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Match preview: Liverpool Ladies head to Chichester in FA Cup

LiverpoolFC TV - 8 hours 27 min ago
Liverpool Ladies are back in action on Sunday when they take a long trip to west Sussex to play Chichester City in the SSE Women's FA Cup fifth round.
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Match preview: Liverpool Ladies head to Chichester in FA Cup

LiverpoolFC.TV - 8 hours 27 min ago

Liverpool Ladies are back in action on Sunday when they take a long trip to west Sussex to play Chichester City in the SSE Women's FA Cup fifth round.

Scott Rogers' charges will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways following successive defeats by Arsenal and Manchester City in the Women's Super League.

The Reds produced a superb display to beat Watford 5-0 in the fourth round and a similar performance is the target this time around.

Read on for more details about the clash...

Where is the game being played? The match is at Oaklands Park, with kick-off set for 2pm GMT. Admission is £5 for adults, £4 for students and concessions, and £2 for children.

How can I watch? We will have highlights on LFCTV and LFCTV GO in the coming week.

View from the manager, Scott Rogers

"We played very well in the fourth-round win over Watford and I think that's the key - not to underestimate teams. We have to treat Chichester with the respect they deserve, they have done very well to get to the fifth round and that shows they must be doing something right.

"From our point of view, we need to put a professional performance in and if we can do that and get a bit of luck then I think we are a match for anyone on our day. We have seen some highlights of Chichester in action and we have an idea of what they will be like, but at the end of the day it's all about focusing on us and doing a good job to make sure we are in the draw for the next round come Monday morning."

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Critchley picks out lessons to learn from narrow defeat

LiverpoolFC TV - 9 hours 4 min ago
Neil Critchley felt his Liverpool U23s side did not get what they deserved in a 1-0 defeat by West Ham United in Premier League 2 on Saturday afternoon.
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Critchley picks out lessons to learn from narrow defeat

LiverpoolFC.TV - 9 hours 4 min ago

Neil Critchley felt his Liverpool U23s side did not get what they deserved in a 1-0 defeat by West Ham United in Premier League 2 on Saturday afternoon.

An early goal from a set-piece by Josh Pask was enough for the Hammers to claim three points against a very young Reds line-up at the Kirkby Academy.

Read on for Critchley’s thoughts on his team’s performance and why, despite the loss, the players will have benefited hugely from the physical test they faced…

On the disappointment of conceding an early goal to a set-piece…

“It was disappointing in terms of the manner in which we lost the game. To concede in the first two or three minutes from a set-play was really frustrating because I felt after that we had to battle and compete, and we did that extremely well. We had a young team out there and we were giving away some size and some strength, and you could tell that, but the boys gave absolutely everything.

“In the second half I felt we were the team that were on the front foot and dominant in their half of the pitch without creating loads of opportunities. There weren’t that many opportunities in the whole game at either end really. We failed a little bit with our decision-making and our quality in the final third, so in lots and lots of ways I’m delighted with how the boys have done, and I’m desperately disappointed for them because I don’t think their efforts have got what they merited.”

On the learning curve for the youngsters to get used to the physical side of the game at U23 level…

“This was a fantastic game for them. I know we’ve lost the game but in some ways what the boys take from that game is huge. That’s what development is about, learning and progressing, and they need to take a lot from that game. We’ve got some really big games coming up as well and we need to stick at it and keep going. I thought the boys were terrific for 87 minutes of the game and I’m just disappointed we never got what we probably deserved in the end.”

LFCTV GO: Watch highlights from the clash with West Ham

On the importance of senior players such as Herbie Kane and Conor Masterson being role models for the U18 players…

“That is crucial and we have put a little bit of pressure on them in the last week. They need to now come to the fore, not just in terms of their effort but the standards that they set every day, in training, their behaviour around the training ground and leading by example on the pitch. That’s not easy because they are both young players as well, but that can be such a benefit to them in terms of their own development as people as well as footballers.”

On having a young team at U23 level for the rest of the season and the chance for them to shine…

“We had three first-year scholars starting on that pitch and some of the players have played very few games at U23 level. Going 1-0 down so early on in the game, we could easily have caved in there against a powerful team, and physically and mentally we could have wilted, but we didn’t. We stuck at it and the team that was on top in the second half was us.”

