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Photo gallery: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signs new LFC contract

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 18:58

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed a new long-term Liverpool contract at Melwood on Thursday and our photographer was there to capture the special moment.

Two years after joining the club, the midfielder committed his future to the Reds by extending his deal with the European champions.

And you can see our pictures from a milestone day in the gallery below…

Photos by John Powell

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signs new long-term Liverpool deal

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 18:57

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has today reaffirmed his commitment to Liverpool FC by signing a new long-term contract at Melwood.

The midfielder put pen to paper on a fresh deal which extends a spell with the Reds that began when Oxlade-Chamberlain joined the club from Arsenal in August 2017.

The No.15 has made 47 appearances and scored five goals for Liverpool to date and was part of the squad that clinched European Cup glory in Madrid in June, having overcome a serious knee injury sustained in April 2018.

“I’m really, really excited - it’s been in the pipeline for a little while, so it’s nice to finally get it done and just extend my time here, which I am really looking forward to,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Liverpoolfc.com after signing the new contract on Thursday.

“I feel like I missed out on a year, which I obviously did, so it’s really exciting for me to be able to sign. It’s something that I feel is an opportunity to give that year back and make up for lost time – and hopefully put in some good performances to make amends for not being around last year.”

“You’ve got to count your blessings every time you get an opportunity like this, you don’t get the chance to play for Liverpool Football Club every day. I am really excited to be able to extend my time here.”

The England international has featured three times in the 2019-20 campaign – and made his first Premier League start in 16 months in Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Southampton last Saturday.

With a full pre-season under his belt too, Oxlade-Chamberlain is determined to produce the levels of performance that established him as a fan favourite again throughout the season.

“I can promise the supporters that I'll give them absolutely everything moving forward,” he added. “There might be times where I have bad games and good games and moments where it's not so good, but I'll always work through those moments and give my everything to correct them and keep pushing this team forward.

“I hope that I can do some special things like I did before I got injured and, most of all, be a part of this group of players that go on to hopefully win more things.

“I'm really excited to see what the future holds for us all and I look forward to seeing them every game moving forward.”

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Reds reaffirm Anfield Road commitment

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 12:29

Liverpool Football Club today reaffirms its intention to redevelop the Anfield Road stand with ambitious new plans now under active consideration.

As part of this process, the six-time European champions have committed to engaging with the local community and other key stakeholders while pursuing a vision in keeping with the club’s aspirations.

As a direct result of this development, existing outline planning permission will be allowed to lapse in order to allow work to continue on alternative options with a view to submitting a new planning application for a larger scheme in due course.  

Liverpool FC chief operating officer Andy Hughes said: “The progress that has been made during ongoing feasibility studies has resulted in us being in a position to allow the outline planning permission to lapse. We are committed to working with local residents, planning officials and others as we now focus on the detail behind any proposed redevelopment for Anfield Road.

“Throughout this process we have been clear that our objective is to find the best possible solution for Anfield Road and that remains the case."

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LFC Foundation and ASCC to host family fun day this Friday

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 12:05

LFC Foundation and Anfield Sports and Community Centre (ASCC) are hosting a free family fun day this Friday, August 23.

Held at ASCC from 11am to 3pm, the day will feature activities for all the family including arts and crafts, music, flower planting and face painting as well as football and multi-sports on inflatable pitches.

LFC's official club mascot, Mighty Red, will also be on hand to meet children and their families and a free lunch will be served to under-16s. 

No advance registration is required - families can just come along on the day. 

Click here for more information on LFC Foundation’s programmes and activities.

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'Seeing Malawi kids run around in Sadio Mane shirts was just brilliant'

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 09:42

"Wherever we went, we saw kids running around in Sadio Mane shirts," reflects KitAid founder Derrick Williams MBE.

In September 2018, orphans in the African country of Malawi received boxes full of donated Liverpool FC shirts bearing Mane's name.

When the Reds star changed squad numbers from No.19 to No.10 months prior, supporters were given the opportunity of a like-for-like exchange of their 2018-19 replica jerseys.

In total, more than 250 'Mane 19' shirts were exchanged at LFC stores and then handed to KitAid, who worked with Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO) to help distribute them to underprivileged children in Malawi.

