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Watch free: Steven Gerrard goes back to Melwood

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 20:27

Steven Gerrard takes a fascinating trip down memory lane in a brand new video feature: 'BetVictor presents This is Melwood'.

The Liverpool icon called the West Derby training ground home for 17 years as he set about becoming one of the greatest players in Reds history.

In association with BetVictor, official principal partner of the club, Gerrard – now U18s manager – recently visited Melwood again to catch up with a host of familiar faces.

Kitchen staff members Carol and Caroline – his ‘other mums’ – reveal what the former midfielder was like during his playing days, and the analysis department offer insight on their particular field.

Plus, Gerrard is welcomed into Jürgen Klopp’s office to get the first-team boss’ take on creating a positive and successful environment for the current squad.

Watch the video in full below…

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Liverpool v Manchester City: Ticket details

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 19:16

Liverpool FC have released the following ticket details for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City.

The tie will be played at Anfield on Wednesday April 4, with kick-off at 7.45pm BST.

The entire stadium will be ticketed and prices are varied depending on seat location.

Adults - £9*-£59
Over 65s - £9*-£44
Young adults - £9*-£29.50
Juniors - £9 (within the advertised family sections)

*Local general sale price

For a full breakdown of the pricing structure for this game, please click here.

Official LFC hospitality

Please call 0151 264 2222 for details, or buy online.

Official ticket and hotel breaks

For availability and prices, click here or call 01733 224834. Thomas Cook Sport terms and conditions apply.

Match breaks are sold on a match-by-match basis; therefore, tickets purchased via the match breaks will not qualify for ticket priority in future rounds of the competition.

Information for supporters enrolled into the Auto Cup Scheme

Season ticket holders and Members registered in the Auto Cup Scheme must not purchase a ticket for this fixture as we are in the process of taking payments.

Click here for specific details, including stadium access, prices and what to do if your payment has failed.

Disabled supporters

Click here for details.

All other supporters

The below sales will take place online only.

Priority rights holders: from 8.15am on Thursday March 22.

For full details on eligibility, please click here.

Tickets will then be available based on attendance at FC Porto (March 6, 2018), Spartak Moscow (December 6, 2017), Maribor (November 1, 2017) and Sevilla (September 13, 2017).

Sales will take place in the following order subject to availability and on a first come, first served basis. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available to all who apply.

Please expect to queue at times.

Season ticket holders who attended four games: from 1pm on Thursday March 22.

Members who attended four games: from 8.15am on Friday March 23.

For this fixture, it is anticipated that there will not be enough remaining tickets to fulfil all Members who have attend four previous games. At this stage of the competition, we would expect fewer tickets to be returned from our contractual ticket obligations, compared to the numbers returned for previous rounds.

Should there be any tickets remaining following the above sales, the club will make a further announcement. Supporters should check for any sale updates.

The local general sale will take place from 8.15am on Wednesday March 28.

The club reserves the right to change any sale to a controlled sale if given advice from the police or other relevant authorities.

For stadium access information, click here.

For general information, click here.

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Match preview: U23s face Boro in PL Cup

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 19:11

Liverpool U23s hope to get back to winning ways when they travel to Middlesbrough in the last 16 of the Premier League Cup on Wednesday night.

The young Reds have lost their last three outings ahead of their trip to Teesside. The tie has to be decided on the night, with extra-time and penalties if necessary.

Read on for more details ahead of the PL Cup encounter...

Where is the game being played? The match is at Bishop Auckland FC, with kick-off set for 7pm GMT.

How can I watch the game? We are showing this game live on LFCTV GO, starting at 6.55pm. Click here to sign up now.

How Liverpool reached the last 16: Critchley's team produced a superb display in their final group game to beat Stoke City 4-0 at St George's Park and seal their progression, thanks in the main to a hat-trick from Dominic Solanke.

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Inside Anfield: Behind the scenes of Mo's magic four

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 18:00

Mohamed Salah scored four goals as Liverpool beat Watford 5-0 at Anfield on Saturday - and our latest edition of 'Inside Anfield' shows you exactly what happened away from the pitch during a good night's work for Jürgen Klopp's side.

The LFCTV GO cameras were stationed inside and around the stadium to capture behind-the-scenes footage that is not available anywhere else.

