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Transfer Talk: How Ndombele fits at Spurs

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 16:38

Last Updated: 28/06/19 11:26pm

Tottenham are aiming to complete a club-record deal for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele Tottenham are aiming to complete a club-record deal for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele Tottenham are aiming to complete a club-record deal for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele

The Transfer Talk podcast is back with another episode as the summer transfer window hots up.

Host Adam Leventhal is joined in studio by Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth and Sky Sports football writer Nick Wright to discuss all the latest moves in the market.

As Tottenham close in on the club-record signing of Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele as well as the addition of Leeds winger Jack Clarke, the panel examine the impact the pair could have at Spurs next season.

Listen to the latest episode of the Transfer Talk podcast: How Ndombele fits at Spurs

Despite being under a transfer ban, Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic. Dharmesh explains all on that deal and where things stand on Frank Lampard's expected return to Stamford Bridge.

Sky Sports News north-west reporter Ben Ransom joins the show to provide an updates on Manchester City's pursuits of Leicester defender Harry Maguire and Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder Rodri.

With Benfica's highly-rated attacking midfielder Joao Felix set for Atletico Madrid, Portuguese football expert Felipe Dias shares his knowledge of the deal as well as providing insight into what the future may hold for Premier League target Bruno Fernandes.

Finally, the panel discuss where Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may look to strengthen next after clinching a deal to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace.

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Frustrating Keita claim & how PSG kit deal could affect Reds – Friday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 16:31

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Friday, as Naby Keita‘s fitness issues prove frustrating.


Today’s Main Headlines Journalist Makes Keita Claim

 Liverpool's Naby Keita lines-up before the UEFA Champions League Group C match between S.S.C. Napoli and Liverpool FC at Stadio San Paolo. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The injury curse has struck Keita once again, with the midfielder picking up two knocks in Guinea’s Africa Cup of Nations defeat to Nigeria on Wednesday.

Shin and thigh issues will see the 24-year-old miss his country’s clash with Burundi on Sunday, leading to fresh questions surrounding him being rushed back after an adductor injury.

Taking to Twitter, journalist Alpha Balde claimed that Keita was only rested for one day when he met up with his team-mates—something that was seemingly asking for trouble:

“Naby had a partial rupture in his adductor. He had to observe three months of rest advised by [Liverpool].

“He did not [do so, due to] the pressure of [Guinea].

“Except for the day of his arrival, he has never been spared in training [at AFCON].”

It is a reckless approach, to say the least, and Keita now appears to have suffered from the consequences of being thrown in too soon.

A penny for Jurgen Klopp‘s thoughts, even if the injuries end up being unrelated to the one suffered against Barcelona on May 1.

PSG’s Record Kit Deal Could Aid Reds

 Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappé during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Manchester United FC and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Paris Saint-Germain have announced a club-record kit deal with Nike lasting until 2032, which will reportedly earn them £53 million a year.

They have been backed by Nike for the last 30 years, but this is the most lucrative deal they have ever struck.

In terms of current kit deals, only Barcelona (£100m), Real Madrid (£98m), Man United (£75m) and Man City (£65m) earn more per season.

Incidentally, Nike are one of several manufacturers Liverpool are in talks with regarding a new deal of their own, along with Adidas and New Balance.

The Reds are aiming to generate around £75 million a season—a figure they will believe is merited, given their new-found status as European champions—and PSG’s improved deal could aid negotiations.

Liverpool’s kit will continue to be sponsored by New Balance until their current contract expires in May 2020.

Grujic Returning to Germany

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Marko Grujic enjoyed a superb season on loan at Hertha Berlin in 2018/19, even leading to head coach Pal Dardai calling him “by far the best midfielder” at the club in the last 20 years.

Despite his quality, the Serb will not be brought back to Liverpool ahead of next season, with a return to the Bundesliga on the cards.

According to ESPN, Hertha are being rivalled by Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt to sign the 23-year-old on loan.

A lack of European football could work against Hertha and Bremen, but Frankfurt have qualified for the Europa League playoffs.

Exciting young Bremen boss Florian Kohfeldt is represented by the same agency as Klopp, however, which could put them in a strong position.

Grujic still looks to have a Liverpool future—his contract runs until the summer of 2023—but the Reds are currently well-stocked in that area.

Fairclough’s Praise for Origi

 Liverpool's goal-scorer Divock Origi kisses the trophy after the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. Liverpool won 2-0 to win their sixth European Cup. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

David Fairclough knows a thing or two about influential cameos from the bench, earning him the nickname ‘Supersub’ during his Liverpool days.

Clear comparisons can be drawn between the former Reds striker and Divock Origi, who starred last season scoring huge goals, including one in the Champions League final.

Speaking to the Mirror, Fairclough lauded the Belgian for turning his Liverpool career around, discussing his own early struggles at Anfield:

“Credit to Origi, he was virtually in the wilderness. He worked his way back into the squad and certainly the goal against Everton gave him a massive boost.

“I was in that position myself some years ago when I thought my Liverpool career was over, but then I came back in and scored, and that one goal can be an amazing lift.

“I’d been out for over a year. I’d been out on loan and I then scored against Norwich in a League Cup tie [after coming on as sub for Mark Lawrenson] and it got me back into the group.

“I had come back from Canada and it looked like I was finished at Liverpool, but I came on against Norwich and scored and that got me back into the squad.

“That shows that you can do it and that things can change.”

A new contract offer is on the table if Origi wants it, but the 24-year-old is still weighing up his future—and it could be he desires more regular football elsewhere.

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Liverpool v Chelsea: Super Cup final ticket details

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 15:55

Liverpool FC has released the following ticket details for the UEFA Super Cup, to be played at Vodafone Park, Istanbul on Wednesday August 14.

The game will kick off at 10pm local time.

