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Gallery: Reds remember the 96

Sun, 15/04/2018 - 12:49

Jordan Henderson and Jürgen Klopp paid their respects on the 29th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster by laying a wreath at the memorial at Anfield on Sunday morning.

96 children, women and men lost their lives as a result of the events which unfolded during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.

Tributes were paid to the 96 – and the families, survivors, fans and all involved in the long campaign for justice – during Saturday’s match against Bournemouth.

Today, the Liverpool captain and manager placed a floral tribute at the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield on behalf of the club, while flags at the stadium were flown at half-mast.

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29 years on - Never forgotten

Sun, 15/04/2018 - 02:01

Liverpool Football Club remembers the 96 supporters who died at Hillsborough, on the 29th anniversary of the disaster.

96 children, women and men lost their lives as a result of the events at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.

For the past 29 years, the bereaved families and survivors of the tragedy have demonstrated remarkable courage, dignity and resilience.

On April 26, 2016, an inquest jury concluded that the 96 were unlawfully killed and that no role was played by the supporters in causing the disaster.

Liverpool Football Club pays tribute to all those affected by the tragedy and the 96 fans who will never be forgotten.

For details on how the club will mark today’s anniversary, click here.

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In pictures: The story of the Hillsborough tragedy

Sun, 15/04/2018 - 00:00

On the 29th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, this collection of images powerfully and poignantly expresses how and why the 96 fans who lost their lives on April 15, 1989 will never be forgotten.

Anfield shrine
In the days following the disaster, mourners flocked to Anfield to seek solace at the club's home. The pitch transformed into a shrine, covered in scarves, flowers and placards.

20th anniversary
On April 15, 2009, Anfield opened its doors to the masses as the annual memorial service was held in memory of the 96. The ground was packed on a poignant afternoon.

United at the cathedral
The photo below depicts one of the many gatherings which took place in the aftermath of the disaster. Here, people gathered at the city's Metropolitan cathedral. 

Players' support
Liverpool manager, Kenny Dalglish, pictured here with his wife Marina, joined the rest of the Liverpool squad in attending as many of the funerals as possible.

The Kop goalmouth
Below is another image of Anfield in the days following April 15, 1989 - and it conveys perfectly the sheer amount of scarves which were left at the ground and draped on the Kop goal. Photo: Dave Sinclair.

Panel report
Held here in the hands of Steve Kelly, whose brother Michael died at Hillsborough, the Independent Panel's report into the disaster was published on September 12, 2012. 

Taylor Report
Lord Justice Taylor, seen here surveying the scene at Anfield in the days after Hillsborough, would lead an investigation into the disaster, published in 1990.

Celtic support
Liverpool's first game following Hillsborough was organised by Celtic at Parkhead. More than 60,000 turned out to show their support as 'You'll Never Walk Alone' rang out in fitting tribute to the 96. Photo: Liverpool Echo.

Hillsborough memorial
The special memorial with the names of the 96 chiselled into its marble, situated on Anfield Road next to the Shankly Gates, became the focal point for many fans wishing to pay their respects. It was placed in a new, dedicated home at the stadium following the expansion works on the Main Stand.

25 year mosaic
Prior to Liverpool's match against Manchester City on April 13, 2014, supporters on the Kop paid their own tribute to the 96, holding a mosaic in place which read '96 - 25 years'.

First tributes
In the days that followed the disaster, tributes were left at the Shankly Gates on Anfield Road. One of the first to be put in place was a show of support from Liverpool's neighbours, Everton.

Merseyside united
On September 17, 2012, five days after the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel's report, Everton paid a poignant Goodison Park tribute to the Reds as a symbol of their ongoing support.

Vigil at St George's Hall
A vigil took place in Liverpool city centre on September 12, 2012 to mark the release of the panel's report on the disaster and its aftermath.

10 year mosaic
The Kop became the focal point once again to mark the 10th anniversary of the disaster, prior to kick-off in Liverpool's match against Aston Villa on April 17, 1999.

London march
Families and campaigners march on Parliament holding a special flag made in honour of the 96, which adorned the Kop for memorial services. Photo: Dave Sinclair.

Thank-you for the support
Support for the families poured in following the disaster - and in their first competitive game since April 15, 1989, against Everton at Goodison Park, Liverpool fans expressed their thanks. Photo: Liverpool Echo.

