Liverpool FC will take extra steps to make its Anfield store 'autism-friendly' for 60 minutes on the last Thursday of every month.
Between 4pm and 5pm, the store will lower its music and the stadium will cease all tannoy announcements to create a shopping environment that is more comfortable for those with autism.
Autism Hour is supported by more than 8,000 UK retailers and service providers, which allocate 60 minutes to provide autistic people and their families with a break from overwhelming noise and bright lights - the common barriers autistic people face when accessing shops and facilities.
LFC is committed to making Anfield stadium accessible to all. Last year, the club launched a sensory room in the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand, which has a variety of specialist equipment for those with autism or other sensory needs, helping them to experience football matches in a comfortable environment suitable for their needs.
Last Updated: 25/04/19 2:54pm1:32 Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will not make signings just to ‘excite the people’ after ruling out any talk of a move for Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will not make signings just to ‘excite the people’ after ruling out any talk of a move for Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne
Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will not sign Lorenzo Insigne, and has predicted the club will have a quiet summer transfer window.
Reports in the British media on Thursday claimed Liverpool were leading the chase for Insigne, with Napoli said to value the Italian forward at £60m.
However, Klopp dismissed the idea, saying: "We will not sign Lorenzo Insigne. He's a very good player, but I guess he has a long-term contract at Napoli and we will not even try."Liverpool vs Huddsf'ld
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Klopp then expanded on the club's plans for the summer, explaining: "It's always more difficult [to improve] the better the team gets, but it's a good sign.
"Transfers are not there to excite the people; actually the job is to improve the team. Training is the best way to do it, and if you have to sign somebody, you sign somebody.Two for one football offer
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"The team is pretty well balanced. Our plans are not for the public. Will it be the biggest transfer window of LFC? No, probably not, but I think you would have been surprised if I'd said yes.
"Our eyes are always open; we always look."1:00 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he was not 'nervous' when he watched Manchester City's derby win on Wednesday - and says the title is not decided Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he was not 'nervous' when he watched Manchester City's derby win on Wednesday - and says the title is not decided
Klopp also confirmed he expects Mohamed Salah to be ready to play for Liverpool against Huddersfield on Friday, live on Sky Sports.
The Egyptian forward was given permission to attend the Time 100 Gala in New York on Tuesday after being named as one of the magazine's most influential people in the world, but Klopp said: "Travelling nowadays is not a problem.
"I'm very proud. People in football, most of the time we don't say really smart things, but Mo is a very smart person. He is very influential as well and he said a couple of really good things.Mohamed Salah with Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, at the TIME 100 Gala in New York
"He hopefully inspired some people to think about a few things. In the world at the moment, it's very important you have a voice like Mo's. It's very important he has an opinion and makes that opinion public.
"Football is not the most important thing in the world and of course he can miss one session. Today he will be in training and everything will be fine again.
"I saw a few pictures - he looked brilliant in his tuxedo. He met a lot of famous people - Mrs Targaryen, she was there as well. If he asked me, maybe I would have joined him - but he didn't!"Play Super 6
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Jürgen Klopp welcomed the news that four of his Liverpool players were named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year, but felt there could have easily been many more included.
It was revealed on Thursday that Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane are in the XI for the 2018-19 campaign after a poll of all top-flight players.
That quartet have helped the Reds amass 88 points so far this term - the most the club have ever had in the Premier League - and Klopp felt the recognition from their peers was very much warranted.
"It is impressive, it is good and deserved as well," the Liverpool manager said at a press conference.
"For me, my team is the team of the season anyway. That's true because there could have been - from my point of view - four, five, six or seven more players involved because they played an outstanding season in so many moments.
"But of course the players in the Premier League make the decision, so that’s then the most honest competition of the year.
"Even when the players don't watch all the games, they probably watch, most of the time, the summaries, so it is even more special when you come in a team of the year.
"As a defender then it's mostly of the players they played against and felt obviously quite uncomfortable and thought, 'It was not easy today'. That's cool and so deserved."
Mohamed Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum were two names Klopp pointed out as being unfortunate not to find a place in the side.
Salah is currently joint-top of the scoring charts in the league this season, while Wijnaldum's midfield performances have drawn widespread praise.
Klopp continued: "Mo would have deserved it again. He's up there again with the top scorers, scored so many incredibly important goals for us.
"Gini plays an incredible season, 100 per cent. Hendo [Jordan Henderson] is in a shape where if they would vote today then he would probably be in and stuff like that, so it's good.
"But all the other players obviously deserve it as well. It is the players’ decision, so we have to accept it, but I'm really happy for them."
Jürgen Klopp has explained why incoming transfers are not the only way Liverpool can improve upon their exceptional 2018-19 season so far when work begins on preparing for next campaign in the summer.
