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Meet the Academy: Tony Gallacher

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 13:00

Tony Gallacher has already noticed the connections between himself and a certain Champions League-winning full-back.

A Liverpool left-back? Check. A bubbly Scot? Check. A background involving the lower leagues? Check. And a tireless work-rate? Full house. 

Gallacher, an U23s defender who joined from Falkirk in January 2018, doesn't need to look far for inspiration with Andy Robertson established as one of the best in the business. 

"Whenever I get the chance to go to Melwood, obviously I'm keeping a second eye just to watch what he does and try to copy him," the 20-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com. "He's a quality player and he's shown that.

"I've only been up to Melwood a couple of times, but you can tell that no-one wouldn't get along with him. 

"He's got that personality about him that he's just a likeable guy. He's one of the louder ones in the changing room, I've heard!"

Read on below for our full chat with Gallacher about his first two years on Merseyside...

You were playing first-team football at Falkirk before leaving for Liverpool. Was that a hard decision to make after being there for so long? 

The hard part was probably just moving away from home. For me, the football was a no-brainer. The minute my agent phoned me saying, 'Liverpool are going to give you a trial' and then the minute they said they wanted to sign me, it was an easy answer. The only difficult part was leaving home. But after a month, if that, you settle in and you get used to your new surroundings.

What do you think you've improved on since arriving as an 18-year-old?

I'd say knowing the game positional-wise, knowing what position to be in at a certain time in a game and when to attack. Just general game management, I'd say – that's much more strict here. Then all of a sudden the press that Liverpool do is like no other team. It took me a few weeks to learn how intense it was, just to get used to it all. You sort of come into it like, 'Is this how we're really doing it for 90 minutes?' But that's why they are where they are right now – it works.

How did the move to Liverpool come about then? 

Initially I was meant to be going to Swansea on trial. I was literally getting set up for Swansea and then a day or two before my agent just called saying, 'Yeah, Liverpool have come in last minute giving you a trial, so we'll go with that one straight away'. It sort of happened really quick. I came in, trial and then on my way home on the train with my dad that's when I got told they wanted to give me a contract. Then a couple of days later I was down and moved into digs. It all happened in the blink of an eye. 

And Kenny Dalglish was with you and your family on the day you signed...

They said, 'We've got a surprise for you'. And I was like, 'Alright, what's going on here?' We were just at the Academy and then he came in. He was just asking where we were from. At first, I was like, wow, I didn't realise he didn't lose any of his accent at all – not one bit! It was good because he's such a big name, King Kenny. Seeing him on the day, especially when the highs were so high, was great. And because he's Scottish it makes it that bit better. I was a bit starstruck, to be honest.

You've also played right-back and centre-back for the U23s this season. Just how important is it to be versatile as a youngster? 

It sort of came about this season really, I've never really played there before. I had a good run of games playing at right-back and my form actually got better. Over the Christmas period when I was playing there, it gave me that confidence at left-back and it felt easier again. Because on the other side you can't really look down the line, so you come inside more and it gives you that bit more confidence and getting involved. With players such as James Milner being able to just play anywhere, it is good to have [versatility] because that way you're not limited to where the coach can trust you. 

Now you've been at Melwood a few times, so what's that been like? 

Nervous! There's such big names there. Coming from where I've come from, you just talk about these players. You never really think you're going to be training with them at any point in your career. When I go up there, they make it easy for you because you obviously know who they are. You're going to be nervous and have your head down a bit and getting on with your business. But when you go up there, they're easy-going and make it easy for you. At the same time, if you're not going about it right then they'll make sure you know, which is good. They won't shy back from standards being as high as they're meant to be.

Does anything surprise you when you're there? 

You'd think in training maybe they'll just rest a bit here and there because of all the games they have – but it's nothing like that. The training standard is just as high as it is in a game. I think that's why they're able to go and do what they do over a consistent amount of games. Because they're training at such high standards, when they go into games it's no different and nothing changes. I think the standard and the drive comes from all the players – not just like Henderson the captain, Milner, Lallana as the more experienced ones, it comes from everyone.

You made your senior debut at Aston Villa in the League Cup quarter-finals, but what are your targets for the future?

