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Joint statement from FA, Premier League and EFL

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 13:24

The FA, Premier League and EFL have released the following statement.

The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19. 

We are united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019/20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so. 

We have collectively supported UEFA in postponing EURO 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition. 

The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that "the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June" and "each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season".

However, The FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20 season in relation to Professional Football.

Additionally, we have collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April. 

The progress of COVID-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority. We will continue to follow Government advice and work collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the season when the conditions allow. 

We would all like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19.

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Philippe Coutinho given 'OK' to join Premier League club

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 13:02

Philippe Coutinho has been given the 'OK' to join a Premier League club on loan in the summer transfer window, according to reports.

Coutinho completed a transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona back in 2018, but failed to shine in Spain and was sent out on loan to Bayern Munich.

The Brazilian playmaker's form has been hit and miss in Germany, and the Bundesliga giants currently have no plans to make the loan switch permanent.

Full story: Daily Mirror

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'It was amazing to sign for Liverpool - it is perfect for me'

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 13:00

The opportunity to sign for Liverpool represented a 'perfect' scenario for Joe Hardy.

The Wirral-born striker joined the Reds in January and has quickly settled into life at the Academy as well as making a senior debut in the FA Cup when Shrewsbury Town were beaten at Anfield.

In an exclusive chat with Neil Mellor for the latest edition of The Academy, which is available now on LFCTV GO, the 21-year-old discusses his time at the club so far and much more.

Read on for a preview of the full interview…

On his footballing journey to date…

I was at Tranmere Rovers before I went to Manchester City and then Brentford. I was seven when I first went to Tranmere, I kind of fell into it from school. My brother went for a trial at Tranmere first and they said, 'Bring your little brother along' so I ended up getting in and he didn't!

On getting his chance at Manchester City…

It was a lot more intense and specific. The games plan was completely different, we travelled abroad a lot so as a youngster that was perfect and I was loving it. I then joined Brentford halfway through my U18 season.

On his goalscoring prowess at Brentford…

I managed to get a move to Liverpool on the back of it. I scored 40 goals over two seasons. I was playing mainly in their U23s team.

On signing for Liverpool…

It was amazing and if there is one team you would want to sign for at this minute it would be Liverpool. The fact it is also back home is perfect and ideal for me. All of my friends are all Liverpool fans as well. I'm loving it and I've settled in easily.

On the influence of Neil Critchley before his departure to Blackpool…

He was really good and I really enjoyed working with him. Obviously I wasn't with him here for long but he gave me a lot of opportunities and he believed in me. He helped me in a lot of ways and he is a really good coach.

On making his first-team debut against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup…

My family still struggle to get their head around that but it was amazing. That's football, that's what you've wanted and if you'd have told me three months ago that I was going to come on in front of 50,000 people at Anfield in the FA Cup then I'd tell you to shut up! I had all my family there and all of my close friends go to the game anyway so it was a really good night.

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On seeing Academy players getting first-team opportunities…

It makes you believe that you could get that opportunity. You see the first-team manager plays the young lads, Harvey Elliott is only 16 and he's getting opportunities. The opportunities are there and if you can perform well and prove yourself you never know what can happen.

On playing alongside the likes of Curtis Jones and Elliott in the U23s…

It's good and I feel we link up well. They are good players so you know they are going to give you the ball, and when they do you know you are going to score. They are good players so you've got to reward them by putting the ball in the back of the net when they give it to you.

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Liverpool's season so far: August

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 08:15

A fruitful August featured a perfect start to the Premier League season and UEFA Super Cup glory for Liverpool.

Having begun the month with a penalty shootout defeat by Manchester City in the FA Community Shield, the Reds bounced back immediately to beat Norwich City 4-1 at Anfield on the opening day of the top-flight campaign.

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An own goal by Grant Hanley and strikes from Mohamed Salah, Divock Origi and Virgil van Dijk - who would be named UEFA Men's Player of the Year later in August - saw Jürgen Klopp's side surge into a four-goal, half-time lead.

