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Liverpool FC Women offer trials opportunity for double-winning U21s Academy

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 12:30

Talented female footballers aged 16 to 21 are being offered the opportunity to apply for a trial with Liverpool FC Women’s Academy.

The successful applicants will join an academy which is thriving having recently completed a trophy double, winning the WSL Academy league and the knockout Plate.

It has also provided a successful route into the Women’s Super League, with former academy player Niamh Charles now established in WSL, while Reds manager Vicky Jepson was able to give debuts to another four academy players this season.

The LFC Women’s Academy is a leading pioneer for the FA’s dual career model, where players not only receive full-time football coaching but also work towards important education qualifications through a further education partner. The Reds are the only WSL club with a lead educator role already in place.

To be eligible for a trial with Liverpool FC Women, players should have been part of a Regional Talent Club (RTC) and enjoyed international recognition at U15 level or above.

Trials to be held on the following dates

Tuesday June 18 and 25: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Thursday June 20 and 27: 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Liverpool FC Academy
The Liverpool Way
L33 7ED

Applications are invited through this form.

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Training ground update: Liverpool's Kirkby complex tops out

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 11:59

The final piece of the structural frame has now been installed to form the main building at Liverpool FC’s new training ground in Kirkby, marking a significant milestone in the complex’s development.

The beam was one of the glulam timber rafters which was lifted and secured into the roof of the public atrium, completing the building’s 9,200sqm structure. 

Taking around 12 weeks to erect, the framework for the new first-team and U23s building has been constructed using 2000 pieces of steel, weighing 520 tonnes and 144 glulam timber beams from Austria, weighing 80 tonnes in total.

Now that the fundamental framework has been completed, external brickwork will begin on site. 

Since the redevelopment was confirmed by the club in July 2018, the project has continued at pace and is on track to meet its expected completion date in summer 2020.

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Watch: LFC commentators react as Reds beat Barcelona

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:58

Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Barcelona on Tuesday stirred a range of emotions inside everyone connected with the Reds – including our official match commentators.

Jürgen Klopp’s team staged a stunning comeback to progress to next month’s final in Madrid, overturning the three-goal first-leg deficit in spectacular style on a highly-charged night at Anfield.

As always, club commentator Steve Hunter was present on the stadium's gantry – joined by Liverpool legend John Aldridge – and we trained a camera on the duo to capture their emotions throughout the night.

The end result is a must-watch video, which you can view for free below now.

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Vote now: Origi strike up for Champions League Goal of the Week

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:45

Divock Origi’s decisive strike in Liverpool’s 4-0 win over FC Barcelona on Tuesday has been nominated for the Champions League Goal of the Week prize.

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s ingenious quickly-taken corner allowed the Belgian forward to sweep in the Reds’ fourth of a glorious night at Anfield – and book a trip to next month’s final in Madrid.

Origi faces competition from Lionel Messi, Hakim Ziyech and Lucas Moura for the award.

Vote for him to win by clicking here.

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Alexander-Arnold and Wijnaldum up for Champions League award

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:19

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum have been shortlisted for the Champions League Player of the Week award following their heroics in Liverpool's 4-0 win over FC Barcelona on Tuesday night.

The duo were instrumental in helping the Reds overturn a three-goal first-leg deficit at Anfield, with Wijnaldum scoring twice after coming on as a half-time substitute and Alexander-Arnold claiming a brace of assists.

They face competition from Tottenham Hotspur pair Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko for the accolade.

You can vote for Alexander-Arnold or Wijnaldum to win by clicking here.

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Liverpool FC Women to celebrate Kick It Out Day

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:00

Liverpool FC Women will use one of their biggest games of the season - a home Merseyside derby - to give their backing to the Kick It Out campaign.

The clash with Everton Ladies at Prenton Park on Saturday May 11 has been designated as a Kick It Out Day, with various events to show the Reds’ support for the organisation which this year marks 25 years of campaigning.

LFC Women player Jess Clarke, who is an official ambassador for Kick It Out, will be involved in a pre-match meet and greet with supporters.

The Reds’ players will also be warming up in Kick It Out shirts and these will be handed out to young supporters during the post-match signing events.