Inquests quashed
Another landmark moment was reached on Wednesday December 20, 2012, when the original inquest verdicts of the Hillsborough disaster were quashed at the High Court.

Raw emotion
Brian Roberts' powerful image was taken at the memorial service which marked the 20th anniversary of the disaster in April 2009.

Gerry sings YNWA
On May 20, 1989 - little more than a month after the disaster - Liverpool and Everton met at Wembley to contest the FA Cup final. Emotional scenes unfolded pre-match as Gerry Marsden sang 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.

Freedom of the city
In April 2009, families of the 96 victims of Hillsborough were awarded the Freedom of the City. Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher were on hand at the year's memorial service to present the families with the honour.

Andy Burnham's speech
Andy Burnham, the culture secretary, addressed the crowd at the memorial service to mark the 20th anniversary of the disaster - and the MP was greeted with an emotional response from those present. Photo: Liverpool Echo.

Mothers' love
Anne Williams and Margaret Aspinall on the steps of St George's Hall following the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel's report into the disaster.

Scarves
Football fans from around the world have placed their scarves at Hillsborough memorials since the day of the disaster. At the 25th anniversary service, more than 3,200 scarves were displayed in the shape of the number '96' on the Anfield turf as a global signal of unity.

Wembley gesture
Prior to the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley in April 2014, 96 prominent seats were left empty in tribute to those who died at Hillsborough. Tributes were made across the country.

A quarter of a century on
25 years on from the tragedy, Anfield hosted an emotional and passionate memorial service. Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez delivered poignant speeches as the city stopped to remember the 96.

Landmark inquest verdicts
On April 26, 2016, the longest-running inquest in UK legal history concluded in Warrington with determinations of unlawful killing in the case of each and every one of the 96 victims of Hillsborough - a landmark day in the long battle for justice.

Truth and justice
A civic event was held at St George's Hall the day after those momentous inquest verdicts, with the people of the city coming together in their thousands to remember the 96 and pay tribute to the families, survivors and campaigners.

City honours the 96
In September 2016, the 96 were posthumously awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool, and their families presented with a specially designed scroll and a medal inscribed with the name of their loved one.

Never forgotten
96 children, men and women lost their lives at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989. We will never forget them. The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool FC, as always, are with the 96, their families, survivors and all affected by the tragedy.

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More Than a Number: Personal tributes to the 96

Sun, 15/04/2018 - 00:00

On the 29th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, read and watch personal tributes by those who knew best the 96 children, men and women who lost their lives on April 15, 1989.

In 2014, as the new inquests into the deaths at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest began, the families of those who died were asked to write and read out short personal portraits of each of the victims as part of the proceedings.

They served as a poignant and touching reminder that though collectively known as ‘The 96’, those whose lives were tragically cut short at a football match were more than a number.

Three years ago, text versions of all of the ‘Pen Portraits’ were launched, dedicated to the memory of the Hillsborough victims. They can be read by clicking here.

In addition, LFCTV also aimed to give the bereaved families the opportunity to read their loved ones’ Pen Portraits to camera, and had direct contact with almost 90 families in attempting to get in touch with each author.

Close to 80 of them chose to either record their tribute with the channel or give their permission for footage previously recorded with the BBC to be used, meaning many of the web pages housing a Pen Portrait feature a video of a reading by family members.

A programme titled ‘More Than a Number’ featured those recordings, and it can be watched in five parts below.

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Hillsborough Timeline: The long road to a landmark day

Sun, 15/04/2018 - 00:00

April 26, 2016 is a date that represented the culmination of 27 years of courage and fortitude shown by the families, survivors and campaigners of the Hillsborough tragedy.

A jury consisting of six women and three men at the Hillsborough inquests returned a conclusion of unlawful killing in the deaths of 96 supporters as a result of the disaster at the FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989 as proceedings in Warrington drew to a close.

It came after more than two years of hearings at Birchwood Park and led to an immense feeling inside the court as the coroner’s 14 general questions on what caused the tragedy were answered.

Three decades of fighting for truth by a group of remarkable people who demanded justice for their loved ones had preceded the historic spring day.

