Liverpool FC Women’s clash with Millwall Lionesses in the fifth round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup will take place on Sunday February 17 at Prenton Park.
The tie will kick-off at 2pm GMT, with extra time and penalties a possibility.
Vicky Jepson’s Reds secured their place in the fifth round with a comprehensive 6-0 win over MK Dons Ladies last weekend.
Ashley Hodson was among the scorers on return from long-term injury while Jemma Purfield marked her debut by also getting on the scoresheet.
Millwall edged out fellow FA Women’s Championship side Lewes in a hard-fought 1-0 win on Sunday.
Tickets for the game are on sale now, while admission is free to Liverpool FC season ticket holders and members.
Adam Lewis wants to capitalise on the ‘unbelievable experience’ of being part of Liverpool’s training camp in Marbella.
Academy prospect Lewis was named in Jürgen Klopp’s travelling squad that flew out to Spain on Monday - and the 19-year-old is determined to impress the manager during their four-day stay.
“It’s an unbelievable experience, to be honest,” Lewis told Liverpoolfc.com in Marbella.
“Obviously I had an idea that I was going to be coming, but when he [Klopp] told me I was made up. All my family were made up too.
“[My aim is to] Just to try and get on the bench or maybe in the squad for a Premier League game. Just to keep doing what I’m doing, to be honest.
“Everyone knows the manager gives opportunities and you can see it with Ki-Jana [Hoever] obviously coming off the bench [against Wolves] with four minutes gone. So he believes in you as players and if you do well then he’s going to give you that chance.”
Lewis’ first experience of an overseas training camp with the Reds’ first team came two years ago in Tenerife, and he feels he has progressed significantly since then.
“Yeah, 100 per cent. I can see it when I’m playing as well - I feel more confident,” he continued.
“These types of training sessions help me. With the Tenerife one I came back flying and got my pro contract out of it as well, so hopefully when I come back from Marbella and get back to the U23s I can try and stay at Melwood for as long as possible.”
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain took part in the session as Liverpool began training at their Marbella camp on Tuesday morning.
The midfielder joined his teammates in the drills in Spain as he continues to work his way back to full fitness following a long-term knee injury.
The Reds began the day with a warm up and a series of core exercises, before ball-work drills and rondos.
Rhian Brewster, Ben Woodburn and Nat Phillips also participated in the session; however, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho were absent.
Speaking about the inclusion of Oxlade-Chamberlain in the workout, Jürgen Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “The boys had to do a bit of core work, passing and the rondos and it’s nice [they could be involved].
“These things Ox can do, and Rhian can do, and Ben can do and Nat Phillips could do most of them. That’s all good.
“This afternoon they will have to do their own stuff again and hopefully we can integrate them step by step.”
At the conclusion of the session, an impromptu game of foot-tennis took place, with Klopp and Sadio Mane taking on Roberto Firmino and Pepijn Lijnders.
Liverpool arrived in Marbella on Monday evening and will remain here until Friday, when they will head back to England to continue preparations for next week’s Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.
The team's training kit is available to buy at liverpoolfc.com/store.
Photos by Andrew Powell
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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has topped the latest Power Rankings for a second week running.
Aguero scored his second hat-trick in as many weeks as City thrashed Chelsea 6-0 on Sunday, with Raheem Sterling (No 2) netting twice and Aymeric Laporte (No 3) benefiting from breaking the deadlock at Everton in midweek.
Heung-Min Son (No 4) scored for the third game running to seal Spurs' 3-1 win over Leicester, with Christian Eriksen (No 9) getting on the scoresheet after teeing up Davinson Sanchez's opener.
Team-mate Hugo Lloris (No 5) denied Jamie Vardy from twelve yards and made nine saves at Wembley, while Paul Pogba (No 6) reentered the top 10 after netting a stunner and converting a penalty in Manchester United's 3-0 win at Fulham.Heung-Min Son has now scored in three successive games for Tottenham
Watford stopper Ben Foster (No 10) kept his seventh clean sheet this term in a 1-0 win against Everton, while Sadio Mane (No 7) suffered a minor slip down the chart - despite scoring in Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Bournemouth.
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Last Updated: 12/02/19 1:32pmDejan Lovren faces a race to be fit for Liverpool's first leg against Bayern Munich
Dejan Lovren has not travelled to Liverpool's Marbella training camp as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.
