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Bayern Munich boss gives Thiago Alcantara transfer hint

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 09/02/2020 - 15:00

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick admits Thiago's decision "has been made" ahead of a protracted move to Liverpool.

The Spaniard signalled his desire to quit the European Champions several months ago with his contract winding down.

Liverpool have been the club most regularly linked with the midfielder and discussions have been held.

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Bayern Munich boss gives Thiago Alcantara transfer hint

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 09/02/2020 - 15:00

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick admits Thiago's decision "has been made" ahead of a protracted move to Liverpool.

The Spaniard signalled his desire to quit the European Champions several months ago with his contract winding down.

Liverpool have been the club most regularly linked with the midfielder and discussions have been held.

Full story: Daily Mirror

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Bayern Munich boss gives Thiago Alcantara transfer hint

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 09/02/2020 - 15:00
Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick admits Thiago's decision "has been made" ahead of a protracted move to Liverpool.
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Liverpool transfer target Thiago’s ‘decision is made’

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 09/02/2020 - 14:53

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has once again indicated that Thiago Alcantara’s future lies away from the Allianz Arena.

The Spanish midfielder is keen for a new challenge after seven glittering years in Germany with Liverpool one of a number of interested parties.

The Premier League champions have spoken to the Spaniard’s camp and are interested in doing a deal with the player understood to be keen on a switch too.

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Liverpool transfer target Thiago’s ‘decision is made’

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 09/02/2020 - 14:53

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has once again indicated that Thiago Alcantara’s future lies away from the Allianz Arena.

The Spanish midfielder is keen for a new challenge after seven glittering years in Germany with Liverpool one of a number of interested parties.

The Premier League champions have spoken to the Spaniard’s camp and are interested in doing a deal with the player understood to be keen on a switch too.

Full story: Independent

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Liverpool transfer target Thiago’s ‘decision is made’

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 09/02/2020 - 14:53
Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has once again indicated that Thiago Alcantara’s future lies away from the Allianz Arena.
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Liverpool confirm final pre-season friendly at Anfield vs. Blackpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 09/02/2020 - 14:32

Liverpool will take on Blackpool in their final warmup friendly of pre-season, with Neil Critchley‘s League One side visiting Anfield for a 3pm kickoff on Saturday.

The Reds have already sealed a 3-0 win over Stuttgart and a 2-2 draw with Salzburg this summer, before drawing 1-1 with Arsenal in a Community Shield tie the Gunners ultimately won on penalties.

But with the Premier League not due to begin until September 12, when Liverpool host Leeds United, the club were eager to organise one more friendly.

Critchley, who left his role as under-23s manager in March, has stepped up to fill the role of opposition, leading Blackpool to Anfield this Saturday, September 5.

Liverpool confirmed the fixture on Wednesday afternoon, with the game to be played behind closed doors at Anfield, and shown live on LFCTV with kickoff at 3pm.

It is the first time the Reds have played Blackpool since 2011, when Charlie Adam was among the scorers as the Tangerines secured a second consecutive 2-1 victory over Roy Hodgson’s side that season.

Blackpool suffered relegation from the Premier League that season, and have since slid further down the Football League pyramid, with Critchley tasked with lifting them back up.

 Liverpool's Adam Lewis (L) and Pedro Chirivella (R) celebrate with Under-23 manager Neil Critchley (C) after the FA Cup 4th Round Replay match between Liverpool FC and Shrewsbury Town at Anfield. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 41-year-old was with Liverpool for seven years prior to his exit in March, and departed with the blessing of Klopp, who praised his ambition to become a first-team manager.

Critchley has only overseen three competitive games since taking over at Bloomfield Road, but did see his side hold Everton to a 3-3 draw in another friendly earlier in the summer.

He is likely to come up against a number of familiar faces, as with 12 first-team players currently on international duty, Klopp is set to field a mixed side which could include the likes of Billy Koumetio, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott.

Fortunately for Klopp, the majority of his midfield and attacking ranks are still available, and he could use the fixture to fine-tune his new 4-2-3-1 formation.

