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Iconic images: The Kop’s last stand

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 11:40

Throughout LFC's 125th anniversary year, Liverpoolfc.com will retrace the club's history through the striking images that plot a fascinating journey.

Fifteenth in the series is a photo that marks the end of an era at Anfield.

It is the summer of 1906, and Liverpool’s board of directors have just seen Tom Watson lead the club to its second First Division title.

In response, the hierarchy decided that Anfield required an upgrade. 

A new bank able to accommodate thousands of supporters was constructed at the ground’s Walton Breck Road end - a bank that, in a moment of creative inspiration, the Liverpool Echo’s Ernest Edwards labelled the ‘Spion Kop’.

For nearly 90 years thereafter, the Spion Kop would come to define Anfield. 

But in the wake of Hillsborough and the safety requirements detailed in the Taylor Report, the original Spion Kop had to be modernised. Safe seating would replace swaying standing.

On April 30, 1994, an era came to an end.

The Reds’ home game against Norwich City marked the final match to be played in front of the old Kop.

Before kick-off, the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Billy Liddell and Ian Callaghan were welcomed onto the pitch, with Joe Fagan accompanying Nessie Shankly and Jessie Paisley - the widows of the club’s managerial giants - as the Kop reacted with a deafening reception.

That Norwich won 1-0 - thanks to a superb goal from Jeremy Goss that was sportingly applauded by the Kop - mattered little.

This was the Kop’s last stand, and the Kopites there made sure the occasion did not go to waste.

“Just imagine what they would have been like today if we had been challenging for the championship,” Liverpool boss Roy Evans said about the atmosphere afterwards.

“It was a taste for some of the younger players of what this crowd is like. I think they are the best crowd in the world. It was about the Kop today and all our fans, and I thought they were magnificent. It’s a pity we weren’t in the same class.”

Click 'previous' to view the other photographs to feature in the series so far...

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'He's the shark that sets the press' - the role of Adam Lallana

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 11:00

Adam Lallana is the 'shark' that senses the perfect moment for Liverpool to pounce on their opponents and win possession high up the pitch to launch attacks.

In a new series on Liverpoolfc.com, Joe Gomez talks us through the individuals that have helped to make Jürgen Klopp’s side one of the most prolific in the Premier League and Europe.

We start with Lallana and get a better understanding of why the England international – back after a long-term thigh injury – is so often described as the player who ‘sets the press’…

“He always gets it right. That doesn’t just mean running, it’s timing,” explains Gomez, a teammate of the midfielder since the summer of 2015.

“He senses it; like a shark when they see blood, they attack. He sees when there’s an iffy pass or the weight of pass is off or someone has a dodgy touch, he is going to punish you quickly.

“Even if he doesn’t win the ball, he is creating the possibility for someone else to just from his press. That’s massive with the style of play the manager wants. He is so important.”

Lallana’s supply of energy allows the 29-year-old to constantly harass opposition players across 90 minutes and, so often, turn seeming lull moments into sudden scoring opportunities for the Reds.

He is a pest to defenders, a figure who frightens the other side when they are on the ball.

And Gomez should know: he faces the very same challenge in training.

“It’s because he’s so good at it. It’s not just pressing and you can shift it and go – because he will trap you,” the No.12 explains, with a knowing sigh.

“It’s frustrating because you’re always wary, he’s going to come. When we do 11v11s you can’t mess about with the ball because he’ll punish you. That’s what he does best and he starts it for us.”

Lallana enjoyed his finest campaign for Liverpool to date last term, contributing eight goals in the successful pursuit of a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.

His momentum was stalled in the summer, however. A thigh injury sustained in the penultimate game of the pre-season schedule sidelined the attacker until a substitute appearance in November, which was followed by a minor setback.

But 2018 began with the Englishman back in the starting XI. “Outstanding,” said Klopp after his 86-minute outing in the 2-1 win at Burnley on New Year’s Day.

Watch: Lallana's best bits against Burnley

Gomez admits the return of his teammate’s fluid style of football – one that he believes puts Lallana among the elite of the game in this country – is a cause for celebration.