That game was a once-in-a-lifetime situation where you wouldn't even think of it normally, you couldn't even guess that it would happen. I've made my debut for Liverpool and no-one can say I haven't. But I want to do my best to be given that chance and be trusted in a big game alongside other first-team players as such. But that night was unforgettable. I had my family down watching, some watching on the TV. It was great and I loved it.

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On this day: Paisley guides the Reds to Wembley glory

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 12:55

Bob Paisley guided Liverpool to a third successive League Cup success after a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Manchester United at Wembley, on this day in 1983.

Ronnie Whelan, who netted a double strike in the previous year's final against Tottenham Hotspur, was the hero again with his superb curled extra-time winner.

Norman Whiteside had fired Ron Atkinson's side into the lead only for Alan Kennedy to level with a superb low drive.

Whelan then netted the winner with a magnificent curling effort beyond the reach of Gary Bailey.

Captain Graeme Souness then insisted Paisley climbed the stairs ahead of the team to lift the trophy in what was to be his final season in charge of the Reds before retiring

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Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Whelan said: “Back in the 1980s, it was a big thing to win.

"Especially getting to Wembley for the fans and if you won it then you’d be in Europe in March so you could kick on and try to win the league and European Cup as well.

“It wasn’t the FA Cup – that was the one you wanted to win. But the League Cup was another cup. I was a kid from Ireland who had come over and I wanted to go to Wembley and win trophies for Liverpool Football Club."

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Jadon Sancho declared as perfect fit for Liverpool

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 12:28

Jadon Sancho would be the perfect signing for Liverpool this summer, says Emile Heskey.

But the former Reds striker believes Sancho wouldn't necessarily be a first-choice if he made the switch to Anfield from Borussia Dortmund in the transfer window.

Dortmund winger Sancho has developed into one of the most exciting young wingers across Europe since leaving Manchester City for the Bundesliga three years ago.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

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Kop 10: Steven Gerrard free-kicks

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 10:00

Steven Gerrard scored some truly iconic goals for Liverpool, with a fair few courtesy of his ability as a free-kick specialist.

On this day in 2014, for example, the midfielder hit a memorable set-piece against Sunderland at Anfield.

The anniversary got us thinking, so we’ve picked out 10 of our favourite Gerrard free-kicks for the Reds...

Aston Villa – August 11, 2007

Gerrard scored more goals against Villa than any other team – 13 in total. On the opening day of the 2007-08 season, the game was seemingly heading for a draw at 1-1 after Gareth Barry netted an equaliser with an 86th-minute penalty. A minute later, though, the Reds were awarded a free-kick and up stepped Gerrard, who curled a magnificent right-footed effort from 22 yards out high into the back of the net beyond the reach of Stuart Taylor to win it.

Newcastle United – November 24, 2007

The opening goal in this 3-0 win over Sam Allardyce’s Newcastle United side at St. James’ Park was just sublime. Lucas Leiva rolled the ball square and Gerrard hit an unsavable drive from 25 yards out that gave Shay Given absolutely no chance.

Portsmouth – December 14, 2004

People said Gerrard had dynamite in his shooting boots at times, and Portsmouth must have thought this on a cold December night in 2004. At the Kop end, Dietmar Hamann touched the ball short and the No.8 thumped a shot that roared into the net.

Everton – September 27, 2014

Gerrard netted 10 goals in Merseyside derbies and this strike at the Anfield Road End was as good as any and proved to be his last in this particular fixture. The skipper opened the scoring in the derby with a curling free-kick that Tim Howard could not keep out.

Arsenal – October 28, 2007

Making his 400th appearance for the club, the captain marked the occasion in style. The Reds took the lead in the seventh minute when John Arne Riise nudged the ball and Gerrard drove an unstoppable hit into the Anfield Road net. Such was the power of the effort, Match of the Day commentator Steve Wilson stated: “That’s travelling about a million miles an hour!”

Everton – March 20, 2005

Hamann rolled the ball short, and with three Everton players diving in, the No.8 placed the ball expertly low into the bottom corner of the Kop net. It was the opening goal of a 2-1 win that saw the Reds forced into three substititions because of injuries in the opening 45 minutes. Milan Baros was sent off in the second half and Luis Garcia hobbled on to continue despite being injured himself.

