Steven Gerrard returns to Liverpool’s Melwood training ground and bumps into some familiar faces along the way.
Having spent over 15 years at Melwood as a player, the Reds’ Under-18s coach returns to the place that will always be special to him.
The iconic midfielder chats with manager Jurgen Klopp about life at Melwood and finds out how the manager has settled into life at the training ground.
There’s insight into Klopp’s first day at the club when he met all the staff and asked his new squad if they knew the names of individual staff members – something the manager is keen to ensure for a family feel.
A nice glimpse into Melwood life; from the manager’s office to the famous Carol and Caroline in the canteen.
Steven Gerrard takes a fascinating trip down memory lane in a brand new video feature: 'BetVictor presents This is Melwood'.
The Liverpool icon called the West Derby training ground home for 17 years as he set about becoming one of the greatest players in Reds history.
In association with BetVictor, official principal partner of the club, Gerrard – now U18s manager – recently visited Melwood again to catch up with a host of familiar faces.
Kitchen staff members Carol and Caroline – his ‘other mums’ – reveal what the former midfielder was like during his playing days, and the analysis department offer insight on their particular field.
Plus, Gerrard is welcomed into Jürgen Klopp’s office to get the first-team boss’ take on creating a positive and successful environment for the current squad.
Watch the video in full below…
Liverpool FC have released the following ticket details for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City.
The tie will be played at Anfield on Wednesday April 4, with kick-off at 7.45pm BST.
The entire stadium will be ticketed and prices are varied depending on seat location.
Adults - £9*-£59
Over 65s - £9*-£44
Young adults - £9*-£29.50
Juniors - £9 (within the advertised family sections)
*Local general sale price
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Season ticket holders and Members registered in the Auto Cup Scheme must not purchase a ticket for this fixture as we are in the process of taking payments.
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Priority rights holders: from 8.15am on Thursday March 22.
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Tickets will then be available based on attendance at FC Porto (March 6, 2018), Spartak Moscow (December 6, 2017), Maribor (November 1, 2017) and Sevilla (September 13, 2017).
Sales will take place in the following order subject to availability and on a first come, first served basis. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available to all who apply.
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Season ticket holders who attended four games: from 1pm on Thursday March 22.
Members who attended four games: from 8.15am on Friday March 23.
For this fixture, it is anticipated that there will not be enough remaining tickets to fulfil all Members who have attend four previous games. At this stage of the competition, we would expect fewer tickets to be returned from our contractual ticket obligations, compared to the numbers returned for previous rounds.
Should there be any tickets remaining following the above sales, the club will make a further announcement. Supporters should check www.liverpoolfc.com/tickets for any sale updates.
The local general sale will take place from 8.15am on Wednesday March 28.
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Liverpool U23s hope to get back to winning ways when they travel to Middlesbrough in the last 16 of the Premier League Cup on Wednesday night.
The young Reds have lost their last three outings ahead of their trip to Teesside. The tie has to be decided on the night, with extra-time and penalties if necessary.
Read on for more details ahead of the PL Cup encounter...
Where is the game being played? The match is at Bishop Auckland FC, with kick-off set for 7pm GMT.
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How Liverpool reached the last 16: Critchley's team produced a superb display in their final group game to beat Stoke City 4-0 at St George's Park and seal their progression, thanks in the main to a hat-trick from Dominic Solanke.
We round up the latest Liverpool FC news and transfer rumours, as most of Jurgen Klopp‘s squad begin preparations with their national teams.
Reds Not Selling Salah
Mohamed Salah‘s world-class performance in Saturday’s 5-0 mauling has garnered considerable attention and, unsurprisingly, speculation over his long-term future.
Though he is only in his debut campaign with the Reds, precedent with the sales of Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho have prompted fears of an imminent departure.
The aim is to “ensure Liverpool is an ultimate destination for players rather than a stepping-stone club,” with their improved finances aiding this effort.
