years, and I hope Gareth does the same."

Gareth Southgate with Jude Bellingham GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - JUNE 30: Gareth Southgate manager / head coach of England celebrate with Jude Bellingham of England at full time during the UEFA EURO 2024 round of 16 match between England and Slovakia at Arena AufSchalke on June 30, 2024 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/2024 AMA Sports Photo Agency) (Image: Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/2024 AMA Sports Photo Agency)

"'Near misses' barely get a mention in the club museums," Carragher had written in his Daily Telegraph column earlier in the day. "England, by contrast, has been reduced to celebrating gritty failures. It means that as a country, there has been greater willingness to accept second, third or fourth best, and that can feed a culture where aspirations are lowered.

"For too long we have been the world’s biggest underachievers at major events. There has been too much credit afforded for penalty shoot-out defeats in semi-finals, or even at the last Euros when the loss could not camouflage that the Italians were there for the taking and ought to have been beaten."

Liverpool.com says: Whatever happens in Berlin, Southgate could have got more out of this group of players. If England wins, it should be noted that it had a relatively straightforward route to the final once again. That won't go down in the record books, of course, but the Three Lions really need to make the most of a fortuitous set of fixtures at last.

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Will England get a bank holiday if it wins Euro 2024? Keir Starmer's promising comments

Liverpool.com - Sun, 07/14/2024 - 19:43

England could be in for an unexpected bank holiday on Monday, 15 July, if comments made by Sir Keir Starmer are anything to go by. The newly appointed British Prime Minister, who's barely a week into his role, already has cause for celebration.

Despite being unable to personally witness Gareth Southgate's squad march into their second consecutive European Championship final due to official commitments at a NATO meeting on Wednesday night, it's understood that Sir Keir kept up with the event. Following England's victorious match against Holland, a significant decision now hangs over Starmer, according to Football London.

There's a growing public sentiment favoring a celebratory bank holiday should the Three Lions clinch their second major trophy ever. This comes as Southgate aims to outdo the achievements of Euro 2020 (which took place in 2021).

While Starmer hasn't committed to any specific plans, cautioning that he didn't want to "jinx it", he did share his thoughts during the NATO summit.

"We should certainly mark the occasion," he remarked. "I went to the last Euros finals. I don't want to go through that again so I don't want to jinx anything. We must mark it in some way but the most important thing is getting it over the line on Sunday. He also let on that he felt confident about England's prospects, stating they were set to go."

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Starmer doubled down on his stance, speaking to Gary Neville on ITV before kick-off, conservatively adding: "Let’s get through the next few hours. We will need to make it in some way, an appropriate way."

Reflecting on the events of 2021 when Keir Starmer was at the helm of the opposition, he didn't hold back on the idea of a bank holiday to celebrate an England triumph at Wembley.

"The whole country is incredibly proud of what Gareth Southgate and our England heroes have achieved already," he said at the time. History has been made. If we win on Sunday, the country should get the chance to celebrate it properly with an extra bank holiday, granted in the name of the England team. I've got a strong feeling, it's coming home."

Despite the fact that his hopes did not come to fruition, Starmer wasn't the only one floating the idea of a day off. Frances O'Grady, then general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, was on the same wavelength.

Sir Keir Starmer issued an update on whether Brits can expect a Bank Holiday ahead of the Euro 2024 final Sir Keir Starmer issued an update on whether Brits can expect a Bank Holiday ahead of the Euro 2024 final (Image: ITV Football)

She stated: "If England bring it home on Sunday, the government should allow the country to celebrate by announcing a special bank holiday. But it can't just be a one-off. UK workers get fewer bank holidays than most of our European counterparts. The TUC has long called for more public holidays. So come on England!"

Now, with the recent exploits of Ollie Watkins and his squad, who pulled off a stunning comeback in one of England's standout performances of the tournament, the conversation has been reignited. Starmer took to Twitter/X to share his joy and support after the game.

The Prime Minister also took a moment to react to Harry Kane's stunning equalizer on his social platforms. "Picked the right moment to pop out from NATO meetings and check the score..." he wrote. "Berlin, here we come."

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Liverpool’s final trophy under Jurgen Klopp may now have an even bigger impact

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 07/14/2024 - 18:00
From genuine hopes of a quadruple to settling for the least-coveted trophy of the lot, the climax of Jurgen Klopp‘s final season at Liverpool was painted in some quarters as a letdown.

But with the German having now handed the reins over to Arne Slot, the club’s first-ever head coach, the lasting impact of that Carabao Cup triumph could cement his legacy at Anfield.

Across their six games in that domestic competition, Klopp called upon 11 academy graduates, including four who made their debut that same season.

Five others made at least one matchday squad, with Liverpool’s group for the final against Chelsea at Wembley including Caoimhin Kelleher and Conor Bradley as starters and Jarell Quansah, James McConnell, Bobby Clark and Jayden Danns introduced as substitutes.

Trey Nyoni and Lewis Koumas watched on as unused substitutes, joining the celebrations after Virgil van Dijk‘s late header and posing together with the trophy at full-time.

 Liverpool's Lewis Koumas, Jayden Danns and Trey Nyoni celebrate with the trophy after the Football League Cup Final match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium. Liverpool won 1-0 after extra-time. (Photo by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Lewis Koumas, Jayden Danns and Trey Nyoni celebrate with the trophy after the Football League Cup Final match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium. Liverpool won 1-0 after extra-time. (Photo by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

It was a result that led the commentating Gary Neville to label it “Klopp’s kids against the billion-pound bottle jobs,” referencing the 10-figure outlay sanctioned by Chelsea‘s new owners in under two years.

