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Ben Woodburn completes Oxford United loan switch

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 16:59
Ben Woodburn has joined Oxford United on a season-long loan deal.
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Gini Wijnaldum urges Liverpool to use “painful” pre-season lessons to ensure improvements

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 16:00

Liverpool haven’t been anywhere near top gear in pre-season and there’s just one chance left to perfect matters before the new campaign begins.


A 3-0 defeat to Napoli at the weekend was perhaps the most disappointing showing of all this summer, but Jurgen Klopp has stopped short of panicking.

Another key week of training in France, with plenty of senior names back involved, means there will be another step forward taken in a friendly against Lyon.

Gini Wijnaldum, who has been involved through most of the summer after a marginally extended break, admits it has been below the required level so far, but urges the Reds to “strike back” and show their true form.

“It’s all about making minutes as much as possible, but also to get the results,” said the No. 5.

“The season already starts [on Sunday] so the result and the performance, it’s important for us to get confidence and to keep on going.

“This is painful but we have to learn from it and we have to strike back.”

There won’t be much room for below-par performances against Man City at Wembley, and any slip-ups in the Premier League could prove costly, given Liverpool’s lofty ambitions.

The key is to accept the mistakes made against Napoli, which Wijnaldum notes was a desperately poor showing, and make sure they don’t occur again.

“It was not our best game. I think it was a real poor performance from the team, the things that we normally do right with pressing, playing football [and] creating chances we didn’t do and they were quite good.

“The chances that they had they scored. Most of them were because we made mistakes and they just took the chances that they had.

“Normally we are quite good with the pressing and creating chances and playing football, but we were not 100 per cent concentrated.

“We didn’t do it as a team, we made too many mistakes and they took the chances that they had. If you play a good game but you lose it’s different, especially in pre-season, but if you lose a game like this it’s painful.”

It was, of course, only in May that Wijnaldum played a key role in last season’s success.

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Barcelona at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

He headed two goals against Barcelona to help the Reds to a 4-0 win, a night which will go down in Anfield folklore.

That’s the type of pressing and creating chances that he was talking about, which the Reds are capable of producing against the very best sides.

And while no new transfers for senior players means there’s no precisely new injection of quality, it also means that the same level of quality remains in place.

Fans will expect to see much more of that against Lyon in midweek, before the real action starts next weekend.

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Fulham want £9m compensation for Elliott

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 15:25

Last Updated: 30/07/19 4:52pm

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Fulham will argue that Liverpool should pay a record-breaking £9m in compensation for star teenager Harvey Elliott.

The 16-year old, who attracted interest from Barcelona, Real Madrid and RB Leipzig, moved to Anfield over the weekend after turning down a scholarship and running down his contract at Craven Cottage.

Fulham are owed a fee, due to be decided by the Professional Football Compensation Committee, for developing the player who became the Premier League's youngest debutant in Fulham's defeat to Wolves - aged 16 years and 30 days.

Elliott became Fulham's youngest player at the age of 15 years and 74 days in last season's Carabao Cup and it's understood the left-footed attacking midfielder was a fundamental part of manager Scott Parker's plans for the forthcoming campaign.

He made his first Liverpool appearance in a 3-0 friendly loss to Napoli on Sunday, coming in as a second-half substitute.

"I can say many positive things about the boy because we have signed him and he decided to join us when he could have gone pretty much anywhere," Klopp said after the game. "He wanted to be part of Liverpool because of his talent.

"Now that he is here, let's work with him. He needs game time, we have to see where he will get that. He is obviously a fine, fine footballer - that is the reason why we were really interested."

Liverpool hold the record for the highest fee ever paid in compensation, paying Burnley £8m for Danny Ings in 2015.

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Reds legends meet fans in Geneva

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 15:15

Liverpool Legends Jason McAteer and Phil Babb met with supporters in Geneva this week ahead of the Reds' pre-season game with Lyon.

The duo spent time with local and travelling fans who were visiting the UEFA Champions League trophy at the Stade de Geneve on Tuesday morning.

In the build-up to Liverpool's match against the French club, fans were invited to see the Reds' latest piece of silverware.

