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What's on: This week's LFC community events

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 06/08/2019 - 10:30
Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.
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Fixtures, friendlies and deadlines – Liverpool FC dates for the diary, summer 2019

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 06/08/2019 - 10:00

Liverpool fans can enjoy their summer basking in the glory of the Reds’ sixth European Cup, but there will also be that longing for the football to return. Here are the key dates this summer.


It won’t be long until most of the squad are returning to Melwood, ready to go again as Jurgen Klopp‘s side compete for an incredible seven trophies in 2019/20.

Two Reds will be with Brazil at the Copa America, while a trio of Liverpool players will also be at the Africa Cup of Nations, but other than that, the rest of the squad should return for a full pre-season.

SEE ALSO: When each Liverpool player will return for pre-season

Here are all the key dates this summer, including the Reds’ eight pre-season friendlies, the Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, and when the transfer window closes.

June
  • 11: International Transfer Window Opens
  • 13: Fixtures Released (9am)
July
  • 4: Pre-Season Begins
  • 11: Friendly vs. Tranmere
  • 14: Friendly vs. Bradford
  • 19: Friendly vs. Dortmund (Indiana)
  • 21: Friendly vs. Sevilla (Boston)
  • 24: Friendly vs. Sporting (New York)
  • 28: Friendly vs. Napoli (Edinburgh)
  • 29 – 3 Aug Training Camp (Evian, France)
  • 31 Friendly vs. Lyon (Geneva)
August
  • 4: Community Shield vs. Man City (Wembley)
  • 6: Friendly vs. Schalke (Anfield)
  • 8: Transfer Window Closes
  • 9/10/11:Opening Weekend of Season
  • 14: UEFA Super Cup vs. Chelsea (Istanbul)
Other Notable Dates
  • July 7: Copa America Final
  • July 19: AFCON Final
  • September 2: League One/Two Loan Deadline

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When each Liverpool player will return for pre-season

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 06/08/2019 - 08:30

A host of Liverpool players will be on international duty over the summer, but with no World Cup or Euros only a handful could have a delayed return to Melwood.


Once the curtain closed on the Reds’ celebrations following their European Cup triumph a 19-strong Liverpool contingent jetted off to meet up with their respective national teams ahead of a series of summer internationals.

The duration of the players’ time on international duty varies significantly as some are scheduled for only two fixtures, while others will compete over the summer in either the African Cup of Nations or the Copa America.

Although Liverpool are yet to officially confirm when they are to return for pre-season training, it is expected to be around July 4 as a friendly with Tranmere Rovers is scheduled for July 11.

It means that the Reds will see a selection of players return to the club at a later date as each player will be given a minimum three-week break following their last international fixture.

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

Significantly, those taking part in 2020 European Championship qualifiers and the Nations League are expected to return to training at the same time as those who were not on international duty.

It ensures the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Xherdan Shaqiri will be back at training from the start as their final games in the Nations League are to be played on June 9.

A similar timeline is in place for Andy Robertson, Dejan Lovren, Divock Origi, Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn as their commitments to their country come to a close on June 11.

Jurgen Klopp’s most pressing concern, however, will be when the likes of Alisson, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita make their returns.

The Brazilian duo’s involvement in the Copa America leaves the exact date of their return unknown.

 Egypt's Mohamed Salah during the pre-match warm-up before the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Group A match between Russia and Egypt at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

An exit in the group stage could see the pair make their way back to Liverpool on July 14, but a run to the final would delay that until the Reds’ training camp in France on July 28.

It is the trio of Salah, Mane and Keita, however, which poses as the greatest source of alarm ahead of the new campaign.

Should any of Egypt, Senegal or Guinea make the AFCON final they will not make their way back to the club until August 9 – one day prior to the start of the new league season and over five-weeks after the majority of their teammates.

After an intense campaign at club level, which saw both Salah and Mane play the most minutes of their career, the best-case scenario for Liverpool would be an exit prior to the final to ensure they are ready for the start of the 2019/20 season.

The earliest arrival back on Merseyside for any one of the African trio would be July 22 should their team fail to qualify from the group stage and from that point, their return could span anywhere from July 26 and August 9.

