Liverpool made history on August 22, 1964 as they hosted Saturday’s opponents Arsenal at Anfield, becoming the first game to be broadcast for Match of the Day.
The Reds host the Gunners in their third Premier League game of the campaign this weekend, looking to maintain their 100 percent record and move ahead at the top of the table.
Fifty-five years ago, Liverpool were significantly better off than their north London opponents, having finished the 1963/64 season as First Division champions, 12 points and seven places above the Gunners.
Their title defence began at home to Billy Wright’s Arsenal side, and it was an historic afternoon as the BBC broadcast Match of the Day for the first time, in black and white:
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The two sides emerged from the old tunnel at Anfield to the Beatles’ She Loves You, with Liverpool missing Ian St John through appendicitis and Alf Arrowsmith due to injury.
Tommy Lawrence took his place in goal behind Gerry Byrne and Ronnie Moran, with Bill Shankly fielding a now-unorthodox formation including the likes of Ron Yeats, Ian Callaghan and Roger Hunt.
Hunt opened the scoring in the 11th minute after a slow start, firing an acrobatic volley into the far corner from Callaghan’s cross.
Gordon Wallace added another after the break, before a quick-fire double from Geoff Strong and Joe Baker restored parity for Arsenal heading into the closing stages, only for Wallace to score a dramatic winner from range.
“Well I’d call it the Match of the Century, I don’t know about the Match of the Day!” joked commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme at full-time.
In the BBC’s first edition of the show, this was the only game to be broadcast, with extended highlights similar to Sky Sports’ Match Choice coverage now.
Match of the Day eventually began to broadcast highlights from a variety of games across the First Division, and remains that way to this day, with Gary Lineker host in its 55th year.
It is likely that the Reds will headline Saturday night’s show, and hopefully with a victory as they keep up their excellent early season form.
Virgil van Dijk has recalled his “unforgettable” first start as a senior professional with FC Groningen, in which he scored twice and assisted once as a striker.
In his year-and-a-half with Liverpool so far, Van Dijk has established himself as the best centre-back in world football, and will be vying for the 2019 Ballon d’Or.
But at the start of the decade, he was struggling to break through as a youngster at Groningen, having joined the Eredivisie side from boyhood club Willem II in 2010.
Van Dijk’s debut season came at the end of 2010/11, coming off the bench for his first outing in a 4-2 win over ADO Den Haag in the league, with his full debut coming against the same side later that month.
“I came on in the game when we lost 5-1 as a right-back, and I started the return game as a centre-back, I think.”
The Dutchman, in fact, began the game at right-back, and at the break had seen his side concede again as Lex Immers cancelled out Tim Matavz’s opener.
As he told the story, details such as the half-time score were clearly hazy for Van Dijk, but his memories of 45 minutes—plus six minutes of extra time—up front are, in his words, “unforgettable.”
“[We were] 1-0 [up] after half-time, 6-1 down [on aggregate], and in the second half I started as a striker,” he continued.
“I scored a terrible free-kick, but it counted obviously, and I scored one on the break.
“In the end we were 5-1 up, unluckily I had to get subbed because I had cramp and couldn’t walk anymore.
“We lost on penalties, but that day was unforgettable for me, and after that I think I made a little bit of a name [for myself] at the club at the time.
“And the year after I played almost every game.”
Watching back, Van Dijk showed a great burst of pace to net his second of the afternoon, while his knock-ons from long balls led to a host of chances that should, perhaps, have won Groningen the game.
Ultimately, they lost 4-3 on penalties, relinquishing a spot in the Europa League for 2011/12.
His free-kick was not “terrible,” though ADO goalkeeper Gino Coutinho could have done better to keep it out.
And it remains a wonder that he is yet to take one for Liverpool, having honed his craft on set-pieces further at Celtic.
As Van Dijk attested, this game boosted his reputation significantly at Groningen, and he was installed almost immediately as a first-choice starter at centre-back the following campaign.
