Redfearn confirms Women's backroom staff

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 15/08/2018 - 16:53

Liverpool FC Women manager Neil Redfearn has today confirmed his backroom staff ahead of the new season.

Current Development Squad manager Vicky Jepson will be leaving her position to become first-team coach, while former Reds and England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has joined the club as goalkeeping coach.

Hina Chauhan is the Women's new physiotherapist, while Sheffield FC Ladies manager Zoe Johnson will also be joining the club as Technical Director, working alongside the youngsters at the Academy.

Strength and conditioning coach Alan Jordan and performance analyst Jordan Whelan will continue to be a part of Redfearn’s staff.

As part of the changes to the backroom team, Phil Backhouse and Joe Potts will be leaving the club by mutual consent.

Everyone at Liverpool Women thanks Phil and Joe for their valuable contributions to the club.

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35 training photos: Palace prep begins at Melwood

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 15/08/2018 - 15:12

Liverpool's preparations for their trip to Crystal Palace are under way - and our photographer was at Melwood to check in on the Reds' Wednesday lunchtime training session.

Jürgen Klopp's side travel to Selhurst Park next Monday after beginning their Premier League campaign with a resounding 4-0 home win over West Ham United last weekend.

Take a look at a gallery of 35 photos from Liverpool's latest workout below.

If you like the training kit worn by the squad, check out the range and get your own here>>

Photos by John Powell

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Leicester City v Liverpool: Away ticket details

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 15/08/2018 - 12:20

Liverpool FC have released the following away ticket details for the Premier League match against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday September 1.

The game will kick-off at 12.30pm BST.

Liverpool FC has received a total allocation of 3,305 stand tickets for this ALL ticket fixture. Supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel.

Ticket prices

Adult - £30

Over 65 and 18-21s - £25

12-17 years (Junior) - £20

2-11 years - £10

Please be aware that supporters in possession of concessionary tickets will be asked for ID at the turnstiles.

Children under the age of two years will not be permitted entry into the ground due to Health and Safety Reasons.

Hospitality Members

Kenny Dalglish Box holders, Premium Level and Centenary Club members should contact the Hospitality Department on 0151 264 2222, option 2.

Disabled Supporters

Liverpool FC has received within the allocation 17 pairs of wheelchair and personal assistant tickets priced at £30 per pair, ambulant tickets are also available and concessions apply. Please click here.

Ticket Sales

The below sales will take place online only.

Tickets will be available to Season Ticket Holders, Official Members and Fan Card Holders based on attendance at Premier League away fixtures during Season 2017-18 on the following days:

Attendance at five games: From 8.15am on Friday August 17 until 10.45am on Tuesday August 21.

Supporters who purchase during this sale are guaranteed a ticket.

Supporters can purchase one ticket per qualifying supporter for up to a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction.

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

Attendance at four or more games: From 11am until 1.45pm on Tuesday August 21.

Attendance at three or more games: From 2pm on Tuesday August 21 until 10.45am on Wednesday August 22.

Attendance at two or more games: From 11am on Wednesday August 22.

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

Should there be any tickets remaining following the initial sales, Liverpool FC will make a further announcement. Supporters are advised to check www.liverpoolfc.com/tickets for sale updates.

For a step by step guide to purchasing tickets online, please click here.

For ticket fulfilment (Delivery & Collection of Tickets), click here.

For coach travel, click here.

For travel information, click here.

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For general information click here.

