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Gallery: More Melwood photos as Reds continue Palace prep

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:58

The second of Liverpool's double training session on Tuesday took place in the evening - and our photographers were there to provide another gallery from Melwood.

Having trained in the morning as part of their preparations for the clash with Crystal Palace, Jürgen Klopp and his players were back at it later in the day.

The Reds will aim to maintain control of top spot in the Premier League when they welcome the Eagles to Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

Take a second look at their work towards the game in the gallery from Melwood below...

The team are photographed in the new white colourway of the official 2018-19 New Balance training range, available to buy at liverpoolfc.com/store from 9am GMT on January 18.

Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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Redeployed Reds: 10 LFC stars in alternative positions

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:00

When best-laid plans go awry, football managers are often forced into finding creative solutions to unforeseen problems.

Centre-backs as strikers, full-backs in goal - and generally putting square pegs in round holes.

Red cards, injury issues and tactical tinkering have all given rise to some left-field player selections at Liverpool down the years, with varying degrees of success.

We've gone through the archives and picked out 10 occasions when Reds have been deployed in emergency roles.

1. Jose Enrique - Goalkeeper

There's something captivating about the moment an outfield player goes in goal: the bizarre spectacle of an unusual figure between the posts and the anticipation of that first shot they have to face.

Jose Enrique faced that gamut of emotions against former club Newcastle United in April 2012 after Pepe Reina was sent off.

With all three substitutes already used, Kenny Dalglish put Enrique in goal for the final eight minutes of the match and the left-back kept a clean sheet, although the Reds were already 2-0 down at St James' Park.

2. Steve Staunton - Striker

When defender Steve Staunton was thrown on as a striker to replace an injured Ian Rush at half-time of a League Cup tie against Wigan Athletic in October 1989, nobody foresaw what was about to happen.

With the match still goalless, the left-back connected with a David Burrows cross, rifled in from distance and capitalised on some good work from Ray Houghton to become the first ever Liverpool player to score a hat-trick after coming on as a substitute.

It took 21 years for an LFC player to match his feat, when Steven Gerrard came off the bench to net three times in a 3-1 Europa League win against Napoli in 2010. 

Staunton's remarkable three strikes against Wigan remained his only goals that season.

3. Steven Gerrard - Midfielder / Forward / Defender

Steven Gerrard seemed to pop up in every position bar goalkeeper as he spearheaded the Reds' epic comeback to win the Champions League final in 2005.

In fact, the talismanic skipper was deployed in three different roles as Rafa Benitez's side fought back from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan.

"He started in central midfield," teammate Jamie Carragher recalls. "He then went into the No.10 role and got his goal there. And he got us a penalty as well, so got us back into the game.

"Serginho then came on for Milan and he is swapped with Vladimir Smicer and becomes a right wing-back.

"How many other players could do that in a European Cup final? You're not playing against a Mickey Mouse team, you are playing against some of the best players in the world!

"It was one of the greatest performances of any player in a European Cup final ever."

4. Alvaro Arbeloa - Left-back

The fact that right-back Alvaro Arbeloa made his full Liverpool debut out of position at left-back appears a little underwhelming on the face of it.

But throw in the fact that is was in the Champions League, against Barcelona, at the Nou Camp and in direct opposition to a certain Lionel Messi and it looks much more impressive.

Benitez theorised that his fellow Spaniard could use his stronger right foot to deal with Messi, who liked to cut inside from the right flank.

It worked a treat. Arbeloa excelled and Liverpool ran out 2-1 winners in the 2006-07 Champions League last 16 first leg.

5. Lucas Leiva - Centre-back

Lucas Leiva cut an unlikely figure in the heart of Liverpool's defence during a League Cup semi-final first leg against Stoke in January 2016 after Dejan Lovren was forced off with an injury.

With a lengthening list of defensive casualties, Jürgen Klopp was forced to deploy the experienced Brazilian midfielder at centre-back.

Playing alongside Kolo Toure, Lucas helped keep a clean sheet in a 1-0 win and tackled Bojan Krkic with such eagerness that the match ball was punctured.

In fact, Lucas, who was also captain for the day, excelled to such a degree that he would go on to play at centre-back on several more occasions for the Reds.

6. Staunton - Goalkeeper

September 1999's Merseyside derby saw three players sent off in a feisty encounter at Anfield. 

