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Mixed fortunes for Liverpool’s internationals as Firmino scores a classic & Keita returns from injury

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 22:53

Roberto Firmino produced a signature no-look finish for Brazil on Saturday night, but there were mixed fortunes elsewhere for Liverpool’s internationals.


Roberto Firmino led the line for Brazil once more in their third and final Copa America group stage fixture—and helped ensure they topped Group A in style.

A 5-0 win for the Selecao against Peru secured top spot, with Venezuela taking second thanks to a victory of their own against bottom side Bolivia.

Firmino notched Brazil’s second goal of the evening after just 19 minutes—and it was classic Bobby all around: intelligent closing down, bravery, great control and composure…and a cheeky no-look finish!

The forward might have scored direct from his closing down of the goalkeeper, only for the ball to rebound back off the post, whereupon he made no mistake.

? That Firmino no look finish #CopaAmerica pic.twitter.com/SfIfXwRWJZ

— Watch Copa América 2019 live on Premier Sports ? (@PremierSportsTV) June 22, 2019

After the break, Firmino’s impact continued as he rolled in a fantastically weighted pass from a deep position, allowing marauding full-back Dani Alves to blast in the fourth.

Gol! It's the captain. Dani alves finishes of a slick move with a powerful finish and goal. 4-0#BRAxPER #CopaAmerica pic.twitter.com/3RkLihF3yC

— CanetaFootball (@BrasileiraoEN) June 22, 2019

Of course, at the other end of the pitch was Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker—who racked up his third clean sheet of the competition in succession.

 Brazil's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during an international friendly between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alisson has been exemplary thus far in a quiet and efficient way—and with some remarkable statistics highlighting his perfection.

His three matches have yielded not just three clean sheets, but also a 100 per cent pass completion (from 49 passes across three games) and of course 100 per cent of shots faced being saved (four on target in three games).

The 26-year-old continues to be his nation’s first choice and continues to show exactly why.

Later on Saturday evening, Naby Keita made his return from injury for Guinea in the Africa Cup of Nations.

 Liverpool's Naby Keita during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg match between FC Barcelona and Liverpool FC. (Pic by Laura Malkin/Propaganda)

The midfielder had not played since departing injured against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first leg, and despite concerns over his fitness, his team called upon him in dire need.

Trailing to Madagascar in their opening group game, Keita entered after an hour of play with his team 2-1 down—and within minutes they were level.

As might be expected, Keita’s impact was limited after a spell out, but two moments of note saw him play a fantastic through pass to fashion a shooting chance—and take a heavy challenge to his ankle.

Thankfully, he was fine to continue after that would-be foul, which was missed by the ref, but he couldn’t inspire Guinea to three points in an eventual 2-2 draw.

Finally, there was heartache for Kamil Grabara in the European U21 Championships with Poland.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Kamil Grabara during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Meadow Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Despite having won their first two games in the group stage, Poland were ruthlessly dispatched by Spain, 5-0 the eventual scoreline, and it left three teams equally placed on six points—but Poland ended third on goal difference, exiting at the group stage.

Grabara was Poland’s top performer midweek in their second game, but could do little to stop the Spanish onslaught on Saturday night.

He might have done better for the second goal, rushing out to block an effort from a narrow angle, but otherwise, Spain’s finishing was simply sublime—as evidenced by the pick of the goals, Dani Ceballos’ top corner free-kick.

? ?Le but somptueux de @DaniCeballos46 sur coup franc avec la sélection espagnole ?? en #EuroU21 contre la Pologne ?? . La Roja mène 4-0. #Ceballos #RealMadrid #ESPPOL pic.twitter.com/N2TwEc4qbY

— Les Merengues ?? (@LesMerenguesFR) June 22, 2019

Going out with two wins and a single defeat is harsh for Grabara and his side, but his experiences over the past few months have been hugely positive and should stand him in good stead for 2019/20 and beyond.

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Roberto Firmino scores no-look goal as Brazil thrash Peru

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 22:25

Roberto Firmino scored a no-look goal and Alisson Becker kept a clean sheet as Brazil beat Peru 5-0 on Saturday to qualify for the knockout stages of the 2019 Copa America.

Firmino netted the second for Tite's side when goalkeeper Pedro Gallese's clearance ricocheted off the 27-year-old and struck the post before he finished into an empty net with 19 minutes on the clock.

The Liverpool No.9 then delivered an assist for Dani Alves' second-half strike that made it 4-0.

Brazil are now through to the quarter-finals of the competition after topping Group A.

Meanwhile, Naby Keita featured for Guinea as they opened their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 2-2 draw against Madagascar.

The midfielder came off the bench in the 62nd minute of the affair to mark his return from the thigh injury he sustained in Barcelona on May 1.