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Inside Anfield: Behind the scenes of LFC 4-0 West Ham

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 15:50
Liverpool made a fast start to the new season with a comprehensive win against West Ham United - making for an unmissable first edition of Inside Anfield.
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Fabinho: I'm adapting my style at Liverpool

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 14:30
Fabinho feels he is adapting well to the role required of him at Liverpool.
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Five impressive stats from LFC's rout of West Ham

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 13:00
Liverpool began the 2018-19 Premier League campaign with a comprehensive 4-0 win over West Ham United at Anfield on Sunday as Jürgen Klopp's swashbuckling side picked up where they left off last term.
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Van Dijk encouraged by Alisson and Gomez partnerships

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 11:30
After Liverpool chalked up their first clean sheet of the season at the first attempt, Virgil van Dijk opened up on the encouraging combinations he has formed with Alisson Becker and Joe Gomez.
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Klopp explains how midfield hard work made 4-0 win

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 10:52
Jürgen Klopp credited the graft of his midfield three for making Liverpool's 4-0 victory over West Ham United look more comfortable than it was.
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LISTEN: The Debate - August 13

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 00:59

Last Updated: 13/08/18 11:30pm

Laura Woods was joined by Jens Lehmann and Paul Merson for Monday's edition of The Debate.

Unsurprisingly, Arsenal were high on the agenda, with the two former players sharing differing opinions on the Gunners' prospects in the near future.

The style the club will play under Unai Emery was also up for debate, with Petr Cech tasked with playing out from the back - something Lehmann had plenty of opinions on as a former Arsenal goalkeeper.

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Arsenal analysed and is the era of the manager on its way out?

Jose Mourinho's comments about being a 'head coach, not a manager' were also put under the microscope, as well as a look back at the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

Click or tap above to listen to The Debate podcast and watch every weeknight from 10pm on Sky Sports Premier League.

Get Sky Sports' dedicated football channels with our new season offer to watch over 500 live games this season. Find out more.

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“It’s just the start” – Virgil van Dijk on Liverpool’s opening win and partnering Joe Gomez

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 00:30

Virgil van Dijk believes consistency will be the key if Liverpool are to topple Man City as Premier League champions.

Despite what the Holland captain described as an “almost complete” performance in Sunday’s dismantling of West Ham, the Dutchman knows there will be more difficult hurdles to overcome.

Liverpool finished 25 points adrift in fourth place last season having drawn 12 matches.

Van Dijk said it was those kind of results they needed to eradicate.

“The most important thing is that we look at ourselves,” he said when asked about competing with City.

“We know that right now we have a great squad. We have a lot of quality players. Everyone who plays for Liverpool has a lot of quality.

“It’s all about being consistent. We want to challenge for any competition.

“Of course, we want to challenge. I do not feel any pressure in that case but we play every game to win, that’s how our mindset is.

“Our focus was good [against West Ham] and now we recover before focusing on Crystal Palace on Monday, which is going to be a very tough game.

“It’s just one game. We had a good pre-season with good results and games where we’ve played very well.

“But we can do a lot better and it’s just the start. I think the key is we need to be very consistent and do it every game.”

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the first goal during a preseason International Champions Cup match between Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool FC at the Bank of America Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Van Dijk’s central-defensive partner in the short term looks like being Joe Gomez, with Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren all sidelined.

The 21-year-old endured injury problems of his own last season, with an ankle operation forcing him to miss the Champions League final, but he coasted through the Premier League opener.

“I was not really worried to be fair,” added Van Dijk.

“I’ve played a couple of games pre-season with Joe at centre-back and I have a very good relationship with him, a very good understanding outside of the pitch as well.

“We need everyone in the squad. It’s very important at our club. Everyone needs to be ready when we need you. Everyone realises this.”

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Police probe Salah driving incident

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 23:13

Last Updated: 13/08/18 9:34pm

Mohamed Salah was allegedly pictured using his phone while driving Mohamed Salah was allegedly pictured using his phone while driving Mohamed Salah was allegedly pictured using his phone while driving

Liverpool have referred footage apparently showing Mohamed Salah using his mobile phone while driving to police.

A video posted online appeared to show the player sitting in traffic as a number of people, including children, gathered near his car before he drove off.

A Liverpool FC spokesman said: "The club, after discussion with the player, have made Merseyside Police aware of the footage and the circumstances surrounding its capture.

"We have spoken to the player also and will deal with any follow-up internally.

"Neither the club or player will be making any further comment on this matter."

Merseyside Police said: "We have been made aware of a video believed to show a footballer using a mobile phone whilst driving.

