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Erling Haaland transfer declaration proves major Liverpool advantage over United

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 14:30

Liverpool knew all about Erling Haaland long before the rest of Europe began sitting up and taking notice.

Twice the baby-faced striker came up against Jurgen Klopp's side during the Champions League group stage earlier this season when starring for Red Bull Salzburg.

At Anfield, he was only on the pitch a matter of moments before netting as the Austrians fought back from 3-0 down to level before losing to a Mohamed Salah strike.

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Erling Haaland transfer declaration proves major Liverpool advantage over United

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 14:30
Liverpool knew all about Erling Haaland long before the rest of Europe began sitting up and taking notice.
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James Milner's Top Five... annoying things on video calls

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 14:00

In the latest instalment of our Top Five series, presented by Acronis, James Milner tackles a subject on everyone's minds at the moment: video calls.

Across the globe, people are using technology more frequently to stay connected as the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Milner and his Liverpool teammates have been no different, as shown by snippets of their online training sessions since the outbreak began.

But there are, of course, some drawbacks to hopping between video calls each day - from messy hair to mistakes with the mute button.

And the Reds vice-captain has revealed his Top Five...

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James Milner's Top Five... annoying things on video calls

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 14:00
In the latest instalment of our Top Five series, presented by Acronis, James Milner tackles a subject on everyone's minds at the moment: video calls.
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Simon Mignolet give insight into winning title without fans – and talks Liverpool’s “limbo”

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 13:52

Simon Mignolet has discussed his feelings on winning the Belgian First Division A title with Club Brugge, and how Liverpool deserve their own trophy “as soon as possible.”

Mignolet left the Reds last summer after seven years with the club, having definitively lost his place in the side to Alisson, ending a long and frustrating spell.

He could have stayed on Merseyside as No. 2, but opted to depart in pursuit of regular first-team football, and he has achieved that with Club Brugge, having played 43 times this season.

But there is no football for Mignolet at this stage, let alone regular football, as the campaign has been curtailed in Belgium, with his side crowned champions after 29 league games.

On Sunday, Mignolet shared a photo of himself with the Belgian First Division A title, and in an interview with the Times reflected on the feeling of winning it early, without fans.

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“We got a text message [saying we were champions]. You can’t really do too much. I drank a glass of champagne with the family and that was it basically,” he revealed.

“The only difference is that you obviously want to celebrate it on a pitch after a victory and celebrate with your team-mates, the fans, the staff and the club.

“But we have to accept what time we are in at this moment and that isn’t possible. For me that is more the downside.

“It was well deserved because we were miles ahead of the rest.

“We had basically played against every team twice apart from one and, after that, we had so many points that we were clear and were going to be champions one way or another.”

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker is embraced by Alberto Moreno and Simon Mignolet after a 2-0 victory in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Many parallels can be drawn between Mignolet’s current club and the one he left in 2019, as Liverpool are runaway champions in the Premier League, with a 25-point lead as it stands.

They have nine games left to play, with only six points required to confirm the title, but there is no date set for when the campaign will resume—though it is unlikely the Reds will find themselves in the same situation as Club Brugge.

The Premier League are committed to fulfilling the rest of the fixture list when safe, which leaves Liverpool, in Mignolet’s words, in “limbo” over a title they “deserve.”

“In the Premier League, things can twist and change at the end of the season but with the advantage they have got I don’t see anyone being champion other than my old team-mates,” he insisted.

“I am not surprised with how well they have done. The basis was already set, the team was already formed and the performances were there also just before I left.

“I think everybody expected them to challenge at the top of the league and they have outperformed the rest of the teams. That would make them well-deserved champions.

“They are more waiting and seeing what is going to happen to them. They are in limbo as well.

“I hope one way, or another, they will be crowned as soon as possible the Premier League winners of this season.”

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum (L) celebrates scoring the first goal with Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The notion of Liverpool being deemed champions “one way or another” implies that Mignolet feels it may be best for England to follow Belgium’s lead in cutting the season short.

But despite the inability to celebrate with fans, that would be hugely disappointing, as the resumption of the Bundesliga shows that the sport can push on safely in order to play the final 92 games.

As the old No. 22 attests, it won’t be the same for the Reds when they eventually seal the title—particularly having planned to parade the trophy on May 18—but it will be a triumph nonetheless.

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Soyuncu sees Barcelona and Liverpool moves mooted by former agent

HEAD NEWS - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 13:14

Caglar Soyuncu has seen his stock rise at Leicester, with the defender’s former agent claiming moves to Barcelona or Liverpool could now been made by the commanding centre-half.

Mustafa Dogru worked on the deals which took the Turkey international from Altinordu to Freiburg and then on to the King Power Stadium.

A slow start was made to life in England by the 23-year-old, as he found himself behind the likes of Harry Maguire in the Foxes pecking order.

Full story: Goal.com

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Soyuncu sees Barcelona and Liverpool moves mooted by former agent

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 13:14

Caglar Soyuncu has seen his stock rise at Leicester, with the defender’s former agent claiming moves to Barcelona or Liverpool could now been made by the commanding centre-half.

Mustafa Dogru worked on the deals which took the Turkey international from Altinordu to Freiburg and then on to the King Power Stadium.

A slow start was made to life in England by the 23-year-old, as he found himself behind the likes of Harry Maguire in the Foxes pecking order.

Full story: Goal.com

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Soyuncu sees Barcelona and Liverpool moves mooted by former agent

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 13:14
Caglar Soyuncu has seen his stock rise at Leicester, with the defender’s former agent claiming moves to Barcelona or Liverpool could now been made by the commanding centre-half.
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'Jones, Brewster and Elliott are a nightmare for goalkeepers'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 08:30

Liverpool's first-team assistant goalkeeping coach Jack Robinson can attest to how the clinical finishing of Curtis Jones, Rhian Brewster and Harvey Elliott can make life for those between the sticks a 'nightmare'.

