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Fan Update launches for Liverpool FC Official Members

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 16:00

Liverpool FC has introduced a new fan identification scheme, Fan Update, with the dual aim of making the process of buying tickets as fair as possible, while also making Anfield more secure for supporters by knowing who is in the ground at each game.

The introduction of Fan Update will ensure that all memberships are registered in the correct name of the account holder, with just one official membership registered per supporter. There will be a process to help supporters who currently have more than one official membership or season ticket to clarify who uses the tickets going forward.

Members who attended 13 or more Premier League home games last season will be first to complete the process before all other members and match-goers participate in the same process, including all season ticket holders and hospitality members.

From Monday October 14, the process can be completed via a specially-designed online system, which will take fans through the verification in a step-by-step process. 

The Members who attended 13 or more games last season will need to confirm or amend their registered details in order to gain entrance to the stadium using tickets bought in the Members’ ticket sale in November.

Members will be contacted directly by email, SMS or post and given guidance on how to complete the identification process in the coming weeks, so supporters are urged to ensure their contact details are up to date. Season ticket holders and hospitality members will then be contacted later in the season to complete the same process.

Peter Moore, CEO of Liverpool FC, said: “The Fan Update process has been developed to do a number of things, but improving ticket sales distribution is paramount. We hope that Fan Update will provide fairer ticket allocation and availability, and ultimately make Anfield more accessible for our supporters. 

“Fan Update will be rolled out across other sections of supporters in the near future. We’d like to thank all supporters for their participation and encourage these official Members to complete Fan Update as quickly as possible.” 

For more information or enquiries, fans can contact our dedicated support team by calling 0151 264 2500 or visiting our Help Centre page to find out how to email us and other methods of getting in touch at https://faq.liverpoolfc.com/portal/kb/liverpool-fc/ticketing/fan-update.

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Fan Update launches for Liverpool FC Official Members

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 16:00
Liverpool FC has introduced a new fan identification scheme, Fan Update, with the dual aim of making the process of buying tickets as fair as possible, while also making Anfield more secure for supporters by knowing who is in the ground at each game.
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Journalist reveals extent of FSG’s anger at Brendan Rodgers at end of Liverpool reign

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 15:00

A Liverpool journalist has claimed Fenway Sports Group were left frustrated with Brendan Rodgers’ “schtick” in the months leading up to his dismissal in 2015.


Rodgers returned to Merseyside last weekend as his Leicester side lost 2-1 at Anfield, with the Reds’ dominance a reminder of their progress since his sacking.

Jurgen Klopp was appointed his successor in October 2015, and has maintained a strong, healthy relationship with FSG since, with all parties largely in agreement over matters both on and off the pitch.

The same could not be said of Rodgers, whose reputation at the club soured over the years, with the Independent‘s Tony Evans claiming his public persona jarred with the owners’ ideals.

It has long been known that the manager and Liverpool’s transfer committee failed to see eye-to-eye on a number of signings, and Evans claims FSG “were convinced that Rodgers favoured English players.”

He names Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert as additions who “did not engender much confidence in Boston,” while they were “frustrated” by his “reluctance to play” the likes of Emre Can and Lazar Markovic.

 Liverpool's Emre Can, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho hold hands against Crystal Palace during the FA Cup 5th Round match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“After a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford in December, they gave him an ultimatum: get the likes of Can into the side or pay with your job,” Evans wrote.

This prompted a switch to a 3-4-3 formation, with Can installed as centre-back alongside Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho, and the Reds went on a 13-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.

But this reportedly came after “heavy pressure” from FSG president Mike Gordon to “move Rodgers away from his favoured 4-3-3 and 4-4-2 formations,” which jarred with his proclamations of a “‘eureka’ moment” to journalists.

Evans’ claims paint Rodgers as a manager who would say one thing to the club’s owners and another, completely opposite thing to the press.

This came with signings, too, with FSG feeling they were “thrown under the bus” with his comments on the departure of Andy Carroll in 2012 and the failure to sign Mohamed Salah in 2014.

 Chelsea's Mohamed Salah in action against Sporting Clube de Portugal during the final UEFA Champions League Group G match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Salah joined Chelsea at the start of 2014, after the Reds were out-priced by Basel.

Evans suggests Rodgers was “lukewarm” about the Egyptian and had “argued against” the Swiss side’s valuation, but in public he blamed the club’s “money guys” for a move he found “hard to take.”

Remarkably, the journalist then claims an “internal missive” came from FSG: “I’m fighting the urge to call him and tear him a new asshole.”

Whether wholly accurate, Evans’ report certainly depicts Rodgers in a poor light, and would vindicate FSG for parting ways with the Ulsterman as they felt his “schtick was getting old.”

Either way, Liverpool have fortunately moved on now and so has their former manager, who remains in a strong position to lead Leicester into the top-four race this season.

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The young Liverpool strikers filling the boots of Paul Glatzel & Bobby Duncan this season

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 14:12

With Bobby Duncan gone and Paul Glatzel injured, a pair of young strikers have stepped up to take over the goalscoring burden for the Liverpool under-18s.


It is a reality that Barry Lewtas will be becoming accustomed to, but perhaps not to this scale before.

As a youth coach at a top-level club, Lewtas’ brief is constant, with the tools provided ever-changing, and over the summer he saw two players who scored 59 goals between them in 2018/19 leave his ranks.

Glatzel and Duncan forged a strong partnership in their only season together at Liverpool, with the pair also laying on a combined 26 assists in a phenomenal campaign.