"This has been passed to the relevant department. Thanks for letting us know."

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Spurs v Liverpool moved to Wembley

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 22:43
Liverpool's Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday September 15 will now be played at Wembley.
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Spurs v Liverpool moved to Wembley

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 22:43

Liverpool's Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday September 15 will now be played at Wembley.

The game was originally set to be the first match held at the London club’s new stadium.

However, due to delays, Spurs announced on Monday evening that the clash with the Reds has been switched to Wembley.

The match is scheduled for a 12.30pm BST kick-off.

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Spurs move Liverpool game to Wembley

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 22:10
NFL game scheduled for October 14 also moved to Wembley By James Dale

Last Updated: 13/08/18 8:30pm

Tottenham's home Premier League games against Liverpool (September 15) and Cardiff City (October 6) will be switched to Wembley after safety issues with their new stadium.

The Premier League gave Tottenham special dispensation to have their first home game of the 2018-19 season (against Fulham on August 18) moved to Wembley in order to complete work on their new 62,000-seater stadium at White Hart Lane.

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Five of the club's opening seven fixtures were scheduled to be away from home.

But the club confirmed on Monday night that recent testing had revealed "critical safety system" issues.

The NFL game between Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders, scheduled for October 14, has also been moved to Wembley.

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Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: "We know this will be disappointing for all our season tickets holders, premium members and our fans worldwide.

"We appreciate the support our partner the NFL has shown since the extent of this issue became evident today.

"At the start of the project we asked for your support during what we knew would be a complex and challenging build and now we ask for your continued patience and forbearance."

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Spurs said a revised timetable on the new stadium will be released after "urgent" follow-up meetings with contractors.

The venue for their next scheduled home game against Manchester City on October 28 is "to be confirmed".

Mark Waller, NFL executive vice-president of international, said: "Everyone has been so excited about the prospect of playing in the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium and I know all at the club are very disappointed, but determined to clear this final hurdle.

"We totally understand the issue. We shall continue to work with them towards making our future games at Spurs a huge success.

"The new stadium will be an amazing venue for the NFL and we are very excited about our long-term partnership with Tottenham Hotspur."

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Keita can perfect Liverpool style as Milner shines – Tactical analysis of Liverpool 4-0 West Ham

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 21:00

If it all looked a little too easy for Liverpool in their 4-0 win over West Ham, this was thanks to hours of work on the training ground and two new signings.

Alisson and Naby Keita may be influencing the game in different parts of the pitch, but they are both working towards the same end, and their actions on the ball work toward the same goal.

The formation was the 4-3-3 which is now familiar under Jurgen Klopp, but the introduction of Keita, especially, plus an opposition who are still getting used to their new manager, made for an exhibition match where everything clicked into place.

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James & Naby

 Liverpool's James Milner during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The ease with which the plan was carried out was also thanks to the old guard, and 32-year-old James Milner put in a commanding midfield performance.

His inclusion was possibly down to Fabinho’s absence through illness, but any player will struggle to shift him from the lineup on this display.

Before delving into the statistics on the tactical side, it’s worth noting that Milner won two aerial duels and made two headed passes with a head which just last week required 15 stitches in a gash above his eye.

Though he was wearing a headband, the mindset required to not shirk this type of thing is typical Milner. The captain’s armband was now also a captain’s headband.

The rest of his game was on point too, as he made three key passes, completed 93 per cent of his passes and was involved more than any other player.

Milner had 122 touches and made two assists—if you count his corner which deflected into Daniel Sturridge’s path. 40 per cent of Liverpool’s attacks went down the right channel he occupied.

Keita was also excellent in a role on the left which mirrored Milner’s. The heatmaps below from SofaScore show their respective involvement, with Milner on the right and Keita on the left.

Both worked the half-spaces between the wings and the centre of the park, helping out the full-backs in attack and defence, ably supported by Georginio Wijnaldum who patrolled the central channel.