When Everton's Francis Jeffers and Reds goalkeeper Sander Westerveld were shown red cards, it was defender Staunton who picked up the gloves with 15 minutes left to play. 

He kept a clean sheet, but Kevin Campbell's fourth-minute strike gave the Toffees a 1-0 win in match that saw Gerrard dismissed in injury time.

7. Jan Molby - Centre-back

Midfield maestro Jan Molby, widely regarded as one of the finest passers of a football to ever pull on the red shirt, actually played as a sweeper during much of the 1985-86 double-winning season.

As part a tactical ploy devised by player-manager Dalglish, the Dane was often a third central defender early on in a match before pushing further forward alongside Steve McMahon in midfield as the game progressed.

"He never played me as a sweeper because of my defensive qualities," Molby explained to LFChistory.net. "But because of my ability to start play from the back, so it wasn’t too bad."

Twenty-one goals in 58 matches during the campaign wasn't too bad either.

8. David Burrows - Goalkeeper

With Liverpool heading for a 2-2 draw in the first leg of the 1992 European Cup Winners' Cup second round tie against Spartak Moscow, goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar was sent off for upending Dmitri Radchenko in the box. 

Defender David Burrows assumed goalkeeping duties and his very first task was to face the resulting penalty. 

The Englishman guessed the correct way and came within inches of a remarkable save but Valeri Karpin's spot-kick nestled in the back of the net and Igor Lediakov added another on the stroke of full-time.

9. James Milner - Left-back

James Milner proved so effective as an 'emergency' left-back that by the end of the 2016-17 season he was ranked as the second-best full-back in Europe.

The Reds' vice-captain made a solitary start at left-back in 2015-16 as Klopp's Reds knocked Manchester United out of the Europa League, but the following year he made the role his own, scoring seven goals in 36 Premier League games as Liverpool qualified for the Champions League.

Such was his impact that a CIES Football Observatory study declared him the best full-back in the Premier League, with only Juventus' Alex Sandro ahead of him across Europe.

10. Steven Caulker - Striker

In January 2016, Liverpool signed Queens Park Rangers' centre-back Steven Caulker on loan to ease a defensive injury crisis.

However, when the one-time England international made his debut the following day, he did so as an emergency striker.

With Klopp's side 3-2 down against Arsenal, Caulker was thrown up front to replace Adam Lallana just before Joe Allen grabbed a last-minute equaliser.

In fact, three of the defender's four appearances for the Reds came as a substitute striker. 

Indeed, it was his persistence that led to Lallana's dramatic last-gasp strike that secured a thrilling 5-4 win at Norwich City and sparked celebrations that ended with Klopp breaking his glasses.

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Rafa Camacho: I'm learning every day at Melwood

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 09:50

Rafael Camacho will not rest on his laurels after a positive week including a first-team debut and a clinical goal for Liverpool U23s.

The 18-year-old netted the opener at the Academy as Neil Critchley’s young Reds, who were reduced to 10 men midway through the first half, drew 1-1 with Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday night.

That outing came a week on from Camacho’s first senior appearance for the club, at right-back in the FA Cup defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that the versatile forward, a regular member of the training squad at Melwood, will not leave the club on loan this month and named him on the bench at Brighton on Saturday.

Camacho is determined to maximise the chances coming his way and glean the most he can from the education involved in being around the first team.

“You learn every day. The quality there is very good, it makes you a better player,” he told Liverpoolfc.com after Monday’s Premier League 2 clash.

“[My senior debut] was very good, a proud moment obviously. It shows the manager and the first team give opportunities – I just have to keep working hard.”

Watch: U23s 1-1 Brighton

Camacho’s instinctive touch-and-strike earlier this week put Liverpool U23s in command of their meeting with Brighton in Kirkby.

Ki-Jana Hoever’s unfortunate dismissal nine minutes later forced the home side to dig deep, however, and their resistance was broken in the closing stages.

The lively Camacho had hit the crossbar before Brighton’s equaliser and though the final result went against the young Reds on the night, he is enjoying his influential role.

“It’s always good to help the team by scoring goals,” he said. “I’m happy to play in that position and do what I can for the team.”

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'I follow your Twitter closely!': Robertson and Milner star in Bezzies

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:00

They’ve become close pals over the last 18 months, but just how well do Andy Robertson and James Milner know each other? We popped down to Melwood to find out...

The pair went head-to-head in the latest edition of 'Bezzies' to put their friendship to the test.