“He brings so much. He is one of the best players in the Premier League in his position and what he does,” adds the defender.

“I don’t think many people have got his natural ability with his right and left foot and the way he manipulates the ball.

“Everyone knows he has got the Cruyff [turn] and the way he moves the ball, but he is so intelligent with it. He can shift it and go whichever way he wants, dribble with his left or right. It’s natural ability.

“Everyone knows how infectious [his pressing] is. That’s something we have missed.

“He is massive for the team. What he did last season was phenomenal. We have been unlucky not to have him so far this season but everyone is buzzing that he is back.”

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How Naby Keita could join Liverpool in January

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 02:57

Liverpool have reportedly been given encouragement they can sign Naby Keita this month – provided they pay RB Leipzig a premium of at least £13million.

The Reds agreed last August a deal in excess of £50m that would see Keita spend another season in the Bundesliga before moving to Anfield in the summer.

However, Jurgen Klopp has been exploring the possibility of moving forward the Guinea international midfielder's arrival to this transfer window following the £142m departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

Leipzig have been resistant to that suggestion given they are challenging for Champions League qualification and are preparing for the Europa League knockout stages.

But according to German news outlet Bild, the Bundesliga side are now softening their stance.

The report states Leipzig would consider allowing Keita to leave this month for a fee of between 15m and 20m euros (£13m-£17.5m).

It suggests Leipzig need to generate extra revenue in order to not fall foul of UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules.

Only last week, Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff played down claims Keita could leave.

"Neither Naby nor his agent have made the request to leave the club in the winter," he said.

Keita, though, has been criticised recently for his performances, with the Bild report stating he is now being distanced by his Leipzig team-mates.

Keita would be cup-tied for the Champions League but would be free to play in both the Premier League and FA Cup.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Inside Training: Rondos and more as Reds get set for City

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 02:46

Take a look at Liverpool's preparations for the meeting with Manchester City in our latest training montage from Melwood on LFCTV GO.

Premier League action resumes on Sunday when the leaders visit Anfield, with the Reds out to extend a 17-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Subscribers can get a flavour of how Jürgen Klopp and his squad are readying themselves for the showdown in the footage from Wednesday’s session above.

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Gerrard demands Anfield response after Spurs defeat

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 18:24

Steven Gerrard has demanded a response from his Liverpool U18s side after they suffered their first defeat of the season on Wednesday afternoon.

The young Reds went down 4-0 at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League Cup quarter-finals, a result that brought their proud unbeaten streak to a close.

Scott Parker's Spurs took the lead shortly before the end of an even first half, with Adam Lewis then hitting the bar and Yasser Larouci going close as Liverpool fought hard to get back in the game.

But a double from Rodel Richards - the first of which came nine minutes after the restart - and Dilan Markanday's late strike sealed Tottenham's place in the last four.

Reflecting on his team's first loss of the campaign, Gerrard told Liverpoolfc.com: “It was tough to take and obviously a difficult one to swallow.

"The scoreline looks heavy and it feels heavy at the moment but I think it probably flattered Tottenham a little bit, although I did feel we quit in the game at 2-0 down.

"In the first 50 minutes of the game I don’t think there was much in it. At 1-0 down we had an incredible to chance to level the scoreline but we missed a sitter from a couple of yards out.

"Once Tottenham got the second goal, the disappointing thing for us as staff is we felt as though a lot of players in our team quit and that's the reason why the scoreline was heavy.

“Our first part of the season was strong but we told the lads they are there to be shot at it and today was a test against a southern team. We were found out because Tottenham absolutely deserved their victory.

“We need to learn from this and my message from the dressing room afterwards is if three or four players don’t turn up in big games then it’s very difficult to get the result that you want.

“I think I’m being kind when I said to them that only three or four never turned up today. Those players know who they are but it’s gone and there’s nothing we can do now to change the scoreline.

“It’s all about what happens in the next fixture and I demand a reaction from some of those individuals and from everyone.”

With Saturday’s home fixture with Derby County postponed due to the Rams' involvement in the FA Youth Cup, the next game Gerrard refers to is the U18s' fourth-round tie with Arsenal in that competition.

