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Hobbies, idols and scoring vs Man Utd: Xherdan Shaqiri Q&A

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 05/09/2020 - 10:50
Xherdan Shaqiri answered a range of your questions during a Q&A session that can be watched now.
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Watch: Every Premier League goal - 2002-03

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 05/09/2020 - 10:15

Watch all 61 of Liverpool's Premier League goals from the 2002-03 season in our latest compilation video.

Michael Owen was the Reds' leading scorer in the top flight with 19 goals as Gerard Houllier's side narrowly missed out on a top-four finish.

Take a look back at every Premier League goal Liverpool scored in 2002-03 below...

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Watch: Every Premier League goal - 2002-03

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 05/09/2020 - 10:15
Watch all 61 of Liverpool's Premier League goals from the 2002-03 season in our latest compilation video.
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Missing Men: 1992 FA Cup final

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 05/09/2020 - 10:00
Liverpool lifted the FA Cup for the fifth time on this day in 1992 - but can you remember the team that beat Sunderland 2-0 at Wembley?
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Missing Men: 1992 FA Cup final

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 05/09/2020 - 10:00

Liverpool lifted the FA Cup for the fifth time on this day in 1992 - but can you remember the team that beat Sunderland 2-0 at Wembley?

Michael Thomas and Ian Rush got the goals for the Reds and we've given you those two, along with goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar.

Do you recall the rest of the starting XI?

Test your memory in the quiz below or scroll down and click Next to reveal the Missing Men...

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9pm BST: Watch 'How The Cup Was Won: 1992' on LFCTV

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 05/09/2020 - 09:40
On the anniversary of Liverpool's fifth FA Cup triumph, relive their run to Wembley glory with LFCTV's 'How The Cup Was Won: 1992' tonight.
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9pm BST: Watch 'How The Cup Was Won: 1992' on LFCTV

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 05/09/2020 - 09:40

On the anniversary of Liverpool's fifth FA Cup triumph, relive their run to Wembley glory with LFCTV's 'How The Cup Was Won: 1992' tonight.

The brand new programme represents the club channel’s first-ever round-by-round retelling of how the Reds conquered the world’s oldest knockout competition that year.

The journey begins at Crewe Alexandra’s Gresty Road and a 4-0 victory in early January; but tougher examinations lay ahead for Liverpool.

There are back-to-back replays at Anfield as winter gives way to spring, before Aston Villa are unable to resist the Reds’ march in the last eight.

Two 120-minute showdowns cannot separate Liverpool and Portsmouth in the semi-finals – so a penalty shootout ensues.

And then it’s off to Wembley, where Sunderland must be vanquished to earn Graeme Souness’ charges the silverware.

Relive it all with How The Cup Was Won: 1992 this evening, which airs at 9pm BST on LFCTV and kicks off a new series.

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Retro Reds: Watch four more classic games on LFCTV tonight

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 05/09/2020 - 09:30
Enjoy highlights from four more classic Liverpool matches with Retro Reds: The Golden Hour on LFCTV tonight.
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Retro Reds: Watch four more classic games on LFCTV tonight

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 05/09/2020 - 09:30

Enjoy highlights from four more classic Liverpool matches with Retro Reds: The Golden Hour on LFCTV tonight.

With Premier League football currently suspended, each weekend we are delving into the archives to bring you action from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s you may not have seen before.

So settle in and enjoy a quartet of memorable First Division fixtures from 10.30pm BST this evening.

Here’s a flavour of this week’s show…

Tottenham Hotspur (h) – May 15, 1982

On the final Saturday of the 1981-82 league season, Liverpool require just one more victory to seal a 13th First Division title. Standing in their way are FA Cup finalists Spurs.

Derby County (a) – December 22, 1979

Three days before Christmas 1979, reigning champions Liverpool travel to the Baseball Ground hoping to maintain their slender lead at the top of the First Division table.

Arsenal (h) – January 16, 1988

With Michel Platini watching, Liverpool turn on the style to overcome the Gunners and maintain their glorious march to the 1987-88 league title.

Aston Villa (a) – January 20, 1984

In front of the live TV cameras on a wintry Friday night at Villa Park, Liverpool’s master marksman Ian Rush proves just why he was rated as one of the top strikers in Europe at the time.