Though it was a situation forced – with 11 players ruled out in the buildup including Mo Salah, Dominik Szoboszlai, Alisson and academy poster boy Trent Alexander-Arnold – Klopp’s faith in those youngsters to perform at such a crucial time made a statement.

Just as he did in the 4-1 thrashing of Chelsea in the Premier League that saw Bradley score one and assist two, and the FA Cup fifth-round win over Southampton in which Koumas opened the scoring and Danns netted a brace off the bench, the manager proved his ethos.

If you’re good enough, you’re old enough.

Klopp’s final season ended with 20-year-old Harvey Elliott having played the second-most games of any player, Quansah settled as first-choice centre-back and Kelleher marking the longest run of starts of his career.

 Liverpool's substitutes Bobby Clark, James McConnell and Kostas Tsimikas prepare to come on during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's substitutes Bobby Clark, James McConnell and Kostas Tsimikas prepare to come on during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Burnley FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Bradley featured 23 times, Clark made 12 appearances and scored his debut goal, McConnell made the squad 31 times and played in nine of those games and both Danns and Koumas saw their dreams come true at Anfield.

Nyoni, Ben Doak, Luke Chambers, Kaide Gordon, Stefan Bajcetic, Calum Scanlon and Owen Beck all clocked first-team minutes, while Fabian Mrozek, Vitezslav Jaros, Marcelo Pitaluga, Amara Nallo and Tom Hill all sat next to senior players on the bench.

That Klopp did so while juggling the demands of a uniquely challenging season, both collectively and individually, is testament to his character.

But it also speaks to the foundations of the club, with there an ongoing commitment to youth that has remained as Slot oversees his first weeks of pre-season with a squad largely comprised of academy players.

Add to those mentioned Harvey Blair, James Norris, Harvey Davies, Kieran Morrison, Luca Stephenson, Dominic Corness, Tyler Morton and Sepp van den Berg.

 Liverpool's new head coach Arne Slot is presented at a photo call at the club's AXA Training Centre. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's new head coach Arne Slot is presented at a photo call at the club's AXA Training Centre. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Many of those names will eventually be cut, with loans and sales likely and some instead joining the academy ranks, but there is an expectation that Slot maintains the emphasis on youth.

It is a vision masterminded by academy director Alex Inglethorpe and reinforced by coaches from the under-8s right to the very top.

Inglethorpe in particular will have been vindicated when winger Rio Ngumoha opted to turn down a scholarship offer at Chelsea to make the switch to Liverpool this summer.

The 15-year-old is widely considered one of the finest talents around, and having already made his debut for their U21s the development is said to have left Chelsea “furious.”

Staff on Merseyside, meanwhile, have been left delighted by the signing, with the Liverpool Echo‘s Paul Gorst reporting that they “believe they have signed one of the most exciting youngsters in English football.”

Claims via less reputable sources that Liverpool had broken their long-standing academy wage structure – currently capped at £50,000 a year until a player signs his first professional contract – have been dismissed as PR spin from Stamford Bridge.

Rather than riches – of which, having already spent £92 million more on four teenagers this summer, are clearly on offer at Chelsea – the Reds are believed to have convinced Ngumoha to join by laying a pathway out for him.

Ngumoha will join Wolves midfielder Alvin Ayman in making the move to the AXA Training Centre later this summer, as the latest additions in Liverpool’s post-Brexit recruitment plan.

With work permit rules no longer allowing signings under the age of 18 from overseas, the club changed tack and instead focused on bringing in the very best from around the UK.

 Liverpool's Luke Chambers, Ben Doak, Lewis Koumas, James McConnell and Kaide Gordon during a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Royale Union Saint-Gilloise and Liverpool FC. (Photo by Jessica Hornby/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Luke Chambers, Ben Doak, Lewis Koumas, James McConnell and Kaide Gordon during a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Royale Union Saint-Gilloise and Liverpool FC. (Photo by Jessica Hornby/Propaganda)

Bajcetic, who joined from Celta Vigo for £224,000, was the last brought in before the Brexit deadline passed in December 2020, and Scanlon, a £500,000 signing from Birmingham City, was the first since restrictions were imposed.

Since then, Gordon was signed from Derby (£3.5m), Clark from Newcastle (£1.5m), Doak from Celtic (£600,000) and Trent Kone-Doherty from Derry City (£150,000), with goalkeeper Kornel Misciur arriving from Hull, Nallo from West Ham and Nyoni from Leicester for undisclosed fees.

Centre-back Harvey Owen also completed the switch from Wolves last summer, with an £800,000 fee for the then-14-year-old centre-back evidence that Liverpool’s new outlook may be more costly than poaching from the continent, but also seemingly more effective.

That the majority of those players have already been involved in the first team should be more persuasive to players of Ngumoha’s potential that Liverpool is now the right destination.

The young lads at the end of the Carabao Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The young lads at the end of the Carabao Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

It may not be the immediate pathway, with the initial plan being for Ngumoha and Ayman to join the U18s ranks before aiming to progress, but the likes of Nyoni and Nallo last season showed that youngsters can quickly make that step up.

While hours will be put into researching the level of coaching offered at Kirkby and support to the families off the pitch, to those young players, watching Danns being interviewed on ITV and Koumas posing with the Carabao Cup on Instagram will be just as important.

Hopefully that can resonate for years to come, with the faith and trust that came as second nature to Klopp serving as a parting gift to Slot and Liverpool.

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