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Watch live: Bradford City v Liverpool from 2.15pm BST

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 06:00

Watch Liverpool's pre-season friendly with Bradford City on Sunday live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO - with coverage beginning from 2.15pm BST.

The Reds journey to Valley Parade for their second fixture of the summer, having started with a 6-0 win at Tranmere Rovers, with kick-off at 3pm.

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'Bradford v Liverpool will be an emotional day for Stephen'

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 18:02

Eighteen years have passed since Liverpool's last visit to Valley Parade, when the Reds defeated Bradford City 2-0 during the final throes of Gerard Houllier's treble season in May 2001.

But on Sunday afternoon that long wait for a return trip to this particular corner of west Yorkshire will end, for a special game in aid of a very important cause.

The friendly between Jürgen Klopp’s side and Gary Bowyer’s Bantams will generate funds for the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, a charity founded by former Liverpool defender Stephen Darby following his own MND [motor neurone disease] diagnosis last September.

Back in 2006, when Liverpool U18s won the FA Youth Cup for the second time in their history, the then-17-year-old Darby was their captain. He featured again when the young Reds repeated the trick 12 months later, but with his path to regular first-team football blocked by seasoned internationals such as Alvaro Arbeloa and Glen Johnson, the Maghull-born right-back joined Bradford in 2012 after making six senior appearances for his boyhood club.

Darby’s leadership qualities were soon recognised at Valley Parade, where he served as captain during a five-year stint that also featured promotion to League One and an appearance in the 2013 League Cup final.

The ex-England U19 international then followed his former Bradford manager Phil Parkinson to Bolton Wanderers, before his diagnosis sadly precipitated his retirement from the game at the beginning of last season, aged just 29 at the time.

It’s a mark of the man that within weeks of receiving the news Darby had dedicated himself to raising awareness of MND and helping fellow sufferers. And it’s a mark of how respected he is within the game that so many friends and colleagues from his former clubs have since rallied to the cause.

Watch: 'Stephen's aim is to help others with MND'

“From the moment he left the waiting room in the hospital his first thought was: ‘I’m not accepting it, I want to fight back,’” says Matthew Buck, Stephen’s agent and a trustee of the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.

“I remember him saying that, as hard as the diagnosis was, he had a great family, unbelievable friends, an amazing wife, and he saw the best of football, football came together for him. He had hundreds of messages of support, people reached out to him, whether it was Bradford, Liverpool – everybody came and supported him and gave him networks to doctors, physios, nutritionists.

“That manifested itself from him being a professional athlete, and he said: ‘I had this wonderful support, but what happens if I’m 29 and I’m a manual worker with no family – what does that look like?’ That was his analogy, he couldn’t come to terms with how an average person not in the public domain would deal with the same situation, and what he wanted to do is create something that gives younger people who get MND that support, whether it’s education, financial assistance or just supporting people by speaking to them. This wasn’t months after, it was days and weeks after, that was Stephen’s philosophy.”

When Liverpool U18s won the Youth Cup for the fourth time in April, Academy director Alex Inglethorpe dedicated the victory to Darby, calling him ‘One of us and a huge part of our history as an Academy.’

Academy coaches and players then raised £4,000 for the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation when nearly 40 of them scaled Snowdon the following month. And, later this month, a group of Bradford and Bolton staff members will embark on a fundraising challenge dubbed ‘Distance For Darbs’; a 65-mile walk comprising visits to both clubs’ stadiums before eventually culminating at Anfield.

An associated social media campaign – #stephendarbybaby – has seen fans and players find ever more inventive places and ways to sing Stephen’s name to the tune of Don’t You Want Me Baby by The Human League, with former Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing – an ex-teammate of Darby – even managing to record his rendition from the top of a rollercoaster in Blackpool.

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

— LFC (Liverpool FC) 13th Jul 11:59

Having recently returned from supporting his wife – England and Manchester City defender Steph Houghton – at the Women’s World Cup in France, Stephen will be at Sunday’s match in person, joined by the foundation’s co-founder, Chris Rimmer. A British Army veteran and fellow MND sufferer, Chris formed a close bond with Stephen shortly after the latter was diagnosed.

