Liverpool Ladies can today confirm that Ali Johnson will be leaving the club following the expiration of her contract.
Reds winger Johnson joined the club from Blackburn Rovers Ladies, making 26 appearances and scoring three goals during her spell on Merseyside.
Everyone at Liverpool Ladies thanks Ali for her valuable contribution since joining the club and wishes her the best of luck for the future.
Danny Ward has today completed a permanent transfer to Leicester City.
The goalkeeper joined Liverpool from Wrexham in January 2012 and impressed for the club’s youth sides as he set about staking a claim to be involved with the first team.
After loan spells with Morecambe and Aberdeen, his senior debut for the Reds eventually came under Jürgen Klopp in the final weeks of the 2015-16 season in a Premier League clash with AFC Bournemouth, and he subsequently started at Swansea City.
That summer, he represented Wales at Euro 2016, prompting significant interest in Ward before the beginning of the next campaign.
Huddersfield Town secured his services on loan and the stopper was a vital performer as they achieved promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs at the end of the season, saving two penalties in the semi-final and another in the final.
He returned to the Reds for 2017-18 and made one more competitive appearance, that coming against his new club Leicester in a League Cup tie.
Everybody at Liverpool FC wishes Danny the best of luck in his future career.
Adam Lewis went the distance as England U19s played out a 1-1 draw with Ukraine in the European Championship on Friday.
The Reds academy youngster was an impressive performer during the outing in Finland.
After their opening 3-2 win over Turkey, Paul Simpson's side took an early lead but Ukraine fought back to level the scores.
England U19s complete their group when they face France on Monday afternoon.
After a performance that was described as 'exceptional' by Jürgen Klopp, take a closer look at Naby Keita's best bits from Liverpool's win over Blackburn Rovers in our latest 'In Focus' video.
The No.8 was part of Klopp's second-half team at Ewood Park on Thursday and played impressively to help the Reds to a 2-0 victory in their fourth friendly of pre-season.
Keita's display was crowned with an assist for Daniel Sturridge, which you can watch along with his other individual highlights in the video below...
Alisson Becker’s first interview as a Liverpool player was drawing to a close - and then, there was an interruption.
The Reds’ new goalkeeper had one question left to answer after sealing his transfer from AS Roma on Thursday, when someone entered Melwood’s press conference room unexpectedly.
That someone was a certain Jürgen Klopp.
Brazil international Alisson duly shared a warm greeting with his new boss - as you can see in the free video below…
Liverpool Football Club will offer supporters who bought a 2018-19 replica shirt printed with 'Mane 19' a like-for-like exchange for a 'Mane 10' 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 Senegal forward will wear the Reds’ No.10 shirt this season.
To claim this offer, supporters should return their 2018-19 ‘Mane 19’ replica shirt to any official LFC club store, where the shirt will be exchanged. Proof of purchase will be required and the original shirt will be retained.
Fans who purchased a 2018-19 ‘Mane 19’ replica shirt online 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 August 17, 2018. Any shirts received after this date will not be valid for an exchange.
Retained shirts will be donated to the club’s official charity, LFC Foundation, who will work with KitAid to distribute them to underprivileged children and adults in some of the world’s poorest countries.
For full terms and conditions, please click here.
Please click here to contact LFC customer service for more information.
Sadio Mane will wear the No.10 shirt for Liverpool for the 2018-19 season.
The Senegal international has switched from his previous number, 19, which he has worn since joining the club from Southampton in 2016, ahead of the new campaign.
Mane now takes up the No.10 jersey vacated by Philippe Coutinho upon his move to FC Barcelona in January, which has also been worn by John Barnes, Joe Cole, Luis Garcia, Michael Owen and Andriy Voronin during the Premier League era.
Liverpool FC will offer supporters who have purchased a 2018-19 replica shirt printed with ‘Mane 19’ a like-for-like exchange for a ‘Mane 10’ jersey. Please click here for full details.
