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Liverpool full-back heads to MLS for intriguing loan move

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 16:53

Liverpool full-back Tony Gallacher has joined MLS franchise Toronto FC on a short-term loan, two-and-a-half years after being welcomed to the club by Sir Kenny Dalglish.

Dalglish rolled out the red carpet for Gallacher upon his switch from Falkirk in 2018, giving his fellow Scot a dream start to life on Merseyside.

Gallacher had already accrued senior experience in the Scottish Championship before joining Liverpool as an 18-year-old, but now 21, his only first-team outing for the Reds came in last season’s 5-0 League Cup loss to Aston Villa.

A staple of the under-23s squad, his ability to play both right-back and left-back proved invaluable to the club’s academy staff, but now he will offer that to Toronto.

The MLS side have completed a loan deal for the Glasgow native until the end of December, who has been in quarantine in Canada prior to Toronto’s upcoming clash with DC United.

Toronto are managed by former LA Galaxy defender Greg Vanney, and include Premier League alumni Michael Bradley, Alejandro Pozuelo and Jozy Altidore in their ranks, along with La Liga veteran Pablo Piatti.

Gallacher can also link up with an ex-Red at BMO Field, with Chris Mavinga on the books at Toronto, having left Liverpool in 2011 after a brief two-year spell in the academy.

 Liverpool's Joe Hardy (C) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mates Liam Millar (L) and Tony Gallacher (R) during the Premier League Cup Group F match between Liverpool FC Under-23's and AFC Sunderland Under-23's at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The full-back will fill the final ‘international’ slot in his new squad, and arrives with Toronto sitting second in the Eastern Conference, having won six, drawn two and lost three of their 11 games so far.

It is an interesting move for the youngster, and will likely precede a permanent move away from Liverpool in the future given the competition at full-back in the first team.

If he makes a big impression in MLS, perhaps Gallacher could find his home in Canada.

Good luck, Tony!

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Tony Gallacher completes loan switch to Toronto FC

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 16:44

Liverpool left-back Tony Gallacher has sealed a loan switch to Major League Soccer side Toronto FC until the end of December, subject to international clearance.

The 21-year-old Scot is set for his first temporary spell away from the Reds since he joined the club from Falkirk in January 2018.

Gallacher has been a regular for the U23s during his time on Merseyside and achieved a senior debut last season as he played the full 90 minutes of the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa.

He will now gain further first-team experience at Toronto, with the restarted 2020 MLS season currently ongoing.

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Tony Gallacher completes loan switch to Toronto FC

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 16:44
Liverpool left-back Tony Gallacher has sealed a loan switch to Major League Soccer side Toronto FC until the end of December, subject to international clearance.
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: We want to be serial winners

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 14:55

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has outlined the desire within Liverpool’s squad to become serial winners.

Jürgen Klopp’s side have amassed four major trophies - the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and, most recently, the Premier League - since June 2019.

However, Oxlade-Chamberlain and his teammates are not yet satisfied.

“For any top team, the challenge is obvious,” the Reds’ No.15 told Goal.com. 

“It’s one thing to win something once, and we shouldn’t downplay that, but to do it consistently, season on season, is what makes a team special. 

“Look at the greatest teams in history, the Liverpool teams of old who have made this club what it is, they did it every year, not just once. That’s our main goal.

“I look back to the season before, when we missed out by a point. People looked at it and thought ‘what more can you do?’. Ninety-seven points and you still don’t win it? How do you improve? But we just got our heads down, we worked even harder and we went the distance again. 

“That’s hard to do. You can go two ways; you can either question yourself and think ‘can we really do that again?’ or you can get your head down and go again.”

Premier League glory further etched Klopp’s squad into club folklore, but last season’s domestic success has not detracted from the unwavering focus at Melwood.

“It was amazing, but it’s done now,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said.

“We can look back on it later, but we can’t get caught up in it now. Why did we achieve what we did? Because we didn’t lose our focus. It was always about ‘what’s next?’ and that’s how it is now.

“As a team, it doesn’t feel like we did it, if you get me? We know we did it, we know we are in the history books and we have our medals to remind us, but being in and around the building, no-one is talking about it, no-one is giving off the impression that we are champions, and that’s how it should be.”

