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LFC Foundation participant wins Apprentice of the Year award

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 10:00

A young participant from LFC Foundation’s Leadership Through Sport and Business (LTSB) programme has won Accountancy Apprentice of the Year at the PQ Magazine awards.

Zane Salmon, from Mossley Hill, fought off stiff competition from across the UK to win the respected award, which was presented during a prestigious ceremony at Café de Paris in London. 

The 21-year-old, who is currently working as Assistant Accountant apprentice with Grant Thornton in Liverpool, was nominated for the award by LTSB after joining their 18-month course through LFC Foundation. 

Zane said: “I was so happy to win the award. It’s a really nice feeling knowing my hard work has been recognised, but I know that I wouldn’t have received this award without the help from LTSB and the Liverpool FC Foundation. 

“The programme has really changed my life - I have grown so much, both personally and professionally, over the last year.”

LTSB prepares and supports bright young people who wouldn’t normally be able to find positions in major firms. Their intensive training, delivered in partnership with LFC Foundation, develops young people personally and professionally, and better prepares them for the world of business and finance.

Zane added: “LTSB and the LFC Foundation have pushed me outside of my comfort zone and have got the best out of me. Their involvement has been essential for my progress and I’ve really grabbed this unique opportunity.”

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Firmino on centre-forward evolution and Ronaldinho inspiration

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 08:15

Roberto Firmino's career journey into ever more attacking positions on the pitch was influenced by the distinctive skills of a World Cup-winning compatriot and the management of Jürgen Klopp.

“I was wowed by his way of playing football,” the Liverpool forward told Eight by Eight magazine of his appreciation for Ronaldinho.

“But that was not enough. I needed to improve my own game, to try to be the best footballer in the world.”

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Though occasionally used in deeper-lying roles this season, the No.9’s predominant position since the arrival of Klopp as Reds manager has been centre-forward.

Firmino admits adaptation to the role was required, but a tally of 61 goals in 181 games for the club backs up the boss’ conviction in his ability to make the switch successful.

“I was a midfielder, though for a while I even played as a central defender,” the Brazil international explained of his evolution, from hometown Maceio to the Bundesliga to Merseyside.

“But whenever I got the ball, I would start to dribble and to nutmeg people and join the attack. So every year I evolved a little bit further forward up the pitch.

“Once I got to the U17s, I became a No.10, which was the position I held up until recently – when I established myself as a centre-forward.

“It was Klopp’s idea to fix me as a No.9. But I accepted this role and adapted to it. Now I want to continue in this position until the end of my career.”

Klopp has previously referred to Firmino as the ‘engine’ of a Liverpool team that reached the Champions League final last term and is battling for Premier League glory this season.

“We get along so well. He’s an excellent coach, an amazing person, so passionate on the pitch,” said the 27-year-old of such praise from his manager.

“When he says that, to me, it’s a sign that I’m giving back what he wants. It motivates me to keep going, to do the things he asks.”

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Van Dijk: Title my focus, not individual awards

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 18:06

Virgil van Dijk craves the legendary status that he believes would come with Premier League title success at Liverpool over individual awards.

The Dutchman’s outstanding defensive performances this season have seen him emerge as a serious candidate for the annual PFA Player of the Year accolade.

Former Reds centre-back Jamie Carragher and current teammate Andy Robertson are on record as backing Van Dijk, who is part of a Liverpool defence that has recorded 17 clean sheets in 29 league fixtures, to win the prize.

But the man himself puts the opportunity to claim Premier League glory, with Liverpool one point behind Manchester City, far above any personal recognition.

“I want to focus on achieving something special, which this club hasn’t done for 29 years, and if either myself or any other players are involved in picking up individual awards, that’s great,” Van Dijk told FourFourTwo magazine.

“It would be a huge honour, but I’d be very proud if any of the squad win awards for a great season, like Mo Salah did last time.

“Winning the league makes you feel even more proud of yourself and the team. It’s a sign of the hard work you’ve put in over a whole season.

“That motivates you. Winning the Premier League title puts you in the history books forever and makes you a legend. That’s why you play football. You want to become a legend.”

Watch: The best of Van Dijk in the derby

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Niamh Charles signs LFC Women contract extension

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 15:59

Niamh Charles has committed her future to Liverpool FC Women after agreeing terms on a contract extension.

The 19-year-old forward, a graduate of the club’s Academy and Centre of Excellence, made her debut in 2016 and has gone on to make 38 appearances for the Reds, scoring three goals.

