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Liverpool 'bid £29.5million' for Nigeria star

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 08:45

Liverpool reportedly had a £29.5million bid for Villarreal’s Nigerian attacker Samuel Chukwueze rejected during the January transfer window.

Chukwueze has attracted the attention of Europe's top clubs – including Liverpool and Chelsea – after Lionel Messi placed him third in his vote for the Kopa Trophy, an award for players under 21.

The 20-year-old winger eventually finished ninth in the poll, which is voted for by former Ballon d'Or winners.

As a teenager he starred in the 2015 U17 World Cup, scoring seven goals in seven matches as Nigeria were crowned champions.

And Liverpool have been so impressed that they bid €35m (£29.5m) for him in January, according to France Football.

However, the bid was reportedly turned down by La Liga side Villarreal, who are said to be holding out for Chukwueze's £55m release clause to be met.

Chukwueze is contracted to Villarreal until 2023, but the Yellow Submarine are bracing themselves for a summer transfer scrap for his signature, with Chelsea also said to be keen.

Since his starring role in Nigeria's U17 World Cup triumph, Chukwueze has progressed into an important first-team player for Villarreal, and French side Lyon are also among those said to be monitoring the winger.

Chukwueze came through the academy at Villarreal and broke into the first team last season, making 38 appearances in all competitions and scoring eight goals.

So far this season he has made 22 appearances in La Liga, scoring three goals and providing three assists, and it would be a big blow for Villarreal to lose one of their most promising players.

Although he primarily plays as a right winger, he can also play on the left flank or as a central attacking midfielder.

Source: Daily Mirror

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'I've never seen the levels Liverpool are getting to before'

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 08:30

Liverpool's 'unbelievable' consistency is a result of the high standards they demand of themselves, believes Rickie Lambert.

The former Reds striker has watched on with delight and awe as his boyhood team have established a 22-point advantage at the top of the Premier League this season by dropping points only once in 25 matches.

Jürgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in 42 games in the division in total, stretching back to January 2019, having also become European champions last June.

“It’s unbelievable what’s happening,” Lambert, who was at Anfield for the 2014-15 season, told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I can’t believe the levels they’re getting to, I’ve never seen it before. To see the Reds doing it this year has been unbelievable.

“The city is buzzing. My household is buzzing. It has been brilliant to see. A few of the lads who were there in my time are still there and to see them doing so well, it’s absolutely superb. I’m made up for them.

“The work-rate they are going through is incredible. I cannot believe the levels they are getting to; I know what it’s like to play in the Premier League and to see any team get to those levels, I’ve never seen it before. I’m made up.”

Looking in from the outside, Lambert feels the philosophy of the manager is being supplemented by strong leadership in the dressing room to forge the powerful team spirit that has made Liverpool so difficult to beat.

“It’s the belief installed through Klopp, it’s the rules and standards that Klopp has put in that the players have taken on board and probably raised it even more with the characters he has been able to bring in,” added the 37-year-old.

“There are a few managers within the team who push the standards on or don’t let the standards drop. And all the players are on form. The camaraderie between them is spot on.

“When everything like that comes together you see something unbelievable – and that’s what we’re seeing right now.

“I’ve been in good teams where the camaraderie is well and it helps, you stay to the standards. But to see these standards getting hit by these lads is incredible.”

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Inside Training: Reds return to Melwood with a free-kick competition

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 21:34

The Liverpool first team returned to Melwood on Monday and LFCTV GO subscribers can take a look at the session with our latest Inside Training video.

After a week-long winter break, the Reds regrouped to begin preparations for Saturday's trip to Norwich City in the Premier League.

The LFCTV GO cameras were back at the training ground, too, to provide a compilation of the workout - including a rendition of Happy Birthday and typically fast-paced rondos.

There was also a good-natured free-kick competition between Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk.

Watch it all in the video above now.

