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LFC fan to mark 50th birthday by cycling length of UK for charity

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 08:55

A Liverpool supporter is planning to mark his 50th birthday by cycling the entire length of the United Kingdom to raise money for charity.

Stuart Priscott will cycle from John o' Groats to Land's End later this month to fundraise for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Chance to Shine charities. 

Stuart – who was born with cystic fibrosis – only purchased his first bike last year and will honour the memory of his older sister, Jo, another sufferer of the disease. 

He will be joined by family, friends and colleagues during the mammoth cycle and hopes to raise £50,000. 

Read more and donate to Stuart's cycle here.

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Liverpool are 'very interested in Lille star Renato Sanches'

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 08:37

Liverpool are reportedly eyeing a move for Lille star Renato Sanches, with the French prepared to sell the midfielder this summer.

The 23-year-old has rebuilt his career in France after leaving Bayern Munich in 2019 following a disastrous loan spell with Swansea in the 2017-2018 campaign.

He played an important part in Lille's shock Ligue 1 title win last season but French outlet L'Equipe claim the club are open to cashing in on the midfielder, with Liverpool 'very interested' in making a move.

Full story: MailOnline

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Euro 2020: Jordan Henderson scores as England reach semi-finals

Sat, 07/03/2021 - 21:52

Jordan Henderson scored his first goal for England on Saturday night to help them secure a spot in the semi-finals of Euro 2020.

The Liverpool skipper came off the bench in the second half to net the fourth of a 4-0 victory over Ukraine in a last-eight tie. 

Six minutes after being introduced in place of Declan Rice in Rome, Henderson found himself free in the penalty area and emphatically headed Mason Mount’s corner into the back of the net.

Harry Kane (twice) and Harry Maguire were also on the scoresheet for the Three Lions, who will now play Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday.

It's been a tough old season for Jordan Henderson... but what a reward! His first goal for England! Watch and lis… https://t.co/Q4Ey5ycxVv

— BBCMOTD (Match of the Day) 3rd Jul 20:26

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Kamil Grabara completes permanent move to FC Copenhagen

Sat, 07/03/2021 - 16:44

Kamil Grabara has completed a permanent transfer to FC Copenhagen.

The Polish goalkeeper finalised a switch to the Danish Superliga side on Saturday after a five-year spell as a Liverpool player. 

Grabara joined the club's Academy set-up in the summer of 2016 and represented the U18, U19 and U23 sides during his first two seasons on Merseyside.

He trained regularly with Jürgen Klopp's first team and featured during their pre-season programme ahead of 2018-19.

The 22-year-old’s development was also aided by productive loan spells at Huddersfield Town and AGF Aarhus.

Everybody at Liverpool FC wishes Kamil all the best for the future.

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Liverpool interested in signing Portugal star Renato Sanches

Sat, 07/03/2021 - 14:06

Arsenal and Liverpool are showing interest in signing Renato Sanches from Ligue 1 champions Lille, according to L’Equipe.

The 23-year-old midfielder joined Bayern Munich from Benfica in a €35million deal five years ago, but failed to settle in Germany and made little impact during a brief loan spell at Swansea.

Sanches eventually joined Lille two years ago and played a key role in last season’s unlikely title success.

Full story: Metro

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Copa America: Roberto Firmino features as Brazil secure semi-final spot

Sat, 07/03/2021 - 09:00

Roberto Firmino helped Brazil record a 1-0 win over Chile to reach the semi-finals of the Copa America.

The Liverpool No.9 started the last-eight encounter in Rio de Janeiro before making way for Lucas Paqueta at half-time. 

Paqueta netted the game's decisive goal in the 46th minute as Brazil were then reduced to 10 men following Gabriel Jesus' dismissal. 

Alisson Becker and Fabinho were unused substitutes in the victory, which set up a meeting with Peru in the last four.

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Matt Beard: We're building a good squad and can't wait to start

Sat, 07/03/2021 - 08:25

Liverpool FC Women manager Matt Beard firmly believes the addition of five new players will bring an extra dynamic to his team.

