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Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 22:10
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Last Updated: 19/02/18 7:18pm

Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Rafa Benitez discuss Liverpool. Or did they? Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Rafa Benitez discuss Liverpool. Or did they?

Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Rafa Benitez were all at Anfield giving their views on Liverpool on Monday. Or were they?

The Sky Sports News cameras were on the red half of Merseyside as part of the build-up to the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.

While Manchester City and Arsenal are going head-to-head for this year's trophy, Liverpool have won it the most times - eight - most recently in 2012.

Therefore, it was time for the country's top impressionist Darren Farley to weave his magic.

Click on the video above to see three Liverpool legends in action... with a twist!

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Who partners Naby Keita in Liverpool’s midfield next season?

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 20:00

Naby Keita arrives at Liverpool this summer but where will he fit in, and who will play alongside him? We assess the possible candidates moving forward.


There are a number of options at the club as well as the potential, and the need, to bring in new players to partner the Guinean, but Steven Gerrard recently alluded to one player not being around to pair up with the new man.

Speaking on BT Sport ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League last-16 tie against Porto, Gerrard revealed that Emre Can would be leaving the club at the end of the season, but went on to comment on what Keita would bring:

“Well you’ll have to wait and see what happens because Emre Can’s leaving, obviously Keita’s coming in.

“I think Liverpool would benefit from a monster of a centre-midfielder, a holder.

“A Wanyama-type player who does sit in and is disciplined, and he would give more protection to the back four.

“But Keita is a No. 8, Keita is a dribbler, and a runner. The way [Klopp] plays he plays 4-3-3 more often than not. So you can accommodate a Henderson and a Keita.”

Gerrard will have been speaking from experience, as the the only dominant holding midfield players he played alongside were Javier Mascherano and Momo Sissoko.

This pair aside, the club have been barren in the position for some time, even though Lucas Leiva did a reasonable job prior to picking up a serious injury which affected his game.

Gerrard was even asked to play the role himself later in his career.

Liverpool will need reinforcements should Can leave, and they already need to replace the creativity Philippe Coutinho brought to the midfield position, so there should be a number of new players arriving at the club at the same time as Keita.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the American Express Community Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In the same pre-match discussion Gerrard suggested that Jordan Henderson would be better further forward as one of the advanced pair, rather than the deepest player in a three-man midfield:

“For me he is doing a decent job in this [holding] position, but I think Jordan’s strength is when he runs forward.

“Without the ball he’s got energy, he’s got a great engine and he is capable of scoring goals and assists.

“For me I think Jordan offers more a little bit further forward.”

Judging by this assessment of his successor, the former captain thinks that Henderson would be the perfect partner for Keita.

Keita could operate in the role as the most attacking of the midfield three which has recently played by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner, and last season by Adam Lallana.

He could also play the shuttling role between the boxes, using his dribbling skill to drive forward from deeper areas before creating space for the attack as he advances with the ball.

He could also operate as the deepest player, but he would be wasted there, much as Gerrard thinks Henderson is.

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Georginio Wijnaldum would be a good option to work alongside Keita, as he has similar attributes but is more understated.

In his poor performances this can mean he goes missing, but in his better displays the Dutchman is available in the right places at key moments in both attack and defence.

Marko Grujic is occasionally being used as the holding midfielder during his time on loan at Cardiff, and he certainly suits Gerrard’s “monster” tag, winning all 15 of his aerial duels in the south Wales side’s recent win at home to Bolton.

The Serbian has played the holding role twice, as well as playing on the right of a pair in a midfield four or three.

It will be interesting to monitor his performances for the rest of the season as Cardiff push for promotion, but even if he does become a regular part of the first-team squad in a holding midfield role, Liverpool still need another option in this area of the pitch.

Milner has another year left on his contract, so could still be around to fill in when needed as he has this season, while Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lallana could also operate alongside Keita as part of the attacking two in front of another player.

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This season Keita has played in RB Leipzig’s usual 4-2-2-2 formation, but has occasionally appeared in a 4-3-3 which isn’t dissimilar to the system Liverpool use.

Another handy coincidence, which may not even be a coincidence, is that Klopp’s 4-4-2 formation isn’t far off the 4-2-2-2 used by Leipzig.

Keita is getting ready for Liverpool, and Liverpool are getting ready for Keita.

If the club were to adapt a setup similar to that used at Leipzig, then they would definitely need reinforcements behind their new signing, but the No. 8 has operated in a number of the roles in this formation.

