Liverpool FC welcomed 450 schoolchildren to Anfield this week to take part in the largest Safer Internet Day educational event in the UK.
Reds star Dejan Lovren and LFC ambassador Ian Rush attended the event, where they met with the youngsters to discuss the importance of using the internet and technology safely as well as sharing some of their experiences.
“Events like these are so important for raising awareness,” said Lovren. “It’s key for youngsters to understand the dangers of being online but also how they can use technology in a safe, fun and positive way.”
The event, which took place in the Dugout Lounge in the Main Stand, saw the year five and year six pupils take part in an assembly, followed by an interactive workshop and a tour of Anfield before heading back to school.
Safer Internet Day 2020 marked the fifth year in succession that LFC has hosted this educational event at Anfield.
For more information on Safer Internet Day, click here.
Liverpool visit bottom-of-the-table Norwich on Saturday evening, but do Canaries fans believe there is any chance of a huge upset?
The Reds have enjoyed their winter break and it’s time for an assault on the treble in the remaining three months of the season.
A win would leave Liverpool 25 points ahead of Man City, with Pep Guardiola’s champions not in action due to postponement and a winter break of their own.
Ahead of the match, we spoke to Carrow Road regular and writer Daniel Emery (@DanielEmeryRS) to get his thoughts on Norwich, Liverpool and Saturday’s clash.Norwich are bottom of the Premier League – how would you assess the season so far?
Excuse me for stating the obvious, but it’s gone poorly.
The club decided not to risk financial insecurity in the future by not investing in the squad last summer and that has, unfortunately, cost us.
Put simply, we do not have the quality throughout the squad to stay in the Premier League.
The defence needed strengthening, after conceding the most goals of any title-winning side in Championship history, and it didn’t happen.
It must also be said that we suffered a spate of injuries in the first few months of the season, though, and that made it hard for Norwich to settle into their rhythm at this level.Do you still think the Canaries can beat the drop?
We don’t have the quality to stay up. It would take a minor miracle for us to avoid the drop in the next 13 games.
I think you can see from our January signings, aside from Ondrej Duda on loan, that the club are expecting relegation as well.
We signed two young players and sent them back on loan, and a backup utility man from the Bundesliga for less than £1 million.Which players have stood out most this season?
If I had to pick three, I would go with Teemu Pukki, Todd Cantwell and Sam Byram.
Pukki and Cantwell for the obvious reasons in that they score and create goals, but Byram was signed as a backup right-back and has been one of our best players this season.
Despite being a right-back by trade, he has been excellent at left-back since taking over from Jamal Lewis.
He makes tackles, interceptions, clearances and wins his headers—what more could you want?Any who have struggled?
As you can imagine, quite a few. Again, I’ll pick three: Marco Stiepermann, Mo Leitner and Onel Hernandez.
All three were brilliant in our promotion-winning season and key members of the squad, but have failed to deliver in the Premier League.
Stiepermann, in particular, has been poor, with no goals and assists in an attacking midfield position all season.
At any level that is an abysmal return, and the reason behind the club signing Duda in January.
A lack of contribution behind the striker has been a huge issue for Norwich throughout the campaign, due to Stiepermann’s failure to make the step up.What do you think has been key to Liverpool’s success?
They are not as easy on the eye as Man City have been, but they know how to win games—it’s as simple as that.
Every player in the team knows their role and executes it perfectly each week, which is why it’s so hard to stop them.
When you have two full-backs as energetic as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, it can be easy to pin teams in and fire crosses in until you get the goal, especially when you have Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino getting on the end of them.Who do you fear most for the Reds on Saturday?
Given he scored your first goal of the season, I’d have to say Grant Hanley!
No, in all seriousness, I would have to say Mane.
He’s one of my personal favourite players in the league and his movement could be a killer for our back four.
If he is able to find the space, make runs and get shots off, he will undoubtedly cause us problems—assuming he returns from injury.Where will the key battles take place?
Liverpool’s strength, in my opinion, is their ability to quickly switch the play and create crossing opportunities.
This means it is imperative for Norwich’s midfield to get as close to Liverpool’s as they can, in order to limit the supply to the full-backs in the final third.
That being said, nobody has been able to do that in the 25 games so far this season.Finally, hit us with your prediction…
Let’s go with an ambitious 2-1 defeat for the Canaries.
Mane and Virgil van Dijk for Liverpool, Duda for Norwich.
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The Reds return after their mid-season break with an away fixture at Carrow Road on Saturday evening.