LFC Foundation's Premier League (PL) Kicks programme has begun a new range of multi-sports activities for local youngsters.
Delivered alongside Liverpool organisation Spartacus Events, the new activities form part of the existing PL Kicks sessions at Speke Youth and Community Centre.
Zorb Football, UV Dodgeball and Combat Archery - a hybrid of paintball, archery and dodgeball – are among the new sports available, offering local young people an alternative to the regular PL Kicks football sessions.
Tony Cosgrove, LFC Foundation project lead, said: "A high percentage of youngsters in Liverpool don’t participate in football or other widely-available sports, so these new sessions aim to engage them in something different.
"It's so important to promote a healthy lifestyle among young people and encourage them to take part in regular physical activity, and the Spartacus sessions have already proven extremely popular.
"We have seen a huge increase in participants and it’s been a real boost for the local community of Speke.”
Sandra Riley, centre manager at Speke Youth and Community Centre, added: "The multi-sports sessions have gone down extremely well with the young people and engagement levels have been excellent.
"The LFC Foundation coaches and Spartacus staff have built fantastic relationships with the participants, and they’ve provided them with activities that they normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience.
"They really look forward to coming along on a Monday night."
Premier League Kicks multi-sports sessions take place every Monday from 6-8pm at Speke Youth and Community Centre and are free to attend. Activities are suitable for boys and girls aged 11+.
For more information visit foundation.liverpoolfc.com or follow @LFCFoundation on Twitter.
Jordan Ayew is a shock target for Liverpool, according to reports.
The Swansea forward has been linked with a move to Anfield as the Welsh club look to sell their higher-earning stars following relegation.
Swansea are reportedly looking to sell both Ayew brothers, Jordan and Andre, in a bid to save cash.
Football Ghana , based in the duo's homeland, claim that both Liverpool and Celtic are interested in landing Jordan, while Newcastle and Besiktas are after Andre.
It is claimed that Swansea want to raise about £12million from the sales of both men.
Source: Daily Mirror
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The Reds completed the world-record goalkeeper signing of Alisson... but will Nabil Fekir join him?
Fekir, 25, featured in six of France's seven matches at the World Cup, including coming on as a late substitute in the 4-2 final win over Croatia.
Fekir's dream is still to join the Reds - so will it happen?
Express Sport understands the move is unlikely as Liverpool are likely to call it a day after spending £67million on Alisson.
In fact, Jurgen Klopp appeared to drop a clue that a deal was off when he admitted he was "pretty sure" that Alisson would be the last bit of business that the Reds do.
Liverpool have splashed out £43.7million on defensive midfielder Fabinho from Monaco and £13m on Stoke's Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Reds have then signed Roma goalkeeper Alisson, while £52m midfielder Naby Keita has joined the club after a deal was agreed with Red Bull Leipzig last summer.
Klopp now has options in most positions and it appears his interest in a new attacking midfielder has cooled.
For Fekir, it's all smiles after World Cup domination.
On Thursday, the official Lyon account tweeted that they plan to honour Fekir's success with a presentation on the pitch before their first match of the new Ligue 1 season against Amiens on August 12.
That's three days after the transfer window slams shut.
Their tweet read: "Nabil Fekir will be presented with the trophy of the World Cup for his return to Groupama Stadium on Sunday 12 August, on the occasion of the 1st day of the Ligue 1 and the reception of Amiens at 3pm!"
Joe.co.uk's senior football correspondent Melissa Reddy disagrees and believes Fekir may still be on the cards.
She told the Anfield Wrap: "I think Liverpool thought so highly of him and obviously the deal was at such at an advanced stage. or it to fall short at a medical and the time it happened, they had no time to do anything after the medical results came in because he was flying with France.
"They would have felt a sense of letting the player down. No party involved wanted that to be the end of it, that result, that conclusion.
"It's how you work around the terms of the deal. Is it possible to do a loan deal or is it still permanent but only two years? There's all these things you need to solve.
