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Own a piece of history with the LFC Foundation 125 shirt auction

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 16:06

Own a piece of history with the LFC Foundation 125 shirt auction - and help raise vital funds for the club’s official charity in the process.

To celebrate the club’s 125th anniversary, each month throughout the season we’ll auction a special 2017-18 home jersey signed by a unique selection of Liverpool FC’s legendary players and managers, past and present.

Special collaborations will include 2005 Istanbul winners, midfield generals and Shankly's greats.

For our September auction you can bid on our Paisley's army jersey signed by Phil Neal, Ian Callaghan and Terry McDermott.

Funds raised from our 125 monthly auctions will help support the work of the LFC Foundation and its mission to create life-changing opportunities for children and young people. 

Place your bid now by visiting: www.charitystars.com/LFCFoundation.

The Paisley's army auction closes at 5pm BST on October 2, 2017.

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Brannagan steps up comeback as U19s claim Qatar draw

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 15:50

Cameron Brannagan continued his recovery as Liverpool U19s overturned a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with the Qatar U19 national team.

Brannagan, who had previously been sidelined with a wrist injury, donned the captain's armband as he played the entirety of Tuesday's friendly in Kirkby.

The 21-year-old notched his first minutes of the season on Sunday for the U23s, as they edged Manchester City in dramatic circumstances.

And under the watchful eye of U18s assistant boss Tom Culshaw, the midfielder continued his road to recovery against Qatar.

After falling behind 2-0, the young Reds persevered and Okera Simmonds pulled one back when he netted a superb goal following a surging run down the left flank.

Substitute Glen McAuley then pounced to net a deserved late equaliser when he showed great agility to finish off a low cross from the left flank, following a superb team move.

Qatar almost grabbed a last-gasp winner but goalkeeper Ben Williams produced a magnificent double save.

Reflecting on the game, Culshaw told Liverpoolfc.com: "It was a good run-out for the lads and important for the likes of Cameron, Paul Glatzel and Dan Griffiths to get minutes after returning from injury.

"The lads did well to come back and Okera and Glen scored two excellent goals."

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'Energetic, enterprising, physical' - an expert's lowdown on Sevilla

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 15:16

Sevilla will bring an 'energetic, enterprising and physical' style of football to Anfield on Wednesday, with new boss Eduardo Berizzo having made his team tough to beat since his arrival in the summer.

That’s according to Spanish football expert Rob Palmer, who has given us a comprehensive lowdown on Liverpool’s first group-stage opponents in this season’s Champions League.

“A lot’s changed for Liverpool since the 2016 Europa League final in Basel, and there’s been quite a big turnaround in Spain for Sevilla too,” Palmer, a La Liga commentator for Sky Sports, explains in the latest edition of #LFCWORLD.

“They’ve had managerial departures, most of the team has left too, there’s been a lot of outgoings, a lot of incomings and it’s going to be a completely different Andalusian side that’s going to be travelling to Liverpool.”

Read on for Palmer’s in-depth analysis of Sevilla, who have taken seven points from their opening three league games of the season and, like Liverpool, qualified for the Champions League group phase through the play-offs.

On their 2016-17 campaign…

Unai Emery was always going to be a big act to follow and they brought in Jorge Sampaoli. This little bulldog of a manager came in and you never quite knew what you were going to get with him - sometimes he’d play defensive football, sometimes he’d play attacking football. They were brilliant and at one point they were challenging for the top two, playing in the Champions League as well, but Sampaoli was asked by the Argentinian FA to become the national team manager and he said that when your country comes calling, you’ve got to take the job. 

But it all went horribly wrong then, they went out of the Champions League, they lost their momentum and it all kind of just fell apart and meandered into nothing at the end of the season.