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Roberto Firmino scores no-look goal as Brazil thrash Peru

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 22:25
Roberto Firmino scored a no-look goal and Alisson Becker kept a clean sheet as Brazil beat Peru 5-0 on Saturday to qualify for the knockout stages of the 2019 Copa America.
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On demand: European Royalty documentary

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 22:00

Liverpool's quest to become six-time Champions of Europe can be relived in a brand-new documentary on LFCTV GO.

European Royalty is an hour-long journey, from the despair of Kiev in May 2018 to the unbridled joy of Madrid in June 2019.

Voiced by actor and Kopite Robbie O'Neill, the programme will stir the emotions and bring memories flooding back from a special season.

Jürgen Klopp and a handful of his first-team heroes offer their commentaries as they reflect on a group stage of mixed fortunes and a knockout phase which produced perhaps Anfield's greatest night.

And from there, onto the final against Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid, where Liverpool took an early lead, weathered the Spurs storm and clinched victory on an unforgettable night.

The full documentary is now available to watch in the video above.

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On demand: European Royalty documentary

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Liverpool's quest to become six-time Champions of Europe can be relived in a brand-new documentary on LFCTV GO.
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Liverpool linked with summer moves for teenage duo & Rafa Camacho holds exit talks

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 19:54

Liverpool are set to add one teenager to their Academy ranks this summer while they battle Juventus and Tottenham for another from the Championship.


And while a couple of potential younger additions to the club’s talent base is a positive, one player likely to be on the move soon is Portuguese winger Rafa Camacho.

Indeed, the 19-year-old could be on his way from the Reds as early as next week, according to Camacho’s father, speaking to national media.

“Sporting are very well positioned, we’ll see what happens next week. Interest has been expressed, but he has a contract with Liverpool. They’ve spoken to Liverpool and the club also have a say.

“He has to start doing it so he can explode once and for all. Let’s see if we can resolve this whole process by the end of next week.”

 Liverpool's Rafael Camacho takes on Wolverhampton Wanderers' Rúben Vinagre during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Camacho made his senior debut for the Reds during 2018/19, but it apparently isn’t enough to entice him to stay.

The youngster has rejected a new contract with the club and, as well as Sporting CP, Schalke are known to hold an interest.

Liverpool are reportedly negotiating for a 20 per cent sell-on clause and a buy-back fee included in any deal to sell him.

On the incoming front, one deal appears to be done and another is a possibility, according to local media.

Rekeem Harper is out of contract at West Brom and the 19-year-old is wanted by Liverpool, Tottenham and Juventus, say the Mirror.

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Harper is a central midfielder who made 16 appearances in the Championship last term, scoring once against Rotherham.

He is also an England U19 international and had a loan spell at Blackburn last season.

Further down the Academy age groups, the Reds have reportedly wrapped up a deal for Northern Ireland youth international Conor Bradley.

The 16-year-old will join the U18s on July 9 for next season, reports the Ulster Herald, having been training with the young Reds for some time—even featuring on tour in Germany.

Currently with Dungannon United, Bradley is described as “a young attacker with blinding pace, mesmerising skill and an eye for goal”—so one to look out for next season with the youth teams, perhaps!

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How ‘international focus’ comments have sparked latest wave of farcical Liverpool transfer stories

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 15:44

He’s a bit busy trying to win the Copa America on home soil with Brazil, but you’d never guess it by the way media are spinning minor Philippe Coutinho quotes.


It’s becoming ever more evident that the vast majority of the sport’s media have simply no idea what Liverpool have planned for this summer.

We’ve already seen the Reds linked with in excess of 20 players—basically an entire new squad for a team which has just won the Champions League.

Liverpool will buy a handful of players this summer, though even the ‘informed opinions’ range from just two—replacing Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge—to half a dozen, adding a new forward, goalkeeper cover, an extra full-back and a potential midfield starter.

We’ll see who comes in to play a part in 2019/20—but most of the current rumours can be firmly ruled out, or at least the present iterations of the stories can be discounted.

Liverpool back in for Phil!

 Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Manchester United FC and FC Barcelona at Old Trafford. Barcelona won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Didn’t take long, did it? Coutinho is off with Brazil at the Copa, scoring twice so far in the group stage.

He may well be departing Barcelona…but does anybody really think the Reds will be paying in excess of £100 million for a player they sold 18 months ago? No chance, yet that’s what Barca are said to demand for his sale.

French outlet Le10Sport have decided the Reds are “thinking in particular of a return of Coutinho during the transfer window.”

Chelsea (transfer ban), Man United (no Champions League) and PSG (hence French outlet’s story) are also all interested.

All this from Coutinho saying “I do not know [about my club future], the future nobody knows, I am focused to play with the national team now.”

