Liverpool have made contact with the mother and agent of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, sources have told ESPN FC.
The Premier League side are very keen on Rabiot, especially if they can sign him on a free transfer.
Jurgen Klopp is a long-time admirer of Rabiot and tried to sign him when he was Borussia Dortmund coach.
Klopp has followed Rabiot's progress very closely with another source telling ESPN FC the pair have already spoken on the phone to discuss a move.
The 23-year-old is in the final year of his contract in Paris and has, for the moment, rejected all the offers of a new deal from the club who are still hoping to convince Rabiot to pen a new contract.
Rabiot was linked heavily with Barcelona over the summer but PSG refused to sell him. However, from January, he will able to sign on a free for another club for next season and is likely to be in demand.
Liverpool know they will face tough competition, with Barcelona going back for the player too, but Rabiot has never hidden his attraction to Liverpool.
Last October, in an interview with French radio station RMC, Rabiot said that he grew up loving Liverpool.
"I would love to play in the Premier League, not necessarily one club in particular, even though I was very fond of Liverpool when I was young," he said.
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Liverpool FC has planned two drop-in sessions next week for local residents who live around Anfield to find out more information about the club's planning application to host concerts and major events at the stadium.
The initial planning application went to Liverpool City Council’s planning committee last week and was deferred with a request from the committee for more information regarding event management plans in response to issues raised by the local community.
The planning application was due to be reported back to the planning committee on Tuesday September 11 but, following consultation with Anfield and Everton ward councillors, the club has requested that it be put back to enable local residents to attend drop-in sessions to further understand the plans and provide their feedback.
Senior club officials will host the drop-in sessions and local residents will be sent invitations over the coming days.
Andy Hughes, chief operating officer at LFC, said: “We have been made aware of residents’ concerns regarding our application to host additional events at Anfield.
“We have therefore arranged these drop-in sessions at Anfield to provide more detail about the application, and also the ongoing work and improvements we’re making around the stadium on matchdays and in the community. We want to listen and understand any feedback and concerns.
“We will use this feedback to help improve how we continue to engage with the local community and work proactively with our partners in terms of our matchday and event operations to further improve how we minimise the impact on residents around the stadium.”
Simon Mignolet has withdrawn from the Belgium squad due to injury.
The Liverpool goalkeeper had been called up by Roberto Martinez for the friendly with Scotland and subsequent UEFA Nations League tie against Iceland.
But the injury has ruled Mignolet out of the fixtures with his country. The 30-year-old is expected to be available when the Reds return to action at Tottenham Hotspur next weekend, however.
James Milner reached a significant career milestone when he provided the assist for Roberto Firmino's match-winning strike during Saturday's 2-1 Premier League triumph at Leicester City.
The 32-year-old's first-half corner, which was headed home to put Liverpool two goals in front at the King Power Stadium, was his 80th assist in the English top flight.
That incredible tally moves the Reds No.7 level with former Manchester United winger David Beckham.
And only six players in the history of the Premier League have provided more passes leading to a goal.
Next on the list is Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, who holds the club record of 92 Premier League assists.
Milner, who played his 100th Premier League game for Liverpool on Saturday, has recorded 19 of his assists as a Red.
The Englishman has two this season, after also teeing up Sadio Mane during the 4-0 opening-day win over West Ham United at Anfield.
However, his link-up with Firmino has been the most prolific combination since Jürgen Klopp became Liverpool manager in October 2015.
According to Opta, Milner has set up the Brazilian for eight top-flight goals.
Firmino's combination with Mane is next in the list, the No.9 having set up the Senegal forward for seven strikes.
Nineteen members of the Liverpool first-team squad will be in action for their countries during the September international break.
Three Reds are on England duty, with Joe Gomez recalled by Gareth Southgate alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson.
Adam Lallana was initially included in the squad but withdrew on Tuesday after sustaining a groin injury in training and returning to the club.
The Three Lions face Spain at Wembley in a UEFA Nations League tie on Saturday September 8 before meeting Switzerland in a friendly at the King Power Stadium three days later.
Xherdan Shaqiri is part of the Swiss team for that game at the home of Leicester City and the Nations League encounter with Iceland which precedes it.
Reds striker Dominic Solanke has been called up by England U21s for European Championship qualifiers with the Netherlands (Thursday September 6) and Latvia (Tuesday September 11).
Curtis Jones, meanwhile, will be part of the England U18s group that faces the Dutch, Russia and France in the Limoges Tournament from Wednesday September 5 to Sunday September 9.