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Atletico Madrid v Liverpool: Away ticket sale update

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 15:16

Liverpool FC has issued a ticket update for the Champions League fixture against Atletico Madrid at Estadio Metropolitano on Tuesday February 18.

A limited number of tickets have been returned and will be available online to season ticket holders and Members based on Champions League away games recorded during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

  • Salzburg (2019-20)
  • Genk (2019-20)
  • Napoli (2019-20)
  • Barcelona (2018-19)
  • Porto (2018-19)
  • Bayern Munich (2018-19)
  • Paris Saint-Germain (2018-19)
  • Red Star Belgrade (2018-19)
  • Napoli (2018-19)

Two or more games: from 2pm on Tuesday February 11.

Supporters can purchase one ticket per person up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

Tickets are subject to availability and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available to all who apply.

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Melwood photos: Mane and Milner in training as Reds return after winter break

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 13:29

Sadio Mane and James Milner were back in training as Liverpool's senior squad returned to Melwood on Monday - and our photographers were present to capture their first session following the winter break.

The Reds will resume their pursuit of the Premier League title at Norwich City this weekend, and preparations for Saturday's trip to Carrow Road are now under way.

Full gallery of photos from Liverpool's Monday workout to follow.

  • Like the training kit worn by the players? Click here to check out the full range and buy your own

Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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'Adam Lewis deserved his Liverpool debut - I was delighted for him'

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 12:00

Adam Lewis' senior Liverpool debut was a fitting reward for the work he has put in since returning from injury, according to U23s boss Neil Critchley.

Lewis started preparations for 2019-20 on a high as he joined Jürgen Klopp’s first-team squad for the summer pre-season schedule.

The 20-year-old then continued his progress with a place on the bench during the Carabao Cup third-round win at MK Dons in September but, three days later, sustained a knee injury that kept him out of action for four months.

However, Scouser Lewis recovered and played in last week's FA Cup replay victory against Shrewsbury Town - and seeing him make his first-team bow for his boyhood club gave Critchley great pleasure.

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“It was a great moment for him and I’m delighted for Adam because he’s someone that, from a personal point of view, I really like,” Critchley told Liverpoolfc.com.

“We have shared quite a bit over the last few years and he has had a really frustrating time this season with the injury.

“He was due to come back, he was fit and he was due back in with the squad, but unfortunately he picked up the injury again which was horrible for him. It wasn’t nice to share that with him but that is football and it is part and parcel of the game.

“He got over that and he got his rewards the other night so I was delighted for him and his family.

“Obviously, Adam had an idea he was going to play and that came around in unfortunate circumstances with Yasser getting injured last week at Wolves.

“I was really gutted for Yasser because he was in a good place but then Adam knew he would have maybe an opportunity to play. That was an extremely difficult decision for me as well because Tony Gallacher has been fantastic for us this season.

“That was a really special moment for Adam and you could see how much it meant to him. I was so made up for him.”

After the 1-0 win, Lewis revealed in a post-match interview with Liverpoolfc.com that he had picked up a knock during the first half, but insisted it was an issue that was never going to see him leave the pitch.

And that is an attitude and spirit that ran through the young squad that booked an FA Cup fifth-round tie with Chelsea, Critchley feels.

“I think it epitomises the whole team on the night, the way we attacked the game and the fighting spirit they showed,” he said.

“Our supporters fed off that - they recognised the effort of the players on the pitch and they responded to that.

“Adam, as well as the other boys: you’d have to have been seriously injured to come off that pitch, because he was desperate to stay on.”

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LFC Foundation funds entertainment in local hospitals

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 10:00

LFC Foundation's Community Fund has helped a local children's charity which provides professional entertainment for children and young people in hospitals on Merseyside.

Pod Children’s Charity, a non-profit organisation, provides laughter and joy in hospitals across the country with the aim of giving ease to kids in care. 