WhoScored tells us that he has played deeper more often than not this season, but while he does have defensive attributes it is important to note that he is not a holding midfielder.

This job is usually carried out by another player, such as Diego Demme, alongside him in a double pivot.

But this graphic indicates that Keita also occasionally plays in the second pair in a 4-2-2-2, or as part of the duo in front of the holding player in a 4-3-3.

Both formations rely heavily on the full-backs for the width, but the use of a specialist holding midfielder would give them more insurance as they bomb forward.

Another aspect of the Liverpool style Keita is used to at Leipzig is the pressing game.

His ability to press as part of the team unit when possession is surrendered, while also having the skillset to avoid an opposition press make him ideal for Klopp’s philosophy, is another reason the club pursued him so persistently and patiently.

Other than Roberto Firmino, there probably isn’t a player in world football with this level of ability who fits Klopp’s system like Keita does.

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Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, during the Italian Serie A football match between S.S. Lazio and F.C. Crotone at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, on janaury 08, 2017. (Photo by Silvia Lore/NurPhoto)

Another former midfielder, Dietmar Hamman, agrees with Gerrard, and believes Liverpool will need another player as well as Keita.

“He’s not a holding midfielder, he’s someone who wants to bomb on,” the German told i.

“With Wijnaldum, with Henderson, with Can—they’re not defensive-minded players—they’re players who want the ball, they are players who want to move forward, they are players who want to drive with the ball and maybe finish themselves, get in the box and Keita is a similar player to that.

“Probably in ability he is better, because he can beat a player and he can nick a goal. So yes I think he will improve them but he’s not really the type they need.

“The lack of a holding midfielder has been holding them back for a long time now.”

Hamman’s compatriot Leon Goretzka would have been a good partner, but again wouldn’t have solved the problem in front of the defence and he is Bayern Munich-bound anyway.

Watford‘s Abdoulaye Doucoure, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic of Lazio, Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, Hoffenheim’s Kerem Demirbay, and Lyon star Tanguy Ndombele are among the names which have been mentioned, and would provide good foils to Keita, but the same applies to them in terms of preferring more advanced roles.

Other more defensive-minded players the club could look at are Wilfred Ndidi, the aforementioned Wanyama, and Napoli holder and Keita’s compatriot, Amadou Diawara.

Another Napoli midfielder, Jorginho, could offer a more creative option in the role, as could Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot who could also play further forward.

Finding support for Keita in midfield could be less about finding a partner, and more about increasing the quality and structure of the team through the middle.

Liverpool regularly feel like they’re a handful of signings away from something special, but the loss of players such as Coutinho and Can makes it feel like there are steps backwards before or after every step forwards.

This summer the club need to use Keita as a platform from which to build a new, stronger midfield unit rather than rely on him to carry it alone.

He may be capable of doing that, but another new name or two alongside him could make facing Liverpool an even more daunting prospect for opposition sides next season.

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Salah on Klopp’s advice & Alexander-Arnold’s potential ranked – Liverpool FC News Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 19:05

We round up the latest Liverpool FC news, including an interesting insight from Mohamed Salah on his productive role under Jurgen Klopp this season.


Salah Explains Klopp’s Goalscoring Advice

With his strike in Wednesday night’s 5-0 victory at Porto in the Champions League bringing his season’s tally to 30 in just 36 games, Salah’s success is undeniable.

Few would have predicted the scale of the Egyptian’s impact in his first campaign on Merseyside, but speaking to the club’s official matchday programme, he explained how Klopp had inspired his form.

“With the boss here, I play a little bit closer to the goal, more so than at any other club or more than any of my other coaches have asked me to,” he said.

“So I am always in front of the goal to give me the opportunity to score. The manager is always telling me to stay close to the goal in training.

“I don’t want to say too much because we still have a long way to go in the season and I don’t want to give too much away. But yes, it’s something we have worked on in the training sessions.”

Salah also stressed that he’s still “trying to improve,” and though he acknowledged that “you cannot score 10 goals from 10 balls,” his record so far is certainly encouraging.

Martinez on Mignolet’s ‘Annoying’ Decline

 Liverpool's unused goalkeeper Simon Mignolet before the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 230th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With the World Cup fast approaching, Simon Mignolet‘s drop down the pecking order under Klopp could be damaging to his international prospects.

The 29-year-old has played just once since New Year’s Day, with Loris Karius now preferred for both the Premier League and the Champions League and improving by the game.

However Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has told Het Belang van Limburg he will make it to Russia despite an “annoying” change in circumstances.

“We know what Mignolet can do and if he is fit, he will certainly come along [to the World Cup],” he insisted.

“He is now on the bench at Liverpool and that is annoying for him. But he is a top professional. We will mainly support him during this difficult period.”

Mignolet is expected to leave the Reds at the end of the season, with Klopp considering his options in terms of replacements.

Alexander-Arnold ‘Europe’s 41st Most Promising’

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been in excellent form rotating with Joe Gomez as Liverpool’s right-back this season, with his most recent run in the side arguably his best yet.

The 19-year-old’s appearances against Tottenham, Southampton and Porto saw him tally three consecutive starts for the first time in his senior career.

And the CIES Football Observatory have noted his progress and potential, ranking him among Europe’s most promising players under the age of 20 when considering their game time so far.

However, Alexander-Arnold is relatively low in their top 50, at 41st, leaving him behind the likes of Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Crystal Palace), Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds) and Tom Davies (Everton).

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alban Lafont of Toulouse and the world’s second-most expensive player, PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, make up the top three.

Liverpool Among Clubs Used in Asensio Power Play?

 Real Madrid's Marco Asensio celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus FC and Real Madrid CF at the Stadium of Wales. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

At 22, Marco Asensio is already an eight-cap Spain international and a first-team regular for Real Madrid, and has scored in a Champions League final.

But according to reports in Spain, all is not well at the Bernabeu, with Diario Gol claiming he will seek an exit if Zinedine Zidane remains manager next season.

Furthermore, he is said to have told Real that he has “five offers” to leave, with Liverpool joined by Juventus, Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Chelsea in their interest.

The Reds were previously claimed to have seen an £131 million bid for the 22-year-old rejected last month, though both lines of speculation are decidedly dubious.

It must be noted that Asensio’s team-mate and countryman, Isco, was reported to be in the same position not long ago, before Zidane quashed any suggestions of a rift.

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Salah: Klopp's tactics unleashed goals

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 19:00

Last Updated: 19/02/18 4:10pm

Mohamed Salah says Jurgen Klopp's change in tactics has helped develop his goalscoring Mohamed Salah says Jurgen Klopp's change in tactics has helped develop his goalscoring Mohamed Salah says Jurgen Klopp's change in tactics has helped develop his goalscoring

Mohamed Salah says Jurgen Klopp's tactical switch has helped unleash his goals at Liverpool.

Salah, who joined Liverpool from Roma in the summer, has scored 30 goals in 36 appearances for the club and is currently the Premier League's second-top scorer behind Harry Kane.

The Egyptian forward has credited his manager's approach to his positioning on the pitch, alongside addressing his weaknesses and working with the club's coaches for his achievements so far.

"With the boss here, I play a little bit closer to the goal, more so than at any other club or more than any of my other coaches have asked me to," Salah told Liverpool's official matchday programme.

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"So I am always in front of the goal to give me the opportunity to score. The manager is always telling me to stay close to the goal in training.

"I don't want to say too much because we still have a long way to go in the season and I don't want to give too much away. But yes, it's something we have worked on in the training sessions.

"You cannot score 10 goals from 10 balls - that's impossible and I know that I have missed many chances too this season. But I am trying to improve.

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"I am always trying to see my weaknesses and then work on them and I am always trying to score in different ways.

"The coaches help me so much to do that and I also work hard alone after the training sessions."

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Robbie lends a hand at Red Neighbours' Breakfast Club

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 18:52
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler visited Red Neighbours' Breakfast Club at Anfield on Friday to meet local families.
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Robbie lends a hand at Red Neighbours' Breakfast Club

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 18:52

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler visited Red Neighbours' Breakfast Club at Anfield on Friday to meet local families.

Sixty guests from nearby primary schools and community groups were welcomed by the club’s mascot, Mighty Red, before enjoying a delicious breakfast and taking in the new stadium tour.

Former Reds striker Fowler was on hand to help, serving food as well as signing autographs and taking pictures with the local residents.

Almost 300 guests attended the Breakfast Clubs throughout half-term, with sessions taking place each morning of the school break.

Food poverty and education is one of the key focus areas of the Red Neighbours programme, alongside creating memorable experiences for young people, support for the elderly, and encouraging a physically active community.

LFC’s official family partner, Joie, also lent its support to the week-long activity by providing a range of gifts for all those attending as well as Joie products and LFC store gift vouchers for the daily raffles.

