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Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore believes adding a long-awaited league title to their Champions League triumph is the "barometer of success" by which the club is judged.
A sixth European Cup was secured in June, less than a month after the Reds were narrowly pipped by Manchester City to the Premier League title by a point, despite a tally that would have guaranteed top spot in 25 of the last 27 seasons.
The league resumes this weekend with Jurgen Klopp's side - in possession of the only 100 per cent record in England's top four divisions - eight points clear of City and set for another title challenge, ahead of their visit to Old Trafford to face rivals Manchester United, live on Super Sunday.Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore
"I think that is what our fans want," Moore said. "We were so close last year, 97 points, and in any other year we would have won it.
"But the club goes on and I think that [a league title], for many of our fans, would sit alongside our Champions League triumph as the barometer of success.
"As a club off the pitch we have a set of visions, missions and values and at the top of that sits supporting the team to 'win trophies'. Two words, because ultimately that is what our fans want and that is what we need to deliver."
City have been the domestic benchmark for their rivals, with four Premier League titles, four League Cups and two FA Cups since 2011. However, Moore insists Liverpool are following their own path.0:57 Liverpool are already too far ahead of Manchester City to lose the Premier League title this season, according to former Reds goalkeeper Chris Kirkland Liverpool are already too far ahead of Manchester City to lose the Premier League title this season, according to former Reds goalkeeper Chris Kirkland
"We feel good about the club in its entirety and we don't compare ourselves with any other football club," he added.
"What Liverpool had to do was bring in a world-class manager, which we have, bring in a world-class squad, which we have, play exciting football, bring in players that are going to draw crowds no matter where they go - we've done that - build financial security at the club, we've done that.
"It all sets us up for success going forward. It is not a question of us comparing ourselves versus another club."Fenway Sports Group
Exactly nine years ago, Fenway Sports Group - then New England Sports Ventures - completed their £300m purchase of the club. Their first job was paying off the £237m owed to major creditors Royal Bank of Scotland - ruling out any threat of the club's holding company being put into administration.
They inherited a club, unthinkably, in the Premier League's bottom three with six points from their opening seven matches during the short-lived reign of Roy Hodgson.John W. Henry at Anfield
Sustained investment in the squad and infrastructure has elevated the American group to the highest point of their ownership, with the club posting £125m record profits - re-invested back into the squad even before the financial results were announced in February - winning the Champions League and starting this season brilliantly.
It has not all been plain sailing with walk-out protests over ticket-price rises in 2016 and a recent issue over the failed attempt to trademark the word 'Liverpool', but on-field success has appeased fans.
"From a prestige perspective it [the Champions League victory] kind of gets us back to where we once were in what we liked to call 'European royalty', so the impact is massive," said Moore. "When we look at the health of the club our revenues have doubled in the last five years and been reinvested back into the squad. We have steadied the ship from some dark days nine years ago.Jurgen Klopp celebrates with Virgil van Dijk
"We take great pride in our business model: a self-sustaining football club. Simply, you drive revenues as best you can to invest on the pitch and that investment on the pitch pays off and global sponsors and advertisers want to be a part of that.
"They continue to give the football club revenue which will again drive investment on the pitch and we win more games. It is a virtuous cycle and that is the modern business model for high-performing football clubs: invest, invest, invest for success.
"Yes, we had that headline, £125m, but all of that money, by the time we had announced that, had been reinvested in players like Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker, Naby Keita and Fabinho. But the club is in fine shape financially.
"I think, as you saw from Jurgen's comments, he has the squad he likes and we have locked this squad up on long-term contracts, which is important. He has built the chemistry and these players are content, motivated and excited to win - not just for Jurgen and the coaching staff but for the people of Liverpool and broader global fanbase."How to watch Manchester United vs Liverpool
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LFC Foundation held a special football competition on Friday to mark International Day of the Girl.
The culmination of a day of activity across LFC Foundation programmes, the GirlForce event saw 25 participants from LFC Foundation’s Premier League Kicks Girls sessions come together at Anfield Sports and Community Centre for an evening of competitive 9v9 games.
LFC Women’s midfielder Missy Bo Kearns joined the girls for a Q&A session, during which she shared her own experiences and offered advice to the young players. The participants were also gifted 100 free tickets to LFC Women’s WSL fixture against Bristol City on Sunday.
