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Match report: U23s knocked out of PL Cup by Boro

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 23:53

A 3-1 defeat to Middlesbrough saw Liverpool U23s eliminated from the Premier League Cup at the last-16 stage on Wednesday.

Boro striker Mitchell Curry netted twice - either side of a goal from former Liverpool defender Tom Brewitt - to knock the young Reds out at Bishop Auckland's Heritage Park.

Matty Virtue pulled one back midway through a second half the visitors enjoyed the better of, but the damage was already done and Curry spurned the chance to complete his hat-trick by blazing a late penalty over the crossbar.

International commitments meant Neil Critchley was unable to call on a number of regulars for the tie, but first-team full-back Nathaniel Clyne completed 90 minutes as he continues his comeback from a long-term back injury.

Curry’s well-struck opening goal arrived with just 46 seconds on the clock, and Brewitt went close to doubling Boro’s early advantage when he cleared the bar with a volley from an out-swinging free-kick.

Slowly but surely, though, Critchley's side gained a foothold in the game. 

Nat Phillips glanced Herbie Kane’s corner wide before Bobby Adekanye’s direct burst through the centre ended with a tame shot.

Rafa Camacho then curled narrowly off target and Virtue - eligible to play despite being on loan at Notts County - forced Boro goalkeeper Zak Hemming into a sharp save from close range when he ghosted in at the back post to get on the end of Tony Gallacher’s dangerous delivery.

But the visitors’ growing momentum was checked eight minutes before the break when Brewitt slotted into an open net after Adam Bogdan, under pressure in a crowded 18-yard box, failed to gather a cross.

That setback was responded to positively, with Camacho bringing a fine stop out of Hemming and Yan Dhanda sending a free-kick wide, but Liverpool could not halve the deficit before the break.

And, by the hour mark, Curry had made it three by accelerating clear and sneaking a low shot under the onrushing Bogdan.

Fine work from Toni Gomes down the right enabled Virtue to sweep home with 25 minutes to go, and Hemming again intervened when Adekanye shot powerfully following a driving run from deep. 

But Liverpool had left themselves with too much ground to make up and the final scoreline would have been more convincing for the hosts had Curry converted an 84th-minute spot-kick, awarded after Phillips had felled Luke Armstrong in the area.

Liverpool U23s: Bogdan, Clyne, Phillips, Masterson, Gallacher (Johnston 71’), Kane, Virtue, Adekanye, Dhanda, Camacho, Gomes. 

Unused subs: George, R Williams, Sharif, McAuley.

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Lewis impresses on England U19s debut

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 18:31

Debutant Adam Lewis helped England U19s to a 4-1 victory over Hungary on Wednesday.

The Liverpool U23s left-back, who also captains the Reds’ U18s side, played the full 90 minutes and impressed on his bow for the Young Lions in their opening U19 European Championship qualifier.

England fell behind shortly before half-time at the Telekom Arena in Skopje, Macedonia, but hit back emphatically in the second period with goals from Mason Mount and Jadon Sancho sandwiching a Reiss Nelson brace.

Lewis played a part in Mount’s equaliser soon after the break and Nelson’s second of the game, which put Keith Downing’s team 3-1 up late on.

England now face Latvia on Saturday and Macedonia on Tuesday as they bid to reach the Euros finals, which take place in Finland in the summer.

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Reds duo honour WWI heroes at St George's Park

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 17:54

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke took part in a ceremony at St George’s Park to honour the 14 England internationals who served their country during the First World War.

The Liverpool duo joined representatives from England’s youth and women’s teams to plant trees that will create a permanent memorial to the footballers at the FA’s national football centre, in support of the For Club and Country project.

To find out more about For Club and Country, click here.

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'The No.9 should still be playing!' - Fowler and Kuyt's Legends commentary

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 17:30

Ahead of gracing the Anfield pitch once more against Bayern Munich on Saturday, former Liverpool strikers Robbie Fowler and Dirk Kuyt took a special look back at the Legends' last outing in order to test their commentary skills.

The prolific duo, who are part of a 21-man Reds squad that will help raise funds for the LFC Foundation this weekend, warmed up for the big game by describing last year's 4-3 win over Real Madrid.

A confident Fowler takes the lead in hailing himself as fit enough to still play first-team football, while Kuyt politely laughs along and offers more earnest thoughts on the game.