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: We want to be serial winners

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 14:55
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has outlined the desire within Liverpool’s squad to become serial winners.
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Curtis Jones shows captain material on return to Kirkby for Merseyside derby

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 11:14

Curtis Jones was back at Kirkby on Sunday, watching his former Liverpool under-23s team-mates kick off the Premier League 2 season with a 1-0 win over Everton.

Last term was a breakthrough campaign for Jones, who served as captain of the U23s but also stepped up to the first team, making 12 appearances over three competitions.

This time around, he is a permanent option for Jurgen Klopp, and came off the bench in Saturday’s dramatic 4-3 win over Newcastle, ahead of the likes of James Milner and Takumi Minamino.

A day later, and he was back at the academy, watching on as Jake Cain scored the winner in the first minute as the U23s edged the Merseyside derby.

He stood alongside physiotherapist Tony Jones on the touchline, sharing jokes with new boss Barry Lewtas and speaking to his old team-mates Abdi Sharif, Remi Savage and Liam Millar.

It came on the 19-year-old’s day off, and showed his enthusiasm for the club and his desire to support those he has played alongside through the age groups.

Jones has already captained Liverpool at senior level, becoming the youngest player to wear the armband for the Reds when he led a youthful side out for the 1-0 win over Shrewsbury in the FA Cup in February.

But his long-term aim will be to serve as captain on a full-time basis, and along with Trent Alexander-Arnold he is a prime candidate to take over from Jordan Henderson in the future.

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones chats with Under-23 coach Barry Lewtas during the Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool FC Under-23's and Everton FC Under-23's at the Liverpool Academy. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There are clear signs of leadership that have developed in Jones’ approach over the past year, and this was evident as he cheered the U23s on as they began their Premier League 2 campaign.

He is not the first to do so, of course, but he follows the likes of Conor Coady and Harry Wilson as the bond between Liverpool’s academy ranks blossoms over the years.

The teenager was not the only first-team representative at Kirkby on Sunday, with assistant goalkeeping coach Jack Robinson in attendance as he watched a man-of-the-match display from Caoimhin Kelleher.

Kelleher was a match for everything Everton threw at him in the derby, keeping Liverpool in the game and ensuring Cain’s opener was enough to clinch the three points.

These visits will become significantly easier once the first team moves into the redeveloped Kirkby training facility, though no decision has been made yet upon when Klopp and his squad will relocate from Melwood.

For now, though, the gesture Jones made in applauding the U23s on their way to victory was a symbol of the captain’s quality he is nurturing as a young player.

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LFC Women centurion Hodson recognised for special achievement

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 11:10

Ashley Hodson has received a special presentation to mark her 100th appearance for Liverpool FC Women.

Hodson brought up the milestone when she took to the field at Prenton Park as LFC Women began their Championship season against Durham Women earlier this month.

And after clocking up game 101 in Sunday's 3-0 victory over London Bees, she was presented with a special '100' Liverpool shirt by manager Vicky Jepson to celebrate her achievement.

Hodson became just the second Reds player in the modern era to reach a century, following in the footsteps of Gemma Bonner.

The 25-year-old from St Helens is the club's longest-serving player, having graduated to the first team from the centre of excellence.

She made her debut in April 2014 and earned 11 appearances that season as Liverpool clinched their second Women's Super League title.

Susan Black, LFC director of communications and executive director of Liverpool FC Women, said: "Everyone at Liverpool FC would like to congratulate Ashley on this marvellous achievement.

"To record such a landmark figure is testament not just to her talent but her hard work and loyalty over the years."

Reds manager Jepson added: "Ash is not just our longest-serving player – she's one of us.

"She came through the centre of excellence to my development squad before swiftly making her way to the first team.

"It's been a privilege to watch her grow. I'm sure all Liverpool fans will join me in applauding her wonderful achievement."

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LFC Women centurion Hodson recognised for special achievement

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 11:10
Ashley Hodson has received a special presentation to mark her 100th appearance for Liverpool FC Women.
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Century maker Hodson recognised for special achievement

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 11:10

Ashley Hodson has received a special presentation to mark her 100th appearance for Liverpool FC Women.

She brought up the landmark when she took to the field at Prenton Park when LFC Women began their Championship season against Durham Women.

And after clocking up appearance number 101 in Sunday’s 3-0 victory over London Bees, Hodson was presented with a special '100' Liverpool shirt by manager Vicky Jepson to mark her achievement.

She became just the second Reds player in the modern Women’s Super League era to reach a century, following in the footsteps of Gemma Bonner.