“That relationship developed from a family friend reaching out and introducing them,” Buck explains. “Chris is in a wheelchair now and further along with the illness, but his attitude was hugely positive. It wasn’t ‘sit back and accept’, it was ‘let’s find a way to attack it and find a cure for the disease.’ That inspired Stephen and they became close very, very quickly. I think they realised they were stronger together and they could both fight the illness via a foundation.”

The foundation has four key aims, as outlined by Buck, who also functions as director of player management at the PFA.

“The primary one is awareness, using the platform of Stephen being an ex-footballer and the way football has come together for him to create awareness of the illness,” he says. “He wants to use football to get it out there so that people know what MND is, and that will hopefully lead to more money to work towards a cure.

“The second objective is research. The funds for MND are limited, there was the Ice Bucket Challenge, and that created a huge amount of money and awareness, but since then it’s tapered off again. Anything the charity can do to help assist research is important.

“The third objective is money and grants, it will be a grant-based charity, so that, if people are diagnosed and they don’t have the benefits that Stephen had through football, there’s somewhere that can provide assistance at different stages of the illness.

“The last objective is just general support; they want to point people in the direction of emotional support so they don’t feel alone.”

The Darby Rimmer MND Foundation is in the process of being ratified by the Charity Commission, but Stephen, Chris and Matthew are hopeful of having an official launch within the coming weeks. Anyone wishing to donate money can visit the JustGiving page established by Bolton’s assistant manager, Steve Parkin: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/c2cstephendarby.

“The game sold out quickly and it will be an emotional day, I’m sure,” finishes Buck. “Chris is a Liverpool supporter too, ironically, but for Stephen, to be able to have a sell-out at Valley Parade between the team he supported – and started with – and the team where he made his mark is a huge honour and a privilege. But again, the most important thing for him is to raise awareness of the illness.”

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Team news: Klopp confirms Lovren to return at Bradford

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 16:00

Dejan Lovren will return to the Liverpool squad for Sunday’s pre-season friendly at Bradford City.

The defender didn’t figure in the Reds’ opening summer fixture at Tranmere Rovers on Thursday having only returned to Melwood on Tuesday.

Lovren will, however, play a part in the contest at Valley Parade.

Jürgen Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “Dejan will be back. With him, we had the same thing we will do now with the guys who came back today. But he will be playing tomorrow, of course.”

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Liverpool used 23 players during the 6-0 win at Tranmere, with 11 changes made at half-time.

Klopp confirms the Reds will do something similar against Bradford.

“I don’t think we will change [much]; we cannot change a lot, but we will not,” said the manager.

“Maybe it will be really similar line-ups playing together because it looked good so, come on, why not? Get a bit of rhythm and stuff like that.

“We have to wait [to see] who can play and who cannot not play. It will be similar – and hopefully similarly good football because I liked it a lot.

“For a first game, I was really impressed. Now we have to show that we can do it again and again. Hopefully the boys will do that.”

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Inside Training: Five Reds return to Melwood for pre-season

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 15:39

Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk reconvened at Melwood on Saturday morning - and you can see how the day unfolded in the latest edition of Inside Training.

The quintet reported for duty after the summer break, though a hand issue meant Robertson could not join his fellow returnees in taking part in the lactate test.

For the rest of the squad, they were put through their paces by Jürgen Klopp and his backroom team ahead of Sunday's friendly at Bradford City.

Watch the best of the day's activities in our clip above.

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Klopp: Why it was important to pay tribute to Stephen Darby

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 15:17

Jürgen Klopp insists the Liverpool players and staff had no hesitation in getting together to lead a special tribute to Stephen Darby ahead of training at Melwood on Saturday morning.

The squad gathered to chant the name of the ex-Reds defender after being nominated to take part in the #StephenDarbyBaby challenge.

