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Academy review: New contracts and Anfield delight

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 12:00

Catch up on another busy period of Academy football with our review of the key events for Liverpool's youngsters during February and March.

There were new contracts, an Anfield debut to remember for many of the squad, and first-team opportunities too.

Here are a few of the highlights you might have missed during the past two months...

Lewis and co join first team at training camp

The month started brightly for the Academy when Adam Lewis was among several youngsters to travel with the first-team squad to Marbella for a training camp. The 19-year-old Scouser joined the likes of Nathaniel Phillips, Ki-Jana Hoever and Isaac Christie-Davies, alongside Curtis Jones and Rafael Camacho.

Reflecting on the opportunity, Lewis told Liverpoolfc.com: "It's an unbelievable experience, to be honest. [My aim is to] just to try to get on the bench or maybe in the squad for a Premier League game. Just to keep doing what I’m doing, to be honest.

"Everyone knows the manager gives opportunities and you can see it with Ki-Jana obviously coming off the bench [against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup] with four minutes gone. So he believes in you as players and if you do well then he's going to give you that chance."

McManaman and Jones' invaluable support to the Academy revealed

U23s boss Neil Critchley gave an insight into the influence Liverpool legends Rob Jones and Steve McManaman have had on the young players in Kirkby, with the duo regular visitors during the week and for matches.

"Their enthusiasm is incredible really and they are a huge help to me on a personal level as well. They are both very grounded and level-headed and they give you the right types of advice at the right time," he said.

"They are just good people and they don't realise sometimes the impact they have on me and the players. It's hugely beneficial for us and we are very fortunate to have two people, two ex-players, who are like that and long may that continue for us."

Glatzel nets his first goal at U23 level

LFCTV GO: Glatzel sinks the Hammers

A battling 1-0 away win at West Ham United for Liverpool U23s included a sweet moment for U18s captain Paul Glatzel.

The prolific striker netted the only goal of the game from close range to open his account at that level.

New pro deals for Lewis and Williams

In February, it was announced Lewis had penned a new long-term contract to further prolong an affiliation with the Reds that began at U6 level.

The good news kept on coming for the Kirkby hopefuls, too.

A week later, U18s centre-half Rhys Williams - who joined the club as an U10 - signed his first professional Liverpool deal.

An 18th birthday present for Glatzel

Also in February, it was confirmed Glatzel had signed his first professional contract with LFC on his 18th birthday.

Born in Liverpool to German parents, the forward has dual nationality and has represented both Germany and England at youth level.

"I've been at the club for a long time and to sign a professional contract means a lot to me, and on my birthday as well made everything special. It couldn't have come at a better time and I'm excited," he told Liverpoolfc.com.

"It means everything. I've had some tough times with injuries in the past few seasons but I'm back playing again now, so to be back fit and getting the contract means a lot."

LFCTV GO: Catch up on the latest edition of the Academy Show

A return for Woodburn at the Vitality Stadium

LFCTV GO: The best of Woodburn's return at Bournemouth

Ben Woodburn made his comeback from injury as he played for 63 minutes during Liverpool U23s' 2-0 win over Bournemouth in the Premier League Cup at the Vitality Stadium.

It was the Wales international's first appearance for the Reds since November.

Heartbreak in Croatia as Euro run comes to an end

LFCTV GO: Watch the best of the action from Zagreb

There was disappointment for the U19 group as they bowed out of Europe after losing on penalties to Dinamo Zagreb in the last 16 of the UEFA Youth League.

Reflecting on an overall tournament that saw the Reds net five goals apiece against Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli, Barry Lewtas said: "It goes to penalties and that's the way it goes sometimes.

"I'm sure I will look back on it with fond memories at the end of the season. It was a shame it ended so early but I look back at some our performances, especially at home, we have seemed to play ever so well, scored a lot of goals and had a lot of attempts at goal as well."