It is in this role that he is, clearly, at his best, but Jurgen Klopp has not been averse to throwing centre-backs up front in must-win situations before.
But Van Dijk ended his story by stressing that he would prefer to stay in his natural role.
“I know that with my height I can be dangerous, and in that particular game it worked a lot,” he concluded. “But just leave me at the back!”
"Wherever we went, we saw kids running around in Sadio Mane shirts," reflects KitAid founder Derrick Williams MBE.
In September 2018, orphans in the African country of Malawi received boxes full of donated Liverpool FC shirts bearing Mane's name.
When the Reds star changed squad numbers from No.19 to No.10 months prior, supporters were given the opportunity of a like-for-like exchange of their 2018-19 replica jerseys.
In total, more than 250 'Mane 19' shirts were exchanged at LFC stores and then handed to KitAid, who worked with Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO) to help distribute them to underprivileged children in Malawi.
The charity recently spent a week in the Mulanje region of the nation and witnessed first hand the heart-warming impact the Mane shirts had provided.
"Seeing the kids run around in the Mane shirts is brilliant because it just sums up the whole thing about kids loving football," Williams tells Liverpoolfc.com.
"Wherever you are in the world, it doesn't matter and they're running around thinking they're Mane. They watch all the games and they know Liverpool really well, so that makes it really special.
"It's hard to describe in words sometimes, but some of these kids have never had a kit before. We've got a saying: 'It's more than just a shirt'. It's lots and lots of things.
"It means they can play, there's the whole thing about inclusion – if they don't have a kit, often they can't play in the league.
"Even down to the very basic things of being given something is unique because they're not used to anybody giving them anything."
KitAid sponsored a three-day tournament during their visit. Before the final, an exhibition between teams wearing the kit of Liverpool and Everton was played, with the Blues emerging 2-1 winners.
Derrick continues: "During the game, a coach with us from the Liverpool FA was making comments like, 'That No.19 is good'. He didn't realise there were multiple No.19s!
"In total, we handed out around 1500 items of kit during the week. It's not all Liverpool kit, we get it from various sources.
"We visited many of the 14 FOMO-run Malawi orphan supports centres and handed out kit. They've all got their own teams, the kids are all mad on football, so we just kept handing out kits at every one."
KitAid work closely with the LFC Foundation and had a drop-off point at Anfield ahead of the Legends charity match with AC Milan Glorie in March this year.
A van-load of shirts were collected on the day and, along with items donated later, were shipped out to Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Malawi in June.
"We were really pleased to be there because it brings us into contact with Liverpool fans and we're keen to have that link," Williams concludes. "It continues the link that we have with the LFC Foundation.
"We met a lot of people a lot of people and it gives us the chance to explain what we do and what KitAid is about.
"Liverpool were the first ever club that came on board with KitAid, so we're proud of that heritage."
Liverpool would like to thank fans who made a donation to the foodbank ahead of the opening Premier League fixture against Norwich City earlier this month.
A total of 725kg of food was collected at the game and by LFC staff, which equates to 48 emergency food parcels providing over 450 meals.
As part of LFC's dedication to tackle food poverty, the club's Red Neighbours community programme backs the Fans Supporting Foodbanks initiative and hosts foodbank collections at every home game.
Collected items are made into three-day emergency food parcels for local people in crisis in North Liverpool, which incorporates the club's surrounding postcodes of L4, L5 and L6.
Last season, Red Neighbours collected over 9,000kg of food - that's a total of 3,037 people fed.
Supporters attending games can drop off any non-perishable food donations at the foodbank collection points, which are located on Anfield Road, next to the club's Family Park, and inside the Anfield superstore on Walton Breck Road as well as Homebaked bakery on Oakfield Road.
The Anfield Road collection point is open three hours before kick-off and remains open for 15 minutes after kick-off. Food can be dropped off at the Anfield superstore during its opening hours and at Homebaked before kick-off.
Some priority items include:
All food collected will be donated to the North Liverpool Foodbank.