"When Liverpool have really liked a player and there's been complications and hardships, they find a way.
"The only thing is, this wasn't a 'we disagree on figures, we disagree on wages' - it's a medical thing.
"I think if there is some sort of way to get the player and protect their best interests as a club, they'll find a way to do it."
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Jürgen Klopp was impressed by Liverpool's increasing fluency during their 2-0 win at Blackburn Rovers on Thursday night.
The Reds wrapped up their run of local friendlies with a victory courtesy of second-half strikes from Lazar Markovic and Daniel Sturridge.
After the game, Klopp provided his take on the contest and in particular the impressive efforts of Sturridge and summer signing Naby Keita.
Read on for a summary of his chat with the media.
On his assessment of the game…
A good game. It was a real challenge and playing against a Championship team in pre-season is I think the biggest challenge you can face because they have the quality and the desire to show they are not much worse and that’s what Blackburn did tonight. We had a few problems in the first half pretty much only because we caused them ourselves. You always see in pre-season the players react differently individually, a few have fresher legs than others.
We had the chances in the first half, we missed a penalty and we had good moments in the box, and could have been 2-0 or 3-0 up already. We could have conceded one because Loris [Karius] had to make two or three good saves. The second half was more fluent. The boys changed positions and it wasn’t as hectic as the first half so it was a little bit calmer. That helped a lot, so a very deserved 2-0 win. A very good game for us, 45 minutes [for the players] again, very intense.
On Sturridge’s performance…
He has looked really good for us and with the armband in the second half it’s completely normal, the guy who is the longest-serving for the club and most experienced, so that was clear. He missed a chance which I think we all know 99 per cent of those situations he will score. So he played a really good game and helped us a lot, and the link-up play especially with Naby was brilliant, so good game.
On Keita’s impressive passing range…
Good player, that’s true. In this moment he looks very natural in the position, which is good but we have of course still to work on it, that’s how it is, but it’s all good so far. Fabinho I think played his best game since he came here now. He needed time to settle and it looked much more natural with him in that position, so that was good. There were a few really good performances in both halves, Nat Phillips played really well so that’s good, and Curtis [Jones] and Rafa Camacho second half. That’s how football should look and enjoy it. They need organisation and second half we were better because we didn’t lose easy balls, and we had a few of them in the first half.
Recap Alisson Becker's professional career thus far with our historical gallery.
The Brazilian's journey began at Internacional in his homeland, where he rose through the youth ranks to claim a place between the sticks in the first team.
From there, the talented shot-stopper headed to Italian outfit AS Roma, where he impressed in both Serie A and Champions League before securing his Anfield switch.
Take a pictorial look back at the journey that brought Alisson to Merseyside below...
Alisson Becker delivered a wide-ranging and insightful interview to Liverpoolfc.com after joining the Reds on a long-term contract from AS Roma.
The Brazil international became the club’s fourth new arrival of the summer late on Thursday having completed a medical and penned a deal at Melwood.
Shortly after sealing the necessary formalities, Alisson sat down for his first official interview and spoke on a variety of topics – including the factors in his decision to join, his style of play, working with Jürgen Klopp, and his ambitions for the future.
Watch the full chat on LFCTV GO now or read on for a transcript.
Alisson, firstly, welcome to Liverpool Football Club…
Thank you very much.
How pleased are you to have got this deal done to become a Liverpool player?
I’m really happy, it’s a dream come true to wear such a prestigious shirt for a club of this size that is used to always winning. In terms of my life and my career it’s a huge step for me being part of this club and this family. You can be certain that I’ll give my all.
Is it true that you cut short your holiday to fly to Liverpool and come and get this deal done?
Yes, I did cut them short a bit but I was immensely satisfied to do so, to make this dream come true and take the next step in my career. It’s a step forward and when you’re happy in what you’re doing, nothing is a sacrifice, so I left my family behind to get the issues resolved. I’m also representing them here, they’re here with me in my heart. I’m really happy with what I’ve seen here, it’s so organised. This is going to be our new home.
