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Watch: Every Premier League goal - 2005-06

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 10:00

Watch all of Liverpool's Premier League goals from 2005-06 back to back in our free video.

The Reds amassed 82 points while finishing third in the top flight that season.

Watch every one of the 57 goals Rafael Benitez's side scored along the way below...

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Watch: Every Premier League goal - 2005-06

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Watch free today - 'Gerrard: My Liverpool'

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 09:20
'Gerrard: My Liverpool', a special tribute to the club's legendary former captain, will air on LFCTV at 9pm BST tonight.
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Watch free today - 'Gerrard: My Liverpool'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 09:20

'Gerrard: My Liverpool', a special tribute to the club's legendary former captain, will air on LFCTV at 9pm BST tonight.

You can also watch the documentary for free on LFCTV GO today by registering with LFC for free.

Read on for a taste of what the feature-length film has to offer…

Steven Gerrard is surveying the Great Hall at Liverpool’s St George’s.

Chandeliers the size of centre-backs hang 60 feet above him.

Statues dotted between towering granite columns stare silently from their ledges.

Light floods the room, sparkling marble and oak; splashing stained-glass windows so they throb with colour.

“Sound this, isn’t it,” grins Gerrard.

He’s pouting, squinting, nodding - all at once - in the way someone does when they want to show their complete approval.

Perhaps the greatest of all Liverpool players has come to one of the city’s greatest buildings to bid farewell.

It’s late April 2015, and Gerrard has six games left at his beloved Reds.

He’s agreed to spend a day filming around the city for a documentary that will chart his illustrious career.

The day’s activities have so far been doused with nostalgia; from the Kemlyn Road Stand seat where he first took in Anfield, to a stroll along the waterfront he so rarely gets to savour. 

And, at St George’s Hall in the heart of the city, the stage has been set for him to sit down for a final time and reflect on 17 years as a Liverpool player.

The conversation starts on Ironside Road in Huyton, where Gerrard nurtured his love and talent for belting footies.

“It was the perfect five-a-side pitch,” he says. “A great place to kick balls against walls and smash windows.”

The picture of a normal family is painted; a young life full of love, the latest Liverpool strips and the occasional scrap with his brother.

But a cloud descends when asked about Jon-Paul.

When Gerrard was eight his cousin, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, became the youngest of those to lose their lives at Hillsborough.

“I have memories of playing with him in Ironside,” explains Gerrard, pain slowly engulfing his features. 

“The life I’ve had up to this point, the memories I’ve had, I just wish that he could have shared them with me.”

Steven reflects on the heart-thumping moments that punctuated his early Liverpool career; the buzz of making his debut, the pride at becoming club captain. 

And then Istanbul; the greatest of all nights, when the Reds overcame a masterly AC Milan side to achieve the impossible.

His voice quickens as he clocks the moments; the goal he scored with an almighty mid-air swivel of his neck; the Andriy Shevchenko penalty which Jerzy Dudek swatted away to settle the final.

The seconds where he paced on the platform with his hands on his hips, not sure where to look; not sure what to do, while the European Cup waited patiently alongside him.

“I felt like my heart was going to come out of my chest,” says Gerrard, eyes pulsing in time with the quickening rhythm of his voice. 

“The guy who was giving me it, he was just taking too long. I just wanted to go and grab it myself.”

And then when you got it in your hands?

“Time just stood still,” he replies, slowing slightly, voice croaking gently.

He's dimmed down to a whisper; the words tumbling out in a trance: “You’re just lost in your emotions. It’s like a dream. 

“I was the lucky person to do it for everyone.”

His words echo around the Great Hall.

The statues are silent and the light is retreating behind stained-glass windows. 

There’s just enough time to catch your breath.

Gerrard goes on to Cardiff and to that godly swipe of his right boot which conjured one of football’s greatest goals to take the 2006 FA Cup final to extra-time. 

He moves on, somewhat ruefully, to how the side assembled by Rafael Benitez between 2006 and 2009 was the best he played in, at the very peak of his powers, and yet ‘should have won more’.