The Reds boss went back to his former club West Ham United for a new No.9 in striker Leanne Kiernan, and her arrival was followed by the unveiling of winger Yana Daniels, left-back Megan Campbell, defender Jasmine Matthews and midfielder Carla Humphrey.

Beard feels the new players will strengthen his squad and create competition for places, which he considers imperative if the side are to achieve their ambition of returning to the Women’s Super League.

Read on as Beard talks about the new arrivals at LFC Women this summer…

On the new recruits so far…

We’ve worked hard in this recruitment process and I’m delighted to welcome all the girls to the club. We are really excited just to get going now, welcoming back the current group and the new signings and just getting to work. I think we have added top-division quality to an already good squad. I think the biggest thing for me with this recruitment process was to create competition for places which will drive the standards in training. We are still looking to maybe bring in one or two more as well to continue with that competition, but we are really excited. I feel we are building a good squad here, a squad that knows the WSL and also the experience the girls have had in the FA Women’s Championship last year. Hopefully we’ve got the blend right and we’ve got the balance right within the team now and it gives us the best opportunity to try to get out of this division.

On the qualities Leanne Kiernan can bring to the side…

Leanne is a versatile forward. She is very quick and she can score goals – not only from inside the box but she can score goals from outside the box as well. She is an infectious character as well and has a great personality. But one of her biggest traits with Leanne is her work-rate and the way she conducts herself – it’s something I think we need in this league and I’m excited to see what she can do. I first signed Leanne when she was 18. That was her first time being away from home, she has grown up a lot over the past three years and I think this is a good move for us and also for Leanne.

LFCTV GO: Leanne Kiernan signs for LFC Women

On a second spell at the club for Yana Daniels…

Yana is a great player, first and foremost. She is a little bit different to what we have in the front positions at the moment. I felt we had a lot of players who are very similar in the wide positions. Yana can come in off the line, she is good in the air and she is a very technically gifted footballer who can create and score goals. I also think this is a unique club and it’s a big club, and I feel Yana’s experience of being here before and understanding the brand and the pressures of what it means to be a Liverpool player – that is something that we were taking into consideration when we were looking at her. I remember one of my first conversations I had with her when we were at Bristol City and I was talking about consistency. She was outstanding for me at Bristol City and she never missed a game and never missed a minute. She’s a great person as well, a really good person and that’s something I really love about her.

On another return to the Reds for Jasmine Matthews…

Jas is a very good footballer and she surprised me. She reads the game really well, technically she is gifted and she can pass a ball. She has great vision and it was a big blow when I lost her to injury during our time at Bristol City, to be perfectly honest with you. It was a big, big blow and a big void to try to fill. Again, similar to Yana, she knows this football club but she’s a great person and she’s a very good footballer. She is also versatile. She can play centre-back and can play central midfield, so she is going to be a great asset to the squad.

On signing Megan Campbell from Manchester City…

Meg will offer us a bit of versatility as she can play centre-back, left-back and obviously her long throw is well-documented and known in the game – and with players like Furney in our team, it will be a good weapon for us. It’s another way of scoring a goal and it’s another set-piece and a lot of goals in the women’s game come from set-plays. She is a fantastic footballer and I think it just fits for us and it fits for her. She is another player that knows how to win things, so her experience is going to be valuable this year with our targets.

LFCTV GO: Megan Campbell signs

On the arrival of Carla Humphrey…

Carla is another talented player. She is very good in tight spaces and she’s got a great football brain. She sees pictures that a lot of people don’t see, especially if you are playing against teams in a block. She is going to be valuable for us in tight spaces and creating goalscoring opportunities. Again, she offers a bit of versatility as she can play wide, can play as a No.8 or No.10. She is going to be a really good addition to the team as well.

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Euro 2020: Shaqiri scores but Thiago's Spain reach last four after shootout

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 21:00

Thiago Alcantara and Spain advanced to the semi-finals of Euro 2020 after beating Xherdan Shaqiri's Switzerland in a penalty shootout on Friday.

Shaqiri, captain of his nation for the last-eight encounter, made it 1-1 in Saint Petersburg with his clinical finish from inside the area with 68 minutes on the clock.