Liverpool's No.9 scored a hat-trick when Arsenal visited Anfield last season as part of a comprehensive 5-1 win.
That represents the most recent occasion a Reds player has netted a treble on home turf.
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The Reds have recent previous in allowing long-serving, but increasingly peripheral, players depart if their reasonable terms are met.
“When he left, we both had a little tear in our eye. It was really a special moment,” the manager reflected at the time, conceding that he was not able to give Lucas any assurances over his playing time.
This summer, Simon Mignolet was granted a £6.4 million switch to Club Brugge in his native Belgium, having spent a campaign as backup to Alisson and making it respectfully clear that he didn’t wish to do the same in 2019/20.
“The service he has given this club during his time here means I cannot ignore an opportunity for him that will impact so positively on his future,” Klopp said of his former first-choice goalkeeper.
“I think what he has done for LFC means he earns the right to do something that helps him in this moment.”
Lovren has hoped to follow their path this summer, with the Croatian setting his sights on a move away from Anfield after dropping down the pecking order.
Behind Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez at centre-back, Lovren’s representatives held talks with both AC Milan and AS Roma, and the latter had been expected to seal a £15 million deal earlier in August.
Negotiations broke down between Roma and the Reds, however, as no official offer was forthcoming from the Serie A outfit.
Brief suggestions of a loan move to Bayer Leverkusen have been quashed, and it could be that Lovren is left to spend at least the first half of the season back with Liverpool.
Returning from ‘illness’ to take part in training ahead of the Reds’ first top-six clash of the campaign at home to Arsenal, the 30-year-old showed the first sign that he is preparing to stay.
But regardless of the side he is turning out for when the transfer window closes across the rest of Europe’s top leagues on September 2, a big statement has been made with the club’s stance on Lovren.
The latest valuation to emerge for the Croatian was just £15 million—the fee believed to be enough to make him a Roma player—which, given his reputation, is decidedly low.
Lovren, despite his detractors, is an international centre-back with at least five more playing years ahead of him, and having signed a four-year deal with Liverpool in 2017—with the option for a fifth—he is in a secure position in terms of his contract.
He is clearly well-liked within the dressing room and by Klopp, and that relationship may have influenced the Reds’ decision as it did with Lucas and Mignolet.
Departing without rocking the boat—as he did, it must be noted, in a tumultuous exit from Southampton—would be a comfortable situation after a campaign that saw him play just 1,261 minutes.
This is particularly so given the stock placed in two young defenders brought in over the past year, with Hoever and Van den Berg no doubt factoring strongly when Klopp and his backroom staff weighed up whether to allow Lovren to leave.
Hoever’s place on this carousel is fitting, as his debut for the club came replacing Lovren six minutes into his last regular run in the starting lineup.
The 17-year-old became the club’s third-youngest debutant when he came on in the 2-1 loss to Wolves in the FA Cup, and though this was an anomaly, Hoever is set for a long future with Liverpool.
Having helped the Netherlands win the Under-17 European Championship in May, Hoever grew in both stature and confidence over the summer and was one of the Reds’ standout performers in pre-season.
Van den Berg, meanwhile, was forced to wait for his first outing following a £1.3 million move from PEC Zwolle, and when it eventually came during the US tour, it was clear Klopp is taking a cautious approach with his transition.
But the lofty centre-back, also 17, is tipped to be fast-tracked into the senior setup once he adjusts to life in England, and English football.
The timeline for this adaptation is, of course, flexible, and it has been apparent in Van den Berg’s first forays into competitive action with the Liverpool under-23s that it will take time for the Dutchman to settle.
His biggest test yet came against Michy Batshuayi in the 3-0 loss at Stamford Bridge, and the youngster was culpable for the Chelsea striker’s opener after failing to judge the flight of a long pass.
Similarly, while his long-term role is earmarked as a centre-back, Hoever’s route to the first team may require a longer apprenticeship—plus, a stint serving as full-back cover.