Anfield delight as U18s reach FA Youth Cup final

Liverpool's youngsters bounced back in style from their European exit with a memorable 2-1 win over Watford at Anfield to reach the FA Youth Cup final.

Glatzel's double took his tally to 28 goals for the season, eight in this competition, on his debut in front of the Kop.

Lewtas' charges will face either Manchester City or West Bromwich Albion, who meet in the other semi-final on April 1, for the trophy.

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Liverpool stars set to return in injury boost for title-chasing Jurgen Klopp

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:59

Jürgen Klopp is likely to need all hands on deck if Liverpool are to succeed in their bid for Premier League and Champions League glory this season.

Fortunately for the German, the Reds’ injury list is shrinking at just the right time, with a number of stars set to return after the international break.

Joe Gomez is perhaps the most notable of those, the defender closing in on a return to full training after over three months out with a broken leg.

And, while he may find it difficult to dislodge the in-form Joel Matip at centre-back, Klopp will be glad to have another option on the right-hand side of defence.

Although the back problem that forced Trent Alexander-Arnold to withdraw from the England squad is not considered severe, the young Scouser has dealt with a heavy workload in the absence of Gomez and is in line for a well-earned rest.

Klopp will also see his ability to rotate boosted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s long-awaited comeback from the serious knee injury that was expected to keep him out for the entire season.

The Englishman suffered a setback in tweaking his hamstring during a recent outing for the U23s, but will be in full training after the latest round of international fixtures are complete.

His competitors for an attacking midfield start, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita, have both missed national team duty this week due to fitness issues.

However, they are not expected to be facing lengthy lay-offs, and could even return for the visit of Tottenham to Anfield on March 31 should they recover as quickly as hoped.

The international break has also allowed Jordan Henderson to prove his fitness, the club captain featuring for England in a 5-0 win over Czech Republic on Friday after overcoming an ankle injury.

That leaves striker Rhian Brewster, who has yet to make his first-team debut, as the only injury concern remaining for Klopp going into a crucial tranche of fixtures that will decide Liverpool’s fate this season.

Source: Evening Standard

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Henderson on 50-cap landmark: 'I won't dwell on it'

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:00

Jordan Henderson is in line to win his 50th international cap on Monday - but the Liverpool and England midfielder will not bask in the landmark achievement.

Reds captain Henderson could reach his half-century in Gareth Southgate’s side’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro, three days on from making his 49th senior appearance for his country in a 5-0 win over Czech Republic at Wembley.

Recalling his England debut, which came in November 2010, ahead of the match in Podgorica, Henderson said: “I can remember there were a lot of experienced and top players in the team and the squad.

“I was delighted to make my debut but I came off thinking I've got a long way to go if I want to stay at this level.

“It gave me a taste for it, to want to improve and get better, to make sure I could go back and perform regularly for England. If I play, it will be nice to get to 50 caps but it is not something I will think about now. Maybe I will do it at the end of my career.”

An endless drive towards self-improvement has been key to Henderson’s longevity at the top level for club and country, he believes.

“Football always changes. There are always new players coming in at your club, or young players coming through with your club or England,” the 28-year-old continued.

“You have to be ready, given 100 per cent, improve and get better.

“At Liverpool and England, it’s about moving forward and going in the right direction and you don't want to be left behind, by any means. I want to improve every season, every training session. I'll continue that until I finish my career.

“My role has changed within the Liverpool team. I’ve adapted and improved. I can do that [holding] role, but prior to that I was a more offensive, box to box. I can do both roles.

“I can contribute in the final third a lot more than I did. But I can do the defensive role, the No. 6 role, and be disciplined and protect. It’s about what the manager asks me to do. That’s what I focus on. I enjoyed the other night.”

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Alisson on life in Liverpool: 'I feel at home'

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 08:00

Liverpool feels like home to Alisson Becker, who is happily settled into life on Merseyside both on and off the pitch.

The Brazil goalkeeper’s impact on Jürgen Klopp’s team since his arrival from AS Roma last summer has been nothing short of remarkable, with his 39 Premier League and Champions League appearances to date resulting in 20 clean sheets and the concession of just 26 goals.