New Scotland captain Andy Robertson is set to lead his country in their friendly against Belgium on Friday September 7 before the Nations League opener at home to Albania three days later.
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is part of the Belgium squad for the match against the Scots and the Nations League fixture at Iceland on September 11.
In 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, Naby Keita (Guinea), Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt) will feature for their countries against Central African Republic, Madagascar and Niger respectively.
Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum will represent the Netherlands as they play Peru in Amsterdam on September 6 and then take on World Cup winners France in the Nations League three days later.
Dejan Lovren, who has been sidelined since the start of the season with a pelvis issue, was included in the Croatia squad for games against Portugal (September 6) and Spain (September 11).
Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino are with Brazil in the United States as Tite’s team begin their build-up to the 2019 Copa America by facing the Americans and then El Salvador on September 7 and 11 respectively.
Kamil Grabara has been called up to the Poland U21 squad for their European Championship qualifiers against Faroe Islands, on September 7, and Finland, four days later.
Portugal U19 international Rafael Camacho will link up with his country’s youth team again for a pair of friendlies with their Italian counterparts on September 7 and 10.
Adam Lallana has withdrawn from the England squad and returned to Liverpool after sustaining a groin strain in training.
The Reds midfielder had been recalled to Three Lions duty by Gareth Southgate for games against Spain and Switzerland in the coming week.
However, England confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Lallana requires further assessment on the groin issue and will not be involved in those matches.
Liverpool FC has released the following ticket details for the Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield.
The game will be played on Tuesday September 18, with kick-off at 8pm BST.
The entire stadium will be ticketed and prices are varied depending on seat location.
Adults - £9*-£59
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Sales will then take place in the following order based on attendance at AS Roma (April 24, 2018), Manchester City (April 4, 2018), FC Porto (March 6, 2018), Spartak Moscow (December 6, 2017), Maribor (November 1, 2017) and Sevilla (September 13, 2017).
Season ticket holders who attended six games: from 1pm on Friday September 7.
Tickets during the following sale will be subject to availability on a first come, first served basis, and a queuing system will be in place.
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The local general sale will take place from 8.15am on Thursday September 13.
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Liverpool FC Women can today confirm that the first Women's Super League home game of the season against Reading FC Women on Sunday September 30 will take place at Prenton Park.
The visit from the Royals will take place at Tranmere Rovers' home ground with kick-off at 2pm BST.
Season ticket holders for Liverpool FC and Tranmere Rovers FC as well as LFC members will gain free entrance to the fixture.
There will also be an announcement in due course over the permanent home ground for Neil Redfearn’s side as well as season tickets.
Tickets for the game are now on sale.
"Frightening" is the latest adjective used for Liverpool's front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
The trio, who scored 91 goals between them last season, have quickly amassed seven in the Reds’ opening four Premier League fixtures, all of which have been won.
Harry Kewell, the former Liverpool forward and recently-appointed manager of Notts County, is in awe of the combination.
“They’re exciting. And you look at the players he has on the bench to come on. Look at their front three – it’s frightening,” he told Sky Sports.
“We always talked about Liverpool needing a 30-goal striker; for me, Firmino has been excellent. I can’t fault him. He works so hard in positions on and off the ball, which is fantastic.
“And then you have Mane and Salah driving at you – and both of them seem to have a competition to see who can score the most goals – it’s just excellent.”
Jordan Henderson will continue his dedication to securing trophies for Liverpool during what he believes can be a successful period for the club.
Seven years after he joined the Reds from Sunderland, the captain committed his future to Anfield by signing a new contract on Monday.
The midfielder is certain the best spell of his career is ahead of him and that the team he leads is primed to fulfil its obvious potential.
Immediately after penning the long-term deal at Melwood, Henderson discussed all that and more with Liverpoolfc.com.
Watch the chat on LFCTV GO or read a full transcript of the interview below.
Congratulations on a new long-term deal – how do you feel about it?
I’m obviously very happy, over the moon to sign a new contract for a long period of time hopefully. I’m delighted. It doesn’t seem like too long ago when I signed my first one; it feels like yesterday really but a lot has happened since then. I feel as though it has been a progressive journey for me personally throughout my time here, one that I’ve enjoyed so much. For me, there is no other place in the world that I’d rather play football. I just want to be here for as long as I can really and hopefully beyond my contract I can stay for as long as I can. I’m so privileged to be part of this club for so long and hopefully for even longer.
Do you see that you’ll spend the rest of your career with Liverpool?
