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LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 16:20
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Liverpool loanee ready to “give everything” to ensure future – after advice from Fabinho

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 15:19

Liverpool loanee Anderson Arroyo believes he is “very close” to being given an opportunity by Jurgen Klopp, and is ready to “give everything” in order to achieve that.

Among the Reds’ loan ranks, 20-year-old Colombian full-back Arroyo is arguably the least familiar.

Signed from Fortaleza CEIF at the start of 2018, the versatile defender is yet to feature for Klopp’s side even in a friendly, instead spending time on loan at Real Mallorca, KAA Gent and, currently, Mlada Boleslav.

He was part of pre-season training last summer, however, and was slated to be part of the squad travelling for the US tour only to suffer a broken foot before Liverpool flew out.

Injury has hampered his time with Mlada Boleslav in the Czech First League, but Arroyo believes that though it would be “telling lies” to set a timeframe for a possible outing for his parent club, he is “very close.”

“I don’t think it’s that far if I keep doing things well, sacrifice myself and give more,” he told AS Colombia.

“When they give me the opportunity to be with them again, I will continue to give everything and I’ll do things well.

“Many people at Liverpool believe in me, and if they do, I think I can do it. I see it being very close.”

 Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between KRC Genk and Liverpool FC. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

It is a big stretch to suggest Arroyo is anywhere near close to the first team at Liverpool, though his involvement last pre-season suggests he could be included next time around.

The closest he has come to an outing for the Reds came when Dan Atherton wore his shirt as he came on for an unlikely substitutes’ appearance outfield against Tranmere, and by Arroyo’s own admission he was only able to train 10 times.

But he revealed that a conversation with Fabinho has inspired him, with the Brazilian telling him to “do things from the heart.”

“I couldn’t do a lot of training with Liverpool, I was only in 10 sessions,” he explained.

“I approached Fabinho because he speaks Spanish and I understand him a little. He gave me advice, told me to do things from the heart, to do things well.

“He was the first person to approach me, even at the time of the injury.”

Arroyo described training with Klopp’s squad as “incredible” and claimed all parties were “very happy” with his contribution prior to his broken foot.

And though he has struggled for game time in the Czech Republic, he believes his time with Mlada Boreslav could be formative as it steels him for another challenge in England.

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How Liverpool once tried to sign Matt Upson – and ended up with Sotirios Kyrgiakos

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 14:08

Liverpool reportedly had a deal lined up to bring Matt Upson to the club in 2009, but the frustrating situation at Anfield saw Rafa Benitez turn to Sotirios Kyrgiakos.

In the pantheon of Reds centre-backs over the years, Kyrgiakos is unlikely to be remembered as one of the most distinguished to wear the Liverbird on his chest.

The Greek stayed for two seasons, playing 49 times including 38 starts, and his spell on Merseyside saw him play under three managers in Benitez, Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish.

He eventually departed on a free transfer in 2011, joining Wolfsburg before later returning to the Premier League for a loan spell with Sunderland that saw him appear four times, effectively retiring a year later.

Kyrgiakos was a solid but unspectacular signing for Liverpool, but he only arrived due to a lack of financial stability that saw a move for Upson fall through.

That is according to The Athletic‘s James Pearce, who while exploring the pitfalls of Alberto Aquilani’s time with the club detailed the precarious situation at the time.

 Liverpool's Sotirios Kyrgiakos in action against Everton during the 214th Merseyside Derby match at Goodison Park. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With the club’s owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, taking out a £350 million loan from the Royal Bank of Scotland, there was little room for manoeuvre in the transfer market.

Glen Johnson was only able to be brought in due to Portsmouth still owing funds after signing Peter Crouch in 2008, while Benitez had hoped to bring in David Silva as Xabi Alonso’s replacement only to be told he was “out of Liverpool’s price range.”

“We also needed a centre-back that summer and had a deal for Matthew Upson lined up on a free,” one of Benitez’s recruitment staff explained.