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Watch live: Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland - 1992 FA Cup final

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 05/09/2020 - 09:00
Liverpool won the FA Cup for the fifth time on this day 28 years ago - watch the 2-0 final victory over Sunderland in full for free with us.
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'I remember every detail' - Jack Robinson on the day he made LFC history

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 05/09/2020 - 08:30
Liverpool's goalless stalemate with Hull City on May 9, 2010 will understandably have escaped the memory of many.
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QUIZ: How well do you know Jamie Carragher and his career?

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 05/09/2020 - 07:00

Jamie Carragher is Liverpool’s all-time top European appearance-maker, and second only to Ian Callaghan in all competitions. But how well do you know our old No. 23?

Having risen through the ranks of the academy to debut in the late 1990s, Carragher cemented himself as a legendary figure at Anfield over a 17-year senior career.

A boyhood Everton supporter, he put aside his allegiances on the other side of Stanley Park to serve the Reds with distinction, with his never-say-die approach making him indispensable to a host of managers.

Callaghan is the only player to make more appearances for Liverpool in the club’s history, with 857 to Carragher’s 737, with the defender winning 11 trophies over his time as a one-club man.

Other players may be more widely revered on Merseyside, with long-time team-mate Steven Gerrard a clear example, but Carragher holds similar claim to icon status.

So here’s a chance to test your knowledge on the No. 23, and his career with Liverpool and England.

Here are 10 questions on Carra – how many can you get right? Try more LFC quizzes here!

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Appreciating Robbie Fowler: One of the Premier League’s greatest-ever strikers

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 19:00

Ask Robbie Fowler, and the biggest turning point in a career trajectory that has seen him fight tooth and nail for every opportunity will no doubt have come in 1998.

With the scores in the Merseyside derby locked at 1-1 in the dying minutes, the No. 9 was looking to seal a first victory over Everton in four years, challenging for a header on the edge of the six-yard box.

Also vying for the ball were Blues substitute Gavin McCann and goalkeeper Thomas Myhre, and though the initial impact of the Norwegian’s glove with the side of Fowler’s head seemed more severe, the fallout revealed a more long-lasting issue.

Fowler was admitted into hospital and underwent surgery having torn the medial ligaments and damaged the cartilage in his left knee; the striker was mid-air when Myhre initiated contact, and was already clutching his knee when he landed.

“I remember waking up from the operation with a big gap in my leg,” he told the Liverpool Echo in 2017. “I did every ligament in my knee, and I can remember thinking I was finished.”

The World Cup was looming, and though he was out of favour with manager Glenn Hoddle after pulling out of previous squads, a dearth of options sparked hope of a focal role in France.

Hoddle expressed optimism that “he still might be available,” with doubts over the likes of Les Ferdinand, Chris Sutton and Ian Wright, but ultimately Fowler was sidelined for seven months.

The breakout star of the tournament for England was Michael Owen, who at 18 caught the eye with two goals as he gradually gained a starting spot, with his stunning solo strike against Argentina capturing the imagination despite the Three Lions’ exit.

 Liverpool's Robbie Fowler in action during the 2-0 Premier League victory over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“It probably did change me,” Fowler reflected further.

“It’s all hypothetical. I could have gone on to become the best in the world—there was a World Cup that summer which I missed—but maybe not. You can’t think too much about it.”

Looking back, it is incredible how often Fowler is overlooked in the ranks of England’s greatest goalscorers, and in particularly throughout the Premier League era.

Only six players have scored more than his 163 league goals since 1992: Thierry Henry (175), Frank Lampard (177), Sergio Aguero (180), Andy Cole (187), Wayne Rooney (208) and Alan Shearer (260).

Of those, 128 came for Liverpool, with his overall tally for the club standing at 183 to place him sixth in the all-time goalscoring charts.

It is telling that 129 of Fowler’s 183 goals for the Reds came before that injury in February 1998, including three consecutive seasons in which he netted over 30 in all competitions.

An Everton fan who joined Liverpool in 1984, he was brought up through the academy while Kenny Dalglish was first-team manager, and was often driven back to his house in Toxteth by the King.

But Fowler’s breakthrough at senior level came after Dalglish’s exit, serving as one of the brighter points in the ill-fated final months of Graeme Souness’ short tenure.

Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler celebrates after scoring his second goal against Arsenal. 1994 ( CROFT MALCOLM CROFT/PA Archive/PA Images)

He scored on his debut, in a 3-1 win over Fulham in the League Cup second round, making his first league start three days later in a 1-0 loss at Chelsea, and within three weeks had produced a remarkable feat at Anfield.

Scoring all five goals in a 5-0 second-leg rout of the Cottagers, including a perfect hat-trick from his right foot, left foot and head, Fowler became the fifth player to net five times in Liverpool’s history.

A crowd of just 12,541 saw it unfold, with apathy growing in Souness’ final months at the club, but despite the mood around the club the Scot offered considerable praise for his new young striker, along with a dose of realism.

“He’s played four games now and everyone is going to know his name. We will do our best to make sure his life does not change one bit,” he said after the win.

“I do not want to go overboard about him, but I think he’s going to be very special.”

Ronny Rosenthal, among those competing for a place up front that season, gave an interesting insight into the situation in conversation with Simon Hughes for the book Men in White Suits.

“In training, this player was ruthless. It seemed like he scored with every single chance,” the Israeli recalled of his early memories of Fowler.

“He had a lot of confidence and mixed well with the boys. There was the swagger of a typical Liverpool lad. I remember him telling me he wanted to replace Ian Rush as Liverpool’s No. 9.

“This is quite a thing to say when you have not made your debut.

“Graeme must have been very tempted to use him [before he did]. The fans might have been more patient. But I think Graeme realised if things went wrong, as they did, it might kill the players’ progress. So he was quite selfless in that respect.”

Robbie Fowler scoring his second goal against Arsenal at Anfield.

Souness certainly deserves praise for his management of Fowler’s rise into the first team, but he was fully unleashed on the appointment of Roy Evans in 1994.

Fowler made at least two times the amount of appearances under Evans than he did any other manager throughout his 19-year senior career; he scored over three times the amount, too.

This included the long-standing record of the Premier League‘s fastest-ever hat-trick against Arsenal in 1994—since broken by Sadio Mane while at Southampton—which was one of 10 trebles he scored for the club.

Evans described Fowler as a “frightening” talent and he soon reached his target of usurping Rush as No. 9 when he was handed the shirt on the Welshman’s departure in 1996, as he made the transition from strike partner to leading man up front.

He could score from every angle, with all manner of finishes, and the frequency of his goalscoring made him one of the most popular players on the Kop; a local lad, albeit a boyhood Evertonian, who was scoring week after week for the Reds.

There was a swift pace to his game, and a canny ability to link up with his team-mates, but it was Fowler’s predatory instinct—a natural intelligence that allowed him to drift into space—that made him so deadly.

Liverpool's Rigobert Song (standing) congratulates Robbie Fowler after scoring their first goal as he pretends to snort cocaine from the touch line, after abuse from the Everton fans, 1999 (Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport)

For better or worse, his character offered a sharp contrast to the more refined, even sensible Owen, and this endeared him to supporters further—he was one of us, complete with the trademark nasal strip.

Fowler’s reputation certainly dogged him, both on and off the pitch, but this only made him even more relatable, particularly with the virtue of his tribute to the Liverpool dockers’ strike following a goal in the 3-0 win over Brann in the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

His strike in the first leg of that tie should go down as one of the finest ever to have been scored in European competition, and serves as the perfect demonstration of Fowler at his prodigious best.

It’s 23 years since Liverpool drew in Brann, and Robbie Fowler produced one of the most x-rated first touches in the history of European football.

Filth. Wash your hands immediately after watching.pic.twitter.com/prbT9EMl1q

— Proper Football (@sid_lambert) March 6, 2020

But all of this came before 1998, and that fateful challenge in the Merseyside derby, and by Fowler’s own admission nothing was the same after that.

Persistent injuries and a clash of personalities saw his fortunes fade as the Evans’ era segued awkwardly into a new generation under Gerard Houllier—Fowler was one of the old guard whose talent saw him initially endure under the Frenchman, but Owen was undoubtedly the star in attack.

His subsequent playing career, which took in spells with Leeds, Man City, a jubilant but short-lived return to Rafa Benitez’s Liverpool, Cardiff, Blackburn and then onto Australia and finally Thailand does little justice to his sensational ability.