Founded by the UN in 2012, International Day of the Girl is celebrated annually on October 11 and the occasion aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges that girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
This year’s theme was GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable - supporting all girls to amplify their voices and stand up for their rights.
LFC Foundation’s Premier League Kicks Girls sessions are held three times a week, in Anfield and on the Wirral:
Kicks Girls Wirral
Woodchurch High School Sports Complex
Monday 6pm-7pm (age 11+)
Kicks Girls Anfield
Anfield Sports & Community Centre
Tuesday & Wednesday 5pm-6pm (age 11+)
For more information visit https://foundation.liverpoolfc.com/get-involved/girls-football.
One lucky season ticket holder or official Liverpool FC Member will get the chance to talk directly to one of the Reds' first-team squad thanks to a special prize draw.
This is your opportunity to speak with a European champion and ask those burning questions you’ve always wanted to know the answers to.
You can come face to face, on screen, with a player and enjoy a relaxed chat via video call. For your chance to win, simply enter your details in the Members' Area before midnight on October 31, 2019.
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Four Liverpool players have been named as finalists in the 2019 Northwest Football Awards.
Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sophie Bradley-Auckland and Amy Rodgers are shortlisted in different categories following a public vote and scoring by a panel of judges.
Van Dijk is up for the Premier League Player of the Season accolade - which was won by Mohamed Salah last year - with Alexander-Arnold in the running to retain the title of Rising Star of the Year he was handed in 2018.
Meanwhile, Liverpool FC Women captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland could win the Women's Player of the Year prize and Amy Rodgers is in contention for the Women's Rising Star of the Year award that was taken by Niamh Charles 12 months ago.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in November.
Liverpool have become a stronger side as a result of their setbacks, according to Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The right-back believes the current crop of Reds players have used lows in their careers, whether personal or collective, as the catalyst to achieve success.
He points to the Champions League final defeat in 2018 as the chief example; a year after losing that match to Real Madrid in Kiev, Jürgen Klopp’s team returned to lift the trophy in Madrid while simultaneously collecting 97 points in the Premier League.
Liverpool will aim to utilise that character trait again this season, after missing out on the title so narrowly last term.
“The players that we have in our side have all had failures before, we’ve all had setbacks and knockbacks,” Alexander-Arnold told Premier League Productions.
“We’ve really bounced back from there and got to where we are now and where we are as a team. The biggest example of that is probably the fact that we lost the Champions League final the season before and were able to use that as motivation to get back there and win it the next season.
“It’s something a lot of teams aren’t capable of, but we’ve showed that we are and we’re able to get better from disappointment.”
The Reds have, so far, delivered the perfect response to their Premier League frustration last season.
Alexander-Arnold and co have won each of their eight games, most recently coming through a serious examination against Leicester City at Anfield with three points.
And the resumption of club football after the international break brings one of the highlights of the fixture calendar as Liverpool travel to Old Trafford.
“Traditionally and historically, the Man United-Liverpool game is always massive,” said Alexander-Arnold. “It’s one of the biggest games of the season and they’re a top side as well.
“It’s always going to be a big game and a big occasion because both teams want to win it so much.”
Jordan Henderson played all 90 minutes as England cruised to a 6-0 win over Bulgaria on Monday, but racist abuse from the stands overshadowed the result.
After the shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic on Friday, the Three Lions needed a win in Sofia to enhance their chances of securing a place at Euro 2020.
As was the case against the Czechs, Henderson was the only Liverpool player named in Gareth Southgate’s starting lineup.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was again bizarrely left out of the team at the expense of Kieran Trippier – it keeps him fresh for Reds duties, though.
Joe Gomez would have hoped to come in for Michael Keane at centre-back, but it was debutant Tyrone Mings who got the nod instead.
Henderson was booked early on in proceedings after a reckless tackle, meaning he will miss England’s clash with Montenegro next month.
Marcus Rashford fired Southgate’s men in front with a superb strike – it would be just Liverpool’s luck for him to hit form just before their trip to Old Trafford this weekend!
Ross Barkley scored twice and Raheem Sterling added another before half-time, although racist chants tarnished matters hugely.
The players returned after the break, despite worries that the game could be abandoned, and Sterling and Harry Kane made it 6-0, finishing off the scoring.