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Koeman wants Wijnaldum in pivotal Barca role

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 09/02/2020 - 14:16
Wijnaldum has just one year left on his Liverpool deal and talks over a new one are yet to take place

Last Updated: 02/09/20 2:19pm

Ronald Koeman and Gini Wijnaldum had a close working relationship during their time together with the Netherlands Ronald Koeman and Gini Wijnaldum had a close working relationship during their time together with the Netherlands Ronald Koeman and Gini Wijnaldum had a close working relationship during their time together with the Netherlands

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman wants Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum to play a pivotal role in his rebuilding project at the Nou Camp.

Reports coming out of Barcelona which suggest that Wijnaldum has already agreed terms with the La Liga club are incorrect.

Wijnaldum, 29, is in the final year of his current deal and understood to be keen to stay at Anfield if agreement on an extension can be reached.

However, negotiations to extend that contract have yet to take place.

Liverpool manager Klopp insisted last week he was relaxed about his midfielder's contract situation and as yet there has been no contact between the two clubs.

Koeman worked closely with the Liverpool midfielder during his time as Netherlands boss.

Wijnaldum has made 186 appearances for Liverpool since arriving from Newcastle in 2016 Wijnaldum has made 186 appearances for Liverpool since arriving from Newcastle in 2016 Wijnaldum has made 186 appearances for Liverpool since arriving from Newcastle in 2016

Wijnaldum will be 30 in November. He moved to Liverpool from Newcastle United in a £25m deal in July 2016.

Since, he has scored 19 goals in 186 appearances under Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool have been continually linked with Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara throughout the summer.

It is understood the Premier League champions would only look to bring in a midfielder if one were to depart.

Transfer window: Big deals, sagas, who needs what?

The summer transfer window has reached its halfway stage. Who's done business early? Who is still scrambling? Who could yet be on the move? And who needs what?

From the big deals done and those still on the boil, to the ongoing sagas and the offbeat moves you might missed, here is what you need to know about the transfer window so far as clubs step up their search for reinforcements before the big kick-off...

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Messi 360: The view from all sides

Messi stunned the football world by demanding to leave Barcelona. But his contract situation is complicated and this is just the beginning of what could be a lengthy, acrimonious and ultimately historic departure.

Ahead of a key meeting between Messi's father and the Barcelona board, we assess the situation to understand how it stands, and how it could develop, you have to view it from all sides...

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The summer transfer window will run for 10 weeks from July 27 and close at 11pm on October 5.

A domestic-only window for trades between the Premier League and EFL then runs from October 5 and closes on Friday, October 16 at 5pm. Follow all the news and analysis on Sky Sports News and across Sky Sports' digital platforms, including with our dedicated Transfer Centre blog.

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Liverpool to face Blackpool in pre-season friendly

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 09/02/2020 - 13:59

Liverpool will face Blackpool this Saturday in the last of their pre-season friendly games ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

The Reds take on the League One club in a 3pm BST kick-off on September 5, as they build up to the Premier League opener against Leeds United a week later.

The match will see the return of former Liverpool U23s manager Neil Critchley, who took the helm at Blackpool in March this year.

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Liverpool to face Blackpool in pre-season friendly

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 09/02/2020 - 13:59
Liverpool will face Blackpool this Saturday in the last of their pre-season friendly games ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.
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Nike vowed to “ditch the templates” – then gave Liverpool and England exactly the same kit

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 09/02/2020 - 11:29

Back in February, Nike’s senior director vowed that they were “ditching the templates,” but England have now unveiled the same goalkeeper kit as Liverpool.

Prior to the unveiling of Liverpool’s first kits with their new manufacturer, Nike senior director Heidi Burgett responded to supporters’ concerns over whether the club would be given unique designs.

With Nike notorious for their use of templates across clubs and national teams over the years, Burgett’s words were reassuring as she claimed they were “ditching” their previous approach.

“We’re ditching the templates,” she wrote on Twitter in February.

We're ditching the templates. For the 2020 kits, Nike designers had 65 chassis options available to them across varying necklines, sleeves, cuffs, badge placement, etc. From hand-drawn prints to custom fonts, each team’s look will be its own.