Didn’t we already debunk this?

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Similar story here: Real Betis left-back, Spain U21 starter at this summer’s European Championships.

Oh, and £45 million Liverpool transfer target. To be a back-up, obviously.

Except he hasn’t been linked by anybody concrete, as Jack Lusby explained here before the weekend—the ‘story’ came from suggestions as to who would fit the profile for what the Reds needed.

Still, gossip inches must be written, so even since the debunking we’ve had Liverpool being “undismayed” by the release clause (Guardian) and Betis wanting to keep him next term, but not closing the door to an exit for any player in the squad (AS).

Oh, and the Mirror opting for a big “Firpo breaks silence on Liverpool transfer speculation” headline.

Breaking silence, in this case, equates to: “Did [Real] Madrid call me? If you want to know, you can ask them. I’m here with the national team and that’s all I want to think about.”

Seems like cast-iron evidence that he’s off to Anfield, then.

Two repeat rumours

 Liverpool's Dejan Lovren applauds the supporters after the 2-1 defeat by Manchester City during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the Etihad Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Small outlets have picked up a couple of rumours on repeat prescriptions, so expect them to surface over the next few days once more with the nationals.

Liverpool favourites for Hakim Ziyech headlines? That stems from nothing more or less than the bookies altering their odds.

And Dejan Lovren to AC Milan? Well that’s the Italian side “cooling their interest” because they haven’t yet made a bid.

Not making a bid is not an update, or a development, but watch the story merry-go-round continue.

De Ligt deal done

Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and Willem II Tilburg at the Amsterdam Arena on December 24, 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Gerrit van Keulen/VI Images/PA Images

Looks like we can soon wipe off one saga from the summer list to repeat endlessly.

Dutch centre-back Matthijs de Ligt has apparently chosen Juventus as his destination.

The current Ajax starlet will leave Liverpool “devastated,” “disappointed,” or “dealt a blow” depending on which outlet you choose to have the move confirmed by, with it widely reported at this stage he’s headed to Italy.

All of which ignores the complete lack of evidence that Liverpool actually pursued any kind of deal at all, of course.

Astronaut-level leaps from quotes to headlines

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Read the following headlines and you might surmise that Jack O’Connell has an offer, or at least genuine interest in him, which is forcing him to speak on the possibility of switching from Sheffield United to Liverpool this summer.

• Liverpool transfer would be ‘hard to turn down’ admits newly-promoted star
• Sheffield United man wants Anfield move
• O’Connell: Hard to turn down Liverpool

The likes of the Mirror and Sky Sports got in on the act, but is all as it seems? No, obviously not.

Instead, the Blades centre-back said:

“All my family are Liverpool fans so we couldn’t wait to find out when we played Liverpool and to face them on New Year’s Day will be a special moment for me and my family.

“I’m a massive Liverpool fan and went to the Champions League final in Madrid – but couldn’t really enjoy the game because I ended up analysing them as opposition next season.

“Obviously I am happy at Sheffield United. I’ve just signed a new contract and I’ve never thought about leaving, but my dream as a kid was to play for Liverpool and if they ever come knocking, although unlikely, it would be hard to turn them down.”

Note to media outlets: Man saying he supports team and would love to play for them does not equate to a transfer rumour.

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In numbers: Mohamed Salah's two years at Liverpool

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 15:30
It's two years to the day since Mohamed Salah completed his transfer from AS Roma to Liverpool.
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Fernando Torres, an icon who defined an era, united the Kop & owned Reds’ hearts

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 12:37

An announcement by Fernando Torres of his retirement from football has Liverpool fans reminiscing about his unforgettable Anfield exploits.


Back in 2007, car radios weren’t quite what they are these days. Especially when you’re in the arse-end of nowhere surrounded by craggy mountainsides and expanses of water.

I suppose this is the start of the tale of Fernando Torres, or rather my tale of Fernando Torres. A footballer who was much, much more than simply just that.

We’re going back 12 years, and the scene is England’s picturesque Lake District. Winding roads leading to seemingly nowhere, quaint little villages, streams, birdsong and greenery, as far as the eye can see.

Also, and more pertinently, an alarmingly poor amount of radio signal. It’s Sunday, August 19, 2007. Liverpool are hosting Chelsea at Anfield and there’s only so much static you can tolerate while experiencing the nerves of an ongoing match you cannot watch.

Amid the incessant crackling and white noise…goal. Few other intelligible words, but that one was certainly mentioned. A goal, just over 15 minutes in. The deadlock was broken.

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“Was it Torres? Has Torres scored? Has he done it? Did they say Torres?” It’s still a wonder my old man’s patience stood firm that day, attempting to manoeuvre a car through hairline-width country roads in sweltering heat while trying to interpret intermittent language buzzing out of the old-school bit of radio kit at varying levels of volume.