That injury may not have been the sole defining factor behind Fowler’s early decline, but as he attests, it certainly posed the question of ‘what could have been?’.

It would be unfair to focus on what didn’t happen, however, as he should be remembered as one of Liverpool and the Premier League‘s greatest-ever strikers, and one of the club’s best-ever academy products, regardless.

Robbie Fowler celebrates scoring Liverpool's second goal during the FA Carling Premiership game against Manchester United at Anfield, Liverpool.

He gave Anfield joy during a heady period where a multitude of plaudits were earned but little in terms of silverware was gained—over two spells with the Reds he won five trophies, four of which came in 2001.

And now he is working to distance himself from the caricature bestowed upon him as a player, as he embarks on a managerial career that he accepts will see him take the long route, unlike contemporaries such as Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Ryan Giggs.

“I wanted to do things properly and show people how serious I was. Hopefully that perception of me has now changed,” Fowler told The Athletic.

“I actually think it’s a similar story in terms of my playing career. What I mean by that is I don’t think I get the accolades I probably deserve when people talk about footballers over the Premier League era. I’m not sure why I don’t get that status.

“Listen, I’m not saying I was the best Premier League striker ever, but I do sometimes feel that some people gloss over what I achieved.”

He certainly isn’t wrong, but over time that perception should change; Fowler is, undoubtedly, one of the greats.

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Rule changes proposed & Robbo’s greatness and regret – Friday’s Liverpool FC News

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 17:18

It’s Friday and ahead of the weekend we’re rounding up the latest headlines regarding Liverpool, the Premier League and the football world at large.

Premier League rule changes proposed

It might be back relatively soon, but the top-flight games in England will be a rather different landscape.

We already know it’ll be a case of games behind closed doors, but there are further changes ahead as proposed by IFAB.

Five substitutes are likely to be allowed per team—but still over only three stoppage points during the game, plus half-time.

In addition, the Premier League is offered the chance to discontinue the use of VAR for the remainder of the present campaign.

It’ll be interesting to see the reaction to that possibility after the technology was widely criticised earlier in the season.

The greatness and the regret of Andy Robbo

 Liverpool's Andy Robertson during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Everyone around Liverpool loves our left-back, a hero of the people, an international captain and a damn good player to boot.

Throughout the coronavirus lockdown he has also proven his compassion, willingness to put himself out for others and go to lengths few would be prepared to go through.

Now he is going further: establishing his own charity to give people a “first chance in life” in Scotland, hoping to play a real part in improving communities.

Back on the pitch, Robbo has recalled the occasion he tangled with Leo Messi and ruffled the legend’s hair; a spur-of-the-moment reaction which gave him iconic status in the club but which he seems to regret, to an extent, now.

There’s also talk of his early days at Liverpool and overcome Jurgen Klopp‘s initial questions of him.

Baby steps

 Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Slowly, slowly, we’re re-establishing certain lines of getting back to normal in the football world—albeit in necessarily delayed fashion.

Leagues restart news latest

Football is back in South Korea, where crowd noises were played over a loudspeaker system.

In Europe, LaLiga has followed the Bundesliga by announcing dates for a restart, apparently.

Nothing official has come from the league but Leganes coach Javier Aguirre says games will restart on June 20 and the season will finish by July 26.

Quickfire LFC news

Timo Werner (PA Image)

  • Liverpool will have to pay only £44m instead of £52m to activate Timo Werner’s release clause if Leipzig don’t win the title (Gazzetta)
  • Liverpool, Leeds and Rangers are fighting it out for 16-year-old attacker Charlie Allen, currently with Linfield (Evening Post)
  • And John Achterberg has spoken about the dreadful conditions he faced as a goalkeeper coach before joining Liverpool (LFC)
Around the Prem

 Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher, working as a pundit, during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Spartak Moscow at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Carra has pointed out that club’s moaning about neutral venues being unfair have simply missed out on winning points at home earlier in the season (Telegraph)
  • Ben Chilwell is a top target for Spurs, because we all dream of dropping from third and the Champions League down to a team battling Arsenal for eighth (Mercato)
  • Newcastle will lash £70m on Phil Coutinho after the takeover, then be disappointed when he’s not great because Isaac Hayden isn’t on his wavelength (Mundo Deportivo)
  • And we must have now run out of new rumours and are restarting 2018’s all over again, as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is linked with United, Chelsea and Spurs (Mail)
Stupid rumour of the day

We’re relegating this Koulibaly chase to our stupid section. French media now suggest the Reds are the front-runners for the Napoli centre-back because…Paris Saint-Germain have decided to give Thiago Silva a new contract instead.