On the Premier League 2 title race with five games left to play…

“We’ve got some really good games to look forward to and they are going to be some really tough games as well. I said to the boys in the dressing room at the end of the game it’s about fine margins. We’ve lost our last three games 1-0 and there’s been nothing in them, if anything we have been the better team for long periods in all of those games. In both penalty boxes set-pieces are vital and when you go into men’s football, knowing how to win and being always switched on at those crucial moments is vital. Our boys had a real taste of that and I’m sure we will get that in the next few weeks as well.”

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Snapped - the Reds get on their bike for Saturday training

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 22:12
Liverpool's players put their foot to the pedal on Saturday - literally - as they cycled to training in Marbella.
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Snapped - the Reds get on their bike for Saturday training

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 22:12

Liverpool's players put their foot to the pedal on Saturday - literally - as they cycled to training in Marbella.

As has become traditional during the club's warm-weather camps, Jürgen Klopp and his squad used bikes for transport to their session under the blistering sun in Spain.

See the best images of the Reds in motion below...

Photos by Andrew Powell

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57 pictures: Smiles and sunshine on day three in Spain

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 21:55
Liverpool trained in the Marbella sunshine on Saturday as they sharpen up for the remainder of the season - and our photographer was there to capture the session in images.
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57 pictures: Smiles and sunshine on day three in Spain

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 21:55

Liverpool trained in the Marbella sunshine on Saturday as they sharpen up for the remainder of the season - and our photographer was there to capture the session in images.

The Reds are in Spain for a four-day camp ahead of the resumption of Premier League football next weekend and the forthcoming run-in.

Jürgen Klopp and his squad cycled to their training base before putting in the hard yards amid the warm conditions.

Take a look in our photo gallery below.

Photos by Andrew Powell

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Inside LFC's Marbella base: Al fresco dining and Klopp's room-share draw

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 20:58
‘Better than we could have imagined,’ is how Jürgen Klopp described Liverpool’s training camp in Marbella as he put his squad through two sessions on Saturday.
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Inside LFC's Marbella base: Al fresco dining and Klopp's room-share draw

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 20:58

‘Better than we could have imagined,’ is how Jürgen Klopp described Liverpool’s training camp in Marbella as he put his squad through two sessions on Saturday.

With temperatures edging past the 20-degree mark, the Reds continued their four-day workout in the Spanish sunshine having travelling to the resort from Portugal following Wednesday’s 5-0 win over FC Porto.

Liverpool will train again here on Sunday before returning home to continue preparations for next weekend’s Premier League clash with West Ham United.

Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s been very good – it couldn’t be better, to be honest.

“It’s better than we could have expected; as you can imagine, if you win such an important game like Porto, usually you go home and it’s business as usual because the next game is waiting. Now, we didn’t have that situation so we could enjoy one night to think about it and realise how special it was – because it was special – and then coming here.

“Since we are here, the weather has been great, we’ve enjoyed each session and each hour since we are here. If you cannot enjoy it, you are a poor person! It’s all good so far.”

LFCTV GO: Klopp on LFC's Marbella's training base

It’s not just the hard work on the training pitch that Klopp believes Liverpool will benefit from during their stay in Marbella.

The boss is also keen to use the time away to strengthen the bond between everyone involved on the trip.

Klopp said: “When you see the boys together now, having lunch outside… if you’d only came for one hour to have lunch in these surroundings, it would have been worth it!

“We have so many things to come still and so many things to go for that we really need each percentage that we can get from this group. The better the group they are, the more success we will have. It’s an important thing.

“I know that we all love our families and it would have been cool to have a day off at home and spend it with them, but we are in the middle of the season and the most decisive period is coming up now.

“I am really happy the club gave us the opportunity to come here – and now we are here, we mix it up with hard work and a little bit of joy.”

Part of the team bonding process is players sharing rooms at the complex for the duration of the stay.

And the pairs are decided by a draw, which Klopp conducts by picking names out of a hat.

The manager explained: “I’ve been doing it for 18 years. I know the boys, especially in England, are used to single rooms, but a training camp is for hard training – a lot of sessions and a lot of meetings – but as well, it’s for knowing more about each other.

“I always do shared rooms at a training camp and it’s a draw. It’s like the Champions League draw! I pick out the names, it’s very funny because the players are really nervous before it! It’s a good thing.”

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Mohamed Salah: 30 goals is huge, but I'm still looking to improve

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 20:13
Mohamed Salah has described his 'great feeling' at hitting the 30-goal mark for Liverpool with his strike in Wednesday's victory over FC Porto – but he isn't satisfied yet.
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Mohamed Salah: 30 goals is huge, but I'm still looking to improve

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 20:13

Mohamed Salah has described his 'great feeling' at hitting the 30-goal mark for Liverpool with his strike in Wednesday's victory over FC Porto – but he isn't satisfied yet.