Darby, who made six appearances for the club between 2008 and 2010, was forced to retire from professional football last year at the age of 29 after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Liverpool will play another of his ex-teams – Bradford City – on Sunday to raise funds for the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, as well as awareness for Distance for Darbs – a charity event that will see people walk 65 miles from Valley Parade to Anfield later this month in support of the organisation.

Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com with smile: “It was a rare moment when awareness on social media can make sense, I would say! That’s why we did it and it was good fun.

“Football is only a game, but sometimes we can do some especially good things – and in this case, for Stephen Darby, which is very, very important. We know that and hopefully it will help.”

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

— LFC (Liverpool FC) 13th Jul 11:59

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Melwood gallery: Liverpool train ahead of Bradford friendly

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 14:14

Liverpool were in training at Melwood on Saturday ahead of their second pre-season friendly of the summer, against Bradford City.

Jürgen Klopp and his staff put the players through their paces in West Derby ahead of the trip to Valley Parade on Sunday - a 3pm BST kick-off that you can watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

Take a look at the squad's latest session in our gallery below...

Photos by John Powell

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Andy Robertson expected to return 'in a couple of days'

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 13:44

Jürgen Klopp expects Andy Robertson to be back in training within a few days after the Liverpool defender underwent a minor procedure to deal with an infection.

The Scot returned for pre-season on Saturday morning but is being monitored by the club’s medical team following the hand surgery, before beginning his programme.

And Klopp is sure Robertson, who will be part of the travelling squad to the USA next week, will be ready to re-join his teammates soon.

“It’s unlucky, he got bitten by something not so good – not a dog, I think it was a spider or a mosquito – and it got infected,” the manager told Liverpoolfc.com.

“It’s not a massive problem apart from throw-ins!

“He should be back in training in a couple of days. The rest is good, he could do all of the programme he had to do.”

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Five-star U18s enjoy Bury friendly win

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 13:20

Liverpool U18s produced an impressive display as they swept aside Bury 5-0 in a friendly at the Academy on Saturday morning.

Layton Stewart netted twice with Jake Cain, Leighton Clarkson and James Balagizi also on the mark.

Bury made a bright start but found Reds stopper Ben Winterbottom a tough obstacle to get past as he made a couple of fine saves.

Barry Lewtas' side lost right-back Jack Walls early on after he made a superb last-ditch challenge to deny Bury a certain goal following a quickly taken free-kick.

After a lengthy stoppage Walls was treated by Dr Jim Moxon and his medical staff, and he was carried off the field with what appeared to be a jaw injury.

After the delay the young Reds quickly got into their stride and scored four goals inside 25 minutes.

Balagizi opened the scoring when he darted into the penalty area before producing a lovely finish when he lifted the ball over the goalkeeper.

Cain then made a clever run down the left flank before producing a superb low cross into the path of Stewart who slotted home for 2-0.

Clarkson found himself on the scoresheet when he put the finishing touches on a superb team move before Cain made it 4-0 with another brilliant finish before the break.

There was just one further goal in the second-half when Stewart pounced to net from close range.

Reflecting on the win, Lewtas told Liverpoolfc.com: "It was a really good performance by the boys and we scored some nice goals.

"We played some really good attacking football and could have scored a few more goals in the end.

"It was a shame to lose Jack after he made a brilliant interception so hopefully he will be okay."

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Jürgen Klopp's update on Paul Glatzel injury

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 13:14

Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool are assessing an injury Paul Glatzel sustained during the pre-season friendly against Tranmere Rovers on Thursday evening.

Having been introduced as a half-time substitute, the 18-year-old forward was withdrawn from the action at Prenton Park on 78 minutes after picking up a knee issue.

Klopp admits the injury is a ‘serious’ one as the Reds wait to discover how long it will rule Glatzel out for.

The boss told Liverpoolfc.com: “Unfortunately Paul Glatzel got seriously injured, which is a shame. He is a wonderful kid, a wonderful player, unbelievable.

“The week we saw him [at Melwood] helped already, so when he is back he will be one of my boys because I really like what I saw.”