Liverpool Players’ Pre-Season Return Dates

Roberto Firmino of Brazil ( Matt McNulty/Sportimage/PA Images)

Full pre-season: Mignolet, Kelleher, Van Dijk, Lovren, Matip, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Grujic, Jones, Camacho, Wilson, Woodburn, Brewster, Origi

Delayed start: Alisson, Firmino (July 14 – July 28); Salah, Mane, Keita (July 26 – August 9)

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Virgil smells incredible & Hendo’s perfect lift – 10 unexpected things we learned about Liverpool this season

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 19:22

After an intense and epic season, it’s time for a lighter-hearted look back at the 2018/19 campaign—though even the funny moments have deeper meanings.


Liverpool went through the entire Premier League season with a single defeat to their name, which came away to eventual champions Man City.

That one-point defeat in the title race wasn’t the end for Jurgen Klopp and his Reds, though, as the Reds went on to lift European Cup No. 6 in Madrid, beating Spurs in the Champions League final.

It means three additional opportunities to lift silverware in 2019/20—Community Shield, Super Cup, Club World Cup—but first, let’s digest the recently ended campaign somewhat.

There was much to take in, not all of it obvious and not all of it as unrelated to the Reds’ success as it might initially seem…

Virgil smells incredible

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk after the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. Liverpool won 2-0 to win their sixth European Cup. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Praise doesn’t usually start with “I’ve said it many times, I hate him,” but Watford striker Troy Deeney did exactly that to sum up why Virgil van Dijk is so hard to play against.

“I hate going up against him. He’s too big, too strong, too quick, too good on the ball, loves fighting, a good head of hair. One of those guys that sprays on his top as well, so it smells lovely!”

Basically, Virgil is the man who has everything you expect from the world’s best defender…and then even more that you didn’t expect, too.

The bromance blossoms

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) and Dejan Lovren walk out before a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group C match between FK Crvena zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) and Liverpool FC at Stadion Rajko Miti?. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Dejan Lovren and Mohamed Salah. It’s been a while since Liverpool have had a more iconic duo…at least to those who follow certain social media circles.

Whether it’s Mo crowing about how he’s making Dejan famous in Egypt, or the Croatian defender fuming at Mo celebrating with a different player, the two have enjoyed some brilliant back-and-forth digs over the season.

Their backgrounds and positions couldn’t be more different, but it’s a brilliant indication of the closeness of this Liverpool squad and how the individuals in it have worked in harmony this year to achieve success.

Charlie Austin is a massive Red

 Southampton's Charlie Austin arrives ahead of the FA Premier League match against Everton at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Everyone hates Liverpool, everyone wanted Spurs (and Barcelona, and Porto, and Bayern, and…) to beat us in Europe. Well, that’s how it felt sometimes if too long was spent on Twitter.

But hey, not everyone feels that way! Southampton striker Charlie Austin showed his true colours before the Champions League final, donning a Roberto Firmino shirt.

Come on you red men pic.twitter.com/NBr40B7Rpb

— Charlie Austin (@chazaustin10) June 1, 2019

Just a reminder: the Reds have supporters everywhere, even in the high places of the increasingly tribal state of Premier League football.

Mignolet minutes approach rock bottom

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet comes up for a corner-kick in injury time with his side lose 2-1 during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC at Molineux Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Out of 4,770 minutes that Liverpool’s first-team played in competitive matches this season, Simon Mignolet played a little over 3 per cent.

In fact, that percentage still rings true dating back to after New Year’s Day, 2018 when he lost his place to Loris Karius: Just 3.8 per cent of 7,020 minutes played in the last year-and-a-half.

And therein lies the proof that even players who don’t contribute on-pitch still contribute to success: Mignolet has been a model professional this season, a massive pillar of support to No. 1 Alisson Becker and the squad as a whole.

He deserves his medal as much as anybody else in the squad or any coach at Melwood.

Surprise – you’re still a red

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Adam Bogdan in action against Exeter City during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at St. James Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It came as a shock to some at various stages of the season to rediscover certain players were still on the books of the Reds!

Whether by way of reading our regular loan watch, an early ending to temporary spells away or the recent news that some will depart this summer, the odd name kept popping up who hasn’t featured at all for the Reds…for years, in some cases.

Adam Bogdan was surpriser-in-chief in this regard, but Connor Randall, Pedro Chirivella and Allan Rodrigues de Souza also come into the category.

