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Keegan to Kenny: A new king ascends the Liverpool throne

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 19:00

Kevin Keegan’s departure left a hole few thought could be filled, but a Scot by the name of Kenny Dalglish would swiftly ascend the throne and make Liverpool’s No. 7 his own.

One of Liverpool’s pin-up boys who made the No. 7 shirt his own left Reds reeling as he announced he was to try his luck abroad during the 1976/77 season.

Liverpool’s superstar striker had given a season’s notice of his intentions at a time when it was unheard of for English players to make the move to the continent.

Keegan was not just any player, however, he was an attacking force to be reckoned with and was integral to the club’s trophy-laden spell from 1971 to 1977.

In 1971, Bill Shankly had brought Keegan to Liverpool from the Fourth Division for a fee of £35,000 after being impressed by his work rate, fitness and tenacity, describing the acquisition as “robbery with violence.”

Liverpool manager Bill Shankly (left) with Kevin Keegan (right) at Anfield

A born winner who had embedded himself into Liverpool hearts, which is why his £500,000 move to Bundesliga’s Hamburg had been met with widespread disdain and anger.

Despite his popularity dipping, Keegan’s commitment to Liverpool in 1976/77 was unwavering as he proved key in ending the long-awaited title at the European Cup, ensuring his 323-game career at Anfield ended on the greatest of highs.

But while Keegan would tie up his time at Anfield with the games most prestigious club honour, the Reds were facing what many had tipped to be an impossible task: replacing him.

Liverpool had been left with an empty throne, but Bob Paisley had an eye for identifying talent and his next move would lay the foundations for another era of unparalleled dominance.

Call it fate or divine intervention, but the man chosen to fill Keegan’s boots would go on to create a story of legend, and that man was Kenneth Dalglish.

Kenny Dalglish, European Cup, 11-May-1978 (Picture by PA PA Archive/PA Images)

A household name at Celtic after 204 appearances, 112 goals and nine titles, Kenny would demand a British record fee of £440,000.

The deal was agreed after “secret talks” on the evening of August 9, 1977, after two weeks of intensive negotiations which ended with Paisley and chairman John Smith driving to Moffat, 30 miles outside Glasgow.

They booked into a hotel under assumed names and before the night was out, Dalglish was a Red.

“This really was the offer I could not refuse,” Dalglish said before he had left Glasgow for Anfield.

“There was no way I could turn down such a fabulous offer although I am very sad to be leaving Celtic. But I am happy to be going to such a great club as Liverpool.”

His move had shocked many, including Shankly, who was left in disbelief that Celtic had allowed their star player to move on:

“I would have moved heaven and earth to keep him. I would rather have quit and got out of the game altogether than sold a player of his brilliance.”

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If few knew the quality of player Liverpool had acquired, they did by now after both Paisley and Shankly rang in the endorsements.

And they needn’t wait long for a glimpse of what was on the horizon, as a debut in the FA Charity Shield at Wembley against Man United, which saw the spoils shared, was followed up by a goal on his league debut at Middlesborough a week later.

His Anfield bow and introduction to the home faithful followed against Newcastle United, and in Kenny’s words:

“My Anfield debut came against Newcastle, who counted Tommy Craig, amongst their number. I had grown up with Wee Tam, playing Glasgow Schools, Scottish Schools and Scottish Youth with him.

“Before kick-off, I found Tam looking up at the sign that declares ‘This Is Anfield’. ‘How are you?’, he asked.

“‘I’m all right, I think’, I told Tam, ‘but you see that sign there? It’s supposed to frighten the opposition. I’m terrified by it and it’s my home ground.’

“Fortunately the game worked out well…The goal was at the Kop end and I nearly finished up in amongst them. 

“Their appreciation was magnificent. It really touched me. That was the start of the relationship between the Kop and me. It was a special relationship, hard to articulate how strong the bond was. We would share great success in England and Europe.”

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It was a rollercoaster first season at Liverpool, as Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest would finish atop of the league table after having already inflicted defeat on the Reds in the League Cup final.

Kenny would score in the 6-0 thumping of Kevin Keegan’s Hamburg in the European Super Cup final, but his greatest night was yet to come as he scored the winner against Club Brugge at Wembley to clinch Liverpool’s second successive European Cup.

There was a new king in town, one who was blessed with expert vision, movement, a simply delightful goal celebration and selflessness which instantly endeared him to all those around him.

