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LFC Foundation celebrates local charities at Community Fund event at Anfield

1 hour 39 min ago

The LFC Foundation welcomed a host of local charities and community groups to Anfield to celebrate their fantastic work and successful Community Fund grant applications.

The event, which took place in the Kenny Dalglish Community Suite, brought together local charities and community groups who were successful in securing grants from LFC Foundation's Community Fund to invest in a range of exciting projects.

The club’s official charity launched its Community Fund in April this year to help grassroots charities in Merseyside that support children and young people who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect.

The Fund was set-up using £100,000 raised from this year's LFC Legends charity match against their AC Milan counterparts at Anfield.

Matt Parish, LFC Foundation director, said: “It’s really humbling to see what these grassroots charities and community groups are doing and the real impact that their work is having on local people and the wider community.

“The Community Fund to date, has enabled us to support 71 organisations which have helped over 26,000 children.

“This year we have invested over £106,000 and have committed to another £100k from next year’s LFC Legends Official charity match at Anfield – LFC Legends Vs Barça Legends, to help even more local people.”

Some of this year’s successful grant recipients included; Wigzee Woo, Claire House, Zoe’s Place, Walking with Giants Foundation, Birtenshaw Merseyside, POD Children’s Charity, Triple C, The Big Help project, Centre 56, Parenting 2000 and many more.

Sue Connerty, co-founder - charity manager at Walking With Giants Foundation, who support and enrich the lives of individuals and families affected by Primordial Dwarfism, said: “We really appreciate the support that LFC Foundation have given us. 

"For us not being classed as a local community group makes it extremely hard to fit into the criteria of grants. So that makes it even more special that you have been able to support us.”

Yvonne Matthews, founder of Wigzee Woo, which creates handmade crocheted hats for children who lose their hair as a result of illness and treatment, said: “The money we received will enable us to make 300 wigs, which will make such a big difference to the children who receive them. I can’t thank the LFC Foundation enough for their generosity and support.”

Registered charities and constituted community groups/clubs who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for grants of up to £3,000 - and potentially more in exceptional circumstances - in two application windows during the year.

Application dates for the 2020 LFC Foundation Community Fund will be confirmed early next year. 

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Reds win three prizes at 2019 Northwest Football Awards

4 hours 11 min ago

Liverpool FC enjoyed a successful evening at Monday's Northwest Football Awards, held at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester.

The annual event pays tribute to and recognises those who achieved footballing excellence both on and off the field throughout the 2018-19 season.

Reds defender Virgil van Dijk was crowned Premier League Player of the Year and Trent Alexander-Arnold took home Rising Star of the Year, while Jürgen Klopp was also named Manager of the Year.

The club’s official charity, LFC Foundation, and LFC’s partnership campaign with BetVictor – Training SOS – were also nominated for outstanding work.

Liverpool collected 97 points in the Premier League last term, the third-highest total in the history of the English top division, as they finished second.

Klopp’s side remained unbeaten at home in the league for the second campaign in a row and matched the club record of 30 league wins in a season.

The Reds also achieved one of the most remarkable comebacks in their 127-year history to beat Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield and reach the Champions League final in Madrid, where they then defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to clinch the title.

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On winning Player of the Year, Van Dijk said: “Last season was amazing. To achieve 97 points in the Premier League and then go on to win the European Cup was just incredible.

“The support we received from the fans, backing us every step of the way, was fantastic.”

Alexander-Arnold said: “It’s a real honour to win the Rising Star of the Year award for the second year running.

“It was a fantastic season for the club, ending in an unforgettable night in Madrid. I’d like to thank all the fans for voting for me once again.”

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Dejan Lovren: It feels great to be back in this team

4 hours 49 min ago

Dejan Lovren feels 'great to be back' as the central defender enjoys a run in Jürgen Klopp's starting XI.

Lovren has begun four of the past five Premier League matches for Liverpool and impressed during Sunday’s 3-1 win over Manchester City.

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With Joel Matip the most regular starter alongside Virgil van Dijk until sustaining a knee injury in September, and the Reds in outstanding form, Lovren has had to be patient.

The Croatia international took a ‘team first’ attitude to that situation – but is pleased an opportunity to get back on the pitch has now come his way.

