Reds announce headline sponsorship of North West LGBTQ+ Business Awards

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Liverpool Football Club is continuing its support of the LGBT+ community by announcing its headline sponsorship of the inaugural North West LGBTQ+ Business Awards.
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Terrible rumour sees Everton ‘rival’ Reds & sales could raise up to £100m – Liverpool FC Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 17:36

Liverpool appear to be offloading players before looking to buy this summer, so it’s probably worth entirely ignoring today’s “big” rumours! 

Italian media peddle blatant lies

Liverpool have been linked with Stefan de Vrij, on and off, for about four years. Unless there was anything in the suggestion that we might have signed him for free when he left Lazio, they have never been anything other than wide of the mark.

Still, despite us now having six centre-backs, having spent £35m on a new one and having the world’s best one back to almost-full-fitness, Tuttosport try to claim we’re ‘tempted’ by a €60m deal for the Inter Milan man – and that our big rivals for the move are Everton.

Apparently, they’ll move to the front of the queue based on the vague notion that they have told his agent Mino Raiola they’re interested – judging by Mino’s previous work, what would actually happen there is he’d say “OK, show me the signing-on fees for me and the player”, and there Everton‘s ‘interest’ would end.

Neither of the Mersey clubs are signing him.

Reds rumours of the day

Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates scoring his side’s third goal against Turkey in Baku (Ozan Kose/Pool via AP)

  • Liverpool could raise over £100m in sales this summer – not so much a rumour, but a probable plan to aim towards. A third or so of that is already in, and there could be up to £70m more from another eight summer departures
  • Vitezslav Jaros is enjoying his first loan spell away from the Reds and he’s in a title fight in his first taste of senior action
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For today, though, the big news is that another friendly has been announced and Liverpool will take on Bologna on neutral territory before returning to Merseyside.

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  • Aaron Ramsey is a “financial burden”, think Juventus, and they want to offload him – should make it easy to do so after putting it that way
Tweet of the day and match of the night

Some goals live with you forever!!

Had a delivery today.

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The famous Uefa Europa Conference Vanarama Milk Cup League is back on tonight! Malta’s Hibernians against San Marino’s Folgore, love it. Elite European action. Elsewhere, Sevilla play PSG at 7 in a friendly for you streamers, and Boca Juniors play San Lorenzo for you overseas hipster types.

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'I feel I've improved massively being with the first team in Austria'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:00

Conor Bradley is eager to fulfil more career milestones after an 'unreal week' for the teenager.

Six days after making his Liverpool first-team debut in the friendly with VfB Stuttgart, the full-back signed a new long-term deal with the club. 

Bradley has been with Jürgen Klopp's squad in Austria for the pre-season training camp since its start and is enjoying every second. 

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"It has been an unreal week for me," the 18-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com. "I'm very proud, getting my debut last week and then signing a new contract this week. So, I'll just keep working hard and I'm very proud. 

"You can't just dwell on the past. You need to look to the future, keep trying to better yourself and try to work hard and see where that takes you.

"I feel like I've improved massively, I've been listening to the coaches like Pep, just taking loads off them in different ways tactically and stuff like that. 

"I just want to stay here as long as I can and keep improving, which is the best thing for me.

"It's my first pre-season so it's been quite hard to get used to but I've enjoyed every minute of it. It's hard but it's good."

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Bradley, who received his first senior Northern Ireland cap in May, is one of a number of the club's young prospects currently out in Tirol. 

While looking to impress Klopp and his coaching staff in training and matches, that particular group are also absorbing vital lessons from players who have spent a long time in such an environment.

Bradley continued: "It's good to not be here by myself, it's good to have a lot of people here with me to share the experience with.

"Obviously [we] can learn off people like Curt, Neco and Rhys because they've been here a while now. It's good.

"I just want to keep trying to impress the manager and keep showing him what I can do. Obviously I've got Trent and Neco in front of me but I just want to keep battling with them and see where it takes me.

"The intensity and the level is just so much higher. It's harder to keep the ball and stuff like that. It's a much higher intensity but it's good and a good learning experience for me.