That record has helped the Reds into a hugely promising position ahead of the season’s run-in, with both major trophies still up for grabs.

Professionally, then, Alisson could hardly have wished for a better situation as the end of his first campaign at Anfield draws closer - and the 26-year-old is content on a personal level, too.

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“I have been having regular English lessons. One of the hardest challenges I had at the start was getting used to the accent, not just the British accent but the Liverpool accent!” Alisson told the official Liverpool FC magazine.

“But I’ve managed to deal with this. I can understand people and I can communicate with my teammates, which is really important.

“When I came here I felt that everyone was important for me, not just the Brazilians. Obviously Roberto Firmino was already here and then Fabinho arrived more or less the same time as I did.

“All the players are important, be they the local players from the UK or the players from overseas. I admire the strength we have as a team and the quality that every single one of our players has, but the most important thing for me is the team spirit.

“Above all I feel at home here. Home is where the heart is and where the family is. My family is here, my daughter and my wife live here and my parents come when they can. 

“My brother lives in Portugal, which is not too far, and comes when he can. That helps when I’m missing them. When I think abut Brazil, I miss it a lot but I have been welcomed here and I feel very much at home. 

“The whole group received me very well. The fans have been very kind too, as have the technical team, so I’m really happy here in Liverpool.”

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Internationals: Mixed fortunes for Reds on Sunday

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 21:56

There were mixed fortunes for the Liverpool players in international action on Sunday.

Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum were part of the Netherlands team who recovered from a two-goal deficit but lost 3-2 to Germany in their Euro 2020 qualifier.

Both played the full match and Wijnaldum had a hand in the equalising goal for the Dutch, teeing up Memphis Depay to find the bottom corner and level the game.

However, Nico Schulz struck in the last minute to snatch victory for the visitors in Amsterdam.

Dejan Lovren was on the losing side in the preliminaries for next year’s tournament, too, the centre-half completing 90 minutes in Croatia’s 2-1 defeat against Hungary.

There was a win for Andy Robertson, though, the Reds left-back captaining Scotland to a 2-0 result at San Marino in Group I.

Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi were unused substitutes for Belgium, who eased to a 2-0 success over Cyprus in Nicosia.

Ben Woodburn also remained on the bench, as Wales claimed a 1-0 win over Slovakia in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier. Harry Wilson, on loan at Derby County from the Reds, featured for 87 minutes in Cardiff.

Caoimhin Kelleher kept a clean sheet for Republic of Ireland U21s in a 3-0 win at home to Luxembourg in European Championship qualifying.

And there was special recognition for Curtis Jones as England U18s wrapped up their participation in the UAE Sport Chain Cup in Dubai as runners-up.

The 18-year-old claimed an assist and then scored what proved to be the winning goal in a 3-2 victory against Mexico, before being named Player of the Tournament.

Rhys Williams started the game but was sent off for two late bookings, while Bobby Duncan was introduced for the second half.

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Paolo Maldini: There's a lot of respect between Milan and LFC

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 15:57

Paolo Maldini spoke of the lasting respect between AC Milan and Liverpool as the club's legends sides faced off at Anfield on Saturday.

Liverpool FC Legends edged Milan Glorie 3-2, with Steven Gerrard scoring a last-minute winner in front of the Kop, as vital funds were raised for their respective charities.

Maldini was on Merseyside but unable to participate in the match due to injury – a missed opportunity the Italian great expects he’ll regret in the years to come.

But he was delighted to take in a special occasion on and off the pitch for two teams with shared history; read our pre-match Q&A with the former defender below…

On the injury that ruled him out of Saturday’s match…

I played too much in my life: 25 years. My knees are very bad now, so I can’t play. It’s a pity because it’s something I’m going to regret, for sure.

