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Video: Watch John Barnes and John Oliver commentate on the CL final

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 19:01

Has Liverpool's triumphant hoisting of the European Cup ever before been narrated with the words 'tap, tap, tap, tap, doink'? Well, it has now.

Ahead of the Reds' pre-season tour of America, LFC legend John Barnes and US talk show host John Oliver met up in New York to give a hilarious alternative commentary on the club's Champions League victory last month.

Staunch Liverpool supporter Oliver, who has made a name for himself across the Atlantic as the star of HBO's Last Week Tonight, provides his unique comedic style and it's not long before the pair are at loggerheads - should it have been a penalty for Liverpool's opener?

The Reds fanatic and the Kop icon revel in Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid and address the ultimate question: "Does anyone really want an outer-space violinist?"

Watch the feature in full above.

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Liverpool name 28-man travelling squad for USA tour

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 18:29

Liverpool have named a 28-man travelling squad for their tour of the United States.

The Reds depart for America on Tuesday morning, with Indiana their first destination ahead of a friendly with Borussia Dortmund at Notre Dame Stadium on Friday.

Jürgen Klopp’s team then move on to Boston, where they will face La Liga side Sevilla at Fenway Park, and later wrap up their trip by taking on Sporting CP at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Liverpool travelling squad: Clyne, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Milner, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Mignolet, Brewster, Robertson, Origi, Matip, Kent, Lewis, Phillips, Jones, Hoever, Ojrzynski, Duncan, Woodburn, Wilson, Larouci, Alexander-Arnold, Van den Berg, Atherton.

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LFC champion Pride in Liverpool Festival 2019

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 16:30

Liverpool FC will show its colours in support of this year’s Pride in Liverpool festival with a host of activities taking place across the club.

The Reds are a proud sponsor of the 2019 festival, in what will be the club’s seventh year supporting Pride, which celebrates the LGBT+ community.

Pride in Liverpool will be delivered by LCR Pride Foundation, a new organisation established this year to extend the message of Pride across the Liverpool City Region and outside the annual Pride festival.

LFC was the first Premier League football club to take part in a Pride march back in 2012, which was well supported by employees, supporters and the local community.
 
This year’s Pride in Liverpool festival will take place on Saturday July 27 and Sunday July 28 and the theme for the programme of events, cultural and community activities is 'Come as You Are'.

The theme calls to all people, regardless of where they are from or how they identify, to take pride in their identity and come together in the spirit of friendship, love and respect.

Anfield's famous Kop will be joining many other iconic buildings across the city to be lit up each night in the colours of the rainbow flag from Saturday July 20.
 
LFC's retail store in Williamson Square has a Pride themed window display in the run up to the festival that will remain in place until Monday July 29.

During the Pride in Liverpool weekend the store will also have face glittering and pride stickers available for free in store.

The club’s official charity, LFC Foundation, held its second annual Pride tournament at Anfield Sports and Community Centre earlier this month, when teams from across the city - including Liverpool Homeless FC, The Brink and Mersey Marauders - came together to celebrate football and togetherness in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

Supported by the LCR Pride Foundation, the event aimed to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues and promote health and well-being throughout the community in the build up to the Liverpool Pride Festival. 
 
On Saturday July 27, LFC’s CEO, Peter Moore will lead club staff and their families at the march alongside Kop Outs, an LGBT+ fan group for Liverpool fans, and the wider community in celebration of the LGBT+ community.

Reds staff will be marching in LFC t-shirts which they have customised themselves in the festival’s theme of ‘Come As You Are.’

"Our Club is very passionate about, and committed to the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion with our staff, players and supporters," Moore said.

"We are proud to be the first football club to receive the Premier League Equality Standard Advanced Level for our equality and diversity work both within the club and the wider community.

"It’s therefore important for us to continue our support of Liverpool Pride and I am delighted to again be taking part in the march alongside my colleagues."

LCR Pride Foundation co-founder, John Bird, added: "LFC has led the way in its support for the LGBT+ community in Liverpool and beyond, through the global reach of its brand. 

Their sponsorship of Pride in Liverpool makes them one of just a handful of UK Premier League football clubs to sponsor a Pride event, and we look forward to marching alongside their representatives on Saturday July 27."

