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Liverpool set to be top seed for 2019-20 Champions League

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:13
Liverpool will head into the group stages of the 2019-20 Champions League as a top seed after winning the competition on Saturday.
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Liverpool set to be top seed for 2019-20 Champions League

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 10:13

Liverpool will head into the group stages of the 2019-20 Champions League as a top seed after winning the competition on Saturday.

The victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Madrid final means the Reds will be in pot one when the groups are drawn for next season's tournament in Monaco on August 29.

Joining Jürgen Klopp's side in the first pot are the champions from the six top-ranked nations and Europa League winners Chelsea.

Liverpool - who were placed in pot three in 2018-19 - already achieved automatic qualification for Europe's premier club competition with their second-place finish in the Premier League this term.

Therefore, the spot reserved for the holders of the European Cup has since been allocated to Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg.

Twenty-six teams have qualified automatically for next season's Champions League, subject to final confirmation by UEFA.

Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Valencia, Juventus, Napoli, Atalanta, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen, Paris Saint-Germain, Lille, Lyon, Zenit St Petersburg, Lokomotiv Moscow, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk, KRC Genk, Galatasaray and Red Bull Salzburg.

Pot one: Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern, PSG, Zenit.

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Liverpool’s pre-season plans clearer with Lyon and domestic friendlies planned

ThisIsAnfield.com - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:29

Liverpool are set to face Lyon in Geneva in July, along with at least two domestic friendlies, as their schedule for this summer’s pre-season nears completion.


The Reds have already confirmed clashes with Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting CP as part of a US tour which will take them to Indiana, Boston and New York.

With a place in the Community Shield against Man City also booked, preparations for the 2019/20 campaign had been forced into something of a reshuffle.

According to the Liverpool Echo‘s James Pearce, a training camp in France will see them make the short trip to Geneva in Switzerland, where they are expected to play Lyon on July 31.

Pearce also reports that Tranmere Rovers and Bradford City are lined up as the first opponents of the summer, with those friendlies taking place before the trip to the United States.

This means that Liverpool will play at least eight games before the Premier League opener on August 10/11, including the showpiece clash with City at Wembley on August 3/4.

Plans for a high-profile meeting with Napoli at Tottenham‘s new stadium have been shelved, with new venues under consideration including Murrayfield in Edinburgh.

Here’s how the Reds’ pre-season schedule is shaping up, including the four confirmed fixtures:

Liverpool Pre-Season, 2019

 Liverpool take on Manchester City during the International Champions Cup Group B match at the Yankee Stadium on day ten of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Tranmere Rovers – Prenton Park – July 11*
  • Bradford City – Valley Parade – July 14*
  • US tour begins
  • Borussia Dortmund – Norte Dame Stadium – July 19
  • Sevilla – Fenway Park – July 21
  • Sporting CP – Yankee Stadium – July 24
  • US tour ends
  • Napoli – Venue TBC – July 28*
  • France training camp begins
  • Lyon – Stade de Geneve – July 31*
  • France training camp ends
  • Man City – Wembley – August 3/4
  • Opponent TBC – Anfield – Date TBC, likely August 6/7*

* Fixture yet to be confirmed.

Last summer, Liverpool played nine games in pre-season, including four domestic friendlies against Chester, Tranmere, Bury and Blackburn.

And Pearce explains that another could be added to this summer’s schedule.

The Reds will also play in the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea in Istanbul on August 14, days after the start of the new Premier League campaign.

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Divock Origi set for new Liverpool contract after Champions League heroics

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:00

Champions League hero Divock Origi has played his way into a long-term Anfield future.

The Reds icon has confirmed he will sit down and talk with Liverpool, after being offered a new contract.

And the club’s recruitment team is increasingly confident the striker will become the latest young star to commit to the club, as they look to tie him up on a long-term deal.

Boss Jürgen Klopp has expressed his total faith in the Belgium international, who has starred in the second half of the season, and produced some absolutely vital goals to prove his finishing quality beyond doubt.

