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Why the Academy will mirror Jürgen Klopp's training programme this pre-season

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 08:46

Liverpool U23s will follow the same training programme as Jürgen Klopp's first team this pre-season in order to ensure any youngster can hit the ground running should they make the desired move up to Melwood.

Members of Neil Critchley's side reported to a sun-drenched Kirkby complex on Wednesday for the first day of the 2019-20 campaign.

And the hard yards have now started for the Reds' Academy prospects as they attempt to mirror the same methods of working as the current champions of Europe.

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"We try to follow their programme as much as possible – the training times, the amount of training they do," Critchley explained to Liverpoolfc.com. "That's what we're preparing our boys for, the next step.

"Maybe some of our players will get the opportunity to go to Melwood and train. If we are not working closely to how they work – in terms of the loading and the training – then we're setting our boys up to fail. 

"We carry out our testing and then build up the level of training and fitness, quickly introduce them into games.

"The boys look after themselves during the summer, so you can get the footballs out pretty quickly and get into the games pretty quickly. They're all going to get an opportunity to play.

"With the U23s, the nature of the group that we've got, they'll all have different types of ambitions and goals – and managing that is my job.

"But with the group we've got this season, I'm looking forward to working with the players."

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Liverpool enter race for Real Madrid midfielder

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 15:32

Liverpool have reportedly entered the race to sign Real Madrid starlet Dani Ceballos.

Ceballos has caught the eye at the U21s European Championships this summer but he has no future under Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu.

Arsenal and Tottenham are both believed to be keeping tabs on the 22-year-old, with AC Milan also in the mix and Real not ruling out a loan move.

But reports in Spain suggest Liverpool are also keen on Ceballos.

Marca claims Liverpool have been keeping an eye on the midfielder with their interest growing in recent weeks.

While Jürgen Klopp was not expected to do much business this summer, it is suggested he believes Ceballos would add an extra dimension to the Liverpool midfield.

Source: Daily Mirror

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Explained: Liverpool's decision to enter the EFL Trophy for the first time

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 15:00

The EFL Trophy will provide Liverpool's Academy prospects with the opportunity to experience the true demands of first-team football, U23s manager Neil Critchley has explained.

It was announced last month that the club would enter an U21 side in the competition for the very first time.

The Reds will be among the 16 Category One Academy teams in the 2019-20 tournament, alongside 48 clubs from League One and League Two.

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"The obvious [benefit] is playing against men, which we don't get too many times at U23 level," Critchley told Liverpoolfc.com.

"Playing against senior players, men, experienced players is different to playing in some of the games we play.

"Playing in stadiums, in front of supporters brings out that little bit of added pressure.

"You want to see our players play under pressure at this age because the next step is the biggest step to take."

The draw for the group stages of the EFL Trophy – which first invited Category One Academy teams to enter back in 2016-17 – takes place later this month.

The first round of matches are scheduled to be played in the week commencing September 2 and, in line with tournament rules, Liverpool will play all group matches away from home.

Critchley added: "It's something that we've looked at and discussed over the last 12 months, two years really. We felt this year was the right time to enter that competition.

"Talking to other teams and coaches who have been in that competition, they've talked highly of the competition and what it brought.

"We think it's something different to our programme, something we can't give to them through our normal games programme.

"Hopefully that'll be an added bonus for our players this season."

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Liverpool keen on £93m Ousmane Dembele transfer

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 07:21

Liverpool have reportedly approached Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele over a summer transfer move.

Dembele, 22, has struggled to live up to his £93million price tag following a switch from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona in 2017, managing just 18 goals in 65 appearances for the Catalan giants.

Last season, Dembele’s poor attitude angered Barca officials as he turned up late for training on numerous occasions, but Jürgen Klopp is convinced he can get the best out of the Frenchman on Merseyside.

According to L’Equipe, Liverpool have ‘initiated contact’ with Dembele as Klopp looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, with Daniel Sturridge set to leave the club.

The report claims that Bayern Munich have also opened discussions with the World Cup winner following a failed move for Manchester City’s Leroy Sane.

However, Dembele is determined to prove himself at Barcelona and the La Liga champions are not keen on selling the France international.

Dembele has not even been swayed by Antoine Griezmann’s imminent move to Camp Nou which would appear to put his place under further threat.

Barca have made it clear that only an offer of £93m – what they paid for Dembele – would be considered this summer.