And then to the moment that had lingered on the horizon throughout the conversation, drawing slowly into sight as the seconds ticked down.

The day when Anfield shuddered with excitement and Liverpool prepared to take a huge step towards winning the Premier League title in April 2014. 

Chelsea.

“Heart-breaking,” states Gerrard, offering a sheepish smile that is horribly at odds with the tears forming in the corners of his eyes.

“I just thought it was our turn,” he continues wearily, all joy drained from him. “But we fell short at the final hurdle. And it was heart-breaking. It will be for a long, long time.”

In Gerrard: My Liverpool, you will see this footballing icon at his rawest; watch him grapple with the emotions stirred by unbelievable highs and gut-crushing lows. 

Those who know him best, like his mum Julie, his daughter Lilly-Ella, his teammates Jamie Carragher and Xabi Alonso, and his coaches like Steve Heighway and Gerard Houllier, will help him tell his story. 

Legends such as Zinedine Zidane, Francesco Totti and Paolo Maldini will tell you how they marvelled at his powers and how he was a force of nature. 

But, when all is said and done, the final words of the film best sum up one man’s sheer single-minded commitment to the club he always loved. 

“I’d just like to be remembered as someone who played for the fans,” says Gerrard. “Someone who gave everything he had to make them happy.”

He’s shuffling in his chair now, tilting his head to keep the tears at bay; sucking in little pockets of air to send out the last few sentences. 

“I just wish I was 25 again to have another 10 years,” he says softly. 

“But life doesn’t work like that, does it?”

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Djibril Cisse interview | Why Istanbul 2005 was destiny for Liverpool

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 08:50

Djibril Cisse still takes immense pride in his achievements with Liverpool and the connection he developed to the club.

The Frenchman joined the Reds from Auxerre in the summer of 2004 but saw his debut season initially ruined when he suffered a broken leg at Blackburn Rovers in the October.

Cisse achieved a full rehabilitation in time to return for the crucial closing weeks of the campaign, however, and would go on to play an influential role in the Champions League triumph under Rafael Benitez.

After coming on as a substitute in the final against AC Milan in Istanbul, the striker coolly converted his penalty as Liverpool won the shootout and lifted the trophy.

His decisive contributions would continue into the 2005-06 season, with Cisse on target twice – again from the bench – to help successfully turn around the UEFA Super Cup tie with CSKA Moscow.

He later started the dramatic FA Cup showpiece against West Ham United and, with Benitez’s side 2-0 down in the early stages, his classy finish kicked off another comeback that ended in a 3-3 draw and victory via penalties.

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A second broken leg, sustained on international duty with France, represented a cruel blow to Cisse’s ascendancy and he subsequently moved to Marseille – on loan for 2006-07 before a permanent transfer.

Fourteen years after his last appearance for the Reds, though, his fondness for the club remains significant; his pride as strong as it ever was.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m not watching every game but I’m watching the results and the timetable,” he told Liverpoolfc.com when asked if he continues to follow the club’s fortunes.

“It’s always important. It’s a part of my career that I’m really proud of, it’s the team that gave me the biggest trophy that every footballer wants.

“I’m proud; I’m proud to be part of the Liverpool family and it’s still my family.”

The 15th anniversary of the Reds’ incredible success in Istanbul arrives later this month.

Trailing 3-0 at half-time to an AC Milan side overflowing with the greatest talents of the era, Benitez’s men hauled themselves level in six frantic second-half minutes and emerged victorious from the pressure of a penalty shootout.

For Cisse, who side-footed in the second Liverpool spot-kick, the feat was unrivalled in his career.

“There were other good moments but by far this is the best because of the whole story,” the 38-year-old reflected.

“And my story is different. I was injured for a big part of the season. I managed to come back quite quickly and I managed to be a part of the team in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final.

“It was a dream come true for me. To take the pen and win the cup, you can’t beat that. Maybe to be world champion [with France] but I don’t think there’s a better thing than this.”