He followed a brilliant Champions League semi-final winner against Barcelona with a stunning finish in the final against Spurs to confirm his status as a cult icon amongst the club’s fans.

But Klopp has been impressed by both his attitude and his strike rate. He has finished the season as the club’s fourth top scorer despite limited opportunities in the early part of the campaign.

His record in Europe has been remarkable, and he has also provided some crucial last-minute goals against the likes of Everton and Newcastle.

All that has persuaded Klopp that Origi can play a bigger role going forward as a high-quality alternative to his frontline, and has also persuaded the club that he deserves a much longer contract.

He only has a year left on his current deal, and initially Liverpool were looking at offering a year’s extension. But his form and attitude - and confirmation of his instinctive finishing - means talks are now progressing over a long-term contract.

Origi is still only 24, and the club is determined to get all its younger players signed up to 2023 and beyond.

The player indicated talks will progress when he said after the final: “There’s an offer for a new contract on the table.

“We will see after the international games, but I think there will be talks with the club.”

Source: Daily Mirror

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Divock Origi set for new Liverpool contract after Champions League heroics

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:00
Champions League hero Divock Origi has played his way into a long-term Anfield future.
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10 interesting stats from Liverpool's Champions League final triumph

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:00
Liverpool's ninth appearance in the European Cup final yielded a sixth trophy for the Reds in Madrid on Saturday - and here are 10 interesting statistics from the 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
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Matthijs de Ligt to make transfer decision this week

HEAD NEWS - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 08:39

Matthijs de Ligt will choose between five offers on the table and will make his decision this week, per reports in Spain.

The Ajax captain is the most sought-after player in the world right now after a brilliant standout year for the Dutch champions.

After guiding his side to a Champions League semi-final and a first Eredivisie title in five years, De Ligt has reportedly been the subject of multiple big-money transfer offers already this summer.

Manchester United and Barcelona were believed to be the two frontrunners for the 19-year-old’s signature, but according to AS Sport, they will face stiff competition.

The publication claims that Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Juventus are all keen on securing the teenager’s services.

It was originally believed that United had edged in front of Barca with regards to financial offers, because they were willing to offer the player €5million (£4.43m) per year more than the Catalan club in wages.

But now, they could be forced into another bidding war with the French and Italian champions, both of whom are likely to be able to match their financial capabilities.

On Sport’s front page on Wednesday, the newspaper claims De Ligt will make his decision over the course of the next week.

Liverpool will be hoping that De Ligt’s international teammates Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum can help to persuade the youngster to move to Anfield, as they are currently together on international duty.

According to German publication Bild, the European champions are keen to add De Ligt to play alongside Van Dijk at Anfield, with Jürgen Klopp reportedly asking the club to sign him.

Source: Daily Express

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Matthijs de Ligt to make transfer decision this week

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 08:39

Matthijs de Ligt will choose between five offers on the table and will make his decision this week, per reports in Spain.

The Ajax captain is the most sought-after player in the world right now after a brilliant standout year for the Dutch champions.

After guiding his side to a Champions League semi-final and a first Eredivisie title in five years, De Ligt has reportedly been the subject of multiple big-money transfer offers already this summer.

Manchester United and Barcelona were believed to be the two frontrunners for the 19-year-old’s signature, but according to AS Sport, they will face stiff competition.

The publication claims that Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Juventus are all keen on securing the teenager’s services.

It was originally believed that United had edged in front of Barca with regards to financial offers, because they were willing to offer the player €5million (£4.43m) per year more than the Catalan club in wages.

But now, they could be forced into another bidding war with the French and Italian champions, both of whom are likely to be able to match their financial capabilities.

On Sport’s front page on Wednesday, the newspaper claims De Ligt will make his decision over the course of the next week.

Liverpool will be hoping that De Ligt’s international teammates Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum can help to persuade the youngster to move to Anfield, as they are currently together on international duty.

According to German publication Bild, the European champions are keen to add De Ligt to play alongside Van Dijk at Anfield, with Jürgen Klopp reportedly asking the club to sign him.