LFCTV’s documentary film below presents a timeline of the events that followed the Hillsborough tragedy through a series of contemporary news reports.

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LFC marks 29th anniversary of Hillsborough

Sat, 14/04/2018 - 23:52

Liverpool Football Club will mark the 29th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy with tributes across the weekend and a day of themed programming on LFCTV.

At the request of the majority of families, a minute’s applause was held before kick-off in Saturday’s match against Bournemouth at Anfield to celebrate the 96 children, women and men who lost their lives as a result of the events on April 15, 1989, and recognise the achievements of the families, survivors, fans and all those who have supported the long campaign for justice.

Fans on the Kop revealed a special ‘96’ mosaic and players wore black armbands as a mark of respect. Tributes were displayed on LED boards surrounding the pitch and there was a commemorative edition of the matchday programme.

On Sunday April 15, players and staff across the club will fall silent at 3.06pm to observe a minute’s silence in memory of the 96.

LFCTV will feature a day of themed programming and will be free to air in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, and worldwide online on LFCTV GO.

LFCTV channel schedule – Sunday April 15

  • 10.15am: More Than a Number – part one
  • 12.45pm: More Than a Number – part two
  • 3pm: Period of reflection
  • 3.30pm: More Than a Number – part three
  • 6.30pm: More Than a Number  - part four
  • 8pm: More Than a Number – part five
  • 10pm: Hillsborough Timeline
  • 11.15pm: Hillsborough Inquests – Story of the Day
  • 11.45pm: Never Forgotten

Click here for more information.

The Anfield retail superstore will be closed from 1pm and club stores in Liverpool One, Birkenhead, Chester, Dublin and Belfast will also cease trading temporarily to observe the minute of silence.

To mark the 30th anniversary next year, the club will host a special Hillsborough memorial service at Anfield at the request of the Hillsborough Family Support Group. Details regarding the memorial service will be released in early 2019.

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Anfield pays Hillsborough respects ahead of 29th anniversary

Sat, 14/04/2018 - 23:45

Respects were paid to the 96 children, women and men who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster, during Saturday's match against Bournemouth at Anfield.

A minute’s applause was held before kick-off to celebrate the 96 and recognise the achievements of the families, survivors, fans and all those who have supported the long campaign for justice.

Supporters on the Kop also formed a special ‘96’ mosaic in touching tribute on the eve of the 29th anniversary of the tragedy, which unfolded on April 15, 1989.

The players wore black armbands as a mark of respect, while the matchday programme featured a commemorative cover and floral tributes were placed at the Hillsborough memorial.

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Ox: We made it enjoyable for ourselves

Sat, 14/04/2018 - 23:00

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain highlighted Liverpool's hard work as crucial to creating the conditions for an 'enjoyable' afternoon at Anfield that saw Bournemouth beaten 3-0.

Jürgen Klopp's team dominated from start to finish on their return to Premier League action, scoring in the seventh minute through Sadio Mane and adding further strikes from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in the second period.

And Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was a key to the hosts' midfield control throughout, was particularly pleased with the focus and graft that provided the platform for the Reds to cap a fine week in style.

"It was enjoyable but I think because we made it that way for ourselves," he told Liverpoolfc.com.

"First half, we started off with good intensity, we were winning the ball back high, putting them under a lot of pressure, and we played some good stuff.

"At half-time, we came in and we had a few things we wanted to tighten up on to make sure that at 1-0 we didn't give them any openings to get back into the game.

"I think we did that well for the start of the second half and obviously we went 2-0 up and then maybe took our foot off the gas a little bit and they put us under a little bit more pressure at the end.

"But, overall, really good; another really mature performance I'd say off the back of an amazing week where maybe things can get distracted.

"The manager was 100 per cent making sure we weren't thinking about last week and were back to business as normal."

Despite the convincing nature of the final score, Eddie Howe's men more than played their part in the contest, putting Liverpool under pressure on a number of occasions.

But Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed that the memory of Bournemouth's come-from-behind win over the Reds that pre-dated his move to Anfield meant there was no chance of complacency.

He added: "You could see that even when maybe the game was gone for them at 3-0, they were still going forward and trying to put us under pressure and create.

"They've got good players in their team that can hurt us, I think we've seen that over the years - I remember even before I was at Liverpool, that game where Bournemouth came back [to win 4-3].