On the sold-out crowd to see the Reds and Milan legends…

It’s funny, I never played here against Liverpool; we only played twice in the Champions League final. There’s a lot of respect, crazy games. This is a real opportunity to bring back memories, it’s a beautiful day.

Highlights: Liverpool FC Legends 3-2 Milan Glorie

On his memories of the 2005 Champions League final…

[I don’t think about it] anymore. I thought about it for three or four months after the game finished. But it’s the beauty of the sport; you can dominate the game, be winning 3-0, I score the first goal – a lot of strange things – but at the end the result was bad for us. In football, you have good things and bad things.

On his current role…

I’m working for AC Milan, I’m the sporting director with Leonardo, so I’m very, very busy. We’re very close to the team and we want this team to be back where it was 10 years ago.

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Match report: LFC Women suffer home defeat by Arsenal

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 14:42

Liverpool FC Women were beaten 5-1 by Arsenal Women in a tough Women's Super League encounter at Prenton Park on Sunday.

Vicky Jepson’s side made a bright start against an opponent with intentions on the title this term but were undone by quickfire doubles in either half, rendering Courtney Sweetman-Kirk’s late penalty mere consolation before the away team added a fifth.

Kim Little, who had already missed an early chance after surging into the box to meet a pass, made no mistake on 20 minutes when she reached Katie McCabe’s low cross from the left first and nudged a finish beyond Anke Preuss.

Crucially, the visitors gave the Reds no time to recover from the concession, striking again within moments.

Another delivery from the left-hand side led to the goal, this one from Vivianne Miedema travelling all the way to the back post, where Beth Mead forced a close-range shot off Preuss and in.

The double allowed Arsenal to take a firm grip of the game and that control continued into the second half, when another rapid brace ensured three points were theirs.

Mead bagged her second of the day with a touch of fortune, an attempted lofted cross from the right wing sailing unstoppably into the far corner for 3-0.

And the lead was further extended on 67 minutes; Dominique Bloodworth attacked another delivery at the near post and saw the ball bounce into the net via two deflections.

The home crowd were given something to cheer with a quarter of an hour remaining, though, as Yana Daniels won a penalty that Sweetman-Kirk emphatically dispatched into the top left corner.

Arsenal claimed their fifth shortly before full-time, however, with the prolific Miedema collecting a long ball and waiting for the right time to thread a strike through the recovering defenders and complete the scoring.

LFC Women: Preuss, Robe, Bradley-Auckland, Rodgers, Purfield, Murray, Coombs, Daniels (Blanchard, 83), Sweetman-Kirk, Babajide (Hodson, 66), Linnett (Kearns, 85).

Unused substitute: Kitching.

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'Liverpool made me as a person and as a player'

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 12:00

'My Liverpool', a brand new LFCTV series, kicks off on Sunday evening with episodes one and two telling the stories of legendary strikers Kevin Keegan and Ian St John in their own words.

The original footballing superstar, Keegan explains how it felt to be a part of the trophy-laden era of the mid-1970s with the Reds, the secret to his famous on-field partnership with John Toshack, and the tough decision he took in 1976 when announcing his departure from the club.

St John, meanwhile, reflects on the tutelage of Bill Shankly, the ruthless training practices of Reuben Bennett, the glory of Wembley 1965 and more.

Using archive footage and interviews, we bring to life the incredible achievements of both men and hear what wearing the famous red jersey came to mean for them.

Plus, you can view these episodes as part of LFCTV’s free weekend, with the programmes set to air at 8.30pm and 8.45pm GMT respectively tonight.

Alternatively, LFCTV GO subscribers can access the shows on demand now.

A new story will then air every Sunday in the first series of ‘My Liverpool’, revealing another incredible career from the club’s long line of past heroes.