Charles was part of the England squad that secured bronze medals at the U20 World Cup last summer, having previously taken part in the U17 World Cup in 2016.

Her impressive form also saw her voted 'Rising Star' at the 2018 North West Football Awards.

Wirral-born Charles spoke of her delight at continuing her career with Vicky Jepson’s LFC Women squad.

Charles said: “I’ve grown up here, I love this club and I support this club, so I’m delighted to sign again. Growing up this was my dream and I’m really proud to have come through the Academy.

“Vicky has been here with me right the way through so it’s really nice that’s it’s culminated with us both being here with the first team.”

Her manager was equally thrilled to have secured the teenager’s signature.

Jepson said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Niamh’s signed for us again. For me it’s fantastic to see her come through our youth section and I still remember the day we signed her at the trials.

“To see what she’s achieved in going to two World Cups, she’s an absolute credit to the club.

“I’m really excited to see what she’ll achieve going forward as she’s got so much potential.”

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Matt Parish appointed director of LFC Foundation

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 13:59

LFC Foundation, the official charity of Liverpool FC, is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Parish as its director.

Parish brings a wealth of experience having worked across the football, community and sports development sectors for the past 20 years.

His previous roles include director of education and inclusion at Burnley FC in the Community, and chief operating officer at Charlton Athletic Community Trust.

Chairman of LFC Foundation, Gavin Laws, said: “Matt’s appointment is excellent news for the LFC Foundation; we’re certain that he has the quality and experience to drive the charity forward.

“LFC Foundation is currently in great shape, and Matt’s appointment reflects our desire for continued growth, enabling us to help more young people in Merseyside and beyond.”

Parish said: “It goes without saying, I’m extremely excited about joining such a renowned club. I have been fortunate to have worked at two great clubs and played a part in developing their charities to become leaders in the sector.

“I'm honoured to get the opportunity to lead the LFC Foundation and build on the excellent work that is already happening.”

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Competition: Help design Mighty Red's car

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 13:19

Junior LFC fans can be in with the chance of winning a personalised video message from a Reds player as part of a new global Mighty Red competition.

The club’s official mascot is looking for young fans to help with unique designs for his official car.

The winner will have their ideas adapted by Mighty Red and incorporated into his car’s new artwork alongside their first name and age, and will also receive a very special message of congratulations from an LFC star.

The worldwide competition is open to fans aged five to 11. Anyone wishing to enter must first register here and download the PDF template. All designs must include a version of the club crest, Mighty Red’s name and official number, and a picture of Mighty Red.

Completed designs can be submitted via LFC’s competitions platform here or sent via post to: The Mighty Red Car Design Competition, Liverpool Football Club, 20 Chapel Street, Liverpool, L3 9AG. 

Entries must include the entrant name, age and a contact email address for their parent or guardian.

For full competition rules and further information on how to enter, please click here.

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Media Watch: Read the latest LFC transfer rumours

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 12:14

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Liverpool eye up Gladbach centre-back

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 12:11

Liverpool are reportedly looking to bolster their defence in the summer and Borussia Monchengladbach's Matthias Ginter is top of their list of targets.

Jurgen Klopp signed Ginter in 2014, when he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund, and is keen for a reunion with the 25-year-old.

Ginter went on to move to Gladbach in 2017 for €17m (£14.6m) and has been a regular in their side since, scoring five Bundesliga goals in his first season for the club.

Now Klopp is looking to bring the German to Anfield as he looks to pin down a regular partner at centre-back for Virgil van Dijk.

Full story: Metro

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Photos: New LFC training complex starts to take shape

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 11:58

Liverpool FC's new training ground in Kirkby is beginning to take shape, as development work continues on the fundamental structure of the complex.

Steelwork for the new first team and U23s building is being erected, with the framework only a few weeks away from completion. There are more than 2,000 pieces of steel to erect, which have taken around 12 weeks to install. The framework contains approximately 520 tonnes of steel and has taken 2,166 crane lifts to move each piece into place.

Work has now moved on at pace, with almost 2,300 cubic metres of concrete and 30,000 tonnes of stone having been used so far to lay the groundwork for foundations of the training complex, swimming and hydrotherapy pools, car parks, footpaths, and the ground and first floor levels of the main training facility.

The foundations for the complex’s new swimming pool and hydrotherapy pool have already been completed, using around 400 cubic metres of reinforced concrete.