It’s as if none of them have any notion of the idea of transfers making sense, planning for more than one season at a time, anything.

Tweet of the day

?? Bob Paisley joined Liverpool on this day in 1939 for a £10 signing-on fee. He would make 277 appearances before becoming a member of the back room staff.

In 1974, he would succeed Bill Shankly and the rest, as they say, is history. ?? pic.twitter.com/La0qIYqzvf

— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) May 8, 2020

What we’re reading

Former Reds striker Stan Collymore features in this look at an England XI of players who never fulfilled their potential, in the Telegraph.

And here’s a good chat with Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City, on the art of goalkeeping, for the Athletic.

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Lockdown GOAT List special: Robbo and Milner's favourite sitcoms

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 16:00

With binge-watching TV shows and movies currently a pastime most people are engaging in, we decided to call upon James Milner and Andy Robertson to return for a special lockdown edition of GOAT List.

The pair have made the series their own this season and they joined forces once more – this time over video link – to dissect, discuss and ultimately rank the latest topic.

British sitcoms were on the agenda, with the likes of The Inbetweeners, Only Fools and Horses, Gavin and Stacey, Fawlty Towers and more on the board.

And despite the change in circumstances, the debate was as keen and lively as ever.

Watch the GOAT List lockdown special below in full now.

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Spotlight on LFC Women: Amy Rodgers

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 16:00
We continue our weekly series on Liverpoolfc.com as we get to know the Liverpool FC Women's squad.
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Lockdown GOAT List special: Robbo and Milner's favourite sitcoms

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 16:00
With binge-watching TV shows and movies currently a pastime most people are engaging in, we decided to call upon James Milner and Andy Robertson to return for a special lockdown edition of GOAT List.
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Premier League given option to temporarily stop VAR and introduce 5 substitutions

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 15:34

Football’s lawmakers have approved a temporary rule change that will allow each side up to five substitutes per match while opening up the prospect for the controversial video assistant referee system to be suspended.

Proposals to allow an additional two substitutes were put forward by FIFA in order to protect player welfare when football resumes amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the International Football Association Board (IFAB) has given the idea an immediate green light.

The IFAB – which is made up of the four British associations and world governing body FIFA – says each side will have only three opportunities, excluding half-time, to make changes in an amendment which will be allowed in all competitions that finish before the end of 2020.

All major European leagues have been suspended for several weeks but a number are still hoping to complete the 2019-20 season, which will almost certainly involve fixtures being crammed into a slim time-frame.

A FIFA statement said: “As football begins to consider resumption of competitions across the world following the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Football Association Board (The IFAB) has agreed to make a temporary amendment to the laws of the game based on a proposal received from FIFA seeking to protect player welfare.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp shakes hands with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as he is substituted during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“For competitions which have either started or are intended to start, but are scheduled to be completed by 31 December 2020, the IFAB has approved FIFA’s proposal to introduce a temporary amendment to Law 3 – The Players, which will allow for a maximum of five substitutes to be made per team.

“However, to avoid disruption to the game, each team will only have three opportunities to make substitutions; substitutions may also be made at half-time.

“The temporary amendment comes into force with immediate effect, and has been made as matches may be played in a condensed period in different weather conditions, both of which could have impacts on player welfare.

“The decision on whether to apply this temporary amendment will remain at the discretion of each individual competition organiser, while The IFAB and FIFA will determine at a later stage whether this temporary amendment would need to be extended further (e.g. for competitions due to be completed in 2021).

“The amendment to Law 3 affects both the 2019/20 and 2020/21 Laws of the Game, with the latter coming into effect as from 1 June 2020.”

 The scoreboard shows a VAR review logo during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

VAR was introduced in the Premier League at the start of the 2019-20 season but has been widely criticised amid a plethora of controversial decisions.

FIFA says the system could be discontinued upon football’s restart but that decision would rest with each competition’s governing bodies.

The statement concluded: “In relation to competitions in which the video assistant referee (VAR) system is implemented, these competitions are permitted to cease its use upon restart at the discretion of each individual competition organiser.

