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Mohamed Salah: We know of United threat, but we want the points

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 08:30

Liverpool are well aware of the threat Manchester United will pose on Sunday but will head to Old Trafford with designs only on bringing the three points back to Anfield, Mohamed Salah insists.

The Reds take on their rivals aiming to go to clear at the top of the Premier League table; however, they will tackle a United side unbeaten in the division since appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager in December.

Salah told Premier League Productions: “They are unbeaten in their last nine [league] games, so they are in a good way and they want to win against us.

“Everyone knows about Liverpool and Manchester United. They have good players – even before they won their last 10/11 games, they have had very good players from the beginning of the season.

“They have a good team and now they are winning, winning, winning, so they have confidence, but at the end of the day we want to win the game. Whoever we play against, we want to win the game.”

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Of the current Premier League teams, United are the only opponent Salah hasn’t managed to net against since arriving on Merseyside in the summer of 2017.

It’s a statistic the Egyptian will be aiming to bring to an end on Sunday and move clear of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero in the division’s top scorers rankings – but Salah insists helping the Reds win matches is his sole priority.

“As I’ve said before, for me, the record is not that important,” he explained. “Being the top scorer is important, but it never counts as No.1 – the Premier League is No.1.

“If we win [a game] 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 and anyone else scores, I don’t mind, I would be very, very happy. For me, the team is the most important thing.

“I hope I can score [Premier League goal numbers] 50, 51, 52… but the most important thing is to win [our] game.

“We need to stay first in the table and that’s something very important for us.”

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Mohamed Salah: We know of United threat, but we want the points

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 08:30
Liverpool are well aware of the threat Manchester United will pose on Sunday but will head to Old Trafford with designs only on bringing the three points back to Anfield, Mohamed Salah insists.
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Premier League build-up LIVE!

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Watch Klopp's pre-United press conference live

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 07:00

Jürgen Klopp will preview Liverpool's trip to Manchester United at Melwood on Friday - watch the boss' press conference live and free with us from 11am GMT.

The boss is set to face the media ahead of the Reds' Premier League game at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Return to this page shortly before the scheduled start time to watch Klopp's briefing in full via YouTube.

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Watch Klopp's pre-United press conference live

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 07:00
Jürgen Klopp will preview Liverpool's trip to Manchester United at Melwood on Friday - watch the boss' press conference live and free with us from 11am GMT.
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Salah: Pressure always there

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 06:00
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1:05 Mohamed Salah insists in such a close title race, enjoyment is difficult with so much pressure involved Mohamed Salah insists in such a close title race, enjoyment is difficult with so much pressure involved

Mohamed Salah believes that with Liverpool in the position they are in, they cannot just enjoy their season, with a "dream" Premier League title so close.

Liverpool take on rivals Manchester United in the first part of a blockbuster Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports, with Salah's side trailing leaders Manchester City on goal difference.

With City taking on Chelsea in Sunday's Carabao Cup final, also live on Sky Sports, even a point at Old Trafford will see Liverpool reclaim top spot, and in such a tight title race, added to the pressure of pursuing a first-ever Liverpool Premier League crown, Salah insists enjoyment is hard to come by.

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"You can feel it [the pressure] because you are still a human being," Salah said in an interview with Sky Sports' Jamie Carragher. "For me it is not a big deal if I win a game now or three weeks ago. I want to win each game, but for myself I said that we are playing for the Premier League, so there is pressure.

"Also there is pressure for Man City. I said in November that there is pressure and it will be there until the end of the season, because when you play for the Premier League you have to accept that there is pressure. When you go home you can take it with you, but it can help you to work harder and focus on your game.

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"To enjoy it is not enough, from my side. At the end of the day you have a target in your mind, you have a dream, you want to win the Premier League. I even said that two years ago when I came - it is a dream to win the Premier League."

The United encounter is the first of three tough fixtures in a week for Liverpool, with a midweek clash with Watford and the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, to come - a run of games that is not lost on Salah.