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Donovan 'Tekkz' Hunt and Oliver Hall will represent Liverpool FC at the grand finals of the ePremier League tournament after emerging victorious at the club play-offs held at Anfield on Thursday.
Reigning champion 'Tekkz' was the winner of the eight-player competition on the XBOX edition of FIFA 20, while 'OllieHall134' also saw off seven rivals to qualify on PlayStation 4.
They both progress to the ePremier League grand finals, to be played over two days at London’s dedicated eSports facility, the Gfinity Arena, and broadcast live on Sky Sports.
In December 2019, all 20 Premier League clubs opened up online qualifying rounds for the ePremier League tournament.
The best 16 players earned a spot in the live play-offs to compete for a place in the grand finals – with one qualification each on XBOX and PS4 up for grabs.
The play-offs featured a series of group stages, with the eight players per platform pairing up into four teams and going head-to-head, with the winning four players for each platform then battling it out in a single-elimination stage.
Local Liverpool band and BBC Radio 1 playlist act Circa Waves were on stage to entertain guests with their DJ set at the start and close of the event.
The two LFC qualifiers will now come up against 38 representatives from the other 19 Premier League clubs in the grand finals, which will be held in London on March 27 and 28.
The overall ePL champion will walk away with £20,000 prize money, while the runner-up scoops £10,000.
This is the second year that the tournament has taken place, with top-ranking EA SPORTS FIFA player Donovan ‘Tekkz’ Hunt claiming the inaugural trophy for the Reds last year.
Liverpool Women suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat against Arsenal on Thursday night, despite taking an early lead in the Women’s Super League.Liverpool FC Women 2-3 Arsenal
Women’s Super League, Deva Stadium
February 13, 2020
Goals: Babajide 14′, Furness 45′; Miedema 30′ 78′, Nobbs 32′.
Three weeks and two postponed fixtures since their last outing, Liverpool FC Women took on reigning WSL champions Arsenal at Chester FC’s Deva Stadium and pushed the title-winners all the way.
Since winning 8-1 against Blackburn in the Women’s FA Cup at the end of January, Liverpool had seen games against Birmingham City and Everton called off, with a change of stadiums necessary for this game to go ahead.
Arsenal are once again in the fight for honours at the top and made a strong start, almost scoring inside a minute, but the home team fought back well and indeed scored the game’s opening goal.
Rinsola Babajide showed tremendous pace to make up about ten yards on a defender, beat her to a bouncing ball and race through to slot home under the keeper.
The free-scoring Vivianne Miedema equalised for Arsenal on the half-hour mark, though, and Jordan Nobbs, who assisted that strike, scored the second just a couple of minutes later to turn the game around.
Despite the double setback, Liverpool rallied to equalise before the break, Rachel Furness leathering home with her left foot after an attempted header back to the keeper landed woefully short.
HT: LFC Women 2-2 Arsenal
Vicky Jepson’s team battled hard after the break against something of an Arsenal onslaught, with goalkeeper Anke Preuss called into action multiple times.
A low save from Miedema and a fine diving palm away to divert a cross from oncoming attackers were particularly notable interventions from the stopper.
But inside the final 12 minutes, Miedema found space in the box to divert a header back toward the near post, finally beating Preuss and winning Arsenal the game.
It leaves Liverpool still on six points, outside the relegation zone on goal difference ahead of Bristol City.
Jade Bailey came closest to a third for Liverpool, with a corner which almost flew straight in, but in the end a positive performance was all they could take from the encounter.
For match highlights, UK viewers can watch here.
Liverpool FC Women: Preuss, Jane, Robe, Furness, Fahey, Bradley-Auckland, Charles (Hodson, 80), Bailey (Clarke, 85), Babajide, Linnett (Roberts 66), Lawley.
Subs not used: Foster, Murray, Purfield.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at Liverpool's preparations for the upcoming trip to Norwich City with the latest edition of Inside Training.
The Reds return to action following their Premier League winter break as they head to Carrow Road on Saturday evening.
Jürgen Klopp's men have been preparing for the clash at Melwood all week – and you can view the footage our cameras captured from Thursday’s session in the video above.
Liverpool FC Women fell to a 3-2 defeat against reigning Women’s Super League champions Arsenal at Chester FC's Deva Stadium on Thursday night.
Vicky Jepson’s side took an early lead, later drew level after a Gunners double and were ultimately unfortunate not to take a point that their overall play certainly merited.
Instead it was the visitors who claimed all three as Netherlands international forward Vivianne Miedema – one of the most prolific strikers in women’s football – netted twice, including the winner.
Arsenal almost went in front after only 40 seconds but Anke Preuss produced a fantastic save to deny Jordan Nobbs from close range.