  • Ticket allocation and prices

UEFA have now confirmed the allocation and the club has received an allocation of 4,957 tickets for this all ticket fixture.

Within the allocation of tickets received, approximately 23% are Category 1, 52% are Category 2, 25% are Category 3.

Category 1: £116 / (£94 restricted view)

Category 2: £80 / (£62 restricted view)

Category 3: £45 / (£36 restricted view)

There are a minimal number of restricted in view tickets within the allocation.

Concessionary (including junior) priced tickets are not available, and we are unable to guarantee that all price points will be available when making your booking.

The club has also received a further allocation of 100 top category seats that, in line with UEFA guidelines, will be used as part of the players’ allocation, travelling club staff and VIPs.

  • Details to be provided at the time of booking for all supporters

The following details must be provided for the supporter travelling to Istanbul and attending the game. If the season ticket holder, Member or fan card holder eligible to buy the ticket is not attending the game, the details of the person you are giving your ticket to must be provided on the online form. Changes cannot be made once you have completed your purchase.  

Please have these details ready prior to making your booking:

  • Forename
  • Surname
  • Date of birth
  • Country of birth
  • Passport or National Identity Number
  • Mobile number
  • Email address
  • Outbound travel date
  • *Method of travel into Istanbul
    • Plane
    • Car
    • Train
    • Coach
  • Estimated time of arrival in Istanbul
  • Accommodation details
  • Return travel date

The relevant authorities require an indication of how supporters will be arribing into Istanbul. For example, if you are flying into an airport outside of Istanbul then taking a train to Istanbul, please select 'train' as your method of travel into Istanbul. Providing accurate travel information assists UEFA and local authorities in planning and ensuring there are sufficient resources available throughout the city.

If you require a visa to enter Turkey, applications can be made by visiting: www.evisa.gov.tr/en/.

  • Sale dates

Hospitality members

Members of the executive lounge, executive suites, Sir Kenny Dalglish boxes, Premium and Centenary Club have been contacted on how to apply for UEFA Super Cup tickets.

Premier Club and Carlsberg Dugout members refer to sales criteria below

Disabled supporters

Within the allocation UEFA have provided an allocation of 13 pairs of wheelchair and personal assistant tickets and 10 pairs of easy access tickets, priced at £45 per pair.

Easy access tickets will be allocated to ambulant supporters with limited mobility on a first come first served basis. Once the allocation of easy access seats has sold out, eligible ambulant supporters who wish to purchase tickets can still do so in other areas of the stadium at the relevant price category for that chosen area.

Please click here for full details.

All other supporters

The below sales will take place online only and you may have to queue at times.  Supporters can purchase one ticket per qualifying supporter for up to a maximum of eight tickets per transaction. 

Priority right holders: From 2pm Tuesday July 2 until 7.15am Wednesday July 3.

Priority right holders wishing to purchase with other supporters can purchase in the sale for guaranteed supporters only from 8.15am Wednesday July 3 until 7.15am Thursday July 4. For full details on eligibility, please click here

Season Ticket Holders, Official Members, Premier Club and Carlsberg Dugout Members and fan card holders 

Tickets purchased for this match will not count as priority for any future matches.

Tickets will be available based on supporters who have recorded the following UEFA Champions League home and away fixtures and the UEFA Champions League final during season 2018-2019:

Home games

FC Barcelona (07/05/19), FC Porto (09/04/19), Bayern Munich (19/02/19), Napoli (11/12/18), Red Star Belgrade (24/10/18), Paris St Germain (18/09/18).

Away games

FC Barcelona (01/05/19), FC Porto (17/04/19), Bayern Munich (13/03/19), Paris St Germain (28/11/18), Red Star Belgrade (06/11/18), Napoli (03/10/18)

Champions League final

Tottenham Hotspur (01/06/19)

Seven or more games and the UEFA Champions League final recorded: From 8.15am Wednesday July 3 until 7.15am Thursday July 4.

Supporters eligible to purchase during the above sales are guaranteed a ticket.

Six games and the UEFA Champions League final recorded: From 8.15am Thursday July 4.

The above sale will take place on a first come, first served basis and supporters can purchase one ticket per person up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

The number of qualifying supporters will far exceed the number of tickets available during this sale and therefore no guarantee can be given that tickets will be available to all who apply.

Should tickets remain, a further announcement will be made. Supporters are advised to check here for sale updates.

  • Ticket fulfilment (delivery of tickets)

We are unable to provide duplicate tickets. 

Supporters must select one of the following fulfilment methods during the booking.

  1. UK post (only for supporters whose address on our system is listed as being within the UK)

Tickets will be sent special delivery to the registered address of the person making the booking, at a charge of £9.45.

Please ensure that when selecting this option that you will be able to accept delivery of your ticket.

We expect tickets to be dispatched week commencing July 29.

  1. Collect in Istanbul (venue to be confirmed)

Please ensure that the details provided at the time of booking (full details above) are the details for the supporter travelling to Istanbul and attending the game. 

The person attending the game and named on the online form will have to collect their own ticket in Istanbul - no exceptions.  

Supporters collecting tickets will be sent an email to the email address provided on the online form, week commencing Monday August 5.

This will include a unique reference number and the collection point address.

An SMS will also be sent to the mobile number provided on the online form.

Photo ID and a copy of the email sent (printed version or shown on mobile) must be provided upon collection of tickets or tickets will not be issued.

  • Overseas supporters

All overseas supporters must choose the ‘Collect in Istanbul’ option when making your booking.

  • General information

For away support information, click here.

For a full list of Q&As in relation to this match, click here.

In order to provide a consistent service, the club have decided to not offer ‘Collect from Anfield’ as an option for this fixture. All tickets will either be posted out or made available for collection in Istanbul ahead of the game.

We would also like to remind supporters that important safety information for supporters travelling to Istanbul will be provided in the lead up to the game. 

