LFC NEWS

Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona and 10 other special Anfield comebacks

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 16:03

Liverpool's sensational comeback against FC Barcelona in May is undoubtedly up there with the finest produced at Anfield in the club's history.

Tasked with overturning a 3-0 deficit in their Champions League semi-final - and to do so without the services of the injured Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah - the Reds served up a masterclass of commitment and creativity to set up the chance to secure European Cup No.6 the following month.

[embedded content]

Many have hailed the turnaround as Liverpool's very best of its kind on home soil and whatever your view, it's certainly an interesting debate.

Here are 10 other contenders in the Reds' comeback catalogue at Anfield...

Liverpool 3-2 Bruges - 1976 - UEFA Cup final, first leg

Things looked bleak for Liverpool when they fell two goals behind to FC Bruges after just 15 minutes of the first leg of the UEFA Cup final at Anfield. But Bob Paisley's side responded in fine style and an incredible five-minute period in the second half meant they took hold of the tie.

Ray Kennedy pulled a goal back in the 59th minute, substitute Jimmy Case then equalised two minutes later, and, on 64 minutes, the turnaround was completed by Kevin Keegan, who kept his nerve to put away a penalty and make it 3-2. His spot-kick would prove crucial.

In the return leg in Belgium, Keegan's free-kick helped secure a 1-1 draw on the night and ensure UEFA Cup glory for Liverpool.

Liverpool 3-1 Saint-Etienne - 1977 - European Cup quarter-final, second leg

After the Reds had lost the opening leg of their European Cup quarter-final tie in France by a single goal, an expectant crowd of 55,043 packed into Anfield determined to play their part in a comeback.

Some have described what they witnessed that night as the greatest game ever seen at the famous ground and, for sheer drama, it has to be up there with the best.

Kevin Keegan sent the home crowd wild when he scored within two minutes of kick-off, but a brilliant strike from Dominique Bathenay put the aggregate score back in Saint-Etienne's favour.

Ray Kennedy levelled the tie on 59 minutes, however - and then it was time for David Fairclough. With six minutes left on the clock, 'Supersub' ran through on goal and kept his composure to slot home a dramatic winner and prompt deafening celebrations.

Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund - 2016 - Europa League quarter-final, second leg

A Europa League quarter-final against Jürgen Klopp's former team Borussia Dortmund always promised something special - and it certainly didn't disappoint.

After a 1-1 draw in Germany, hopes were high that the Reds could make it another memorable night in front of the Kop, only for the visitors to strike a double blow with goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang inside the opening nine minutes.

Though Divock Origi got Anfield believing again when he netted within three minutes of the restart, a brilliant goal from Marco Reus in the 57th minute meant Klopp's new charges needed three more goals to progress. And, somehow, they did it.

Philippe Coutinho rifled home, Mamadou Sakho netted with 12 minutes to go, and Anfield was literally rocking. Then, deep into stoppage-time, James Milner's lofted cross found the head of Dejan Lovren - and pandemonium ensued.

Liverpool 3-1 Olympiacos - 2004 - Champions League group stage

When Brazilian legend Rivaldo knocked home a free-kick to put Olympiacos in front, the configuration of Group A meant Liverpool had to win by two clear goals to secure a place in the knockout stages, meaning three were needed in the second half.

Within a minute of the restart, Rafael Benitez's Reds gave themselves a glimmer of hope as substitute Florent Sinama-Pongolle netted from close range. Another substitute then had a major impact on the result: Academy graduate Neil Mellor.

The striker set up a tense finish by hammering in a rebound on 80 minutes, and six minutes later he directed a cushioned header into the path of Steven Gerrard, whose unerring wallop into the far corner kept Liverpool on course for glory in Istanbul.

Liverpool 3-0 Auxerre - 1991 - UEFA Cup second round, second leg

After a 2-0 loss to French side Auxerre in the first leg of their UEFA Cup second-round tie, the mood was low among Liverpudlians ahead of the decisive return meeting at Anfield.

But Liverpool's mission to overturn the deficit started perfectly as Jan Molby slotted in a penalty after just four minutes, and when Mike Marsh got his head on the end of a cross to make it two, belief grew.

And the comeback was completed late on - Molby fed a pass into Mark Walters, who drove on and tucked home the winner in front of the Kop.

Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea - 2007 - Champions League semi-final, second leg

Two years on from the incredible night at Anfield when Luis Garcia sent the Reds to Istanbul, Rafael Benitez's men faced Jose Mourinho's side again in Europe.

This time trailing 1-0 from the first leg at Stamford Bridge, a superbly-worked free-kick saw Daniel Agger level the aggregate score on 22 minutes and begin a nail-biting wait for a moment to separate the rivals.

Ultimately, it had be decided by a penalty shootout and when Pepe Reina saved from Geremi, Dirk Kuyt stepped up to book the Reds a second Champions League final appearance in three years.

Liverpool 3-3 Manchester United - 1994 - Premiership

Nigel Clough and Neil Ruddock were the inspirations in a thrilling Liverpool comeback against their fierce rivals, who made a blistering start and were 3-0 up after 23 minutes courtesy of goals from Steve Bruce, Ryan Giggs and Denis Irwin.

But Clough struck back from distance and registered again just before the half-time break to reinstate belief among players and Kopites alike.