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

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 10:30

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 March 25

Premier League Kicks sessions

Walton Hall Park - 7pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Speke Community Centre - 6pm-8pm (age 11+)

Respect 4 All Ability Counts session (Disability)

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

Tuesday March 26

Premier League Kicks session

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

Respect 4 All (Disability)

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

Wednesday March 27    

Premier League Kicks sessions

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 7-11), 6pm-7pm (age 12-17), 5pm-6pm (age 8-13 girls only)

Respect 4 All (Disability)

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

Open Goals

Crosby in Coronation Park (meet at Alchemy Crosby Youth & Community Centre) - 4.30pm-5.30pm

Thursday March 28

Premier League Kicks sessions

Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree - 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 (Disability)

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

Military Veterans

Netherton Goals - 5pm-7.30pm

Friday March 29

Premier League Kicks sessions

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

Respect 4 All (Disability)

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

Saturday March 30

Respect 4 All (Disability)

Woodchurch High School - 10.30am-11.30am (SLD Child), 11.30am-12.30pm (Ability Counts), 12.30pm-1.30pm (SLD Adults)

Open Goals 

Wavertree Sports Park - 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm 
Stanley Park - 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm 
Norris Green Park - 1.30pm-3pm
Jubilee Sports Bank - 1.30pm-2.30pm

Sunday March 31   

Open Goals    

Walton Hall Park - 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm
Belle Vale Park - 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm 
Doric Park - 11am-12pm

Military Veterans 

LFC Academy - 3pm-4.30pm

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Dalglish on dugout return: 'Charity is the biggest winner'

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 10:00

Sir Kenny Dalglish made a victorious return to the dugout as Liverpool FC Legends beat Milan Glorie 3-2 on Saturday but insisted the biggest winners were those who would benefit from the funds raised by the charity match.

The Anfield clash took place in aid of club charities LFC Foundation and Fondazione Milan, who work hard to help those in need in their respective local communities.

After Steven Gerrard had delighted a sold-out Anfield with a last-minute winner at the Kop end, Dalglish thanked the people of Liverpool for showing their support for such an important cause.

"Everybody won, but the biggest winners are the ones that are going to receive the help with the finances," Dalglish said. "That's hugely important as well.

"It's a tremendous credit to the people of Liverpool to turn up and watch this because it's unbelievable."

And Dalglish hopes the fixture - which also included goals by Robbie Fowler and Djibril Cisse for the Reds - can serve as an inspiration for the next generation of young Liverpool fans.

"It's a fantastic occasion and I think it's also important for us to have games here," he said.

"For us to let the youngsters come in - the next generation of fans - it's important to get into the habit of getting here.

"And if they see something like this then they are going to want to come back."

Watch: The best of the Legends action at Anfield

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Carra: Van Dijk has been the best in Europe

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 09:35

Virgil van Dijk's performances this season have stood him out as the best centre-back in European football, according to Jamie Carragher.

The Netherlands international is a mainstay of the Liverpool defence that has provided the foundation for both a Premier League title challenge and progress to the Champions League quarter-finals.

Many have tipped Van Dijk to claim the prestigious PFA Player of the Year award at the end of the season – and Carragher believes the No.4’s form is unmatched across the country and the continent.

“I do actually,” said the Reds legend when asked if the Dutchman is the best centre-back in Europe.

“With the performances he has given this year I think he’s been the best player in the Premier League. I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t win PFA Player of the Year.

“When he first signed there were maybe raised eyebrows at the amount but if somebody offered you double now you probably wouldn’t take it, that’s how good he has been.

“He is at a great age and we know centre-backs go on a bit longer, so hopefully we’ll see him for the next decade.”

Watch: The best of LFC Legends 3-2 Milan Glorie

Carragher was speaking after Saturday’s Liverpool FC Legends clash with Milan Glorie at Anfield, which the hosts won 3-2 courtesy of Steven Gerrard’s last-minute goal.

Thoughts will now return to the Reds’ pursuit of Premier League glory; Jürgen Klopp’s side hold a two-point lead over Manchester City having played a game more.

“Liverpool are in a great position, City also. I don’t think there’s too much in it,” Carragher said of the current state of play.