An eventful first 45 minutes also saw Adrian make his debut for the club just four days after signing, the goalkeeper replacing the injured Alisson Becker for his first of 11 consecutive appearances in the league and Europe.

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And, five days later, the Spaniard would prove to be Liverpool's hero in Istanbul.

Following a 2-2 draw after extra-time, the Reds overcame Chelsea on penalties to win the 2019 Super Cup. Adrian saved decisively from Tammy Abraham during the shootout.

Sadio Mane scored both of his team's goals at Besiktas Park and the No.10 was at it again upon their return to domestic duty.

Fewer than 72 hours on from playing 120 minutes in Turkey, Liverpool battled their way to a hard-fought 2-1 success at Southampton, thanks to Mane's emphatic opener and Roberto Firmino's clinical finish.

Two more Premier League victories would follow before August was over.

First, Arsenal were overwhelmed at Anfield, with Klopp - who would later be named the division's Manager of the Month - stating after an authoritative 3-1 win: "I loved the desire, the passion, the power and the energy that we put into this game."

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A week later, the Reds rounded off the month by making it 12 points from four league outings as Burnley were brushed aside 3-0 at Turf Moor.

Off the pitch in August, meanwhile, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones each committed their futures to the club by signing new long-term contracts, and Andy Lonergan agreed a short-term deal.

Standard Chartered Player of the Month: Mohamed Salah

Goal of the Month: Mohamed Salah v Arsenal

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Classic Match: The story of Gerard Houllier's emotional return against Roma

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 08:00

Even 18 years after the event, the memories are still fresh and clear for Gerard Houllier.

A deafening roar, a warm embrace with Fabio Capello and a tactical chat with Danny Murphy are just a few of Houllier's detailed recollections from the night he made a shock return to the dugout five months after life-saving heart surgery.

He did so with the intention of giving his Liverpool side a boost in their must-win encounter with AS Roma at Anfield in 2002, looking to guide the club to the last eight of the European Cup for the first time in 17 seasons.

A discreet plan between Houllier and his assistant Phil Thompson, who had assumed the reins during the Frenchman's absence, was hatched. The players only knew about it when Houllier appeared in front of the tactics board at their team meeting in the hours before kick-off.

"I remember their faces!" Houllier chuckles during a conversation with Liverpoolfc.com. "That was the deal we had with Phil Thompson. I asked him, 'Do you think if I come back on that day whether it would give one per cent or 20 per cent more to the team?'

"He said, 'Definitely, boss.' Only he and maybe my close staff knew."

Supporters were already paying homage to Houllier with a mosaic on the Kop reading 'Allez', but hearsay was circulating.

"I think there were rumours but it was no more than that," commentator Clive Tyldesley remembers. 

Confirmation only arrived when Houllier climbed the steps of the tunnel in the old Main Stand, hugged his counterpart and proceeded to be surrounded by photographers. 

Houllier recalls: "All I remember is that when I went on the pitch, nobody knew but Capello saw me and he hugged me for a long time. 

"He said later on, 'I knew that when you came back that it would be difficult.'

"When I walked out of the tunnel, there wasn't anything special. The uproar came out once they discovered I was back in the dugout. 

"Nobody knew. Why is that? I didn't want the attention and the focus to be taken away from the game. I wanted everybody to be really concentrated on the game and what we had to do to win the game. 

"If I had let people know two days before that I was back, all the articles would've been about me and my illness, my comeback – I didn't want that. 

"I wanted everybody to be really focused on the Roma game because we needed to win 2-0."

The sight of their manager on the sidelines had the desired impact for the reigning UEFA Cup holders. Liverpool did, indeed, win by two clear goals – enough to secure passage into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, which was operating two group phases at that time.

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"There is a generation of Liverpool fans who were not as familiar with the sort of heritage that goes with those occasions," Tyldesley details. "And it had to be recreated all over again at games like the Roma match, the Olympiacos match. 

"In each case there was a group of Liverpool fans who went little periods, eight or 10 years, without these truly memorable European nights. This was almost sort of a revival of that spirit and atmosphere.