Apparel company '47, in collaboration with LFC, have a range of Pride themed t-shirts and caps that are available in selected stores and online now. A donation will be made to the LCR Pride Foundation from the proceeds of this collection.

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Preuss and Kitching sign contract extensions with Liverpool FC Women

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 15:01

Goalkeepers Anke Preuss and Fran Kitching have both signed contract extensions with Liverpool FC Women.

Preuss, 26, joined the Reds in July last year and made 17 appearances in her first season.

She arrived in England with Sunderland before making the switch to Liverpool.

Kitching, 21, graduated from the Sheffield United Academy before moving to Chelsea in 2015, later joining Watford on a season-long loan deal in 2017.

After briefly returning to the Blades, she was snapped up by Liverpool Women in August 2018, making 10 appearances in her first season.

Liverpool FC Women first-team goalkeeping coach Craig Dootson said: “It’s great news for the club and great news for me. I enjoy working with both 'keepers.

“I think going forward it’s the continuity of keeping two keepers who are comfortable in each other’s company and who are competitive.

“Both are aware you get your shirt based on performance and attitude and that’s not going to change. They are both comfortable vying for that No.1 slot.”

Preuss started her career with Hoffenheim before moving on to Frankfurt where she won the German Cup in 2014 and the Champions League in 2015.

She said: “It’s great to be back with the team and play another season at this great club. It’s a great team, we’re all close together and it’s nice to be with this squad.

“I think I’ve improved in the last year and the team itself has developed.”

Kitching, who has received international recognition for England U20s, said: “I had a really good season last year and I’m looking to build on that and get more game time.

“I’ve learned a lot and playing in this league has really helped me.

“I love the team, I love the city, I love everything about it. Anke and I push each other and we are both there to help each other, it’s a healthy relationship.”

Liverpool FC Women leave for America on Tuesday for a pre-season tour with stops in Notre Dame, Boston and New York.

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10 LFC players who broke America

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 15:00

European champions Liverpool jet out to the USA for a three-match tour this week but they won't be the first Reds hoping to make a splash across the pond.

One future Liverpool legend made an impact on North America as far back as 1972 and the route across the Atlantic has been a fairly well travelled one ever since.

So, ahead of this year's pre-season trip to the USA - during which Jürgen Klopp's men will face Borussia Dortmund in Notre Dame, Sevilla in Boston and Sporting CP in New York - we've put together a list of 10 former Reds who left their mark on America.

Steven Gerrard

One of Liverpool’s greatest ever players, Steven Gerrard called time on his trophy-laden, 710-game Anfield career in 2015 to take up a new challenge with Los Angeles Galaxy. 

The 35-year-old marked his MLS debut with a goal and an assist in a 5–2 win over the San Jose Earthquakes and was selected in the league's All-Star team at the end of the season.

The former LFC skipper played 39 times for the Californian side - scoring five goals and providing 15 assists - before returning to Liverpool and joining the Academy coaching staff in January 2017.

Brad Friedel

Signed by Roy Evans, former USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel left his homeland to join Liverpool from Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew back in 1997.

The MLS Goalkeeper of the Year rejected approaches from Celtic and Rangers to join the Reds. He enjoyed a 31-game Anfield career before going on to establish himself as one of the best stoppers in the Premier League at Blackburn Rovers.

Steve Nicol

One of the most successful players in Liverpool history, Steve Nicol became player/coach of minor league side Boston Bulldogs in the USA in 1999. 

He stepped up to the MLS as New England manager in 1999, winning the US Open Cup and the North American SuperLiga during 10 years with the Revolution.

Djimi Traore

A Champions League winner with Liverpool in 2005, Mali defender Djimi Traore played 141 games for the Reds before leaving the club in 2006.

He signed for MLS side Seattle Sounders in 2013 and scored a spectacular 30-yard volley in a CONCACAF Champions League match against Tigres UANL. 

The France-born full-back played 50 games for the Sounders and then joined the coaching staff. He is currently assistant manager at the club.

Steve Heighway

Between 1970 and 1981, Steve Heighway played 475 times during a glittering career at Liverpool but then took his considerable talents to the USA and the Minnesota Kicks.

The two-time European Cup winner played 26 times for the North American Soccer League (NASL) side, scoring on four occasions. He finished his playing career with the Philadelphia Fever in 1982. 