From the players’ tunnel to a prime pitchside position, and on the shoulder of the post-match interviews, the montage tells the whole story of a successful day for the Reds.

Click play above to watch.

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Trent trains with senior England squad

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 17:32

Trent Alexander-Arnold trained with the England senior squad on Tuesday.

The Liverpool defender was called up to the U21s team for the Cyrille Regis International against Romania this Saturday and the European Championship qualifier with Ukraine next week.

Alexander-Arnold, who has not been added to Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions group, bolstered the ranks for their latest session ahead of friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.

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Watch: LFC Legends take on volley challenge

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 16:30

Three of the Liverpool FC Legends team faced off in a special volley challenge ahead of Saturday's charity match against Bayern Munich.

During a recent training session, Jason McAteer, Steve McManaman and Michael Owen did battle over one of the hardest skills in football.

The premise was simple: 60 seconds to net as many volleys as possible past Academy goalkeeper Andy Firth. See how they fared below…

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Money raised from the charity game will help to fund a variety of projects for the LFC Foundation and charity partners. You can watch the match for free, live on the official LFC Facebook page, LFCTV GO, Sky channel 429 and Virgin Media channel 544 (3pm GMT kick-off).

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Klopp on top-four battle: 'We can only do our job'

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 12:16

Jürgen Klopp is focused solely on 'doing our job' in the closing stages of the domestic season after Liverpool strengthened their grip on a top-four spot at the weekend.

Saturday’s 5-0 demolition of Watford at Anfield lifted the Reds to third in the Premier League, two points above Tottenham Hotspur and seven ahead of Chelsea - although both London clubs have a game in hand on Klopp’s team due to their involvement in the FA Cup.

The manager was satisfied to sign off for the international break by returning to winning ways following the disappointment of a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United seven days earlier.

However, he knows there is still plenty of work to do with seven top-flight matches remaining this season - a programme that starts with a trip to Crystal Palace on March 31.

“We can only do our job,” Klopp told

“We have to win football games and the next one especially will be very difficult. Crystal Palace, they won on Saturday [and it’s] after an international break so we have to be ready in two days. 

“We will be ready in two days, that’s a challenge but first of all they [Liverpool’s players] all need to come back healthy and I hope really for that. 

“Then we have to prepare for the rest of the season and use the good situation and the good basis we created.”

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Liverpool 'approach' Leicester's Wilfred Ndidi

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 12:02

With Liverpool expected to be in the market for a midfielder this summer, the scramble to link players with a move to Anfield continues in earnest.

Even over in Guinea.

According to African journalist Alpha Balde - who has appeared on French media station RMC Sport, amongst others - the Reds have 'approached' Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi.

Ndidi, a Nigerian international, moved to the Premier League in 2017 and has impressed during his time at the King Power Stadium.

Balde suggests, however, that despite the interest he reports, the Foxes would demand a huge fee for his services - and that could scupper the deal for the 21-year-old, who he claims would 'give his consent' to a move to Merseyside.

Ndidi moved to Leicester last January after establishing himself with Belgian club Genk.

Jorginho has also been previously linked with a move to bolster Jurgen Klopp's options in the no.6 position.

Expect a few more to be between now and the summer, too.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Fowler: I want to 'do an Aldo' for the Legends at Anfield

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 11:34

Robbie Fowler hopes a helping hand from the Liverpool FC Legends team he will captain this Saturday can allow him to emulate John Aldridge at Anfield.

A star-studded squad of Reds greats will take to the turf again for a charity match against Bayern Munich which will raise vital funds for the LFC Foundation.

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Their previous outing came a year ago, when Real Madrid were defeated 4-3.

Steven Gerrard led the charge that March afternoon with two assists and a goal, though one of the biggest celebrations ensued when Aldridge tapped home at the Kop end from the midfielder’s perfect cross.

And while Fowler is immensely proud to just be involved and have the honour of skippering the side, the man who hit 183 goals for the Liverpool first team is dreaming of his own special moment this weekend.

“Maybe the lads were trying to put everything on a plate for him so he didn’t have to run as far!” the 42-year-old, who converted a penalty in the game, told

“You saw when he scored the goal how good it was, not just for him but everyone else – the fans loved it and we as players loved it as well. I’m hoping someone will do what they did for Aldo, for me.”