The 25-year-old from St Helens is the club’s longest serving player having graduated to the first team from the centre of excellence.

She made her debut in April 2014 and made 11 appearances that season as the Reds clinched their second WSL title.

Susan Black, LFC director of communications and executive director of Liverpool FC Women, said: “Everyone at Liverpool FC would like to congratulate Ashley on this marvellous achievement.

“To record such a landmark figure is testament not just to her talent but her hard work and loyalty over the years.”

Reds manager Jepson added: “Ash is not just our longest serving player – she’s one of us.

“She came through the centre of excellence to my development squad before swiftly making her way to the first team.

“It’s been a privilege to watch her grow. I’m sure all Liverpool fans will join me in applauding her wonderful achievement.”

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Century maker Hodson recognised for special achievement

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 11:10
Ashley Hodson has received a special presentation to mark her 100th appearance for Liverpool FC Women.
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Summer of Champions: We are Liverpool - you are our champions!

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 11:00

Firstly, we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in our Summer of Champions activities.

At the beginning of August, we announced that we would be resuming our session delivery, by providing a host of free, fun ‘face-to-face’ sessions and holiday camps till the end of summer as part of our Summer of Champions celebrations.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, our sessions were completely paused, which meant that we had to deliver virtually so we could stay in touch with and support children and their families.

Summer of Champions to us was about not only celebrating the success of the first team but celebrating and supporting each and every child and young person who has been living through some big changes and difficult times lately - you are our champions!

Across our Summer of Champions, we’ve seen:

  • 2,212 participants across all our summer programmes
  • 623 hours of activities
  • 247 hours of virtual sessions which includes over 80 Year 6 pupils ready and rearing for secondary school thanks to STEP UP
  • 13 virtual sessions of our hugely popular Mini Kicks for 4-6 year olds
  • 751 children enjoying our holiday camps from our Girls Kicks camps at Woodchurch Sports Complex to our James Milner-funded camps around the city
  • 144 Open Goals sessions with over 800 participants enjoying free family fun in their local parks
  • 2,724 healthy meals supplied by chefs at Anfield to make sure all our participants are ready and fueled for their activities

Through the four weeks of delivery, we received some amazing feedback from parents and participants who took part in our sessions across the city.

"Thank you so much for the football summer camp, my son absolutely loved it. It was really well organised and very safe with regards to covid restrictions. The gift he received was great - he’s so happy and it was all for free!"

Our Open Goals sessions have received some rewarding feedback too: "It has done wonders both exercise and confidence wise. It’s great to have this service within a mile of our home and for free. It’s been a long summer, stuck at home trying to home work and keep the children occupied, often using tech to keep them quiet/entertained. But these sessions have been something they really look forward to and are motivated to get out whatever the weather."

It’s been such a huge success, welcoming our children, young people and families back to our sessions - it’s been amazing seeing everyone all back playing sport and having fun while staying safe!

Thank You. We are Liverpool. You are our champions!

Keep an eye out for our autumn timetable for more of your favourite LFC Foundation sessions.

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Summer of Champions: We are Liverpool - you are our champions!

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 11:00
Firstly, we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in our Summer of Champions activities.
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Out now: Get your new LFC third kit for 2020-21

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:46
Liverpool's 2020-21 Nike third kit is now on general sale online.
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Midnight BST: New LFC third kit for 2020-21 goes on sale

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:46
Liverpool's 2020-21 Nike third kit will be released on general sale from midnight.
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Midnight BST: New LFC third kit for 2020-21 goes on sale

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:46

Liverpool's 2020-21 Nike third kit will be released on general sale from midnight.

The black, anthracite and crimson strip – which features a chequered design inspired by the flags and banners that are part of the club’s European heritage – was unveiled last week and made available for limited pre-order.

It will now go on general sale online and in stores from 00.00am BST on Tuesday September 15.

Click here to browse the 2020-21 kit collection.

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Marko Grujic’s agent claims Liverpool “want to keep” midfielder until at least January

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:02

Marko Grujic‘s agent, Fali Ramadani, has claimed Liverpool “want to keep” his client at the club until at least January, ruling out a summer move back to Hertha Berlin.

Grujic has spent the last two seasons on loan at Hertha, and ended the campaign strongly after initially losing his place in the side due to a carousel of managers in Berlin.