Taking more than 12 weeks to lay in total, concrete has started to be cast in four sections on the ground and first floor slabs of the first team and U23s building – 120 cubic metres has been poured to date to form the first sections of the ground floor, with a further 100 cubic metres used to create the first sections of the upper first floor level.

Next stages of development will see the first sections of external brickwork being laid, to add more detail and depth to the bones of the steel structure and bring the main building to life.

McLaughlin and Harvey, the club’s construction partner, began building work in summer 2018 and the development is expected to be finished in summer 2020.

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Neil Critchley's verdict on mini-derby defeat

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 10:00

Liverpool U23s must learn from the manner of their 2-0 defeat in Monday's mini-derby with Everton, reflected Neil Critchley.

The young Reds’ 13-game unbeaten run came to a frustrating end in the Premier League 2 clash at Anfield as the Blues produced the more clinical performance.

Read Critchley’s assessment of the encounter below…

On the game…

It was disappointing, I don’t think we deserved anything from the game, I thought the better team won. We didn’t get off to a very good start. Our response to going a goal down was OK and we gradually got back into the game. We were showing decent spells and getting in down the sides but we didn’t deal with their long balls very well or their set-pieces. In the second half we had a go, a real go, but we didn’t deal with their counter-attack very well and we just didn’t do enough in the final third. We didn’t defend well enough all evening as a team.

On the key aspects in the defeat…

There were so many situations we could have done a lot better in defensively, one-v-one. We gave away too many silly free-kicks as well and didn’t deal with balls into the box. Set-pieces were a problem for us. At the other end, we threatened to do something but huffed and puffed in the final third. There were some good situations and good moments – moments where you thought something might happen but, unfortunately, nothing did happen. And that was due to a lack of quality, poor decision-making and at times not enough desire to actually shoot at goal.

On the importance of taking chances…

When you play against Everton you know what you’re going to face. They don’t concede many goals, so when they go in front they are an extremely difficult team to play against – 1-0 down in the first 10 minutes is the worst possible start you can make against Everton. Then we were always chasing the game and we were having to commit more bodies forward in the second half. We probably went a little bit too gung-ho at times and committed too many men forward too early, then we were open, too open, on the counter-attack. We didn’t get our protection right and didn’t deal with those moments very well. They punished us. I just don’t think we did enough all evening really.

On what his team will learn from the game…

We needed to play with a bit more emotion and passion in the first half, which we showed a bit more of in the second half. It was a combination of things – we didn’t have enough quality, our decision-making let us down, we just didn’t look like a cohesive team all night.

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Vote now: LFC's February Goal of the Month

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 09:00

It's time for you to decide the winner of Liverpool's Goal of the Month award for February.

We've whittled down a fine array of strikes scored by the first team, Academy and Women's sides last month to a shortlist of 10.

Watch the goals in contention for the prize again above, before voting for your favourite below...

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Jürgen Klopp: We'll stay positive and will not give up

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 08:00

Liverpool will remain positive and not relinquish their ambition of clinching the Premier League title, Jürgen Klopp has vowed.

The Reds’ goalless draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday meant they stayed second in the standings, one point behind new leaders Manchester City, who defeated Bournemouth 1-0 a day earlier.

However, with nine games still left to play before the conclusion of the league season, Klopp insists his side aren’t willing to give up any hopes of a successful finale to the campaign.

He told after the final whistle at Goodison: “We are positive – how couldn’t we be positive?

“There is a lot to come and a lot of games to play. What brought us here was the stability the boys showed. We are difficult to beat, which is very important in football. And we created, still, in difficult games, which is very important in football.

“Then you have to finish them off, which we did very often but not [at Everton].

“The dynamic [at the top of the table] changed a little bit – now we are second, they are first.

“The season is not over and we will not give up.”

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Match report: U23s beaten in mini-derby at Anfield

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 21:01

Liverpool U23s were beaten for the first time since November as Everton edged Monday night's mini-derby at Anfield 2-0.

Nathan Broadhead’s double separated the sides in their Premier League 2 encounter, with Neil Critchley’s charges unable to turn their exertions into goals against the leaders.

That meant a first defeat in three-and-a-half months for the young Reds, who remain fifth in the division as a result.

Jürgen Klopp, Pepijn Lijnders and John Achterberg were among the healthy crowd at a rain-soaked Anfield to see the second Merseyside derby in as many days.