I hope so. That has always been my intention since I joined the club, with the size of the club and you come here and feel it is very special. Through the process and the time I’ve been here, I’ve just always wanted to play for this football club. There has been nowhere else I would ever think about going to. I want to do that for as long as possible. I know football changes so quickly; but for as long as Liverpool want me, I want to be here for as long as I can.
That would be a rarity, it’s a handful of players that get to do that…
Yes, especially at Liverpool Football Club – it’s such a unique place to play. It’s very difficult to play for that length of time. So I’m very proud of how far I’ve come in the seven years I’ve been here. But I know there’s still a lot more to give. I feel as though I’m getting into my prime now, I’ve benefited so much from the last seven years here and now I’m ready to go even further, be better and help this club become successful. That’s where all my energy is into: to win trophies. I would have liked to have won more, that’s one thing if I look back over my seven years. Trophies are a big thing, especially at this football club. That’s everything, that’s all my focus is: to try to help this team and this club be as successful as possible in the foreseeable future.
Do you feel your best years are still in front of you?
Yes, definitely. I feel the balance of experience and still feeling young. My fitness levels are probably the best I’ve been throughout my career. I know I’ve had little periods of injury since I’ve been here, a couple of years ago I had a blip in terms of injuries. But apart from that I’ve been pretty good in terms of fitness. I look at all the stuff I do in the gym and the things we work on behind the scenes, all my stats fitness-wise, and I feel they have improved even more and are at a high level. I want to continue to do that. But the most important thing is performance level and I feel my performance level over the past year has been at a consistently high level – and I want to maintain that and improve it.
What are your memories of your first day at the club?
There are still some similar feelings when I have come in today to sign a new contract. You think of back then when I was first coming in. Obviously they are totally different scenarios. But it’s still a similar sort of excitement to be signing a contract at this football club, still getting butterflies and being so delighted. I remember when I first came, everything was brand new and I was nervous to meet the players, the manager and everybody. It was like the first day at school. Now it feels a little bit more like home and a home I feel is going in the right direction, definitely over the last couple of years with the manager and the players. We’re going in the right direction and I want to be a part of that.
You were 21 then. What advice would your 28-year-old self give you back then? Would you have done anything different?
Not really – I feel have given everything. Every day I come into training and I give everything, 110 per cent in whatever I do. I feel I have committed my life to the football club over the last seven years and I just want to continue to do that. So, not much; maybe be more confident back then. Through my process I have gradually got more confident in myself as a person and my ability. That comes with experience and comes with games, I think. But when I see the young lads now, I always wish I was that confident back then, like they are. There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance, of course, but when you have got that confidence at a young age, it makes a big difference. That would be one thing. It took me a little while to settle in and maybe my confidence was knocked at the time. But having gone through that experience I came out the other side even stronger, which obviously gains confidence. And over the last few years, I’ve gained even more and now I’m as confident as ever. The gaffer helps with that obviously. Like I keep saying, I just want to be a part of what I think could be a special few years at this football club.
You had that confidence when it might have been easier to move to another club…
That was a different sort of confidence, I would say. That was more of the fighter inside me – that I would never give up, I would never give in, I’d always want to prove people wrong, I’d always want to be better and I’d always want to improve. It was a different sort of confidence. When I felt as though I was rock bottom, or I’d been hit or my confidence had been knocked, there would be something inside me that would then respond really well to that. That’s what happens in life; you’ve got to learn and I’ve learned a lot over the seven years so far. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot more as well. I’m looking forward to it.
Do you feel you are truly appreciated now?
A lot of people talk about that outside but, for me, it only matters about the people that are important to me: obviously the manager and my teammates are the most important people that you need to be appreciated by. And I certainly feel that in abundance, which is the main thing. And obviously the fans as well; I feel I have had a very good connection with the fans because I’ve been here for a while. They have seen me through the transition of when it hasn’t been working out to when I started playing well, then injury, then coming back again. They have been there for me no matter what, which I’ve always appreciated. In general, the fans have been fantastic with me ever since I was a kid to now. I definitely feel that warmth from them as well; my kids were born here so I certainly feel that connection with the football club and the fans. I think they appreciate and know that I’ll basically dedicate my life for as long as I can to this football club to make sure we’re as successful as we can be.
You’re bringing young players through now as the captain. Have you taken what you learned from Steven Gerrard into that job?