Source: Daily Express

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Matthijs de Ligt to make transfer decision this week

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 08:39
Matthijs de Ligt will choose between five offers on the table and will make his decision this week, per reports in Spain.
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'Klopp the perfect fit for Liverpool'

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 08:21

Last Updated: 05/06/19 8:35am

Jurgen Klopp celebrates winning the Champions League with Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrates winning the Champions League with Liverpool Jurgen Klopp celebrates winning the Champions League with Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp's background and personality makes him the "perfect fit" for Liverpool, according to Jurgen Klinsmann.

Klopp picked up his first trophy since taking charge at Liverpool in October 2015 when defeating Tottenham to seal the club's sixth European Cup crown on Saturday, rounding off a remarkable season that saw the team amass 97 Premier League points.

With celebrations still very much in full swing on Merseyside, former Germany coach Klinsmann believes his fellow countryman's upbringing is in-keeping with the principles Liverpool adhere to.

0:12 Klopp celebrated Liverpool's Champions League victory in style by singing his own rendition of Salt-N-Pepa's classic hit Klopp celebrated Liverpool's Champions League victory in style by singing his own rendition of Salt-N-Pepa's classic hit

"He's just a person you want to wish him well. He puts so much energy in there, so much effort and hard work in there, on all sides of the game," Klinsmann told the Mirror .

"The way he won over the people in Liverpool and the way he became one of them, it just deserves then, the end result, meaning now this very special title.

"Klopp fits Liverpool so perfectly because his background is very humble.

2:51 Around half a million people welcomed Liverpool home after their Champions League final win over Tottenham Around half a million people welcomed Liverpool home after their Champions League final win over Tottenham

"His background it's blue collar, hardworking, they live and die for their club and so, his whole life basically was always very, very closely connected to the people, to the neighbourhoods."

Klopp will not rest his laurels even so soon after Champions League success, according to Klinsmann, who believes the Liverpool boss will already be eyeing more trophies to come.

"He's a workaholic because that's in our blood where we come from. He's sponge, that always wants to learn and always wants to look at what is next…and it never gets saturated," Klinsmann added.

"One thing is for sure he will never, ever rest. Winning the Champions League final now, the first thought of him a day later will be, 'how do I win this next year?'

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Xabi Alonso explains Fabinho's impact for Liverpool

LiverpoolFC.TV - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 08:00

Deep-lying midfielders blessed with the ability to turn defence into attack with a single pass. Champions League winners in their debut seasons with Liverpool.

Xabi Alonso and Fabinho have plenty in common.

Indeed, they once crossed paths as teammates at Real Madrid, where Alonso consolidated his reputation as one of Europe’s chief playmakers and Fabinho pitched up as a right-back.

That was 2012-13. Six years later, via a successful spell at AS Monaco, Fabinho has treaded the same path to silverware with the Reds previously walked by his older peer.

The No.3 played the whole of Saturday’s Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur, won 2-0 by Liverpool to secure the trophy for a sixth time in the club’s history.

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He also featured for all but 13 minutes of the six knockout ties that preceded the showpiece in Madrid.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com ahead of the final, Alonso highlighted the natural simplicity of Fabinho’s approach to the midfield role as the most reminiscent character of his own game.

“I think that we could have similarities in terms of the position, in terms of how we want to connect with the players around, how he makes the players around him better players, making them play easier and play better,” said the Spaniard.

“Taking many small, correct decisions is part of being a midfielder and he does it very well.”

If Fabinho’s potential command of a midfield at the highest level of European football was not immediately evident to Alonso at Real, he has undoubtedly caught the eye since shining at Monaco before joining Liverpool.

The Brazil international was occasionally deployed at centre-back in 2018-19 too and his former colleague feels his skills are fundamentally flexible – though most suited to the centre of the pitch.

“He came to Madrid and you could see that technically he was very good, physically he was very good, but he was playing right-back,” Alonso recalled.