On Merseyside, the charity offers entertainment at both Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Arrowe Park Hospital, including magic, balloons and comic relief for those in need of calming and distraction. 

Entertainment is offered to those confined to their bed, those in A&E and for all in communal areas on the wards, with children coming together to reduce isolation, make friends and have fun.  

With the donation of £1,500 made by the LFC Foundation Community Fund, the charity is now able to add an extra visit per month to both Alder Hey and Arrowe Park. 

John Harding, magician at Pod Children’s Charity, said: “To be able to do what I do and put a smile on the children’s faces is very special. 

“Being admitted to hospital can be very scary for a child and their families – it’s our job to ensure they are calm and most at ease while in care. 

“Not only do we offer comic relief for the kids but also provide temporary respite for the parents who can have some time to relax. 

“The donation from the LFC Foundation has enabled us to increase our monthly visits and we couldn’t be happier.” 

Pod Children’s Charity currently resides in 80 per cent of hospitals across the UK, with the goal being to increase that figure to 100 per cent through continuous funding. 

LFC Foundation’s Community Fund was set up using £100,000 of funds raised from last year’s official legends charity match against Milan Glorie at Anfield.

It will be made available again this year, with another £100,000 being allocated from money raised at the next LFC Foundation charity game, on March 28 at Anfield against Barça Legends.

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'I love Hendo - he is technically, mentally and physically superb'

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 09:43

Rickie Lambert has not been surprised to see Jordan Henderson blossom into a trophy-winning captain for Liverpool.

The pair were teammates at Anfield for one season – 2014-15 – as Lambert joined his boyhood club after five goal-laden years with Southampton.

It was in the September of that campaign when Henderson was appointed Reds vice-captain ahead of his promotion to skipper the next summer.

His talent and dedication made a lasting impression on Lambert, one that made the scenes in Madrid last June – when the midfielder lifted Liverpool’s sixth European Cup – particularly poignant.

“Brilliant, a lovely lad. I loved Hendo. A great professional,” Lambert told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I’ve always been a big admirer of Jordan. When I first saw him – technically superb, mentally superb and physically superb.

“It was always going to be a little bit difficult taking over the reins from Stevie G. I thought he handled it brilliantly; he just kept his head down, came through it better, stronger and more determined.

“To see him lift the European Cup made me a little bit emotional. Seeing Adz [Adam Lallana] go over and hug him, it was a bit emotional because I know where he’s been.

“I was quite close to Hendo and obviously Adz when I was here. To see them two like that and especially Hendo lifting the trophy was unbelievable.”

Having been in Kiev as his side were beaten by Real Madrid in the Champions League final a year earlier, Lambert was back in the stands at Estadio Metropolitano for Liverpool’s second tilt at the trophy.

He toasted the Reds’ 2-0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur before hurrying home to greet the European champions as they paraded the cup through the city.

“Madrid was more relief, the pressure was on us to win it. It was 1-0 – I don’t think we played our best game but neither did Tottenham, it was more professional, doing what we needed to do – and then obviously Origi popped up and sealed it,” he recalled.

“Then you could actually celebrate. You were celebrating the moment and singing but you could truly celebrate when Origi scored because you knew you’d won the sixth European Cup.

“And I managed to get an early flight straight after the game, got back, had about an hour’s kip and then saw them. I was on The Strand. That was an emotional day.”

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Everton v Liverpool FC Women postponed for safety reasons

Sun, 02/09/2020 - 10:47

Liverpool FC Women's Merseyside derby clash with Everton on Sunday afternoon has been called off for fan safety reasons.

With bad weather affecting the city, the decision has been taken to postpone the Women’s Super League fixture at Goodison Park.

A new date and time for the match will be announced on Liverpoolfc.com in due course.

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

Sun, 02/09/2020 - 10:30

Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.

For more information on these activities, and the work of the two organisations, follow @LFCFoundation and @Red_Neighbours on Twitter or click here.