The forward reached the milestone with a wonderfully taken effort at the Estadio do Dragao in which he juggled the ball over goalkeeper Jose Sa with both his feet and his head before finishing from close range after James Milner’s initial shot had come back off the post.

It’s taken Salah just 36 appearances to reach 30 strikes; however, despite such impressive statistics, the No.11 still believes there is room for improvement.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com at the Reds’ training camp in Marbella, he said: “It is a great feeling to have scored 30 goals in a first season at a club like Liverpool.

“It’s something huge, so I am very happy about it – but I have to carry on and keep looking forward to score many more goals.

“In my mind I am always trying to improve and I’m doing it every single day. Every day I look at myself and try to improve myself all the time.

“I am happy at the moment, I feel good, and that’s the most important thing – and 100 per cent, there is still more to come.”

LFCTV GO: Mohamed Salah exclusive interview

Salah is keen to point out that reaching 30 goals would not have been possible without the contributions of those around him at Liverpool, both on and off the field.

“I’ve said before, the players and the coaches here make it easier for you,” he added. “I play alongside very good players, each one has different qualities, and that makes it easier for me.

“I am very happy to play alongside them; all of them, they have helped me a lot to score goals. I am very happy to be with this group.”

Meanwhile, Salah has thanked supporters for the giant banner that was on display in Porto in homage to him.

The 25-year-old was sent an image of the flag – which read ‘The Egyptian King’ – on Tuesday evening when he returned to the team hotel in Portugal following training.

“I was very happy to see it,” Salah said. “I saw it the night before the game and I was very happy.

“I want to thank the fans for it. It’s something different, it’s something good. I feel good about it, I feel the fans love me, so I am happy about it.”

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Match report: U23s suffer title blow with West Ham defeat

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 19:58
Liverpool U23s suffered a blow to their Premier League 2 title ambitions as they were beaten 1-0 by West Ham United at the Academy.
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Match report: U23s suffer title blow with West Ham defeat

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 19:58

Liverpool U23s suffered a blow to their Premier League 2 title ambitions as they were beaten 1-0 by West Ham United at the Academy.

An early goal from Josh Pask proved enough for the Londoners to claim all three points from Neil Critchley’s table-topping team in Kirkby.

Once again, it was a youthful Reds XI featuring a number of U18s graduates and including a debut start at this level for right-back Neco Williams.

The home side fell behind in the third minute.

A free-kick from the left channel found Pask at the back post and though the Hammers defender’s initial header was blocked by Elijah Dixon-Bonner, it bounced kindly back to him to thrash into the far corner.

It was a confident start by the visitors and Liverpool needed time to assert themselves against a team happy to make the contest a particularly physical one.

Liam Millar had a glimpse of goal on 20 minutes after Dixon-Bonner won possession cleanly in the West Ham half and prodded a pass to the Canadian youth international at the edge of the box.

His attempted curler was well saved by Nathan Trott, though – and the offside flag had been raised in any case.

West Ham might have doubled their lead within seconds but Oladapo Afolayan sliced wide of the right post having moved onto a pull-back inside the area.

Opportunities were few and far between for Liverpool and, in fact, they were grateful of poor finishing on the part of their opponents before the half-time interval.

Vashon Neufville had a strong drive tipped over by Caoimhin Kelleher following nimble hold-up play by Grady Diangana, while Jahmal Hector-Ingram swept over the crossbar when perfectly placed from close range.

The Reds could have restored parity two minutes after the restart.

Tony Gallacher’s cross was flicked on by Millar and Herbie Kane bravely stooped to get his head on the ball yards from goal – only for a combination of the goalkeeper and Neufville to block.

LFCTV GO: Watch highlights from the clash with West Ham

Critchley’s charges were much improved in the second period, though the squandering of two promising chances ultimately cost them.

When Curtis Jones scampered into rare space and lofted a cross into the middle on 68 minutes, the waiting Millar could only nod an effort into the hands of the ‘keeper.

And unmarked centre-back Conor Masterson later headed wide from inside the West Ham area, meaning nothing to show for Liverpool’s efforts on the afternoon.

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, N. Williams, Gallacher, Masterson, Johnston, Dixon-Bonner (Adekanye, 63), Lewis (McAuley, 81), Kane, Millar (Camacho, 70), Jones, Dhanda.

