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Bayern Munich reveal how clubs can return to team training despite lockdown

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 10:39

Despite Germany still being in lockdown, Bayern Munich have returned to limited training at Sabener Strasse, providing an example for clubs like Liverpool.

The German public have been restricted to their homes since mid-March, with Bavaria the first state to instruct their citizens to remain indoors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Football had already been suspended by then, with the Bundesliga calling games off on March 13, just hours before Fortuna Dusseldorf’s home clash with Paderborn.

Bayern’s last game was a 2-0 win over Augsburg on March 8, but on Monday became one of the first sides to return to their training ground for work, along with Paderborn, Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg.

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Hans-Dieter Flick’s squad were restricted to small groups, with the session including running and shooting drills and technical work, with players keeping two metres apart to follow social distancing rules.

The club have confirmed “all hygiene measures were strictly observed in order to slow the spread of coronavirus” as they operated “in line with government policy.”

“It was certainly a very unusual feeling holding a training session in small groups today, but it was also nice to see the boys in person again,” Manuel Neuer explained after training.

“I’d like to thank the club and all the helpers who have made it possible for us to complete football-specific training on the pitch again during these difficult times.”

 Liverpool's players during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Club Atlético de Madrid and Liverpool FC. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

While these are still clearly exceptional circumstances, and Bayern are yet to find out when they can return to full training or, indeed, fulfil their remaining fixtures, it is a step forward.

Furthermore, it serves as an example to other leagues and clubs of how training could resume while social distancing measures are still in place.

It has been mooted that the Premier League could return in June, with squads back in training next month, and it is likely sessions would begin in a similar fashion to Bayern.

For now, Liverpool have been holding group training via Zoom, with players connecting from home as they follow routines set by Andreas Kornmayer, overseen by the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Pepijn Lijnders.

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Ceferin: No way Liverpool won't be PL champions

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 09:45

Last Updated: 07/04/20 4:49pm

Liverpool have won 27 of their 29 Premier League games this season Liverpool have won 27 of their 29 Premier League games this season Liverpool have won 27 of their 29 Premier League games this season

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin can see "no way" that Liverpool could finish the season without the Premier League title.

Ceferin said on Monday that Liverpool would surely win the Premier League title if this season continues but if the coronavirus pandemic does cancel the remaining games then there would be no option to null and void the season.

Jurgen Klopp's side are currently 25 points clear of second-placed Manchester City with eight games remaining.

"I see no way for Liverpool to stay untitled. If the championship resumes, they will almost certainly win it - theoretically, it has not yet reached the guaranteed level, but it is practically close," Ceferin told Slovenian sports daily Ekipa.

"However, if it could not be played, it would also be necessary to announce the results in some way and find some key on how the champions should be determined. And, of course, again I do not see a scenario in which that would not be Liverpool.

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"I understand that fans will be disappointed if it happens in an empty stadium or even at the green table, but I believe they will win the title one way or another."

Ceferin says he is hopeful the leagues in Italy and Spain will also resume, the two countries are the most affected in Europe from COVID-19 so far.

He added: "I'm an optimist. I am optimistic that we will see the conclusion of the Spanish championship, I am optimistic that we will see the conclusion of the Italian one, and I am optimistic in general.

"Of course, I cannot guarantee anything, I cannot promise anything. It will all depend on the situation in the individual countries, it will all depend on whether the circumstances are good enough for you to avoid endangering anyone by playing football."

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Harvey Elliott beats Cristiano Ronaldo at his own game in latest isolation challenge

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 09:24

After Cristiano Ronaldo set the record in Nike’s #LivingRoomCup challenge, Liverpool teenager Harvey Elliott surpassed the Juventus forward in an impressive feat.

Ronaldo is unarguably one of the most freakishly fit athletes on the planet, which has fuelled his remarkable career that has seen him win six league titles, five Champions Leagues, the Euros and countless individual honours.

But when he laid out the challenge as part of the #LivingRoomCup, he may not have expected to have been beaten by a 17-year-old on Merseyside.

Elliott may have faced the disappointment of celebrating his 17th birthday in isolation on Saturday, but he can take the small victory of breaking Ronaldo’s record at home.

Ronaldo managed 142 toe-touch reps in 45 seconds, which Elliott just broke with 146.

To potentially highlight how strong Elliott’s effort was, Xherdan Shaqiri attempted the challenge via his Instagram story and managed just 80 reps.

