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Internationals: Trent and Solanke strike for England

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 21:53

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first England goal in Thursday's 3-0 friendly win against USA at Wembley.

The 20-year-old was named in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI and, after Jesse Lingard’s opener, doubled the lead with a powerful low drive across goal on 27 minutes.

Alexander-Arnold played the whole match while Reds captain Jordan Henderson was introduced as a 58th-minute substitute, with Callum Wilson adding a third for the home team.

Earlier in the evening, Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke bagged a double to earn England U21s a 2-1 victory in their friendly with Italy.

The striker was on target once in each half in Ferrara, his first effort a firm header back across goal from a left-wing cross on eight minutes.

After the hosts levelled the game shortly before the interval, Solanke produced a winner for the Young Lions early in the second half, guiding a finish beyond the goalkeeper from close range.

At U18 level, Curtis Jones started for England against Netherlands – the opening match of a tournament in Spain ended 2-2.

Dejan Lovren was involved for the entirety of Croatia’s UEFA Nations League tie at home to Spain, where the World Cup finalists grabbed a 3-2 success in the last minute.

Goalkeepers Caoimhin Kelleher and Simon Mignolet were unused substitutes in Republic of Ireland’s stalemate with Northern Ireland and Belgium’s 2-0 win over Iceland respectively.

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Sadio Mane: We're thriving on the expectations

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 17:43

The expectations placed on Liverpool this season are a motivation rather than a burden, insists Sadio Mane.

Having surged to the Champions League final last term while simultaneously achieving a top-four finish to book a second successive appearance in the tournament, the Reds bolstered their squad with four new signings over the summer.

Closing the gap at the summit of the Premier League and competing on the European stage again were the ambitions come the beginning of the season – and, to that end, Jürgen Klopp’s men are unbeaten after 12 games in the top flight and remain in the running to progress on the continent.

For Mane, that process has been aided by the players’ mentality regarding the expectations surrounding the club in 2018-19.

“It’s a motivation, not a pressure,” the Senegal international, who has netted seven times so far this season after 20 last, told Goal.com.

“We are all still young, and we know we have a great team. We will continue to try to do our best, but it’s not pressure. Pressure doesn’t help.

“Of course, last season, nobody expected it from us, and maybe this year they do. But that’s not pressure; that’s motivation to do even better. You need that.

“The aim of any player is to get better and better and better. That’s why we work hard in training. But don’t forget that we are a team, and the most important thing is to win trophies. If my goals help us to do that, or Mo’s or Bobby’s, then that’s a dream.

“Of course, I would love to score more than I did last season, but only if it helps us to win!”

Mane placed 18th in the Goal 50 list, decided by more than 500 international correspondents based on individual and team performances during the previous 12 months.

Three of his Reds teammates also made the cut, with Mohamed Salah the Premier League’s highest-ranked star in third, Alisson Becker the top goalkeeper in 23rd, and Roberto Firmino taking 29th.

The front three of Firmino, Mane and Salah lit up English and European football last season, scoring a combined total of 91 goals in all competitions.

“Honestly, I always enjoy playing alongside these great players,” said Mane. “They make everything easy for me!

“We are very close, we love to play together and we love to give each other the pass to score. It’s amazing to play alongside them.

“Lucky for us, everyone talks about myself, Mo and Bobby, but, believe me, the work starts from the beginning. We are Liverpool, and we have a great team all over. They make the foundation for us, and make it easier for the forwards to shine.”

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Bid for exclusive prizes with LFC Foundation

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 14:32

LFC Foundation is giving Liverpool fans the chance to get your hands on a range of exclusive prizes as part of its VIP Gala Dinner with Jürgen Klopp.

Signed Reds memorabilia, exclusive sports and recreational experiences, and unique autographed collectables are among the items up for grabs at the charity evening on Monday November 19.

Supporters can bid online for lots ahead of the event, and any advance offers will be taken into the auction on the night - with prizes going to the overall highest bidder.

All funds raised from the dinner, including ticket sales and auction bids, will go directly to LFC Foundation and will support its MOVE project, which was launched last month in partnership with Alder Hey.