“He was an England international and the other lads had vouched for him being a good character, but it didn’t happen because the club said his wages were too high.

“We ended up buying Soto Kyrgiakos from AEK Athens for £1.5 million instead, because his wages were so much lower.

“That’s how bad the situation was at that time.”

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Upson would not have been a game-changing signing for Liverpool, but he was an experienced Premier League centre-back and a regular in the England squad, and would have been a solid addition to the likes of Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger.

Strangely, however, the ‘insider’ view of the deal contrasts vastly with reports from the time, with the Telegraph claiming in 2009 that the Reds had baulked at West Ham‘s valuation of £15 million.

It perhaps highlights the gulf between reality and rumour in football, with Ryan Shawcross and Michael Turner both also linked with moves to Merseyside at the time.

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Military Veterans take virtual trip from Anfield to Fenway Park and back

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 13:28

LFC Foundation's Military Veterans have challenged themselves to complete a distance of more than 6,000 miles, the equivalent of travelling from Anfield to the home of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, through a collective effort of jogging, cycling and walking.

Since starting the challenge on Monday May 4, the closely-knit group, who usually play football together twice a week at the LFC Academy, have hit the halfway point, virtually reaching the home of the nine-time World Series championship winners.

The group participate in daily mileage tracking and reporting through a WhatsApp group that they set up back in March to ensure they keep in touch and benefit from their joint camaraderie and spirit, which is something they have been missing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, more than 2,000 posts have been shared within the group, often a mix of ‘screenshot’ distances from their smartphone apps, selfie videos and photos, encouraging other members to keep going whilst on bike rides, outdoor jogs and even workout routines that fellow members can follow.

LFC Foundation’s Military Veterans programme has been running for more than 10 years and as of 2020, seems stronger than ever before. There are more than 50 active ex-military participants within the core group, who regularly attend weekly football sessions together at the Academy in Kirkby, run by LFC Foundation Military Veterans programme manager Steve Hollis and community coaches.

The group often travel up and down the country to play fixtures against other Military Veterans football sides, including other Premier League clubs such as Manchester City and Burnley, and other veterans initiatives, including RAF Lakenheath, HMS Temeraire and HMS Prince of Wales teams.

“Frustrated with the lack of physical activity seemingly available at the start of the pandemic, the Military Veterans now look set to achieve their incredible goal of taking a virtual trip to Fenway Park and back,” said LFC Foundation director Matt Parish.

“A true example of togetherness and spirit during a time when it is needed most. Congratulations to all.”

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Military Veterans take virtual trip from Anfield to Fenway Park and back

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 13:28
LFC Foundation's Military Veterans have challenged themselves to complete a distance of more than 6,000 miles, the equivalent of travelling from Anfield to the home of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, through a collective effort of jogging, cycling and walking.
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Meet the Academy: Layton Stewart

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 13:00

It's hard to think of a better way to capture the attention of Liverpool supporters than the knack Layton Stewart possesses.

The 17-year-old has managed to score against Everton at every level during his time with the Academy – from U7 right through to the U18s. 

Now, the boyhood Liverpudlian has his eyes fixed on completing the full set, firstly with the U23s and then, one day, the seniors.

 

"It's always an easier way to get people to like you, scoring against Everton!" the striker laughs in a conversation with Liverpoolfc.com.  

"I'm a Liverpool lad so I just love playing against Everton – as do many other lads. It's probably the biggest game we'll look forward to because I've actually got a few mates there as well, so we always want to beat them. 

"It's a big game throughout the whole city, isn't it? It brings out a big excitement in me to try to score."

Stewart enjoyed a hugely productive first season as part of Barry Lewtas' U18s. He scored 16 goals in all competitions – one of which was against our local rivals, of course – before the campaign was curtailed due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Such proficiency was to be expected, in truth. Stewart once netted 56 times in a single season with the U16s.  

His ability to stick the ball in the back of the net is led by his driven mindset and the inspiration provided by two former Academy starlets.

"Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen," he replies when asked about the forwards he looked up to. "I always watch them two on YouTube because they're quite like me. 

"They're always in the goalframe, they're always sniffing around defenders and trying to get in the box and score tap-ins. 

"I've spoken to Fowler two times and he just talks about getting in the goalframe and that the simple goals are as good as the big goals. I've spoken to Michael Owen a few times and he's just given me some advice about what I should do to try to get in the first team. 

"Hearing something from the legends themselves – like those two – and a player like I am, it's good to get advice from them because I look up to them and I want to be as good as them or better than them.

"If I don't score, I don't speak to my parents for a couple of days and I have a face on! But if the team wins then I'm happy. 

"But as a striker, I always want to get on the scoresheet and get my goal tally up. But if I score, I'm in a good mood for however long."

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Firmly in the category of a fox-in-the-box-type striker, Stewart is determined to add more to his arsenal in the final third. 

He has trained at Melwood with the first team and, in particular, is studying how Jürgen Klopp's forward line operates. 

"Looking at Firmino, Salah and Mane, they help the team defensively as well and not just in attacking ways," Stewart notes. 

"So that's the way I've got to adapt my game now and try to keep as fit as I can when I'm on the pitch and help score goals – but also help the team defend in tough games as well.

"It's amazing to be in and around the first team. But I've got to want to go there and try to think to myself, 'I want to take one of their spots one day, try to actually be with them every day and play games with them.'"

His route to that target has been somewhat halted by an ankle ligament injury that required an operation. 

Rehabilitation is going well and Stewart is out to restart on the building blocks established during his eye-catching debut year with the U18s.

"It's been tough in different ways," he explains. "At U18s you're in every day till four o'clock, so it's different to U16s and it's much harder. It's a big step up. 

"Going to the U23s is an even bigger step up because the players are faster, the players are stronger and more athletic, so you've got to adapt to another way in the U23s as well. 

"I think so far I've done quite well for both the U18s and U23s. You've just got to do your gym work properly so you're getting bigger and stronger, so you can compete with the likes of U18s and U23s."

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Meet the Academy: Layton Stewart

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 13:00
It's hard to think of a better way to capture the attention of Liverpool supporters than the knack Layton Stewart possesses.
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Caoimhin Kelleher eager to secure loan move to reach ‘the next stage’

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 11:52

Caoimhin Kelleher is likely to be among those to leave Liverpool on loan in the next transfer window, with the young goalkeeper eager to play regular first-team football.

The Reds have utilised the loan market with regularity during Jurgen Klopp‘s reign, with the intention of priming the club’s young players for a senior berth.

But while Rhian Brewster was allowed to leave for Swansea in January, the manager made the decision to retain his new core of prospects as he believed they would be better served at Melwood.

Kelleher was one of those, along with Neco Williams, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott, and between them the quartet have played a combined 24 games for the first team this season; 14 coming in the second half of the campaign.

The Irishman impressed against the likes of MK Dons, Arsenal and Shrewsbury, while also making nine appearances for the academy and sitting on the bench for 12 games including in the Premier League and Champions League.

But for next season Kelleher is aiming for a No. 1 role elsewhere, according to the Liverpool Echo.

They claim he is “ready for the next stage of his personal development and keen to move on loan when the transfer window opens.”

However, naturally “any short-term switch will need to be rubber-stamped with assurances,” such as those received when Kamil Grabara joined Huddersfield last summer with the Pole arriving as first choice.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It remains to be seen which clubs could make an approach for Kelleher, though Preston North End were interested in a deal in January—but it is questionable whether he would start at Deepdale.

Given Kelleher’s profile and experience at Liverpool, it seems likely that a Championship move would be required, rather than lower down the Football League pyramid.

Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday could be among those in the market for a new stopper ahead of 2020/21, and the shift in finances could ensure loan moves are more favourable to many clubs.

Kelleher would certainly benefit from a season of regular first-team football, as though he is fondly regarded at Anfield accruing experience would aid his progress significantly.