The details of Liverpool’s stunning run to European Cup glory in 2005 suggest their win was destined.

Think of Steven Gerrard’s crucial intervention against Olympiacos to drag the Reds out of the group stages; of Eidur Gudjohnsen’s heart-stopping miss in the semi-final at Anfield; of Jerzy Dudek’s inexplicable double-save from Andriy Shevchenko inside the Ataturk.

“It was written,” said Cisse. “You can’t touch so many obstacles like this. It was our year.

“There were a lot of bigger teams with bigger names than us, but the thing is: we had a massive heart. For us, it was a battle every game. And we knew if we didn’t give 100, 250 per cent, the other team had more quality than us – they were better players than us.

“But the thing is, we had hunger and desire to win, and desire to fight for each other. Our heart was bigger and we showed it in the final.”

Watch: Highlights of the 2005 Champions League final

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Djibril Cisse interview | Why Istanbul 2005 was destiny for Liverpool

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 08:50
Djibril Cisse still takes immense pride in his achievements with Liverpool and the connection he developed to the club.
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'Robertson and Alexander-Arnold are the best full-backs in the world'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 08:30

Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are the world's best full-backs.

That’s according to a man who once played for Liverpool in the same position, Jose Enrique.

Robertson and Alexander-Arnold are key members of a Reds side that has won three major trophies in the last 12 months, while also amassing a 97-point haul in 2018-19 and setting a record-breaking pace in this season’s Premier League title race.

And Enrique believes the duo’s form over the last two years makes them football’s finest in their respective roles.

“Definitely. In the last two seasons, definitely,” Enrique replied, when asked if Robertson is the leading left-back on the planet on LFCTV’s Legends in Lockdown.

“For me, he has everything. He has energy, the energy he has he makes you tired just looking at him sometimes in the games! How much he goes up and down the wing is unbelievable. 

“The intensity, I love the intensity [in how] he plays the game, it’s unbelievable as well. And obviously the end product he has is really good as well, his crosses are amazing. 

“He defends well as well, so he’s the full package really and I believe he’s the best left-back in the world for the last two years, definitely.”

Watch: Enrique and Molby star on Legends in Lockdown

On Alexander-Arnold, the Spaniard stated: “The same as I say with Andy Robertson, I say with Trent: he’s the best right-back in the world for the last two years as well and he’s only 21 still. 

“So many people want to know, ‘Let’s see if he can play in midfield’ and everything, and I say, ‘Why do you want to change him when he is the best already in his position, he’s still only 21 and he can improve so much in the position?!’ 

“Because he can still improve a lot, so imagine when he improves!” 

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'Robertson and Alexander-Arnold are the best full-backs in the world'

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 05/17/2020 - 08:30
Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are the world's best full-backs.
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Van Dijk raffles season tickets to help old club Groningen

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 05/16/2020 - 23:10
Eredivisie season cancelled last month with Groningen unable to fulfil their remaining eight fixtures

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Virgil van Dijk is helping raise funds for his old team Groningen Virgil van Dijk is helping raise funds for his old team Groningen Virgil van Dijk is helping raise funds for his old team Groningen

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is raising funds for former club Groningen by holding a raffle for four season tickets he has bought from the club for the coming season.

The finances of Dutch clubs have taken a hit following last month's cancellation of the Eredivisie season due to the coronavirus pandemic, with mid-table Groningen - the club where Van Dijk made his professional debut nine years ago - unable to fulfil their last eight fixtures.

Van Dijk moved to Celtic in 2013 before joining Southampton two seasons later ahead of his January 2018 switch to Merseyside for a then-world record £75m fee for a defender.

Van Dijk was named PFA Player of the Year last season Van Dijk was named PFA Player of the Year last season Van Dijk was named PFA Player of the Year last season

But Van Dijk has not forgotten his footballing roots and provided details on Saturday of his plan to help his former club and give fans the opportunity to get their hands on a Groningen season ticket.

"I bought four season tickets for the coming season," the Liverpool centre-back wrote on Twitter.

"I help with this @fcgroningen in this difficult time.

