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Missing Men: 1992 FA Cup final

Sat, 05/09/2020 - 10:00

Liverpool lifted the FA Cup for the fifth time on this day in 1992 - but can you remember the team that beat Sunderland 2-0 at Wembley?

Michael Thomas and Ian Rush got the goals for the Reds and we've given you those two, along with goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar.

Do you recall the rest of the starting XI?

Test your memory in the quiz below or scroll down and click Next to reveal the Missing Men...

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9pm BST: Watch 'How The Cup Was Won: 1992' on LFCTV

Sat, 05/09/2020 - 09:40

On the anniversary of Liverpool's fifth FA Cup triumph, relive their run to Wembley glory with LFCTV's 'How The Cup Was Won: 1992' tonight.

The brand new programme represents the club channel’s first-ever round-by-round retelling of how the Reds conquered the world’s oldest knockout competition that year.

The journey begins at Crewe Alexandra’s Gresty Road and a 4-0 victory in early January; but tougher examinations lay ahead for Liverpool.

There are back-to-back replays at Anfield as winter gives way to spring, before Aston Villa are unable to resist the Reds’ march in the last eight.

Two 120-minute showdowns cannot separate Liverpool and Portsmouth in the semi-finals – so a penalty shootout ensues.

And then it’s off to Wembley, where Sunderland must be vanquished to earn Graeme Souness’ charges the silverware.

Relive it all with How The Cup Was Won: 1992 this evening, which airs at 9pm BST on LFCTV and kicks off a new series.

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Retro Reds: Watch four more classic games on LFCTV tonight

Sat, 05/09/2020 - 09:30

Enjoy highlights from four more classic Liverpool matches with Retro Reds: The Golden Hour on LFCTV tonight.

With Premier League football currently suspended, each weekend we are delving into the archives to bring you action from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s you may not have seen before.

So settle in and enjoy a quartet of memorable First Division fixtures from 10.30pm BST this evening.

Here’s a flavour of this week’s show…

Tottenham Hotspur (h) – May 15, 1982

On the final Saturday of the 1981-82 league season, Liverpool require just one more victory to seal a 13th First Division title. Standing in their way are FA Cup finalists Spurs.

Derby County (a) – December 22, 1979

Three days before Christmas 1979, reigning champions Liverpool travel to the Baseball Ground hoping to maintain their slender lead at the top of the First Division table.

Arsenal (h) – January 16, 1988

With Michel Platini watching, Liverpool turn on the style to overcome the Gunners and maintain their glorious march to the 1987-88 league title.

Aston Villa (a) – January 20, 1984

In front of the live TV cameras on a wintry Friday night at Villa Park, Liverpool’s master marksman Ian Rush proves just why he was rated as one of the top strikers in Europe at the time.

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Lockdown GOAT List special: Robbo and Milner's favourite sitcoms

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 16:00

With binge-watching TV shows and movies currently a pastime most people are engaging in, we decided to call upon James Milner and Andy Robertson to return for a special lockdown edition of GOAT List.

The pair have made the series their own this season and they joined forces once more – this time over video link – to dissect, discuss and ultimately rank the latest topic.

British sitcoms were on the agenda, with the likes of The Inbetweeners, Only Fools and Horses, Gavin and Stacey, Fawlty Towers and more on the board.

And despite the change in circumstances, the debate was as keen and lively as ever.

Watch the GOAT List lockdown special below in full now.

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Meet the Academy: Luis Longstaff

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 13:00

Luis Longstaff has had the perfect role model to follow as he learned a new position as a centre-forward this season.

The Academy attacker’s opportunities to train at Melwood provided close-up experience of how Roberto Firmino leads the line so expertly as a No.9.

Longstaff arrived in Kirkby from Newcastle United as a promising winger and has also played in central midfield in a 4-3-3 system.

But before the January arrival of Joe Hardy and with the U23s in need of a striker, Longstaff’s position was switched, culminating in him debuting for the seniors in the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa.