And, inevitably, Jason McAteer comes in for some stick for his performance against the Galacticos last time out.

Watch the video below to decide for yourself whether Robbie and Dirk have a future in the commentary booth...

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Raise LFC Foundation funds with Legends memorabilia

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 15:58

Liverpool FC Legends will take on their Bayern Munich counterparts at Anfield on Saturday in a match organised in support of the LFC Foundation.

And to help raise further funds for the club's official charity, a range of special match memorabilia has been created to allow more fans to get behind this special cause.

Items start from as little as £1 and are available in store and online now. Browse a selection of what's on offer below.

LFC Legends game badge - £1.00

LFC Legends game mug - £8.00

Liverpool Legends print - £10.00

LFC Legends game tee - £18.00

Money raised from the charity game and retail range will help to fund a variety of projects for the LFC Foundation and charity partners. You can watch the match for free, live on the official LFC Facebook page, LFCTV GO, Sky channel 429 and Virgin Media channel 544 (3pm GMT kick-off).

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Revealed: Bayern Munich squad to face LFC Legends

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 15:00

Bayern Munich have revealed their 20-man squad to take on Liverpool Legends in Saturday's hotly anticipated charity match at Anfield.

Managed by World Cup and seven-time Bundesliga winner Klaus Augenthaler, Bayern will count legendary figures such as Lothar Matthaus, Bixente Lizarazu, Roy Makaay and Ze Roberto among their number.

Meanwhile, fresh from retiring last summer, former Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso will represent each of his former clubs for 45 minutes apiece in this weekend's fixture.

Money raised from the charity game will help to fund a variety of projects for the LFC Foundation and charity partners. You can watch the match for free, live on the official LFC Facebook page, LFCTV GO, Sky channel 429 and Virgin Media channel 544 (3pm GMT kick-off).

Confirmed Bayern Munich Legends squad and shirt numbers

1 - Hans-Jorg Butt
2 - Matthias Zimmermann
3 - Bixente Lizarazu
3 - Michael Tarnat
5 - Daniel van Buyten
6 - Martin Demichelis
7 - Roy Makaay
8 - Hans Pflugler
9 - Giovane Elber
10 - Lothar Matthaus
11 - Marcel Witezcek
12 - Uwe Gospodarek
13 - Paulo Sergio
14 - Xabi Alonso
15 - Ze Roberto
16 - Andreas Ottl
20 - Luca Toni
21 - Alexander Zickler
34 - Michael Sternkopf
35 - Zvjezdan Misimovic

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'I can't wait - but I don't want to chase Xabi for a half!'

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 12:30

John Aldridge can’t wait to pull on the red shirt again on Saturday - although the former striker isn’t keen on the idea of having to ‘chase’ another Liverpool great around the Anfield turf!

This weekend, Aldridge will team up with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt, captain Robbie Fowler and player-manager Ian Rush as the LFC Legends take on their counterparts from Bayern Munich in a match being played in aid of the club’s official charity, the LFC Foundation.

Ex-Republic of Ireland international Aldridge, who scored 63 goals in 104 appearances for the Reds in the late 1980s, netted at the Kop end during Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Real Madrid in the first Legends game staged at Anfield a year ago.

That match raised over £1million, with those funds going directly to the LFC Foundation to support its programmes and partnerships to help make a difference to the lives of children and young people.

Watch LFC Legends v Bayern live & free on LFCTV and LFCTV GO

And former No.8 Aldridge is excited about playing at Anfield once again while raising money for a worthy cause.

“I’m looking forward to it immensely. I’m very fortunate, at the ripe old age of nearly 60, to be included. I think the lads have taken pity on me!” he told

“It’s special, it’s always special [to play at Anfield]. I’ve been supporting Liverpool for nearly 55 years now. Whenever I go to the stadium it’s special. When I played for the club, everybody knows my thoughts on that. 

“Other than your family, it’s your next of kin. It’s brilliant. For the Foundation to put a spectacle on like this, and raise money for local causes, is absolutely tremendous. It’s just a win-win.

“We all know there are needy people out there, especially locally. You’ve got to look after your own and the club do that brilliantly. We get together and we can enjoy ourselves, and we’re competitive as well, as you saw with the Real Madrid game. Bayern Munich will come and want to win, and we’ll still want to win. 