It was Torres who had scored. And, from that point, it always would be Torres who would score. That day a dream started, and it would last for three golden years.

His Anfield debut, ‘the boy from sunny Spain’, bursting into fresh green grass with Steven Gerrard shaping to play a pass with the outside of his right foot, from the centre circle.

You don’t need this description because it’s as vivid in your memory as much as the next person’s.

One push of the ball, giving Tal Ben-Haim the eye before jinking the shoulder and pressing down the line. Ending the Premier League career of the Israel defender while beginning a stunning story of his own. Bang, the ball is across Petr Cech and nestling in the bottom corner.

 Liverpool's Fernando Torres celebrates scoring the opening goal against Chelsea during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Everything about it, pure poetry. The energy, the drive, the fervour and the finish—my god, the finish.

It was pure Torres and, with hindsight, it was a snapshot of everything that would follow in the coming years. The telepathic understanding with Gerrard and the roars and gasps of Anfield. The expectance, somehow always coated in shock, marvelling at the impossible.

Yet the scoreline on that frighteningly exciting day also forms part of the premonition. A 1-1 stalemate, following Frank Lampard’s equaliser later in the game. This was a Liverpool side who had struck gold with their latest signing, but something—that winning ingredient—would always be missing.

At that point, however, Kopites were still blissfully unaware, staring in awe at this young lad with a mop of blonde hair while struggling for words.

Where speech didn’t immediately come, feelings sure did; something had changed on Merseyside that summer, and this player was the real deal.

The thing with Fernando Torres is that he meant something to every tier of Liverpool fan, purely down to the timing of his arrival.

 Liverpool's new signing Fernando Torres with manage Rafael Benitez at Anfield following his £26m transfer from Atletico Madird, a club record transfer fee. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

I was 14 when Atletico agreed to part with their golden boy and allow one of Europe’s hottest prospects join Rafa’s Spanish Armada at Anfield.

To those of this similar generation, Torres was the breakthrough, the statement. Torres was proof that Liverpool could attract exciting, ridiculously talented footballers who wanted to be part of the story.

This was post-Istanbul, don’t forget, yet the Reds still continued to fail in tempting top targets to the club. Money was sparse, TV windfall was nothing of today’s riches and, in signing Torres, the Reds had to break the £14m club record sum spent on Djibril Cisse.

 Liverpool's Djibril Cisse in action against AC Milan during the UEFA Champions League Final at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In the days leading up to his eventual signing, I don’t think I’ve ever been glued to the BBC Sport website quite as much. The really old format, narrow little column of text stories with a postage stamp sized image at the top. Remember that?

The same story developing slightly each day, the tension building. A small image of him wearing the 2006 Spain World Cup shirt, hair gelled and spikey and doused in blonde highlight on the tips.

An ‘experience’ would be the best way to describe it. No Twitter or social media variants to fuel the fire and sprinkle speculation. Just good old fashioned waiting. YouTube compilations had started to do the rounds by that point, but this was very much in its infancy.

One solo preview video existed on the site at the time. Believe me, I watched it enough times to testify. A fuzzy, poorly cobbled together selection of sublime La Liga strikes, set to the backdrop of the heavy, techno dance base of an old Basshunter track ‘Boten Anna.’ Remember him? Yeah, we are going back now. Its chaotic, unpleasant beating energy mirrored Torres. I loved it.

Torres was someone to be excited about and just encouraged anticipation. When he began to return on his potential immediately, was anyone really surprised?

Here was a lad who could match Gerrard for flair and presence, having that immediate recognition of being better than everybody else on the field.

 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)

The older generation too, those who had seen it all, couldn’t help but be drawn in by the Spaniard. Seasoned Kopites, who bathed in the glory of the all-dominant eighties, the Dalglish and Rush era and Liverpool being absolutely mustard.

In Torres, the veterans of the fanbase saw a flash to the past, the warmth of those halcyon days looking as though they could once again touch a football club that had long since gone cold.

Torres was for everyone, and everyone was—in their own minds—Torres. No. 9 shirts flew off shelves. Blokes in the pub sported his name, kids in the park mimicked his goals, adverts on the television soon capitalised upon his chant.

And what a chant it was. Rolling down the Kop, top to bottom, like an avalanche. Referencing that now iconic yellow captain’s armband that dropped from his bicep during a La Liga clash to reveal the scripture: ‘We’ll never walk alone.’

It was never a direct Liverpool reference as some suggest, but a sentimental phrase used between himself and close friends. Still, fate played its part and Torres needed Liverpool as much as Liverpool needed Torres.

With records falling and the youngster scoring the most goals for a foreign import in a debut campaign, Torres was soon well on his way to becoming the best.