With Adrian established as Alisson‘s backup, and Andy Lonergan potentially given a new deal, there is no clear pathway for Kelleher in Klopp’s squad at this stage.

If he does leave, that could pave the way for the likes of Grabara, Vitezslav Jaros and Jakub Ojrzynski to get a taste of life travelling with the Reds for matchdays, as the 21-year-old has throughout this season.

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LFC Foundation launches design competition to raise funds for COVID-19 response

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 11:00

LFC Foundation has launched the 'Big Red LFC Design Competition', which calls on young Liverpool fans and their families to come together to design a special charity collection in aid of LFC Foundation and NHS Charities Together.

The club’s official charity is inviting youngsters and their families to get creative during lockdown and draw, sketch, colour or paint a unique design to be featured across a special product range including T-shirts, mugs, water bottles, mouse mats, badges and keyrings. 

All profits from the collection will be donated to NHS Charities Together (registered charity 1186569), supporting NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients, as well as supporting LFC Foundation’s response and recovery work during the pandemic and over the coming months.

Liverpool first-team manager Jürgen Klopp and captain Jordan Henderson will form part of the judging panel and will help select the winning design.

If your design is successfully chosen, you could be in with a chance of winning the following.

  • Full range of your winning design including framed T-shirt signed by competition judges
  • Signed LFC first-team 2019-20 home shirt
  • Hospitality for the winning family at the rescheduled LFC Legends vs Barça Legends charity match

NHS Charities Together chief executive Ellie Orton said: “This is such a lovely way for families to get creative over the coming few weeks. The winning design will be used to help raise money for all the frontline staff, volunteers and patients that so need our support during this pandemic. 

“I encourage everyone to get involved and wish you good luck in your designing!” 

Matt Parish, director of LFC Foundation, said: “NHS staff and health professionals on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic are working tirelessly during these challenging times. We want to show unity and support them with this special collection. 

“The impact of this pandemic is likely to be felt for a long time to come and the funds raised will enable us as a foundation to continue to help the most vulnerable in our communities through this incredibly testing time and beyond.”

You can find out more about the competition and enter by clicking here.

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LFC Foundation launches design competition to raise funds for COVID-19 response

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 11:00
LFC Foundation has launched the 'Big Red LFC Design Competition', which calls on young Liverpool fans and their families to come together to design a special charity collection in aid of LFC Foundation and NHS Charities Together.
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PSG ready to fight Liverpool for Kalidou Koulibaly

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 09:39

Paris-Saint Germain will focus their attentions on Kalidou Koulibaly this summer in their bid to find a replacement for Thiago Silva.

The Ligue 1 side were crowned champions in France after the season was ended prematurely due to the coronavirus outbreak.

This has given the club the time to look to what could well be a busy summer in the French capital.

Full story: MailOnline

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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PSG ready to fight Liverpool for Kalidou Koulibaly

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 09:39
Paris-Saint Germain will focus their attentions on Kalidou Koulibaly this summer in their bid to find a replacement for Thiago Silva.
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PSG ready to fight Liverpool for Kalidou Koulibaly

HEAD NEWS - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 09:39

Paris-Saint Germain will focus their attentions on Kalidou Koulibaly this summer in their bid to find a replacement for Thiago Silva.

The Ligue 1 side were crowned champions in France after the season was ended prematurely due to the coronavirus outbreak.

This has given the club the time to look to what could well be a busy summer in the French capital.

Full story: MailOnline

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Missing Men: Blackburn Rovers 1995

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 09:00

The 1994-95 Premier League season came to a fascinating end at Anfield 25 years ago today.

Liverpool recovered from a goal behind to beat Kenny Dalglish's Blackburn Rovers 2-1 as the visitors aimed to see off the threat of Manchester United in the race for the title.

But the Reds' victory did not, ultimately, prevent Rovers from clinching top spot and Dalglish secured yet another championship - by coincidence, at his spiritual home.