"I just pick up from people like Trent, Robbo and Mo – I see how they do stuff off the pitch, the way they eat and what they do in between training sessions and stuff like that. 

"Just coming here and seeing stuff like that has been really good and I've really enjoyed it."

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'I feel I've improved massively being with the first team in Austria'

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:00
Conor Bradley is eager to fulfil more career milestones after an 'unreal week' for the teenager.
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Erling Haaland makes agent admission amid Liverpool rumours

HEAD NEWS - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 15:31

Erling Haaland has provided an update on his future at Borussia Dortmund amid reported links with a move to Liverpool.

The Reds have been tentatively linked with a move for the Norway international, as have some of Europe’s top clubs.

Chelsea are another whose interest is thought to be strong, with reports over he past month saying that Dortmund have already rejected offers for the 21-year-old striker.

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Erling Haaland makes agent admission amid Liverpool rumours

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 15:31
Erling Haaland has provided an update on his future at Borussia Dortmund amid reported links with a move to Liverpool.
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Liverpool's U18 Premier League fixture list confirmed

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 15:00
Liverpool U18s will begin their new league season at home to Stoke City next month.
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Transfer tracker: Former Aston Villa defender Easah Suliman rejects UK return

the Athletic - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 13:15
Between now and the transfer window closing on August 31, The Athletic team will keep you informed of all the significant developments we hear. Whether that’s the latest from the Premier League or the EFL, the biggest moves around Europe or any significant business around the world, we’ll have coverage of every interesting deal that takes place.

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We won’t bring you gossip or rumours, just what is really happening and why.

July 27


The Athletic understands Easah Suliman has decided against a return to the UK and will spend next season on loan at CD Nacional in Portugal, reports Gregg Evans.

The 23-year-old centre-back left Aston Villa for Vitoria Guimaraes last January but has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot.

A number of clubs in both England and Scotland were interested in signing him this summer but Suliman has agreed to drop down a division and spent the season on the island of Madeira.

Villa are keeping a close eye on his career as they will receive 30 per cent of any future transfer fee if he leaves Vitoria.

The England Under-19 European Championship winner still has three years remaining on his contract.


Newcastle United are hopeful of offloading Yoshinori Muto, with concrete interest in the striker from Greek club Aris Thessaloniki, reports Chris Waugh.

The 29-year-old forward spent last season on loan at Eibar in Spain and has no future at Newcastle, despite training with the first team on Monday following a non-COVID-related illness.

With Muto in the final year of his contract, Newcastle would ideally like to sell the Japan international, but Aris are understood to prefer a loan move and could cover around 40 per cent of his wages, which are in excess of £50,000 a week.

No agreement is yet in place but the Greek Super League outfit are optimistic a deal can be reached, with Newcastle potentially willing to accept a nominal fee in order to move on another high earner.

Florian Lejeune departed for Deportivo Alaves earlier this month, freeing up space in the squad for potential incomings, although Steve Bruce, the head coach, has yet to make a signing of his own.

July 26


Xherdan Shaqiri is set to leave Liverpool this summer with Serie A duo Lazio and Napoli leading the chase for his signature, reports James Pearce.

The Switzerland international has informed the club he wants to pursue a new challenge and sporting director Michael Edwards will grant him his wish if a suitable offer is tabled. Shaqiri is valued at around £12 million.

The 29-year-old made just seven starts for Liverpool in all competitions last season but enhanced his reputation with his performances at the Euros.

Some suitors have been under the impression that he had entered the final year of his contract but The Athletic understands that Liverpool have the option of triggering an extra 12 months so his current deal effectively runs until the summer of 2023. The asking price reflects that.

Italy is Shaqiri’s destination of choice with the player telling Corriere dello Sport: “I told the Liverpool board I feel ready for a new challenge. They accepted my decision and will now consider bids to sell me.

“Who is not in love with the Italian lifestyle? What is really striking is the Italian love for football. It is life in Italy. The fans are incredible. I’ve been following Lazio for a long time. It’s a top club.”