He achieved it, for a short time, the mantle of best striker in world football, and it’s a crying shame he never had a single medal to show for it.

The collectors’ edition moments grew thick and fast, with his relentless destroying of Nemanja Vidic and his uncanny knack for scoring the most impossible of goals.

 We've won it five times... Liverpool's Fernando Torres reminds fans of his club's European pedigree as he celebrates scoring the equalising goal against Manchester United during the Premiership match at Old Trafford. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Marseille in the Champions League, ghosting through everything and everyone. Arsenal in the Champions League, Manchester United at Old Trafford, Real Madrid at Anfield.

 Liverpool's Fernando Torres on his way to scoring the second goal against Olympique de Marseille during the final UEFA Champions League Group A match at the Stade Velodrome. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Middlesbrough and Blackburn at Anfield, or the masterpiece with Gerrard to dissect Newcastle.

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So many. Too many. But yet each so clear. Torres doesn’t need a highlight reel because his white-hot talent was such that fans could not take eyes off him. It was life in fast-forward, emotion overload.

And yet it all came crashing down. Liverpool became the nearly-men. The move to Chelsea completely and utterly broke hearts, everything about it was wrong from start to finish.

The topic of how Torres should be remembered divides opinion, but the truth is that the Fernando Torres who rocked the foundations of English football left the day that the man himself walked out of Anfield.

It doesn’t make sense that Torres played more career games for Chelsea than Liverpool, but he did. On Merseyside the world saw a footballer who was living and thriving. In London, he was merely a man existing. Those miserable games faded, blurring into one. Time became a vacuum.

 Liverpool's Daniel Agger celebrates scoring the third goal as Chelsea's Fernando Torres looks dejected during the final home Premiership match of the season at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Picking up trophies he only half contributed to didn’t cut it for Torres, and his lost-lamb wandering act across Europe was always bound to take him back to his true love in the Spanish capital.

Torres may have been nurtured at Atletico, but at Anfield he was made.

I’ve been wondering why it’s easier to write a reflective retirement piece for Torres without the overarching sadness that came with Gerrard’s, and the truth of the matter lies in the realisation that Torres all but retired when he swapped red for blue.

After regrettably making the fateful mistake of giving my Torres-printed 08/09 home shirt to a since ex-girlfriend, it soon became clear I’d never see my pride and joy again.

Symbolic, in a way: a clean break from a player who felt like one of the greatest of them all. No tangible material memories, just the endless archive of goals and moments playing on an eternal loop with crystal-like clarity in the mind.

 Liverpool's Fernando Torres turns to score the second goal against Arsenal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In today’s desensitised era of £70 million deals being tossed around like sweets simply to secure a back-up winger, Torres was the last of a dying breed.

A true firebrand, a player who was determined to become the best. A player you can’t buy these days. A player who was taken to the heart of a football club so much, that they could never truly hate him as much as they may try.

Adios, Fernando.

You gave us every kind of emotion and defined an era. You somehow made it possible to love football even more, and came oh so close to becoming immortal. Enjoy retirement.

I do miss that shirt, though.

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What's on: This week's LFC community events

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 12:00

Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.

For more information on these activities, and the work of the two organisations, follow @LFCFoundation and @Red_Neighbours on Twitter or click here.

Monday June 24    

Premier League Girls Football session

Woodchurch High School Sports Complex - 6pm-7pm (age 13+)

Premier League Kicks sessions 

Walton Hall Park - 7pm-8pm (age 11-17)

Respect 4 - Ability Counts / PAN Disability Football session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-12), 7pm-8pm (age 13+)

Open Goals

Springfield Park and Garden - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Tuesday June 25

Junior Netball session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 7-12)

Premier League Kicks session

Toxteth Firefit Hub - 5.30pm-6.30pm (age 8-13), 6.30pm-7.30pm (age 14-19)

Respect 4 All - Severe Learning Disability Football sessions

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 3pm-4pm

Open Goals

Seaforth in Bowersdale Park (meet at Bowersdale Resource Centre) - 5pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Wednesday June 26    

Mini Kicks session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 4pm-6pm (age 4-6)

Premier League Kicks sessions

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 7-11), 6pm-7pm (age 12-17)

Wildcat Girls Football session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 5-7)

Open Goals

Crosby in Coronation Park (meet at Alchemy Crosby Youth & Community Centre) - 4.30pm-5.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Thursday June 27          

Premier League Kicks sessions

Wavertree Sports Park - 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Gateacre School - 6pm-7pm (age 8-11), 7pm-8pm (age 12-16)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 8pm-10pm (age 13+)

Respect 4 All - Inclusion Football session (Beginner / Open Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-8)

Respect 4 All - Physical Impairment Inclusion Football session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 7pm-8pm (age 8+)