The match will take place at Anfield on Saturday January 20 (kick-off 3pm), and Gerrard has called on his players to regroup ahead of their first outing of the season at the club's first-team home.

“Arsenal is an excellent fixture for a reaction and to bounce back,” he said.

“Of course, as a player you don’t want to wait 10 days until your next game when you are feeling the way you are, but there’s nothing we can do about that. What the time does give us is a chance to work on a few things on the training ground.

“I’ll be looking to see what reaction I get from individuals and collectively as a group between now and the Arsenal game.”

Liverpool U18s v Tottenham: Jaros, Larouci (Glatzel), Lewis, R Williams, Boyes, Clayton (N Williams), Tagseth, Dixon-Bonner, Millar, Jones, Camacho (Longstaff).

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Training photos: City prep under way at Melwood

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 17:00

Preparations for Liverpool's clash with Manchester City have begun at Melwood - and our photographers were present as Jürgen Klopp's squad trained on Wednesday.

The Reds welcome Premier League leaders City to Anfield on Sunday looking to extend their 17-match unbeaten streak.

And, ahead of that much-anticipated match, they were put through their paces on a sunny January day on Merseyside.

Take a look at 59 of the best images from today's session below - and, if you like the training gear worn by the manager and players, click here to check out the range and get your own.

Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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Salah and Sturridge train with Reds ahead of City clash

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 16:51

Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge were part of the Liverpool squad in training on Wednesday ahead of the weekend clash with Manchester City.

Salah has missed the Reds’ past two matches with a groin issue, while Sturridge has not featured since the Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow on December 6 due to illness and a muscle injury.

But the pair joined the session at Melwood as preparations begin to step up before the Premier League leaders visit Anfield for a much-anticipated showdown on Sunday afternoon.

Stay logged on to Liverpoolfc.com for the latest fitness updates ahead of the meeting with Pep Guardiola’s City side later this week.

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Liverpool close to signing Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 15:55

Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos, according to reports.

Ceballos has been tipped to leave Real Madrid for Liverpool as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona at the weekend.

The midfielder has found game time hard to come by at the Bernabeu following his summer move from Real Betis.

And Spanish outlet Diario Gol claim he is edging closer towards a move to Anfield.

It is said his agent has been locked in talks with the Reds, though four other unnamed clubs are keen to snap him up.

Liverpool, however, can be deemed favourites given the financial muscle they have at their disposal.

Ceballos is unlikely to command a huge fee given his lack of game time at Real.

But the Reds, fuelled by the £142m received for Coutinho, Liverpool have the resources to beat any club to the 21-year-old’s signature.

Diario Gol say, however, that Zinedine Zidane may be an obstacle to any potential deal.

The Frenchman is under pressure at the Bernabeu with Real Madrid currently 16 points behind Barcelona at the summit.

Difficulties of January transfer windows mean Real face a fight to improve their squad this month.

And Zidane supposedly does not want to let Ceballos go midway through the season.

Other names who could sign for Liverpool include Thomas Lemar and Riyad Mahrez.

But whether Jurgen Klopp lands his man in Ceballos remains to be seen.

Source: Daily Express

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Tommy Lawrence: Under-rated goalkeeper and gentleman

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 15:52

Roy Evans paid tribute to the 'gentleman' that was Tommy Lawrence following the sad news that the former Liverpool goalkeeper had passed away at the age of 77.

The Scot was the stopper in the Reds team with the distinction of having won the FA Cup for the first time in the club's history, with a 2-1 triumph over Leeds United at Wembley in 1965.

Lawrence also helped to secure two league titles under the guidance of Bill Shankly, during a spell in which he represented Liverpool on 390 occasions.

And he should be remembered not just as a great servant to the club but as an outstanding goalkeeper in his own right, according to Evans.

The former Reds manager told Liverpoolfc.com: "Tommy was an under-rated goalkeeper in many ways. He had the nickname 'The Flying Pig' but Tommy was a really good goalkeeper and his positional sense was great.

