LFC Foundation is hosting an open day for its new employability skills course next month.
Foundation staff will be on hand at the Learning Space at Anfield from 2pm BST on Wednesday May 1 to offer information and advice to those interested in joining the Premier League Works programme.
Funded by the Premier League, the initiative supports unemployed young people, aged 18-25, back into education, employment and training as well as providing skills development and mentoring.
The course will run for five weeks from Tuesday May 7 and provides participants with CV and job search support, team-building activities, interview techniques, practical activities and an employability certified qualification. Sessions take place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am-4pm.
A collective effort is required if Liverpool are to restrict Lionel Messi’s influence on their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, Virgil van Dijk believes.
The Reds must overcome Barca to reach a second successive final in Europe’s top club competition, with the sides having each booked their places in the last four with resounding quarter-final victories this week.
Van Dijk was on the scoresheet to help Jürgen Klopp’s team register a 4-1 win at FC Porto in their second leg on Wednesday - 24 hours after a Messi-inspired Barca had beaten Manchester United 3-0 at Camp Nou.
The fact the Argentinian’s double against United took his goal tally for the season to 45 in just 42 appearances merely underlines the scale of the defensive task awaiting Van Dijk and his teammates over two legs separated by just six days.
But being part of a joint attempt to shackle Barca’s talisman is a challenge the centre-back is looking forward to.
“How are we going to do it? I don’t know, we’ll see,” a smiling Van Dijk said.
“It’s going to be a great match-up for all of us. It’s about doing it all together, it’s never one-v-one, it’s never just me against a particular striker.
“It’s always us against everyone and I think that’s the only way we can defend well.
“It’s going to be very hard [to stop Messi]. I think he’s the best player in the world but we’ll see. We're very happy to be in the semi-final again.”
Liverpool reached a second successive Champions League semi-final after a 4-1 win over FC Porto on Wednesday night.
Goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk completed a 6-1 aggregate victory and set up a last-four tie with Barcelona.
Here is what the media match of the match...
James Pearce, Liverpool Echo
Pity poor FC Porto who felt the force of Jürgen Klopp's ruthless, rampant Liverpool once again. The Portuguese champions were ripped to shreds on home turf by the Reds for the second successive season as they were routed 4-1 on the night and 6-1 on aggregate. Having survived an early bombardment at the Estadio do Dragao, Liverpool showcased the array of firepower which has made them feared across the continent. The breathtaking trio of Mane, Salah and substitute Firmino did the damage before van Dijk had the final word late on. Eder Militao's header was scant consolation for Porto who must be sick of the sight of the Reds. The prize is huge. A mouthwatering tie with Barcelona now stands between Liverpool and a final showdown with either Ajax or Tottenham in Madrid on June 1. A first trip to the Camp Nou since 2007 awaits and then the stage will be set for a spine-tingling European night under the lights at Anfield. These are the occasions Kopites live for. There will be a reunion with former Reds duo Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho and the prospect of trying to contain the greatest player of his generation in Lionel Messi. For Liverpool, there will be no sense of trepidation, no inferiority complex. Last season's run to Kiev was a whirlwind as Klopp's men surpassed all expectations. But this time it's different. This time they aren't surprising anyone. Liverpool know they belong among the cream of Europe. They have proved it time and time again.
David Lynch, Evening Standard
This is what it is to be a Reds supporter these days: unbelievable fun. And, courtesy of a 6-1 aggregate victory in this one-sided quarter-final, the party will roll on to Barcelona at the end of this month. Coming as it did after 24 minutes of utter domination from Porto, Mane’s opening goal at Estadio do Dragao could not have been better timed. But the Senegalese’s strike did more than just take the pressure off Liverpool and effectively end the tie as a contest; it also saw him join elite company. Having scored in every Champions League round since the start of last season’s competition, Mane has now clocked up 14 goals for the Reds in Europe. That puts him level with Ian Rush in second place on the club’s all-time list in this tournament, with only Steven Gerrard (21) having netted more. Having provided a fantastic assist for Salah’s goal with his last touch, Trent Alexander-Arnold was given a well-earned rest in the 66th minute. And the sight of Joe Gomez replacing him was certainly a welcome one for Liverpool supporters. The Reds No.12 was making his first appearance since sustaining a broken leg in Burnley back in December, an injury that came after he had deservedly cemented his place as Virgil van Dijk’s main partner at centre-back. Gomez may struggle to earn that status again between now and the end of the season given how little time is left, but he can still play a big part. Klopp is targeting victory on two fronts in May, and he will need all hands on deck if that dream is to become a reality.