“It’s not going to be blood, guts and thunder but it will be played in the right manner and the right spirit - and we want to win the game.”

Pick the LFC Legends team for Bayern clash>>>

However, Aldridge joked that the prospect of opposing the recently retired Xabi Alonso - who will represent both teams on the day - isn’t particularly appealing.

“It will be great to see Xabi Alonso. I don’t fancy having to chase the ball off him for 45 minutes! He’s welcome with open arms from every Liverpool supporter because he was a special player for us,” he said.

“It will be great to see Dirk back at Anfield, he was a player that the Kop really related to with his work ethic, and he scored some good goals as well.”

Aldridge has fond memories of the meeting with Real Madrid 12 months ago, and hopes he can roll back the years by getting his name on the scoresheet once again.

He continued: “Last year was a day to remember. What a great occasion, to see Anfield full at 54,000 and 25-30 per cent were kids. 

“To see them in the stadium was superb. And the game was just brilliant. To get on the scoresheet, via Fowler and Gerrard in front of the Kop and my grandkids, it was an awesome day.

“I can get into the positions, but the legs aren’t the same! I missed a couple of great opportunities as well. Even though I was only on for 13 minutes I could have had a hat-trick. I’ll settle for one [this time]!”

Money raised from the charity game will help to fund a variety of projects for the LFC Foundation and charity partners. You can watch the match for free, live on the official LFC Facebook page, LFCTV GO, Sky channel 429 and Virgin Media channel 544 (3pm GMT kick-off).

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Gerrard, Kuyt, Agger and more - LFC Legends squad confirmed

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 12:00

A 21-man Liverpool FC Legends squad has been confirmed for Saturday's charity match against German giants Bayern Munich.

The Reds boast a stellar line-up for the Anfield clash, featuring the likes of Daniel Agger, Luis Garcia, Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt, John Arne Riise and more.

Robbie Fowler will captain the side, while the club’s record goalscorer, Ian Rush, is set to act as player-manager in the sold-out encounter this weekend.

Plus, Xabi Alonso returns to the home of his old team – with whom he won the Champions League and FA Cup in the mid-2000s – to play 45 minutes for Liverpool.

Money raised from the charity game will help to fund a variety of projects for the LFC Foundation and charity partners. You can watch the match for free, live on the official LFC Facebook page, LFCTV GO, Sky channel 429 and Virgin Media channel 544 (3pm GMT kick-off).

Confirmed Liverpool FC Legends squad and shirt numbers

1 – Jerzy Dudek
1 – David James
3 – Bjorn Tore Kvarme
4 – Jason McAteer
5 – Daniel Agger
6 – Phil Babb
6 – John Arne Riise
7 – Steve McManaman
8 – John Aldridge
8 – Steven Gerrard
9 – Ian Rush (player-manager)
9 – Robbie Fowler (captain)
10 – Luis Garcia
10 – Michael Owen
11 – Vladimir Smicer
14 – Xabi Alonso
15 – Patrik Berger
16 – Dietmar Hamann
18 – Dirk Kuyt
21 – Gary McAllister
23 – Jamie Carragher

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7pm GMT: Watch U23s face Boro live on LFCTV GO

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 11:30

Liverpool U23s face Middlesbrough in a Premier League Cup last-16 tie on Wednesday night - and you can watch the game live on LFCTV GO from 6.55pm GMT.

Neil Critchley's side are out to claim a place in the quarter-finals by beating Boro, and we will bring you all of the action with our live single-camera coverage.

Kick-off at Bishop Auckland is at 7pm - join us for our live coverage on LFCTV GO from 6.55pm.

Tune in via the stream below. Not yet signed up and want to watch? Click here to join now.

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'Robertson and Moreno are both really impressive'

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 11:24

Jürgen Klopp is spoiled for choice at left-back due to the quality of Andy Robertson and Alberto Moreno.

That’s according to a man who filled that particular role with distinction throughout his own seven-year Liverpool career - John Arne Riise.

Robertson and Moreno have shared left-back duties for the Reds this season, with the former having established himself in recent months after the latter sustained an ankle injury in the 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow in December.

Both players have performed strongly when called on in 2017-18, and Riise sees the duo as each providing Klopp with an excellent option.