There has been a lot of speculation about you this summer, but why are Liverpool the right club for you?
As I said previously, Liverpool are a team with a habit of winning, that have fanatical fans that are behind the team in every game. Playing against them last year in the Champions League, I was able to experience that atmosphere and that game had an influence on me. Once I heard they were interested in me, I started thinking about the possibility of playing for Liverpool. I’m coming from a club where I was very happy and I’m sure I’ll be very happy here. I’ll give my all to give something back to the fans and join this team because it’s a developing group achieving great things. They got to the Champions League final and that’s something that motivates me, to be part of a group that competes at a high level. I believe this is going to add a great deal to my career in terms of professional growth, so I can add something to the team for the team to grow even further because it’s a massive club.
Have you had an opportunity to speak to Roberto Firmino about Liverpool and if so, what has he told you?
I’ve spoken to him. I had spoken to him before things really started to happen. When the negotiations became official I spoke to him and I only heard good things about the club and the city. He is a player who feels really at home here. He is loved by the fans and really popular with his teammates. He is a great person and only had positive things to say. He said if I were to come here, I’d be really happy as well. Putting our friendship to one side and the time we spent together with the national team, I’m really happy to be at the same club as him and have the same daily routine as him. Hopefully we can develop a great deal together.
You played against Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane last season… how pleased are you that they will be on your side this season and you don’t have to face them?
Really happy! It’s tough being up against them – and not just them. It’s not just the three of them up front but the whole team. That’s based on the games I played against them. They had a great year, I felt the strength of the group – there aren’t just three players, there are 11 players as well as the players coming off the bench. They showed a lot of desire to win so it’s exciting for me to have the three of them up front to win games. It’s important and I’m really happy to have them by my side.
One of those games was of course at Anfield - the Champions League semi-final, first leg. What did you make of the experience and the atmosphere?
I think it was one of the tensest games of my career and one of the most exciting. I think the Anfield factor contributed a lot to that. Putting the result aside, which was an unfortunate moment in my career – but it wasn’t my first defeat and won’t be my last, we have to deal with these things as professionals – it was an amazing game. I remember for 35 minutes we went toe-to-toe, it was a balanced game, but from the moment the fans started believing in the team it brought an energy into the stadium and the players grew. It was the moment they started growing into the game. Salah scored the first goal, sending the stadium into delirium – it was incredible. Players hope for that type of support from the fans. For me, that’s great for this coming season. Hopefully I can benefit from it and my performances will become even better on the pitch.
How influential was that night in your decision to want to join Liverpool?
Yes, in part it did influence the decision. When you make an important decision like this it’s not just a decision to change clubs, it practically changes your entire life, my family’s life, my wife, my daughter. That game definitely did have an influence but I also watched other games. I’ve seen other games where I could see the way Klopp had the team playing. That has made me really excited to be part of this group. Apart from the fact that the club is massive, the players that have come through here and the titles won, hopefully I can play a part in the history being created here, win titles and be a part of the project that has been developed here in the past few years so we can see Liverpool rise once again.
You know Mo from Roma. Have you had any contact with him?
We didn’t have that much contact after he left Roma, we met again in the game when we were up against each other. Yesterday, he sent me a message saying: ‘Hey, what are you waiting for?’ As the negotiations were at an advanced stage, I replied to him straight away saying: ‘Calm down, I’m on my way!’ I’m really happy to have the opportunity to play alongside him again. As well as being a great player, he is a huge character and a great person – which is the most important thing. To be with these great people and players day to day is fantastic for me.
Your fellow goalkeeper from the national team is also in the Premier League - Ederson at Man City. Have you spoken to him about what to expect from this league?