The MOVE project uses the power of football and the LFC badge to appeal to young cystic fibrosis patients, encouraging them to participate in regular physical activity, which not only improves their quality of life but is critical to increasing life expectancy.

Bidding on the auction is now open and will close at 1pm GMT on Sunday November 18.

For more information on the MOVE project and the wider LFC Foundation programmes, click here.

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LFC and Levi's launch local music project

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:59

Liverpool FC and Levi’s Music Project are pleased to announce the launch of the renowned Levi's Music Project in Liverpool, in partnership with Loyle Carner.

The studio will open its doors to 15 young musicians from today for a six-month project, culminating at Liverpool Sound City festival.

The Levi’s Music Project will be taking over its own venue to showcase original pieces created by the young artists throughout the project.

During the partnership, LFC will work closely with Levi’s to develop the music project within the local community, providing events and experiences specifically aimed at improving the lives of those living in and around the local area.

Setting out to break down barriers to music education, a fully-equipped music studio has been created at the Liverpool Lighthouse in the heart of Anfield.

Reds fan and rapper Carner will be taking the reins this year to unearth talent that will keep the city firmly on the global music map.

Alongside a line-up of industry experts and mentors, the programme will see Carner undertaking one-to-one sessions with participants over six months, helping them to hone their skills, learning about everything from songwriting to performance and software, while building a strong network and foundation with which to build their music careers and futures.

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Gerrard: What I learned from Jürgen Klopp

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:14

Steven Gerrard can still lean on Jürgen Klopp as he continues his fledgling journey in senior management with Rangers.

The Liverpool legend returned to the club he represented for 17 years on the pitch when he took up a coaching role at the Academy in early 2017.

Later that year, Gerrard was appointed manager of the club’s U18s side and, after a season of honing his approach from the dugout, grasped the opportunity presented to him by the Scottish giants.

Before assuming the reins at Rangers, he carefully studied Klopp’s methods and that learning has not stopped since the Reds icon stepped out on his own in the summer.

“I was like a sponge, watching and learning. I watch him on TV and see how he handles situations,” Gerrard told the Guardian of his relationship with the German.

“I could never be Jürgen with his charisma and energy. But if I can take a few things from him it will be such a help. And if I text, call or see him, Jürgen’s always got time for me.”

He continued: “Jürgen’s really good at switching off. When the game is on he’s very emotional but once it’s over he can park the emotion. That’s why he’s so good at handling the pressure.

“Tomorrow is a different day and that’s a big lesson I have to learn. I have to live my life outside football while still being a manager. It is difficult but I’m trying.”

Gerrard, of course, came agonisingly close to leading Liverpool to the Premier League title as captain in 2013-14 having previously won the Champions League, UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup with his team.

After reaching last season’s European Cup final, the Reds have made an unbeaten start to the current league campaign as part of their ongoing development under Klopp.

The former captain is encouraged by what he has seen from afar – and will be cheering on his old side as they aim for ambitions he feels are achievable.

“I love Jürgen Klopp and I believe he can help Liverpool win the Premier League. I know what it will mean to the fans because they suffered so much in 2014,” said Gerrard.

“So we’re in a great place – and I say ‘we’ because I’m a fan and always will be. But I’ve got two teams in my heart now: Rangers and Liverpool.”

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Alonso, Suarez and more: Five trademark LFC techniques

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 11:58

Roberto Firmino loves a no-look skill.

No-look goals, no-look headers and he even signed his Liverpool contract extension without looking.

And, last month, the Brazilian forward took his trademark technique to an all-new level with a barely believable no-look, backheel nutmeg during the Reds' 4-1 win against Cardiff City.

And that got us thinking about other Liverpool players, both past and present, who have, or had, their own particular speciality. 

So, with tongue somewhat in cheek, here are five of our favourites...

Adam Lallana - Cruyff Turn 2.0

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The Liverpool No.20 adores a Cruyff turn. So much so that he often uses it as his first touch when taking possession of the ball.

And that initial touch makes it more of a nimble receiving technique than a traditional Cruyff turn, says Lallana.