Elsewhere, Gini Wijnaldum posted his home workout routine, as the Liverpool squad maintain their fitness with group and individual sessions ahead of a hopeful return to action:

Dejan Lovren showed his skills with a two-minute keepy-ups video, displaying a clean first touch to round it off:

Virgil van Dijk is clearly missing Melwood, as he wrote “can’t wait to be back out there” as he shared a clip of him teeing up Jurgen Klopp for a Peter Kay-style hoof into the netting, high and wide of the goal:

And at the weekend, Mohamed Salah was joined by his daughter for a training session in his garden—including using her as a weight for squats:

Liverpool were set to announce a new three-year contract for Elliott on the winger’s 17th birthday, but this appears to have been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

It could be that the news breaks in the coming days, but more important matters have taken priority at this stage—along with the club’s U-turn on a much-criticised decision to furlough non-playing staff.

Elliott’s new deal will keep him at the club until 2023, with his terms the longest a player of his age can sign.

The club are yet to agree a fee with Fulham following his move from Craven Cottage last summer, as though his contract had expired with the Championship side they are eligible for compensation for their role in his development.

It is likely that this will be determined at a tribunal, though Fulham are believed to have asked for around £7 million.

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Steven Gerrard becomes latest manager to make “no-brainer” wage deferral

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 08:53

Steven Gerrard has spoken of his pride after a “unanimous” decision among his coaches and players to defer wages in order to protect non-football staff’s income.

Rangers earlier revealed the first-team squad had volunteered to temporarily forego a portion of their wages for three months.

The Ibrox club will also make use of the government’s job retention scheme to ensure other employees receive their full wages.

The players and coaching staff are reported to be taking only half of their salaries for three months but will be reimbursed once football resumes following the suspension amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Gerrard told his club’s Twitter account: “The players and the directors and staff have shown good leadership and responsibility to defer the wages. I think it was a no-brainer and the right thing to do.

“It’s important that you show respect to all the people at the club whatever your role is and I think we have shown real good togetherness by doing this.

“I’m very proud of the efforts and the support of everyone at the club. It was unanimous that everyone wanted to do this.

“It’s important during these hard times that no-one suffers from financial hardship. It does make me really proud as a manager that everyone was really keen to make sure that everyone was looked after.”

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— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 6, 2020

A club statement read: “Rangers can confirm that first-team players, manager, coaches and executive directors have volunteered to take a salary deferral for the next three months.

“Senior players and staff were keen to ensure that no Rangers employee suffered financial hardship during this crisis.

“All parties volunteered and wholeheartedly agreed to defer wages to ensure that fellow colleagues could continue to be paid their salaries in full.

“We are proud of the leadership and responsibility taken by senior members of staff, and acknowledge the positive impact that this will have on everyone at Rangers.

“We are resolved that the integrity of the club is maintained as we continue our focus on ensuring the financial stability of the business.

“Due to the extraordinary challenges from the ongoing crisis, Rangers intends to implement the coronavirus job retention scheme for a number of employees.

“Rangers will ensure that everyone furloughed under this government scheme will receive 100 percent salary through ‘top up’ assistance from the club with all other conditions and benefits remaining unchanged.”

The Rangers team have come together to help their colleagues (PA)

Skipper James Tavernier added: “I want to place on record our appreciation to every single member of staff for their determination and resolve during these unprecedented events. I’m very proud of the reaction of everyone at Rangers to the challenge we face throughout the UK and beyond.

“As a team, we were adamant that we work together to do all we can to secure the future of the football club. We are also acutely aware of the livelihoods and wellbeing of our staff.

“In reality, it was an easy decision for players and senior staff. Now is the time to work with unity of purpose, as the Rangers family, to ensure that everyone works together to maintain our institution. Today has made me proud to be Rangers captain.”

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Goal of the Day: Alvaro Arbeloa's breakaway at Reading

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 08:30

The first of Alvaro Arbeloa's two goals for Liverpool arrived on this day in 2007.

The Spanish full-back started and finished a fine counter-attack to open the scoring in a 2-1 victory at Reading.

Watch Arbeloa's cool finish below.

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Goal of the Day: Alvaro Arbeloa's breakaway at Reading

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The first of Alvaro Arbeloa's two goals for Liverpool arrived on this day in 2007.
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The 22-month spell where Liverpool’s trio of home-grown heroes set legacy in motion

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 20:00

Within the space of 22 months, three Liverpool stars of the future would debut for the club and set in motion careers which would leave lasting legacies.