For all the latest Red Neighbours updates, follow @Red_Neighbours on Twitter.

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U23s announce Porto PL International Cup quarter-final date

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 18:13
Liverpool U23s will host Porto in the quarter-finals of the Premier League International Cup on Wednesday February 28, at Prenton Park.
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U23s announce Porto PL International Cup quarter-final date

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 18:13

Liverpool U23s will host Porto in the quarter-finals of the Premier League International Cup on Wednesday February 28, at Prenton Park.

Kick-off will be at 7pm GMT as Neil Critchley's side aim to reach the semi-finals.

The young Reds Neil Critchley’s reached the quarter-finals of the competition by collecting six points from their three Group A outings, with victories over Newcastle United and PSV Eindhoven and a defeat by Sparta Prague.

Meanwhile the U23s away game with Stoke City in the Premier League Cup has been brought forward to Sunday February 25.

The tie, which kicks-off at 5pm, will take place at St George's Park, with the Reds requiring a point to reach the knockout stage.

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Support the young Reds on Wednesday against United

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 17:36
Liverpool U19s host Manchester United in the last 16 of the UEFA Youth League at Prenton Park on Wednesday afternoon, and they would love your support.
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Support the young Reds on Wednesday against United

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 17:36

Liverpool U19s host Manchester United in the last 16 of the UEFA Youth League at Prenton Park on Wednesday afternoon, and they would love your support.

Steven Gerrard's young side won five out of six games as they topped their group to qualify for the knockout stage of the competition.

Nicky Butt is in charge of the United side and it promises to be an eagerly anticipated fixture.

Kick-off at Prenton Park is at 3pm GMT.

If you wish to attend the game, admission is free for season ticket holders and Members who show their cards. Alternatively, tickets are priced at £3 for adults and £1 for children on the gate.

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Jurgen Klopp makes bold claim over depth of current Liverpool squad

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 17:32

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his current squad is the strongest he has ever worked with.


Despite the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142 million last month, the former Mainz and Borussia Dortmund boss admits the group of players at his disposal is making life difficult for him in terms of leaving people out.

Last Wednesday’s 5-0 thrashing of Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League was achieved without the suspended Emre Can and long-term injured Nathaniel Clyne but—even so—there was no room in the matchday 18 for the likes of Dominic Solanke, Ragnar Klavan and Ben Woodburn, the youngest scorer in the club’s history.

“It’s really hard in the moment to make the squad,” Klopp, who became the first Liverpool manager to register five five-plus goal away wins, told LFCTV.

“Wow, I’ve never had a situation like that with the quality of the players not being in the squad.

“They all have made really big steps. Dom Solanke was not in the squad but is in outstanding shape at the moment. Ragnar Klavan, unbelievable. Ben Woodburn makes steps and is really close to everything.

“It’s difficult, it’s getting more and more difficult, but that’s good for us of course.”

 Liverpool's Danny Ings during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Striker Danny Ings was one of the players to come off the bench at the Estadio do Dragao.

It was just the 25-year-old’s sixth appearance of the season after making his comeback from two serious knee injuries in the previous two campaigns.

“Danny is in fantastic shape. It always takes time. Now, after two-and-a-half years, he can play in the Champions League. It’s a wonderful story, it’s really deserved,” added Klopp.

“Is Danny knocking on the door for the first team? Yes, absolutely. It’s good. He needed time.

“A few months ago it was different but a player like him, when they come back they think ‘I am under pressure’ and they want to come in immediately and get game time.

“Danny went the hard way. He played a lot of games for the under-23s.

“If you feel like a settled player, like he usually is, and then you play under-23 and are not the best player on the pitch, then it’s not nice but it’s an important experience again.”

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Latest Jurgen Klopp praise suggests Danny Ings has long-term Liverpool future

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 15:17

Jurgen Klopp has explained how Danny Ings is pushing for more regular first-team football at Liverpool, following his heartening return to full fitness.


Klopp has long been an admirer of Ings, with his dedication levels during his injury misery not going unnoticed by the manager.

Consecutive cruciate ligament problems threatened to end Ings’ Reds career before it had even started, but there are signs that he is reaching full sharpness again.

The 25-year-old may only have played six times for the first team this season, but three have come in the space of the last month, and he has been bright.

Klopp says it is only normal that the striker has taken time to find his feet again, but hinted that more playing time could be on the horizon.

“Yes, absolutely [Danny is knocking on the door],” Klopp told LiverpoolFC.com.