While the manager admits the Reds will always firmly keep an eye on the market, he is not anticipating a busy window of new arrivals.
He told journalists during his pre-Huddersfield press conference: “It is always more difficult the better the team gets [to improve it], but that’s a good sign.
“Transfers, we are not there to excite the people out there and think, ’Wow, a new player!’ and stuff like that. Actually, the job is to improve the team and there are different ways [to do that], we’ve said that always.
“It’s about training – actually, I think that’s the best way to do [it] and if you have to sign somebody, you sign somebody. Then, if you have him then you don’t think immediately about doing the same thing in the same position again.
“The team is pretty well balanced, so that’s how it is. For sure, our plans are not for the public, that’s how it is. But will it be the biggest transfer window of LFC? No, probably not, but I think it would have been a surprise if I said yes.
“Our eyes are always open, we always look, but what happens if and when, there is nothing to say about in the moment.”
A fundamental factor in Liverpool’s development under Klopp has been the acquisition of players who’ve slotted seamlessly into the squad.
One reporter asked the boss what the key was to making sure the right signings were obtained.
Klopp replied: “We were patient enough and made a few smart decisions, but we are not where we want to end. Yes, we are in a good moment, that’s true, but we are not here to think too much about what we did, that it happened and the work [we put in], I am not interested, really.
“We did every day what we thought was right to do, that’s the truth. Now we are here, it is all because of the players - the boys did outstandingly well, constantly pushing their own limits onto the next level, so that’s the truth. That’s what we try to show them, [that] it’s possible.
“It’s not important what people think about you, [but] it’s really important what we think about us and how we can improve and all that stuff. After a season, if you listen to the public then it’s like you have to sell 15 players and bring in 15 players, or if there is any good striker out there then you have to buy him otherwise you don’t make your business and stuff like that.
“You have to be calm in these situations, just to trust your own feelings and your own decisions and then it can work - it depends extremely if the decisions are right, obviously, but that is only proven during the season.
“We were lucky with the signings we made, we were working hard – how everybody can expect us to do. Obviously, there is still one team with a point more and that’s not exactly how it should be, but we respect that for today but from 10 minutes on we will work on how we can close that gap as well.”
Last Updated: 25/04/19 2:20pm1:00 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explains why he was not 'nervous' when he watched Manchester City's derby win on Wednesday Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explains why he was not 'nervous' when he watched Manchester City's derby win on Wednesday
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp maintains the Premier League title has not been decided after watching Manchester City take an "expected" big step towards it.
Victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford means Pep Guardiola's side overcame what was widely seen as their last major hurdle, having moved one point clear of Liverpool with three matches remaining.
There was no knee-jerk reaction from Klopp, though, as he watched the Manchester derby at home with his wife and a friend.
"I was not nervous," he told Sky Sports News. "It happened exactly as I expected.
"United played very good first half but in this moment they can't stand City for 90 minutes.Liverpool vs Huddsf'ld
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"If nothing really strange happens City would win the game so I was not surprised, not nervous. I assessed myself how it feels - completely calm."
He added: "For me all is good and the decision is not made yet. It's not that last night was the final game of the season. It was just another game of City, they deserved to win."The Run In - Remaining fixtures Date Liverpool fixtures Date Man City fixtures April 26 Huddersfield (h) - SSPL April 28 Burnley (a) - SSPL May 4 Newcastle (a) - SSPL May 6 Leicester (h) - SSPL May 12 Wolves (h) May 12 Brighton (a)
Should Liverpool beat Huddersfield, live on Friday Night Football, it will see the lead at the top of the table change hands for a record 29th time ahead of City's trip to Burnley.
Klopp says concentration levels are "unbelievably high" at City and Liverpool, with neither side having dropped a point since the start of March.
Guardiola has said both teams deserve to be champions this season, while Klopp reiterated it is not all about chasing the "holy grail".We all want to be champions but it does not mean it was not worth it.
"If we win our games the decision will be made on the last matchday," said Klopp. "It's about nerves, but we will see. Until then we have to win football games.
"If it's enough, good. If not, still a first step. We have to improve. Our development does not stop after the last matchday.
"We all want to be champions but it does not mean it was not worth it."Play Super 6
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Fabinho and Adam Lallana will be assessed before Liverpool’s game against Huddersfield Town, with Dejan Lovren likely to be fit for Friday’s match at Anfield.
Midfielder Fabinho was substituted shortly after coming on during Sunday’s 2-0 win at Cardiff City following a knock to the head, and Lallana has missed the Reds’ last five outings due to a muscular issue.
Lovren, meanwhile, did not travel for last week’s win over FC Porto because of illness and was also absent at the Cardiff City Stadium.