Liverpool has a famed history and tradition of developing and nurturing their own talent, ensuring a Scouse heartbeat is ever-present.

From Laurie Hughes, Ian Callaghan, Ronnie Moran, Phil Thompson, Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler, to name just a few.

And the emergence of Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard ushered in a new era of local talent to rise from within.

They would all make their debut for the first team within a 22-month period as teenagers, with Carragher (19-years-old) leading the way before Owen (17) and Gerrard (18) followed.

 Liverpool's Jamie Carragher celebrates beating Everton 2-1 during the 206th Merseyside Derby match at Goodison Park. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Carragher and Owen had been members of the successful FA Youth Cup side the year before, and Roy Evans would the manager to hand the duo their first taste of senior action, both from the substitutes bench.

The former had signed his first professional contract three months prior following a successful apprenticeship, and his Liverpool bow would come against Middlesbrough on January 8, 1997, in the League Cup.

A league start against Aston Villa would soon follow, where he would net his first goal having been deployed in midfield, the first of 508 Premier League appearances during his 17-year career.

Jamie Redknapp played alongside Carragher on that day and conceded that he “didn’t think he would become one of the world’s best defenders,” as while Owen and Gerrard had star quality from the off, he “had to work really hard at his game.”

Carragher’s versatility meant he would feature at right-back, left-back, centre-back and in midfield, and while his early career was not without lows – two own goals against Manchester United in 1999 – he would soon become an integral and irreplaceable component of Liverpool’s back-line.

The Bootle boy may have grown up as an Everton fan, but he would end his illustrious career as a Liverpool legend, with the Kop dreaming of a team of Carraghers.

 Liverpool's Michael Owen celebrates scoring from the penalty spot Manchester United with team-mate Steven Gerrard during the FA Youth Cup match at Anfield. United won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Owen, meanwhile, had superstardom waiting on his doorstep at a tender age, with his frightening pace and lethal finishing beyond his years ensuring he exploded onto the scene.

“He is ready for whatever you throw at him; nothing fazes Michael Owen. He’s ready,” was Steve Heighway’s assessment.

On May 6, 1997, he made his debut in the penultimate game of the season against Wimbledon and needed just 16 minutes to find the back of the net, the first of 158 goals for the club during his seven years at Anfield.

It made him Liverpool’s youngest-ever goalscorer at 17 years and 143 days, a record which stood until November 2016, when Ben Woodburn netted against Leeds at 17 years and 42 days.

He would make himself irreplaceable to the team the following season after Robbie Fowler succumbed to injury, with Evans forced to forget plans of a carefully laid out transition into the first team, as Owen swiftly became the Reds’ number one striker.

 Liverpool's goalscorers Michael Owen (l) and Steven Gerrard celebrate beating Manchester United 2-0 during the Football League Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

For Gerrard, it would be Gerard Houllier who would hand him the keys to the castle he was yet to know he would rule in the future, with his debut arriving on November 29, 1998, in a 2-0 win over Blackburn in the league.

Both Carragher and Owen had featured from the off that day and while only introduced with moments left, it would be the first of 710 appearances.

An outing at right-back in the Merseyside derby in just his ninth game would provide a glimpse into the future, with two goal-line clearances providing a taste of the heroics he would later serve in spades.

“A wonderful talent, a young man with the steel of a Stiles and the style of a Souness,” was how the Liverpool Echo’s Ric George described him.

Together the trio won the historic treble of the League, FA and UEFA Cup in the 2000/01 season, which preceded the UEFA Super Cup and a second League Cup in 2002/03.

Owen would receive the Ballon d’Or in 2001, among various other individual awards, before leaving for Real Madrid in the summer of 2004, after 297 games and 158 goals.

It was a move which would set in motion a future switch to Man United – ensuring his legacy at Anfield is one which is, for many, tainted.

Carragher and Gerrard, however, would remain and become the pillars of Liverpool in the decade which followed.

The latter would be named captain on October 15, 2003, and the pair would prove integral to the road to Istanbul, the 2006 FA Cup final and the 2012 League Cup triumph.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (l) and Jamie Carragher celebrate with the trophy

You’d struggle to find two players who played with more heart and courage than Carragher and Gerrard, they were the epitome of everything it meant to play for Liverpool Football Club.