Robinson had experience of working with the attacking trio at various age groups within the England national team set-up before joining the club in 2018.

On Merseyside, he's seen how their already-impressive potency has gone up another level due to their exposure to Jürgen Klopp's Reds and working closely with Pepijn Lijnders, Peter Krawietz and elite development coach Vitor Matos.

Robinson told Liverpoolfc.com: "You sort of get an idea for how good they are, but then you put them into the environment that they've had with Vitor and the first team, and with the finishing sessions that Pep and Pete put on as well, they are a nightmare.

"They hit the ball with such pace and such precision. It's a real test for our goalkeepers – but that's what we want as well.

"We want them to test our goalkeepers because, ultimately, when they step out on the pitch, they're going to come up against the best players in the world – whether that's with the U23s or with our first team in the league or Champions League. We want them to be tested in training as well.

"For us, it's great. They have to try to score past Alisson, who is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. We have to try to stop them scoring as well.

"It's a good process in both ways, but it can get competitive at times as well!"

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Watch: Pep Lijnders interviews Harvey Elliott

On their development, Robinson continued: "That's what every coach wants. First and foremost, I want to try to develop the people that I work with.

"To see them go on and improve, you have that relationship with them over a number of years, it's fantastic.

"It's the same thing with any young goalkeeper that you work with as well. I'm really proud of what Caoimhin [Kelleher] has done and what the younger goalkeepers like Veet [Vitezslav Jaros] and Jakub [Ojrzynski] and even Harvey [Davies] down in the U16s are doing.

"Rhian is going through that experience now on loan and we've got the same thing with Kamil [Grabara] out at Huddersfield."

In his previous role with the Football Association, Robinson was part of the England U17s coaching staff when they won the FIFA U17 World Cup in India back in 2017.

Brewster played a major role in the Young Lions' success during that tournament, scoring eight goals to claim the Golden Boot award.

"He was a real leader for us," Robinson says of the Swansea City loanee. "He was part of a leadership group within that was really strong and helped the team come through.

"Through that World Cup, he was one of the top scorers and I think he got a couple of hat-tricks in a row in the quarters and the semis. He was a real integral part.

"He was really important for us out of possession. He would start the pressing of the team and be a real trigger for the rest of the team. He understood what the team wanted to do and he really drove that both in and out of possession.

"We had to live in one corridor of a hotel for 35 days together and he was brilliant. He was always having fun, always doing competitive things with the lads in the corridor.

"It was a great experience for him but for us as staff as well."

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'Jones, Brewster and Elliott are a nightmare for goalkeepers'

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 08:30
Liverpool's first-team assistant goalkeeping coach Jack Robinson can attest to how the clinical finishing of Curtis Jones, Rhian Brewster and Harvey Elliott can make life for those between the sticks a 'nightmare'.
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Liverpool transfer rumours

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 07:00
Transfer news, rumours and gossip from Anfield By Sky Sports Football

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The latest transfer news and gossip on the players linked with Liverpool - and those who could leave the club.

The latest players linked with a move to Liverpool...

Kalidou Koulibaly - Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is not interested in signing the Napoli defender and Manchester United transfer target in the summer window, according to reports (Daily Express, May 16); Liverpool have reportedly tabled a lower offer than Newcastle for Napoli centre-back Koulibaly (Daily Express, May 18)

Liverpool have reportedly jumped ahead of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris-Saint Germain in the race to sign the Napoli defender (Daily Mirror, May 9); Liverpool are in "pole position" to sign Koulibaly with the defender no longer a priority for LIgue 1 champions PSG (Le10Sport, May 8).

Talles Magno - Liverpool have targeted Talles Magno for their next generation of stars, as they adjust to a new Premier League financial reality (Daily Mirror, May 16); Liverpool are reportedly monitoring 17-year-old Vasco da Gama forward Magno. The youngster broke into the Vasco senior set-up last season and has caught the eye of a number of teams in Europe (A Bola, May 5)

Tanguy Ndombele - Tottenham have no interest in selling Ndombele although Liverpool would like to bring him to Anfield this summer (The Independent, May 14)

Kylian Mbappe - Mbappe was reportedly 'flattered' that Jurgen Klopp called his father to register his interest in signing him (Daily Mirror, May 12)

Thomas Partey - Atletico Madrid want to swap midfielder Partey for Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (The Sun, May 11)

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Bukayo Saka - Liverpool have been linked with a swoop for the Arsenal youngster - but the Gunners are reportedly planning to be rebuff all interest in the left-back (Daily Mirror, May 9)

Eduardo Camavinga - The Rennes wonderkid insists he is "not thinking too much" about reports linking him with a big-money move to Liverpool or Real Madrid this summer. (Daily Star, May 9)

Milot Rashica - Liverpool have once again been linked with a move for Werder Bremen forward Rashica (Bild, May 6)

Aster Vranckx - Manchester City will go head to head with Liverpool in the race to sign highly-rated KV Mechelen Aster Vranckx (Daily Mirror, May 6)

Timo Werner - Manchester United have placed Werner on their transfer shortlist, despite Liverpool leading the race for the RB Leipzig striker's signature (Daily Express, May 6); Werner has fuelled talk of a move to Liverpool by admitting he would rather move abroad than join Bayern Munich (Bild, May 2).