“I think that he can play everywhere because of his understanding of the game and he is able to read what’s going to happen and how he wants to do it, but I think the step he made in Monaco was beautiful.

“Playing that midfield role, he’s able to connect to the close ones, to the farther ones and I really like the way he plays: his understanding of the game, he’s involved in the game, taking the small decisions but ticking in all of the moments and I think that’s the job of a midfielder.”

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Xabi Alonso explains Fabinho's impact for Liverpool

LiverpoolFC TV - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 08:00
Deep-lying midfielders blessed with the ability to turn defence into attack with a single pass. Champions League winners in their debut seasons with Liverpool.
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Liverpool transfer rumours

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 19:10
Who have Liverpool been linked with this summer? The latest rumours...

Last Updated: 06/06/19 7:58am

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Cardiff's Neil Etheridge Liverpool have been linked with a move for Cardiff's Neil Etheridge Liverpool have been linked with a move for Cardiff's Neil Etheridge

The latest on the players Liverpool have been linked with this summer - and who might leave.

Jurgen Klopp will be looking to strengthen after running Manchester City down to the wire in the Premier League title race.

But who might be coming and going?

The latest players Liverpool have been linked with...

Donny van de Beek - The Ajax midfielder would reportedly cost the Reds £49m. (Le Parisien, June 4)

Max Kruse - Liverpool have opened talks with the Werder Bremen striker, who is out of contract this summer. (Sunday Express, June 2)

Neil Etheridge - With back-up goalkeeper Simon Mignolet potentially leaving this summer, could Liverpool snap up Cardiff's No 1?.WalesOnline say the Reds have made an initial enquiry over Etheridge's availability this summer, but have not yet launched a formal approach.

Adrien Rabiot - The out-of-contract PSG midfielder is set to turn down a move to Manchester United to sign a £170,000-a-week deal at Anfield (Daily Mail, June 3).

Memphis Depay - Although Sky Sports News understands Liverpool will not be making a bid.

Nabil Fekir - Nearly joined Liverpool last summer, but the deal broke down. Has been told by Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas that he will now be allowed to leave. Liverpool are looking to seal a quick deal for the midfielder (Daily Express)

Matthijs de Ligt - Sky Sports News understands the 19-year-old will join Barcelona this summer, irrespective of interest from English clubs.

Ryan Fraser - Liverpool are monitoring the situation with a year left on his current Bournemouth deal. (The Sun, May 20)

Timo Werner - Regularly linked with Liverpool and set to be sold this summer if he does not sign a new contract, according to new RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann. (Bild, May 30)

Samuel Chukwueze - Liverpool want more reinforcements in forward positions and are considering the 19-year-old. (Daily Mail, May 21)

Joao Pedro - Set to join Watford in January 2020, but Liverpool have made enquiries. (Daily Mail, May 26)

The latest on those who could leave Anfield this summer...

CONFIRMED: Daniel Sturridge - The striker will leave Liverpool when his contract expires.

CONFIRMED: Alberto Moreno - Along with Sturridge, Moreno will also be released this summer.

Mohamed Salah - Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are set for a £180m battle over the Liverpool striker this summer. (Daily Mail, June 4)

Sadio Mane - But the player insists he is happy at Liverpool despite being linked to Real Madrid.

1:39 With a host of clubs chasing the signature of Harry Wilson, we take a look at some of his stand-out moments for Derby this season. With a host of clubs chasing the signature of Harry Wilson, we take a look at some of his stand-out moments for Derby this season.

Harry Wilson - Newcastle, Southampton and Brighton are keen on the winger, Sky Sports News understands, after he spent last season on loan at Derby.

Marko Grujic - Another loan could be on the cards with Torino and Werder Bremen said to be interested. (Liverpool Echo, May 29 and 30)

Divock Origi - The striker has been offered a new deal by Liverpool and the Reds are confident he will commit long term . (Express, June 4)

Xherdan Shaqiri - The Swiss has dismissed speculation linking him with a summer move away from Liverpool by declaring his desire to remain with the European champions.