For a new player coming into the side who doesn’t speak the language, Keita’s ability to slot straight in, as if he’s been playing here his whole career, should not be underestimated.

“It is a similar style of play and similar position he played at Leipzig, and he had a lot of help from players around him today,” Klopp said of Keita’s performance, knowing that there is much more to come from the Guinean.

So the other new signing doesn’t feel left out, here’s a graphic showing Alisson’s passing, from StatsZone.

He completed 94 per cent of his passes, including five out of six successful long balls.

The Brazilian stopper only had a couple of routine saves to make, and was called upon to punch one cross clear, but on the ball there were no qualms, even when some of the passes back to him weren’t the best.

The Shape of the Goals

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Three of Liverpool’s four goals were scored from inside the six-yard box, even though designated striker Roberto Firmino only had one shot in the whole game.

This was due to his withdrawn role which saw the team form a midfield diamond in attack.

The in-game images below show the general shape during attacking build-up. The second one shows Firmino dropping deep to lay the ball back to Keita, drawing a defender with him before he turns and rejoins the attack.

Meanwhile, the ball moves forward around him toward the wide forwards, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

The average positions, shown below from SofaScore, back up the screenshots, indicating that these weren’t one-off occurrences and that this tendency for the striker was part of the plan.

As the move begins for the opening goal, with an incisive ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold infield to Keita, Firmino is in his own half.

By the time Salah tucks away Andy Robertson’s cross, he is just a couple of yards behind the goalscorer, and had the ball come in at a different angle he would have been on the end of it himself.

This is something which was evident last season, but was even more prominent in the opening game of this campaign.

Sane and Mane are effectively the strikers, and it’s no surprise that these were the players whose names graced the scoresheet.

The work of Milner and Keita in their respective channels, or half-spaces, as mentioned above, allows Salah and Mane to work in the same channel further forward.

 Liverpool's Naby Keita during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The basic formation shown at the top of this page splits the pitch into five, and the second and fourth segments are where these four players do their damage.

Firmino and Wijnaldum are key to occupying the middle, distracting defenders and assisting in the build-up play, while the work of Robertson and Alexander-Arnold in the wide areas is also key.

Four of the top five most common passing combinations were between the full-backs and the two half-space midfielders.

Trent may not have been on his game in terms of crossing, and Klopp called him over for a mid-game talking-to after one particularly wild attempt, but his general build-up play contributed to the bigger picture, as seen in that opening goal.

Robertson’s stint from the left channel was there for all to see, as he grabbed an assist for the first and played a big part in the second with his deep cross to Milner.

 Liverpool's James Milner crosses the ball for team-mate Sadio Mane to score the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Meanwhile, both centre-backs played their part with direct passes out from the back.

Van Dijk completed 60/61 passes, and it was especially encouraging to see Gomez slotting nicely into the system, and playing some good passes into midfield.

More tactical trends will become evident as the season progresses, and it will be easier to focus on details as each game tells a different story.

But in this Anfield opener, Liverpool were able to display their overall plan thanks to an opposition who aren’t yet drilled in the ways of their new manager, Manuel Pellegrini, and a system of their own which has now been in place for multiple seasons.

One which they are aiming to perfect with the addition of new players, who still have much more to give in the coming games.

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The key statistic that proves Van Dijk’s impact – Monday’s Liverpool FC News & Rumour Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 19:00

We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Monday, following the Reds’ emphatic 4-0 win over West Ham at Anfield.

Main HeadlinesMignolet’s Agent Confident About Napoli Move

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The British transfer window may be over but Liverpool will still be looking to offload certain players before the European deadline on August 31.

Simon Mignolet is one of those expected to move on and his agent, Nico Vaesen, says a move to Napoli is still on the cards:

“We will wait over the next few days to see if they will present an offer.

“Considering that the market will close in a few days, I imagine that we will have to do it soon if we want to make a deal everyone will agree to.

“The interest is not new. Napoli like Mignolet. They have previously enquired about his availability in other transfer windows.