But a crippling ACL injury and a controversial move to Fiorentina later, and Lewtas was left with no uncertainty over whether he could call upon his prolific forward pairing again.

Both were too consistently strong to stay in the U18s for long, and Jurgen Klopp has already revealed his plans to include Glatzel in his first-team setup on his recovery in 2020.

A succession plan will have been in place long before their departures from Kirkby—fortunately, it is paying off handsomely so far.

 Liverpool's manager Barry Lewtas during the UEFA Youth League Group E match between SSC Napoli and Liverpool FC at Stadio Comunale di Frattamaggiore. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The U18s began the campaign with a makeshift duo up front, with the newly promoted Layton Stewart and James Balagizi starting in the 7-1 victory at Blackburn on the opening day and the following 3-2 win over Stoke.

They both netted braces against Rovers, and Stewart downed the Potters with an 88th-minute winner, with the support of natural attacking midfielder Balagizi providing a welcome contrast to his direct approach.

Fidel O’Rourke took Balagizi’s place at half-time in that clash with Stoke, however, with the 17-year-old returning from injury and keeping his place ever since.

Now established as Lewtas’ first-choice strikers, O’Rourke and Stewart have produced an impressive run of form in front of goal which suggests they can step up in the absence of Glatzel and Duncan.

 Liverpool's Layton Stewart celebrates the fourth goal during the Under-18 FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A Scouser raised in Huyton, Stewart joined the Reds as a seven-year-old, and has been earmarked for a swift rise through the ranks.

He was given his first taste of life in the U18s by Steven Gerrard, but now 17, is part of the squad on a full-time basis, along with sporadic outings for the under-19s in the UEFA Youth League and under-21s in the EFL Trophy.

Stewart is more in the mould of Duncan: an out-and-out No. 9 whose predatory instinct is being nurtured to encompass a more diverse, all-round approach.

“Layton is maturing and has to understand sometimes it’s about his all-round game and development,” Lewtas explained after the young Reds’ 6-1 thrashing of Everton in October, praising the teenager for having “put a shift in.”

The coach has lauded Stewart’s attitude and application, while he has been able to pair this with a clear end product, with six goals and three assists in 10 games so far.

Layton Stewart's 88th-minute goal gave #LFCU18s a 3-2 win against @stokecity on Saturday…

… and what a strike it was ??? pic.twitter.com/wE5AWcPxgh

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 19, 2019

He has showcased a variety of finishes, but most impressive has been his ability to score crucial goals, with his acrobatic winner against Stoke followed up another decisive goal in the 88th minute as the U18s won 4-3 at home to Man United.

And in Europe, Stewart struck the equaliser in the 86th minute—just over quarter of an hour after being introduced—as the U19s held Napoli to a 1-1 draw.

These moments have shown his ability to pair natural quality with a persistence and mental fortitude.

 Liverpool's captain Fidel O'Rourke during the Under-18 FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Meanwhile, O’Rourke is a more familiar face among the U18s setup, joining Leighton Clarkson, Jake Cain, Jack Walls, Niall Brookwell, Matteo Ritaccio and Remi Savage in remaining in Lewtas’ squad from last season.

The 17-year-old—another local lad—came through in a much different fashion to Stewart, arriving at under-14s level after being spotted playing amateur football.

He has endured a series of injury problems and was kept out of the side by Glatzel and Duncan in 2018/19, but is a player whom the coaching staff have immense faith in, so much so that he is now the U18s’ captain.

O’Rourke had already worn the armband in Glatzel’s absence last term, but is now cementing himself in his place full-time, and beyond their leadership skills there are stylistic comparisons between the two.

 Liverpool's captain Fidel O'Rourke (R) celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mate Layton Stewart during the Under-18 FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC at Finch Farm. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The teenager is a hard-running, industrious striker with a keen eye for space and the right moment to make runs and finish moves.

Lewtas described him in April as “a real trustworthy No. 9,” explaining that “you know what you’ll get from him, he’ll run in behind, he’ll link the play and he’s a pest to play against.”

Restricted to just six appearances so far this season, of which five of those have been starts, O’Rourke has already scored five goals.

Like Stewart, one of those was a crucial winner, coming in stoppage time of the 3-2 victory over Swansea in the Premier League Cup in September—having begun the fightback at 2-0 down with his 66th-minute header.

 Liverpool's captain Fidel O'Rourke (C) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mates during the Under-18 FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In 16 games combined, Stewart (6G, 3A) and O’Rourke (5G) already have 11 goals and three assists between them.

Only Curtis Jones (six) and Tom Hill (five) have scored as many for the academy, while only Jones and Cain (both 11) have more goals and assists combined than Stewart (nine).

The pair have hit the ground running for a Liverpool side who look set to challenge for the U18 Premier League title again this campaign, sitting second and two points behind Man City after seven games.

Both have time on their side, with Stewart only turning 17 in September and O’Rourke not celebrating his 18th birthday until February.

 Liverpool's captain Paul Glatzel (L) and strike partner Bobby Duncan celebrate with the trophy after the FA Youth Cup Final match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the Academy Stadium. Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 extra-time draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

But if they maintain their impressive start to the campaign, the rewards have been set out for them by their predecessors: Glatzel a future first-team fixture, Duncan a £1.8 million addition to Serie A.

By mid-November last year, and the final international break of 2018, Glatzel (12) and Duncan (11) had scored 23 goals between them, doing so in 28 games combined.

That sets a lofty target, and Stewart and O’Rourke have fewer opportunities to reach it by that stage.

But that sets the benchmark for Liverpool’s new forward duo, and after a strong start they can hope to keep it up.

