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LFC U18s v Middlesbrough rescheduled

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 16:40

Liverpool U18s' final league game of the season against Middlesbrough at the Academy has been rescheduled for Saturday May 4 (12.30pm BST kick-off).

This replaces the original date of Saturday April 27.

Click here to view an update fixture list.

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One year on: Reds continue Seán Cox support

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 14:59

On April 24, 2018, Seán Cox travelled from his home in Ireland to watch his beloved Reds at Anfield.

That night, Sean suffered life-changing injuries when he was the victim of an unprovoked attack outside the stadium ahead of the Champions League semi-final against Roma.

The club, fans, and his local community all have come together over the last 12 months in support of Seán and his family, raising vital funds for his care and sending messages of love and encouragement in his recovery.

Earlier this month, the club hosted a special charity game at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, which saw LFC Legends and a Republic of Ireland XI come together in aid of the Seán Cox Rehabilitation Trust. Thousands of fans turned out to support Seán and watch the Reds come from behind to beat a Republic of Ireland XI 2-1.

Back in October, during the LFC’s Premier League fixture against Cardiff City, the club and fans also joined forces to show their support for Seán. Volunteers from Liverpool FC and Spirit of Shankly staged a bucket collection at Anfield, which was match-funded by LFC Foundation. The club and its players are also supporting the appeal privately.

Twelve months on, our hearts and prayers are with Seán and his family as he continues his rehabilitation journey.

If you'd like to donate to the Seán Cox Rehabilitation Fund you can do so by visiting www.gofundme.com/SupportSeanCox.

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65 training photos: Reds prepare for Huddersfield at Melwood

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 14:22

Liverpool trained on Wednesday ahead of their meeting with Huddersfield Town - and our photographers were at Melwood, too.

Jürgen Klopp was joined by Britain's No.1 male tennis player Kyle Edmund as the session unfolded.

Take a look at 65 photos of the Reds' latest workout below.

Check out the full LFC training range and buy your own by clicking here.  

Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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Glatzel on FA Youth Cup final: 'We want to make history'

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 14:00

Paul Glatzel wants he and his U18s teammates to create a legacy by becoming the first Liverpool side to win the FA Youth Cup in over a decade.

The young Reds travel to Manchester City on Thursday evening for the final of English football's most prestigious youth tournament.

Barry Lewtas' team booked their place in the one-off decider after overcoming Watford 2-1 at Anfield last month.

U18s 2-1 Watford: 90 Seconds

Liverpool last lifted the trophy in 2007 and Glatzel - who has scored 28 goals in all competitions this season - is desperate for this latest crop of youngsters to achieve a long-held ambition.

The U18s captain told Liverpoolfc.com: "It would mean a lot. At the start of the season, we looked at the FA Youth Cup as one of the trophies we would like to win.

"It's a big trophy and it's got a lot of tradition behind it. We've heard around the Academy that a Liverpool team hasn't won it for quite a long time, so we've got a great opportunity to change that.

"There's been a lot of great performances and a lot of hard work that's gone in throughout the season and throughout the journey in the FA Youth Cup.

"We do deserve to be there and we just want to go one step further now and have something to show for it.

"We've all been buzzing for it for a long time since we got through and it's getting closer and closer now.

"You can feel it around the Academy, the boys are looking forward to it and it's going to be a good day."

Glatzel netted eight times en route to the final and has confirmed his availability for the match at City's Academy Stadium after dealing with injury in recent weeks.

"I'm back, it was just a slight problem that I've overcome," the striker added. "So I'm ready for the final and now I can't wait.

"It's a big tournament and there's a lot of history behind it. We want to be part of that history by winning the trophy.

"I've had a good FA Youth Cup but, like I've said many times, it doesn't matter who scores.

"We just wanted to get through each round and we've done that and got to the final now.

"It doesn't matter who scores in the final, I'm sure everyone will be celebrating if we pull it off. It's going to be a good day and we need to be ready."