Mighty Red will be in attendance throughout the day, meeting and greeting supporters and holding a special competition for a signed shirt from the first team, and the match programme will also contain lots of information about the vital work being done by Kick It Out.

Liverpool FC Women stand fully behind Kick It Out’s mission of challenging discrimination, encouraging inclusion and campaigning for positive change.

Saturday’s match at Prenton Park kicks off at 12.30pm BST and is the final Women’s Super League game of the season for the Reds.

Tickets are available here, with admission free to season ticket holders and LFC members.

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Virgil van Dijk: This is just the start for Liverpool

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 09:36

Virgil van Dijk considers a concerted challenge for a Premier League-Champions League double to be ‘just the start’ for Liverpool.

The Reds’ tilt at continental glory continued in remarkable, unforgettable circumstances on Tuesday when Barcelona were vanquished 4-0 at Anfield in the last-four second leg. Tottenham Hotspur await in the final in Madrid on June 1.

And, on Sunday, Van Dijk and his teammates go into the campaign’s last round of top-flight matches trailing leaders Manchester City by one point.

Jürgen Klopp’s side also reached the Champions League final last season, of course, and Van Dijk believes the foundations have been laid for future success.

Inside Anfield | The story of another incredible European night

“We have a great age group, between 20 and 27, 28, so hopefully we can do it all together for the next couple of years at least and grow as a team and get a lot of successes,” said the No.4.

“It’s just the start and hopefully we can do this every year.

“Hopefully we are going to keep challenging for the title. Man City are one of the best teams in the world and they’ve shown the whole season how difficult they can make it for any team in the world. But we’re still in this season and still anything is possible.

“They have it [the Premier League title] in their hands. We’ll see. If it doesn’t happen then it’s not the end of the world. We’ve had a fantastic season, both of us.

“To compete with City says a lot about how we’re progressing from last year. It’s just the start. It’s not like next year we’re not going to try to do it again. It’s something we have to build on.

“There’s still a game to play for them and us on Sunday and we’ll see. The only thing we can do is try to win both: the Wolves game and the final. We have been outstanding this season and if something happens everyone can be very proud and happy.”

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Liverpool to face Tottenham in Champions League final

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 22:00

Liverpool will face Tottenham Hotspur in the 2019 Champions League final at Estadio Metropolitano on Saturday June 1.

The Reds booked their place in a second successive European Cup decider with an unforgettable 4-0 victory over FC Barcelona at Anfield.

And Spurs joined Jürgen Klopp’s side in the final with a stunning 3-2 comeback win against Ajax in Amsterdam on Wednesday night to seal progress on away goals.

The final will be played in Madrid on June 1, with kick-off at 8pm BST.

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Inside Anfield: Behind the scenes of Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 18:53

Enjoy Liverpool's dramatic Champions League triumph against FC Barcelona from another angle with a very special edition of Inside Anfield.

The Reds marched into the European Cup final for the second year in a row with a stunning 4-0 win through doubles from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum.

On a raucous night at Anfield, Jürgen Klopp's side achieved arguably the greatest comeback ever witnessed at the stadium.

Our cameras were there to capture the action, the emotions and the celebrations - and the best of the behind-the-scenes footage can be seen above.

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Champions League final ticket details

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 18:14

Liverpool FC has released the following ticket details for the Champions League final to be played at Estadio Metropolitano in Madrid on Saturday June 1.

The game will kick off at 9pm local time.

Ticket allocation and prices

The club has received an allocation of 16,613 tickets for this all-ticket fixture.

Within the allocation of tickets received, approximately five per cent are Category 1, 21 per cent are Category 2, 54 per cent are Category 3, and 20 per cent are Category 4. 

  • Category 1: £513 (£410 restricted view)
  • Category 2: £385 (£308 restricted view)
  • Category 3: £154 (£120 restricted view)
  • Category 4: £60

There are a minimal number of restricted in view tickets within the allocation.

Concessionary priced tickets are not available, and we are unable to guarantee that all price points will be available when making your booking.

The club has also received a further allocation of 300 top category seats that, in line with UEFA guidelines, will be used as part of the players’ allocation, the club’s UEFA Youth League team’s players and staff, travelling club staff, and VIPs.