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Liverpool target Nicolas Pepe 'open to everything' this summer

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 12:10

Manchester United, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain target Nicolas Pepe is 'open to everything' this summer, according to his agent.

Pepe enjoyed a breakout year in Ligue 1 with Lille and is expected to leave this summer if the French side's £60million valuation is met.

His agent, Samir Khiat, further fuelled talk of Pepe's exit in an interview on French TV show L'Equipe Mercato.

'Nicolas is open to everything,' Khiat said.

'The aim is for him to sign in the right place. PSG is a possibility. Today, all parties need to reach an agreement. There are exchanges and discussions.

'He is wanted by a considerable number of clubs. For him the most important thing is to be wanted and to go to a good club in which he will play and continue to progress.'

Pepe hit 23 goals in 45 games last season in a campaign that saw Lille finish runners-up domestically behind runaway leaders PSG.

And the French champions could make an approach for Pepe should they lose one of Neymar or Kylian Mbappe this summer.

For Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to identify players that can bolster his squad and with the potential departure of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, Pepe would represent an attainable attacking target.

The player was away at the Africa Cup of Nations but Ivory Coast suffered heartache against Algeria in the quarter-finals, losing on penalties.

Pepe is now likely to return his focus to his club future as talks between clubs and his agent continue to gather pace.

Source: MailOnline

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

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Photo gallery: Four more Reds take the lactate test at Melwood

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 11:55

The latest four Liverpool players to return for pre-season undertook the lactate test at Melwood on Saturday morning.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum were back at the training ground for their first day of preparations for 2019-20.

And our photographer tracked them taking the lactate test, which measures a player's endurance level with a series of runs at increasing speeds.

Photos by John Powell

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Andy Robertson fitness update

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 11:14

Andy Robertson has undergone a minor procedure on his hand after picking up an infection.

The defender reported back for pre-season training on Saturday morning but will be temporarily delayed in participating in the usual tests and drills, with the club’s medical team continuing to monitor his rehabilitation from the surgery.

Robertson will travel to the United States for the Reds’ pre-season tour next week.

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

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 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 July 15

Premier League Girls Football session

Woodchurch High School Sports Complex - 6pm-7pm (age 13+)

Premier League Kicks sessions 

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

Respect 4 - Ability Counts / PAN Disability Football session

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-12), 7pm-8pm (age 13+)

Open Goals

Springfield Park and Garden - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Tuesday July 16

Junior Netball session

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

Premier League Kicks session

Toxteth Firefit Hub - 5.30pm-6.30pm (age 8-13), 6.30pm-7.30pm (age 14-19)

Respect 4 All - Severe Learning Disability Football sessions

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 3pm-4pm

Open Goals

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

Wednesday July 17    

Mini Kicks session

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

Premier League Kicks sessions

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 7-11), 6pm-7pm (age 12-17)

Wildcat Girls Football session

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

Open Goals

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

Thursday July 18         

Premier League Kicks sessions

Wavertree Sports Park - 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Gateacre School - 6pm-7pm (age 8-11), 7pm-8pm (age 12-16)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 8pm-10pm (age 13+)

Respect 4 All - Inclusion Football session (Beginner / Open Disability)

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

Respect 4 All - Physical Impairment Inclusion Football session

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

Military Veterans

Goals Liverpool North, Bootle - 5pm-7.30pm

Open Goals

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

Friday July 19

Premier League Kicks sessions

Wavertree Sports Park - 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)
Croxteth Health & Wellbeing Centre - 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Kirkby Leisure Centre - 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Netherton Activity Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 8-11), 7pm-8pm (age 12-19)

Respect 4 All - Wheelchair / Powerchair Football sessions 

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 6pm-7pm (age 5-8), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11am-12pm

Red Neighbours Walking Netball

Anfield Sports and Community Centre - 11.30am-12.30pm

Open Goals

Rice Lane Recreation Ground - 4pm-6pm (age 5+ and parents)