"I find it can get you out of tight areas," he explained in an LFC International Academy coaching clinic.

"If you take a touch and then do the Cruyff turn, you might not be able to get away from your man. 

"But you are doing this in one motion, it's that much quicker. You're using the Cruyff, but more efficiently."

Kenny Dalglish - Scottish rump

Ask any of King Kenny's former Liverpool teammates about his quality and the first thing they will say is how he was one the best footballers they ever played with and one of the most skilful too; a unique talent who thought quicker than anybody else on the pitch and could do almost anything with the ball at his feet.

The second thing they will tell you is how he was unparalleled in the art of sticking his backside out to shield the ball. He was famed for it. 

Combined with his low centre of gravity and excellent balance, the LFC No.7 could stick out his rump when receiving possession with his back to goal and roll his defender this way and that - even using the shadow cast by the sun or floodlights to identify from which side his unfortunate assailant was advancing on him.

Arsenal centre-half David O'Leary once admitted it was almost 'impossible' to win possession from Dalglish. "He crouches over the ball, legs spread and elbows poking out," said the two-time title winner. "Whatever angle you come in from, you're liable to find his backside in your face."

As a true Liverpool legend it feels somewhat unfitting to end praise of Dalglish on such a bum note. So, it's only fair to also highlight the Scot's brilliance at the chipped finish from an acute angle.

It was, of course, one such dinked effort over Club Brugge goalkeeper Birger Jensen that secured the 1978 European Cup for the Reds at Wembley.

Bruce Grobbelaar - Spaghetti legs

Bruce Grobbelaar during the penalty shootout in the 1984 European Cup final

Those old enough to remember goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar's wobbly legs routine in the 1984 European Cup final will never forget it.

As Liverpool and AS Roma prepared for a high-stakes penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes in the Italian capital, one man remained calm amid a cauldron of noise.

With the Reds 3-2 ahead, up stepped Italian legend Francesco Graziani. As the forward placed the ball on the spot, Grobbelaar began his 'spaghetti legs' number in a bid to put him off.

It worked. Graziani blazed his shot over the bar and Alan Kennedy then scored from the spot to secure a fourth European Cup for the Reds.

"The law was you had to keep your feet on the ground before they kicked the ball. That's what I did," the Zimbabwean told Liverpoolfc.com.

"The spaghetti legs came about when I went to the back of the net and bit it! The net looked to me like spaghetti, so I went and did the spaghetti legs. That's where it comes from."

The ploy would be recreated 21 years later, when - instructed by Jamie Carragher - his moves were used by Jerzy Dudek to unsettle AC Milan and help Liverpool lift the trophy for a fifth time.

Luis Suarez - The nutmeg

The seam of Luis Suarez's bag of tricks is fit to burst and during his three-and-a-half years at Anfield the forward could pull out something different seemingly at will, but boy did he love a nutmeg.

Of course, it's not only the Uruguayan who can produce the skill, but he could knock the ball through an opponent's legs in a multitude of thrilling ways.

He could do it at speed, stop you dead and then knock it through, on the cut-back, in the middle of a zig-zagging run, on the turn, while bringing an aerial pass under control, and could even set himself up for goals by doing one, sometimes two, to create space.

Maybe the Liverpool fans who unfurled this Anfield banner put it best: "Luis Suarez could nutmeg a mermaid."

Xabi Alonso - Goals from the halfway line

Xabi Alonso is a man synonymous with stunning strikes but his audacious 60-yard effort to beat stumbling Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper is one of the most iconic moments of his Anfield career.

He'd scored another goal from inside his own half just a few months earlier, during an FA Cup third-round tie against Luton Town, and after the second it had become a trademark skill.

At Kenilworth Road, Alonso swept a 70-yard shot into an open net with Luton goalkeeper Marlon Beresford up the pitch contesting a late corner.

Against Newcastle, the supremely talented Spaniard tracked and tackled Charles N'Zogbia to win back possession deep within his own half before moving forward into the centre-circle and spotting Harper off his line.

A powerful swing of his right boot launched the ball goalward and by the time the goalkeeper realised what was happening he slipped in panic and the ball dropped beyond his outstretched arm and nestled in the back of the net.