Source: Metro

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Liverpool make approach for Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 07:12

Liverpool have made an approach to Barcelona for Ousmane Dembele, according to reports in France.

The winger has failed to fulfil his potential since arriving at Camp Nou for £135million.

With Barcelona exploring the possibility of re-signing Neymar, it’s likely they will have to offload a number of stars to reach Financial Fair Play regulations.

One of those is Dembele and it has also been speculated that he could be used in a potential swap deal.

Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic have also been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain as part of a potential exchange.

According to L’Equipe, Liverpool and Bayern Munich have both made approaches for the Frenchman.

Jürgen Klopp is said to be a fan of the 22-year-old, who of course impressed so much at the German’s former club Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern Munich see Dembele as their alternative solution to Leroy Sane after Manchester City made it clear they do not intend to sell.

Antoine Griezmann will complete his £107m switch from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona this month.

His arrival is said to have been pivotal in Dembele’s choice to contemplate his future in Spain.

He has not been enjoying his football of late after a series of injuries had seen him fall out of favour under Ernesto Valverde.

Source: Daily Express

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Roberto Firmino scores as Brazil reach Copa America final

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 06:46

Roberto Firmino scored and Alisson Becker kept a clean sheet as Brazil secured their spot in the 2019 Copa America final.

The Liverpool No.9 netted the second goal for Tite's side in the 2-0 semi-final win over Argentina in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday night.

Firmino wrapped up the victory by converting with 71 minutes on the clock after assisting Gabriel Jesus' first-half opener.

The tournament hosts will now play either Chile or Peru in Sunday's showpiece.

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LFC International Academy launches in Mauritius

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 06:00

Liverpool Football Club has today announced the launch of a new International Academy in Mauritius.

In partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sport Republic of Mauritius, the Reds will now deliver ongoing coaching programmes to youngsters on the island.

The Academy will provide unique opportunities for children around the country, from grassroots level through to elite youth football, to learn to play ‘The Liverpool Way’.

Players will improve their football skills and progress their technical, tactical, physical, social and mental abilities through age-specific coaching sessions to develop football in Mauritius and compliment the current youth football structure.

Through the unique coaching methods of Liverpool FC, there will also be a focus on improving key life skills of the young participants, such as communication, teamwork, management, preparation and organisation.

A wide range of year-round programmes are planned to begin later in the year, including ongoing player development sessions and soccer schools during the holiday season.

The implementation and development of the coaching programme will be overseen by LFC coaching staff, who will be based in Mauritius to oversee the project. Local coaches will also be involved and will benefit from a comprehensive coach education scheme to deliver coaching ‘The Liverpool Way’.

Dan White, LFC’s vice president of International Academies, said: “Our International Academies are a fantastic opportunity to bring authentic LFC coaching to young fans around the world. We’ve got a hugely passionate fanbase in Mauritius and it’s great that they can be part of this project.

“Alongside the player development element of this programme, coach education is an equally important aspect of our operation. This is how we introduce local coaches to the same philosophies and techniques delivered at our very own Academy in Liverpool.

“We are confident that this project will be a positive development for football in Mauritius and we look forward to working with our partners here to make sure it is a success.”

Stephan Toussaint, the Mauritius Minister of Youth and Sports, added: “We are delighted to announce that we are working with the Champions League winners LFC to deliver their latest International Academy project here in Mauritius.

“The club has a track record of developing exceptional young players in their Academy and we will be providing opportunities here in Mauritius for local players to experience the same coaching system and philosophy. We can’t wait to get started.”

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Liverpool FC Women to join club’s USA pre-season tour

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 13:29

Liverpool FC Women will embark on their first ever pre-season tour of the United States of America later this month.

Vicky Jepson’s squad will cross the Atlantic on July 16 alongside Jürgen Klopp’s men’s team as they build up their preparations for the new Women’s Super League (WSL) season.

The club’s official family partner, Joie Baby, will host the Reds stateside, where the squad will undertake a pre-season training camp, including playing two games for specially-invited guests.

The tour will include stops in the same three destinations as the men, namely Notre Dame in Indiana, Boston and New York.

The Reds will face Cleveland Ambassadors at Notre Dame University and New York Athletic at Boston University.

In New York, the women’s squad will continue community activities before travelling to Yankee Stadium to watch Liverpool FC take on Sporting CP on Wednesday July 24.