The 29-year-old defender suffered the injury against Wolves last month but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp remains hopeful he will be fit for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich on February 19.
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"That's never a good sign, I would say, but we will try everything to make Dejan available for Munich. It will be a tight race.
"For him, it makes sense in the moment to be in another place to do what he has to do.
"It wouldn't have helped if he was here, so we will try everything - that's clear."Fabinho has a muscle problem
Meanwhile, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho did not train alongside their Liverpool team-mates in Marbella on Tuesday.
Milner and Wijnaldum had a separate session at the team hotel as they continue to build up their fitness following illness, while Fabinho has a 'minor muscle complaint but is expected to resume full training in the coming days'.
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"Millie and Gini still struggle with their illnesses, so they did a bit of work in the hotel.
"Fabinho felt [something] a little bit; it will not be a problem, but there was no reason for him to be out today.
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James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho did not participate alongside their teammates in Liverpool’s first training session in Marbella as a precaution, Jürgen Klopp explained.
The trio were absent as the Reds undertook a workout in Spain on Tuesday morning.
However, Klopp explained Milner and Wijnaldum completed a separate session in the team hotel as they continue to work their way back to full fitness following illness.
Meanwhile, Fabinho was absent due a minor muscle complaint, but is expected to resume full training in the coming days.
The manager told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s how it is after games, you have a couple of problems.
“Millie and Gini still struggle with their illnesses, so they did a bit of work in the hotel. Fabinho felt [something] a little bit; it will not be a problem, but there was no reason for him to be out today.
“Hopefully he can train tomorrow and if not then the day after that. None of them are serious, all will be fine.”
Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Dejan Lovren has not travelled to Liverpool’s Marbella training camp as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.
The centre-back has remained behind to maintain his rehabilitation programme for the issue sustained against Wolverhampton Wanderers on January 7.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com in Spain: “Dejan is not here and Joe [Gomez] is not here.
“That’s never a good sign, I would say, but we will try everything to make Dejan available for Munich. It will be a tight race.
“For him, it makes sense in the moment to be in another place to do what he has to do. It wouldn’t have helped if he was here, so we will try everything – that’s clear.”
Young members of the local community in Liverpool were given an unforgettable matchday experience at Anfield last weekend, courtesy of Red Neighbours.
As part of the programme’s commitment to creating memorable experiences for young people, pupils from All Saints Catholic Primary School, in Anfield, were invited to enjoy a special day at Liverpool's game against AFC Bournemouth.
The youngsters were given a unique chance to welcome players from both teams as they arrived at the stadium, and enjoyed a special pre-match meet and greet with official club mascot, Mighty Red.
Pupils from North Liverpool Academy, Florence Melly Primary School, Faith Primary School and Whitefield Primary School also attended Saturday’s game as part of Red Neighbours' free tickets for schools scheme.
The initiative provides local schools in the L4, L5 and L6 postcodes with 55 tickets for every Premier League home fixture, with more than 1,000 pupils benefitting across the season.
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"It was really hard to take, to lose the final," Jürgen Klopp confessed in an LFCTV documentary broadcast last summer.
“But the whole road to Kiev was exceptional. I enjoyed every second. For me, it felt like we again came closer together. Our faith and belief is enough to do it again and again and again.”
Klopp’s comments touched on two concepts prevalent at the time.
One was a palpable sense that the team and fans had come together as one during Liverpool’s journey to the 2018-19 Champions League final. The other was a sense that Kiev was a beginning, not an end, for the squad of players at Klopp’s disposal – and given their performances so far this season, that appears to have been borne out.
But what about the fans? Could the fervour seen among the thousands that gathered in Shevchenko Park, on a day that many of them unreservedly describe as the best of their life – despite the result that followed – be bottled and maintained through the new campaign?
“In the summer it was like: ‘Are we going to be able to pick ourselves up and go again next season?’” BOSS Night musician Kieran Molyneux recalls.
“But when the season started and the team was winning games and around the top of the table, it reminded everyone how good we actually are and reminded us of the power fans have got. There’s definitely something in the air…”
BOSS Nights, Jamie Webster, the Egyptian King, James, The Beautiful South, Allez, Allez, Allez – the tale of last season’s explosion of fan culture on the red side of the city is well known by now.