Furthermore, ESPN have quashed claims Salah has a release clause in his current contract.Injury No Problem for Can
The withdrawal of Emre Can after just 27 minutes on the field at the weekend caused concerns over a possible spell on the sidelines.
But Klopp insisted after the game that his back problem was not “too serious,” and this is seemingly the case, with Can joining his Germany team-mates for the international break.
The 24-year-old took to Instagram on Tuesday in anticipation, with Joachim Low’s side set to take on Spain and Brazil in two showcase friendlies.
And speaking to German outlet Sport1 ahead of the games, Can spoke of his enjoyment in working under Klopp at Liverpool.
“I’ve developed a lot under Jurgen Klopp. I am very grateful to him, and it is a lot of fun to work with him,” he said.Robertson’s Commendable Take on Scotland Captaincy
An increasingly popular figure on the terraces at Anfield, Andrew Robertson has linked up with the Scotland squad for this month’s friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary.
With Scott Brown announcing his retirement from international football Robertson is in contention for the captain’s armband, but addressing the possibility the left-back remained admirably reserved.
“If you ask any of the boys if they’d like to captain Scotland or whatever country they are from then I don’t think anyone would turn their noses up at it,” he said.
“Maybe the press have thought of having another chance of making it me versus [Kieran Tierney] but there are plenty of candidates in there.
“I’ve been in the squad with the experienced lads and there are a lot of leaders in there. When Broonie was here there was more than one leader.
“But he was a fantastic captain for a number of years and we were lucky. He led by example and did a terrific job so whoever gets it will have big boots to fill.”Trent Given Chance to Impress Southgate
Such is the depth England enjoy at right-back at present it was hardly noted that Nathaniel Clyne missed out on Gareth Southgate’s latest squad, regardless of his lack of game time.
In Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Joe Gomez, the Three Lions have a wealth of excellent options, but Southgate is clearly looking even further into the future too.
Joining training at St George’s Park on Tuesday was Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the 19-year-old swelling the numbers as England prepare to take on the Netherlands and Italy.
But his involvement in the senior setup indicates that Southgate is aware of his talents, with his progress under Klopp this season key.Giggs’ Comments Give Woodburn & Wilson Hope
Danny Ward was unable to travel due to issues obtaining a visa, but with Ryan Giggs including the Reds’ two young Welsh stars he gave a clear nod to his long-term plans.
“Young players can give you inspiration. All of a sudden you go from getting a little bit of time on the ball to having to up your game,” he explained.
“You can’t take two or three touches because they are on you, they are aggressive, and you are looking over your shoulder.
“You’re suddenly thinking ‘he is after my position’, so you need to raise your game.
“That is what I want to emulate, that competitiveness in training we had at Manchester United.”Ndidi Move Claims Extinguished?
Finally, with suggestions Liverpool had approached Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi emerging on Sunday evening, follow-up reports are varied.
But All Nigeria Soccer cite a source supposedly close to the 21-year-old claiming that a move is off the cards.
“Liverpool have not contacted him about joining the club.”
Last Updated: 20/03/18 3:34pmLiverpool fans light flares and surround the Villarreal team bus prior to the game
Liverpool supporters have been warned they face prosecution if they use pyrotechnics to greet Manchester City's coach ahead of the upcoming Champions League quarter-final at Anfield.
City travel to face the Reds in the first leg at Anfield on April 4 and a widely-shared post on social media has urged Liverpool fans to bring "flares and flags, banners and bangers, pints and pyro" to Anfield Road two hours ahead of kick-off.
Flares and smoke bombs were used to greet Villarreal ahead of a Europa League semi-final second-leg at Anfield in 2016 and Merseyside Police have warned fans they will be prosecuted if they attempt a repeat next month.
A statement released on Tuesday read: "We are aware that fans have indicated they plan to gather ahead of the Champions League match to be played on 4 April 2018 between Liverpool and Manchester City.