Manchester United – October 15, 2011

Gerrard put Kenny Dalglish’s side into the lead at the Kop end with a sublime, right-footed free-kick into the bottom corner of the net that David de Gea could only stand still and admire.

Basel – December 9, 2014

Trailing 1-0 and playing with 10 men following the dismissal of Lazar Markovic, the skipper produced yet again, swinging a perfect free-kick off the inside of the near post from the left edge of the penalty area. The Reds then laid siege to the Basel goal but they could not find the winner they needed and the game ended in a draw.

Sunderland – March 26, 2014

From a central position on the edge of the box, Gerrard swept a precise free-kick into the top corner of the Anfield Road net to put the Reds on course for the seventh victory in an 11-game Premier League winning run.

PSV Eindhoven – October 1, 2008

Gerrard racked up his 100th goal for Liverpool with another pinpoint strike at the Kop end. Fabio Aurelio rolled the ball short and the No.8 drilled home an unstoppable drive from 25 yards out.

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Goal of the Day: Emile Heskey's Anfield acrobatics

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 08:15

Emile Heskey scored his 100th club career goal in spectacular style against Birmingham City in November 2003.

The Liverpool striker wowed Anfield by chesting down Salif Diao's searching cross and acrobatically steering home an unstoppable bicycle kick at the Kop end.

Take a look for yourself below. 

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Liverpool's season so far: October

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 08:00

Liverpool kick-started the defence of their Champions League crown by beginning October with a pulsating 4-3 win over Salzburg.

Having lost their Group E opener to Napoli, the Reds raced into a three-goal lead on matchday two before Jesse Marsch’s team - inspired by a certain Takumi Minamino - staged a fightback to level the score in the second half.

However, a calm Kop-end finish by Mohamed Salah secured all three points on the occasion of the 100th European Cup fixture played at Anfield. 

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Three days later, there was more drama in L4 as James Milner’s stoppage-time penalty vanquished Leicester City and made it eight consecutive Premier League victories to open the season.

Sadio Mane had earlier slotted in his 50th top-flight goal for the club during a 2-1 win that preceded the fourth anniversary of Jürgen Klopp’s appointment as Liverpool manager.

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Following the second international break of the season, the Reds dropped Premier League points for the first time in 2019-20 as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United. 

Adam Lallana’s late equaliser snatched a deserved draw at Old Trafford, before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the headline act as the European campaign resumed in Belgium. The No.15 scored twice in a comprehensive 4-1 victory against Genk, including a jaw-dropping, outside-of-the-boot strike. 

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That game came after seven Liverpool players were named on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or, while Alisson Becker was also included in the running for the inaugural Yachine Trophy.

Back in the Premier League, Klopp’s team returned to winning ways as Salah’s 50th goal at Anfield - scored in just 58 appearances - sealed a come-from-behind 2-1 success over Tottenham Hotspur, after Jordan Henderson had equalised Harry Kane’s early opener.

And the month would end in a similar vein to how it started: in eventful fashion at Anfield.

Five players made their first-team debuts as Arsenal were beaten on penalties following an incredible 5-5 draw in the Carabao Cup. 

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Caoimhin Kelleher saved from Dani Ceballos in the shootout, and Curtis Jones subsequently stepped up to convert the winning spot-kick in front of the Kop.

Elsewhere during October, meanwhile, Joel Matip signed a new long-term contract and Vitor Matos joined the club as elite development coach. 

Standard Chartered Player of the Month: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Goal of the Month: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain v Genk

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Replayed: Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal - watch extended highlights

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 19:58

A powerful Liverpool performance saw Arsenal beaten 3-1 at Anfield in August.

Joel Matip’s thumping header just before half-time set the Reds on their way to a third-straight win at the start of the Premier League season.

Jürgen Klopp’s side pressed down on the accelerator immediately after the break, with Mohamed Salah’s quickfire double - the first a penalty, the second a wonderful solo effort - making it 3-0 by the hour. 