Monday February 10

Kicks

Walton Hall Park – 7pm-8pm (age 11-17)

Kicks Inclusion

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

Kicks Female session

Woodchurch Sports Complex, Wirral – 6pm-7pm (13+)

Table Tennis Club

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 6pm-7pm (open age)

Tuesday February 11

Open Goals

Bowersdale Park (Seaforth, meet at Bowersdale Resource Centre) – 5pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Kicks Female session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 5pm-6pm (age 13+)

Kicks

Toxteth Firefit Hub – 5.30pm-7.30pm (age 11-19)

Adlam Park, Fazakerley – 5pm-7pm

Kicks Inclusion

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 6pm-7pm (age 8-16) and 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 3pm-4pm (50+)

Junior Netball

Anfield Sports and Community Centre (indoor) – 5pm-6pm (age 7-12)

Wednesday February 12

Mini Kicks

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 4pm-5pm (age 4-6)

Rainhill High School – 5pm-6pm (age 4-6)

Open Goals

Crosby in Coronation Park (meet at Alchemy Crosby Youth and Community Centre) – 4.30pm-5.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Kicks

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 5pm-6pm (age 7-12) and 6pm-7pm (age 13-16)

Female session

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

Anfield Sports and Community Centre (Cruyff pitch) – 5pm-6pm (age 8-13)

Kicks Inclusion

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 6pm-7pm (age 8+)

Multi-sports - Badminton

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 6pm-8pm

Thursday February 13

Open Goals

Jubilee Sports Bank, Kensington – 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Kicks

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 8pm-10pm (age 11-17)

Wavertree Sports Park – 5pm-6pm (age 8-13) and 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)

Gateacre High School – 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)

Military Veterans

Netherton Goals – 5.45pm-7pm

Kicks Inclusion

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 6pm-7pm (age 5-7) and 7pm-8pm (age 8+)

Keep Fit

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 7pm-8pm

Friday February 14

Red Neighbours Walking Football

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 11am-12pm

Red Neighbours Walking Netball

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 11.30am-12.30pm

Kicks

Wavertree Sports Park – 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)

Croxteth Health and Wellbeing Centre – 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)

Netherton Activity Centre – 6pm-7pm (age 8-11) and 7pm-8pm (age 12-17)

Kirkby Leisure Centre – 5pm-6pm (age 8-13) and 6pm-7pm (age 14-19)

Kicks Inclusion

Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 6pm-7pm (age 8-16) and 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Saturday February 15

Kicks Inclusion

Woodchurch Sports Complex, Wirral – 10.30am-1pm

Open Goals

Stanley Park (meet at Isla Gladstone) – 11am-1pm (age 5+ and parents)

Newsham Park – 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Norris Green Park (meet by playground) – 1.30pm-3.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Crown Park, Edge Hill – 1pm-2.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Garston Park – 3pm-5pm (age 5+ and parents)

Sunday February 16

Open Goals

Birkenhead Park – 11am-1pm (age 5+ and parents)

Walton Hall Park – 12.30pm-2.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Belle Vale Park – 1pm-3pm (age 5+ and parents)

Doric Park – 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Victoria Park – 1.30pm-3.30pm (age 5+ and parents)

Military Veterans

The Academy, Kirkby – 2.45pm-4.30pm

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Liverpool 'decide on summer swoop' for Leipzig's Timo Werner

Sun, 02/09/2020 - 09:35

Liverpool are reportedly planning a transfer swoop for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner this summer.

Werner has scored 25 goals in 29 appearances for the Bundesliga title challengers this season, attracting the attention of clubs across Europe including Manchester United and Chelsea.

Also among those clubs are Liverpool, who will lose Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah for up to six weeks next season due to the Africa Cup of Nations taking place in January and February.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will therefore need striker cover, and is targeting Werner as well as a left-back to provide competition to Andy Robertson, according to The Athletic.