Saturday July 20  

Respect 4 All - Inclusion Football sessions (Disability)

Woodchurch High Sports Complex - 10.30am-11.30am (SLD Child 5+), 11.30am-12.30pm (PAN age 12+), 12.30pm-1.30pm (SLD adults 16+)

Open Goals

Stanley Park (meet at Isla Gladstone) - 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Newsham Park - 11am-12.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Norris Green Park (meet by playground) - 1.30pm-3pm (age 5+ and parents)
Crown Park, Edge Hill - 1pm-2.30pm (age 5+ and parents)
Garston Park - 3pm-5pm (age 5+ and parents)

Sunday July 21  

Open Goals    

Walton Hall Park - 1pm-2pm (age 5+ and parents)
Belle Vale Park - 1pm-2pm (age 5+ and parents)
Doric Park - 11am-12pm (age 5+ and parents)

Military Veterans

LFC Academy - 3pm-4.30pm

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Jürgen Klopp encouraged by youngsters' Tranmere efforts

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 07:30

Jürgen Klopp was encouraged by the performances of the young and returning players handed opportunities in Thursday's 6-0 win at Tranmere Rovers.

Rhian Brewster struck twice at Prenton Park and was followed on the scoresheet by Curtis Jones and Bobby Duncan, with senior squad members Nathaniel Clyne and Divock Origi the others to net.

The manager praised all of the youngsters involved on the night for their application and, with several first-team stars still unavailable in pre-season, acknowledged the need for them to grasp the chances they are given.

“They were all good,” Klopp, whose side next face Bradford City on Sunday, told Liverpoolfc.com.

“Harry [Wilson] and Ryan [Kent] played outstandingly. Ben Woodburn, it was probably the best game I saw that he’s back, you see it in training already, he is really physically strong now, he is fresh again, sharp again.

“They all played really well. Yasser [Larouci] and Adam Lewis at left-back, good. Ki-Jana [Hoever] at right-back, good. I liked all the performances.

“Paul Glatzel, unfortunately we had to take him off and we’re not sure about that, it doesn’t look too good, but we have to wait. He is a wonderful kid as well.

“Dan Atherton came on and I never saw a performance like this from a goalkeeper as a striker, it was brilliant. It was all round a really good game.”

Watch free: The six goals at Tranmere

After Sunday’s trip to Bradford, the Reds will set off for a tour of the United States and friendlies against Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting CP.

On the prospect of those young players seizing the chance to impress him, Klopp added: “They have to, we need them. The boys are big talents.

“Sometimes it is how it is in a young age group, you show up and then you have a little dip, but in the moment they feel fresh. There’s a lot of work to do, of course.

“On Sunday we play again. A couple of players are coming back – not for that game obviously but after that – so hopefully everything will be fine.”

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The story of a special day in Anne's memory

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 17:44

Just after midday they hoisted the Iron Lady flag high.

Anne Williams’ image, immortalised by the Kop’s iconic flag, fluttered in pride of place at Huyton and Prescot Golf Club.

Outside the clubhouse, 72 golfers who had turned out to raise money in her memory, milled about expectantly in the sun.

Each year since Anne’s passing in April 2013, a tournament has been held to honour and continue her legacy.

Watch: The story of the Anne Williams Memorial Golf Day 2019

Anne’s son, Kevin, was just 15 when he lost his life at Hillsborough.

From that April afternoon in 1989, through to her final days, Anne fought tirelessly to seek the truth about Kevin’s death at the disaster.

Her sheer devotion and selflessness inspired an entire city.

"Anne never gave in and that was all because of the love she had for her son, Kevin," explains Ste Martin, one of four proud organisers of the Anne Williams Memorial Golf Day.

"We have a term that we use for our golf day; a special day for a special lady. We have 72 players of all different standards and they’re all here in memory of Anne.

"We’ve got amazing auction prizes; 18 local companies have sponsored the holes, and we’ll raise even more through our JustGiving page.