Lucas Torreira would grab a late consolation for the Gunners, but the visitors had been unable to resist an intense, purposeful Liverpool display. 

Watch extended highlights of that impressive victory back below…

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Jadon Sancho transfer latest

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 13:45

Borussia Dortmund chiefs believe Manchester United have won the race to sign Jadon Sancho, beating Chelsea and Liverpool to his signature.

Manchester United are thought to be confident about landing the England international.

And that confidence appears to be well placed, with figures at Borussia Dortmund increasingly convinced he will move to Old Trafford, according to the Evening Standard.

Full story: Metro

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LFC launches emergency foodbank appeal

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 13:08

Liverpool Football Club launched an emergency foodbank appeal today to help support the most vulnerable people in Liverpool and Merseyside.

The LFC Emergency Foodbank Appeal provides fans the opportunity to make a charitable donation to support the Trussell Trust Foodbank network, which provides emergency assistance to families and vulnerable people living in food poverty.

The charitable arms of the club, the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours, are working alongside Liverpool City Council and the Mayor’s office to support the city’s coordinated response to supporting people in need during the coronavirus outbreak.

Fans can donate to the LFC Emergency Foodbank Appeal via LFC’s and the LFC Foundation’s official Facebook pages. The appeal, which will be administered by the LFC Foundation, will donate 100 per cent of the funds raised directly to the Trussell Trust, which supports a network of foodbanks in Liverpool and Merseyside.

Matt Parish, director of the LFC Foundation, said: “It’s important during these difficult times that we continue to help the people who need our support the most.

“It’s a priority for the club, the LFC Foundation, Red Neighbours and our fans, who have consistently showed their support of Fans Supporting Foodbanks on matchdays in recent years. We would encourage anyone who is able to make a donation to do so as it will make a big difference to the Trussell Trust’s foodbank networks in Liverpool and Merseyside.”

Text donations can also be made directly to the North Liverpool Foodbank by simply texting FOODBANKFC to 70460. Donations will cost £5, plus your standard network message rate.

Alternatively, you can donate any whole amount up to £20 by texting FOODBANKFC, plus the value. For example, FOODBANKFC10 means you’ll be donating £10, FOODBANKFC15 will be £15, and so on. To make an online donation to the North Liverpool Foodbank, please click here.

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Real Madrid want Mbappe amid Liverpool interest

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:38

Real Madrid are reportedly preparing a massive offer to try to bring PSG star Kylian Mbappe to the Bernabeu when the transfer window eventually re-opens.

The French forward has become one of the most highly sought-after players in the world since he broke onto the scene at Monaco in the 2016-2017 season, and he has been in sensational form again for PSG during the current campaign, scoring 18 goals and creating five assists in Ligue 1.

Madrid are known to have been watching Mbappe in admiration from afar for some time, and manager Zinedine Zidane is a particularly big fan.

Full story: Mirror

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Hindu New Year

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:30

Liverpool Football Club would like to wish all of our supporters celebrating Hindu New Year a very safe and Happy New Year.

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PL scouts eye Bundesliga defenders

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:14

Premier League scouts will watch Schalke U19 defender Bradley Cross when football resumes in Germany.

The 19-year-old centre-back is on loan with the Bundesliga club from South African side Bidvest Wits and has benefited from playing alongside the highly-rated Malick Thiaw, who has been watched closely by Europe's elite clubs this season.

Thiaw, who is still 18, has already made his first-team debut, as a substitute for Jonjoe Kenny, who is on loan from Everton, and has a clause allowing him to leave for around £7million.

Full story: MailOnline

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Replayed: Southampton 1-2 Liverpool - watch extended highlights

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 19:58

Classy finishes from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino secured Liverpool's hard-earned 2-1 win at Southampton.

The Reds visited St Mary's for their second Premier League game of the season less than 72 hours after beating Chelsea on penalties to win the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul.

But they defied the potential pitfall of fatigue to claim all three points on a balmy August afternoon on the south coast.

Mane edged Jürgen Klopp's side into the lead in first-half stoppage time with an unstoppable curler that arrowed into the far corner, before Firmino's nifty footwork and clinical strike made it 2-0 in the second period.