Jürgen Klopp’s men will face Lyon in the Swiss city of Geneva on Wednesday evening as their 2019-20 pre-season preparations draw to a close. 

Tickets for the game are still available at www.liverpoolfc.com/geneva as well as from the ticket office in Geneva’s Centre Commercial La Praille.

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Reds legends meet fans in Geneva

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 15:15
Liverpool Legends Jason McAteer and Phil Babb met with supporters in Geneva this week ahead of the Reds' pre-season game with Lyon.
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“We want to try for everything” – Alisson returns to Liverpool with promise of more silverware

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 15:08

Alisson Becker has had a quite incredible last 12 months, but now he’s back at Liverpool and eager to achieve even more in 2019/20.


The goalkeeper, over the last year, has signed for the Reds to become the most expensive goalkeeper ever (albeit briefly), won the Golden Gloves award, won the Champions League with a clean sheet in the final and then won the Copa America conceding just a single goal—a penalty—along the way.

All in all, not a bad campaign for the Brazilian to remember.

There’s no slowing down from him, though, or from the team, as he told the club website in France as he got back into pre-season training.

Indeed, as good as last year was, it has simply given a taste of what great success is like—now the Reds want “everything” to follow.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker celebrates as his side score the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

“We want to try for everything this season, so we need to work.

“The level of the football is high and similar at every club, so we need to work hard to achieve the same things and achieve even more this season.

“To win two titles, two big titles, during the season was great for me. I hope this season – and I will work this season – to make it more.”

With the Reds’ new No. 1 barking out orders and providing a reliable last line of defence, there’s every reason to hope there’s more silverware on the way.

And while he’s happy to receive accolades which suggest he’s playing well, it’s the team-first approach which Jurgen Klopp has demanded from everyone which shines through when Alisson speaks.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker with the golden glove award for the most clean sheets after the final FA Premier League match of the season between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“My first goal is always to win with the team, to win for the club. Only after that comes the individual trophies.

“I am happy, but they were not just my trophies – they were the trophies for the other goalkeepers [here] who work really, really hard on the pitch with me, with John [Achterberg] and Jack [Robinson] and with [Claudio] Taffarel at the national team, and with my other teammates also.”

The fans, of course, have quickly made ‘Ali’ a hero—and he’s similarly delighted to acknowledge how important the support is.

That was made abundantly clear during the homecoming parade, if it wasn’t beforehand. Now he wants to make sure success continues for the club and the people, which starts immediately with the Community Shield, the first of seven competitions Liverpool play in this season.

“I feel the warmth from the people. Last season was special for us, for everyone – for me, for the fans, for my family and for the team – so I am looking forward to what we can do in this next season.

“We will work hard now to get ready quickly for the next games.”

Alisson‘s first appearance of the summer will come against Lyon on Wednesday night.

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Red Neighbours compete in charity walking football tournament

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 14:33

Two Red Neighbours teams took part in a charity walking football tournament in aid of the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation this week.

The group headed to Salisbury Rugby Club on Sunday morning, where they joined 28 men’s and six women’s teams from across the country for the 'You’ll Never Walk Alone' fundraising tournament, run by Salisbury Walking Football. 

The Darby Rimmer MND Foundation was launched by former Liverpool defender Stephen Darby following his own MND (motor neurone disease) diagnosis last September. The charity aims to raise awareness of MND and offer support to sufferers and their families.

Stephen and his wife, England women's captain Steph Houghton, were both in attendance at the tournament, which featured teams representing Stephen's other former clubs: Bolton Wanderers, Bradford City, Swindon Town, Rochdale and Notts County.

Red Neighbours senior coordinator, Bill Bygroves, said: "We had a wonderful day at the tournament – it was a great event for an amazing cause. 

"Everybody we came across was friendly and welcoming and there was a real carnival atmosphere throughout the day. The police band entertained us and the singing of YNWA at the start of the tournament was very emotional.

"It was a great privilege for me and the walking footballers to be here and to see Stephen and his family. Stephen was not only an outstanding player, but he is a courageous, dignified and humble human being too."