"He was a guy who was so humble and he didn't think of himself as better than anybody else – he was just one of the great guys of that 1965 FA Cup final team which will always be my favourite Liverpool team.

"I joined Liverpool in 1964 and they were all a great bunch of lads, from Tommy in goal to Ian St John up front, and they would help you whenever they could as a young lad.

"Tommy never thought about himself and he was just a really happy-go-lucky lad, and that's the way I will remember him."

Lawrence's alertness and ability to dart off his line and avert danger saw him dubbed one of football's first sweeper-keepers.

Evans added: "He actually worked it out for himself that if we were going to push further up the pitch and close people down, Tommy was alive and alert to that.

"A lot of goalkeepers learned from him and that is one of the things I think we will remember him for."

Beyond the legacy he left on the pitch at Liverpool, Lawrence will be sorely missed by all those who came into contact with him.

"We have lots of ex-player get-togethers and Tommy used to come to most of them. It was always a pleasure to see him," said Evans.

"We will all miss him. Tommy has not been well for a while now and it wasn't unexpected, but we will certainly all miss him and I just hope people realise just what a great servant he was to Liverpool for many years and what a great guy he was.

"Tommy was a gentleman but a gentleman with fun."

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Tommy Lawrence: In his own words

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 15:30

Hear Tommy Lawrence's story in his own words after the former Liverpool goalkeeper sadly passed away on Wednesday morning at the age of 77.

The Scottish stopper, nicknamed ‘The Flying Pig’, won two league titles and helped the Reds lift the FA Cup for the first time in their history during a spell between the posts in which he made 390 appearances.

Ahead of his time as part of Bill Shankly’s first great side in the early 1960s, Lawrence was a sweeper-keeper long before it became fashionable – and was rightly revered by the Kop and his teammates for being a formidable last line of defence.

In the tribute video below, we hear the man himself reflect on his time at Anfield, working with Shankly, losing part of the FA Cup trophy, and more…

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Liverpool add Atalanta star Alejandro Gomez to list of targets

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 14:42

Liverpool have added Atalanta playmaker Alejandro Gomez to their wish list to replace Philippe Coutinho.

The Argentine No.10, is a dead-ball specialist who has scored seven goals this season with the Reds now keen, report Tuttosport.

Atalanta president Antonio Percassi has declared his star player is not for sale though, with La Dea battling for a European place.

Currently in seventh, Gian Piero Gasperini will be desperate to keep hold of his talisman, who has already endeared himself to Reds fans by starring at the heart of the 3-0 and 5-1 thrashings of Everton in the Europa League.

The Bergamo-based side will be confident of holding on to Gomez due to his contract extended last summer until 2022.

And at 29 years of age, Liverpool may be reluctant to fork out the huge fee that would be required to prize him away from the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia.

Atalanta have shown excellent negotiating prowess over the last year as AC Milan paid a £7.2m loan fee with an £18m obligation in 2019, as well as £22.5m for right-back Andrea Conti.

Source: Daily Mirror

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Suso could return to Liverpool

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 14:08

Liverpool could sign Suso from AC Milan as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, according to reports.

Liverpool lost Coutinho to Barcelona on Saturday with the Brazil international moving to the Nou Camp in a huge £142million deal.

The Reds have been linked with Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez as a replacement, while Monaco’s Thomas Lemar is another name being backed to make the move to Merseyside.

However, the Liverpool Echo say the Reds may look at re-signing Suso from AC Milan instead.

The 24-year-old signed under former boss Brendan Rodgers back in 2012 but struggled to make an impression at Anfield.

Suso managed just 21 appearances for Liverpool before signing for Milan in 2014 after a short loan spell in Spain with Algeria.

The Spaniard has since rebuilt his career at the San Siro, even being capped by the national team last year.

And the Liverpool Echo say he could sensationally return to Liverpool as Coutinho’s replacement.

It is said he always had the potential to be an Anfield hit but could never quite manage it.

Coutinho actually forced him out, with the player’s arrival in January 2013 pushing him down Rodgers’ pecking order.

Liverpool will, however, have to pay the playmaker’s £45million release clause to bring him back.