Adult/junior allocation

UEFA have provided a maximum allocation of 100 adult/junior combined tickets, priced at £120 per pair.

These tickets have been issued on a 1:1 ratio basis only and will be available to purchase on a first come, first served basis, while stocks last.

Once the allocation of adult/junior tickets has sold out, supporters can still purchase tickets in other areas of the stadium at the relevant price category for that chosen area. There will be no concessionary discount for junior purchases at this point.

Thomas Cook Sport

LFC has approached club partners Thomas Cook Sport to offer supporter travel to the Champions League final in Madrid.

Day trip places will be offered to supporters who have purchased an official match ticket from the club (subject to availability) and applications can be made now via

All applications to travel on the official trips will be verified by the club for a match ticket purchase, prior to being confirmed by Thomas Cook Sport.

Details to be provided at time of booking for all supporters

The following details must be provided for the supporter travelling to Madrid and attending the game.

If the season ticket holder, Member or fan card holder eligible to buy the ticket is not attending the game, the details of the person you are giving your ticket to must be provided on the online form.

Changes cannot be made once you have completed your purchase.

Please have these details ready prior to making your booking.

  • Forename
  • Surname
  • Date of birth
  • Country of birth
  • Passport or National Identity Number
  • Mobile number
  • Email address
  • Outbound travel date
  • *Method of travel into Madrid: Thomas Cook charter flight/Flying independently/Car/Train/Coach
  • Estimated time of arrival in Madrid
  • Accommodation details
  • Return travel date

*The relevant authorities require an indication of how supporters will be arriving into Madrid. For example, if you are flying into an airport outside of Madrid then taking a train to Madrid, please select ‘train’ as your *‘Method of travel into Madrid’.

Providing accurate travel information assists UEFA and local authorities in planning and ensuring there are sufficient resources available throughout the city.

Sale dates

Hospitality members

Hospitality seasonal members will be notified by email on Thursday May 9 on how to apply for Champions League final tickets.

Disabled supporters

Within the allocation, UEFA has provided an allocation of 31 pairs of wheelchair and personal assistant tickets, and 25 pairs of easy access tickets, priced at £60 per pair.

Easy access tickets will be allocated to ambulant supporters with limited mobility on a first come, first served basis. Once the allocation of easy access seats has sold out, eligible ambulant supporters who wish to purchase tickets can still do so in other areas of the stadium at the relevant price category for that chosen area.

Please click here for full details.

All other supporters

The below sales will take place online only and you may have to queue at times.

Supporters can purchase one ticket per qualifying supporter for up to a maximum of eight tickets per transaction.

Priority right holders: from 9.15am on Tuesday May 14

Priority right holders wishing to purchase with other supporters can purchase in the sale for guaranteed supporters only from 8.15am on Wednesday May 15 until 8am on Thursday May 16.

For full details on eligibility, please click here.

Season ticket holders, Members and fan card holders

Tickets will be available based on supporters who have recorded the following Champions League fixtures during 2018-19.

Home games

FC Barcelona (May 7, 2019)
FC Porto (April 9, 2019)
Bayern Munich (February 19, 2019)
Napoli (December 11, 2018)
Red Star Belgrade (October 24, 2018)
Paris Saint-Germain (September 18, 2018)

Away games

FC Barcelona (May 1, 2019)
FC Porto (April 17, 2019)
Bayern Munich (March 13, 2019)
Paris Saint-Germain (November 28, 2018)
Red Star Belgrade (November 6, 2018)
Napoli (October 3, 2018)                                                                                               

Seven or more games recorded: from 8.15am on Wednesday May 15 until 8am on Thursday May 16

Supporters eligible to purchase during the above sales are guaranteed a ticket.

Ballot process

A ballot will take place for season ticket holders, Members and fan card holders who have recorded six Champions League matches during 2018-19.

Premier Club and Carlsberg Dugout seasonal members will also be eligible to register for the ballot.

Eligible supporters will be sent an email and SMS to the registered email address and mobile number on our ticketing system.