Robbie Keane

Signed by Liverpool in 2008, Republic of Ireland international Robbie Keane struggled to replicate his best form at Anfield and returned to Spurs six months after joining the Reds. 

From there he headed to MLS, joining LA Galaxy in 2011. The stiker proved to be star at the Californian club, scoring 105 goals in 170 games, winning three MLS Cups and bagging a series of league MVP honours during his six-year stint in the USA.

Graeme Souness

Before Graeme Souness headed to Anfield in 1978, the Scottish midfielder spent a season playing for Canadian side Montreal Olympique, in the same North American Soccer League as the New York Cosmos.

He was named in the 1972 NASL All-Star team.

He would go on to become one of Liverpool’s all-time greats, winning five league titles and three European Cups during his 259-game Anfield career.

Abel Xavier

Portuguese full-back Abel Xavier was notable more for his outlandish hairstyles and fashion sense than his on-field displays during his brief stint with Liverpool. 

After making 21 appearances for the Reds, Xavier left Anfield in 2003 and finished his career in the USA with Ruud Gullit's LA Galaxy in 2008. 

Tommy Smith

Liverpool legend Tommy Smith spent the summer of 1976 on loan at NASL side Tampa Bay Rowdies, before returning to the Reds and winning the European Cup in 1977 - his second with LFC.

After that stunning send-off, 'The Anfield Iron' went back to the USA to play for and coach LA Aztecs.

Roy Evans

Scouse defender Roy Evans joined Liverpool as an apprentice in 1963 and served the Reds in almost every capacity possible before eventually becoming manager of his beloved boyhood club in 1994.

Before calling time on a his playing career and graduating through the famous LFC bootroom, Evans enjoyed a successful loan spell at NASL side The Philadelphia Atoms in 1973.

"We ended up winning the league and becoming the first rookie team to win a national championship in the USA in any sport," Evan's recalled to LFChistory.net. 

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Jürgen Klopp on Simon Mignolet's future

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 11:59

Jürgen Klopp expects Simon Mignolet to stay at Liverpool this summer.

The Belgium international spent last season as the Reds’ second-choice goalkeeper following the arrival of Alisson Becker, but impressed his manager and teammates alike with the attitude and application he displayed throughout the campaign.

And, speaking after his side’s 3-1 friendly win at Bradford City on Sunday, Klopp stated his belief that Mignolet will remain part of his squad in 2019-20.

“Yeah, how I’ve heard,” the boss replied, when asked if the ‘keeper will stay at Anfield.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations with him in the last couple of years and months. Before we left we had a talk and I would say yes [he will stay].”

On whether Mignolet continuing his Liverpool career would be because he values the 31-year-old’s professionalism, Klopp continued: “Yeah. I think it’s because at a club like Liverpool you need two No.1s at least and we have that, that’s cool, with Ali and Simon. 

“That’s a very good situation for the club but a situation I think you should have and that’s why everything is fine from my point of view.”

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Liverpool FC and MG Motor partnership goes global

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 11:29

Liverpool FC and MG Motor have extended their existing long-term regional relationship to incorporate global markets.

Previously the club’s official automotive partner in China, the renewal sees the car brand’s partnership continue with the Reds, with MG taking up the new designation of official global car partner of LFC.

With the partnership expanding to include global markets, MG will use the relationship to help accelerate growth and brand awareness beyond China, in its key international regions around the world, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, South America, North Africa, and many more.

The iconic car brand will continue to benefit from signed merchandise, LED advertising, digital and social support, first-team player access and club hospitality, as it continues to build on its relationship with LFC, which has already seen the creation of limited-edition, LFC-branded cars, the launch of a TV commercial, and LFC legends attend the International Motor Show in China.

Billy Hogan, the club’s managing director and chief commercial officer, said: “MG, an iconic car brand with a rich sporting heritage, has been a valued partner of the club for the last three seasons and we’re incredibly pleased to not only be renewing this relationship, but also be expanding it on a global scale.

“As partners, we have brought some incredible opportunities to our fans and chances for them to get closer to the action. I’m looking forward to seeing what else we can achieve now that our focus becomes global.”