Watch: LFC Legends beat Real Madrid 4-3

The Liverpool squad has been bolstered by the inclusion of the likes of recently-retired Daniel Agger and Dirk Kuyt, while fan favourite Xabi Alonso will play 45 minutes for each of his former clubs.

So player-manager Ian Rush has something of a selection headache, though Fowler is delighted by the level of quality and fitness possessed in the Reds ranks.

“No-one is guaranteed a place just yet!” he warned.

“Xabi is brilliant. When I came back to Liverpool [in 2006] you could see how good he was. The passing range and the ability he has got with a football is quite frightening. He has not long retired so he will probably have a little bit more than most of us.

“Steven is still fit. Dirk Kuyt is probably still running marathons! Fitness-wise, I think we’ll be alright. And certainly talent-wise, we’ll be more than alright.”

The football comes secondary to the cause, of course, with 90 per cent of the proceeds from the match going to the club’s official charity – the LFC Foundation – to support its programmes and partnerships, which aim to create life-changing opportunities for children and young people.

The remaining 10 per cent of the money raised will be donated to the German giants’ charity, FC Bayern Hilfe e.V.

“We all know what it’s about: raising money for unbelievable charities,” added Fowler.

“A lot of money has been raised for the research centre at Alder Hey, and there are various other charities in and around Liverpool. We know what it’s for.

“As much as we love getting together, putting the kit on, walking out at Anfield and playing this football game, this unbelievable club always does things right. What it’s for will never get lost with us.”

Money raised from the charity game will help to fund a variety of projects for the LFC Foundation and charity partners. You can watch the match for free, live on the official LFC Facebook page, LFCTV GO, Sky channel 429 and Virgin Media channel 544 (3pm GMT kick-off).

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16 senior Reds on international duty

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 11:13

The majority of Liverpool's first-team squad will be in action for their countries during the forthcoming international break.

A total of 16 senior players have received call-ups – here is a guide to when and where they are set to feature across the world in the next week…

Four Reds were selected for England duty as the Three Lions prepare for this summer’s World Cup with friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.

Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will meet familiar faces in the form of Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk when Gareth Southgate’s side face the Dutch in Amsterdam on Friday March 23.

England then host Italy at Wembley four days later, while the Netherlands – now under the guidance of Ronald Koeman – take on Portugal in Geneva on Monday March 26.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dominic Solanke are with England U21s for the Cyrille Regis International against Romania on Saturday March 24 and European Championship qualifier at home to Ukraine on Tuesday March 27.

Roberto Firmino can further his claim for a starting spot at the World Cup when Brazil face Russia in Moscow on Friday and then Emre Can’s Germany in Berlin four days later.

The latter is expected to be fit for international duty – with the reigning world champions set to first play Spain on March 23 – despite being withdrawn midway through the first half against Watford on Saturday due to a back complaint.

Fresh from his four-goal haul at the weekend, Mohamed Salah joins up with Egypt for a Switzerland-based camp involving fixtures with Portugal and Greece on Friday and Tuesday respectively.

Sadio Mane is part of the Senegal squad to face Uzbekistan (March 23) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (March 27), while Simon Mignolet will be with Belgium for a friendly against Saudi Arabia, Andy Robertson is with Scotland to take on Costa Rica and Hungary, and Ragnar Klavan represents Estonia as they meet Armenia and Georgia.

Finally, there is an adventure ahead for Ben Woodburn. The 18-year-old was called up by Ryan Giggs for Wales’ participation in the China Cup, which begins with a semi-final against the hosts on Thursday March 22. Czech Republic and Uruguay are also competing in the tournament in Nanning.

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Salah moves clear of Messi in race for Golden Shoe

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 11:03

Mohamed Salah's four-goal haul in Liverpool's emphatic 5-0 win over Watford has moved the Egyptian forward into pole position in the race for the European Golden Shoe.

The No.11, who also set up Roberto Firmino for the Reds' third strike against the Hornets on Saturday, took his Premier League goal tally this season to 28 to go clear of Barcelona's Lionel Messi and the chasing pack.

The Golden Shoe is awarded every season to the most prolific goalscorer across all the top divisions in Europe, with Messi the current holder.