Yes, we spoke. I actually spoke to all the national team players who play in the Premier League, asking about what the league is like and the style of play. It’s one thing watching it on the TV but being involved in it every day is another thing. I only heard good things. If not the biggest, the Premier League is one of the biggest leagues in the world, it’s very competitive and I find that exciting. I like challenges. I came here because it will be a great challenge for me, at a very high level of football and be among these great players in a great team like Liverpool.
What kind of qualities are you hoping to bring to Liverpool? How would you describe yourself and your style?
I like to show my ability on the field. I’m not one to show off with words. I’m really looking forward to the chance. I’m a calm goalkeeper and above all I’ve got a real desire to win. When I get on the pitch I give everything for the team, everything for the shirt. Fans and players can expect a lot of dedication from me on the pitch and in day-to-day training. I look to work on all aspects of my game, always aiming for perfection and looking to improve every day. I’m quick to come off my line. I’m an agile ‘keeper; despite being tall, I’ve got very good agility and strength in my legs. With the ball at my feet, I like to get involved in the play. I think my style of play will fit in very well with Klopp’s style. I look forward to knowing what he expects of me, to define my style here at Liverpool.
You’re a goalkeeper who is renowned for distribution skills. How much do you think that can help your new teammates given the style Liverpool play?
I believe so. It is a team with a lot of quality, from the defence to the attack and through the midfield. When the play starts from the back and the ball arrives in a good way for the attackers to shoot, it’s always better. I hope my style can contribute to the team and I’m going to dedicate myself day to day, respecting everyone. I’ll give everything to help Liverpool grow.
You’ll have a new manager in Jürgen Klopp. How much are you looking forward to working with him?
I have great expectations. I’ve followed him since Dortmund, I’ve always admired his style, even more now having played against him. He’s a very intelligent manager and he has a very clear strategy on the pitch. This team is very difficult to stop, with huge attacking power and defensive consistency. I’ll join this project straight away, I hope to adapt as soon as possible. I don’t anticipate any problems with the language or playing style. The difference in the Premier League is that it’s very competitive physically so I’ll try to improve in that aspect as well and adapt as soon as possible to the style of play.
Have you had an opportunity to talk with him yet and, if so, what has he said to you?
We had a short telephone conversation, he told me about the team and his style and a bit about what I can expect here in Liverpool – the city as well as the club. And the organisation of the club and the sporting project here. The club needs no introduction: the badge, the trophies, the achievements. They speak for themselves. He spoke about his coaching style. It was a short conversation but a positive one and I’m looking forward to meeting him in person. I’m mainly looking forward to getting on the pitch and working alongside him and my teammates, doing what I love most – playing football.
Can you sum up the emotions of the last couple of days as this deal came to completion?
There were a great deal of emotions and long periods of conversation. They weren’t easy but I’ve a lot of faith in God, I put my faith in him. I prayed and I left this moment to God’s will. I made the decision to come here together with my advisors and most importantly my family. As I’m on holiday, I put a lot of thought into this. During the World Cup I put everything to one side so I’d have no distractions. While I was on holiday I became excited about this, I became a bit anxious to come to a decision about where I’m going in my life. I’d already made my decision to come here. When it all worked out and we received the green light from Roma and from Liverpool, it was a really happy moment for me, my family and my advisors.
Finally, we always ask our new signings to give a message to fans watching, so what is yours to them?
My message to everyone is that I’m really happy to be part of this team and this family. I’m the type of guy that always wants to succeed in life. I came from nothing and I’ve arrived at this moment in my career. Thank God, together with my family and the people who work with me. Rest assured, I’ll give everything on the pitch. I’ll bring them a lot of joy. I hope for their support and I hope to meet their expectations of me.
Jürgen Klopp has revealed the expected length of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury lay-off and detailed the agreed approach taken to his rehabilitation by the club, player and manager.
The Liverpool midfielder is likely to miss the vast majority of the 2018-19 season and competitive game time before the end of the campaign would be a bonus.
