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Kenny Dalglish launches children's bookExternal Link

PremierLeague.com - 4 hours 54 min ago

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish visited a local school this week to launch 'King Kenny', a new children’s book created by main sponsor Standard Chartered.

The former LFC player and manager met with young pupils at New Park Primary School - close to Anfield - to introduce the book and support the club's Red Neighbours programme, which creates memorable experiences for young people in the local area.

Following the event, signed copies of the book were donated to the school on behalf of Standard Chartered and the Marina Dalglish Appeal.

The ‘King Kenny’ book, and accompanying short film, form part of Standard Chartered's year-long Power of Numbers campaign, celebrating 125 years of Liverpool FC. 

‘King Kenny’ tells the incredible story of one of football’s all-time greats, capturing valuable lessons from his inspiring journey, both on and off the pitch.

Written in rhyme, the book was penned by children’s author Gavin McCormack and aims to give young fans around the world a new perspective on the LFC legend.  

Dalglish said: “It’s fantastic to get out into the local community, introduce the book to the children and encourage them to spend more time reading.  

“I’m really pleased to be able to work with Standard Chartered and help support Red Neighbours - and their great work in the Anfield area - with this book.”

Emma Sheller, global head of brand and marketing at Standard Chartered, said: "We couldn’t mark LFC’s 125th birthday without celebrating the No.7. 

“Kenny Dalglish is a man who has inspired LFC and its fans across generations. His passion, experience and influence has reached the hearts of many, and we created this children’s book and short film to celebrate this legacy.

“It is timeless. Full of tradition, virtue and lessons that we can learn from and develop within ourselves. It’s the type of legacy Standard Chartered wants to support our clients to leave behind for their own generations to come.”

‘King Kenny’ is available online as a free interactive e-book at www.sc.com/lfc125/kingkenny and fans can download a PDF copy of the book in six languages – English, traditional and simplified Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Indonesia, Vietnamese and Korean. An audio version of the book is also available online. 

Limited edition hard copies will also be available globally through LFC and Standard Chartered promotions throughout the year.

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Friday - 10.30am BST: Watch Klopp's Stoke preview liveExternal Link

PremierLeague.com - 4 hours 54 min ago

Jürgen Klopp will hold his pre-Stoke City press conference from 10.30am BST on Friday - tune in with our live and free stream from Melwood.

Liverpool return to Premier League duties when they host the Potters at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime, fresh from their Champions League win over AS Roma.

And you can see what Klopp has to say about the game, the condition of his squad and more by watching our broadcast of the media briefing.

Simply return to this page at 10.30am to access the live stream.

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9am BST Friday: Pre-order the new LFC 247 trainersExternal Link

PremierLeague.com - 4 hours 54 min ago

The new LFC 247 trainers from New Balance can be pre-ordered online and at official club stores from 9am BST on Friday April 27.

The 125 Year Anniversary edition of the special footwear have proved to be hugely popular and the new trainers have been updated ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

Once again, the LFC 247s are available in adult and children's sizes.

The stylish trainers can be pre-ordered online or in-store from 9am on Friday April 27 for delivery on their day of release, Friday May 11.

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Tickets selling fast for AS Roma screeningExternal Link

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Join us at Anfield to watch Liverpool take on AS Roma in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final.

Fans are invited to take a seat on the Kop, soak up the atmosphere and view the match on a giant screen in association with BT Sport, the exclusive live broadcaster of the UEFA Champions League in the UK.

The screening will take place Wednesday May 2, where supporters can enjoy pre-match entertainment including face painting, live music, an appearance from club mascot Mighty Red, and more.

Food and drink can also be purchased on the concourse and taken to seats to enjoy during the game.

Turnstiles will open at 6.15pm, with tickets available from £5 (16 years and under) to £10 (adults).

Tickets for the live screening are available from Liverpoolfc.com until 5pm on Tuesday May 1. After this time, we will not be able to accommodate any further sales.

Turnstiles will open at 6.15pm, with entry closing at 8pm.

For further information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

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Mourinho: I didn't sell Salah

Sky Sports - 6 hours 16 min ago
Jose Mourinho has denied being the man behind Chelsea's sale of now PFA Player of the Year Mohamed Salah, but feels the forward was not physically or mentally ready at the time.
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Daily Express issues apology over 'ill-informed and wrong' LFC article

icLiverpool.co.uk - Thu, 26/04/2018 - 23:35

The Daily Express have apologised for an article which claimed Liverpool Football Club had a "big problem" with fan behaviour.