The charity recently spent a week in the Mulanje region of the nation and witnessed first hand the heart-warming impact the Mane shirts had provided.

"Seeing the kids run around in the Mane shirts is brilliant because it just sums up the whole thing about kids loving football," Williams tells Liverpoolfc.com.

"Wherever you are in the world, it doesn't matter and they're running around thinking they're Mane. They watch all the games and they know Liverpool really well, so that makes it really special. 

"It's hard to describe in words sometimes, but some of these kids have never had a kit before. We've got a saying: 'It's more than just a shirt'. It's lots and lots of things.

"It means they can play, there's the whole thing about inclusion – if they don't have a kit, often they can't play in the league.

"Even down to the very basic things of being given something is unique because they're not used to anybody giving them anything."

KitAid sponsored a three-day tournament during their visit. Before the final, an exhibition between teams wearing the kit of Liverpool and Everton was played, with the Blues emerging 2-1 winners.

Derrick continues: "During the game, a coach with us from the Liverpool FA was making comments like, 'That No.19 is good'. He didn't realise there were multiple No.19s!

"In total, we handed out around 1500 items of kit during the week. It's not all Liverpool kit, we get it from various sources. 

"We visited many of the 14 FOMO-run Malawi orphan supports centres and handed out kit. They've all got their own teams, the kids are all mad on football, so we just kept handing out kits at every one."

KitAid work closely with the LFC Foundation and had a drop-off point at Anfield ahead of the Legends charity match with AC Milan Glorie in March this year.

A van-load of shirts were collected on the day and, along with items donated later, were shipped out to Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Malawi in June.

"We were really pleased to be there because it brings us into contact with Liverpool fans and we're keen to have that link," Williams concludes. "It continues the link that we have with the LFC Foundation.

"We met a lot of people a lot of people and it gives us the chance to explain what we do and what KitAid is about.

"Liverpool were the first ever club that came on board with KitAid, so we're proud of that heritage."

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Anfield foodbank collections kick off on a high

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 09:00

Liverpool would like to thank fans who made a donation to the foodbank ahead of the opening Premier League fixture against Norwich City earlier this month.

A total of 725kg of food was collected at the game and by LFC staff, which equates to 48 emergency food parcels providing over 450 meals.

As part of LFC's dedication to tackle food poverty, the club's Red Neighbours community programme backs the Fans Supporting Foodbanks initiative and hosts foodbank collections at every home game.

Collected items are made into three-day emergency food parcels for local people in crisis in North Liverpool, which incorporates the club's surrounding postcodes of L4, L5 and L6.

Last season, Red Neighbours collected over 9,000kg of food - that's a total of 3,037 people fed.

Supporters attending games can drop off any non-perishable food donations at the foodbank collection points, which are located on Anfield Road, next to the club's Family Park, and inside the Anfield superstore on Walton Breck Road as well as Homebaked bakery on Oakfield Road.
 
The Anfield Road collection point is open three hours before kick-off and remains open for 15 minutes after kick-off. Food can be dropped off at the Anfield superstore during its opening hours and at Homebaked before kick-off.
Some priority items include:

  • UHT milk
  • Long-life juice or cordial
  • Coffee
  • Jar pasta/curry sauce
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Instant mash
  • Rice pudding/custard
  • Jam
  • Toiletries
  • Cup-a-soup/noodles
  • Washing tablets

All food collected will be donated to the North Liverpool Foodbank.

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Quiz: Can you remember the scorers of the last 18 Anfield hat-tricks?

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 08:30

Liverpool's No.9 scored a hat-trick when Arsenal visited Anfield last season as part of a comprehensive 5-1 win.

That represents the most recent occasion a Reds player has netted a treble on home turf.

Ahead of the Gunners' return to L4 on Saturday, can you name the scorers of the last 18 Liverpool hat-tricks at Anfield? We've given you the season and opposition to help...

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Liverpool U23s to host Manchester City at Anfield

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 16:59

Liverpool U23s will host Manchester City at Anfield on Saturday August 31, with kick-off set for 6pm BST.

The Premier League 2 fixture was originally scheduled to be played at the Academy at 1pm on the same date.

PL2 regulations state that three home matches per season must be played at the club's first-team stadium.