The deal may appeal to the Reds as it would allow them to spend the rest of the money on a new striker.

Serie A giants Inter Milan have emerged as surprising suitors.

Source: Daily Express

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RIP Tommy Lawrence

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 13:25

Liverpool Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing of former goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, aged 77.

The Scottish stopper, affectionately nicknamed ‘The Flying Pig’ due to his ability to make spectacular saves despite his size, was a key member of Bill Shankly’s first great Reds side in the early 1960s.

While it was his more attack-minded teammates who often took the limelight as the club laid foundations for a spate of success, Lawrence’s skillset – one more akin to modern ‘keepers – provided a formidable final line of defence for almost a decade.

Tommy joined Liverpool as an apprentice and had to be patient before an opportunity arose, though he wasted no time once it did.

His debut came in October 1962, a 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion, and it was a rare occasion when Lawrence wasn’t between the posts during the eight years that followed.

A heavy build took nothing away from the Scot’s shot-stopping, as his playful moniker suggests.

Indeed, if opponents were not being thwarted by his eye-catching dives and acrobatic stops, they were left confounded by Tommy’s fleet-footed rushing off his line to snuff out potential danger – the sweeper-keeper of his era.

His talent was matched by his consistency. Lawrence missed only four league matches in the six seasons between 1963 and 1969, including three ever-present campaigns.

Having already helped Shankly’s team to championship glory in 1963-64, the goalkeeper was involved throughout the Reds’ run to a much-desired maiden FA Cup triumph the following year and played every game when the title was reclaimed in 1965-66.

Though Liverpool’s fortunes began to change as Shankly constructed the second all-conquering side of his reign, the boss could still depend on Lawrence and a then-record low of 24 league goals were conceded in 1968-69.

History often repeats itself and at the beginning of the 1970s, as it once had been his, it was the turn of none other than Ray Clemence to take the No.1 shirt.

So, with 390 appearances and three major trophies to his name at Anfield, one of the most popular and respected goalkeepers in LFC history took his acrobatics across to Tranmere Rovers in 1971.

There he clocked up another 80 league appearances before signing off his football career with non-league Chorley and then taking up the role of a factory quality controller in Warrington until his retirement.

The thoughts of everybody at the club are with Tommy’s family and friends at this sad time.

RIP Tommy Lawrence 1940-2018

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Reds eye Julian Draxler

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 11:59

Liverpool have reportedly put Paris Saint-Germain winger Julian Draxler behind first choice Thomas Lemar on their list of potential targets to replace Barcelona new boy Philippe Coutinho.

Lemar is the name on Merseysiders’ lips with Liverpool heavily linked with the Monaco ace when it looked as though Coutinho would leave last summer.

It seems Jurgen Klopp and co. have a contingency plan in place in case the Ligue 1 giants refuse to part with their prized asset though.

According to Transfer Market Web, Liverpool are targeting Germany international Draxler as well.

The 24-year-old is potentially available as PSG look to comply with Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

And it’s said that he may be interested in swapping the Parc des Princes for Anfield.

Lemar and Draxler are not the only players Liverpool have been credited with interest in.

Klopp apparently has his eye on Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez and West Ham No 10 Manuel Lanzini too.

Liverpool are also thought to be trying to bring forward Naby Keita’s arrival from RB Leipzig.

Meanwhile, Klopp’s men are currently in the midst of a 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

They return to Premier League action against runaway leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

Source: Daily Express

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'On their day, Liverpool can match anybody'

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 11:55

Liverpool should not fear Sunday's visit of Manchester City to Anfield as they are capable of matching any opponent on their day.

That's the view of former Red Jason McAteer, who believes Jürgen Klopp's team could be the first to inflict a league defeat on the runaway leaders this season.

Pep Guardiola's men have won 20 and drawn two of their 22 outings in the English top flight this term, setting a new 18-game record for consecutive wins in the Premier League in the process.

But McAteer insists Liverpool, who themselves are in the midst of an unbeaten streak that stands at 17 fixtures, can down City this weekend.

"We know Manchester City's quality, we know that they're running away with [the league] at the minute, but I think, on their day, Liverpool can match anybody," he said.