Kenny would play for Liverpool for 13 illustrious years, netting 172 goals in 515 appearances as he helped guide the Reds to six league titles, three European Cups, four League Cups and an FA Cup.

Two stints in the manager’s position would further cement his status as a Liverpool legend, one which has physically manifested to having the Centenary Stand officially renamed in his honour.

Kenny Dalglish: A king among men.

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'Chag Sameach' from Liverpool FC

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 17:00

Liverpool Football Club would like to say Chag Sameach to all of our supporters celebrating Pesach and we wish you all a safe holiday.

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'Chag Sameach' from Liverpool FC

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 17:00
Liverpool Football Club would like to say Chag Sameach to all of our supporters celebrating Pesach and we wish you all a safe holiday.
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Riise released from hospital after car accident

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 15:05

Last Updated: 08/04/20 3:46pm

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Former Liverpool full-back John Arne Riise has been released from hospital following a car accident in his native Norway.

Riise was driving to his home in Alesund with his daughter Ariana when he needed to swerve to avoid an obstacle on the road, leading to the accident. No other cars were involved.

Police confirmed it was an accident and Riise is not suspected of any driving offences.

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Signed from Monaco in the summer of 2001, Riise scored on debut as Liverpool beat Bayern Munich 3-2 to win the UEFA Super Cup at the Stade Louis II.

The full-back spent seven years at Anfield, during which time he made 334 appearances, winning an FA Cup, a League Cup and the Champions League in 2005.

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Riise moved to Serie A side Roma in 2007, playing 136 games and scoring 11 goals during a four-year spell in the Italian capital.

He then returned to England to play at Fulham for three seasons before stints in Cyprus, India and Norway. Riise ended his playing career in 2017.

The 39-year-old, who is Norway's most capped international, had a brief spell as sporting director with Maltese Club Birkirkara which ended last year.

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Liverpool scouting Brighton defender Ben White 'almost every game'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 14:19

Liverpool are closely monitoring the progress of Brighton defender Ben White on loan at Leeds United in the Championship, believed to be scouting him 'almost every game'.

The 22-year-old centre-back has excelled on a short-term deal in West Yorkshire this season, starting 37 Championship games for Marcelo Bielsa’s side as they push for promotion to the Premier League.

White has been at Brighton since 2014 but has never made a senior appearance for the club, also spending time on loan at Newport County and Peterborough.

Full story: Metro

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Liverpool scouting Brighton defender Ben White 'almost every game'

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 14:19
Liverpool are closely monitoring the progress of Brighton defender Ben White on loan at Leeds United in the Championship, believed to be scouting him 'almost every game'.
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Liverpool scouting Brighton defender Ben White 'almost every game'

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 14:19

Liverpool are closely monitoring the progress of Brighton defender Ben White on loan at Leeds United in the Championship, believed to be scouting him 'almost every game'.

The 22-year-old centre-back has excelled on a short-term deal in West Yorkshire this season, starting 37 Championship games for Marcelo Bielsa’s side as they push for promotion to the Premier League.

White has been at Brighton since 2014 but has never made a senior appearance for the club, also spending time on loan at Newport County and Peterborough.

Full story: Metro

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Watch: 'Naby lad!', singing and yoga - inside Reds' latest video call

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 13:00

Liverpool's squad and backroom staff logged on for another yoga session online this week - but the work didn't begin until after Harvey Elliott had been serenaded for his 17th birthday.

Despite not being at Melwood, the tradition of singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to teammates in the different native languages of the squad continued, with Jürgen Klopp acting as conductor.

We were granted exclusive access to log on to the Zoom session to capture the moment, which you can view in our YouTube video below.

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Watch: 'Naby lad!', singing and yoga - inside Reds' latest video call

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 13:00
Liverpool's squad and backroom staff logged on for another yoga session online this week - but the work didn't begin until after Harvey Elliott had been serenaded for his 17th birthday.
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Liverpool in transfer battle with Real Madrid for Diego Carlos

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 12:00

Liverpool are reportedly set to compete with Real Madrid for Sevilla defender Diego Carlos.

The Reds were linked with the centre-back in January but reports at the time suggested they may wait until the summer.

And Marca believe Jurgen Klopp has reignited his interest in the 27-year-old with the Liverpool manager keen to find another partner for Virgil van Dijk.

Full story: MailOnline

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Liverpool in transfer battle with Real Madrid for Diego Carlos

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 12:00

Liverpool are reportedly set to compete with Real Madrid for Sevilla defender Diego Carlos.