— Heidi Burgett (@heidiburgett) February 5, 2020

“For the 2020 kits, Nike designers had 65 chassis options available to them across varying necklines, sleeves, cuffs, badge placement, etc.

“From hand-drawn prints to custom fonts, each team’s look will be its own.”

Of course, her use of the word “chassis” was already a red flag, and as Nike have rolled out their new designs for 2020/21, a host of similarities have emerged.

This is none more so than with their goalkeeper kits, and with England unveiling their new look on Wednesday, the comparisons were stark:

Goalkeepers' union.

A new look for the #ThreeLions' stoppers ?? pic.twitter.com/fVMlpN9FD1

— England (@England) September 2, 2020

Everton’s Jordan Pickford is modelling exactly the same shirt as Alisson will wear for Liverpool’s away games this season—bar, of course, there being a different badge.

It is not the first time this has occurred this summer, either, with Zenit St Petersburg’s goalkeeper kit for the new campaign the same as the Reds’ kit for home games.

Nike have given Liverpool and Zenit the exact same goalkeeper kit ? pic.twitter.com/WZANdIIjhc

— Ste Carson (@sjrcarson) August 9, 2020

Upon the reveal of the outfield home kit, too, many supporters highlighted the similarities between Nike’s design for the Reds and that of Barcelona.

While it is not uncommon for manufacturers to employ templates for their designs—it would be difficult to produce completely unique kits for every club, particularly for a brand with Nike’s connections—it flies in the face of Burgett’s defiant pledge back in February.

Given the prices charged for the kits too, the apparent lack of creativity comes across as negligent.

Liverpool are unlikely to be fazed, though, due to the projected earnings of their new agreement with the American brand.

 Liverpool's substitute goalkeeper Alisson Becker during a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

While they are set to receive a low base rate of £30 million a season, the royalties negotiated into their deal with Nike have been projected to be able to lift this to up to £100 million.

Whether the current financial climate alters this remains to be seen, but with adult shirts retailing from £70, they will be hoping to pick up a sizeable amount as fans buy their kits for 2020/21.

Perhaps Burgett simply meant Nike were ditching their old templates…

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Liverpool duo return to training after missing pre-season – but Divock Origi still out

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 09/02/2020 - 10:04

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harry Wilson have both returned to training after missing Liverpool’s pre-season so far, but Divock Origi is still absent through injury.

The Reds headed to their training camp in Austria without a number of players, while more pulled out during the time in Saalfelden.

Alexander-Arnold and Wilson were among those who didn’t travel, with neither involved in the Community Shield against Arsenal either, and Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were all sidelined during the trip.

But with all three called up by their national teams for the September break, a better indication of their fitness has been provided.

With England gearing for their UEFA Nations League clashes with Finland and Denmark, Alexander-Arnold has now returned to full training, while Wilson is working with the Wales squad ahead of their meetings with Finland and Bulgaria.

This will be considered a boost for Liverpool, with their Premier League opener at home to Leeds under a fortnight away.

Alexander-Arnold is a shoo-in to start that game, pending any further fitness issues, while there remain question marks over whether Wilson will leave the club in the transfer window or stay as part of Jurgen Klopp‘s squad.

The likelihood is that Wilson will be moved on, particularly if Liverpool receive a convincing offer, and his return will aid his chances of securing an exit.

 Belgium's Divock Origi sits on the substitutes bench ahead of the UEFA Euro 2016 Championship Quarter-Final match against Wales at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Origi is another player who could leave Merseyside this summer, but the forward is yet to recover from an issue that has kept him out since the first few days in Austria.

Belgium have confirmed that Origi was “not fit to join their training camp” on Tuesday, though unlike goalkeeper Hendrik Van Crombrugge it appears he has not been ruled out of their upcoming games against Denmark and Iceland just yet.

This international break, which only involves Europe, is frustratingly timed for domestic clubs, and Klopp will be hoping none of his players are forced to withdraw due to new injuries.

