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Liverpool considering buying Philippe Coutinho back

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 10:35

Liverpool are open to re-signing Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona after struggling to find his form at the Nou Camp, according to reports.

The Brazilian midfielder joined the Spanish giants in a staggering £145million deal in January last year, the third-most expensive transfer in history.

However, Coutinho has endured a frustrating time in Spain and has come in for plenty of criticism from the Barcelona fans, scoring 21 times and creating 11 assists in 76 games.

And according to Spanish publication Sport, Liverpool could turn their attentions to Coutinho after finding it tough to negotiate a deal for Real Madrid's Marco Asensio.

Coutinho quickly became a fans' favourite at Anfield during his five years at the club, featuring over 200 times.

The 27-year-old netted 54 times and produced 45 assists at Liverpool, and fans may relish the prospect of Coutinho linking back up with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Source: MailOnline

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LFC Women to face Reading on WSL opening weekend

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 09:59

Liverpool FC Women will begin their 2019-20 Women's Super League campaign with a home fixture against Reading FC Women.

The match will take place on the weekend of September 7 and 8, with kick-off arrangements to be finalised soon.

Vicky Jepson’s side will welcome the Royals to Prenton Park for the return of WSL – a match that will be particularly notable for summer signing Becky Jane, who could face the club for whom she played more than 100 games during eight years of service.

A number of familiar faces are likely to be part of the Reading squad with former Reds Fara Williams and Gemma Davison among those playing their football at Adams Park these days.

Elsewhere in the opening round of fixtures, newly-promoted Manchester United will take on local rivals Manchester City while last season’s champions Arsenal begin their defence of the title with a London derby against FA Cup finalists West Ham.

The full list of WSL fixtures will be released on Wednesday July 10.

Women’s Super League opening weekend

Arsenal v West Ham
Birmingham v Everton
Bristol City v Brighton
Chelsea v Tottenham
Liverpool v Reading
Manchester City v Manchester United

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Alisson Becker and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain take up new squad numbers

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 09:00

Alisson Becker and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have today taken their new Liverpool squad numbers.

Alisson takes command of the No.1 jersey for the 2019-20 season, inheriting it from Loris Karius, who remains on loan with Besiktas.

Meanwhile, Oxlade-Chamberlain has switched from No.21 to No.15 for the upcoming campaign following Daniel Sturridge's departure from the club.

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'Lewis and Larouci can catch Klopp's eye in pre-season'

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 08:30

The departure of Alberto Moreno could be the perfect time for Academy hopefuls Adam Lewis and Yasser Larouci to impress Jürgen Klopp during pre-season, according to former Red Stephen Warnock.

Scotland captain Andy Robertson has made the left-back berth his own following a brilliant 2018-19 campaign.

With Moreno leaving Anfield, all eyes are turning to Kirkby and prospects are eagerly awaiting an opportunity.

As a regular watcher of the Academy through his work with LFCTV, Warnock has cast more than a close eye on their fortunes.

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Lewis, 19, a regular at left-back for England U20s, will be hoping to get the chance to impress Melwood staff when pre-season training gets underway next week, while Larouci enjoyed a promising debut campaign for the U18s in a new role as a left-sided full-back.

Former Academy graduate Warnock believes this summer could be the opportunity for Lewis to catch the eye of the Melwood coaching staff.

“When you see one of the first-team players in Moreno leaving the club, Adam has got to look at that now and think, ‘Is this an opportunity for me?', Warnock told

“We know the manager will look at the youth and give them a chance, but I think he will also be looking to bring someone in as well.

“What Adam has to do is hit the ground running, make the most of pre-season and you have to try and press upon to the manager, so he has a doubt in his mind to think, ‘Do I actually need to go and buy another left-back?'.

“Can the likes of Adam and Yasser put a seed in the manager’s mind of positivity towards the way they play.

“Adam can also play in a number of positions, including midfield, but sometimes when you have that versatility it can also be detrimental to you because a manager might say they don’t know what your best position is.

“Sometimes you are better off nailing down a space and going after that position, very much like Trent [Alexander-Arnold] at the moment who used to play in midfield and look at him now, he is one of the best right-backs in world football, certainly the most promising right-back.

“Adam needs to look at it and think, ‘What is my best opportunity of forcing my way into the manager’s plans?,’ and I think that is at left-back.”

Following Lewis’ elevation to the U23s, new U18s boss Barry Lewtas had a left-back dilemma at the start of last season.

He converted Larouci from a winger to a left-back and it paid rich dividends as he was a consistent performer in the back four, culminating in the club winning the FA Youth Cup for a fourth time after victory over Manchester City.

Warnock insists there is more to come from the 18-year-old.

“Yasser enjoyed a very good season," he continued. "When you have his running power and the way he likes to get forward, it actually suits him because he’s not fazed when he gets wide and he has to try and beat a player.

“He has also got the speed to get back into position. Yes, he does need to get better defensively, but once he learns he has got that speed where not many people will beat him in a one-v-one situation.

“Yasser is very powerful and difficult to stop, so for me he is an exciting prospect and one that has adapted very quickly to the left-back role.

“I also think he understands the position quite well for someone who only played there for a short period of time.

“In the FA Youth Cup final, Yasser for me was one of Liverpool’s best performers on the night.

“When you are looking for someone to take the game by the scruff of the neck and someone to get on the ball and make that happen, he was that player.

“He was superb on the night. Yes, he got caught out a couple of times, but he recovered well and will learn from that very quickly.

“Going forward, he is such an asset to have in your team and his fitness levels are great.”

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Mohamed Salah scores free-kick to help Egypt secure top spot in AFCON group

Sun, 06/30/2019 - 21:53

Mohamed Salah scored a fine free-kick during Egypt's 2-0 win over Uganda on Sunday night to help them secure top spot in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations group.

The Pharaohs had already qualified for the last 16, but the Liverpool forward broke the deadlock in Cairo with a perfectly-executed set-piece in the 36th minute.

It was Salah's second goal of the tournament as Ahmed Elmohamady then doubled the hosts' advantage shortly before half-time to ensure a first-place finish in Group A.

Meanwhile, Naby Keita was an unused substitute in Guinea's 2-0 victory against Burundi earlier on Sunday that keeps alive their hopes of reaching the knockout rounds as one of the best third-place teams.