A comment piece was published online yesterday, following the Reds' Champions League semi-final 5-2 win over Roma, suggesting LFC's fans bore some responsibility for the pre-match incident that left an Irish Liverpool fan fighting for his life - a tragedy over which an Italian man has been charged.

The article, by Colin Mafham, who the Daily Express state is a freelance journalist, has since been taken down.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson directly addressed the editor of the national newspaper on Twitter demanding an apology and later stated he had been given a heartfelt apology over the phone by Gary Jones.

Pictured is the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson Pictured is the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson (Image: Colin Lane / Liverpool Echo) Pictured is Daily Express editor Gary Jones Pictured is Daily Express editor Gary Jones (Image: PA Wire)

The Daily Express then published an apology on their own website stating: "the article was ill-informed and wrong".

It read: "Yesterday a comment piece by a freelance journalist entitled 'Liverpool must take serious action after Roma violence or risk further trouble' was published on this website.

"This article was ill-informed and wrong. It did not, in any way, reflect the views of the Express. It should never have been written and was very quickly removed.

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"We unconditionally apologise, both for the article itself and any offence, understandably, caused.

"The journalist who wrote the piece was immediately suspended.

"Express.co.uk is conducting an inquiry into how the article came to be published on our website."

The Daily Express has issued this apology over the LFC article The Daily Express has issued this apology over the LFC article

Earlier today, the ECHO's Head of Sport David Prentice also published his own thoughts about the piece, saying: "A 53-year-old Liverpool supporter lies in hospital in a critical condition, the subject of an assault...

"Yet in a vile, presumptuous and repugnant article published on today's Daily Express website the writer, Colin Mafham, appears to infer that Liverpool brought such trouble upon themselves.

"We shouldn't be surprised.

"We've heard those kind of historic prejudices before, but thought they went out of fashion with The Spectator's notorious 'self pity city'. Sadly not."

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The Daily Express piece asked: "When you have a team capable of playing the joyous football Liverpool have for most of this season how on earth are their fans always seemingly involved in such horrific altercations on big European nights. Why does trouble seem to follow them like bees round a honey pot?”

The Express article makes reference to the Heysel and Hillsborough, saying: "You would have thought the deaths of 39 Italians at the European Cup final Liverpool lost to Juventus in 1985 - plus the five year ban on English clubs that consequently came after that - would have had a sobering effect.

"You would have thought the horrors at Hillsborough and 96 more deaths that followed only four years later would have made everyone more aware of their responsibilities to each other.

"Those two tragedies, in which the central figures were sadly mostly from Liverpool, are arguably football's most painful Achilles and hopefully will never happen again."

The article makes no reference to the finding the 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed, and that Liverpool fans were judged to have played no role in the tragedy.

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Calling on the club to officially recognise its "big problem" - and condemn those fans he believes are responsible, Colin Mafham added: "No one is suggesting that the violence that erupted on Tuesday night was solely the fault of Liverpool fans. Their visitors from Rome were clearly just as thuggish, and just as frightening.

"But there are suggestions that the reputation of Liverpool supporters had gone before them and Roman yobs had simply decided to get in first, and with such awful consequences. It’s not right, but it does again highlight a common denominator."

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Daily Express issues apology over 'ill-informed and wrong' LFC article

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Thu, 26/04/2018 - 23:35
The national newspaper published a statement on their own website saying they 'unconditionally apologise'
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Besiktas refuse Fenerbahce replay after violence

BBC Sport - Thu, 26/04/2018 - 23:03
Besiktas coach Senol Gunes had his head stapled after being struck by an object thrown from the crowd

Besiktas say they will not turn up to replay their Turkish Cup semi-final second leg against rivals Fenerbahce.

The original match at Fenerbahce's Sukru Saracoglu Stadium was abandoned after 57 minutes when Besiktas coach Senol Gunes was hit on the head by an object thrown from the crowd.

Football chiefs ordered the game to be completed behind closed doors on 3 May.

But Besiktas issued a statement on Thursday to say they will not be taking part.

"We have been on the field for 115 years, we have won, had draws or lost on the field. In order not to accept being losers, we will not show up," the club said.