As new anthems were created and popularised, tickets for the BOSS Night events held at District in the Baltic Triangle repeatedly sold out within seconds and musicians such as Kieran and Jamie found themselves very much in demand.
This season the fan culture phenomenon lives on, but with a slight shift of emphasis onto league games – owing to the Reds’ battle for the Premier League title – and an updated songbook.
The Mohamed Salah song and Allez, Allez, Allez remain staples but are now complemented by new additions eulogising Virgil van Dijk and Roberto Firmino, performed at BOSS Nights held not just in the city but in Dubai, Paris and Dublin, with other foreign dates likely between now and May. There’s even a special kids-only version planned for later in the season.
“Without a doubt it has gone well beyond what we expected,” says Shaun O’Donnell, one of the BOSS Night organisers alongside friend Daniel Nicolson. “In Paris, we’d said to the venue we hoped it would be full within a couple of hours of opening, and I believe within the first 40 minutes it was locked out and there were people outside, so it was another crazy one.”
Jamie Webster and BOSS Night at LFC fan event in Michigan last summer
The manner in which Shaun and Daniel’s project has mushroomed is all the more remarkable considering its relatively humble origins, not to mention the fact that it is something the duo do for a bit of fun on top of the full-time jobs they both work.
“We’ve been doing these events for over five years,” Shaun explains. “They were called ‘Sunday Sessions’, it was when Liverpool were in the Europa League for the first time in a long time, so they were playing a lot on Sundays and we wanted to make Sundays more of an event – get people to the same place with some live music.
“The first one, there were probably only 80 people in a very small room in Osqas, it was just our mates and friends of friends. Since then it has had a really organic growth. We moved on to Sound on Duke Street, which holds about 250, and then on to District. That’s where the social media following started, and we started to attract the mainstream and not just hardcore fans.
“There’s been a collective realisation among Liverpool fans that when we pull together we can create something pretty special, and instead of Kiev being the end of the story, it was the start. If you go back four or five years to where we maybe weren’t doing so well, it wasn’t the cool thing to do to be coming out with new songs, but it is now. I saw a video of schoolkids in Africa singing the Mo Salah song – it’s just absolutely crazy how something like that can go from a warehouse in Liverpool to the streets of Africa.”
He’s our centre-half,
He’s our No.4,
Watch him defend, and we watch him score,
He can pass the ball, calm as you like,
He’s Virgil van Dijk,
He’s Virgil van Dijk
Molyneux still has a day job, but it’s fair to say his life has changed since this time last year. The 26-year-old from Walton now performs in The Sandon pub before and after every Liverpool game and was part of the BOSS Nights in Kiev, Paris and Dublin.
“The thing is, these people don’t get the chance to go every week,” he states. “Some of them live abroad, some might not be able to afford it, for some it might not be possible logistically, so they’re seeing people like me and Jamie who are the men on the ground so to speak, and they want to have a little part of that, and you can feel it when you play those gigs.
“Sometimes you might not know the faces of the people coming up and saying, ‘Can you play this, can you play that?’, but you know everyone is on the same page.”
The Cambraco bus on which Kieran and Jamie travel to away games has become something of a hit factory in itself, giving us an LFC version of Rotterdam by The Beautiful South last season (“We’ve been to Hoffenheim and Maribor…”) and more recently, the Van Dijk song to the tune of Dirty Old Town by The Pogues.
“It was Jamie and a lad called Kearnsy, I came up the back of the bus and they had this structure of the song,” Kieran explains. “At first I think it was, ‘He’s our centre-half, he’s six foot four’, and that was changed to ‘He’s our No.4’ and stuff like that.
“So, it started on the bus and then the power again of Jamie playing the Halfway House, me playing the Sandon, the BOSS Nights – it goes viral in seconds now. Years ago, to get a song off the deck you had to sing them in pubs for months on end, you’d be stood in the ground getting your mates to join in until it caught on, whereas now it can be filmed on a bus and by the time you leave the away end it’s already viral and people are singing it on the way home.
“Before the BOSS Nights me and Jamie will sit upstairs for about 10 minutes just trying to figure out what they’re singing downstairs, and then go on stage and sing it. We never claim to have made all these songs up and we never claim to be responsible for the success of the songs, we just play them because we know people want to hear them.”