"I was waiting for Alonso to pass and I would have spoken to him about it," said Reds boss Rafael Benitez following the 2-0 Premier League win. "But after he scored I said to him, 'Good, fantastic goal'."

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'Milner holds the highest standards I've ever seen'

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:20

The scale of James Milner's professionalism is a daily inspiration to Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool’s No.7 was a second-half substitute during the 2-0 victory against Fulham last weekend, 16 years after making his senior debut for Leeds United in November 2002.

Now in his fourth season with the Reds, the vice-captain remains a model of consistency – and his approach rubs off on those around him.

“I’d say James Milner is the most consistent player I’ve ever played or trained with – I’ve never seen him have a bad session or a bad game,” says Alexander-Arnold in the new edition of the official Liverpool FC magazine.

“He’s so reliable and so versatile as well and that’s everything you want in a player.

“He’ll put his body on the line for the team and he’s non-stop. When times are hard, he’ll put in a tackle that lifts everyone and gets everyone up for the game. He brings the energy that the team needs.

“Off the pitch he holds the highest standards that I’ve probably ever seen in someone.

“He demands a lot from himself and seeing that on a daily basis is incredible. He’ll never give up in training, he’ll never stop running, and it gives you that motivation to do the same.”

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Alisson reveals Achterberg influence

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 07:30

Alisson Becker's working relationship with John Achterberg and his fellow goalkeepers has enabled him to flourish at the club.

The Brazil international has now recorded eight clean sheets in his 16 appearances for Liverpool since completing a transfer from AS Roma in the summer.

The challenges that come with switching to a new league, a new country and with a new language are well documented, though Alisson has met them with poise.

But, by his own admission, that smooth transition is not all his doing.

The No.13 is grateful for the constructive support and advice he receives from first-team goalkeeping coach Achterberg and the other stoppers at Melwood.

“I’m really happy,” Alisson told Liverpoolfc.com.

“John has proved to be not just a great goalkeeping coach but a great guy, a great person. Since I arrived I’ve noticed he’s loved by all here.

“He leaves me very calm and relaxed on a day-to-day basis and we learn from each other’s work. I’ve pointed out some areas that contribute to his work and likewise he has helped me with things I can improve in on the pitch.

“I believe the relationship between a goalkeeper and the goalkeeping coach needs to be an exchange, with a great deal of trust, and we have been developing this as a team, training together, and I’m getting on great with the other ‘keepers.

“Kamil [Grabara] and Caoimhin [Kelleher] are players with great potential. I learn from them on the pitch as well.

“And of course there’s Simon [Mignolet], who has been at Liverpool a long time and a long time in the Premier League. He has been helping me a great deal in the day-to-day training and in games.

“They have all shown themselves to be great guys, great people.”

Watch: Behind the scenes at LFC goalkeeper training

Alisson’s shutout against Fulham last weekend moved him level with compatriot Ederson of Manchester City as the clean sheet leaders in the Premier League on seven this season.

Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga sits one behind the Brazil duo, with a further six stoppers grouped together on four.

Liverpool’s man between the posts considers the standard of goalkeeping around the division to be motivational – particularly given the onus on him as a recent arrival.

“Definitely – the competition incites us to work harder,” said Alisson, a nominee for the 2018 Ballon d’Or.

“The competition between goalkeepers is healthy; we’ll see at the end of the season who has helped their team the most. This benefits the clubs and the Premier League.

“Every week of games we see wonderful saves by great goalkeepers and I believe I’m the new boy among them so I’ve got a lot to prove in the Premier League. I’ll continue working hard to demonstrate my potential on the pitch, contributing to a winning team.”

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Japan supporters' club delivers special gift for Oxlade-Chamberlain

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 03:00

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was handed a special gift from Liverpool's official Japan supporters' club at Melwood last week, handmade by more than 200 members of the branch.

One thousand paper origami cranes held together by string – a Japanese tradition when wishing someone who is injured or ill to get well soon – were presented to the midfielder.