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"It is a very big week for us," Salah added. "And if we win three games and are top of the table, that is huge for us. When you have three games in a week or ten days, you just need to win, win, win, then after that you have time to think.

"Even when we are not top of the league, I know how much United want to win against Liverpool and Everton the same. For me it is not a big deal. We just need to do what we have been doing for the last couple of months."

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Fabinho back in the No. 6 role, or same again? – Debating Liverpool’s midfield vs. Man United

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 19:00

Jurgen Klopp has a selection headache in midfield as Liverpool prepare to face Man United, with at least one player set to be unfortunate to miss out.


The Reds are occasionally criticised for lacking depth in certain areas, but that cannot be said for their options in the middle of the park.

Klopp has five strong players in Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and Naby Keita, with Adam Lallana and Xherdan Shaqiri also more attacking options.

All this in the continued absence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, too.

Liverpool their biggest game of the season so far on Sunday, heading to Old Trafford to face a United side thriving under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and aiming to dent their rivals’ title chances.

So who does Klopp start in midfield?

Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) spoke to Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_), Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie), Adam Smith (@Adam_Smith_82) and Matt Ladson (@mattladson) to discuss who they would go with ahead of the hotly anticipated game.

Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita

ADAM: I’ve long been a Henderson fan and I thought talk of him playing centre-back against Bayern, in order to ensure Fabinho made it into the middle of the park, was dismissive of the captain’s ability.

I was made up to see him produce a man-of-the-match performance in the Champions League and he’d be the first name on my teamsheet at Old Trafford as a result.

Personally, I’d be tempted to stick with the same midfield and defence, only with Van Dijk coming back in for Matip, with Fabinho at the back.

That doesn’t leave us with much off the bench, though, and personally I remain unconvinced that Milner is a solution to midfield problems.

 Liverpool's goalscorer Georginio Wijnaldum applauds the supporters as he is substituted during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

JOEL: The big caveat I should add here is that I would also start Fabinho, but alongside Van Dijk at the back.

United’s most dangerous zone is that attacking left position with Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford and I feel more confident in Fabinho playing there than Matip, who I think they would target as a clear weakness.

Henderson was superb against Bayern and you need his experience and leadership in these kind of games.

Gini needs no explanation: he’s undroppable for me. I would also start Keita as he’s starting to find some form finally after growing in confidence in recent games.

I wouldn’t halt his momentum by dropping him now and he brings that creative spark and unpredictably which offers something different to the rest of Klopp’s midfield options.

I think there is a good blend of defensive steel and attacking guile in that trio, with Fabinho able to step out of defence and use his distribution from deep.

Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum

HENRY: Let me start off by saying that this is in no way a slight against Keita’s recent form, which has been excellent.

Leaving him out is done with a heavy heart, but given the opponent, he feels like the most expendable.

It’s fair to say his season as a whole has been underwhelming, and in the red-hot Old Trafford atmosphere, with the game being played at a frantic pace, I would have a lingering fear that he could suddenly be a weak link.

Adam’s idea to keep things the same as Bayern is one I thought about, but Fabinho‘s ability to deal with Pogba means him returning to the No. 6 role is imperative.

Henderson had his best game of the season against Bayern and knows all about the fixture, so he should keep his place.

Meanwhile, Gini is undroppable at the moment and one of the most underrated players in the Premier League.

 Liverpool's substitute Naby Keita replaces Georginio Wijnaldum during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. (Pic by Jon Super/Propaganda)

Keita could have a big impact off the substitutes’ bench when legs are tiring, while Milner’s know-how could also be handy.

A lack of guile? Possibly. But imposing characters are required more when it’s United away.

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MATT: I can certainly see the rationale behind a midfield of Fabinho, Henderson and Wijnaldum, but it lacks goal threat and the ability to play vertically.

Keita is in good form at the moment and he can get some joy against United’s midfield, either drawing fouls from Ander Herrera, or by dribbling past Nemanja Matic.