And, with 11 minutes left to play, a precise left-wing cross from Stig Inge Bjornebye was met by the head of Ruddock - who powered the ball beyond the goalkeeper for the last word of a classic.

Liverpool 3-1 Tottenham - 1982 - First Division

Trailing 1-0 at half-time to a brilliant strike from Glenn Hoddle, Liverpool needed to beat Tottenham Hotspur to clinch the title.

Former Reds stopper Ray Clemence received a wonderful ovation from the Kop when he ran out for the second half but there was no sentiment involved for Bob Paisley's charges as they ruthlessly secured the championship with a comeback.

Mark Lawrenson equalised on 51 minutes and soon it was 2-1 through Kenny Dalglish; and Ronnie Whelan made sure the title was bound for Anfield with a thunderous effort beyond the reach of Clemence shortly before full-time.

Liverpool 3-2 Everton - 1970 - First Division

Chris Lawler was the Liverpool hero in a famous Merseyside derby comeback still talked about to this day.

The Blues side of November 1970 featured legends such as Howard Kendall, Alan Ball, Colin Harvey and Joe Royle, and after Alan Whittle opened the scoring on 56 minutes, Royle soon made it 2-0.

But Steve Heighway pulled one back with a brilliant solo goal, John Toshack hauled the Reds on terms, and with six minutes to go 'the Silent Knight' Lawler pounced to notch a memorable winner.

Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle United - 1996 - Premiership

In one of the most iconic games in modern English football history, a Liverpool hero was left deflated as the Toon Army came unstuck in the last seconds at Anfield.

Kevin Keegan's Magpies were closing in on the title but, in a game that had so many twists and turns, it was the Reds who gave themselves an outside chance of pushing them and Manchester United close.

Robbie Fowler put the Reds into the lead after just two minutes, but goals from Les Ferdinand and David Ginola saw Newcastle go 2-1 up and, after Fowler levelled the score early in the second half, Faustino Asprilla restored the visitors' advantage.

However, the hosts refused to give in. Stan Collymore made it 3-3 and then, in stoppage-time, he drilled the ball beyond the reach of Pavel Srnicek to win the game. Keegan couldn't believe it and the image of the Liverpool great slumped over the dugout in sheer disbelief summed up a truly incredible night.

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona and 10 other special Anfield comebacks

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 16:03
Liverpool's sensational comeback against FC Barcelona in May is undoubtedly up there with the finest produced at Anfield in the club's history.
Categories: LFC NEWS

Junior Firpo speaks out about transfer links to Liverpool and Madrid

HEAD NEWS - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 15:21

Junior Firpo remained coy when asked about rumours linking him with a move to Liverpool this summer.

The Real Betis full-back, who can play in several positions across defence and midfield, is suggested as a potential replacement for the outgoing Alberto Moreno.

Firpo is currently in action for Spain in the under-21 European Championships in Italy but remained tight-lipped when asked about rumours suggesting both Liverpool and Real Madrid were interested in his services.

"Did Madrid call me? If you want to know, you can ask them," the 22-year-old told El Larguero.

"I'm here with the national team and that's all I want to think about."

When asked about who he prefers out of Real and Barcelona by Marca earlier this month, Firpo added: "I have said that Real Madrid was more attractive to me because my father is from Madrid.

"This has nothing to do with where I would rather play.

"Honestly, the team that is most interesting to me right now is Real Betis, where I have been since I was young."

Source: Liverpool Echo

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

Junior Firpo speaks out about transfer links to Liverpool and Madrid

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 15:21

Junior Firpo remained coy when asked about rumours linking him with a move to Liverpool this summer.

The Real Betis full-back, who can play in several positions across defence and midfield, is suggested as a potential replacement for the outgoing Alberto Moreno.

Firpo is currently in action for Spain in the under-21 European Championships in Italy but remained tight-lipped when asked about rumours suggesting both Liverpool and Real Madrid were interested in his services.

"Did Madrid call me? If you want to know, you can ask them," the 22-year-old told El Larguero.

"I'm here with the national team and that's all I want to think about."

When asked about who he prefers out of Real and Barcelona by Marca earlier this month, Firpo added: "I have said that Real Madrid was more attractive to me because my father is from Madrid.

"This has nothing to do with where I would rather play.

"Honestly, the team that is most interesting to me right now is Real Betis, where I have been since I was young."

Source: Liverpool Echo

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

Junior Firpo speaks out about transfer links to Liverpool and Madrid

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 15:21
Junior Firpo remained coy when asked about rumours linking him with a move to Liverpool this summer.
Categories: LFC NEWS

Wijnaldum: Liverpool have evolved

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 14:13
By Conor Costello

Last Updated: 23/06/19 2:39pm

Georginio Wijnaldum feels Liverpool will continue to grow Georginio Wijnaldum feels Liverpool will continue to grow Georginio Wijnaldum feels Liverpool will continue to grow

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum says Liverpool's ability to win matches when they were not at their best last season is an indication of the club's evolution.

The Champions League victory in May secured manager Jurgen Klopp his first trophy since taking charge in 2015, while the Reds finished just one point behind Manchester City in the Premier League with 97 points.

Despite struggling to consistently challenge for trophies in recent years, Wjinaldum believes their last campaign showed how far Liverpool have progressed both technically and mentally.

"We have evolved a lot," Wijnaldum told Liverpool's official website. "You can see it not only with the results but also with the way we were playing. We grew during the season.