On Berizzo…

He’s another Argentinian, he was a no-nonsense central defender in his day for Argentina. He’s served his apprenticeship in South America as well as a manager [and] he came to Celta Vigo last year. Celta are a team and a club that are not unlike Sevilla [although] they’ve got slightly less of a budget and he’s taken the step up from a good club, a good mid-table club that does well in Europe, to a top-four club. Things aren’t going to change [at Sevilla]; I’d imagine the style of football’s going to be similar. They’re going to be an energetic, tall, physical team.

On this season…

It’s been an unspectacular start to the season, they kind of limped into the Champions League against Istanbul Basaksehir and on the opening night of the season they drew against Espanyol. They had a tough game against Getafe and won 1-0 [and then defeated Eibar 3-0 on Saturday] so it’s been neat and steady. If you look at the results in Europe and domestically, [Berizzo] has got them defending well.

On their summer signings…

They’ve brought in Muriel from Sampdoria, Kjaer from Fenerbahce, he’s some player. Ever Banega’s come back, he played in the Europa League final against Liverpool, [they’ve got] Nolito from Manchester City, who’s been brilliant in Spain, they’ve got Pizarro from Tigres who they’ve been chasing for a while, they’ve got Jesus Navas back from City. Navas is a hero, a son of the city, and about 10,000 fans turned out when he came back to town and it’ll lift his game being in the colours of Sevilla. 

They’ve signed a couple on loan too - Lionel Carole and Johannes Geis - so I think that’s eight players who have come in [and] eight players have gone out. They won’t really have weakened the team or strengthened the team. It’ll be the same old Sevilla - or the same new Sevilla, depending on how you want to look at it. 

On Wednesday’s game…

It’ll be the same formula they had in the Europa League - keep it tight away from home, defend, frustrate and if you can quieten Anfield, which isn’t easy to do, and then rely on what you can do when you get back home. If they’re going to come and win at Anfield they’re going to win 1-0, they’re going to rely on a corner or a free-kick routine or something because they’re a big, very, very tall team. 

But of course we do know that Jürgen Klopp has got an unbelievable record at Anfield, especially when it comes to European football. European nights, it’s a cliche but it’s also true that they are so special; at Anfield you’re not just facing the team, you’re facing the manager, who fires himself up for the occasion, you’re facing the supporters and you’re taking on history as well. 

So Sevilla have got all of that coming up against them, but they’re going to be energetic, they’re going to be enterprising. It’s early in their season [but] they haven’t had midweek games yet, which is always a problem for the Spanish teams. Plus it’s getting a little bit cold in September, that might be against them because Seville is the hottest city in Europe. So hopefully it’s a cold, rainy night at Anfield and the Liverpool supporters make it really uncomfortable and Jürgen Klopp keeps up his incredible record in Europe.

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4.30pm BST: Watch pre-Sevilla training live on Facebook

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 11:36

Liverpool will put the finishing touches to preparations for their Champions League fixture against Sevilla with a training session at Melwood on Tuesday - and you can watch live and free on Facebook from 4.30pm BST.

The Reds are set to make their return to Europe's premier cup competition on Wednesday evening when they kick off their group-stage campaign against Eduardo Berizzo's team.

Head to facebook.com/LiverpoolFC at 4.30pm to see how the lads are shaping up ahead of the tie.

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Live and free: Watch Jürgen Klopp's pre-Sevilla press conference

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 11:28

Jürgen Klopp and a first-team player will preview Liverpool's opening Champions League group-stage fixture with Sevilla at an Anfield press conference on Tuesday night - and you can watch it live and for free from 7.20pm BST.

The boss will be joined by a member of his squad as the Reds get ready to tackle the La Liga side at home on Wednesday evening.

As ever, we'll be broadcasting the media briefing in full for free via our official YouTube channel. Simply return to this page before the start time to access the feed.

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Mohamed Salah: LFC teammates are like my family

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 10:44

Mohamed Salah reacted to winning the Standard Chartered Player of the Month award for August by hailing his teammates as 'like my family'.