Wijnaldum is absolutely vital to what Liverpool do in the middle, leaving only one more position.

And for me, Fabinho offers more than Henderson. Superb at breaking up play, excellent on the ball and works excellently alongside Wijnaldum.

JACK: It’s a difficult one after Henderson performed so well on Tuesday, but I can’t look past the three best midfielders at the club: Fabinho, Wijnaldum and Keita.

I believe last time out in the league was the first game they have started together in a three-man midfield, and they produced a fluid, top-level display.

There is an argument to be made for Fabinho being better than Matip at centre-back, but with Van Dijk back there should be no concern, and the Brazilian should revert to his best role.

Fabinho starting deep, which saw him shine against United in the reverse fixture in December, gives both Wijnaldum and Keita the license to push forward and penetrate.

We need a front-footed approach on Sunday, and this midfield would ensure that.

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Gerrard’s return, Klopp’s fine & Sturridge’s future – Thursday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 16:31

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Thursday, as the Reds prepare for a must-win trip to Man United this weekend.


Today’s Main Headlines Klopp Accepts FA Fine

 Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp speaks with referee Kevin Friend after the FA Premier League match between West Ham United FC and Liverpool FC at the London Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp has been fined £45,000 by the Football Association, following comments made regarding referee Kevin Friend.

Klopp accepted the fine, having been found guilty of “questioning the integrity of a match official and/or implying bias.”

The comments occurred after Liverpool drew 1-1 away to West Ham on February 4, when the Reds’ manager said:

“Our goal was offside, I’m pretty sure the ref knew that in the second half.

“In 50-50 situations or 60-40 it was always a free-kick for the other team, which was hard and did not make life easy.”

Gerrard to Return to Anfield

 Liverpool's match-winner captain Steven Gerrard MBE celebrates his late goal to seal victory over Middlesbrough during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Steven Gerrard will play for the Liverpool Legends in their upcoming clash with Milan Glorie, the club have confirmed.

Anfield hosts the much-anticipated match on Saturday, March 23 (3pm GMT), which sees a repeat of both the 2005 and 2007 Champions League finals take place.

It is a star-studded event and Gerrard’s involvement only makes the occasion more exciting, as he joins up with the likes of Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler.

Milan have an incredible group of players making the trip to Merseyside, including Cafu, Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Nesta, Andrea Pirlo and Kaka.

Fabinho on Filling in for the “World’s Best”

Fabinho and Van Dijk (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fabinho did a superb job at the heart of Liverpool’s defence against Bayern Munich, filling the sizeable void left by the suspended Virgil van Dijk.

The Brazilian has spoken about the challenge of switching to another unfamiliar role, lumping huge praise on Van Dijk at the same time.

“Man, replacing the best defender in the world is not easy,” Fabinho told Esporte Interativo.

“But I had already played a few games in that position. We had enough days to work for this game, we even travelled to Spain to prepare, focus a lot on the game, prepare tactically.

“During all the preparation, this worked well, with me there in defence, the communication with Matip worked well, both with him and with Robertson that is on my side, Henderson is also there near us.

“So I think we did a good job here in defence, Joel had a great game, and it was important not to concede at home.”

Fabinho is expected to return to midfield for Sunday’s vital trip to United, but will Jurgen Klopp consider playing him alongside the returning Van Dijk?

Van Dijk’s Future Goal

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Speaking of Van Dijk, the Dutchman has been discussing how he wants to be remembered as a player, in an interview with BBC Sport:

“[I want to be remembered] as a legend of Liverpool. I want to achieve amazing things here. We have a fantastic squad, we have everything, we have all the tools.

“They went all out to get me and I want to give everything for them. Before I started training [with the club], I went to the game against Leicester [in December 2017].

“I was in the boardroom and met so many legends, great players who played for a beautiful club.

“When you play for this club, you’ll always be welcome as you’ve been part of the family. It’s one of the reasons I definitely wanted to play for the club.”