Liverpool’s No. 23 would hang up his boots at the end of the 2012/13 season and the Reds’ No. 8 would follow in May 2015. They left nothing to chance and gave everything to their football club.

Carragher, Owen and Gerrard played a combined 1744 games for Liverpool, scoring 349 goals along the way as they added nine pieces of silverware to the trophy cabinet.

Not bad for three teenagers who dreamt of making it at the top.

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Replayed: Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool - watch extended highlights

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 20:00

There was late, late drama as Liverpool came from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1.

With 87 minutes on the clock at Villa Park back in November, the Reds still trailed to Trezeguet's first-half opener.

However, the visitors' relentless commitment to salvaging something from a seemingly lost cause was finally rewarded when Andy Robertson equalised with a thumping header.

And then, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Sadio Mane bravely stooped to glance home Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner.

Cue bedlam in the away end.

Relive the highlights of the game below via YouTube as part of our Replayed series, which looks back on each league fixture of the campaign on weekdays.

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Replayed: Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool - watch extended highlights

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“Impact of fans” hailed as FSG “do the right thing” – Fans react to Liverpool’s furlough U-turn

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 19:25

FSG were acknowledged for “admitting a mistake” as the “impact of fans” prompted the Liverpool owners to take a U-turn in their plan to furlough non-playing staff.

The club’s announcement on Saturday that they would be utilising the government’s scheme to cover 80 percent of their furloughed staff’s wages, topped up by a further 20 percent themselves, was widely criticised.

For an institution with the turnover of Liverpool to draw upon funds that are desperately needed elsewhere was deemed irresponsible at best.

That prompted, over two days later, the confirmation that the club would no longer be pushing forward with their plans to furlough staff, with a statement claiming they are “truly sorry” and had “opted to find alternative means.”

It was a much-needed change of tack, and taking to Twitter after the news broke fans, journalists and supporters’ groups reflected on the decision.

Clearly, the U-turn was hailed as the “right decision”…

In his letter, Moore says: "We believe we came to the wrong decision."
Liverpool absolutely came to the wrong decision on Saturday afternoon. They have now arrived at the right decision.

— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) April 6, 2020

Well done to #LFC for reversing their furlough decision – they didn't have to, and they deserve some credit for doing so.

But it's still staggering it took a public backlash for them to realise that would be the reaction – that should have been obvious from the start.

— Matt Addison (@MattAddison97) April 6, 2020

I hold Liverpool to a higher standard than any other company in the world. I did not expect them to U-turn but my word I'm glad they did.

— Chris Pajak (@mrbloodred) April 6, 2020

Fair play to Liverpool.

— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) April 6, 2020

Never too late to do the right thing @LFC @PeterMooreLFC ??

— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) April 6, 2020

Well done @LFC you seen the error of your ways and rightly reversed the furlough decision…#LFC ?

— Gazzzzaaaa ???????? (@SwanyThaRed) April 6, 2020

FSG were praised for admitting their mistakes…

It's never too late to do the right thing. #LFC have listened, admitted they made a mistake, reversed it, apologised and are committed to finding alternative ways to ensure all staff are protected.https://t.co/Wvv2mnAUB2

— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) April 6, 2020

Credit where it’s due, @LFC take on board criticism about furloughing staff and make a u-turn like they did over ticket prices in 2016 when fans’ protests hit home and resonated across the Atlantic, 3 days of hugely-negative PR could so easily have been avoided though https://t.co/Vt28tsro4R

— Carl Markham (@carlmarkham) April 6, 2020

The one of the things I will give FSG huge credit for is that they listen to reaction and fans, they are not perfect but it goes a long way to show and admit your mistake. Fair play.

— Karl (@KarlThyer) April 6, 2020

A sign of decent owners, who are not afraid to admit when they make a mistake… https://t.co/A7Dq9EhDJC

— Alex Miller (@alexmiller73) April 6, 2020

It would obviously be better if they hadn't done it in the first place, but once again there's a clear willingness from FSG to listen and respond quickly when they've made a bad call. https://t.co/xwcqLstcYC

— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) April 6, 2020

However there was a sense that it was an unnecessary error…

So much damage done, not sure "soz, we're not doing that now" works by itself.

Not applauding them for "coming to their senses", either. Digging their heels in would have been collective suicide.

They had literally no other way to turn.