Oxlade-Chamberlain sustained multiple ligament damage when attempting a tackle during the first half of the Champions League tie with AS Roma at Anfield in April.
The 24-year-old underwent surgery eight days after suffering the injury – his only operation – which was a complete success.
The estimated length of his lay-off was not revealed at the time at the request of Oxlade-Chamberlain, who did not want the news to distract from the Reds’ ongoing Champions League run and the excitement surrounding it.
His rehabilitation remains in line with the timeframe outlined following his surgery.
“It feels like now is an appropriate time to tell people that for Ox this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury and after the successful surgery, we were sure of it. I hope everyone treats this information responsibly. There has been no change, no setback – it’s exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for. The new information is that we’re now giving more detail publicly.
“It is typical of Ox that he didn’t want the news to overshadow the end of the season and, to be quite honest, we thought we could wait and tell people at an appropriate time.
“His surgery – which he had on the day of our second leg in Roma – has been completely successful and his recovery has started superbly well.
“But the truth of the matter is that we are preparing this season knowing he will not be with us on the pitch for competitive matches for the majority of it. If we do see him back this season it will be a bonus.”
The decision to provide further detail on Oxlade-Chamberlain’s recovery at this time was made with a view to alleviating any unrealistic pressure on a return date for the No.21.
Klopp, the club and the player himself are in total agreement on ensuring his rehabilitation is right rather than rushed, with the future firmly in mind.
“It is so important – because of how valuable and important he is to what we are looking to do here in the coming seasons – that the focus is on doing this right and not rushed. Ox is completely on board with this approach,” added the manager.
“He is such an outstandingly good person and someone who even when not playing is integral to the heartbeat of Melwood.
“I cannot wait to have him back with us for matches, but we will wait for him and we will show the patience that is required to make sure he comes back ready to continue where he left off: as one of the most outstanding performers in European football in that moment.”
Liverpool have completed the signing of Alisson Becker for a world-record fee of 75m Euros (£67m) subject to the Roma goalkeeper passing a medical, according to Sky in Italy.
The 25-year-old is scheduled to depart Rome within the hour and will undergo a medical with the Reds in the next few days.
Sky in Italy understands the Brazil international has already agreed personal terms and will sign a five-year deal at Anfield.
Alisson is set to become the most expensive goalkeeper in history, with Liverpool surpassing the £34.7m fee Manchester City paid for Ederson in 2017.
Alisson will become Jurgen Klopp's fourth signing of the summer, joining fellow new arrivals Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri at Anfield.
The Brazil international, who featured at the World Cup in Russia earlier this summer, made 49 appearances for Roma last season.
He was part of the side that suffered a 7-6 aggregate defeat to Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Source: Sky Sports
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Harry Wilson is certain a loan spell with Derby County this season is the ideal next step in his career.
Having impressed with Hull City during the second half of last term, scoring seven goals in the Championship to help the Tigers ease any relegation fears, the Welshman attracted significant interest this summer.
Liverpool tied Wilson down to a new contract earlier this month before discussing another temporary departure to help the 21-year-old gather more experience.
A season-long loan move to Frank Lampard’s Derby was then confirmed on Tuesday.
“I was delighted to sign the new deal. To sign a new deal with a club as big as Liverpool was brilliant for me,” Wilson explained to RamsTV.
“I sat down with the right people and discussed what they felt would be best for me this season; we decided that a loan move would be.
“Liverpool always want the best for their players so between me, Liverpool and my agent, we decided to narrow it down to a few teams.
“Derby were one of them and come the end of it we decided this would definitely be the right place for me.”
Former England midfielder Lampard took charge of the Rams in May and will look to lead the club to promotion to the Premier League in 2018-19.
Wilson revealed his presence in the dugout was a contributing factor to the decision to join Derby. “That is a big attraction,” said the attacker.
“Seeing the career he had as a player, the things he has done in the game have been brilliant. I’m really looking forward to getting into training and learning a lot of things from him.”