Eighty-seven matches were played over the course of the day, with the Red Neighbours teams – split into over 50s and over 70s – playing six each.  

Red Neighbours walking football sessions take place at Anfield Sports and Community Centre every Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm and every Friday from 11am to 12pm.

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Red Neighbours compete in charity walking football tournament

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 14:33
Two Red Neighbours teams took part in a charity walking football tournament in aid of the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation this week.
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Supporters clubs rise to LFC Foundation fundraising challenge

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 14:15

Over £9000 has been raised for the LFC Foundation by Official Liverpool Supporters Clubs (OLSC) as part of the OLSC Fundraising Challenge 2018-19.

Two hundred and eighty-seven OLSC branches from around the world were challenged with organising fundraising events to bring Reds supporters together and raise money for the club’s official charity. 
 
Through activities such as bingo nights, Futsal tournaments, blood donation campaigns and football training camps, supporters clubs competed to raise the highest total and take home one of the three top awards.

The YNWA Award for the highest total, Original Award for most innovative fundraising idea and LFC Family Award for the best family-focused activity went to OLSC Cyprus, OLSC Malta and OLSC Myanmar respectively.

LFC foundation director, Matt Parish, chose the winners of each award.
 
He said: "It's an incredible feeling to know that our Official Liverpool Supporters Clubs give so much of their time, effort and love to support our mission of creating life changing opportunities for children and young people.
 
"Once again, the OLSCs were challenged to bring the LFC Family together and create innovative and unique fundraising ideas to help raise funds for our cause.
 
"The entries did not disappoint, with charity raffles, football viewing parties, futsal tournaments, auctions and a last man standing competition to name a few.
 
"We'd like to congratulate all of the winners and thank each of the branches involved for their fantastic contributions."
 
Each of the three winning branches will be awarded a special LFC prize, with OLSC Myanmar and OLSC Cyprus receiving a VIP matchday experience at Anfield and OLSC Malta given a video call 'meet and greet' with a Liverpool first-team player.
 
Rewards were also available for those who hit targets of £50, £100 and £500, including LFC Foundation merchandise and signed Liverpool goodies.

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Supporters clubs rise to LFC Foundation fundraising challenge

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 14:15
Over £9000 has been raised for the LFC Foundation by Official Liverpool Supporters Clubs (OLSC) as part of the OLSC Fundraising Challenge 2018-19.
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Supporters clubs rise to LFC Foundation fundraising challenge

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 14:15

Over £9000 has been raised for the LFC Foundation by Official Liverpool Supporters Clubs (OLSC) as part of the OLSC Fundraising Challenge 2018-19.

Two hundred and eighty-seven OLSC branches from around the world were challenged with organising fundraising events to bring Reds supporters together and raise money for the club’s official charity. 
 
Through activities such as bingo nights, Futsal tournaments, blood donation campaigns and football training camps, supporters clubs competed to raise the highest total and take home one of the three top awards.

The YNWA Award for the highest total, Original Award for most innovative fundraising idea and LFC Family Award for the best family-focused activity went to OLSC Cyprus, OLSC Malta and OLSC Myanmar respectively.

LFC foundation director, Matt Parish, chose the winners of each award.
 
He said: "It's an incredible feeling to know that our Official Liverpool Supporters Clubs give so much of their time, effort and love to support our mission of creating life changing opportunities for children and young people.
 
"Once again, the OLSCs were challenged to bring the LFC Family together and create innovative and unique fundraising ideas to help raise funds for our cause.
 
"The entries did not disappoint, with charity raffles, football viewing parties, futsal tournaments, auctions and a last man standing competition to name a few.
 
"We'd like to congratulate all of the winners and thank each of the branches involved for their fantastic contributions."
 
Each of the three winning branches will be awarded a special LFC prize, with OLSC Myanmar and OLSC Cyprus receiving a VIP matchday experience at Anfield and OLSC Malta given a video call 'meet and greet' with a Liverpool first-team player.
 
Rewards were also available for those who hit targets of £50, £100 and £500, including LFC Foundation merchandise and signed Liverpool goodies.