The majority of the first team have remained on Merseyside, however, with the manager able to plot their title defence with the addition of Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson, who are now nearing full fitness after months out.

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Andy Robertson on Kostas Tsimikas and left-back competition

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 09/02/2020 - 09:00

Andy Robertson is ready to rise to the challenge of the left-back competition posed by Kostas Tsimikas.

The Scotland captain explained that Tsimikas, who joined Liverpool in August, feels comfortable in his new surroundings having been warmly welcomed, while also stating his belief that the club’s latest signing improves the Premier League champions’ squad.

However, Robertson is determined to play as many games as possible this season by sustaining the performance levels that have seen him become established as a cornerstone of Jürgen Klopp’s team.

“He’s settled in very well. You can see him growing in confidence as a player and as a person in the squad and I think that’s credit to all the lads and all the staff,” Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com of Tsimikas.

“Look, we’ve all been there, we all know how daunting it is walking into a new changing room and not knowing anyone and things like that, but I think we all know how that feels and we’re all very cautious of that so we try to make people feel as welcome as they can and as quickly as they can because the quicker you get the person out of his shell, the quicker you get the player out of his shell. I think that’s what’s happened.

“I’ve seen him in training and he looks a really good player. I can’t say I saw much of him playing for Olympiacos and things like that but it’s up to the club and they’ve obviously seen something there that can improve the squad and I’ve got no doubt he will do. 

“For me personally, he’s obviously in my position and I want to stay the number one left-back. I want to play as many games as I can, to stay fit, to keep my levels high and I want to be playing every game. I know that’s not always possible but that’s my attitude going into it and it’s up to me to keep putting in performances and hopefully stay number one left-back.

“That’s my aim [and] I’m sure he has similar aims but we need competition all over the park. We have competition in every place and it’s up to the lads that get the starting jersey to keep it and that’s certainly going to be my aim. It’s my objective to do that and hopefully I can do that. 

“I’ve had probably two-and-a-half seasons here which have been incredible and I feel as if I’ve played well and I’ve grown in stature and everything like that. But it’s about continuing that and I’ll try to continue to do that and hopefully have another successful season ahead of me.”

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Andy Robertson on Kostas Tsimikas and left-back competition

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 09/02/2020 - 09:00
Andy Robertson is ready to rise to the challenge of the left-back competition posed by Kostas Tsimikas.
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Barcelona paper claims LFC “advanced” in talks to sell Gini Wijnaldum – personal terms agreed

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 09/02/2020 - 08:17

Liverpool and Barcelona are claimed to be “well advanced” in talks over a deal for Gini Wijnaldum worth around €20 million, with the midfielder agreeing personal terms.

EDIT: Goal’s Neil Jones has since refuted the claims from Sport, writing that “Liverpool sources say there has been no contact at all with Barcelona.”

Wijnaldum has emerged as a credible target for Barcelona following the appointment of Ronald Koeman, with the former Netherlands manager presiding over a major rebuild at the Nou Camp.

On Tuesday, Ivan Rakitic completed a bargain £1.35 million return to Sevilla, and the Croatian is not expected to be the last to leave, with Arturo Vidal likely next and the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to follow.

With this ageing, underperforming side needing replacements, Koeman is said to have made signing Wijnaldum a priority, despite the Dutchman himself turning 30 in November.

According to Sport, the two clubs are now “well advanced” in negotiations over a deal, with the fee said to be just over €15 million (£13.4m) plus add-ons which would bring it closer to €20 million (£17.8m).

The paper, which is based in Barcelona, adds that Wijnaldum has already agreed on a three-year contract with the Spanish side, including the option for a fourth.

Barca are said to have “acted quickly,” with an announcement possible in “the next few days,” as talks with Liverpool are “on track.”

They also mention the Reds’ pursuit of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who is widely expected to be Wijnaldum’s successor if he does leave, with under 12 months left on both players’ current deals.

 Bayern Munich's Thiago Alca?ntara during the final UEFA Champions League Group B match between FC Bayern München and Tottenham Hotspur FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool are acting cautiously in the transfer market so far, and it has been suggested that were a deal for Thiago to be sanctioned, a senior midfielder would need to leave first.