Supporters can register up to four eligible supporters in one transaction; however, each supporter will be entered into the ballot as an individual. For example, if you register as a group of four, you will all be entered into the ballot separately and not altogether as a group, except for adult and junior ballot registrations.

Eligible supporters can only register for one of the following ballots.

  • Adult/junior combined – (one adult and one junior only) from 9am on Thursday May 9 until 8am on Friday May 10
  • Ambulant disabled – from 9am on Thursday May 9 until 8am on Friday May 10
  • Adult only – from 9am on Friday May 10 until 8am on Monday May 13

All supporters that register in the ballot will be notified of the results on Thursday May 16.

We urge supporters to register for the ballot only if you are 100 per cent committed to purchasing a ticket. This will help us to ensure we can accommodate as many supporters as possible during the ballot sales.

It is possible that only the higher priced tickets will be available during any ballot sales.

Please click here for full details of the ballot process, including ticket sale dates.

Sale for supporters successful in the ballot

From 8.15am on Friday May 17 until 8am on Saturday May 18.

If tickets still remain, they will be made available to supporters on the waiting list from 12pm on Saturday May 18 until 8am on Sunday May 19.

Full details, including waiting list positions, will be advertised here.

Ticket fulfilment (delivery of tickets)

Supporters must select one of the following fulfilment methods during the booking.

  • UK POST (only for supporters whose address on our system is listed as being within the UK)

Tickets will be sent special delivery to the registered address of the person making the booking, at a charge of £9.45.

Please ensure that when selecting this option that you will be able to accept delivery of your ticket.

We are unable to provide duplicate tickets.

  • COLLECT IN MADRID (venue to be confirmed)

Please ensure that the details provided at the time of booking (full details above) are the details for the supporter travelling to Madrid and attending the game.

The person attending the game and named on the online form will have to collect their own ticket in Madrid - no exceptions.

Supporters collecting tickets will be sent an email to the email address provided on the online form, week commencing Monday May 27.

This will include a unique reference number and the collection point address.

An SMS will also be sent to the mobile number provided on the online form.

Photo ID and a copy of the email sent (printed version or shown on mobile) must be provided upon collection of tickets or tickets will not be issued.

Overseas supporters

Because of recent postal issues experienced by overseas supporters and to ensure tickets are not delayed or undelivered, all overseas supporters must choose the ‘COLLECT IN MADRID’ option when making your booking.

General information

For away support information, click here.

For a full list of Q&As in relation to this match, click here.

In order to provide a consistent service, the club has decided to not offer ‘Collect from Anfield’ as an option for this fixture. All tickets will either be posted out or made available for collection in Madrid ahead of the final.

We would also like to remind supporters that important safety information for supporters travelling to Madrid will be provided in the lead-up to the game. The information provided is in conjunction with Spanish authorities and LFC officials, and we strongly advise that you follow all the information and instructions given.

We urge supporters not to travel without a ticket.

Liverpool FC will not take any responsibility for any financial losses due to lost, destroyed or damaged tickets, or for any financial losses due to tickets being stolen, lost or delayed by the postal service.

Tickets are strictly non-transferable. Liverpool FC is required to furnish details to UEFA on all tickets purchased (i.e. names and addresses of applicants corresponding to the seat details on the tickets issued to the applicant.)

UEFA has indicated that checks will be carried out at the stadium and surrounding areas and they can request proof of identity with valid photograph and signature (passport or national identity card).

All tickets are issued under the UEFA Champions League Cup Final 2019 Ticketing Terms and Conditions. Supporters will be required to accept these terms and conditions at point of purchase.

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Revealed: The words Jürgen Klopp used to inspire Reds' Barca comeback

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 17:23

Dejan Lovren has detailed the words Jürgen Klopp gave to his Liverpool players that inspired them to record arguably the greatest Anfield comeback.

The Reds managed to overturn a three-goal deficit against Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League, winning the second leg of the tie 4-0 on Tuesday night.

By reaching their second successive European Cup final, Klopp's side achieved the seemingly unimaginable - a seed that was planted by the manager ahead of kick-off.

"Congratulations to Klopp," Lovren told "Before the game he had an amazing speech, it was something brilliant that he did. I think he lifted us so up."