There’s something that the Kop wants you to know,
The best in the world, his name’s Bobby Firmino,
Our No.9, when he gets the ball he’ll score every time,
Sim senhor, give the ball to Bobby then he will score
If you’ve been to a Liverpool match in the last couple of months, or even if you haven’t, the chances are you’ll recognise these words.
In much the same way as Salah’s song pinballed from Twitter to the pub to the stands until you heard it everywhere you went last season, the ode to his fellow forward Firmino has been this season’s massive word-of-mouth hit, and it’s all down to a 23-year-old and his mates.
Truly global in nature, the song was inspired by Argentines, ordered by a German, is dedicated to a Brazilian and was first written and sung in the Serbian capital.
“Bobby deserved a song, most of the other lads had one, and Jürgen asked for a Bobby one last season, so we just thought it was a bit of a laugh,” says the creator in question, season ticket holder Ben Stevenson, who had been watching the video of a River Plate song on loop when he arrived in Serbia to see Liverpool play Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League last November.
The song was De la Mano del Muñeco, sung to the tune of a ballad by Argentine crooner Fito Páez, and essentially it was River’s Allez, Allez, Allez – a song that captured the sheer joy of following your team across a continent en route to a final, the 2018 Copa Libertadores final in their case.
“The River Plate video was doing the rounds on social media, and a few of the lads kept singing it while we were there, and I just came up with the words ‘Give the ball to Bobby then he will score.’ A couple of the lads thought it was quite good and we just sat down in a bar and came up with the rest of it.
“We tried to change a few of the words from Spanish to Portuguese – ‘sí señor’ to ‘sim senhor’ – because Bobby speaks Portuguese and we thought that’d be a bit more appropriate.
“We started singing it on the bus from the city centre to the ground, a load of young lads at the back of the bus cottoned on to it, and it all got going from there. The videos started going round and we were like, ‘No way, that’s caught on.’ It’s surreal, but it’s a good song, and any song that gives the players an extra 10 per cent is a good thing.”
We've conquered all of Europe,
We're never going to stop,
From Paris down to Turkey,
We've won the lot,
Bob Paisley and Bill Shankly,
The fields of Anfield Road,
We are loyal supporters,
And we come from Liverpool,
Allez, Allez, Allez,
Allez, Allez, Allez
It’s no coincidence that another of the passengers on that bus bound for the Marakana Stadium was Phil Howard, the 27-year-old from Wavertree who wrote Allez, Allez, Allez with friend Liam Malone.
“I had seen the River Plate fans singing it on Twitter and quote-Tweeted it saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we had a song to this?’” Phil remembers.
“I didn’t think anything of it until two weeks later when we went to Belgrade, and Ben said, ‘I’ve got a Firmino song for you.’ It just went off straight away. When we got on the coach from the city centre to the ground in Belgrade, that was the first time we heard it. Obviously no-one knew the words then, but it really caught on when we went to Paris.”
As to Phil’s own creation, the way it’s deployed by the fans may have changed slightly this term, but you get the sense it will be part of the Kop repertoire for many years to come.
“I think Allez, Allez, Allez is more of a Champions League thing now, because of the words and the run last season,” he says. “It’s definitely still a buzz, you might only hear it once or twice a game now compared to when it first came out, so when you do it’s special. I don’t like to say, ‘Oh, wow, look what we’ve done.’ I did feel a bit like that when we were in Kiev, but it’s more about getting the fans together and being behind the team.”
Ben and Phil don’t want to take too much credit or hold themselves up as an example.
That’s partly because the way these songs are created – on buses and at pubs – is collaborative and not down to any one person’s virtuosity. But it’s also because they’re not doing it for recognition, they’re doing it to make the away end at places like the Marakana and the Estadio do Dragao a fun place to be, and because they genuinely believe the songs can help push the players on.
“We’ve seen interviews with Andy Robertson talking about how Virgil van Dijk has been singing his song in the dressing room, so it gives the players a bit of a boost, then if it gets going in the ground and creates a bit of atmosphere, you can’t complain about that,” says Ben.
“I remember when I used to go the match when I was a kid, all the players had their name sung by the Kop before the match, and then that sort of died down a bit, but it feels like now you can almost go through the XI and there’s a song for every player, and a lot of the songs are quite innovative.”
