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Merseyrail strike action update – Saturday August 24

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 18:45
Merseyrail has confirmed that strike action has been cancelled on Saturday August 24. However, fans are still advised to plan their journey in advance and arrive at the stadium early to avoid delays due to emergency gas works in the local area.
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45 photos of Liverpool's Thursday training session at Melwood

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 18:38
Check out our gallery of 45 photos of Liverpool's Thursday evening training session at Melwood.
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Mane’s threat, midfield battle & exploiting Liverpool’s high line – The view from Arsenal

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 18:00

Liverpool host Arsenal on Saturday, but are the Gunners confident of ending the Reds’ long unbeaten home run in the Premier League?


Jurgen Klopp‘s men ground out a 2-1 win at Southampton last weekend, while Unai Emery’s side beat Burnley by the same scoreline.

On Saturday, the Londoners make the trip to Merseyside in what could be a fascinating battle between the only two sides with maximum points from their opening two league games.

Ahead of the game, we spoke to Arsenal fan Kevin Mounce (@GarrulousGooner) to get this thoughts on where the match could be won and lost.

It’s two wins out of two for Arsenal – how happy are you with your start to the season?

 Arsenal's manager Unai Emery reacts during the FA Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at the Vitality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fairly happy.

On paper, games against Newcastle and Burnley aren’t the toughest of openings, but you can only beat what is in front of you.

With far tougher games on the horizon, it was important to get six points on the board.

We also have a lot of players either returning from injury or embedding into the squad and I don’t think you’ll see our strongest XI until October.

What’s been particularly pleasing is youngsters Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson being given the opportunity to come in and play, and doing pretty well overall.

Who has shone most in the opening couple of games?

 Spain's Dani Ceballos during the International Friendly match between Wales and Spain at the Principality Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Well, Dani Ceballos only played 20 minutes or so at Newcastle, but he had the best ‘pressures’ per minute out of everyone who played.

It might sound an odd statistic, but when you consider his style of play, I was quite pleased about that. Our midfield has lacked intensity and aggression.

Ceballos then followed that up with one of the best debut performances I have seen in many years against Burnley. He was top for basically every stat going and totally dictated the game. He was excellent.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is clearly is vital for us, too – two goals in as many matches, and two very different goals, represents a great start.

He will be in contention for the Golden Boot again on this evidence.

Is a Premier League title challenge on the cards for the Gunners?

 Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Cardiff City FC and Arsenal FC at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Short answer: no.

Our defence is still shaky and I think we’re weak at full-back until Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney come in.

We also have the complication of Thursday-Sunday games because of the Europa League.

We already look a better side than last year, though, and I think we will be more competitive. Man City and Liverpool still look a distance above the rest.

What do you make of Liverpool’s start to the campaign?

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (C) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) and Mohamed Salah (R) during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

I would say the start is strong but not as convincing as things might appear. I didn’t watch the Norwich game but caught the highlights and they certainly had their share of chances.

Liverpool’s firepower was far too much for them, but against better sides they may have come unstuck.

They also nearly threw away a two-goal lead at Southampton, so if I was a Liverpool fan, I’d actually be very pleased with the win itself.

It’s a tough place to go, certainly after a European game on Wednesday which went all the way to penalties, but the way in which two lesser teams have created chances would make me slightly nervous.

I still think they will be the only real challenger to City, as mentioned.

Who do you fear most for the Reds on Saturday?

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s difficult not to fear all of the front three, given how they function together and their individual records against Arsenal.

If I was to pick one I’d say Sadio Mane.

He has scored excellent goals against Chelsea and Saints and he looks like he has picked up from where he left off last season.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a good young player, but he’s not a right-back and I think Liverpool will look to exploit both full-back areas.

Where will the key battles take place?

 Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' (L) and Georginio Wijnaldum after the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St. Mary's Stadium. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Arsenal will have to dominate the midfield. I think we can and I would even argue we have a better midfield than Liverpool.

But with the pace the Reds play with at home, and with a lack of experience and Premier League know-how, we might come unstuck.

I hope we play a 4-3-3 formation with pace in attack – Liverpool have played a high line and all three opponents have had success at getting in behind so far this season.

If the tactic sticks then we could get some joy with Aubameyang and potentially Nicolas Pepe, but ultimately I would back Liverpool’s defence to handle our threat better than we will theirs, sadly.