— Steven Kelly (@SteKelly198586) April 6, 2020

It would be preferable if they didn’t keep doing stuff they had to apologise for, but at least LFC don’t dig their heels in and will admit when they get it wrong. That counts for something at least. And once again, proud to be part of a fanbase that doesn’t accept shit like this.

— The Liverpool Way ??? (@theliverpoolway) April 6, 2020

Thank god for that.

Not going to overly applaud this after the awful original decision, but fair play for changing their stance. https://t.co/Jb7xNzRtzA

— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) April 6, 2020

The power of fans was key…

Well done every Liverpool fan, writer @spiritofshankly, @carra23 and @LFC finally for doing the right thing.

A note to fans of other clubs. This shows what YOU plus current/legends and fan groups can do when clubs go awry.

Fan advocacy, vocal legends, fans equals results.

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— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) April 6, 2020

The right decision for LFC to reverse this. And right to mention the engagement they’ve had with @spiritofshankly and others https://t.co/Ni1JRhrfM6

— Jay McKenna (@JayMcKenna87) April 6, 2020

Well done all the ex Liverpool players and their own fans whose reaction has led to an about turn from @LFC on furloughing ??

— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) April 6, 2020

Liverpool shows impact of fans pushing against decisions they see as damaging to their club, rather than defending owners.

Liverpool reversed plans to raise ticket prices at Anfield in 2016 and now the club has abandoned plans to use the government furlough scheme for staff

— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) April 6, 2020

Once again it was the public anger that led to an institution in this case Liverpool FC to reverse course. Reminder Spurs, Newcastle and Norwich the Premier League teams still seeking govt funds to furlough staff

— tariq panja (@tariqpanja) April 6, 2020

Your club listens, sometimes. If they've fucked up, shout at them. It works.

— Nick Miller (@NickMiller79) April 6, 2020

And as Liverpool join the two Manchester clubs, focus turned to Spurs and Co…

A shocking own goal corrected with a good one at the other end. With the two Manchester clubs rejecting furloughs Liverpool were exposed. Fans must be so relieved. https://t.co/Yawqb5mYdC

— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) April 6, 2020

Liverpool have done the right thing, following the lead of Man City and Man Utd. Spurs and Newcastle may or may not take Liverpool’s example…

— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) April 6, 2020

But no disgrace in admitting a mistake in fact it’s a sign of listening to people – will Spurs now follow suit?

— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) April 6, 2020

Good to see Liverpool reversing their original decision. FSG initially desperately wrong in their decision, but happy to listen to fans, hold their hands up in admission and are now doing the right thing. Ultimately that’s what matters. Hope Spurs and co. follow suit.

— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) April 6, 2020

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Liverpool REVERSE decision to furlough staff

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 18:30

Liverpool FC have reversed the decision to furlough some of their non-playing staff, after widespread criticism of the move taken by the club over the weekend.

The Premier League champions-in-waiting released a “COVID-19” statement on Saturday which revealed that around 200 non-playing staff, thought to be primarily from retail and administrative roles, were to be furloughed but paid 100% of their earnings.

This, though, was met with criticism from supporters and former players of the club, saying that it goes against the club’s moral ethos to use government funds to pay staff.

In a statement released on Monday evening, Liverpool CEO Peter Moore apologised for the “wrong” decision originally and say the club will now find “alternative ways to operate” without using the government scheme.

Dear Liverpool supporters,

First and foremost on behalf of our ownership, Fenway Sports Group, we would like to emphasise the thoughts and concerns of everyone are with those suffering from the dreadful COVID-19 pandemic and the families of those affected.

We would also recognise and pay tribute to the heroism of the incredible health service and key workers locally, nationally and internationally. All other worries should be placed in that context first.

Allowing for perspective in these unprecedented and harrowing times, it is important to address an issue we, as an organisation, have been involved in since the weekend.

We have consulted with a range of key stakeholders as part of a process aimed at achieving the best possible outcome for all concerned. A range of possible scenarios were considered, including but not restricted to: applying to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which pays 80 per cent of salary and guaranteeing the 20 per cent payment; applying to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme with a guarantee to reimburse monies received at a later date; and, thirdly, finding an alternative means to cover our furlough costs.

It is as a direct result of this extensive consultation and our own internal deliberations at various levels throughout the club that we have opted to find alternative means despite our eligibility to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week to announce that we intended to apply to the Coronavirus Retention Scheme and furlough staff due to the suspension of the Premier League football calendar, and are truly sorry for that.

