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Video: Behind the scenes as Shaqiri becomes a Red

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Xherdan Shaqiri became Liverpool's third summer arrival on Friday night – and you can take an exclusive look behind the scenes as the forward sealed his transfer from Stoke City in our video.
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Video: Behind the scenes as Shaqiri becomes a Red

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Xherdan Shaqiri became Liverpool's third summer arrival on Friday night – and you can take an exclusive look behind the scenes as the forward sealed his transfer from Stoke City in our video.

The 26-year-old signed a long-term deal with the Reds, joining Naby Keita and Fabinho in bolstering Jürgen Klopp’s squad ahead of 2018-19.

We were with Shaqiri every step of the way as he underwent a medical before arriving at Melwood to put pen to paper and undertake his duties with the Liverpoolfc.com team.

Watch how the day unfolded now in our video below.

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Liverpool 'handed Nabil Fekir transfer deadline by Lyon'

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Liverpool have reportedly been informed they have until the end of the month to reignite interest in France World Cup winner Nabil Fekir.
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Liverpool have reportedly been informed they have until the end of the month to reignite interest in France World Cup winner Nabil Fekir.

A report in French newspaper L'Equipe claimed on Tuesday that Lyon want the player's future sorted before August as they look to plan for the new season.

Jurgen Klopp is keen to sign an attacking midfielder this summer with Fekir having been scouted extensively last season.

Following the failed deal, Fekir linked up with the France squad for the World Cup and appeared as substitute in their 4-2 win over Croatia in the final in Moscow on Sunday.

Speaking earlier this week, Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas believes there's a chance Fekir will still end up at Liverpool this summer, but would be more than happy for the 24-year-old to stay at his hometown club.

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Alisson and his agent have Liverpool fans excited with latest update

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Alisson Becker is expected to hold talks with Roma on Tuesday over his future – with speculation intensifying over an imminent bid from Liverpool.
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Alisson and his agent have Liverpool fans excited with latest update

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Alisson Becker is expected to hold talks with Roma on Tuesday over his future – with speculation intensifying over an imminent bid from Liverpool.

Reports in Italy claim the Brazil international will have discussions with the Serie A side after returning from a break following World Cup duty.

His agent Ze Maria Neis, who looks after the goalkeeper as part of his Neis World Sports agency, is believed ready to speak to Roma and explain his client wants to leave.

While Roma have yet to receive a concrete offer for the player, it's suggested they are braced for an imminent offer with Liverpool and Chelsea most strongly touted.

And there have been signs pointing to an imminent departure for Alisson, who has removed Roma from his Instagram bio.

That follows a move where Ze Maria Neis liked a photoshopped imagea of Alisson wearing a Liverpool shirt on Instagram.

For their part, Liverpool had been monitoring the Brazilian but believe prising him away from the Serie A side would prove difficult given the player's believed price tag in excess of 70million euros – although there are indications that, should Alisson press for a move, Roma may have to lower such demands.

Roma are wary of having their fingers burned after last year selling Mohamed Salah to Liverpool for what now appears a cut-price £36.9m.

There has been no contact with Roma and as yet no change in the Reds' stance from earlier this year when they informed Alisson's representatives not to expect a bid this summer.

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Liverpool 'given deadline by Lyon' to sign World Cup star

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Liverpool have reportedly been given a two-week deadline to complete the signing of Nabil Fekir.
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Alisson update with agent set to meet Roma chiefs

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Liverpool transfer target Alisson Becker could soon be on his way out of Roma, says Gianluca Di Marzio.
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July 17: Read the latest LFC transfer rumours

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Visit our dedicated Media Watch section for all of the latest LFC-related transfer speculation and newspaper stories.
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Robertson: Why USA trip will be big for Liverpool

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Andy Robertson believes Liverpool's pre-season trip to the United States will be an important step in their preparations for the coming campaign.
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Nabil Fekir drops major transfer hint