He has certainly made a great start in terms of being a legend, with very few Liverpool players ever enjoying such an influential, consistent first 12 months at Anfield.

Grujic Sees Liverpool Future

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Marko Grujic has shone on loan at Hertha Berlin this season, leading to much debate surrounding whether or not he will return to Liverpool this summer, or stay in Germany for another year.

The Serb has every confidence that he will end up at Anfield again, telling ESPN that his versatility can be a potent weapon for Klopp:

“I think [there is a] plan for the future. From every chat we had so far, I thought that they really think about me.

“Maybe I was expecting to play a bit more, but so far I’m happy how I improved in that time. Of course, my target was to be a regular player of Liverpool and I’m still thinking I can do that.

“We have a lot of options in midfield and we will see next season, but competition for places is always good and natural. I’m looking forward.

“We know how Liverpool play with one No. 6 and a double eight and I’m not really bothered about that. I can play both positions.

“In pre-season we will see what is the best for me and for the team.”

Grujic added that if he were to head out on loan again next season he “would like to come back to Berlin,” but concluded by saying “hopefully I can jump into the team” on Merseyside.

Henderson Lauds Returning Oxlade-Chamberlain

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mohamed Salah during a training session at Melwood ahead of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Bayern München. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in training for Liverpool, as he edges closer to returning from a cruciate ligament injury suffered last April.

Captain Jordan Henderson is delighted that his club and international team-mate is back in the fold, even talking up him playing first-team football again this season, speaking to LiverpoolFC.com:

“He has been out for a while now and I’m sure he’s been thinking about that moment for a long time.

“It was great to have him back. He is a great character around the lads and he is obviously a fantastic player, so to have him back within the squad was a big plus for us.

“Hopefully over the next few weeks he can keep progressing and build his fitness up.

“Who knows, hopefully he can get some minutes before the end of the season—that would be a huge boost for the team.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal threat and forward thinking has been a huge loss this season, with the Reds’ other central midfielders scoring just eight times between them, three of which have been James Milner penalties.

Sturridge a “Realistic Option” for Betis

 Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and FK Crvena zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

According to Sport, Real Betis see Daniel Sturridge as a “realistic option” this summer—having already registered their interest in January of last year.

The striker is almost certain to leave Liverpool, having fallen way down the pecking order and not scored since his late equaliser at Chelsea back in September.

A move abroad could appeal to Sturridge, who will feel he has another few years at the top, despite such cruel injury problems down the years.

Playing in a slower-paced league makes sense, as well as being the main man leading the line.

How LFC Benefits the City

The power of Liverpool Football Club away from the pitch has been highlighted by new figures released by Deloitte’s Sports Business Group.

They calculate that the Reds boosted the Liverpool City Region’s economy by an enormous £497 million GVA (gross value added) during the 2017/18 season.

A report on LiverpoolFC.com states that the club’s day-to-day activities “support more than 4,500 full-time equivalent jobs across the Liverpool economy (2.3 percent of jobs in Liverpool), a number which jumps to 5,700 when looking at this from a Liverpool City Region perspective.”

The club has also impacted positively on the city’s local community, with the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours, the club’s two charities, having the following influence:

  • 152,000 local children took part in LFC Foundation initiatives
  • 1,100 free tickets were given to local schoolchildren
  • 450 Christmas lunches were served to local pensioners
  • 700 people were invited to free breakfast clubs during school holidays
  • 120 LFC staff volunteered in the local community
  • Fans donated enough food at matchdays to provide 1,768 meals for those in need

It’s great to see Liverpool not only thriving under Klopp but as an entire club.

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Steven Gerrard to play for Liverpool FC Legends v Milan Glorie

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 15:59

Steven Gerrard will play for Liverpool FC Legends in next month's charity match against Milan Glorie at Anfield.