Each individual crane contained a hand-written message to Oxlade-Chamberlain from a member of the supporters’ club, with the entire piece taking approximately a month to construct.

And the branch’s Yujiro Sagawa travelled to Melwood to personally hand over the gift to the Reds star, who was overwhelmed by the gesture.

“To know people in Japan have taken that much time to put something together like this for me to wish me well during what’s obviously a hard time is amazing,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“It’s a massive help to me and the support is always appreciated, especially when you go through tough times. To know people are still thinking of you is incredible.

“I can’t thank the members of the Japan supporters’ club enough for this wonderful gift.”

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Robbo puts chief assist role ahead of goal quest

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 15:56

Andy Robertson is happy to be the chief supplier of Liverpool's goals rather than put them in himself.

The Scotland international increased his assist tally to five against Fulham last weekend when, eight minutes into the second half, he swung in a brilliant cross that Xherdan Shaqiri cushioned beyond the goalkeeper.

Robertson himself later went close to increasing the final scoreline of 2-0 but had a powerful drive stopped by Sergio Rico, meaning the left-back remains on one Reds goal.

That’s a statistic the No.26 would like to change soon, though not at the expense of his position at the summit of the team’s assist chart so far this season – or his defensive duties.

“It was close,” he told Liverpoolfc.com of his chance to net on Sunday.

“We did a shooting session [in training ahead of the game] and I scored two; the gaffer pulled me afterwards and said, ‘I’m so proud of you!’ Obviously he was just joking!

“I thought to just get a clean contact – the ‘keeper has made a good save. I think I could have done better with it. Hopefully it’s coming but I’m happy to hopefully keep giving assists and clean sheets, that’s my bread and butter.”

Watch: Robbo's five assists this season

Robertson continued: “I love assisting because it’s a lot more natural to me than scoring. If I can help the team by putting a cross in for Shaq – and he made a great finish – it’s always nice to get an assist and contribute going forward.

“We have had a lot of clean sheets this season and we need to keep doing that because if we get a clean sheet, that’s half the battle to win the game.”

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Limited spaces remaining on all-inclusive Anfield Christmas parties

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 15:31

Following the sell-out success of last year, Anfield's Ultimate Christmas Ball is back for 2018.

Hosted within the stadium's Main Stand, the stunning lounges will be transformed into a festive spectacular.

And with our fantastic package from just £65pp including food, entertainment and drinks, our all-inclusive party night really is the ideal venue choice.

You’ll feel like a VIP from the moment you arrive. Our friendly staff will be on hand as you and your guests mingle and take in the glamorous surroundings, before you sit down to a delicious three-course meal freshly prepared by Liverpool FC chefs, followed by tea or coffee and mince pies.

Our live band, The Manytones, will take centre stage after dinner to kick-off the celebrations and get everyone on the dancefloor, while you and your guests can keep your glasses topped up with unlimited house wine, beers and soft drinks included in the party price. 

Whether it’s your annual office party, a family night out or a long-overdue get-together, the Ultimate Christmas Ball at Anfield will be packed with fantastic food, drinks, entertainment and some special surprises to wow your guests on the night.

If you are looking for a unique party experience, book your place on the Ultimate Christmas Ball now by calling our dedicated events team on 0151 264 2222 or clicking here.

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Paris Saint-Germain v Liverpool: Ticket details

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 12:04

Liverpool FC has released the following information regarding away ticket sales for the Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes on Wednesday November 28.

The club has received an allocation of 2000 tickets for supporters to purchase.  

We have also received a further allocation of 200 top category seats that, in line with UEFA guidelines, will be used as part of the players’ allocation, the club’s UEFA Youth League team’s players and staff, travelling club staff and VIPs.

We would also like to remind supporters that important safety information for supporters travelling to Paris will be provided in the lead up to the game. The information provided is in conjunction with French authorities and LFC officials, and we strongly advise that you follow all the information and instructions given.  

We urge supporters not to travel without a ticket.

Ticket prices

Adults - £70

Sale dates

Hospitality Members

Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand, Executive Box holders, Premium Level and Centenary Club members should contact the Hospitality Department on 0151 264 2222, option two.

