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U23s draw with Crewe in Kirkby friendly

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 13:00

Liverpool U23s played out a goalless draw with Crewe Alexandra in their first pre-season friendly of the summer at the Kirkby Academy on Wednesday.

Neil Critchley gave 16 players valuable minutes as the game was played on a half-hour each way basis.

Herbie Kane and Pedro Chirivella featured for the Reds following their loan spells last season, while Tom Clayton made a welcome return from the injury which saw him sidelined since January.

The lively Abdi Sharif, who recently penned his first professional contract with the club, went close on two occasions in the opening half.

The Scouse midfielder broke into the box following a fine run but could only drag his shot wide of the post.

A fine one-two with Luis Longstaff then presented Sharif with another opportunity but his goalbound effort was superbly blocked by a Crewe defender.

Neco Williams was unfortunate not to break the deadlock when a surging run from the right-back took him into the box, but his strike destined for the top corner was saved.

Another storming run from Sharif then fed Kane just outside the box. The midfielder fed a lovely pass into the path of Isaac Christie-Davies, but the Wales U21 international guided his shot wide.

The away side also hit the bar as the game ended goalless.

Critchley will now take his team on a three-match tour of Scotland, with fixtures against The Spartans FC, Hearts and Celtic arranged.

Liverpool U23s: Atherton, N. Williams, Gallacher, R. Williams (Clayton), Boyes (Koumetio), Chirivella (Ritaccio), Sharif, Longstaff (Bearne), Kane, Christie-Davies, O'Rourke (Dixon-Bonner).

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Excitement builds for Liverpool's pre-season game against Lyon

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 11:30

Jason McAteer spoke of his excitement to see Liverpool take on Olympique Lyonnais in a pre-season friendly this month, at a press event held at the Stade de Geneve.

The match, which will take place on Wednesday July 31, is the last stop on the Reds’ summer tour and will conclude the European champions’ pre-season preparations ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

McAteer, the former Liverpool star, said: “We are really looking forward to the game; it’s a great venue in such a beautiful city, the pitch and the stadium look fantastic and should produce a great atmosphere.

“Olympique Lyonnais should pose a tough test with some great players such as Depay, Dembele and Rafael hopefully on show. We want to encourage as many fans as possible to come and watch the team.”

Aline Cortat Champion, a representative of the official Liverpool FC supporters club Lausanne, said: “OLSC Lausanne are extremely proud to welcome Liverpool FC – 2019 European champions – to Geneva.

“The club is extremely close to our hearts and this game will provide the opportunity for our 300-plus branch members to come together in our region and watch a prestigious game before the season 2019-20 starts.

“For some of us, it will be the first time we have seen Liverpool FC play live and we can’t wait for the team to visit Geneva!”

Tickets are now available for the game – please visit www.liverpoolfc.com/geneva for more details.

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Liverpool FC Women's 2019-20 WSL fixture list revealed

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 11:03

Liverpool FC Women's 2019-20 FA Women's Super League fixtures were announced today.

Following the Reds’ opener against Reading at Prenton Park, Vicky Jepson’s side will visit Tottenham Hotspur and then Manchester United in the rest of September.

Their season will conclude with a trip to Chelsea – see a full fixture schedule below.

Please note, dates and kick-off times are subject to change. Tickets will be on sale here.

Sunday September 8
2pm – Liverpool v Reading – Prenton Park

Sunday September 15
2pm – Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool – The Hive

Saturday September 28
12pm – Manchester United v Liverpool – Leigh Sports Village

Sunday October 13
12pm – Liverpool v Bristol City – Prenton Park

Sunday October 27
2pm – Birmingham City v Liverpool – Solihull Moors FC

Sunday November 17
2pm – Liverpool v Everton – Prenton Park

Sunday November 24
2pm – Arsenal v Liverpool – Boreham Wood FC

Sunday December 1
2pm – Manchester City v Liverpool – Academy Stadium

Sunday December 8
2pm – Liverpool v West Ham United – Prenton Park

Sunday December 15
2pm – Liverpool v Chelsea – Prenton Park

Sunday January 5
2pm – Brighton and Hove Albion v Liverpool – People’s Pension Stadium

Sunday January 12
12pm – Liverpool v Manchester United – Prenton Park

Sunday January 19
3pm – Bristol City v Liverpool – Stoke Gifford Stadium

Sunday February 2
2pm – Liverpool v Birmingham City – Prenton Park

Sunday February 9
12.30pm – Everton v Liverpool – Walton Hall Park

Thursday February 13
7pm – Liverpool v Arsenal – Prenton Park

Sunday February 23
3pm – West Ham United v Liverpool – Rush Green Stadium

Sunday March 22
2pm – Liverpool v Manchester City – Prenton Park

Sunday March 29
2pm – Reading v Liverpool – Adams Park

Sunday April 5
2pm – Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur – Prenton Park

Sunday April 26
12pm – Liverpool v Brighton and Hove Albion – Prenton Park

Saturday May 16
TBC – Chelsea v Liverpool – Kingsmeadow

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Liverpool FC kicks off new partnership with 1XBET

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 09:00

Liverpool FC has teamed up with international gaming and technology company 1XBET in a new multi-year partnership.

The relationship will see 1XBET become the official global betting partner of LFC, enabling supporters to take advantage of exclusive offers and sporting entertainment.

1XBET will use this partnership to increase brand awareness within key global markets through stadium branding at Anfield and branding on Liverpool's digital platforms, along with access to first-team players and club legends, to provide fans with additional ways to interact and engage with the world of football.