"The season tickets are ultimately raffled among fans who cannot purchase one themselves."

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Premier League clubs will hold their latest emergency conference call on 'Project Restart' on Monday, where - amongst other things - a vote is expected to take place on a return to training in small groups.

Liverpool are 25 points clear of Manchester City and would need just two wins to clinch their first title in 30 years if the Premier League is able to resume.

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Retired former Liverpool full-back Jose Enrique says he thinks would have no issue returning to action if he was still playing.

"For me, health is the most important thing but if I was a player, I would be happy to play." Enrique told Sky Sports News.

"Obviously, everyone will say you're not playing anymore, and it's easy to say - but I believe I would do. Other ex-players agree with me, and I believe the players will be more controlled.

"They will be having tests almost every day. If something happens and a player gets coronavirus, they are already planning for how they are going to handle it."

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5 Liverpool players who benefit most from a later end to the season

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 05/16/2020 - 19:05

The unexpected extension to the Premier League season has come at a heavy cost for clubs, just as the pandemic in general has for the wider world. But in every disappointment comes an opportunity, somewhere along the line.

For Liverpool’s squad, there are a handful for whom the later finish to the 2019/20 season may be of benefit, in terms of their game time and contribution to the cause.

Jurgen Klopp‘s group is relatively small, but has proven the match of Europe’s finest over the last couple of years—and they have been far and away the Premier League‘s finest this campaign.

Even so, a few weeks of recovery and recuperation time has come at a good time for several, even if the circumstances of the delay would rather have been avoided.

Here are five players that will feel the benefit of the later finish than usual.

Alisson

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker celebrates his side's first goal during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s first postponed game was the Merseyside derby; Alisson was injured at the time and were he to have missed it as was expected, he would have failed to play in any of the three matches against Everton this season, two through injury and one suspended.

The fact he has only played 10 games more than second-choice Adrian shows the disrupted nature of the Brazilian’s season, though his quality has quickly been on show after returning.

While he might have missed a handful of matches back in March if games had continued, he has been training at home like the rest of the squad.

Aside from some fine-tuning once the coaches and physios are back at Melwood, the assumption must be that Ali will be ready to return whenever matches do.

He’ll be a big boost for the Reds and will hopefully play the rest of the games rather than watching on from afar.

Xherdan Shaqiri

 Liverpools Xherdan Shaqiri during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 234th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri has seen his season decimated by injury.

In truth, we’ve no idea whether he’ll be ready to return or not, as there has never been any definitive statement on how long he needs or what the exact issue is.

Troublesome (and massive) calf muscles seem to be at the root of the problem, but 256 minutes on the pitch says it all: we haven’t had anywhere near enough of him this year.

If he’s departing in the summer as expected, his time at Anfield might have ended on a bit of an anonymous note; the extra time afforded to him to recover might grant him the chance to show his worth.

Despite being a squad player, he has contributed at key moments in his two years at the club and it would be great to give him another opportunity or two to show what he’s capable of.

Naby Keita

 Liverpool's Naby Keita during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Naby Keita is another who hasn’t featured as much as he’d like, though in his case it’s more due to constant, niggling problems rather than a single ongoing complaint.

Fourth-choice centre-back Dejan Lovren, sub ‘keeper Adrian and backup striker Divock Origi have all surpassed the 1,000-minute mark in all competitions this season, but Keita is still waiting to reach that milestone.

And that’s despite Klopp giving him chances to start every time he regains fitness.

He had missed the last four before matches were postponed and hopefully a complete absence of intense training sessions and matches has allowed our No. 8 to fully rest up and refresh himself—now it’ll be about making sure he is resilient enough when action gets back underway.

Takumi Minamino

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Aside from injuries, there are other considerations, starting with Takumi Minamino.

Although the less-than-ideal circumstances mean he hasn’t been with or around his team-mates, the additional time to perhaps settle into a new home, learn the language and adjust in general terms to a new life will have been of benefit.