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Liverpool confident Divock Origi will sign new long-term contract

Sun, 06/30/2019 - 12:10

Liverpool are reportedly confident that Divock Origi will sign a new long-term deal with the club after the forward held talks with Jürgen Klopp.

Origi is about to enter the final year of his Anfield contract, but has enjoyed one of the more unlikely renaissances in the club's recent history.

Origi netted a 96th-minute winner against Everton in the Merseyside derby, headed a late goal at Newcastle which ensured that the Premier League title race would go down to the last day, scored twice in the unforgettable Anfield comeback against Barcelona and climbed off the bench to wrap up victory in the Champions League final against Tottenham in Madrid.

Even when he hasn't been in the team, Origi is said to have impressed Klopp and Anfield coaches with his attitude in training and his preparation for games.

And Football Insider report that Klopp has held talks with Origi while away on holiday, and the Reds boss is confident that the 24-year-old will agree to a new five-year deal.

Klopp is said to have told Origi that Liverpool will be relying on him in the opening weeks of the season, especially as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will be eased back into action following their involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations and Copa America respectively.

With no major attacking transfer arrivals expected, Origi could start the season for the Reds, who begin the 2019-20 Premier League with a home fixture against newly-promoted Norwich on August 9.

Source: Daily Mirror

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Video: Watch the 10 best U23s goals from 2018-19

Sun, 06/30/2019 - 10:00

Liverpool U23s netted some memorable goals during 2018 – and you can relive the best of them now in our free compilation video.

Neil Critchley's side entertained with some quality strikes from the likes of Curtis Jones and co.

Check out our selection of the top 10 efforts in the video below...

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Interview | How Alexander Doni first alerted Liverpool to Alisson Becker

Sun, 06/30/2019 - 08:30

After watching Alisson Becker at Brazilian side Internacional for the very first time, Alexander Doni's immediate reaction was to urge a former club of his to make a move.

A young Alisson, Doni predicted, was destined to become Brazil No.1 and had the mentality and ability to withstand the rigours of English football. Liverpool had to be alerted.

Doni only made four appearances during his time with the Reds, but maintained a close relationship with long-time goalkeeping coach John Achterberg.

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"Yes, when I saw him play, I immediately recommended him to John and tried to get him signed," Doni recalls to

"I explained to John that he was a very skilful player and that he would soon play for the national team.

"The first time I saw him playing for Inter, I knew he had what it takes to succeed in the Premier League."

Liverpool took note and tracked him from that point on before eventually acquiring his services in July 2018.

Alisson had progressed from the youth ranks at his boyhood Internacional right through to its senior side, making 56 first-team appearances between 2013-2016.

Those performances earned him a move to AS Roma as Alisson then followed Doni's career path by swapping the Stadio Olimpico for Anfield.

Just one season at Liverpool undoubtedly proved Doni correct in his early assessment after the 26-year-old claimed the Premier League Golden Glove award en route to Champions League success.

So, does Jürgen Klopp currently possess the best goalkeeper in the world?

"Yes, without a doubt," Doni responds. "I am very impressed with how quick he was able to adapt to the way the Premier League is played and how quick he obtained success in England.

"This only shows what a great player and person he is.

"Besides being an overall complete player, I really like how he is able to maintain calm and control."

Doni is not even a coach or scout in his post-football career. Instead, he became an entrepreneur in different business sectors, including sports and entertainment, while residing in Florida with his family.

His stay at Liverpool may have been brief – just the 2011-12 campaign – but he was able to forge a close bond before returning to his homeland in 2013.

"It was short lived due to the issues I had, but it is a great club, a great city, and I am very grateful to have worn this amazing jersey," the 39-year-old concludes.

"I still speak with John, I think he is a great person and great professional and I will always follow his career and Liverpool."

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Steven Gerrard reveals inspiration from Liverpool's Champions League win

Sat, 06/29/2019 - 16:00

The sight of Jürgen Klopp celebrating Liverpool's Champions League triumph in Madrid has given Steven Gerrard an extra thirst for silverware as a manager.

The current Rangers boss was in attendance at Estadio Metropolitano on June 1 to watch the Reds beat Tottenham Hotspur and earn the club its sixth European Cup.

Now heading into his second season in senior management, Gerrard is determined to have his own celebrations in the upcoming campaign.

The former midfielder said: “I think as a young manager you try and be a sponge from all the top managers when you watch them on the sidelines, watch them do interviews or you meet them.

“It’s no different with Jürgen for me. You try to take in all of the good things from them. He has been very helpful to me.

“A lot of the stuff I will keep private, but any questions or any bit of advice, he helps me out.

“Being there and seeing it, you look at the Liverpool fans. Emotionally it brought back a lot of memories of my own from being a Liverpool player.

“When the dust settles, I am thinking, ‘OK, I would love that to be us at Rangers’. I would love to be watching my players celebrate.

“I was looking at Jürgen, looking at his players celebrate, and I would love nothing better than to do that in 12 months’ time, or sooner if we get the opportunity in a few months’ time with the League Cup.”

The 39-year-old was also made up to see Jordan Henderson follow in his footsteps to become the fifth Liverpool captain to raise Ol' Big Ears aloft.

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“How could I be jealous of Jordan lifting the trophy? He’s my mate,” Gerrard added.

“I am tight with Jordan and we played together for many years with Liverpool and England.

“I was delighted for him and it was so deserved, there is no better professional than Jordan.

“You get out of this game what you put in, so if you go on that then he certainly deserves it."

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Nicolas Pepe picks between Liverpool, Inter Milan and PSG transfers

Sat, 06/29/2019 - 15:30

Liverpool target Nicolas Pepe is hoping to join Paris Saint-Germain despite links to the Reds and Inter Milan, reports say.

Liverpool are among the clubs keen to sign Pepe this transfer window, with the Ivory Coast international enjoying a stunning campaign with Lille.

The 24-year-old scored 23 goals from 41 appearances as the club finished second in the table.

Liverpool have been tipped to lure Pepe to Anfield this transfer window, despite Jürgen Klopp’s side already having Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in attack.

And L’Equipe say that the Reds are still in the running to sign Pepe this summer.

However, Pepe is reportedly hoping PSG join the bidding despite Inter Milan also being one of the clubs keen on a transfer.

He wants the Ligue 1 giants to ‘position themselves’ and appears keen to make the move to the Parc des Princes.