Click here for ticket details.

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LFC U23s v Manchester City: Anfield ticket details

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 16:58

Ticket details for Liverpool U23s' Premier League 2 match against Manchester City at Anfield have been released.

The game on Saturday August 31 will kick off at 6pm BST.

Ticket sales

The Kop will be open for this all-ticket fixture, with tickets priced as follows.

Adults – £3
Over 65s, young adults and juniors* – £1

*Junior tickets must be purchased with adult, over 65 or young adult tickets. Tickets are available to purchase at a ratio of 3:1 and will be available in the advertised family areas.

Season ticket holders and Members can gain admission free of charge but must still secure their ticket in advance.

Online – from 10am on Thursday August 22 until 1pm on Friday August 30.

Ticket office – from 10am on Thursday August 22 until 4.30pm on Saturday August 31.

Disabled and ambulant tickets must be purchased from the ticket office or by calling 0151 264 2500.

Supporters can purchase up to a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction.

Stadium access information

For this fixture, bar-coded paper tickets will be provided for all supporters attending and must be used to gain access into the stadium. Liverpool FC season ticket and Member access cards will not be activated.

Only supporters in possession of a ticket should travel to Anfield.

Please note, once ticket sales end at 4.30pm on Saturday August 31 the club will not be able to accommodate any further walk-up sales.

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Liverpool to battle for Kai Havertz transfer

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 15:11

Liverpool will battle with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United to sign Kai Havertz next summer, according to reports.

Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Havertz is expected to be in demand after an excellent few seasons in the Bundesliga.

The 20-year-old contributed 20 goals and seven assists in 42 matches across all competitions last season, with 17 of those strikes coming in the league.

He has two goals in two games this season having scored in Leverkusen’s 3-2 opening weekend win over Paderborn.

German TV station Sport1 claim that Liverpool will be one of eight major European clubs in the hunt to land Havertz.

The Germany international is also attracting interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.

On the continent, Spanish heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid are other interested parties.

Bayern Munich are another European giant keeping tabs on Havertz, with the Bundesliga champions known for hoovering up the best talents around the division.

Sport1 claim that which club Havertz joins is far from clear, though Bayern are particularly keen.

t is said though that the attacking midfielder is set to move on in the summer of 2020 and could have even left this summer.

Any exit was however vetoed by Leverkusen boss Rudi Voller, who has ensured the club and player have not had concrete discussions with any interested clubs.

Havertz is under contract until 2022 and Leverkusen expect to raise at least €100million (£91.4m) with his sale.

Source: Daily Express

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

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Liverpool v Arsenal: Important fan information

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 14:30

Fans travelling to Anfield for Liverpool versus Arsenal on Saturday August 24 are advised to plan their journey in advance and arrive at the stadium early to avoid delays.

Supporters should be aware that there will be disruption to the Merseyrail network on Saturday due to planned strike action. A reduced train service will run across the Merseyrail network:

  • There will be no trains running on the Kirkby, Ellesmere Port or Hunts Cross lines during the strike action.
     
  • Most services will run between the hours of 7am and 7pm. However, there will be a break in service during the middle of the day. Please check last train times here
     
  • Some stations will be closed.
     
  • The Soccerbus will not be in operation on Saturday as trains will not be stopping at Sandhills station. Fans should instead use the 917 express service (Stagecoach) from Lime Street to and from the Stadium. The 501 and 502 services (Peoplesbus) will also be in operation post-match, departing from Walton Breck Road to Lime Street station. LFC fan support will be on hand to assist should you have any queries.

Click here for strike timetables.

Fans are also advised that emergency gas works will be undertaken from Friday August 23 until early next week affecting Queens Drive at the junction of East Prescot Road. 

Fans should take alternative routes in order to avoid road closures and delays. For more information please click here.

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Burnley v Liverpool: Ticket update

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 14:18

Liverpool have issued a ticket update for the Premier League fixture against Burnley FC at Turf Moor Saturday August 31, kick-off 5.30pm.

A limited number of tickets remain and will be available online to season ticket holders and Official Members based on attendance at Premier League away fixtures during season 2018-19:

Attendance at 17 games: From 11am Friday August 23.