Lazio and Napoli have both been in contact with the player’s representatives. Liverpool have previously fielded interest from Spanish duo Sevilla and Villarreal. They inquired about a potential loan but were informed that Liverpool will only sanction a permanent move.

Liverpool have so far raised more than £30 million in sales from the exits of fringe players Kamil Grabara, Liam Millar, Marko Grujic, Harry Wilson and Taiwo Awoniyi.


Manchester United are increasingly optimistic that an agreement can be struck with Real Madrid to secure the signing of defender Raphael Varane, reports David Ornstein.

Negotiations between the Premier League club and 28-year-old France international over personal terms have reached an advanced stage and United are intensifying talks with their Spanish counterparts.

As conversations continue over a transfer fee, the Old Trafford side will be pushing for a lower figure than the €50 million reported in some quarters.

A deal for Varane would see United recruit one of the game’s leading centre-backs, who has decided against extending a contract that expires in 2022 and therefore Real need to sell now or face losing him for free next summer.

United have already strengthened their squad via the £73m acquisition of England winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, while manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has extended his contract until 2024 with an option for a further year.

July 25


Crystal Palace look set to continue their eye-catching recruitment drive since installing Patrick Vieira as their new manager, with a deal for Lyon defender Joachim Andersen close to being completed, reports Peter Rutzler.

Following the arrivals of midfielder Michael Olise, goalkeeper Remi Matthews and centre-back Marc Guehi, Palace are on track to secure another impressive acquisition this week in the form of Andersen.

The Denmark international has undergone a medical with the south London club and is expected to sign a five-year contract once the terms of a transfer believed to be worth around €22 million plus €5m in add-ons are finalised.

Andersen spent last season on loan at Fulham and made a strong impression despite their relegation from the Premier League, leading to the likes of Tottenham considering a move for him.

But Palace have acted quickest and capitalised on Lyon’s financial difficulties to agree a price with the French top division side that is below the fee it is believed they were hopeful of achieving.

Andersen started his professional career with FC Twente before joining Sampdoria and then Lyon. He played 31 games for Fulham in 2020-21 and helped his country to the Euro 2020 semi-finals.

July 24


Arsenal’s academy has been bolstered by the signing of highly-rated striker Mika Biereth, who had previously been at Fulham, report James McNicholas and Peter Rutzler.

While the 18-year-old had been offered a professional contract at Craven Cottage, he has turned it down, instead choosing to join Arsenal.

Last season, Biereth helped fire Fulham’s Under-18s to the Premier League National Final, where they ultimately came up short against Manchester City. He was top scorer in the Under-18s Premier League South — with a record of 21 goals in 21 games — and collected 13 assists along the way.

Arsenal are assembling a collection of young centre-forwards with varying styles. Folarin Balogun has been promoted to the first team, while the academy ranks include Nikolaj Moller, Khayon Edwards and new arrival from Chelsea Amani Richards.

Swedish forward Moller, 19, will spend next season on loan with Viktoria Koln in the third tier of German football, which could open up opportunities for Biereth with Arsenal’s Under-23 side.


Stefan Johansen has agreed a move to Queens Park Rangers for £450,000 with further add-ons, reports Peter Rutzler.

Johansen, who joined Fulham in 2016, made a positive impression while on loan at QPR last season and the Championship side have been pushing to retain the Norway international on a permanent basis.

Following the arrival of Marco Silva at Fulham, it seemed that Johansen could have been given another chance at the club as the new manager assessed his options within the squad.

But ultimately, QPR have acquired his services and will be hoping the 30-year-old can continue to perform brightly, having grabbed four goals and two assists in his 21 appearances since joining the club in January.

July 23


Chelsea academy graduate Ian Maatsen will join Coventry City next week on a season-long loan, reports Liam Twomey.

Maatsen, 19, spent last season on loan in League One with Charlton Athletic, making 34 appearances and scoring his first senior professional goal in a 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers in April.