Full story: Daily Mirror

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Liverpool U23s v Sunderland called off

Sun, 02/09/2020 - 09:03

Liverpool U23s' Premier League Cup meeting with Sunderland today has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions.

Neil Critchley’s young Reds were set to kick off at 1pm GMT in Kirkby, but the fixture was called off on Sunday morning.

A new date and time for the match will be confirmed on Liverpoolfc.com soon.

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'Pedro Chirivella is reaping the rewards of all his hard work and effort'

Sun, 02/09/2020 - 09:00

Neil Critchley is unable to think of a player more deserving than Pedro Chirivella to be receiving opportunities to represent Liverpool in senior football.

Chirivella impressed once again on Tuesday night as a youthful side advanced to the fifth round of the FA Cup by beating Shrewsbury Town in a replay at Anfield. 

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It was the Spaniard's sixth appearance for the Reds this season, with each one of them earned by his work and dedication on the training ground. 

"Pedro has been incredible," Critchley told Liverpoolfc.com. "He is an unbelievable person to work with. He just loves football, loves playing and would play every day. 

"For such a young player and a young person, he has unbelievable intelligence and experience of playing the game and he passes that on to everyone around him. 

"He gives everything to the team and for the team. He never thinks of himself and he sacrifices himself all of the time. 

"I am so delighted for him that he is reaping the rewards of all the hard work and effort he puts in."

The 22-year-old captained Liverpool in the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa in December, though Critchley stressed he certainly doesn't need an armband in order to lead by example.

"He is first on the training ground every day, he plays like a real leader and the boys love him for that," the U23s boss continued.

"Sometimes you say use your experience but I think that's more in terms of an older player, 30 or beyond. But you are only experienced if you use that experience for the benefit of the team - Pedro does that all of the time. 

"I'm so proud of Pedro as a person and the experience he is getting at the moment he deserves it more than anyone."

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Explained: How half-time is used to make tactical adjustments

Sun, 02/09/2020 - 08:00

For most analysts working for football clubs, the final minutes of a first half are only to be believed, not seen.

The stopwatch edging towards the 45-minute mark acts as a silent starting gun for a frantic dash down from the top of a stadium to the dressing room in time for the half-time break.

It's a short time to work, indeed, but a period when match-changing alterations can be made.

"It is very chaotic at half-time," Jordan Kevan, Liverpool FC Women's first-team performance analyst, tells Liverpoolfc.com.

Kevan spends his matchday in the stands, usually observing the action with a full perspective and linked up to Vicky Jepson's assistant Emma Humphries in the dugout via microphone.

"I'll ask her around 40 minutes if she wants to see anything at half-time," he says. "I've probably got the last two or three minutes of the first half to try to get some stuff ready."

The Academy, too, view the break as an opportunity to advise players on tactical situations – if circumstances allow for it.

Tim Jenkins, head of analysis and U23 individual coach at the Kirkby complex, admits it's more prevalent at first-team level, but can be extremely useful for younger players.

"At the Academy it's the practicalities more than anything," Jenkins tells this website. "It may be an U18s game where the players don't go into the dressing room, so it's difficult to crowd round a laptop when you're huddling under a dugout and it's raining!

"You're watching the game with the game plan in mind, how we set the team up and what we expect from them.

"So you're almost working off a checklist: are we trying to press on a mid-block, are we trying to press high off the goalkeeper? Then are we able to do that? And if not, why not? 

"So it's basically working back off the game plan to say, 'Have we been able to achieve the markers we set out or not?'"

If tweaks are needed based on what's happened during the first half, the evidence presented needs to be clear and concise.

Kevan usually puts together two or three clips – around 10 seconds in length – before plugging his laptop into a television LFC Women carry with them for every game.

"By the time I'm down and we've decided we're going to show anything, Vicky has had her talk, the girls have had a few minutes to themselves," he states. "We've only got a two or three-minute window if we do want to show the girls anything.