"We started really well and we managed to win difficult games where in the past it was quite difficult, and if we didn't play really well we didn't win the games that were really tough.

"But this season we managed to win those games. We learned a lot. Everyone is a better player than they were before."

Much of the improvement will be credited to manager Klopp, but Wijnaldum believes one of his team-mates was key to Liverpool's success.

Virgil van Dijk played a major role in the league's best defence and went on to claim the PFA Players' Player of the Year award.

Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk pose with the Champions League trophy Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk pose with the Champions League trophy Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk pose with the Champions League trophy

"What has impressed me the most with Virgil is that he's consistent, he barely makes a mistake," Wijnaldum said of his fellow Netherlands international.

"He developed really well at Celtic and Southampton and Liverpool, he developed a lot.

"What also impressed me is that other players play better when he plays; the defenders next to him defend better, the players in front of him play better because when you play and you know he's behind you, you have a safe feeling."

Sky Sports Racing Selector

Select 7 winners for your chance to win £1,000

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

Paisley invades Rome again, but this time without his tank: 1977, the year we became Kings

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 14:00

It’s 25 May, 1977, and Bob Paisley has driven his red juggernaut across Europe. He leads a Liverpool team that has already been crowned champions of England and now they are at the gates of Rome, ready to become European royalty.


The streets of the eternal city are shaking beneath the feet of a great red tide. The city of Liverpool has witnessed an exodus not seen since the war, and it’s people have mounted a continental invasion of epic proportions.

On planes and trains and battered automobiles they had come, their red and white chequered flags fluttering behind them in the Italian breeze.

Liverpool supporters took over the capital, danced in the fountains and their banners adorned the ancient ruins, as they drank the bars and restaurants dry.

Legend has it, that the man who would become the Reds most decorated manager, upon surveying the sights of the eternal city turned to his charges and simply observed, “The last time I was here, I was on the back of a tank.”

Paisley, part of the fabric

 Liverpool supporters on the Spion Kop unfurl a new banner "We'll Fight The Fight For Liverpool" before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Huddersfield Town AFC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In recent times, Kopites have carried a great banner onto the famous old stand that declares, ‘We’ll fight the fight for Liverpool’.

At the height of the 1970s, Liverpool had a manager who had literally done that: on battlefield, the pitch, in the bootroom and now the dugout. Bob Paisley had seen active duty in World War II. He’d fought alongside Liverpudlians and forged a timeless bond with them.

When he eventually returned from battle, he fought to win the club’s first league title in 25 years, in 1947. And he would help them to their first FA Cup final in 46 years, in 1950, only to be denied a starting place at Wembley.

When Bill Shankly stunned the people of the city and the world of football by resigning in ’74, it had been his number two, Paisley, the board had turned to.

 (back row, l-r) Gordon Milne, Gerry Byrne, Tommy Lawrence, Ronnie Moran, Wilf Stevenson, trainer Bob Paisley; (front row, l-r) trainer Reuben Bennett, Ian Callaghan, Roger Hunt, Ian St John, ?, Ron Yeats, Alf Arrowsmith, Peter Thompson, manager Bill Shankly. 12 August 1964. ( PA Photos/PA Archive/PA Images)

He didn’t want the job, he turned it down several times. However, after Peter Robinson practically manhandled him, he reluctantly agreed.

He told the players, “I suppose I better give it a go.” In private, he always believed Shankly would change his mind, and his would be a caretaker role.

Bob would be no caretaker manager. He may have been born in Hetton-Le-Hole, but he was as much a part of the Liverpool fabric as the Liver Birds that adorn our iconic skyline. He had been a player, a physio, an assistant manager and now the boss.

His ambition had been to simply maintain standards. Instead, he would elevate the club to a whole new level. As he stood on the cusp of clinching Liverpool’s first ever European Cup, he had already delivered two league titles and the UEFA Cup in just three years.

He was far from finished, but how had he got here?

Beginnings and omens

 Peter Robinson / EMPICS Sport

The 76/77 season began with a Charity Shield curtain-raiser against Southampton and a home game against Norwich. Those with an eye for history and who believe in omens will no doubt have been delighted when the new 19/20 fixture list was announced.

If the Reds have half the success that Paisley’s men enjoyed after those two opening games, we’ll all be deliriously happy come May.

Before the season got underway, Reds fans had said goodbye to Brian Hall and Peter Cormack. They would also come to learn that this would be Kevin Keegan’s last season for the club. he would leave in June ’77, for SV Hamburg.

Arriving at Anfield that season were striker David Johnson and a man who would become one of Liverpool’s greatest-ever centre-backs, Alan Hansen, who joined in May. The two men had cost a combined £300,000 and would join a squad brimming with talent.

Players like Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Emlyn Hughes, Tommy Smith, Ian Callaghan, Phil Thompson, Steve Heighway, Ray Kennedy, Jimmy Case, Terry McDermott, David Fairclough, Keegan and Toshack would all go on to enjoy legendary status with the club’s legions of supporters.

A hallmark of the Paisley era was his judicious moves in the transfer market.

Manager Bob Paisley (centre), who took over from Bill Shankly in 1974, is flanked by trainer Ronnie Moran (l) and assistant manager Joe Fagan. (Picture by PA PA Archive/PA Images)

Paisley had an eye for a ‘Liverpool player’. They had to be skilled, but they also had to have a football brain. If they didn’t have both they would be found out very quickly and moved on. Throughout that period, Liverpool simply added one or two players every season.