One of the most rapidly developing companies in the betting industry, 1XBET boasts the largest number of markets in pre-match and live betting odds, alongside online games such as live casino tables and virtual slot machines.

Billy Hogan, LFC's managing director and chief commercial officer, said: "We are delighted to welcome 1XBET to Liverpool FC as our newest partner. I know that their games and special offers will appeal to our fans around the world and we look forward to seeing these as we go into the new 2019-20 season."

Alex Sommers, 1XBET spokesman, said: "Liverpool FC is one of the world's most iconic football clubs with a wealth of history and a huge global fanbase. We're incredibly excited to be partnering with the club to meet our goal of bringing fans closer to the sporting action through our innovative products and supercharged betting experience.

"We're very proud of the relationship we have with Liverpool Football Club and we're keen to work closely with fans around the world to bring them exciting entertainment opportunities and unique offers in the upcoming season."

Founded in 2007, the company has been quickly expanding in various regions around the world such as Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America and has already acquired many prestigious sporting partnerships.

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Adam Lewis eager to seize his pre-season opportunity

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 08:30

Adam Lewis has seen an opportunity open up ahead of the new season - and it’s a chance the young Liverpool left-back is determined to take.

Academy prospect Lewis reported to Melwood to begin pre-season training on Sunday and hopes to be part of the squad for the Reds’ first friendly of the summer against Tranmere Rovers on Thursday - a match that will be shown live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO

Featuring at Prenton Park would form part of the teenage Scouser’s plan to catch Jürgen Klopp’s eye following the departure of Alberto Moreno. 

“It’s obviously tough going into pre-season whether it’s at Liverpool or another club,” Lewis told Liverpoolfc.com.

“We know what the manager likes, he loves the running, so you’ve just got to adapt to it and I see an opportunity for me in my position with obviously Alberto going. There’s obviously a chance and the manager gives the youngsters a go in pre-season.

“All I have to do is obviously keep impressing in training and hopefully get my chance.”

Inside Training: Highlights of a short-sided game at Melwood

Lewis is yet to make his first-team debut for Liverpool but has trained with Klopp’s squad on several occasions and was included in the group that went to Marbella for a training camp in February.

This pre-season, then, is all about making sure he makes a strong, positive impression on the boss and his coaching staff as he strives towards the goal of playing for the senior side.

“Pre-season is an opportunity where you can show what you’ve got,” the 19-year-old stated.

“The manager has seen me play, I was here [at Melwood] last year a few times but the most important thing for me is to stay down here and hopefully get on the bench in the coming season. 

“Just training with them [the first team] gives you a taste and it makes you want it more. 

“Being a part of a big club like this is massive and it gives you a big confidence boost going into a game or even getting a call-up to come to Melwood. It’s always a good thing for a young lad, especially for me being a Scouser as well - that makes it even more important.”

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Jürgen Klopp on Tranmere, pre-season selection plans and an open door

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 08:00

The door to Liverpool’s first team is open for the youngsters who will get their chance to shine at Tranmere Rovers and beyond during pre-season, Jürgen Klopp has stated.

Thursday evening’s short trip to Prenton Park represents the first of seven friendlies the Reds will play at home and abroad prior to the Community Shield meeting with Manchester City in early August.

International commitments mean members of Klopp’s regular squad are reporting for pre-season training at staggered intervals throughout the summer - and, in turn, that is set to provide an opportunity for several Academy prospects to perform at senior level over the coming weeks.

And the boss - who expects Simon Mignolet to feature against Tranmere - has explained that he would welcome the sight of returning loan players and youth-teamers impressing ahead of 2019-20. 

Photos: 21 snaps from Tuesday's training session

“I would say it’s quite difficult to immediately be part of that first-team squad because we are really strong, but it’s always like it is. These boys are our future if they want to be our future. That’s how it is because for that they need to take all the steps,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.

“They are at a wonderful club with wonderful coaches. Whoever leads the training, whether it’s me or Pep [Lijnders] or Critch [Neil Critchley] or whoever, it will always be a good session. But this pre-season is for them exciting of course. 

“A lot of them will be part of the US tour, we have to use that because of the number of games we play. We need all of them and that’s nice. Only as an example, Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel: our offensive line that played last year is coming pretty late in joining us in the pre-season, so we have to be creative system-wise and all that stuff, but there will be moments when they have to play. 

“Not only at Tranmere or whatever, but in America as well when we play Borussia Dortmund and all the other guys. So, it’s good and it’s always like this: when you are already in the club, then the door is always open for you to the first team. 

“The thing is you have to go through by yourself - we only open the door, we don’t push you through. So, I’m open, I’m very open for exciting football players and if the boys show up, good for them and good for us.”

After a cohort of 16 players reported to Melwood to begin pre-season training last Saturday, the likes of Divock Origi and Dejan Lovren followed in the proceeding days, while Mignolet is due to return this week.

On the possibility of Lovren and Mignolet playing at Prenton Park, Klopp said: “Dejan, we will see. Simon, [he’s a] goalkeeper, yeah. We struggle with goalkeepers at the moment, we have a very young group here. 

“Ali won the Copa America title at the weekend, he will not be involved! Simon comes back and I think he will be fine to play. Caoimhin [Kelleher] is injured and that will take a little while, Kamil Grabara will come back a little bit later but has a bit of pain after the U21s [European Championship] as well. 

“So it will be interesting, maybe the subs at least will be very, very young, even the goalkeepers, but that’s how it is. Problems in football are only there to find a solution and in pre-season you have a lot of problems and always try to find the solution, so we will do our best.”