The former captain has been added to the Legends squad that was announced earlier in February and is set to line up alongside the likes of Jamie Carragher, Dirk Kuyt, Sami Hyypia, Daniel Agger and Robbie Fowler on Saturday March 23.

Milan’s 25-man roster, meanwhile, includes iconic names such as Kaka, Andrea Pirlo, Paolo Maldini, Cafu and Alessandro Nesta for a game that will raise funds for LFC Foundation, the club's official charity.

Gerrard said: "The LFC Legends game is always a great day with a fantastic atmosphere; I get to catch up with old teammates and play alongside footballing legends while raising money for a fantastic cause, the LFC Foundation.

"With AC legends like Maldini, Kaka, Dida and Gattuso coming to Anfield, the crowds are in for a treat; and with our European Cup history it's going to be an extremely competitive game."

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Proceeds from the match will go to LFC Foundation, which aims to create life-changing opportunities for children and young people, and a proportion will be donated to AC Milan's official charity, Fondazione Milan.

Money raised from last year's Legends game has already helped to fund a variety projects for LFC Foundation and its charity partners, including the MOVE project at Alder Hey, which is successfully helping local children with cystic fibrosis by providing tailored physical activity to improve their health and quality of life; and LFC Foundation's new Onside project, which is implemented in association with Merseyside Police and north Liverpool schools, to prevent the involvement of young people in gang and youth crime.

The match at Anfield will kick off at 3pm on Saturday March 23. Tickets for the game are priced at £22 for adults, £5 for juniors and £15 for over 65s. They are available to purchase online only - click here for more details.

Hospitality is also available from £70 per person. Call 0151 264 2222 or click here.

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Steven Gerrard to play for Liverpool FC Legends v Milan Glorie

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 15:59
Steven Gerrard will play for Liverpool FC Legends in next month's charity match against Milan Glorie at Anfield.
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Steven Gerrard to play for Liverpool FC Legends v Milan Glorie

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 15:59

Steven Gerrard will play for Liverpool FC Legends in next month’s charity match against AC Milan Glorie at Anfield.

The former captain has been added to the Legends squad that was announced earlier in February and is set to line up alongside the likes of Jamie Carragher, Dirk Kuyt, Sami Hyypia, Daniel Agger and Robbie Fowler on Saturday March 23.

Milan’s 26-man roster, meanwhile, includes iconic names such as Kaka, Andrea Pirlo, Paolo Maldini, Cafu and Alessandro Nesta for a game that will raise funds for LFC Foundation, the club's official charity.

Gerrard said: “The LFC Legends game is always a great day with a fantastic atmosphere; I get to catch up with old teammates and play alongside footballing legends while raising money for a fantastic cause, the LFC Foundation.

“With AC Legends like Maldini, Kaká, Dida and Gattuso coming to Anfield, the crowds are in for a treat; and with our European Cup history it’s going to be an extremely competitive game.”

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Proceeds from the match will go to the LFC Foundation, which aims to create life-changing opportunities for children and young people, and a proportion will be donated to AC Milan’s official charity, Fondazione Milan.

Money raised from last year’s Legends game has already helped to fund a variety projects for the LFC Foundation and its charity partners, including the MOVE project at Alder Hey which is successfully helping local children with Cystic Fibrosis by providing tailored physical activity to improve their health and quality of life; and the LFC Foundation’s new Onside project, which is implemented in association with Merseyside Police and North Liverpool schools, to prevent the involvement of young people in gang and youth crime.

The match at Anfield will kick off at 3pm on Saturday March 23. Tickets for the game are priced at £22 for adults, £5 for juniors and £15 for over 65s. They are available to purchase online only at: http://www.liverpoolfc.com/tickets/tickets-availability.

Hospitality is also available from £70 per person. Call 0151 264 2222 or click here.

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Steven Gerrard to play for Liverpool FC Legends v Milan Glorie

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Steven Gerrard will play for Liverpool FC Legends in next month’s charity match against AC Milan Glorie at Anfield.
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Local families joined by Reds players at half-term breakfast clubs

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 15:55

Anfield played host to Red Neighbours' half-term breakfast clubs this week - and four LFC stars joined local families for a memorable morning on Thursday.