With only one substitute allowed in a game, anyone joining the Reds would often have to content themselves with a couple of years learning their trade in the reserves. Scousers in the 70s would often joke: “Why won’t the Pope come to Liverpool?” The punchline being, “because he doesn’t want to spend two years in the reserves.”

It was a tactic that kept everyone hungry and ensured that Liverpool could simply top-up the talent pool every so often, without the need for wholesale change year on year. And it would deliver unparalleled success over decades.

In August ’76, the country was gearing up for a period of industrial strife, thousands of Catholic and Protestant women were demanding peace in Northern Ireland and much of the south of England was enduring drought conditions after 45 days without rain.

In Liverpool, it was so hot the tarmac on the roads melted and I, and countless kids like me, were about to enjoy one of the most glorious summers of out lives.

Liverpool, the reigning champions, would play FA Cup winners Southampton at Wembley, to get the season underway. They would win the game 1-0, thanks to a 50th-minute Toshack goal in front of a crowd of 76,000.

However, all the talk after the game was of Keegan’s announcement that he would be leaving at the end of the season.

Kevin Keegan leads Liverpool out at Anfield (PA Images)

He had told his team-mates the news before the game. A new challenge abroad beckoned. Many Liverpool fans were angry with him, some called him a mercenary and suggested he was motivated by money.

However, his 20 goals in all competitions in his final season meant none of us could accuse him of shortchanging us during his long goodbye.

The Reds’ opening four games were hardly an indicator of the season that lay ahead, though. They would win the Anfield opener against Norwich by a single goal and repeated the feat away to West Bromwich Albion, before crashing to a 2-1 reverse away to Birmingham City.

Their first taste of domestic cup action came against The Baggies, in the League Cup. After a 1-1 draw at home in the first leg, Paisley’s men would be dumped out of the competition after a 1-0 defeat at the Hawthorns.

Bob would later joke that the League Cup was a ‘Mickey Mouse’ competition anyway. It was a tongue-in-cheek remark, but it was fair to say that the Reds had bigger fish to fry.

Summer sun and European breaks

September brought no respite from the heat. Southampton had recorded the highest temperature in UK history, and drought conditions had spread to Yorkshire, as Britains were being urged to conserve water by sharing baths.

This was the year of Prime Ministerial resignations, Punk Rock, prison riots and the Ford Cortina Mark IV, but Paisley’s Red Men were barely out of second gear.

September also saw Liverpool compete in the 1st round of the European Cup, against Irish outfit Crusaders. With the team struggling to hit top gear, Paisley had to call for “all-out action”.

David Johnson was given a run-out with Keegan and Toshack up front. It was an attacking lineup, but it failed to live up to expectations.

Liverpool won the game 2-0, thanks to a Phil Neal penalty in the first half and another from Toshack in the second. It was far from scintillating fare, and the crowd of just over 22,000 would grow frustrated as the Reds attack seemed to run out of ideas.

The boss was far from impressed and admitted he wanted more goals. the pressure was now on the Reds in the second leg, he said. However, where their touch had let them down in the home leg, they found form in glorious fashion in the second.

John Toshack, Liverpool (Peter Robinson/EMPICS Sport)

The Reds took the trip to Belfast with the weigh of the world on their shoulders. The feeling that they should have made their quality pay in the first leg was prevalent.

They would win the game 5-0 at Seaview, but the scoreline doesn’t paint the full picture.

The Irishmen put up a brave fight. After Liverpool went ahead through Keegan, the expected avalanche failed to immediately arrive. Crusaders continued to frustrate and the Reds laboured, until the last 10 minutes of the game.

Eventually, the dam burst, and Liverpool plundered four goals in nine minutes: Johnson (81), McDermott (84), Heighway (87) and Johnson again (90). Now, the Turkish champions, Trabzonspor, lay in wait.

This was a far-flung destination, beyond the reach of Scousers, struggling with low pay and inflation. Rumour has it one Liverpudlian made the journey for the first leg; what an adventure he must have had, despite the Reds losing the game 1-0.

The return fixture saw Liverpool cruise, and Anfield seemed to be warming to European competition. Perhaps realising that their team needed them, more than 42,000 flocked to L4 to cheer their side on.

Three goals from Heighway, Johnson and Keegan in the first 20 minutes were enough to see the Turkish side off.

Table-toppers

 David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was now November, temperatures were more bearable, the Reds had won the Merseyside derby 3-1 at Anfield, were three points clear of Ipswich at the top of the league and could put Europe to one side until after Christmas.

December was not a great month for Paisley’s men. They slumped to three defeats to Ipswich, Aston Villa and West Ham.

The game away to Villa was particularly bruising, with Liverpool on the wrong end of a 5-1 thrashing. All six goals came in the first half, with Ray Kennedy notching the Reds lone riposte. A brace from Andy Gray, who would go on to play for Everton and embarrass himself on Sky Sports years later, contributed to Liverpool’s demise.

Nevertheless, at the dawn of 1977, The Red Men were still top of the league and gearing up for their assault on the FA Cup.

They would make it all the way to the final, dispensing of Crystal Palace, Oldham Athletic and a Middlesborough side that boasted a certain Graeme Souness in its ranks, to set up a semi-final against Everton at Maine Road.