Liverpool have told Werner's representatives they need more time to decide on whether to make a formal offer for the 24-year-old as they wait to see what impact the coronavirus will have on the next transfer window (The Guardian, May 5); The RB Leipzig forward is ready to sign for Liverpool if they pay his £52m release clause before it expires on June 15 (Sky Sports News, April 24)

Other players recently linked with a move to Anfield...
  • Nicolo Zaniolo (Corriere dello Sport, May 18)
  • Dominik Szoboszlai (Tuttosport, May 13)
  • Ferran Torres (Mirror, April 30)
  • Victor Osimhen (Le10Sport, April 29)
  • Boubakary Soumare (Sun, April 29)
  • Ben White (The Athletic, April 28)
  • Willian (Daily Mirror, April 27)
  • Philippe Coutinho (Sunday Mirror, April 26)
  • Joaquin Correa (Daily Mirror, April 25)
  • Adama Traore (Daily Express, April 24)
  • Marcelo Brozovic (Daily Express, April 17; Sunday Mirror, April 19)
  • Milot Rashica (Bild, April 3; Daily Mirror, April 15)
  • Kostas Tsimikas (Leicestershire Live, April 12).
  • Diego Carlos (Diario Sport, April 11)
  • Ferran Torres (Liverpool Echo, April 9)
  • Malick Thiaw (Don Balon, April 10)
  • Adama Traore (The Insider, April 2; Daily Star, April 7; Birmingham Mail, April 12).
  • Marcus Thuram (Express, April 6)
  • Denis Zakaria (Express, April 6)
  • Boubakary Soumare (Sport, April 6).
  • Raheem Sterling (Daily Mail, April 1)
  • Jadon Sancho (Daily Mirror, March 26; Daily Mirror, April 1)
  • Ousmane Dembele (Sport, March 30)
  • Malick Thiaw (Daily Mirror, March 22; Daily Mail, March 25)
  • Evan Ndicka (Sky Sports, March 22)
  • Fabian Ruiz (Daily Star, March 22)
  • Denis Zakaria (Daily Mirror, March 17)
  • Leon Bailey (Daily Mirror, March 17)
The latest on players linked with a Liverpool exit...

Adam Lallana - Liverpool star Adam Lallana has been tipped to leave the club at the end of his contract and move to Leicester. (Daily Star, May 18)

Dejan Lovren - The defender appears to be edging closer to an exit from Liverpool, with Roma set to make their move for the 30-year-old Croatian defender. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Liverpool Echo, May 13)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Atletico Madrid want to swap midfielder Thomas Partey for Liverpool's Oxlade-Chamberlain (The Sun, May 11)

Pedro Chirivella - French side Nantes want to sign the Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella (Mail On Sunday, May 10)

Loris Karius - Senior figures at Liverpool are unhappy with Karius's treatment at Besiktas but he has little chance of reigniting his Reds career (Liverpool Echo, May 6)

Sadio Mane - Liverpool chiefs have reportedly been left baffled by rumours of Mane joining Real - and are confident he sees his long-term future at Anfield (The Athletic, April 2); Zinedine Zidane is determined to drive through a move for Mane this summer and Liverpool are looking at the possibility of replacing him with Kylian Mbappe (The Sun, April 14).

Mane is unlikely to remain at Anfield "forever" and could be tempted to move to Real Madrid, according to his Senegal team-mate Keita Balde (AS, April 18); The Real Madrid target is reportedly unhappy with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after he voted for team-mate Virgil van Dijk for the Ballon d'Or (France Football, April 22).

Other players recently linked with a move away from Liverpool...
  • Adam Lallana (The Sun, April 6)
  • Curtis Jones (Daily Mirror, April 14)
  • James Milner (Daily Star, April 22)
The latest Liverpool contract talk...

Sadio Mane - Liverpool are planning to offer the forward a fresh blockbuster contract that would see him completing his career at Anfield (Sunday Express, May 10)

Georginio Wijnaldum - Liverpool are confident of agreeing a new deal with Wijnaldum this summer amid great uncertainty over their transfer plans (Football Insider, May 5)

Adam Lallana - The midfielder could be offered a contract extension at Anfield in light of the coronavirus outbreak (Liverpool Echo, April 23)

Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker - Liverpool's talismanic centre-back and goalkeeper are on the verge of signing new contracts at Anfield (Goal, March 22)

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‘The finest exhibition of football’ – Unrelenting Liverpool slice Nottingham Forest for five

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 19:00

A merciless performance considered ‘one of the finest exhibitions of football’ saw Liverpool dispatch Nottingham Forest to the tune of 5-0 in 1988.

When Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest arrived at Anfield on April 13, 1988, they were considered one of the best teams in the country.

It was the third encounter between the two sides in the space of 11 days, with the visitors first having inflicted a 2-1 defeat on Kenny Dalglish’s men in the league before the Reds exacted revenge to progress to the FA Cup final at Forest’s expense with a 2-1 win at Hillsborough.

The two contests framed the clash at Anfield as one which would be far from straightforward, but the 39,535 fans in attendance would bear witness to a performance which would be heralded as one of Liverpool’s greatest ever outings.

“It was the finest exhibition I’ve seen the whole time I’ve played and watched the game. You couldn’t see it bettered anywhere, not even in Brazil. The moves they put together were fantastic.”

Those were the words of the legendary Sir Tom Finney, England and Preston forward and few would disagree.

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Dalglish named the same starting XI as the one who had dispatched Forest in the FA Cup semi-final merely days prior, and they headed into the clash in the knowledge that a win would move them to within just one point of their 18th title – and the seventh in nine seasons.

What would follow would be the finest exhibition of football seen at Anfield as the Reds put Forest to the sword with an emphatic 5-0 victory which erupted from the 18th minute onwards.

The warning signs had been there, Steve Sutton’s goal was peppered with shots before Ray Houghton found the breakthrough with 18 minutes on the clock as the Reds sliced through Forest with frightening efficiency.