Barca's Argentina star notched his 25th strike of the season on Sunday - scoring the second goal in a 2-0 home win over Athletic Bilbao - but couldn't keep pace with Salah's sensational quadruple.

The Liverpool forward is now six points clear at the top of the standings, with Messi on 50 points in second. Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani, Lazio's Ciro Immobile and Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane are locked together in third on 48 points.

The Golden Shoe is awarded on a point-based system, with goals scored in Europe's top five leagues - England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany - multiplied by a factor of two and the next tier of leagues by a factor of 1.5.

The last Premier League player to win the European Golden Shoe was Liverpool's Luis Suarez in 2013-14, when the Uruguayan striker scored 31 Premier League goals for Brendan Rodgers' Reds.

The only other LFC player to scoop the award is Ian Rush, who scored 32 goals in the English top flight during the 1983-84 title-winning season.

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50 Men Who Made LFC: Ian Rush

Mon, 19/03/2018 - 16:55

The club's all-time record goalscorer and one of the most clinical finishers in the history of European football, Ian Rush fired Liverpool to a long list of glorious achievements during two goal-laden spells with the Reds.

The lean, mean, goalscoring machine netted the first of his record-breaking 346 strikes in 1981 and was still knocking them in 15 years later.

In 1983-84, a remarkable 47-goal haul was enough to see him become the first British player to win Europe's Golden Boot, while his tally of five FA Cup final goals is yet to be bettered.

Running onto perfectly-threaded through balls was his forte but also in his locker were countless close-range tap-ins, many well-drilled angled efforts, the odd 25-yard piledriver and occasional header.

His predatory instincts were feared at every opposition ground and Liverpool's master marksman netted against almost every team that had the misfortune to come up against him.

Records are there to be broken but it will take something extremely special to surpass those set by Rush.

Click through our 50 Men Who Made LFC countdown below

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This week's LFC community events

Mon, 19/03/2018 - 16:47

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

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

Monday March 19

Premier League Kicks session
Walton Hall Park, 7pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Speke Community Centre, 6pm-8pm (age 11+)

Respect 4 All Ability Counts session (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-12), 7pm-8pm (age 13+)

Tuesday March 20

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

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Wednesday March 21

Premier League Kicks session
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 5pm-6pm (age 7-13), 6pm-7pm (age 13-17), 5pm-6pm (age 8-13 girls only)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8+)                       

Thursday March 22

Premier League Kicks sessions
Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree, 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Gateacre School, 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 7pm-8pm (age 8+)

Military Veterans
Netherton Goals, 5pm-7.30pm

Friday March 23

Premier League Kicks sessions
Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree, 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-9pm (age 14-19)
Croxteth Sports Centre, 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Wirral Hive, 6pm-8pm (age 13-19)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 11am-12pm

Red Neighbours Walking Netball
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 11.30am-12.30pm

Saturday March 24

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Woodchurch High School, 10.30am-11.30am (SLD Child), 11.30am-12.30pm (Ability Counts), 12.30pm-1.30pm (SLD Adults)

Sunday March 25

Military Veterans
LFC Academy, 2pm-5pm

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Van Dijk: I feel settled and I'm getting better

Mon, 19/03/2018 - 15:33

Virgil van Dijk feels settled into life at Liverpool and believes his performances are improving as he adapts to Jürgen Klopp’s demands.

A January signing from Southampton, centre-back Van Dijk made his 10th appearance for the Reds in their comprehensive 5-0 win over Watford at the weekend.

The unflappable No.4 has consistently displayed his quality since his Liverpool debut in early January - when he scored a Kop-end winner against Everton - and he expressed satisfaction with how his fledgling Anfield career is progressing after Saturday’s victory.

“Do I feel settled in now? Yeah, definitely,” Van Dijk said. “Quicker than I might have thought? I don't know.

“Obviously you come here with expectations and you want to play as soon as possible and as much as possible this season and be as fit as possible and quick as possible.

“Now, I'm getting better and better and the understanding with all of the players is getting much better. I'm just playing my game and trying to help my team.

“What per cent am I now? That's difficult. But I'm completely over the ankle problems, definitely. That was already the case when I started playing again at Southampton.

“It's more than that, it's also just condition-wise and the way Liverpool play you need to be spot on. That's pretty clear right now.”