Military Veterans

Goals Liverpool North, Bootle - 5pm-7.30pm

Open Goals

Jubilee Sports Bank, Kensington - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Friday June 28

Premier League Kicks sessions

Wavertree Sports Park - 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)
Croxteth Health & Wellbeing Centre - 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Kirkby Leisure Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Netherton Activity Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 8-11), 7pm-8pm (age 12-19)

Respect 4 All - Wheelchair / Powerchair Football sessions 

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-8), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11am-12pm

Red Neighbours Walking Netball

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11.30am-12.30pm

Open Goals

Rice Lane Recreation Ground - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Saturday June 29    

Respect 4 All - Inclusion Football sessions (Disability)

Woodchurch High Sports Complex - 10.30am-11.30am (SLD Child 5+), 11.30am-12.30pm (PAN age 12+), 12.30pm-1.30pm (SLD adults 16+)

Open Goals

Stanley Park (meet at Isla Gladstone) - 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Newsham Park - 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Norris Green Park (meet by playground) - 1.30pm-3pm (age 5+ and parents)
Crown Park, Edge Hill - 1pm-2.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Garston Park  - 3pm-5pm (age 5+ and parents)

Sunday June 30  

Open Goals    

Walton Hall Park - 1pm-2pm (age 5+ and parents)
Belle Vale Park - 1pm-2pm (age 5+ and parents)
Doric Park - 11am-12pm (age 5+ and parents)

Military Veterans

LFC Academy - 3pm-4.30pm

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What's on: This week's LFC community events

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Mo Salah’s importance to Egypt apparent even without scoring as Africa Cup of Nations kicks off

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 10:02

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations got underway in Egypt last night—and the hosts beat Zimbabwe 1-0, with Liverpool forward Mo Salah playing all 90 minutes.


While not a candidate for best performance of the season from the Egyptian King by any stretch, the importance of the Reds’ No. 11 was utterly evident throughout.

An outlet for his team, the focal point for much of their build-up play and with more freedom to seek out possession than he has at club level, Salah must be part playmaker, part goal threat at the AFCON.

His 62 touches of the ball over the 90 minutes were more comparable with his midfield team-mates than the other attackers, and without really working himself a completely clear goalscoring chance he still had easily the most efforts on goal: seven shots in total, four on target. Nobody else on the pitch managed more than three shots, or two on goal.

Salah’s biggest chance to score came late on in the game, with a right-footed shot saved at the near post.

The 1-0 win was secured by Mahmoud Hassan, better known as Egypt’s Trezeguet, but Salah came close to assisting a second for his nation on a number of occasions.

Mohamed Salah might not have been at his best against Zimbabwe, but we don't judge a performance based on what a player is capable of. He was heavily involved in Egypt's attacking play, especially during the first half.

Here are a few highlights:pic.twitter.com/8eQ9w2FAq2

— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) June 22, 2019

With the three points secure against a tough opponent, Egypt will look toward Group A’s second match on Saturday and their other rivals, as Congo DR face Uganda (kick-off 3:30pm BST).

Cairo certainly put on an impressive show for the opening ceremony, and with the team then producing enough to start on a positive note, hopes are high for another win for the nation on home soil.

Take a bow Egypt. What a beautiful opening ceremony ?? #AFCON2019 pic.twitter.com/wgtemkcqtX

— Rayane Moussallem (@RioMoussallem) June 21, 2019

Assistant boss Hany Ramzy spoke after the game to acknowledge the team weren’t at their best, but a win was all-important in the competition opener—and to highlight why it was a team effort, not all about Salah every time.

“Admittedly, we didn’t look good today, but the most important thing for us was the start for a big tournament like this.

“But in the end we won 1-0 and starting with three points is the most important thing.

“For sure Salah has everything to determine a result on his own, but we don’t put all the responsibility on Salah.

“With his technique and his speed he can make all the difference, but we don’t put the entire burden on him as it is impossible to overstretch one player.”

Even without the goal he would have wanted, there was more than enough on show from Mo to suggest he’ll have a big impact on the tournament going forward and remain key to Egpyt’s hopes of winning the 2019 title.

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Official 'Ch6mpions of Europe' souvenir book available to pre-order now

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 10:00

We might have mentioned it before, but Liverpool Football Club are champions of Europe for a sixth time – so to celebrate the glory of Madrid, an official hardback souvenir book is now available to pre-order.

And, if you order it before July 7, you can have your name – or that of a loved one – added to a Champions League winner's Scroll of Honour inside this 320-page book produced by the team behind the official matchday programme and monthly Liverpool FC Magazine.

'Ch6mpions of Europe' tells the story of the Reds' sixth European Cup triumph, right from the start.