Does Robertson know which country Milner scored his only England goal against? Can the pair spot which of each other's Tweets are genuine or fake?

Watch the latest edition of ‘Bezzies’ for free in our video below now.

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'I follow your Twitter closely!': Robertson and Milner star in Bezzies

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:00

They’ve become close pals over the last 18 months, but just how well do Andy Robertson and James Milner know each other? We popped down to Melwood to find out...

The pair went head-to-head in the latest edition of 'Bezzies' to put their friendship to the test.

Does Robertson know against which country Milner scored his only England goal against? Can the pair spot which of each other's Tweets are genuine or fake?

Watch the latest edition of ‘Bezzies’ for free in our video below now.

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Inside Training: Extended footage from Melwood... featuring nutmegs!

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 18:40

Take an exclusive peek behind the scenes of Liverpool's latest training session with our extended Melwood footage shot on Tuesday morning as the Reds gear up for the visit of Crystal Palace.

The squad were being put through their paces ahead of Saturday's clash with the Eagles - and our cameras had unparalleled access to the work out, including the warm-up routine and an entertaining round of rondos, which included one or two nutmegs.

Watch the best of the session in our video above now.

The team are wearing the new white colourway of the official 2018-19 New Balance training range, available to buy at liverpoolfc.com/store from 9am on January 18.

Not yet signed up for LFCTV GO? Join now and claim a month's access for free.

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Photo gallery: Reds begin Palace preparations at Melwood

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 15:58

Preparations for Saturday’s clash with Crystal Palace were under way at Melwood on Tuesday morning as Liverpool undertook their latest training session.

The Reds were being put through their paces by Jürgen Klopp and his backroom team as they gear up for the weekend visit of the Eagles to Anfield.

Our photographers were granted exclusive access to the club’s training ground to capture the images below.

The team are photographed in the new white colourway of the official 2018-19 New Balance training range, available to buy at liverpoolfc.com/store from 9am GMT on January 18.

Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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Join Red Neighbours' chair-based yoga classes

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:22

Liverpool FC's Red Neighbours programme is encouraging local residents to attend its chair-based yoga sessions.

Aimed at participants looking for an introduction to physical activity, chair-based yoga is a gentle form of the exercise, practiced sitting on a seat or standing using the chair for support.

Current attendees range from 50 to 92 years old, but the sessions are open to people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

Classes take place every month in the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand at Anfield. There are two opportunities to get involved during January - on Wednesday 16 and Wednesday 23, with both sessions starting at 11am.

Chair-based yoga supports two of the key areas of focus for Red Neighbours: engaging with the elderly community and encouraging a physically active community.

For more information on Red Neighbours' sessions and activities, follow @Red_Neighbours on Twitter.

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Five telling stats from Van Dijk's first 50 Liverpool games

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:00

Virgil van Dijk celebrated his 50th game for Liverpool by achieving one of his favourite things: a clean sheet.

The Netherlands captain reached the appearance landmark last weekend, a little over a year after completing his move to the Reds from Southampton.

And what an impressive run it has been for Van Dijk on a personal level, the Liverpool defence as a unit, and Jürgen Klopp’s team as a collective.

The No.4’s influence on the side is plain to see – but digging into the numbers behind his half-century paints an even more telling picture of his impact at Anfield so far.

With help from Opta, here are five of the most eye-catching statistics from Van Dijk’s first 50 matches for the club…

24 clean sheets

Saturday’s shutout at Brighton and Hove Albion was the 24th recorded by the Reds with Van Dijk in the team, meaning the Dutchman’s ratio since joining the club is almost one in two.

Surprisingly, it didn’t quite start that way for the towering defender.

While Van Dijk began his Liverpool career in fairy tale fashion with a winner at the Kop end in a Merseyside derby, he had to wait until his fifth game to chalk up a clean sheet – against his former club, Saints.

But, since then, they have become second nature, particularly in the current season, when there have been 13 in 22 Premier League fixtures to date to help the Reds control top spot.

“I love clean sheets,” he remarked earlier this term. You can tell.

33 wins

Liverpool’s formidable defensive platform – just 10 goals conceded in the Premier League so far this season – has been pivotal to a significantly higher win rate in 2018-19.

Klopp’s men have been victorious 18 times in 22 league matches, with Van Dijk involved for all but 35 minutes of the campaign, providing a reliable presence as injuries have affected several of his defensive colleagues.