"So we knew that we had to make sure that we respected them right until the end and kept our levels high.

"Once we went 3-0 up, I think we could sit back in a bit and control it and we kept countering and I think we could have nicked a few more as well."

The Englishman also paid tribute to the scorer of the hosts' second, Salah, who made it 40 goals in all competitions with a deft header in the 69th minute.

He continued: "First and foremost, the ball from Trent was outstanding; another unbelievable performance from him again today.

"But the finish from Mo was a bit of an unusual one for him and one that maybe took everyone by surprise.

"It proves that he can do that. I think I can remember him scoring one away at Leicester earlier in the season and that surprised me at the back post, seeing the little man get up and score a header.

"Today's finish was up there with some of the very best headers of a ball in the world. It was a great finish.

"He could have had a few today but he kept going and kept going and got his goal in the end. I'm sure he'll keep doing that for the rest of the season."

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Klopp on Bournemouth win, Salah's goals and Trent's development

Sat, 14/04/2018 - 22:45

Jürgen Klopp praised a ‘perfect’ performance from Liverpool after they recorded a 3-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday evening to maintain their quest for a top-four finish.

The Reds swept a comprehensive win against the Cherries to consolidate third position in the Premier League table – and they were set on their way by Sadio Mane’s seventh-minute opener.

Mohamed Salah then notched his 40th goal of the season – his 30th in the league – with a magnificent glancing header from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s delivery from the right after the break.

Roberto Firmino completed the scoring at the finale, converting inside the near post after collecting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pass.

Afterwards, Klopp spoke of his satisfaction at his team’s performance, the impressive displays of Alexander-Arnold and Oxlade-Chamberlain and the goalscoring exploits of Salah.

Read on for a summary of the manager’s post-match press conference…

On whether it was a ‘perfect’ game for Liverpool…

Yes, because of the performance I would say. In the situation now, with a lot of games around – and they are all unbelievably important – then controlling a game like this is the most important thing to do, to be honest. It was only 1-0 at half-time but we created a lot of chances and good situations. It looked really mature, fluent and flexible again. And then what you need in a game like this, against a side who want to have counter-attacks – which is normal if they are that much under pressure – the counter-pressing was outstanding from the boys. There’s a big misunderstanding; people always think it is the most intense kind of defending [but] it is actually the less intense defending because it’s the shortest way. The boys did fantastic. For around about 75 minutes a fantastic game and then somebody closed our power and the boys felt the intensity of the last few weeks. You saw we didn’t control it anymore and so Bournemouth came from time to time, we had a few blocks in the box, a few dangerous situations. It was good that we kept a clean sheet, with the little bit of luck you always need. [It was] a really good game and a very important result.

LFCTV GO: Klopp's post-match press conference

On how many goals Mohamed Salah can score before the end of the season…

Ask him! He was very often in good situations and in the end he scored one goal. It’s all about him and all about us, how we finish the season. It’s completely normal that a boy in that situation wants to be top of the scoring list, the Golden Boot. We will not be in his way. But we cannot force it; so, pass, shoot, pass, shoot, that’s the normal thing to do. It’s good and impressive – what a number, wow! And what a number we scored as a team in the whole season, that’s crazy. That’s really good but we have to carry on, there are a few games to come.

On Trent Alexander-Arnold’s development…

I think we have all seen him grow, altogether. You see the games, you see the performances. Because Clyney was injured, he was one of two options we had [and] we never thought about bringing in another full-back because both are very young and Joe is kind of a centre-half. He played one game, the next game rested, then played another game and then the next game rested and stuff like that. Now he had to deliver and he has delivered; he delivered a really good game. The problem with being that good at that young age is that your career is still so long, so on one hand side you have improve a lot and that’s how it is. It’s all good, he is a good boy. It was an outstanding cross for the [Salah] goal. If you are talking about single players, that’s not too important because I loved the performance of all of them, but Oxlade-Chamberlain was outstanding as well. That was a midfielder today; quick, good decisions, good technique, good defending, wow, I liked it.