And despite the away team’s control of possession in the opening stages, it was Liverpool who scored first on 14 minutes.
A fine pass from Rachel Furness put Rinsola Babajide clear. The No.20 did superbly to hold off the defender and showed great composure to calmly slot the ball into the net.
The Gunners soon turned the game around, however, with two goals in the space of two minutes before the break.
Firstly, on the half-hour mark, Liverpool lost possession and Arsenal broke menacingly down the right. The ball fell invitingly to Miedema, who made no mistake from close range.
Nobbs then rose high to meet a left-wing cross with an unstoppable header to make it 2-1.
Five minutes from half-time, a fantastic last-ditch challenge by Niamh Fahey denied Lisa Evans as she almost broke free in the penalty area.
It was a pivotal intervention, because in stoppage time the Reds stormed back to make it 2-2.
A long pass from Niamh Charles was headed into the direction of Furness, who produced an emphatic finish with her left foot to give Pauline Peyraud-Magnin absolutely no chance.
Jepson’s side continued to compete strongly into the second half, with Babajide, Charles and Melissa Lawley posing a threat on the counter-attack.
Jade Bailey almost found the back of the net direct from a left-wing corner, meanwhile, but Peyraud-Magnin did extremely well to keep the ball out.
Arsenal were always dangerous when they got the ball out wide, though, and it was from one such moment that the winning goal arrived.
With 78 minutes on clock, a right-wing cross found Miedema and she made no mistake with her header to snatch victory for the visitors.
Liverpool FC Women: Preuss, Jane, Robe, Furness, Fahey, Bradley-Auckland, Charles (Hodson, 80), Bailey (Clarke, 85), Babajide, Linnett (Roberts, 66), Lawley.
Unused substitutes: Foster, Murray, Purfield.
At first glance, Liverpool and Norwich City don’t have too much in common—other than currently bookending the Premier League table. But there’s plenty of connection there throughout the history of both clubs.
The Reds return to action after a winter break which made headlines for many strange reasons and their first opponents back are Norwich.
Back on the opening night of the season, Jurgen Klopp‘s outfit triumphed over the Canaries and haven’t lost a league game between now and then, while Daniel Farke’s team, impressive at Anfield, went on to beat Man City soon after—before sinking to 20th in the league.
They’re fighting relegation while the Reds chase the title, pointing to the obvious differences in size and standing, but the two clubs have also shared moments in history and football personnel of some note through the years.
Here’s a look at how the two have become strangely linked, often with long gaps in between but always with notable results when they collide.Standing Kop’s farewell
The Spion Kop, the most famous stand in English football, the most storied and historical end of a ground at which many a memorable goal has been scored.
And yet, the last goal scored at the old Spion Kop end, before it was made all-seater, was not netted by a Liverpool player, but against the team.
Norwich were the visitors and Jeremy Goss the goalscorer, a thunderbolt into the top corner in a dismal 1-0 defeat on an emotional occasion in the early 90s.
That the Reds’ best second-half chances to change that piece of history fell to the likes of Neil Ruddock, Julian Dicks and Don Hutchison, rather than others who played including John Barnes, Ian Rush or Robbie Fowler, says much about the time and the state that the club was in.Doug Livermore
Transfers directly between the Reds and the Canaries have been few and far between, with just four taking place across the entirety of both teams’ histories.
Anyone remember Doug Livermore? He was one of the four, and played a notable role at both clubs…on and off the pitch.
A local-born player who broke through in the late 60s, Livermore made a handful of appearances for the Reds before transferring to Norwich to continue his career. There he reached a cup final and won a Second Division title, playing well over 100 times for the club.
Later, after retiring, he coached the reserves at Norwich and worked his way back up to what was, by now, the Premier League—and in 1994 became Roy Evans’ assistant when he was manager at Liverpool.
Livermore remained with the Reds until Gerard Houllier took over sole charge, departing with Evans, before once more returning to Norwich as assistant to four managers in succession: Bruce Rioch, Bryan Hamilton, Nigel Worthington and Peter Grant.
Maybe not a personality remembered by too many, but one who served both clubs in significant ways behind the scenes.Michael Edwards, Championship style
Of course, even those who aren’t managers and players are in the limelight these days—such as Michael Edwards, Liverpool’s transfer guru, laptop owner and air conditioning lover, the absolute hero.
Norwich have their own version: Stuart Webber, a highly respected sporting director who uses data analytics and his own knowledge of the game to sign under the radar players of the type who helped Norwich progress back to the top flight.