Overall, the No.4 has won 33 of his 50 Reds outings in all competitions – including a dozen Champions League appearances – with seven draws and 10 defeats.

71.69 per cent duel success

No outfield Liverpool player can better Van Dijk’s success percentage in duels in his 50 games so far, the 27-year-old having won 71.69 per cent of the 445 he has contested.

In the same period, he also leads the team for clearances (272), interceptions (59) and blocks (21).

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“He has outstanding potential,” said Klopp last week. “He is a fantastic person, he is physically strong and has all the technical things you need as a centre-half.

“So many things were already good and many things he can still improve. That’s the situation.”

3,643 passes

The Reds’ tendency to command the largest share of possession in the majority of their games means Van Dijk sees plenty of the ball each time he features.

Indeed, in the period of his first 50 appearances, no Liverpool player attempted more passes than his 3,643 – of which 88.64 per cent were accurate.

Just last Saturday at Brighton, for example, he clocked up 131 passes to keep the league leaders on the front foot in the search for – and, later, defence of – the decisive strike from Mohamed Salah.

Fortress Anfield for 918 minutes

Klopp’s side established the club’s second-longest run ever without conceding a league goal at Anfield during 2018.

There were 918 minutes between the respective consolation efforts from Michail Antonio for West Ham United in February and Callum Paterson for Cardiff City in October.

The constant presence in that group effort was Van Dijk, who was the only member of the back five to start each of the games that made up the run.

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Milner: Mistakes don't faze Alisson, he's massive for us

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 08:30

Alisson Becker's ability to shake off errors has helped the Liverpool goalkeeper enjoy an 'unbelievable' debut season so far, according to James Milner.

The Brazil international claimed his 13th clean sheet of the Premier League campaign last Saturday as the Reds consolidated top spot with a 1-0 defeat of Brighton and Hove Albion.

Alisson’s opening months on Merseyside have been notable for his assurance and confidence, both in possession and when called on to deny opponents as the last line of defence.

But Milner has been especially impressed by the No.13’s temperament on the rare occasions when he has made a mistake so far – an attribute the vice-captain considers vital.

Asked about the standout performers of Liverpool’s season, Milner said in the new edition of the official Liverpool FC magazine: “It’s hard to pick out one player because everyone in the squad has done so well, not just the 11 who are starting.

“We have made a lot of changes during games and a number of players have come in and done really well.

“I think maybe one you could select is Alisson. Coming to a new league is never easy. It’s a new lifestyle and you are also getting used to the weather and things like that, but he’s been unbelievable: from how he is around the place, to how good he is on the pitch with his feet and with the saves he makes.

“Every single player makes mistakes and sometimes as a ‘keeper you maybe feel a bit different because mistakes often result in a goal, but if he makes a mistake it doesn’t faze him in the slightest and he remains confident and continues playing as if nothing has happened. That’s so important.

“He’s been unbelievable for us this season so far and I believe that he’ll be a massive, massive player for us going forward.”

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Neil Critchley on U23s draw and Hoever red card

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 21:45

Neil Critchley praised his Liverpool U23s side for a battling display against Brighton and Hove Albion that he felt merited more than a 1-1 draw.

The young Reds took the lead in the Premier League 2 clash at the Academy when Rafael Camacho neatly slotted home on 12 minutes.

But their celebrations were cut short by a harsh red card for Ki-Jana Hoever midway through the first half and, despite stubborn resistance after that setback, Brighton snatched a point in the final moments.

Read Critchley’s assessment of the encounter below…

On how the game panned out…

I thought we were magnificent tonight. We started the game unbelievably well, scored, were the dominant team, and looked as though we were going to score again. And then a somewhat baffling decision has changed the game. Even with 10 men, it looked like an even game; our goalkeeper has had very little to do, maybe the odd shot from outside the box. Their ‘keeper has had more to do than ours. Some of the football we played, our organisation and work ethic, was outstanding. If there was any justice then we would have won that game.

On Hoever’s red card…

It was a baffling decision, to say the least. The referee had a yellow card in his hand and had given a free-kick outside the box, which it was – it was a clear foul and a booking. George Johnston is there to defend. The linesman got involved and changed the decision. That changed the whole complexion of the game. Hopefully we can get that overturned.