Henderson played far better than he did on Friday, operating as one of the more forward-thinking midfielders and almost assisted Kane in the second half, only for the striker to hit the post.
Thankfully, it’s now time for Liverpool’s players to return to Melwood in preparation for Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford.
Jordan Henderson helped England to a comprehensive 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Bulgaria on Monday night.
The Liverpool captain started and finished the game in Sofia as Gareth Southgate’s side emphatically bounced back from defeat to the Czech Republic last time out.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez were unused substitutes at the Vasil Levski National Stadium.
Earlier in the day, Sepp van den Berg played the full match as Netherlands U19s beat Israel 2-0 in a European Championship qualifier.
James Milner is always good for an insightful story…or a funny one. In his latest video appearance, with BT Sport, there’s a bit of both looking back through his career in a novel way.
The veteran Liverpool midfielder has been around the game for a long time and has made his mark in many different ways.
Nowadays he might be the elder statesman of the Reds’ squad, but that means he’s a Champions League winner—while earlier in his career he has won league titles, played major international tournaments with England and was even the youngest-ever goalscorer in the Premier League.
BT Sport’s “What I Wore” video unlocks the stories and memories of his time in the game by way of looking at vintage football shirts down the years: those he played in, those which recall particular games or players and some which he managed notable achievements against.
Dressed for the occasion in an England jersey from Euro ’96—Ronaldinho and Paul Gascoigne are notable mentions from this era—Milner takes us through his upbringing as a Leeds youth player and toward his first-team debut.
“When you look back at how young I was [after scoring that first goal] and you see how big the shirt was, I’d just come straight out of school! It was a mad time.
“In a big game, an important game—it was a nice goal, too, it was amazing!”
It’s not all positives, of course: the Leeds shirt is on show from when the Yorkshire side were relegated, before an ill-fated move to Newcastle and a lost League Cup final with Aston Villa against Man United.
Further career progression—and different jerseys—is seen through his time with Man City, where Milner won the Premier League…and had his car bumped by team-mate Mario Balotelli in the training ground car park!
Then it’s onto Liverpool and Milner taking the iconic No. 7 shirt.
“I’d like to think I’ve work it as well as I could do and shown it the respect it deserves,” he says—before seeing Gareth Bale’s shirt and revealing that just a week after the 2018 Champions League final, where the Welshman broke Reds’ hearts, Milner was stuck behind Bale on the golf course!
Redemption was to come, of course, but before the 2019 final came the incredible comeback in the semis against Barcelona.
“It was a special night, the Anfield atmosphere was unbelievable and set the tone at kick-off. It says a lot about the club, the fans, the team and even with players missing who weren’t playing for us.
“The Champions League was made more special by what happened the year before.
“On it’s own is special but to share it with the boys, and what a great relationship we have in that dressing room with the team spirit. Then you go on the parade and see what it means to all the fans.”
Milner’s career has been a pretty epic journey so far—and hopefully there’s still another big chapter to write this season.
Last Updated: 14/10/19 6:20pmDavid Duckenfield is facing a retrial
Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield is facing "bitterly unfair" blame for the disaster that left 96 football fans dead, his retrial has heard.
Bad planning, stadium design, crowd behaviour, police behaviour, individual mistakes and genuine human error all played a part in the tragedy, Benjamin Myers QC, defending 75-year-old Duckenfield, told the jury as he made an opening speech on behalf of the defence.
The defendant, a chief superintendent with South Yorkshire Police and the match commander with responsibility for policing the game, denies the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 Liverpool supporters who died in the crush at the FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's ground on April 15 1989.
Around a dozen relatives of the victims of the disaster sat in the public gallery at Preston Crown Court watching proceedings.
Mr Myers said the fans who died are "at the heart" of the case.
He added: "The emotions stirred by this tragedy were powerful. How could they not be?
"In no way do we seek to insult Liverpool Football Club or its supporters or the city of Liverpool itself.
"Whilst heartfelt sympathy for those who suffered is natural, it is human, it must never be a reason to convict someone for events beyond his control or responsibility.
"It is blatantly unfair to blame one person when so many other people and so many other factors contributed to this tragedy."
Mr Myers told the jury the prosecution were "confusing" the defendant's responsibility as the match commander and criminal responsibility for what went wrong.