The information provided is in conjunction with Turkish authorities and LFC club officials, and we strongly advise that you follow all the information and instructions given. 

We urge supporters not to travel without a ticket.

Liverpool FC will not take any responsibility for any financial losses due to lost, destroyed or damaged tickets, or for any financial losses due to tickets being stolen, lost or delayed by the postal service.

Tickets are strictly non-transferable. Liverpool FC are required to furnish details to UEFA on all tickets purchased, i.e. names and addresses of applicants corresponding to the seat details on the tickets issued to the applicant. UEFA has indicated that checks will be carried out at the stadium and surrounding areas and they can request proof of identity with valid photograph and signature (passport or national identity card).

All tickets are issued under the UEFA Super Cup 2019 ticketing terms and conditions. Supporters will be required to accept these terms and conditions at point of purchase.

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Liverpool v Chelsea: Super Cup final ticket details

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 15:55
Liverpool FC has released the following ticket details for the UEFA Super Cup, to be played at Vodafone Park, Istanbul on Wednesday August 14.
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2019-20 Members' ticket sale details

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 15:01

The Members’ ticket sale for all Premier League home matches for the first half of the 2019-20 season starts from 8.15am on Thursday July 11 for Members wishing to purchase disabled tickets only.

For all other Members, tickets will go on sale from Tuesday July 16.

Full sale details will be announced here on Monday July 1.

To be eligible to purchase tickets during this members’ sale, Official LFC Memberships must be purchased before midnight on Tuesday July 9.

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2019-20 Members' ticket sale details

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 15:01
The Members’ ticket sale for all Premier League home matches for the first half of the 2019-20 season starts from 8.15am on Thursday July 11 for Members wishing to purchase disabled tickets only.
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Ticket availability and pricing structure forum update

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 12:48

A forum was held between Liverpool FC and supporter representatives this week to discuss the auto cup scheme.

Location: Liverpool FC offices, Chapel Street.

Date: 24/06/2019.

Time: 5.30pm-7.10pm.

Attendees: Tony Barrett (meeting chair), Jo Kirkham (vice president of fan experience), Phil Dutton (vice president of ticketing and hospitality), James McKenna, Graham Smith, Melissa Fallon, Andrew Morris, Paul Jones, Joe Blott, Harinder Singh, Anna Burgess, Nigel Taylor, Jack Wycherley, Ste Davies, Tony Fitzgerald, Matt Selby.

Tony Barrett: Firstly, thank you for coming and giving up your time. Also, I would like to apologise to those of you on social media and internet forums who have borne the brunt of some of the frustration that has been evident over the last few days. A lot of legitimate concerns have been raised in various quarters and this is your opportunity to raise them to the club, whether just on your own behalf or on behalf of other supporters. Clearly the Auto Cup Scheme (ACS) is an issue which is in need of discussion and for that reason it will be our main focus this evening. There are other issues that we had been planning to discuss but it is evident that members are upset and they are also seeking clarity and fairness so it is right and proper that the ACS is our priority at this forum.

Phil Dutton: In relation to the concerns that were raised at the weekend, the most important thing to stress at the outset is that nothing has changed. I know it’s been suggested that we have done things differently but the reality is that both the process and the criteria are totally consistent with what we did last year. The sticking point when it comes to the ACS is undoubtedly the Champions League and understandably so given how much the competition means to the club and supporters and how well we have done in it in recent seasons.

Last season, you had to have been to six games to qualify for the ACS but you still were not guaranteed. This season, you have to have been to six games to qualify for the ACS but you are still not guaranteed. Those are the facts of the process and the qualifying criteria. I realise that there is another debate about fairness but it’s important at the outset to make this element clear before we even look at what should or shouldn’t be happening.

The reason why there is no guarantee is that the further we go in the competition, specifically after the group stage, UEFA are able to take an increased allocation of tickets. We have to plan and prepare for that because it will happen. It is a similar situation with media companies and priority rights holders (PRHs) but the main impact comes from UEFA’s contractual requirements. In a low level group game they may take only a few hundred tickets but for a semi-final it can be anything up to 3,000. In all three cases – UEFA, PRHs and media companies – these are obligations that we have to meet.

An additional complicating factor this year is that when Red Star Belgrade came to Anfield last season they did not bring any visiting fans. Those 2,500 tickets were instead sold to our members who were given a credit for their attendance and that has an impact on the numbers we are working with. What this means in broad terms is we have a situation in which we have an increased number of qualifying members while, simultaneously, we are also having to prepare for the contractual obligations that we have to meet. So we have more members who reach the criteria than we have available seats.

The other thing to note here is that everyone is pointing the finger at season ticket holders but the season ticket take up is actually pretty static. Most season ticket holders tick the ACS box, it hasn’t really fluctuated. There has been a small uplift but it’s not as significant as the increase in members who qualify.

Anna Burgess: But even if it is only a couple of hundred season ticket holders who have joined this year having not joined last year, that’s still a couple of hundred members who aren’t getting in as a result.

PD: Yes, it is and that’s something which we will come on to. But, in the first instance, it’s important that we provide clarity because I’m aware that there are a lot of accusations flying about suggesting thousands of season ticket holders have jumped on board despite never having been to a European game and this has changed the process and this isn’t accurate.

TB: Phil has had the opportunity to put the record straight from his point of view but I think it’s important that we ask the forum members if they feel there has been a change to the ACS process because there can sometimes be a gap between the perceptions of service users and service providers.

James McKenna: I think it’s more about the fairness element that you’ve said we will go on to discuss. But it’s also a communications issue because if the process is the same then you really need to make this clear in your selling notice. As it was, you expected supporters to join the dots and that’s not really fair.

AB: Can I just clarify something? Is it possible for a member who is not in the ACS to record six credits?