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Sir Kenny Dalglish pays tribute to Celtic legend Billy McNeill

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 12:40

Sir Kenny Dalglish today paid tribute to Billy McNeill after the Celtic legend sadly passed away on Tuesday at the age of 79.

A former defender, McNeill has been described as The Bhoys’ greatest ever captain after spending his entire playing career with the club, helping them win the European Cup in 1967 as well as numerous other honours.

After hanging up his boots, McNeill enjoyed a successful managerial career - and was at the helm for the Hillsborough Memorial Match, arranged by the Scottish club following disaster in April 1989, with both sets of supporters delivering an emotional rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ at Celtic Park.

Indeed, the game was played just one day after Celtic had took part in a league fixture at Aberdeen. Liverpool were also the opposition for McNeill’s testimonial match, played in Glasgow in August 1974.

Sir Kenny said: “My condolences go out to Billy's family and their loved ones. Marina and I are deeply saddened by the news as we have known the family for the best part of 50 years.

"I count myself as being extremely privileged to have been a teammate of Billy's and also his friend. He was an inspirational leader on the pitch but, just as importantly, he offered wise counsel off the pitch.

"This is a sad time but also a period to reflect and remember the happy memories. I'll never forget how, as a 17-year-old, I got to train with Billy and other Lisbon Lions in 1968-69. I was in awe. They made every young player feel welcome.

"They never excluded you from anything, even to the point where Billy would pick me up on the Southside of Glasgow and take me to training. I didn't have a car so I relied on Billy and others such as Jim Craig and Bertie Auld to take me in.

"Billy looked after you or made sure you were looked after. That was his way. He set extremely high standards and others followed that exemplary leadership and kindness.

"Sharing the journeys in the car with Billy taught me how to handle success and be humble. To spend time with the Celtic captain was a wonderful education and stood me in good stead for my professional career and also as a person. Billy achieved amazing things in his career as a player and manager and he thoroughly deserved it all.

"He was a wonderful person and a great family man. Liz has lost her husband, the children have lost their dad and the grandkids have their lost their grandfather. Right now, that overrides everything, including football."

The thoughts of Liverpool Football Club are with Billy’s family and friends, and all of our friends at Celtic Football Club, during this time.

You’ll Never Walk Alone.

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Youth Cup final preview: 'They never give up, they never stop'

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 12:00

Since its inception in 1952, English football's most prestigious youth tournament has brought Liverpool pleasure and heartbreak in equal measure.

After three wins and three losses from six previous FA Youth Cup final appearances, that balanced record will seesaw one way or the other again when Barry Lewtas’ U18s contest this year’s showpiece occasion on Thursday night.

Having defeated Portsmouth, Accrington Stanley, Wigan Athletic, Bury and Watford along the way, a journey that began in St Helens back in mid-December will culminate with a one-off 90 minutes – as opposed to the two-legged finals of the past – between the young Reds and Manchester City at the latter’s Academy Stadium.

From 1996, when Liverpool got their hands on the trophy for the very first time, through to 2009, the year the club last reached the final, no-one encompasses the Reds’ history in the FA Youth Cup more than Hughie McAuley.

Manager of both the ’96 and ’09 sides, he has fittingly been present during the goal-laden charge to the 2019 final in his capacity as a co-commentator for LFCTV, and his pride and enthusiasm when speaking about Lewtas’ lads is such that you could be forgiven for thinking he is still in charge.

“First of all, their attitude is first-class, they have it the right way around as regards working hard,” begins the former Kirkby Academy stalwart, in conversation with Liverpoolfc.com.

“In every game every man works hard from the start, and then they impose their style of play and their individual skill on the game. That’s the way it should be.”

Watch: Highlights of semi-final win over Watford

Thanks to that work ethic the U18s have been front-runners throughout the tournament, never falling behind and netting 16 goals across the five ties.

Perhaps most interesting on reflection, then, was the one occasion when their fighting spirit was put to the test. The adventure could potentially have ended way back in round three against Portsmouth, when the south coast side scored twice in six second-half minutes in St Helens.