“That was something I never really expected at the start of the season, to be honest, in that scenario, because it’s not something that happens a lot,” he told

“We were basically an U23s team playing against Aston Villa’s first team in the quarter-final of the cup but it was a great experience and, despite the result, it was one of the highlights of the season.

“Even though we were away from home, the support we got from the Liverpool fans was unbelievable, and it felt like we were at Anfield a little bit.

“It was just a great experience all round despite the result.

“I had to learn the new position fast because I’d only played as a striker about five games before the Aston Villa game.

“The advice and support I got from the coaching staff to try to get me ready to play in that position was a great help and it really did help me in that game. Because even though it was a new position for me, I didn’t go out onto the pitch feeling lost or didn’t know what I was doing.

“I felt pretty comfortable and the coaching staff were a big part of that.

“I’m enjoying the new role. It suits my game because I’m not really an out-and-out No.9 and I’m a player that likes to drop in and out a little bit and help the team.

“I think it just came about because of injuries really but I’m enjoying it and feel comfortable playing in it.”

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The 19-year-old’s development has been aided by invitations to train at Melwood with the first-team squad.

Whenever such a chance arises, Longstaff always tries to make the most of it – with Firmino a particular case to study.

“I look at Firmino and he is a player that I take a lot of inspiration from,” he added.

“He is not really an out-and-out, in-the-box, big, strong No.9 and neither am I, so he is a good role model to look up to and see how he plays.

“I have tried to model my game similar to how he plays. I’m not big and 6ft5 who is going to score lots of headed goals, so you’ve got to try to find different ways to do it, and I think Firmino is a good example of how he does that.

“I’ve had a couple of times training with him and when you get that chance to go up there, you’ve just got to watch the people that play in your position.

“You can’t be starstruck by them and you just have to see them as a teammate and learn as much as you can from them.

“You can also learn a lot from what the manager and his coaching staff say. You have to listen to it as though they are saying it to you and take that back down to when you are going to play in the team.”

Read on below for more from our chat with Longstaff in the latest edition of our Meet the Academy series...

How are you keeping during these challenging times?

I'm doing well, thank you. The club are helping us a lot with FaceTime calls and keeping in constant touch with us. It makes you still feel a real part of the team even though you are away from them, which is good. I’m just working hard and following the training schedule that we have been set.

Looking back on the season, one memorable game was the 7-0 win over Napoli in the UEFA Youth League when you scored a couple of goals...

That is probably the strangest game you could play in because going into it we had already played them away and that was one of the toughest games, away from home with the atmosphere and the pitch. Going into it we thought it would be a tough game but we absolutely battered them. Once the first couple of goals went in, it was like, ‘How many goals can we get?’ It was one of the most enjoyable games I have played in because you felt so free on the pitch. For us, that is probably one of the best Liverpool performances a lot of us have been involved in. To win 7-0 looks like they didn’t play at their best but we were just really good that day.

You were so unlucky not to a get the hat-trick…

It was in the back of my mind a little bit because I had never scored a hat-trick for Liverpool and I did have the chances. I think every shot [I had] after I scored twice, the ’keeper kept saving it!

What’s it like playing alongside Curtis Jones in that team?

This season he has just gone up another level and you can see that when he comes down from Melwood to play for the U23s. Another thing that is good is when he comes down, even though he is at Melwood every week and now part of the first-team squad, you don’t see anything different. Curtis is not big-headed, he doesn’t do anything different and he is the same kid that was at U16 level. Because he is in that first-team environment every day, you can also see the intensity and quality he has been training at. Curtis puts that into our training and we try to replicate that.

Where do you see your position as now?

At this moment in time playing as a striker but obviously I’m happy to play anywhere, just wherever the team needs me to play. I didn’t really think about playing as a No.9 but you’ve just got work at it and try your best and learn. At the moment that is probably my position but who knows where I could be playing next, so you just have to adapt and put it into practice as best you can.

This season you have moved up to the U23s, so what has that been like and how big is the step up from U18 level?