PD: Yes it is. What will happen this season is for the first game we will go on sale to season ticket holders and members with six games and then work downwards. Most supporters with six games are going to get tickets for the group games. Where it becomes a pinch point is when it gets to the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

AB: But I can remember lots of supporters complaining about this last season and the season before so it’s obviously a problem.

PD: That is definitely true and I totally understand why those supporters who do miss out are so frustrated but nothing has changed in terms of how we sell tickets.

J MC: You have to accept though Phil that there is a perception that everyone – whether they are season ticket holders or members – are ticking the box this year because no-one wants to miss out on the Champions League given that we’ve just won it and were in another final 12 months earlier. For me, this means the club has a responsibility to inform supporters how many might miss out. There will be supporters out there who are fearing they might miss out when the reality is that they won’t but their fears come from a lack of information more than anything else.

Joe Blott: The mistake you are making is that we are hearing this today for the first time.

Graham Smith: This ties into the conversations we have had for 10 years or longer in which we tell you, you as in the club, that there is a need for more information and greater transparency. That hasn’t happened and this is why we end up in situations like this one in which justifiable concerns about fairness and access get caught up in misinformation and we end up with a mess. We have fan on fan issues with season ticket holders being accused of jumping on the ACS bandwagon but if that isn’t happening, at least not to the extent that members fear, then the club should say so.

PD: I think some of the criticism is fair up to a point and the kind of communications we do around ticketing is something we can definitely look at going forward but I would also say that if you go to the actual page the reasons why fewer tickets are made available as the competition progresses are made clear.

J MC: I think two things have happened – a lack of information has led to the vacuum being filled by myths but it has also created another conversation about loyalty. The question that members are asking and which needs to be asked here on their behalf is why a season ticket holder with no previous loyalty has an advantage over a member with loyalty? This is the fairness issue in a nutshell and I am more than happy to put that to you as a season ticket holder because, although I think we need to avoid the kind of fan on fan issue that Graham has mentioned, members deserve their concerns to be addressed as a bare minimum.

PD: So a season ticket holder should have the same qualifying criteria as members then?

J MC: That is what members caught up in this situation are saying and understandably so. I have concerns that go beyond season ticket holders/members because I worry about what all of this means for kids and young people who would like to come to games. The reality is that all you would be doing is creating an even bigger closed shop but this is the loyalty system that the club has created and it’s this that is locking supporters in and causing these kind of problems.

PD: So what would the forum suggest we should do?

Ste Davies: From my own experience, I managed to get on the ACS along with my son four years ago at a time when we were in the Europa League and played Sion in the first game. So it’s fair to say we weren’t jumping on board for the glamour at that stage. A season ticket holder who chose not to join at that time – and that is obviously their right – could now, if they choose, take up the option of a place in the ACS for the coming season ahead of us. I take all your points about the process being the same and I appreciate none of this is easy but from a fairness point of view this can’t be right. That’s how loyalty should work.

Andrew Morris: That’s the point that members are making – the club actually has an historic record which documents the loyalty of supporters and the club also operates a loyalty system so it doesn’t make sense to separate them. That process can be bypassed with a tick.

PD: So the consensus is to get rid of a longstanding season ticket benefit?

GS: No, there’s not a consensus. Everyone has their own opinion and mine is that the club should be looking to resolve these issues and prevent supporters from turning on one another by proceeding with a stadium solution which, as a bare minimum, would satisfy the demand of the supporters we are talking about whether they are members or season ticket holders. It shouldn’t be a case of taking from Peter to feed Paul.

J MC: The starting point as things stand should be to let people know how many season ticket holders have ticked the box that had no previous loyalty.

SD: The bottom line is that when it comes to July 2nd and I go in as a member I will have less tickets to go at even though I’ve built up full credits over the last four years and that’s because you operate in favour of season ticket holders who might have no loyalty when it comes to Champions League games.

PD: That’s much less of an issue this year. Going back three or four years, the impact of season ticket holders in this kind of scenario was greater than it is now.

SD: Even if it’s only one person, that’s one less opportunity for me as a member with six credits.

J MC: I've previously asked questions on forums and to supporters about whether people would want tickets without the loyalty to prevent the perceived closed shop becoming even bigger. The overwhelming response was that they want the loyalty too, which is fair enough. They’re not unhappy that what they see as a closed shop exists, they are unhappy that they are not in and that’s human nature. It’s also a real challenge for all of us to find a loyalty solution that works and is fair for everyone, without any unintended consequences.

SD: That’s a fair point but in the case of the Champions League you have people who’ve passed up the opportunity to get into the closed shop but have chosen not to and they are being given another chance ahead of someone who has been paying good money to build up the loyalty to get into it.

J MC: I get that but the point I’m making is that if a young kid wants to start going to Champions League matches for the first time it’s not his or her fault that they weren’t going to matches four years ago because they were too young. There’s a real problem here about finding a way to do both and I can’t help thinking that the club should admit that there will never be a solution that pleases everyone or accommodates everyone because the numbers don’t work.

PD: To Steve’s point, we should look at that. We should ask whether it is right that someone can join the scheme by effectively jumping the queue ahead of someone who’s been to 18 European home games in the last three years. I see the argument from both sides but it is something we should discuss. If it’s something that the forums can’t decide because it’s too divisive an issue then the club will have to decide. I can certainly see the point that members are making. There are new season ticket holders every year and we could, as things stand, have someone who has never been to a European game in his life who is able to go straight into the ACS. It’s certainly not his or her fault that this opportunity exists but it is something that we should look at.  

J MC: My fear of all of this – and it doesn’t relate to one side of the debate or another, it relates to all of us – is we are constantly talking about what the club can do to get more kids into the ground because that is absolutely vital but we are actually doing things that make it harder for kids to come.