On Salah becoming the first Liverpool player in 31 years to reach the 40-goal mark…

31 years ago since Ian Rush scored over 40 goals? Ian doesn’t look that old! Was he 14 when he scored them!? Yes, it’s extraordinary. He knows that the kind of [football] we play suits him. You saw the boys looking for him, searching for him a little bit too much. It was like ‘give him the ball’, so we had to mix it up. He is the threat, but it’s all good – that’s for analysis. You show it and the boys listen, they see that but in the game it is difficult to change. It is a win-win situation – the boys for him and him for the boys. It’s fantastic. He didn’t look like he doesn’t want to score for the next few games! It’s all good.

On whether the Golden Boot could become a distraction for Salah…

It’s important for the boys and you need to make that – you cannot put Easter and Christmas on the same day! We need his greed, we need him to want to score. Weeks ago, I said to Mo after a game, ‘that’s a situation where you have to pass’ and sometimes it’s so obvious that he knows it of course. It’s a normal job to do. He is not distracted or whatever about the Golden Boot; he wants to have it like he wants us to be successful. If he gets the Golden Boot it’s pretty likely that we are successful, so no problem with that. The boys are fine with it, all good. As a striker, you need to make decisions and if you score everybody loves that, if you don’t score then people start discussing. It’s all fine.

On Liverpool’s improved defensive record…

It's good. It felt like this. I really didn’t count clean sheets but it felt like [we have been keeping clean sheets]. We want to win games and in the end, if it’s a 3-2, I take it. I don’t want it but I take it, of course. 3-0 is absolutely better. The development is really good as a side, as a team. To be honest, [it’s a] kind of difficult season so far – it’s not like it’s easy, we’ve gone through it and everything is fine. We’ve had to really work hard for all that stuff. Now we have a full week, which feels like kind of a summer break. We don’t play in between, so now we have to recover and then West Brom. We fight always for Champions League – in the Premier League and in the Champions League. That’s the situation. For being successful, we always knew you need a good defence, but we defend as a team better – it’s not only the last line, it’s not only Loris. All together it gives the boys confidence and helps massively.

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Dejan Lovren injury update

Sat, 14/04/2018 - 22:14

Jürgen Klopp revealed Liverpool must wait for more information on the injury concern that forced Dejan Lovren off the pitch during the 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

The defender was replaced by Ragnar Klavan seven minutes from time at Anfield, but the manager said it was too soon to confirm the specifics of the issue.

“I didn’t see the knock. I would love if it would be because of a ‘knock’ [rather than] a strain or tear or whatever. I have no clue,” said Klopp.

“He felt something but I didn’t speak to him afterwards, I only saw that he was limping.

“We made a change because we could make that change – we had a centre-half on the bench. Hopefully [it is] not too serious, of course, but I cannot say more now.”

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Mane: Klopp kept us angry during Bournemouth build-up

Sat, 14/04/2018 - 22:07

Jürgen Klopp pushed his players to stay 'angry' in the build-up to today's 3-0 win over Bournemouth in order to guard against complacency, Sadio Mane has revealed.

The Reds came into their Anfield meeting with Eddie Howe's side having secured a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League by twice defeating Manchester City.

But there was little chance of anyone taking their eye off the ball ahead of a return to Premier League action, according to the scorer of the hosts' first goal on what proved to be a comfortable afternoon.

He told Liverpoolfc.com: "Before the game, [the boss] said we have to [show] our quality and be angry because every game is important.

"After the City game, you have to concentrate more because you usually know how it [can go]. 

"He tried to motivate us like usually and, in the end, everybody was in the right place at the right time to win every ball.

"We played well today and created many chances, scored three goals and it was well deserved."

Mane was joined on the scoresheet by fellow forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino - the seventh time this season all three have netted in the same game.

Reflecting on Salah's 40th goal of a remarkable debut campaign, Mane added: "Incredible. He is doing a very good job for us, always scoring.

"We are very happy to have Mo and we are going to help him score more goals. Bobby also scored and I'm happy for him as well. 

"But always, the three points is the most important thing.

"I always enjoy playing alongside these great players and if you play with these kinds of players it's always easy to understand each other.

"They make everything easier."

The second leg against Manchester City marked the end of a run of three games in just six days for Klopp's men, but they now have a seven-day break before facing West Bromwich Albion.

Mane continued: "It was not an easy week for us because it was too close to play each game but as professionals we tried to do it and everything [went] well.