Rafael Camacho - The 19-year-old forward has a year left on his contract and the Express and Star say Wolves are hoping to secure a deal, which could be worth around £10million.

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There's also the return of the Transfer Talk Podcast, the daily UK, Regional and European Paper Talk, plus features across SkySports.com and the Sky Sports App.

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Champions of Europe a triumph of Jurgen Klopp’s “push the train” mantra

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 18:00

Jurgen Klopp has made a habit of doing things the hard way over his career, and Liverpool’s Champions League success saw the German’s effort rewarded.


On an evening when the football spectacle itself rarely reached great heights, this was a night on which the story of players, fans and staff alike took centre stage for Liverpool.

The story of Liverpool’s success is in fact not just one grand narrative, but many individual tales woven together which combine to form a mighty epic.

For Mo Salah, stepping up to take that penalty was not merely an opportunity to take the lead, it was the opportunity to exorcise the demons of 12 months ago.

While for Jurgen Klopp, returning his team to the final was the opportunity to silence the delusional critics who pointed to his failure to win and take the final step with his phenomenal team.

But perhaps no better story came out of Liverpool’s last two Champions League games than Divock Origi’s: he had three shots, and scored three goals.

 Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

I wrote after the Barcelona game the fate of this Liverpool team is somehow inevitably intertwined with that man and so it proved in a way I would not have dared to predict.

Origi’s goal was the moment we all knew European Cup No. 6 was coming home. It was soothingly cathartic as joy and jubilation washed away the memories of finals gone.

In every mind but his own Origi was the unlikely hero. This was the player who had to go out on loan to VFL Wolfsburg last season for game time, attracting more ridicule than accolades in the process.

But go back and rewatch that moment, Origi put away arguably the most difficult chance of the match with ease and then ran over to celebrate with the look of a man who knew he was never going to miss.

That goal was emblematic of Klopp’s time at Liverpool, showing the overwhelming power of belief.

 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk collapses to the pitch at the final whistle as team-mates Joel Matip and Joe Gomez embrace him as they celebrate 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)

Yet it was also a triumph hard work, dedication and never giving up. This Liverpool team is full of these stories. Yes, even its stars.

Virgil van Dijk, Player of the Year in England and Man of the Match in the Champions League final, is now undoubtedly the world’s premier centre-back, a Rolls Royce of a defender.

Yet Van Dijk’s pathway to Liverpool came via Groningen, Celtic and Southampton; he was an overnight success who took 10 years in the making.

Meanwhile, Sadio Mane‘s rags-to-riches story is one we are now all too familiar with, having played his way out of poverty in Senegal to reach football’s biggest stage.

Then there is Liverpool’s leader, Jordan Henderson, a man who had already overcome so many doubters to become captain of both his club and, regularly, his country, yet somehow remained a target for cheap and easy criticism.

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Now he has written his name in the pantheon of Liverpool greats, it is etched into stone forever: the captain of Liverpool’s European Cup winning team, Madrid, 2019.

Henderson has always suffered in shadow of Steven Gerrard. The standard was, rather unfairly, the best but now he has emerged as his own force and he’s done it his way.

His grit, heart and talent now represent this Liverpool team, which has become an irrepressible, relentless force.

Even on a day such as Saturday, when they couldn’t produce champagne football, the minimum expectation is, as Henderson told a reporter after the game, “100 percent” effort.

And there were other similar stories of struggle and perseverance in this Liverpool side, perhaps less eye-catching, but no less deserving to be savoured.

 Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (centre) celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mates Georginio Wijnaldum (left) and Sadio Mane (right)during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Daniel Sturridge is one such example. He gave his fragile body and his best years to Liverpool, and after trialling a loan to West Brom last season, he returned and decided to devote himself to being a squad player.

It was Sturridge who ignited the march to Madrid, and ultimately redemption, with the opening goal against PSG.

That supremely talented player, whose body cruelly fell apart to rob him of his best years, now has a fitting final stanza to his time at Anfield.

There remain, of course, a plethora of other stories.