Gunes, 65, was taken to hospital after being struck on the head while the game was goalless.

The two teams drew the first leg 2-2 in Besiktas.

Besiktas boss Senol Gunes fell to the ground after being hit on the head Gunes later received medical treatment at a hospital
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Халк: «Мне нравится стиль игры Салаха. Он сильно прибавил в последние несколько лет»

Liverpool-Today.ru - Thu, 26/04/2018 - 23:00

Нападающий «Шанхай СПИГ» Халк поделился мнением об игре форварда «Ливерпуля» Мохамеда Салаха.

«Мне нравится стиль игры Салаха. Он быстрый, техничный левша, который прорывается в штрафную.

Я играл против него в Лиге Европы, когда он выступал за «Базель». Он очень хороший игрок, и выделяется в очень сложном турнире – в АПЛ.

Те, кто разбираются в футболе, понимают, что он очень сильно прибавил в последние годы. Он очень важен для сборной Египта», – сказал Халк.

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Champions League In 90 Seconds: Are the semis over already?

ESPN.com - Thu, 26/04/2018 - 22:57
The Exploding Heads recap the semi-finals, Mo Salah's goal celebrations and more with Champions League in 90 seconds.
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The Champions League In Ninety Seconds

ESPN.com - Thu, 26/04/2018 - 22:57
The Exploding Heads recap the semi-finals, Mo Salah's goal celebrations and more with Champions League in 90 seconds.
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Southampton's Boufal training with U23s after row with boss Hughes

BBC Sport - Thu, 26/04/2018 - 22:52
Boufal (left) has scored twice in 30 appearances for Southampton this season

Southampton midfielder Sofiane Boufal has been ordered to train with the club's under-23 side and will miss Saturday's match with Bournemouth following a row with boss Mark Hughes.

The Moroccan, who was on the bench for April's 3-2 loss to Chelsea, reportedly angered Hughes by refusing to warm up.

The two are believed to have then clashed later in the dressing room.

"Unfortunately, Sofi made a mistake, which he acknowledged and he has acknowledged to me since," said Hughes.

"At the moment he's training with the Under-23s. He's missed a few days' training because he was ill.

"Given where we are at the moment he's probably best served training with a different group just to make people aware the situation we found ourselves in wasn't what should have happened.

"He understands that now. He probably needs to rebuild a bit of trust with us and his team mates."

Relegation-threatened Southampton are 18th in the table, four points from safety with four games remaining.

Hughes, who replaced the sacked Mauricio Pellegrino as Southampton boss in March, has failed to win any of his four Premier League games in charge so far, losing three of them.

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Mayor Joe Anderson says Daily Express writer suspended over LFC article

icLiverpool.co.uk - Thu, 26/04/2018 - 22:35

Mayor Liverpool Joe Anderson says the Express writer who caused outrage with an LFC comment piece this morning has been suspended.

The article, by Colin Mafham, which has since been taken down, questioned whether "the latest generation" of fans could "add another chapter to England's footballing book of condolences" following the Reds' tie with Roma.

It even appeared to suggest the LFC fans bore some responsibility for the pre-match incident that left an Irish Liverpool fan fighting for his life - a tragedy over which an Italian man has been charged.

Liverpool's mayor hit out at The Daily Express and directly addressed the newspaper's editor demanding to know why they believed it was an acceptable article to print.

Mayor Anderson's tweet tonight read: "To the Express Editor. I demand to know how you could ever believe it was acceptable to publish Mafham's piece about Liverpool fans, two years to the day after the Hillsborough verdict. Your paper has learnt nothing and you should face the city and apologise."

Pictured is the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson Pictured is the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson (Image: Colin Lane / Liverpool Echo) Pictured is Daily Express editor Gary Jones Pictured is Daily Express editor Gary Jones (Image: PA Wire)

Just after 8pm tonight, Everton fan Mr Anderson tweeted again to say he had been in contact with the Express editor Gary Jones.

He said: "Really passionate, sincere heartfelt apology just been made to me by the Editor @Daily_Express Gary Jones over the appalling slur on LFC fans and our City. The Journalist concerned has rightly been suspended and an investigation is being held."

He later tweeted: "The Editor of @Daily_Express Gary Jones personally called me to apologise because I had expressed my anger and outrage at the slur on fans City and the #96. I have no doubt that the paper will publicly apologise and deal with the journalist."