Finally, hit us with your prediction…

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Virgil van Dijk during the opening FA Premier League match of the season between Liverpool FC and Norwich City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It pains me to say it, and part of me is much more confident than this, but my head can’t see us being competitive for the whole 90 minutes.

I think it might be tighter than previous seasons but will end 2-1 or 3-1 to Liverpool.

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Liverpool “on the verge” of signing record-breaking new kit deal with Nike

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 17:41

Liverpool are claimed to be “on the verge” of agreeing a new long-term kit deal with Nike which “could be the richest in the Premier League.”


The Reds’ current terms with New Balance expire at the end of the campaign, and the club have been weighing up their options as they seek to capitalise on their recent growth.

Winning the Champions League in June and establishing themselves as genuine contenders for the Premier League title under Jurgen Klopp has boosted their profile significantly.

And with their deal with New Balance worth just £45 million a year, the aim is to secure an increase to at least £75 million a year, surpassing Man United‘s record deal for an English club with Adidas.

Back in April, it was reported that Liverpool were in “advanced talks” with Nike, though Adidas also emerged as a possible candidate.

Now, Forbes claim in their profile of the Reds’ finances that the club “is on the verge of signing a new kit deal with Nike that would begin with the 2020/21 season and could be the richest in the Premier League.”

It is important to note that this may be a throwaway line based on previous speculation, but Forbes are a well-respected source when it comes to finances.

 The Nike Merlin official match-ball during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Four months ago it was stressed that Liverpool were “not yet close to striking an agreement,” but this would indicate that there has been a major step forward in talks.

Nike’s biggest kit deal to date is with Barcelona, paying the Liga side £1 billion over 10 years, while their largest with an English club is a £900 million, 15-year agreement with Chelsea.

New Balance retain first refusal over an extension with the Reds, but would need to match the offer of any prospective successor, which they are unlikely to be able to afford.

Either way, Forbes‘ claim could speed up the process of either an announcement or a dismissal, with Liverpool now in the final year of their existing deal.

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'Klopp lives and breathes Liverpool'

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 16:15

Last Updated: 22/08/19 4:29pm

Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool to their sixth European Cup last season Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool to their sixth European Cup last season Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool to their sixth European Cup last season

Jurgen Klopp "lives and breathes" the Liverpool job, according to David Wagner, who hopes his friend can lead the Anfield side to the Premier League title this year.

The former Huddersfield boss, who met Klopp while playing for Mainz almost 30 years ago before they worked together at Borussia Dortmund, was speaking after Klopp was shortlisted for Best FIFA Men's Coach of the year alongside Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino.

Wagner says 52-year-old Klopp is fully invested in his role at Anfield and hailed his achievements on Merseyside after he guided Liverpool to their sixth European Cup last season, leading to his FIFA nomination.

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"Sometimes you need a little bit of luck to win a title, but he absolutely deserved this," Wagner told FIFA.com. "He lives and breathes this job 100 per cent. He thinks about football or his team every minute of every day."

"That's the way good coaches are - you can't simply switch off from what might happen to the team tomorrow, next week or in an hour's time.

1:17 Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock says that Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino will need a rest after a busy summer. Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock says that Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino will need a rest after a busy summer.

"What he has already achieved in the time he's had with Liverpool is incredible."

Wagner, who is now in charge at Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04, hopes Klopp can go one step further in the Premier League this season after a remarkable run last term saw them narrowly miss out on a title win to Manchester City.

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"I hope that he goes one better this year and takes the Premier League title, even though we all know that that's easier said than done," Wagner said.

"He and his lads will work incredibly hard for it, but that league is such a tight one… He's really put on a show with them up until now though. I hope he wins the title with them this season."

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Liverpool v Arsenal Preview - Someone's 100% record must goSouthampton 1-2 Liverpool: Who was Man of...

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THE DETAILS

Venue – Anfield, Liverpool

Referee – Anthony Taylor

Date & Time – Saturday, August 24th @ 17:30

Current Odds – Liverpool 9/20, Draw 4/1, Arsenal 19/4

Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield in the evening game this Saturday as the only remaining sides with 100% records in this season’s Premier League go head-to-head.

With 30 goals in the last six meetings between these two at Anfield, it’s likely to be another eventful night under the lights on Merseyside.

FORM

Liverpool Form

Liverpool have struggled through a gruelling opening period to their 2019/20 campaign. Yet, they’ve managed to win their opening two league games as well as bringing home the UEFA Super Cup trophy from Istanbul after beating Chelsea on penalties.