Neil Jones, Goal.com
Bring on Barcelona! What a tie, and what an incentive. In a week where Ajax and Tottenham provided the fairy tales, Jürgen Klopp’s side ensured there was to be no such shock in Portugal. The Premier League leaders were far from pretty at times, but they got the job done. Mane’s goal, 26 minutes in, settled Liverpool down after a nervy start. They were grateful to Porto’s wayward finishing and to the Video Assistant Referee, who after a lengthy check confirmed Mane had been onside when tucking Salah’s cross-shot past Iker Casillas at the far post. It was the Senegal star’s 22nd goal of the season, and 14th European Cup strike for Liverpool, equalling Ian Rush’s tally. Only Gerrard has more. And like Rush or Gerrard, he is developing a real knack for scoring important ones too. This was the eighth time he has broken the deadlock in his last 15 games. When Liverpool have needed him, he has repeatedly stepped up to the plate – even if he did miss an absolute sitter after the break. Huge credit must go to Klopp, who has not lost a two-legged European tie since 2014 and who is now preparing for his third semi-final in three years as Liverpool manager. He is yet to grab that elusive first trophy at Anfield, but his team will take some stopping. The Camp Nou, one of the world’s great arenas, should hold no fears for them. Liverpool’s European away form has been a source of concern over the past 12 months, but they have now won twice at the Etihad, the Allianz and the Dragao (twice). They are unbeaten in 17 games in all competitions, winning the last eight, and will surely have seen the chinks in Barcelona’s armoury across the Catalans’ tie with Manchester United. Defensively, the La Liga champions should offer encouragement to Mane, Salah and Co.
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Liverpool safely secured passage to the Champions League semi-finals with a 4-1 win over Porto, leaving fans with a number of topics to discuss after the game.
The Reds started the clash on Wednesday on the back-foot after finding themselves penned inside their defensive third, only for Sadio Mane’s strike against the run of play to knock the wind out of Porto’s sails.
This Is Anfield’s Joanna Durkan(@JoannaDurkan_) and Matt Ladson (@mattladson) were joined by Rado Chmiel (@RadoChmiel) to delve into the positives and negatives and discuss if Salah has returned to his best at just the right time.The good…
RADO: There are plenty of positives. First of all, the atmosphere in the stadium which was yet again one of the best so far this season.
Both sets of supporters were in fine voice and it just helped the whole spectacle to be a remarkable one—hats off to our travelling Kop for their great support yet again. You make us all proud!
My personal second positive was Henderson. After switching the positions, the skipper has impressed me a lot recently and he is finally one of the key players in the team.
I haven’t been a big fan of him in the past, but he has definitely proved me wrong with his recent performances.
Jordan, please accept my apologies!
JOANNA: Just when I think I’ve wrapped my head around how brilliant this Liverpool side truly is, they somehow conjure up more reasons to leave me in awe.
Now the performance was by no means perfect, but it was one which again showcased the qualities that will make this side one which regularly competes for, and wins, silverware.
After a testing first 45 the Reds turned on the afterburners and eased past Porto, a professional performance which again highlighted the ever-growing maturity of the team, as even in second gear they made it look easy.
I have to agree with Rado on Henderson’s performance and increasing importance, the skipper came on like a man possessed and collected yet another assist, and I must say fellow substitute Firmino was also sensational.
It’s all clicking for Liverpool at just the right time and it is set to make the final month of the campaign one to remember.
MATT: Rado is right about the atmosphere and massive credit to Porto fans there—their response to going 2-0 down was incredible.
It was nice that Klopp recognised this in his press conference, commenting on the “proper football atmosphere.”
The standout player for me was Firmino. His introduction at half-time, plus a tactical tweak to 4-4-1-1, was what changed the game. He provided an extra body in the central area to stop Porto on the ball.
It was also very good to see Gomez get some minutes in.
But overall, to have not played that well but still win 4-1 away from home in a Champions League semi-final: that’s very good!The bad…
RADO: It’s hard to say what was bad. The Reds played a very mature game and controlled it, even despite Porto’s early dominance.