"There was a bit of a rally call to recreate this sense of the late '70s and early '80s all over again. The public responded to that. And Gerard's surprise appearance just added to that."

The perfect start was achieved when Jari Litmanen converted from the penalty spot after seven minutes before a towering second-half header from Emile Heskey gave the hosts their required scoreline.

"They had a good team [blows cheeks]," Houllier adds. 

It was a hugely impressive result against the star-studded Italian opposition – featuring the likes of Francesco Totti, Gabriel Batistuta and Walter Samuel. The Reds, meanwhile, were unable to call upon Michael Owen, Nicolas Anelka and Didi Hamann.

Houllier remained cool and calm throughout the 90 minutes – a requirement when taking his health into account. But it was a seemingly low-ranking moment during the spectacle that reminded him he was back doing what he loved. 

"I was not nervous because it was a tactical battle to win with Roma," he insists. "So I tried to be focused.

"I think at the time we were 2-0 up and they changed their system because they knew that we were overrunning them with what we were doing on the pitch. 

"Danny Murphy, he came over to me and asked me, 'Do we go back to a traditional 4-4-2?' because we had a diamond shape in the midfield. He wanted to see whether we would change. 

"That, I would say, was a manager's moment, a coach's moment." 

The conclusion of the affair was greeted with a restrained raising of the fists by Houllier as emotions hit home while You'll Never Walk Alone was being played.

"They [the fans] are really special," Houllier finishes. "I was one of theirs, don't forget that.

"It was very emotional. I know the surgeon was in the stands, my wife was in the stands. It was something really special."

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Vicky Jepson's message to LFC Women fans

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 16:00

Liverpool FC Women manager Vicky Jepson has penned the following note for supporters.

I just wanted to take this chance to send a message to our supporters during these difficult times for everyone.

Please look after yourselves and your families, follow the expert advice as much as you can and reduce the risks to yourself and everyone around you.

I’m sure you will also think of those in your community who may need help from others as well.

Following the latest medical advice, Liverpool FC Women this week shut down our training base, with the players continuing their fitness programmes at home until it is safer for us to come back together.

As much as we can’t wait to play our next game, everyone’s health and well-being is paramount.

The team, staff and myself look forward to seeing all our fans again as soon as it is possible to do so.

Until then, please take care of yourselves and your loved ones,

YNWA

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Trent Alexander-Arnold wins Standard Chartered POTM for February

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 15:30

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been named as Liverpool's Standard Chartered Player of the Month for February.

The full-back saw off competition from Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson to clinch the award for a second time in 2019-20, having also picked up December’s edition.

Alexander-Arnold started five of the Reds’ six fixtures during the month as they strengthened their grip at the summit of the Premier League table.

The No.66 also claimed two assists during the 3-2 victory over West Ham United at Anfield on February 24.

2019-20 Standard Chartered Player of the Month winners

August: Mohamed Salah
September: Roberto Firmino
October: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
November: Sadio Mane
December: Trent Alexander-Arnold
January: Mohamed Salah
February: Trent Alexander-Arnold

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Bayern Munich doubt Liverpool move for Havertz

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 14:03

A report in Germany states Bayern Munich doubt Liverpool will pay the fee of over €100million that Bayer Leverkusen supposedly want for star man Kai Havertz.

The attacking midfielder has clocked up 139 first team appearances already – breaking Timo Werner's record to become the youngest player to play 50 Bundesliga matches on April 18, 2018 when he was just 18 years and 307 days old.

Turning 21 on June 11, Havertz, who struck 20 goals last season, is being tipped to be given to key to the exit door at the BayArena this summer with Anfield mooted as a potential destination.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

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Liverpool 'would pick Timo Werner over Jadon Sancho' but could sign both

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 11:36

Liverpool reportedly favour a move for Red Bull Leipzig's Timo Werner over Borussia Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho.

Jurgen Klopp has raided the Bundesliga in the past and is an keen admirer of both players, who have been linked with a transfer to Anfield this summer.

But according to the Athletic, Werner is the preferred choice as Sancho would be too expensive.