Disabled supporters

Wheelchair-disabled supporters should register their interest no later than 12pm GMT on Wednesday November 14.

All other supporters

The below sales will take place online only and you may have to queue at times.

Tickets will be available to season ticket holders, official Members and Fan Card holders based on attendance at Red Star Belgrade (06.11.18), SSC Napoli (03.10.18), AS Roma (02.05.18), Manchester City (10.04.18), FC Porto (14.02.18), Sevilla (21.11.17), Maribor (17.10.17), Spartak Moscow (26.09.17).

Attendance at six or more games: from 11am GMT on Thursday November 15 until 12.30pm on Friday November 16.

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

Attendance at five or more games: from 1pm GMT until 3.30pm on Friday November 16. 

We expect tickets to sell out during the above sale but if tickets remain, the following sale will take place:

Attendance at 4 or more games: from 4pm GMT on Friday November 16.

Please keep checking here for sale updates.

Details to be provided at time of booking

The following information is required for every supporter travelling. If someone else is travelling using your season ticket, Member Card or Fan Card, their details must be provided when making the booking.

We will not be able to make any changes once you have made your purchase.  

• Forename

• Surname

• Address

• Date of birth

• Country of birth

• Mobile Number

• Email Address

• Outbound Travel Date 

• Method of travel into Paris

o Plane

o Car

o Coach

o Train

• Estimated time of arrival into Paris 

• Accommodation details 

• Return Travel Date

Delivery/collection of tickets

Please select one of the following before proceeding to checkout:

1) Collect

Tickets will be held for collection at Anfield only. Collection dates will be updated here. Tickets should be collected before 12pm GMT on Friday November 23.

2) UK post

UK-based Supporters - tickets will be sent special delivery to the registered address of the person making the booking, at a charge of £5.65. Royal Mail will send a tracking number to the email address registered on our ticketing system. 

3) Overseas post

Non-UK-based supporters - we will not be facilitating collections in Paris. Tickets will be sent via DHL to the registered address of the person making the booking, at a charge of £12.46.


There will be no duplicate tickets for this fixture.

For a step by step guide to purchasing tickets online, please click here

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Revealed: LFC's top 10 Christmas gift ideas for women

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:15

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Video: Behind the scenes of Liverpool 2-0 Fulham

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 10:54

A 2-0 victory over Fulham extended Liverpool's unbeaten start to the Premier League season to 12 matches - take a look at Sunday's game from a different viewpoint with our latest 'Inside Anfield' video.

Goals in either half by Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri ensured the Reds signed off for the international break with a satisfying home win.

As usual, LFCTV GO's cameras were granted access throughout the stadium before, during and after the action to capture exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage.

Watch the latest edition of 'Inside Anfield' above.

For more exclusive video features, interviews and match action covering all levels of the club, join LFCTV GO. Sign up now and get a month free.

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Xherdan Shaqiri feels the love of Anfield

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 10:40

Xherdan Shaqiri felt Anfield's love on Sunday afternoon.

The Swiss was substituted with a little under 10 minutes remaining of Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Fulham - and was duly afforded a standing ovation from a home crowd who had watched another impressive display from the Reds’ No.23.

Shaqiri was once again a bright, creative force for Jürgen Klopp’s team, and his expertly-taken volley from Andy Robertson’s pinpoint cross early in the second half means he has either scored or assisted in five of his last six club appearances.

And the 27-year-old was keen to return the appreciation of Liverpool’s fans following the latest in his growing collection of high-quality performances.

Watch Shaqiri's best bits v Fulham

Shaqiri said: “It’s always nice when you get a standing ovation and the people are behind you.

“We have amazing fans and I scored again in front of the Kop so it was a nice feeling. It was a nice goal. A good cross obviously from Robbo and it was a nice finish. I’m very pleased that I scored.

“It’s always better if you’ve got better players around you. You can be more offensive if you know that you are for sure going to have more possession than the opponent.

“I played in Bayern Munich with Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben so it's nothing new for me. I knew already how good these very talented players are.

“We have a very good team, a young team, so our process is going very well and I’m just proud to be part of this team. I try to give good performances and pay the coach and the fans back.

