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Let’s Talk About Six, Baby – Liverpool fans should continue to bask in European Cup glory

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 18:00

Though the temptation is to delve into transfer talk and ambitions for the season ahead, Liverpool fans should be savouring a sixth European Cup for much longer.


It’s amazing how quickly things move on in football. It’s a world where everyone is onto the next thing before you’ve got your head around what’s just happened.

Liverpool won the Champions League less than a week ago but two players—Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno—are getting off, Adam Lallana has announced he’s staying, the Reds have been linked with about 25 players and there’s even been talk that Jurgen Klopp is planning a one-year sabbatical from football in 2022.

2022! I don’t even know what I’m doing at 20:22pm tomorrow night let alone in 2022, although to be fair to Jurgen if he is planning a big holiday it does pay to book time off work early and finding the best B&Bs in Benidorm can be a time-consuming process on TripAdvisor.

I’ve not been a fan of taking sabbaticals since Loris Karius took one from being a goalkeeper in Kyiv last year and I won’t be taking a break from celebrating Liverpool’s sixth European Cup win any time soon either.

If you’re up for basking in the glory of Madrid for a little while longer you’ve come to the right place. Sharks in Bilbao have basked less.

 Liverpool players celebrate towards the fans following the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Matthew Lewis - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Madrid 2019 was brilliant. Maybe as good as it gets when you take the off-the-field festivities—not least the incredible scenes at the BOSS Night fan zone at Avenida Felipe II—into account, although those of you not lucky enough to get a match ticket may see it differently.

Whether you got into the ground or not, Madrid was rojo. There surely can’t have been a bigger gathering of Liverpool supporters in a European city for a competitive match.

There were travelling Kopites on every street, in every square, in every taverna, in every restaurant, in every Metro station, on every train, in every taxi.

I was half expecting to check into my hotel room to find a load of Reds bouncing on the bed singing the Sad-i-o Mane song.

Thankfully, that didn’t happen (although returning back to the hotel at 3am after the game to discover they’d run out of beer was catastrophic) but even before a ball was kicked the sheer number of Liverpool disciples to have made the pilgrimage to Madrid emphasised just how big our football club is.

What was it Shankly said about Chairman Mao?

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson lifts 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)

That doesn’t make getting tickets any easier, now or in the future, but it doesn’t half help to make Liverpool look like the club to aspire to play for right now.

Champions of Europe with that show of support in Madrid and on the streets of Liverpool for the homecoming, plus Jurgen Klopp in charge? Why wouldn’t you want to play here?

Yes, the Champions League final itself was even more boring than non-Liverpool fans telling you it was boring, but then I don’t recall our honours list reading 1977 (great game), 1978 (dull), 1981 (snorefest), 1984 (meh), 2005 (WTF just happened?) on the Champions Wall at Melwood.

We won. We’re champions of Europe. Again.

And when the full-time whistle went all that mattered amidst the wild celebrations was the 2-0 scoreline, not how we won it or that it was so hot in the Wanda Metropolitano that Andy Robertson slapped factor-50 suncream onto his boots and a slow, cagey game was inevitable.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp lifts the UEFA Champions League Trophy following the UEFA Champions League Final at the Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid.

Putting a trophy—the biggest trophy—on the sideboard is huge for Liverpool and Klopp.

One League Cup win in 12 seasons and Klopp’s run of cup-final defeats have both been valid criticisms of underperformance, but winning the European Cup ends all that.

We are the champions. Champions of Europe. We’ve won it six times. Not just in the past, but in the present.

And, given Klopp has a 100 percent record of reaching European finals as Liverpool manager, you’d fancy the Reds to make a right go of trying to retain it in Istanbul next year.

Obviously the ‘you’ve still not won the league’ jibes will start again soon, probably when the 2019/20 Premier League fixture list is announced on Thursday, but for now it is time to enjoy what has been achieved, not what is to come.

 Liverpool’s James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Virgil van Dijk, Adam Lallana, Andy Robertson, Divock Origi, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold during an open-top bus parade through the city after winning the UEFA Champions League Final. Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur. 2-0 in Madrid. To claim their sixth European Cup. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Madrid 2019, and Liverpool’s 2018/19 season as a whole, created memories that will last for a lifetime. Watching the Reds win the European Cup with friends, families and fellow Liverpool supporters is special.

So make the most of it. Because you can never be certain if it’ll happen again.


Chris McLoughlin writes for This Is Anfield each week; he’s also Senior Writer at Reach Sport, the team that have produced the Official Champions Of Europe Souvenir magazine – Let’s Talk About Six Baby. Order it here.