The Reds were linked with the centre-back in January but reports at the time suggested they may wait until the summer.

And Marca believe Jurgen Klopp has reignited his interest in the 27-year-old with the Liverpool manager keen to find another partner for Virgil van Dijk.

Full story: MailOnline

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Liverpool in transfer battle with Real Madrid for Diego Carlos

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 12:00
Liverpool are reportedly set to compete with Real Madrid for Sevilla defender Diego Carlos.
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Liverpool have scouted Leeds centre-back Ben White at “almost every game”

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 10:28

Liverpool have been regularly linked with Leeds’ on-loan Brighton centre-back Ben White this season, and it is claimed they scout him at “almost every game.”

White joined the Whites on a season-long deal in July, and has so far made 40 appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, playing every minute of every game in the Championship.

He has been one of the standout players in the English second tier, with his strong defensive approach and composed ball-playing ability lending himself perfectly to Bielsa’s system.

The 22-year-old is on the books with Brighton, and signed a one-year contract extension prior to his switch to Elland Road, with the Seagulls earmarking him for a future role at the AMEX.

However, Liverpool have long held an interest in White, and in November, The Athletic’s Phil Hay claimed they were “genuinely interested” in the youngster, with Brighton valuing him at £20 million.

This likely comes with Dejan Lovren due to depart at the end of the season, with the Croatian set to seek regular first-team football and the club likely to cash in before his deal expires in 2021.

And according to Sky Sports’ Gary Weaver, Reds scout Andy O’Brien has watched White in “almost every single game” this season.

O’Brien joined Liverpool in 2015, having previously played for Leeds—his boyhood club—for two seasons towards the end of a playing career that also took in spells with Bradford, Newcastle and Bolton.

A former centre-back, he would be well-placed to advise the club on whether to firm up their interest in White, and already played a key role in the signing of Nat Phillips in 2016.

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White would likely arrive to take a place higher in the pecking order than Phillips, with the possible departure of Lovren ensuring Jurgen Klopp will need a replacement at first-team level.

He is of a similar profile to Joe Gomez, with both most comfortable on the right of the centre-back pairing and adept at bringing the ball out from the back.

Under Biesla, he has also filled in as a holding midfielder at times this season, and this flexibility could endear him to Klopp further, with the manager favouring versatile players.

If he is available for £20 million, White could be a relative bargain for the Reds, particularly as Lovren is likely to command a fee of around £15 million if he leaves.

Much remains up in the air at this stage, with football suspended and the transfer window set to be pushed back, but it is certainly intriguing how often White is mentioned as a target for Liverpool.

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Media Watch: Read the latest LFC transfer rumours

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 10:01

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Media Watch: Read the latest LFC transfer rumours

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 10:01
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Quiz: Liverpool's all-English European ties

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 10:00

Liverpool overcame Arsenal in an epic Champions League quarter-final at Anfield on this day in 2008 - but how much do you know about the Reds' history in all-English European matches?

That clash with the Gunners was one of 13 ties that have seen Liverpool come up against domestic rivals in continental competition.

And our quiz tests your knowledge of those games by posing one question relating to each tie...

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Quiz: Liverpool's all-English European ties

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 10:00
Liverpool overcame Arsenal in an epic Champions League quarter-final at Anfield on this day in 2008 - but how much do you know about the Reds' history in all-English European matches?
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Arsenal target sent transfer warning amid Liverpool link

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 09:56

Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano has been given a transfer warning after also being linked with Liverpool and Tottenham.

RB Leipzig defender Upamecano is believed to be top of Mikel Arteta's wishlist as the Arsenal boss looks for a centre-half this summer.

Upamecano is reported to have a release clause of £50million, but his contract with Leipzig expires at the end of next season, so the Bundesliga club may have to resign themselves to losing the highly-rated 21-year-old.

Source: Mirror

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Arsenal target sent transfer warning amid Liverpool link

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 04/08/2020 - 09:56

Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano has been given a transfer warning after also being linked with Liverpool and Tottenham.

RB Leipzig defender Upamecano is believed to be top of Mikel Arteta's wishlist as the Arsenal boss looks for a centre-half this summer.

Upamecano is reported to have a release clause of £50million, but his contract with Leipzig expires at the end of next season, so the Bundesliga club may have to resign themselves to losing the highly-rated 21-year-old.

Source: Mirror

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