Once he gets back on the training pitch he should be raring to kick-start his Anfield career after not really having too many chances yet.

Intensity and energy levels should be rather levelled out across the squad, so he could get more of a clean slate in terms of form and trust if he shows the tactical aptitude necessary.

A few starts could do his confidence the world of good, too.

Harvey Elliott or Curtis Jones

 Liverpool's Harvey Elliott (L) and Curtis Jones during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There are all different ways that players need to progress and improve and simply growing up and maturing is part of that.

One of the youngsters could see their game time increase if they have impressed Klopp and his coaching staff in this uncertain period with their professionalism, showing they are ready to handle whatever is thrown their way.

Again, training ground readiness and aptitude will determine getting picked more than anything else, but we all know how much Klopp values mental strength and preparedness.

Both Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones will be looking at the possibility that the Reds don’t delve too deeply into the transfer market and knowing they could be fast-tracked into becoming first-team regulars, and that might well start at the back end of 2019/20.

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Marko Grujic and Hertha BSC return with a win

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 05/16/2020 - 16:29
Marko Grujic played the full 90 minutes as Hertha BSC resumed their season with a resounding 3-0 win over Hoffenheim.
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'The best leader I've played with' - Gini Wijnaldum creates his perfect midfielder

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 05/16/2020 - 15:55

Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Steven Gerrard all feature in Georginio Wijnaldum’s perfect composite midfielder.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Liverpool’s No.5 was asked to pick one player for each of seven key midfield attributes: leadership, engine, passing, strength, football brain, skill and goalscoring.

And the Dutchman selected Henderson’s leadership, Milner’s engine and Gerrard’s passing, in conjunction with the strength of Clarence Seedorf, football brain of Xavi Hernandez, skill of Andrea Pirlo and goalscoring of Frank Lampard.

Read Wijnaldum’s reasons for plumping for two of his teammates and a legendary Reds captain of the past below…

On Henderson’s leadership…

I've played with a few players who have great leadership, I have to say Kevin Strootman and Jordan Henderson were, I think, above the other ones. Mark van Bommel was also a good leader and a good captain, but out of the three of them, I have to chose Henderson. It can be annoying [when he is motivating players on the pitch], but if you think about why he's doing it, it's only to help you as a person and the team so if you think about it in that way, you always appreciate it so we are really happy with the way Henderson is.

On Milner’s engine...

His engine is unbelievable. I see it in the games and in training, the way he plays and how fit he is. I hope I can reach that level too. He's non-stop, I have to say when you play against him, it's really tough because Milner is the type of player who will never stop giving everything so you always have to be 100 per cent concentrated and have to give every time 100 per cent otherwise you will lose from him. He's a really tough competitor.

On Gerrard’s passing...

What a player he was. I think he had everything, which is why he was one of the best midfielders who ever played in the game. He played for Liverpool so that's why I choose him.

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'The best leader I've played with' - Gini Wijnaldum creates his perfect midfielder

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Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Steven Gerrard all feature in Georginio Wijnaldum’s perfect composite midfielder.
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Gini Wijnaldum names the inspirations at Liverpool he aims to “reach the level” of

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 05/16/2020 - 13:58

Gini Wijnaldum has paid tribute to two Liverpool team-mates and the standards they set, picking their characteristics while building his “perfect midfielder”.

With the Reds currently awaiting a return to full training and action, the media world continues to dream up inventive ways of entertaining fans and keeping their websites full.

This time around, Sky Sports asked our No. 5 to build his ideal, all-round, centre of the park monster by merging the skill sets of other midfielders together.

Wijnaldum noted two current team-mates and one former Red in his picks, starting with current captain Jordan Henderson, who he effectively cites as the most influential figure he has played under.

“I’ve played with a few players who have great leadership, I have to say Kevin Strootman and Jordan Henderson were, I think, above the other ones,” he said.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson (L) and Georginio Wijnaldum during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Mark Van Bommel was also a good leader and a good captain, but out of the three of them, I have to choose Henderson.