Last month Charlton manager Nigel Adkins confirmed that he would be interested in bringing Maatsen back to The Valley, but both the player and Chelsea favoured a Championship loan to further his development.

Coventry intend to deploy Maatsen as a left wing-back in their system, and it is hoped that manager Mark Robins’ expansive passing style will give the Dutch youth international opportunities to take his game to the next level.

Maatsen was involved in the early days of Chelsea’s preseason training at Cobham, but was not part of the squad that travelled to Republic of Ireland on Tuesday. He will complete his move to Coventry next week.

Chelsea did not seek to extend the contract of Maatsen — who signed a new deal in March 2020 that commits him to the club until at least June 2024 — but he is regarded internally as one of the club’s more promising youngsters.

Maatsen does not turn 20 until March 2022, and will be hoping to return to Chelsea next summer with a second full season of regular football under his belt and his reputation further enhanced.


Meanwhile, Leeds United have made an approach to sign Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher on loan.

The club are targeting the 21-year-old as a player for their senior squad just hours after adding another Chelsea player, Lewis Bate, to their Under-23 ranks.

A central midfielder is the club’s top priority after they secured the arrival of £13m left-back Junior Firpo from Barcelona this month.

Leeds have been monitoring Gallagher throughout the summer and are understood to have pitched the transfer to him already with the start of the new Premier League season on the horizon.

Crystal Palace are also seriously interested in him and are vying with Leeds for his signature.

Gallagher is currently training with Chelsea but the Stamford Bridge side are ready to sanction another temporary move in this window after sending him to West Bromwich Albion last season and Swansea City the year before.

His spell at The Hawthorns, where he made 28 league starts, gave him Premier League experience and Leeds consider him a good fit under Marcelo Bielsa.

Chelsea are unwilling to consider permanent bids for Gallagher and are likely to look for him to sign a new contract before he heads out but manager Thomas Tuchel does not see him as part of his plans for the 12 months ahead.

Yesterday, United wrapped up the £1.2m arrival of Bate from Stamford Bridge. While the 18-year-old will begin life at Elland Road in the development squad, Gallagher would link up immediately with Bielsa’s senior squad if Leeds can push a deal through.

July 21


Southampton are set to sign Chelsea defender Dynel Simeu on a three-year contract, reports Dan Sheldon.

The highly-regarded 19-year-old rejected the chance to remain at Stamford Bridge in a bid to boost his chances of playing first-team football.

Simeu will arrive at St Mary’s on a free transfer but Southampton will pay up to £1.5 million if certain clauses are met. A sell-on fee has also been inserted into the contract.

The Athletic is led to believe the south coast side will only start paying for Simeu once he starts playing for the first team.


West Ham United’s Jarrod Bowen is on Liverpool’s radar as they consider adding more firepower to their squad, reports James Pearce.

The Athletic understands that the 24-year-old forward’s name features on a shortlist drawn up of potential attacking targets.

Whether Liverpool reinforce their squad in that area in the current window depends to a large extent on whether Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri leave Anfield. The club are open to offers for both players with Shaqiri attracting interest from Lazio.

Bowen fits the profile for Liverpool in terms of his age, playing style and versatility. He’s viewed as someone with massive potential who would initially provide high calibre back-up and increase competition for places.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp rates him highly and the club will continue to monitor his development even if they don’t ultimately pursue a deal this summer.

Bowen, who started his career at Hereford United, joined West Ham from Hull City for £18 million potentially rising to £25 million with add-ons in January 2020.

He scored eight goals and contributed five assists in 38 league appearances last season. His contract at the London Stadium runs until 2025.


Birmingham City have agreed to take goalkeeper Matija Sarkic on loan for the 2021-22 season after a successful trial period, reports Gregg Evans.

The 23-year-old Wolverhampton Wanderers stopper has impressed since arriving last week and will now challenge for a starting place in the team.

Boss Lee Bowyer had made it clear that he needed a new goalkeeper before the start of the season following Neil Etheridge’s absence with COVID-19.

A return date has not been set for Etheridge, who is out of hospital and back with his family, but will not be rushed back.