Big Bogdan is finally off this summer!

Some things get better with age

 Liverpool's captain James Milner celebrates scoring the second goal from a penalty kick during the FA Premier League match between Cardiff City FC and Liverpool FC at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Participants in Liverpool’s squad this season ranged from 16 years of age all the way to 33, with James Milner the official old man of the team after Ragnar Klavan‘s departure a year ago.

The self-confessed Ribena addict has more than played his part though, showing this year age has been no hindrance to him playing a big role: over 2,800 minutes on the pitch is more than Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson or Joel Matip managed.

It’s testament to Jurgen Klopp‘s faith in him and his ability to coax performances and tactical benefits out of the squad, when others would have jettisoned the versatile performer.

Set-piece ‘woes’

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) and captain James Milner (C) are spoken to by referee Anthony Taylor during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Speaking of Milner, he’s apparently lost all knowledge of how to take a corner! In the Champions League final, of all places! Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

His low-key theatrics in Madrid—placing the ball an inch or two outside the corner mark, in full view of the assistant—were a fantastic example of the growth and maturity of a team which even a year ago would have gone for broke at 1-0 up in the final minutes.

Buy time, waste time, do it slyly and get the win.

On another set-piece matter, Mo Salah‘s blast-it-down-the-middle approach to penalty-taking worked well in the final, but he also did it for his 50th goal against Red Star, also in Europe this past season.

Best to change it up now, Mo!

Dan the Man is off to Hollywood

 Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge dances with the European Cup following a 2-0 victory in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

“Tom Werner, you’re an absolute boss and I’m still waiting on my cameo in a movie.”

A single line from Daniel Sturridge‘s farewell letter to Liverpool fans, staff and owners alike—but one which tells so much.

How many players have enough of a relationship, not just with coaches and training ground staff, but with everybody from cleaners to cooks to owners, enough to have a personal line or quip to each of them?

There is a perception of Sturridge which has shown to be wrong so many times, and his goodbye letter should be the final nail in that coffin. He was a great player for Liverpool for a time and played a part in the success of 2019.

And he leaves the club in a great place, with strength and unity throughout.

One fan can make a difference

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They laugh when we say Anfield has a huge impact. They roll their eyes when we say Liverpool is different.

So go ahead: show us another club which has the link between fans culture and on-pitch events, another stadium which creates comebacks in the manner ours does.

Show us another club where a single supporter can have such a big impact on so many other fans, as Jamie Webster has done. It reaches beyond the touchline and onto the pitch, to the players, the squad, the team.

Show us another club where we can hear the fans’ songs, in the players’ dressing room, sung by those players, to those players.

Henderson has the perfect trophy lift

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson lifts the trophy after the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. Liverpool won 2-0 tp win their sixth European Cup. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The fume, the fume. Jordan Henderson, lifting the Champions League trophy…and doing so in emphatic, deserving, brilliant, iconic and instantly memorable fashion.

Hendo has been so close to being an incredibly successful Liverpool captain: title-winner, League Cup-winner, Europa League-winner and double Champions League-winner—he could have lifted those in the last four years alone!

But, perhaps, those near-misses made this one, the one which finally happened on June 1, that much sweeter. That much more unforgettable.

Get in, skipper. Keep them coming.

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Anderson Arroyo bows out of U20 World Cup in quarter-finals

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 16:23

Anderson Arroyo's Colombia were eliminated from the FIFA U20 World Cup at the quarter-final stage on Friday following defeat to Ukraine.

The Liverpool defender played 60 minutes of the affair in Poland that was settled by Danylo Sikan's 11th-minute goal.

The 19-year-old – who joined the Reds from Fortaleza CEIF in January 2018 – featured in all five of Colombia's matches at the tournament.

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Anderson Arroyo bows out of U20 World Cup in quarter-finals

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 16:23
Anderson Arroyo's Colombia were eliminated from the FIFA U20 World Cup at the quarter-final stage on Friday following defeat to Ukraine.
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Free girls football sessions kicking off this month

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 15:45

The LFC Foundation will run its first girls-only football session on Monday June 10.

As part of the LFC Foundation’s Kicks programme, the girls-only sessions will run every Monday night from 6pm-7pm at Woodbridge High School Sports Complex, Carr Bridge Road, Birkenhead, CH49 7NG.