Asked what the boss said, the defender revealed: "'Boys, just believe. Put in your mind that we can do it.' It's something that we never heard before.

"He said like, 'Boys, believe - one goal or two goals. Even if we don't score in the first 15, 20 minutes, believe in the 65, 66, 67 minutes that we can score. With Anfield behind, trust me, we can do it.'

"We did it once, he said, the [Borussia] Dortmund game - we can do it tonight. And we did it."

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LFC volunteers lend a hand at local community garden

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 15:24

Red Neighbours and Liverpool FC staff volunteers lent a hand at a local community allotment on Tuesday.

The group spent the morning at Pinehurst Community Garden in Anfield - which grows food for local families in need - to help with weeding the beds in preparation for planting.

Red Neighbours have already visited the allotment twice to date and will return next month to continue supporting the valued local initiative.

The visit highlights Red Neighbours’ commitment to food poverty and education, one of the four key areas of need in the L4, L5 and L6 postcodes.

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Out tomorrow: Liverpool's new 2019-20 home kit

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 12:21

Liverpool FC's new 2019-20 home kit will be available to buy in stores and online from Thursday.

Revealed last month, the New Balance strip for next season is dedicated to legendary Reds manager Bob Paisley and features pinstripes on the front of the shirt inspired by the 1982-83 campaign.

And the kit can be purchased from club stores and online from Thursday.

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The media on LFC 4-0 Barcelona: 'The greatest night Anfield has seen'

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 12:20

Liverpool reached the Champions League final for a second successive season after a truly momentous night at Anfield.

Trailing 3-0 from the first leg of the semi-final to FC Barcelona, the Reds stormed back to win 4-0 at Anfield and 4-3 on aggregate.

Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum both struck twice as Jürgen Klopp's charges reached the showpiece in Madrid on June 1.

Here is what the media made of the match...

James Pearce, Liverpool Echo

This was a night like no other. Even for a club renowned for producing miracles on the European stage, Klopp's Liverpool broke new ground. Forget St Etienne, Olympiacos and Chelsea, this staggering, historic achievement belongs in a class of its own. Anfield folklore has a new thrilling chapter after the Reds booked their passage to the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1 in sensational fashion. Talk about triumphing in the face of adversity. Written off after that crushing 3-0 defeat in the Nou Camp six days earlier, the Reds had lost Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita to injury. The odds were stacked against them but somehow they produced a performance of breathtaking effort and intensity. There were heroes all over the pitch. It felt like a work of fiction but this was glorious reality. Just when Liverpool's remarkable season looked destined to finish with them empty-handed, they find themselves just 90 minutes away from lifting the European Cup for the sixth time and exorcising the demons of Kiev.

Neil Jones,

They've seen some things in this incredible stadium, but nothing quite like this. Liverpool are in the Champions League final. Just let that sink in for a moment. Klopp prayed for a miracle and his players delivered. This was a night to rank alongside any in this club's remarkable history. The greatest Anfield has ever seen? It must be. "I will remember it forever," said Klopp. He looked drained in his post-match press conference, and no wonder. How could he be calm on a night like this? At the end, after the final blast of referee Cuneyt Cakir's whistle, Liverpool's players and staff lined up on the edge of the six-yard box while the Kop serenaded them. "You'll Never Walk Alone," they sang. It was spine-tingling. There were tears among the players. Even the Barcelona fans, dumbstruck, found time to applaud. True class from the shell-shocked Catalans. This is what Klopp has created. This is what this club has become, a fusion of emotion and passion, quality and cunning. Winners. Heroes. Adored by their supporters, and rightly so.

David Lynch, Evening Standard

Has Alisson Becker ever had to save that many shots in a single match since signing for Liverpool? The Brazilian is usually reduced to a spectator as the Reds run riot up top, but here he was busier than ever as Barca pushed for the goal that would've killed the tie, particularly in the first half. It allowed for fans to finally see proof that Klopp signed more than just a good distributor of the ball in bringing Alisson in from Roma. The 26-year-old is a magnificent shot-stopper, who deserves his place in the Champions League final as much as any of his teammates. Captain Jordan Henderson is a man who embodies what being a Reds captain is all about: courage, commitment, quality. He showed all of those characteristics against a Barcelona midfield that might have outstripped him in terms of raw talent, but never in terms of desire. Just when you thought he had nothing left, another lung-busting press from the centre of the park helped the hosts get back in shape or retake the ball. If he performs like that in Madrid, he will be lifting that famous trophy.