"Merseyside Police will have a comprehensive policing operation in place, alongside Liverpool Football Club, in preparation for the fixture. As with any match, we have worked to ensure that this game can be enjoyed by all in a safe environment, as well as minimising any disruption on the roads. We will liaise with both clubs and their supporter groups to ensure the event is enjoyed safely by everyone.Mounted Police surrounded by Liverpool fans and in red smoke
"There will be additional officers on duty at the ground and we will have a city centre policing plan in place throughout the day, to further ensure that spectators and visitors to the city are kept safe and to smoothly facilitate the movements of those travelling to and from the game.
"While recognising that some supporters feel they can add to the atmosphere of the occasion, the use of flares and other pyrotechnics at and around football matches is a concern. We fully support the club in working to eradicate this dangerous and reckless practice and would ask that supporters work with us.
"The police and courts take these offences very seriously and prosecution can result in a prison sentence. I would remind people that this can apply not only within the stadium, but also in the surrounding streets and when attempting to enter the ground."Could you win the next Super 6 jackpot?
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The Three Lions will play Ronald Koeman’s side in Amsterdam on Friday night, before returning to Wembley to take on Italy on March 27.
Gareth Southgate has called up four Liverpool players for the two friendlies, but with Adam Lallana still working his way towards full fitness he has remained in the gym.
But Gomez, Henderson and Oxlade-Chamberlain took part in an energetic session at St George’s Park on Monday, and were joined by Trent Alexander-Arnold the following day.
Alexander-Arnold is currently set to remain with the U21s squad for their clashes with Romania and Ukraine, but his inclusion is a positive sign.
Spirits are clearly high in the England camp, with competition among Southgate’s ranks rife as a host of peripheral figures bid for a place in the squad for the World Cup.
England have been drawn in Group G with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama, and all four of the Liverpool players in this month’s squad can hope to make the plane to Russia.
Henderson is seemingly in contention for the captaincy, vying with Joe Hart, Eric Dier and Harry Kane.
Though he was omitted from the squad for November’s 0-0 draws with Germany and Brazil, Oxlade-Chamberlain is now likely to be part of Southgate’s World Cup selection due to his club form.
Lallana’s lack of game time at Liverpool seems to have done no damage to his hopes, while Gomez is looking to force his way into the senior setup on a regular basis.
Mohamed Salah scored four goals as Liverpool beat Watford 5-0 at Anfield on Saturday - and our latest edition of 'Inside Anfield' shows you exactly what happened away from the pitch during a good night's work for Jürgen Klopp's side.
The LFCTV GO cameras were stationed inside and around the stadium to capture behind-the-scenes footage that is not available anywhere else.
From the players’ tunnel to a prime pitchside position, and on the shoulder of the post-match interviews, the montage tells the whole story of a successful day for the Reds.
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Trent Alexander-Arnold trained with the England senior squad on Tuesday.
The Liverpool defender was called up to the U21s team for the Cyrille Regis International against Romania this Saturday and the European Championship qualifier with Ukraine next week.
Alexander-Arnold, who has not been added to Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions group, bolstered the ranks for their latest session ahead of friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.
It has been a strong last five matches for Liverpool, but which individual has stood out the most? We take another look at the form guide.
Having again looked back through our Player Ratings archive, as we did last month, we have discovered who Liverpool’s best players have been in the last five games: Watford (H), Man United (A), Porto (H), Newcastle United (H) and West Ham (H).
Here are the top five…
(NB: Players must have featured in at least three of the five games to be in contention.)5. Sadio Mane – 6.8 (out of 10)
Sadio Mane may not have hit the heights of last season, but he is still contributing heavily, both in terms of numbers and all-round impact.
The freakish form of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino has also made him look less effective than he actually is, and recent ratings suggest that he has been Liverpool’s fifth-best performer since the visit of West Ham.
He was very effective in the two routine home league wins against David Moyes’ side (7/10) and Newcastle (8/10), scoring in both games, and despite a minor dip he returned to form against Watford (7.5/10).