"We’re collecting for Fans Supporting Foodbanks. The amount of stuff that has been brought along by our players is unbelievable and it will all be handed over later today.

"And then all the money we raise from the event will go to a wonderful charity called Kinship Carers."

A kinship carer is someone who provides a safe home for children and young people, who may otherwise be in local authority care.

Carers can take on full-time responsibility for family members’ or friends' children.

Based at the Ellegreen Centre in Norris Green, they provide free advice, a place to talk and a host of activities throughout the year for both the kinship carer and their child.

"Often when a young person goes to live with a kinship family, the families are just left to crack on without any support," explains Pauline Thornley, project coordinator at the centre. "Our project gives them some support.

"Sometimes our carers might be facing a problem that they will bring to our group meetings and they problem solve together. We have a special community.

"If we do get any donations, we always try to do something that otherwise we wouldn’t be able to do. Last year, we took our children on a trip to France and it was amazing."

To donate to Kinship Carers, via the Anne Williams Memorial Golf Day fund, click here.

Out on the course, the gentle quiet was broken only by the distant pings of golf balls being clipped and the occasional foul-mouthed shriek of frustration.

Some golfers wore faces of intense focus, blinking nervously in the heat. Others smirked and shrugged as they delved deep into another bush to retrieve their latest effort.

"All I say is," explains Jamie Webster as he tosses a golf ball from one hand to another. "Enjoy the good shots you hit - and don’t let the bad shots wind you up too much.

"I just aim not to come last every year, so that tells you what sort of golfer I am."

"It’s a day to enjoy yourself, isn’t it," agrees Adam Kearns, perched on the grass beside his mate at the midway point of the course. "No matter how bad you’re playing you’ve got to remember why you’re here.

"It’s hard to put into words how special a person Anne Williams was and so being here today, it’s one of my favourite days of the year."

Webster chips in: "Put it this way, me and my bird were going to book a holiday after Glastonbury but I knew I couldn’t because this tournament is always the first week of July, every year…"

The golfers worked their way around the course as the sun slowly retreated.

Once the gruelling five-hour course had been completed, players shuffled back to base; to the clubhouse benches where ice-cold pints of lager lay in wait.

A night of celebration was on the cards, with music from Webster to top off the evening, but first it was time to announce the various winners.

Gareth Penman, Andrew Williams and Phil Winrow picked up ‘nearest to the pin prizes’, Elliott Conway scooped the RAOTL forum’s best player, while John Washington hit the best round of the day.

Then, as a hush descended inside the clubhouse, Barry Gurrell and Paul Howard were announced as the blind pairs winners of the tournament and presented with the prestigious shield by Anne’s brother, Danny Gordon.

"Every time I come around the corner here at the golf club and I see Anne’s flag it’s fantastic," said Danny. "Each year the funds go to different charities that would have been close to Anne’s heart.

"She would be absolutely over the moon that this year the money is going to help children and families that are struggling. This event is so important to Anne’s family."

Before the party could kick into full swing it was time for Ste Martin to stun those in attendance; with the ranks of revellers now swelled by players’ friends and families.

Prizes for the auction included a signed pair of Mohamed Salah boots while the raffle served up golf trips and spends, as well as a night’s stay in Edinburgh with a Michelin Star meal.

But the real surprise came in the form of a custom-made wedge donated by professional golf star and Liverpool supporter, Tyrrell Hatton.

The golf club was one of three in existence worldwide and had been decorated with six stars alongside the names of the five cities where Liverpool have won the European Cup.

Engraved with the words ‘Allez Allez Allez’, Hatton had donated the wedge to the Anne Williams Memorial Golf Day personally when he was contacted by the organisers on Twitter.

Stu Chadwick is now the proud owner.

"We’re just trying to make a difference for an amazing charity who provide an amazing service," explained Ste Martin.

"Anne was a proud Scouser; a proud socialist. And I’m certain that if I could say to Anne ‘we’re going to put a day on in your memory, to support the little people who make a big difference’, I reckon she would cry."