Peter Moore, Liverpool FC chief executive officer and chairman of Liverpool FC Women, said: “I’m absolutely delighted we are returning to the USA this summer with not one but two LFC teams.

“Ensuring LFC Women could embark on their first ever tour of America is another sign of our commitment to the ‘two teams but one club’ ethos.”

During the tour, there will also be an opportunity for US supporters to engage with the club at fan and community events hosted by the Liverpool FC Foundation and Red Neighbours programme, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Jerry Ingraham, Joie chief marketing officer, said: “Joie are very excited to extend our support of LFC to the Liverpool FC Women’s team.

“LFC’s heritage of family traditions is a perfect fit for Joie as we are dedicated to helping parents navigate family life with worry-free baby gear.

"We are pleased to support Liverpool FC Women and partner with LFC to celebrate the powerful women of today and inspire the next generation of fans and players." 

It is hoped the tour will continue to raise the profile of the women’s game following on from the huge interest in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

Liverpool FC Women manager, Vicky Jepson, said: “This is my fourth year attending the LFC pre-season tour with the men’s team. However, this year is extra special with it being the first time the women’s team has been included and we are now travelling as one big football family.”

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Quiz: Name Liverpool's Premier League No.1s and No.15s

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 12:00

Liverpool duo Alisson Becker and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have taken new squad numbers for the 2019-20 season.

Brazil goalkeeper Alisson switches from No.13 to No.1, while Reds midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain swaps the No.21 jersey for the No.15.

But how well do you know the history of those Liverpool shirt numbers?

There have been seven predecessors in each digit during the Premier League era. Can you name all 14 in our quiz below?

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Spain U21 star refuses to rule out transfer to Liverpool

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 10:17

Junior Firpo has failed to rule out a move to Liverpool this summer.

The Real Betis wing-back enjoyed a breakthrough campaign last year, catching the eye of many top European clubs despite niggling injuries.

Both Liverpool and Barcelona have been considering moves for Firpo this summer, if reports in Spain are to be believed.

And Firpo, 22, has left the door open for a switch after being quizzed on his future.

He is about to embark on a short break after being part of the Euro U21 Championship-winning Spain team.

“I want to enjoy this success and the holidays, right now all the clubs are starting their pre-season and we are finishing it – when the summer is over I will sit down and talk about my future,” he told Diario AS.

Firpo has a release clause of €60million (£53.5m) with Betis.

Given that he has a long-term contract until the summer of 2023, the Seville-based club will likely want the fee to be paid in full if they are to sanction his exit this summer.

However, Betis have a replacement on hand already, with young full-back Emerson on loan from Barcelona until 2021.

He has currently been playing back-up to Firpo.

Source: Daily Mirror

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James Milner on Andy Robertson: 'You need players like him on and off the pitch'

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 08:30

Andy Robertson's traits as a footballer and human being make him an indispensable asset for Liverpool, according to James Milner.

The Scot has developed into one of the finest left-backs in the world and a leading figure within Jürgen Klopp's squad following his arrival from Hull City in the summer of 2017.

While playing golf with Adam Lallana during the recent Pro-Am at Valderrama ahead of the Andalucia Masters, Milner saluted the all-round contribution from Robertson.

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"I think how good Robbo has been since he's been at the club has been incredible really," the vice-captain told the European Tour's website.

"The fans love him. I think it started with that 90-yard press of Man City – he pressed everyone in their team I think, went to the 'keeper and then did them all again!

"He's got great quality and [is a] good defender. He's good around the dressing room as well, he's good craic.

"That's the one thing we've got as a team, we've got a great team spirit. You need lads like Robbo.

"As good as he is on the field, he's brilliant in the dressing room as well."

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Alberto Moreno sends farewell message to Liverpool fans, players and staff

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 22:32

Alberto Moreno has sent a touching farewell message to the supporters, players and staff at Liverpool FC as he leaves the club after five years.

The Spaniard, a Champions League winner with Jürgen Klopp’s side last month, has now departed the Reds following the expiry of his contract.

Moreno made 141 appearances and scored three goals during his time at Anfield having joined Liverpool from Sevilla in the summer of 2014.

The left-back posted the message below on his social media accounts on Monday night to express his appreciation for the time he spent on Merseyside…

Hi Reds,

Life goes in cycles, and mine at my beloved Liverpool FC has drawn to an end. Upon reaching this point, I would like to thank the entire Liverpool family; my dear teammates, with whom I have shared five marvellous years and who I will forever think of as family, and, of course, the owners, directors, coaching staff, doctors, physios, kitmen, and each and every person at the club.