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Reds nominated for Community Club of the Year

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 12:31

The LFC Foundation has been nominated for Community Club of the Year at the Northwest Football Awards.

The annual event recognises those who have achieved excellence on and off the field, with this year’s ceremony taking place at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on November 11. 

Liverpool FC’s 2018-19 season was a success both on and off the pitch, with the club proving its commitment to social responsibility through its official charity, the LFC Foundation, and its dedicated community programme, Red Neighbours. 

The LFC Foundation’s mission is to create life-changing opportunities for children and young people in Merseyside and beyond, while Red Neighbours specifically focuses on making a difference to people living in and around the Anfield area.

Matt Parish, LFC Foundation director, said: “Last season was one of our best yet - over 28,000 children and young people took part in our programmes, which is an 86 per cent increase on the 2017-18 season.

“We have also continued to build strong relationships with our partners, which allows us to extend our reach and impact even further - helping to create positive opportunities for more children and young people throughout Merseyside and beyond.”

Forbes Duff, Red Neighbours’ senior manager, added: “We have a social responsibility to be a good neighbour and support our local community in and around Anfield and that’s something we strive to do every day.

“All of Red Neighbours’ activities and events are designed in response to local needs such as food poverty and education, social isolation and promoting healthy living.

“Last season we saw a 33 per cent increase in attendance at our events and activities, with over 19,500 people taking part, and we will continue to strive to reach even more of the local community going forward.”

A snapshot of Red Neighbours and LFC Foundation’s delivery includes educational programmes, multi-sports sessions, half-term sports camps, breakfast clubs during school holidays, social events and sports activities for local residents aged 50+, donating free match tickets to Anfield schools, matchday foodbank collections, and arranging for local pupils to meet Liverpool players.

Some of the numbers…

  • 28,630 children and young people took part in LFC Foundation programmes during the 2018-19 season. This is up from 15,416 in the 2017-18 season - an 86 per cent increase.
  • LFC Foundation worked with more than 8,000 primary school children in 24 of our partner schools.
  • In partnership with IntoUniversity and the University of Liverpool, LFC Foundation has helped more than 1,300 disadvantaged young people in North Liverpool to reach their education potential.
  • 652 young people and adults with complex and additional needs were supported through LFC Foundation school and community football sessions.
  • 337 girls took part in LFC Foundation football sessions across 11 sites, with pathways into grassroots teams, to help grow the game.
  • 1,642 young people in high crime areas attended LFC Foundation community football, educational and personal development sessions.
  • 5,027 young people and family members took part in weekly LFC Foundation multi-sports and activity sessions and events in local parks.
  • LFC Foundation’s international work reached 3,557 young people across the world.
  • More than 19,500 members of the local community have participated in Red Neighbours’ activities and events during the 2018-19 season.
  • More than 1,400 local families attended 20 Red Neighbours breakfast clubs held at Anfield during school half-term holidays and the summer holiday.
  • More than 9,110kg of food collected - that’s a total of 3,037 people fed thanks to matchday foodbank collections.
  • More than 2,200 residents aged 50+ took part in Red Neighbours’ monthly social events and sporting activities including Monday club, walking football and chair yoga.
  • 1,100 local school kids from 25 local schools got the opportunity to enjoy a Premier League game for free at Anfield. Another 855 match tickets were donated by LFC partners for the local community and charities.
  • 240 pupils had the opportunity to meet first-team players and spend time with their heroes at local schools in West Derby.

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Reds nominated for Community Club of the Year

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 12:31
The LFC Foundation has been nominated for Community Club of the Year at the Northwest Football Awards.
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Alisson stays at Melwood for October break ahead of possible return vs. Man United

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 10:45

Alisson is following a similar programme to Adrian last month, as the Brazilian spends the October international break at Melwood ahead of his comeback.


The 27-year-old has missed the last 11 games with a calf injury sustained on the opening night of the campaign, which also ruled him out of Brazil’s clashes with Senegal and Nigeria this month.

But after making big steps in his recovery in recent weeks, he has now rejoined full training alongside his team-mates.

Liverpool have remained cautious, however, as they aim to avoid any setbacks for their first-choice goalkeeper, who kept 27 clean sheets in 51 games last season.

With a trip to Man United on October 20 looming, Alisson has foregone the usual holiday period for the Reds’ non-internationals and opted to stay for extra training at Melwood.

According to ESPN‘s Melissa Reddy, the No. 1 has joined John Achterberg for sessions in “speed, reactions, distribution and power,” in order to “improve his sharpness.”

Alisson will be targeting the clash at Old Trafford for his return to the fold, though Adrian‘s form will allow Jurgen Klopp to ease him back in, with there being no need to rush.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Adrián San Miguel del Castillo catches the ball and collides with Chelsea's Tammy Abraham during the FA Premier League match between Chelsea's FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

But that he is working on the same things his deputy did during a crucial week at Melwood last month suggests he is close to full fitness.

“We did some decent workouts with him,” Achterberg said of his individual work with the Spaniard in September.

“Distribution, crosses, speed and reactions, power—we worked a little bit on everything just to help him and keep him fit and ready.”

While their situations cannot be closely compared, with Alisson coming back from a relatively serious injury, both needed this time on the training pitch in order to readjust to regular first-team football.

Adrian, of course, had spent much of the year before joining Liverpool on the sidelines at West Ham, and underwent pre-season training alone after his release.

The 32-year-old returned after the September break noticeably more assured and comfortable in his role, and the same can hopefully be said of Alisson when he is back in the starting lineup.