Speaking earlier in August—after Hoever signed his first professional contract with the club—Klopp described him as a “sensational player,” and highlighted his second-half cameo at left-back against Napoli as “maybe his best 15 minutes in the pre-season.”
If Lovren does stay beyond midnight on September 2, immediate opportunities for Hoever and Van den Berg may dry up, as there is no way Klopp will overlook his No. 6.
It could also be argued that, for now, Fabinho will also be ahead of them if another injury crisis strikes and any two of Van Dijk, Matip and Gomez are sidelined.
But in the long term, the plan to allow Lovren to leave, with no sign of a senior replacement, is a real show of faith in the teenagers.
And if they are able to find a foothold at senior level when given the chance, their youth and significant potential bodes very well for the Reds’ future.
Their success would embody the changing ethos of the club in recent years, from the ‘quality over quantity’ shift in the academy, to the fading memories of the mediocre squad of 2014/15, to Klopp’s fruitful commitment to youth.
We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Wednesday, as preparations continue for Saturday’s visit of Arsenal.
According to the Press Association, however, there has been “no approach” from the Bundesliga side for the 30-year-old and Liverpool “would not sanction a loan.”
Meanwhile, Kent was rumoured to be forcing through a move to Rangers, with claims he could “down tools.”
The same report states that his “behaviour has been exemplary,” though, and Liverpool also have no plans to loan him out again.
Having both Lovren and Kent available certainly can’t do any harm in terms of squad depth, but from a personal point of view, the pair may have benefited from moves away.Adrian Enjoying Playing with Defensive “Animals”
The Spaniard is clearly a great character, and in an interview with LiverpoolFC.com, he explained what a joy it is to play behind such a formidable defence:
“It’s really easy to play with them in front of you because, as you say, they were the best defenders in the Premier League [in 2018/19] and we have one of the best defenders in the world.
“I think, for me as a goalkeeper, they make easy decisions. Honestly, they defend everything like animals! They help me a lot.
“I played against them [the forwards] many times, so now I play with them and I’m enjoying how they play from behind.
“I’m really happy for them because they are doing really well, they have a great connection between them.
“They are good players individually, but they are good friends in the dressing room also and you can see that feeling on the pitch.”
Alisson responded magnificently from his mistake at Leicester last season—let’s hope his current deputy can do the same this weekend.Duncan to Stay at Liverpool
Bobby Duncan has been linked with a loan move away from Liverpool this summer, with Danish team FC Nordsjaelland keen on signing him.
According to the Evening Standard, thoug, the striker will now be staying put at Anfield, continuing to mature with the under-23s.
Duncan was instrumental in Liverpool’s under-18s winning the FA Youth Cup last season and the club have high hopes for him.
The former Man City youngster will have to make do without his strike partner Paul Glatzel for a large part of the season, though, after the teenager suffered an ACL injury in pre-season.Kane to Feature in League Cup?
Herbie Kane excelled on loan at Doncaster Rovers last season, helping them to a sixth-placed finish on his way to being named in League One’s Team of the Year.
The midfielder has been tipped to join Portsmouth before the transfer window ends, but their hopes are “fading”, according to the Portsmouth News.
The report adds that “it is understood Kane has this week been instructed to remain at Anfield to feature in their Carabao Cup campaign.”
Retaining a youngster on the fringes of the senior squad in order to potentially make just one appearance seems strange, but this could indicate Kane will at least stay with the U23s.
On top of that, Doncaster manager Darren Moore has played down reports linking the 20-year-old with a return to the club, telling the Doncaster Free Press “it’s probably just speculation that has got out of hand.”
The dreaded international break is hovering ominously on the horizon, with two more rounds of Premier League fixtures taking place before it occurs.
Liverpool will be well represented in September, at least giving us something to look forward to.
Last Updated: 22/08/19 6:44amDaniel Sturridge was a free agent after leaving Liverpool at the end of last season
Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has joined Turkish club Trabzonspor on a three-year contract.
Sky Sports News reported last week that Sturridge had been in talks with Trabzonspor and Besiktas as he searched for a new team following the expiration of his deal at Anfield in June.