Once all had been said and done, and another day in the glorious sunshine had passed in memory of Liverpool’s Iron Lady, those who gathered brought things to a close in the only way they knew how.

With Anne’s flag flying high above the golf club and laughter echoing out from inside the clubhouse, Jamie Webster got out his guitar and the real party could begin.

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Video: Top 10 Peter Crouch goals for Liverpool

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 17:24

To mark Peter Crouch's announcement of his decision to retire, we have selected his 10 best goals during three years with Liverpool.

From spectacular acrobatics to unstoppable headers and cool finishes, the Englishman's tally of 42 strikes for the club was a classy catalogue.

Take a look at our top picks below...

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Watch free: Liverpool's six goals against Tranmere

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 16:15

Watch the best of Liverpool's 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers with our free quickfire highlights.

The Reds got their pre-season schedule off to a prolific start as Nathaniel Clyne, Rhian Brewster (two), Curtis Jones, Divock Origi and Bobby Duncan bagged goals at Prenton Park.

And you can see each of those six strikes in the video above – just register to access the clip.

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Go to www.liverpoolfc.com/watch for more information and to see the live rights in your country.

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Liverpool to face Accrington, Fleetwood and Oldham in EFL Trophy

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 13:13

Liverpool today learned their opponents in the group stages of this season's EFL Trophy.

Neil Critchley’s U21s team have entered the competition for the first time, with eight Category One academies facing off against sides from League One and League Two.

Today’s draw pitched the Reds into Group B against League One’s Accrington Stanley and Fleetwood Town, plus League Two’s Oldham Athletic.

The academy sides will play all of their group games away from home to increase their experience of playing on league grounds, with fixture dates still to be confirmed.

“It’s going to be tough, but that’s why we’re in the competition,” Critchley told Liverpoolfc.com.

“It’s a different competition and we’re going to be learning as we go but we’re Liverpool and we’ll be looking to try to win every game.

“Accrington have got the managerial pair of John Coleman and Jimmy Bell, both Kirkby lads, so they will be delighted to be playing us. There’s no doubt they’ll have a few Liverpool lads in their line-up, like Sean McConville.

“At Fleetwood, they’ve just signed Jordan Rossiter on loan. He came through our Academy, as well as Nathan Sheron, so it’ll be good to see so many familiar faces.

“We always keep an eye on our former players and take pleasure in their progress, even if it is elsewhere.

“Travel-wise it’s a decent draw and overall we’re really looking forward to it.”

The tournament format involves 16 regionalised groups of four with the top two qualifying for the last 32.

Knockout games will be decided by penalty shootouts if level after 90 minutes except the final, which will be held at Wembley on April 5, 2020.

Last season, Portsmouth lifted the trophy after beating Sunderland on penalties. No academy side progressed further than the quarter-finals.

Six players in the Liverpool starting line-up for all games must be under the age of 21 on June 30 this year.

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Liverpool FC's impact off the pitch in the community

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 12:57

Liverpool FC's 2018-19 season was a success both on and off the pitch, becoming champions of Europe for the sixth time as well as proving its social responsibility by supporting and investing in local communities.

The Reds’ community work is conducted by the club’s charity, LFC Foundation, and dedicated local community programme, Red Neighbours.

LFC Foundation’s mission is to create life-changing opportunities for children and young people in Merseyside and beyond, and Red Neighbours specifically focuses on making a difference to people living in and around the Anfield area in the L4, L5 and L6 postcodes.

Matt Parish, director, LFC Foundation, said: “The 2018-19 season has been one of our best to date, with over 28,000 children and young people taking part in our programmes – which is an 86 per cent increase on the 2017-18 season.

“In addition to our programmes we have continued to forge strong relationships with our partners to extend our reach and impact further.

“A great example of this is through our partnership with IntoUniversity and the University of Liverpool, which has helped over 1,300 disadvantaged young people in North Liverpool to reach their education potential through a dedicated learning centre.”