“It’s good. He needed time. A few months ago it was different, but a player like him when they come back they think, ‘I am under pressure’ and they want to come in immediately and get game time.

“Danny went the hard way. He played a lot of games for the U23s—a lot of good games. Not all of them were good, but that’s normal.

“If you feel like a settled player, like he usually is, and then you play U23 and are not the best player on the pitch, then it’s not nice but it’s an important experience again.

“It’s all about getting match time and getting minutes. Then at one point, if the quality is there, he will be back—and that he is back now is very important for us and fantastic for him.”

 Liverpool's Danny Ings during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ings enjoyed a special moment in his career against Porto last Wednesday, coming on as a second-half substitute to make his Champions League debut.

Klopp is delighted for him to enjoy such an achievement—Ings himself spoke about it with great fondness—following such a lengthy period on the sidelines.

“It was fantastic but he deserves it,” he added.

“Danny is in a fantastic shape. It always takes time. When I came in, it was such a long time [before I could work with him] because in the first session he got injured. Unbelievable.

“Now, after two-and-a-half years, he can play in the Champions League. It’s a wonderful story, it’s really deserved.”

Klopp’s decision to allow Daniel Sturridge to join West Brom and keep Ings in January raised eyebrows, but the manager clearly has faith in the former Burnley man.

His energetic style does cater towards the German’s footballing philosophy, and while he is not good enough to be first choice, remaining a solid squad member beyond the summer should not be ruled out.

The three months between now and the end of the season may prove key in that respect, with rotation essential and Ings sure to be given a chance to shine.

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What's on: This week's community events

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 15:03

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 February 19

Premier League Kicks sessions
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 February 20

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 February 21

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 February 22

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 February 23

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 February 24

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 February 25

Military Veterans
LFC Academy, 2pm-5pm

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What's on: This week's community events

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 15:03
Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.
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FREE: Mohamed Salah scores Marbella wondergoal

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 14:41
Mohamed Salah scored a trademark individual goal during Liverpool's four-day training camp in Marbella - and you can now watch the brilliant strike for free.
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FREE: Mohamed Salah scores Marbella wondergoal

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 14:41

Mohamed Salah scored a trademark individual goal during Liverpool's four-day training camp in Marbella - and you can now watch the brilliant strike for free.

The Egyptian bamboozled an opposing defender before finishing coolly on his right foot as the Reds contested one of the four-sided training games that became a regular feature of the stay in Spain.

Relive Salah's superb goal free of charge by playing the LFCTV GO clip embedded below.

Want to see more from Marbella? Head to liverpoolfc.com/video now.

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Loan watch: Grujic helps Cardiff into second place

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 14:35
Marko Grujic started as Cardiff City moved into the Championship's automatic promotion spots with a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough.
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Loan watch: Grujic helps Cardiff into second place

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 14:35

Marko Grujic started as Cardiff City moved into the Championship's automatic promotion spots with a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough.

The Liverpool midfielder, who joined the Bluebirds on loan for the rest of the season in January, played for 71 minutes to help the Welsh club rise to second in the second tier.

Ryan Kent completed the full match as Bristol City were held to a 2-2 draw by Leeds United at Elland Road on Sunday, while Divock Origi's Wolfsburg were defeated 2-1 by Bayern Munich thanks to Robert Lewandowski's stoppage-time penalty.

On Friday, Harry Wilson was withdrawn with 55 minutes gone of Hull City's 4-0 FA Cup loss to Chelsea after sustaining an apparent shoulder injury in the process of winning a penalty for the Tigers.

Elsewhere, Corey Whelan started as Yeovil Town were beaten 4-1 by Stevenage and Matty Virtue featured as a substitute in Notts County's goalless stalemate with Newport County.

Pedro Chirivella, meanwhile, played as Willem II lost 2-1 to Ado Den Haag and Taiwo Awoniyi's Royal Excel Mouscron drew 2-2 with Waasland-Beveren.

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Liverpool Ladies’ Casey Stoney announces retirement ahead of final game

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 14:28

Former England captain Casey Stoney MBE has today announced her retirement from football bringing to an end a glittering career with club and country.


The news coincides with Liverpool defender Stoney joining the England Women backroom staff as part of The FA’s new player to coach scheme.

She will work alongside head coach Phil Neville for next month’s SheBelieves Cup in the United States and the remaining FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers.

In the US tournament, England take on France, Germany and the hosts before heading home for a vital World Cup qualifier against Wales to be played in Southampton on Friday 6 April.