Klopp: Van Dijk's influence is '100 per cent clear'>>>

Van Dijk made his Champions League bow for Liverpool in last month’s breathtaking 5-0 win at FC Porto, a result that which saw Klopp’s team through to the quarter-finals.

Last Friday’s draw pitted the Reds against Manchester City in the last eight - and Van Dijk is anticipating a tough tie with the Premier League leaders.

“Everybody knows that anyone we get is going to be very hard,” the 26-year-old said.

“Man City is a very good team, very hard to play against and we need to be 100 per cent or even better to beat them over two games.

“We can prepare for that when the time comes.”

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Loan watch: Flanagan praised after crucial Bolton win

Mon, 19/03/2018 - 14:25

Jon Flanagan was praised by Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson after the Liverpool loanee played a key role in his side’s win over Aston Villa.

Bolton boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Championship with a 1-0 home victory over promotion-chasing Villa on Saturday, with Flanagan producing a crucial clearance to deny Scott Hogan a late equaliser for the visitors.

“I thought Flanno was very good tonight against a good player,” Parkinson said.

“We played him against Reading and Sheffield Wednesday in back-to-back games and we thought with a full week's training and two games that he would go up a level, and he certainly did tonight.”

There was disappointment for Reds players elsewhere in the Championship, though.

Harry Wilson and Ovie Ejaria both started as Hull City and Sunderland lost 3-0 and 2-0 to Birmingham City and QPR respectively, while Sheyi Ojo came on as a substitute as Fulham ceded a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 draw with QPR on Sunday.

Andy Firth impressed in the National League, the Academy goalkeeper registering a clean sheet to help struggling Chester FC claim a creditable goalless draw with promotion hopefuls Aldershot Town.

Chester boss Marcus Bignot commended Firth afterwards, explaining that the 21-year-old had displayed ‘maturity and character far beyond his years’ by helping the club’s coaching staff in the build-up to the game.

“He's a level-headed kid, he's into his coaching side of things, he's doing his badges, and we've had to rely on him to help us off the pitch as well, so he's been a credit,” said Bignot.

On the continent, Divock Origi came off the bench in Wolfsburg’s 1-0 loss to Schalke and Pedro Chirivella played the full 90 minutes of Willem II’s 2-2 draw with Twente.

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'Virgil's influence is clear - but everyone is playing their part'

Mon, 19/03/2018 - 13:05

While Virgil van Dijk’s influence on Liverpool is ‘100 per cent there’, Jürgen Klopp believes a collective effort has been behind his side’s recent defensive solidity.

Van Dijk made his 10th appearance for the Reds as Watford were dispatched 5-0 at Anfield on Saturday, with the centre-back performing with typical class and assurance throughout against the Hornets.

In the nine matches since a 3-2 reverse to West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup in January, Klopp’s team have conceded only five times - with four of those goals coming in clashes with fellow top-four challengers Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

Speaking after the convincing win over Javi Gracia’s side, Klopp acknowledged the positive impact Van Dijk has made at Anfield since his January move from Southampton, but the boss insisted that the Dutchman’s teammates are playing their part, too.

“Has it been down to Virgil van Dijk? I don’t want to minimise Virgil’s influence but I don’t think it’s like that,” the manager said.

“If you want to defend right then everybody needs to know what you do in each situation. Virgil’s influence is 100 per cent there for sure, but really I was never that unhappy with the others that I would say: ‘Now finally we can defend because Virgil is here.’

“It was just a good performance [against Watford]. Hendo around, Milly around, Gini was killed after 60 minutes but [his] first half was impressive.”

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Loris Karius nominated for German Football Ambassador award

Mon, 19/03/2018 - 13:02

Loris Karius has been nominated for the German Football Ambassador award – and fans can help the Liverpool goalkeeper win the accolade by casting a vote online now.

The prize honours German coaches and players who are working abroad and convey a positive image of the country around the world.

Karius is one of 11 players on the shortlist to win the award, which Emre Can claimed back in 2016.

Voting is open online now and will run until April 26. A ceremony will then take place in May 8 in Berlin to present the prize.

To cast a vote for Karius, click here.