Only in the event tickets remain:

Attendance at 16 games: From 2pm Friday August 23.

Supporters can purchase one ticket per person up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

Tickets are subject to availability and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available to all who apply.

For further information before travelling, please click here.

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Van Dijk and Wijnaldum in latest Netherlands squad

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 11:32

Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum have been called up by the Netherlands for their upcoming European Championship qualifiers.

The Liverpool duo are named in their country's initial 29-man group for the fixtures against Germany and Estonia next month.

The Netherlands face Germany in Hamburg on September 6 and then travel to Tallinn to take on Estonia three days later.

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Inside Training: Head to heads and goals galore at Melwood

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 18:25

Work was ongoing at Melwood on Tuesday morning as Liverpool continued to prepare for their next assignment: Arsenal's visit to Anfield on Saturday tea time.

The Reds were put through their paces by Jürgen Klopp and co as attentions turned to the visit of the Gunners, a game in which the Premier League's only two remaining 100 per cent records go up against each other.

Our cameras were granted exclusive access to the session - and you can watch the best of it in our video above now.

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Chelsea v Liverpool: Ticket selling details

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 15:02

Liverpool have released ticket selling details for the Premier League clash with Chelsea, to be played at Stamford Bridge on Sunday September 22, kick off 4.30pm.

The club have received a total allocation of 2,985 stand tickets for this all ticket fixture. Supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel.

Ticket prices

Adult: £30
Over 65/under 20s (junior): £25

Please be aware that supporters in possession of concessionary tickets will be asked for ID at the turnstiles.

Hospitality members

Sir Kenny Dalglish Box holders, Premium Level and Centenary Club members should contact the hospitality department on 0151 264 2222, option 2.

Disabled supporters

Within the allocation, we have received 30 pairs of wheelchair and personal assistant tickets, ambulant tickets are also available.

Wheelchair and ambulant tickets are free of charge. Please click here.

Ticket sales

The below sales will take place online only.

Tickets will be available to season ticket holders and Official Members based on Premier League away fixtures recorded during season 2018-19 on the following days:

13 or more games: from 8.15am, Wednesday August 28 until 10.45am, Thursday August 29.

Supporters are guaranteed a ticket during this sale and can purchase one ticket per person, up to a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction.

The following sales will then take place on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability, and supporters can purchase one ticket per person up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

12 or more games: from 11am until 1.45pm, Thursday August 29.

11 or more games: from 2pm, Thursday August 29.

Should there be any tickets remaining following the initial sales, Liverpool FC will make a further announcement. Supporters are advised to check www.liverpoolfc.com/tickets for sale updates.

For ticket fulfilment (delivery and collection of tickets), click here

For coach travel, click here

For a visiting supporter guide, click here

For away support information, click here

For general information, click here

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Training photos: Reds get set for Arsenal at Melwood

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 14:23

Liverpool trained on Tuesday with their sights set on the weekend meeting with Arsenal - and our photographer was at Melwood to capture the session.

The Reds were put through their paces by Jürgen Klopp and his coaching team ahead of Saturday's clash with the Gunners at Anfield.

Check out 68 photos of their latest work-out below...

Photos by Andrew Powell

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LFC Foundation donates £24k to support holiday camps in Anfield

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:21

The Reds’ official charity, LFC Foundation, is donating £24,000 to Anfield Sports and Community Centre (ASCC) to help support their ‘Fit & Fed’ programme for the next 12 months.

Fit & Fed, which are free camps that run during school holidays, provide a range of sports and other activities - such as dance and art - for local children in the school holidays. Participants also receive a healthy breakfast and lunch as part of the scheme.

These camps will be running alongside a packed summer schedule of activity at ASCC including badminton, basketball, LFC Foundation multi-sports events, arts and crafts, boxing, fitness classes, trampolining, inclusive sports, and much more.

Matt Parish, LFC Foundation director, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to donate funds to Anfield Sport and Community Centre to help support their fantastic Fit & Fed camps for the next 12 months.

“Providing free access to physical activity and healthy food during the school holidays is really important to support local children and their families. We know that many families feel the financial strain of the school holidays particularly in areas of high need like Anfield.

“The camps will also bring benefits to the wider community by providing activities to keep young people engaged and off the streets, helping to reduce anti-social behaviour.”