Youngsters Curtis Jones and Rafael Camacho joined LFC Women players Fran Kitching and Christie Murray to meet with residents to speak about their football experiences, the importance of a nutritious breakfast and their favourite healthy foods.

Camacho said: "It's great to have the opportunity to come along to initiatives like this - Red Neighbours are doing a brilliant job.

"Whether you’re a sportsperson or not, breakfast is really important in setting you up for the day and it’s great to see all the kids taking that message on board and enjoying their food.”

The day kicked off with an LFC-themed raffle in which some special prizes were won, including U23s match tickets, Anfield stadium tours and an LFC baby seat donated by LFC’s official family partner, Joie Baby.

Next up, it was time for breakfast and the families tucked into a selection of healthy food, ranging from cereal and fruit to scrambled egg on toast.

Official club mascot Mighty Red was also on hand to provide a bit of fun before posing for pictures with the children.

Across three days, Red Neighbours' breakfast clubs will serve over 210 guests as part of their commitment to food poverty and education and creating memorable experiences for young people.

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Local families joined by Reds players at half-term breakfast clubs

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Anfield played host to Red Neighbours' half-term breakfast clubs this week - and four LFC stars joined local families for a memorable morning on Thursday.
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Analysis of Liverpool’s finances and how they are moving up the Premier League hierarchy

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 15:41

Liverpool’s incredible rise under FSG has been analysed with their finances from 2017/18, which saw them move further up the Premier League hierarchy.


The Reds enjoyed an excellent campaign last time out, finishing fourth in the league after initially challenging for the title, and reaching the final of the Champions League in Kyiv.

Though they fell to defeat to Real Madrid in May, this marked the biggest step forward for the club since Fenway Sports Group took over in 2010.

With Jurgen Klopp in the dugout, Liverpool are thriving on the pitch, benefiting from the excellent business acumen of FSG, and sporting director Michael Edwards.

The excellent Swiss Ramble (@SwissRamble) has explored the figures behind the Reds’ world-record pre-tax profit of £125 million for the 2017/18 season, to assess the progress made.

Only four English sides have ever made over £100 million in pre-tax profit, with two of those also coming last term with Arsenal (£120m) and Chelsea (£113m), while Tottenham did so in 2013/14 (£104m).

This is the fourth time in the last five years Liverpool have posted a profit, amounting to £204 million over that period, having lost £176 million over the previous five.

 Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A major contributing factor within this is Edwards’ brilliant work in player sales, with the Reds making the second-most profit in sales over the past four years (£261m), behind only Chelsea (£272m) in the English top flight.

But commercial and matchday income proved influential, too, with the former rising £13 million up to £154 million, and though this is only the fourth-highest in England, this is set to increase further—namely with a new kit deal that should raise £30 million a year.

Liverpool’s matchday income rose £7 million to £81 million; it was £62 million before the Main Stand expansion and £43 million when FSG bought the club, which puts into context the growth which leaves them now third-highest in the league.

Last season’s average home attendance was 53,049, while Anfield currently holds 54,074.

Klopp’s success last season saw the club earn the joint-highest broadcast income in world football, equal to fellow Champions League finalists Real at £223 million.

Their progress on the pitch has seen continued investment in terms of staff, with Liverpool’s employee headcount rising from 744 to 837 last season, and the wage bill rising from £208 million to £264 million.

 Liverpool's new signing goalkeeper Alisson Becker shakes hands with manager Jürgen Klopp as he is substituted during the preseason friendly match between Liverpool FC and Torino FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This is now the second-highest wage bill in the Premier League, and is set to increase in 2018/19’s accounts following the signings of Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri and a host of new contracts.

They have made the highest wage growth of the ‘big six’ over the past three years.