"It won't be anything that will mean we'll have to change everything that we do. It might just be something small, something simple that is easy to explain and easy to show visually."

That's, of course, if a major event hasn't occurred in the time taken for Kevan to make his way down to the dressing room.

"Sometimes it's not worth showing anything because everything we were going to talk about has just been ripped up," the former Stoke City academy analyst says.

But the impact a different viewpoint and those bite-sized videos may have on the impending 45 minutes of play is huge.

Rhys Williams has been subject to such methods of working with various Liverpool Academy sides, and now at senior level while on loan at Kidderminster Harriers.   

"I think it helps because you don't want to play with a problem that you can't solve," the 19-year-old insists.

"If someone else is seeing it from another angle then you're getting their perspective on how to fix it. Then you can go into the game and hopefully it doesn't happen again." 

And to see those tactical alterations or reminders pay off in the second half brings about an unbelievable feeling of satisfaction for all involved.

"There might be a player you highlight as a 'pressing victim'," Jenkins explains. "So basically there's a player we're going to try to jump when they get the ball.

"Usually one of the two centre-halves, you let them have the ball and then jump and try to dispossess them to create a counter-attacking opportunity, based on the fact you've seen them and how they react with the ball.

"That can be quite satisfying in terms of carrying out a particular plan, but that's just one example.

"It's that sort of concept where you're trying to predict something that might happen in a game and then exploit that situation."

Kevan concludes: "It's the closest we get to scoring as an analyst!"

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'An unbelievable addition' - Joe Gomez hails Takumi Minamino

Sat, 02/08/2020 - 15:00

Takumi Minamino's ability and mentality make him a perfect fit for Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool, Joe Gomez believes.

Minamino has made four appearances for the Reds since arriving on Merseyside in January from Austrian outfit Salzburg, who had faced Klopp's side in two Champions League group-stage encounters earlier in the season.  

And before the Japan international had even completed the switch, Gomez was convinced about his suitability to the Premier League leaders based on those hugely impressive displays in the European meetings.

Takumi Minamino's best bits against the Reds

"He's a happy guy, positive and [got] a nice aura to him," Gomez told Soccer AM. 

"But to be fair, everyone was aware of him from when we played them – just like when he came to Anfield, what he did and how well he took the game. 

"I think as well his desire to press and adapt to our style of play. Obviously the gaffer wants us to play a certain way and he has that tenacity about him to want to get about and put pressure [on]. 

"An unbelievable addition."

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Watch Liverpool's away games live at Anfield's Kop Bar

Sat, 02/08/2020 - 14:00

Join us at Anfield's Kop Bar to watch all of Liverpool's away fixtures during February and March live on the big screen.

Get together with fellow Reds to watch the game and soak up the family-friendly Anfield atmosphere as Jürgen Klopp’s men continue to compete on three fronts.

A fully-stocked bar will be open to buy drinks and food will be available to order. Tickets are priced at just £4 and will be exchanged for a drink voucher on arrival.

Tickets are on sale now for all of these televised away clashes:

  • Saturday February 15 – Norwich City
  • Tuesday February 18 – Atletico Madrid
  • Saturday February 29 – Watford
  • Tuesday March 3 – Chelsea
  • Monday March 16 – Everton

Secure your place to watch the game at Anfield now by clicking here.

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Vicky Jepson's Merseyside derby preview

Sat, 02/08/2020 - 10:00

In her latest Liverpoolfc.com column, Vicky Jepson previews Sunday's Merseyside derby with Everton at Goodison Park in the Women's Super League.

It goes without saying it was very frustrating to see another game postponed last weekend. We had enjoyed a brilliant win away at Bristol City and we were looking forward to another big game against Birmingham City. Unfortunately, the playing surface at Prenton Park has been an issue and there is nothing we can do about that.