For musicians like Kieran and Jamie to do it is one thing, but for the others – twenty-somethings with no musical background – to create a song that goes around the world in days, borrowed and adapted by fans of rival clubs and clocking up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, seems quite extraordinary at first glance.
However, in a sense it’s nothing new, and this new generation are simply following in the tradition of Kopites from the 1960s onwards, who not only created songs but were able, with their wit and warmth, to galvanise their fellow Reds even after the most heartbreaking of defeats.
“I don’t think Poor Scouser Tommy was written by Mozart,” laughs Kieran. “That’s the beauty of being a football fan, you don’t need musical knowledge and you don’t have to be able to sing to be able to put a tune together and get it catching on.
“As long as you’ve got a voice and you love the team enough, you can get your point across. Hopefully there’s a real legacy left and in the future every pub round the ground has a young lad with a guitar singing Liverpool songs.
“Or maybe it’ll live and die with our generation. Either way, it’s still something special to be a part of.”
Go behind the scenes of Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Bournemouth last weekend with our latest edition of Inside Anfield.
The Reds turned on the style with an outstanding attacking performance against the Cherries, punctuated by goals from Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah.
Kopites did their bit from the stands, too, as a partisan atmosphere pushed the players forward to a crucial three points.
Take another look at the game with our special access inside the stadium before, during and after the 90 minutes above.
Barry Lewtas hopes prolific duo Paul Glatzel and Bobby Duncan can inspire Liverpool to a quarter-final place in the FA Youth Cup when they host Wigan Athletic in the fifth round on Wednesday night.
With 41 goals between them already this season, the forwards have consistently caught the eye - and their manager believes they can spearhead another incisive team performance against a strong Latics outfit.
Wigan are unbeaten in 25 games so far in 2018-19 and scored six goals in their fourth-round win over Hull City.
The young Reds, meanwhile, have already seen off the challenge of Portsmouth and Accrington Stanley in the competition.
Read on for Lewtas’ thoughts on the test posed by Wigan, moving the match to Chester FC and more…
On the opposition…
It's a tough challenge. We know they are a good team and I don't think they have lost a game all season. They are comfortably at the top of their league, they score lots of goals, so we know what we are up against. They also have a few boys who used to play for us and will want to put one over on us, so it's a really exciting game and we can't wait for it.
On the importance of having a good run in the FA Youth Cup…
It's a prestigious competition and we want to do well. We have played some excellent football this season and our focus is all about ourselves, performing to our maximum and playing the way we want to play but also respecting the opposition. We have got to make sure we are the team that Wigan haven't played this year and be a level above them. They scored six in the last round against Hull City and they have also beaten Wolves, who play in our division, so they are a good team who play attacking football.
On switching the tie to Chester FC's Swansway Stadium…
It's a good pitch and we are really grateful to Chester FC for allowing us to use it in the middle of the season and we are looking forward to playing there. It will be a different experience for the boys as well, playing at a different stadium. Playing at St Helens has been good to us and we have produced some good performances there, but their pitch wasn't available for this game so we go to Chester with the same plan and that is to win the game and get through to the next round. Hopefully we can get a few supporters down to Chester to cheer the boys on because it can make a difference and it adds to the experience for the boys.
On the 4-0 win over Accrington in the fourth round…
I thought we were good. They came flying out of the traps, to be fair, and missed a good chance in the first 20 seconds. As the game went on we had good control and I was really pleased with the boys.
On captain Glatzel notching his third hat-trick of the season that night…
It was nice for Paul. The front two worked well for each other, as always, we created some great chances and we played through them really well at times. It was a good night.
On the importance of having the right attitude against teams from a lower league…
I've said to the boys we have to treat every round as though it's a cup final because if we don't we will be out of the competition. We will be giving Wigan Athletic maximum respect and we will be well prepared. We have got a really good group of young players and there is good competition for places and everyone is pushing each other. I think we play a nice, exciting brand of football and we go into games trying to impose our style, score goals, and we are all really looking forward to Wednesday night.
On the consistent performances of goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros…
The front two have stolen quite a lot of the headlines, 41 goals between them, which is fantastic, but we've needed the big man in goal on quite a few occasions. There have been a few standout games when Vitezslav has kept us in them. Right the way throughout the squad it has been a team ethic all of the way through.