Unused substitutes: George, Clayton.

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Match report: U23s suffer title blow with West Ham defeat

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 19:58
Liverpool U23s suffered a blow to their Premier League 2 title ambitions as they were beaten 1-0 by West Ham United at the Academy.
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Match report: U23s suffer title blow with West Ham defeat

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 19:58

Liverpool U23s suffered a blow to their Premier League 2 title ambitions as they were beaten 1-0 by West Ham United at the Academy.

An early goal from Josh Pask proved enough for the Londoners to claim all three points from Neil Critchley’s table-topping team in Kirkby.

Once again, it was a youthful Reds XI featuring a number of U18s graduates and including a debut start at this level for right-back Neco Williams.

The home side fell behind in the third minute.

A free-kick from the left channel found Pask at the back post and though the Hammers defender’s initial header was blocked by Elijah Dixon-Bonner, it bounced kindly back to him to thrash into the far corner.

It was a confident start by the visitors and Liverpool needed time to assert themselves against a team happy to make the contest a particularly physical one.

Liam Millar had a glimpse of goal on 20 minutes after Dixon-Bonner won possession cleanly in the West Ham half and prodded a pass to the Canadian youth international at the edge of the box.

His attempted curler was well saved by Nathan Trott, though – and the offside flag had been raised in any case.

West Ham might have doubled their lead within seconds but Oladapo Afolayan sliced wide of the right post having moved onto a pull-back inside the area.

Opportunities were few and far between for Liverpool and, in fact, they were grateful of poor finishing on the part of their opponents before the half-time interval.

Vashon Neufville had a strong drive tipped over by Caoimhin Kelleher following nimble hold-up play by Grady Diangana, while Jahmal Hector-Ingram swept over the crossbar when perfectly placed from close range.

The Reds could have restored parity two minutes after the restart.

Tony Gallacher’s cross was flicked on by Millar and Herbie Kane bravely stooped to get his head on the ball yards from goal – only for a combination of the goalkeeper and Neufville to block.

Critchley’s charges were much improved in the second period, though the squandering of two promising chances ultimately cost them.

When Curtis Jones scampered into rare space and lofted a cross into the middle on 68 minutes, the waiting Millar could only nod an effort into the hands of the ‘keeper.

And unmarked centre-back Conor Masterson later headed wide from inside the West Ham area, meaning nothing to show for Liverpool’s efforts on the afternoon.

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, N. Williams, Gallacher, Masterson, Johnston, Dixon-Bonner (Adekanye, 63), Lewis (McAuley, 81), Kane, Millar (Camacho, 70), Jones, Dhanda.

Unused substitutes: George, Clayton.

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Exclusive video: Behind the scenes with LFC in Marbella

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 19:28

The LFCTV GO cameras were granted special access to Liverpool's first training session in Marbella on Saturday.

After cycling to their nearby base, the Reds participated in a series of exercises and drills under the sunshine in the opening workout of the day in Spain.

And we have an exclusive five-minute compilation of the players’ efforts, which is available to LFCTV GO subscribers above now.

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Exclusive video: Behind the scenes with LFC in Marbella

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 19:28
The LFCTV GO cameras were granted special access to Liverpool's first training session in Marbella on Saturday.
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Liverpool’s Scouse Captains: Tom Bromilow – the Reds’ first scouse captain & superstar

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 18:35

Of the 47 men to have been club captain at Liverpool during the club’s 125-year history, nine were scousers. Here, Jeff Goulding profiles the first of them.


Liverpool FC would wait 36 years before a Scouser would lead the Reds on the pitch. That man was Tom Bromilow, who wore the armband during the 1928/29 season. This is his story.

George Thomas Bromilow was the seventh of eight children, born in Kirkdale, Liverpool, in 1894. His birth was registered in the West Derby district of the city and a 1901 census records that he was the son of Alice and John Bromilow. His father was a Blacksmith.

By 1911, Tom’s occupation is listed as ‘junior clerk,’ but he was destined for much greater things. From humble working-class beginnings, Bromilow would go on to be part of one of the greatest Liverpool sides in the club’s history, the so-called ‘untouchables’ of the 1920s.

With the outbreak of war, in 1914, Tom enlisted in the armed services and served in the first world war. A keen sportsman, Bromilow enjoyed football and cricket and would play for the army football team.