“It can be annoying [when he is shouting at players on the pitch], but it’s only to help you as a person and the team so if you think about it in that way, you always appreciate it so we are really happy with the way Henderson is.”

While there might feasibly have been a bit of recency bias or natural gravitation toward a current playing partner—Van Bommel was surely the most naturally influential player on that shortlist—it’s also worth remembering that Hendo is the skipper to have led Wijnaldum to the most success.

Already they have won the Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup together, as well as reached other finals, and the Premier League title will soon follow, which naturally and rightly raises the esteem a captain is held in who wins the lot.

Having also picked Andrea Pirlo’s skill, Clarence Seedorf’s strength, Xavi Hernandez’s football brain and the goalscoring traits of Frank Lampard, Wijnaldum opted for Reds legend Steven Gerrard for his passing.

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate James Milner (R) during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Sporting Clube de Portugal at the Yankee Stadium on day nine of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Elsewhere, fellow Red James Milner was hailed as an inspiration for Wijnaldum to reach the standards of later in his career, saying he has the best engine in a midfielder.

“His engine is unbelievable. I see it in the games and in training, the way he plays and how fit he is. I hope I can reach that level too.

“He’s non-stop, I have to say when you play against him, it’s really tough because Milner is the type of player who will never stop giving everything so you always have to be 100 per cent concentrated and have to give every time 100 per cent otherwise you will lose from him. He’s a really tough competitor.”

While Milner might not be a first-choice regular any more, his standard-setting and reliability makes him a go-to for the manager any time he feels the team needs a jolt.

It’s understandable then that his team-mates see him as someone to aspire to mimick the habits of, and it’s that type of competition for places and refusal to let anybody slacken off which has seen the Reds go from strength to strength.

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“He’s able to play when there’s chaos all around” – How Alisson’s mentality makes him perfect for Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 05/16/2020 - 13:35

It’s no secret that Liverpool rely on the brilliance of Alisson as the foundation of the team, but there’s more to his game than great saves and quick throws.

Long hours on the training pitch, repetition of moves and an understanding of the game all go into making the Brazilian No. 1 arguably the best goalkeeper in the world today.

But even beyond his natural athletic ability and his constant training at shot-stopping is his rock-solid mindset and the mentality to stay cool amid the “chaos” in his penalty area.

That’s according to one of the men who should know best: Liverpool’s assistant goalkeeper coach, Jack Robinson, who walked LiverpoolFC.com through the training drills which mimic match-day encounters and explained why Ali is the perfect fit for Jurgen Klopp‘s team.

Robinson explained the match-ups that the team make in training, between practicing true-to-life in-game scenarios and Alisson‘s mental strength to ensure he gets the same outcome when the whistle goes.

That allows ‘keepers to make “natural decisions” when facing strikers, whether it’s in one-on-one situations or claiming crosses in a crowded box.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FA Premier League match between Norwich City FC and Liverpool FC at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ali is renowned for being just as good with his feet as he is with his hands, too, with his clever footwork and accurate passing often being catalysts for Liverpool attacks or retaining possession.

“He’s like Pirlo or someone like that [in five-a-side]!” Robinson said.

“He’s really comfortable on the ball and wants to receive it under pressure. Like you see in the games, that nerve strength, that calmness, he’s able to play when there’s chaos all around him.”

Over and over in explaining different goalkeeping characteristics and training practices—shot-stopping, playing out from the back, staying alert when the team is dominating—Robinson continually refers back to an over-arching theme: Alisson is the best because of his mindset.

Alisson‘s ability to read the game is indispensable, while his communication with the defence and understanding of how a move will play out make him a formidable barrier even before the opposing team can think about getting a shot away.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker heads the ball during the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“[It] comes down to the character of the goalkeeper. A lot of the work that we do as a team is about being in the right position and to get the focus on that.

“Being in the right position then allows you to make the right decision if the ball is played over the top. Having that concentration is down to your character.”

The Brazilian has constantly proven his ability over the last couple of years with the Reds, with only injury depriving him of even more clean sheets and appearances this season.