“City are in pole position, you’d have to make City favourites with them doing it last season. But if Liverpool can get through the next three or four games and they are still in the same position, they have got a great chance.”

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Pick up your LFC Women's programme v Arsenal

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 06:00

Liverpool FC Women host Arsenal Women in the Women's Super League at Prenton Park today - make sure you pick up an official programme if you're heading to the game.

Kick-off is at 12.30pm GMT and the official matchday programme will keep you informed and entertained with all the latest Reds news.

This issue features an exclusive interview with cover star Christie Murray, with the Scotland international looking forward to the clash against one of her former clubs.

We also speak exclusively to captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland who explains why the team has a point to prove against the Gunners and how support from the stands is so important to the Reds' squad.

Elsewhere, we hear from versatile Republic of Ireland international Niamh Fahey, profile the team's latest debutant Bo Kearns and highlight the latest move in the career of ex-Reds attacker Asisat Oshoala.

Manager Vicky Jepson offers her thoughts going into the clash and there is the lowdown on our visitors as well as all the latest match action, facts and statistics.

With all this and much more, make sure you pick up your copy of the official matchday programme which will be on sale inside the ground, priced at £2.

Season ticket holders for Liverpool FC and Tranmere Rovers, as well as LFC Members, can gain free entrance to the fixture.

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Internationals: Firmino and Mane among Reds in action

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 21:02

Four members of Liverpool's first-team squad saw international action with their countries on Saturday.

Sadio Mane was involved for the whole of Senegal’s 2-0 victory over Madagascar in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, a result that confirmed top spot in Group A.

His fellow Reds forward Roberto Firmino featured for an hour of Brazil’s friendly with Panama at Estadio do Dragao in Portugal, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Alisson Becker and Fabinho were unused substitutes for Tite’s side.

Rafael Camacho started the tie as Portugal U19s secured a 3-0 success in their European Championship elite round qualifier with Turkey.

The Liverpool youngster played 57 minutes for his country, who are locked on the same points and goal difference as Scotland in Group 6 before the teams meet on Tuesday.

At U17 level, meanwhile, Ki-Jana Hoever clocked up 77 minutes in Netherlands’ 2-0 win over Israel; the Dutch lead Group 2 of the elite round on goal difference from Czech Republic, whom they face next week.

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Andrea Pirlo: It was beautiful to play at Anfield

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 18:20

"Very beautiful," was Andrea Pirlo's summary of the chance to play at Anfield in Saturday's LFC Foundation charity match.

The imperious midfielder patrolled the centre of the park for Milan Glorie against Liverpool FC Legends and started a comeback for the visitors with a trademark free-kick on the hour.

And though Steven Gerrard’s Kop-end strike sealed a 3-2 win for the hosts, Pirlo reflected on a rare opportunity to feature at the Reds’ iconic stadium.

“It was very beautiful to play here,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“It was special for us because to play at Anfield is always good. The atmosphere is always fantastic. It was fantastic to play here.”

On his second-half set-piece, Pirlo added: “I like to score from these situations, I scored them in my career. But scoring at Anfield is always a good sensation. I am happy – not about the result but it was for charity.”

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Watch: Goals, highlights and reaction from legends' Milan win

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 18:09
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Glen Johnson describes delight at winning return to Anfield

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 17:56

Glen Johnson described the ‘great buzz’ returning to Anfield and making his first appearance for Liverpool FC Legends gave him on Saturday.

The former Reds defender took part in the charity match against Milan Glorie, helping the hosts to a dramatic 3-2 victory thanks to Steven Gerrard’s late winner.

It was the first time Johnson had represented the club’s legends team after retiring from professional football in January.

“It was good, I enjoyed being back at Anfield and the crowd seemed to enjoy themselves,” he told Liverpoolfc.com following the final whistle. “I’ve got off to a winning start, so it’s nice to be back.

“There were no nerves, just excitement – and a bit of caution, wondering how my body was going to cope with it! Once you get into it, it’s enjoyable and the lads played some good football.