Everton came into the clash with a four-point lead at the top of Premier League 2 and wasted little time in showing their intent to consolidate that position against a Reds side on a 13-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Only three minutes had elapsed when Lewis Gibson met a deep free-kick into the area from the left with a looping header that bounced out off the Liverpool crossbar.

But the Blues did take the lead in the eighth minute.

Josh Bowler’s surge into the box along the right was followed by a fierce clip across the goalmouth, with Broadhead the grateful recipient at the far post to convert past Caoimhin Kelleher.

Buoyed by their breakthrough, the visitors pushed for a quickfire second and Bassala Sambou might have done better than drag a low hit wide after confident work by Fraser Hornby in the build-up.

Liverpool settled and Ben Woodburn fashioned a first genuine sight of goal when he instinctively spun on Ki-Jana Hoever’s delivery to the near post and sent a strike off the ground and into Joao Virginia’s gloves.

Hornby nodded a fine chance from Ryan Astley’s cross into the Kop, while Hoever was off target with a drive from 20 yards after Curtis Jones was crowded out by the Everton defensive ranks.

It was cat-and-mouse for the remainder of the first half, neither side finding the quality required in the last third, though the young Reds narrowly avoided a second concession in its final act.

The bounce of a long ball, coupled with Sambou’s interest, caused confusion, but Corey Whelan half-cleared with Kelleher out of goal, and Broadhead’s chipped rebound from distance drifted wide to the left.

Jones’ strength in possession led to the maiden opportunity of the second half, Rafael Camacho collecting his pass and centring for Isaac Christie-Davies, who headed too high.

It was again the Blues creating the truly dangerous openings, however, with Dennis Adeniran’s counter-attack surge from his own half deserving a more precise final finish when he fed the free Sambou to his right.

Kelleher made two excellent saves to keep Liverpool in the match after the hour mark.

The goalkeeper first pushed over a firm effort from Nathangelo Markelo, teed up by Sambou at the edge of the area, and then – from the resulting corner – showed sharp reflexes to deny Astley’s hooked shot.

Critchley reshuffled his pack with the introductions of Tony Gallacher, which freed Adam Lewis to play further forward, and Glen McAuley as Liverpool took greater control and Everton played on the break.

The tactic almost worked for the away team, with Broadhead only a George Johnston block away from a close-range strike that might have sealed victory.

He did have the last word on 87 minutes, though.

Hornby turned a knock forward into another promising breakaway and substitute Anthony Gordon sprinted away on the right before squaring for Broadhead to clinically sweep low past Kelleher’s reach and inflict a rare loss on the young Reds.

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, Hoever (McAuley, 74), Lewis, Whelan, Johnston, Coyle (Gallacher, 66), Camacho, Randall, Woodburn, Christie-Davies, Jones.

Unused substitutes: Juanma, George, Masterson.

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Competition: Design a new look for Mighty Red's car

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 16:01

Junior LFC fans can be in with the chance of winning a personalised video message from a Liverpool player as part of a new global competition.

Mighty Red, the club's official mascot, is looking for young fans to come up with a unique new design for his official car.

The chosen idea will be replicated on the vehicle, alongside the artist's first name and age, and the winner will also receive a very special message of congratulations from an LFC star.

The worldwide competition is open to fans aged five to eleven - anyone wishing to enter must first register here and download the PDF template. All designs must include; a version of the club crest, Mighty Red’s name and official number (12) and a picture of Mighty Red.

Completed designs can be submitted via LFC’s competitions platform here or sent via post to: The Mighty Red Car Design Competition, Chapel Street, Liverpool L3 9AG. 

Entries must include the entrants name, age and a contact email address for their parent or guardian.

For full competition rules and further information on how to enter, please click here.

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Southampton v Liverpool: Away ticket details

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 14:35

Liverpool FC has released the following information regarding away ticket sales for the Premier League game against Southampton on Friday April 5.

We have received a total allocation of 3,260 stand tickets for this all ticket fixture at St Mary's Stadium with kick-off set for 8pm.

This is a reduction compared to the allocation of 3,338 that we received last season and Southampton FC have advised that after risk assessment, seats at the front of the visitors area and around the raised viewing platform have been covered to protect the safety of supporters at the front of the area.

Ticket prices

Adult - £30                                                                              

Over 65 - £27

18-21s - £22                                               

U18s - £18

U11s - £12

Children under two years of age will not be permitted entry into the stadium.

Please be aware that supporters in possession of concessionary tickets will be asked for ID at the turnstiles. If supporters are not able to provide the relevant ID, they will be refused entry.