With Neymar’s future uncertain, Thomas Tuchel’s side could make a move for Pepe and make him their replacement for the Brazil international.

Neymar wants to rejoin Barcelona, two years after leaving the Nou Camp in a world-record £200million transfer.

But whether he’s granted his wish is something only time will tell.

Source: Daily Express

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Virgil van Dijk explains how he stays calm as you like

Sat, 06/29/2019 - 13:00

Virgil van Dijk has explained his mindset before stepping out onto the pitch that ensures he stays cool, calm and collected for Liverpool.

The centre-half, who arrived to the Reds from Southampton in January 2018, sees no benefit to carrying pre-match nerves, instead opting to look forward to the opportunity to showcase his talents.

It's an approach that has paid dividends collectively and individually, with the 2019 PFA Players' Player of the Year a key component in Liverpool's Champions League triumph.

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Speaking to Unisport, the 27-year-old said: "My mentality comes from what I’ve experienced over the years.

“I think I’ve been working hard for every step of the way. I’ve never had an easy route to where I am.

"I always made sure that I had to keep working hard, stay humble. That makes me where I am right now and just keep working hard.

“I think in games you need to turn nervous feelings to more excitement anyway, otherwise you’re going to limit your ability to play.

“You’re going to put it in your head that you don’t want to make mistakes and normally then you’re going to make mistakes.

"So the thing is, when I play games I just want to go out there, show everything that I’ve got and have no regrets after the game.

“Anyone these days can have their opinions, but not a lot matters to me – other than the people around me, my team and family and friends.”

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

Sat, 06/29/2019 - 11:00

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 July 1

Premier League Girls Football session

Woodchurch High School Sports Complex - 6pm-7pm (age 13+)

Premier League Kicks sessions 

Walton Hall Park - 7pm-8pm (age 11-17)

Respect 4 - Ability Counts / PAN Disability Football session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-12), 7pm-8pm (age 13+)

Open Goals

Springfield Park and Garden - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Tuesday July 2

Junior Netball session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 7-12)

Premier League Kicks session

Toxteth Firefit Hub - 5.30pm-6.30pm (age 8-13), 6.30pm-7.30pm (age 14-19)

Respect 4 All - Severe Learning Disability Football sessions

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 3pm-4pm

Open Goals

Seaforth in Bowersdale Park (meet at Bowersdale Resource Centre) - 5pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Wednesday July 3    

Mini Kicks session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 4pm-6pm (age 4-6)

Premier League Kicks sessions

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 7-11), 6pm-7pm (age 12-17)

Wildcat Girls Football session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 5-7)

Open Goals

Crosby in Coronation Park (meet at Alchemy Crosby Youth & Community Centre) - 4.30pm-5.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Thursday July 4          

Premier League Kicks sessions

Wavertree Sports Park - 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Gateacre School - 6pm-7pm (age 8-11), 7pm-8pm (age 12-16)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 8pm-10pm (age 13+)

Respect 4 All - Inclusion Football session (Beginner / Open Disability)

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-8)

Respect 4 All - Physical Impairment Inclusion Football session

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

Military Veterans

Goals Liverpool North, Bootle - 5pm-7.30pm

Open Goals

Jubilee Sports Bank, Kensington - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Friday July 5

Premier League Kicks sessions

Wavertree Sports Park - 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)
Croxteth Health & Wellbeing Centre - 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Kirkby Leisure Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Netherton Activity Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 8-11), 7pm-8pm (age 12-19)

Respect 4 All - Wheelchair / Powerchair Football sessions 

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-8), 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

Open Goals

Rice Lane Recreation Ground - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Saturday July 6    

Respect 4 All - Inclusion Football sessions (Disability)

Woodchurch High Sports Complex - 10.30am-11.30am (SLD Child 5+), 11.30am-12.30pm (PAN age 12+), 12.30pm-1.30pm (SLD adults 16+)

Open Goals

Stanley Park (meet at Isla Gladstone) - 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Newsham Park - 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Norris Green Park (meet by playground) - 1.30pm-3pm (age 5+ and parents)
Crown Park, Edge Hill - 1pm-2.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Garston Park  - 3pm-5pm (age 5+ and parents)

Sunday July 7  

Open Goals    

Walton Hall Park - 1pm-2pm (age 5+ and parents)
Belle Vale Park - 1pm-2pm (age 5+ and parents)
Doric Park - 11am-12pm (age 5+ and parents)

Military Veterans

LFC Academy - 3pm-4.30pm

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The view from Egypt: 'When Salah plays for LFC, the country stops to watch'

Sat, 06/29/2019 - 09:00

After ending his second season as a Liverpool player with a Champions League medal around his neck, Mohamed Salah is currently striving for another major honour - the Africa Cup of Nations.

Having finished as runners-up two years ago in Gabon, Egypt are hoping to go one better this time around as the host nation, and have made an impressive start with the Reds' No.11 at the fore.

Ahmad Yousef, a journalist for Egyptian sports website, is in Cairo to cover the tournament and spoke to to discuss Salah’s performances, Egypt’s chances and more…

Egypt are through to the last 16 of AFCON 2019 after winning their first two fixtures in Group A. How far are the seven-time winners expected to progress?

Egypt are expected to go far. Their 90 million fans have high expectations of the players, especially on home soil, with Egypt only losing three competitive matches at home in the last 15 years. The fans are in high spirits after the two wins and will expect Egypt to go deep into the tournament. As for the manager [former Mexico and Atletico Madrid boss] Javier Aguirre, he has set his sights on reaching the final and winning the competition. He has stated that if he doesn’t reach the final he has not completed his job.

Mohamed Salah scored one and set up another in Egypt's 2-0 victory over DR Congo in Cairo on Wednesday - how has he performed so far?

We are starting to see glimpses of his brilliance. Salah has been involved in two of Egypt’s three goals so far, and his fantastic finish against DR Congo was a real sign of confidence from last season’s Premier League top scorer.

What kind of tactical system does Javier Aguirre favour and what role does Salah play in it - out wide, up front...?

Salah has been deployed on the right-hand side of the front three, playing alongside Marwan Mohsen and highly-rated starlet ‘Trezeguet’. As you would expect, Egypt’s opponents have been targeting Salah, doubling up on him and not giving him any space or time. This has allowed Salah’s teammates, especially Trezeguet, to get more of the ball and cause trouble. That is exactly what happened for Egypt’s second goal against DR Congo, where Trezeguet picked the ball up, drove forward and assisted Salah elegantly. Egypt’s new manager Aguirre plays more attacking football compared to the previous manager at last year’s World Cup, Héctor Cuper, which has suited Salah.