When asked about the trio’s availability for the meeting with the Terriers on Thursday, Klopp said: “All a bit questionable, we don’t know exactly in the moment. We will have to see today.
“We gave them all a proper rest. Dejan trained yesterday so that’s OK probably and the other two we will see.”
On Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the boss continued: “Ox trained, all good.”
Venue – Anfield, Liverpool
Referee – Kevin Friend
Date & Time – Friday, April 26th @ 20:00
Current Odds – Liverpool 1/14, Draw 10/1, Huddersfield Town 25/1Form Liverpool Form
Liverpool have now won their last 9 games in all competitions. Form is not a problem. Playing an already relegated Huddersfield Town team, Liverpool should be looking at all three points come 10pm on Friday.
Three clean sheets in their last four games, makes for good reading for the defence, too. With potentially six games remaining this season in the Premier League and Champions League combined, there’s sure to be plenty more drama ahead of us yet.
Huddersfield Town Form
Huddersfield have lost 20 of their last 22 league games and sit at the bottom of the table with just 14 points and 3 wins from 35 games this season.
If they were to cause Liverpool any problems on Friday night, it would be one of the upsets of the season.
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Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Fabinho will all face late fitness tests before Friday night’s game. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is now listed as being fit and available but the medical staff will have to make a call on whether it is worth risking The Ox in any games before the end of the season.
Joe Gomez is still regaining his match fitness so I expect Joel Matip to remain in central defence alongside Virgil van Dijk.
I think Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita will be the midfield trio with the usual men leading the line in attack.Huddersfield Town Team News
Huddersfield will be without Laurent Depoitre and Abdelhamid Sabiri while Adama Diakhaby is also a doubt for this game.
The Terriers are usually lined out in a 4-4-1-1 shape since Jan Siewert took the reins. It should be the same setup from them on Friday night at Anfield.Predicted Lineups
Liverpool XI (4-3-3) – Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson(c), Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mané
Huddersfield Town XI (4-4-1-1) – Lossl; Smith, Schindler(c), Kongolo, Durm; Kachunga, Bacuna, Hogg, Mbenza; Mooy; Mounié
When they last met
A first-half strike from Mohamed Salah was the only difference between the sides when they met at the John Smith’s Stadium in October.
Liverpool won 3-0 at Anfield in this fixture last season with second-half goals from Daniel Sturridge, Bobby Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum after Salah had missed a first-half penalty.Prediction
Liverpool 3 – 0 Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield will make it as difficult as possible for The Reds but the gulf in class should tell in the end. Even if it’s 0-0 at half-time, I still feel Liverpool could rack up three second-half goals to put the game to bed.
** Please note – “xGA” in the Form Stats tables symbolises “expected goals against” **
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Jurgen Klopp has stated that there is no way Liverpool will move for Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne this summer, despite praising the Italian’s ability.
A pre-match press conference was unusually meandering and lengthy in content and questions for the Liverpool manager, part of which focused on how the Reds could improve next season after a tremendous 2018/19.
One of the recent rumours in the gossip columns has seen the Reds linked to Napoli’s excellent attacker, but Insigne won’t be moving to Anfield, it seems.
The 27-year-old has a contract running until 2022 with Napoli and Klopp says that, as much as any other consideration, rules out any potential approach.
“We will not sign Lorenzo Insigne.
“He’s a very good player [but] I guess he has long-term contract and we will not even try it. That’s all I can say about this!”
Even so, the Reds will expect to add to the squad in a few key areas—but the boss reiterated that his preference will always be to improve on the training ground rather than always to look toward the market.
“Transfers are not there to excite the people and think ‘wow, a new player!’.
“The job is to improve the team. There are different ways, with training—I think is the best way to do—[or] if you have to sign somebody then do it.
“The team is pretty well-balanced. Our plans are not for the public, that’s how it is; will it be the biggest transfer window [for the club]? No, probably not. But you’d be more surprised if I said yes.”
While some familiar names will eventually depart, the boss jokingly threatened to offload the entire squad if they under-performed—though the lasting message was simply that the club would move when the time was right to do so.
“If they [the players] don’t do it we sell them all! Nice idea! Our eyes are always open, what happens if and when, nothing to say in this moment.”
For now the only certainty is that Insigne is unlikely to be on the wish-list for summer—although cynics and those who love the smoke-and-mirrors aspect of transfer season might point to similar comments made by the boss about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, shortly before he joined from Arsenal.
LFC Foundation and Merseyside Police have joined forces to help address the issues around youth and gang crime in conjunction with schools in Merseyside.
The LFC Foundation’s 'Onside’ Project is delivered by Foundation coaches in both The De La Salle Academy in Croxteth and North Liverpool Academy in Anfield.
The coaches use the power of the LFC badge to engage with students and provide them with key skills, confidence and the resilience needed to overcome obstacles and choose the right pathways in life.