From the aftermath of Kiev 2018 and the dramatic group-stage win against Paris Saint-Germain to the trips to Naples, Belgrade and Paris and the must-win game against Napoli.

From the historic 3-1 victory against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena to sweeping aside Porto home and away.

And from the despair of losing 3-0 to Barcelona at Camp Nou to the sensational 4-0 semi-final, second-leg victory against the Catalan giants on what many regard as Anfield's greatest ever European night.

Then the travelling Kop took over Madrid as the Reds beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Estadio Metropolitano to lift the European Cup before 750,000 Reds lined the streets of Liverpool to create iconic scenes as they welcomed the European champions back home.

All of that, plus insight from Jürgen Klopp, his players and striking photography, feature in glorious detail in 'Ch6mpions of Europe'. And with a personalised boxed edition containing an official club certificate, plus six special prints of our Anfield Champions League official matchday programmes also available, this is a souvenir book like no other that every Kopite will want.

You can pre-order 'Ch6mpions of Europe' now by clicking here.

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Official 'Ch6mpions of Europe' souvenir book available to pre-order now

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We might have mentioned it before, but Liverpool Football Club are champions of Europe for a sixth time – so to celebrate the glory of Madrid, an official hardback souvenir book is now available to pre-order.
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“Gomez is the future, but it’s Matip’s place to lose” – Liverpool fans debate Virgil van Dijk’s partner

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 09:00

Joe Gomez thrived in the first half of last season before Joel Matip emerged to take the mantle in the second, but who should partner Virgil van Dijk next term?


Although Jurgen Klopp will head into the 2019/20 season with the majority of his best starting XI in mind, one position which will make him pause for thought is who will join Van Dijk at centre-back.

Last season saw both Gomez and Matip stake their claim for the role, with the former impressing in the early stages before injury struck.

This was an untimely break which paved the way for Matip to rise to prominence and help steer the Reds to a sixth European crown.

After a four-month absence from the team it can be easy to forget how Gomez matched Van Dijk stride for stride and proved that he is an elite centre-back in the making.

But the turn of the new year proved to be Matip’s time to shine as he emphatically answered every question thrown at him during a consistent run of form which saw him appear in 20 of Liverpool’s last 23 games of the season.

It leaves Klopp with a conundrum on his hands: does he return to a partnership which thrived early last season or stick with a duo who proved instrumental in Liverpool’s European glory?

This Is Anfield asked fans on Facebook and Twitter who should start as Van Dijk’s partner, and there was only one winner.

Of the 34,500 fans who voted, 62 percent were of the view that Gomez should be the man to line up alongside Van Dijk at the start of the 2019/20 season.

The feeling among some fans was that the England international is Liverpool’s future and he deserves to return to the team despite Matip’s imperious run of form late on.

“It’s savage to say after his second half of the season, but I’d drop Matip and give Gomez the nod!” Dan Phillips explained.

“The age that Gomez is at now is where he will learn the most and there isn’t no one better than VVD.”

This was a view shared by Daniel Fiore, who wrote: “Gomez first pick and [is the] future. Matip did a commendable job.”

“Van Dijk and Gomez were fantastic together until his injury. Matip has done well, but Gomez is better,” Mark James Bergqvist argued.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates with Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk after the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Conversely, for many it was a case of Matip having earned his place in the starting lineup and Gomez needing to fight to take it back.

Isaac Stannard wrote: “Matip all day long. The bloke stepped up massively this season.

“Let Joe come back at his own speed. He’s shown before he is undoubtedly class, but he also has time on his side.

“More than impressed with how the season started but can’t just take Joel out given that he was a massive part of the team that conquered Europe.”

“Matip’s not put a foot wrong, deserves a chance to carry on. It’s his place to lose and Gomez needs to fight for it,” Darren Warren agreed.

Faisal Miah echoed Stannard and Warren’s sentiments, writing: “Great problem for the manager to have but I’d have to say Matip and VVD looked extremely solid and seemed to have developed great understanding last season.”

“People forget that Gomez was playing really well before he got hurt, [but] Matip slid into the role seamlessly and carried the torch,” Clayton Elkins added.

“I don’t think you could go wrong with either of them.”

It was a similar state of affairs on Twitter as of the 15,492 fans who voted, 67 percent felt Gomez should be given the nod.

@johnnyste_ was looking well into the future, writing: “Gomez, obviously. For the next decade.”

And despite Gomez’s convincing win in the poll, fans—much like those on Facebook—commented that the 22-year-old needs to win his place back as Matip doesn’t deserve to be dropped to the bench.

“Gomez is the future but it’s Matip’s place to lose. He’s been immaculate since coming into the side and in no way deserves to be dropped,” @shornKOOMINS argued.