The only disappointing display was at United (5/10), when his touch seemed to evade him.4. Virgil van Dijk – 6.87
As each match passes, the more imperious Virgil van Dijk looks, with Liverpool’s record signing appearing every bit a £75 million centre-back.
The last month has been highly impressive for the large part, although he hasn’t been tested a huge amount.
Were it not for Salah doing his best Lionel Messi impression, we would be talking even more about the genius of Firmino this season.
The 26-year-old is playing comfortably the best football of his career, and his influence and importance to Liverpool is truly enormous.
Firmino’s magic has been on show in the last five matches, with his lowest rating a six out of 10 in the bordering on dead-rubber against Porto.
Twenty-three goals, 13 assists and so much more.=1. Andrew Robertson – 7.75
If ever you wanted to realise how good Andrew Robertson has been for Liverpool, you only have to look at the consistency of his ratings.
The Scot topped the pile this time last month, and incredibly he has matched the phenomenal Salah since the 4-1 victory over West Ham.
Nobody was expecting Robertson to be this good, but he is offering vast amounts both going forward and defensively.
Two nine-out-of-10 performances against the Hammers and the Hornets caught the eye in particular, but he was steady in the matches against Newcastle (7/10) and United (6/10) too.
Klopp’s found a gem in Robertson.=1. Mohamed Salah – 7.75
What more can you say about this man?
Salah is producing one of the all-time great individual seasons at Anfield, finding the net 36 times in 41 games, proving unplayable most weeks.
He has showed no sign of slowing up in the last month, with West Ham (7.5/10) and Newcastle (8.5/10) initially feeling his goalscoring wrath on Merseyside.
The Egyptian was thwarted by United (5/10), in what was one of his more disappointing games for Liverpool, but he roared back in remarkable fashion at Anfield.
Salah’s four goals at home to Watford brought back memories of Luis Suarez against Norwich City in 2013/14, and the Hornets’ defence were powerless to stop him.
It was footballing genius on show, and it deservedly earned him a perfect 10-out-of-10 rating.
Without it, Robertson would have been No. 1 again!
Three of the Liverpool FC Legends team faced off in a special volley challenge ahead of Saturday's charity match against Bayern Munich.
During a recent training session, Jason McAteer, Steve McManaman and Michael Owen did battle over one of the hardest skills in football.
The premise was simple: 60 seconds to net as many volleys as possible past Academy goalkeeper Andy Firth. See how they fared below…
Money raised from the charity game will help to fund a variety of projects for the LFC Foundation and charity partners. You can watch the match for free, live on the official LFC Facebook page, LFCTV GO, Sky channel 429 and Virgin Media channel 544 (3pm GMT kick-off).
Mohamed Salah has proved himself the real deal since joining Liverpool from Roma, winning over even the most skeptical of fans, writes Gareth Bell.
Last weekend I had an epiphany: Mohamed Salah is an extremely good football player.
I appreciate this is a conclusion most reasonable people will have arrived at some time ago, but for a good portion of this season I have watched him slink and slide his way to 36 goals with an unwarranted dose of cynicism.
There was something about him—his demeanour on the pitch, his seeming ambivalence to the magic he was conjuring—which just didn’t sit right.
He didn’t seem to believe he was that good, ergo neither did I. That is, until Sunday morning.
Maybe it was the haze of a hangover, maybe it was the fact I was rewatching Match of the Day for the third time, but somewhere between him chopping back onto his right foot and Miguel Britos’ arse hitting the Anfield turf, a wave of realisation came over me.
This isn’t a player who doesn’t believe in his own ability. This is a player so sure of his own ability that the details don’t matter.
This is the ringer who turns up on a Sunday morning, borrows a pair of boots, scores the winner and is never seen again.
This is the lad in work who smiles politely at tales of your Sunday League exploits, only for you to later find out he made over 300 pro appearances and was capped at U19 level.