Marko Grujic is another candidate, but the Serbian is far from a regular option under Jurgen Klopp and his proposed exit would not exactly free up a spot in the usual matchday squad.

But Barcelona’s precarious situation has opened up the situation nicely for all parties, and if Liverpool can secure a reasonable fee for Wijnaldum they would likely accept, rather than lose him on a free next summer.

It should be noted that Sport may not be the most reliable source, but it is a transfer story that is worth following in the days to come.

If their information is to be believed, we could see movement between Merseyside, Catalonia and Bavaria in the near future.

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Centre-back signs new deal & Man United not after Thiago – Liverpool FC Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 09/01/2020 - 16:30

Liverpool have kept up their business in tying down promising young talents to new contracts this summer, as we run through all the news from Anfield on Tuesday.

Liverpool “still in pole position” for Thiago

It was reported on Sunday, by a reputable source in Norway, that Man United had joined the race to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

That was, according to Fredrik Filtvedt, irrespective of their imminent deal to bring in Donny van de Beek from Ajax, with the 23-year-old due to move to Old Trafford for £40 million.

But according to BILD‘s Tobi Altschaffl, Liverpool are “still in pole position” for Thiago, claiming the links between United and the Spaniard are “not hot.”

This comes after ESPN‘s Mark Ogden describing United as “interested bystanders,” due to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having “priorities elsewhere.”

It remains to be seen when, or even if, Liverpool will make a move for Thiago, but speculation from Germany is that he is still destined for Anfield.

Liverpool commit to return of fans – and backing Klopp

 Liverpool's commercial Director Billy Hogan pictured before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Billy Hogan has now officially taken over duties as Liverpool’s chief executive officer, following the productive three-year tenure of Peter Moore.

As part of his initiation, Hogan gave a lengthy interview to the club’s official website, in which he addressed a number of pressing issues involving supporters.

He described the return of fans to Anfield as the “immediate priority,” and following a successful test event in Brighton’s pre-season friendly against Chelsea on Saturday, the hope is that this can be the case by October.

Elsewhere, he moved to allay concerns over a lack of investment by vowing that Fenway Sports Group would support Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards “as best we can.”

“The mantra, as most people know, is that this is about trying to create a sustainable business, a sustainable club,” he added.

“So it’s really my job to continue to run the organisation as efficiently as we can, to support the team.”

Staff changes and pre-season goals

 Liverpool players celebrate the fourth goal during the Under-18 FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Quickfire LFC news

 Liverpool's Rhys Williams celebrates with the trophy after the FA Youth Cup Final match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the Academy Stadium. Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 extra-time draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • U23s centre-back Rhys Williams has signed a new long-term contract (LFC)
  • Jamie Carragher believes LFC could benefit from “freshness” in their squad (Sky)
  • Ex-LFC goalkeeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle has signed for Cambridge United (CUFC)
Around the Prem

Leeds United's Ben White

  • Donny van de Beek has completed his medical with Man United (Sky)
  • Ben White has signed a new four-year contract with Brighton (BHAFC)
  • Newcastle have offered Matt Ritchie plus cash for Bournemouth‘s Callum Wilson (Sky)
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What we’re reading

Adam Lallana has explained why Brighton is a “perfect fit” for him, in an interesting interview with The Athletic.

David Squires’ latest effort for the Guardian, which involves Lionel Messi “going full George Costanza.”

Worth watching tonight

The best we can do is Burton Park Wanderers vs. AFC Sudbury in the ‘extra preliminary round’ of the FA Cup, kicking off at 7.45pm on the BBC Red Button.

And no, we don’t blame you!

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Liverpool’s “immediate priority” is getting supporters back into Anfield

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 09/01/2020 - 15:28

Liverpool’s “immediate priority” is the safe return of supporters to Anfield, with it an ever-growing reality as test events go ahead across sport in England.

The last time fans were permitted to attend a game at the Reds’ stadium was on March 11, that being the 3-2 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

Allowing that clash to go ahead in front of a sold-out crowd, including the travelling support from Spain, has been criticised as irresponsible, with safety measures increasing in the aftermath.