On Liverpool’s determination with 10 men…

I thought we were terrific, I really did. We have got some really good characters, good ability, we played with intelligence without the ball. We defended very well for most of the time; they were going to have some possession and crosses coming in, but I didn’t feel our goal was under great threat. But you know when it’s 1-0 and you’re down to 10 men, there’s always a chance that can happen – a cross like that and we just didn’t defend it well enough. But I thought our play, in possession as well with a man down, was brilliant. We controlled a lot of periods of the game, we were always dangerous on the counter-attack and had some chances. We deserved to win the game.

On recovering for the weekend meeting with West Bromwich Albion…

The lads have put a real shift in tonight and we’ll have to recover and make sure we do it properly, then prepare for West Brom. We need to win a game in that competition to qualify – that’s what we’ll aim to do on Sunday.

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Match report: 10-man U23s cruelly denied by Brighton

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 21:05

Liverpool U23s had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion at the Academy despite leading for the majority of the game with 10 men.

Rafael Camacho’s clinical early finish opened the scoring in a Premier League 2 clash punctuated by the harsh dismissal of the Reds’ Ki-Jana Hoever midway through the first half.

Neil Critchley’s side dug deep to keep Brighton out for long periods but their pressure told four minutes from time, when Haydon Roberts headed home to snatch a point.

Curtis Jones warned the visitors of Liverpool’s intentions with a dipping, seventh-minute drive from the left edge of the area that Brighton goalkeeper Hugo Keto carefully touched over the crossbar.

But the hosts clinched the breakthrough soon after.

The away team squandered possession in their own territory and Camacho delivered the maximum punishment when the ball came to him in a central position.

The Portugal youth international, who made his senior debut for the club a week ago, settled himself 20 yards out and threaded a precise left-footer into the bottom right corner for 1-0.

Brighton threatened a rapid response on the quarter-hour, with the young Reds relieved to see a neat passing routine end with Aaron Connolly’s curler going wide of the post.

Liverpool’s momentum was unexpectedly halted when Hoever was sent off in the 21st minute.

The defender was guilty of a foul on Connolly at the edge of the box as the forward ran through but with George Johnston still blocking his route to goal, the home team were aggrieved by the straight red card shown by the referee.

Not that they allowed the disappointment to influence their performance; Pedro Chirivella sent strikes at the ‘keeper and narrowly wide respectively, either side of a Max Sanders hit well saved by Caoimhin Kelleher.

And Camacho powered a free-kick, won when the Liverpool No.10 was clumsily felled by Warren O’Hora, just off target before the break.

Brighton introduced Viktor Gyokeres at the outset of the second half and the substitute might have claimed an equaliser within 60 seconds of the action’s resumption.

Having cut inside and threaded a finish from right to left, though, he watched the ball spin wide.

Camacho went even closer with a similar piece of individual skill at the other end on 48 minutes. The 18-year-old scooped Adam Lewis’ pass into the area, turned past Roberts and cracked a curler off the upright.

Jones drew a decent save from Keto after a clever solo dribble as the game continued to flow evenly despite Liverpool’s numerical deficit.

As the minutes ticked away, O’Hora fired over the crossbar when a Brighton corner from the right caused a scramble and the ball fell kindly.

And just when it looked as though Critchley’s charges would successfully preserve their advantage, Roberts met a superb Alex Cochrane cross from the left wing with a rising header beyond the reach of Kelleher to salvage a draw.

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, Whelan, Lewis, Hoever, Johnston, Chirivella, Randall (Masterson, 59), Christie-Davies, Millar, Camacho, Jones.

Unused substitutes: McKenzie-Lyle, Juanma, Coyle, Glatzel.

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Reds among PL clubs keen on Groeneveld

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 20:07

Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton are monitoring Club Brugge winger Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld, according to reports.

Groeneveld, 21, has been out of action since October with an ankle injury, but that hasn’t stopped clubs from taking an interest in signing him.

According to The Daily Mail, the Netherlands international is attracting attention from a range of European sides, including AC Milan who have recently had a £9 million bid rejected.

Manchester City are also said to have been interested in the player recently, and his future lies in the balance just seven months on from transferring to Brugge from NEC Nijimegen.

However, it’s the Premier League trio of Liverpool, Everton and Spurs who are the ones keen to sign the winger during the current transfer window with the ankle issue not viewed as a huge problem right now.

Before the injury, Groeneveld grabbed attention after a brilliant goal against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, while also making his international debut against Germany in October.