Our intentions were, and still are, to ensure the entire workforce is given as much protection as possible from redundancy and/or loss of earnings during this unprecedented period.

We are therefore committed to finding alternative ways to operate while there are no football matches being played that ensures we are not applying for the government relief scheme.

We would like to acknowledge the great army of staff and casual workers who work tirelessly to ensure Liverpool is a club that operates to the highest of standards.

But in the spirit of transparency we must also be clear, despite the fact we were in a healthy position prior to this crisis, our revenues have been shut off yet our outgoings remain. And like almost every sector of society, there is great uncertainty and concern over our present and future.

Like any responsible employer concerned for its workers in the current situation, the club continues to prepare for a range of different scenarios, around when football can return to operating as it did before the pandemic. These scenarios range from best case to worst and everything in between.

It is an unavoidable truth that several of these scenarios involve a massive downturn in revenue, with correspondingly unprecedented operating losses. Having these vital financial resources so profoundly impacted would obviously negatively affect our ability to operate as we previously have.

We are engaged in the process of exploring all avenues within our scope to limit the inevitable damage. We thank the many amazing people in our club, at all levels, who are committed to helping us do just that, despite the complexity and unpredictability in the world and our industry.

We would also like to take the opportunity to thank those who have engaged with us in a productive fashion, none more so than our supporters, their representatives, particularly Spirit of Shankly, the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, local MPs Dan Carden and many other individuals, with whom we have had much valued dialogue.

Stay safe.
Peter Moore
Chief executive officer

The bad press that the original decision has given the club has seemingly prompted a turnaround in the approach.

It represents another wise u-turn by Liverpool under the ownership of Fenway Sports Group, who reversed a previous controversial move when they announced £77 ticket prices in the new Main Stand which resulting in a mass protest at Anfield in 2016.

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Liverpool reverse furlough decision

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 18:30
"We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week... [we] are truly sorry for that," says CEO Peter Moore in open letter to fans

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5:17 Jamie Carragher gives his thoughts on the news that Liverpool have reversed their decision to use the government's furlough scheme to pay non-playing club staff Jamie Carragher gives his thoughts on the news that Liverpool have reversed their decision to use the government's furlough scheme to pay non-playing club staff

Liverpool have reversed their decision to use the government's furlough scheme to pay non-playing club staff, apologising to fans for coming to the "wrong conclusion".

The club had planned to use the scheme to pay around 200 staff, whose work has been affected by the suspension of the Premier League, a move which was criticised by former players Jamie Carragher and Dietmar Hamann.

In an open letter to fans, CEO Peter Moore wrote: "We have consulted with a range of key stakeholders as part of a process aimed at achieving the best possible outcome for all concerned.

"A range of possible scenarios were considered, including but not restricted to: applying to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which pays 80 per cent of salary and guaranteeing the 20 per cent payment; applying to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme with a guarantee to reimburse monies received at a later date and, thirdly, finding an alternative means to cover our furlough costs.

"It is as a direct result of this extensive consultation and our own internal deliberations at various levels throughout the Club that we have opted to find alternative means despite our eligibility to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

"We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week to announce that we intended to apply to the Coronavirus Retention Scheme and furlough staff due to the suspension of the Premier League football calendar, and are truly sorry for that.

"Our intentions were, and still are, to ensure the entire workforce is given as much protection as possible from redundancy and/or loss of earnings during this unprecedented period.

"We are therefore committed to finding alternative ways to operate while there are no football matches being played that ensures we are not applying for the government relief scheme."

Carragher: 'I'm delighted - it was a shocking original decision'

Sky Sports' Jamie Carragher told The Debate:

"My hope was that there would be enough time to reverse this decision - I was very angry when the original decision came through because people look at Liverpool as a model of how to do things and clubs try to replicate them.

"The football world expected it from Tottenham and Daniel Levy, Newcastle and Mike Ashley - but not from Liverpool, who have built themselves up over the last few years of 'this means more' and the 'You'll Never Walk Alone' anthem and always looking back at Bill Shankly with socialist values. I thought it was a shocking decision, but I'm delighted they've changed their minds. However, it will still leave a bitter taste with some Liverpool supporters.

"This has embarrassed Liverpool supporters. Manchester United, City and Everton fans have been laughing at Liverpool. I'm glad they've seen sense. When these owners have made a big mistake, they've called back on it - they deserve credit for that."