Even so, he’s sure to end 2019/20 with a Premier League winner’s medal and is once more in the running for the Golden Gloves award, despite playing fewer games.

Alisson didn’t take long at all to join a growing list at Liverpool: an expensive signing who was an absolute bargain.

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Carragher & Bellamy reveal Liverpool room-mate stories, habits and tips

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 05/16/2020 - 12:53

Former Reds duo Craig Bellamy and Jamie Carragher gave some behind-the-scenes insight into their Liverpool days, reminiscing about room sharing—the good and the bad!

Centre-back Carragher was a one-club career man at Anfield, while Bellamy enjoyed two spells on Merseyside.

His first came under Rafa Benitez in 2006/07, before rejoining under Kenny Dalglish for 2011/12.

The duo spoke with Sky Sports about their away-day room sharing partners, revealing a few key points about habits and hierarchy within the squad—and even how to guess the team lineup.

Carragher revealed he mainly had two team-mates he roomed with: Michael Owen earlier in his career up to the striker’s 2004 departure to Real Madrid, and Steven Gerrard thereafter.

While Owen was perhaps a bigger name than our No. 23 thanks to his goalscoring exploits, Carragher didn’t see it that way at the time: having broken through to the first team earlier, it was ‘his’ room that Michael shared, with a big contrast after the room switch.

 Liverpool's Jamie Carragher (l), Michael Owen (c) and Steven Gerrard (r) bow to the Thai fans before training session in Bangkok, Thailand. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“When I roomed with Stevie he was the captain and the best player in the team by a mile,” Carragher said.

“So I always felt Michael Owen was rooming with me, whereas I was rooming with Stevie Gerrard!”

Gerrard had previously roomed with Danny Murphy, who left the same summer as Owen.

There weren’t too many stories about either of those big-name England internationals, though, with Carragher summing it up as “what happens on tour stays on tour—it’s like that with your room-mate!”

That said, Carragher did reveal that Owen’s phone call to move to Real Madrid happened while they were together in a hotel room in pre-season, allowing them to discuss the transfer for a time.

The ever-loyal defender didn’t want Owen to make the switch, noting the presence of Ronaldo, Raul and Fernando Morientes at the Bernabeu club, but he says Owen had confidence in his own game that he could make the grade in Spain.

 Liverpool's Michael Owen celebrates his fourth goal against West Bromwich Albion during the Premiership match at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“He was just convinced he would still play and be involved, he said ‘when I came through at Liverpool there was Robbie Fowler and Stan Collymore and that didn’t bother me’—he such self-belief.”

As for Bellamy, he recounted the grinding of teeth by Lee Bowyer at Newcastle, John Harton’s late-night eating habits with Wales…and a curious switch at Liverpool under Rafa Benitez.

Rather than have constant room-mates which remained the same, the Spanish manager changed up the pairings to encourage more familiarity throughout the squad.

However, the players quickly cottoned on that they could guess the lineup judging by being paired with certain individuals.

“You got a good reflection of the team. If you were rooming with Dirk Kuyt, you had a good chance of starting!

“If it was someone else, you knew you were gonna be on the bench.

“So he used to give a bit of his team away the night before.”

Regardless of that, the one away trip for which Bellamy will always be associated with is the trip to Barcelona, involving arguments, golf clubs and crucial—if ironic—goals for himself and John Arne Riise!

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Wijnaldum: My perfect midfielder

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5:03 Liverpool and Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum explains to Tubes his choice of players' attributes that would make up the perfect midfielder Liverpool and Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum explains to Tubes his choice of players' attributes that would make up the perfect midfielder

The passing ability and skills of which players would Georginio Wijnaldum pick for his perfect midfielder? He reveals all to Soccer AM's Tubes...

The Liverpool midfielder was given the task of picking one player for each skill that makes up a talented midfielder, but the person he chose could not be repeated.

Read on to see who Wijnaldum picked or click play above to watch...

Passing ability of… Steven Gerrard

What a player he was. I think he had everything, which is why he was one of the best midfielders who ever played in the game. He played for Liverpool so that's why I choose him.