The Egyptian has settled into life at Anfield with remarkable speed, scoring three goals in his first six outings for the club and playing a key part in a strong start to the campaign.

Salah's efforts since making a summer switch from Roma saw him voted the Reds' best player in the opening month of the season, much to his delight.

Upon accepting the accolade, the 25-year-old credited his colleagues for helping him adapt to new surroundings so quickly.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: "I'm very happy to have this start with the team and to help the team win points and win games.

"I'm very happy to be here, it's like my family. I'm happy to be [at] the club with these players."

Next up for Salah and co is the first Champions League group game of the campaign - against Sevilla at Anfield on Wednesday.

The winger is excited by the prospect of featuring in European competition for the Reds and is hoping for a response to Saturday's disappointing defeat at Manchester City.

"We have to look forward to the next game, forget that result and play like before," he added.

"I'm very, very excited to start the Champions League games at Anfield. I would like to win that game!"

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Liverpool face fierce competition for Timo Werner

Tue, 12/09/2017 - 10:15

Liverpool may have to go up against Real Madrid for target Timo Werner, according to reports.

The Germany and RB Leipzig star has caught the eye of top clubs in Europe, meaning the Reds bid to land him has got a whole lot more difficult.

Sport1 now say that Real are keen on him after missing out on Kylian Mbappe in the summer.

Real have seen what everyone else has, a combination of creativity and goals, but will have to contend with Leipzig's keenness to keep hold of their stars.

They have, however, got a relationship with the Reds after agreeing a deal for Naby Keita to head to Anfield next season.

Source: Daily Mirror

This story has been reproduced from today's media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Support LFC's Northwest Football Awards nominees

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 19:41

Four Liverpool players have received nominations ahead of this year's Northwest Football Awards and your vote can help them clinch their respective prizes.

Sadio Mane will go up against Ander Herrera (Manchester United), David Silva (Manchester City) and Tom Heaton (Burnley) for the title of Premier League Player of the Year.

Meanwhile, Academy graduate Trent Alexander-Arnold is part of a 20-strong shortlist of starlets vying for recognition as the Rising Star of the Year.

Liverpool Ladies are also represented in the nominations, with Caroline Weir and Niamh Charles up for the Women's Player of the Year and Women's Rising Star of the Year awards respectively. 

Help the Reds contingent win their individual awards by casting your vote at northwestfootballawards.com now.

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Video: Camacho nets a beauty as U18s draw at Stoke City

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 19:05

Rafael Camacho netted a superb goal as Liverpool U18s battled to a 2-2 draw at Stoke City on Saturday, and LFCTV GO subscribers can now watch the highlights on demand.

Twice the young Reds took the lead only for the hosts to come back.

Curtis Jones fired Steven Gerrard's side into the lead as the 16-year-old produced a finish of great composure.

After Stoke levelled the scores, the young Reds were then reduced to 10 men when goalkeeper Dan Atherton was shown a straight red card.

Portugal youth international Camacho then made it 2-1 with a superb individual goal, but the home side weren't to be denied and made it 2-2 four minutes from the end.

Click play below to watch the action on LFCTV GO now. Need a subscription? Sign up here.

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Leicester v Liverpool: Further Carabao Cup ticket sales notice

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 17:58

Liverpool have released a further ticket sales update for the Carabao Cup third round clash with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday September 19.

A limited number of tickets will be available to Season Ticket Holders, Members and Fan Card holders who attended one of the following games:

Southampton (11.01.17), Derby County (20.09.16), Burton Albion (23.08.16), Stoke (05.01.16), Southampton (02.12.15), Chelsea (27.01.15), Bournemouth (17.12.14).

Tickets will be available online only from 2pm on Tuesday September 12.

Supporters can purchase one ticket per qualifying supporter for up to a maximum of four tickets per transaction.

Tickets during this sale are subject to availability on a first come first served basis and no guarantee can be given that tickets will be available to all who apply.

Click here for a step by step guide to purchasing tickets online.