Seemingly cruising at 2-0, Lewtas’ youngsters were suddenly locked at 2-2 and in need of something dramatic to avoid the tightrope of extra-time and penalties – which is precisely what they produced when Paul Glatzel went short for a corner in the 92nd minute, deftly spun around a defender and delivered a low cross onto Bobby Duncan’s right foot.

“They never give up and never stop. Even when they turn a game around and are winning comfortably, they still play the same way and look to score more goals,” says McAuley.

“It’s a style of play that Barry has instilled into the lads, they all know their own jobs and responsibilities on the field. The work Barry has been doing with them has been absolutely first-class and that’s evident when you see them play.

“Whether they’re winning or losing, the attitude remains the same. They’ve won and drawn games with the last kick of the ball, and that’s testament both to the lads themselves and to the work that’s being done with them.

“So first of all, it’s about their attitude, winning mentality and competitive spirit, but also the skill they have in the team, from a defensive point of view but particularly up front with the lads who are all capable – two in particular – of scoring goals.”

To those ‘two in particular’, then.

Glatzel, the captain, and Duncan, the summer signing, are responsible for exactly three-quarters of Liverpool’s Youth Cup goals this season, but they’ve also impressed by showing selflessness in the moments when you’d least expect it.

Through on goal to clinch a hat-trick in a game that was already won against Bury at Gigg Lane, Glatzel instead set up Duncan to tap into an empty net. It’s one of three assists the No.9 has provided for his strike partner throughout the competition, with Duncan reciprocating for three of tournament top scorer Glatzel’s eight strikes.

“They do work hard for each other, and they complement each other,” begins Hughie’s analysis. “Paul can drop off and play just behind Bobby, or vice versa, Bobby can drop off and do exactly the same.

“They know each other’s style of play and they can find each other, they have a good understanding of where the other one is on the field. Throughout the season the number of assists that they’ve provided for each other is incredible, and that’s the nucleus of a really good strike partnership. Again, that’s because of the work that’s been done with them throughout the season, and their attitude.

“Glatzel has moved up to the U23s at times, and so has Duncan, but they remain very potent when they play together. The semi-final against Watford, again they were heavy involved in the goals but could well have scored more throughout the game with the interplay they displayed.

“I think it’s very healthy for two players to have that understanding and that partnership, and long may it continue.”

Of course, you don’t reach the Youth Cup final without being a proper team from front to back.

Lewtas’ defensive unit – led by the towering Rhys Williams, who has notched two goals of his own – also deserves credit for conceding just twice in four games since the Portsmouth tie, as does a midfield bristling with dynamic and creative talents such as Jake Cain and Abdi Sharif.

And Lewtas never misses an opportunity to salute his goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros, the 17-year-old Czech who has been a composed presence between the sticks.

McAuley is certainly well qualified to appraise the class of 2019, having played a prominent role in the development of, among others, Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher, both of whom were part of his U18 side in 1996, when they delivered that long-awaited first Youth Cup trophy with a 4-1 aggregate win over a West Ham United group that featured Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard.

The former winger, who was on Liverpool’s books for four years in the early 1970s, considers it one of his proudest achievements in the game.

He explains: “I was lucky because we had a great staff around us as well – Steve Heighway, Dave Shannon. The work that we had done with the youngsters for a good while was starting to pay off, and in that particular team, with Michael Owen – who was already on the verge of the first team at that time – Jamie Carragher, Jon Newby, they all went on to play at first-team level.

“We’d obviously spent an awful lot of time setting our standards and laying our schedule out for the development of those players. With the Centre of Excellence, as it was in those days, we had a nice organisation of coaching and certain methods that were sustained for a long time.

“But it was a fantastic group of players, it really was, and West Ham’s youth team at the time had Lampard and Ferdinand, so when you see these people now it’s nice to see where they’ve ended up.”