PD: It’s actually not impossible to do that though. It would be a case of maintaining the six game qualifying threshold and carving out, for example, 1,000 tickets specifically for kids/young people but they would have to be used properly. That would obviously impact on the number of tickets available to members and potentially season ticket holders but it is something that can be done.

AM: It all comes back to what we have spoken about in the past – the fans who buy the tickets using them and getting the loyalty as a result. That is the way a loyalty system should work.

J MC: On the current membership issue, though, what are the club going to say and what are they going to do? We have obviously raised a lot of concerns and other people have outside of this forum also but it is up to the club to make decisions.

TB: In the first instance, I think it’s clear that the club needs to put out some sort of clarification in whatever form that may take. From my own point of view, I thought it was important that the members of this forum were able to hold the club to account and make their feelings known before anything else was done but obviously that has now happened so the club needs to say something. Additionally, the minutes of this meeting will be published so that supporters can see for themselves the nature of the discussion that has taken place. Obviously, anything in terms of possible changes going forward is down to Phil and others but I would hope that this kind of discussion has further informed any process that may follow.

J MC: A starting point would be to repeat what you do with the Champions League final allocations. By breaking down those figures in the way you do you do help supporters to understand and even if they are not happy – and who is going to be happy if they’ve missed out on a ticket? – they at least know how it works and can come to informed conclusions rather than just thinking the worst and lashing out at one another and the club.

PD: Again, that is something we can look at. There is a key difference between an event like the Champions League final and the ACS though – that is whereas the final has a fixed number of tickets, the number of tickets available for each Champions League game changes for all of the reasons I have already outlined.

J MC: I get that and I know it’s not straightforward but the way it is being done at the moment means every member with six credits is sat there fearing that they are going to miss out. You’ve got members who didn’t just do six European homes, they also did six European aways and they are fearing that still won’t be enough to get them into the ACS. If there was greater clarity in the sense that you said, and I’m just plucking numbers out of the air here, that there are 29,000 season ticket holders and 16,000 members and a certain percentage of the demand will not be satisfied, the fear of missing out would still exist but it wouldn’t be anywhere near as strong as it is now.

PD: At this stage, the actual difference in season ticket holders who have signed up to the ACS this year compared to last year is around 400.

JB: Even that, as basic as it is, is important information. It shows that although there has been an increase in take up it is not as significant as people fear, although the point still stands about whether this is the fairest way of doing things. If nothing else, it is the kind of information that would help alleviate the kind of supporter on supporter debate that has been going on and which we should all want to avoid.  

PD: Moving onto members. This year we have got around 1,000 more members with six games than we did last year. Again, this is because numbers move about for various reasons. Something I have to stress, though, is that if a member does miss out on the ACS this season that does not mean their chance of getting tickets has gone. That’s not what happened last year and it will not happen this year. I’m not trying to avoid the fairness debate in saying that because, as I’ve said, that is something that we should look at, but equally I don’t want members to think that because they’ve missed out on the ACS they won’t be getting tickets for this season’s Champions League. I can absolutely guarantee you that ahead of game day one there will be tickets available to members who have attended six games.

AB: The problem is that for some of those members they may get game one, game two and game three this time around but once the allocations begin to decrease as the competition wears on they could potentially miss out and then they will be starting the following season without six credits through no fault of their own.

PD: I appreciate that but the problem of decreasing allocations is not something we can resolve because, as I said earlier, we are obliged to meet our contractual obligations as are all other clubs in the Champions League. Once that happens, the number of tickets that are available will reduce but there is nothing we can do about that.

AB: Do the tickets that UEFA use ever come out of hospitality or is it always general admission that takes the hit?

PD: UEFA are very clear and specific about where their tickets have to be. In our case that means the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand on and around the halfway line and the Main Stand.

J MC: Have the club sold any more hospitality this season and is that having an impact?

PD: No. We plan to sell less.

Melissa Fallon: How many season ticket holders are actually waiting before signing up for the ACS?

PD: That’s hard to say at this stage. We won’t know until it actually happens. 

J MC: Once you’ve reached that stage would you be able to put something out informing members of what their chances are of joining the ACS as you did with tickets ahead of the Champions League Final?

PD: That’s something we can look at but it might be better this time around if we stick with the usual way of doing things to avoid any confusion and also to allow us to take stock of what needs to happen going forward.

TB: From what has been said to this point, my interpretation of your main concerns is that the club should be working harder to communicate its message to supporters when it comes to ticket sales and should also be looking into making the existing system fairer, something that Phil has said he is willing to do. Is that a fair assessment?

RB: On the messaging side, I think the club has to realise that if they don’t put out enough information or the right information there are people on Twitter with a few thousand followers who will put out their own message and that doesn’t help anyone.

JB: Clarity is vital. As much as many of us have issues with the current capacity and it’s clear that this needs to be addressed as a matter of growing urgency, while the capacity is what it is you need to give supporters as much information as possible so that, if nothing else, they understand why the ticketing situation is like it is even if they aren’t happy with it.

PD: There are a couple of things that need to be looked at and we will do that. One is, in theory, a season ticket holder with no credits can jump the queue. If I was a member that would upset and frustrate me.

SD: My issue isn’t so much with those new season ticket holders to be honest. It’s the ones who in the past have decided not to enter the ACS and now they’re saying we want in.

J MC: It’s bigger than that, though. There’s a much bigger conversation about loyalty that needs to be had. Tony came and spoke at the recent SOS AGM and one of the questions that came his way was how we go about getting kids into the ground. We have four or five groups – season ticket holders, members, hospitality, away supporters and so on – and they all have to fit into the ground and the group that gets squeezed out most easily is kids. We’re now in a situation in which the groups that are getting in are finding out that, in some cases, it’s becoming harder and harder for that to happen. The stadium issue is so obvious it’s untrue but even if capacity is increased we will need to have a reckoning and an honest conversation over loyalty at some point because demand clearly outstrips supply by so much. 