Whether that comes against United remains to be seen, but there should be no reservations over his ability.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana during a training session ahead of the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Besiktas Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Reddy adds that both Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are spending the break at Melwood, too, with Klopp having informed the duo “they will have bigger roles to play” in the coming months.

Lallana has played just 100 minutes so far this season, with 90 of those coming in the League Cup.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been afforded 323, yet to fully reclaim his place in the side.

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Alisson targets Manchester United with extra training

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 10:40

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is undertaking extra training sessions at Melwood as he pushes for a return to action against Manchester United on Oct. 20.

Players not on international duty have been given the week off by manager Jurgen Klopp, but the 27-year-old, who sustained a calf injury during the Premier League opener against Norwich City, has remained at the training complex to improve his sharpness.

Goalkeeping coach John Achterberg has been working chiefly on Alisson's speed, reactions, distribution and power having spent the September break getting Brazil's No. 1 out on the pitches again to do catching, footwork and small passing drills.

The Premier League's Golden Glove winner for 2018-19 has progressed well through his recovery stages and has upped his strength with rehabilitation fitness coach Dave Rydings in the gym.

Liverpool had earmarked Alisson to be available after the October interval, but there is no longer such a strong need for him to return against struggling United if he is not yet at 100% given the performances of his understudy, Adrian.

The 32-year-old has been an excellent stand-in as Liverpool have recorded a perfect start to the league season, with eight wins from eight.

Adrian's form has allowed Liverpool to ease Alisson through the different phases of his rehab with no time constraints or pressure to be in line for contention.

Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, meanwhile, have voluntarily ceded time off to do additional training at Melwood.

Both midfielders have been informed they will have bigger roles to play as the games continue to come thick and fast for Liverpool.

Source: ESPN

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Alisson targets Manchester United with extra training

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 10:40
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is undertaking extra training sessions at Melwood as he pushes for a return to action against Manchester United on Oct. 20.
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Alisson targets Manchester United with extra training

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 10:40

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is undertaking extra training sessions at Melwood as he pushes for a return to action against Manchester United on Oct. 20.

Players not on international duty have been given the week off by manager Jurgen Klopp, but the 27-year-old, who sustained a calf injury during the Premier League opener against Norwich City, has remained at the training complex to improve his sharpness.

Goalkeeping coach John Achterberg has been working chiefly on Alisson's speed, reactions, distribution and power having spent the September break getting Brazil's No. 1 out on the pitches again to do catching, footwork and small passing drills.

The Premier League's Golden Glove winner for 2018-19 has progressed well through his recovery stages and has upped his strength with rehabilitation fitness coach Dave Rydings in the gym.

Liverpool had earmarked Alisson to be available after the October interval, but there is no longer such a strong need for him to return against struggling United if he is not yet at 100% given the performances of his understudy, Adrian.

The 32-year-old has been an excellent stand-in as Liverpool have recorded a perfect start to the league season, with eight wins from eight.

Adrian's form has allowed Liverpool to ease Alisson through the different phases of his rehab with no time constraints or pressure to be in line for contention.

Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, meanwhile, have voluntarily ceded time off to do additional training at Melwood.

Both midfielders have been informed they will have bigger roles to play as the games continue to come thick and fast for Liverpool.

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Sepp van den Berg scores in Euro U19 qualifier

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 10:30
Sepp van den Berg scored for the Netherlands U19s during a 5-0 victory over Moldova in a European U19 Championship qualifier.
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Sepp van den Berg scores in Euro U19 qualifier

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 10:30

Sepp van den Berg scored for the Netherlands U19s during a 5-0 victory over Moldova in a European U19 Championship qualifier.

The defender netted the second goal of Tuesday's match in the 33rd minute before being substituted towards the end of the second half.

Van den Berg's side are next in action on Friday when they take on Latvia in another qualifier.

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Liverpool FC Legends name squad for Rangers clash

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 10:10
Liverpool Legends have named their squad for Saturday’s clash with Rangers Legends at Ibrox.
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Liverpool FC Legends name squad for Rangers clash

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 10:10

Liverpool Legends have named their squad for Saturday’s clash with Rangers Legends at Ibrox.

14 players from the Reds’ history will take part in the fixture, including the likes of Jamie Carragher, Luis Garcia and Dirk Kuyt.

Elsewhere, Rangers first-team manager Steven Gerrard is part of the squad, but could also make an appearance for his current employers.

“I always look forward to a game of football,” he said. “I’m going to play for Liverpool and who knows, there might be a little cameo in a blue shirt as well we’ll have to see.”

Liverpool Legends squad: Jerzy Dudek, Glen Johnson, Jose Enrique, Jason McAteer, Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey, Patrik Berger, Luis Garcia, Vladimir Smicer, Jermaine Pennant, Dirk Kuyt, Chris Kirkland, Jamie Carragher, Stephen Warnock.

The match will be shown live and free on LFCTV GO worldwide as well as the club’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts. LFCTV subscribers will also be able to watch live via their existing subscription.

A donation from the game will be made to LFC Foundation, the Reds’ official charity, which delivers a range of programmes and partnerships to create life-changing opportunities for children and young people across the Liverpool City Region and beyond.

Tickets are priced at £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for children.

Details on how Liverpool fans can purchase tickets will be announced shortly. For the most up-to-date ticket information, visit https://www.liverpoolfc.com/tickets/tickets-availability.

A legend gala dinner will take place the evening before the match, on Friday October 11, at the Glynhill Hotel, Glasgow.

The dinner will provide an opportunity to meet some of the stars taking part in the game and hear interviews and anecdotes, as well as enjoying a first-class three-course meal and wine.