John Barnes laid on the assist and later had a shot ricochet off the upright as Liverpool inundated the Forest goal with one shot after the other.

The inevitable second goal followed with eight minutes remaining in the half after Peter Beardsley delivered a stunning pass which split the Forest defence to set John Aldridge on his way for his 26th goal of the season.

Heroics from Sutton would keep the deficit at 2-0 at the break, but as a report in the Times had stated: “Liverpool were merely stoking their embers. Once they blazed, the sight was as breathtaking, as colourful, as enchanting and as riveting as watching the most lavish firework display.”

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Few could have lived with Liverpool’s relentless attacking display and show of unity across every department and it is no surprise that Forest capitulated further in the second.

Des Walker’s withdrawal at half-time due to an ankle injury did little to inject any hope of a turnaround, but the damage had been done and the Reds’ form made it so few in world football would keep them at bay for a further 45 minutes.

A punch drunk Forest couldn’t even manage 13 as Gary Gillespie was the one to make it 3-0 at the Kop end after volleying a left-footed effort into the roof of the net from close range.

Beardsley’s stupendous performance was then rewarded with a goal in the 79th minute after finding himself on the end of yet another stunning team move, with Aldridge adding the finishing touches with 88 minutes on the clock.

When the final whistle echoed around Anfield the scoreboard read 5-0, the merciless destruction defined by pace, precision and instinct was complete. If one ever needed an example of Champaign football, this would be it.

The Reds made it look effortless and as the BBC’s Alan Green said at the time, “Liverpool deserved all these adjectives tonight.”

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For Barnes, the game stands out more than any other in his career “because that was the best team performance.”

“When footballers can embrace that ideology of a team playing well and being part of that team and getting success. We won 5-0 for a 90-minute performance against a good side who were the third-best in the country,” he told LFCHistory.net.

Liverpool were ruthless and presented an aura of invincibility in what was one of the best team performances ever, and they were duly rewarded seven days later when they officially secured their 17th league title.

Liverpool XI: Bruce Grobbelaar; Gary Gillespie, Gary Ablett, Steve Nicol, Nigel Spackman, Alan Hansen, Peter Beardsley, John Aldridge, Ray Houghton (Johnston), John Barnes, Steve McMahon (Molby)

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Loan watch: Taiwo Awoniyi scores and Nat Phillips plays an hour

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 16:41

Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi was on target for loan club FSV Mainz 05 as they came from two goals behind to draw with Cologne on Sunday.

Awoniyi came off the bench in the 56th minute and required only five minutes to open his Bundesliga account and begin a comeback for his side.

The 22-year-old found space in the penalty box to tuck in a low cross from the right as Mainz battled to secure a 2-2 result that earned a valuable point near the foot of the table.

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Earlier in the day, Reds defender Nat Phillips - pictured above - played just short of an hour as VfB Stuttgart resumed their 2. Bundesliga campaign with a 2-1 defeat at Wehen Wiesbaden.

The German divisions restarted this weekend following the suspension of football due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Marko Grujic involved in a win for Hertha BSC on Saturday.

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Loan watch: Taiwo Awoniyi scores and Nat Phillips plays an hour

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Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi was on target for loan club FSV Mainz 05 as they came from two goals behind to draw with Cologne on Sunday.
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Classic ’80s top as Liverpool fans vote for Reds’ all-time favourite away kit

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 16:00

We presented 10 of Liverpool best away kits over the last 40 years earlier this week – but which kit did fans determine took the crown?

Liverpool have had a myriad of stunning away kits over the years, from pinstripes to ecru, bold citrus and everything in between, there will be at least one kit which hits the mark for you as a fan.

For some, kits find new meaning and significance at the conclusion of a season or years down the road based on the performances and success of the men in red.

We whittled down Liverpool’s away kits and gave you 12 options before asking you to identify your top three, and since then This Is Anfield readers have been casting their votes.

A total of 10,780 votes were cast and while little separated the field, three clear winners were able to be identified – with white and grey emerging as the fan favourite colours for the away strip.

 Liverpool's Emre Can celebrates scoring the third goal against Aston Villa with team-mates during the Premier League match at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Taking third-place and the bronze medal was the 2015/16 white with red trimmings New Balance kit after receiving 11 percent of the vote.

The past had inspired the design with the white and red combination dating back to 1900, where Liverpool won their first league title in 1900/01.

The clean and simple design was given the nod over the likes of the 2008/09 silver kit (9.6 percent), the green and white checkered combo in 1995/96 (9.5 percent) and the classic yellow pinstripe of 1981/82 (8.5 percent).

The kit had two competitive outings under Brendan Rodgers before Jurgen Klopp arrived, one of which may be best remembered by Christian Benteke’s stunning overhead kick in a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

Klopp’s men would take to the field seven times in their away strip, with a 6-0 win at Aston Villa taking the crown as its best outing.

Steve Staunton, Liverpool, 1990 (Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport)

In second place, with 12.6 percent of the vote, was the 1989-91 Adidas grey kit with a classic design and the famous Candy sponsor – worn during Liverpool’s last league title triumph.

The grey and red pairing with the classic Adidas logo is a dream made in heaven and instantly takes you back in time.

As David Lee Jones commented on This Is Anfield’s Facebook page: “The 89-91 for me, one of my earliest memories of supporting Liverpool was John Barnes scoring twice in the 2-1 win at Old Toilet in that kit.”

Iconic is the word and it is certainly deserving of its place inside the top three, with Kenny Dalglish overseeing the squad and both Ian Rush and John Barnes seemingly finding the net at will throughout both seasons it was in place.