Entry to the weekly sessions will be free and all girls over the age of 13 are more than welcome to come and get involved.

By running the free sessions, the LFC Foundation are looking to encourage the participation of girls within football.

All skill levels and abilities are invited to take part and the football will take place on outdoor 3G pitches.

For further information, please contact Leah at leah.mcateer-thompson@liverpoolfc.com

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Free girls football sessions kicking off this month

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 15:45
The LFC Foundation will run its first girls-only football session on Monday June 10.
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Liverpool confirm 9 summer departures along with contract offers to 5 youth players

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 15:30

Liverpool have released their Premier League retained list, which confirms those who are departing the club this summer.


It was announced earlier in the week that senior duo Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno are leaving upon the expiration of their contracts, with Jurgen Klopp paying tribute to both players.

There will also be a clutch of Academy players departing the scene, as well as two players with first-team appearances to their name.

Goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, who signed in 2015, leaves after playing six senior games for the Reds. He spent 18/19 on loan at SPL side Hibs.

Connor Randall, who plays at right-back and in midfield, will also leave Liverpool, with eight appearances to his name.

 Liverpool's Connor Randall in action against Arsenal during the FA Premier League 2 Under-23 match at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Five players based at Kirkby who are leaving on free transfers are Juanma, Conor Masterson, Glen McAuley, Corey Whelan and Ben Williams.

None made a senior appearance, though centre-back Masterson was on the bench twice last season, against Everton in the league and Man City in Europe.

Furthermore, the club have offered contracts to five players who are without a senior game to their name: Bobby Adekanye, Daniel Atherton, George Johnston, Abdi Sharif and Edvard Tagseth.

Johnston played a friendly last summer for Jurgen Klopp‘s team, but it is expected that at least some may depart regardless of the offer of terms.

 Liverpool's Bobby Adekanye during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lazio have been heavily linked with a move for Adekanye and the forward has already said his goodbyes to fans via social media.

However, the Reds offering him a contract means the Italian side would have to pay a fee to secure his registration for next season.

Tagseth looked a promising young talent under Steven Gerrard’s tutelage in the U18s, but struggled with injuries throughout 18/19.

This Is Anfield wishes all the departing players well for the next stage in their careers!

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Watch live: Liverpool FC Legends v Borussia Dortmund in Hong Kong

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 15:08
Watch live as Liverpool FC Legends face a team of Borussia Dortmund greats in Hong Kong on Saturday with our free coverage via YouTube from 8.55am BST.
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Liverpool to sign 2 academy players amid potential loan link with Sunderland

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 15:00

Liverpool will be adding to their youth ranks over summer with two players joining from Sunderland in a deal which could work well for older Reds, too.


The Black Cats were involved in a promotion push from the third tier of English football this season, having finally stopped the rot and relegation of the past few years.

They went all the way to the League One play-off final, but were beaten by Charlton and will spend 2019/20 in the same division as a result. Still, fortunes are looking up for the Wearsiders and they will look to capitalise on their status as arguably the league’s biggest team by securing promising players on loan.

At least one of those could come from Liverpool, after Sunderland owner Stewart Donald intimated on a recent podcast that the beginnings of a “good working relationship” were being established between the clubs.

The start of that relationship, Donald explained, centres on two Sunderland youth players moving to the Kirkby academy this summer, overseen by Alex Inglethorpe.

 Liverpool's Academy Director Alex Inglethorpe before an Under-23 friendly match against Bangor City at Bangor University Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“There are two players who will go to Liverpool,” Donald confirmed on the Roker Rapport podcast. “We tried to keep them. We said to the parents, ‘If you really want to go, you have to put it in writing’. The parents have written in and said, ‘Thank you, Sunderland, we want our lads to go to Liverpool’.”

There are no details on the age groups the players are currently in, nor who they are. But their departures from north-east to north-west could have a knock-on impact to the U18s and U23s at Liverpool.

The Northern Echo reports that “talks between the two clubs… [are on] at least one youth player moving in the opposite direction to spend time on loan at Sunderland next season.”

Midfielder Herbie Kane was a big success story on loan in League One this season at Doncaster, while Liam Millar has been linked with temporary switches to both League One clubs and MLS sides over the summer.