Coach travel

As announced here, the club will provide free coaches to supporters travelling to St Mary's, with fans being asked to pay a £5 fee per seat to help raise vital funds for the Sean Cox appeal.

Supporters that qualify for a match ticket can choose to book a seat on the coach when purchasing their ticket.

Supporters will also have the opportunity to book a seat after a match ticket has been purchased by – clicking here.

Any supporters that also wish to donate to the Sean Cox appeal can click here.

Hospitality Members

Sir Kenny Dalglish Box holders, Premium Level and Centenary Club members should contact the Hospitality Department on 0151 264 2222, option 2.

Disabled Supporters

Within the allocation, we have received 23 pairs of wheelchair and personal assistant tickets. Ambulant and personal assistant tickets are also available - please click here.

Ticket Sales

The below sales will take place online only.

Tickets will be available to Season Ticket Holders, Official Members and Fan Card Holders based on attendance at Premier League away fixtures during Season 2017-18 on the following days:

Attendance at six games: From 8.15am on Thursday March 7 until 10.45am on Friday March 8.

Supporters are guaranteed a ticket during this sale and can purchase one ticket per person, up to a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction.

The following sales will then take place on a first come first served basis, subject to availability, and supporters can purchase one ticket per person up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

Attendance at five or more games: From 11am until 1.45pm on Friday March 8.

Attendance at four or more games: From 2pm on Friday March 8 until 10.45am on Monday March 11.

Attendance at three or more games: From 11am on Monday March 11.

Should there be any tickets remaining following the initial sales, Liverpool FC will make a further announcement. Supporters are advised to check here for sale updates.

For ticket fulfilment, (Delivery & Collection of Tickets) click here.

For visiting supporters guide, click here.

For coach travel, click here.

For away support information, click here.

For general information, click here.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain set for Liverpool return

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 12:25

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to make his long-awaited comeback for the club's under-23s against Derby County on Friday.

The Reds had considered giving the England international a run out in Monday night's Premier 2 derby with Everton at Anfield.

However, Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been sidelined for 11 months with a serious knee injury, is likely to be held back for the clash with the Rams which takes place at the Championship outfit's training ground at 2pm on Friday.

Jurgen Klopp is keen for him to get some game-time under his belt for Neil Critchley's side in order to build up his match fitness before considering him for a first-team return.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Media Watch: Oxlade-Chamberlain to return for U23s?

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 12:16

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Oxlade-Chamberlain set to make return for U23s on Friday

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 12:10

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is scheduled to take a significant step in his recovery from a serious knee injury with a comeback appearance for Liverpool’s under-23s on Friday.

The midfielder has been out since last April when he damaged cruciate and medial ligaments, plus the tendons to his hamstring, in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma. The severity of the injury was kept from Liverpool’s players at the request of Oxlade-Chamberlain until their European campaign was over.

Jürgen Klopp admitted last July that it would be a bonus should the 25-year-old make a competitive appearance for the club this season but the England international is on course to beat the anticipated 12-month lay-off. He has been training with Liverpool’s first-team squad for several weeks – “70% of team training then he leaves a bit early to do something else and the things he needs,” his manager said last week – and is set to play against Derby County for the under-23s on Friday.

Liverpool had considered Oxlade-Chamberlain for the “mini-derby” with Everton on Monday night but opted against a comeback in a more charged contest with their local rivals. The midfielder will be involved for Neil Critchley’s team at Derby instead as he eyes making an unexpected but much welcome return for Liverpool before the end of their title-chasing season.

Source: The Guardian

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Virgil van Dijk named PFA Fans' Player of the Month

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 11:03

Virgil van Dijk has been voted as the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month for February.

The centre-back saw off competition from Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte and Raheem Sterling, as well as Burnley’s Ashley Barnes and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, to clinch the award.

It’s the second time this season Van Dijk has claimed the prize having previously won it in November.

The Netherlands captain played all four league games for Liverpool during the month, keeping three clean sheets and scoring two goals.

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Watch: The best of Van Dijk's dominant derby display

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 10:14

Virgil van Dijk produced a dominant Merseyside derby display as Liverpool and Everton contested a goalless draw at Goodison Park on Sunday – and you can watch the of it on demand now.

The centre-back was commanding throughout at the heart of the Reds defence to snuff out any opportunities for the hosts.

LFCTV GO subscribers can take a closer look at Van Dijk’s performance in our video below now.

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