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Behind the scenes of Liverpool's incredible European champions parade

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 16:21

After clinching the European Cup on Saturday night in Madrid, the victorious Liverpool squad returned home on Sunday to embark on an historic bus parade around the city.

Police estimates suggest more than 750,000 supporters lined the streets as the players, staff and, of course, the trophy conducted a four-hour tour.

It made for iconic scenes of celebration that will forever be etched into Liverpool folklore.

Our cameras were fortunate enough to accompany the European champions on their parade of the city - and you go behind the scenes of it in our video below...

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Behind the scenes of Liverpool's incredible European champions parade

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 16:21
After clinching the European Cup on Saturday night in Madrid, the victorious Liverpool squad returned home on Sunday to embark on an historic bus parade around the city.
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the latest Liverpool squad number change

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 16:07

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has followed Alisson Becker in changing his squad number this summer.


The Reds midfielder will move from number 21 to number 15 for the 2019/20 season.

It is the jersey number last worn by the departing Daniel Sturridge and before that by Jamie Redknapp, Patrik Berger, Peter Crouch, Salif Diao and Yossi Benayoun.

It was previously revealed that goalkeeper Alisson will move from his temporary number of 13 to become the Reds’ official number 1.

News of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s new number comes the day before Liverpool officially unveil their new away kit for 2019/20, which will be unveiled on Friday morning, along with new training kit.

Meanwhile, Fabinho should also get a new number this summer, with the Brazilian midfielder temporarily assigned number 3 upon his signing last summer.

Fabinho is likely to take number 2 shirt once Nathaniel Clyne leaves.

Others who could change numbers this summer include Andy Robertson, as he could take the number 3 shirt once Fabinho‘s is determined.

UPDATED: LFC Squad List

As a gesture to those who have already purchased a 2019-20 replica shirt printed with ‘Chamberlain 21’, Oxlade-Chamberlain will personally reimburse fans by way of a like-for-like exchange for a ‘Chamberlain 15’ jersey.

The offer applies to all shirts purchased in official club outlets and via the official LFC online store before midnight on 5th June 2019.

* Fans can buy a No. 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain 2019/20 home shirt here.

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Information for fans who purchased 2019-20 'Chamberlain 21' shirts

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 15:59

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is offering supporters who bought a 2019-20 replica Liverpool shirt printed with 'Chamberlain 21' a like-for-like exchange for a 'Chamberlain 15' jersey.

The offer – which applies to all shirts purchased in official club outlets and via the official LFC online store – follows today’s announcement that the midfielder will wear No.15 for next season.

To claim this offer, supporters should return their 2019-20 ‘Chamberlain 21’ replica shirt to any official LFC club store, from Saturday June 8, where the shirt will be exchanged. Proof of purchase will be required and the original shirt will be retained.

Fans who purchased a 2019-20 ‘Chamberlain 21’ replica shirt via the official LFC online store should follow the standard returns procedure as outlined in the store’s terms and conditions. We strongly recommend supporters send the shirts via recorded delivery as the club cannot accept responsibility for items lost in the post.

Supporters who wish to exchange their shirt must do so before Friday June 28, 2019 – any shirts received after this date will not be valid for an exchange.

For full terms and conditions please click here.

Please click here to contact LFC customer service for more information.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to wear No.15 shirt for new season

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 15:59

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will take the Liverpool No.15 shirt for the 2019-20 season.

The midfielder has worn No.21 since joining the Reds from Arsenal two years ago but is set to change number this summer ahead of the next campaign.

Daniel Sturridge will vacate the jersey when he departs the club upon the expiry of his contract.

As a gesture to those who have already purchased a 2019-20 replica shirt printed with ‘Chamberlain 21’, Oxlade-Chamberlain will personally reimburse fans by way of a like-for-like exchange for a ‘Chamberlain 15’ jersey.

The offer applies to all shirts purchased in official club outlets and via the official LFC online store before midnight on June 5, 2019.

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Information for fans who purchased 2019-20 'Chamberlain 21' shirts

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 15:59
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is offering supporters who bought a 2019-20 replica Liverpool shirt printed with 'Chamberlain 21' a like-for-like exchange for a 'Chamberlain 15' jersey.
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to wear No.15 shirt for new season

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 15:59
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will take the Liverpool No.15 shirt for the 2019-20 season.
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Bradford v Liverpool to benefit Stephen Darby's foundation

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:58

Liverpool's pre-season friendly with Bradford City will raise money for Stephen Darby's foundation.

The Reds are set to travel to the Northern Commercials Stadium on July 14 to take on the League Two outfit ahead of their USA tour.