Former Liverpool striker Danny Ings halved the Saints' deficit nine minutes from time, but the visitors stood firm thereafter to register an important victory.

Remind yourself of the best bits of that match with our extended highlights package...

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Big quiz: Name Liverpool's top scorers in each Premier League season

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:00

Tackle our big quiz and see if you can remember Liverpool's top three scorers in each Premier League season.

From the 1992-93 campaign through to last term, how many of the most prolific trios in each year are you able to name?

You've got 15 minutes....

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Reds help tackle social isolation through LFC Connect initiative

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 09:59

Liverpool FC is continuing its work supporting the local community during the coronavirus outbreak with the launch of its new LFC Connect initiative to help people stay connected.

In a bid to reduce social isolation among older and vulnerable neighbours in the north Liverpool and Kirkby communities, the club’s Red Neighbours, LFC Foundation and Fan Experience teams have been busy contacting people to chat on the phone and have a virtual cuppa with them.

Taking place on weekdays between 9am and 4pm, the weekly calls offer a friendly chat to help reduce feelings of isolation among those most vulnerable within the community, currently having to remain at home.

The club will also be sending out postcards as an additional way of reaching out to the local community and letting fans know the Reds are committed to providing support during this difficult time.

The postcards will include a friendly message to promote positive well-being and will include details on how fans can register for the LFC Connect service.

The initiative is open to anyone in the local community of north Liverpool and Kirkby who would like to receive the regular call. Supporters interested in signing up can do so by contacting Christine Mounsey from the Red Neighbours team on 07701 320 455 or RedNeighbours@liverpoolfc.com.

As an alternative, for those who wish to email rather than chat on the phone, this service can be accessed by contacting RedNeighbours@liverpoolfc.com or lfcfoundation@liverpoolfc.com.

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Goal of the Day: Peter Crouch's first outrageous bicycle kick

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 08:25

Peter Crouch stunned Anfield with an awesome display of acrobatics against Galatasaray back in September 2006.

The Liverpool striker readjusted his body to meet Steve Finnan's cross flush with a bicycle-kick volley at the Kop end during a 3-2 Champions League win.

Having earlier opened the scoring from close range, Crouch put the Reds three up in the opening stages of the second half with a goal that was last year voted the competition's best ever acrobatic effort.

He repeated the trick four months later, too, netting a near-carbon copy versus Bolton Wanderers.

Enjoy Crouch's remarkable Champions League strike again below...

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The six-week European Cup tie Liverpool won through chance

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 08:10

On this day in 1965, one of the most unusual European Cup ties in Liverpool FC history came to a strange conclusion.

Bill Shankly’s side were making their first foray into European football that season and so far, everything had gone pretty well.

Commanding wins against KR Reykjavik and Anderlecht, by aggregate scores of 11-1 and 4-0 respectively, had set up a meeting with the German champions, Cologne.

The first leg on February 10 ended in a goalless stalemate at Mungersdorfer Stadion, a result most observers deemed satisfactory for Liverpool ahead of a return clash at Anfield.

It would be five weeks before they could meet again, however, as the second match – slated for March 3 – was postponed shortly before kick-off due to snowy conditions on Merseyside.

When they finally took to the turf a fortnight later, it was a case of déjà vu.

Contemporary reports describe Liverpool’s dominance but Roger Hunt, Ian St John and co could find no way past the inspired Cologne goalkeeper Toni Schumacher and it finished 0-0.

So, in an era before the away goals rule or penalty shootouts were deployed, a third encounter was ordered to decide who would face the holders, Inter Milan, in the semi-finals.

Rotterdam was the venue for part three of the trilogy and Shankly’s pre-match confidence was borne out when St John and then Hunt beat Schumacher to put his team two goals ahead.

But Cologne shrugged off an injury to the influential Wolfgang Weber to strike back twice, either side of half-time, and the 2-2 scoreline stayed true throughout the remainder of the 90 minutes and extra-time.

The deadlock, therefore, had to be broken finally by the toss of a red and white disc.