He said Duckenfield was only made match commander 19 days before the game, after being appointed as chief superintendent for "F" Division of South Yorkshire Police where the stadium was situated.
But he had never been match commander at a football game before, let alone for a 50,000-capacity cup semi-final, and was "not the ideal man" for the job but "just got on with it", as that was how South Yorkshire Police operated, Mr Myers said.
Jurors have heard all of the 24,000 Liverpool fans were directed to the Leppings Lane end of the ground, where limited turnstiles served a bottleneck of a very large crowd, ahead of the 3pm kick-off.
The court has heard Duckenfield acceded to requests to open an exit gate to the stadium after crushing built up outside the turnstiles before the match.
Once through exit gate C, spectators saw a tunnel marked "standing" which led to the central pens on the terrace where the fatal crush happened.
Mr Myers showed the jury Hillsborough Stadium's safety certificate, which showed a 7,200 crowd capacity for the West Terrace, at the Leppings Lane end of the ground where fans were crushed to death.
He said the true safe capacity was 5,426 - around 1,800 or 25 per cent overestimated - but nobody, including Mr Duckenfield, realised it at the time.
"If the central pens were already too full when David Duckenfield gave the order to open the gates, why did no one else appreciate they were too full?" Mr Myers said.
"He's expected to see a problem nobody did."
Police manpower had also been cut by 15 per cent from the semi-final at the same ground between the same two teams the year before, the court was told.
But again it was a decision taken in the planning for the match prior to the defendant's appointment as match commander and nothing to do with the defendant, Mr Myers said.
He said police radios on the day became "unworkable" as the disaster unfolded, which again cannot be blamed on Duckenfield.
Mr Myers also said the world of football was very different from today, with terraces, fences and sometimes "sudden outbreaks of mass disorder and even violence".
He added: "The tragedy was the consequence of many factors, look closely at Mr Duckenfield of course, we say bad planning, crowd behaviour, police behaviour, mistakes by individuals and genuine human error.
"This, or something like this, was going to happen sooner or later.
"He's being placed in a position of ultimate blame, not just his part but for the shortcomings and failures of others, factors beyond his control and even knowledge, and that is deeply and bitterly unfair."
The trial, which began last week, has heard it is the prosecution's case that Duckenfield's failures to discharge his responsibilities were "extraordinarily bad" and contributed substantially to the deaths of the fans.
The court was told a previous trial had taken place in January but the jury was unable to return any verdict and was discharged.
Ninety-four of the victims died on the day of the disaster, while Lee Nicol, aged 14, died two days later from his injuries.
The court heard the 96th victim, Anthony Bland, suffered brain damage and remained in a permanent vegetative state until he died in March 1993, which meant his death was out of the time to be classed as resulting from manslaughter.
Last Updated: 14/10/19 5:46pmAnthony Martial has been out since August
Anthony Martial is expected to return to first-team training this week and has a chance of playing a part in Manchester United's match against rivals Liverpool, live on Super Sunday.
The France striker has been out since August with a thigh injury and United have struggled to score goals in his absence, registering just five in an eight-game run of two wins, four draws and two defeats.Man Utd vs Liverpool
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But he could hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a major boost for the visit of the Premier League leaders, as one of a number of players the Norwegian hopes to see return from recent injuries at Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw are all set to be in contention while Jesse Lingard and Mason Greenwood could also feature.0:38 Juan Mata explains why Manchester United team-mate Anthony Martial is so good Juan Mata explains why Manchester United team-mate Anthony Martial is so good
Just as with Martial, United have been without Shaw, the England left-back, since the August home defeat against Crystal Palace. The former Southampton defender suffered a hamstring problem.
Meanwhile, Pogba played through a foot injury against Rochdale and Arsenal last month but has not featured since. The France midfielder has been undergoing rehab in Dubai during the international break.Injured Paul Pogba was unable to take a penalty as United beat Rochdale in a shoot-out
Lindelof, the Sweden centre-back, was absent from the United squad for their 1-0 defeat at Newcastle but has been called up by his national team for this week's Euro 2020 qualifiers. He did not feature in their 4-0 win against Malta, though.