Jonathan Liew, Independent

This is Liverpool's gift: to rip up what you thought you knew about football and footballers, to take you – mentally and physically – to a place you don't know and never wanted to go. To make your eardrums ring and your sinuses twang and your heart thump to the point where it's all you can think about. To the point where you start to question yourself. To the point where you don't realise you've left a massive gap in your left channel until it's just a fraction of a second too late. The weeks ahead will be full of hustle and bustle. There's a Premier League title to be won and lost. There's Madrid, there's Ajax or Tottenham, there's hours of scrabbling around on Expedia and Skyscanner and WhatsApp trying to find a bed or a floor to kip on. But when the curtain comes down on this season, and for many years to come, Liverpool fans will bond over the belief and the disbelief of this night. "The Barcelona game," they'll say, and that'll be all they need to say. A night when Anfield heaved with the heft of the impossible, when a crowd of thousands and an audience of millions lost itself in the mad, dangerous intoxication of football.

Dave Usher, ESPN

There have been many momentous Anfield nights in Liverpool's European history but this one tops them all. Nobody gave the Reds a chance of overturning a 3-0 first-leg deficit to mighty Barcelona, but somehow they did it after a pulsating performance. Trent Alexander-Arnold was just sensational. Defensively, he was magnificent, his passing was almost Steven Gerrard-like and his crossing rivals anything in Europe. Made the second goal with a wicked, low delivery and showed quick thinking to create the decisive fourth goal with a clever corner that caught every Barcelona player napping. Not something you'd normally see from a 20-year-old, but this is no normal 20-year-old. On a night when Liverpool had countless players step up, Fabinho might just have been the pick of the bunch. What he did was astonishing, particularly given that he was harshly booked after 10 minutes for a brilliant tackle on Suarez. He set the tone early with his tackling and aggression, and he didn't let up. Even in the closing minutes, he was there harrying Messi out of possession. Very few players could have kept Messi this quiet, but Fabinho's display was monstrous.

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

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Champions League final official travel details for fans

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 11:36

Liverpool FC has announced the following details regarding Thomas Cook Sport official travel for the Champions League final.

The club approached club partners Thomas Cook Sport to offer supporter travel to the match in Madrid on Saturday June 1.

Day trip places will be offered to supporters who have purchased an official match ticket from the club (subject to availability) and applications can be made now via

All applications to travel on the official trips will be verified by the club for a match ticket purchase, prior to being confirmed by Thomas Cook Sport.

Full ticket selling details will follow soon.

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Van Dijk: The whole squad helped us reach the final

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 11:20

Virgil van Dijk saluted those players who stepped up to the plate in Liverpool's dramatic victory over Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final second leg on Tuesday.

With Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino ruled out of the Anfield affair through injury, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri made the most of their starting berths.

Origi netted the first and fourth of the Reds' goals in the 4-0 win, while Shaqiri provided the assist for Georginio Wijnaldum's towering header that wiped away the Spaniard's three-goal advantage from the first leg.

The leveller was Wijnaldum's second goal within the space of 122 seconds after coming on as a half-time substitute to replace the injured Andy Robertson.

And Van Dijk believes the trio's impact was down to the quality and team-first mentality the entire squad holds.

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"I think Divock was unbelievable, Shaq was a different level," the centre-half told "Everyone has the confidence to fill in the job.

"Obviously everyone has different qualities but you have to use them and today we showed it a lot.

"Divock was outstanding and was very important for us, keeping the ball. If you see how Gini comes on after obviously a little disappointment of not starting, I think it's outstanding.

"We can all be proud because everyone plays a part in it."

Liverpool will participate in their second successive Champions League final and face either Ajax or Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on June 1.

Van Dijk feels the disappointment of last season's defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev can aid the club in its quest for a sixth European Cup.

He said: "I think the experience will definitely help us a little bit. But if you look at both teams, they are great teams to face.