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Nabil Fekir has hinted that his transfer to Liverpool could still be on this summer.
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Now: Watch LFC training live at Melwood

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Watch a portion of Liverpool's training session live on Tuesday morning with our exclusive footage from Melwood at 11am BST.
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Anfield student scores Liverpool FC fashion shoot

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Today Liverpool FC launched its latest range of ‘47 headwear with a photoshoot with a difference.
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Experience, game time & highlights: How every Liverpool player fared at the 2018 World Cup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 16/07/2018 - 21:28

Eight Liverpool players went to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and half of them stayed there until the end of the tournament.


The Reds contingent did themselves and their club proud, whether they were regular starters or playing a supporting role at international level.

Eight of Jurgen Klopp‘s squad from last season were selected, while a ninth has recently joined who was in Russia—Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri.

Aside from being extremely entertaining to watch for fans, the World Cup is a pinnacle of sporting achievement which the players themselves can be justifiably delighted with being a part of.

Here we look back at the past four weeks and lay out exactly who achieved what in Russia, starting with those who exited earliest first.

Mohamed Salah, Egypt

 Egypt's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring the first goal from a penalty kick during the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Group A match between Russia and Egypt at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Stage reached: Group stage, 4th
Appearances: 2
Total World Cup minutes: 180
Best moment: Scoring his nation’s first goal from open play since 1930

Salah was always facing a race against time to be fit for the finals, after his Champions League final-ending shoulder injury.

He eventually sat out the first match and Egypt conceded a costly late goal; Salah returned and scored twice in two games but couldn’t inspire his team to an historic win.

Some off-field issues also clouded his time in Russia and perhaps it wasn’t quite as special in the end for the Egyptian King as it might have been.

Marko Grujic, Serbia

 Liverpool's Marko Grujic applauds the supporters after a preseason friendly match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Liverpool at the Aviva Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Stage reached: Group stage, 3rd
Appearances: 0
Total World Cup minutes: 0
Best moment: Being named in the squad

It was a watching brief for Grujic, who was a surprise call-up to the 23 in the first place.

No doubt the experience will have done him the world of good in being part of the squad and having the excitement build—but he’ll be frustrated to not have featured.

Serbia could have gone through but a costly defeat to Switzerland was the defining match. More success at international level is no doubt ahead for Grujic in future.

Sadio Mane, Senegal

 Senegal's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Group H match against Japan at Yekaterinburg Arena. Sergei Bobylev/TASS

Stage reached: Group stage, 3rd
Appearances: 3
Total World Cup minutes: 270
Best moment: Skippering his nation at the finals

Mane led his Senegal team into a very open and exciting Group H, and they were headed to the last 16 until the final minutes of the third game.

Playing both as a hard-working wide man and a playmaker behind a striker, Mane was key for his team and his early performances were impressive.

He perhaps didn’t quite hit the heights he’s capable of in the final group game as Senegal crashed out, but this was still a decent showing in Russia from the forward.

Xherdan Shaqiri

 Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri (FC Basel 1893) celebrates scoring the first goal against Denmark during the UEFA Under-21 Championship Denmark 2011 Group A match at the Aalborg Stadion. (Photo by Vegard Grott/Propaganda)

Stage reached: Last 16
Appearances: 4
Total World Cup minutes: 351
Best moment: Scoring a brilliant late winner in a crucial match

He wasn’t a Red heading into the tournament, but he certainly is afterward.

Shaqiri was a key figure for the Swiss as they held Brazil to a draw, then produced a massive turnaround against Grujic’s Serbia.

From a goal down, Shaqiri dribbled late on in the match and produced a cool, composed finish to win the game 2-1 and all but seal passage to the last 16.

Another tournament where his importance to the national team was highlighted.