Want to hazard a guess at which big club Webber first made his name? That’s right, Liverpool.
The Reds took him from Wrexham when he was still in his 20s and made him Director of Recruitment at Academy level, responsible for bringing in young talent when the likes of Kenny Dalglish and Rafa Benitez were manager.
One of the players Webber helped bring to the Reds was Raheem Sterling.80s stranglehold broken
Norwich don’t win many trophies. In fact, discounting lower-league titles which they’ve won a few times, their total haul of silverware amounts to precisely two League Cups in almost 118 years of history.
It’s reasonably incredible, then, that one of those trophies brought to an end a quite remarkable dominant run by one team in particular…Liverpool.
Back in the 80s, as the Reds regularly racked up visits to Wembley, we won four consecutive League Cup finals between ’81 and ’84. No team has ever matched that feat.
But in 1985, the run was ended as a new team won the trophy…Norwich, who hadn’t won a single cup in 23 years at that point…and haven’t won another one since.
Oh, remember about only four players transferring between the clubs? Another one of the quartet went by the name of Dave Watson; he was an academy player for the Reds who never played a game and later played well over 400 matches for Everton.
In between (and in his entire career), he played for only one other club, Norwich. Guess who was their captain in 1985 to lift the trophy and end Liverpool’s four-year win streak?It’s not even football
Like a defender sent for some chips by a Roberto Firmino piece of skill, we’re suddenly miles away from real football and into the world of pop culture.
Actor Ricky Tomlinson is a massive Red, as many tend to be.
Two particular, albeit exceedingly different, roles come to mind when he is spoken about: his portrayal of a father whose son is lost in the 1989 stadium disaster, in Hillsborough, and his career as a football coach in Mike Bassett, England manager.
The former is of course entirely linked with Liverpool; the second sees Tomlinson take over the national team after success with a lower-league outfit—Norwich.How they hated Suarez
Well, we could hardly let this piece pass without a mention for the nightmare himself for all people of a yellow persuasion, could we?
Luis Suarez absolutely loved facing Norwich.
The absolute lunatic knocked in a frankly outrageous 12 goals in just six games against them, including a record-breaking hat-trick of hat-tricks.
Three at the end of 11/12 gave the Reds a 3-0 win at Carrow Road, then five months later he did exactly the same again, at the same ground, as the Reds won 5-2.
The best was saved until last, as he smashed in four goals in a 5-1 win midway through 13/14.
Goals from the halfway line, free-kicks, individual brilliance, outrageous lobs…he could, and did, do it all against John Ruddy and Co.Double agents
As mentioned, direct transfers between the clubs have been few and far between. In the modern era, only two young Reds prospects have made the switch: defender Dani Ayala, now with Middlesbrough, and Sergi Canos, now at Brentford.
But there have been a host of players, old and recent, who have played for both clubs along their respective career paths.
The most notable is probably Craig Bellamy, who came through the academy at Norwich and went on to have two separate spells with Liverpool, while another forward of the same era, Peter Crouch, had a loan spell at the Canaries early in his career, well before moving to Anfield.
Then there have been the young talents loaned to Carrow Road to aid their game time, which include Dani Pacheco, Andre Wisdom and Nick Tanner.
At the other end of the scale, Jan Molby had a brief loan at Norwich from the Reds towards the end of his career, while even more have found a home in East Anglia further down the road after departing Anfield. David Fairclough, Zak Whitbread and Jon Otsemobor all fall in this category.Introducing: Klopp
Finally, the game which probably made most people realise that Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp was going to be one hell of a mad ride.
A back-and-forth game at Carrow Road in January 2016 saw the Reds lead, fall behind, retake the lead and give up a last-minute equaliser—only for Adam Lallana to go and notch a winner deep into stoppage time.
Cue bedlam in the away end, broken glasses making headlines for days afterwards and a fair few very, very irate members of staff and stewards for Norwich who had muttered all game long about how poor and annoying Liverpool were, right behind the press box.
Now, what might this upcoming fixture add to the annuls of history between the sides…
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The Reds travel to Norwich City on Saturday evening following the winter break and their preparations for the Premier League clash continued with a workout at their West Derby base.
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Photos by Phillip Richards
Mohamed Salah was today named Liverpool's Standard Chartered Player of the Month for January.
The No.11 helped the Reds maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League in the month with victories over Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United.
Salah, who started each of the five league wins, scored three times and provided three assists to edge out Jordan Henderson and Alisson Becker for the prize in a poll of supporters on Liverpoolfc.com.