Furthermore, Liverpool set a club-record for player purchases at £195 million, though this was only fifth in the league, including behind Everton (£215m).

And gross debt is down £27 million to £155 million, and while this is the sixth-highest in the Premier League, it is less than three times as much as first-placed United (£496m).

Given the Reds’ improvement on the pitch, it is hugely encouraging to see this is being accomplished in a more self-sustainable model.

FSG should be applauded for this, having turned the club around dramatically over the past eight-and-a-half years.

All credit to Swiss Ramble (@SwissRamble) for analysis of Liverpool’s accounts.

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Missing Men: Manchester United 1990

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 15:00

With the season entering the final stretch, Liverpool headed to Old Trafford lying second in the league and in search of a result against arch-rivals Manchester United to maintain their title charge.

It may sound eerily familiar, but this was March, 1990.

Kenny Dalglish's side had overcome a spate of injuries and a run of inconsistent form to embark on a 12-match unbeaten run in the league that propelled the Reds into what had previously seemed an unlikely challenge for the championship.

Top of the table at the start of the month, Liverpool's FA Cup commitments - a quarter-final and subsequent replay against Queens Park Rangers - had allowed Graham Taylor's Aston Villa to leap-frog them in the league with a pair of victories against Luton Town and Derby County.

The Reds headed to Manchester in need of a first victory at Old Trafford for eight years. From the first whistle, they were superb.

With 15 minutes gone, John Barnes beat the offside trap, ran 40 yards and slid a measured shot under goalkeeper Jim Leighton to give Liverpool a deserved first-half lead. Ten minutes after the break, he made it 2-0 from the penalty spot.

The Reds created a string of chances against Alex Ferguson's men and should have been home and dry before am own-goal by Ronnie Whelan made for a nervy final eight minutes.

Bruce Grobbelaar had pulled off a spectacular save to preserve his team's two-goal cushion just a minute earlier but could do nothing as an unchallenged Whelan chipped him with a half-volley from just outside the box.

In the end, it mattered little as the visitors stood firm to secure a crucial 2-1 win that would help Liverpool claim the league title for the 18th time. 

It was two-goal Barnes was the hero of the day, but can you name the rest of the starting XI from that memorable trip to Old Trafford?

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Missing Men: Manchester United 1990

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 15:00
With the season entering the final stretch, Liverpool headed to Old Trafford lying second in the league and in search of a result against arch-rivals Manchester United to maintain their title charge.
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Glatzel on signing LFC pro deal: 'It means everything to me'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 14:26

Paul Glatzel has spoken of his pride after putting pen-to-paper on his first professional contract with Liverpool on the day of his 18th birthday.

The forward, who has duel nationality having been born in Liverpool to German parents, signed the deal on Wednesday.

Glatzel was made captain of the U18s this season and has bounced back following two years on the sidelines through injury with an exceptional run of form.

On signing his first pro-deal with the club, Glatzel told Liverpoolfc.com: “I’ve been at the club for a long time and to sign a professional contract means a lot to me, and on my birthday as well made everything special.

“It couldn’t have come at a better time and I’m excited.

“It means everything. I’ve had some tough times with injuries in the past few seasons but I’m back playing again now, so to be back fit and getting the contract means a lot."

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Glatzel has netted 23 goals for the Academy so far this term. He recently made his U23s debut and fired his maiden effort at that level during the 1-0 win over West Ham United on Monday night in Premier League 2.

Nevertheless, while pleased with his achievements to date, Glatzel is keeping his feet firmly on the ground with his sole focus on doing his best for the team.

He added “At the start of the season my target was just to stay fit and play as many games as I can. I’ve done that, managing to chip in with some goals and assists and help the team.

“I just want to help the team, we just need to keep going and see what we can do and where it takes us.”

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Glatzel on signing LFC pro deal: 'It means everything to me'

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Paul Glatzel has spoken of his pride after putting pen-to-paper on his first professional contract with Liverpool on the day of his 18th birthday.
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