As the reigning African Footballer of the Year and one of the biggest names in world football at present, how much focus is there on Salah as an individual?

Mohamed Salah, without a doubt, is the star of Egypt and the African footballing world at the moment. He is the poster boy in Egypt, appearing on adverts everywhere in the country. Salah has shown as an individual that he can cope with pressure, and he demonstrated that when he scored his penalty in the Champions League final. Especially in the early stages there will be little pressure, simply because he has played at the highest level before and he is someone who copes with pressure so well. Let’s not forget the penalty he scored two years ago [in the 95th minute of a qualifier against DR Congo] that sent Egypt to the World Cup for the first time in 28 years.

What would it mean to Egypt to win an eighth Africa Cup of Nations on home soil after missing the 2012/13/15 tournaments and finishing as runners-up in 2017?

It would mean the world to the fans. Egypt is a football-mad country and when the team plays well the entire nation’s mood is very good. It was a huge disappointment not to qualify between 2010 and 2017, but Egypt showed in the last edition that they are still an African powerhouse by reaching the final. Winning it for the eighth time would add more pride to the Egyptian people, who already boast about having seven titles, more than any other country.

How was Liverpool's Champions League final victory over Tottenham Hotspur - and Salah's integral role in it - perceived back in Egypt?

It was huge for Egyptian fans, they have waited a long time to see an Egyptian win such a major trophy and it was even more special that he scored in the final after last year’s disappointment in Kiev. He became the first Egyptian to do so and will always be remembered for that in his homeland.

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Is it fair to say Liverpool have a much larger fan base in Egypt than they did before Salah arrived from Roma two years ago?

Liverpool have always had a large fan base in Egypt since before Mohamed Salah; however, since he joined it has definitely increased. Many Egyptian fans have followed him around from his time at Chelsea to Roma and now to Liverpool. When Mo plays for Liverpool, the country stops to watch at cafes, bars and in their homes. The Champions League final was aired everywhere with many sporting clubs putting up large screens for his devout followers.

Senegal are one of the other strongly fancied sides at the tournament. How likely is a meeting between Salah's Pharaohs and Sadio Mane's Teranga Lions later in the competition, and who would be the favourites?

With the competition being opened up to 24 teams this year there is a chance for four third-place teams to qualify for the last 16. This complicates the potential outcomes but if Egypt and Senegal both top their groups, they could meet in the semi-final. This will be a huge game, with Senegal having the better side on paper but Egypt having the home advantage, and I believe that will be what edges Egypt over the line if the Pharaohs do come up against Senegal. Regardless, Sadie Mane is very well regarded in Egypt and Egyptian fans will not want to face him!

What do Egyptian fans hope to see Salah achieve in his career at Liverpool from next season onwards?

Egyptian fans now want more - they want the Premier League title AND the Ballon d’Or! If Mo can help Liverpool to the Premier League it would help his cause towards being awarded the Ballon d’Or. Egyptian fans still believe Salah still has a lot more to offer as he continues to develop.

What kind of cultural impact does Salah have on everyday life for football-loving Egyptians?

Egyptians are very proud of Mo’s influence on and off the pitch and how he hasn’t forgotten about his Egyptian culture and religion whilst playing abroad. He has made Egyptians feel proud of their heritage and culture, which has had a huge effect on everyone’s day-to-day well-being. In a way, he has reinstilled pride back into the Egyptian people after a tough number of years.

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Liverpool v Chelsea: Super Cup final ticket details

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 15:55

Liverpool FC has released the following ticket details for the UEFA Super Cup, to be played at Vodafone Park, Istanbul on Wednesday August 14.

The game will kick off at 10pm local time.

  • Ticket allocation and prices

UEFA have now confirmed the allocation and the club has received an allocation of 4,957 tickets for this all ticket fixture.

Within the allocation of tickets received, approximately 23% are Category 1, 52% are Category 2, 25% are Category 3.

Category 1: £116 / (£94 restricted view)

Category 2: £80 / (£62 restricted view)

Category 3: £45 / (£36 restricted view)

There are a minimal number of restricted in view tickets within the allocation.

Concessionary (including junior) priced tickets are not available, and we are unable to guarantee that all price points will be available when making your booking.

The club has also received a further allocation of 100 top category seats that, in line with UEFA guidelines, will be used as part of the players’ allocation, travelling club staff and VIPs.

  • Details to be provided at the time of booking for all supporters

The following details must be provided for the supporter travelling to Istanbul and attending the game. If the season ticket holder, Member or fan card holder eligible to buy the ticket is not attending the game, the details of the person you are giving your ticket to must be provided on the online form. Changes cannot be made once you have completed your purchase.  

Please have these details ready prior to making your booking:

  • Forename
  • Surname
  • Date of birth
  • Country of birth
  • Passport or National Identity Number
  • Mobile number
  • Email address
  • Outbound travel date
  • *Method of travel into Istanbul
    • Plane
    • Car
    • Train
    • Coach
  • Estimated time of arrival in Istanbul
  • Accommodation details
  • Return travel date

The relevant authorities require an indication of how supporters will be arribing into Istanbul. For example, if you are flying into an airport outside of Istanbul then taking a train to Istanbul, please select 'train' as your method of travel into Istanbul. Providing accurate travel information assists UEFA and local authorities in planning and ensuring there are sufficient resources available throughout the city.

If you require a visa to enter Turkey, applications can be made by visiting:

  • Sale dates

Hospitality members

Members of the executive lounge, executive suites, Sir Kenny Dalglish boxes, Premium and Centenary Club have been contacted on how to apply for UEFA Super Cup tickets.

Premier Club and Carlsberg Dugout members refer to sales criteria below

Disabled supporters

Within the allocation UEFA have provided an allocation of 13 pairs of wheelchair and personal assistant tickets and 10 pairs of easy access tickets, priced at £45 per pair.

Easy access tickets will be allocated to ambulant supporters with limited mobility on a first come first served basis. Once the allocation of easy access seats has sold out, eligible ambulant supporters who wish to purchase tickets can still do so in other areas of the stadium at the relevant price category for that chosen area.

Please click here for full details.