For further information before travelling please click here.

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Mignolet heads back to school with Red Neighbours

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 13:51

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet headed back to school recently to make a special delivery to a group of local pupils.

The Belgium international visited St Francis De Sales Junior School in Walton to hand over free match tickets for the Reds' home fixture with Manchester United next month as part of the Red Neighbours Schools Ticketing Initiative.

Mignolet was then quizzed during a special Q&A assembly, before gifting each of the 100 children a signed card and donating a signed shirt to the school. 

See below for a selection of photographs from the day…

Photos by Andy Hooper

Red Neighbours will once again be donating more than 1,000 tickets to the 25 local schools in the L4, L5 and L6 areas for the 2017-18 season. Each school will receive 11 free tickets to four Premier League home games at Anfield.

Providing free match tickets to local schools fulfils one of Red Neighbours’ four main aims - creating memorable experiences for young people. The other three areas of focus, following extensive consultation with the community about local priorities are: food poverty and education, creating a physically active community and support for the elderly community.

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LFC Foundation launches autumn schedule

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 13:48

LFC Foundation, the club's official charity, is launching its autumn timetable of programmes for youngsters across Merseyside.

Offering 26 sessions a week – including football and a range of multi-sports - they are now available to local children and young people, with nine sessions aimed specifically at inclusion or disability audiences.

Andrea Cooper, head of LFC Foundation, said: "There is something suitable for all ages and abilities across our autumn programmes.

"The majority of our sessions are free to attend, and they are a great way for local youngsters to stay active and meet new people during the evenings and weekends."

LFC Foundation sessions are held across the Liverpool City region, including Anfield Sports and Community Centre, Walton Hall Park, Toxteth Firefit and Wirral Hive.

For more information including times, locations and new activities, please click here.

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Volunteers wanted to help lay out 125 mosaic

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 13:08

Volunteers are wanted to help lay out a mosaic as part of Liverpool FC's 125th birthday celebrations ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Burnley at Anfield.

Supporters interested in helping lay out a mosaic on Friday afternoon should contact Andy Knott by emailing akraotl@aol.com.

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Dhanda: I knew I had to make an impact

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 11:54

Yan Dhanda reflected on his stunning late winner for Liverpool U23s against Manchester City on Sunday by saying: 'I knew I had to make an impact.'

After coming off the bench as a first-half replacement for Danny Ings, who was substituted as a precaution, the 18-year-old curled home a delightful effort in the 89th minute to break the deadlock.

The 1-0 victory made it four wins in a row in Premier League 2 for Neil Critchley’s side, who top the table.

Describing his late goal, Dhanda told Liverpoolfc.com: “I was really happy to see the ball go in. I was on the bench and I thought when I came on I’ve just got to make an impact.

“Luckily the ball fell to me, I took it inside and managed to score into the top corner.”

Highlights: U23s' win over City in 90 seconds

Sunday's victory at Prenton Park was the second Premier League 2 match in a row that the Reds' U23s have secured three points with a late goal, and Dhanda insists that is down to the team spirit within Critchley's squad.

He added: “In training we push each other every day to the limit and it’s paying off on the pitch.

“We just keep going as a team and we know if we get a chance near the end there’s always a chance to win it like we did against Arsenal and now Manchester City.”

Dhanda has moved up permanently from the U18s to the U23s in 2017-18 and after netting two goals already in Premier League 2, is enjoying playing alongside the likes of Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster.

“There’s so much talent going forward,” he continued.

“I just love playing alongside Rhian and Harry because I know when I’m in space they will find me.

“It’s a little bit tougher physically [at U23 level] but I’m enjoying playing with a new group under Critch who was my manager at U18 level.”

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Jürgen Klopp discusses Philippe Coutinho’s return

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 10:53

Jürgen Klopp is looking forward to welcoming Philippe Coutinho back into his squad after the No.10’s return to full training.