“I’ve been very impressed. He’s young, aggressive and fit,” the 2005 Champions League-winner told of Robertson, who joined from Hull City last summer.

“If he can stay healthy and focused, he has a big future as well. But I want to see him create even more and also score some goals!”

Regarding Moreno, Riise believes the Spain international deserves praise for the way in which he responded after James Milner was favoured at left-back for much of last season.

“He worked really hard, kept himself fit and I’m very happy for him as he was able to prove how good a player he is,” the Norwegian said.

“I’ve sent him some messages just to tell him how pleased I am for him and how he turned it around and that he must now continue working hard.”

Robertson and Moreno, then, both fulfil plenty of the criteria required to be a full-back in the modern game.

Riise continued: “I think the full backs are very important in football today. They need to be fit, strong and good offensively as they take a significant part in the attacking play.

“For Jürgen Klopp especially, it’s very important to have the full-backs able to push forward and make those runs which can open up the opposition.”

The January signing of Virgil van Dijk has also helped Liverpool’s full-backs, Riise feels, with the 37-year-old likening the Dutchman’s defensive and organisational skills to two of his former Anfield colleagues. 

“Having Sami Hyypia and Jamie Carragher helped me a lot, as I could go forward knowing that they had my back,” he explained.

“They were able to see the whole pitch in front of them and if I wasn’t in the correct position - which could happen a lot - they would shout instructions and make me aware.

“Every team should have a leader at the back. Carra and Hyypia were brilliant for that - and I can see Van Dijk doing the same now. I really like what he’s doing.”

Riise is part of the LFC Legends squad that will take on their Bayern Munich counterparts at Anfield on Saturday.

Money raised from the charity game will help to fund a variety of projects for the LFC Foundation and charity partners. You can watch the match for free, live on LFCTV GO, Sky channel 429 and Virgin channel 544 (3pm BST kick-off).

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Behind the Badge: Liverpool's loan process explained

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 11:05

Two-and-a-half years ago, Julian Ward's job didn't exist.

A move to Liverpool from Manchester City in October 2012 was brought about so Ward could work within the Reds’ recruitment and scouting team.

“Then, in around September 2015, we realised that there was this bridge that we had to create to help players make the step from U23s football to Melwood and first-team football…” the 36-year-old tells

Consequently, a new position was created: loan pathways and football partnerships manager.

It’s a role Ward was asked to take on and remains in to this day.

“I became responsible for making partnerships and networks with clubs around England and Europe,” he explains, during a recent conversation at Melwood.

“It’s my job to work with our coaching staff and sporting director to make sure we have a network of good options in place for when the younger lads are ready to go out into senior football, or when fringe first-team players need competitive game time.

“We also need to put in place support processes to manage each player’s pathway once that decision is made.

“We need to first identify positive environments for players to go to and then make sure that when they go, they are developing remotely.”

Aintree-born Ward describes working for Liverpool as ‘a great privilege’.

It’s been quite the journey to get here, too: from Aintree to Melwood, via Cumbria, Belfast, Lisbon and Manchester.

A family move meant Ward grew up in a village near the Cumbrian town of Ulverston, but he returned to his home city to complete a BSc Hons in Science & Football degree at Liverpool John Moores University - studies he combined with playing for Morecambe in the Conference.

Roles as a football consultant and performance analyst at Preston North End and the English FA followed, as did a Masters degree at the University of Ulster alongside a four-year stint playing in the Irish Premier League.

Then, when Ward was 28 years old, a life-changing job offer arrived. 

Ward picks up the story: “Carlos Queiroz had just left Manchester United to take over as Portugal’s head coach. He was appointed in 2008 and took me over to Lisbon to head up their scouting and analysis department, where I would manage opposition analysis and also the scouting of Portuguese players dotted all over Europe.”

It was, he acknowledges, ‘a bit left-field’. 

“A former boss who worked with Carlos at Manchester United and the South African national team alerted me to the opportunity,” Ward reveals.

“He told me Carlos was looking to build a scouting team with Portugal. I went for an interview and he gave me the opportunity to go to Lisbon and work with him. 

“It was a bit left-field but a really enjoyable experience and it gave me the chance to experience football and player development from a different culture. 