This is a man so unfathomably good at what he does, that it has become what he is. Salah is an enigma. Salah is modesty. Salah is goals.
Over the past decade, Liverpool’s revolving door has seen a steady stream of world-class performers pass through. The two with whom Salah’s impact is most-easily comparable are Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez.
All three reached 30 goals in a single season. All three quickly heard their names booming from the Kop. All three have cemented their place in Anfield folklore for decades to come.
Two of three left the club in acrimonious circumstances—let’s hope that’s where the similarities end.
But there is one glaring disparity between the two former players and the Kop’s current hero. At times, Torres and Suarez seemed to succeed on sheer force of character alone.
Nando’s fierce athleticism reduced formidable defenders to rubble (hiya Nemanja!). Suarez played with such a maelstrom of animal aggression that teams were beaten before they set foot on the pitch (hiya Norwich!).
In short, they both tried really hard. Salah, well, he’s different.
Never have I witnessed a player so ruthless yet so bashful—tying defenders’ legs in knots, comforting them with a wry smile and hug afterwards.
His apology to Orestis Karnezis after Saturday’s haul wasn’t patronising, it was the gesture of a man who doesn’t know how to patronise.
He is confidence without arrogance, talent without pretence, success without trying.
I’ve always had a preference for blood-and-thunder football, the type that lauds the trier over the chancer, rolled-up sleeves over rolled-down socks.
I like my players with mud on their knees and a furrow in their brow.
There are a few notable exceptions to this—the likes of Graeme Souness, for example—who managed to traverse the two with an iron-fist-in-velvet-glove eminence.
Salah is all velvet glove, and I now realise how misguided I’ve been.
His current form can’t go on forever, and there will inevitably come a time when his golden touch escapes him.
When that time comes, I hope fans and pundits alike afford him the same good grace as he’s shown his vanquished opponents, and remember fondly this patch as purple as the bins in the alleys of L4.
Long live the King of Egypt.
Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards is said to have been the driving force behind signing Mohamed Salah instead of Julian Brandt last summer.
It is difficult to fathom now how the Reds’ season would have panned out if they had not sealed a £36.9 million deal with AS Roma to bring Salah to Anfield.
The Egyptian has scored 36 goals in 41 games for the club, the most of any player in their debut season on Merseyside, surpassing Fernando Torres with his four-goal haul against Watford.
And now the Telegraph report that the Reds will reject all approaches from the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona next summer.
But if Jurgen Klopp were to have had his way, Salah may not even have been wearing a Liverpool shirt, according to German journalist Rafa Honigstein.
“It’s a real advert for the job of the sporting director Michael Edwards,” Honigstein explained on The Totally Football Show podcast.
“[He] had been getting a lot of criticism in Liverpool for some of the decisions that they’ve made over the last few years.
“This is one where Klopp has just stepped aside and said ‘I didn’t really want Salah, but he convinced me to take him’.
“They were going for Julian Brandt, who is very talented but it’s inconceivable what the season would have looked like if it had been Brandt instead of Salah.
“Brandt has been OK, but hasn’t turned into one of the best strikers overnight, the way that Salah has.”
Though the same was said of Salah by some pundits on his switch to Liverpool, it is highly unlikely Brandt would have slotted in and performed to such a high standard as quickly.
Given Salah is now being spoken of in the company of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo it is, as Honigstein suggests, inconceivable that Brandt would have had the same impact.
Brandt has scored nine and assisted six in 31 games for Bayer Leverkusen this season, largely coming in from the left wing, which is just one goal and an assist more than Naby Keita for RB Leipzig.
The likelihood is that if Brandt was signed instead of Salah, Sadio Mane would have kept his place on the right flank, with the Senegalese the Reds’ key man last term.
But now Klopp has both Mane and Salah alongside Roberto Firmino, and the manager seemingly has the oft-criticised Edwards to thank.
If anything, this serves to further highlight how laughable Neil Ashton and the Mail‘s hack job on the then-head of technical performance back in 2015 was.