Jan Molby, Liverpool away kit 1985 (S&G/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport)

And taking gold is Liverpool’s 1985/86 white Crown Paints kit as modelled by Jan Molby after accumulating 13.7 percent of the vote.

It was Kenny Dalglish’s first season as player-manager, with the Reds clinching a domestic double of the league title and the FA Cup, continuing the era of unparalleled success.

Meaning the kit was one of significance for Richard Alexander, who commented: “The crown paints one worn by Jan Molby, a classic kit that reminds me so much of the glory days from the ’80’s.”

On Twitter, @siunanWTF71 was quick to state that it was a “class kit,” while for @mick1674 there was “no contest” where the 1985/86 white and red kit was concerned.

It means two traditional white and red kits sit in the top three, where even the 1980 edition by Umbro came in at seventh (8.4 percent).

Overall, a deserving top three and while opinions will vary it is clear to see what Reds around the world appreciate in their kits when Liverpool are on the road.

With countless away kits to choose from, both from our top ten list and beyond, fans shared their favourites and the associated memories on both TIA’s Twitter and Facebook, but be sure to look out for more as we turn our attention to the best home kits over the coming week.

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Reds saddened by Jacques Crevoisier passing

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 14:46

Liverpool FC is saddened to learn of the passing of former Reds first-team coach Jacques Crevoisier, aged 72.

The Frenchman joined Gerard Houllier’s backroom team from UEFA in the summer of 2001 and spent two years on Merseyside.

He was part of the coaching staff as Liverpool clinched League Cup glory in 2003 before returning to his home country for family reasons later that year.

“Jacques was a lovely guy,” said Phil Thompson, who was Liverpool’s assistant manager during Crevoisier’s time with the club.

“Gerard had known him for a very long time and he came in just after that time we won all the trophies with the treble.

“He was very good. He was very quiet; that was the way he did things and that was obviously the way he had come through the coaching set-up in France – and that’s why he got his chance at Liverpool.

“Jacques was a very good coach and a very good administrator as well, an absolutely terrific guy and it is so, so sad. My sympathies go to all of his family.”

Crevoisier later fulfilled several roles with French side Sochaux and, more recently, provided analysis as a consultant for Canal+.

The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool FC are with Jacques’ family and friends at this sad time.

RIP Jacques Crevoisier 1947-2020

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Reds saddened by Jacques Crevoisier passing

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Liverpool FC is saddened to learn of the passing of former Reds first-team coach Jacques Crevoisier, aged 72.
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Liverpool players expecting training return in small groups this week

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 13:35

Liverpool’s players will be tested twice a week for coronavirus as they start to return to training, with their respective families also having access to tests according to Adrian.

The return of the Premier League remains without a confirmed date as safety protocols and an agreement between the league, managers and players on a timeframe to prepare are yet to be reached.

A vote is set to take place on Monday to approve medical protocols before a phased return to training commences on Tuesday, which includes small groups adhering to social distancing measures.

Liverpool opened Melwood for individual sessions earlier this month and with the Premier League aiming to take the next step in its return, testing protocols will now intensify.

Each player and key coaching staff will be tested before a return to training can be sanctioned with results expected back within a day, where players will be subject to tests two times per week.

It’s important to note that the Premier League are privately sourcing tests and are not taking away from the NHS, which the government is responsible for.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Adrián San Miguel del Castillo during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Some have voiced their concerns over their safety and those closest to them, but for Adrian, there is “no fear,” with Liverpool’s No. 13 voicing his satisfaction in the testing process which is to extend beyond just himself.

“I have no fear,” he told Onda Cero, as translated by ESPN. “It’s obvious that we all have families. We want to give our contribution and to resume the competition.

“I had a test done 10 days ago and it was negative and the club is now offering to do tests to our family members that live with us, which is good that the club is concerned about them just as they are about us.

“They [Liverpool] have told us that once we start training in small groups, which I expect will be from Tuesday or Wednesday, we will have to have two [coronavirus] tests a week and answer daily questionnaires.

“I hope we can start training in small groups as soon as possible as to train alone is difficult.

“I haven’t seen Jurgen [Klopp at the training ground] but I imagine he is monitoring everything with cameras. He is very charismatic. You miss in training the closeness that he has with players.”

Football in the UK has been suspended since March 13, with Liverpool last in action two days prior against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

In the nine weeks since, however, the world has changed and with it, the environment in which football can be played and for Adrian, who has made 18 appearances in his debut season, the job remains the same but a “new reality” now needs to be navigated to get to the finish line.

 Everton's Michael Keane scores his side's first goal past Liverpool's goalkeeper Adrián San Miguel del Castillo to make the score 2-1 during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 234th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“We were six points away from winning the Premier League and the season came to a halt, and it came at a time when we experienced a painful episode of being eliminated [by Atletico Madrid] from the Champions League,” he continued.

“But we can’t forget the season we have had since August, we are 25 points clear of Manchester City which is a lot. We are very eager to clinch the much-desired Premier League title.

“It’s going to be very strange and we will have to accept playing in Anfield without fans, without the ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ although I hope they don’t put it on the speaker.

“In the end we are professionals and we have to take that step forward and like everyone we have to adapt to the new reality.”

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The Men Who Made Liverpool: Elisha Scott, the King who befriended the Kop

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 13:00

The men on the pitch in the early days of LFC were as crucial to its long-term success as those off it, and Elisha Scott is certainly one of the Men Who Made Liverpool.

It’s the early 1900s and we’re in Belfast, Northern Ireland, near the Blackstaff River and within earshot of the industrial mills. The great Harland and Wolff shipyard is churning out ocean liners like the Columbus and the Ionic, while across the Irish Sea, in Liverpool, two football teams vie for supremacy. For now, though, we focus on a patch of land and a group of young boys from Lower Broadway playing football. I say football, but what they’re kicking around is a rolled-up bundle of newspaper. It’s regulation size and it beats the empty can of yesteryear, but it’ll be in shreds when the game is up.