Both LFC Foundation and Rangers Charity Foundation will benefit from the proceeds of the dinner. Tickets for the dinner are priced at £100 plus VAT per person or £1,000 plus VAT for a table of 10. You can register your interest by contacting the Rangers events team on 0141 580 8601, emailing events@rangers.co.uk, or book online.

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'I owe him everything' - Trent Alexander-Arnold on Jürgen Klopp's influence

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 09:50
Trent Alexander-Arnold has stressed he'll be forever thankful to Jürgen Klopp for the faith and opportunities given to him.
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'He's been one of us since the first day' - Gini hails Adrian

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 08:00
It took Adrian little to no time to become a popular and established member of the Liverpool dressing room, Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed.
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Koeman: Proud of Dutch captain Van Dijk

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 06:30
Watch Netherlands take on Northern Ireland in their European Qualifier on Thursday, live on Sky Sports Main Event; kick-off 7.45pm

Last Updated: 09/10/19 8:28am

0:29 Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman believes his captain Virgil van Dijk sets a 'great example' to the team and the nation Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman believes his captain Virgil van Dijk sets a 'great example' to the team and the nation

Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman is "really proud" to have Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk as the captain of his national team.

The pair worked together for a season at Southampton after Koeman bought his compatriot Van Dijk for £13m from Celtic in 2015.

The 28-year-old has since won the Champions League with Liverpool and picked up the award for UEFA Men's Player of the Year for 2018/19.

1:15 Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk is optimistic his country can secure qualification to Euro 2020 Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk is optimistic his country can secure qualification to Euro 2020

Koeman selected Van Dijk as the captain for Netherlands in 2018 and the manager says: "He has a great personality and also one of the reasons he is the captain. He is an example for the team and an example for the nation. We are really proud to have him as a captain in the national team.

"Winning the title of best European player is an incredible achievement for him. He had great support from the people in Southampton.

"He had great support with the staff and supporters of Liverpool. They won the Champions League last season, they're doing really well and they are strong."

The Dutch national team have endured a tough period recently, missing out on qualification for both Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, but Koeman's side are on the rise after reaching the Nations League final and beating Germany 4-2 away from home to boost their Euro 2020 prospects.

Koeman has rebuilt Netherlands' side after they missed out of World Cup qualification Koeman has rebuilt Netherlands' side after they missed out of World Cup qualification Koeman has rebuilt Netherlands' side after they missed out of World Cup qualification

Koeman said: "We have a small nation but we expect a lot of big things in football. It's not always normal that you will qualify for a big tournament. At the moment we are back.

"First of all it's the quality of the players. Always producing in Holland good big talents and sometimes they take more time than people expect.

"We knew it's a difficult situation because we did not qualify for the two big tournaments. It's like golf - it goes up, it goes down, up, down. Maybe it was the same for Holland but at the moment we are enjoying the football.

"We know we have a good strong squad with top players in Europe performing in big clubs. It's really a good example for the players still in Holland playing football.

"The results we achieved in the last few months are really positive. That makes the team stronger and the players confident. The ambition is key to this squad at the moment because they are showing incredible belief and great spirit at the moment.

Netherlands have won three of their four Euro 2020 qualifiers Netherlands have won three of their four Euro 2020 qualifiers Netherlands have won three of their four Euro 2020 qualifiers

Netherlands currently sit three points behind Group C's joint-leaders Germany and Northern Ireland with a game in hand, and face a crucial fixture against Northern Ireland in Rotterdam on Thursday.

When asked about the match with Northern Ireland, Koeman replied: "They have a great ambition. Maybe in Holland we have the better players in big clubs in Europe but that doesn't always make a team strong.

"I was impressed with Northern Ireland and how they played against Germany at home. For one hour in the game they were the better team, created the better chances and had an unbelievable spirit.

"They were aggressive and we expect that team this week and we need to prepare ourselves for that in the best way possible."

Watch Netherlands take on Northern Ireland in their European Qualifier on Thursday, live on Sky Sports Main Event; kick-off 7.45pm.

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Alexander-Arnold: I owe Klopp everything

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 06:00
"The main thing is wanting to win trophies, wanting to leave a legacy behind and wanting to feel as though you've had an impact on club and country." By Keith Moore

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1:45 Alexander-Arnold says Klopp has put a lot of trust and faith in him Alexander-Arnold says Klopp has put a lot of trust and faith in him

Trent Alexander-Arnold says he owes Jurgen Klopp "everything" following his rise to Liverpool first-team regular and England international.

Alexander-Arnold was handed his Liverpool debut by Klopp in October 2016, two weeks after the defender's 18th birthday, and since then he has amassed 97 appearances for the Champions League winners.

He was also picked by Gareth Southgate to make his England debut in June last year, and was part of the squad that made it to the World Cup semi-finals.

Asked what debt of gratitude he owed Klopp for the steep trajectory of his career, Alexander-Arnold replied: "Everything, really. Without him, who knows what would have happened.

"He's the one that's given me the most opportunities - more opportunities than I could even ask for.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has played for Liverpool 97 times under Jurgen Klopp Trent Alexander-Arnold has played for Liverpool 97 times under Jurgen Klopp Trent Alexander-Arnold has played for Liverpool 97 times under Jurgen Klopp

"He's put a lot of trust and faith in me personally and I've tried to repay him every time he's done that."

This week Klopp celebrated four years in charge of Liverpool, and Alexander-Arnold said it was apparent from the outset that the German had the confidence to pick young players for the first team.