Much like in the early stages of last season, Liverpool are doing enough to win their games, just about.

If they can continue that trend on Saturday evening then Reds fans everywhere will be delighted as the first international break of the season quickly approaches (after the Burnley game).

Arsenal Form

Unai Emery’s side has started its season in solid fashion. A 1-0 win at Newcastle on the opening weekend was followed up by a 2-1 home win over Burnley last time out.

Arsenal haven’t won a league game at Anfield since 2012 but this side, with Dani Ceballos already looking the part and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang already in-form, will certainly give Jurgen Klopp’s team plenty to think about this Saturday.

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool Team News

Nathaniel Clyne is Liverpool’s only current long-term injury absentee. The right-back suffered an ACL injury over the summer and is not due back until February at the earliest.

Alisson is also missing through injury and it’s still unclear just how long is calf issue is likely to keep him out for.

Naby Keita is unavailable having suffered an injury training for the UEFA Super Cup match in Turkey last week.

Jurgen Klopp will stick with Adrian in goals while Joel Matip will probably keep his place in central defence, alongside Virgil van Dijk.

In midfield, I think Fabinho and Jordan Henderson will return to the starting lineup, with Gini Wijnaldum making up the midfield trio.

It should be full strength for The Reds in attack with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané all fit to start.

Arsenal Team News

Hector Bellerin and Konstantinos Mavropanos are both ruled out while Kieran Tierney is not fit enough yet to make his debut for Arsenal after signing from Celtic.

Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil and Rob Holding are all doubts for The Gunners.

Dani Ceballos will be the main playmaker to watch in the centre for Arsenal.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should start as the out-and-out striker in place of Alexandre Lacazette.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Liverpool XI (4-3-3) – Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mané

Arsenal XI (4-2-3-1) – Leno; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Monreal; Guendouzi, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ceballos, Nelson; Aubameyang

WHEN THEY LAST MET

Last December, Liverpool beat Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield on a day when Roberto Firmino turned on the afterburners and left The Gunners for dead with a hat-trick. Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah also scored for The Reds as they overturned Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ early strike to hammer Arsenal.

PREDICTION

Liverpool 3 – 2 Arsenal

It should be a case of goals galore again on Saturday with both sides in top form and neither defence looking anything resembling rock-solid thus far.

I would back Roberto Firmino to score again to continue his impressive scoring record against Unai Emery’s side (8 goals in 8 games since he arrived at Liverpool).

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Liverpool renew plans to expand Anfield Road End with view to 60,000+ capacity

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 12:46

Liverpool have reaffirmed their plans to redevelop the Anfield Road End, with the proposed expansion set to bring Anfield’s capacity to over 60,000.


The current planning permission for the work expires in September, and the club are set to submit a new application to reflect a revised blueprint.

Liverpool confirmed their intentions on Thursday, with “ambitious new plans now under active consideration,” to be put together after “engaging with the local community and other key stakeholders.”

The Athletic’s James Pearce has added that this would raise the capacity above 60,000, following initial plans to add around 4,000 seats.

Anfield’s current capacity is 54,074, following the completion of redevelopment work on the Main Stand in 2016.

“The progress that has been made during ongoing feasibility studies has resulted in us being in a position to allow the outline planning permission to lapse,” Liverpool’s chief operating officer Andy Hughes explained.

“We are committed to working with local residents, planning officials and others as we now focus on the detail behind any proposed redevelopment for Anfield Road.

“Throughout this process we have been clear that our objective is to find the best possible solution for Anfield Road and that remains the case.”

A general view of Liverpool's Anfield stadium / Anfield Road End (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While this is no guarantee that the expansion will go ahead, it is a big step forward with the club and its owners Fenway Sports Group clearly committed to the project.

The proposed redevelopment would make Anfield the second-biggest stadium in the Premier League outside of London, behind only Man United‘s Old Trafford (75,731).

It would be in line with the Emirates Stadium (60,260) and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (62,214), and move the Reds’ home ahead of the Etihad (55,097).

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Reds reaffirm Anfield Road commitment

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 12:29

Liverpool Football Club today reaffirms its intention to redevelop the Anfield Road stand with ambitious new plans now under active consideration.

As part of this process, the six-time European champions have committed to engaging with the local community and other key stakeholders while pursuing a vision in keeping with the club’s aspirations.