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'Superstar' - Reds squad sign match ball for Salah

Mon, 19/03/2018 - 12:30

Mohamed Salah's match ball was furnished with the signatures of his teammates on Saturday, including a simple tribute from the Liverpool captain: 'superstar'.

The Egyptian shrugged off the snowy conditions to net four goals and create the other for Roberto Firmino, in an emphatic 5-0 victory over Watford at Anfield.

His haul increased Salah’s season tally to 36 in just 41 matches since he signed from AS Roma last summer – the most any player has achieved in a debut season for the Reds in history.

The No.11 gleefully grabbed the match ball at full-time and his memento was enhanced by the colleagues who watch his exploits on the pitch with awe.

Jordan Henderson explained: “Everyone [signed] the ball for him. I just kept it simple for him. I just said, ‘well done, superstar’.”

Expanding on Salah’s influence, the skipper continued: “For a start, it’s the confidence. You have someone like Mo who does the hardest part of the game, which is putting the ball in the back of the net.

“Then, as a team, if we work as hard as we possibly can, then Mo – or even Sadio and Bobby – are going to finish it in the final third. We had that with Luis [Suarez].

“You know when you are walking out there are so many goals out there for you. It’s just about defending well as a team because you know you will create chances.”

Watch: Salah's four-goal salvo against Watford

Suarez was the previous man to score four in a single match for Liverpool, doing so against Norwich City at Anfield in December 2013.

But Henderson refused to make comparisons between the two forwards, instead focusing solely on the ‘absolutely unbelievable’ efforts of Salah this term.

“They are both fantastic players in their own right and you can’t compare them. They are different players,” said the England international.

“I know they score a lot of goals and both work hard off the ball but it is very difficult to make that comparison. They are both so good in their own right.

“Which was the best performance? I’ll have to watch the goals back! I remember Luis had a couple of nutmegs and that 40-yarder… look, they are just both fantastic players.

“Luis moved on to Barcelona and is doing fantastically well. He is a fantastic player who I was privileged to play with.

“But Mo this season has been unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable. He is doing it every week, without fail. He’s a great lad in the dressing room and to have around the place. He is a big plus to have in the team.”

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Steven Gerrard: I miss Xabi... I can't wait to play alongside him again

Mon, 19/03/2018 - 11:56

They were part of the midfield that was instrumental in bringing the Champions League and FA Cup to Anfield in successive seasons during the mid-2000s – and now Steven Gerrard cannot wait to be reunited with Xabi Alonso on the pitch once again this weekend.

The duo, who’ve remained close friends ever since first linking up with the Reds in 2004, will take to the field as Liverpool FC Legends face their Bayern Munich counterparts in Saturday’s charity clash on Merseyside.

Alonso represented both clubs with distinction during his playing career – which he called time on last year – and will therefore don both jerseys over the course of the 90 minutes.

But it’s seeing the elegant Spaniard with the Liver Bird upon his chest once again that’s got Gerrard counting down the hours until kick-off.

Watch LFC Legends v Bayern Munich Legends live on LFCTV>>

He told “Xabi is a world-class player and also a top-class human being. I miss being around Xabi on a daily basis, I used to love working and playing alongside him.

“I saw him not so long ago and he was in good form and good spirits, he’s staying nice and fit for the game. To play alongside him in a big fixture at Anfield, hopefully in front of a full house, will be rolling back the years and something I’m looking forward to very much.

“He could be the best [midfielder I played with] but that would be disrespectful to all of the other world-class players I played with: Dietmar Hamann, Gary McAllister, Danny Murphy, Javier Mascherano, tons of world-class players.

“Xabi was certainly up there but not just with the players I played with, he is up there with the world’s best.”

The fixture will see a whole host of former crowd favourites return ‘home’.

As well as Alonso, the likes of Luis Garcia, Daniel Agger, Gary McAllister, Jamie Carragher, Vladimir Smicer, Patrik Berger and many more will once again pull on a Liverpool shirt, captained by Robbie Fowler and managed by Ian Rush.

In opposition, Bayern will be able to boast luminaries such as Giovane Elber, Bixente Lizarazu, Owen Hargreaves, Luca Toni and Martin Demichelis.

Also making his LFC Legends debut will be Dirk Kuyt – a man Gerrard played alongside with the Reds for six productive years.