Neville: 'Football needs to do more'

Sky Sports' Gary Neville told The Debate:

"There is no doubt Liverpool were always going to reverse that decision. Liverpool get a lot of things right, they get a lot of things wrong, like every football club does, every business does.

4:48 Gary Neville claims there needs to be a collective deal from the Premier League and the clubs which suits the whole of football, including struggling EFL clubs Gary Neville claims there needs to be a collective deal from the Premier League and the clubs which suits the whole of football, including struggling EFL clubs

"But this is symptomatic of football's approach in the last three weeks that they are not in any way, shape or form capturing the public mood around football and what they need to do. They need to health and safety, protect their own business but they need to make sure they set the tone for the whole country by doing good, looking after each other, being kind - all the messages we are hearing, the Queen on Sunday night. Football is not performing to the mantra of the country, football needs to give and suffer financially because it can suffer financially.

"The reality is that there are clubs in the lower leagues, in non-league, that are going to go under here if they don't get propped up by the Premier League. The Premier League is probably in a position where they could loan £1billion from somewhere or get an advance and then pay it back. The clubs in the lower leagues need money, the Premier League need to do the right thing.

"What Liverpool did on Saturday is symptomatic of what the last three weeks has been - lack of leadership, lack of decision-making, lack of clarity, lack of communication. Football is getting this really wrong at the highest level and it's a structural flaw in the game, there is no single body with an aligned interest."

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A letter from Peter Moore to Liverpool supporters

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 18:29

Liverpool chief executive officer Peter Moore has issued the following letter to supporters.

Dear Liverpool supporters,

First and foremost on behalf of our ownership, Fenway Sports Group, we would like to emphasise the thoughts and concerns of everyone are with those suffering from the dreadful COVID-19 pandemic and the families of those affected.

We would also recognise and pay tribute to the heroism of the incredible health service and key workers locally, nationally and internationally. All other worries should be placed in that context first.

Allowing for perspective in these unprecedented and harrowing times, it is important to address an issue we, as an organisation, have been involved in since the weekend.

We have consulted with a range of key stakeholders as part of a process aimed at achieving the best possible outcome for all concerned. A range of possible scenarios were considered, including but not restricted to: applying to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which pays 80 per cent of salary and guaranteeing the 20 per cent payment; applying to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme with a guarantee to reimburse monies received at a later date; and, thirdly, finding an alternative means to cover our furlough costs.

It is as a direct result of this extensive consultation and our own internal deliberations at various levels throughout the club that we have opted to find alternative means despite our eligibility to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week to announce that we intended to apply to the Coronavirus Retention Scheme and furlough staff due to the suspension of the Premier League football calendar, and are truly sorry for that. 

Our intentions were, and still are, to ensure the entire workforce is given as much protection as possible from redundancy and/or loss of earnings during this unprecedented period. 

We are therefore committed to finding alternative ways to operate while there are no football matches being played that ensures we are not applying for the government relief scheme.   

We would like to acknowledge the great army of staff and casual workers who work tirelessly to ensure Liverpool is a club that operates to the highest of standards. 

But in the spirit of transparency we must also be clear, despite the fact we were in a healthy position prior to this crisis, our revenues have been shut off yet our outgoings remain. And like almost every sector of society, there is great uncertainty and concern over our present and future.

Like any responsible employer concerned for its workers in the current situation, the club continues to prepare for a range of different scenarios, around when football can return to operating as it did before the pandemic. These scenarios range from best case to worst and everything in between.

It is an unavoidable truth that several of these scenarios involve a massive downturn in revenue, with correspondingly unprecedented operating losses. Having these vital financial resources so profoundly impacted would obviously negatively affect our ability to operate as we previously have.

We are engaged in the process of exploring all avenues within our scope to limit the inevitable damage. We thank the many amazing people in our club, at all levels, who are committed to helping us do just that, despite the complexity and unpredictability in the world and our industry.

We would also like to take the opportunity to thank those who have engaged with us in a productive fashion, none more so than our supporters, their representatives, particularly Spirit of Shankly, the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, local MPs Dan Carden and many other individuals, with whom we have had much valued dialogue. 

Stay safe.
Peter Moore
Chief executive officer

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A letter from Peter Moore to Liverpool supporters

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 18:29
Liverpool chief executive officer Peter Moore has issued the following letter to supporters.
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Five Liverpool 19/20 stats you didn't know

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 12:00
Explore Liverpool's stats from the 2019/20 season

Last Updated: 05/04/20 3:02pm

Firmino has endured contrasting fortunes at home this season Firmino has endured contrasting fortunes at home this season Firmino has endured contrasting fortunes at home this season

From their record-breaking points haul to the forward who cannot score at Anfield, we pick out five stats you may not have known about Liverpool's 2019/20 season.