PD: The problem is that there is no right or wrong answer. Everyone has their own opinion about who they believe deserves to be in the ground and having been involved in these kind of discussions on countless occasions over the years that isn’t changing.

AB: You’re probably right that there is no right or wrong answer but there is a fairer answer and if you are going to have a loyalty system it should apply to everyone equally. There’s also a case for going back further to previous seasons rather than just the one before so that those who have built up loyalty over a longer period are rewarded.

PD: To the last point, it doesn’t actually make a great deal of difference. The supporters who went to six home games last season almost certainly went to six games the previous season and the same applies going further back. Like all of the ideas and suggestions that have been put forward, though, we will look at everything to see what we can do differently. There may need to be some difficult discussions with supporters but I am prepared to do that. We also all need to accept that if loyalty is being rewarded then we have to ensure that those who most deserve to be rewarded are and that opens up another conversation that we will have going forward. In the meantime, I am more than happy to have a look at the communications around the ACS and ticket sales in general. Hopefully we have provided some clarity at this meeting and even though I fully understand why any member who misses out on the ACS will be frustrated I hope some of the information we have provided will give them a better understanding of the situation that we are dealing with.

Actions to follow:

  • Issue social media clarification of the process and criteria for entry into the ACS (Done).
  • Engagement to continue with forums on all key issues raised (TB and fan forums).
  • Internal ticketing/communications working group to be set up (PD).
  • Updated ticketing information to be provided to supporters as and when appropriate (PD).
  • Internal and external dialogue focusing on the fairness of the current loyalty system (PD, TB and fan forums).
  • Analysis of ticket use and how to ensure the loyalty of ticket users is rewarded (PD). 

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Ticket availability and pricing structure forum update

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 12:48
A forum was held between Liverpool FC and supporter representatives this week to discuss the auto cup scheme.
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Rafa Camacho’s muted exit another example of Liverpool’s ‘buy low, sell high’ success

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 12:45

Liverpool have made a significant profit with the sale of the want-away Rafa Camacho this summer, as their excellent work in the transfer market runs on.


Camacho has rejoined Sporting CP in a deal worth an initial £5 million and up to £7 million, having turned down the offer of new terms at Anfield.

With the Primeira Liga side eager to unveil a flurry of signings, Liverpool made their announcement at 11.29pm on a Thursday night, clearly unconcerned that the time difference meant most of their fans in the UK were already in bed.

The winger’s exit comes as he enters the final year of his contract, and following an extended saga within the English, Portuguese and even German press.

Along with Sporting, Benfica, Wolves and Schalke were all credited with an interest in Camacho, but a return to his hometown of Lisbon, and his former club, was always the most likely.

He departs just six months on from his first-team debut at Liverpool, but clearly had concerns over his long-term prospects under Jurgen Klopp.

And given the circumstances, the Reds seem to have pulled off another blinder when it comes to buying low and selling high.

 Liverpool's Rafael Camacho (R) celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mate Curtis Jones during the UEFA Youth League Group C match between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli at Langtree Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Though largely inconsequential, with the 19-year-old fairly low down the pecking order in Klopp’s squad and with a host of other options breaking through to take his place, Camacho’s exit is tinged with disappointment.

The Portugal youth international was one of the standout performers in the academy last season, despite largely training away from his under-23s and under-19s team-mates with the seniors.

Camacho scored 12 goals and created a further 12 in 22 appearances for the youth sides, along with two outings for the first team and another seven as an unused substitute.

His defining moment in the first team was a strong tackle to deny Wilfried Zaha in the closing stages of the 4-3 win over Crystal Palace in January, which Klopp described as “the most important challenge of his life.”

 Liverpool's Rafael Camacho shoots during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

That came at right-back, as did his first start against Wolves in the FA Cup two weeks previous, but Camacho’s best performance of the campaign came further forward.

Deployed on the right wing in the U23s’ penultimate game of the Premier League 2 season, Camacho dominated, scoring a second-half hat-trick in a 6-0 thrashing—albeit with his second a tap-in from an already goal-bound Rhian Brewster strike.

Already touted with a move away, his controversial Instagram post shortly after that victory seemed to confirm his motives:

“I do not know whose idea it is, but I will prove that they are mistaken about my football,” he wrote.

“I’m not a right defender, I’m an attacker who scores goals. This is my DNA.”

Though he later insisted “it makes no sense what the people of my faith are trying to insinuate”—in a message pledging his gratitude to “boss Jurgen”—it was difficult to read this as anything other than criticism of Klopp.

If Camacho is, as portrayed, a young player with ideas above his station, sanctioning a move away regardless of his contract situation would be wise.

But either way, to negotiate a fee rising to £7 million for a 19-year-old with 92 minutes of first-team experience and just 12 months remaining on his deal is hugely impressive.

And it follows a clear pattern with Liverpool in terms of selling their unwanted talent in recent years.

 Liverpool's Rhian Brewster in action against Everton during an Under-18 FA Premier League match at Finch Farm. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Camacho arrived on Merseyside in 2016 after a troubled spell with Man City, spending the final six months of his two years with the Premier League champions back in Portugal, on loan at Real SC.

The winger had impressed the Reds’ academy staff during a trial, and the club showcased their business savvy by tying down a player not deemed worthy of a professional deal by City.

Three seasons later, Liverpool have secured a significant return on the nominal fee paid to bring him to Kirkby, much like with a host of other players during the same period.