He subsequently went on to coach Liverpool Reserves, during which time the U18s collected consecutive Youth Cup trophies in 2006 and 2007, but was back on the bench for the 2009 final, when the young Reds lost out to a Jack Wilshere-inspired Arsenal.

“Arsenal had a good team, Jack Wilshere was instrumental and that was the difference in the two games,” Hughie recalls. “But they were really good games which the lads enjoyed, and they’ve all showed that they benefited from that experience.

“You look at [Stoke City midfielder] Tom Ince, Daniel Ayala, who’s done very well at Middlesbrough, Alex Kacaniklic, a left winger who went to Fulham and was a good player, even [Wolverhampton Wanderers defender] Conor Coady, a very young player at the time who was part of the squad, and there’s others who went on to earn a living from the game.

“That’s all you want. Our key aim when you have young boys at academies is to give them the knowledge and expertise to go and earn a living from the sport that they love.”

For McAuley, one credo epitomises the philosophy in Kirkby and will be needed again for the U18s to secure success over City in Thursday night’s final.

Indeed, it was stamped on the dressing room door during his day.

He concludes: “My favourite saying is: ‘Hard work always beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard.’ I had that on the door of the changing room at Liverpool and I have it now at my own academy.

“I’ve never forgotten that the first thing you should do at the football club is work hard. That’s the belief we were brought up with at Liverpool since I was there as a 15-year-old boy with Bill Shankly.”

Follow live updates from the FA Youth Cup final against Manchester City on Liverpoolfc.com on Thursday night.

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Liverpool set for Anfield pre-season friendly

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 10:11

Liverpool will play a pre-season friendly at Anfield on the eve of the 2019-20 season.

The ECHO understands that the Reds are in talks with a number of potential opponents for the midweek game in early August.

Jürgen Klopp's side rounded off their preparations for the current campaign in similar fashion last summer when they hosted Torino.

Liverpool also remain in discussions to play a lucrative friendly at Tottenham's new stadium in late July.

Wembley and Dublin's Aviva Stadium have been used previously but this time around they aren't available. With Liverpool also unable to use Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, Tottenham’s new home emerged as an option with Napoli likely to provide the opposition.

If a deal is done then Klopp believes it would help his players familiarise themselves with the new stadium ahead of the Premier League season.

Liverpool's pre-season schedule will retain the same format which has proved successful during Klopp's reign.

They will have a number of local away friendlies in the North West in early July before flying to America for an eight-day tour.

The Reds will take on Borussia Dortmund in Indiana (July 19), Sevilla in Boston (July 21) and Sporting Lisbon in New York (July 24).

On their return from the States, Klopp will take his players to a week-long training camp in Europe.

Then they will have the game in London and one at Anfield as well as potentially being involved in the Community Shield if they are crowned Premier League champions.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Reds given big boost in Luka Jovic pursuit

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 08:36

Bayern Munich are not interested in signing Liverpool target Luka Jovic from Benfica - though Real Madrid could be set to enter the frame.

The 21-year-old has shone for Eintracht Frankfurt, on loan from the Portuguese club, and the Bundesliga side have agreed a deal for the Serb to stay permanently.

But Jovic's form - which has seen him score 25 times in 42 appearances this terms - means Frankfurt could look to sell him on at a profit in the summer transfer window. 

Barcelona and Real have been linked with Jovic, while Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool are also believed to be keen, but it's the European champions who look to be in pole position to nab the striker.

Amid the speculation over Jovic's future, Frankfurt director Freddy Bobic told ZDF: "There's a real possibility that Jovic signs for Real Madrid.

"I hope and want him to stay here at Eintracht, but I'm also realistic and know that if a big club like Real Madrid want him then we haven't got a chance of keeping him."

Of Jovic's 25 goals, 17 of those have come in the Bundesliga.

The Serb made his two-year loan deal from Benfica to Germany permanent last week, but it is looking increasingly likely that the Serb will not be around by the time the new Bundesliga season kicks off.