“You need to be ready to train hard every day. I’m feeling good, I'm fit, and I'm trying to give my best every time I get a chance.”

Klopp: 'Decisive' Shaqiri can still improve>>

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Alisson hails Liverpool's 'really great defence'

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 10:11

Alisson Becker has cited Liverpool’s ‘really great defence’ as a key factor behind his seamless transition to life in the Premier League.

The Brazil goalkeeper has registered eight clean sheets in 16 appearances for the Reds following his summer transfer from AS Roma, with the latest of those shutouts coming in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Fulham at Anfield.

However, Alisson - who has conceded just five goals in 12 top-flight games this season - has insisted that record is down to a collective effort, rather than any individual. 

“The Premier League has great intensity, you have to be really focused all the time,” he said.

“One thing that is important here is the concentration and focus. They are asking me to be really mentally strong.

“My team have a really great defence so it is not often the ball comes near my net. But I have one or two opportunities to show my quality, so I need to be focused all the time.”

Alisson's 2018-19 PL stats

Despite an impressive start to his Liverpool career, Alisson sees room for improvement in his own performances.

The 26-year-old continued: “It is really early to say if I'm satisfied with how I'm playing but I'm working to be perfect, I'm working to be better.

“I am really, really happy with my move to the Premier League. I'm working really hard to help Liverpool to achieve their goals and also for the Brazil national team.”

An in-depth interview with Alisson: Debriefs, an idol and destiny>>

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Joe Cole announces retirement

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 09:10

The 37-year-old, who spent two-and-a-half years with the Reds after signing in the summer of 2010, confirmed the decision on Tuesday.

Cole joined Liverpool on a free transfer from Chelsea and scored five goals in his 42 appearances, with his spell at Anfield including a season-long loan switch to French side Lille.

The England international’s final game for the club came as a substitute on Boxing Day 2012 before he returned to his first team, West Ham United.

Cole also went on to play for Aston Villa, Coventry City and Tampa Bay Rowdies.

“Countless people have helped me through my career. I don’t want to single anyone out individually for fear of overlooking someone else,” he said in a statement.

“Simply, to the managers, coaches, backroom staff and everyone who has helped me along the way: thank you.”

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Van Dijk has tunnel vision in Premier League battle

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:49

Virgil van Dijk's positivity after Sunday's 2-0 win over Fulham did not cloud his perspective on the competition at the top of the Premier League.

Goals in either half by Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri secured three points for Liverpool at Anfield, where Van Dijk and co recorded a 10th clean sheet in the past 11 home league matches.

Having temporarily gone top with the victory, the Reds dropped below pace-setters Manchester City as a result of their success against Manchester United later in the day.

But with only a dozen games played in the Premier League this term, Van Dijk’s approach to the race is simple: do not look beyond the next fixture.

“That is something we still need to see,” said the Dutchman when asked about Liverpool’s title credentials. “[City] are the champions and the best team in the league but we will try everything to be as good as we can.

“We don’t have to look at others, we want to look at the games we have and the next challenge we have as Liverpool is Watford away, which is going to be tough.

“The season is very long. [City] are not going to win every game 5-0 and are going to have tough games like everyone else.”

Van Dijk once again donned the captain’s armband for the Reds on Sunday, with Jordan Henderson and James Milner among the substitutes.

The No.4 teamed up with regular central defensive partner Joe Gomez to ultimately keep at bay a Fulham side who forged a series of clear chances in the first half.

“We can be very positive about that [clean sheet]. It was very important, especially second half, to keep it tight at the back and I’m glad we did,” he said.

“It was an important win, especially before the international break I think and especially after the defeat we had in the Champions League.

“We won and showed some good football, especially in the second half. It was a scrappy game but we kept a clean sheet and won, so it’s a good feeling.”

Watch: The best of the action against Fulham

Liverpool’s strength in depth at centre-back meant Dejan Lovren had to settle for a place on the bench against Fulham, while Joel Matip was not in the matchday squad.

And Van Dijk feels that shows the level has risen from last term, adding: “I am just enjoying playing for Liverpool, it doesn’t really matter who is standing next to me.