"Now we have another week's rest so we are going to go and rest well and come back as strong as we can."

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Photo gallery: Front three fire again to see off Bournemouth

Sat, 14/04/2018 - 21:26

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino did the damage again as Liverpool finished off a brilliant week with a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth in the Premier League.

Mane broke the deadlock in the seventh minute, knocking home a rebound from his own header after being picked out in the box by Jordan Henderson.

And Salah added the second that the Reds' overall play deserved when he ran through to meet Trent Alexander-Arnold's lofted pass.

The No.11 produced a sublime header over Asmir Begovic in front of the Kop to rack up his 40th goal of the season.

Icing on the cake came from Firmino in the final minute as he threaded a low effort into the bottom corner.

Here is the story of the game at Anfield in photographs...

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Sat, 14/04/2018 - 19:25
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Jürgen Klopp explains team selection for Bournemouth

Sat, 14/04/2018 - 18:37

Jürgen Klopp explained that his team selection for the clash with Bournemouth was based on both availability of players and the demands of the top-four race.

The manager made just one change from the side that started the midweek Champions League win over Manchester City, with Jordan Henderson returning to replace James Milner in midfield.

Asked about the strength of his line-up for the Premier League encounter, Klopp said: “I don’t know if it’s a ‘statement’.

“We don’t think about things like that, we have to use the boys. We don’t have 25 players at the moment.

“Our life is Champions League qualification, constantly; either it’s the semi-final or the final, or it’s the competition for next year. So we cannot make a difference [between them].”

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Team news: Confirmed LFC starting line-up v Bournemouth

Sat, 14/04/2018 - 18:28

Jordan Henderson returns to the Liverpool starting XI for today's Premier League clash with AFC Bournemouth.

The captain comes back into the side after missing the midweek Champions League win over Manchester City due to suspension.

He replaces James Milner in the only change made by Jürgen Klopp.

Liverpool team: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Substitutes: Mignolet, Milner, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke, Woodburn.

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Report: McAuley on the mark but U18s lose at Sunderland

Sat, 14/04/2018 - 15:56

A late goal proved decisive as Liverpool U18s fell to a 2-1 defeat at Sunderland on Saturday morning.

The home side took the lead two minutes before the break from the penalty spot, but Steven Gerrard's team were awarded a spot-kick of their own just before the hour mark.

The lively Fidel O'Rourke was brought down and Glen McAuley stepped up to make it 1-1.

A young Liverpool XI then had some glorious chances to take three points but instead Sunderland grabbed the winner three minutes from time following a set-piece.

Reflecting on the 90 minutes, U18s assistant manger Tom Culshaw told Liverpoolfc.com: "We were the better side and created some great opportunities but unfortunately we didn't take them.

"We were the dominant side in the first half but then we made a mistake and gave a penalty away just before half-time.

"We dominated the second half again, Jack Bearne came into the game a lot more for us and caused them problems.

"Glen got us back on level terms from the penalty spot and after that it was all us, but we just lacked quality in the final third.

"Then at the end they knocked a long ball into the box from a free-kick, we didn't mark their player who scored, so that was disappointing.

"Overall we were the better team but we just lacked the quality in the final third and made some silly mistakes at the back."

Liverpool U18s: Jaros, R Williams, Boyes (Cain, 45), Savage, Clayton, Dixon-Bonner, Larouci, Sharif, McAuley, Bearne (Amoateng, 74), O'Rourke (Walls, 87).

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Salah shortlisted for PFA Player of the Year prize

Sat, 14/04/2018 - 14:17

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been included on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award.

The Egyptian joins Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane, David Silva (Manchester City), David de Gea (Manchester United) and Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) in the running for the prestigious accolade – which is voted for by PFA members from the 92 Premier League and Football League teams.

Salah is enjoying one of the greatest debut campaigns in Reds history, having scored 39 goals since joining the club from AS Roma last summer.

This week alone, the No.11 netted a crucial equaliser at Etihad Stadium to help the Reds reach the Champions League semi-finals, collected his sixth LFC Player of the Month prize of the season, and set a Premier League record by claiming the division’s equivalent for a third time this term.

The PFA Players’ Player of the Year will be announced on Sunday April 22 during a special awards ceremony at Grosvenor House in London.