Liverpool have played all but one game since behind closed doors, lifting the Premier League title in a surreal ceremony after the 5-3 win over Chelsea in July.

The pre-season draw with Salzburg, held in Austria, was played out in front of a limited crowd, and this was followed by 2,524 supporters attending Brighton’s 1-1 friendly draw with Chelsea on Saturday—the first test event in top-level football in England.

At this stage, the signs are positive, and the hope is that fans can return to Anfield by October, albeit at a significantly reduced number, with chief executive Billy Hogan describing it as the club’s “immediate priority.”

“Clearly the immediate priority we’re all focused on is how we get our supporters back into Anfield,” he told Liverpool’s official website.

“The uncertainty of the current situation with the pandemic is obviously incredibly challenging, both from a business perspective—for every business around the world—but clearly for us as a club.

“So we’re working hard right now. We’ve obviously got to be guided by the government, and working together with all the clubs in the Premier League, so a lot of work going on behind the scenes in terms of how that’s going to work.”

 Some of the 1,250 supporters allowed into the stadium look on during a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

The situation is largely out of the club’s hands at this point, but they will be working to prove they have the infrastructure within Anfield to safely accommodate supporters while socially distanced.

Anfield will be one of the most suitable stadia in this regard, following the expansion of the Main Stand in 2016, with the concourse throughout the redevelopment particularly spacious.

Reflecting on the test event at Brighton, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters described it as “very encouraging.”

“We are committed to having full stadia as soon as possible, with safety always our priority,” he continued.

The Premier League will need to take it a step at a time, and the priority, for now, should be reduced capacity for competitive games.

Liverpool’s possible first game with fans back at Anfield is the visit of Sheffield United on October 24, though there is also a Champions League tie to be held in the midweek before then, too.

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U18s continue pre-season form with four against Leicester

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 09/01/2020 - 14:04

Liverpool U18s made it three wins out of three so far in pre-season as Leicester City were beaten 4-1 at the Academy on Tuesday.

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s side have now racked up 14 goals and conceded only one in their warm-up games for the 2020-21 campaign.

The young Reds started brightly in Kirkby but the visitors came back into the contest and enjoyed the clearest opportunity to open the scoring when a penalty was given against Jakub Ojrzynski.

But the Liverpool goalkeeper made immediate amends by saving the spot-kick.

The hosts soon capitalised further by taking the lead themselves with 24 on the clock. Layton Stewart’s determination allowed him to send in a pull-back from the right that invited Tom Hill to convert.

Stewart made it 2-0 himself 10 minutes before the interval with an audacious finish, the 17-year-old striker beating the ‘keeper with an outstanding lob from the right-hand side.

And the Reds produced a third three minutes later as a flowing team move involving Conor Bradley, Stewart and James Balagizi resulted in another pull-back to Hill and his second goal of the game.

Bridge-Wilkinson’s charges extended their advantage in the early stages of the second half, with Luke Chambers’ foray down the left leading to a cross that drifted straight into the net.

Leicester partly reduced their arrears with a penalty but it was Liverpool’s day in the Kirkby sunshine and the U18s continue to build up nicely for the new season.

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U18s continue pre-season form with four against Leicester

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 09/01/2020 - 14:04
Liverpool U18s made it three wins out of three so far in pre-season as Leicester City were beaten 4-1 at the Academy on Tuesday.
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Rhys Williams signs new long-term contract with Liverpool FC

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 09/01/2020 - 12:59

Rhys Williams has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool FC.

The 19-year-old spent last season on loan at Kidderminster Harriers in the National League North, gaining valuable experience as he made 26 appearances.

A tall, commanding centre-half, Williams has also been capped by England at U18 level.

He joined the Reds as an U10 and progressed through the age groups, playing a key role in the Youth Cup-winning team of 2019.

Williams signed his first professional contract with the club in the same season, as well as making a breakthrough into the U23s set-up.

The defender is expected to begin the season with Barry Lewtas’ U23 squad.

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