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This marks the fourth year in succession that Liverpool will face Tranmere in the early stages of their preparations for the upcoming campaign, with Klopp looking forward to the test in store from newly-promoted League One opposition. 

“Tranmere we always follow a little bit, our U23s play there most of the time. We call it every time we play this game the ‘John Achterberg Trophy’!” he smiled.

“We are only five days in training, intense sessions, a lot of players are not here. A lot of kids will be involved, that’s clear. How it always is, it’s not about the result but it’s about the performance and all the boys starting or coming on on Thursday will wear a Liverpool shirt and they have to behave like that. They have to do the things we want them to do because that’s part of our DNA. 

“We have to show that, how we work, the work-rate must be as high as possible on the day. So, with heavy legs, still try to do your best, that’s the reason for pre-season games: to get a bit of rhythm. 

“In the first game that will be difficult, but step by step to get a bit of rhythm in these games and fight back, whatever happens in the games. 

“If it’s bad, use it, if it’s good [use it]. That’s how we started in training and that’s what we want to see in the game.”

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John Oliver: Why the USA should embrace LFC on tour

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 19:30

American talk show host and staunch Kopite John Oliver explains in his own inimitable style why Stateside fans should share in his passion and watch European Champions Liverpool on tour in the USA this summer.

The outspoken British host, who has made a name for himself across the Atlantic as the star of HBO's Last Week Tonight, expounds his love for the Reds and regales his revealing chat with Mohamed Salah in our hilarious video below.

Oliver also gives his unique take on Liverpool stars such as Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Alisson Becker - "he's the best goalkeeper in the world and he's beautiful" - and explains just why he yearns to be hugged by LFC boss Klopp.

Watch: John Oliver loves Liverpool FC

The Reds kick-off their three-match tour of the USA on Friday July 19 (local time) when they face Borussia Dortmund at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. You can buy tickets now.

Klopp's men then head to Boston to face Spanish side Sevilla at Fenway Park on July 21 before heading to Yankee Stadium to take on Sporting CP in New York on July 25.

Subscribers to LFCTV and LFCTV GO worldwide can enjoy live coverage of every pre-season game*.

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*Subscribers in the UK and Ireland will be able to watch every pre-season game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO. Those from the rest of the world will be able to watch every pre-season game live on LFCTV GO. Rights vary in USA, Portugal, Italy, Vatican City, San Marino, France, Monaco, Andorra and Mauritius. Check www.liverpoolfc.com/watch for rights in these territories.

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Liverpool v Manchester City: FA Community Shield ticket details

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 17:30

Liverpool FC has released the following ticket details for the FA Community Shield, to be played at Wembley Stadium, London on Sunday August 4.

The game will kick off at 3pm BST.

Ticket allocation and prices

The club has received an allocation of 29,074 tickets for this ALL ticket fixture.

Within the allocation of tickets received, approximately 12% are Category 1, 37% are Category 2, 33% are Category 3, 18% are Category 4.
 
Category 1 (Level 1): Adults £45
Category 2 (Level 1 and 5): Adults £35 
Category 3 (Level 1 and 5): Adults £25 
Category 4 (Level 5): Adults £20 

We are unable to guarantee that all price points will be available when making your booking.

Level 5

Level 5 is the highest tier, which has a steep gradient and supporters are advised that seating on Level 5 is not suitable for anyone suffering from vertigo or acrophobia. Supporters seated on this level are urged to remain seated for safety reasons.

Families with small children are advised to avoid the concourse on Level 5 at half-time as it is extremely congested.

Concessions

Concessions offered for this fixture will be available to juniors aged 3 -16 years and under, young adults (17-21 years) and over 65’s at a £10 reduction of the advertised adult price.

Junior tickets must be purchased with an adult ticket e.g. a minimum of one or maximum of two adults per junior is required.

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.

Juniors must be accompanied by a responsible adult and children under the age of two years are not permitted into the stadium under any circumstances.

Details to be provided at the time of booking for all supporters

The following details MUST be provided for the supporter ATTENDING the game.

If the Season Ticket Holder or Member eligible to buy the ticket is not attending the game, the details of the person you are giving your ticket to MUST be provided on the online form.

Changes cannot be made once you have completed your purchase. 

Please have these details ready prior to making your booking:

Forename
Surname
Address
Date of birth
Email address
Mobile number

Sales Dates

The club's end of season Premier League position has enabled us to qualify for the Community Shield and therefore the selling criteria for this match has been based on attendance at Premier League fixtures during season 2018-19.

Tickets purchased for this match will not count as priority for any future matches.

Hospitality members 

Members of the Executive Lounge, Executive Suites, Sir Kenny Dalglish Boxes, Premium and Centenary Club will be contacted Friday July 12 with details of how to apply. Premier Club and Carlsberg Dugout members should refer to the sales criteria below.

Disabled supporters

Within the allocation we have received 105 pairs of wheelchair and personal assistant tickets and 193 pairs of easy access tickets, priced at £20 per pair.

Easy access tickets will be allocated to ambulant supporters with limited mobility on a first come first served basis. Once the allocation of easy access seats has sold out, eligible ambulant supporters who wish to purchase tickets can still do so in other areas of the stadium at the relevant price category for that chosen area.

All other supporters

The below sales will take place ONLINE only and you may have to queue at times.

Priority Right Holders: From 3pm Thursday July 18.

Priority Right Holders wishing to purchase with other supporters can purchase in the sale for guaranteed supporters only from 8.15am Friday July 19 until 7.15am Monday July 22. For full details on eligibility, please click here.

Premier Club and Carlsberg Dugout Members: From 8.15am Friday July 19.