Coutinho missed Liverpool’s opening five games of the season due to a back injury, but made two substitute appearances for Brazil during the recent international break and rejoined team training at Melwood last Thursday.

Klopp opted against including the 25-year-old in his travelling party for Saturday’s defeat at Manchester City and, speaking after the game, explained the reasoning behind that call.

Meanwhile, the boss also confirmed that Coutinho is in contention for Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Sevilla at Anfield.

“It was a decision made with the season in mind. He came back from a long flight, after two substitute appearances and three weeks without training,” Klopp said.

“We play on Wednesday, we play on Saturday, we play, play, play, play, play. I will have the situation all the time now over the next three or four weeks.

“We thought it best to give him three or four days proper training and then he'll be available for us, which is very good news.

“Phil is a fantastic player, and hopefully we can use him as quickly as possible.”

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Boss: Reds have a lot to learn from Man City defeat

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 10:04

Jürgen Klopp admits Liverpool have a 'a lot of things to learn' from Saturday's defeat to Manchester City.

But the German is keen for his players to take steps to improve on the disappointing aspects of their trip to Etihad Stadium, rather than dwell on the negatives.

The Reds endured a chastening afternoon in Manchester as they suffered a 5-0 reverse, with four goals coming after an early red card for Sadio Mane.

Klopp insists the overriding feeling in the dressing room at half-time - when his team trailed by two goals - was that the visitors were holding their own prior to the sending off.

And for that reason, the manager is more eager than usual to avoid focusing too much on the end result.

LFCTV GO: Klopp reacts to Manchester City defeat

"We have a lot of things to learn from this game," he told Liverpoolfc.com.

"I was really angry at half-time. Not angry because of the result but because the boys saw we could have [won] at 100 per cent. 

"It's not important any more, we lost 5-0, it sounds crazy I know! The first half, we didn't play like we wanted to, we were 60-70 per cent. 

"Sometimes it's impossible after the international break - different plans, different positions, they played all over the world, I don't like this but we cannot change it - but you saw City struggled also a little bit. 

"We had then these clear moments and then it's one goal [conceded], forget it, it can happen, but the red card gave them [the advantage]. 

"Everybody knows it's a bad place to be one man down and we could see this so we tried to drop a little bit deeper, but it makes completely no sense. 

"We have a lot of things to learn from today, but the problem is today we cannot change it, we can only learn from it and make the next time better."

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Jürgen Klopp: Reds have a lot to learn from Man City defeat

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 10:04

Jürgen Klopp admits Liverpool have a 'a lot of things to learn' from Saturday's defeat to Manchester City.

But the German is keen for his players to take steps to improve on the disappointing aspects of their trip to Etihad Stadium, rather than dwell on the negatives.

The Reds endured a chastening afternoon in Manchester as they suffered a 5-0 reverse, with four goals coming after an early red card for Sadio Mane.

Klopp insists the overriding feeling in the dressing room at half-time - when his team trailed by two goals - was that the visitors were holding their own prior to the sending off.

And for that reason, the manager is more eager than usual to avoid focusing too much on the end result.

LFCTV GO: Klopp reacts to Manchester City defeat

"We have a lot of things to learn from this game," he told Liverpoolfc.com.

"I was really angry at half-time. Not angry because of the result but because the boys saw we could have [won] at 100 per cent. 

"It's not important any more, we lost 5-0, it sounds crazy I know! The first half, we didn't play like we wanted to, we were 60-70 per cent. 

"Sometimes it's impossible after the international break - different plans, different positions, they played all over the world, I don't like this but we cannot change it - but you saw City struggled also a little bit. 

"We had then these clear moments and then it's one goal [conceded], forget it, it can happen, but the red card gave them [the advantage]. 

"Everybody knows it's a bad place to be one man down and we could see this so we tried to drop a little bit deeper, but it makes completely no sense. 

"We have a lot of things to learn from today, but the problem is today we cannot change it, we can only learn from it and make the next time better."