Etheridge could be out for a matter of weeks, if not months, and that’s why Sarkic has made the switch from Wolves.

The Montenegro international spent his early years at Aston Villa but couldn’t find a way into the team as he was behind a number of senior goalkeepers.

He joined Wolves last summer and was sent out on loan to League One side Shrewsbury Town.

Although he has been on the bench a number of times for Villa in the Championship, this will be his first real chance of playing in the second-tier now an agreement is in place to join Birmingham.

The move is expected to be confirmed in the next 24 hours.

July 20


Liverpool have told Fulham they want £15 million for winger Harry Wilson, reports James Pearce.

The London club, who are looking to bounce back following relegation from the Premier League last season, are keen to sign the Wales international.

Discussions are ongoing with no official bid on the table but Liverpool insist £15 million is a fair price. They point to the fact that Fulham have previously paid that amount for fellow widemen Ivan Cavaleiro and Anthony Knockaert. They view Wilson as comparable in terms of his profile.

Liverpool turned down a bid of around £12 million for Wilson from Burnley last season and believe he’s progressed since then following a successful loan spell at Cardiff City where he scored seven goals and contributed 12 assists.

The 24-year-old accepts the time is right to secure a permanent move away from Anfield as he wants regular game time. As well as Cardiff, he has previously been loaned out to Crewe, Hull City, Derby County and Bournemouth.

Benfica, Brentford and West Bromwich Albion have also shown interest in Wilson this summer.

Wrexham-born Wilson has been on Liverpool’s books since under-nines level. His only senior appearances were against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup during the 2016-17 campaign and against Arsenal in the League Cup last season.

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Leeds United hope to complete the signing of Chelsea midfielder Lewis Bate before the end of the week after agreeing a fee with the west London club, reports Simon Johnson.

The Athletic has been told that personal terms are being discussed in view of Bate conducting a medical at Leeds on Wednesday. Chelsea have negotiated a sell-on clause as part of the switch, but have not inserted a buy back clause.

There is still the danger of one of the other interested clubs trying to hijack the move at the 11th hour. The Athletic reported on Monday that Leeds were the favourites to secure the 18-year-old’s signature, but faced competition from West Ham, Liverpool, Leicester City and Brighton. 

Time is running out for the others to make a bid though and the player has already given a major indication his mind is made up by following a number of Leeds players on Instagram. 

Chelsea have been left with no choice to negotiate with clubs over selling the youngster after Bate made it clear he wasn’t going to sign a contract extension.

The west London club opened talks with Bate before the end of last season and made a good offer, but the England Under-19 international rejected it because he is worried about the lack of a pathway to appearances in the first team.

That meant Chelsea had to discuss a sale because he has only one year left on his current deal and they’d only be entitled to a nominal amount in compensation if he left in 2022.

Bate is a very highly rated teenager, who has been compared with another Chelsea prodigy Billy Gilmour. He came close to making a senior debut under former manager Frank Lampard last year when he was named on the bench against Sheffield United and Bayern Munich.

Meanwhile, another academy graduate Ike Ugbo is hoping to complete a permanent transfer to Belgian club Genk FC in the next few days. Ugbo, who scored an impressive 16 goals in 32 appearances while on loan at Cercle Bruges last season, has already agreed a wage package.

The hold-up is being caused by the size of the fee. Chelsea want £5 million for the 22-year-old, but Genk aren’t willing to pay such a high sum for the forward because he has just one year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

There is still optimism that a compromise will be reached so it can be finalised by the weekend.

July 15


Celtic have agreed to sell Kristoffer Ajer to Brentford for a fee believed to be around £12 million up-front with add-ons, reports Kieran Devlin.

Celtic rejected £10 million bids from Norwich City and Bayer Leverkusen in June for the Norwegian international’s services. Celtic informed interested parties that £15 million would be the fee required to separate them for their player. Last week Celtic rebuffed Brentford’s opening bid, which is believed to have been also £12 million up-front but totalling to £15 million with add-ons valued at roughly £3 million, a lower value than the finally agreed fee.