"Within his first few weeks he was down at the academy watching the young lads, and that almost gave us a bit more faith and gave a statement to the club that he is going to use young players and give us those chances," said the 21-year-old.

"He's shown over the four-year period that he has given those young players their chances and given them opportunities and obviously I'm one of the youngsters that have been given them.

Alexander-Arnold celebrates Liverpool's Champions League win in May Alexander-Arnold celebrates Liverpool's Champions League win in May Alexander-Arnold celebrates Liverpool's Champions League win in May

"A massive thanks to him, and hopefully there will be four more years of success."

Speaking ahead of England's European Qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria, Alexander-Arnold says he is motivated by winning silverware for both Liverpool and England, and leaving behind "a legacy".

"I think the main thing is winning trophies," said the defender. "Wanting to leave a legacy behind and wanting to feel as though you've had an impact on club and country and be remembered.

"That's the main aim; to win as many trophies as possible and to go as far in tournaments as possible."

Alexander-Arnold on his England debut against Costa Rica in June last year Alexander-Arnold on his England debut against Costa Rica in June last year Alexander-Arnold on his England debut against Costa Rica in June last year

England are currently top of Group A in the Euro 2020 Qualifiers and on track to feature in next year's tournament. With the two semi-finals and the final all played at Wembley, Alexander-Arnold says the players want to cash in on the opportunity to potentially play knock-out games in front of a home crowd.

"We've all recognised that if we get there then it's probably the closest thing to a home tournament that we'll have in the next few years," he said.

"So for us as a team it's important to make sure we realise the opportunity that we've got and to embrace it.

"Our home form's been really good over the last few seasons and we're looking to carry that on. We've got two away games now but if we get over those hurdles then we'll be going to the Euros and then a lot of home fixtures hopefully coming our way."

Reporter's notebook

Kaveh Solhekol was at the England press conference and says competition for places at right-back will benefit Gareth Southgate's squad...

"A Champions League winner and a regular in the best Liverpool side of the past 30 years - Trent Alexander-Arnold has been a revelation. How happy Gareth Southgate must be to have him available for England.

Alexander-Arnold addresses the media ahead of England's Euro 2020 Qualifier against Czech Republic Alexander-Arnold addresses the media ahead of England's Euro 2020 Qualifier against Czech Republic Alexander-Arnold addresses the media ahead of England's Euro 2020 Qualifier against Czech Republic

"In fact, when it comes to right-backs Southgate is spoilt for choice. Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are all fighting to be the number one and number two.

"With Walker currently out of favour and Wan-Bissaka injured, Alexander-Arnold and newly-invigorated Tripper will vie for a starting place against the Czech Republic on Friday.

"England's manager has been clear both players offer more going forward than Walker. Being a regular for the Premier League champions is no longer enough to guarantee a place in Southgate's squad.

"Alexander-Arnold said he was surprised by Walker's omission but the Liverpool defender's volume of assists and quality of distribution are considerable assets that stand him apart.

"Alexander-Arnold or Tripper or Walker or Wan-Bissaka? Ultimately, it's a nice problem for Southgate to have."

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Four years of Jurgen Klopp: From doubters to mentality monsters

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 10/08/2019 - 18:00

On this day four years ago, Jurgen Klopp officially became Liverpool manager and his arrival ensured the club was rightfully ushered back in the direction of their perch.


Cast your mind back a little over four years ago; October 4, 2015, to be exact. Liverpool had just laboured to a 1-1 draw against Everton and languished in 10th position in the Premier League table.

Brendan Rodgers would be dismissed before the night was out, but the doom and gloom continued to cast a shadow over the club as the scale of the rebuilding process came to the fore.

The manager who had taken the Reds to the cusp of the league title in 2013/14 had been running on borrowed time and, as Liverpool bid their farewells with a mixture of relief and trepidation for the future, the hunt for the next manager got underway—or so it seemed.

The fact of the matter was that owners FSG had already safely secured their man in a city over 3,000 miles away from Liverpool, with New York providing the backdrop for what would prove to be a catalyst in the Reds’ exponential rise.

It is now October 8, 2015, and Jurgen Norbert Klopp is being officially unveiled at Anfield as the new Liverpool manager, to hysteria from media and fans alike, with a dusting of disbelief to match.

His message from day one was clear and has since been well-documented: “We have to change from doubters to believers.”

A shift that Klopp has successfully overseen during his four years in the job and 221 matches to-date at the helm.

Turning the Tide

 Liverpool announce German Jürgen Klopp as new manager during a press conference at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was not an instantaneous switch in mentality, however, as while Klopp injected much-needed optimism into the club, the fans and the players themselves had to re-discover the art of fierce defiance to setbacks both on and off the field.

The 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Anfield, the first at home under Klopp where the German lamented the mass walkout from fans which left him feeling “pretty alone,” was as much a turning point as it was the lowest of lows in regards to the level of belief emanating from the stands.

Rodgers had left behind a side who were defensively diabolical, having shipped 82 goals in his last 69 games in all competitions, but more also—and more significantly—a fragility which came at a direct cost to a fighting spirit, which was key in instilling a belief that the game was not over until the final whistle.

Divock Origi’s equaliser in stoppage time against West Brom on a bitterly cold December evening would serve as the springboard for all of which Klopp was aiming to achieve early in his reign on Merseyside.

The celebratory bow in front of the Kop may have elicited jibes from those outside the club, but it served as the moment where Liverpool’s manager, players and fans started to re-establish a deep-rooted connection with one another.

 Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp and the players salute the supporters after the 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League at Anfield. (Pic by James Maloney/Propaganda)

And while the Reds may have finished that game in ninth position, the magic was re-ignited and the light at the end of the tunnel shone brighter once more when Liverpool dispatched Manchester City to the tune of 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium the following matchday.

It was an occasion marked by Roberto Firmino’s first goal for the club and the scintillating, relentless style of football which had the likes of Ray the fitness egg, formally known as Raymond Verheijen, questioning and criticising the long-term jeopardy of the approach.

The demands on players were greater than it had ever been, but Liverpool were fitter than ever and, while the depth of talent within the squad was not as great as their counterparts, Klopp squeezed out every ounce he could from the personnel at his disposal.

From his first press conference he stated that he believed “in the potential of this team,” and although there was a need for vast improvement to return the club to the top echelon of sides domestically and in Europe, Klopp was still able to guide Liverpool to two finals in his first season at the helm.

 Liverpool's Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring the dramatic fourth goal against Borussia Dortmund in injury time to seal a 4-3 (5-4 aggregate) victory during the UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

One of those came off the back of one of the great European nights at Anfield, as resignation turned to defiance and then euphoria on that magical evening against Borussia Dortmund.

And, while both the League Cup and Europa League finals would end in despair, the foundations for a bright future were obvious and left few in doubt that the Reds would now find themselves in regular contention for silverware.

You only had to hear the words “Only silly idiots stay on the floor and wait for the next defeat. We will strike back,” from Klopp after the loss at Wembley to know that the tide was turning and that Liverpool would consistently grow stronger, in mind and ability.

The Rebuild

 Alberto Moreno, Joe Allen, James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne, Jordon Ibe. (Pic by Oleg Nikishin/Propaganda)

While results in the Premier League in his first season did not always go Liverpool’s way with consistency proving hard to find, Klopp was vitally instilling the key pillars of his style of play—a process which also proved instrumental in identifying the deadwood.

The likes of Christian Benteke, Jordon Ibe, Joe Allen, Mamadou Sakho, Mario Balotelli and Martin Skrtel would all exit Anfield in the summer of 2016, departures which would see Klopp take his first step in remoulding Liverpool in line with his aspirations.

And, while changes to on-field personnel took place, Klopp’s standing at the club was cemented further as FSG tabled a new six-year deal for the German and his staff to ensure his future was tied with Liverpool until at least 2022.

“There is much to do and much to achieve and we look to do this by being the most completely together group anywhere in the world.”

Together.

A word uttered by Klopp when news of his extension was made public, but significantly a word which would epitomise all he has, and is yet to, accomplish as manager of Liverpool Football Club.

 Liverpool supporters' banner "Jurgen Norbert Klopp Boss Tha" as the fans welcome the Liverpool team coach to Anfield before the UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match against Borussia Dortmund. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Such is his standing in world football Klopp can easily attract top-tier talent, but in the summer of 2016 and in the years which followed, it became crystal clear that quality on the field needed to be equally matched by the character and personality of the person behind the player.

Much like a house would have a sign warning of a guard dog being present, Liverpool’s read: ‘No egos allowed.’

The German inherited a side with a mixed bag of genuine quality, loyal servants and a plethora of questionable purchases, in part due to Liverpool’s fragmented relationship with former manager Rodgers and the much-fabled transfer committee comprising of Michael Edwards, Barry Hunter and Dave Fallows.

Klopp has experienced no such qualms, instead openly allowing the data-driven approach to work its magic and establish a shrewd recruitment process which has seen the Reds not only invest wisely, but also cunningly offload players.

Sadio Mane’s arrival in 2016 would trigger the Reds’ rise to the summit, with Gini Wijnaldum and Joel Matip following before Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson and Alex-Oxlade-Chamberlain were added to the fold the next summer.

 Georginio Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, captain Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson, Sadio Mane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Moreover, the handling of Philippe Coutinho’s £142 million departure and the subsequent decision to reinvest the proceeds in the acquisition of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson, while also shelling out for the likes of Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri, has made Liverpool a force to be reckoned with.

The spine of Liverpool’s team was long-neglected but Klopp had now found himself with the perfect ingredients to end the seven-year wait for silverware.

Importantly, Liverpool didn’t just throw wads of cash at the issue as they sold shrewdly and reinvested wisely—and all the while Klopp elevated the players at his disposal to new levels; just take the example of Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Firmino and Matip.

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp [R] with head of fitness and conditioning Andreas Kornmayer [L] before a friendly match against Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The meticulous attention to detail, however, stems beyond the figures we see in the matchday squad as the recruitment of staff behind the scenes has proved as equally decisive.

Both Andreas Kornmayer, head of fitness and conditioning, and Mona Nemmer, head of nutrition, were poached from Bayern Munich in 2016, while Danish throw-in coach Thomas Gronnemark was added last season and Vitor Matos, the new elite development coach, has recently taken over Pepijn Lijnders’ old role in bridging the academy to the first team.

No stone is left unturned in the pursuit of sustained success.

Doubters to Believers

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the first goal to equalise and make the score 1-1 during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

That success has manifested itself in a multitude of ways since Klopp arrived on our shores four years ago and prior to June 1, 2019, it was predominantly measured in the Reds’ growth and the collective belief that silverware was around the corner.

The conclusion of the 16/17 season saw the Reds secure their passage back into the Champions League for just the second time in seven seasons, a campaign which culminated in their first appearance in the final since 2007.

And while it may have ended in a heartbreaking defeat, there would be no lingering belief that it was the end of the road, that it was Liverpool’s only chance.

In fact, it was quite the opposite. It ignited unwavering confidence within all levels of the club and fed into Klopp’s calls to consistently stay “angry and greedy” in search of going one better.