Michael Yang, MD of SAIC Motor International Business, said: “Just like the well-known saying, ‘one tree does not make a forest’, we’re always looking for more people and partners to come together to create great things.

“The joint cooperation between MG and Liverpool FC will surely do this as we create more great moments together and bring more special experiences to fans around the world.”

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Ian Frodsham Memorial Cup held at the LFC Academy

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 11:00

Football teams from local schools in Liverpool came together for a tournament in the name of former LFC player, Ian Frodsham, on Thursday.

Hosted by the LFC Foundation, the competition welcomed 12 teams from across the area, who came together at the club's Academy for an afternoon of small-sided matches.

The memorial tournament was played in a two-league format with six teams in each, with the two league winners meeting in the final.

After some competitive and entertaining games, Rudston Primary School and St Finbars Primary School drew and were named as joint winners. 

Ian was an extremely promising footballer who tragically passed away at the age of 19 after suffering from a spinal tumour. 

He joined the Reds as an U11 from Brookfield School in Kirkby before signing a professional contract aged 17.

Ian’s mother Lyn was in attendance to support the teams, congratulate all the players and award the winning teams with the trophy.

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Joel Matip hosts LFC match ticket draw for local schools

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 10:00

Liverpool defender Joel Matip joined the club's Red Neighbours programme to host a special match ticket draw for local pupils on Friday.

More than 100 youngsters representing 25 schools headed to Anfield for the Champions League-style draw, where they were each allocated the four home games they’ll attend during the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.

For the third consecutive season, Red Neighbours will donate a total of 1,100 free tickets to 21 primary and four high schools in the L4, L5 and L6 areas as part of its free tickets for schools initiative.

Matip said: “This is a fantastic scheme for the local kids and it’s been brilliant to come down and meet so many of them today.

“We always love to get out in the community and spend time with our fans, so it’s been a really enjoyable afternoon and we hope the kids are looking forward to coming back to Anfield for a game once the season is under way.”

Providing local children with the opportunity to experience an Anfield matchday forms part of one of Red Neighbours’ four key areas of focus: creating memorable experiences for young people.

Gayle Hall, careers co-ordinator at Notre Dame Catholic College, said: “Our pupils have had so many wonderful experiences over the last few years thanks to Red Neighbours and the ticketing initiative.

“Being able to go to Anfield to watch a game is a dream come true for a lot of our children, never mind being a part of events like this and having the chance to meet first-team players. It’s something they’ll never forget.”

Red Neighbours also focuses on three other key areas of need in and around the Anfield area: food poverty and education; support for the elderly community; and encouraging a physically active community.

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Gini Wijnaldum: I feel like a champion - but I still want more

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 08:00

Feeling like a champion every day has made Georginio Wijnaldum even more determined to scoop silverware with Liverpool again as soon as possible.

The Netherlands midfielder returned to pre-season training on Saturday six weeks on from the Champions League triumph over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.

Wijnaldum carries the buzz of that night, and the victory parade that followed, with him still – and he considers that feeling ideal motivation to make success happen again.

“Because I know how it feels right now, I want it again,” the No.5 told Liverpoolfc.com. “That’s why I came back hungry, the guys also came back hungry to achieve even more.

“It’s a good feeling and it’s the feeling you want to get used to, winning trophies like that. That’s why everyone is hungry to do even better this year and win more.”

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Wijnaldum got his pre-season programme under way a week later than the first group of players having represented his country in the UEFA Nations League in June.

And though the 28-year-old was pleased to enjoy a break after an extended campaign, it wasn’t long before he was itching to get back to club duty.

“Especially at the end,” explained Wijnaldum. “It was a good vacation I had. I had a lot more days than the years before.

“You always look forward to coming back and especially because we won the Champions League, you want more this season. So you’re really hungry to start.”

The Dutchman was not involved in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Bradford City but is in line to travel on Liverpool’s tour of the United States this week.

With three seasons already under his belt at Anfield, Wijnaldum has a firm understanding of the size of the club and its fan base across the world and he expects more of the same in America.

“It’s a really big club,” he said. “Everywhere you go people know Liverpool. On my vacation a lot of people came to me and congratulated me for the Champions League.

“Sometimes you don’t realise how big the club is; the club is in Europe but even when you travel abroad to Asia or America you see how big this club is because a lot of people support Liverpool and a lot of people know the club.”