Bobic told Sky Sports in March: "He's developing, he's doing great, he's scoring a lot of goals. So, where's the pain threshold, what do I know, we'll see, but not in February, not in March.

"Such players are in the focus of big clubs. That's what I see in the scouting lists that are presented to me now for every home game, because everyone is represented. [Scouts] did not come two years ago, they flew to Frankfurt and continued to the next stadium."

Source: Daily Mirror

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How Alisson Becker is inspiring a new goalkeeping generation

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 08:30

The impact of Alisson Becker's arrival at Liverpool has been profound.

A calming, yet commanding, figure, the goalkeeper is a crucial part of the club's charge towards a potential Premier League and Champions League double.

The Brazilian, who will take the No.1 squad number from next season, currently boasts a league-high 19 clean sheets.

Pre-order now: 'A. Becker - 1' LFC home goalkeeper kit available in junior and baby sizes

But his importance to the Reds is not solely restricted to on-the-pitch matters. Indeed, Alisson is providing inspiration for a new generation of goalkeepers.

Mark Morris, Liverpool's U23s goalkeeping coach, can attest to the 26-year-old's clear influence within the Academy ranks.

Asked if he had noticed an increase in the sightings of Alisson shirts at Kirkby, Morris told Liverpoolfc.com: "Yes, definitely.

"I work with the goalkeepers from U9s to U23s. We have trial days and the kids come in with the Alisson tops on. It's certainly nice to see.

"He's one of the best in the world, so you can't help but look up to the guy."

Morris, alongside first-team goalkeeping coach John Achterberg, worked closely with Alisson during the first six weeks of his Liverpool career.

Footage of his goalkeeping abilities are routinely analysed by Morris and his young shot-stoppers on a daily basis.

The Brazil international, he believes, is the perfect goalkeeper for Liverpool's footballing identity, which carries from Melwood to Kirkby.

"What we try to encourage the boys to do is to watch him," says Morris. "And the way we play at Liverpool, the boys have to be calm on the ball. He fits the bill in terms of modern goalkeepers.

"How we play, we use him as an example to the boys - playing out from the back, seeing if the longer passes are on and trying to be calm with the team. He gives a level of calmness out from the back, which is vital for the way we play.

"He's the quickest I've seen. You strike a ball and as you strike the ball, you look up and you see the 'keeper going. I was striking the ball, looking up and he was already there. He's remarkably quick.

"In terms of goalkeeping, he doesn't take chances. If it needs to go, in terms of his handling, he doesn't try to catch something that he's struggling with - it goes. His decision-making is very, very good. He has a footballing brain and he's very, very quick."

The admiration of Alisson from his coaches and teammates has been evident and widespread over the course of 2018-19.

For example, his injury-time intervention against Napoli in December that preserved Liverpool's Champions League status led to a passionate embrace with Virgil van Dijk. "Thank God we have him," Jürgen Klopp said afterwards.

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His transition into the Liverpool dressing room, the club and the city, meanwhile, has been seamless. "I feel at home here," he recently reflected.

"I think that's just his personality," Morris continues. "He's just genuinely a nice guy. There's no edges to him.

"The way we work at the Academy, we try to use our own players as examples. Not only is he a good goalkeeper, he's a humble person as well. At the Academy, it's certainly about producing decent people as well as good footballers."

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Meet the Academy: Rhys Williams

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 08:00

The fact Rhys Williams was left with no voice after helping Liverpool U18s reach the FA Youth Cup final means he is progressing exactly as the Academy hoped.

It was at the beginning of the season when his manager, Barry Lewtas, tasked the centre-half with becoming a vocal figure within the squad.

Now firmly established as a leader, despite not possessing the captain's armband on a full-time basis, Williams was at his influential best at Anfield last month.

He was a commanding and audible figure as the young Reds beat Watford 2-1 to reach the conclusion of England's most prestigious youth tournament.