As a direct result of this development, existing outline planning permission will be allowed to lapse in order to allow work to continue on alternative options with a view to submitting a new planning application for a larger scheme in due course.  

Liverpool FC chief operating officer Andy Hughes said: “The progress that has been made during ongoing feasibility studies has resulted in us being in a position to allow the outline planning permission to lapse. We are committed to working with local residents, planning officials and others as we now focus on the detail behind any proposed redevelopment for Anfield Road.

“Throughout this process we have been clear that our objective is to find the best possible solution for Anfield Road and that remains the case."

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Reds reaffirm Anfield Road commitment

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 12:29
Liverpool Football Club today reaffirms its intention to redevelop the Anfield Road stand with ambitious new plans now under active consideration.
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LFC Foundation and ASCC to host family fun day this Friday

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 12:05

LFC Foundation and Anfield Sports and Community Centre (ASCC) are hosting a free family fun day this Friday, August 23.

Held at ASCC from 11am to 3pm, the day will feature activities for all the family including arts and crafts, music, flower planting and face painting as well as football and multi-sports on inflatable pitches.

LFC's official club mascot, Mighty Red, will also be on hand to meet children and their families and a free lunch will be served to under-16s. 

No advance registration is required - families can just come along on the day. 

Click here for more information on LFC Foundation’s programmes and activities.

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LFC Foundation and ASCC to host family fun day this Friday

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 12:05
LFC Foundation and Anfield Sports and Community Centre (ASCC) are hosting a free family fun day this Friday, August 23.
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Liverpool’s historic Match of the Day debut vs. Arsenal as BBC mark show’s 55th anniversary

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 12:02

Liverpool made history on August 22, 1964 as they hosted Saturday’s opponents Arsenal at Anfield, becoming the first game to be broadcast for Match of the Day.


The Reds host the Gunners in their third Premier League game of the campaign this weekend, looking to maintain their 100 percent record and move ahead at the top of the table.

After victories over Norwich and Southampton, this is the first top-six clash for Jurgen Klopp‘s side this season, and will provide a stern test after Arsenal‘s impressive start.

Fifty-five years ago, Liverpool were significantly better off than their north London opponents, having finished the 1963/64 season as First Division champions, 12 points and seven places above the Gunners.

Their title defence began at home to Billy Wright’s Arsenal side, and it was an historic afternoon as the BBC broadcast Match of the Day for the first time, in black and white:

Here's how the first #MOTD kicked off, #OnThisDay in 1964… pic.twitter.com/2LrdTS8JwF

— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) August 22, 2019

The two sides emerged from the old tunnel at Anfield to the Beatles’ She Loves You, with Liverpool missing Ian St John through appendicitis and Alf Arrowsmith due to injury.

Tommy Lawrence took his place in goal behind Gerry Byrne and Ronnie Moran, with Bill Shankly fielding a now-unorthodox formation including the likes of Ron Yeats, Ian Callaghan and Roger Hunt.

Hunt opened the scoring in the 11th minute after a slow start, firing an acrobatic volley into the far corner from Callaghan’s cross.

Gordon Wallace added another after the break, before a quick-fire double from Geoff Strong and Joe Baker restored parity for Arsenal heading into the closing stages, only for Wallace to score a dramatic winner from range.

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“Well I’d call it the Match of the Century, I don’t know about the Match of the Day!” joked commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme at full-time.

Liverpool unfortunately ended the campaign in seventh as Man United won the title, though they did lift the FA Cup and reach the semi-finals of the European Cup.

In the BBC’s first edition of the show, this was the only game to be broadcast, with extended highlights similar to Sky Sports’ Match Choice coverage now.

Match of the Day eventually began to broadcast highlights from a variety of games across the First Division, and remains that way to this day, with Gary Lineker host in its 55th year.

It is likely that the Reds will headline Saturday night’s show, and hopefully with a victory as they keep up their excellent early season form.

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The remarkable afternoon in 2011 that saw Virgil van Dijk show his skills as a striker

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 10:51

Virgil van Dijk has recalled his “unforgettable” first start as a senior professional with FC Groningen, in which he scored twice and assisted once as a striker.


In his year-and-a-half with Liverpool so far, Van Dijk has established himself as the best centre-back in world football, and will be vying for the 2019 Ballon d’Or.

But at the start of the decade, he was struggling to break through as a youngster at Groningen, having joined the Eredivisie side from boyhood club Willem II in 2010.