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Meikayla Moore's New Zealand bow out of Olympics

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 11:26
Meikayla Moore's Olympic Football Tournament campaign with New Zealand came to an end on Tuesday morning.
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Ticket sale update: Pre-season friendlies at Anfield

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 10:00
Liverpool FC has released the following ticket update for August's pre-season friendlies at Anfield.
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Live on Thursday: Watch Liverpool v Hertha BSC

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 09:30
Watch Liverpool's pre-season friendly against Hertha BSC on Thursday live and exclusive on LFCTV GO.
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Diogo Jota interview | 'I'm feeling ready for the new season'

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 09:00
Diogo Jota's quest to build on his impressive start at Liverpool has begun with hard work during his first pre-season with the club.
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How a frenetic 3-goal swing saw Liverpool stun arch-rivals Man United

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 07:00

There was plenty to lament about Liverpool in the mid-1990s, but one classic match involved a dramatic comeback after being 3-0 behind to Man United inside 23 minutes.

During the 1970s and 1980s, the Reds were the team to beat in English football, enjoying a dominance that saw 11 league titles in 20 seasons, plus four European Cups in seven years.

In the nineties, however, Liverpool were on the slide, and more painfully, United had emerged as the force the Reds once were.

Alex Ferguson’s men ended a 26-year drought for a league title in 1992/93, in what was the inaugural Premier League season, and their stranglehold on the domestic game was only just beginning.

In January 1994 United strutted into Anfield looking to make a statement against their most bitter rivals – what happened next would prove to be a classic encounter and left Ferguson bemoaning: “That’s the first time I’ve ever lost a three-goal lead.”

The match

Graeme Souness, Liverpool manager, 1991 (Picture by Ross Kinnaird EMPICS Sport)

In truth, there was little doubt over who the champions were going to be in the 1993/94 season, with Ferguson’s men 10 points clear by the time they headed to Merseyside.

On the flip side, Graeme Souness’ Liverpool were languishing closer to mid-table – eighth, to be precise – as their post-glory struggles continued.

The Reds’ starting lineup may have featured the likes of John Barnes, Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush, but Julian Dicks and Neil Ruddock were inadequate picks in defence and they were a mediocre outfit overall.

All that to say, United were clearly the favourites on that cold January evening, and for a while, it looked as though humiliation was on the cards for the Reds.

In a blistering first quarter, the visitors were too strong for their limited opponents, despite their missed opportunities, as those inside Anfield witnessed a nightmare coming true before their eyes.

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LFC XI: Grobbelaar; Jones, Wright, Ruddock, Dicks, Clough, Barnes, Redknapp, McManaman, Rush, Fowler

It took United just eight minutes to open the scoring when Eric Cantona’s raking pass was clinically headed home by Steve Bruce.

Bruce has been the scourge of Liverpool as a manager too many times to remember – his Newcastle side drew twice against them last season – but he was a pest during his playing days, too.

A young Ryan Giggs then doubled United’s advantage with a clipped effort past Bruce Grobbelaar, before Denis Irwin’s inch-perfect free-kick found the top corner to see the Anfield scoreboard read a stark 0-3.

Fortunately, Liverpool managed to stem the flow almost immediately.

Nigel Clough, ultimately a disappointing signing, fired home from distance to give Souness’ side hope just two minutes after Irwin’s goal, but it still felt like a consolation.

It was then 3-2 before half-time as the game flipped on its head, as Clough, enjoying his most productive game in a Reds shirt, again beat Peter Schmeichel in ruthless fashion to breathe new life into Anfield.

Given some of the drab 0-0 draws that have taken place between Liverpool and United in recent times, it seems scarcely believable that one of their past meetings was 3-2 at half-time!

An intriguing second half ebbed and flowed, but it looked as though United had ridden the storm and earned another three points in champion-like fashion.

The much-maligned Ruddock had other ideas, though, bulleting home a 79th-minute header from Stig Inge Bjornebye’s cross and sending the home fans wild, with it now United’s turn to sit in silence.