Full story: Daily Mirror

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Quiz: Can you remember all of Roberto Firmino's European goals?

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 11:00

Atletico Madrid were the 11th different side Roberto Firmino has scored against in European football for Liverpool - can you remember the other 10?

The No.9 has netted 16 times in the Champions League and once in the Europa League since joining the Reds in 2015.

We've given you Atletico, but can you name the other 10 opponents Firmino has been on target against? You've got six minutes...

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On this day: Maradona watches Reds secure progress in Europe

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 08:30

Ten years ago today, Anfield welcomed a special guest to take in a game under the floodlights.

Diego Maradona was a spectator in the stadium’s directors’ box for Liverpool’s Europa League last-16, second-leg tie with Lille.

The visitors held a one-goal lead from the first meeting, with Eden Hazard making the only indent on the scoresheet one week earlier in France.

However, a Steven Gerrard penalty after nine minutes levelled up the aggregate scoreline, before Fernando Torres struck twice in the second period to send Rafael Benitez’s men into the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere on this day, Liverpool moved into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win over Stoke City at Anfield.

Luis Suarez and Stewart Downing netted either side of an effort from ex-Red Peter Crouch to seal the victory.

In 1990, John Barnes scored twice to help Liverpool to a 2-1 success against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, today marks the birthday of Danny Murphy, who turns 43.

The midfielder originally joined the club from Crewe Alexandra in the summer of 1997 and would go on to make 249 appearances, scoring 49 goals, before departing for Charlton Athletic in 2004.

Murphy was an integral part of Gerard Houllier’s treble-winners of 2001 as the League, FA and UEFA Cups were all secured in an unprecedented campaign.

The Chester-born playmaker also claimed the UEFA Super Cup and a further League Cup during his time at the club.

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'Everyone always wants to give one per cent more to help the team'

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 08:15

Pepijn Lijnders describes the shared sense of ambition and passion that has been fostered by Jürgen Klopp at Melwood as a "search for perfection knowing it doesn't exist."

European Cup winners last June and world champions in December, Liverpool established a 25-point lead at the Premier League summit before the current suspension due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Klopp’s transformation of the club is underpinned by a culture of continual improvement, explains Lijnders, with the work of each department around him coming together to make critical gains for the team on the pitch.

“We try to support Jürgen in the best way possible,” Lijnders, assistant manager for the Reds alongside Peter Krawietz, told Liverpoolfc.com recently.

“I’m responsible for the training process, Peter is really responsible for the analysis of the opposition and analysis of our team. All the ideas Jürgen has and the way he wants to set up and be competitive in each game, we just try to support him in the best way possible.

“Everybody knows you are a product of your own environment – the better people you have around you, the easier things become. I am blessed, of course, that Jürgen has this trust and gives me the freedom.

“We are blessed [with] our group – and you speak about Peter, me and the gaffer but there are so many people. The departments, how they evolved over the last four or five years, they all search for perfection knowing that perfection doesn’t exist. See how our pitches are prepared each day by our ground staff… these things make us consistent.

“Each department is searching for and has the ambition and passion. I believe that only comes first from your leader and second, that it’s trust and everybody wants to give one per cent more, so the team is better prepared for the next game.

“I think we made big, big steps in this. A big compliment for each department.”

Lijnders became part of Klopp’s backroom team upon the German’s arrival in October 2015, having stepped up to Melwood duties the preceding summer.

The set-up has since evolved consistently, with Jack Robinson bolstering John Achterberg’s goalkeeping staff and Vitor Matos arriving as elite development coach – in addition to the departments dedicated to analysis, fitness, rehabilitation, nutrition and more.

“My confidence is big enough that I can really let people grow next to me. I need experts around,” said Klopp of his leadership approach last year. “Have strong people around you with better knowledge in different departments than yourself.”

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Lijnders notes: “He is very intelligent. His brain works differently to many others, that’s for sure. Each day he surprises me – and we worked how long together? Four-and-a-half or five years. He changes perception in five minutes.