The first goal just opened Pandora’s box for the hosts and the Reds’ next goals were just a matter of time.
I think the only bad thing which came out of the game was that now we need to wait so long for the semi-final against Barcelona.
I wish it could be even tomorrow! But patience is the key, so I’ll wait.
JOANNA: As has been the case for a number of weeks now it’s hard to look for negatives when the results continue to favour the Reds.
But in saying that, if I was to pinpoint anything it would be that the first half was indicative of a lot of Liverpool’s away performances in Europe this season.
It was one which lacked control as the midfield was bypassed too easily, with Wijnaldum and Milner both having struggled to have a positive influence, most notably in the first half.
We were lucky that Porto were wasteful with their chances, but the Reds need to ensure they are quick out of the blocks on the road in the weeks to come—starting with Cardiff on Sunday.
MATT: The weather! Absolutely lashing it down all day, and then the heavens opened up pre-match. Thankfully I was inside the stadium by then!
We weren’t great early on at all, pretty much the whole first half really for me—and Klopp made multiple tactical tweaks, swapping the front three around three times, before subbing Origi at half-time.
And Origi was pretty awful. He may be decent as a sub for an impact, but he’s far from the quality required to be starting games for this side.
Gini the ghost returned too, away from home. I feel that him, Trent and Robbo have all played too much this season and need managing carefully over this final sprint.And is Salah coming back into form at just the right time?
RADO: I think that Mo finally unblocked himself after reaching 50 league goals. He now plays with the same crucial decision-making and magic he had before.
The problem was not that he didn’t play his best, as he did, but he wanted to reach that 50th goal too hard and, in my opinion, was a bit too focused on that milestone.
He also had a few different roles on the pitch, and it allowed Mane to reach his full potential and be as deadly as Salah, which was beneficial for the team.
With Salah back to his best, Mane doing what he is currently doing and Firmino bagging goals as well we can say that our front three is back in the game with full power.
Van Dijk is adding some goals recently as well, so I could say that we have a new Fab Four rocking up the town.
The future is bright, so we just need to keep going what we do and the miracle can happen.
I certainly believe in it and I keep my fingers crossed for the final success at the end of the season.
JOANNA: For me, Salah is at the mercy of his achievements from last season and as such question marks over his form throughout the campaign have often been exaggerated.
He’s had games where he’s been far from his best, like most players, but, like Rado mentioned, I think the process of reaching the 50-goal mark for Liverpool did hold him back and caused his influence in the final third to take a slight hit.
But the Egyptian certainly appears to be firing on all cylinders in recent weeks having notched three goals and set up a further two in his last five games.
There are few who can stop Salah when he is brimming with confidence and when you couple that with the form of his comrades in attack, you have one devastating recipe for the Reds’ upcoming opponents to contend with.
MATT: Absolutely he is. And perhaps Mane’s superb recent form actually has worked in Salah’s favour as it did previously for Mane.
By that I mean teams now have to be very aware of Mane’s threat, which opens up more space for Salah. Previously it was the other way around.
Nice to see the front three all on target again, eh?
Bring on Barca, we will score at the Nou Camp and I’m planning on being in Madrid in June…
Joe Gomez is relishing the prospect of taking on Barcelona, with the Liverpool defender declaring: 'This is what the Champions League is about.'
The Reds reached the semi-finals of Europe's premier club competition for the second season in a row by beating FC Porto 6-1 on aggregate in a last-eight tie.
Two encounters with Lionel Messi and co now await Jürgen Klopp's side, with the Spanish champions knocking out Manchester United on Tuesday.
However, Gomez stressed nobody in the Liverpool dressing room had considered a potential trip to Camp Nou prior to Wednesday's second leg at Porto, which ended in a 4-1 victory for the visitors.
"We haven't really thought about it [the Barcelona tie] until now," the England international told Liverpoolfc.com.
"Obviously we knew it was set in stone who we'd get. We knew we had to see out this game and [not] underestimate them [Porto].
"It'll be a difficult game. They're one of the best in the world clearly and they've probably got the best player in the world and many others around him.
"So it's going to be a difficult game, but that's what the Champions League is about. You don't get this far to have easy games and we know you have to earn your place in the next round."
Gomez made his first senior appearance since December at Estadio do Dragao when he came on as a second-half substitute.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk were on the scoresheet as Liverpool built on their two-goal advantage from the first leg.