All other supporters

The below sales will take place online only and you may have to queue at times.  Supporters can purchase one ticket per qualifying supporter for up to a maximum of eight tickets per transaction. 

Priority right holders: From 2pm Tuesday July 2 until 7.15am Wednesday July 3.

Priority right holders wishing to purchase with other supporters can purchase in the sale for guaranteed supporters only from 8.15am Wednesday July 3 until 7.15am Thursday July 4. For full details on eligibility, please click here

Season Ticket Holders, Official Members, Premier Club and Carlsberg Dugout Members and fan card holders 

Tickets purchased for this match will not count as priority for any future matches.

Tickets will be available based on supporters who have recorded the following UEFA Champions League home and away fixtures and the UEFA Champions League final during season 2018-2019:

Home games

FC Barcelona (07/05/19), FC Porto (09/04/19), Bayern Munich (19/02/19), Napoli (11/12/18), Red Star Belgrade (24/10/18), Paris St Germain (18/09/18).

Away games

FC Barcelona (01/05/19), FC Porto (17/04/19), Bayern Munich (13/03/19), Paris St Germain (28/11/18), Red Star Belgrade (06/11/18), Napoli (03/10/18)

Champions League final

Tottenham Hotspur (01/06/19)

Seven or more games and the UEFA Champions League final recorded: From 8.15am Wednesday July 3 until 7.15am Thursday July 4.

Supporters eligible to purchase during the above sales are guaranteed a ticket.

Six games and the UEFA Champions League final recorded: From 8.15am Thursday July 4.

The above sale will 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.

The number of qualifying supporters will far exceed the number of tickets available during this sale and therefore no guarantee can be given that tickets will be available to all who apply.

Should tickets remain, a further announcement will be made. Supporters are advised to check here for sale updates.

  • Ticket fulfilment (delivery of tickets)

We are unable to provide duplicate tickets. 

Supporters must select one of the following fulfilment methods during the booking.

  1. UK post (only for supporters whose address on our system is listed as being within the UK)

Tickets will be sent special delivery to the registered address of the person making the booking, at a charge of £9.45.

Please ensure that when selecting this option that you will be able to accept delivery of your ticket.

We expect tickets to be dispatched week commencing July 29.

  1. Collect in Istanbul (venue to be confirmed)

Please ensure that the details provided at the time of booking (full details above) are the details for the supporter travelling to Istanbul and attending the game. 

The person attending the game and named on the online form will have to collect their own ticket in Istanbul - no exceptions.  

Supporters collecting tickets will be sent an email to the email address provided on the online form, week commencing Monday August 5.

This will include a unique reference number and the collection point address.

An SMS will also be sent to the mobile number provided on the online form.

Photo ID and a copy of the email sent (printed version or shown on mobile) must be provided upon collection of tickets or tickets will not be issued.

  • Overseas supporters

All overseas supporters must choose the ‘Collect in Istanbul’ option when making your booking.

  • General information

For away support information, click here.

For a full list of Q&As in relation to this match, click here.

In order to provide a consistent service, the club have decided to not offer ‘Collect from Anfield’ as an option for this fixture. All tickets will either be posted out or made available for collection in Istanbul ahead of the game.

We would also like to remind supporters that important safety information for supporters travelling to Istanbul will be provided in the lead up to the game. 

The information provided is in conjunction with Turkish authorities and LFC club officials, and we strongly advise that you follow all the information and instructions given. 

We urge supporters not to travel without a ticket.

Liverpool FC will not take any responsibility for any financial losses due to lost, destroyed or damaged tickets, or for any financial losses due to tickets being stolen, lost or delayed by the postal service.

Tickets are strictly non-transferable. Liverpool FC are required to furnish details to UEFA on all tickets purchased, i.e. names and addresses of applicants corresponding to the seat details on the tickets issued to the applicant. UEFA has indicated that checks will be carried out at the stadium and surrounding areas and they can request proof of identity with valid photograph and signature (passport or national identity card).

All tickets are issued under the UEFA Super Cup 2019 ticketing terms and conditions. Supporters will be required to accept these terms and conditions at point of purchase.

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2019-20 Members' ticket sale details

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 15:01

The Members’ ticket sale for all Premier League home matches for the first half of the 2019-20 season starts from 8.15am on Thursday July 11 for Members wishing to purchase disabled tickets only.

For all other Members, tickets will go on sale from Tuesday July 16.

Full sale details will be announced here on Monday July 1.

To be eligible to purchase tickets during this members’ sale, Official LFC Memberships must be purchased before midnight on Tuesday July 9.

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Ticket availability and pricing structure forum update

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 12:48

A forum was held between Liverpool FC and supporter representatives this week to discuss the auto cup scheme.

Location: Liverpool FC offices, Chapel Street.

Date: 24/06/2019.

Time: 5.30pm-7.10pm.

Attendees: Tony Barrett (meeting chair), Jo Kirkham (vice president of fan experience), Phil Dutton (vice president of ticketing and hospitality), James McKenna, Graham Smith, Melissa Fallon, Andrew Morris, Paul Jones, Joe Blott, Harinder Singh, Anna Burgess, Nigel Taylor, Jack Wycherley, Ste Davies, Tony Fitzgerald, Matt Selby.

Tony Barrett: Firstly, thank you for coming and giving up your time. Also, I would like to apologise to those of you on social media and internet forums who have borne the brunt of some of the frustration that has been evident over the last few days. A lot of legitimate concerns have been raised in various quarters and this is your opportunity to raise them to the club, whether just on your own behalf or on behalf of other supporters. Clearly the Auto Cup Scheme (ACS) is an issue which is in need of discussion and for that reason it will be our main focus this evening. There are other issues that we had been planning to discuss but it is evident that members are upset and they are also seeking clarity and fairness so it is right and proper that the ACS is our priority at this forum.

Phil Dutton: In relation to the concerns that were raised at the weekend, the most important thing to stress at the outset is that nothing has changed. I know it’s been suggested that we have done things differently but the reality is that both the process and the criteria are totally consistent with what we did last year. The sticking point when it comes to the ACS is undoubtedly the Champions League and understandably so given how much the competition means to the club and supporters and how well we have done in it in recent seasons.

Last season, you had to have been to six games to qualify for the ACS but you still were not guaranteed. This season, you have to have been to six games to qualify for the ACS but you are still not guaranteed. Those are the facts of the process and the qualifying criteria. I realise that there is another debate about fairness but it’s important at the outset to make this element clear before we even look at what should or shouldn’t be happening.