Season Ticket Holders who have recorded one or more Premier League away fixture during season 2018-19, (in addition to all 19 homes recorded on your Season Ticket): From 8.15am Friday July 19.

Official Members who have recorded 20 or more Premier League home and away fixtures during Season 2018-19: From 8.15am Friday July 19.

Supporters eligible to purchase during the above sales are guaranteed a ticket and can purchase one ticket per person up to a maximum of eight tickets per

transaction.

Tickets will then be available 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.

ALL Season Ticket Holders: From 8.15am Monday July 22.

Official Members who have recorded 19 or more Premier League home or away fixtures during season 2018-19: From 8.15am Monday July 22.

The number of qualifying supporters will far exceed the number of tickets available during the above sales, and we cannot guarantee that tickets will be available to all who apply.

Should tickets remain, a further announcement will be made. Supporters are advised to check here for sale updates.

Ticket fulfilment (Delivery of tickets)

Supporters must select one of the following fulfilment methods available when you reach the shopping basket before proceeding to checkout.

1 UK Post (only for supporters whose address on our system is listed as being within the UK)

Tickets will be sent special delivery to the registered address of the person making the booking, at a charge of £7.25.  Please note: this may differ from the details provided on the online form

Please ensure that when selecting this option that you will be able to accept delivery of your ticket.

We would encourage supporters to select the ‘post’ option to minimise queues at the ticket collection point on match day.

2 Collect in London (venue to be confirmed) 

All overseas supporters must select this option

To provide a consistent service, the Club have decided not to offer ‘Collect from Anfield’ as an option for this fixture.

Supporters will be sent an email to the email address provided on the online form, week commencing Monday July 29; this will include a unique reference number and the collection point address. 

An SMS will also be sent to the mobile number provided on the online form

The person attending the game AND named on the online form MUST collect their ticket in London - no exceptions.   

Photo ID and a copy of the email that includes the unique reference number (printed version or shown on mobile) must be provided upon collection or tickets will not be issued.

Depending on the number of supporters who choose to collect their tickets in London, there may be queues on match day that could subsequently delay you from getting into the stadium prior to kick off.

Coach travel

Liverpool FC will be operating a coach service for this fixture departing at 8am from Arkles Lane, tickets are priced at £28.50 each.

Coach tickets can be purchased online.

Parking at Wembley

ALL coach and car parking must be purchased in advance through the Wembley Official Parking website.

Parking for Liverpool supporters and supporters’ coaches has been allocated in the Yellow Car Park.

Blue Badge parking is available in both the Red and Yellow Car Park and blue badge holders should select the appropriate category when pre- booking.

Additional off-site parking facilities are available within a 30-40-minute walk of the stadium.

There are no ‘pay on the day’ car parking options at Wembley Stadium.  Vehicles that have not purchased a pre-booked parking space in advance will be prevented from entering the area.

General information

For a full list of QA’s in relation to this match, click here.

We urge supporters not to travel without a ticket.

Liverpool FC will not take any responsibility for any financial losses due to lost, destroyed or damaged tickets, or for any financial losses due to tickets being stolen, lost or delayed by the postal service.

All tickets are issued under the Football Association Ticketing Terms and Conditions copies of which can be found here.

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Inside Training: Lactate test for Divock and Dejan as squad work continues

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 16:31

Divock Origi and Dejan Lovren undertook lactate testing as they began pre-season training at Melwood on Tuesday morning, with the rest of their teammates also taking part in a series of workouts.

Liverpool will contest their first pre-season friendly of the summer against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park on Thursday night - a game you can watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO - and preparations were continuing towards the fixture at the club's West Derby complex.

You can see the best of the session in our video above now.

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Dejan Lovren interview | Pre-season, Tranmere and Klopp's 'workaholics'

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 15:59

Dejan Lovren feels ready to play against Tranmere Rovers after completing his first day of pre-season training.

Liverpool’s programme of seven friendlies prior to the Community Shield clash with Manchester City on August 4 gets under way at Prenton Park on Thursday in a game to be shown live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

Centre-back Lovren reported back to Melwood on Tuesday and underwent a series of physical examinations - including the gruelling lactate test, which he did alongside Divock Origi.

However, despite the fact the match comes just 48 hours after his return to training, the Reds’ No.6 wants to be considered for selection versus Tranmere.

Photos: Dejan and Divock complete the lactate test

“Yeah, why not? I’m a football player so I want to play football - that’s what I’m doing all my life so why not?” Lovren told Liverpoolfc.com, when asked if he hopes to get some minutes under his belt on Thursday.

“Like always it [day one of pre-season] was a little bit hard, but I’m glad that I’m here back. The vacation is over, it’s time to work and to get back on track where we stopped.

“We need to prepare ourselves for the beginning of the season because the schedule is quite tight when you look at it. 

“We will play already for two big, major trophies [in August] so it’s a great opportunity for us and all the fans around the world.”

Watch: Small-sided pre-season training match at Melwood

The ‘workaholic’ attitude prevalent throughout Jürgen Klopp’s squad makes Lovren sure Liverpool will be ready to hit the ground running when Norwich City visit Anfield for the opening Premier League game of 2019-20 on August 9.

“It will be a quite intensive period with all these friendly games, but there is quite a lot of players who already worked with the boss here in the previous seasons so we know what we are expecting and to be the best in the Premier League or in the Champions League you need to work quite a lot,” the Croatia international said.

“I think we are a workaholic team here, with players who are professional in each way, inside the dressing room and outside. Every detail matters. 

“I think for a couple of guys it was a short period [of time off] so they didn’t lose a lot of fitness. When I look now at training everyone looks quite good and fit.”