“I was part of a tense World Cup qualifying campaign. We qualified via a play-off against Bosnia, and then came through a tough group with Brazil and Ivory Coast before we were beaten in 1-0 in the last 16 by eventual winners Spain. David Villa got the goal just after half-time, and Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso both started the game too.

“Portugal at the time had the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani at Man United and three Portuguese lads at Chelsea - Deco, Paulo Ferreira and Ricardo Carvalho - so there were people I was familiar with and they were really helpful when I went over there in helping me adjust. 

“It took me about a year to get the language. I think the likes of Roberto Firmino, Rafa Camacho and Toni Gomes probably still struggle to get my interpretation of Portuguese now though, to be honest!”

Ward remained in post until shortly after the 2010 World Cup, when the opportunity to work in the Latin European and South American arm of Manchester City’s scouting department arose.

He didn’t know it at the time, but those jobs would stand him in good stead for the challenges that lay ahead at Liverpool.

“I got a lot of exposure to a lot of levels and types of play and I think that’s helped me in this role, in terms of placing players on loan,” Ward says.

“We’ve got Taiwo Awoniyi in Belgium, Pedro Chirivella in Holland, Divock Origi in Germany, Allan in Cyprus, Connor Randall in the SPL. I think that the broader your experience of different types of football, the more balanced you can be in how you evaluate performance.”

There are, Ward explains, three different types of move when it comes to players leaving Liverpool on loan.

Along with ‘established first-team players who need game time, like Divock and Daniel [Sturridge]’, the club also sanctions temporary transfers for non-EU players, with Awoniyi, Allan Rodrigues de Souza and Anderson Arroyo currently falling into that category.

“They’re all top talents within their generation, they all play for their respective national teams at U20 level, but we know that work permit-wise it’s a bit of a longer journey so we try to get them adapted to life and football in Europe and started on the process where they gain competitive experience,” Ward says.

“Hopefully that will increase their profile and credibility so when the time’s right, we can make that work permit application and bring them back into the fold.”

The third group involves the club’s ‘elite Academy players, who have proved themselves at U23 level and are looking for that next challenge’.

Harry Wilson, Ovie Ejaria and Sheyi Ojo are examples cited by Ward, before he elaborates: “The bar’s really high. 

“To nudge out of the way a Mo Salah, a Sadio Mane, a Firmino, our young players have got to be able to show that they can compete with senior international players, not only in games but in training. 

“We’ve got to make sure that the competitive experience they get is a positive one, right through the U18s and U23s and then when we feel they’ve reached a level where the next stage is playing for points and under pressure, a bit of exposure to the senior aspects of the game, then we have to look at other environments.”

But how do Jürgen Klopp, Alex Inglethorpe, Michael Edwards and Ward know when the time is right? How did they arrive at the decision to allow Wilson to join Hull City on loan in January, for example?

“I think Harry’s proved on a consistent level that he was performing to a really strong standard in the U23s,” Ward notes.

“His numbers were excellent in terms of goals, appearances and assists and he was also generating a lot of interest.

“With the first or second loan, the players earn it by their performances in the U23s. They generate interest and the clubs across the Championship, League One, League Two are always in good attendance at our U23s games. 

“We discuss each player on a regular basis and try to judge whether they’re ready to go out, whether they’re needed to be part of the U23 or Melwood group, and we have to then balance that up with the other options in terms of loan interest. 

“Then we’ve got to try to make sure that we get the right coaching environment, the right competitive level that allows the player to continue on that journey of development.”

Ward’s work throughout the year helps to ensure the club are fully prepared for all eventualities when the summer and January transfer windows come around.

And, while ‘last-minute’ interest in Liverpool players is commonplace, he says the club are ‘very reluctant’ to get involved in such business as they strive to conduct background checks on all potential destinations prior to authorising a loan deal.

“My job prior to the windows is to have a good knowledge of the squads, have good relationships with coaches, heads of recruitment, sporting directors and get a feel that they know our players,” Ward states.

“With our games being very accessible with getting to Prenton Park or watching them on LFCTV, when a coach or head of recruitment phones up asking about a player generally they know the specific characteristics of them and we hope that starts the process. 

“We’ll go and look at what kind of opportunities there would be for those players to play, whether there’s a lot of senior players in their path or there are two or three places where they can go and stake a claim for a place in the team. 