The reason why there is no guarantee is that the further we go in the competition, specifically after the group stage, UEFA are able to take an increased allocation of tickets. We have to plan and prepare for that because it will happen. It is a similar situation with media companies and priority rights holders (PRHs) but the main impact comes from UEFA’s contractual requirements. In a low level group game they may take only a few hundred tickets but for a semi-final it can be anything up to 3,000. In all three cases – UEFA, PRHs and media companies – these are obligations that we have to meet.

An additional complicating factor this year is that when Red Star Belgrade came to Anfield last season they did not bring any visiting fans. Those 2,500 tickets were instead sold to our members who were given a credit for their attendance and that has an impact on the numbers we are working with. What this means in broad terms is we have a situation in which we have an increased number of qualifying members while, simultaneously, we are also having to prepare for the contractual obligations that we have to meet. So we have more members who reach the criteria than we have available seats.

The other thing to note here is that everyone is pointing the finger at season ticket holders but the season ticket take up is actually pretty static. Most season ticket holders tick the ACS box, it hasn’t really fluctuated. There has been a small uplift but it’s not as significant as the increase in members who qualify.

Anna Burgess: But even if it is only a couple of hundred season ticket holders who have joined this year having not joined last year, that’s still a couple of hundred members who aren’t getting in as a result.

PD: Yes, it is and that’s something which we will come on to. But, in the first instance, it’s important that we provide clarity because I’m aware that there are a lot of accusations flying about suggesting thousands of season ticket holders have jumped on board despite never having been to a European game and this has changed the process and this isn’t accurate.

TB: Phil has had the opportunity to put the record straight from his point of view but I think it’s important that we ask the forum members if they feel there has been a change to the ACS process because there can sometimes be a gap between the perceptions of service users and service providers.

James McKenna: I think it’s more about the fairness element that you’ve said we will go on to discuss. But it’s also a communications issue because if the process is the same then you really need to make this clear in your selling notice. As it was, you expected supporters to join the dots and that’s not really fair.

AB: Can I just clarify something? Is it possible for a member who is not in the ACS to record six credits?

PD: Yes it is. What will happen this season is for the first game we will go on sale to season ticket holders and members with six games and then work downwards. Most supporters with six games are going to get tickets for the group games. Where it becomes a pinch point is when it gets to the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

AB: But I can remember lots of supporters complaining about this last season and the season before so it’s obviously a problem.

PD: That is definitely true and I totally understand why those supporters who do miss out are so frustrated but nothing has changed in terms of how we sell tickets.

J MC: You have to accept though Phil that there is a perception that everyone – whether they are season ticket holders or members – are ticking the box this year because no-one wants to miss out on the Champions League given that we’ve just won it and were in another final 12 months earlier. For me, this means the club has a responsibility to inform supporters how many might miss out. There will be supporters out there who are fearing they might miss out when the reality is that they won’t but their fears come from a lack of information more than anything else.

Joe Blott: The mistake you are making is that we are hearing this today for the first time.

Graham Smith: This ties into the conversations we have had for 10 years or longer in which we tell you, you as in the club, that there is a need for more information and greater transparency. That hasn’t happened and this is why we end up in situations like this one in which justifiable concerns about fairness and access get caught up in misinformation and we end up with a mess. We have fan on fan issues with season ticket holders being accused of jumping on the ACS bandwagon but if that isn’t happening, at least not to the extent that members fear, then the club should say so.

PD: I think some of the criticism is fair up to a point and the kind of communications we do around ticketing is something we can definitely look at going forward but I would also say that if you go to the actual page the reasons why fewer tickets are made available as the competition progresses are made clear.

J MC: I think two things have happened – a lack of information has led to the vacuum being filled by myths but it has also created another conversation about loyalty. The question that members are asking and which needs to be asked here on their behalf is why a season ticket holder with no previous loyalty has an advantage over a member with loyalty? This is the fairness issue in a nutshell and I am more than happy to put that to you as a season ticket holder because, although I think we need to avoid the kind of fan on fan issue that Graham has mentioned, members deserve their concerns to be addressed as a bare minimum.

PD: So a season ticket holder should have the same qualifying criteria as members then?

J MC: That is what members caught up in this situation are saying and understandably so. I have concerns that go beyond season ticket holders/members because I worry about what all of this means for kids and young people who would like to come to games. The reality is that all you would be doing is creating an even bigger closed shop but this is the loyalty system that the club has created and it’s this that is locking supporters in and causing these kind of problems.

PD: So what would the forum suggest we should do?

Ste Davies: From my own experience, I managed to get on the ACS along with my son four years ago at a time when we were in the Europa League and played Sion in the first game. So it’s fair to say we weren’t jumping on board for the glamour at that stage. A season ticket holder who chose not to join at that time – and that is obviously their right – could now, if they choose, take up the option of a place in the ACS for the coming season ahead of us. I take all your points about the process being the same and I appreciate none of this is easy but from a fairness point of view this can’t be right. That’s how loyalty should work.

Andrew Morris: That’s the point that members are making – the club actually has an historic record which documents the loyalty of supporters and the club also operates a loyalty system so it doesn’t make sense to separate them. That process can be bypassed with a tick.

PD: So the consensus is to get rid of a longstanding season ticket benefit?

GS: No, there’s not a consensus. Everyone has their own opinion and mine is that the club should be looking to resolve these issues and prevent supporters from turning on one another by proceeding with a stadium solution which, as a bare minimum, would satisfy the demand of the supporters we are talking about whether they are members or season ticket holders. It shouldn’t be a case of taking from Peter to feed Paul.

J MC: The starting point as things stand should be to let people know how many season ticket holders have ticked the box that had no previous loyalty.

SD: The bottom line is that when it comes to July 2nd and I go in as a member I will have less tickets to go at even though I’ve built up full credits over the last four years and that’s because you operate in favour of season ticket holders who might have no loyalty when it comes to Champions League games.

PD: That’s much less of an issue this year. Going back three or four years, the impact of season ticket holders in this kind of scenario was greater than it is now.

SD: Even if it’s only one person, that’s one less opportunity for me as a member with six credits.