Obviously I learned a lot from Stevie. As a player, first and foremost, how good he was in training and everything he had about him. When you’re playing with people like that, you’re going to improve naturally. But also off the field as well, the way he was as a person and the way he handled himself in certain situations, I learned a lot from him. He would always be there if I needed him. Little things that I picked up on at that age helped me grow and helped me be more confident. When you’ve got someone like Steven Gerrard backing you then that can definitely help you in terms of confidence. It’s amazing to watch someone at a young age and basically aspire to be like him, then be playing with him and then be his friend. I’d definitely call him my friend now, which is amazing really. I still keep in contact with him now and it’s good to see him doing so well up at Rangers. He has always been there and I feel like that’s one thing I hope I can be like here. I hope the players and the staff can come to me for anything at all and speak to me, and basically ask me for anything. I hope that’s the way they feel because I try and I want to be that way in terms of helping my teammates, not only younger players but anybody that I can. That’s part of my role and part of me as a person.
Does the feeling of leading Liverpool ever get any less special?
No. It’s very special. I keep saying, it’s special just to play for this football club, just to put the shirt on. To captain the side and lead the team out is even more special – and something that maybe I’ll appreciate more when I finish playing football, hopefully in a long time. When you’re involved you try to think about what’s important and there are other leaders in the team who help me. It’s not just me – there are four, five or six core players that help with the leadership within the dressing room and on the pitch. I think that’s really important in a top team, you need a lot of leaders within the group to achieve anything. That’s one thing I feel we’ve got here, and more and more young players coming through; someone like Robbo, who has just been given the captaincy of Scotland – which is a huge achievement for him and so good to be given responsibility like that – and then for him to come here and use that is a big plus for him and Liverpool. There are leaders coming through the group. It’s a very good camp, it’s a tight-knit group and that makes my job a lot easier.
What is your relationship like with Jürgen Klopp?
It’s very good. I could never speak highly enough of him. I don’t need to – because everybody knows and everybody does it. Whoever has worked with him will know how good he is. As a manager, tactically he is amazing. What he has done at this football club since he came in is phenomenal really, the transformation. That’s no disrespect to Brendan [Rodgers] and anyone before because we had some good times as well. But I look at the transformation from when he first came in to where it is now and it has certainly gone up in terms of everything. He has brought the whole club together – the fans, the players, the staff. The players he has brought in have strengthened the squad. He has made younger players and older players even better. He is such a massive influence. And he is another big reason why people want to play for this football club, to work with him, because he is one of the best – if not the best – manager in the world. You just want to learn so much from him, as much as you can and take everything in. If you do that and listen to what he has got to say and follow his instructions, I’ve got no doubt you’ll win trophies. That’s hopefully what we can do.
Is the sense that you have to mark it with trophies now?
It needs to be backed up on the pitch – you need to go and win games, you need to be more consistent and you need to win trophies. That’s what you’re going to be judged on as a captain, as a team and as a manager. I’m sure people will be looking at Liverpool because we are a very good team. But it’s: how good can we be? That’s up to us. That’s exciting. Hopefully we can go and prove to everyone how good we are, how good we can be, and get some silverware.
Finally then, what does it mean to commit your best years to Liverpool and what does this place mean to you?
I think I’ve spoken a little bit already about what it means to play at this football club. But, like I said, there is no other place in the world I’d rather play football than at Anfield or at this football club. It’s a special, unique place and I want to be here for as long as I can and just keep enjoying it, keep trying to improve the team and help the team any way I can to be successful and win – that’s what everybody wants. That’s what all my energy will go into. I’m excited, as is everybody else I’m sure after the start we’ve had. But there’s still a long way to go, we can still be even better and that’s probably the most exciting thing.
Jordan Henderson explained why Liverpool is the only club for him after signing a new long-term contract with the Reds on Monday.
The captain extended his seven-year stay at Anfield by penning a fresh deal at Melwood - and then opened up about his excitement for the seasons to come in an extended interview with Liverpoolfc.com.
Henderson reflected on his progress since first joining the club in 2011, discussed his role as skipper and the leaders by his side, and revealed the influence of Jürgen Klopp on him and his teammates.
It's a fascinating chat and can be watched in full by LFCTV GO subscribers below. Not yet signed up? Click here to join now.
'The embodiment of what it means to be a Liverpool player,' is how Jürgen Klopp described Jordan Henderson as he spoke of his delight at the captain signing a new long-term contract.
The midfielder committed his future to the Reds by putting pen to paper on the deal at Melwood on Monday, extending his seven-year stay at the club.
Klopp detailed why he believes the news comes as a huge boost as he highlighted Henderson’s leadership and footballing qualities.