“We do that due diligence ahead of the two windows and then if Jürgen, Alex and Michael think the time is right then the options get filtered down to positive ones, the stars align and the button’s pressed and the player goes out on loan.

“Obviously the player’s involved too. We keep them up to date with what we think is the plan for them between pre-season and Christmas and then the level of competitions that we’re in can change during the season.

“We have to balance that games programme with each individual player’s point of progression.”

By no means does Ward’s involvement end once a player leaves Liverpool on loan, though.

“I coordinate the communication between the clubs,” he continues.

“The different departments across our club are connected with the loan club where we place a player - whether that be medical to medical, sports science to sports science, analysis to analysis or coaching to coaching - just so that we can make sure that when a player leaves us, the club they’re going to are fully furnished with where they’re at in terms of technical and physical development. 

“The very first week of the loan is about connecting different key contacts in the relevant departments so that the training load the player’s been exposed to prior to going out on loan can be communicated, as well as any medical issues and also development points.

“We look at areas of their game that we think ‘OK, this is where the player is at the start of the loan, by the end of the loan we’d hope to see some progress and improvements in these three or four specific coaching areas’. 

“Then, the clips from all the players’ games are fed back to us within 24-48 hours and I liaise with our scouting department and coaches to make sure that we get regular live viewings of games, but also we get out to the training ground to see them working in their environment Monday to Friday. 

“That’s well established now. It’s a combination of putting good communication processes in place and planning with the coaches and the scouting department to make sure we’ve got coverage so that the players still feel connected to the club.”

Ward’s response when he’s asked to define a ‘successful loan’ cuts to the crux of the whole point of the enterprise.

That is, to give Liverpool’s Academy prospects the best possible chance of forging a prosperous professional career - ideally at Anfield.

“Successful loans prepare players to come back to Melwood and make a real positive impression,” he concludes.

“We want to give our young players who are ready experiences of training each day and competing with senior players to improve their physical capabilities.

“We want to give them the opportunity to play in a league where there’s expectation, where there’s pressure, where there’s media attention, all with the idea of trying to transmit their skills to perform under pressure.

“I think if we get the loan right, a player gets credibility among the coaching fraternity and in football in general. 

“And when they come back to Liverpool, they’ll be more equipped with the demands of being a Liverpool player.”

‘Behind the Badge’ is a regular feature on which aims to tell the individual stories of the numerous men and women who work tirelessly away from the spotlight in an attempt to make Liverpool FC successful.

We speak to various members of staff across the first-team, Academy and Ladies set-ups who dedicate their lives to the club each and every day, covering a variety of different roles that make a vital contribution in preparing the Reds for action.

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Watch free: Steven Gerrard goes back to Melwood

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 20:27

Steven Gerrard takes a fascinating trip down memory lane in a brand new video feature: 'BetVictor presents This is Melwood'.

The Liverpool icon called the West Derby training ground home for 17 years as he set about becoming one of the greatest players in Reds history.

In association with BetVictor, official principal partner of the club, Gerrard – now U18s manager – recently visited Melwood again to catch up with a host of familiar faces.

Kitchen staff members Carol and Caroline – his ‘other mums’ – reveal what the former midfielder was like during his playing days, and the analysis department offer insight on their particular field.

Plus, Gerrard is welcomed into Jürgen Klopp’s office to get the first-team boss’ take on creating a positive and successful environment for the current squad.

Watch the video in full below…

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Liverpool v Manchester City: Ticket details

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 19:16

Liverpool FC have released the following ticket details for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City.

The tie will be played at Anfield on Wednesday April 4, with kick-off at 7.45pm BST.

The entire stadium will be ticketed and prices are varied depending on seat location.

Adults - £9*-£59
Over 65s - £9*-£44
Young adults - £9*-£29.50
Juniors - £9 (within the advertised family sections)

*Local general sale price

For a full breakdown of the pricing structure for this game, please click here.

Official LFC hospitality

Please call 0151 264 2222 for details, or buy online.

Official ticket and hotel breaks

For availability and prices, click here or call 01733 224834. Thomas Cook Sport terms and conditions apply.

Match breaks are sold on a match-by-match basis; therefore, tickets purchased via the match breaks will not qualify for ticket priority in future rounds of the competition.

Information for supporters enrolled into the Auto Cup Scheme

Season ticket holders and Members registered in the Auto Cup Scheme must not purchase a ticket for this fixture as we are in the process of taking payments.