Last season ended in glorious fashion with victory in the Champions League final, of course.

That win over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid followed on from a domestic campaign during which Klopp’s side posted a club-record total of 97 points - and Lovren thinks the Reds can improve even further in the upcoming campaign.

“We’ll go again step by step,” he stated. 

“Let’s focus on each game in the Premier League, on each game in the Champions League again. It will be, like we know, a battle between the top four. They are good teams, especially Man City, so they also again want to prove [they are ready]. 

“But we are also one of the contenders and I am confident in this team because we are growing each year, we are each year better, so I hope we can beat the 97 points.”

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Tuesday at Melwood: 21 snaps of latest pre-season session

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 12:50

Liverpool's pre-season preparations were ongoing at Melwood on Tuesday morning with their latest summer workout.

The Reds squad are gearing up for their first pre-season friendly on Thursday night, when they take on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park - a game you can watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.

See how the players are shaping up in our gallery below.

Photos by John Powell

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Tim Vickery on Alisson and Firmino's Copa America contributions

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 12:22

Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker collected their second piece of silverware in five weeks when host nation Brazil lifted the 2019 Copa America on Sunday, following a 3-1 victory over Peru in Rio de Janeiro.

Rio-based Brazilian football expert Tim Vickery spoke to Liverpoolfc.com to discuss the part the two Liverpool men played in the triumph, the Ballon d’Or, Fabinho and what’s next for this talented Selecao group…

How much of an expected win was this for Brazil given that it was something of a shock that Peru got all the way to the final?

Yes, especially given the fact that these sides met in the group stage and Brazil won 5-0, but we got a much better game in the final. Peru came out bravely and pushed Brazil hard, and at the end Brazil were down to 10 men - after Gabriel Jesus was sent off - and hanging on to a 2-1 win for a while with a few Brazilian nails being bitten, before Richarlison sealed it with the late penalty. So, Brazil have retained their record of winning every Copa America that they’ve staged, but in every game this time, including the semi-final against Argentina, they were the clear, overwhelming favourites. Perhaps it’s a shame for the tournament that we didn’t see them against Luis Suarez and Uruguay, who were knocked out on penalties in the quarter-finals and may have pushed Brazil even harder than Peru did.

Was there a sense in Brazil of just how much pressure the team were under to deliver that trophy?

Huge pressure, but the Copa America is not the World Cup, and the World Cup is the one that Brazilian society really mobilises itself for. The streets are decorated and there are street paintings of the players for every World Cup, and we’ve seen clearly in the last few World Cups that the big test is when they come up against a big Western European side in the knockout rounds. They’ve failed at that obstacle every time over the last few World Cups, and that’s the test that they’ll have to prepare themselves for in just over three years’ time. Looking at this team there are perhaps one or two problems; the man voted the tournament’s best player was Dani Alves, a 36-year-old right-back very unlikely to be around at the next World Cup.

How would you assess the contribution made by Alisson Becker, not just on Sunday night but over the course of the tournament?

Alisson conceded just one goal in the tournament and that came from the penalty spot in the final. To be fair, he didn’t have a lot to do; there were some games where he could have taken a deckchair out and been a privileged spectator, reading his summer paperback! But when he’s called upon? Magnificent. There was one save he made from Lionel Messi in the semi-final against Argentina, it was a free kick that Messi got wonderfully over the wall, it was going towards the top corner and a lot of goalkeepers wouldn’t have been able to reach it, they’d have been wrongfooted and desperately clawing at air. Alisson read it, walked across and just plucked it out of the air as if he was plucking an apple off a tree. He made a difficult save look so easy, and his presence behind the defensive line spread so much calm through the team. He is a vital part of this Brazil side, he has never let them down, and every time he is asked to come up big, he does so. He may well be - considering club football and international football - the biggest star in the Brazil side at the moment, the one whose prestige is highest.

Alisson has now won the Premier League, Champions League and Copa America Golden Glove awards - is he a legitimate contender for the 2019 Ballon d'Or?

It’s a lovely thought. He is such a calming influence, look at the difference he’s made at Liverpool, and we saw that again with Brazil in the Copa America. Fair enough, he didn’t have a great deal to do, but that defensive unit know that he can be there for 89 minutes without anything to do, a big save comes along, and he’s not going to let them down. He has had an absolutely fantastic year, and in the absence of obvious other candidates, why not? Why not have a goalkeeper on the podium?

Roberto Firmino wasn't able to add to his tally of two goals and three assists in the final, but did he prove his unique value again with his tackle in the build-up to the Gabriel Jesus goal that made it 2-1…

Yes, and that’s absolutely crucial to the way that Brazil play. The coach [Tite] came to the conclusion that he’d left his side too open against Belgium [in the quarter-finals of last year’s World Cup], when Belgium came out hunting for them and established that early two-goal lead. They are really looking to defend from the front; one of the reasons they only conceded one goal in the tournament is that the team defends so well as a unit, with the strikers willing to put a shift in. That second goal for Brazil was wonderful and it sums up an aspect of play that they are really looking for from their players. Firmino has lost the ball with his back to goal, but he chases back, manages to nick it away and Arthur sees the space that Firmino has created, surges forward, the little touch to Gabriel Jesus - and a wonderful goal. But it wouldn’t have happened without the contribution of Firmino.

Would you expect Fabinho to be reintroduced to the squad if he continues his positive form for Liverpool next season?