The last Liverpool player to take the honour was Luis Suarez in 2013-14.

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LIVE: LFC v Bournemouth - follow all the build-up...

Sat, 14/04/2018 - 13:32

Weather, weather, weather

It's the buzzword of each and every matchday blog.

So, here we go. It has been a drizzly start to the day in Liverpool but, with somewhat contrary nonchalance, our sources are reporting temperatures of around 11 degrees locally - and predict that figure to rise to 14 by kick-off.

Perhaps a jacket rather than coat if you're heading to Anfield. Hat and gloves optional, as always.

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Run for the 96 5K returns to raise funds for local charities

Sat, 14/04/2018 - 12:21

The fourth annual Run for the 96 5K was launched this week, with the charity event in May continuing to remember the 96 fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher teamed up with the event organisers to urge the public to pull on their trainers and join him on the community legacy fun run in Stanley Park on Saturday May 12.

Carragher's 23 Foundation has joined Everton in the Community and Stanley Park Liverpool CIC as one of the run's official charities and helped launch this year's event.

The Run for the 96 remembers those who lost their lives as a result of the events at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989, their families and the survivors of the disaster, while simultaneously raising important funds for the local community.

An additional initiative was launched this year, with a new Run to Remember 96K Relay taking place along Wirral Promenade on Sunday May 2 - the week before Run for the 96 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run.

Participants of all the events are invited to fundraise for the official charities, who strive to ensure that local communities benefit from the donations and funded projects.

Carragher said: "I am delighted the 23 Foundation has become part of Run for the 96. Last year we supported more than 1,100 families, foodbanks and other vital projects. Our aim is to help young people have a better life and encourage them to achieve their dreams.

"Training is under way and I'm looking forward to pulling on my trainers to take part in Run for the 96 with my dad. Celebrating the lives of the 96 is very close to my heart as a Scouser and former Liverpool player."

Reds legend Alan Kennedy, Everton icon Graeme Sharp, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group Margaret Aspinall, Steve Kelly from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, and event founder Dom Williams were also among those in attendance at the launch.

This year, Reds fan Williams and his team will take part in the inaugural Run to Remember 96K Relay, which follows a route incorporating the new Hillsborough Memorial Gardens at Wallasey Town Hall.

The public are urged to join Dom and his team for as many of the 1K loops as possible, with each kilometre dedicated to the 96. The challenge will start at 9am and is likely to last 10 hours. 

The event will be free but donations to Run for the 96 charities are encouraged. Over three years, donations and funds raised through the event have totalled £22,000 for good causes.

Entries are now open to register for the Run for the 96 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. More information on all of the events can be found at www.btrliverpool.com.

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This week's LFC community events

Sat, 14/04/2018 - 12:02

Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.

For more information on these activities, and the work of the two organisations, follow @LFCFoundation and @Red_Neighbours on Twitter or visit foundation.liverpoolfc.com.

Monday April 16

Premier League Kicks session
Walton Hall Park, 7pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Speke Community Centre, 6pm-8pm (age 11+)

Respect 4 All Ability Counts session (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-12), 7pm-8pm (age 13+)

Tuesday April 17

Premier League Kicks session
Toxteth Firefit Hub, 5.30pm-6.30pm (age 8-13), 6.30pm-7.30pm (age 14-19)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Wednesday April 18

Premier League Kicks session
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 5pm-6pm (age 7-13), 6pm-7pm (age 13-17), 5pm-6pm (age 8-13 girls only)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8+)                       

Thursday April 19

Premier League Kicks sessions
Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree, 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Gateacre School, 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 7pm-8pm (age 8+)

Military Veterans
Netherton Goals, 5pm-7.30pm

Friday April 20

Premier League Kicks sessions
Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree, 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-9pm (age 14-19)
Croxteth Sports Centre, 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Wirral Hive, 6pm-8pm (age 13-19)

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)

Red Neighbours Walking Football
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 11am-12pm

Red Neighbours Walking Netball
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 11.30am-12.30pm

Saturday April 21

Respect 4 All (Disability)
Woodchurch High School, 10.30am-11.30am (SLD Child), 11.30am-12.30pm (Ability Counts), 12.30pm-1.30pm (SLD Adults)

Sunday April 22

Military Veterans
LFC Academy, 2pm-5pm

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