Upon the cessation of hostilities, and still an enlisted man, Tom literally walked into Anfield, knocked on the door, and asked for a trial. Club secretary George Patterson took one look at him and decided to give him a chance. He would go on to describe the future Liverpool and England half-back as “the luckiest signing I ever made,” he went on:

“His signature was obtained in the strangest manner. He came to the ground in uniform during the war and asked for a game. I asked George Fleming, who was in charge of the second team then, how he was fixed and he said he could do with another player, Bromilow played at outside right and was an instant success.”

As soon as he was officially demobilised from the services, Bromilow signed professional papers for Liverpool, in 1919, at 25. He would make his debut on the 25th October 1919, in a 2-1 away victory over Burnley, and made an immediate impression. A club programme later had this to say:

“Quite a good impression was created by the local lad Bromilow at right half-back; it was asking a great deal of him to place him against such a clever pair as Lindsay and Mosscrop, but he came out of the ordeal with distinct credit.”

The youngster would become a mainstay at Anfield for 11 years and would captain the club during the 1928-29 season. However, the highlight of his career would undoubtedly have been the club’s back-to-back title wins, in 1922 and 23.

Bromilow was clearly a key member of the ‘untouchables’ and his contribution is lauded in a Liverpool Echo retrospective, published in 2011. In it, Tom is described as the brains of the outfit, and there are hints of his superstar status.

This was no ordinary player. Tom was a cultured footballer and a deep thinker. He was also something of an advertiser’s dream. As early as 1920 Bromilow would become a poster boy and famously featured in an advert for a health tonic called Phospherine, which featured this quote from the player:

“Weakness and exhaustion of any description can be successfully opposed by the employment of Phospherine – it is a great stimulant to the nerves.” 

Not quite as catchy as Keegan’s Brut advert in the 1970s, or the Nivea adverts that feature Liverpool’s current crop, but perhaps we should rethink who we consider to be our first ‘superstar player’. It wasn’t just his image the media were after either, with the press regularly seeking out his thoughts on the game.

He would write columns for newspapers during his playing days, including one while on a club tour in Italy. His views on the quality of the Italian game were far from flattering. In another, much later, he would call for the introduction of a second referee in games.

In 1923, the Derby Telegraph would call him an “artiste to the fingertips,” and The Rugby Advertiser describes him as the “deep thinking Half-back of Liverpool,” in 1927. Bromilow’s life experience, knowledge of the game and growing stature meant the captaincy of Liverpool Football Club would eventually come calling.

He was a natural leader and wore the armband with distinction during the 1928-29 season. One performance in particular seemed summed up his importance to the team, as well as the esteem in which he was held in the game.

It was early in the season. The Reds had suffered a 1-2 reverse to Sheffield United, at Anfield. Despite the Yorkshire men outplaying Liverpool, the gentleman of the press couldn’t end their columns without heaping praise on the Scouser, Bromilow.

Local Yorkshire paper, the Sheffield Daily Telegraph reserved special praise for Tom’s performance:

“Their [Liverpool’s] outstanding player was Tom Bromilow. He gave a capital performance…his passes to Hopkin were delightful.”

His last appearance for the Reds came in a 1-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers, at Ewood Park. He was 36 years of age and the captaincy had passed to Tom Morrison. After he hung up his boots, Bromilow would head into management.

He would manage Burnley, Crystal Palace, Leicester City (during the second world war) and Newport County. Liverpool was his team though, and when the manager’s job became available at Anfield in 1936, he was one of 51 applicants. Sadly, for Tom, George Kay was appointed, and the Scouser was said to be bitterly disappointed.

Kay wasn’t a bad choice however, and would lead Liverpool to their first league title in 24 years, in 1947. He would also lead them to a FA Cup final in 1950.

Tragically Tom died suddenly on a train, in 1959, at the age of 65. He was on a scouting trip for Leicester City. He died doing what he loved and still passionately involved in football.

His Anfield legacy is 375 games in a red shirt, 11 goals and two league titles. He was a Scouser born and bred who served his club with distinction, a lover and a scholar of the game and, above all, a Liverpudlian who lived the dream.

* Jeff is the author of the forthcoming book, Red Odyssey: Liverpool FC 1892-2017 – available to pre-order now.

* We’ll have more in this series, profiling the other eight scousers to captain the Reds.

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Scott Rogers on Chichester Cup tie and England's award

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 18:13
In his latest column, Liverpool Ladies manager Scott Rogers previews Sunday's SSE Women's FA Cup fifth-round trip to Chichester City Ladies.
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