The No.12 continued: "We knew, coming here away from home, it would be a different game. We had to be prepared for them to come out strong and it was difficult in the first 30 minutes, but we managed to get a goal and then the boys saw it out and it was a good result in the end.
"In our eyes it was 0-0 and we couldn’t come into the game thinking: 'Let’s just see it out and try and not let them score and see it out as a 0-0.'
"We knew we had to treat this as a separate game and play as we do. Us getting the goals obviously helped and that’s us being us."
Camacho has been regularly linked with a return to Sporting CP this year, and a proposed loan move fell through in January after Klopp’s intervention.
The suggestion was that the Reds could not afford to lose a young player of his versatility, and he duly made his first-team debut, and later his Premier League bow, later that month.
Both came at right-back, and taking to Instagram after he scored a hat-trick in the Liverpool U23s’ 6-0 thrashing on Sunday he insisted he is “not a right defender” and that he would “prove that they are mistaken about my football.”
Interpreted as an attack on the coaching staff, Camacho followed this up with another post on Wednesday night expressing his “gratitude” to Klopp, writing: “I believe in boss Jurgen, and I know he believes me, too.”
“It makes no sense what the people of my faith are trying to insinuate after I have answered a friend who challenged me,” he added, which clouds his initial statement with confusion.
Regardless, widespread reports claim he could leave Liverpool this summer, with Wolves, Benfica and RB Leipzig all joining Sporting in their interest in a possible £10 million deal.
Given the Reds gained passage to the semi-finals of the Champions League in Camacho’s native Portugal, it came as less of a surprise to see Klopp questioned on his future in his post-match press conference at Porto.
But while the manager was expectedly reserved, it was perhaps more surprising that he admitted uncertainty over the 18-year-old’s intentions.
“Wonderful player, really good player, both-footed, very well-educated in Portugal and we gave him the next level,” he told reporters.
“So really good player, but what he will do and where he wants to go or not, that’s nothing we speak about today.”
Klopp has arguably been backed into this position by Camacho’s dwindling contract, with his current deal with the Reds set to expire in 2020.
If he does not agree to an extension, with talks reportedly underway since the turn of the year, Liverpool could be forced to sell and capitalise on his value.
The teenager has been in excellent form this season and has been named in Klopp’s matchday squad nine times, but £10 million may prove a reasonable fee for Camacho.
Roberto Firmino has been nominated for the Champions League Player of the Week award.
The Liverpool forward helped his side secure a place in the semi-finals after coming on as a half-time substitute against FC Porto on Wednesday night, netting the third goal in a 4-1 win at Estadio do Dragao.
Firmino faces competition from Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax), Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona) and Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) for the award.
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Liverpool's 2019-20 New Balance home kit features the return of a style touch first seen at the beginning of the '80s: pinstripes.
The newly-revealed strip for next season is dedicated to Bob Paisley and takes inspiration from his final, title-winning 1982-83 campaign.
Pinstripes on Liverpool shirts are nothing new, however - here's a short history of how they became popular, memorable and successful...
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is your host for a special behind-the-scenes tour of Liverpool’s 2019-20 home kit shoot at Anfield.
Our cameras were granted exclusive access as Oxlade-Chamberlain and a number of his teammates prepared for Thursday’s launch at the stadium.
Featuring appearances from the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson, the Reds’ No.21’s entertaining vlog can be watched in full below.
Last Updated: 18/04/19 10:18amLiverpool unveil new 2019/20 kit in honour of Bob Paisley who would have turned 100 this year.
Liverpool have unveiled their new 2019/20 kit which honours the club's most successful manager Bob Paisley, who would have turned 100 this year.
The kit, modelled by Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Alisson Becker and Mohammed Salah, is inspired by the strip worn during the 1982/83 season, in which Liverpool won their 14th league title and Paisley won his sixth as Reds manager.
Liverpool say "the shirt is a special tribute in the year in which he would have turned 100 and the long-lasting legacy he left at the club".
Each shirt has been inscribed with Paisley's signature on the inside of the neck, and also features an official swing tag dedicated to the former manager who won three European Cups as Liverpool boss. The 2019/20 home kit also features white pin stripes on the front of the shirt, as they were on the 1982/83 jersey.
Liverpool and New Balance have chosen to retain the popular "Red Pepper" colour-way for the coming season, which was also a feature of the 1982/83 kit.