Rhian Brewster and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have bolstered the first-team ranks after long-term injuries, with Jürgen Klopp describing the pair as ‘new players’.

Wijnaldum echoed the manager’s sentiments as he welcomed the addition of the quality he knows both possess.

“We already knew they were quality players but unfortunately they were injured last season and had more or less their own programme,” he added.

“But before they got injured we knew how good they are. The manager said they are like new players and it’s also [the same] for us. We’re going to add their quality to the squad so it’s going to be even better than before.”

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Sadio Mane reaches Africa Cup of Nations final with Senegal

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 19:36

Sadio Mane will contest the Africa Cup of Nations final with Senegal after a 1-0 extra-time win against Tunisia in Cairo on Sunday evening.

The Liverpool forward played the full 120 minutes of the semi-final clash, which was settled by Dylan Bronn’s own goal.

Both teams had missed penalties in normal time as it ended goalless after 90 minutes.

Mane and co will now face either Algeria or Nigeria in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final, which will be played on Friday July 19.

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Bradford 1-3 Liverpool: Watch goals, highlights and reaction

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 19:00

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Jürgen Klopp on Stephen Darby, Bradford win and more

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 17:48

Jürgen Klopp reflected on a work in progress during pre-season after Liverpool defeated Bradford City 3-1 in their second friendly of the summer on Sunday.

James Milner (two) and Rhian Brewster were on target for the Reds at Valley Parade in a game played to raise funds for the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, launched by former Liverpool and Bradford defender Stephen Darby following his MND diagnosis and retirement from football last September.

Milner’s brace, the second of which came from the penalty spot, arrived during an opening to the match that pleased Klopp, with Brewster’s third goal of pre-season coming via a poacher’s effort shortly before the break.

Read on for a summary of the boss’ post-match press conference…

On showing support for Darby and his foundation…

Very important information, I would say: if you play one game for Liverpool’s first team or 400, it doesn’t matter – you are one of us. That’s what the club showed today and [Bradford] showed it as well. It was a really nice opportunity for us to show the support for Stephen and his family.

On the game and Liverpool’s performance…

For the first 30 minutes I would say we were very confident, we did the right things in the right moments. Then we lost rhythm and didn’t get it back, to be honest. It looked a bit more rusty, but that’s how it is in pre-season very often, taking the wrong decisions and all that stuff. But it was still a wonderful third for Rhian’s goal, really nice. The goals were really, really good. Second half, we never really could get the rhythm so it was a bit boring to be honest. If you are not creative on a specific day, you have to use the simple solutions and then you need to be still direct, try to come behind the last line. But it’s normal, we have to feel things like this, you have to do things like this and then the manager has to criticise you and then you make the next step and everything is good again.

On the opportunity for young players during pre-season…

The door is always open, but the boys have to go through by themselves. It is always like this in each pre-season.

On whether Liverpool will look to bring in another left-back after the departure of Alberto Moreno…

We will see. What can I say? I said already, we have to think about everything and in the end maybe we do nothing, but we will see. Of course, as you can imagine, we will have a look at all the things around us. Of course we have lost a left-back and today you saw two pretty young ones, James [Milner] has played it and all that stuff. As I said, we will see.

On the thinking behind Adam Lallana playing in a deeper midfield role so far in pre-season…

Adam is this kind of player, he can play that no problem. He enjoys it obviously a lot! It’s about getting Adam the rhythm, bringing the things he is naturally good in: small spaces, keeping the ball, passing the ball and all that stuff, and then from time to time offering the runs in behind as well – especially together with Millie that’s possible. For us it’s another option to use. He just needs a bit of luck now [in terms of avoiding injury], that’s true. We have to come through [pre-season] without injuries, that would be cool, and we have a couple of ‘new’ players I would say, this season.

On opponents possibly having an added incentive to beat Liverpool this season due to their status as champions of Europe…

To be honest, last year we were second in Europe but everybody wanted to win against us! When we went to Newcastle I thought ‘OK, what are we playing today here for?’, the intensity was like a World Cup. I don’t think it will be more tough [to win], but it will be tough like always. I had to learn that pretty quick: when you are a Liverpool team and you go somewhere, they’re all really on their toes. That was never different, but we will be prepared for that for sure.