The manager told Liverpoolfc.com: “It is fantastic news but should not be a surprise to anyone – he is perfect for us and we for him, I think.
“Jordan embodies entirely what it means to be a Liverpool player in this modern era of football. You can tell through his actions on and off the pitch he treats representing our badge and our shirt as a privilege. He takes nothing for granted and strives to learn and be better for his team at all times.
“He carries a lot on his shoulders that people on the outside won’t see, but he embraces that responsibility and that leadership. He is our ‘General’ and I trust him completely.
“But the best thing is, I think – in fact, I know – he will get even better in these coming years. And this improvement will come from a very high base already.
“Jordan is so important to us and we are very fortunate as a club to have this person commit to us as he has.
“For Jordan and his wonderful young family I am really pleased they now know they are part of our Liverpool family for an even longer time.”
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is on the shortlist for FIFA's Best Men's Player of 2018 alongside Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Egyptian scored 44 goals for the Reds in his debut season to help the club secure a second successive top-four finish in the Premier League and reach the Champions League final.
Salah also represented his country at the World Cup, scoring twice as the Pharaohs were eliminated after the group stage in Russia.
The 26-year-old is in contention with Modric and Ronaldo for the prize after an initial 10-man shortlist was whittled down and revealed on Monday.
The winner of the honour, to be announced at a ceremony in London on Monday September 24, will be decided by the votes of fans, national team coaches and captains, and journalists.
Mohamed Salah's stunning goal against Everton at Anfield last season has been shortlisted for the 2018 FIFA Puskas Award.
The Liverpool No.11 marked his first appearance in a Merseyside derby with a sensational spin and curled finish into the top corner despite the snowy conditions.
Salah himself named the strike as one of his favourites of 44 scored in his debut campaign – and the effort was one of 10 nominated for the Puskas Award on Monday.
The winner will be decided by an online poll of fans at FIFA.com and announced at a ceremony in London on Monday September 24.
Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has today been appointed the new Scotland national team captain.
The 24-year-old officially takes the armband ahead of the friendly with Belgium in Glasgow on Friday night and UEFA Nations League tie against Albania three days later.
Robertson has accrued 22 caps and scored two goals for his country to date, since a debut against Poland in March 2014.
The left-back has made 34 appearances for the Reds since signing from Hull City last summer and was a key figure in the run to last season’s Champions League final.
Seven of Liverpool's on-loan players were in action across the weekend.
Herbie Kane continued his run of appearances for Doncaster Rovers, playing the full game in a 1-1 draw with League One leaders Peterborough United.
There was disappointment for Adam Bogdan as Hibernian suffered a 2-1 defeat at Livingston in the Scottish Premiership.
In France, Sheyi Ojo made his first appearance for Stade de Reims, coming on as a substitute for the final 12 minutes of a 1-0 reversal against Montpellier.
Ovie Ejaria and Ryan Kent experienced an Old Firm derby on Sunday, playing 90 and 87 minutes respectively as Steven Gerrard’s Rangers were beaten 1-0 by Celtic.
Marko Grujic was involved for the entirety of Hertha BSC’s Bundesliga clash with Schalke. His concession of a penalty did not prove costly – it was missed by the hosts and the visitors won 2-0.
Loris Karius made his debut for Besiktas, with whom he will spend this season and next, in their Super Lig meeting with Bursaspor. The German goalkeeper was beaten four minutes from time and his side had to settle for a point from a 1-1 draw.
Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has won the first PFA Fans' Player of the Month award of the 2018-19 Premier League season.
The Reds No.10 scored three goals in three games during August to help his team on their way to a 100 per cent start to the campaign so far.
And Mane was the overwhelming winner in a poll of fans across the country for the PFA accolade for last month, taking 58 per cent of the votes.
He finished ahead of Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge and Watford’s Roberto Pereyra, as well as Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) and Benjamin Mendy (City).
A novel addition, the continuation of a playful war of words, social media revelations and more feature in our latest weekly round-up of LFC quotes…
“When I heard about Thomas, it was clear to me I wanted to meet him; when I met him, it was 100 per cent clear I wanted to employ him. You cannot have enough specialists around you. He’s a good guy, to be honest. He has already [made a difference]. The boys like it; when you have somebody who knows what he is talking about, it always helps when you want to improve something.”
Jürgen Klopp discusses his decision to employ the services of specialist throw-in coach Thomas Gronnemark.
“I am angry that I made a mistake that put the team in a difficult situation. It is part of my game, but I am not going to be arrogant to stand here and say I’m going to keep doing it. We have to learn from our mistakes.”