The game was a classic, with Terry McDermott chipping Everton‘s David Lawson early on to put the Reds in front. It was a goal of sublime brilliance, but it was cancelled out by a Duncan McKenzie strike.

Jimmy Case probably thought he’d put Liverpool in the final, with a goal on 73 minutes—but Bruce Rioch had other ideas, snatching an equaliser in the 82nd and the two Mersey rivals were destined for a replay four days later.

[embedded content]

Liverpool won the game 3-0, but it wasn’t without controversy and Welsh referee, Clive Thomas would become a pantomime villain for Everton fans for decades to come.

After Phil Neal had put Liverpool in front from the spot on the half-hour mark, Thomas disallowed an Everton leveller. Replays showed the goal should have stood, and to this day Blues still complain about it—just as with a last-minute would-be winner in the first game. Sweet.

With the game delicately poised at 1-0 into the last two minutes, it could have gone either way. However, Jimmy Case and Ray Kennedy sealed the Reds’ spot in the final with goals in the 88th and 89th minutes.

To glory, success and silverware

(L-R) Liverpool's Phil Neal, Emlyn Hughes and Jimmy Case show the European Cup to their jubilant fans

This was turning into a season of epic proportions, with Bob Paisley on course for a historic treble of FA Cup, League Championship and European Cup. The Reds had booked their place in the Rome final, against Borussia Moenchengladbach courtesy of victories over St Etienne and FC Zurich.

The latter had been a 6-1 aggregate walk in the park, but the game against the French Champions in the quarter-final has become the stuff of Anfield legend.

In 2005, a Scouse lad called Steven Gerrard propelled Liverpool on the road to Istanbul with a late goal against Olympiakos at Anfield.

Wind the clock back 28 years and it was another local lad, David Fairclough, who did the honours.

Just as Gerrard had, Fairclough has scored in the 84th minute to rescue his side. He had done it from the substitutes bench; with time running out, Liverpool led 2-1. It wasn’t enough though, as they had lost the first leg 1-0 and their opponents had a precious away goal.

That’s when a carrot-topped kid from Cantril Farm, Liverpool, achieved immortality.

Latching onto a Ray Kennedy long ball, he raced into the penalty area, smashed his shot low into the net and sent Anfield into frenzied celebration.

[embedded content]

As the Kop bellowed Allez Les Rouge, St Etienne crumbled and, in the gantry high above the Main Stand, TV crews felt the stadium rocking. The ensuing chant of ‘We shall not be moved,’ was sung with such ferocity, it could be heard for miles around.

After dispatching Everton in the FA Cup, Liverpool, who had also been in a dog-fight with Bobby Robson’s Ipswich Town, stood a point clear at the top of the table. The Tractor Boys would be their next opponents, at Anfield on 30 April.

With just six games to go, Robson’s men had the chance to wrest the initiative from Liverpool. It would prove to be a tense affair.

With the game passing the hour mark, both sides were deadlocked at 0-0. Technically a draw wouldn’t have been a terrible result for Liverpool, but the 56,000 inside the ground would have been chewing their fingernails down to the bone.

They would be sent into raptures though, when quickfire goals from Ray Kennedy and Kevin Keegan, put Liverpool in the driving seat with just over a quarter of an hour to go.

The Kop sang ‘we’re going to win the league, and now you’re going to believe us, we’re going to win the league.’

 An image of Bob Paisley on the Paisley gates outside Liverpool's Spion Kop stand paying tribute to the club's most successful manager ever, pictured on the anniversary of his 100th birthday, before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Future Liverpool star, John Wark, hadn’t read the script though. In the 86th minute he set Kopite nerves jangling when he converted a penalty—but Liverpool held out to go three points clear at the top of the table.

Liverpool would clinch the title with a goalless draw at home to West Ham on 14 May; they had a game to spare, which they lost 2-1 to Bristol City, but were now just two games from greatness.

First up was the FA Cup final against Manchester United.

It would be a game that would come to life and be settled inside five second-half minutes. United’s Stuart Pearson put the Red Devils in front just after the break, only for Jimmy Case to level within a minute.

After enduring a goalless first half in the Wembley sunshine, supporters of the two North West giants barely knew what had hit them. Then Jimmy Greenhoff put United back in front. The Reds couldn’t regain the initiative, and Tommy Docherty’s men had robbed Paisley of a treble.

Let’s talk about one, Paisley

 The European Cup on display before the UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester United and Barcelona at the Stadio Olimpico. (Pic by Carlo Baroncini/Propaganda)

Liverpool fans, leaving London, were preparing for foreign adventures at the Stadio Olimpico and worrying whether the Red Men could overcome their disappointment and lift the club’s first ever European Cup.

This was a silver jubilee year, and despite the extravagance of street parties and telephone lines draped with Union Jack bunting draped over telephone wires, money was in short supply in Liverpool. That didn’t stop enterprising Reds from finding their way to Rome though.

Nothing could stop Liverpool supporters from making the journey. Furniture was sold, husbands sold family cars from under their wives’ noses and claimed they had been stolen, others did odd jobs or found more illicit ways of raising the cash.

In the end, tens of thousands travelled and turned the Italian capital red. Then, on the 25 May, 1977, Bob Paisley got ready to win the first of his three European Cups.

 Liverpool's supporters on the Spion Kop, with a banner featuring former manager Bob Paisley who won three European Cups, before the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool and Sevilla at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The players would be shocked by the sheer volume of Reds who’d made the journey. As they warmed up, the noise from the vast ranks of Liverpool supporters had been enormous and their banners were both inventive and hilarious.