“This will not be the last word on a move to them.”

Should a deal get done it will benefit all parties, with Mignolet replacing Pepe Reina in the Napoli goal, following the Spaniard’s summer switch to AC Milan.

Milner Says Keita Will Only Get Better

 Liverpool's James Milner during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Naby Keita enjoyed a debut to remember on Sunday, bossing the midfield and helping his new team to a routine victory at Anfield.

Speaking to Sky Sports, James Milner said the Guinean is just getting started—a mouthwatering prospect for any Liverpool supporter:

“He’s a good player, you can see that straight away.

“He’s only going to get better, so to come into a new team, a new style of play, and to do so well, you can only imagine how good he’s going to be in a few months’ time with more games and more time with the boys.

“He’s a ball-winner, [with] great drive and fantastic ability as well. He’s top quality, like all the signings we’ve brought in.

“It’s more competition, which is exactly what you want. You look at some of the boys on the bench today and those who aren’t quite fit yet, it’s a great squad and exactly what we want.”

The early signs suggest Keita is going to be a signing of unbelievable quality—someone who can spearhead Liverpool’s title charge.

More Praise For Keita

 Liverpool's Naby Keita during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Someone else who was impressed with Keita was Jamie Redknapp, with the former Liverpool man gushing over the 23-year-old’s performance in his Mail column:

“We’ve waited almost a year to see Naby Keita in the Premier League but boy was he worth the wait!

“He is unlike any Liverpool midfielder in the Premier League era. Keita is a pocket rocket brimming with pace and energy but also blessed with technical ability.”

Meanwhile, Ex-Reds goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar has described Keita as the perfect man to take Steven Gerrard’s No. 8 shirt:

“I honestly believe he is the only player who can take that No. 8 jersey after Steven Gerrard—I think he’s the perfect player in that position.

“He’s a beautiful player and I’ve already seen the signs that he’s going to have a major impact on Liverpool this season and in the years to come.”

Fenerbahce Keen on Klavan

 Liverpoolís manager Jurgen Klopp reacts with Liverpoolís Ragnar Klavan after the FA Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the Hawthorns. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

Ragnar Klavan missed the victory over West Ham through injury, but he could leave before the end of the transfer window.

Despite a paucity of fit centre-backs in Jurgen Klopp‘s squad, the Reds will consider offers for their fifth choice, whose contract is set to expire next summer.

And according to Fotomac, however, Fenerbahce are keen on snapping up the 32-year-old to bolster their defensive options moving forward.

Sporting Lisbon defender Merih Demiral is also a target for the Turkish giants, who hope to get one of the deals over the line before the transfer deadline.

New Statistic Highlights Van Dijk’s Influence

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the preseason friendly match between SSC Napoli and Liverpool FC at Landsdowne Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Virgil van Dijk was at his imperious best on Sunday afternoon, as he continues to thrive in a Liverpool shirt.

The club’s record signing has been magnificent since joining from Southampton in January and a telling statistic sums up his importance to the cause.

Since he moved to Anfield, no player has recorded more clean sheets in the Premier League.

Liverpool haven’t conceded a home league goal since February, further summing up the impact Van Dijk is having.

Loan Move “More Likely” For Ojo

 Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo celebrates scoring the second goal during a preseason friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Sheyi Ojo will struggle to be a part of Klopp’s first-team plans this season and a move away could still happen.

On Monday morning, the Liverpool Echo‘s James Pearce responded to a question on Twitter regarding Ojo’s future, saying “a loan [is] more likely at this stage.”

Ojo needs more football at this stage in his career, and with any kind of future at Anfield looking bleak, a move away would be beneficial in his development.

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Enjoy a day out at Anfield stadium for less

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 18:58
Keep the kids entertained during the holidays with a little help from Liverpool FC’s stadium tours.
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Enjoy a day out at Anfield stadium for less

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 18:58

Keep the kids entertained during the holidays with a little help from Liverpool FC’s stadium tours.