“We saw the European Cup, Madrid had all the fucking luck.
“We swear we’ll keep on being cool. We’ll bring it back to Liverpool!”

And although the second successive season in the Champions League would not prove as straightforward as the last, as the Reds lost half of their group games, it was a promise well-kept.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at the St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp’s charges maintained their standing as a side never to have lost a two-legged European tie under his management, all the while challenging for the Premier League title.

An assault on two competitions which, while returning mixed fortunes in the end, would leave no doubt in one’s mind that Liverpool were no flash in the pan, instead they were a side not to be messed with and a team ready to dig in for the long-haul.

Just ask the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Manchester City.

In one of the tightest and fiercest-ever title races, the Reds went toe-to-toe with perhaps the finest Premier League side ever assembled, finishing one point adrift with 97—a club record, and the most of any runner-up in the competition.

Damaging draws to the likes of Manchester United, Everton and Leicester would prove decisive, as would taking just one point from City.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (fourth right), Mohamed Salah (fifth right) and Virgil van Dijk (third right) celebrate after the final whistle

But having their backs against the wall with no room for a further misstep in the run-in established a deep sense of unity and mental fortitude, which would lead to Barcelona’s remarkable undoing on a European night at Anfield which defied all the odds.

With his team on the wrong side of a three-goal deficit, Klopp still believed: “I normally wouldn’t think it’s possible, but because it’s you, we have a chance.”

He had achieved what he had set out to do in his first day on the job, instilled belief and made his players feel like giants in a cauldron which took no prisoners, a cauldron which come the end of the 90 minutes was as close to a physical manifestation of Klopp’s rallying cry on his first day as you’ll ever see.

Doubters to believers. Mentality giants. Soon-to-be European champions.

Four Years In, But Only the Start

 Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp lifts the trophy during an open-top bus parade through the city after winning the UEFA Champions League Final. Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur. 2-0 in Madrid. To claim their sixth European Cup. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

With Klopp, Liverpool have a manager who understands, appreciates and epitomises what it is to be a part of an institution which dates back to 1892.

His infectious personality, charisma and an insatiable desire for constant improvement is reflected in the team he sends out onto the field, week in and week out.

There is an abundance of talent who can rightfully lay claim to be the leading player in their position, the weight of the past has been offloaded, there is stability and belief across all areas and the club has returned to the pinnacle of the game.

It is now October 8, 2019, and Liverpool are European champions and Premier League leaders and title contenders, with the club and the team unrecognisable from the one Klopp inherited four years ago.

And while his success to-date has been etched into the history books, the rest is still waiting to be written.

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Latest proposals could see Premier League lose fourth spot in Champions League

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 10/08/2019 - 17:51

The Premier League‘s automatic qualification spots for the Champions League could be reduced to three from 2021, in a proposal aiming to combat insularity.


Europe’s top-tier tournament has been the subject of considerable debate within the European Club Association (ECA) in recent months as plans to revamp the current setup continue.

This has included a possible expansion to a 48-team competition, or alternatively a ‘closed’ structure that would see the same high-profile clubs qualify each year—the latter of which was unanimously opposed by the Premier League.

Scrutiny of these ideas should be welcomed, as they are primarily focused on the monetary gain of the elite, edging closer to the much-vaunted European ‘super league’.

Opposing these suggestions, the European League Association (ELA) has proposed new measures that would provide further competitive and financial inclusion of those outside of the top level.

According to the Mail, the ELA have planned that “all the top leagues would be limited to just three automatic qualifiers from 2021,” with fourth requiring a playoff, while a new payment scheme would also be introduced.

This would abolish the current initiative that sees coefficient ranking dictate £525 million in payments based on performances in the Champions League over the past 10 years—in other words, the rich becoming richer.

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between FC Bayern M¸nchen and Liverpool FC at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Instead, ELA president Lars-Christer Olsson believes “solidarity” should be the focus, as he explained at the Leaders in Sport Conference this week.

“We are saying we should look into the financial distribution as a whole and our message is that the solidarity has to increase,” Olsson argued.

“Twenty to 25 percent of the money has to go to solidarity payments. The historical coefficient would be a good place to look for money.

“The big leagues are prepared to participate in this discussion for something new if they are treated the same.

“But if you are giving four positions to the Premier League and taking one away from the Bundesliga then you have a problem.”

The Bundesliga joined the Premier League in unanimous opposition of the ECA’s proposals, as did 17 of 20 clubs from Ligue 1 (with three abstaining)—but Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid were in favour.

 Liverpool supporters on the Spion Kop with a banner "Champions of Europe" during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Salzburg at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This presents a key sticking point if these plans were to be taken seriously, with Juventus chairman, and conveniently head of the ECA, Andrea Agnelli arguing that football must focus on high-profile European games to ensure longevity.

“We will now have to tackle a shift in consumer behaviour. We’re looking at generation Z, the new digital natives who are turning into adulthood,” Agnelli explained.

“We should seriously start to think that the competitors of of the game today are not other sports, clubs next door or in the next countries but League of Legends, esports or Fortnite.

“I think those are going to be the ones who are going to be our competitors going forward.”

 FC Salzburg's Takumi Minamino (L) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Dal Varesanovic during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Salzburg at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Agnelli did add, however: “We will find a way to agree to find a system that allows everybody to grow from within without being left aside because of a birth defect, because of where they were born.”

Liverpool have finished in the Premier League‘s top four in the past three seasons, but were required to qualify via the playoffs in 2017 due to the previous setup; this could be the case again from 2021.

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