Buy Low, Sell High

  • Jordon Ibe – Signed for: £1m, 2011 – Sold for: £15m, 2016
  • Brad Smith – Signed for: nominal fee, 2008 – Sold for: £6m, 2016
  • Kevin Stewart – Signed for: free, 2014 – Sold for: £8m, 2017
  • Danny Ward – Signed for: £100k, 2012 – Sold for: £12.5m, 2018
  • Dom Solanke – Signed for: £4m, 2017 – Sold for: £19m, 2019
  • Rafa Camacho – Signed for: nominal fee, 2016 – Sold for: £7m, 2019

Signed for: ~£5.1m
Sold for: ~£67.5m
Profit: ~£62.4m

As Camacho settled in the city, Brad Smith and Jordon Ibe both made moves to Bournemouth for a combined £21 million, with Liverpool insisting on buy-back clauses for the duo.

The following summer, Kevin Stewart made the £8 million switch to Hull City, with Andy Robertson moving in the opposite direction for the same fee.

Danny Ward became the 15th most expensive goalkeeper in world football when he left for Leicester City in a £12.5 million deal last summer, while six months later Dom Solanke joined Bournemouth for up to £19 million.

Those five players, who made a total of 119 appearances for the club between them, were sold for £60.5 million.

To put that into context, the club’s redevelopment of Kirkby will cost around £50 million.

Camacho’s exit could be followed by Ryan Kent (valued at up to £12m), Harry Wilson (up to £25m) and Taiwo Awoniyi (£10m), who have played two times for the first team combined.

Though this production line approach is not the ideal for a club famed for its academy products, it certainly showcases the business acumen within the hierarchy.

That is now led by Michael Edwards as sporting director, who was no doubt influential in the deal to sign Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle.

Van den Berg’s arrival is the epitome of ‘buy low’: the Dutch teenager cost the club an initial £1.3 million, which could rise to just £4.4 million if he reaches 350 starts.

The 17-year-old could effectively take Camacho’s place in the first team given he is also capable of playing at right-back, though his long-term future is at centre-back.

Liverpool can also look to follow this with further promotion from the academy, with Brewster and Ki-Jana Hoever expected to take up more focal roles in the near future.

 Liverpool's Rafael Camacho celebrates scoring the equalising goal during the UEFA Youth League Group C match between Liverpool FC and FK Crvena zvezda at Langtree Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

And with regards Camacho, a 20 percent sell-on clause was agreed with the notoriously high-selling Sporting, along with a buy-back option which could, in theory, lead to the attacker’s return to Anfield.

This is another fine example of the club’s excellent work in selling their coveted young talent, while still giving opportunities to the very best in the academy.

Back in Lisbon, Camacho can now look to develop further in a win-win situation for all parties.

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Liverpool’s stars of the future and their 10 best goals of 2018/19 – as Bobby Duncan gets four

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 11:36

Bobby Duncan scored four of Liverpool’s 10 best goals from the under-18s last season, but two midfielders beat the top-scoring striker to first and second place.


The young Reds capped an excellent first campaign under Barry Lewtas by lifting the FA Youth Cup in April, and also went close to winning the U18 Premier League.

In the league, they finished level on points with champions Derby but below them on goal difference, with the two sides seven points clear of third-placed Everton.

It was an impressive season for Liverpool’s under-19s, too, as they reached the last 16 of the UEFA Youth League only to lose on penalties to Dinamo Zagreb.

Duncan ended the season as top goalscorer for the academy in all age groups, netting 30 times in 43 appearances, with his strike partner Paul Glatzel next with 29 in just 34 games.

Both feature heavily in the club’s top 10 goals for the U18s and U19s, but neither ended as No. 1:

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That distinction was reserved for creative midfielder Jake Cain, whose first-time curler from a tight angle against Wolves in April earned him Goal of the Season.

Just below is Leighton Clarkson’s stunning free-kick in the 4-3 Merseyside derby win in November, while Fidel O’Rourke and Luis Longstaff also join them in the list.

Duncan’s rocket against Man City in the FA Youth Cup final, a tap-in after fine work from Glatzel against Portsmouth, a composed lob against Wolves and a deft header in the 6-5 thriller at Middlesbrough make up the 18-year-old’s inclusions.

Both he and Glatzel, whose powerful strike against Napoli comes in at No. 3, can look forward to another big season with the Reds in 2019/20.

It is likely that they will make the step up to the under-23s on a regular basis following the departures of Rafa Camacho, Bobby Adekanye and Glen McAuley.

Liam Millar is also unlikely to stay at Liverpool beyond the end of the summer, which creates an opening for the club’s brightest young attacking prospects.

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Naby Keita picks up further injuries after Guinea “pressure” rushed him to AFCON

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 10:59

Naby Keita has suffered two further injuries in his second appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations, after seemingly being rushed back to action for Guinea.


The 24-year-old missed the last four games of the season for Liverpool after picking up an adductor injury in the 3-0 loss to Barcelona at the Nou Camp in May.

This cast doubt over the involvement at the AFCON in Egypt, with Jurgen Klopp initially ruling the midfielder out for “at least two months.”

“Bad news for us and bad news for Guinea as well, because the Africa Cup of Nations is coming up,” the manager said.

By all accounts, however, Keita’s fitness improved ahead of schedule, but this still left Guinea boss Paul Put to “put a lot of pressure” on Liverpool to send him “as soon as possible.”

Liverpool’s No. 8 played the final half-hour in the 2-2 draw with Madagascar as Group B kicked off, but made his first start in almost two months against Nigeria on Wednesday.

The Super Eagles’ robust approach saw Keita kicked around the pitch, and he was withdrawn on 71 minutes on the way to a 1-0 loss that leaves Guinea’s hopes of progressing slim.

Now, Foot224 have revealed that scans on Thursday morning confirmed he has suffered shin and thigh injuries, which will keep him out of the final group game against Burundi on Sunday.

No timeframe for his recovery has been offered, but Keita will travel with the rest of the squad to Cairo on Friday.

 Liverpool's Naby Keita looks dejected after missing a chance during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This is a hugely disappointing development in a nightmare season for the ex-RB Leipzig star, with regular setbacks hampering his progress in a first year at Anfield.