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50 Men Who Made LFC: Arthur Riley

Mon, 11/09/2017 - 10:00

During an association with the club that lasted over half a century, Arthur Riley upheld a family tradition that begun with his father Bert way back in 1908.

Not to be mistaken with the former Liverpool goalkeeper of the same name, Riley followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a groundsman and joined the Anfield staff straight from school in 1928.

A hugely popular figure within the club during his lengthy tenure, he witnessed many changes through the years, including the installation of floodlights and undersoil heating, but ensured that the overall appearance of the ground was always maintained to the highest standard.

Such was his reputation, Wembley officials often turned to him for advice.

He took great pride in the fact that Anfield was always considered to be one of the finest playing surfaces in the country and constantly strove to keep it in as immaculate condition as possible until his eventual retirement in 1982.

Click through our 50 Men Who Made LFC countdown below

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Danny Ings' U23s withdrawal 'a precaution'

Sun, 10/09/2017 - 17:13

Danny Ings' withdrawal during Liverpool U23s' 1-0 win over Manchester City was merely 'a precaution', manager Neil Critchley has explained.

The 25-year-old was replaced by Yan Dhanda after complaining of discomfort 36 minutes into Sunday's Premier League 2 contest at Prenton Park, which the young Reds went on to win 1-0.

But Critchley later revealed that he and his staff are simply taking extra care with Ings due to the busy schedule awaiting Jürgen Klopp and the first team.

"It's more a precaution than anything," the U23s boss told Liverpoolfc.com.

"He felt something very early in the game and he wasn't quite right, so we're not taking any chances with Danny and there are plenty of first-team games to come. 

"We'll just look after him and assess him, but I'm sure he'll be fine."

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Late Dhanda curler earns win over Man City

Sun, 10/09/2017 - 16:54

Yan Dhanda netted a brilliant 89th-minute goal to secure a 1-0 win for Liverpool U23s over their Manchester City counterparts on Sunday afternoon.

With injury time looming, the 18-year-old curled a right-footed effort into the far corner to settle a thrilling contest at Prenton Park and make it four wins from four in Premier League 2 for the young Reds.

With first-team opportunities having proven hard to come by so far this season, both Marko Grujic and Danny Ings were included in Neil Critchley's line-up.

The latter in particular evidenced his senior pedigree in the early exchanges, setting up a Matty Virtue drive that was well blocked before twice going close with efforts of his own.

The first of those, a left-footed shot from inside the box, was athletically saved by Daniel Grimshaw, while the lobbed attempt that followed only found the top of the net.

The Reds' strong start was almost rewarded in the 21st-minute, when Harry Wilson clipped the bottom of the post with a free-kick won after a brilliant dribble from the Welshman.

But the hosts could not find the breakthrough their dominance deserved before half-time, and lost the dangerous Ings to injury before then, the striker being replaced by Dhanda.

Liverpool continued to build on the promise of their first-half performance following the restart, but were met by an improved City showing that made for an end-to-end contest.

For that reason, both goalkeepers had plenty of opportunities to show their quality - something they did repeatedly during a breathless second period.

Grimshaw in the visitors' goal did brilliantly to keep out a low Rhian Brewster strike and Dhanda's curling free-kick, while Kamil Grabara produced memorable stops from both Jacob Davenport and Taylor Richards.

It soon became clear that it would take a moment of inspiration to beat either man, and that is exactly what Dhanda provided with just over a minute of normal time remaining.

The Birmingham-born forward did well to work space on the left-hand side of the box before unleashing an unstoppable shot that extends a dream start to the season for Critchley's side.

Liverpool U23s: Grabara, Whelan, Johnston, N. Phillips, Jones, Coyle (Brannagan, 64), Wilson, Virtue, Ings (Dhanda, 36), Grujic, Brewster (Adekanye, 80). 

Unused subs: Kelleher, Masterson.

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