It’s a massive step up. It’s the realisation as well that the next step is the first team. When you are playing for the U18s it still seems quite far off but at U23s it sort of hits home a little bit that is the next step. The U23s is the hardest level for you to get game time as well because you don’t know what your team is going to be from one week to the next. That was a little bit tough at the start of the season, getting used to that, but when you learn how to cope with the fact you won’t be playing every week, no matter what, you still have to put 100 per cent effort in at all times, which is the main thing. For my first season with the U23s I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve enjoyed every minute I’ve been in the Academy training and playing games.

There is a misconception that you are related to the Longstaff brothers, who have made a name for themselves at Newcastle United. But you’re not, are you?

No [laughs]! The amount of times I’ve been asked this question since they started playing for Newcastle is unbelievable! Just so I don’t have to hear it anymore, they are absolutely no relation! I do know them well but no, no relation at all. It’s the biggest coincidence that there are three people with the same surname with Newcastle connections. It’s just like people assuming Rhys and Neco Williams are related, isn’t it?

You played for the U18s under Steven Gerrard – how much did you learn from that?

A great learning experience. Sometimes players that become coaches can change a little bit from the way they played, but the way Steven played was the way he managed. He was very dedicated and committed and he put that into the team. If you wanted to be in his team then you had to give 100 per cent, work hard and it wasn’t solely down to just talent. You had to have the dedication and commitment, which was the way he was as a player, and Steven wanted everyone to play like that. I thought that made for a good environment for a team to train in because it wasn’t just like that on a Saturday or a midweek game, it was like that every single day in training. Steven has done pretty much everything in the game and learning from someone like that day in, day out in training was a really good experience.

How do you feel you have grown as a player since coming here and working with the likes of Alex Inglethorpe?

Since I came in from Newcastle my development as a player has been massive really. From the amount of different positions I’ve played to my defensive work-rate, Alex has been a massive part of that and some of the advice he has given me has been brilliant. Not just Alex as well, but literally every coach that I’ve been with – Barry Lewtas, Critch, Steve Heighway, Des Maher and Vitor Matos, who recently came in. Everyone has been brilliant with me and the amount of stuff that I have learned from every single one of them has been brilliant.

The FA Youth Cup last season – what are your memories of it and can you believe it is just over a year ago?

I can’t believe that, it seems mad, doesn’t it? I can just remember the build-up. Even though we tried to approach like it was just another game, it still wasn’t, it’s a big game, a final. We had only just come back from the Dallas Cup, so we didn’t have much time to prepare for it. The day of the game you could see the excitement of the whole group, even in the team meeting, the bus ride to the ground and then the changing room, you could see the energy in the team. Being on the bench, it’s obviously disappointing because you want to start, but you’ve just got to accept that and that was the best decision on the day. I then got my call to come on as a substitute and went out thinking, ‘How can I impact this game and how can I help my team as much as possible?’ So even though you are disappointed not to start, you have to keep a positive mindset on the bench. It was probably the best night and best game of my career so far really. To win it was just fantastic and it was amazing to celebrate with the lads and staff.

What are your hopes for the future at Liverpool?

I’m missing it so much, so we just want to get back and play football when it’s safe and possible to do so. I just want to continue to develop as a player. I want to get as much time as possible and impress the coaches as much as possible. I want to try to become a better player than I am now and try to make that next step into the first team by whichever path that might be through. I will work as hard as I can to get to that next level and prove to people that I can be the player I can be.

It’s going to be exciting when the first team move to Kirkby as well, isn’t it?

That’s going to be brilliant. Melwood is such a great and historic place. Now every day they will be in the same building and being in and around them will be a great thing. Hopefully the amount of chances you get to train together might go up a bit with us all being together. I’m looking forward to that and if the chance does come up then you just have to take it. Being around them is going to be great, just to learn how they conduct themselves will be good as well.

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Liverpool 'in pole position to sign Kalidou Koulibaly'

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 12:52

Coveted Napoli captain Kalidou Koulibaly has become a summer transfer target for Liverpool, according to reports in France.

Koulibaly is widely regarded as one of the best central defenders in world football and the Reds have emerged as front-runners to secure his signature at the end of the season.