One of them, described by Liverpool-born poet and playwright Dave Kirby as the mother, father and grandfather of them all, was an ode to fan favourite Joey Jones. It was designed by the late Phil Downey, and it declared ‘Joey at the frogs legs, he made the Swiss roll and now he’s munching Gladbach.’

[embedded content]

Paisley’s team, captained by Emlyn Hughes, would be inspired and got off to a dream start.

In the 27th minute, Terry McDermott put the Reds 1-0 up. The crowd erupted in jubilation. Those massed red and white chequered flags wafted furiously.

It would stay 1-0 until the 51st, when the Germans hit back through Allan Simonsen, stunning the Liverpool support. The Reds, who had tasted defeat at Wembley just four days earlier, were not about to be denied.

There was too much at stake, too many people had sacrificed to be there, for them to simply roll over.

Just after the hour mark, Liverpool won a corner. Steve Heighway floated the ball into the penalty area and Tommy Smith rose majestically to head the ball home. There was an explosion of sound and Scousers began to dream.

(L-R) Liverpool's Jimmy Case and Phil Neal, who scored the final goal, kiss the European Cup

Liverpool clinched victory with a Phil Neal penalty in the 82nd minute, dispatched with a coolness that belied the nerve-shredding tension inside the stadium.

To quote the matchday commentary, ‘And with such simplicity, the European Cup is surely won.’

In truth, Paisley’s achievements were anything but simple.

He had replaced a living legend in Bill Shankly. We’d have been happy if he had just kept things ticking over.

Instead, he would elevate the club to levels never seen before. In 1977, Bob made us Kings, not just of England, but of all of Europe.

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

Liverpool make Philippe Coutinho transfer decision

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 13:47

Liverpool are not pursuing a transfer deal for Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho - but Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG ARE.

Liverpool sold Coutinho to Barcelona in January 2018, pocketing a huge £142million from the sale and using it to strengthen the squad.

Fast-forward to now, however, and the Brazil international may leave the La Liga giants having struggled for form and consistency throughout his time in Catalonia so far.

Liverpool were recently backed to lure Coutinho away from Barcelona this summer, with Jurgen Klopp supposedly ready to snap him up.

However, Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo say that the Samba star is not on the Reds’ radar for the summer.

Source: Daily Express

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

Liverpool make Philippe Coutinho transfer decision

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 13:47
Liverpool are not pursuing a transfer deal for Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho - but Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG ARE.
Categories: LFC NEWS

Liverpool make Philippe Coutinho transfer decision

HEAD NEWS - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 13:47

Liverpool are not pursuing a transfer deal for Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho - but Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG ARE.

Liverpool sold Coutinho to Barcelona in January 2018, pocketing a huge £142million from the sale and using it to strengthen the squad.

Fast-forward to now, however, and the Brazil international may leave the La Liga giants having struggled for form and consistency throughout his time in Catalonia so far.

Liverpool were recently backed to lure Coutinho away from Barcelona this summer, with Jurgen Klopp supposedly ready to snap him up.

However, Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo say that the Samba star is not on the Reds’ radar for the summer.

Source: Daily Express

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

Gini Wijnaldum pinpoints how Liverpool squad have grown in stature and quality

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 10:55

Liverpool’s upward curve shows no signs of slowing down, with the team improving every year under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp.


A Champions League win on 1 June meant a first piece of silverware for the Reds with Klopp at the helm, but it is hardly a win out of the blue.

The Reds have been to League Cup, Europa League and another Champions League final under Klopp, as well as finishing runners-up in the Premier League last term.

This consistency in challenging for major trophies comes not just after big spending in the transfer market, but after clear and progressive improvements in team performances and player consistency levels.

Midfielder Gini Wijnaldum thinks it’s an indication of the team’s evolution, with both a technical and mental progression evident in the side. In fact, Wijnaldum told the club website that to a man, the entire squad has gone up a level, which has led to the upturn in results.

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum (second right) celebrates scoring their first goal during the Premier League match at The Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff. (David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images)

“We have evolved a lot. You can see it not only with the results but also with the way we were playing. We grew during the season.

“We started really well and we managed to win difficult games where in the past it was quite difficult and if we didn’t play really well we didn’t win the games that were really tough.

“But this season we managed to win those games. We learned a lot. Everyone is a better player than they were before.”

While part of that individual improvement is no doubt down to the coaching at the club, one or two players also contribute in this regard.

And nowhere is that felt more, says the No. 5, than in his compatriot and Reds’ centre-back, Virgil van Dijk.

 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum (R) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Virgil van Dijk during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Barcelona at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“What has impressed me the most with Virgil is that he’s consistent, he barely makes a mistake.

“What also impressed me is that other players play better when he plays; the defenders next to him defend better, the players in front of him play better because when you play and you know he’s behind you, you have a safe feeling.”

It’s fair to say that a vast majority of fans agree entirely on this latter point: when Virgil plays, we all feel safe!

Klopp and Co. will hope the improvement in individuals and the team as a whole continues next season, as the Reds look to challenge for major honours once more.

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

How a rare failure in the transfer market led to Liverpool’s move for Fabinho

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 10:12

Liverpool signed Brazilian midfielder Fabinho last season and he went on to have a key impact for the Reds—but he reportedly wasn’t the original plan.