U18s 2-1 Watford: 90 Seconds

"It's a big stadium to fill your voice in," the 18-year-old tells Liverpoolfc.com. "I was screaming, shouting all game just trying to keep the boys alert to what was happening, keeping everyone's heads on it because it was a close game all the way through.

"That's one time I lost my voice. It's happened a few times, but that's the main one.

"You've got to manage players differently. Some players respond differently to how you speak to them. Some might take it as criticism, some might lift their game.

"You've got to know your teammates well enough to be doing that."

Williams does not have to look far for an example to follow as he continues his development in being a dominant central defender.

Academy staff at Kirkby have put together 12-minute videos of Virgil van Dijk's performances for him to pore over.

Williams, though, does claim to have one advantage over Liverpool's all-conquering No.4 as a defender.

"I'm just taller than him!" he says. "But his stature is just ridiculous.

"He's so calm and confident in what he does. You don't see him panicking in big situations. He's just a great role model for everyone.

"I watch all the Liverpool games and he's the main player I focus on. If they do analysis after the game and it's on him, then I'll record it or watch it there and then just to see if I can take bits of his game into mine."

Williams has been on Liverpool's books since U10 level after being spotted at a youth tournament.

And the early stages of his career were actually focused on scoring goals, rather than keeping them out.

He has still, however, retained part of that attacking instinct, having found the back of the net seven times so far this campaign.

"I started out playing central midfield and then slowly got dropped back," he reveals.

"Up until U14s I never used to like playing as a defender - I hated it, I wanted to score goals!

"I was always trying to break forward and then was getting told to stay in my position.

"Up until then I was always a midfielder at heart but playing in defence. Now I see the importance in playing in defence. It's a big position to play. I enjoy it more than I used to - especially now that I'm scoring, I don't really mind it.

"I'd rather win 1-0 than beat someone 4-3. It looks better on the defence. It might not look as glamorous for the strikers, but it means the back four and 'keeper have done our job and kept the clean sheet."

This season has been one of giant strides for Williams.

In addition to making the odd appearance for the U23s, he signed his first professional contract with the Reds in February before receiving a call-up to England U18s a few weeks later.

The next milestone on his radar is on Thursday when Liverpool travel to Manchester City for the FA Youth Cup final.   

"That's all we've been talking about since we beat Watford, how we're going to beat Man City," he concludes.

"It's going to be tough, they're a good team, we know their threats. But we know their weaknesses as well.

"That's going to be the highlight of everyone's career so far, lifting the Youth Cup."

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Liverpool to head to United States for three pre-season fixtures

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 18:59

Liverpool Football Club will head to the USA as part of their 2019-20 pre-season preparations this July to play in three of the most iconic sporting venues in the States.

Jürgen Klopp’s men will visit Fenway Park in Boston, Yankee Stadium in New York City and Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana at the University of Notre Dame.

Kicking off the Reds’ trip, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana will host a competitive football match for the first time in the 90-year history of its 77,000-seat venue, when the Reds face Borussia Dortmund on Friday July 19 (8pm kick-off local time).

The team will next make their way to Boston for a welcome return to the home of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, to meet Spain’s oldest football club, Sevilla FC, on Sunday July 21 (6pm kick-off local time). 

Then, on Wednesday July 24, the famous Yankee Stadium baseball field will be transformed into a football pitch when Liverpool take on Sporting CP (8pm kick-off local time).

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Billy Hogan, LFC’s managing director and chief commercial officer, said: “Pre-season tour is an important time of the year for our first team to prepare for the upcoming season, while also providing the opportunity to bring the first team to our fans around the world.

“We’re heading to three incredible locations this year. Each of the stadiums has their own deep-rooted heritage similar to our own and we’ll face three great opposition teams in Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting CP. This trip to the USA will be very special and we’re really looking forward to having as many of our supporters with us along the way.”

While in the USA, the club will also take an active role in key local community projects in each of the three locations visited.