Forbes Duff, senior manager, Red Neighbours, added: “As a club, we strive to be a good neighbour and support our local community. We have a social responsibility to do so, particularly in Anfield, which has some of the most deprived postcodes in the UK.

“All of our activities and events have been designed in response to local needs such as social isolation, food poverty and promoting healthy living through physical activity.

“Over 19,500 local people attended our activities and events last season, which is up 33 per cent from the previous season. Our work continues to go from strength to strength and we will continue to strive to reach more people in the local community.”

LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours continue to build close relationships with schools across the city, in particular the 25 schools that neighbour Anfield.

A snapshot of their delivery includes educational programmes, multi-sports sessions, half-term sports camps, breakfast clubs during school holidays at Anfield, social events and sports activities for local residents aged 50+, donating free match tickets to Anfield schools, matchday foodbank collections, and arranging for the school kids to meet Liverpool players.

During the school holidays, the free breakfast clubs provided a meal to more than 1,400 local people. Reds fans also helped the club to feed more than 3,037 local people through matchday foodbank donations, via the North Liverpool Foodbank.

Last season LFC Foundation invested more than £150,000 in their partner organisations – Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and IntoUniversity – which has helped to fund a range of innovative projects that will have a lasting legacy by improving the lives of young people in Merseyside and beyond.

Some of the numbers…

  • 28,630 children and young people took part in LFC Foundation programmes during the 2018-19 season. This is up from 15,416 in the 2017-18 season – an 86 per cent increase.
  • LFC Foundation worked with more than 8,000 primary school children in 24 of our partner schools.
  • In partnership with IntoUniversity and the University of Liverpool, LFC Foundation has helped more than 1,300 disadvantaged young people in North Liverpool to reach their education potential.
  • 652 young people and adults with complex and additional needs were supported through LFC Foundation school and community football sessions.
  • 337 girls took part in LFC Foundation football sessions across 11 sites, with pathways into grassroots teams, to help grow the game.
  • 1,642 young people in high crime areas attended LFC Foundation community football, educational and personal development sessions.
  • 5,027 young people and family members took part in weekly LFC Foundation multi-sports and activity sessions and events in local parks.
  • LFC Foundation’s international work reached 3,557 young people across the world.
  • More than 19,500 members of the local community have participated in Red Neighbours’ activities and events during the 2018-19 season.
  • More than 1,400 local families attended 20 Red Neighbours breakfast clubs held at Anfield during school half-term holidays and the summer holiday.
  • More than 9,110kg of food collected – that’s a total of 3,037 people fed thanks to matchday foodbank collections.
  • More than 2,200 residents aged 50+ took part in Red Neighbours’ monthly social events and sporting activities including Monday club, walking football and chair yoga.
  • 1,100 local school kids from 25 local schools got the opportunity to enjoy a Premier League game for free at Anfield. Another 855 match tickets were donated by LFC partners for the local community and charities.
  • 240 pupils had the opportunity to meet first-team players and spend time with their heroes at local schools in West Derby.

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Liverpool and Philippe Coutinho 'keen' on Anfield transfer

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 08:53

Liverpool and Philippe Coutinho are both reportedly keen on securing a return to Anfield for the Brazilian midfielder - but Barcelona have other ideas.

Coutinho swapped Merseyside for northern Spain in January last year in a whopping £142million to seal a dream move to the Nou Camp.

But despite a promising start to life with the Catalan giants, the midfielder endured a difficult campaign in 2018-19.

He scored just five La Liga goals in 33 outings - three fewer than he managed in 18 games in the second half of the previous season.

Sections of the Barca support let their feelings be known towards the end of the term and there have been rumours linking him with an exit.

Liverpool and Manchester United have both been touted as potential destinations - but Barca would rather use him as a makeweight to Paris Saint-Germain in a potential deal for Neymar, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Reds would only be interested in Coutinho for a significantly reduced price on the one they received from Barca 18 months ago.

Neymar is desperate to escape from the French capital and even refused to turn up for pre-season as he looks to force a move back to Barcelona.

Source: Daily Mirror

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