Despite Switzerland then being reduced to 10 men, the game headed to extra-time – where Spain introduced Thiago in place of Pau Torres. 

Spot-kicks were required after an additional 30 minutes couldn't separate the two sides, with Luis Enrique's team eventually running out 3-1 winners in the shootout. 

"I’m really proud of the team," Shaqiri said post-match. "Penalties are a bit 50-50. I was nervous watching the shootout. I think we just lacked a little bit of luck today."

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Paul Glatzel joins Tranmere Rovers on loan

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 16:29

Paul Glatzel has joined Tranmere Rovers on a season-long loan.

The Liverpool striker will spend the 2021-22 campaign at Prenton Park in League Two under the management of Micky Mellon.

Glatzel, born on Merseyside to German parents, has been part of the club's Academy system since U9 level and represented Germany and England at youth level.

The 20-year-old signed his first professional contract with the Reds during the 2018-19 season, which ended with him captaining the U18s to FA Youth Cup success.

Glatzel was part of Jürgen Klopp's first team during pre-season ahead of 2019-20 but was ruled out for the campaign after sustaining a knee injury in a friendly at Tranmere. 

Last season saw him appear for Barry Lewtas' U23s in Premier League 2.

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'I’m so excited to be at Liverpool - it just feels the right fit'

Fri, 07/02/2021 - 15:30

Carla Humphrey is determined to bring an extra attacking dimension to Liverpool FC Women’s style of play and repay Matt Beard’s faith in her.

The Reds’ new No.17 played under the manager at her previous club Bristol City and the pair are now reunited on Merseyside.

Humphrey is a creative midfielder with an eye for goal and becomes Beard’s fifth signing of the summer window so far.

Read on as the new signing reflects on making the move to LFC Women…

On signing for Liverpool FC Women…

I’m so, so excited to be here. I’m really happy, it’s such a big club and I’m just really proud to come and represent Liverpool and the challenge that awaits in trying to get promotion. I’m just really excited to be here.

On training with the team for the first time…

That has been great. We did fitness tests and then we were put through our paces. The girls have been great, they have really helped me settle in and I can’t thank them enough. They have been so lovely and made it easy for me to slot into it. I know a couple of girls from my time at Bristol City and I’ve played with some of the girls here at other clubs, so I’m just excited to get going and play with the girls. I know Jade Bailey well from my time at Arsenal and she is a good friend of mine, so I’m excited to get back playing with her and we’ll see what we can do.

On a good atmosphere at the club with the new signings blending in…

I think it’s good for the girls as well to have a bit of a booster and get some fresh faces in. Obviously Matt has come in with new ideas and a few of us have played under Matt and know what he’s about. Promotion is the key thing that everyone is fighting for, so I’m just excited.

On what she hopes to bring to the team…

I’m quite a creative midfielder. I like to get forward and link in with the players and create chances, and that’s what I want to bring to the team. I have that attacking mindset and I always want to get forward and make something happen. That’s what I will look to do and we have good competition for places here. That is always good and it brings the best out of me and the other girls as well.

Video: Carla Humphrey signs for LFC Women

On her versatility as a player…

I can play in midfield, anywhere really and I can also play on the wing. I don’t really have a preference. So whether it’s playing in midfield or on the wing, I’m just excited to give my all for this team.

On the challenge of trying to secure promotion back to the Women’s Super League…

I’m so determined. That was the motivation for me coming here and that’s what I really want to do – to help take this club back to where it belongs. It’s something to fight for each week as previously I’ve been fighting a relegation battle and I don’t want to have that anymore. I want to be winning games and pushing for a title and get promotion.

On reuniting with Beard…

I worked with Matt at Bristol City and he was great for me personally. In such a short space of time he improved me massively. I think if he did that in that short time, then what can he do in a full season? He was great for me and I jumped at the chance to work with him again. Also, to be at a club like Liverpool, it just felt like the right fit. I can’t wait for the first game now and to be at a club as big as Liverpool is exciting in itself. To be able to put that shirt on and go and play for this team, I can’t wait.

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