"With that little bit of luck as well, there's no reason why we can't get a result. It's them coming to Anfield, we're in great form at the minute, unbeaten in 17 games.

"There's no reason why we should fear them but we should respect them."

LFCTV GO: Relive last season's 1-0 win over City at Anfield

City have outscored all of their Premier League rivals so far this season, finding the back of the net on 64 occasions.

However, Liverpool's 50 strikes puts them second in the division in that regard, and McAteer insists the Reds' attack could make the difference at Anfield.

"They're so good going forward. You've got to be [wary] of the attacking prowess that they've got but there are areas of weakness," he added.

"If you can get in between the lines and at the two centre-halves, which I feel we can, then there are chances and goals there."

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LFC's best all-African XI

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 11:53

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah beat off competition from club-mate Sadio Mane to claim the 2017 CAF African Player of the Year Award last week.

The pair finished first and second in the polling - voted for by the region's governing body, national team coaches and media experts - following eye-catching yeard for club and country.

Salah scored 23 times in 29 appearances for the Reds and helped Egypt qualify for World Cup 2018, while Liverpool's reigning Player of the Season Mane also qualified for the tournament in Russia with Senegal.

The duo are the latest stars in a steady line of African players to don the famous Liverpool jersey down the years and that got us thinking about what an all-African LFC team might look like.

This is what we came up with...

Formation 4-2-3-1

Goalkeeper - Bruce Grobbelaar: As one of Liverpool's most decorated players of all time and custodian over an impressive 628-game Anfield career, the former Zimbabwe international is the obvious choice between the posts.

Right-back - Rigobert Song: The Cameroon defender had already played at two World Cups when he arrived at Gerard Houllier's Liverpool aged just 22. It was during his time at Anfield that the Indomitable Lions skipper won his first international title, the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations.

Centre-back - Joel Matip: Not unlike Song, former Cameroon international Matip also arrived at Anfield as a veteran of two World Cups. Since his July 2016 switch from Schalke, the classy defender has become a key figure in Jürgen Klopp's rearguard, racking up 55 appearances.

Centre-back - Kolo Toure: The fan favourite reached two finals with Liverpool - the League Cup and Europa League in 2016 - and made 71 appearances, memorably scoring once at Aston Villa, over the course of his three-year spell at Anfield.

Left-back - Djimi Traore: One of the heroes of Istanbul, Traore played the entire 120 minutes of the dramatic 2005 Champions League final. The Mali international's miraculous goalline clearance from Andriy Shevchenko was one of many key moments that helped the Reds to go on and beat AC Milan on penalties.

Defensive midfielder - Mohamed Momo Sissoko: The Mali international became a cult hero on the Kop thanks to his all-action, powerful playing style. 45 of his 87 appearances for the Reds came in 2005-06, his debut season, when he helped Rafa Benitez's side to FA Cup glory.

Defensive midfielder - Salif Diao: The tough-tackling midfielder joined up with Gerard Houllier's Liverpool after helping Senegal to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup. He was part of the LFC squads that won the 2003 League Cup and the 2005 Champions League.

Right forward - Berry Nieuwenhuys: Likened to the great Stanley Matthews, the South African winger was an almost permanent fixture on the Liverpool teamsheet through the 1930s. Nicknamed 'Nivvy', he scored 79 goals in 260 appearances and signed off his Anfield career with the 1946-47 league title.

Second striker - Salah: CAF African Player of the Year for 2017, BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017 and Liverpool's top scorer for 2017. Salah has lit up Anfield, the Premier League and the Champions League since joining the Reds last summer.

Left forward - Mane: Winner of LFC's Fans' Player of the Season award and Players' Player of the Season accolade for 2017, it's thrilling to note that the Senegal star's Anfield career is still on an upward trajectory. He's already scored 21 goals and provided 14 assists in 50 games for the Reds.

Striker - Titi Camara: Leading the line is a cult hero. Guinea stalwart Camara - who captained and later managed his national team - scored some spectacular goals for the Reds but his most memorable strike came against West Ham United in October 1999.