“Of course it has been nice to be back playing regularly as part of this team, especially as the beginning of the season wasn’t the best for me personally,” said Lovren in Sunday’s matchday programme.

“But I have always said that the team is the most important thing and we have been getting results in our games unbelievably well, so it was quite understandable for the manager not to change a team which is winning.

“But it is great to be back and to feel the atmosphere again on the pitch.”

With Joe Gomez also pushing for chances, Klopp has four top-class options at his disposal for the two central defensive positions.

The resumption of club football after the current international break marks the start of perhaps the busiest period of the season.

Fourteen fixtures in the Premier League, Champions League, Carabao Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and FA Cup await the Reds up to January 6.

And Lovren explained why a squad mentality will be important to Liverpool’s ambitions for success.

“It is unfortunate for Joel [Matip] to be missing at the moment but injuries are part of football,” he added.

“I have had many conversations with the manager and I’ve been working hard behind the scenes. I’m sure there will be many changes between now and the end of the season.

“I think there are another 50 games in front of us when we look at all the competitions that we have, so there are many games to play and, for sure, we will require all the squad to be ready to come in and compete when needed.”

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LFC and Challenger Sports extend partnership to deliver residential soccer schools in UK

5 hours 16 min ago

Liverpool FC and Challenger Sports have agreed a new long-term partnership which will see the delivery of residential soccer school courses continue in the UK.

The agreement follows two successful years of LFC and Challenger Sports delivering the LFC International Academy residential courses. Taking place each summer, the programme continues to grow in popularity and has attracted participants from around the world.

This year saw the biggest course to date with players from 50 countries visiting the UK to attend. In addition to the hugely popular Football Focus coaching experience and the English Language courses, which teach young learners how to lead others through English language activities, it also saw the introduction of a Junior Development Academy, which allows children between the ages of 10 and 12 to attend the residential camp and learn to play The Liverpool Way.

Next year is set to be even bigger again thanks to the introduction of further girls’ courses, a goalkeeper-specific offering and an advanced option for teams who wish to attend.

Dan White, head of Liverpool FC’s International Academy program, said: “Our residential soccer school has been hugely successful since it launched in the UK two years ago, and has created many fantastic opportunities for young players from around the world to improve their skills and be developed via our unique coaching system.

“We are absolutely delighted to be continuing our relationship with our partner Challenger Sports to provide opportunities for young players to visit the UK to be coached The Liverpool Way.”

Mum Melanie, whose daughter participated in the course, said: “I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved with the football camp. Jasmine had an incredible time - she didn’t stop talking about it all the way home. 

“It has given her a huge confidence boost in respect to her social skills, football and overall fitness. She really enjoyed making new friends and said the quality of teaching and support from the coaching staff was superb.

“She loved that the training and classroom sessions emphasised the LFC values, which she completely engaged with. I think she is definitely an LFC fan now, to the delight of her step-dad.”

To book your place for summer 2020, visit www.lfccamps.com.

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'Liverpool will benefit from 'special' Club World Cup'

6 hours 16 min ago

Florent Sinama-Pongolle hopes this current Liverpool team can achieve something he wasn't able to when Jürgen Klopp's side take part in the FIFA Club World Cup next month.

Sinama-Pongolle was part of Rafael Benitez's Champions League-winning squad that travelled to Japan in 2005 to compete in the tournament that pits together the winners of FIFA's six confederations.

But a heartbreaking defeat in the Yokohama final meant the Reds missed out on the much-desired FIFA Champions Badge.

Benitez's men side beat Costa Rican outfit Deportivo Saprissa in a last-four tie before encountering Sao Paulo in the tournament showpiece that ended 1-0.

"You just try to understand that you want to win something more," Sinama-Pongolle tells Liverpoolfc.com. "Sometimes it's not the best moment because you are right in the middle of the season.

"But as a player, as a team, it's still bringing one more new experience for finishing the season at your best. It means a lot to a player. Obviously it means a lot more when you win it!

"But we knew Sao Paulo had a huge team with a big charismatic goalkeeper [Rogerio Ceni] and Cicinho, who would sign for Real Madrid. We really wanted to get it."

Five teams are confirmed so far for the Qatari tournament this year, with the champions of Europe entering at the semi-final stage.