What of Andy Robertson’s pathway from lower-league Scottish strugglers Queens Park, and then relegation with Hull City, to best left-back in world football?

Or perhaps you would prefer to hear about James Milner’s late-career revival as player and apparently Klopp’s unofficial translator? The everyman has now won everything.

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates with the trophy 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 Peter Makadi/Propaganda)

Or how about Trent Alexander-Arnold, the hometown boy living out his dreams at 20? He told reporters after the game, “I’m just a normal lad from Liverpool whose dream has come true.”

You can hear the echoes of Klopp, ‘the Normal One’, in Trent’s down-to-earth humility, which characterises this team.

Then there were the thousands of fan stories, lifetime hometown supporters, fans who crossed the globe just to be in Madrid for the atmosphere; fathers and sons, husbands and wives, and lifelong friends hitting the road together.

They all came together joined by hope and the lark’s sweet silver song.

Early in his tenure, Klopp announced that he wanted players who would “push the train, not jump on the running train.”

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp is thrown into the air by his team 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)

True to his word, he has assembled a group of players who have been doubted, spurned and scorned in their careers, players who have not walked the easy road, but the hard.

In those early days at Liverpool, Klopp lit a beacon on the hill for players and fans alike, that began with an awfully simple idea: that nothing was impossible, that there was no adversity which could not be overcome and that together we are strong.

Madrid was not only a coming-out party, a celebration; it was a statement. The red giant has awoken and we’re doing it our way.

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Liverpool confirm Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge to leave as Klopp thanks “modern great”

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 17:19

Liverpool have confirmed both Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge will leave the club on the expiry of their contracts, leaving two big holes in the squad.


The duo were widely expected to be leaving at the end of the campaign, with talks over an extension to their deals either stalling or never emerging.

And following the conclusion of the campaign with neither making an appearance off the bench in the Champions League final, the club announced the news on Tuesday evening.

They will officially exit Liverpool on July 1, but have been free to discuss terms with clubs outside of England since the beginning of the year.

Moreno has been linked with a plethora of clubs including Benfica, Barcelona and Arsenal, while Sturridge has been mooted with possible moves to either MLS or the A-League in Australia.

Both should be lauded for their contributions to the club, and particularly Sturridge, who scored 67 goals in 160 games for the club including 25 in the mesmeric 2013/14 season.

As part of the statement on the club’s official website, Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to his departing duo.

 Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge embraces manager Jürgen Klopp after the FA Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“They were here when I arrived as manager and during that period they—as much as anyone—helped to establish us as a team that would be heading in the right direction,” the manager said.

“Without them we wouldn’t be the team and club we are in this moment.”

Klopp described Moreno as an “unbelievable character” who “kept the entire group on their toes” despite his lack of minutes in recent times.

On Sturridge, he hailed a “modern-day Liverpool great,” having joined “while we were trying to rebuild and re-establish ourselves” and scored goals which were “so important.”

“He is one of the best finishers I have ever seen in my life. He scores goals you think could and should not be possible,” Klopp added.

Moreno and Sturridge depart as Champions League winners, and now Klopp will turn his attention to replacing them.

A new backup left-back and a versatile forward are considered two of the Reds’ biggest priorities in the transfer market.

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From the US to Asia to Africa – Liverpool’s global fans celebrate Champions League glory in style

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 17:00

Reds from all around the world were sent into a state of euphoria following Liverpool’s Champions League final success, from the United States to Africa.


Jurgen Klopp and his team made the dreams of millions come true on Saturday as the club’s sixth European Cup made its long-awaited return to Liverpool.

Reds from all around the world were in fan parks, pubs and in stadiums and arenas all glued to the images being broadcasted from Madrid, where the end of the 90 minutes saw an outpouring of emotion and celebrations.

From New York, San Francisco and Vancouver to Indonesia, Rwanda and Iraq—the feeling was the same.

Liverpool are, again, champions of Europe and it led to some incredible scenes from around the world.