“Gomez is going have to wait for Matip to get injured.”

 FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi (C) is challenged by Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (L) and Joel Matip (R) during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg match between FC Barcelona and Liverpool FC at the Camp Nou. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Lots of things can change between now and the start of the season, e.g. form, fitness level, etc,” @TakkiLFC explained.

“In best shape, I’d go for Joel definitely. I love Joe and his composure but still think Joel earned his place and did brilliantly last season.”

This is an opinion also held by @Lewismithl1996, who wrote: “Matip doesn’t deserved to be dropped, he’s shown multiple times he’s good enough to partner VVD.”

@NeilGillman echoed Elkins’ thoughts, writing: “Matip was excellent. Gomez is the future.

“Hard call but for the first time I can remember it’s not a case of worrying about whether whoever lines up alongside VVD is good enough, but rather which of the very good options to choose.”

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk collapses to the pitch at the final whistle as team-mates Joel Matip and Joe Gomez embrace him as they celebrate a 2-0 victory in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

The results and subsequent comments show that you can make a case and argument for either Gomez or Matip to make the right-sided centre-back spot their own next term.

Pre-season could prove to be decisive for both players in their bid to impress Klopp.

But, as many fans noted, it is a welcome dilemma to have in the heart of defence after a number of years with few quality players to chose from.

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Liverpool target breaks silence on transfer speculation

HEAD NEWS - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 08:40

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Spain U21 full-back Junior Firpo.

The talented Real Betis star has been named as a potential replacement for the outgoing Alberto Moreno to provide competition and cover for Andy Robertson at Anfield.

But the Reds aren't the only side keen on the athletic left-back, with Real Madrid also heavily tipped to make a move.

Firpo has now responded to transfer speculation during the European U21 Championships in Italy.

The 22-year-old, who was born in the Dominican Republic, remained tight-lipped about speculation and insisted he is concentrating on his international commitments.

"Did Madrid call me? If you want to know, you can ask them," he said to El Larguero.

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

Firpo has a £45m release clause Liverpool are considering activating in order to land their man this summer.

But he previously hinted he would resist a move when asked earlier this month about links with La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona .

Asked if he has a preference between Real Madrid and Barcelona earlier this month, Firpo told Marca : "No.

"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: Daily Mirror

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Liverpool target breaks silence on transfer speculation

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Liverpool have been linked with a move for Spain U21 full-back Junior Firpo.

The talented Real Betis star has been named as a potential replacement for the outgoing Alberto Moreno to provide competition and cover for Andy Robertson at Anfield.

But the Reds aren't the only side keen on the athletic left-back, with Real Madrid also heavily tipped to make a move.

Firpo has now responded to transfer speculation during the European U21 Championships in Italy.

The 22-year-old, who was born in the Dominican Republic, remained tight-lipped about speculation and insisted he is concentrating on his international commitments.

"Did Madrid call me? If you want to know, you can ask them," he said to El Larguero.

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

Firpo has a £45m release clause Liverpool are considering activating in order to land their man this summer.

But he previously hinted he would resist a move when asked earlier this month about links with La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona .

Asked if he has a preference between Real Madrid and Barcelona earlier this month, Firpo told Marca : "No.

"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: Daily Mirror

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'Brilliant Alisson Becker got better as the season went on'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 06/22/2019 - 08:00

Chris Kirkland was taken aback by Alisson Becker's displays in training at the start of last season, but believes the Brazilian somehow managed to raise those levels.

Alisson ends year one on Merseyside in possession of a Champions League winner's medal and the Premier League's Golden Glove award for the highest amount of clean sheets.

Best Bits: Alisson's dominant display in CL final

Kirkland, who spent part of 2018-19 as Liverpool FC Women's goalkeeping coach, was present at Melwood shortly after the 26-year-old's arrival from AS Roma to observe his sublime stonewalling qualities.

"He's brilliant," the former Reds shot-stopper told Liverpoolfc.com. "I didn't see too much of him at Roma, but when he came here I watched him closely, watched training a few times.

"This was near the start of the season and he's got better as the season has gone on.

"That is credit to the goalkeeper coaches – John Achterberg in particular – and the goalkeeper unit."

Indeed, behind Alisson throughout the European Cup-winning campaign was Simon Mignolet, who was lauded for his professionalism in serving as the ultimate back-up during a season in which he only made two appearances.

"Simon deserves a lot of credit because it's tough for him," Kirkland continued.

"But he's pushed Alisson, knowing that if he didn't perform then Simon would be back in – and the other 'keepers as well. That unit is brilliant."

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'Brilliant Alisson Becker got better as the season went on'

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Chris Kirkland was taken aback by Alisson Becker's displays in training at the start of last season, but believes the Brazilian somehow managed to raise those levels.
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