The match will generate funds for the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, which is currently being set up by Darby after his diagnosis with motor neurone disease and retirement from football last year.

The former defender progressed through the ranks at Liverpool's Academy and made six first-team appearances before departing in 2012 to join Bradford, where he spent the majority of his senior career.

"I am delighted and grateful that Bradford City and Liverpool will be playing each other in pre-season and supporting the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation," said Darby.

"They are two amazing clubs who both played a massive part in my career and both will always have a special place in my heart. I can't thank both clubs and sets of fans enough for their support."

Last month, players and staff from Liverpool's U18s and U23s raised more than £4,000 for Darby's cause by climbing Snowdon.

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Bradford v Liverpool to benefit Stephen Darby's foundation

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:58
Liverpool's pre-season friendly with Bradford City will raise money for Stephen Darby's foundation.
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Liverpool confirm five more pre-season fixtures

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:58

Liverpool's pre-season schedule for 2019-20 has taken further shape with the announcement of five more fixtures in July and August.

  • Thursday July 11 – Tranmere Rovers v Liverpool – Prenton Park
  • Sunday July 14 – Bradford City v Liverpool – Northern Commercials Stadium
  • Sunday July 28 – Liverpool v Napoli – BT Murrayfield
  • Wednesday July 31 – Liverpool v Lyon – Stade de Geneve
  • Tuesday August 6 – Liverpool v Schalke – Anfield

The Reds’ pre-season games will kick off when Jürgen Klopp’s side face Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park, before a charity match against Bradford City in support of former Liverpool defender Stephen Darby.

Following their tour of the United States, the Reds will then head to Edinburgh to play at Murrayfield for the first time, against Serie A outfit Napoli.

Switzerland represents the next stop on the schedule, where Liverpool will take on Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Geneve on the final day of July.

Pre-season preparations will then be completed at Anfield on August 6 as Bundesliga side Schalke provide the opposition in L4.

Ticket pre-sales will take place for all of these games for season ticket holders, OLSCs and Members, with general sales to follow. Visit liverpoolfc.com/preseason for updates.

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

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Liverpool confirm five more pre-season fixtures

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:58
Liverpool's pre-season schedule for 2019-20 has taken further shape with the announcement of five more fixtures in July and August.
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How Liverpool fans can see the European Cup at Anfield next week

ThisIsAnfield.com - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:38

Liverpool supporters have an opportunity to see the European Cup in person next week, after it returned home following Saturday’s Champions League final.


The Reds ended a 14-year wait to lift the trophy again last weekend as goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi sealed a 2-0 win over Tottenham.

That victory in Madrid saw Liverpool move ahead of Bayern Munich and Barcelona into third in the all-time rankings for European Cup wins (six), behind only AC Milan (seven) and Real Madrid (13).

And almost a decade-and-a-half on from Istanbul, Jurgen Klopp and his players were able to parade their silverware across Merseyside on Sunday.

Incredibly, 750,000 people lined the streets of Liverpool to welcome back their side and get a glimpse of the trophy and the players who earned it.

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But next week provides supporters with a chance to witness it up close, as the European Cup will be on display at Anfield from Monday, June 10 to Sunday, June 16.

Old ‘Big Ears’ will be on display in the Kop Bar at the stadium from 10am to 8pm every day.

“Supporters can come along, with no booking necessary, and have their photograph taken with Liverpool’s newest piece of silverware,” a statement reads.

“Personal cameras are permitted but fans are reminded that all bags will be searched on entry.

“Large bags and luggage cannot be brought into the Kop Bar and there are no storage facilities available at the stadium.”

This European Cup is clearly symbolic of the progress made under Klopp since his arrival in 2015, and hopefully this won’t be the only year it’s back at Anfield.

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Liverpool have no interest in Neil Etheridge transfer

LiverpoolFC.TV - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:35

Liverpool have no interest in signing Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

Reports coming out of Wales earlier this week suggested the Reds had made an initial enquiry over Etheridge's availability this summer.

The 29-year-old is expected to leave the relegated south Wales side, with promoted Aston Villa having had a bid of around £8million rejected, while Fulham and West Ham United are keeping tabs on the player.

But the ECHO understands speculation that Liverpool are among the potential suitors is wide of the mark, with the Philippines international not on their radar.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Liverpool have no interest in Neil Etheridge transfer

LiverpoolFC TV - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:35
Liverpool have no interest in signing Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.
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Liverpool have no interest in Neil Etheridge transfer

HEAD NEWS - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:35

Liverpool have no interest in signing Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

Reports coming out of Wales earlier this week suggested the Reds had made an initial enquiry over Etheridge's availability this summer.