Click here for specific details, including stadium access, prices and what to do if your payment has failed.

Disabled supporters

Click here for details.

All other supporters

The below sales will take place online only.

Priority rights holders: from 8.15am on Thursday March 22.

For full details on eligibility, please click here.

Tickets will then be available based on attendance at FC Porto (March 6, 2018), Spartak Moscow (December 6, 2017), Maribor (November 1, 2017) and Sevilla (September 13, 2017).

Sales will take place in the following order subject to availability and on a first come, first served basis. We cannot guarantee that tickets will be available to all who apply.

Please expect to queue at times.

Season ticket holders who attended four games: from 1pm on Thursday March 22.

Members who attended four games: from 8.15am on Friday March 23.

For this fixture, it is anticipated that there will not be enough remaining tickets to fulfil all Members who have attend four previous games. At this stage of the competition, we would expect fewer tickets to be returned from our contractual ticket obligations, compared to the numbers returned for previous rounds.

Should there be any tickets remaining following the above sales, the club will make a further announcement. Supporters should check for any sale updates.

The local general sale will take place from 8.15am on Wednesday March 28.

The club reserves the right to change any sale to a controlled sale if given advice from the police or other relevant authorities.

For stadium access information, click here.

For general information, click here.

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Match preview: U23s face Boro in PL Cup

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 19:11

Liverpool U23s hope to get back to winning ways when they travel to Middlesbrough in the last 16 of the Premier League Cup on Wednesday night.

The young Reds have lost their last three outings ahead of their trip to Teesside. The tie has to be decided on the night, with extra-time and penalties if necessary.

Read on for more details ahead of the PL Cup encounter...

Where is the game being played? The match is at Bishop Auckland FC, with kick-off set for 7pm GMT.

How can I watch the game? We are showing this game live on LFCTV GO, starting at 6.55pm. Click here to sign up now.

How Liverpool reached the last 16: Critchley's team produced a superb display in their final group game to beat Stoke City 4-0 at St George's Park and seal their progression, thanks in the main to a hat-trick from Dominic Solanke.

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Inside Anfield: Behind the scenes of Mo's magic four

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 18:00

Mohamed Salah scored four goals as Liverpool beat Watford 5-0 at Anfield on Saturday - and our latest edition of 'Inside Anfield' shows you exactly what happened away from the pitch during a good night's work for Jürgen Klopp's side.

The LFCTV GO cameras were stationed inside and around the stadium to capture behind-the-scenes footage that is not available anywhere else.

From the players’ tunnel to a prime pitchside position, and on the shoulder of the post-match interviews, the montage tells the whole story of a successful day for the Reds.

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Trent trains with senior England squad

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 17:32

Trent Alexander-Arnold trained with the England senior squad on Tuesday.

The Liverpool defender was called up to the U21s team for the Cyrille Regis International against Romania this Saturday and the European Championship qualifier with Ukraine next week.

Alexander-Arnold, who has not been added to Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions group, bolstered the ranks for their latest session ahead of friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.

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Watch: LFC Legends take on volley challenge

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 16:30

Three of the Liverpool FC Legends team faced off in a special volley challenge ahead of Saturday's charity match against Bayern Munich.

During a recent training session, Jason McAteer, Steve McManaman and Michael Owen did battle over one of the hardest skills in football.

The premise was simple: 60 seconds to net as many volleys as possible past Academy goalkeeper Andy Firth. See how they fared below…

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Money raised from the charity game will help to fund a variety of projects for the LFC Foundation and charity partners. You can watch the match for free, live on the official LFC Facebook page, LFCTV GO, Sky channel 429 and Virgin Media channel 544 (3pm GMT kick-off).

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Klopp on top-four battle: 'We can only do our job'

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 12:16

Jürgen Klopp is focused solely on 'doing our job' in the closing stages of the domestic season after Liverpool strengthened their grip on a top-four spot at the weekend.

Saturday’s 5-0 demolition of Watford at Anfield lifted the Reds to third in the Premier League, two points above Tottenham Hotspur and seven ahead of Chelsea - although both London clubs have a game in hand on Klopp’s team due to their involvement in the FA Cup.