“Thank you. I am happy to win this award and as I’ve said before many times, the important thing is to win the games and I think we did well that month, so hopefully we’ll keep [going] like that,” the Egyptian told us as he collected the award at Melwood on Thursday.
Player of the Month is the second club accolade won by Salah for January, with his stoppage-time strike against United at Anfield being named the Reds’ Goal of the Month last week.
So, was that Kop-end finish his favourite moment of a fruitful month?
“Yeah, I think so,” Salah said. “I scored a goal against Man United after two years, so that was my favourite moment.”
Liverpool’s Premier League season resumes with a trip to Norwich City on Saturday, and Salah is raring to go following the winter break.
He continued: “I think we had a good break and everyone is fresh and everyone is excited to go again, so hopefully we will be ready for the game.”
2019-20 Standard Chartered Player of the Month winners
August: Mohamed Salah
September: Roberto Firmino
October: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
November: Sadio Mane
December: Trent Alexander-Arnold
January: Mohamed Salah
Liverpool are in the news! Just for a change. Today we have four transfer rumours, four! Plus plenty of off-pitch positives to bring you.Sancho or Werner? Or both or neither?
Looks like Liverpool will be making their decision pretty soon on which, if any, new forwards to target.
News has exploded this week on Premier League clubs making their intentions clear surrounding a summer move for Jadon Sancho, currently with Borussia Dortmund.
And Liverpool are the latest to be reported as firm hopefuls to sign him, at least through one Merseyside-based reporter. That’s £100 million at least right there, if the move goes ahead.
Elsewhere, Timo Werner has long been linked with the Reds and it seems we have until April to decide if we want him…at least, if we want him for £50million.
A clause in his contract expires thereafter and RB Leipzig will no doubt demand far more for him after Euro 2020, perhaps in the realms of £80m or more, judging by last summer’s striker deals.
Which is the right way to go?Saka and Promes on Reds’ radar
Let’s get the absurd one out of the way first. Russian outlet Sport say Quincy Promes, who moved from Spartak Moscow to Sevilla in 2018 and joined Ajax in the summer, is back on Liverpool’s radar.
A €40 million fee is quoted for the 28-year-old wide forward. Where to start?
He’s fast and talented, but also wildly inconsistent. There’s no way the Reds are lashing €40m on him when Werner might only be €10m or so more, is five years younger and far better. This isn’t happening.
More interestingly, Arsenal‘s young talent Bukayo Saka is in the final 18 months of his contract and stalling on a new deal, say the Mail, with Liverpool, Man United and Bayern Munich keeping an eye on the situation.
He’s another wide forward, but has also impressed at left-back this season and, at just 18 years of age, has lots of growth ahead of him.
It might not be an imminent deal or one to add a guaranteed immediate starter, but one which might make sense if a reasonable price can be arranged in the summer.Improvements and growth
There’s no end to the positivity around Anfield these days! On and off the pitch, everything seems great.Bobby the Real “MVP”
The scout who brought Roberto Firmino to Europe has labelled the Brazilian the real driving force of the team and spoken about the strengths which made him stand out initially—and they’ll be familiar ones to Reds.
Lutz Pfannenstiel was working with Hoffenheim when our No. 9 moved to Germany, and he says Firmino was always the hardest-working individual to improve his own game, his physical stature and his chances of succeeding.
“His special character came to light. He worked a lot more than most, always doing extra shifts on the pitch or in the weights room and developing physically very quickly. He had the unconditional will,” the goalkeeper-turned-scout said.
Pfannenstiel says Firmino, Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp are a perfect combination to each get the best out of each other and notes the forward is the “perfect fit” for the side, which makes him the MVP of the team.Quickfire LFC news
Maurizio Sarri has spoken about Aaron Ramsey, saying he had a difficult time adjusting after a bad injury and a move to a new league, but also that he is growing and improving all the time.
The headline writers at the Mirror—not the journalist of the article itself, to note—have decided this translates into an “admission” from the manager of Ramsey’s probable summer exit, and a chance to link him with Man United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.
In other words, all the biggest headline clickers. How do you spell “transparent”, by the way?Tweet of the day
Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni: “there are no unbeatable teams…except Liverpool”.
— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) February 13, 2020What we’re reading
A nice insight and interview with the man behind the perfect pitches at Anfield and beyond: David Roberts, Liverpool’s grounds manager.
And this totally correct view of how there’s no excuse for professional referees to be failing fitness tests in the Premier League, with Keith Hackett writing in the Telegraph. And Lee Mason’s ineptitude isn’t even mentioned!Worth watching tonight
AC Milan vs. Juventus in the Coppa semis. 7:45, BT Sport 2. Absolute stonker!