It remains to be seen whether any Premier League club will launch a formal offer, but for now, Groeneveld is becoming a key target for many of the division’s clubs.

Source: Metro

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Moanes Dabour waiting for Liverpool call

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 17:28

Liverpool transfer target Moanes Dabour is reportedly keen to move to Anfield and is just waiting for the call.

Dabour has shone for Red Bull Salzburg this season, scoring 20 goals in 30 games, with six of those coming in the Europa League.

Dabour, who is also reportedly wanted by Fulham, recently announced that he will leave his current club this month.

“I’m going to leave Salzburg in the next few days,” said the Israeli striker.

Dabour has supposedly been watched by Anfield scouts numerous times this season as Jurgen Klopp eyes reinforcements.

And Tutto Mercato Web claim Dabour is just waiting for a call from Klopp to make the move.

And though Dabour is keen to make the switch, Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund does not want him to go.

“We need him, he is a key player for us,” Freund said.

“We do not want Dabour to leave in this window market, but we can not exclude anything in football.”

Source: Daily Express

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Watch free: 'The 12th man - Bobby Wilcox'

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 15:36

Today marks 10 years since the death of Bobby Wilcox - widely regarded as one of Liverpool Football Club's greatest ever supporters.

Bobby travelled the length and breadth of the country with his beloved Reds, taking many a Kopite under his wing and ferrying fans back and forth on board the renowned Wilcox Tours.

In 2009, LFCTV produced a special documentary that paid a fitting tribute to his phenomenal support of the club - and if you missed it first time around it's now available to watch again for free on LFCTV GO below.

'12th Man: Bobby Wilcox' also airs again on LFCTV on Monday night at 10.30pm GMT.

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Liverpool monitoring Conor Coady situation

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:15

Wolves are ready to open contract talks with captain Conor Coady this month to ward off major interest in the centre-back, Sportsmail understands.

Coady has emerged into the England reckoning with his performances this season and there is recognition at Molineux his improvement needs to be recognised with fresh terms.

The 25-year-old will have only two years left on his current deal this summer and Wolves want to offer an improved wage to bring Coady in line with the club's higher earners.

As with the rest of the squad, Coady received an automatic 50 per cent rise for gaining promotion to the Premier League but Nuno Espirito Santo has since signed Joao Moutinho and Rui Patricio on significant salaries.

Wolves are aware Coady is being scouted by the Premier League's elite teams, with Arsenal paying particularly close attention due to his ability to play out from the back. Liverpool, Coady's boyhood club, are also monitoring his progress.

Source: MailOnline

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Win the perfect Red Weekend with LFC Official Membership

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 10:55

LFC Official Membership are offering you and a guest of your choice the chance to win the perfect Red weekend.

You could be packing your bags and heading to Anfield to watch a game with hospitality matchday tickets as well as money towards travel and full accommodation, all courtesy of LFC Official Membership.

The fantastic prize includes:

  • Travel to Liverpool – up to the value of £750
  • Three nights’ accommodation
  • Two hospitality tickets to a Liverpool game at Anfield
  • An Anfield stadium tour
  • A meal at the Boot Room Sports Cafe
  • £100 to spend in the LFC Retail store

For your chance to win this fantastic package all you have to do is enter your details in the Members’ Area before midnight on February 10, 2019.

Not a Member? Join now and enter in the Members’ Area for your chance to win.

Terms and conditions apply. Entrants must be LFC Official Members and be of 18 years or over.

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Klopp: How Reds can benefit from 11-day fixture gap

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 10:21

Jürgen Klopp feels the break between fixtures Liverpool will have at the end of January will assist with getting the squad back to full strength.

The Reds face Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday before an 11-day gap ahead of their next outing – a home encounter with Leicester City on January 30.

And with Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez and Adam Lallana currently unavailable for selection due to injuries, and Joel Matip making his way back to full fitness, Klopp is hopeful the short break will prove beneficial.

"The break that we are getting at the end of January is going to be 100 per cent helpful for the boys with injuries,” the boss told the Liverpool Echo.

"I hope that Dejan and Joe make big steps to come forward.

"For Adam it might be a bit early but we have a few players out and they need the time.

 "We have Joel now back as he was on the bench against Brighton but he as well will use the time for bone healing and it all helps so it's good for us in that way."