Alternatively, it could be a good first loan move for the next batch of U23s, with Caoimhin Kelleher, Curtis Jones, Adam Lewis and others all on the fringes of first-team action with Liverpool.

Ovie Ejaria had a short loan spell at Sunderland from Liverpool in 2018.

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Liverpool confirm Premier League retained list

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 14:59

Liverpool FC's Premier League retained list was released on Friday, confirming the departures of several first team and Academy players after the 2018-19 season.

As announced earlier this week, Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge are set to leave the Reds upon the expiry of their contracts this summer having helped the club clinch its sixth European Cup.

Academy graduate Connor Randall, who made eight senior appearances under Jürgen Klopp, and goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, who played six games for the first team, will depart ahead of 2019-20 too.

Academy players Juanma, Conor Masterson, Glen McAuley, Corey Whelan and Ben Williams are also set to leave the club.

Contract offers have been made to Bobby Adekanye, Daniel Atherton, George Johnston, Abdi Sharif and Edvard Tagseth.

Everybody at Liverpool FC thanks the departing players for their contributions and wishes them the best of luck for the future.

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Liverpool confirm Premier League retained list

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 14:59
Liverpool FC's Premier League retained list was released on Friday, confirming the departures of several first team and Academy players after the 2018-19 season.
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Community Shield fixture details confirmed

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 14:00

Liverpool's Community Shield meeting with Manchester City will be played at Wembley on Sunday August 4 at 3pm BST.

The Reds are set to contest the annual fixture for the first time since 2006 after finishing as runners-up in the Premier League.

Ticket details will be announced on Liverpoolfc.com in due course.

Click here to view an updated 2019-20 fixture list.

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Community Shield fixture details confirmed

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 14:00
Liverpool's Community Shield meeting with Manchester City will be played at Wembley on Sunday August 4 at 3pm BST.
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Jose Enrique: I told Andy Robertson he's the best in the world

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 13:35

Jose Enrique had a simple message for Andy Robertson hours after the Liverpool full-back lifted the European Cup: 'You're the best left-back in the world'.

Robertson's fine performances for Jürgen Klopp's side throughout 2018-19 were recognised with inclusions in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year and UEFA's Champions League squad of the season.

And former Reds defender Enrique declared his admiration to the current occupant of his old position at the team's celebrations in Madrid following their victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

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"I said to him after the game at the party, for me, he has been the best left-back in the world this year," the Spaniard told Liverpoolfc.com.

"Jordi Alba has been good as well but he [Robertson] has been unbelievable. He's given a lot of assists, contributed to the team offensively and defensively as well.

"He has been, for me, one of the best players for Liverpool this year."

Enrique was speaking from Hong Kong as he prepares to feature for Liverpool FC Legends in an encounter with their Borussia Dortmund counterparts on Saturday.

"It's amazing to have this feeling back." @Jesanchez3 has arrived in Hong Kong and is looking forward to tomorrow'… https://t.co/2pswkXwH6T

— LFC (Liverpool FC) 7th Jun 11:05

It's a symbolic occasion for the retired 33-year-old, having recently had a tumour from his brain removed.

"It's an amazing feeling, it's been a very difficult year for me and my family," he continued.

"On the 12th it's going to be a year since my operation. So a year later, I'm here, I'm alive and I can play football. I'm really happy about that. 

"To get the chance to come to Hong Kong, somewhere I have never been, and play for Liverpool again is very, very nice."

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Jose Enrique: I told Andy Robertson he's the best in the world

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 13:35
Jose Enrique had a simple message for Andy Robertson hours after the Liverpool full-back lifted the European Cup: 'You're the best left-back in the world'.
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Christie Murray flying the flag for LFC at Women's World Cup

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 13:32

Scotland international Christie Murray will fly the flag for Liverpool at the Women's World Cup in France this summer.

The attacking midfielder signed off her debut season for LFC Women with a pair of assists in a 3-1 win over Everton on the last day of the campaign and will now be hoping to add to her 61 international caps as Scotland make their bow at the FIFA tournament.

Murray also experienced Euro 2017 with the national team and having reached back-to-back major tournaments is likely to play an important role for Shelley Kerr's side.