Van Dijk’s debut season came at the end of 2010/11, coming off the bench for his first outing in a 4-2 win over ADO Den Haag in the league, with his full debut coming against the same side later that month.

“It was the play-off final for the Europa League, we lost 5-1 [in the first leg],” Van Dijk told Optus Sport.

“I came on in the game when we lost 5-1 as a right-back, and I started the return game as a centre-back, I think.”

The Dutchman, in fact, began the game at right-back, and at the break had seen his side concede again as Lex Immers cancelled out Tim Matavz’s opener.

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As he told the story, details such as the half-time score were clearly hazy for Van Dijk, but his memories of 45 minutes—plus six minutes of extra time—up front are, in his words, “unforgettable.”

“[We were] 1-0 [up] after half-time, 6-1 down [on aggregate], and in the second half I started as a striker,” he continued.

“I scored a terrible free-kick, but it counted obviously, and I scored one on the break.

“In the end we were 5-1 up, unluckily I had to get subbed because I had cramp and couldn’t walk anymore.

“We lost on penalties, but that day was unforgettable for me, and after that I think I made a little bit of a name [for myself] at the club at the time.

“And the year after I played almost every game.”

Watching back, Van Dijk showed a great burst of pace to net his second of the afternoon, while his knock-ons from long balls led to a host of chances that should, perhaps, have won Groningen the game.

Ultimately, they lost 4-3 on penalties, relinquishing a spot in the Europa League for 2011/12.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during a training session ahead of the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Besiktas Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

His free-kick was not “terrible,” though ADO goalkeeper Gino Coutinho could have done better to keep it out.

And it remains a wonder that he is yet to take one for Liverpool, having honed his craft on set-pieces further at Celtic.

As Van Dijk attested, this game boosted his reputation significantly at Groningen, and he was installed almost immediately as a first-choice starter at centre-back the following campaign.

It is in this role that he is, clearly, at his best, but Jurgen Klopp has not been averse to throwing centre-backs up front in must-win situations before.

But Van Dijk ended his story by stressing that he would prefer to stay in his natural role.

“I know that with my height I can be dangerous, and in that particular game it worked a lot,” he concluded. “But just leave me at the back!”

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'Seeing Malawi kids run around in Sadio Mane shirts was just brilliant'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 09:42

"Wherever we went, we saw kids running around in Sadio Mane shirts," reflects KitAid founder Derrick Williams MBE.

In September 2018, orphans in the African country of Malawi received boxes full of donated Liverpool FC shirts bearing Mane's name.

When the Reds star changed squad numbers from No.19 to No.10 months prior, supporters were given the opportunity of a like-for-like exchange of their 2018-19 replica jerseys.

In total, more than 250 'Mane 19' shirts were exchanged at LFC stores and then handed to KitAid, who worked with Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO) to help distribute them to underprivileged children in Malawi.

The charity recently spent a week in the Mulanje region of the nation and witnessed first hand the heart-warming impact the Mane shirts had provided.

"Seeing the kids run around in the Mane shirts is brilliant because it just sums up the whole thing about kids loving football," Williams tells Liverpoolfc.com.

"Wherever you are in the world, it doesn't matter and they're running around thinking they're Mane. They watch all the games and they know Liverpool really well, so that makes it really special. 

"It's hard to describe in words sometimes, but some of these kids have never had a kit before. We've got a saying: 'It's more than just a shirt'. It's lots and lots of things.

"It means they can play, there's the whole thing about inclusion – if they don't have a kit, often they can't play in the league.

"Even down to the very basic things of being given something is unique because they're not used to anybody giving them anything."

KitAid sponsored a three-day tournament during their visit. Before the final, an exhibition between teams wearing the kit of Liverpool and Everton was played, with the Blues emerging 2-1 winners.

Derrick continues: "During the game, a coach with us from the Liverpool FA was making comments like, 'That No.19 is good'. He didn't realise there were multiple No.19s!

"In total, we handed out around 1500 items of kit during the week. It's not all Liverpool kit, we get it from various sources. 

"We visited many of the 14 FOMO-run Malawi orphan supports centres and handed out kit. They've all got their own teams, the kids are all mad on football, so we just kept handing out kits at every one."

KitAid work closely with the LFC Foundation and had a drop-off point at Anfield ahead of the Legends charity match with AC Milan Glorie in March this year.

A van-load of shirts were collected on the day and, along with items donated later, were shipped out to Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Malawi in June.