The frustration comes from the tireless hard work you put in all week to prepare for these games and then you turn up and find the pitch not playable. The girls were disappointed, but they soon got their spirits up and we had a great training session at the Solar Campus, and our attention quickly turned to Sunday's Merseyside derby with Everton.

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We can't wait for Sunday and the opportunity to play at Goodison Park in a Merseyside derby. It's incredible and another opportunity for our girls to play at a Premier League stadium. I'm sure there will be lots of fans there, which will be another great experience because I do believe female footballers should be playing in front of big crowds. We have already done that this season at our home, Anfield, and to get 23,000 was absolutely fantastic. I just hope the Reds fans can get themselves down to Goodison Park on Sunday and get behind us in the derby.

When we lost 1-0 at Anfield back in November that really hurt because we didn't deserve to lose that game. We played some fantastic football and had some great chances. I still can't believe even now none of them went in but that's football sometimes. It was a bad moment for our goalkeeper Anke Preuss with the goal Everton scored but, to be fair to her, she has bounced back really well and made a brilliant penalty save at Bristol City to win us the game. As a group it was a tough pill to swallow because of how well we actually played.

We know what we need to do on Sunday, everyone has had a taste of the big stage before and we are really looking forward to the game. We know the qualities Everton have and it will be a brilliant occasion, so hopefully we can make our own luck this time around.

Rinsola Babajide has been in great form for us and she caused Everton a lot of problems when she came off the bench at Anfield. Rins has been working hard on and off the pitch and she is getting the rewards now with her consistent performances for us. She has been incredible to work with and with her work ethic out of possession and the qualities she brings, it was great to see her get the hat-trick against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup. The challenge for her now is to bring that into the Women's Super League and meet the expectations that are required.

Recently we brought in a couple of new faces to the team in midfielder Rachel Furness and goalkeeper Rylee Foster. The way Rachel has settled in you would think she has been here for years. She is an integral part of the team and she has also become a leader in the team on and off the pitch. She always has a positive voice and this week she organised a team bonding event and all of the girls went bowling together. Rachel brings us a lot of experience on the pitch as she has played for a number of years in the top flight of the women's league. Rachel has been an incredible signing for us and she fits what this club is all about in terms of having strong leaders there for everybody.

Rylee has started to hit a new level now in training and we see her growing every week and showing her true qualities. When she first came over from Canada she had to settle in to a new country and a new environment, and she was also finishing exams from her scholarship. Rylee is really looking sharp, her distribution is looking good, and our goalkeeper coach Jen Herst has been singing her praises. It's also been great to see Frances Kitching back in training and with Anke we have some fantastic goalkeepers. They have enjoyed some great sessions and it's a real strong goalkeepers' union we have at Liverpool FC Women.

Kick-off at Goodison Park on Sunday is 2pm GMT.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold: The manager's passion drives us every day

Sat, 02/08/2020 - 08:30

Jürgen Klopp's passionate leadership has had an empowering effect on Liverpool's players, according to Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The reigning world and European champions opened up a 22-point lead at the Premier League summit before their current winter break and, in their absence, a youthful side led by U23s boss Neil Critchley stepped up to defeat Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday and continue the club’s progress in the FA Cup.

Under Klopp’s guidance, the Reds have made a virtue of refusing to give in, repeatedly producing critical interventions at vital moments to aid their success in recent seasons – and it’s no accident, explained Alexander-Arnold.

Describing the manager’s influence in an interview with the official matchday programme, the right-back said: “It’s massive.

“He gives us all a lot of freedom so it’s very much the case that the players play to their strengths and are able to do that in different ways in the systems that we play. I think it’s important that the team buys into that and the manager obviously understands what we need to do to win games.

“He’s been like that for the time he’s been here, so he’s transformed the club in an amazing way and going forward there’ll hopefully be a lot more success with him.

“You can see on the touchline and in his interviews after and before the games, he’s so passionate about the game and passionate about winning. We see it every day in training and it’s important for us that he gives us those messages.