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Supporters clubs rise to LFC Foundation fundraising challenge

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 14:15
Over £9000 has been raised for the LFC Foundation by Official Liverpool Supporters Clubs (OLSC) as part of the OLSC Fundraising Challenge 2018-19.
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Inside Evian: The Reds' pre-season work continues in France

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 14:00

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker all trained for the first time this pre-season in Evian on Tuesday morning – and you can see how they fared in the latest edition of Inside Training.

The trio have joined up with the squad at Liverpool's French training camp after being afforded an extended break due to their international commitments over the summer.

Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri also took part in the session as they both continue to step up their returns from injury.

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Inside Evian: The Reds' pre-season work continues in France

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 14:00
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker all trained for the first time this pre-season in Evian on Tuesday morning – and you can see how they fared in the latest edition of Inside Training.
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Smiles, saves and suntans: 5 key players back in Liverpool training

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 13:39

The Liverpool squad continue their pre-season training in Evian on Tuesday and a quintet of returning faces have significantly boosted the boss’ options.


Roberto Firmino and Alisson are back after a triumphant summer with Brazil, where they won the Copa America on home soil.

Mo Salah and Egypt couldn’t quite replicate that success in the Africa Cup of Nations, but the key forward has also returned to training—and so have Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita, both of whom have been injured.

All five are expected to make substitute appearances against Lyon on Wednesday night, with Jurgen Klopp saying they could get 30 minutes’ vital playing time.

First, though, it’s back into training with some fitness tests and running, as the coaching staff prepare the quintet for the 2019/20 season.

While Sadio Mane is yet to return, the forward line is boosted significantly by the availability of the No. 9 and 11.

Thankfully, they all look pleased to be back in training and with the rest of the squad, even though their summer breaks have perhaps not been quite as long, or as in-sync, as they might have liked.

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— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) July 30, 2019

On the flip side, it’s good to see the earlier-returning members are pleased to have them back, too!

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— Gini Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) July 30, 2019

It’s straight into action for Alisson Becker, of course, with the goalkeeper more readily able to step straight into a first-team environment.

Shaqiri and Keita, in particular, will be hoping to have a big impact in their second seasons on Merseyside, after suffering injury-hit campaigns last time out—but their sporadic successes give hope that there’s much more to come.

Another session or two of training lies ahead before Wednesday’s game, then it’s straight into the competitive action, starting with the Community Shield against Man City at Wembley.

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Alisson Becker on Reds return, Copa America and new season aims

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 13:30

Alisson Becker returned to work with Liverpool on Monday already contemplating how an outstanding 2018-19 campaign can be bettered this time around.

The goalkeeper ended his maiden term with the Reds by winning the Champions League and collecting the Premier League’s Golden Glove accolade. In addition, he also helped his native Brazil to glory in the Copa America by marshalling the competition’s meanest defence.

After taking a summer break following the conclusion of the international competition, Alisson joined compatriot Roberto Firmino, as well as Mohamed Salah, in beginning pre-season training with the Reds earlier this week at their base in Evian.

And the 26-year-old has reconvened with the squad with a determination to better the achievements of last campaign.

“I’m very happy to be back,” Alisson told Liverpoolfc.com in France. “I had nice holidays with the family, spending time with my family and friends, but I was missing the pitch, the lads, the staff, everyone – missing you guys, also!

“Now I am looking forward to coming back to play and starting to work again.

“[As a team] we are excited, but we have to keep our feet on the ground, just as we did last season. We want to try for everything this season, so we need to work.

“The level of the football is high and similar at every club, so we need to work hard to achieve the same things and achieve even more this season.”

In helping Brazil lift the Copa America crown, Alisson became part of the first Selecao side to win the tournament since 2007.

This after playing an integral role in Liverpool’s sixth European Cup win a month earlier.

“To win the Copa America, it’s a special title – as is the Champions League – so it was an important title for me, for the nation,” he continued. “For Brazil, it’s been a long time since we won it – the last time was 2007, if I am not mistaken – so it was important for us.

“To win two titles, two big titles, during the season was great for me. I hope this season – and I will work this season – to make it more.”