Roberto Firmino, Brazil

 Brazil's substitute Roberto Firmino during the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Stage reached: Quarter-finals
Appearances: 4
Total World Cup minutes: 82
Best moment: Scoring moments after coming on in the last 16

One of the great mysteries of the 2018 World Cup will be why Brazil boss Tite continually went with Gabriel Jesus up front instead of Firmino.

The Reds’ No. 9 was continually more impressive when coming on for the ineffective Man City forward, and more than once was a catalyst for Brazil to find the right result.

He scored against Mexico to wrap up progression to the last eight, but didn’t earn the start his performances deserved.

Simon Mignolet, Belgium

 Belgium and Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during a training session at the Cardiff City Stadium ahead of the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Round Group B match against Wales. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Stage reached: Semi-finals, 3rd
Appearances: 0
Total World Cup minutes: 0
Best moment: Bronze medal

Simon Mignolet went as Belgium’s backup goalkeeper, and stayed on the bench throughout.

His team-mate Thibaut Courtois picked up the Golden Glove award, which highlights the challenge ahead of Mignolet for game time.

There’s no telling what role he played in the dressing room of course and presumably he was a supportive squad member, but there’ll be perhaps a tinge of regret for the stopper that he wasn’t able to feature at the finals.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, England

England's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FIFA World Cup Group G match at Kaliningrad Stadium - Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/PA Images

Stage reached: Semi-finals, 4th
Appearances: 1
Total World Cup minutes: 79
Best moment: Appearing at the World Cup at 19

Having impressed enough last term to earn a call-up for the finals despite being uncapped, it wasn’t quite the fairytale end to the season many might have expected.

Keiran Trippier was England’s wing-back and he impressed, keeping Trent on the bench throughout—other than the final group stage match against Belgium.

There, the teenager showed flashes of ability in his crossing and good work on the ball, but the tempo of the game and an entire team being switched around prevented any real quality in the performance overall.

What an experience for him, though, learning and watching the seasoned pros and being caught up in the hype and the excitement.

It won’t be the last major tournament he plays at, that’s for sure.

Jordan Henderson, England

 England's Jordan Henderson during the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Round of 16 match between Colombia and England at the Spartak Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Stage reached: Semi-finals, 3rd
Appearances: 5
Total World Cup minutes: 482
Best moment: Being widely recognised as one of England’s best performers

He’s had to do things the hard way, has Henderson, but this tournament perhaps opened the eyes of some non-Liverpool fans as to why he is so important to England.

When he was absent, the midfield was easily cut through and lacked a presence; when he played, his passing, tackling and leadership were all evident.

A very fine tournament from the Reds’ captain indeed, who even wore the England armband for a brief period—no doubt a proud moment at a World Cup finals.

Dejan Lovren, Croatia

 Croatia's Dejan Lovren is surrounded by France players during the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Final match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Stage reached: Final, runner-up
Appearances: 7
Total World Cup minutes: 651
Best moment: Playing in a World Cup final!

Forget for a moment whether you love or loathe Dejan Lovren, he is to be applauded for playing a key role for his national team in arguably their most proud footballing moment.

An ever-present other than the dead-rubber third group game, when he came on as sub, Lovren was the centre-back of choice for Croatia and showed every side of his game in Russia.

Mistakes were present, but so too was his infallible self-belief, his penchant for big tackles and clearances and a whole lot of determination.

Lovren did what comparatively few other footballers will ever do: he reached, and played, in a World Cup final.

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Rafa Camacho: Jurgen Klopp’s versatile youngster proving invaluable this pre-season

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 16/07/2018 - 21:00

Liverpool academy winger Rafa Camacho has slotted into a variety of roles for Jurgen Klopp in pre-season, with his versatility an invaluable asset.


So far this summer Klopp has called upon five players from his youth ranks, with Kamil Grabara, Caoimhin Kelleher, Nathaniel Phillips and Curtis Jones joining Camacho among more familiar faces.