Amongst these lads is a young Elisha Scott. He’s playing up front as a striker in this game, but he will soon become one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of British football. The story of his conversion to custodian rather than forward was retold in the Belfast Telegraph, in 1959.

“Elisha—a member of a family of 10—was born in the Donegall Road. He attended St. Simon’s School, and, in his early days played as an inside forward and centre-forward with the 4th Belfast Company of the Boys’ Brigade. It was Boys’ Brigade football which converted him from an attacker to a goalkeeper,” the report reads.

“One day he was so annoyed with the ‘keeper on his side that he went up to him and said: ‘What’s the use of us putting the ball into the net, if you are going to let goals in at the other end?’.”

He would go on to make his name at Anfield and Liverpool, where he would spend 22 years and play 468 games. There he would become a king who befriended the Kop and made opposition strikers—and his own defenders—tremble. This is his story.

Scott was invited to Liverpool in 1910 by his brother Billy, who was an Irish international who kept goal for Everton. He was 17 years of age and would spend a week at Goodison Park. Elisha had graduated from playing as a forward on the wasteland and was now a talented goalkeeper himself. He had first played for Broadway United in the Irish Junior Alliance before turning out for Linfield. He had once been described as a “terror of goalkeepers,” but he was now uniquely equipped to outwit any centre-forward. His brother assured him that he would find him a top club in England.

However, Everton felt that Scott was too young and passed up on the opportunity to sign him. Their loss would be Liverpool’s considerable gain, as when Billy recommended him to Anfield’s John McKenna, his fellow Irishman wasted no time in snapping him up. Elisha Scott became a Liverpool player on September 1, 1912.

 (back row, l-r) Gordon Hodgson, Tom Morrison, Willie Steel, Elisha Scott, Arthur Riley, Archie McPherson, Dave Wright, Gordon Gunson (front row, l-r) Manager George Patterson, Harold Barton, James Jackson, Tom Bradshaw, Jimmy McDougal, Ted Crawford, trainer C Wilson

At 5’8½” and barely 11 stone, Scott’s physique wouldn’t have marked him out for a career between the sticks. However his agility, goalkeeping brain and decisiveness would see him nicknamed ‘the Cat’ by supporters. After a single practice match, the board at Anfield made the shock decision to put Scott straight into the first-team setup. He unfortunately injured his wrist, though, and would have to wait until January 1, 1913 to make his debut away to Newcastle United.

According to reports at the time, St James’ Park was packed out, with 35,000 drawn out by the “spring-like conditions” to roar the Geordies on. Both teams were evenly matched in mid-table, but it was the north-east side who took the game to Liverpool, with Newcastle’s forwards pummelling their goal. Try as they might, though, they could not breach Scott’s line. The papers declared “the fates and Scott were against them.” It was, according to the gentlemen of the press, the “best display of goalkeeping ever seen at St James’ Park.”

A quote from a Liverpool Echo reporter, cited on LFCHistory, declared “hats off to Scott, Liverpool’s youthful guardian. His debut was brilliant and a pleasing augury.” Another newspaper clipping eulogised about the youngster’s star performance:

“It will be remembered that Elisha Scott, the eighteen-year-old custodian, gave a great display for Liverpool against Newcastle United on New Years Day. The youth created much admiration by reason of his ability to prevent the Newcastle sharpshooters from netting the ball.”

It must have been the most remarkable of debuts, because it convinced the Newcastle board to immediately offer a four-figure-sum to Liverpool for his services. A bid, said to be £1,000, was turned down forthwith. That would be the first of two reportedly record bids for his services. According to the Irish News, in a tribute piece written in 2015, an unnamed club bid £10,000 for him in 1928. These are huge sums of money for the period and are yet more evidence of his brilliance.

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The Reds had plans for Elisha, clearly, but this would prove to be his only start of the 1912/13 season, with Ken Campbell returning to the first team for the remainder of the campaign. He made just four appearances the following year, but his breakthrough came in the 1914/15 season, in which he made 25 appearances in all competitions.

Alas, as is so often the case with players of this time, the war would interrupt a promising career. He would make 15 appearances for Liverpool during the war years, but would return home to Ireland for most of it. There, he would play for Belfast Celtic, a team he would later manage after he left Anfield. The team won the Irish Cup in back-to-back seasons, in 1917 and 1918.

On the resumption of league football in 1919, Scott became an ever-present for more than a decade. His performances included 137 clean sheets, and ensured he would be capped 31 times for Ireland. He was called up in that first season after the war, for a game against Scotland.

These were momentous times, with Europe coming to terms with the aftermath of brutal bloody conflict. Old ideas of imperialism were being challenged. Uprisings took place across the continent and in Russia the Soviet Union had already been established. Britain was not immune, with strikes and riots taking place across the nation. Ireland was no different, and in January 1919 the Irish political party Sinn Fein established a Dublin assembly and proclaimed the island of Ireland an independent state. What followed was a war of independence, which eventually led to the establishment of an Irish Free State and partition in 1921.

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It was against this backdrop of turmoil in his homeland that Elisha was asked to represent his country. Commenting on the day he received the call, he explained that he could scarcely believe that someone as young as him could receive such an honour. This is what he said of the callup, in an interview with the Manitoba Free Press, in 1939:

“In 1919, football recommenced after being stopped by the war. But in my opinion there was a far more important happening in the football world. The Irish selectors found a young broth of a boy playing goalie for Liverpool and decided that no other should represent them in the Victory International against Scotland.