Thank you for making me a better footballer and, above all, a better person; for helping me to fulfil one of my childhood dreams by winning the Champions League and, in doing so, become a small part of the history of this great club.

My gratitude too to the city, which embraced me as one of its own from day one and which will live on in my memory whenever I look at my son, Alberto Jr, a Liverpudlian himself.

Finally, a very special thank you to the club’s superb fans, who always supported me. I wish you all at Liverpool FC the greatest successes. Wherever life takes me from here, I will always carry you in my heart and forever be a fan.

You’ll Never Walk Alone!

Alberto Moreno

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Sadio Mane scores twice as Senegal reach AFCON knockouts

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 22:12

Sadio Mane scored twice to help Senegal guarantee their spot in the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 3-0 win against Kenya on Monday night.

The Liverpool forward made amends for a first-half penalty miss with two goals after the interval – the second a successful spot-kick – to follow up Ismaila Sarr’s opener.

The result in Cairo meant Senegal finished second in Group C behind Algeria and will now take on Uganda in the last 16 on Friday evening.

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Allan extends Fluminense loan spell

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 19:57

Allan Rodrigues de Souza has extended his loan deal at Fluminense until December 31.

The midfielder initially moved to the Brazilian side in February until the end of the campaign; however, an agreement has been reached to prolong the temporary switch until the end of the year.

Allan joined Liverpool in September 2015 and has also had loan spells with SJK, Sint-Truidense, Hertha BSC, Apollon Limassol and Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Danny Ings completes permanent transfer to Southampton

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 16:59

Liverpool FC can confirm Danny Ings has now completed the formalities of his permanent transfer to Southampton.

As part of the original agreement announced last August, Saints signed the striker on loan for the 2018-19 season with a mandated commitment to make the deal permanent as of today – and Ings has now finalised that switch.

The popular Englishman scored four goals in his 25 appearances for the Reds after joining the club in the summer of 2015, a spell that was cruelly disrupted by two long-term injuries from which he fought back to be a regular member of the squad in 2017-18.

Everybody at Liverpool would like to once again thank Danny for his contribution to the club and wish him the best of luck in his future career.

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LFC strikes pre-season partnership with Turner Sports

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 15:59

Liverpool FC is bringing its fans in the USA closer to the pre-season action thanks to a new partnership with Turner Sports.

Starting on Friday July 19, at 8pm ET, supporters can catch the first Reds match at Notre Dame against Borussia Dortmund.

On Sunday July 21, at 6pm, the Reds will play Sevilla at Boston’s Fenway Park and then on Wednesday July 24, at 8pm, will face Sporting CP in The Western Union Cup at Yankee Stadium in New York.

The deal will help to build anticipation for the Reds’ imminent arrival Stateside, when thousands of fans will turn out to catch a glimpse of the champions of Europe in action.

All matches will be streamed live via B/R Live, Turner Sports’ premium streaming service, with the July 19 and 24 matches also available on TNT. B/R Football will provide studio coverage, along with original content across its social channels to highlight all three matches.

Billy Hogan, LFC’s managing director and chief commercial officer, said: “We have millions of fans across the States and although we try to visit as many as we can on pre-season tour, having a partner like Turner Sports enables more of our supporters to get involved in our games and enjoy that authentic matchday experience.

“We’re really delighted that through our partnership with Turner nearly 90million homes will have this opportunity – we’re very much looking forward to working together.”

Tina Shah, EVP and GM of Turner Sports, said: “We’re thrilled to partner with Liverpool FC, fresh off the impressive UEFA Champions League victory, and deliver this premium content to their passionate fan base in the US.

“Our first year of UEFA Champions League coverage across TNT and B/R Live was a tremendous success and we’re looking forward to driving additional reach and engagement with Reds content across all of our platforms.”

The games will be broadcast at the following times and channels.

  • Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund – Friday July 19, at 8pm (TNT & B/R Live)
  • Liverpool v Sevilla – Sunday July 21, at 6pm (B/R Live)
  • Liverpool v Sporting CP (The Western Union Cup) – Wednesday July 24, at 8pm (TNT & B/R Live)

Kick-off times are subject to change.