The 29-year-old is expected to leave the relegated south Wales side, with promoted Aston Villa having had a bid of around £8million rejected, while Fulham and West Ham United are keeping tabs on the player.

But the ECHO understands speculation that Liverpool are among the potential suitors is wide of the mark, with the Philippines international not on their radar.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Euro papers: Inter want Eriksen

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 11:50
By Adam Newson, Football Whispers

Last Updated: 06/06/19 11:56am

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International football may have taken centre stage this week but clubs across Europe are working hard on improving their squads with the transfer window now in full swing.

So we asked at Football Whispers to round up all the latest news and gossip from across the continent...

Italy

Inter will try to tempt Tottenham star Christian Eriksen to the San Siro. The Dane admitted this week he wants to leave Spurs this summer amid interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona, but Inter hope an offer of £60m could put them at the front of the queue. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Arsenal have not given up on signing Sampdoria pair Joachim Andersen and Dennis Praet despite having an offer of £37m rejected by the Serie A side. The Gunners scouted the pair in May and are expected to return with another offer. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Roma want Inter to include Mauro Icardi as part of an exchange deal with Edin Dzeko. The Serie A side had offered the Argentine striker to Manchester United in the hope of securing Romelu Lukaku. (Sky Sport Italia)

Valencia lead the race to sign Matteo Darmian from Manchester United this summer. The club want to conclude a deal for around £8m but Juventus, Roma and Inter are also interested in the 29-year-old defender. (Sky Sport Italia)

Spain

Eden Hazard's move to Real Madrid is unlikely to be completed until after the international break. The Chelsea forward is set to feature for Belgium against Kazakhstan and Scotland, which would make Real's desire for official presentation at the Bernabeu impossible. (AS)

Samuel Umtiti has told Barcelona he will not entertain offers from other clubs, even if the La Liga champions are prepared to accept a bid for his services. The France World Cup winner struggled with injury last term and has been linked with Arsenal. (Marca)

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Umtiti is not the only player Barca are willing to cash in on this summer. The club are ready to listen to offers for Jasper Cillessen, Nelson Semedo, Philippe Coutinho and Malcom. (Marca)

Paris Saint-Germain want to replace the outgoing Gianluigi Buffon with Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Buffon will depart this summer when his contract expires and the Ligue 1 champions want an experienced alternative to Alphonse Areola. (Marca)

Real Sociedad are prepared to sell former Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj in order to finance a move for Danish youngster Andreas Skov Olsen. (Marca)

Germany

Ilkay Gundogan believes Manchester City team-mate Leroy Sane will remain at the club this summer despite interest from Bayern Munich. "I personally assume that Leroy will stay - that would also please me." (Sport Bild)

Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach are both interested in a £22m move for Dinamo Zagreb star Dani Olmo. The Spanish midfielder started his career with Barcelona, who have previously been linked with a move. (Kicker)

Kai Havertz remains a Bayern Munich transfer target and the Bundesliga champions are prepared to wait until next summer to secure the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder's signature after having a £70m offer turned down. (Kicker)

Borussia Dortmund hope Mario Gotze will sign a new deal at the club despite interest from Arsenal. The Germany international is out of contract in 2020 and has been linked with a cut-price move to the Emirates this summer. (Bild)

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Rafael van der Vaart believes Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt should join Bayern Munich. "I think Bayern would be the right club for him. My feeling is he is a player who would feel comfortable in Germany." (Sky Germany)

France

Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are, however, the only two clubs De Ligt is willing to sign with this summer. The La Liga champions are the Netherlands international's first choice and look likely to secure his signing. (RMC)

Marseille hope to beat Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund in the race to sign Marcus Thuram. The 21-year-old is expected to leave Guingamp this summer after the club were relegated to Ligue 2. (L'Equipe)

Portugal Tottenham are ready to rival Liverpool and Manchester United in the race to sign Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes. Spurs view the Portugal international as a replacement for Eriksen. (A Bola) Sky Sports Racing Selector

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Liverpool ready to offer £71m for Nicolas Pepe

HEAD NEWS - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 11:34

Liverpool have ramped up their efforts to sign Nicolas Pepe and could table an offer for the attacking winger in the region of £71m.

L'Equipe have reported on Thursday that the Ivory Coast international has been of major interest to Jürgen Klopp and that Liverpool are prepared to spend big on the 24-year-old.

Manchester United and Arsenal have also been strongly linked with a move for Pepe. 

Pepe has sparked interest from England's major clubs after scoring 23 goals in 41 appearances last season for Lille.

Source: MailOnline

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