The 29-year-old attracted plenty of interest from across Europe, with Serie A side Atalanta and Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt both reportedly keen on the free agent earlier in the window.
Sturridge scored 67 goals in 160 appearances for Liverpool after joining from Chelsea in January 2013, but has not found the net since September 2018.
He made 18 Premier League appearances for Liverpool during the 2018/19 season.Sturridge was part of the Liverpool squad that won the Champions League in June
Sturridge is eligible to play football again after completing a ban for breaching the FA's gambling regulations.
He served two weeks of a six-week ban. The remaining four have been suspended until August 31, 2020, meaning he is free to play football again in the event he commits no further breaches of FA's guidelines.Transfer Centre
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Daniel Sturridge has turned down interest from across Europe and the US to seal a move to Turkish side Trabzonspor after a six-and-a-half-year spell at Liverpool.
Sturridge bid farewell to Anfield after his contract came to a close at the end of last season following 160 appearances and 68 goals.
The England international joined the Reds in 2013 from Chelsea, and while his first full season at the club saw him hit prolific heights alongside Luis Suarez, much of his career at the club was marred by a torrid run of injury.
Even when fit, the 29-year-old remained on the periphery of Jurgen Klopp’s plans with Liverpool’s attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane regularly locking up the positions up front.
He made just eight starts across all competitions last season and with the club not tabling a new deal, Sturridge was free to find himself a new home—with Turkey now awaiting the forward.
— Trabzonspor Kulübü (@Trabzonspor) August 21, 2019
Sturridge has put pen to paper on an initial three-year deal at Super Lig side Trabzonspor, with confirmation of his move made public by the club on Wednesday.
Trabzonspor finished last season in fourth place to secure a Europa League qualifying spot, where only a two-legged tie against AEK Athens over the coming week now separates them from a spot in the group stage.
Sturridge’s new team only kicked off their 2019/20 season over the weekend, where they were forced to settle for a draw after initially taking the lead.
According to ESPN’s Melissa Reddy he did receive interest from Fenerbahce, MLS outfit D.C. United alongside various clubs in Qatar and La Liga.
While his chosen destination to ply his trade may come as a surprise, Sturridge still possesses a wealth of talent and Trabzonspor could provide him with the level of playing time he will no doubt be craving in the latter stages of his career.
Wishing you all the best, Daniel!
Liverpool will battle with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United to sign Kai Havertz next summer, according to reports.
Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Havertz is expected to be in demand after an excellent few seasons in the Bundesliga.
The 20-year-old contributed 20 goals and seven assists in 42 matches across all competitions last season, with 17 of those strikes coming in the league.
He has two goals in two games this season having scored in Leverkusen’s 3-2 opening weekend win over Paderborn.
German TV station Sport1 claim that Liverpool will be one of eight major European clubs in the hunt to land Havertz.
The Germany international is also attracting interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
On the continent, Spanish heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid are other interested parties.
Bayern Munich are another European giant keeping tabs on Havertz, with the Bundesliga champions known for hoovering up the best talents around the division.
Sport1 claim that which club Havertz joins is far from clear, though Bayern are particularly keen.
t is said though that the attacking midfielder is set to move on in the summer of 2020 and could have even left this summer.
Any exit was however vetoed by Leverkusen boss Rudi Voller, who has ensured the club and player have not had concrete discussions with any interested clubs.
Havertz is under contract until 2022 and Leverkusen expect to raise at least €100million (£91.4m) with his sale.
Source: Daily Express
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Jamie Carragher has argued that Liverpool could face a tougher test against Arsenal on Saturday evening due to their new defensive approach.
The belief is that, due to the influence of VAR in offside decisions, Liverpool are staying further up the pitch in the knowledge that opposition attackers are more likely to be flagged.
Both Norwich and Southampton had opportunities to score more, with strikers Teemu Pukki and Che Adams particularly troublesome in behind the Liverpool defence, and failed—but Carragher believes Arsenal won’t be as lenient.