Alisson Becker's honest assessment after he was dispossessed before Leicester City's goal in Liverpool's 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium.
“Stop copying me.”
Sadio Mane fires off another celebration-related accusation after netting his fourth goal of the season at Leicester.
“Haha, no chance. You copy me like always.”
And fellow goalscorer Roberto Firmino hits straight back with a comment on his teammate's Instagram post.
“Last season is last season and now we have to do it again. That’s normal. All the teams have to do it again. We want to go through the group. It will be difficult but still we want to go through. That’s the plan, so now let’s start working on it.”
Liverpool may have reached the Champions League final last term, but Klopp warns that will mean nothing this season after his side are drawn with PSG, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade in the 2018-19 group stages.
“One of the reasons was I’d come in from training, you’d go into the dressing room and I’d look around and everyone would just be sat there checking their social media or whatever. I just thought ‘well, I’m either missing out [or] to get involved in the banter I’m going to have to get involved!’”
Twitter and Instagram expert James Milner reveals why he signed up for social media on LFC Later.
“I think he brings plenty in our team and I think it's also not easy for the new players to come into the Premier League but for him, he's unbelievable. I am sure he will do something special here.”
Mane backs his friend and teammate Naby Keita to take the Premier League by storm.
Liverpool U23s were defeated 2-1 by West Ham United at the Academy on Sunday.
The young Reds created a litany of chances throughout what was a one-sided Premier League 2 contest, but were foiled by a combination of their own profligacy and an inspired performance by visiting goalkeeper Nathan Trott.
After Reece Oxford had headed West Ham into a third-minute lead, Neil Critchley’s team took charge.
Captain Matty Virtue finally got the goal the hosts’ dominance merited soon after half-time, and a first PL2 win of the season looked to be coming.
However, Oladapo Afolayan’s curling free-kick 17 minutes from time snatched all three points for the Hammers.
Liverpool were caught cold when Oxford directed a looping header out of Caoimhin Kelleher’s reach from an out-swinging corner.
Their response to that early setback was positive, however.
Twice in quick succession Liam Millar got a shot away after accelerating clear down the inside-left channel, only for the forward to first be denied by Trott and then send his second effort wide of the far post.
A deft pass by Isaac Christie-Davies afforded Millar another sight of goal in the 18th minute, but Trott was equal to the Canadian’s powerful strike.
Bobby Adekanye tried his luck from an improbable angle after bursting away from his marker on the byline as the young Reds cranked up the pressure, and their best chance of the half swiftly followed.
Tony Gallacher guided a cross in from the left that Virtue, surging into the box from deep, met on the half-volley 10 yards from goal.
Somehow, though, Trott reacted in time to palm the skipper’s attempt onto the post.
The second half started as the first had ended: with Liverpool in the ascendancy.
Trott once again frustrated Virtue when he attempted to finish off a flowing move with a header, but the midfielder’s persistence was rewarded in the 54th minute.
Adam Lewis, who impressed throughout in a central midfield berth, drove forward and fed a neat pass into his teammate inside the area.
Virtue saw his initial shot blocked, but then fired the rebound in off the post.
With Critchley’s side finally, and deservedly, on level terms, a winning goal felt likely.
However, it was West Ham, not the hosts, who struck decisively, as Afolayan sent a free-kick into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
Liverpool went close to equalising again 10 minutes from time, but the manner in which they were denied summed up their fortune - or lack thereof - on the day.
Chirivella got on the end of Neco Williams’ searching cross and beat Trott, only to see his goal-bound volley inadvertently blocked by Millar.
Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, Williams, Phillips, Johnston, Gallacher (Juanma), Chirivella, Lewis, Virtue, Christie-Davies, Adekanye, Millar (McAuley).
Unused subs: Atherton, Masterson, Coyle.
Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.
Monday September 3
Premier League Kicks sessions
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 September 4
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+)
Red Neighbours Walking Football
Anfield Sports and Community Centre – 3pm-4pm
Wednesday September 5
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 September 6
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+)
Netherton Goals – 5pm-7.30pm
Friday September 7
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)
Kirkby Leisure Centre – 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-8pm (age 14-17)
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 September 8
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)
Wavertree Sports Park – 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm
Stanley Park – 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm
Norris Green Park – 1.30pm-3pm
Jubilee Sports Bank – 1.30pm-2.30pm
Sunday September 9
Walton Hall Park – 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm
Belle Vale Park – 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm
Doric Park – 11am–12pm
LFC Academy – 2pm-5pm