John Barnes and Jamie Redknapp scored the Liverpool goals that Sunday afternoon. Can you remember the rest of the starting XI?

Test your memory in the quiz below or scroll down and click Next to reveal the Missing Men...

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Missing Men: Blackburn Rovers 1995

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 09:00
The 1994-95 Premier League season came to a fascinating end at Anfield 25 years ago today.
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From the archive: Roy's plan to sign Gabriel Batistuta revealed

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 08:30

Our latest feature from the Liverpoolfc.com archives tells the tale of Roy Evans' attempt to sign an Argentinian icon during his time in the Anfield dugout.

In September 2013, the ex-Reds boss shared his memories of an audacious effort to recruit the legendary Gabriel Batistuta...

Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has revealed how he attempted to pair one of the most prolific strikers in world football with Robbie Fowler for the Reds during the mid-1990s.

Gabriel Batistuta notched more than 200 goals in Italian football for Fiorentina, Roma and Inter Milan, scaring defences across the continent with his lethal finishing via left foot, right foot or head.

The Argentinian appeared at three World Cups and struck 10 times on the biggest stage before concluding his international career with 56 goals from 78 matches.

Now it has emerged that the man nicknamed 'Batigol' had a genuine opportunity to take a diversion to Anfield midway through his successful spell in Serie A.

"There were talks of him moving from Italy to somewhere else," Evans told Liverpoolfc.com.

"We had an interest; there were some conversations between Liverpool and his club. He was interested, but unfortunately it just didn't happen.

"It was one of those things where you make an enquiry and it just didn't go any further than that. I'm sure he would have been a great acquisition for us if we had got him."

With Fowler breaking the 30-goal barrier for Liverpool in three consecutive seasons under Evans between 1994 and 1997, the Reds were regularly in contention for the Premier League title.

Asked if the addition of a player with Batistuta's pedigree could have made the difference for his ambitious young team, Evans was philosophical in his response.

He added: "We'll never know. When you're the manager you always want other players because you're worried about loss of form and injuries.

"You're always looking to enhance your squad. Maybe it would have done, maybe it wouldn't. We also went in for the likes of Teddy Sheringham at that time.

"Teddy was very interested in coming; he was 29 or 30 at the time. But the club had a policy of not buying older players. As it happened, he went to Manchester United and played for six or seven years there with great success.

"Sometimes you miss out on things. I think he would have brought some good experience to a lot of young lads. We had some experience with John Barnes and Ian Rush, but Teddy Sheringham would have been another experienced player for us.

"You're always looking for players and asking different things. At Liverpool in those days, you did all of your business more or less behind closed doors. None of it was leaked to the press.

"Nowadays, with the 24/7 press it's a lot more difficult for the manager to do it. You enquire about many players.

"When Marcel Desailly was moving, we tried to buy him. The only thing that stopped us was that he wanted to live in London - that was his biggest thing.

"I think he was interested in the football club but it didn't happen. You win some and you lose some."

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From the archive: Roy's plan to sign Gabriel Batistuta revealed

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 08:30
Our latest feature from the Liverpoolfc.com archives tells the tale of Roy Evans' attempt to sign an Argentinian icon during his time in the Anfield dugout.
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The alumni project: How the Academy looks after former players

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 08:15

Ranging from simple text messages to help securing university places, Liverpool FC's Academy has exhaustive measures in place to support its former players.

Known as the 'alumni project', the scheme is designed to track and support those who have been part of the Kirkby set-up and departed in years gone by. 

It has been led by Phil Roscoe for the past six months under his responsibility as head of player care.

The veteran Academy staffer has studied ways alumni programmes work at American high schools and colleges to help put first-class structures in place regarding the prosperity of ex-Liverpool youngsters.

Alex Inglethorpe: How the Academy has adapted to lockdown

He explained to Liverpoolfc.com: "There's a common feeling around the Academy – that goes from Alex [Inglethorpe] at the very top right through all the staff – that these players come on a really great journey with us through the Academy both on and off the field. 