To commemorate the tragic events of Hillsborough, the 96 emblem, surrounded by flames, sits at the nape of the neck.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, said: "This year's home kit is incredibly strong. I'm really looking forward to wearing it every time we play at our beloved home of Anfield, as a symbol of the pride and passion you have when you're a Red."Cardiff vs Liverpool
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"It's also a really fitting tribute to one of our greatest managers, Bob Paisley, and is a fantastic way to remember all his success."
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Goalkeeper, Alisson Becker who will wear the No 1 shirt next season said: "I'm incredibly impressed by the style of this season's goalkeeper jersey - it will really stand out on the pitch and will look great alongside the home kit."
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Tottenham left a stunned Manchester City's quadruples hopes in tatters by reaching their first-ever Champions League semi-final in the most-dramatic fashion on Wednesday. Here's how the national press reacted to the epic events at the Etihad...They think it's all OVAR
"It is the greatest night of their lives. Tottenham played hokey cokey football - in, out, in, out, very much in - for 90 crazy minutes. On a big night of football, they can finally say they are big club." - Neil Ashton, The Sun
Mayhem and magic
"During 21 minutes of glorious mayhem, it was difficult not to shake your head in disbelief at the sheer lunacy of it all. Breathlessness, dizziness, accelerated heart rate. This was not so much a sporting contest as a serious medical condition." - Dave Kidd, The SunVAR twist sends Spurs to semis
Fernando Llorente settles Champions League classic at the EtihadEuropean failure haunts Pep again
"Pep Guardiola is the greatest manager of his generation, a serial trophy winner who has revolutionised the way football is played, yet still he will be forced to endure accusations that he has fallen short, that he has, with all the resources at his disposal, underwhelmed." - Luke Edwards, Daily TelegraphAwesome De Bruyne can't save City
"There will be an inquest and there will be much to consider in how City conceded three goals at home, VAR and so much more besides after another European failure. Also, how one of the world's best players could have done even more, given the chance." - Matt Dickinson, The TimesOH MY QUAD
"No wonder Pep Guardiola so often wears the look of a man who cannot wait to walk away from his job. No wonder he once felt the need to take a sabbatical and lose himself in the hurly-burly of Manhattan. No wonder he seems psychologically drained at the conclusion of even the most straightforward of football matches.
"Quite how he felt in the aftermath of this remarkable event is anyone's guess. The Champions League is gone, the quadruple has gone and when VAR ruled out the late goal from Raheem Sterling, Guardiola had gone… at all levels. Hardly surprising." - Andy Dunn, Daily MirrorMan City vs Tottenham
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Pochettino strikes gold
"A great night for English football, a great week for the Champions League. European football's stellar competition has been accused of being a closed shop in recent years, in particular from Spain and Italy.Tottenham now among the elite
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"Now, after Ajax sent Juventus home defeated on Tuesday, we were presented with this. A game fitting for its time, a time when standards of entertainment in this country have never been higher." - Ian Ladyman, Daily MailAll-time classic
Spurs go through after VAR rules out late Sterling winner in epic Champions League quarter-final - The I Paper
'VAR was right'
"The use of VAR in checking and then allowing Fernando Llorente's goal was a fantastic example of the system at its best - and the right decision was made. For such a critical moment in a high-profile match it is important that the referee gets a second chance to look at the incident.
"If it had touched his arm or hand then it would have been disallowed, even if the contact was not deliberate. But the slow-motion replay clearly showed the ball went in via Llorente's upper thigh." - Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg, Daily MailSalah and co seal the deal
"We hardly needed a Time Magazine front cover to know Mohamed Salah is a man of influence. Yet his recognition as one of that periodical's 100 most influential people could not have been more timely, given his emphatic return to the sort of form that made him a world star. In the Estadio do Dragao he scorched poor Porto with a goal and an assist to send Liverpool into a semi-final with much to spare." - David Maddock, Daily MirrorWho's on the Sunday Supplement? The Sunday Supplement
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Liverpool's Champions League semi-final fixture dates against FC Barcelona have been confirmed.
The first leg of the last-four showdown will take place at Camp Nou on Wednesday May 1, with the return scheduled for Anfield on Tuesday May 7.
Both games will kick off at 8pm BST.
Click here to view an updated fixture list.