The project launch saw former De La Salle student, Merseyside Police acting assistant chief constable Chris Green, return to his old school to learn about how the programme is having a positive impact on young people.
The three-year project is equally funded by LFC Foundation and Merseyside Police. LFC Foundation has contributed £150,000 from money raised from LFC Legends charity games, which has been match-funded through the Merseyside Police Community Cash Back Fund.
During the visit to The De La Salle Academy, both Chris and Police Inspector, John Sacker, the lead for the Community Cash Back Fund, observed an Onside session and met with school’s Principal, David Hayes.
David explained the specific economic and social factors that affect many young people from the local area, and also the school’s dedication to help create respectful, well rounded and educated young men.
Chris said: “Today brought back plenty of good memories of my school days at Del La Salle. On the surface the school doesn’t seem to have changed much; but after speaking to the teaching staff, the issues that schools face are very different.
“It’s great to see that The De La Salle Academy and also North Liverpool Academy, are being proactive and utilising the resources of LFC Foundation to engage with the students and hopefully try and tackle and prevent some of these potential issues.”
Matt Parish, director of LFC Foundation said: “This innovative project allows our coaches to use the power of sport and the LFC brand to break down barriers with young people and get them talking about serious issues affecting their community.
“Both schools are already feeling the benefits of the project and have reported a significant improvement in the attendance rates of those students involved. We have massive aspirations for what we can achieve during the three years.”
Merseyside Police’s Community Cash Back Fund utilises money obtained through the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). They are using the money to support specific community projects and operations, crime reduction initiatives and promote diversionary activities.
LFC Foundation is Liverpool Football Club's official charity, which aims to create life changing opportunities for children and young people. For more information visit foundation.liverpoolfc.com
Close-up footage of Alisson Becker and his fellow Liverpool goalkeepers features in the latest edition of Inside Training.
Preparations for Friday's clash with Huddersfield Town continued at Melwood on Wednesday, and our exclusive video takes you behind the scenes of the Reds' session.
As well as capturing Alisson, Simon Mignolet and Caoimhin Kelleher running through their drills, LFCTV GO's cameras also filmed Jürgen Klopp's outfield players taking part in an intense passing exercise.
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Joel Matip has been one of Liverpool’s stand-out performers in 2019 and the centre-back says his way of playing is all about helping the team.
Gomez initially shone in the first half of the campaign, but an injury to the No. 12 gave Matip an opportunity on a more regular basis—and he has been something of an unsung hero for months, until recent recognition.
Excellent defensive work, much better consistency and his best run of fitness to-date have made 18/19 his best season in a Liverpool shirt by far.
But there’s one other aspect of his game which fans have really taken to: a penchant for dribbling out of defence, surging toward the opposition and committing players to close him down, leaving room for a pass to an attacking team-mate in the final third.
His surprising elegance and confidence when running in possession has been a regular feature of his game this term and Matip told the club website it’s all about helping the team.
“I’m a defender but I really enjoy to have the ball in all situations.
“We have the ball quite often and I try to help my team-mates and try to do something for the team to create something. I really enjoy it. I think it’s not bad if you enjoy the way you play.
“When I was young I tried to play from the back. I think that’s just the way I am, the way I play. Sometimes it helps and I hope that it will help our team.
“Maybe I should not do it every few minutes but I think he [Klopp] trusts me. If I step in and the risk is not too high and I can help the team then it’s helpful.”
While those forays forward have often led to a shooting chance for others, even by way of free-kicks when Matip is fouled mid-dribble, Reds fans don’t often see the Cameroonian strike from range at the end of his runs.
That’s not likely to change soon, as the defender acknowledges his own limitations.
“I know what I can do and shooting is not my favourite part, so I think it’s better to leave the shooting for some others!
“But maybe one day I will be in a better position and also can score with a shot.”
Matip has just the one goal this season, scored early on in the campaign against Southampton.
He has played the full 90 minutes in each of Liverpool’s last 13 Premier League matches, with the Reds keeping six clean sheets in that span.
Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno met with hundreds of local pupils at a West Derby School this week.
The Reds full-back made the short trip from Melwood to Blackmoor Park Junior School on Wednesday to spend the afternoon with children from years four, five and six.
Moreno took part in Q&A sessions with eight classes - answering the youngsters’ questions before signing autographs and posing for photographs.
“It’s always great to get out into the local community and meet the young fans," Moreno said.
“Melwood is just around the corner and these children are our neighbours, so we try to come and see them as much as possible.
“It’s been a really fun day here at the school.”
LFC committed to first team players visiting schools in the local area after autographs and photographs were prohibited outside Melwood for health and safety reasons.
The school visits provide a safer environment for young fans to collect autographs and allow even more local children to meet the players face to face.