"Hopefully they leave the Academy and then go to the first team at Liverpool, or if not that then they go to a first team at another club. 

"But no matter how successful they are, they will at some point leave. That's when we have a duty of care from our side to continue helping – it's never been done to simply tick a box.

"They're with us for so many years and go through so many experiences and we're there to help them whenever they're at Liverpool. 

"We feel it's right that we do that when they leave as well."

Photo: Kenny Dalglish, Steve Heighway, Alex Inglethorpe, Phil Roscoe and Academy secretary Nick Clarke

The Academy now possesses an extensive database that allows them to keep in contact with those who have left. An alumni newsletter is also distributed to past players and parents detailing the latest developments and how to make use of the support on offer.

When a player does leave, the Academy and all relevant staff have an 'exit strategy' laid out to aid individuals with the next stage of their life – whether that is continuing in football or pursuing another profession. Either way, wide-ranging resources and contacts can be tapped into. 

"It's not a tick-box exercise at Liverpool," Roscoe again stressed. "We are absolutely driven to make sure that if he wants to be a footballer, we're going to exhaust every avenue possible to make sure that we can try to make that happen – whether that be in this country or another country. 

"If it doesn't happen from a football perspective then we'll exhaust everything we've got available to maybe then look to find something to do with higher education – a scholarship in America – and looking at what another career looks like."

How the programme shines is highlighted by two examples that Roscoe has been working with this past week since making contact. 

The first is a player that left the Academy set-up around five years ago and reached out, expressing a desire to get into coaching. He'll now soon be taking his UEFA B coaching course. 

The other is the tale of a boy released at U16 level three years ago. 

He subsequently moved to a Football League club on a scholarship but that, unfortunately, isn't going to lead to a professional contract. "We're currently helping manage the process of getting him into one of the top universities in England to continue his academic journey there," Roscoe revealed. 

"They're things that go on all the time – coming back, seeking advice, seeking help, sometimes just coming in to say hello and touching base."

In turn, the Academy can use the experiences of its former prospects to improve the careers and lives of those on the books now. 

Roscoe continued: "We do studies where we've reached out to the alumni to seek, 'How was your experience? How can we get better as a club?'

"That's not just a player who left last year. That's players that left 10, 15 years ago. We use that information to input that back into the current programme. 

"We speak a lot to the players at 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 around grasping the opportunity and giving absolutely everything you can to be a player. 

"I've worked with quite a few players over the years that probably didn't grasp that opportunity as fully as they should, and they realise that when they're in their 20s. 

"There's nothing more powerful than having a player who didn't quite utilise everything to come in and speak with the players, speak with parents, 'Look, this what I found on reflection, this is what I should have done.'"

This type of support has always been available for former players of the Academy, albeit on an informal basis through individual members of staff. 

A change in Premier League academy rules, however, paved the way for a more formal implementation. 

Roscoe was head of education and welfare for more than a decade before the role split. He is now solely focused on player care, with the alumni project just one aspect of the role, while Caitlin Hawkins has taken charge of education.

"Why would you have a boy come all the way through the programme, then leave and then not want to carry on helping him?" Roscoe said. "It's always been a passion of mine.

"We're very lucky at Liverpool that from Alex, the Academy director, all the way down, we have fantastic staff who feel the same way. I cannot emphasise enough that this is how it works at this club.

"Everyone will leave Liverpool at some point. Hopefully it's after 10, 15 long illustrious years with the first team but if it's not, they will leave and they will never walk alone, there will always be help there. 

"I think that when a player leaves Liverpool, it should be as positive an experience for them as it was when they joined – meaning that they have the support, they have the advice and they have the avenues to go down should they need them. 

"Those avenues might be used in the first week, they might be utilised after three or four years – but they're always there for them. Long may this continue."

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The alumni project: How the Academy looks after former players

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 08:15
Ranging from simple text messages to help securing university places, Liverpool FC's Academy has exhaustive measures in place to support its former players.
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