"We are going to try to do everything that's possible to win it. But it's a final and we know anything can happen. We'll see what's going to happen."

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Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona: Five talking points

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 10:50

Liverpool achieved one of the greatest comebacks in European Cup history with a stunning 4-0 win over FC Barcelona that booked a trip to Madrid for next month's final.

On a frenzied night at Anfield, Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum each scored twice to overturn a three-goal deficit from the first leg of the semi-final and spark unbridled joy inside the stadium.

Watch: Extended highlights of the 4-0 win

It may be impossible to fully capture the story of an historic match but we’ve picked out five talking points from a magical performance by the Reds…

Klopp the king over two legs

Eleven out of eleven.

Liverpool have now won every single one of the two-legged European knockout ties under the guidance of Jürgen Klopp, encompassing one Europa League campaign and two Champions League adventures – each of which have seen the Reds reach the final.

Barcelona were added to a list of conquered teams that already included FC Augsburg, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, Villarreal, Hoffenheim, FC Porto (twice), Manchester City, AS Roma and Bayern Munich.

This, perhaps, tops even the treasured 4-3 triumph over his former club, Dortmund, given the scale of the mountain Liverpool climbed against Lionel Messi and co.

“Winning against Barcelona is obviously one of the most difficult things in the world of football; winning against Barcelona when you are actually 3-0 down makes it not easier,” said Klopp.

“What the boys did – this mix, again, of big heart and football skills – is unbelievable.”

The staggering comeback secured a ninth appearance in the European Cup final for the club – a record bettered only by Real Madrid (16), AC Milan (11) and Bayern Munich (10).

Trent is a genius

The Scouser in the Liverpool team is set to contest the second Champions League final of his career at the age of 20.

On a night for heroes, Trent Alexander-Arnold was hailed as a genius by his manager for the visionary corner he guided in for Origi to hammer into the roof of the net and haul the Reds in front on aggregate.

“It was just instinctive,” said the No.66. “It was just one of those moments where you see the opportunity and obviously Div was switched on to finish it off.

“It probably came at him a bit fast but he’s a top player, scored two goals for us and I think it’s one of them where everyone will remember this moment.”

That crucial piece of quick thinking – Alexander-Arnold catching Barcelona off guard with a low, whipped delivery – was the headline contribution of an outstanding performance by the right-back.

No teammate could better his numbers for key passes (two), touches (81), total passes (56), passes in the opposition half (36), crosses (eight) or interceptions (four).

Gini for the big occasions

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur and now Barcelona – Wijnaldum is making quite the habit of notching important goals for Liverpool.

Sent on as a second-half substitute for the injured Andy Robertson, within 11 minutes of his introduction at Anfield the Dutchman had scored twice and fundamentally altered the complexion of the semi-final.

Watch: Wijnaldum's second-half best bits

If his first, prodded through the hands of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, was slightly scruffy, his second was sublime: a header beautifully guided into the top left corner from Xherdan Shaqiri’s lofted cross.

There were just 122 seconds between the two strikes, which represented the No.5’s first ever double for Liverpool in all competitions.

Wijnaldum is the first Reds player to score twice in a Champions League match after coming on as a substitute since Ryan Babel did so against Besiktas in 2007.

Alisson to the rescue

Liverpool’s failure to secure an away goal at Camp Nou was a key factor in the difficulty of overturning their 3-0 deficit in the return meeting at Anfield.

A single Barcelona imprint on the scoresheet would have left Klopp’s men needing five to reach the showpiece in Madrid – and the Spanish champions did have chances.

But they not only found Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk in unforgivable mood as a central defensive partnership but, on the occasions when they did break through, Alisson Becker an unbeatable presence.

Watch: Four great Alisson saves against Barca

The Brazilian denied Messi once in either period, Jordi Alba at close range in first-half stoppage-time, a curler from Philippe Coutinho, and Luis Suarez in a one-on-one after the break amid another impeccable performance.

It was the No.13’s 25th clean sheet of the season in all competitions.

Anfield in unison

Who will ever forget the shared singing of You’ll Never Walk Alone between players and supporters that signed off one of Anfield’s greatest ever nights?