Stoney won 130 caps for the Lionesses and played an integral part in England’s rise to become the third-ranked team in the world, including being part of the squad that took the bronze medal at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Having spent two years as England skipper, she captained Team GB in five matches at the 2012 Olympics in London, including scoring in the 3-0 defeat of Cameroon in Cardiff before leading the team to a memorable 1-0 win over Brazil at Wembley Stadium.

After 23 incredible years it’s time to bid farewell to my playing career and embark on an exciting new chapter. I’m delighted to be joining Phil Neville's @Lionesses' backroom team! Weds @LFCLadies game will be my last. I’d like to thank everyone that made my dreams come true… pic.twitter.com/gWetmhdTny

— Casey Stoney MBE (@CaseyStoney) February 19, 2018

Casey Stoney, who was made an MBE for services to football in June 2015, said: “Although I am sad to be hanging up my boots, I do so proud of what I have achieved and with great optimism about what the future holds for the women’s game. With that in mind, I am hugely excited about starting my next chapter as part of Phil Neville’s Lionesses backroom team.

“I am thoroughly looking forward to working with Phil, who is an excellent choice to take the women’s game forward. I talked to him at length before accepting the job and was hugely impressed with his vision, passion and eagerness to learn. I will be doing everything possible to support him alongside finishing my coaching badges.”

The 35-year-old began at Chelsea before heading to Arsenal and then Charlton Athletic. A return to Chelsea followed before spells at Lincoln and Arsenal, where she won her third Women’s FA Cup with a 1-0 defeat of Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in 2016, before moving on to Liverpool.

Notably, from an international perspective, Stoney played in the 2009 UEFA Women’s Euro final before that 2015 World Cup third place and was named in the squad that reached the Euro 2017 semi-finals.

 New England national women's team manager Phil Neville before the FA Women's Super League 1 match between Liverpool Ladies FC and Arsenal Ladies FC at the Halton Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Phil Neville, England Head Coach, said: “Casey has been a wonderful player for England and I am delighted she will continue to help the team with her new position. She has tremendous knowledge of the game and will be invaluable in helping us to take the team up another level. From working with her already and seeing at first-hand the hunger she has to pass on her experience, I am sure Casey will go on to have a coaching career that rivals what she did on the pitch.”

Sue Campbell, FA Director of Women’s Football, said: “I would like to thank Casey for the immense contribution she has made to women’s sport in this country. What she has achieved in nearly two decades in the game is remarkable and she has certainly helped pave the way for future generations, particularly in terms of her professionalism and passion. She has simply been the example for others to follow.

“Her new role means she will continue to be such a positive influence on the England team going forward, and it is great to have her leading the way on our new player-to-coach programme. This is such an important area for us as we look to increase coaching opportunities for all.”

As part of recent changes made at St. George’s Park and the new England Women’s coaching structure, The FA is rolling out a new player-to-coach programme. The programme aims to give elite women’s players the opportunity to develop as coaches and prepare them for UEFA A and Pro Licence courses. They will receive individual development plans, mentoring and the chance to work with England Women’s teams across all age groups along with FA WSL clubs.

FA Chairman Greg Clarke said: “When it comes to acknowledging the true greats of English football, Casey Stoney has to be ranked among them. To earn 130 caps, win a World Cup bronze medal, captain Team GB at the Olympics and stay at the top of the club game for 17 years is truly special.

“While she has shone as a player, Casey has also embraced The FA’s efforts to grow the women’s game, becoming a remarkable ambassador for all. She has doubtless inspired many to follow in her footsteps, and I am sure this will continue to be the case as her England coaching career develops.”

England Women will depart for the SheBelieves Cup in the United States this Sunday [25 February] with the travelling squad set to be announced on Tuesday [20 February]. The first match will be against France [Thursday 1 March], before games against Germany [Sunday 4 March] and the US [Wednesday 7 March] respectively. All three matches will be broadcast live on BBC.

The tournament will be followed by a World Cup qualifier against Wales at St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton on Friday 6 April.

Tickets for the Wales match are already on sale. Children and concessions tickets are just £1 and group booking and Charter Standard discounts apply. Tickets can be purchased at www.TheFA.com/Tickets or by calling 02381 780 780. For more information please visit: www.TheFA.com/England

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Casey Stoney: My career has been a dream come true

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 19/02/2018 - 14:25
Liverpool Ladies defender Casey Stoney has penned an open letter following her decision to retire from playing to begin a coaching career with England.
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