The Reds’ work in the transfer market has been nothing short of exceptional over the past couple of years, with each of Fabinho, Alisson, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri showing why they were signed at different times last term.

Holding midfield was one area the Reds were certainly keen to upgrade in, but reports out of Germany suggest Fabinho wasn’t the initial name on the Reds’ list—or, at least, not the only one.

Mainz enforcer Jean-Philippe Gbamin was initially the target for Jurgen Klopp, with his agent telling fussballtransfers.com that the Reds boss called his former club with a view to arranging the transfer.

However, further light is shed on the proposed deal which could yet have seen both players signed, as Gbamin’s would-be regular position was a little deeper—the inverse of how Fabinho has been used, in fact.

 Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' shoots during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Bayern M¸nchen at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“In January 2018 Klopp called Mainz and wanted to commit him as a center-back, who also helps out in midfield,” Gbamin’s agent Bernard Collignon said.

“But Mainz did not want to let him go in the middle of the relegation battle. In the summer, Liverpool signed on to Fabinho.”

The interesting alteration there, of course, is that Fabinho has been a regular in the centre of the park who also helps out at centre-back—memorably against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but also against Brighton domestically.

Gbamin himself was an almost ever-present as a defensive midfielder for Mainz through 18/19, though the season before he switched between the two roles.

At international level he represents Ivory Coast, and played centre-back for them in their final friendly ahead of this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Collignon suggests that the interest remains from Liverpool in Gbamin, along with other teams.

[embedded content]

“I had meetings with Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton and many other clubs. He is in the shortlist. However, not as a top candidate, because [his] exact position is unclear.”

Whether he’s still on the Reds’ radar or not remains to be seen, but there’s one thing for sure: the success of Fabinho means he’d be exclusively used at the back now if Liverpool offload one of their current quartet.

Ivory Coast face South Africa in their first AFCON group game on Monday 24 June, with kick-off at 3:30pm (BST).

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

Liverpool to rival Juventus for teenage transfer target

HEAD NEWS - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 09:48

Juventus are hopeful of pipping Liverpool and Tottenham to West Brom youngster Rakeem Harper.

Harper, 19, is out of contract this month and has failed to agree an extension at the Hawthorns.

New boss Slaven Bilic is keen to hold talks with the youngster in a bid to persuade him to stay at the Championship club and play a key role in the push for promotion.

But the Baggies are in danger of losing Harper for just a small compensation fee.

Liverpool and Tottenham are also interested in the teenager, who has been with West Brom since the age of 12.

Harper made 16 appearances for West Brom last season as they made the Championship play-offs.

He is likely to be given a chance to impress under Bilic, if he can be persuaded to sign a new contract.

The former West Ham boss will be unveiled this week before stepping up his preparations for the new season.

Source: Daily Mirror

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

Liverpool to rival Juventus for teenage transfer target

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 09:48

Juventus are hopeful of pipping Liverpool and Tottenham to West Brom youngster Rakeem Harper.

Harper, 19, is out of contract this month and has failed to agree an extension at the Hawthorns.

New boss Slaven Bilic is keen to hold talks with the youngster in a bid to persuade him to stay at the Championship club and play a key role in the push for promotion.

But the Baggies are in danger of losing Harper for just a small compensation fee.

Liverpool and Tottenham are also interested in the teenager, who has been with West Brom since the age of 12.

Harper made 16 appearances for West Brom last season as they made the Championship play-offs.

He is likely to be given a chance to impress under Bilic, if he can be persuaded to sign a new contract.

The former West Ham boss will be unveiled this week before stepping up his preparations for the new season.

Source: Daily Mirror

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

Liverpool to rival Juventus for teenage transfer target

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 09:48
Juventus are hopeful of pipping Liverpool and Tottenham to West Brom youngster Rakeem Harper.
Categories: LFC NEWS

Fernando Torres: Steven Gerrard the best I ever played with

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 09:17

Fernando Torres named Steven Gerrard as the best teammate of his career as the former Liverpool forward reflected on his decision to retire from football.

Having made the announcement on Friday, the 35-year-old held a press conference overnight in which he explained the reasons for his retirement and looked back over his achievements in the game.

Torres, of course, spent three-and-a-half seasons with the Reds – scoring 81 goals in 142 appearances – and developed a prolific partnership with Gerrard, who operated just behind the Spaniard in a fine Rafael Benitez team.

Such was the connection between the two, Gerrard remains at the top of a stellar list of players Torres linked up with for club and country.

“I always say the best player I played with is Steven Gerrard,” he said. “I found he was the player who completed my game. I think my level got into a different dimension when I was on the pitch with him.

“It was an amazing three-and-a-half years playing alongside Steven and I would love to go back to those days – even for one minute.”

Torres confirmed his professional career will conclude on August 23, when his current side, Sagan Tosu, face Vissel Kobe in the Japanese top flight.

“I have a high demand for myself,” said the striker, who has also represented Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and AC Milan.

“I’ve always wanted to be honest and to perform at the level I think I should and I think the time I will not be able to perform at the level I ask for myself is not far away and I don’t want to arrive at the time that I am going on the pitch and I’m not enjoying it.

“I want to put an end before that happens. Knowing my body and listening to my body, I think especially mentally that time is not far away and I want to finish my career in a good way before that happens.”