Along with returning loanees and fringe figures vying for places, these youngsters have fleshed out the Reds’ pre-season squad while the World Cup has played out in Russia.

Phillips, Jones and Camacho have featured in all three of Liverpool’s domestic friendlies so far, and each has performed with distinction when called upon.

For Camacho it has been particularly testing as Klopp employs him and Pedro Chirivella as his utility men, but he has stood up to the challenge as he eyes a more focal role.

So who is the Portuguese, and how can he secure a place in Klopp’s first-team squad this season?

 Liverpool's Rafael Camacho on the pitch before a preseason friendly match between Chester FC and Liverpool FC at the Deva Stadium. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Rafa Camacho

Age: 18
Position: Winger
Signed from: Man City (free)

Camacho was signed as a 15-year-old in 2016, having spent a fruitless two-year spell with Man City, struggling to adapt after leaving southwest Portugal for northwest England.

His final six months with City saw him loaned to Queluz side Real SC, where he joined their U19 squad, but given his potential as a young talent Liverpool remained eager to secure his services.

Handed an opportunity on moving to Merseyside, taking up a regular role with the U18s, he quietly impressed, providing Neil Critchley with an intriguing prospect in attack.

When Critchley took over as U23s manager and Steven Gerrard arrived in his place Camacho excelled, with his new coach nurturing him as a right wing-back in a 3-4-3 formation.

Camacho’s displays for the U18s and U19s primed him for a call-up to Klopp’s squad for training at Melwood in February, and he has remained there since.

He travelled regularly for Premier League and Champions League games, and was named on the bench alongside Jones for April’s 0-0 draw with Everton after an injury to Alberto Moreno in the warmup.

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

Camacho is a quick, skilful, direct winger whose apprenticeship in a deeper role has allowed him to develop the tactical flexibility and organisational qualities required in Klopp’s system.

His willingness to both track back out of possession and put pressure on defenders moving forward underlines a commitment to adjust to life in senior football.

But his defining quality remains the ability to create magic in the final third, with an unpredictability to his game that has set him apart from fellow youngsters such as Bobby Adekanye and Yasser Larouci.

This was witnessed with a sensational goal against Man United in the UEFA Youth League last season under Gerrard, six minutes after replacing Adekanye at Prenton Park.

Picking the ball up on the right flank, Camacho cut inside onto his left and fired a dipping effort over Alex Fojticek and into the far corner to seal a 2-0 victory.

The following day, the teenager was training alongside Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, with Klopp labelling him part of Liverpool’s “next generation.”

 Liverpool's substitute Rafael Camacho celebrates scoring the second goal during the UEFA Youth League Quarter-Final match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Camacho is an unassuming character whose development has been overshadowed by the exploits of Jones, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn and Rhian Brewster, but his potential is clear.

Speaking after his goal against United, Gerrard hailed how his contribution “helped the team breathe,” while Woodburn said it was a finish he had seen from his team-mate “plenty of times,” agreeing that it “took a lot of pressure off.”

This game-changing quality will be vital for Camacho if he is to earn a place under Klopp, with Mane and Salah established as first-choice wingers and Xherdan Shaqiri arriving as competition.

His performances during pre-season so far suggest he may be able to do so, albeit largely driving forward from right-back, which saw him net his first senior goal to open the scoring against Tranmere.

And despite Liverpool’s frustration at Bury in the following friendly, he was a constant threat as he adopted a more attacking role on the left, creating chances and testing the goalkeeper drifting inside.

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

This versatility has allowed Klopp to rotate his depleted side throughout the Reds’ opening games this summer, and it will give Camacho a better opportunity of claiming a role in 2018/19.

With Woodburn, Divock Origi, Harry Wilson, Sheyi Ojo and Ryan Kent all expected to leave the club on loan or on a permanent basis this summer, he and Jones could provide Klopp with cover.

Though Liverpool are well-stocked at right-back, and with the arrival of Shaqiri are in a healthier position in attack, Camacho’s youth boosts his chances.