As well as the winners’ medals, Alisson also took home numerous other individual honours in addition to the Golden Glove.

However, personal prizes are not something at the top of the Reds No.1’s agenda.

Alisson explained: “My first goal is always to win with the team, to win for the club. Only after that comes the individual trophies. I am happy, but they were not just my trophies – they were the trophies for the other goalkeepers [here] who work really, really hard on the pitch with me, with John [Achterberg] and Jack [Robinson] and with [Claudio] Taffarel at the national team, and with my other teammates also.”

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Such was Alisson’s eagerness to begin work with Liverpool, he even tweeted the club’s official account on Saturday with the words ‘missing you’ followed by a red heart emoji.

“I feel the warmth from the people,” he continued. “Last season was special for us, for everyone – for me, for the fans, for my family and for the team – so I am looking forward to what we can do in this next season.

“We will work hard now to get ready quickly for the next games.”

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Alisson Becker on Reds return, Copa America and new season aims

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 13:30
Alisson Becker returned to work with Liverpool on Monday already contemplating how an outstanding 2018-19 campaign can be bettered this time around.
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Fulham want record fee set by tribunal for Liverpool signing Harvey Elliott

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 13:11

Liverpool and Fulham will be going to a tribunal to set a fee for Harvey Elliott and the Cottagers are aiming for a record fee in excess of £10 million for the 16-year-old.


The inside forward officially joined and made his first appearance for the Reds on Sunday, having rejected a scholarship with the Championship side.

He joins Liverpool now but cannot sign a professional deal until turning 17, next April, and as the two clubs cannot agree a fee, an independent tribunal will assess the player’s valuation.

Fulham want in excess of £10 million for the England youth international, reports the Evening Standard, which would comfortably be a biggest-ever settlement.

Typically it has taken quite some time for these decisions to be reached, with two cases affecting Liverpool over the last few years.

The current biggest tribunal fee involved the signing of Danny Ings, who moved from Burnley to Anfield in 2015.

 Liverpool's Danny Ings in action against Fleetwood Town during a friendly match at Highbury Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

At the time, the Clarets wanted £12 million for the striker, but the Reds had to pay £6.5m up front, a further £1.5m in add-ons and 20% of any sell-on profit. As he left for Southampton this summer for around £19m, that sell-on would equate to another £2.2m, making it just over £10m all told if the £1.5m add-ons were paid.

More recently, Dominic Solanke switched Chelsea for Liverpool in 2017 with the Blues demanding £10m and the Reds offering £3m.

Though that went to tribunal too, the clubs eventually reached an agreement over the fee, thought to be around £6m plus a sell-on, which again would have come into effect when Solanke traded Liverpool for Bournemouth.

 Liverpool's Dominic Solanke looks dejected after missing a chance during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As such, it might be expected that the Reds could have to pay upward of £7m for Elliott, below what Fulham want but certainly a hefty figure for a 16-year-old.

In the relegated club’s favour are the facts that he is so highly regarded, has already played for their first team and is the Premier League‘s youngest-ever player.

Even so, if Elliott goes on to prove his worth and make good on his potential, even a £10m fee would be seen as a snip for a high-quality forward in the modern age.

Before that, though, there’s a lot of hard work and improvement which lies ahead for the youngster, as the step up from battling Floyd Ayite, Lazar Markovic and Andre Schurrle for a spot is quite different to usurping Mo Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri or Sadio Mane.

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Photos: Salah, Alisson and Firmino return to training in Evian

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 12:50

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker were continuing training with Liverpool on Tuesday at the team's Evian base.

The trio returned to club duties on Monday following a summer break and were being put through their paces once more during a morning session on the banks of Lake Geneva earlier today.

They were joined by Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri, who were stepping up their returns from injury ahead of the Reds' fixture with Lyon on Wednesday, which you can watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

Browse a gallery of the session below.

Photos by Andrew Powell

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Photos: Salah, Alisson and Firmino return to training in Evian

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 07/30/2019 - 12:50
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker were continuing training with Liverpool on Tuesday at the team's Evian base.
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