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James Milner pays tribute to 'incredible' Stephen Darby

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 17:48

James Milner paid tribute to Stephen Darby's incredible strength after a special match between Liverpool and Bradford City in his honour.

Former Reds defender Darby was forced to retire from football at the age of 29 last September having been diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Sunday’s pre-season match at Valley Parade raised funds for the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, the foundation launched by Darby to increase awareness and help others.

Milner found the target twice in a 3-1 win for Jürgen Klopp’s side, one via a deflection and the other from the penalty spot, with Rhian Brewster also on the scoresheet.

But the result was insignificant compared to the greater meaning of the game, explained the Reds’ No.7 in a post-match interview with Liverpoolfc.com…

On football being secondary to the occasion…

Yes, it’s tough. Personally, I’m proud to know Stephen… how he deals with everything. It has been a great occasion today with everyone coming out. It is a horrible disease but [he has] everyone around him. Anything that’s been raised today, and the awareness, hopefully helps other people going through the same thing.

On handing over a cheque to the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation from the James Milner Foundation…

Obviously I’m in a fortunate position to help, we help some great causes and Darbs’s foundation is one of many. How he’s conducted himself, how he is going about what he’s done, setting up the foundation, him and Steph [Houghton] together – we obviously want to help as much as we can. We’re having another ball this year on December 1 and hopefully we can raise more funds again and some of those will be going to that again.

On Stephen’s situation making him appreciate his career as a footballer…

I think so but football becomes secondary. We know how important it is, how much it means to people, how much it changes lives and how happy it makes people. You see the parade after the Champions League and what it means to people. Maybe when they’re going through hard times football gives them a bit to take their mind off it. That’s secondary obviously to everything else and what the disease can do to people and families. So, the more money we can raise and the awareness to learn more about it because there’s not too much that’s known about the effects and what can help it.

On Stephen’s strength and bravery…

Incredible. I’m proud to know him. Losing his football career like he did, that’s one thing. And then dealing with the disease, having Steph around him, she’s doing incredibly as well – carrying on her football and being there for Darbs at the same time, going through it together. [He is] thinking about himself and his family but also thinking about others in setting up the foundation and how it can help other people going forward. They have done an amazing job. He is one of the nicest guys you’ll meet. It’s unfortunate what happened. Today shows how much everybody thinks of him, both the clubs he’s played at and all the people who have come out today. It was a fantastic turnout. I’m sure you’ll see more of the videos on social media, there are more fun ways of doing it. We nominated everyone here so hopefully there’s a few videos going up and raising that awareness more and getting the word out.

After being nominated for the #StephenDarbyBaby challenge, @JamesMilner called in some backing singers, in support… https://t.co/yJvwDLQtiA

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On claiming the first goal…

I think I’ve got to! I’ll put my hand up and claim it. Today’s performance wasn’t as good as the other day. The pitch got dry after 20 minutes, that didn’t help us, and we’ve had a tough week. Sometimes they defended well and defended deep. You’ve got to keep making the runs in behind, which maybe we stopped doing, and we were a bit sloppy with some of the passes. It’s our fault as well and something to learn from. We started so positively the other day and it was the same score at half-time as the other day but probably not as good a performance. But we’re working hard; we want to play well, that’s obviously one thing we want to do, but at this stage of the season it’s about getting those mistakes out of the way and getting the fitness, getting game time in our legs.

On pre-season ‘stepping up’ when the Reds go out to America next week…

The majority of the boys are back and the sooner everybody can be on the same programme, the better. The first week is always the toughest, both mentally being back and physically. You’ve got that first week in the legs with some tough sessions. We’ll get out there, more games and more tough sessions and running I’m sure. The longer we’re together, the better you feel. Hopefully we can step up the preparations, tick them off one by one and be ready for that first game.

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Photo gallery: Liverpool beat Bradford on Stephen Darby's day

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 17:08

Liverpool claimed a 3-1 victory at Bradford City in their second pre-season outing of the summer on Sunday.

James Milner netted a deflected effort and a penalty in the space of one first-half minute and Rhian Brewster struck again before half-time.

The match raised funds for the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, which was launched by former Reds and Bradford defender Stephen Darby after his MND diagnosis and retirement from football last September.