“That was an outstanding advert for football,” said Souness post-match. “Though I can’t say I enjoyed our naive defending in the first 20 minutes.

“Yet once Nigel scored the first goal, I felt there was something in it for us because
the history of this club shows that we are capable of coming back from anything.”

It isn’t a season that Liverpool should ever look back on with any great fondness, but this spirited draw was a notable high point, causing frustration for Ferguson in the process – that was never a bad thing!

What happened next?

Roy Evans (Malcolm Croft/PA)

Well, United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel claimed he was temporarily sacked the next day!

“It was my fault, that is what Fergie said,” he explained. “Because all my goal-kicks had gone straight to Razor Ruddock. It was ridiculous and I reacted, giving him a lot of abuse.

“The following day he called me into his office and sacked me. I didn’t want to stay anyway. So I said ‘Fine’.”

If only he had actually have left Old Trafford…

Meanwhile, Souness’ time as manager was in complete contrast with his legendary spell as a player, with the Scot a huge disappointment in charge of Liverpool.

In fact, it was only a few weeks after the United game that he resigned from his post, following an underwhelming spell that may have brought an FA Cup win, but also far too many negatives.

Roy Evans arrived in Souness’ place and began to stabilise matters on and off the pitch, even if he was unable to guide the Reds higher than eighth place in 1993/94.

He would build a brilliantly entertaining side in the coming years, playing a rich brand of attacking football and winning a League Cup in 1995 with a season-best finish of third.

McManaman and Fowler were the focal points of that team, dovetailing to great effect, and it could be argued that only the relentlessness of United prevented league glory from coming Liverpool’s way.

That 3-3 draw will forever live long in the memory and it remains the highest-scoring Premier League game between English football’s two most successful sides – joint with the Reds’ 4-2 win at Old Trafford in May.

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Liverpool’s academy is proving lucrative

the Athletic - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 05:21
Harry Wilson’s senior career at Liverpool ultimately amounted to just 115 minutes across two domestic cup ties.

The Wales winger didn’t quite make the grade at Anfield but there’s no disgrace in that. The bar is set incredibly high, especially when you have Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane standing in your path.

Wilson’s £12 million move to Fulham made sense for all parties. The 24-year-old will be a major asset in the Londoners’ push for promotion back to the top flight and he’s guaranteed the regular game time he craves. For Liverpool, the deal represents another success story for the club’s blossoming academy.

Including the £5 million they have already banked in loan fees for Wilson, they stand to collect a total of £17 million for a player they had nurtured from the age of eight. To help Fulham comply with the Football League’s financial fair play rules, Liverpool have agreed that the payments for the permanent transfer won’t kick in until 2022.

Yes, the ultimate aim of academy director Alex Inglethorpe and his staff is to get youngsters into Jurgen Klopp’s squad who are capable of staying there. Curtis Jones, Neco Williams, Rhys Williams and

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Pep Lijnders' diary: Day 15, a new location, coaches' bowling and the running drill

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 07/26/2021 - 19:39
Pep Lijnders reflects on Liverpool's move across Austria to Tirol, reveals details of the coaching staff's bowling competition and gives insight into the intense running drill the players were put through on Monday night in his latest training camp diary update.
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Photos: Morning and evening workouts for Reds in Tirol on Monday

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 07/26/2021 - 18:35

Check in on Liverpool's latest pre-season work in Austria with our collection of photographs.

Day two of the Reds' stay in Tirol involved a morning session in the sunshine and then evening running drills under the watchful eye of Jürgen Klopp and his coaching staff. 

Take a look at the workouts in the gallery below.

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Photos by John Powell

Evening session

Morning session

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Billy 'the kid' Koumetio: I'm here to show what I can do

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 07/26/2021 - 18:00

Billy Koumetio has returned to Austria more comfortable around the Liverpool first team, though with the same nickname.

The teenager enjoyed his first pre-season with the Reds' senior set-up in Salzburg last summer, during which he was repeatedly called 'Billy the kid' by Jürgen Klopp. 