J MC: I've previously asked questions on forums and to supporters about whether people would want tickets without the loyalty to prevent the perceived closed shop becoming even bigger. The overwhelming response was that they want the loyalty too, which is fair enough. They’re not unhappy that what they see as a closed shop exists, they are unhappy that they are not in and that’s human nature. It’s also a real challenge for all of us to find a loyalty solution that works and is fair for everyone, without any unintended consequences.

SD: That’s a fair point but in the case of the Champions League you have people who’ve passed up the opportunity to get into the closed shop but have chosen not to and they are being given another chance ahead of someone who has been paying good money to build up the loyalty to get into it.

J MC: I get that but the point I’m making is that if a young kid wants to start going to Champions League matches for the first time it’s not his or her fault that they weren’t going to matches four years ago because they were too young. There’s a real problem here about finding a way to do both and I can’t help thinking that the club should admit that there will never be a solution that pleases everyone or accommodates everyone because the numbers don’t work.

PD: To Steve’s point, we should look at that. We should ask whether it is right that someone can join the scheme by effectively jumping the queue ahead of someone who’s been to 18 European home games in the last three years. I see the argument from both sides but it is something we should discuss. If it’s something that the forums can’t decide because it’s too divisive an issue then the club will have to decide. I can certainly see the point that members are making. There are new season ticket holders every year and we could, as things stand, have someone who has never been to a European game in his life who is able to go straight into the ACS. It’s certainly not his or her fault that this opportunity exists but it is something that we should look at.  

J MC: My fear of all of this – and it doesn’t relate to one side of the debate or another, it relates to all of us – is we are constantly talking about what the club can do to get more kids into the ground because that is absolutely vital but we are actually doing things that make it harder for kids to come.

PD: It’s actually not impossible to do that though. It would be a case of maintaining the six game qualifying threshold and carving out, for example, 1,000 tickets specifically for kids/young people but they would have to be used properly. That would obviously impact on the number of tickets available to members and potentially season ticket holders but it is something that can be done.

AM: It all comes back to what we have spoken about in the past – the fans who buy the tickets using them and getting the loyalty as a result. That is the way a loyalty system should work.

J MC: On the current membership issue, though, what are the club going to say and what are they going to do? We have obviously raised a lot of concerns and other people have outside of this forum also but it is up to the club to make decisions.

TB: In the first instance, I think it’s clear that the club needs to put out some sort of clarification in whatever form that may take. From my own point of view, I thought it was important that the members of this forum were able to hold the club to account and make their feelings known before anything else was done but obviously that has now happened so the club needs to say something. Additionally, the minutes of this meeting will be published so that supporters can see for themselves the nature of the discussion that has taken place. Obviously, anything in terms of possible changes going forward is down to Phil and others but I would hope that this kind of discussion has further informed any process that may follow.

J MC: A starting point would be to repeat what you do with the Champions League final allocations. By breaking down those figures in the way you do you do help supporters to understand and even if they are not happy – and who is going to be happy if they’ve missed out on a ticket? – they at least know how it works and can come to informed conclusions rather than just thinking the worst and lashing out at one another and the club.

PD: Again, that is something we can look at. There is a key difference between an event like the Champions League final and the ACS though – that is whereas the final has a fixed number of tickets, the number of tickets available for each Champions League game changes for all of the reasons I have already outlined.

J MC: I get that and I know it’s not straightforward but the way it is being done at the moment means every member with six credits is sat there fearing that they are going to miss out. You’ve got members who didn’t just do six European homes, they also did six European aways and they are fearing that still won’t be enough to get them into the ACS. If there was greater clarity in the sense that you said, and I’m just plucking numbers out of the air here, that there are 29,000 season ticket holders and 16,000 members and a certain percentage of the demand will not be satisfied, the fear of missing out would still exist but it wouldn’t be anywhere near as strong as it is now.

PD: At this stage, the actual difference in season ticket holders who have signed up to the ACS this year compared to last year is around 400.

JB: Even that, as basic as it is, is important information. It shows that although there has been an increase in take up it is not as significant as people fear, although the point still stands about whether this is the fairest way of doing things. If nothing else, it is the kind of information that would help alleviate the kind of supporter on supporter debate that has been going on and which we should all want to avoid.  

PD: Moving onto members. This year we have got around 1,000 more members with six games than we did last year. Again, this is because numbers move about for various reasons. Something I have to stress, though, is that if a member does miss out on the ACS this season that does not mean their chance of getting tickets has gone. That’s not what happened last year and it will not happen this year. I’m not trying to avoid the fairness debate in saying that because, as I’ve said, that is something that we should look at, but equally I don’t want members to think that because they’ve missed out on the ACS they won’t be getting tickets for this season’s Champions League. I can absolutely guarantee you that ahead of game day one there will be tickets available to members who have attended six games.

AB: The problem is that for some of those members they may get game one, game two and game three this time around but once the allocations begin to decrease as the competition wears on they could potentially miss out and then they will be starting the following season without six credits through no fault of their own.

PD: I appreciate that but the problem of decreasing allocations is not something we can resolve because, as I said earlier, we are obliged to meet our contractual obligations as are all other clubs in the Champions League. Once that happens, the number of tickets that are available will reduce but there is nothing we can do about that.

AB: Do the tickets that UEFA use ever come out of hospitality or is it always general admission that takes the hit?

PD: UEFA are very clear and specific about where their tickets have to be. In our case that means the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand on and around the halfway line and the Main Stand.

J MC: Have the club sold any more hospitality this season and is that having an impact?

PD: No. We plan to sell less.

Melissa Fallon: How many season ticket holders are actually waiting before signing up for the ACS?

PD: That’s hard to say at this stage. We won’t know until it actually happens. 

J MC: Once you’ve reached that stage would you be able to put something out informing members of what their chances are of joining the ACS as you did with tickets ahead of the Champions League Final?

PD: That’s something we can look at but it might be better this time around if we stick with the usual way of doing things to avoid any confusion and also to allow us to take stock of what needs to happen going forward.

TB: From what has been said to this point, my interpretation of your main concerns is that the club should be working harder to communicate its message to supporters when it comes to ticket sales and should also be looking into making the existing system fairer, something that Phil has said he is willing to do. Is that a fair assessment?

RB: On the messaging side, I think the club has to realise that if they don’t put out enough information or the right information there are people on Twitter with a few thousand followers who will put out their own message and that doesn’t help anyone.