“We really feel that we are a team. We prepare together, we plan together, we act together, we coach together. It’s what I say constantly: three brains can do much more than one brain, if the three brains think in a common way and have the same messages and same passion and same dedication.

“That’s the secret if you are working with a team, that everybody wants the same and understands the way we want to play and the way we want to develop on the training pitch.”

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LFC announcement: Retail stores, museum and tours and Bootroom

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 16:00

Liverpool Football Club is prioritising the health and safety of its supporters and staff and will temporarily close its Bootroom restaurant, official LFC retail stores in the UK and Ireland, as well as Anfield tour and museum from March 18 until April 4 – medical guidance dependent.

The club understands some supporters may be disappointed; however, given the government’s latest advice on social distancing, we feel it is our duty to take decisive action to protect our supporters and staff. 

store.liverpoolfc.com will remain open and for club stores outside of the UK and Ireland, supporters are urged to check local information. Bookings already purchased for the museum and tours for this period of temporary closure will remain valid for rescheduled dates.

All non-matchday events will also be put on hold during this period – those with events booked at Anfield will be contacted directly.

The club is committed to continuing to help its community and those in most need. We have previously appealed to fans to drop food donations at Anfield and our stores and stadium however given these locations will be closed until April 4, we are encouraging anyone who would wish to donate to do so via text donation.

Simply text 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. If you live outside the UK, you can donate via www.paypal.me/standrewsnetwork or go to the St Andrew’s Community Network website at www.standrewslive.org.uk/donate.

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LFC community and school sessions postponed

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 14:59

The health and safety of our local community, fans, participants, players and staff remains our top priority at this challenging time.

In response to the coronavirus outbreak and the latest government advice, we’ve made the decision to postpone all community and school sessions delivered by our charity, LFC Foundation, and our local community programme, Red Neighbours, with immediate effect, until further notice.

It’s during difficult times that we are reminded how important it is to stay connected and support each other in any way that we can, so despite the postponement of our physical regular community and school activities, we remain dedicated and committed to serving our fans and our local community. Some of our newly adapted community activity will include:

  • Red Neighbours will deliver online chair-based yoga sessions for over 50s.
  • LFC Foundation staff will deliver online physical activity and mindfulness sessions for people to access at home to encourage physical and mental health.
  • LFC Connect – we are working on a new initiative which contacts (via telephone) vulnerable people living in isolation in Anfield and the surrounding areas. The calls will be supported by LFC, Red Neighbours and LFC Foundation staff.
  • A special edition of the Red Neighbours newsletter - providing local residents with the latest news, updates and activities that they can do at home.
  • LFC, Red Neighbours and LFC Foundation staff will volunteer at the North Liverpool Foodbank and LFC Foundation staff will assist with the collect and home delivery of food, where possible.

Following the suspension of the Premier League, the Reds’ first-team squad and LFC Foundation jointly donated £40,000 (£10,000 per game for this season’s four remaining league fixtures scheduled to be played at Anfield) to the North Liverpool Foodbank to ensure it can continue to function without the matchday collections.

An online fundraising page has also been created as an alternative to allow supporters to make a financial donation directly to North Liverpool Foodbank. Click here for more information. You can also donate via text, simply text 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.

We are also in conversation with Liverpool City Council to explore where we can assist them and other service providers in the city region-wide community response. We will continue to do all in our power to harness the strength of our fans and support our local community and those who need our help.

We are taking the latest advice from the government and we will continue to do our best to keep you updated and connected. We want our LFC family to know that social distancing and isolation doesn’t mean you’re on your own – ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

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Gini Wijnaldum: I've become more of an all-rounder here

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 12:00

Georginio Wijnaldum feels he has developed into a more rounded footballer since joining Liverpool back in 2016.

Now in his fourth season with the Reds, the midfielder has been a mainstay of the team as Jürgen Klopp guided the club back into the Champions League and then to glory in the tournament last year.

Wijnaldum has also started all but one match in the Premier League this term as Liverpool opened up a 25-point lead at the top of the table.

In a recent interview with UEFA, the Dutchman outlined how his game has changed and matured under the instruction of Klopp.