Having been informed before kick off that his dad had passed away, Camara told manager Gerrard Houllier he wanted 'to play the match for my father'. He scored the winner and then dropped to his knees as he was overcome with emotion.

The final XI...

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Gerrard's message ahead of Spurs quarter-final

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 11:40

Steven Gerrard has revealed the message he has delivered to his U18s squad ahead of Wednesday's Premier League Cup quarter-final tie with Tottenham Hotspur.

The young Reds, who also sit top of the U18s Premier League and remain unbeaten this season following their resounding 6-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at the weekend, face Scott Parker's team at 11am GMT.

During the tournament's group stages, Gerrard's side scored a total of 13 goals in victories over Middlesbrough, West Ham United and Sunderland.

And, as the U18s prepare for their last-eight clash, their manager has called on his players to make a name for themselves on the big stage.

"It's a great tie," Gerrard told Liverpoolfc.com.

"Tottenham are a fantastic club and we know they take their youth [football] very seriously. The appointment of Scott Parker in a similar role to me down there adds a bit of spice to it for the neutral.

"In terms of the boys, we have said to them: 'Do you want to be a big player or do you want to be a normal player?'

"Big players want to play in big games, they want to test themselves against the best and they want to go and deliver in big cup ties, so that is our message going forward.

"It doesn't come much bigger than playing Spurs in the last eight of the Premier League Cup, away at their training complex, which is a superb environment.

"I'm excited at the challenge from a coaching point of view and I hope all of my players are looking forward to putting in a good performance for us."

Today's game will also be the first time that many of Gerrard's players experience knockout football, with the tie having to be decided on the day with extra-time and penalties a possibility.

The Reds legend feels the scenario is a perfect test for his squad if they want to fulfil their dream of playing first-team football.

"You need that in your development," he added.

"When you are at the age between 16 to 18, you need to test yourself playing against top teams and top players. You also need top competitions and this is the first year [at U18 level] there has been a Premier League Cup so it's almost been a bonus competition for us.

"We are taking it seriously and we want to get into the last four.

"We will have a strong team. It's all set to be a fantastic match and we can't wait."

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Inside Anfield: Behind the scenes of Reds' Friday-night derby triumph

Tue, 09/01/2018 - 16:20

Virgil van Dijk was able to savour a debut that will live long in the memory after marking his first Liverpool appearance with the winning goal in Friday's FA Cup triumph over Everton - and now you can go behind the scenes of the 2-1 win in the latest edition of Inside Anfield.

The centre-back rose to meet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's corner and nod into the Kop end net to secure victory over the Blues in a keenly-contested Merseyside Derby on Friday evening.

You saw what happened on the pitch during the 90 minutes but now there is a chance to glimpse the goings-on in the tunnel and around the ground before and after the football in our LFCTV GO video.

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Top 10: Goalscoring debutants for LFC

Tue, 09/01/2018 - 15:30

Is there a better way to mark your Liverpool debut than with a dramatic last-gasp winner at the Kop end to send Merseyside rivals Everton tumbling out of the FA Cup?

New signing Virgil van Dijk did just that on Friday night when he headed in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s inswinging corner to snatch a 2-1 victory that sparked wild celebrations both on and off the pitch.

The Dutch centre-back's 84th-minute winner made him the 93rd debutant goalscorer in Liverpool history, so we've picked out 10 players who marked their bow with a goal before going to become a Kop favourite.

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Salah winning fitness battle for Man City clash

Tue, 09/01/2018 - 15:15

Mohamed Salah is winning his race to be fit for Liverpool’s Premier League showdown with Manchester City this weekend.

The Egyptian has missed the Reds’ last two games, wins over Burnley and Everton, due to a groin injury, but is set to hand Jurgen Klopp a sizeable boost by returning for Sunday’s clash with the Premier League leaders.

Salah travelled with Klopp and his players for their short break in Dubai at the weekend, and will report for training at Melwood on Wednesday. He has responded well to treatment, and as it stands is in line to be available at the weekend.

Left back Alberto Moreno could also return to training this week having missed the last nine games with an ankle injury. Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge have also been sidelined of late.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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