Keita made 33 appearances for the Reds last season, scoring three goals, but was unable to show the form that convincing the club to part ways with £52.25 million for his services.

Scrutiny should now fall at the feet of Put and the Guinean FA, as though Keita is undoubtedly their best player, his fitness should be of paramount importance.

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Adrien Rabiot's agent issues transfer update amid Liverpool links

HEAD NEWS - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 10:36

Adrien Rabiot's agent insists the Frenchman has NOT rejected an offer to stay at PSG - but will not be staying with the Ligue 1 champions regardless.

It was reported Rabiot had agreed a switch to Juventus but a last-ditch attempt from PSG to keep hold of the wantaway midfielder had cast doubt over the move.

Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked with a swoop for Rabiot, as well as Barcelona , but Juve remain in the driving seat to secure his services.

And his agent and mother, Veronique Rabiot, says her son still has his heart set on leaving the French capital.

"I want to make a formal denial," she told RTL.

"I read absolutely everything. That Adrien had an appointment with Leonardo [sporting director] that he did not honour. Or that I received an offer to extend his contract from Leonardo that I refused to raise the auction.

"This is absolutely wrong. There is not the slightest discussion between Leonardo and I.

"I had him on the phone once since he came back and we greeted each other with respect. He's a smart person. There was no offer and there will not be any."

Juve have reportedly offered Rabiot a contract worth £6million-a-year and are confident of landing his signature.

But his mother insists nothing is signed yet.

"You know, in football, we're very superstitious, and it's better to say as little as you can until nothing is done," she added.

Rabiot came through the youth ranks at PSG and made 227 appearances for the first team, winning six Ligue 1 titles.

But disputes behind the scenes meant he played just 20 times in 2018-19.

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Adrien Rabiot's agent issues transfer update amid Liverpool links

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 10:36

Adrien Rabiot's agent insists the Frenchman has NOT rejected an offer to stay at PSG - but will not be staying with the Ligue 1 champions regardless.

It was reported Rabiot had agreed a switch to Juventus but a last-ditch attempt from PSG to keep hold of the wantaway midfielder had cast doubt over the move.

Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked with a swoop for Rabiot, as well as Barcelona , but Juve remain in the driving seat to secure his services.

And his agent and mother, Veronique Rabiot, says her son still has his heart set on leaving the French capital.

"I want to make a formal denial," she told RTL.

"I read absolutely everything. That Adrien had an appointment with Leonardo [sporting director] that he did not honour. Or that I received an offer to extend his contract from Leonardo that I refused to raise the auction.

"This is absolutely wrong. There is not the slightest discussion between Leonardo and I.

"I had him on the phone once since he came back and we greeted each other with respect. He's a smart person. There was no offer and there will not be any."

Juve have reportedly offered Rabiot a contract worth £6million-a-year and are confident of landing his signature.

But his mother insists nothing is signed yet.

"You know, in football, we're very superstitious, and it's better to say as little as you can until nothing is done," she added.

Rabiot came through the youth ranks at PSG and made 227 appearances for the first team, winning six Ligue 1 titles.

But disputes behind the scenes meant he played just 20 times in 2018-19.

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Adrien Rabiot's agent issues transfer update amid Liverpool links

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Adrien Rabiot's agent insists the Frenchman has NOT rejected an offer to stay at PSG - but will not be staying with the Ligue 1 champions regardless.
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On this day: Sadio Mane joins the Reds

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 10:10

Sadio Mane became a Liverpool player on this day in 2016.

The Reds completed a deal to bring the Senegal forward from Southampton ahead of Jürgen Klopp's first full season at the helm.

Mane has since made 123 appearances for the club, scoring 59 goals.

He ended the 2018-19 season by jointly-winning the Premier League Golden Boot with teammate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and, of course, collected a Champions League winners' medal.

Relive all of Mane's 26 strikes from last term in our free video below.

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On this day: Sadio Mane joins the Reds

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Sadio Mane became a Liverpool player on this day in 2016.
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Video: Watch the 10 best U18s goals from 2018-19

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 09:54

Liverpool U18s hit some memorable strikes during 2018-19 - and you can relive the best of them now in our free compilation video.

Barry Lewtas' side enjoyed a fine season, which culminated in them winning the FA Youth Cup.

In attack, deadly front pair Paul Glatzel and Bobby Duncan netted 60 goals between them during the campaign.

Check out our selection of the top 10 efforts in the video below...

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Liverpool U18s hit some memorable strikes during 2018-19 - and you can relive the best of them now in our free compilation video.
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Alisson saves penalty to help Brazil into Copa America last four

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 09:18

Alisson Becker saved a penalty in the shootout as Brazil beat Paraguay to move into the semi-finals of the Copa America.

The tournament hosts had been held to a goalless draw by their 10-man opponents, who had Fabian Balbuena dismissed on 58 minutes for a foul on Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino.

However, despite creating numerous chances, Brazil couldn’t find a way to breach the Paraguay rear-guard in Porto Alegre, meaning the last-eight tie was to be decided by spot-kicks.

Alisson got the Selecao off to the perfect start by saving from Gustavo Gomez and though Firmino missed his penalty, the Reds duo were able to celebrate as their country secured a 4-3 win.

"This is a team that deserved the win today," Alisson said.

"It was a draw but against a team that didn't want to play unless it was on the counter-attack. We've gone up one step, two more to go to our objective, to be Copa America champions."

Brazil will meet either Argentina or Venezuela in the semi-finals in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, earlier on Thursday, there was disappointment for Sadio Mane as he played the full 90 minutes in Senegal’s 1-0 defeat to Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations group-stage tie in Cairo.

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Alisson saves penalty to help Brazil into Copa America last four

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 09:18
Alisson Becker saved a penalty in the shootout as Brazil beat Paraguay to move into the semi-finals of the Copa America.
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