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RIP Noel White

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 15:26

Liverpool Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing of former director and chairman Noel White, aged 89.

A hugely respected figure in the local and national game, White served as a director at Anfield for 21 years after joining the club from Altrincham FC.

Noel had been chairman of the Trafford-based side between 1967 and 1986 and oversaw the most successful spell of the team’s history, before moving on to Merseyside and a new chapter with Liverpool.

He spent two decades on the Liverpool board, until his departure in 2006, and briefly took the role of Reds chairman at the beginning of the 1990s.

It was during that time that White played a key role in the formation of the Premier League as one of the five founding architects before its subsequent launch in 1992.

Noel was also named a Life Vice-President of the Football Association having worked with the organisation for more than 30 years from 1976, including 14 years as the chairman of its International Committee.

His influence and impact on the game in this country was further recognised in 2013 when he was awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to football.

The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool FC are with Noel’s family and friends at this sad time.

RIP Noel White 1929-2019

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July Members' ticket sales information

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 13:00

Liverpool FC has released the following information regarding Members' ticket sales in July.

Ticket sales are outlined below with 10 Premier League home games being available during this period.

Eligibility is based on attendance at Premier League home games during the 2018-19 season and Memberships must be purchased before midnight on Sunday July 14.

Ticket prices - click here

Sale dates

Disabled Members sales – click here for full details

From 8.15am BST on Thursday July 11: Members who require a wheelchair bay

From 8.15am BST on Friday July 12: Members who require ambulant seating

Non-disabled Members ticket sales

Tickets can be purchased online only. 

From 8.15am BST on Tuesday July 16: Members who recorded a minimum of 13 games wishing to purchase tickets for the following fixtures: Norwich City, Arsenal, Newcastle United, Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Brighton and Hove Albion, Everton, Watford, and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Members eligible to purchase tickets during this sale are guaranteed a ticket for each match.

From 8.15am BST on Wednesday July 17: Members who recorded a minimum of FOUR games wishing to purchase tickets for the following fixtures: Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, and Everton.

Tickets for this sale will be sold strictly on a first come, first served basis subject to availability, and we cannot guarantee that tickets will be available to all who apply.

From 8.15am BST on Thursday July 18: ALL Members wishing to purchase tickets for the following games: Norwich City, Newcastle United, Leicester City, Brighton and Hove Albion, Watford, and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Tickets for this sale will be sold strictly on a first come, first served basis subject to availability, and we cannot guarantee that tickets will be available to all who apply.

Visit www.liverpoolfc.com to follow the live blog for sale updates during the Members' sale.

To ensure the best experience for all supporters during the Members' ticket sale, supporters are asked to follow these guidelines.

  • Only join the queue if you are eligible to purchase tickets – to check if you are eligible, view your purchase history in ‘My Account’ ahead of the sale.
  • Do not select more seats than necessary as this will slow down the sales and queuing process.
  • Do not queue in more than one browser as this will increase yours and others' queuing time.

The local Members’ sale, local general sale and additional Members’ sale will also take place ahead of each match.

Members are encouraged to check availability on a regular basis.

As a Member, you can also purchase hospitality and record your match attendance too.

For FAQs, please click here.

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Pre-order now | 'Liverpool FC: Champions of Europe' DVD

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 12:04

Liverpool's official season review DVD for 2018-19 goes on sale on Monday July 8 - and you can pre-order a copy now.

Liverpool FC: Champions of Europe documents an incredible campaign that, of course, culminated in the Reds lifting the Champions League trophy in Madrid on June 1.

The DVD features every single goal Jürgen Klopp's side scored during the season, match highlights, and full replays of the victories over FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur that secured European Cup No.6.

You can pre-order your copy online now by clicking here.

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Marko Grujic to remain with Hertha for 2019-20

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 10:59

Marko Grujic will remain with Hertha BSC on loan for the 2019-20 season, Liverpool can confirm.

The 23-year-old midfielder has extended his temporary spell with the Bundesliga club for a second campaign following an excellent maiden term in Germany.

Grujic made 23 appearances for Hertha last season, scoring five goals, and was described as ‘by far the best midfielder I’ve seen in my time [22 years] at the club’ by the team’s coach at the time.

The Serbia international originally joined Liverpool from Red Star Belgrade in January 2016, returning back to them immediately on loan, and has played 14 games for the Reds to date.

Grujic also had a successful stint at Cardiff City in 2018.

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