The hope will be that, if they remain a full-time fixture at Melwood this season, Camacho and Jones can impress Klopp enough to gain minutes in the FA Cup and League Cup.

And if, as has been the case in recent seasons, injury strikes out wide, their experience this pre-season could give them the platform required to step up and fill in for their senior counterparts.

Though still a work in progress, with consistency his aim, Camacho is certainly one to keep an eye on.

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Lovren displeasure, Wilson loan future & rumours of 2 offers made – Liverpool FC News Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 16/07/2018 - 18:49

The World Cup is over and focus shifts back to domestic matters and the upcoming campaign for Liverpool FC.


Main headlinesHarry Wilson edges closer to Derby switch

 Liverpool's Harry Wilson during a preseason friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

The battle to sign Reds winger Harry Wilson on loan looks to have taken in over a dozen clubs now.

Teams such as Swansea and Norwich City have been keen on signing him, but the Mirror report Derby County are close to a deal.

Wilson was left out of the Reds’ 0-0 draw at Bury over the weekend, with Jurgen Klopp admitting a loan switch was close.

His long-term future remains with Liverpool though, after a new deal was signed last week.

Lovren not impressed by France

 Croatia's Dejan Lovren is surrounded by France players during the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Final match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Dejan Lovren ended on the wrong end of a 4-2 scoreline in the World Cup final on Sunday.

Croatia were beaten by France despite playing largely well, and the centre-back was unimpressed with the victors’ approach.

“They had their one tactic and you have to respect it,” said Lovren, according to BBC Sport. “They waited for their chance and scored. They played every game like that.

“I’m disappointed because we lost the game but played much better football than them.”

The defender is set for a three-week holiday now before returning to Liverpool a week before the new Premier League season gets underway.

U23s’ opponents revealed for PL International Cup

 Liverpool's manager Neil Critchley during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds’ U23 side will again take part in the Premier League International Cup competition this term.

A 24-team tournament, half are Premier League 2 teams and the other half are from club academies around Europe, with a group stage and knock-out format. The Reds reached the semi-finals last season, losing to Porto B.

This year, Liverpool will face Hertha Berlin, Villarreal and Swansea City in the group stage.

Neil Critchley will again lead the team as U23 boss.

Adam Lewis called up for England duty

 Liverpool's Adam Lewis celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Youth League Group E match between Liverpool and Spartak Moscow FC at the Spartak Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The World Cup might be over but the international tournaments are still ongoing.

This week, the U19 European Championships get underway and the Reds will have one representative in the England team, with left-back Adam Lewis in the squad.

The tournament takes place in Finland and England are the reigning holders from last year.

Lewis could first be in action on Tuesday, with England facing Turkey.

Reds ‘make offer’ for Cillessen

 The Netherlands' captain Arjen Robben, goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen and Jeffrey Bruma before the International Friendly match at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The first of two bids that Liverpool have seemingly made—though not yet reported by any hugely credible source.

French Canal+ journalist Romain Collet-Gaudin tweeted on Monday that the Reds have made an offer for Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, but included no details on fee or whether it was accepted.

By contrast, the Mail’s Dominic King rejected the notion an offer had been made.

Want to know more on Cillessen either way? We’ve got you covered right here.

Can the Vida links please stop

 Croatia's Dejan Lovren celebrates after the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Semi-Final match between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium. Croatia won 2-1 after extra-time. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Dejan Lovren in dreamland: Liverpool want to pair him at the back with international team-mate Domagoj Vida.

Perhaps something got lost in translation when Reds fans were talking about pairing up Virgil van Dijk with Matthijs de Ligt?

Anyway, the Mirror cite Turkish reports as suggesting the Reds have gone back in with a new offer for Vida.

£20 million is the price this time, with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla also interested. Besiktas want £30 million. Let’s end the ‘bidding war’ here, then.

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