Sinama-Pongolle believes facing sides from different continents around the world is an experience to be welcomed in terms of team development.

"It was very special," the 35-year-old recalls. "I think we scored three goals in the final and they were disallowed - it was like, 'Wow, what's going on?'

"But it was a great experience to play against different type of football, different cultures - South American and Asian teams. For me, everything was positive."

The French forward, who joined Liverpool in 2003 and made 66 appearances, is confident Klopp's men are better equipped to lift the trophy for the first time in the club's history.

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He continued: "This current Liverpool squad, they're more complete - good team, good squad, quality players.

"You can see their experience, even though many of them are quite young. They're still playing with such a [level] head. They're acting like players who have so many years of experience.

"Van Dijk, for example, is always like this, Mane's effort and the way he is dealing with every ball - you never feel he is at the limit physically."

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Mohamed Salah to miss Egypt games

7 hours 14 min ago

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will miss Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Kenya and Comoros with an ankle injury.

The 27-year-old was substituted in the 87th minute of Sunday's 3-1 Premier League win over Manchester City after picking up the knock in a challenge with Fernandinho.

Salah met up with Egypt in Cairo on Tuesday for tests on the injury.

"The injury needs a period of treatment to recover," said an Egypt statement.

Salah missed Liverpool's draw against Manchester United in October after a tackle by Leicester's Hamza Choudhury injured the same joint.

Club manager Jurgen Klopp, who had been angered by Choudhury's tackle in Liverpool's 2-1 win, said before Salah's latest setback that his joint top-scorer was still feeling the effects of that initial knock.

"I think it is more really annoying - for him, not me - the fact that it always has a bit of fluid in, and he has to deal with it, we get it out and it comes back, and stuff like that," said Klopp on 2 November.

Liverpool's next match is away to Crystal Palace on 23 November.

Source: BBC

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

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Klopp: We couldn't have asked for a better situation, but it's only the start

7 hours 16 min ago

Jürgen Klopp took extra satisfaction from Liverpool’s victory over Manchester City because they achieved it by ‘doing it our way’.

The Reds opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table after goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane secured a win against the reigning champions at Anfield on Sunday.

And asked by Liverpoolfc.com whether he was pleased with the courage shown by his players, Klopp replied: “That was the plan and that was the idea and it’s pretty much the only way we can do it.

“You saw in the last 15 minutes when City gets control of the game then it’s like it is. Difficult but OK, we were obviously tired then and a couple of players felt a little bit of cold. Hendo, Bobby half-time, it was really difficult. It was clear at one point we had to make changes there then it’s difficult to adapt.

“Then they get the momentum in the situation when we want to change, scored the goal and had a few more moments.

“But come on, you cannot win against City with no dangerous moments or whatever. Their quality is too high, it’s too big, so I’m completely fine with what we did because we did it our way and I liked that a lot.”

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In beating City, Liverpool extended their advantage over Pep Guardiola’s side to nine points heading into the international break.

Nevertheless, with around two-thirds of the Premier League season to go, Klopp isn’t interested in thinking any further ahead than the Reds’ next outing – at Crystal Palace on November 23.

“It’s just the start, that’s how it is, everybody knows that,” stated the boss.

“If you would have told me that you can have 34 points [at this stage of the season], wow! It’s pretty much impossible but we did it but now the boys go for the last international break of the year. They have to come back healthy. You saw it how intense it was [against City].

“Hopefully they all come back healthy and then we go to Crystal Palace. I think the last games are somewhere on the planet on Tuesday in the week that we play on Saturday against Crystal Palace.

“So they will fly back on the Wednesday, Thursday have a recovery session and Friday, Saturday ‘Hello, Crystal Palace!’ That’s the situation so nothing happens so far but it’s still the best situation we could have asked for so let’s hope we can carry on.”

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Watch: #attackMND - Stephen Darby's battle

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 19:30

Anfield hosted the launch of the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation in October - the charity of former Reds defender, Stephen Darby.

Darby, who made six appearances for the club after progressing through the ranks of the Academy, was forced to retire from football at the age of 29 in September 2018 having been diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

With close friend Chris Rimmer, he decided to set-up the foundation to increase awareness about MND and help others following his retirement.

And in July, Liverpool played one of Stephen's other former clubs - Bradford City - in a pre-season friendly to raise money for the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.