Paris Saint-Germain have been watching the 28-year-old throughout the 2019-20 campaign, but it is understood the player would prefer a move to the Premier League.

Full story: MailOnline

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

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Video | A day in the life... Harvey Elliott's lockdown diary

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 11:59

With Liverpool's players training remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we asked youngster Harvey Elliott to offer an insight into what daily life is like at home for the latest edition of 'Legends in Lockdown'.

The recently-turned 17-year-old gave us a glimpse into his day as he followed the team’s workout sessions, as well as explaining how he likes to relax.

Elliott also introduced us to the newest member of his household and revealed why he decided to name the puppy after a Liverpool Football Club legend.

See Elliott’s diary below now - and watch Legends in Lockdown in full on LFCTV and LFCTV GO from 7pm BST.

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LFC Academy supports Deaf Awareness week

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 11:55

The continuing lockdown has allowed some of Liverpool FC’s Academy players to start learning a new skill – sign language.

A number of the Reds’ U18 squad have been teaching themselves a few of the basics of sign language so they could send a message of support to the children at Knotty Ash Primary School in the city.

Their efforts have now been collated into a video, which you can watch below, which is being shared with the pupils today to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week.

Among those taking part from Barry Lewtas' squad are Matteo Ritaccio, Billy Koumetio, Conor Bradley, Tom Hill and captain Fidel O'Rourke.

The players were able to follow special instructional videos sent across from the school via deputy head Chris England, signed by a pupil and a teacher.

Knotty Ash has a deaf resource base and welcomes pupils with both profound deafness or full hearing as well as different levels in between.

Head teacher Roanne Clements-Bedson said: "We’re a relatively small school with 17 pupils with a profound level of deafness, others with different levels of hearing who use speech and 230 hearing pupils.

"All of our pupils use British Sign Language so they can communicate with each other. It has a massive positive impact on inclusion and the acceptance that our children learn here.

"It really elevates the school and signing has equal standing in everything we do here."

Knotty Ash has been closed during the Coronavirus outbreak with many of the teachers working at the special teaching hubs that Liverpool has set up to continue schooling the children of key workers.

Ms Clements-Bedson is recovering from the virus herself after being briefly hospitalised and feels the LFC players' video will be a big hit with her pupils.

"Our children will be so chuffed, they will all love it! For our deaf children in particular, people who value signing are heroes to them.

"Making the effort to communicate will go down brilliantly. We’ve got lots of football fans and lots of Liverpool fans at the school.”

Phil Roscoe, the Academy’s head of player care, said the club was delighted to send their support to all the pupils.

He said: "We’re really pleased to support Deaf Awareness week.

"Obviously the squad is apart at the moment but it’s brilliant that we’ve had videos coming in from players around the world, from the USA to France to Northern Ireland and of course here in Liverpool.

"We hope the pupils really enjoy it.”

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Military Veterans raise Union Jack at Anfield in honour of VE Day 75

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 10:29

Earlier today, two former soldiers from LFC Foundation's Military Veterans programme raised the Union Jack on the Kop at Anfield in honour of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day).

Warrant Officer John Hughes from the Royal Logistic Corps and Corporal Sean Connolly from the Royal Tank Regiment raised the national flag of the United Kingdom and saluted the Union Jack to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Warrant Officer Hughes served for 23 years in the British Army, originally joining the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, which later amalgamated to form the Royal Logistic Corps in 1993. He conducted two tours of Northern Ireland, one tour of Bosnia and one tour of Belize. During his time in the Royal Logistic Corps, he was also deployed to Cyprus and Canada.

Corporal Connolly served 13 years in the Royal Tank Regiment – the oldest tank regiment in the world formed by the British Army in 1916 during the First World War. During his time in the Royal Tank Regiment, he undertook two tours of Iraq and two tours of Afghanistan. He was also deployed to Kosovo, Canada, and Germany.

Both ex-servicemen regularly attend LFC Foundation’s Military Veterans programme, which helps to support and re-engage ex-military service men and women back into civilian life through the power of football.

LFC would like to thank Warrant Officer Hughes and Corporal Connolly for their help with today’s commemorations.

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