“However, where VAR is used, all aspects of the laws of the game and, by extension, the VAR protocol will remain in place.”

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Meet the Academy: Luis Longstaff

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 05/08/2020 - 13:00

Luis Longstaff has had the perfect role model to follow as he learned a new position as a centre-forward this season.

The Academy attacker’s opportunities to train at Melwood provided close-up experience of how Roberto Firmino leads the line so expertly as a No.9.

Longstaff arrived in Kirkby from Newcastle United as a promising winger and has also played in central midfield in a 4-3-3 system.

But before the January arrival of Joe Hardy and with the U23s in need of a striker, Longstaff’s position was switched, culminating in him debuting for the seniors in the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa.

“That was something I never really expected at the start of the season, to be honest, in that scenario, because it’s not something that happens a lot,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“We were basically an U23s team playing against Aston Villa’s first team in the quarter-final of the cup but it was a great experience and, despite the result, it was one of the highlights of the season.

“Even though we were away from home, the support we got from the Liverpool fans was unbelievable, and it felt like we were at Anfield a little bit.

“It was just a great experience all round despite the result.

“I had to learn the new position fast because I’d only played as a striker about five games before the Aston Villa game.

“The advice and support I got from the coaching staff to try to get me ready to play in that position was a great help and it really did help me in that game. Because even though it was a new position for me, I didn’t go out onto the pitch feeling lost or didn’t know what I was doing.

“I felt pretty comfortable and the coaching staff were a big part of that.

“I’m enjoying the new role. It suits my game because I’m not really an out-and-out No.9 and I’m a player that likes to drop in and out a little bit and help the team.

“I think it just came about because of injuries really but I’m enjoying it and feel comfortable playing in it.”

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The 19-year-old’s development has been aided by invitations to train at Melwood with the first-team squad.

Whenever such a chance arises, Longstaff always tries to make the most of it – with Firmino a particular case to study.

“I look at Firmino and he is a player that I take a lot of inspiration from,” he added.

“He is not really an out-and-out, in-the-box, big, strong No.9 and neither am I, so he is a good role model to look up to and see how he plays.

“I have tried to model my game similar to how he plays. I’m not big and 6ft5 who is going to score lots of headed goals, so you’ve got to try to find different ways to do it, and I think Firmino is a good example of how he does that.

“I’ve had a couple of times training with him and when you get that chance to go up there, you’ve just got to watch the people that play in your position.

“You can’t be starstruck by them and you just have to see them as a teammate and learn as much as you can from them.

“You can also learn a lot from what the manager and his coaching staff say. You have to listen to it as though they are saying it to you and take that back down to when you are going to play in the team.”

Read on below for more from our chat with Longstaff in the latest edition of our Meet the Academy series...

How are you keeping during these challenging times?

I'm doing well, thank you. The club are helping us a lot with FaceTime calls and keeping in constant touch with us. It makes you still feel a real part of the team even though you are away from them, which is good. I’m just working hard and following the training schedule that we have been set.

Looking back on the season, one memorable game was the 7-0 win over Napoli in the UEFA Youth League when you scored a couple of goals...

That is probably the strangest game you could play in because going into it we had already played them away and that was one of the toughest games, away from home with the atmosphere and the pitch. Going into it we thought it would be a tough game but we absolutely battered them. Once the first couple of goals went in, it was like, ‘How many goals can we get?’ It was one of the most enjoyable games I have played in because you felt so free on the pitch. For us, that is probably one of the best Liverpool performances a lot of us have been involved in. To win 7-0 looks like they didn’t play at their best but we were just really good that day.

You were so unlucky not to a get the hat-trick…

It was in the back of my mind a little bit because I had never scored a hat-trick for Liverpool and I did have the chances. I think every shot [I had] after I scored twice, the ’keeper kept saving it!

What’s it like playing alongside Curtis Jones in that team?

This season he has just gone up another level and you can see that when he comes down from Melwood to play for the U23s. Another thing that is good is when he comes down, even though he is at Melwood every week and now part of the first-team squad, you don’t see anything different. Curtis is not big-headed, he doesn’t do anything different and he is the same kid that was at U16 level. Because he is in that first-team environment every day, you can also see the intensity and quality he has been training at. Curtis puts that into our training and we try to replicate that.