“I’ve done some fitness work, but I’ve not kicked a ball since my last game, so it’s been a while – and that’s what I was a bit nervous about! I’ve stayed fit, but then there’s being fit and being football fit, which is different.

“You appreciate everyone is pretty much in a similar boat, so there’ll be a lot of aching bodies now – and certainly in the morning – but it was good to look up and see some of the names on the pitch.

“Even when you’re at the top of your game and you’re playing against those guys, it means everything at the time. It was great to be back on a pitch with those sort of players and against those names – it gives you a great buzz.

“It brings back a lot of memories – fond memories. I had great times [here] over the years.”

Watch: Gerrard's best bits for LFC Legends

Johnson made 200 appearances for Liverpool and scored six goals between 2009 and 2015, when he departed Anfield to join Stoke City.

After three-and-a-half seasons with the Potters, the 34-year-old announced in January he would be hanging up his boots.

“Of course, I wish I could play football forever, but I knew that wasn’t the case so I made the choice to retire – it wasn’t my body telling me,” Johnson explained.

“That made it easier for me to step onto the other side and get on with other things in life because it was my decision, rather than the game being taken away from me.”

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Gallery: 34 photos from LFC Legends 3-2 Milan Glorie

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 17:41

Steven Gerrard scored a last-minute winner at the Kop end as Liverpool FC Legends beat Milan Glorie 3-2 at a packed Anfield on Saturday.

The captain struck the decisive blow just moments after Giuseppe Pancaro appeared to have secured a draw for the visitors with a wonderful curling strike into the top corner.

Robbie Fowler and Djibril Cisse had scored either side of half-time to put the Reds two goals in front, before Andrea Pirlo whipped a trademark free-kick over the wall to get one back for the visitors on the hour mark.

Check out the best photos from the LFC Foundation charity match in our gallery below...

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Steven Gerrard on 'special' Anfield winner and title race hopes

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 17:31

Steven Gerrard revelled in the 'special feeling' of yet another Kop-end winner after snatching a 3-2 victory for Liverpool FC Legends against Milan Glorie.

The Reds icon dispatched a low shot into the bottom left corner with a minute remaining of the LFC Foundation charity match on Saturday.

It was the perfect conclusion to an afternoon that saw more than 50,000 fans flock to Anfield to witness a host of greats face off once again.

“It’s always a special time to come to Anfield, especially when it’s full, and just put the kit on,” said Gerrard after the full-time whistle.

“To play against Milan with all my ex-teammates, and to get the winner, is obviously a special feeling. Thanks to everyone for coming out and supporting all the boys.

“It’s amazing. As soon as you get the invite you can’t wait for the day.

“The lads give up their free time – they could be with their families elsewhere but they want to come here for a good cause and to entertain the supporters. Well done to all the lads.”

Watch: Gerrard's best bits for LFC Legends

Gerrard took a brief pause from his maiden season managing Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish Premiership to return to Anfield and participate in the charity occasion.

And while his attentions are firmly on his own club’s fortunes, the former Liverpool No.8 admitted he is cheering on the Reds in their pursuit of the Premier League title.

“Believe me, I’m still feeling the pressure!” he said.

“It’s in the back of my mind; I’ve got a day job now and all my focus is obviously on Rangers, but I’ve got one eye on Anfield and I just hope the lads can go and get us over the line because I’d be the happiest man in the world.”

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Watch: The best of Stevie G v AC Milan Glorie

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 17:09

Steven Gerrard rolled back the years to net a dramatic last-gasp winner against AC Milan Glorie on Saturday – and you can watch the best of his performance in our special clip now.

The midfielder slid a low shot into the Kop end net to give Liverpool Legends a 3-2 victory over their Italian counterparts in the charity encounter at Anfield.

It capped a typically all-action display from Gerrard, who treated supporters to some sumptuous long-range passes and lung-busting surges forward.

Relive the key moments of his man-of-the-match performance in our video above.

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