The manager was satisfied to sign off for the international break by returning to winning ways following the disappointment of a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United seven days earlier.

However, he knows there is still plenty of work to do with seven top-flight matches remaining this season - a programme that starts with a trip to Crystal Palace on March 31.

“We can only do our job,” Klopp told

“We have to win football games and the next one especially will be very difficult. Crystal Palace, they won on Saturday [and it’s] after an international break so we have to be ready in two days. 

“We will be ready in two days, that’s a challenge but first of all they [Liverpool’s players] all need to come back healthy and I hope really for that. 

“Then we have to prepare for the rest of the season and use the good situation and the good basis we created.”

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Liverpool 'approach' Leicester's Wilfred Ndidi

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 12:02

With Liverpool expected to be in the market for a midfielder this summer, the scramble to link players with a move to Anfield continues in earnest.

Even over in Guinea.

According to African journalist Alpha Balde - who has appeared on French media station RMC Sport, amongst others - the Reds have 'approached' Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi.

Ndidi, a Nigerian international, moved to the Premier League in 2017 and has impressed during his time at the King Power Stadium.

Balde suggests, however, that despite the interest he reports, the Foxes would demand a huge fee for his services - and that could scupper the deal for the 21-year-old, who he claims would 'give his consent' to a move to Merseyside.

Ndidi moved to Leicester last January after establishing himself with Belgian club Genk.

Jorginho has also been previously linked with a move to bolster Jurgen Klopp's options in the no.6 position.

Expect a few more to be between now and the summer, too.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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Fowler: I want to 'do an Aldo' for the Legends at Anfield

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 11:34

Robbie Fowler hopes a helping hand from the Liverpool FC Legends team he will captain this Saturday can allow him to emulate John Aldridge at Anfield.

A star-studded squad of Reds greats will take to the turf again for a charity match against Bayern Munich which will raise vital funds for the LFC Foundation.

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Their previous outing came a year ago, when Real Madrid were defeated 4-3.

Steven Gerrard led the charge that March afternoon with two assists and a goal, though one of the biggest celebrations ensued when Aldridge tapped home at the Kop end from the midfielder’s perfect cross.

And while Fowler is immensely proud to just be involved and have the honour of skippering the side, the man who hit 183 goals for the Liverpool first team is dreaming of his own special moment this weekend.

“Maybe the lads were trying to put everything on a plate for him so he didn’t have to run as far!” the 42-year-old, who converted a penalty in the game, told

“You saw when he scored the goal how good it was, not just for him but everyone else – the fans loved it and we as players loved it as well. I’m hoping someone will do what they did for Aldo, for me.”

Watch: LFC Legends beat Real Madrid 4-3

The Liverpool squad has been bolstered by the inclusion of the likes of recently-retired Daniel Agger and Dirk Kuyt, while fan favourite Xabi Alonso will play 45 minutes for each of his former clubs.

So player-manager Ian Rush has something of a selection headache, though Fowler is delighted by the level of quality and fitness possessed in the Reds ranks.

“No-one is guaranteed a place just yet!” he warned.

“Xabi is brilliant. When I came back to Liverpool [in 2006] you could see how good he was. The passing range and the ability he has got with a football is quite frightening. He has not long retired so he will probably have a little bit more than most of us.

“Steven is still fit. Dirk Kuyt is probably still running marathons! Fitness-wise, I think we’ll be alright. And certainly talent-wise, we’ll be more than alright.”

The football comes secondary to the cause, of course, with 90 per cent of the proceeds from the match going to the club’s official charity – the LFC Foundation – to support its programmes and partnerships, which aim to create life-changing opportunities for children and young people.

The remaining 10 per cent of the money raised will be donated to the German giants’ charity, FC Bayern Hilfe e.V.

“We all know what it’s about: raising money for unbelievable charities,” added Fowler.

“A lot of money has been raised for the research centre at Alder Hey, and there are various other charities in and around Liverpool. We know what it’s for.

“As much as we love getting together, putting the kit on, walking out at Anfield and playing this football game, this unbelievable club always does things right. What it’s for will never get lost with us.”

Money raised from the charity game will help to fund a variety of projects for the LFC Foundation and charity partners. You can watch the match for free, live on the official LFC Facebook page, LFCTV GO, Sky channel 429 and Virgin Media channel 544 (3pm GMT kick-off).

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