Where do you see your position as now?

At this moment in time playing as a striker but obviously I’m happy to play anywhere, just wherever the team needs me to play. I didn’t really think about playing as a No.9 but you’ve just got work at it and try your best and learn. At the moment that is probably my position but who knows where I could be playing next, so you just have to adapt and put it into practice as best you can.

This season you have moved up to the U23s, so what has that been like and how big is the step up from U18 level?

It’s a massive step up. It’s the realisation as well that the next step is the first team. When you are playing for the U18s it still seems quite far off but at U23s it sort of hits home a little bit that is the next step. The U23s is the hardest level for you to get game time as well because you don’t know what your team is going to be from one week to the next. That was a little bit tough at the start of the season, getting used to that, but when you learn how to cope with the fact you won’t be playing every week, no matter what, you still have to put 100 per cent effort in at all times, which is the main thing. For my first season with the U23s I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve enjoyed every minute I’ve been in the Academy training and playing games.

There is a misconception that you are related to the Longstaff brothers, who have made a name for themselves at Newcastle United. But you’re not, are you?

No [laughs]! The amount of times I’ve been asked this question since they started playing for Newcastle is unbelievable! Just so I don’t have to hear it anymore, they are absolutely no relation! I do know them well but no, no relation at all. It’s the biggest coincidence that there are three people with the same surname with Newcastle connections. It’s just like people assuming Rhys and Neco Williams are related, isn’t it?

You played for the U18s under Steven Gerrard – how much did you learn from that?

A great learning experience. Sometimes players that become coaches can change a little bit from the way they played, but the way Steven played was the way he managed. He was very dedicated and committed and he put that into the team. If you wanted to be in his team then you had to give 100 per cent, work hard and it wasn’t solely down to just talent. You had to have the dedication and commitment, which was the way he was as a player, and Steven wanted everyone to play like that. I thought that made for a good environment for a team to train in because it wasn’t just like that on a Saturday or a midweek game, it was like that every single day in training. Steven has done pretty much everything in the game and learning from someone like that day in, day out in training was a really good experience.

How do you feel you have grown as a player since coming here and working with the likes of Alex Inglethorpe?

Since I came in from Newcastle my development as a player has been massive really. From the amount of different positions I’ve played to my defensive work-rate, Alex has been a massive part of that and some of the advice he has given me has been brilliant. Not just Alex as well, but literally every coach that I’ve been with – Barry Lewtas, Critch, Steve Heighway, Des Maher and Vitor Matos, who recently came in. Everyone has been brilliant with me and the amount of stuff that I have learned from every single one of them has been brilliant.

The FA Youth Cup last season – what are your memories of it and can you believe it is just over a year ago?

I can’t believe that, it seems mad, doesn’t it? I can just remember the build-up. Even though we tried to approach like it was just another game, it still wasn’t, it’s a big game, a final. We had only just come back from the Dallas Cup, so we didn’t have much time to prepare for it. The day of the game you could see the excitement of the whole group, even in the team meeting, the bus ride to the ground and then the changing room, you could see the energy in the team. Being on the bench, it’s obviously disappointing because you want to start, but you’ve just got to accept that and that was the best decision on the day. I then got my call to come on as a substitute and went out thinking, ‘How can I impact this game and how can I help my team as much as possible?’ So even though you are disappointed not to start, you have to keep a positive mindset on the bench. It was probably the best night and best game of my career so far really. To win it was just fantastic and it was amazing to celebrate with the lads and staff.

What are your hopes for the future at Liverpool?

I’m missing it so much, so we just want to get back and play football when it’s safe and possible to do so. I just want to continue to develop as a player. I want to get as much time as possible and impress the coaches as much as possible. I want to try to become a better player than I am now and try to make that next step into the first team by whichever path that might be through. I will work as hard as I can to get to that next level and prove to people that I can be the player I can be.

It’s going to be exciting when the first team move to Kirkby as well, isn’t it?

That’s going to be brilliant. Melwood is such a great and historic place. Now every day they will be in the same building and being in and around them will be a great thing. Hopefully the amount of chances you get to train together might go up a bit with us all being together. I’m looking forward to that and if the chance does come up then you just have to take it. Being around them is going to be great, just to learn how they conduct themselves will be good as well.

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