Ticketing information for supporters

  • July 19: LFC v Borussia Dortmund, Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Indiana. General sale: 10am EST April 26.
  • July 21: LFC v Sevilla, Fenway Park, Boston. General sale: 10am EST April 26.
  • July 24: LFC v Sporting, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York. General sale: 10am EST May 9.

There will be pre-sales for all games for Members, season ticket holders, official Liverpool Supporters Clubs and International Academies.

For more information on tickets, visit: www.liverpoolfc.com/tickets.

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Alexander-Arnold: We'll need everyone to play a part in the run-in

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 17:27

Trent Alexander-Arnold accepts he is by no means guaranteed to start each of Liverpool’s remaining fixtures in 2018-19 as they strive for domestic and European success.

The Reds have three games left to contest in the Premier League as they continue to battle it out with Manchester City to be crowned champions.

In the Champions League, meanwhile, Jürgen Klopp’s men are facing a mouth-watering semi-final clash with FC Barcelona over two legs at the start of next month, with the winners set to face either Tottenham Hotspur or Ajax Amsterdam in Madrid on June 1.

Entering the run-in, Liverpool’s ranks have been bolstered by the return of Joe Gomez to full fitness recently, with the defender appearing in the last two matches as a substitute, replacing Alexander-Arnold.

And the No.66 feels the Reds will benefit from the additional options at the manager’s disposal.

“Hopefully we’ve got six games left,” Alexander-Arnold told journalists. “It doesn’t sound too much but when you’re putting everything into it you need players to come in and out.

“It’s good to be able to bring different players in.

“Now the weather plays a bit more of a part and you have to put a bit more effort in. It’s exciting.

“Every game you want to play and it’s good when the manager has that faith and trust in you to play.

“We have to recover as soon as possible because we know we’ve got a tough run of fixtures to go. We’re excited.”

Liverpool’s position at the summit of the Premier League table could be displaced by Manchester City on Wednesday, with Pep Guardiola’s side set to tackle Manchester United at Old Trafford in their game in hand.

Alexander-Arnold continued: “It’s rare that you get these seasons. We’ve worked really hard with the foundations, kept quite a lot of clean sheets.

“It’s important for us to keep up the momentum. It’s not about how many points we’ve got now, it’s about how many we can end up with and put the pressure back on City.

“Hopefully United will do us a favour.”

Meanwhile, Alexander-Arnold revealed his pride at being named on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

The 20-year-old faces competition from David Brooks (Bournemouth), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Declan Rice (West Ham United) and Manchester City pair Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling for the prize.

“I found out after the away leg in Porto,” he revealed. “It’s exciting. I’m really proud to be mentioned.

“There’s six really good players. It’s nice to have respect from other players.

“Michael Edwards told me. He spoke to my mum beforehand and I think my family knew before me but everyone wanted to focus on the game in Porto and get that out of the way before delivering the good news.”

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Liverpool eye summer move for Lyon star

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 16:40

Liverpool are eyeing a summer move for Lyon's star midfielder Houssem Aouar.

The 20-year-old has emerged as the jewel in the crown of the Ligue 1 side and has impressed in the Champions League this season.

Aouar caught the eye against Manchester City during the group stages of Europe’s elite club competition, leading Pep Guardiola to describe him as ‘incredible’.

‘He’s always very calm with the ball at his feet, with an excellent technical quality,’ the City boss added following the 2-2 draw in Lyon back in November.

Liverpool attempted to sign Lyon captain Nabil Fekir last summer, only for the move to fall through at the last minute after the medical highlighted an issue with the player’s knee.

Jurgen Klopp, according to le10sport, has switched his attentions to Aouar but is likely to meet stubborn resistance from Lyon, who are battling to keep hold of City target Tanguy Ndombele.

Juventus and Manchester United are also monitoring Ndombele, while Chelsea have asked the 22-year-old to delay a move for another 12 months should they incur a transfer ban.

Lyon will sanction a move for Fekir should he refuse to sign a new contract but are unwilling to allow their three star players leave in the same summer, leaving Liverpool with a difficult task to secure the services of Aouar.

Source: Metro

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