“Red for Liverpool, white for Cologne,” explained the referee, Robert Schaut, before dispatching the token up into the air and back down into the mud of the turf, where it landed – incredibly – on its side as a scrum watched on intently.

On take two, fate smiled upon Shankly’s men, the red face of the disc confirming it would be Liverpool progressing to the next round.

Watch: Liverpool beat Cologne by toss

“It’s a ridiculous way to decide any football match or, indeed, any sporting event,” Shankly noted. “Surely there must be a way to relate victory to the game itself.”

More frustratingly for Shankly, the win – notwithstanding its manner – proved to be in vain as Inter controversially edged his side in the subsequent semi-finals.

Glory instead came at Wembley on May 1 as Liverpool got the job done in extra-time against Leeds United, with St John’s header securing the club’s much-coveted first FA Cup.

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'I was so proud to tell my kids I played for this special club'

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 08:01

Nabil El Zhar felt immense pride as he watched Liverpool become champions of the world for the first time.

Now based in Doha playing for Qatari side Al Ahli SC, the FIFA Club World Cup in December brought about an opportunity for El Zhar to show his three children the true size of the club their dad used to represent. 

"I had tickets to go and watch the games. I brought my kids because I talk about Liverpool all the time," he tells Liverpoolfc.com. "I could say to my kids: 'Look at who I played for, look at these fans, they have fans all over the world.'

"This, for me, is the biggest team in the world and the biggest fans by far in the world. I was proud."

It's a feeling that's been present ever since El Zhar became a Red as a youngster back in 2006 after joining from Saint-Etienne. 

He would go on to represent the first team of the club he supported as a child 32 times across five years. Every second was a privilege. 

"I remember going to play games for the reserves and all the way I was just looking at the logo and telling myself, 'This is unreal, I'm playing for this team, look I have the tracksuit, the logo'," the 33-year-old remembers.  

"There's some things like this that you can still remember 10 years after or even more. Honestly, I had a great, great time over there.

"I can also say right now because I don't think I've said it until now, when I received the call from Liverpool, I was going to sign for AS Roma. I was in Italy to sign five years for AS Roma. 

"The minute I received the offer from Liverpool, I just went to France to get everything done to fly to Liverpool. I just told my agent that I wanted to go to Liverpool. 

"They wanted me and wanted to send me the offer [by] fax. I told my mum to get the fax and as soon as she got the fax, I travelled down. My agent was not happy because he was not involved in this deal!"

The highlight of El Zhar's Liverpool career arrived on what was his very first start for the club. 

In the XI for a fourth-round League Cup tie with Cardiff City in October 2007, the No.42 opened the scoring with a long-range piledriver in front of the Kop.

Nabil El Zhar's goal against Cardiff City

"It's one of my best moments in my career," he states. "For me, I just need to close my eyes and I remember this goal perfectly. 

"Also the assist was from Steven Gerrard – what more can you ask for?"

The next objective was to earn further minutes on the pitch, and the following season – 2008-09 – saw El Zhar feature 19 times in all competitions.

The disappointment of missing out on the Premier League title that year is still sore to this day: "Maybe the biggest disappointment in my career."

Reflecting on that period, how El Zhar played in Rafael Benitez's side – containing the likes of Gerrard, Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Jamie Carragher and Pepe Reina – also brings about some regrets.

He acknowledges: "I mean, I was comfortable with these guys but I had maybe too much respect.

"As someone that always respects, I'm very respectful, to see this kind of player with you, I'm not saying I didn't deserve it but you're always there and say to yourself, 'You need to do a lot more in order to get to this level'. 

"I was training very hard every [session] but you're always there and know it's going to be difficult to be better than them. But you always try."

A season-long loan spell at Greek side PAOK preceded El Zhar's exit from Liverpool in 2011 as he headed to Spain for more regular game time with Levante, Las Palmas and then CD Leganes.

The decision was made last summer to head to Qatar, where a current Liverpool player is an extremely popular figure among football fans.

"When I signed for Liverpool, everyone in Morocco was supporting Liverpool and now you can see it over here in Asia, in Qatar," El Zhar says. "Mo Salah also because he's an Arabic player, so they follow him because Egypt is close to Qatar. 