I think he missed out this time because Tite was desperate to have Fernandinho of Manchester City in his squad. Fernandinho was appointed by the fans as the villain of that quarter-final defeat to Belgium, and he said at that point that he didn’t want to play for the national team anymore, he didn’t want to put his family through it. Tite really wanted him back, as much for his influence in the hotel, on the training ground, in the dressing room as on the pitch. Fernandinho wasn’t a first-teamer, he played one or two games, but he’s now reaching an age where you can’t really imagine him being at the next World Cup. If he moves away that opens up a space for someone else in that position, and I would have thought Fabinho is now in pole position to return to the squad.

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Sources: Origi set to extend Liverpool contract

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 11:43

Liverpool are optimistic that Divock Origi will accept the club's offer of a contract extension following his return to preseason training, sources have told ESPN FC.

The striker, who has a year remaining on his current deal, reported to Melwood on Monday and signalled his desire to play a further part in helping the Reds win silverware.

Origi scored the second goal in the 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the Champions League final as Liverpool secured their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp and their sixth European Cup.

He was also pivotal in the historic comeback against Barcelona at Anfield, scoring two goals in the 4-0 semifinal second-leg win.

Sources have told ESPN FC that talks over a new deal have been progressing well with the Belgium international, who recognises there will be greater opportunities to feature for Liverpool given the packed schedule for 2019-20 plus the involvement of Roberto Firmino at the Copa America as well as Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Origi backs himself to seize his chances and prove decisive again. As revealed by ESPN FC last month, Liverpool will not sanction the sale of the 24-year-old this summer even if he does not sign an extension.

That the club do not want to cash in on him is also a positive factor for Origi, who has a close relationship with Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon and Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards.

The latter has repeatedly resisted the chance to sell the forward on the cheap, believing he could make valuable contributions.

The determination to tie Origi down is another mark of Liverpool prioritising a policy of retaining players rather than overhauling the squad. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Joel Matip are also expected to extend their Anfield stays, while ESPN FC revealed Virgil van Dijk has informed the club he wants to sign a new contract just 18 months after joining them from Southampton.

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Gallery: Dejan Lovren and Divock Origi begin pre-season training

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 11:30

Dejan Lovren returned to Melwood on Tuesday morning to begin pre-season training ahead of 2019-20 - and he was joined by Divock Origi for the gruelling lactate test.

The duo have linked up with their teammates once again having been afforded a few additional days off due to their end-of-season involvement with their respective international sides.

Browse our gallery below of Lovren and Origi being put through their paces at the club's training complex.

Photos by John Powell

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LFC Foundation hosts Pride tournament

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 11:20

LFC Foundation hosted its second annual Pride tournament at Anfield Sports and Community Centre this weekend.

Supported by LCR Pride Foundation, the event aimed to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues and promote health and well-being throughout the community in the build up to Liverpool Pride, which takes place on Saturday July 27.

Men’s, women’s and mixed teams from across the city - including Liverpool Homeless FC, The Brink, Mersey Marauders, Dockside Runners and Pinehurst Primary - came together to celebrate football and togetherness in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

LFC's official club mascot, Mighty Red, was on hand to cheer on the teams and the Reds’ sixth European Cup also made a surprise appearance.

David McParland, LFC Foundation project lead, said: "It's been a fantastic day of football and inclusivity and such a great way to kick off this month’s Pride celebrations.

"This is the second time we’ve hosted the tournament and we’re excited to see it continue to grow in years to come.

"The atmosphere today was fantastic – not only did everyone really enjoy themselves but we raised awareness of some really important messages too."

This year’s Liverpool Pride theme is #ComeAsYouAre and calls on all people, regardless of where they are from or how they identify, to take pride in their identity and come together in the spirit of friendship, love and respect.

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Liverpool FC Women sign Jade Bailey

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 10:59

Liverpool FC Women have completed the signing of midfielder Jade Bailey from Chelsea.

Bailey, 23, joins the Reds after three years in the capital, the last few months of which were spent on loan at Reading FC Women.

Her footballing journey began at the Arsenal centre of excellence where she broke into the first team in 2013, going on to win two FA Cups and two Continental Cups.

The 2016 switch to Chelsea Women saw her make 16 appearances in her debut season before serious injury intervened.

She returned last season before joining Reading on loan in January.

Bailey will wear the No.8 shirt for LFC Women.

Watch: Jade Bailey on joining Liverpool

Reds’ manager Vicky Jepson said: "We wanted a young, talented individual to add quality and depth to our midfield.

"She's got a great background coming through at Arsenal and going to Chelsea. She’s had a good education and now she needs to showcase to the Women’s Super League what she’s about.

"As a club we’re very much looking forward to supporting her on that journey. She’s young but also has quite a lot of experience playing under great managers and with great players, so she’ll bring that to our squad having been around winning teams and winning environments."

Internationally Bailey was part of the England youth set-up including playing at an U20s World Cup before being selected for the ‘Next Gen’ squad.

Bailey said: "It's such a great club and to be a part of that is just amazing. I want to be the best and I know there's still loads more to come.

"I have a belief in myself and know where I want to get to.

"There's a lot more to come from this team and it's nice to be a part of that and hopefully contribute to the success of the club."

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Alisson and Firmino join list of LFC's international champions

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 10:30

Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino won the 2019 Copa America with Brazil on Sunday and added their names to a growing list of Liverpool players to boast international honours.

The Reds duo both started the final as tournament hosts Brazil beat Peru 3-1 at the Maracana to secure their first major honour for 12 years.

Firmino and Alisson played in all six of Brazil's matches at the Copa, with the forward scoring twice and the goalkeeper claiming the competition's golden glove award after keeping five clean sheets.

The pair are the latest names to join the list of Liverpool's international champions that stretches back more than 100 years...