“I am happy to be out there; we have great centre-backs and even Joel is not even on the bench and that says a lot about our squad as well.

“Me and Joe are getting along really well outside the pitch and that helps on the pitch as well. We are winning games so we are doing pretty well and have made a better start than last season.”

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Loan watch: Two-goal Kane labelled 'different class'

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 10:01

Herbie Kane scored twice to ensure Doncaster Rovers avoided an FA Cup upset on Sunday - and the Liverpool loanee was duly described as ‘different class’ by his manager.

The midfielder’s first goals in senior football saw League One side Doncaster come from behind on two occasions to claim a 2-2 draw with National League North outfit Chorley.

The 19-year-old’s second strike - a superb, long-range curler that found the top corner - was particularly eye-catching, and Rovers boss Grant McCann was effusive in his praise for Kane post-match.

“We had a chat with Herbie during the week about picking the ball up in more dangerous areas,” said McCann.

“Someone of Herbie Kane’s quality you want in and around the box. His first goal he got in the box and scored. His second was just outstanding to come inside and whip the ball into the top corner.

“Herbie is different class.”

Another on-loan Reds midfielder, Ovie Ejaria, also enjoyed a weekend to remember.

Ejaria registered an assist while playing the full 90 minutes of Rangers’ 7-1 thrashing of Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership.

It was a different story for Harry Wilson, Sheyi Ojo and Adam Bogdan, however.

Wilson and Ojo were both involved in defeats on Saturday, as Derby County and Stade Reims lost to Aston Villa and Saint-Etienne respectively.

Bogdan’s Hibernian, meanwhile, were beaten 1-0 by Aberdeen on Friday.

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

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 09:41

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

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

Monday November 12

Premier League Kicks sessions

Walton Hall Park: 7pm–8pm (age 11-17)
Speke Community Centre: 6pm–8pm (age 11+)

Respect 4 All Ability Counts session (disability)

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

Tuesday November 13

Premier League Kicks session

Toxteth Firefit Hub: 5.30pm-6.30pm (age 8-13), 6.30pm–7.30pm (age14-19)

Respect 4 All (disability)

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

Red Neighbours Walking Football 

Anfield Sports and Community Centre: 3pm–4pm

Wednesday November 14

Premier League Kicks sessions

Anfield Sports and Community Centre: 5pm-6pm (age7-13), 6pm-7pm (age 13-17), 5pm–6pm (age 8-13 girls only)

Respect 4 All (disability)

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

Thursday November 15

Premier League Kicks sessions

Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree: 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)

Gateacre School: 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)

Respect 4 All (disability)

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

Military Veterans

Netherton Goals: 5pm-7.30pm

Friday November 16

Premier League Kicks sessions

Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree: 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre: 6pm-9pm (age 14-19)
Croxteth Sports Centre: 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Wirral Hive: 6pm-8pm (age 13-19)
Kirkby Leisure Centre: 5-6pm (age 8-13), 6-8pm (age 14-17)
Netherton Activity Centre: 6-7pm (age 8-11), 7-8pm (age 12-19)

Respect 4 All (disability)

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

Red Neighbours Walking Football 

Anfield Sports and Community Centre: 11am-12pm

Red Neighbours Walking Netball

Anfield Sports and Community Centre: 11.30am-12.30pm

Saturday November 17

Respect 4 All (disability)

Woodchurch High School: 10.30am-11.30am (SLD Child), 11.30am-12.30pm (Ability Counts), 12.30pm-13.30pm (SLD Adults)

Open Goals

Wavertree Sports Park: 11am-12pm and 12pm-1pm
Stanley Park: 11am-12pm and 12pm-1pm
Norris Green Park: 1.30pm-3pm
Jubilee Sports Bank: 1.30pm-2.30pm

Sunday November 18

Open Goals   

Walton Hall Park: 1pm–2pm and 2pm–3pm
Belle Vale Park: 1pm-2pm and 2pm–3pm
Doric Park: 11am–12pm

Military Veterans

LFC Academy: 2pm–5pm

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