Strength of… Clarence Seedorf

What a monster he was and still is now. There was a picture on social media where you saw how fit he still was. I think it was on the beach that picture and you could see how fit and strong he is even after his career, hopefully I will have that also.

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Engine of… James Milner

His engine is unbelievable. I see it in the games and in training, the way he plays and how fit he is. I hope I can reach that level too. He's non-stop, I have to say when you play against him, it's really tough because Milner is the type of player who will never stop giving everything so you always have to be 100 per cent concentrated and have to give every time 100 per cent otherwise you will lose from him. He's a really tough competitor.

Football brain of… Xavi

He was unbelievable. I think him and [Andres] Iniesta were the two who, when they were together, were unbelievable. He was a good player and the brain of Barcelona.

Skill of… Andrea Pirlo

What a player. You can play him every ball in big spaces, tiny spaces, he always had the solution for that situation. His first touch was unreal, that's why I chose him.

Leadership of… Jordan Henderson

I've played with a few players who have great leadership, I have to say Kevin Strootman and Jordan Henderson were, I think, above the other ones. Mark Van Bommel was also a good leader and a good captain, but out of the three of them, I have to chose Henderson.

It can be annoying [when he is motivating players on the pitch], but if you think about why he's doing it, it's only to help you as a person and the team so if you think about it in that way, you always appreciate it so we are really happy with the way Henderson is.

Goalscoring of… Frank Lampard

The goalscoring should be Lampard because I don't know how many goals he scored, but he's up there with the top scorers of the Premier League. It was easy for him, he was also a really good player and a really good finisher. If we talk about scoring goals for a midfielder, I have to choose Lampard. I don't know another midfielder that scored more goals than him.

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Watch: Every Premier League goal - 2004-05

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 05/16/2020 - 10:12

Watch every Premier League goal Liverpool scored in the 2004-05 season in our latest YouTube compilation.

Rafa Benitez's first campaign in charge featured 52 top-flight goals - take a look at all of them back to back below... 

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Robbie Fowler on Liverpool 5-4 Alaves: 'Lifting the UEFA Cup was incredible'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 05/16/2020 - 10:05

Robbie Fowler remembers the 'incredible' feeling of lifting the UEFA Cup after scoring in an unforgettable final victory on this day in 2001.

Liverpool defeated Alaves 5-4 with a dramatic Golden Goal winner in Dortmund on May 16, 2001.

Doing so meant Gerard Houllier's Reds completed an unprecedented treble of League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup - and Fowler, who came off the bench to put Liverpool 4-3 up late on in normal time, recalls the day fondly.

"When you think of UEFA Cup finals and Champions League finals, I think Liverpool are synonymous with having the best games, obviously the AC Milan one and Alaves," he told friend and former teammate Steve McManaman in an interview for BT Sport.

"I remember the three sides of the ground were just full of Liverpool fans. I was devastated not to start in the FA Cup final and was disappointed again not to start in the UEFA Cup final, but I came on and wanted to do well.

"I managed to get a goal which should have been the winner, but Jordi Cruyff scored in injury time to make it 4-4 and take it into extra-time."

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Gary McAllister's 116th-minute free-kick was inadvertently glanced past his own goalkeeper by Alaves' Delfi Geli to ensure Liverpool won on the Golden Goal rule.

Fowler admitted, though, that the players weren't entirely sure they had won the game.

 "I just remember people were a bit puzzled and it was like: 'What happens now?'

"I think everyone realised the significance in terms of the goal put us ahead but I don't think people realised the significance of we'd won it because of that moment.

"But, from a selfish point of view, for me getting the chance to pick up another trophy [as captain alongside Sami Hyypia] was incredible. It was a real surreal week actually and it was probably one of my best weeks in football.

"I was disappointed not to start in the FA Cup final on the Saturday, we played Alaves on the Wednesday and then we were back home because we had a game away at Charlton Athletic that we needed to win to qualify for the Champions League.

"So that week of football was just incredible."

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