“That same broth of a boy was Elisha Scott, and never will I forget the day I learned that the Emerald Isle was requiring the services of myself. I was playing, as I say, with the Liverpool club, and when the manager came to me one morning and told me that I was wanted by the Old Country to play against the Scots, at Ibrox Park, I wagged my head very wisely and said, ‘the other leg is better far for pulling, it’s got bells on’.

“It took the manager half an hour of powerful argument and much waving of official notes before I could believe that such great honour had come to the same boy.”

Sadly, the Scots ran out 2-1 winners in the first of two games, which was played at Glasgow’s Celtic Park. This is how Scott recalls the day and the game:

“The journey to Scotland took, I believe, about eight hours, but Elisha Scott thought it was a hundred hours. The nearer I got to Glasgow the further I wished I was away. I was as nervous as a sheep on the way to the butcher, and felt very much like the sheep would.

“The first of that game was too rapid for me. I stopped one or two easy pots and began to feel like a goalie at last. Then some spalpeen ousted the rules inside the area and Andy Wilson, the Scots’ centre, came up to take the free pot.

“I believe he scored. I don’t know. The referee said so, the crowd said so, and next day’s paper said so, and therefore he must have done. But I never saw that ball go past.”

It was clearly a rude awakening for the youngster, but Scott would see his team equalise and vowed that the Scottish would not get past him again. Alas, this was to be an international baptism of fire:

“Soon after that the lads took the ball to the Scots and gave them a spot of running to do. Billy Halligan, the Hull City laddie, gave the ball a thundering kick, and I had the pleasant sensation of seeing my Scots’ counterpart fish the ball from where all the good shots go to.

“Hurrah, I thought. One each, and they don’t come through here while there’s a breath in my body. They didn’t either, for although they scored another goal I had no breath in my body when they did it. Donaldson, the outside-right, who used to play with Bolton Wanderers, sent in a centre. It was rising quickly and the wind was bringing it in. With that touch of the Irish which makes the whole world grin, I dashed out of the citadel and grabbed the ball.

“A flashing thought of congratulation struck me just a split-second before a flashing body hit me in the ribs and I sat upside the net with the ball in my lap. The second goal was also the property of Andy Wilson.

“It was a very subdued Elisha Scott that returned to Liverpool that day, and I felt sure that never again would I play for my country. You can judge my surprise therefore when I was told that I had to play in the return match at Windsor Park, Belfast—these were Victory Internationals, you understand.”

Liverpool goalkeeper Elisha Scott, playing for Northern Ireland, 1933

By all accounts, the return match in Belfast was something of a feisty affair, and the Scots would be entering a cauldron of partisan Irish support. This description of Scott’s encounter with a young Irishman before the game tells its own story.

“The crowd at Belfast was after my own heart, and the good old brogue came kindly back to my ears. The cheers which rent the air when ‘we’ took the field were as sweet music,” Elish recalled.

“I remember very distinctly a remark made to me by a bonny boy from the hills. The boy was dressed up in traditional Irish costume. His cheeks were somewhat rosy, more by acquaintance with the potsheen than with fresh air, and in his hand he wore, or grew, as we say, a shillelagh.

“This potent weapon he handed down to me with a profound observation: ‘If they git so close to be lolke danger give ‘em a kiss wi’ the ould magic wand and they’ll trouble divil agin’.

“I was tempted to slip the easy stick up my jersey, but refs are sometimes rather finicky.”

The game would end goalless, with the Irish missing a penalty. Elisha said that it broke his heart. However, after tasting the nerves of an international debut and the fire of such a partisan atmosphere, nothing could ever phase Elisha Scott again. It was an experience he carried with him throughout his career.

Back home in Liverpool, Elisha would experience hitherto unparalleled glory with Liverpool between 1921 and 1923. The team would win the First Division in successive seasons for the first time in their history. Scott missed just three games in the 1921/22 season and played in every game of the next—81 appearances in 84 games.

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Writing in the Topical Times on August 27, 1938, Tom Bromilow described Elisha as being “as safe as the bank of England.” He also sheds light on a player who, while not exactly looking the part, was every inch a master of his trade and utterly obsessed with it. He discussed how Scott would arrive at the ground two hours before a game, and would be ready for action by the time the rest of the team arrived in the dressing room. He would compensate for his small frame by wearing three pair of socks and three sweaters for the game. Elisha would also insist on bouncing the ball on the dressing-room floor, handling it intently in order to get a feel for it.

These insights suggest that he was one of many in that Liverpool team who thought seriously about the game and how it was played. They were the aristocracy of British footballers and Scott was the King. To Elisha, football was a serious business and the job he did was every bit as special as any outfield players’ was. In an article about the role of ‘keeper in the Topical Times, dated February 25, 1938, he had this to say:

“First forget that schoolboy stuff about ‘any mug’ doing for goal. Forget that old joke about it being cheaper to board up the goal. Forget that old tag about footballers (and fast bowlers) being mad.

“Get it into your head that a goalkeeper is as important, if not more so, than a centre-forward. A centre can make a mess of things and a pal will come to his aid. If a goalie makes a mess of things, he’s sunk. A goalkeeper is a footballer.”

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Elisha Scott elevated the art of goalkeeping at Liverpool. His experiences playing as a forward, on that patch of wasteland in Belfast all those years before, would give him a good understanding of what a striker would do in any number of situations. He would insist on playing up front in practice games in order to “get in the mind of the forward.” His philosophy was perhaps summed up best with this advice to aspiring ‘keepers: “Find out what the centre wants you to do, and then don’t do it.”

He wrote extensively about his art, explaining that “goalkeeping is about anticipation and a knowledge of angles. There are only so many angles a ball can leave a forward’s boot and only so much space he can shoot at. A goalkeeper’s job is to give him as few angles as possible to shoot at.”