Possession is nine-tenths of the law

This is not that surprising given Jurgen Klopp teams are built around the concept of Gegenpressing, but the Premier League leaders have won possession on 194 occasions the final third so far this season.

And that is a whopping 32 more times than any other side in the Premier League.

In fact, one of the enduring images of the Reds in this campaign - or any since the German arrived at Anfield - is that of them stealing the ball back from the opposition, before breaking forward at pace like the Red Arrows.

Virgil's human after all Van Dijk has been dribbled past six times already this season Van Dijk has been dribbled past six times already this season Van Dijk has been dribbled past six times already this season

It was one of the most eye-catching stats from last season - that Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk had not been dribbled past during the entire 38-game Premier League campaign.

Well, it seems the imposing Netherlands international is human after all given that this season has seen him dribbled past on six occasions.

Sloppy Reds

Surprisingly for a team currently walking away with the Premier League having lost just once all season and with the best defensive record in the top flight, Liverpool have actually made 19 errors that have directly led to shots.

In fact, only relegation-threatened Aston Villa and Tottenham have worse records in this field.

Record breakers

Before the shutdown, Liverpool had managed to rack up a ridiculous 82 points after 29 games of the campaign, meaning Klopp's men had dropped just five points all season long.

To put those numbers into context, that points haul means Liverpool have the best record at this stage of a season in the history of Europe's top five leagues.

Bobby's contrasting home fortunes Firmino has laid on six league goals at Anfield this campaign, while failing to score Firmino has laid on six league goals at Anfield this campaign, while failing to score Firmino has laid on six league goals at Anfield this campaign, while failing to score

It has been a strange campaign at Anfield for Liverpool forward Firmino - on the one hand, the Brazilian has struggled horribly in front of goal in the league, having 48 shots without finding the back of the net.

At the same time, however, Firmino has also contributed six assists at Anfield, a total bettered only by team-mate Trent Alexander Arnold and Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.

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Use the interactive widget below to explore more Liverpool stats from the 2019/20 season - from passing to shooting to discipline... just hit the tabs. And then delve into each player's individual numbers using the drop-down option in the second widget.

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Jurgen Klopp to take pay cut as Premier League wage debate rolls on

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 10:09

Jurgen Klopp is said to be willing to take a pay cut to provide funds in the coronavirus pandemic, despite debate ongoing between players and the Premier League.

Negotiations among the PFA continue regarding the demand for a 30 percent wage cut or deferral, with chief executive Gordon Taylor doubling down after health secretary Matt Hancock’s latest comments.

Hancock has maintained his bizarre stance that Premier League footballers should be “playing their part” but not, his aversion to questioning would suggest, billionaire business owners—including those who run the clubs themselves.

Taylor told the Telegraph that the players are “not stupid” and will require “complete due diligence” from their clubs to ensure the funds are going to the right places.

The same furore does not exist over managers, however, which has allowed a more comfortable discussion between the figureheads of the 20 clubs.

Both Eddie Howe and Graham Potter have already taken voluntary wage cuts, and the Mail reports that Klopp, along with David Moyes, has “privately indicated” that he is ready to do the same.

This follows his compassionate message on the outbreak of coronavirus last month, when he told fans “if it’s a choice between football and the good of the wider society, it’s no contest.”

“Yes, I am the manager of this team and club and therefore carry a leadership responsibility with regards to our future on the pitch,” he continued.

“But I think in the present moment, with so many people around our city, the region, the country and the world facing anxiety and uncertainty, it would be entirely wrong to speak about anything other than advising people to follow expert advice and look after themselves and each other.”

Jurgen Klopp was named best coach at the FIFA awards ceremony in Milan (Luca Bruno/AP)

It is perhaps an indictment of the clamour for footballers—and footballers only—to “play their part” that managers are not part of the political discussion, but it is positive nonetheless that the LMA are advising their members.

Klopp has been consistently supportive of charity endeavours, and upon receiving the FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year award in September revealed he had become the first manager to join the Common Goal initiative.

The German pledged one percent of his annual salary, as is the norm with Common Goal, to disadvantaged young people around the world.

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