The organisation was formally launched at Anfield last month, at which Darby spoke candidly about his diagnosis and his aims for the foundation.

Eleven years to the day he made his Liverpool debut - as a substitute in a League Cup tie at Tottenham Hotspur - watch an emotional interview with Stephen in our free video above.

Visit www.darbyrimmermnd.co.uk for more information about the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.

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Matteo Ritaccio signs first professional contract with Liverpool FC

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 16:59

Matteo Ritaccio has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool FC.

The midfielder, who turned 18 last month, is a member of Barry Lewtas’ U18s squad.

New York-born, Ritaccio arrived at the Academy in the summer of 2018 from BW Gottschee in his home city.

He had first been spotted by the Reds as a 13-year-old at a training camp for the US national team, though he also holds an Italian passport.

A tough-tackling and exciting player, Ritaccio started the season in fine form for the U18s but his momentum was brought to a halt by a leg injury.

Now well into his rehabilitation at the Academy in Kirkby, he is expected to return to action early in the new year.

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Win a place at the official Liverpool FC Christmas party

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 16:00

LFC Official Membership have places up for grabs at the official Liverpool FC Christmas party.

The lucky Junior Members and season ticket holders selected by a prize draw will be invited, along with a parent or guardian, to what promises to be a magical Christmas party at Anfield on December 22.

The event will be held in partnership with LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours. 

The afternoon will include:
 

• Christmas food and drink

• Music and entertainment

• Games, fun and competitions with amazing LFC prizes

• Appearance from our special guests – Santa and Mighty Red

• Plus lots more surprises on the day!

If you would like your child to be in with the chance of winning a place, simply enter their details in the Members’ Area before midnight on November 27.

If your child isn't already a Member, get them an LFC Official Junior Membership now, and enter their details in the Members' Area before the closing date.   

All winners will be notified via email by November 30.

Terms and conditions apply.

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Inside Anfield: Behind the scenes of Reds' victory over City

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 15:00

Liverpool moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a 3-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday - and, as always, our cameras were on hand to capture the best behind-the-scenes footage before, during and after the game.

The Reds raced into a early two-goal lead at Anfield as Fabinho and Mohamed Salah netted by the time the Anfield clock ticked into its 13th minute.

Sadio Mane furthered their advantage with a stooping header just after half-time and although Bernardo Silva grabbed one back for the visitors, Jürgen Klopp's men held on to claim a crucial victory.

See the goals from a fresh angle and everything that unfolded away from the pitch in the latest edition of Inside Anfield below.

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Quiz: Gary McAllister's goals for Liverpool

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 14:00

Gary McAllister scored the first of his nine goals for Liverpool on this day in 2000.

The midfielder chipped in with some priceless goals during his debut season with the Reds and added two more to his tally the following year.

Can you remember the teams he scored against for the club?

You've got five minutes...

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Photo gallery: Reds' Ballon d'Or nominees at Melwood

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 11:59

Liverpool’s seven Ballon d’Or nominees took part in a special photoshoot at Melwood recently to commemorate being named on the 30-man shortlist for the prize.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum were last month announced as being in the running for the accolade by France Football.

The winner will be revealed in Paris on December 2.

Ahead of that ceremony, the Reds contingent gathered at Melwood to be snapped with their official nomination certificates, which you can see in our gallery below.

Photos by Andrew Powell

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Greetings from LFC on Guru Nanak Sahib's birthday

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 10:00

Liverpool Football Club would like to send greetings to all our Sikh supporters celebrating Guru Nanak Sahib's birthday.

                                                

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New Balance limited-edition LFC Roav shoe out now

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 09:00

New Balance and Liverpool FC have collaborated to create a special edition SMU Roav shoe.

Inspired by Liverpool's 2019-20 third shirt, which pays tribute to the city, the trainer's Phantom and Tidepool colours are reminiscent of the iconic Liver birds.

The SMU Roav insole also features the same pattern as the Reds' third jersey, which was inspired by Liverpool's street signs.

The shoe adds to the line of unique and innovative product designs that New Balance has delivered for LFC and its fans since 2011.  

The limited-edition Roav will be available to purchase from New Balance and Liverpool FC stores from November 12, 2019.