“He’s not only just helping us win, he’s giving us the mentality to be able to overcome any circumstance during a game.”

The 4-0 win over Southampton at Anfield a week ago represented Liverpool’s 20th consecutive home victory in the Premier League.

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Overall, Klopp’s men are unbeaten in 42 league matches since January 2019 – the second-longest such run in English top-flight history.

But the consistent message coming from the dugout and the dressing room is that the Reds themselves are ignoring any external conversation about what has or still can be accomplished.

“That’s how we need to think and that’s the way we need to be,” added Alexander-Arnold.

“That’s the message that the manager drills into us on a daily basis: that nothing’s over yet, there’s still a long way to go.

“We’re just over halfway through the season so it’s important for us to keep our heads, keep focused and keep our mentality the same. That’s what’s been working for us, so nothing should change.”

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LFC Women to face Arsenal at Chester FC's Deva Stadium

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 18:59

Liverpool FC Women's match against Arsenal Women on Thursday February 13 will now be played at Chester FC's Deva Stadium, subject to broadcasting regulation approval.

The venue switch for the Women’s Super League fixture follows the ongoing difficulties with the pitch at the team’s current home, Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park.

LFC and Chester have a long-standing relationship and the Reds’ U23s have played many games at the Deva in recent years. Most recently, the club’s U18s played there on the way to lifting the FA Youth Cup in 2019.

Jürgen Klopp also brought the Liverpool first team to the stadium in the pre-season of 2018, with a crowd of almost 4,500 in attendance.

LFC chief executive officer Peter Moore, chair of Liverpool FC Women, said: “It’s fantastic that we are able to continue our excellent relationship with Chester FC and we hope as many fans as possible will take this terrific opportunity to see the Liverpool Women play.

“It was important that we could provide certainty for this game for the fans, players and staff of both teams as well as meet all the requirements of the WSL.

“That has been achieved thanks to the generous cooperation of everyone at Chester FC. Liverpool Women would also like to thank Arsenal Women and the FA for their support.”

Liverpool’s valued relationship with Tranmere will remain and Vicky Jepson’s team will continue to train alongside Rovers at their Solar Campus base.

Ticket holders will soon be contacted by email, with all season tickets and match tickets already sold remaining valid for the game, which will kick off at 7pm GMT.

Anyone now unable to attend can contact womens.enquires@liverpoolfc.com to secure a refund.

The match is also due to be broadcast live on BT Sport.

Dave Harrington-Wright, Chester FC chair, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this game at the 1885 Arena, helping out Liverpool Football Club and continuing to strengthen a special relationship between the two clubs.”

LFC Women’s next scheduled home game is against Manchester City on Sunday March 22.

A further announcement about plans for the team’s remaining fixtures this season will be made soon.

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'I spoke to Jürgen after the game - he loved how we played'

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 16:00

Neil Critchley has given more detail on the conversation he had with Jürgen Klopp after guiding Liverpool into the FA Cup fifth round on Tuesday night.

U23s boss Critchley took charge of the youngest Reds starting XI in history for the fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury Town at Anfield, with Klopp and his first-team squad observing the Premier League winter break.

A mature and confident performance by the home side was rewarded with victory when Ro-Shaun Williams conceded an own goal 15 minutes from time, setting up a tie with Chelsea in the next stage.

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Critchley took a call from Klopp in the dressing room after the win – and today explained what it meant to have the support of the manager.

“The boss got in touch before the game with some words of advice and support – and after the game as well,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I think he was genuinely buzzing about the performance. He loves seeing the younger players play with no fear and passion. That’s what you get from our manager, you get total belief and support; the support he has shown in so many different ways. And those young players feel the support of the manager all of the time.

“I know he is really delighted with how they played because they played like a Liverpool team and that was important to him and it was really important to us as well.

“He gives you total clarity and belief and I want to really thank him for that.”

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