But despite interest in keeping him at the Olympiastadion, Hertha have been unable to clinch a deal, and amid speculation of a move elsewhere, Grujic has stayed with Liverpool.

With less than a month to go until the end of the transfer window, the Serbian is still training with the first team at Melwood and was in the matchday squad for the Community Shield loss to Arsenal.

Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Monchengladbach, Atalanta, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa have all been credited with an interest along with Hertha, but now any side could be made to wait until at least January to clinch a move.

That is according to Grujic’s agent, with Ramadani telling German publication kicker on Sunday that Liverpool “want to keep” their No. 16.

“Liverpool want to keep Marko,” he explained. “That could change in January at the earliest.”

 Liverpool's Marko Grujic during a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

This may be a sensible decision, as with Grujic contracted to the club until 2023, there is no real rush to sell the midfielder aside from raising funds.

Grujic could be particularly useful over the next three-and-a-half months, with the Reds set for a League Cup clash with either Bradford or Lincoln on September 23, while the next two rounds will also be played this year.

The League Cup semi-finals and FA Cup third round both land in the same week in January, and with 15 more Premier League games and all six Champions League group ties to play before the end of 2020, it is set to be a busy period.

Jurgen Klopp could, therefore, require more numbers in his ranks until, as Ramadani explains, “January at the earliest,” with Grujic an accomplished option at this level.

It is also possible that Liverpool simply haven’t been able to reach anywhere near their asking price for the 24-year-old so far, with a £20 million valuation reported.

Ramadani’s comments could be a means to drum up further interest or force the hand of one of the clubs already chasing Grujic, though it seems more realistic at this stage that the decision has been made to keep his client for a congested run.

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Liverpool to sign Brazilian teenage goalkeeper Pitaluga from Fluminense

HEAD NEWS - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:46

Liverpool will complete the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga from Fluminense this week, Goal has learned.

The Reds have agreed a deal that could cost them up to £2 million ($2.6m) for the 17-year-old, who will join the club’s Academy set-up initially.

Pitaluga, who was part of the Brazilian under-17 squad which won their age group World Cup on home soil in 2019, is due to arrive on Merseyside to complete a medical and finalise his move. The teenager holds a German passport, which has enabled him to make the transfer prior to his 18th birthday.

Full story: Goal.com

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Liverpool to sign Brazilian teenage goalkeeper Pitaluga from Fluminense

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:46

Liverpool will complete the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga from Fluminense this week, Goal has learned.

The Reds have agreed a deal that could cost them up to £2 million ($2.6m) for the 17-year-old, who will join the club’s Academy set-up initially.

Pitaluga, who was part of the Brazilian under-17 squad which won their age group World Cup on home soil in 2019, is due to arrive on Merseyside to complete a medical and finalise his move. The teenager holds a German passport, which has enabled him to make the transfer prior to his 18th birthday.

Full story: Goal.com

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Liverpool to sign Brazilian teenage goalkeeper Pitaluga from Fluminense

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:46
Liverpool will complete the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga from Fluminense this week, Goal has learned.
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'Long may it continue' - Robertson relishing another Alexander-Arnold assist duel

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:37

Andy Robertson took an early lead in his annual assist competition with Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold on Saturday.

It was the Scotland captain’s near-post corner that was headed in by Virgil van Dijk during the thrilling Premier League season-opener, eventually won 4-3 against Leeds United.

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Robertson registered 12 assists as the Reds clinched the title last term but, as he had been in the previous campaign, was pipped by one by Alexander-Arnold.

The ultimate goal of the competition, though, is to benefit the team – whichever full-back comes out on top at the end of 2020-21.

“It’s a long, long season so we’ll see how it plays out this time!” Robertson was quoted in Saturday’s official matchday programme.

“I had a lot of games to make up last season and I nearly got there. We both do this competition to get the best out of each other.

“These last two seasons we’ve shown that we can take the numbers to a whole new level for full-backs, especially with Trent breaking the record for a full-back that had stood for many years in 2018-19, and then breaking his own record the year after, which was incredible.

“If I’m anywhere close to him this season then I think we’ll have both had a successful season because I can’t see him not assisting with goals and long may that continue.

“We like to create chances and hopefully that continues this season because us making chances and creating goals is a big part of how we play and we get a lot of joy from it. So long that may continue, but time will tell.

“It’s obviously going to be tough to continue those numbers but that’s our aim and hopefully we can do that.”

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