Click here to buy your pair of limited-edition LFC SMU Roav trainers now.

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'We just try to produce high standards every game' - Robbo on full-back play

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 08:00

Andy Robertson explains how he and Trent Alexander-Arnold just look to produce consistent all-round performances every time they play for Liverpool.

The full-back pairing once again combined on Sunday to help Mohamed Salah net the Reds' second in Sunday's 3-1 victory over reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.

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The duo continue to deliver crucial contributions in the final third, although Robertson insists equal emphasis is also placed on their defensive work.

The Scot told Liverpoolfc.com: "Me and Trent had big numbers last season in terms of contributing to goals and stuff, but it was more than that.

"Defensively we were also very good and this season we've tried to do the same. We just try and produce high standards in every single game - it's not always possible.

"Trent is 21 and he's producing performances unbelievably and hopefully he keeps that up.

"Hopefully the team keeps it up because we're doing well so far and there's confidence in that changing room."

Robertson and his Liverpool teammates have entered the international break eight points clear at the top of the league standings.

The win over City is significant, according to the left-back, but far from decisive in where they the title ends up going in May.

"Massive for us," he continued. "A big game against our closest rivals from last year.

"Both of us were in a league of their own last year and it looks as if there's going to be a couple of others sniffing about this year. But I still believe if you finish above Man City then I think you'll get the title.

"It's a massive win for us and it's just another one that we've got to tick off. There's still a long, long way to go, but it's always nice to beat your rivals."

On the game itself, Robertson added: "I think in these games the first goal is always crucial and luckily Fabinho has hit an absolute rocket.

"After that then we've gone up the park again and scored and got 2-0. We stayed calm, we stayed composed and we knew the next goal was so crucial because if Man City scored then we know how good they can be. Luckily Sadio got on the end of a delightful cross by Hendo.

"Then we had to dig deep, we did. We were tired and had to dig deep as they threw everything at us. It's easier when they're chasing the game and they've got nothing to lose. We had to dig deep and think we defended really well."

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LFC Retail Christmas gift guide: The best presents for her

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 17:01

Continuing LFC Retail’s handy guide to help with your Christmas present shopping, we present our top Reds gifts for women.

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Highlights: Sunderland 1-2 LFC U23s

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 15:20

Highlights of Liverpool U23s' 2-1 win over Sunderland in the Premier League Cup on Sunday are now available to watch on LFCTV GO.

Despite the home side taking the lead, Rhian Brewster played a big part in the comeback.

Firstly, his cross led to Michael Collins deflecting the ball into his own net and then the 19-year-old won a penalty and duly converted it to claim the victory.

Click play above to watch highlights of the game via LFCTV GO. Sign up now and claim your first month free.

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Watch: LFC commentators react to Reds' victory over City

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 15:00

For all those of a Liverpool persuasion, Sunday's 3-1 victory over Manchester City was cause for excitement - not least for our official match commentators.

Goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane sealed a fine win for the Reds, which moved them eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table heading into the international break.

As always, club commentator Steve Hunter was positioned in the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand gantry to cover the game, joined by John Aldridge for the visit of Pep Guardiola's men.

We placed a camera on the duo throughout the 90 minutes to capture their emotions - and you can see how they reacted to events on the pitch in our entertaining clip above.

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Reds mark Remembrance Sunday at Anfield

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 14:48

Liverpool FC welcomed representatives from the Royal British Legion and members of LFC Foundation’s Military Veterans programme to Anfield yesterday to mark Remembrance Sunday.

Prior to kick-off, LFC Foundation’s Military Veterans formed a guard of honour and both teams were led onto the pitch by Royal British Legion standard bearers Lyndsey Taggart and Eddie Flaherty, along with two service men from the Royal Navy - petty officer Michael T Bishop and leading hand Steve Haig, who signalled the minute's silence.

Liverpool FC chairman, Tom Werner, was also presented with a special plaque – a replica of the HMS Eaglet’s badge - from the Royal British Legion representatives.

The Reds played in shirts embellished with poppies to commemorate those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom, and after the match they players signed their jerseys for donation to the Royal British Legion to auction to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.

The club would like to thank the service men and women for their contribution to yesterday’s Remembrance activities and for their impeccable representation on the pitch before the game.

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