Wan-Bissaka, the right-back who joined from Crystal Palace for £50m in the summer, missed last month's draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford because he was suffering from tonsillitis and has not returned since.Soccer Saturday Super 6
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Ever wondered what it’s really like to be a Premier League footballer? Former Leeds United, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Manchester City midfielder and now European Cup winner at Liverpool James Milner reveals all.
This Is Anfield’s Joanna Durkan wrote in her review of Ask A Footballer:
Going into it I knew thousands of fans had submitted questions and that the book would pose as a Q&A, but admittedly, I had not expected it to evoke the feeling that you were sat in your front room or at the pub having a chat with the man himself.
I had instead anticipated that his personality would not be able to shine through and that a formal approach would take precedence over a more natural flow.
Instead, it effortlessly sucks you in, where his self-deprecating sense of humour both played into and juxtaposed the social media persona of ‘Boring James Milner’.
And so, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at times when he answered all the hard-hitting questions regarding the great milk debate for tea, how much Ribena would be needed to fill the European Cup, his ‘beef’ with Lionel Messi and what his life would be like without Divock Origi.Enter the competition
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Legendary Mancunian musician Gary 'Mani' Mounfield stars in a new LFCTV film about the rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United.
Us and Them, presented by actor Robbie O’Neill, gives an unbiased take on the fixture’s history ahead of the latest instalment at Old Trafford this Sunday.
Mani, of both The Stone Roses and Primal Scream, joins a host of lifelong fans from both sides of the divide in the half-hour feature.
He even ventured ‘behind enemy lines’ for his interview, travelling to Liverpool’s Jacaranda Club for a conversation spanning from the construction of the Ship Canal to the arrival of Jürgen Klopp.
Liverpool. Manchester. History. Music. Fashion. Football… Us And Them premieres on @LFCTV + GO at 9pm BST on Tues… https://t.co/kfJTJ9N5S1— LFC (Liverpool FC) 14th Oct 14:21
“I used to speak to my dad about it and he said that there was never really any rivalry with Liverpool [in the 1960s] per se,” explains Mani.
“But then Liverpool were my nemesis for years when we weren’t doing so well [in the 1970s and 1980s] under various managers, and we used to watch you win everything. Kings of England, Kings of Europe, kings of everything.
“There’s a pang of jealousy there when you watch someone else have what you want. You covet that success. It was something to aim at for my mob – to peg you back – and it took a lot of years of doing it. Fergie eventually got the formula and got it right.
“But football is cyclical – every team has their time. You had yours, then we had ours, then the Cockneys had a go at it and now City are having a go and Liverpool are back in the mix.
“And I think Jürgen Klopp is looking and thinking, ‘Right – I’ll show that Ferguson; I’ll knock him off his perch’.”
Mani believes that, football aside, Mancs and Scousers are cut from the same cloth – and his is one of many voices in the documentary that attest to the similarities between the two cities.
“There’s no difference whatsoever,” he states. “I’ve always known that.
“We both have a great sense of humour. We know what we like; we like what we know. We’re good at the music and we’re good at the partying. I just think we know how it works up here.”
Us and Them examines everything that unites and divides two of the world’s most famous cities; from society and politics to fashion and music via football.
Alisson Becker is expected to make his long-awaited return for Liverpool at Manchester United this weekend - and is almost certain to be joined in the starting line-up by Mohamed Salah.
Alisson has been absent since suffering a calf injury during the Premier League opener at home to Norwich City on August 9.
The Brazil international returned to full training earlier this month and has spent extra time at Melwood during the international break working with goalkeeping coach John Achterberg.
The impressive form of stand-in Adrian has meant Liverpool have been under no pressure to rush Alisson's return.
But with the goalkeeper now back to full fitness, he is primed to feature at Old Trafford on Sunday as Jürgen Klopp's Premier League leaders aim for a record-equalling 18th successive top-flight victory.
Salah, too, is expected to be available for selection after recovering well from the ankle injury he suffered against Leicester City.
Liverpool will be further boosted in their preparations for the clash at United by an extended period of rest for Brazil duo Roberto Firmino and Fabinho.
The duo aren't expected to report back to Melwood until Thursday, while Sadio Mane has also been given a short break after featuring against Brazil.
The Senegalese is not eligible for his country's African Nations Championship clash in Guinea on Friday.
Source: Liverpool Echo
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