“When I say Liverpool have got away with it [so far], the quality they’ve played against hasn’t been top class,” he told Sky Sports.
The Gunners certainly have top-class attackers, with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang in excellent form and Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe dangerous in support.
“The quality Arsenal have, if Liverpool get caught in those positions and don’t run back, they’re going to have major problems within that game,” Carragher continued.
“You think about on the counter-attack as well, Liverpool playing higher up on the pitch on Saturday.
“And listen of course Liverpool are going to cause big problems the other way, I have no doubt about that.
“But the chances, the shots on goal that they’re allowing at this moment, better quality teams, better quality strikers, are going to make Liverpool pay.”
Whether the Spaniard suits the higher defensive line is questionable, as Adrian has been slow off his line at times during his two starts so far.
Matip was preferred to Gomez last time out at Southampton, but has also struggled with a relative lack of pace on the recovery, and it could be that the No. 12 is better suited for Saturday.
Klopp, Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold have all rejected claims that Liverpool are deliberately operating with a higher line this season, but their approach seems to have changed nonetheless.
Carragher isn’t a fan, arguing that his old club have been “lucky and fortunate at different times” already this season.
“I’m not necessarily sure it’s a higher line, but it looks to me as if they’re trying to play offside,” he added.
“They caught players offside more than anyone in the Premier League this season.
“[But] I don’t like it and I think they’ve been lucky and fortunate at different times this season to get away with it.”
Last Updated: 21/08/19 1:33pmThe incident happened in the second half of Southampton's defeat to Liverpool
Hampshire Police have launched an appeal to identify a supporter they want to speak to in connection with an incident in Southampton’s game with Liverpool at the weekend.
A nitrous oxide (NOS) canister was thrown from the away supporters' section of the Northam stand into the home end at St Mary's shortly after Liverpool's second goal.
The gas canister hit a seven-year-old Southampton fan, who suffered minor injuries as a result.
Recognise this man? The pics are not the best, but we want to speak to him after an incident at Saints v Liverpool on Sat 17 Aug. An item was thrown from the away end into the Northam home section & hit a young Saints fan. Please call 101 ref 44190293624. https://t.co/4RgDYL1Jm7 pic.twitter.com/uB1f4ZKcbA— Hampshire Police (@HantsPolice) August 21, 2019
Hampshire Police want anyone who recognises the man or has any other information about the incident to call 101 quoting 44190293624.
Alternatively anyone with information can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Dejan Lovren could still leave Liverpool this summer despite the breakdown of his expected move to AS Roma, with Bayer Leverkusen emerging as a late suitor.
The transfer window remains open for the majority of European clubs until midnight of September 2, and this combined with the Football League loan window could see further departures from Merseyside.
Beyond the likes of Herbie Kane and Ryan Kent, Lovren is the one first-team player whose future remains up in the air.
The Croatian is back in training at Melwood this week following a conveniently timed illness, which coincided with talks between Liverpool and Roma.
The Reds halted negotiations with the Serie A outfit after their failure to make a formal offer, despite indications that they would be willing to pay £15 million for the 30-year-old.
According to Sport Bild, Leverkusen are considering a move for Lovren as they seek an experienced addition to their defensive ranks.
However, the deal mooted is a season-long loan including a €3 million (£2.75m) fee up front, which may not appease the Reds given they do not need to part ways with their No. 6.
But their willingness to sell Lovren does suggest they could be open to arranging a switch, particularly if they were to agree to an obligation to buy at the end of the campaign.
Leverkusen are also interested in Freiburg’s Dominique Heintz, which could complicate matters if Liverpool were to hold firm on their valuation.
Lovren was on the substitutes’ bench for the Community Shield defeat to Man City, but has been absent for each of the Reds’ three competitive games this season so far.
And given the options at Klopp’s disposal, with one of Gomez or Matip and likely James Milner making the bench as cover at the back, he could also miss out on the squad for Saturday’s clash with Arsenal.