Watch: Fernando Torres' top 10 Liverpool goals

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

Fernando Torres: Steven Gerrard the best I ever played with

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 09:17
Fernando Torres named Steven Gerrard as the best teammate of his career as the former Liverpool forward reflected on his decision to retire from football.
Categories: LFC NEWS

Fernando Torres singles out “best player” Gerrard as biggest career impact

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 08:56

Fernando Torres singled out former team-mate Steven Gerrard as the best player he has played with as he announced he will hang up his boots in August.


The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker, who has been playing in Japan for Sagan Tosu since leaving Atletico Madrid last year, held a press conference in Tokyo to explain his decision to retire from the game after an 18-year career.

The 35-year-old said he wanted to leave football with a “clear conscience” and before he felt he could not carry on mentally or physically in the game he loves.

“I have a high demand for myself,” he said.

“I’ve always wanted to be honest and to perform at the level I think I should and I think the time I will not be able to perform at the level I ask for myself is not far away and I don’t want to arrive at the time that I am going on the pitch and I’m not enjoying it.

“I want to put an end before that happens. Knowing my body and listening to my body, I think especially mentally that time is not far away and I want to finish my career in a good way before that happens.”

 Liverpool's goalscorer captain Steven Gerrard MBE celebrates the second goal against Bolton Wanderers with team-mate Fernando Torres during the Premiership match at the Reebok Stadium. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Asked who had made the biggest impression during his career, the Spaniard, who played at Anfield between 2007-2011, did not hesitate to name his former captain.

“I always say the best player I played with is Steven Gerrard. I found he was the player who completed my game. I think my level got into a different dimension when I was on the pitch with him.

“It was an amazing three-and-a-half years playing alongside Steven and I would love to go back to those days – even for one minute.”

 Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard MBE celebrates scoring the opening goal against Birmingham City with team-mate Fernando Torres during the Premiership match at St Andrews. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Torres revealed he will play his last game on August 23 against Vissel Kobe, saying playing against friends Andres Iniesta and David Villa seemed a fitting end.

“To say goodbye to football next to my dear friend Iniesta is something I could never imagine, and Japan is going to make it possible.

“Also there will be my friend David Villa, with who I probably share the best moments in Spanish football history.

“So to say goodbye to football next to two very good friends – we share too many memories together – will be something great.

“I tried to find an iconic moment to play my final game and I think that is the perfect timing.”

My last professional match will be on August 23rd against @visselkobe . It will be very emotional to say good bye to football next to my friends @andresiniesta8 and @Guaje7Villa .
Let’s enjoy this last two months . pic.twitter.com/BTiyWmrZY9

— Fernando Torres (@Torres) June 23, 2019

Torres also spoke of his next steps and his desire to connect with Atletico Madrid in the future.

“I don’t know if it will be coaching or managing. I will study both things.

“I’m sure it will be something related to football because it’s been my life and it’s where I think I can offer more things.”

 Atlético de Madrid's Fernando Torres during the Audi Cup 2017 match between Club S.S.C. Napoli and Atlético de Madrid at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Speaking of his hometown club, Torres added: “Atletico Madrid is my life, so probably we will connect some way in the future but not immediately.

“I will not be back to just be a face… if I go back it will be for big things, to take the club to the next level.

“That needs time. I don’t have the experience, the knowledge of managing, I need time to prepare myself for the biggest challenge.”

Torres scored 81 goals across four seasons with Liverpool and won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup with Chelsea.

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

Georginio Wijnaldum on Liverpool's development: 'We've evolved a lot'

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 08:00
Liverpool's ability to emerge the victors in matches where they weren't necessarily at their high-flying best last season is a sign of the team's desired evolution, according to Georginio Wijnaldum.
Categories: LFC NEWS

Georginio Wijnaldum on Liverpool's development: 'We've evolved a lot'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 06/23/2019 - 08:00

Liverpool's ability to emerge the victors in matches where they weren't necessarily at their high-flying best last season is a sign of the team's desired evolution, according to Georginio Wijnaldum.

The road to Champions League success and a 97-point Premier League season wasn't always blessed with the flawless performances that Jürgen Klopp would seek in an ideal world.

Regardless, the Reds still managed to win 38 games in all competitions throughout 2018-19, displaying their true grit and determination to deliver silverware to Anfield.

[embedded content]

“We have evolved a lot," Wijnaldum told Liverpoolfc.com. "You can see it not only with the results but also with the way we were playing. We grew during the season.

“We started really well and we managed to win difficult games where in the past it was quite difficult and if we didn’t play really well we didn’t win the games that were really tough.

“But this season we managed to win those games. We learned a lot. Everyone is a better player than they were before.”

Losing in the league on just one occasion, Liverpool's resoluteness was significantly aided by the presence of Virgil van Dijk.

The centre-half was part of the stingiest defence in the top flight that led to him being crowned PFA Players' Player of the Year.

“What has impressed me the most with Virgil is that he’s consistent, he barely makes a mistake," Wijnaldum said of his Netherlands teammate.

"He developed really well at Celtic and Southampton and Liverpool, he developed a lot.

"What also impressed me is that other players play better when he plays; the defenders next to him defend better, the players in front of him play better because when you play and you know he’s behind you, you have a safe feeling.”

Let's block ads! (Why?)

Categories: LFC NEWS

Pages

Subscribe to LFC.SUpporters aggregator - LFC NEWS