This summer, you can enjoy a visit to Anfield with the family for less…

£10 stadium tour before 10am

Enjoy a stadium tour for just £10 per person before 10am. See all the iconic highlights including epic pitch and city views from the highest level of the Main Stand, the players’ dressing room, press room, players’ tunnel and This Is Anfield sign, the manager’s dugout and the Kop.

Available until August 31, 2018 and excludes home matchdays and the VR Experience. Click here to book quoting 10BEFORE10 when prompted or call 0151 260 6677.

Visit the museum for free

There’s free entry to The Liverpool FC Story museum and The Steven Gerrard Collection exhibition. See over 125 years of LFC history and all the silverware, including all five European Cups. Don’t miss The Steven Gerrard Collection, the former captain’s personal collection of footballing memorabilia. Available until August 31, 2018 and excludes home matchdays.

Test yourself with our free VR game

Have you ever wanted to score a goal in front of the Kop at Anfield and immerse yourself in the famous atmosphere? Well now you can with our Score at the Kop VR experience.

Put on the headset and be wowed as you see the stadium recreated in all its glory from the perspective of a player on a matchday. Try your luck as you attempt to score a goal against a simulated goalkeeper and then compare your score on the live leader board. This experience is available free of charge until September 26, 2018 as part of the LFC stadium tour (self-guided) and is not included on the £10 stadium tour before £10 promotion.

Meet Mighty Red

Meet official club mascot and number one fan, Mighty Red, and take part in free family activities and games. The fun takes place at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm in the Level 2 concourse area, every Monday and Friday throughout August.

Click here to book and find the date you’d like to visit. We’d recommend booking the nearest time slot available to an appearance; for example, if you would like to meet Mighty Red at 11.30am then book the new LFC stadium tour for 11am. Please allow at least 30 minutes approx. to walk from the start of your tour to the concourse.

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Liverpool make surprise decision on Ragnar Klavan as transfer deadline nears

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 18:25

Liverpool will consider offers for fifth-choice centre-back Ragnar Klavan this month, in a surprise move from the club in the wake of recent injuries.

Klavan is one of three central defenders currently sidelined, with Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren also out of action, leaving Joe Gomez to partner Virgil van Dijk.

Gomez himself has struggled with fitness issues in recent seasons, and pre-season success story Nathaniel Phillips endured back trouble last term, leaving Van Dijk as the only truly reliable option.

However, with the manager looking to trim down his squad before the end of the European transfer window on August 31, he could sanction an exit for Klavan.

According to the Liverpool Echo‘s James Pearce, the Reds would allow Klavan to leave if they receive an acceptable offer.

The Estonian was signed for just £4.2 million in 2016, and has one year left on his current contract—though Liverpool have the option to extend this by a further season.

“Klopp isn’t actively looking to move on Klavan,” Pearce explains, adding “if the right opportunity doesn’t come up then he will remain a valued member of the squad.”

 Liverpool's Ragnar Klavan during a preseason friendly match between Bury FC and Liverpool FC at Gigg Lane. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

But with Newcastle United already making an approach before the English window closed on August 9, and Besiktas linked by Turkish outlet Fotomac, it is feasible he moves on.

Pearce suggests “a return to the Bundesliga before August 31 is a possibility.”

Klavan has proved himself a very dependable figure in his two seasons with the Reds so far, and it would be disappointing if he does leave.

Though he is the oldest player in the squad at 32, he is far from over the hill, and given neither Matip or Lovren are consistent in their fitness allowing him to move on with no replacement would questionable.

But Phillips’ ability to operate on the right of the defensive pairing, rather than in Van Dijk’s natural role on the left, may have swayed Klopp’s decision.

Simon Mignolet, Connor Randall, Pedro Chirivella, Marko Grujic, Sheyi Ojo, Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi are among those who could also leave before the end of the month.

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Watch: LFC U18s hit six goals in season opener

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 18:20
Highlights of Liverpool U18s' superb 6-1 victory at Sunderland on Saturday are now available to watch on LFCTV GO.
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