Since then, he's enjoyed more exposure to Klopp's side, along with a senior debut in the Champions League when he came on at half-time away at FC Midtjylland.

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But asked if his nickname has stood the test of time, Koumetio told Liverpoolfc.com: "It's not too bad! Now some people call me this.

"I remember last season when I came here, I didn't know the boys, I didn't know anyone. But I played a couple of games last season – one in the Champions League, pre-season and a few training sessions – and I know them pretty well. So I've got a little bit of experience.

"Last season was good. I was happy to play a few games in pre-season, to be on the bench in some fixtures. Obviously in the Champions League game I was surprised to start the second half but it wasn't too bad and I enjoyed it of course. Everyone was supporting me, all the lads, the older ones. I loved it."

On what his targets are in this pre-season, the defender continued: "To carry on, keep the rhythm of training and then play some games and keep playing in pre-season to show what I can do and how I can help the team as well. That's why I'm here.

"It's been good. Of course since last season we see a difference in terms of the intensity. The gaffer said [on] the first day that the intensity is going to be different, we're going to work harder to prepare for the whole season."

Koumetio continues to study and learn from Liverpool's senior centre-halves, including the returning Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. 

He's also grown close to a new arrival in fellow Frenchman Ibrahima Konate.

"They are big examples, not only Virgil but also Joel, Joe, Konate, also Rhys, Nat and Ben," the 18-year-old said. 

"I'm learning from all of them, they are all different so you can pick some qualities off each of them. We are all happy to see them. They are great lads and also big, big players.

"Me and Konate, we speak a lot. I love him, he's a great man but also a great player. He's very good on the ball, attacking and defending. We are talking a lot. He's settled in perfectly."

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Billy 'the kid' Koumetio: I'm here to show what I can do

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 07/26/2021 - 18:00
Billy Koumetio has returned to Austria more comfortable around the Liverpool first team, though with the same nickname.
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Reds ‘in touch’ with midfielder’s agent & Shaqiri confirms exit request – Liverpool FC Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 07/26/2021 - 17:37

Liverpool are back in action toward the end of the week, but pre-season training continues apace and the transfer business continues to flow in the meantime.

Shaqiri wants out of Anfield

Three years of wondering when he’ll be fit, gasping at moments of brilliance and no end of comments about the size of his calves, but it could all be over soon.

Xherdan Shaqiri has confirmed that he wants to leave Liverpool this summer in search of more regular game time, having been unable to stay fit or consistent enough to be a go-to starter for Jurgen Klopp.

He has played his part in our successes, without question – just think of Barcelona! – but he says he is “ready for a new challenge” and that the club have “accepted” his decision to leave.

If he does get an offer or two, it will mean more money in the transfer kitty for the Reds – and we’ll surely have to sign an attacker to fill his multi-use role in the squad, too.

Reds rumours of the day

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is fouled by FSV Mainz 05's Marveille Papela (R) during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and FSV Mainz 05 at the Greisbergers Betten-Arena. (Pic by Jürgen Faichter/Propaganda)

  • Saul Niguez rumours aren’t going away – in fact in Spain, they say the Reds (and Chelsea) are serious about signing the Atletico midfielder and have been “in touch” with his agents
  • Conor Bradley has signed a new contract with Liverpool, with the right-back hopeful of pushing for a place among the senior squad this season
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 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during the pre-match warm-up before a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and FSV Mainz 05 at the Greisbergers Betten-Arena. (Pic by Jürgen Faichter/Propaganda)

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Most recently, we’ve had Taki Minamino and Joe Gomez combining in spectacular fashion in training to wow those watching on from the sidelines.

Latest transfer chat elsewhere

 Manuel Locatelli of Italy looks on during the Italy Training Session ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group A match between Turkey and Italy at Olimpico Stadium on June 10, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Chris Ricco - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Tweet of the day and match of the night

Reunited ? @VirgilvDijk pic.twitter.com/v7oLj1d9rm

— Andy Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) July 25, 2021

Tonight’s friendlies include Las Palmas against Wolves. ‘Fraid that’s the best we can offer.

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