When contacted by the ECHO, a Daily Express spokesperson tonight said they would not be making any further comment.

Earlier today, Reds fans branded the Express article "disgusting", "disgraceful" and "laughable" today.

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The ECHO's Head of Sport David Prentice also published his own thoughts about the piece, saying: "A 53-year-old Liverpool supporter lies in hospital in a critical condition, the subject of an assault...

"Yet in a vile, presumptuous and repugnant article published on today's Daily Express website the writer, Colin Mafham, appears to infer that Liverpool brought such trouble upon themselves.

"We shouldn't be surprised.

"We've heard those kind of historic prejudices before - but thought they went out of fashion with The Spectator's notorious 'self pity city'. Sadly not."

The Daily Express piece asked: "When you have a team capable of playing the joyous football Liverpool have for most of this season how on earth are their fans always seemingly involved in such horrific altercations on big European nights. Why does trouble seem to follow them like bees round a honey pot?"

The Express article made reference to the Heysel and Hillsborough, saying: "You would have thought the deaths of 39 Italians at the European Cup final Liverpool lost to Juventus in 1985 - plus the five year ban on English clubs that consequently came after that - would have had a sobering effect.

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"You would have thought the horrors at Hillsborough and 96 more deaths that followed only four years later would have made everyone more aware of their responsibilities to each other.

"Those two tragedies, in which the central figures were sadly mostly from Liverpool, are arguably football's most painful Achilles and hopefully will never happen again."

The article made no reference to the finding the 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed - and that Liverpool fans were judged to have played no role in the tragedy.

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Calling on the club to officially recognise its "big problem" - and condemn those fans he believes are responsible, Colin Mafham added: "No one is suggesting that the violence that erupted on Tuesday night was solely the fault of Liverpool fans. Their visitors from Rome were clearly just as thuggish, and just as frightening.

"But there are suggestions that the reputation of Liverpool supporters had gone before them and Roman yobs had simply decided to get in first, and with such awful consequences. It’s not right, but it does again highlight a common denominator."

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Mayor Joe Anderson says Daily Express writer suspended over LFC article

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Thu, 26/04/2018 - 22:35
He also said the editor had given a 'really passionate, sincere heartfelt apology'
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Wembley deal 'could take eight to 12 weeks', says Fulham owner Khan

BBC Sport - Thu, 26/04/2018 - 22:06
Shahid Khan bought NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011

Fulham owner Shahid Khan says he hopes a deal to buy Wembley Stadium from the Football Association will be completed in eight to 12 weeks.

Khan, who also owns NFL side Jacksonville Jaguars, has made an offer thought to be worth £900m.

It is understood he would pay £600m for the stadium and the FA will continue to run the £300m-valued Club Wembley hospitality business.

"This offer makes a lot of sense for us," he told BBC Sport.

"When I say us, I'm talking about the Jaguars, NFL, Wembley, and I think it also makes a lot of sense for the FA and the English football team.

"I'm pretty confident - that's why we're putting our name, our reputation on the line to get it done."

Khan said England games would remain at Wembley and he would retain the stadium's name.

BBC Sport understands selling Wembley would allow the FA to make a major investment into football at grassroots level.

Pakistan-born Khan has a current net worth of $7.2bn (£5.2bn) and is the 217th richest person in the world, according to the 2018 Forbes rich list.

He said he understands fans' concerns over his offer for the 90,000-seat stadium, which is the largest in the United Kingdom.

"I think they have to understand the value and the attraction for myself," Khan added.

"We'll leave the tradition and the stadium itself. Even though this is a new stadium, it does need upgrades.

"Under this arrangement the FA retains the right, the revenue, and that is really the most positive part of Wembley for the FA. So they will be retaining it and obviously we want it to be there."

The 67-year-old added that the deal would make lead to "more meaningful discussions" over a permanent NFL franchise in London.

"NFL has been playing in London since 2007," he said. "Until now, NFL doesn't have a stadium solution or have a home. And it can't work with a Premier League club, because of the schedule. It does work very well with Wembley, so I think it makes it closer."

According to the FA's latest financial results, it still owes £113m to public bodies such as Sport England, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, plus the London Development Agency, which helped pay to build the stadium, which cost £757m and opened in 2007.

In January, the FA said