With tears in the eyes of several of those who had achieved the mission many thought impossible, the squad gathered at the foot of a buoyant Kop to celebrate the chaos that had just concluded.

Arms locked together, the words of the Liverpool anthem their chorus, it was a snapshot of the togetherness that has underpinned their remarkable season.

Watch: Players and supporters sing YNWA

“We know this club is the mix of atmosphere, emotion, desire and football quality. Cut off one and it doesn’t work – we know that. I’ve said it before,” said Klopp.

“If I have to describe this club then it’s a big heart and tonight it was obviously like crazy, pounding like crazy. You could hear it and probably feel it all over the world.”

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Xherdan Shaqiri on Barca turnaround: 'I've never seen anything like it'

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 10:00

The sight of some fans moved to tears after Tuesday's historic comeback over Barcelona is a memory that will live with Xherdan Shaqiri forever.

Jürgen Klopp's side produced arguably the greatest European night in Anfield's history by overturning a three-goal deficit in the Champions League semi-final, winning the tie 4-3 on aggregate.

And a second successive European Cup final is a fitting reward for impassioned Liverpool supporters, according to Shaqiri.

Watch Reds players and fans sing YNWA after stunning Barca win

"Difficult to speak now after what happened tonight here," the No.23 told "Unbelievable performance, unbelievable fans - they pushed us.

"I never saw this in my life. It was something special tonight, a special night at Anfield definitely.

"It's crazy, it's crazy, it's unbelievable what we achieved today. It's difficult to speak about this crazy game because we are still full of adrenaline in our bodies, celebrating.

"I'm just really proud of this team, for these fans - they push us all year. All year they are behind this club and the fans are something really special.

"I saw people crying and that's given me something special. I don't know what to say. It's just incredible what we achieved today for these fans. They are behind us.

"I'm very proud of this team because we are a really, really good team - not only on the pitch, off the pitch, too, we are a good team. I'm very proud of this team."

Liverpool will battle either Ajax or Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid to be crowned champions of Europe's premier club competition.

But before the June 1 spectacle, the Reds conclude their Premier League campaign on Sunday at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers and still possess a chance of securing the title.

"The season is not finished yet," Shaqiri added. "We play at home and it's obviously going to be an amazing atmosphere.

“I can't wait to play on Sunday and to [make] the last game of the season a nice one. You never know what happens.

"We are looking forward and it's going to be a nice game on Sunday. Let's see what happens."

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Jordan Henderson: We believed in doing something special

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 01:44

Jordan Henderson cited Liverpool's belief as the key factor in their sensational 4-0 victory over FC Barcelona to reach the Champions League final.

Three goals down after the first leg at Camp Nou, the Reds produced the perfect performance to register the four unanswered strikes they needed at Anfield to book a place in next month’s showpiece in Madrid.

Doubles from Divock Origi and substitute Georginio Wijnaldum ensured Jürgen Klopp’s men will contest a second consecutive Champions League final.

“Unbelievable,” Henderson told BT Sport after the final whistle prompted a shared rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone between players and supporters.

Watch: Players and fans sing You'll Never Walk Alone

“I don’t think many people gave us a chance. Before the game, we knew it would be difficult but it was still possible for us. The belief we’ve got in the changing room is amazing, as you can see.

“We knew, at Anfield, we could pull something special off. It’s unbelievable. With the fans, all the lads, it’s a special night at Anfield like we’ve seen before – but this one is right up there with the best.”

Origi started the comeback on aggregate with a seventh-minute opener, converting a rebound after Marc-Andre ter Stegen had saved Henderson’s low shot.

But it was Wijnaldum’s two goals in 122 seconds at the Kop end that changed the complexion of the tie, before Trent Alexander-Arnold’s ingenious corner set up Origi for the crucial fourth.

LFCTV GO: Extended highlights of Anfield comeback

“We wanted to start fast,” said Henderson. “We got an early goal, which helped, but it wasn’t just the goal, it was the overall getting after them and putting them under pressure.

“They’re a fantastic team but we knew if we did everything, showed a bit of personality and showed heart, we’d have a chance to get something.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the players, the manager, the staff… everybody – unbelievable.”

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