Elisha was the master of his domain and thoroughly commanded the box. He refused to allow his own defenders to crowd him in the penalty area, often ordering them out of it with what was euphemistically described as “industrial language.” Some found it funny, others did not. One such player was Jimmy Jackson, a left-back who played for the Reds between 1925 and 1933. Dixie Dean once recalled how the player had turned to him after the Everton striker had scored the Blues’ third goal in the game, and after facing a barrage of abuse from Scott who blamed the defender for the goal and said, “William, I shall never play in front of this man again.”

Jimmy, who was known as ‘the Parson’, was clearly more suited to a career in the clergy, which he duly joined upon leaving football. However, Elisha was a master craftsman. He knew the goalkeeping art inside out and he had earned his status in the Liverpool goalmouth as untouchable and, it seemed, he was also unquestionable.

On September 30, 1931, the Daily Mail wrote:

“Scott never exhibits tricks in goal. He catches balls that others would fist; he puts the ball over the bar for a corner when others would be spectacular in clearing. Scott never takes a chance, and if you study those goalkeepers who have gained fame you will find that it was because of this trait. It would be easy to say Scott has anticipation, but telling why he has this gift is much more difficult. Personally, I think it is because he never takes his eye off the ball.

“I do not mean when it is likely to come to him: all goalkeepers must do that. But Scott, if you watch him when there is little chance of him having to save, is moving about in goal in accordance with the position of the ball. He knows that a freak shot will change an angle, so before the ball comes he is protecting the goal from that angle. You never catch him unready.

“Perhaps the greatest test of a goalkeeper is his judgment in running out of goal. If Scott goes he gets the ball. You never see him losing a race and finding the ball going into an untenanted goal. You never see him prancing about the penalty spot when a corner kick has been taken.

“He leaves the backs to do their job and never interferes—but let an opponent get clean through and then see Scott come out. He then comes quickly, and the forward has to be quick or the opening at which to shoot will be very narrow.

“But one could go right through a goalkeeper’s task, discuss it in detail, and have to admit with each detail, that that is the way Scott does his job.”

 (back row, l-r) Dick Johnson, Tom Miller, Willie Cunningham, Jim Penman, Peter McKinney, Billy Lacey (third row, l-r) Trainer W Connell, Dick Forshaw, Harry Chambers, Elisha Scott, Harold McNaughton, Jock McNab, Billy Matthews, George Patterson (second row, l-r) Manager David Ashworth, Jackie Sheldon, Jack Bamber, Tommy Lucas, Ephraim Longworth, Donald McKinlay, Tom Bromilow, Bert Pearson, Secretary (front row, l-r) Jones, Bill Jenkinson, Lancashire Cup, Liverpool Cup, Harry Lewis, Walter Wadsworth

Elisha enjoyed many rivalries in the game, perhaps none more so than with Dixie Dean, the prolific Everton forward. In reality the pair were best of friends off the field. And the tales of their many encounters—some real, others greatly exaggerated but entertaining and informative nonetheless—are legendary. Interestingly, though, Elisha would describe a different striker as his greatest ever “bogey man.” That player was Chelsea‘s Andy Wilson.

Wilson played 238 times for the Londoners, notching 59 goals. But it was against Scott that he seemed to have the most joy. In 1931, Elisha would say this of the Scottish forward: “Everywhere I go he follows me. And every time he has his own way.

Despite his caustic nature, Elisha made many friends in the game, including journalists who had felt his wrath whenever they wrote something he disagreed with. They admired him and respected him nonetheless. However, no friendship was as keenly felt than the one he struck up with the Kop at Anfield. It is said that he would engage the crowd in conversation before and after the game, and on the Mersey Ferry as he travelled to the match. Many thought they were confidants of his.

One story tells of how a supporter climbed out of the stands during a game at Blackburn, in which Scott had pulled off an incredible acrobatic save, only to plant a kiss on the keeper’s cheeks. Another describes an encounter in which Elisha had been engaged in a lengthy conversation with a supporter who was behaving like they were old mates.

In the end Scott would ask, ‘I’m sorry, do we know each other?’. ‘I should think so’, replied the fan, ‘we were talking to each other at the game last week’.

 Liverpool supporters on the Spion Kop with a banner featuring former goalkeeper Elisha Scott before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

The Kop felt such an affinity with their No. 1 that they dedicated one of their earliest chants to him. “Lisha, Lisha” would be the cry, as he went about his business on the green grass of Anfield. It is little wonder that grown men wept during his farewell game. After the final whistle he addressed them, from the Main Stand on an old speaker system, as “my friends on the Kop,” proclaiming “you have inspired me.”

Scott left Liverpool for his beloved Belfast Celtic in 1934. He would go on to manage them to great success. He is undoubtedly Belfast’s, if not Ireland’s, greatest footballer. He was an undisputed King of the Kop and his performances for the Reds were what helped make Liverpool.

* Additional photographs courtesy of the Wadsworth and Bromilow families.

The Men Who Made Liverpool

 (back row of directors, l-r) J Dermott, B Bailey, S Cooper, FC Howarth, A Nisbet, H Cooper, C Gibson, HP Ellis, L Crosthwaite (middle row of players, l-r) John McCartney, Matt McQueen, captain Andrew Hannah, goalkeeper Billy McOwen, Duncan McLean, Douglas Dick, David Henderson, trainer F Whiteway (front row, l-r) Patrick Gordon, Malcolm McVean, Joe McQue, Jim McBride, John McKenna, President John Houlding, J Ramsay, Harry Bradshaw, Jimmy Stott, Hugh McQueen - EMPICS/EMPICS Sport

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