Darby was at Valley Parade to watch his two former clubs face off in front of a sell-out crowd.

See some of the best pictures from the afternoon in our gallery below.

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up against Bradford

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 13:24

Dejan Lovren starts for Liverpool against Bradford City this afternoon, with Jürgen Klopp planning to field two different outfield teams in each half at Valley Parade.

Lovren makes his first appearance of the summer in a starting XI otherwise unchanged from Thursday’s 6-0 win at Tranmere Rovers.

Joe Gomez therefore moves into the second-half line-up, which also includes Liam Millar in place of the injured Paul Glatzel, for the 3pm BST kick-off.

Simon Mignolet will play the full 90 minutes in goal.

Watch the game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO – click here for more information and to see the live rights in your country.

First-half team: Mignolet, Clyne, Phillips, Lovren, Larouci, Milner, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilson, Kent, Brewster.

Second-half team: Mignolet, Hoever, Matip, Gomez, Lewis, Fabinho, Woodburn, Jones, Duncan, Origi, Millar.

Additional substitutes: Atherton, Johnston.

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Live match updates: Bradford City v Liverpool

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 12:23

Welcome

A warm welcome to our second live match blog of the summer, with Liverpool set to face Bradford City in a friendly at 3pm BST today.

The game is live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO from 2.15pm and you can find out how to watch by visiting liverpoolfc.com/watch.

We'll also be keeping you updated on the build-up, action and reaction right here. Enjoy.

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Liam Millar in Liverpool squad for Bradford friendly

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 10:59

Liam Millar will be part of the Liverpool squad for today's pre-season friendly with Bradford City.

The Canada international spent the second half of last season on loan with Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock and then represented his country in the CONCACAF Gold Cup during the summer.

Millar has since returned to Melwood for pre-season training and will replace the injured Paul Glatzel in the squad for the Reds’ trip to Valley Parade.

The 3pm BST kick-off against Bradford can be watched live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO – click here for more information and to see the live rights in your country.

Jürgen Klopp has Dejan Lovren available for the match but Vitezslav Jaros misses out with injury and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum are not yet in contention.

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Vitezslav Jaros injury update

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 09:58

Liverpool can confirm Vitezslav Jaros has sustained an elbow ligament strain that will keep him out of action for a number of weeks.

The goalkeeper, who made his senior debut as a second-half substitute in the friendly with Tranmere Rovers on Thursday, picked up the injury during training at Melwood.

Assessment by the club’s medical team has revealed Jaros is likely to miss the remainder of the pre-season programme.

It means the 17-year-old will sit out this afternoon’s friendly with Bradford City, as well as the tour of the United States and the subsequent fixtures with Napoli and Lyon.

Jaros joined the Reds from Slavia Prague in August 2017 and was part of last season’s FA Youth Cup-winning U18s team.

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Liverpool join race for £20million Russian rising star

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 08:17

But they have fellow Premier League big-hitters Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United for company, with the CSKA Moscow striker on the radar of many of Europe's top clubs.

The 21-year-old is being tipped as Russian football's star of the future with a goal record and lethal finishing ability that is attracting Germany's leading clubs Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, as well as French side Monaco and Sevilla of Spain.

Arsenal are keen to snap Chalov up after he scored against them in a losing effort in the 2017-18 Europa League quarter-finals, and he boosted his fan club with a goal against Real Madrid in the Champions League group stage last December.

Chalov, who has been at CSKA since he was eight, finished last season as the Russian Premier League's top scorer on 15 goals – two ahead of Zenit St Petersburg's Sardar Azmoun.

He also weighed in with seven assists to enhance his growing reputation as an attacker who can score and make goals with his eye for a pass, smart decoy runs and awareness of space.

Chalov signed an improved deal in January that runs until June 2022 – but the talented striker is already a hot-property with clubs circling.

Having parted company with Daniel Sturridge, Kop boss Jurgen Klopp is on the look out for another striker.

But Chalov, with 27 goals in 65 League games for CSKA is looking for game time – not a bit part role.

And that could be a problem for Liverpool with Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino unmoveable in the Anfield forward line after leading the club to a sixth European Cup and a second-place Premier League finish, one point adrift of champions Manchester City, last season.

Source: Daily Mirror

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