"We were really pleased to be there because it brings us into contact with Liverpool fans and we're keen to have that link," Williams concludes. "It continues the link that we have with the LFC Foundation.

"We met a lot of people a lot of people and it gives us the chance to explain what we do and what KitAid is about.

"Liverpool were the first ever club that came on board with KitAid, so we're proud of that heritage."

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'Seeing Malawi kids run around in Sadio Mane shirts was just brilliant'

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 09:42
"Wherever we went, we saw kids running around in Sadio Mane shirts," reflects KitAid founder Derrick Williams MBE.
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Anfield foodbank collections kick off on a high

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 09:00

Liverpool would like to thank fans who made a donation to the foodbank ahead of the opening Premier League fixture against Norwich City earlier this month.

A total of 725kg of food was collected at the game and by LFC staff, which equates to 48 emergency food parcels providing over 450 meals.

As part of LFC's dedication to tackle food poverty, the club's Red Neighbours community programme backs the Fans Supporting Foodbanks initiative and hosts foodbank collections at every home game.

Collected items are made into three-day emergency food parcels for local people in crisis in North Liverpool, which incorporates the club's surrounding postcodes of L4, L5 and L6.

Last season, Red Neighbours collected over 9,000kg of food - that's a total of 3,037 people fed.

Supporters attending games can drop off any non-perishable food donations at the foodbank collection points, which are located on Anfield Road, next to the club's Family Park, and inside the Anfield superstore on Walton Breck Road as well as Homebaked bakery on Oakfield Road.
 
The Anfield Road collection point is open three hours before kick-off and remains open for 15 minutes after kick-off. Food can be dropped off at the Anfield superstore during its opening hours and at Homebaked before kick-off.
Some priority items include:

  • UHT milk
  • Long-life juice or cordial
  • Coffee
  • Jar pasta/curry sauce
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Instant mash
  • Rice pudding/custard
  • Jam
  • Toiletries
  • Cup-a-soup/noodles
  • Washing tablets

All food collected will be donated to the North Liverpool Foodbank.

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Anfield foodbank collections kick off on a high

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 09:00
Liverpool would like to thank fans who made a donation to the foodbank ahead of the opening Premier League fixture against Norwich City earlier this month.
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Quiz: Can you remember the scorers of the last 18 Anfield hat-tricks?

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 08:30

Liverpool's No.9 scored a hat-trick when Arsenal visited Anfield last season as part of a comprehensive 5-1 win.

That represents the most recent occasion a Reds player has netted a treble on home turf.

Ahead of the Gunners' return to L4 on Saturday, can you name the scorers of the last 18 Liverpool hat-tricks at Anfield? We've given you the season and opposition to help...

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Quiz: Can you remember the scorers of the last 18 Anfield hat-tricks?

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 08:30
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Liverpool’s plan to sell Dejan Lovren shows scale of faith in Ki-Jana Hoever & Sepp van den Berg

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 18:00

Dejan Lovren may not leave Liverpool this summer, but the club’s plan to part ways with the centre-back shows faith in Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg.


The Reds have recent previous in allowing long-serving, but increasingly peripheral, players depart if their reasonable terms are met.

Lucas Leiva left after 10 years on Merseyside in 2017, with the Brazilian joining Lazio for just £5 million as he was given Jurgen Klopp‘s blessing to pursue regular first-team football.

“When he left, we both had a little tear in our eye. It was really a special moment,” the manager reflected at the time, conceding that he was not able to give Lucas any assurances over his playing time.

This summer, Simon Mignolet was granted a £6.4 million switch to Club Brugge in his native Belgium, having spent a campaign as backup to Alisson and making it respectfully clear that he didn’t wish to do the same in 2019/20.

“The service he has given this club during his time here means I cannot ignore an opportunity for him that will impact so positively on his future,” Klopp said of his former first-choice goalkeeper.

“I think what he has done for LFC means he earns the right to do something that helps him in this moment.”

 Liverpool's Dejan Lovren waves to supporters after a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Sporting Clube de Portugal at the Yankee Stadium on day nine of the club's pre-season tour of America. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lovren has hoped to follow their path this summer, with the Croatian setting his sights on a move away from Anfield after dropping down the pecking order.

Behind Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez at centre-back, Lovren’s representatives held talks with both AC Milan and AS Roma, and the latter had been expected to seal a £15 million deal earlier in August.