"They support everyone but they have a special [feeling] for Mo Salah. For myself, too, because he's Arabic, he's a good example. The image he gives to the people, it's very positive and we take him as an example to someone that stays humble, works hard and achieves his dreams. 

"But there are many players in this Liverpool team that shows that character to the whole world."

El Zhar finishes: "My kids are big, big, big Liverpool fans. I always tell them what's on and now they are very big fans and they ask me always, 'When are you going to take us there, when are we going to see this player and this player?'

"They will have to be a little bit patient because I still play football and it's difficult for me to travel. When I retire, I've promised that I will take them to Anfield. 

"I still have my house [in Liverpool] and just want to still have something there that attaches me to the city, to the club because I spent a few years there. Not every day was easy because I was living alone, but I learned a lot and became a man there.

"Just talking with you now, that brings me a lot of emotions."

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'I'm so proud to be the Scouser in the team - I take the responsibility'

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 10:13

Trent Alexander-Arnold takes his status as 'the Scouser in the team' seriously.

Already a Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup winner with the Reds at the age of 21, the right-back has also earned his very own song from supporters heralding his emergence from the local community into the first team.

It’s a mark of respect Alexander-Arnold cherishes – but, equally, believes comes with a duty when he steps onto the pitch.

“It was one of the proudest moments of my life, definitely,” the No.66 told GQ of the first time he heard the song from the stands.

“It’s something I’m massively proud of, something I think comes with responsibility. I don’t take it for granted, because I know it’s so hard to do it.

“It’s probably everyone in the stadium’s dream to be that person who’s in the team who’s from the actual city that they’re from and to be able to do that having been a fan growing up.”

Alexander-Arnold continued: “I think it’s an honour [to be a Scouser], really. It’s probably one of the best things you can be.

“Everyone’s got the same beliefs, the same drive to succeed, the same hard-work ethic, the tenacity. The passion in what they believe in is a massive thing in this city.”

After setting a new record for assists by a defender in a single Premier League season in 2018-19, with 12, Alexander-Arnold had equalled that tally this term before the suspension of the campaign due to the coronavirus outbreak.

His most recent appearance was his 125th for the club since debuting under Jürgen Klopp in October 2016, but the England international refuses to let any sense of achievement influence his mentality.

“I’d say I haven’t reached full potential at all,” said Alexander-Arnold.

“I’m not where I need to be and where I can be. So there’s no point putting a label on it, in my mind. I still have a lot of improvement to do.

“Growing up, there were always indications of it [becoming a top footballer], but, for me, it was just about playing every game. I wanted to win every game.

“It was never me thinking, “I’m put on the planet and I have to be a footballer,” it was more just every day going to train and wanting to win and wanting to be as competitive as possible.”

He added: “I try to play as well as I can to help the team win stuff.

“Any individual accolade will never come close to a team trophy, because they’re the ones that you grow up dreaming of winning. They’re the ones that mean the most. They’re the hardest ones to win.”

Where Alexander-Arnold is unequivocal is his appreciation for the management of Klopp.

“Unbelievable,” he replied when asked to describe the boss in one word. “Just everything about him in every way. His man management... as a person, as a manager. Just unbelievable.

“He’s the same person [you see on television], because I feel as though in those interviews, when you see him on the camera, you can see that he’s a loving person. You can see that he’s someone who cares about the people around him.

“He cares about his family, he cares about his players, he cares about his staff. He treats everyone as equals. He treats the captain the same as he would a young player.

“People probably have a conception of him as maybe being very emotional, heart on the sleeve. Which he is to an extent, but he knows how to control it in ways that are beneficial to everyone around him. He knows what needs to be said and what tone it needs to be said in, at the right time.”

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Liverpool offered Cantwell hope

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 09:42

Liverpool and Manchester United have been offered hope in their reported pursuits of Todd Cantwell and Ben Godfrey, with Norwich legend David Phillips expecting sales to be sanctioned at Carrow Road.

The Canaries have assembled a squad littered with highly-rated young talent.

Stepping up into the Premier League has proved difficult for Daniel Farke’s side as a collective, but plenty of hot prospects have proved their worth among English football’s elite.

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