Berry claims double Olympic Gold

Liverpool-born winger Arthur Berry made his debut for the Reds just four months before going on to win gold with Great Britain at the 1908 Olympics in London.

The Olympics represented the pinnacle of the fledgling international football circuit for three decades until the World Cup came along in 1930.

Team GB won the first ever Olympic title in 1900 and eight years later Berry would help his country win their second.

The future FA Amateur Cup winner scored in a 12-1 win over Sweden and contributed to a 4-0 win over Netherlands and 2-0 triumph over Denmark in the final at White City Stadium.

Son of former Liverpool chairman Edwin Berry, Arthur left his home-town club to join Fulham in 1909, moved to Everton in 1910 and then rejoined the Reds just days before heading off to Stockholm to compete in the 1912 Olympics.

Captain of Denstone College rugby team during his youth, Berry proved his switch to football was the right decision when he claimed a second gold medal with his country.

Team GB beat Hungary 7-0, Finland 4-0 and once again beat Denmark in the final, this time 4-2, to claim the Olympic title in Sweden.

Berry left Liverpool again later that year and would go on to claim the FA Amateur Cup, the only honour of his club career, with Oxford City in 1913. 

Hunt, Callaghan and Byrne win the 1966 World Cup

In the summer of 1966, fresh from securing his second top-flight league title with Liverpool, prolific striker Roger Hunt joined clubmates Ian Callaghan and Gerry Byrne in Alf Ramsey's 22-man England squad for the World Cup finals on home soil.

England would go on to win the Jules Rimet trophy and Hunt played in every game, scoring three goals on the way to the final.

Callaghan, who played in England’s 2-0 group victory over France, and Byrne didn't receive winners’ medals at the time as FIFA's policy of honouring all members of the winning squad didn't come into force until 1978.

However, in 2007, world football's governing body back-dated their current protocol and issued medals to Callaghan and Byrne, along with every player that featured in a winning World Cup squad since the inaugural final in 1930.

In the 1966 showpiece, England beat West Germany 4–2 in extra time at Wembley, with the Three Lions' controversial third goal, Geoff Hurst's shot that was adjudged to have gone in off the crossbar, the subject of debate ever since - did it cross the line?

Hunt was the closest England player to the incident and his reaction (pictured above) is proof it did, according to Hurst.

"Roger Hunt wheeled away shouting 'Goal!' when his striker's instinct would have been to make sure if he thought it hadn't gone in," Hurst has always insisted.

"That's good enough for me."

Song captains Cameroon to AFCON glory

Cameroon defender Rigobert Song joined Gerard Houllier's Liverpool in January 1999 and left in November 2000 having made 38 appearances for the Reds. But while his Anfield career may not have been particularly notable, his international career with the Indomitable Lions certainly was.

Made captain of Cameroon's U20s at just 16, Song played at World Cup USA 94 as part of Henri Michel's senior squad by the time he was 17. When he joined Liverpool, aged 22, the defender had another World Cup, France 1998, on his CV.

It was during his time at Anfield that Song won his first international title: the 2000 African Cup of Nations.

As captain of Pierre Lechantre's Cameroon, Song guided his team to the final and a mouth-watering clash host nation Nigeria in Lagos.

Samuel Eto'o and Patrick M'Boma put the Indomitable Lions 2-0 up before Nigeria fought back to eventually force a penalty shootout.

It was suitably dramatic, with Victor Ikpeba's fourth spot-kick for Nigeria controversially ruled out (TV replays suggested the ball crossed the line) before Song stepped up to slot home the winning penalty.

The skipper would go on to successfully defend the AFCON title in 2002, play in another two World Cup tournaments and retire as Cameroon's most capped player ever, with 137 appearances.

Spanish quartet win Euro 2008

After La Liga-winning Spanish manager Rafa Benitez arrived at Anfield in 2004, several players from his homeland followed in the years to come.

By the time Luis Aragones' Spain squad headed to the 2008 European Championship, four of his team plied their trade on Merseyside.

Goalkeeper Pepe Reina, playmaker Xabi Alonso and defender Alvaro Arbeloa all boarded the plane to Austria-Switzerland, but it was perhaps Fernando Torres who was the headline act.

Torres recorded the most prolific debut season by an overseas player in England by netting 33 times for the Reds in 2007-08.

It was in this sensational form that the LFC No.9 headed to Euro 2008. Torres set up David Villa to score Spain's opening goal of the tournament against Russia and then scored himself against Sweden as La Roja steamrolled on to a final showdown with Germany.

Alonso, Arbeloa and Reina all featured as Spain went through the tournament unbeaten and then dominated at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna, but the match was eventually settled by a single goal from the boot of Torres.

Latching onto a through pass from Cesc Fabregas, the striker outpaced Philipp Lahm and lifted a shot over advancing goalkeeper Jens Lehmann to convert what appeared a half-chance into a match-winning goal. Torres had fired Spain to their first major honour since 1964.

Mascherano wins Olympic gold

In 2008, Javier Mascherano made Olympic history. But he had to miss the opening games of Liverpool's 2008-09 season to do so.

Called up to Sergio Batista's Argentina squad for the Beijing Olympics, Mascherano was a rare survivor from the team that had won gold four years earlier in Athens and the combative midfielder was desperate to defend the title.

His inclusion as one of three over-age players in the Albiceleste's 18-man party, which also featured Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Juan Roman Riquelme, meant he would miss two Champions League qualifiers and two Premier League matches for the Reds, should Argentina reach the final.

When Mascherano eventually returned to Anfield, he did so as the only Argentine footballer ever to win two Olympic gold medals.