“My development since I came to Liverpool has been good,” he said. “I have become more of an all-round player.

“I was used to playing in a very attacking role and only in attack. Since the World Cup with [Louis] van Gaal [in 2014], I have had a more controlling role in midfield and that went well. After that, I didn’t play that role again, at PSV or Newcastle.

“When I spoke with Klopp, he saw me in a more defensive role, where I needed to be an all-rounder. It’s not always easy as I am used to attacking, but it has helped in my development. I am a more complete player now than I was when I arrived.”

The No.5 was recruited during Klopp’s first summer transfer window at Anfield.

Discussing his experience of the bond that the boss forges with his players, Wijnaldum explained why the personal touch makes such a difference.

“The manager has had a big influence on me,” he added. “He has brought the club back to where it used to be and he brought his vision to the club, and I have to say his vision fits the club.

“The players adore him, of course, because he cares about the players and he is a good coach, a coach who improves his players and he is a great person to work with.

“We have also had a lot of personal conversations and he has become a really important person to me. He knows a lot of things about me that other coaches don’t know. We have a really good player-coach relationship, as well as on a personal level. He is an important person to me in general.”

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'Liverpool want world’s best and Grealish fits system'

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 09:54

Liverpool will be looking to land the "world's best players" in the next transfer window and Jack Grealish could fit the mould for Jurgen Klopp, says former Aston Villa striker Kevin Phillips.

The Reds are among those to have been linked with a 24-year-old playmaker proving that he has what it takes to shine on a Premier League stage.

They are far from the only ones said to be in the mix, with a big-money move to Manchester United having long been mooted for Grealish.

Full story: Goal.com

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Final Hillsborough memorial service postponed

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 09:29

The Hillsborough memorial service planned to take place at Anfield on Wednesday April 15, 2020 to mark the 31st anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster has been postponed.

The Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) agreed that postponing the final memorial service was in the best interests of public safety following the outbreak of the coronavirus and the latest health advice.

Margaret Aspinall, chair of the HFSG, said: “In light of recent events, a decision was made collectively by the families to postpone our final memorial service at Anfield. We wish to keep as many people safe as possible and we believe this is the right approach. We hope to provide an update in the near future on a rescheduled date for the service.

“On behalf of the HFSG, I would like to thank everyone for their understanding in this matter. I would also ask that you join us in our prayers on April 15 to remember the 96 and keep the families and everyone who has been affected in your thoughts at this difficult time.”

Please note that people who have already obtained tickets to attend the service are asked to keep them for the rescheduled date.

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Goal of the Day: A stunning Raul Meireles volley at Wolves

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 09:00

On his 37th birthday, take another look at Raul Meireles' stunning volley against Wolverhampton Wanderers back in January 2011.

The midfielder lit up a 3-0 lunchtime victory for Liverpool at Molineux with an exquisite piece of technique 50 minutes into the contest.

Moving onto a headed clearance 25 yards from goal, Meireles met the ball flush with a first-time thump that flew emphatically into the top right corner.

“You could have had two goalkeepers and still not stopped that,” said Wolves boss Mick McCarthy. Hard to disagree...

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On this day: 'Mohamed Salah can change your plan in an instant'

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 08:30

March 17 has proven to be a productive date in Liverpool’s recent history.

The Reds played - and won - on this day in each of the last two years. Twelve months ago, James Milner’s nerveless 81st-minute penalty sealed a 2-1 success at Fulham soon after Ryan Babel had levelled Sadio Mane’s clinical opener.

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Victory at Craven Cottage lifted Jürgen Klopp’s side two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, although Pep Guardiola’s team retained a game in hand.

“It was a good reaction. After they got the equaliser, we were again much clearer than we were before the equaliser. So, all good, a good reaction. Not a perfect football game but, in a difficult week for us, a sensational result,” Jürgen Klopp said after a match that followed wins over Burnley and Bayern Munich.  

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A year previously on this day, a masterly performance from Mohamed Salah inspired a 5-0 rout of Watford at a wintry Anfield.