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Volunteers wanted to help lay out Bob Paisley mosaic

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 09:30

Volunteers are wanted to help lay out a mosaic in honour of Bob Paisley's 100th birthday, at Liverpool's Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace on Saturday January 19.

Supporters interested in assisting on the afternoon of Friday January 18, should contact Andy Knott by emailing akraotl@aol.com.

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Robertson's admiration for Fabinho's 'different class' display

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 09:29

Andy Robertson hailed the performance of Fabinho as ‘different class’ after he produced a fine display in the unfamiliar position of centre-back at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

With Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez ruled out of the trip to the Amex Stadium due to injury, and Joel Matip still working his way back to full fitness, Liverpool were left with Virgil van Dijk as their only fit senior central defender.

However, as at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup tie earlier in the week, Jürgen Klopp elected to deploy Fabinho in the position – and the manager’s faith was rewarded with a solid outing.

Indeed, the Brazil international produced one of the game’s key moments to help the Reds to the vital 1-0 win as he blocked a goal-bound Pascal Gross shot inside the box.

“For somebody playing out of position, he covered so well, he cleared away and had so many good blocks,” Robertson reflected.

“So credit to him because it can’t have been easy for him playing out of position. I’m sure Fabinho would have preferred to play as the No.6 but that’s the attitude we have in the squad, we are all willing to play in different positions if we have to.

“I’m sure the manager just told him early doors and he embraced it and I thought he was brilliant. I thought he was different class.”

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Much like Robertson last season, Fabinho was gradually introduced into Liverpool’s starting line-up following his summer transfer from AS Monaco.

Since the beginning of December, the No.3 has started seven of the Reds’ 11 matches in all competitions, having made just five prior to the clash with Everton on December 2.

“I think all the lads that have come in have experienced very similar,” said Robertson.

“Me and Chambo [Oxlade-Chamberlain] experienced it last season. Naby [Keita] is experiencing it a wee bit now, Fabinho has experienced it, Shaq [Shaqiri] has experienced it.

“It’s just learning and of course the massive expectations that come with playing for Liverpool sometimes takes a wee bit of getting used to. It did for me and once I got used to it I’ve not really looked back.

“Fabinho took his time and now we are getting the rewards from it. Of course, he would have preferred to play further forward in the last couple of games but we needed him to help keep a clean sheet and we managed it so all credit goes to him for that.”

Victory over Brighton helped Liverpool move seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table, with Manchester City not in action until they take on Wolves on Monday night.

It also meant the Reds returned to winning ways following 2-1 reversals at both City and Wolves in league and cup.

Robertson said: “The lads dusted themselves down after a very busy Christmas period and we go through it again.

“We go through most of the fixtures again and luckily we don’t have to play Man City again because they are a very good team.

“We did well against City but they took the chance at a crucial point. It could have gone either way but they got the win that was vital for them. I don’t think we played badly and a draw would have been fair result.

“People can overreact when you go that long without the first defeat but we all stayed calm, we knew what we had to do.

“We knew how long this run-in was going to be and that the chances of us being unbeaten all season were slim because of how competitive this league is. It was all about how we bounced back and we’ve done that.”

Despite Liverpool opening up a seven-point lead at the summit, Robertson is keen to echo the sentiments of Klopp and Jordan Henderson in insisting no-one within the dressing room was paying too much attention to their position at the moment.

“Look, we hope we are here to stay,” stated the Scot. “That’s the main objective, keep winning games and keep on top because that’s where we are right now. 

“We know it’s going to go right down to the wire. There are still a lot of big games to come and we'll just keep knocking them off.

“Coming to Brighton is a very hard game and we’ve got that out of the way now. The two games against Brighton this season have been massive for us because we have not been at our best.

“When we played them at home they probably had a few more chances than they had here and we won 1-0. Now we have done the exact same away.

“It was a struggle, especially in the first half, but second half we started really well. We got in front and after that we looked really comfortable and didn’t look like we were going to concede.

"It’s just the winning mentality and finding a way to win, and that’s what we did.

"Whoever wins the league will probably have three or four games to look back on and think 'we weren't at our best but that was a big win', and if we do it then I’m sure we’ll look back on this game as one of them.

"The only pressure for us is playing for Liverpool - that’s enough pressure. And we can deal with that.

"In terms of the league title, this squad is very new, I think there was only a couple involved in the last one [title challenge], but all the lads are relaxed.  We know how important every game is."

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