JB: Clarity is vital. As much as many of us have issues with the current capacity and it’s clear that this needs to be addressed as a matter of growing urgency, while the capacity is what it is you need to give supporters as much information as possible so that, if nothing else, they understand why the ticketing situation is like it is even if they aren’t happy with it.

PD: There are a couple of things that need to be looked at and we will do that. One is, in theory, a season ticket holder with no credits can jump the queue. If I was a member that would upset and frustrate me.

SD: My issue isn’t so much with those new season ticket holders to be honest. It’s the ones who in the past have decided not to enter the ACS and now they’re saying we want in.

J MC: It’s bigger than that, though. There’s a much bigger conversation about loyalty that needs to be had. Tony came and spoke at the recent SOS AGM and one of the questions that came his way was how we go about getting kids into the ground. We have four or five groups – season ticket holders, members, hospitality, away supporters and so on – and they all have to fit into the ground and the group that gets squeezed out most easily is kids. We’re now in a situation in which the groups that are getting in are finding out that, in some cases, it’s becoming harder and harder for that to happen. The stadium issue is so obvious it’s untrue but even if capacity is increased we will need to have a reckoning and an honest conversation over loyalty at some point because demand clearly outstrips supply by so much. 

PD: The problem is that there is no right or wrong answer. Everyone has their own opinion about who they believe deserves to be in the ground and having been involved in these kind of discussions on countless occasions over the years that isn’t changing.

AB: You’re probably right that there is no right or wrong answer but there is a fairer answer and if you are going to have a loyalty system it should apply to everyone equally. There’s also a case for going back further to previous seasons rather than just the one before so that those who have built up loyalty over a longer period are rewarded.

PD: To the last point, it doesn’t actually make a great deal of difference. The supporters who went to six home games last season almost certainly went to six games the previous season and the same applies going further back. Like all of the ideas and suggestions that have been put forward, though, we will look at everything to see what we can do differently. There may need to be some difficult discussions with supporters but I am prepared to do that. We also all need to accept that if loyalty is being rewarded then we have to ensure that those who most deserve to be rewarded are and that opens up another conversation that we will have going forward. In the meantime, I am more than happy to have a look at the communications around the ACS and ticket sales in general. Hopefully we have provided some clarity at this meeting and even though I fully understand why any member who misses out on the ACS will be frustrated I hope some of the information we have provided will give them a better understanding of the situation that we are dealing with.

Actions to follow:

  • Issue social media clarification of the process and criteria for entry into the ACS (Done).
  • Engagement to continue with forums on all key issues raised (TB and fan forums).
  • Internal ticketing/communications working group to be set up (PD).
  • Updated ticketing information to be provided to supporters as and when appropriate (PD).
  • Internal and external dialogue focusing on the fairness of the current loyalty system (PD, TB and fan forums).
  • Analysis of ticket use and how to ensure the loyalty of ticket users is rewarded (PD). 

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Adrien Rabiot's agent issues transfer update amid Liverpool links

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 10:36

Adrien Rabiot's agent insists the Frenchman has NOT rejected an offer to stay at PSG - but will not be staying with the Ligue 1 champions regardless.

It was reported Rabiot had agreed a switch to Juventus but a last-ditch attempt from PSG to keep hold of the wantaway midfielder had cast doubt over the move.

Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked with a swoop for Rabiot, as well as Barcelona , but Juve remain in the driving seat to secure his services.

And his agent and mother, Veronique Rabiot, says her son still has his heart set on leaving the French capital.

"I want to make a formal denial," she told RTL.

"I read absolutely everything. That Adrien had an appointment with Leonardo [sporting director] that he did not honour. Or that I received an offer to extend his contract from Leonardo that I refused to raise the auction.

"This is absolutely wrong. There is not the slightest discussion between Leonardo and I.

"I had him on the phone once since he came back and we greeted each other with respect. He's a smart person. There was no offer and there will not be any."

Juve have reportedly offered Rabiot a contract worth £6million-a-year and are confident of landing his signature.

But his mother insists nothing is signed yet.

"You know, in football, we're very superstitious, and it's better to say as little as you can until nothing is done," she added.

Rabiot came through the youth ranks at PSG and made 227 appearances for the first team, winning six Ligue 1 titles.

But disputes behind the scenes meant he played just 20 times in 2018-19.

Source: Daily Mirror

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

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On this day: Sadio Mane joins the Reds

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 10:10

Sadio Mane became a Liverpool player on this day in 2016.

The Reds completed a deal to bring the Senegal forward from Southampton ahead of Jürgen Klopp's first full season at the helm.

Mane has since made 123 appearances for the club, scoring 59 goals.

He ended the 2018-19 season by jointly-winning the Premier League Golden Boot with teammate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and, of course, collected a Champions League winners' medal.

Relive all of Mane's 26 strikes from last term in our free video below.

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Video: Watch the 10 best U18s goals from 2018-19

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 09:54

Liverpool U18s hit some memorable strikes during 2018-19 - and you can relive the best of them now in our free compilation video.

Barry Lewtas' side enjoyed a fine season, which culminated in them winning the FA Youth Cup.

In attack, deadly front pair Paul Glatzel and Bobby Duncan netted 60 goals between them during the campaign.

Check out our selection of the top 10 efforts in the video below...

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Alisson saves penalty to help Brazil into Copa America last four

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 09:18

Alisson Becker saved a penalty in the shootout as Brazil beat Paraguay to move into the semi-finals of the Copa America.

The tournament hosts had been held to a goalless draw by their 10-man opponents, who had Fabian Balbuena dismissed on 58 minutes for a foul on Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino.

However, despite creating numerous chances, Brazil couldn’t find a way to breach the Paraguay rear-guard in Porto Alegre, meaning the last-eight tie was to be decided by spot-kicks.

Alisson got the Selecao off to the perfect start by saving from Gustavo Gomez and though Firmino missed his penalty, the Reds duo were able to celebrate as their country secured a 4-3 win.

"This is a team that deserved the win today," Alisson said.

"It was a draw but against a team that didn't want to play unless it was on the counter-attack. We've gone up one step, two more to go to our objective, to be Copa America champions."

Brazil will meet either Argentina or Venezuela in the semi-finals in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, earlier on Thursday, there was disappointment for Sadio Mane as he played the full 90 minutes in Senegal’s 1-0 defeat to Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations group-stage tie in Cairo.

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