United States

In New York, inside Carragher’s bar fans went wild as Divock Origi ensured Ol’ Big Ears was to be adorned by red ribbons:

When that Origi goal went in…..#Getin#SixTimes #ChampionsLeageFinal2019 #LFC #LiverpoolFC #NYC #Carraghers #NewYork #Celebrations @NYCKOPITES pic.twitter.com/00iV1CIiyN

— Carraghers New York (@CarrasNYC) 3 June 2019

And they were sure to let everyone know about it as they poured onto the streets and congregated around a New York Police Department’s patrol car bouncing to Gini Wijnaldum‘s song. Simply amazing:

We’re never gonna stop #SixTimes #ChampionsLeageFinal2019 #LFC #LiverpoolFC #NYC #Carraghers #NewYork #Celebrations pic.twitter.com/BXFYh7VyYs

— NY KOPITES (@NYCKOPITES) 3 June 2019

It was a case of ‘no pyro, no party’ for those in Sacramento, California as they took to the streets to celebrate:

Yep. No pyro. No party. Pop em boys.@hatscarforabadg pic.twitter.com/9saeDI6Edx

— LFC Sacramentö (@LFCSacramento) 1 June 2019

An outpouring of emotion came over those further down the coast in San Francisco as the game came to a close:

I say this as an Irishman, but I don’t wanna hear about Yanks not being proper fans anymore. This lot stood in line at 6 in the morning to get into @kezarpub with @LFCSF and did the club proud. pic.twitter.com/weXODL94O3

— Ubermick ?? (@ubermick) 2 June 2019

There were similar scenes in Boston as fans broke into song as the Liverpool players took part in their own celebrations in Madrid:

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— LFC Boston (@LFCBoston) 1 June 2019

Asia

Over 9,000 miles away from Boston, Reds in Bandung City, Indonesia were out of this world as numerous flares were let off inside a packed stadium.

The reach of this club never ceases to amaze:

Masih di edisi euforia champione. Ketika @MoSalah cetak goal di menit ke 2. Flare dihentakkan, stadion bergemuruh, harapan pun tumbuh.@BIGREDS_Bandung pic.twitter.com/7WxV0pNQ86

— arie. (@arieharyana) June 2, 2019

In the nearby city of Bekasi, Liverpool fans were again in their thousands as they watched Jordan Henderson lift the cup.

Truly incredible scenes which are made even more astounding when you consider the game kicked off at two in the morning:

TERIMA KASIH @BIGREDS_Bekasi pic.twitter.com/wLIzBIZlnA

— ? (@AdhityaTheo) 1 June 2019

In Malaysia, fans were watching on in their numbers:

We are the Champions of Europe. 6th time ????????? #LFC #YNWA #AllezAllezAllez #UEFAChampionsLeague19??? pic.twitter.com/g0zed039V8

— ???? ?????? ???? | Muhammad Amirul Azim (@maazim_7) 1 June 2019

Similar scenes were also taking place in the Maldives, with the addition of a few more flares:

Emotions at @OLSCMaldives! Conquered @ChampionsLeague again! @LFC #LFC #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/KNLpUwvsBf

— Abdulla Shihan ? (@schjihann) 1 June 2019

And in Fukuoka, Japan it was hugs and high fives all around at the final whistle:

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— ???????????????????? (@LFCjp) 1 June 2019

Sydney

Early wakeup calls were also needed for those Down Under, but that did not stop Reds in Sydney from holding back as Allez, Allez, Allez rang out:

Epic night and morning in @CheersBarSydney with @LFCNSW. Who needs sleep?! ???????????? pic.twitter.com/dLlbdVOHSL

— Steve Wilding (@SteveWilding7) 2 June 2019

If you haven't been to @CheersSydneyNSW to watch a match with @LFCNSW Reds, then this is why you should! #ChampionsOfEurope pic.twitter.com/1DW1evgArl

— Amanda (@AJEllem) 4 June 2019

Iraq

The official supporters’ club in Iraq was sent into raptures as Mohamed Salah netted the penalty which sent the Reds on their way to glory:

OLSC Iraq.. celebration after Mo Salah Pen . Baghdad ????@JamesPearceEcho? .
?@PeterMooreLFC? pic.twitter.com/AmSkP0mnmi

— LFC.IRAQ (OLCS) (@Iraqlfc) 3 June 2019

Canada

From the brink of leaving the club to becoming a European champion, Origi was the word for those in Vancouver as supporters let their love for the striker take centre stage:

Scenes here at Vancouver.. we are the champions of Europe.. 6 times. 6 times, let that sink in.. come on @LFCVancouver #liverpool #bigears pic.twitter.com/yFX5Qd2heU

— Ramachandran (@GaneshanKartik) 1 June 2019

Africa

It was a party atmosphere in Kenya as the Kop Kenyans came out in force to support Liverpool:

Boom!!!

What. An. Atmosphere!@thenodenairobi

Thank-you to all #KopKenyans who made it special… pic.twitter.com/0sPiT0LjAy

— nishalsodha (@nishalsodha) 3 June 2019

There was nothing but joy in Rwanda as Liverpool won their sixth European crown:

Champions of Europe #SixTimes and Our Klopp is a Song here in Rwanda #YNWA #UCLFinal @LFC pic.twitter.com/ti0BQ1MdzJ

— Rwanda Reds (@OLSC_Rwanda) 1 June 2019

But the most moving image, however, comes from Egypt where a young lad watched on as Salah became the first Egyptian to win the European Cup:

????? ?????? ???? ??????? ???????? ?? ????? ???? ????? ?????? ????? ????? ???? ??????? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ???? ???? ??? ????? ????? ?? ???? ???? ?????? ??? ???? ???? ?? ????? ??????? ????? ????
??? ?????? /??????? /???????? 2019@MoSalah@LFC_Arabic pic.twitter.com/dQccVmDGSG

— karim esam (@karimes46109669) 2 June 2019

Absolutely incredible.

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‘Full of life, full of energy’ – Moreno’s five years with Liverpool

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 16:58

“Full of life, full of energy, always positive. An unbelievable character who is always willing to give all of himself for the team.”

The words of thanks from Jürgen Klopp to Alberto Moreno as the Spanish left-back prepares to leave Liverpool upon the expiry of his contract this summer, having signed off by playing his part in the club returning to the summit of European football.

Recruited from Sevilla back in 2014 as the Reds sought to build on a second-place finish in the Premier League and capitalise on their return to the Champions League, Moreno made an instant impression with a stunning solo goal at Tottenham Hotspur.

The No.18 clocked up 91 appearances across his first two seasons on Merseyside, a period of transition as Brendan Rodgers departed and Klopp began his project at Anfield.

A Europa League winner before his transfer to Liverpool was completed, Moreno was on course to emulate the feat with the Reds in 2015-16 until former club Sevilla inflicted defeat in the final in Basel.

His opportunities were limited for much of the following campaign, which saw Klopp guide his team back to Champions League qualification, but the defender’s application and attitude in response to losing his place would be duly rewarded.

After impressing the boss in pre-season, Moreno regained a starting XI berth in the opening months of 2017-18 and rarely looked like relinquishing his position until an unfortunate injury presented fellow left-back Andy Robertson with a chance.

Robertson’s stellar form in the past 18 months was such that Moreno made only five appearances this season – but Klopp stressed the important role the Spaniard fulfilled in the wider squad as the Reds registered a club record 97 Premier League points and won the Champions League.

“I know this season, and the end of the last, maybe the minutes on the pitch he would have wanted and deserved were not there, but his contribution did not diminish,” said the manager.

“How he was in training kept the entire group on their toes. Albie is world-class and I know he will be back in the Spain national team in the not too distant future.”

What is already for certain, however, is Moreno departs the club as a European champion after being on the bench for Saturday’s Champions League final victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

“Living a dream,” the 26-year-old, who played 141 games and scored three goals for the club, said after the trophy parade in the city on Sunday. “What a feeling.”

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