Negotiations broke down between Roma and the Reds, however, as no official offer was forthcoming from the Serie A outfit.

Brief suggestions of a loan move to Bayer Leverkusen have been quashed, and it could be that Lovren is left to spend at least the first half of the season back with Liverpool.

Returning from ‘illness’ to take part in training ahead of the Reds’ first top-six clash of the campaign at home to Arsenal, the 30-year-old showed the first sign that he is preparing to stay.

 Liverpool's Dejan Lovren before a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

But regardless of the side he is turning out for when the transfer window closes across the rest of Europe’s top leagues on September 2, a big statement has been made with the club’s stance on Lovren.

The latest valuation to emerge for the Croatian was just £15 million—the fee believed to be enough to make him a Roma player—which, given his reputation, is decidedly low.

Lovren, despite his detractors, is an international centre-back with at least five more playing years ahead of him, and having signed a four-year deal with Liverpool in 2017—with the option for a fifth—he is in a secure position in terms of his contract.

He is clearly well-liked within the dressing room and by Klopp, and that relationship may have influenced the Reds’ decision as it did with Lucas and Mignolet.

Departing without rocking the boat—as he did, it must be noted, in a tumultuous exit from Southampton—would be a comfortable situation after a campaign that saw him play just 1,261 minutes.

This is particularly so given the stock placed in two young defenders brought in over the past year, with Hoever and Van den Berg no doubt factoring strongly when Klopp and his backroom staff weighed up whether to allow Lovren to leave.

Hoever’s place on this carousel is fitting, as his debut for the club came replacing Lovren six minutes into his last regular run in the starting lineup.

The 17-year-old became the club’s third-youngest debutant when he came on in the 2-1 loss to Wolves in the FA Cup, and though this was an anomaly, Hoever is set for a long future with Liverpool.

Having helped the Netherlands win the Under-17 European Championship in May, Hoever grew in both stature and confidence over the summer and was one of the Reds’ standout performers in pre-season.

Van den Berg, meanwhile, was forced to wait for his first outing following a £1.3 million move from PEC Zwolle, and when it eventually came during the US tour, it was clear Klopp is taking a cautious approach with his transition.

 Liverpool's Sepp van den Berg during the English Football League Trophy Northern Group B match between Oldham Athletic AFC and Liverpool FC at Boundary Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

But the lofty centre-back, also 17, is tipped to be fast-tracked into the senior setup once he adjusts to life in England, and English football.

The timeline for this adaptation is, of course, flexible, and it has been apparent in Van den Berg’s first forays into competitive action with the Liverpool under-23s that it will take time for the Dutchman to settle.

His biggest test yet came against Michy Batshuayi in the 3-0 loss at Stamford Bridge, and the youngster was culpable for the Chelsea striker’s opener after failing to judge the flight of a long pass.

Similarly, while his long-term role is earmarked as a centre-back, Hoever’s route to the first team may require a longer apprenticeship—plus, a stint serving as full-back cover.

 Liverpool's Ki-Jana Hoever during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Murrayfield Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Speaking earlier in August—after Hoever signed his first professional contract with the club—Klopp described him as a “sensational player,” and highlighted his second-half cameo at left-back against Napoli as “maybe his best 15 minutes in the pre-season.”

If Lovren does stay beyond midnight on September 2, immediate opportunities for Hoever and Van den Berg may dry up, as there is no way Klopp will overlook his No. 6.

It could also be argued that, for now, Fabinho will also be ahead of them if another injury crisis strikes and any two of Van Dijk, Matip and Gomez are sidelined.

But in the long term, the plan to allow Lovren to leave, with no sign of a senior replacement, is a real show of faith in the teenagers.

 Liverpool's Rhian Brewster applaud the supporters after a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Murrayfield Stadium. Liverpool lost 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This is a similar situation to that of Rhian Brewster, who despite being yet to feature in a matchday squad this season, is the effective replacement for Daniel Sturridge.

Further parallels can be drawn with Caoimhin Kelleher, now third-choice ‘keeper, and Harvey Elliott, a 16-year-old signed with a view to a swift rise.

And if they are able to find a foothold at senior level when given the chance, their youth and significant potential bodes very well for the Reds’ future.

Their success would embody the changing ethos of the club in recent years, from the ‘quality over quantity’ shift in the academy, to the fading memories of the mediocre squad of 2014/15, to Klopp’s fruitful commitment to youth.

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