Angel Di Maria's 58th minute strike in front of 90,000 fans at the Bird's Nest Stadium was enough to secure a 1-0 win over Nigeria in the final - the same scoreline by which Argentina had beaten Paraguay in the final Athens. Mascherano was the only player to feature in both showpiece matches.

Torres makes it two titles at World Cup 2010

Torres ended the 2009-10 season as Liverpool's top scorer for the second time in three years, netting 22 in 32 games across competitions despite an injury-hit campaign.

The LFC No.9 was ruled out for the season in mid-April as he required knee surgery but after being closely monitored by Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque was still included in his final 23-man squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Confident he could rehabilitate the striker in time for the finals, Del Bosque handed Torres his first match minutes for two months in a warm-up match against Poland and then introduced Torres from the bench in Spain's opening game of the finals - a 1-0 loss to Switzerland.

He was back in the starting line-up for the next Group H match - a 2-0 win over Honduras - and despite not performing at the peak of his powers Del Bosque stuck with Torres throughout the tournament.

The Reds striker featured in every match as Spain despatched Chile, Portugal, Paraguay and Germany before beating Netherlands 1-0 in final to claim their first ever World Cup.

Torres was again joined in national squad by fellow Red Reina, although the goalkeeper did not feature on this occasion. 

The pair also picked up winners medals at Euro 2012, but LFC keeper Reina remained on the bench for the tournament while Torres had departed for Chelsea in 2011. 

Suarez stars in Copa America triumph

Signed from Ajax in January 2011, Luis Suarez was one of Liverpool's best players during his partial campaign at Anfield.

And by the time he returned to Anfield to begin his first full season, the striker had won the 2011 Copa America with Uruguay and been named Player of the Tournament.

The LFC No.7 made an immediate impact at the tournament in Argentina, scoring in Uruguay's opening game to secure a 1-1 draw with Peru.

He scored the winning penalty in a quarter-final shootout with hosts Argentina and then netted both goals in a Man of the Match performance as La Celeste beat Peru 2-0 in the semi-final at the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata.

The final would be played in Buenos Aires against a Paraguay side that had not won a game in the tournament - drawing all three group games and going through the knockout stages via penalty shootout victories.

But the stubborn Paraguay side proved to be no obstacle for Suarez, who fired low into the far corner to opening the scoring and then provided a brilliant headed assist for Diego Forlan to score his second goal in the 3-0 win.

Toure's redemption at the 2015 AFCON

Kolo Toure reached two finals with Liverpool - the League Cup and Europa League - and was unlucky not to win a trophy during his time with the Reds. It was a theme echoed with his national team Ivory Coast, but all that changed at the 2015 African Cup of Nations.

The Reds defender, now 33 years old, announced prior to the tournament that it would be his last hurrah for Les Elephants. His seventh appearance at the AFCON finals would be his last. He would retire from international football after its conclusion.

The Liverpool man had come close to winning it in the past: Ivory Coast reached the final of the 2012 edition but Kolo, and Gervinho, missed penalties in the shootout and the title went to Herve Renard's Zambia.

Renard was now coach of Ivory Coast and the Frenchman played Toure in every game as they marched to the final in Equatorial Guinea, where they would face Ghana.

It was an incredibly tight match. After 90 minutes in Bata, the two sides could not be separated and it remained goalless through 30 minutes of extra-time. The regulation penalty shootout couldn't even provide a winner and the game plunged into sudden-death spot kicks.

Toure had been in this territory before. He'd missed in 2012, but, with the score level at 4-4, he made no mistake here.

The shootout continued all the way through to the goalkeepers, when Boubacar Barry saved Brimah Razak's spot kick and then netted his own to secure victory.

Toure's final kick of the ball for Ivory Coast had helped them win only the second AFCON title in their history.

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Jürgen Klopp on Xherdan Shaqiri injury latest

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 09:59

Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Xherdan Shaqiri is facing a spell on the sidelines due to a calf injury.

The forward returned to Melwood on Monday morning following the summer break and was further assessed by the club’s medical team having sustained the issue during Switzerland’s Nations League encounter with England on June 9.

“Shaq is still injured from the national team and it will take a while until he is in again,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.

“He has a tear in his calf, so he will not be involved for a while.”

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Media Watch: Latest LFC summer transfer rumours

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 09:40

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Liverpool scout Zenit St Petersburg striker Sardar Azmoun

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 09:31

Liverpool have been scouting Zenit Saint Petersburg striker Sardar Azmoun and the Iranian’s excellent form has impressed the onlookers, according to reports in Russia.

The 24-year-old moved to Zenit from Rubin Kazan on 1 February this year and has been finding the back of the net on a regular basis ever since.

Azmoun has scored 14 goals in 17 matches across all competitions since his arrival, including two in the Russian Super Cup on Saturday, which Liverpool scouts were in attendance for, according to SovSport.

Zenit went on to lose 3-2 to Lokomotiv Moscow, but the brace from the Iranian appeared to confirm to the visitors from Merseyside that he is the bright talent they thought he was.

Liverpool were first linked with Azmoun back in the January transfer window of 2017, but he was not interested in the switch due to a likely lack of game time.

"There were talks of Liverpool having expressed an interest in me during the past winter transfer window," Azmoun said in 2017.

"However, I did not feel the time to move was right.

"I would have ended up playing a few games and then spent a great deal of time on the bench as Liverpool were only looking to fill a void for a particular part of their season.

"I want to move to a big club to develop as a player and therefore I will time the move with great precision.

"I am sure I will be playing for a top European club in the near future."

Source: Metro

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