Playing at a World Cup for your country is something every footballer dreams of, but few get the honour of doing so… https://t.co/abizS5CL5O

— christiemurray7 (Christie Murray) 15th May 21:50

The Women's World Cup kicks off on Friday evening when hosts France take on South Korea at the Parc des Princes and concludes in Lyon on July 7.

Murray's Scotland commence their campaign on Sunday afternoon with a mouth-watering clash against England at the Stade de Nice.

The Scots will also face Japan and Argentina in Group D.

Scotland fixtures (local time)

  • England v Scotland - Stade de Nice, Nice - June 9 - 6pm
  • Japan v Scotland - Roazhon Park, Rennes - June 14 - 3pm
  • Scotland v Argentina - Parc des Princes, Paris - June 19 - 9pm

All of Scotland's and England's games, plus other selected matches, will be shown live on the BBC in the UK.

Murray joined Liverpool last July and featured in 19 of the club's 20 Women's Super League fixtures this season.

The LFC No.10 started two of Scotland's final three World Cup qualification matches for France 2019, including vital victories against Poland and Switzerland, and has set her sights on at least reaching the knockout phase of the tournament.

"We want to qualify from the group, that's our aim, and then see where that takes us," Murray told SoccerBible. "I just can't wait.

"Hopefully I'll get involved in the games as well and play a part in helping the team."

The top two teams in each of the six World Cup groups, and the four best third-placed teams, will advance to the round of 16 knockout phase.

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Christie Murray flying the flag for LFC at Women's World Cup

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 13:32
Scotland international Christie Murray will fly the flag for Liverpool at the Women's World Cup in France this summer.
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Trent Alexander-Arnold states three massive targets & is well on the path to achieving them

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 13:07

Trent Alexander-Arnold made history by becoming the youngest player to start back-to-back Champions League finals—now his sights are set on the future.


The right-back has been an integral part of the team over the last 18 months and has become a more consistent performer under Jurgen Klopp.

Still only 20 years of age, there’s more growth left in his game and plenty more time to win titles, but silverware is just one aspect in his career where the defender sees progress to be made.

In keeping with his mature and determined persona which fans have grown accustomed to seeing over the past year, Trent has highlighted three key milestones he wants to achieve in time.

Alexander-Arnold spoke to Sky Sports of following the likes of Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard in two of those targets, but the third would be entirely his own standing in the game.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson with the ball but Trent Alexander-Arnold takes it off him to score from a free-kick during the FA Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“I am fortunate to have the people around me who understand the balance between letting me get comfortable, praising me too much and feeding that hunger that needs to be there in terms of wanting to strive to be better, wanting to be one of the best players in the world, the best right back in the world, being the first name on the team-sheet, wanting to be Liverpool captain, wanting to be England captain.

“That’s the main thing for me. It’s not selfishness to think this is what I have done, it is about what the team has done and is doing. It is we and not I. We have achieved things as a team.

“To be recognised as one of the best in the world you have to have silverware behind you. That’s important to us as a team to be recognised as one of the best.”

Reds fans will have no surprises with the news that Trent wants to captain the Reds, given we see his incredible passion and pride at playing for the shirt every week.

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His memorable celebrations, his rapport with Kopites and his local upbringing all make him a massive candidate for future captaincy—and he’s learning from plenty of inspirational figures, with the likes of Virgil van Dijk in defence with him.

Ability-wise, Trent is very evidently on the path to being considered one of the best around, too.

There’s more to come in terms of consistency, perhaps defensive positioning and technical defensive work, but his selflessness, pace and stamina all ensure he rarely shirks his duties off the ball.

Added to his massive threat in the final third and his penchant for claiming assists and he’ll soon be rightly noted as one of the finest attacking full-backs in the game, if he’s not already.

As for the team and what he can achieve with Liverpool, Trent says the two successive Champions League finals are not the peak, but the promise.

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Barcelona at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“It shows the quality in the team to final twice in a row.

“Istanbul feels like yesterday and we want to create the same kind of memories for the next generation that are coming through.”

Reds supporters everywhere will only continue to be impressed by his determination to improve, and few would doubt he’ll get to skipper the side on the odd occasion over the coming campaigns.

And longer term? Don’t bet against Alexander-Arnold being the very face of the club.

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