“We’ll definitely need Dirk’s energy,” said the U18s boss. “I’m sure he’s still in good shape, he only retired very recently.

“We’ll need Dirk’s running, endeavour and energy. He is great for the dressing room and to be about – he is a top-class guy, a great character and I’m really looking forward to catching up with him as well.”

The sense of occasion won’t be lost on Gerrard when he takes to the field on Saturday.

Not least the opportunity to grace the Anfield turf once again.

“That’s what I miss very much every day, having the opportunity to run out there every single week or sometimes twice a week,” admitted Gerrard. “So to get the invitation to come and do it against Bayern Munich – and for an excellent cause, which is the main reason why we’re all doing it – of course I couldn’t wait to sign up for it.

“[What I miss the most is] playing in front of the supporters, the atmosphere and competing, having my schedule on a Monday with the build-up to the game at Anfield with three important points at stake or the chance to progress in a cup competition. That was a dream of mine since a very young age so I was always going to miss it when it was gone.”

With the fixture scheduled to help raise funds for the LFC Foundation and other charitable causes, there’ll be a feel-good, friendly factor around Anfield on what promises to be a warm occasion.

Nevertheless, Gerrard predicts the old competitive edges that formed the basis for the legends’ successful playing days will make their way to the fore once the game is under way.

“A lot of players put a front on that they’re chilled and laidback, but once the game starts everyone starts competing and wants to win – like you saw in the Real Madrid game,” he smiled. “Don’t be fooled by some people’s body language, everyone wants to win this game.

“Of course, the important thing is that everyone stays healthy and we raise good money for the cause. I saw that we passed a cheque over for £225,000 to Alder Hey – that’s the reason we want to do it again, to support our local children who need it.”

Money raised from the charity game will help to fund a variety of projects for the LFC Foundation and charity partners. You can watch the match for free, live on LFCTV GO, Sky channel 429 and Virgin channel 544 (3pm GMT kick-off).

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Jürgen: I scored four in a game once, too!

Mon, 19/03/2018 - 11:30

Jürgen Klopp was happy to laud Mohamed Salah's virtuoso display against Watford - after he'd playfully pointed out that he too has scored four times in a game!

Salah took his goal tally to 36 in just his 41st appearance of the season by netting four as Liverpool thrashed the Hornets 5-0 on Saturday.

Subsequently, talk of the prolific No.11 - who also registered an assist for Roberto Firmino - dominated the post-match discourse at Anfield.

Captain Jordan Henderson labelled Salah ‘outstanding’, Joe Gomez said his influence on the Reds was ‘indescribable’, while Steven Gerrard admitted ‘it’s difficult to find new words’ to describe the Egyptian’s brilliance.

Klopp’s praise of Salah was similarly effusive, but the boss first reminded that he achieved the same feat as his top scorer during his playing days - scoring four in a 5-0 win for Mainz over Erfurt.

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“Maybe I should start like this: I scored four goals in a game as well, in 1991. You can find it on YouTube [but] I’m not sure we had recorded games in those times!” the manager joked after being asked to assess Salah’s display.

“Let’s come back to Mo now! He was fantastic, of course, really fantastic. 

“The way he scored the goals… the conditions were unbelievably difficult with a little bit of snow on [the pitch] and it was slippy, the ball slowed down, stuff like that. 

“Around the first goal there was exactly one person who has no problem with that and that was Mo. He scored the goal and that helped us a lot.

“The second goal was a fantastic situation. Sadio’s super pass and Robbo with a fantastic cross and Mo uses his speed. 

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“It helped a lot and coming out of the half-time break, the third goal, Roberto’s, it was not even a real chance in the first moment and he [Salah] uses his body, the defender is a little bit behind him then he uses his speed and he sees Roberto coming to the first post. So that’s a fantastic goal as well.

“The next two - just outstanding. The greed is so obvious, he wants to score, he wants to score but he doesn’t forget the others, if you see the situation with Danny Ings.

“[Ings] was a little bit unlucky, but it’s still nice to watch that he is really good and really strong at the moment. Dom Solanke [was] not in the squad, that’s unbelievable. I have no explanation for that, to be honest, apart from that I can only take 16 plus two goalkeepers so it’s just good.

“We scored the goals, obviously very important goals for us, and it’s a very impressive result.”

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