The club’s Red Neighbours team, who specifically work in the Anfield area and surrounding postcodes of L4, L5 and L6, are also supporting ASCC’s activities throughout the summer.

Red Neighbours currently delivers a number of activities that run at ASCC including walking football, walking netball and Eat Well Spend Less cookery sessions for local families.

Adam Clarke-Jones, manager of Anfield Sports and Community Centre, added: “We are delighted to have the support and financial backing of the LFC Foundation as well as continued help from the club’s Red Neighbours team with our wider programme of activity here at ASCC.  

“Our centre aims to support the local community by providing a range of inclusive activities that everyone can access. We are so grateful for Liverpool Football Club’s continued assistance through the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours team because it enables us to keep delivering more for our local residents.” 

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Reds to face Man City, Southampton and Swansea in U18 PL Cup

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 12:00

Liverpool have been drawn in Group D of the U18 Premier League Cup.

The young Reds have been pitted against Manchester City, Southampton and Swansea City and will face each team once, either home or away. Dates and venues of the fixtures are still to be confirmed.

The six group winners and two best runners-up will progress to the quarter-finals of the competition.

Last season, Barry Lewtas' side reached the last-eight stage, where they were edged out 3-2 by Manchester United.

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Win a place at Anfield screening of Sheff Utd clash

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:37

Calling all Junior Members and junior season ticket holders, this is your chance to come and see Liverpool take on Sheffield United on the big screen at Anfield.

On Saturday September 28, the Reds travel to Bramall Lane for the Premier League clash with the Blades, and we’ll be holding an extra special live screening of the game for Official Members and season ticket holders. 

But that’s not all, the event will include:

  • Screening of the match
  • Food and drink
  • Visit from Mighty Red, the club’s official mascot
  • Quizzes and games
  • Goodie bags

We have 40 tickets up for grabs for LFC Official Junior Members and junior season ticket holders and each winner will be able to bring one adult along with them on the day.  

Enter your child's details in the Members Area now for them to be in with a chance of winning, or if your child isn’t a Member or Junior Season Ticket Holder, sign them up for an LFC Official Junior Membership now.

Terms and conditions apply

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Neil Critchley: That was a tough night, we must learn from it

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 09:00

Neil Critchley pulled no punches when he delivered his honest assessment of Liverpool U23s' 3-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

The Londoners fielded experienced internationals Antonio Rudiger and Michy Batshuayi, with the Belgium striker netting twice.

Curtis Jones was named captain after penning his new contract and was joined in the line-up by the likes of Rhian Brewster, Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg.

Read on for Critchley’s thoughts on a frustrating night for the young Reds…

On the overall display…

That was a tough night, to be honest. There were a million moments where we could have done a lot better in and loads of situations in and out of possession where we failed. We stuck at it and showed a bit of character towards the end, but the game was gone at that stage. The manner in which we got beat and our performance was disappointing really.

On whether the experience of Batshuayi and Rudiger made life tougher for his players…

No, because you want to play against the best players. I thought Rudiger and Batshuayi played the game properly and they were a credit to themselves, real professionals. They showed a proper good attitude and were a great example to not only their players, but ours as well. That was a tough night for our defenders playing against Batshuayi and our forwards against Rudiger. The biggest crime from the game is if we don’t take anything from this. If we don’t learn from it, we don’t improve and don’t look to improve then that’s worse than the defeat.

On a long way to go in the season for the side to gel…

We looked a bit disjointed and we looked a new team playing for the first time on the pitch. We made quite a few changes from our last game and it does take time to build those relationships. We didn’t have that on the pitch, it will take time. But again, the boys have to show that right mentality every day in training and that willingness to learn.

On the start his team made to the game…

I thought we looked quite edgy and nervous in the first 10 to 15 minutes then we grew into the game with some nice passages of play. The first goal was a really critical goal at that stage of the game. Then for the second goal, we defend well enough and Batshuayi shows good movement in the box, we’ve not marked him properly and he’s finished it off. You are then chasing the game and then it becomes open and we are chasing the game against some good players and good athletes. It was tough at times but we have to dust ourselves down, learn from it, move on and see if we can do better in the next game.

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