The Egyptian’s four-goal haul took his tally for the 2017-18 season to 36 in just 41 appearances. As Hornets boss Javi Gracia neatly summed up post-match: “No matter how hard you work on your plan, a player like that can change it in an instant.”

For good measure, Salah registered an assist for Roberto Firmino’s imaginative flick at the Kop end, too.

On March 17, 2016, Philippe Coutinho’s delicate, scooped finish at Old Trafford settled a Europa League last-16 tie against Manchester United, while five years earlier, Pepe Reina made his 300th appearance for the club as Liverpool were eliminated from the same competition by Braga.

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This date is also significant for another member of the Reds’ goalkeeping pantheon: the legendary Bruce Grobbelaar signed for Liverpool on March 17, 1981.

Grobbelaar would go on to play 628 times for the club, winning six First Division titles, one European Cup, three FA Cups and three League Cups. 

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LFC makes donation to Fans Supporting Foodbanks

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 20:52

Liverpool FC has made a £40,000 donation to Fans Supporting Foodbanks following the postponement of Premier League fixtures due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Representatives from Red Neighbours and the LFC Foundation visited St Andrew's Community Network on Monday to show the club’s continued support for the initiative and stand together with the local community during uncertain times.

For the past three years, the club’s community programme, Red Neighbours, has backed Fans Supporting Foodbanks’ matchday collections – helping North Liverpool Foodbank to assist local people living in food poverty.

During the suspension of the Premier League, the cancellation of matches threatens a significant impact on North Liverpool Foodbank, which receives approximately 25 per cent of its donations from matchday collections at Anfield and Goodison Park.

Forbes Duff, Red Neighbours manager, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Fans Supporting Foodbanks and the North Liverpool Foodbank, and we want to make sure that the local people continue to get the help they need.

“We’re doing whatever we can to offer support - including campaigns to raise awareness, getting volunteers together to help with the processing of food and also looking at how we can really impact the local Anfield area and the wider city as we go into some uncertain times.”

Earlier this week, the Reds first-team squad and LFC Foundation committed to jointly donating £10,000 per game for this season’s four remaining league fixtures scheduled to be played at Anfield - ensuring the foodbank can continue to function without the matchday collections.

As well as the cash donation, excess food at Melwood and Anfield will be donated and LFC staff will continue to support the initiative through internal donations.

New foodbank collection points have been set up at all LFC stores in the city as well as the museum and tours area at Anfield for fans who wish to make a donation.

An online fundraising page has also been created as an alternative to allow supporters to make a financial donation directly to North Liverpool Foodbank. Click here for more information.

LFC Foundation staff will also be offering further support by arranging the collection and distribution of food donations during the period of Premier League suspension.

Matt Parish, LFC Foundation director, said: “With 25 per cent of North Liverpool Foodbank’s donations coming from the collections at Liverpool and Everton home games, we realised there would be a gap there and felt it was important that we step in to help.

“Aside from our cash donation, which has been matched by the first-team players, we’ve got a resource of staff who can help pack, deliver and help with whatever the North Liverpool Foodbank need.”

Dave Kelly, chairman of Fans Supporting Foodbanks, said: “Things like this transcend football. We got together on Saturday afternoon with the idea of trying to raise £10,000 to fill the void, and to be here a little over 48 hours later with £50,000 of donations is the biggest testimony to this city.

“It’s incredible what they have done. Fair play to all the players, staff and supporters - the help and the assistance they’ve given us is absolutely amazing.”

Priority items for North Liverpool Foodbank include:

  • UHT milk
  • Long-life juice or cordial
  • Coffee
  • Jar pasta/curry sauce
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Instant mash
  • Rice pudding/custard
  • Jam
  • Toiletries
  • Cup-a-soup/noodles
  • Washing tablets

All items and contributions will be donated to North Liverpool Foodbank and made into three-day emergency food parcels for local people in crisis in the area, including the club’s surrounding postcodes L4, L5 and L6.

Liverpool FC thanks all of our fans for the continued generosity shown in supporting Fans Supporting Foodbanks, which makes a real difference to lives in the local area.

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