After seven seasons at Bayern Munich, Thiago Alcantara is sold on a new challenge.
The club have ceded to all his demands on a new contract offer, but that has not been enough to sway the midfielder and with one year left on his existing deal, they will not lose him on a free next summer. The 29-year-old is available. The Independent understands his camp see this as a “sensitive time” as he strategises his path forward.
Thiago has been overwhelmingly linked to Liverpool, largely through supposed word from Bayern’s dressing room that the Premier League champions are his destination of choice.
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Last Updated: 07/07/20 4:29pm1:49 Jurgen Klopp thinks Liverpool's first team could one day consist purely of Scousers from the academy Jurgen Klopp thinks Liverpool's first team could one day consist purely of Scousers from the academy
Jurgen Klopp is hopeful Liverpool will be able to field "a team full of Scousers" within the next decade after seeing Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones graduate from the academy.
Klopp believes there is enough local talent to eventually fill a full senior team and says he will continue to give opportunities to younger players from all backgrounds.Brighton vs Liverpool
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"Here we will always try to use them as often as possible because the dream is to have all boys [in a team]," said Klopp at his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's trip to Brighton, live on Sky Sports.
"It will not happen in the next five years but maybe 10 years, it would be great to have a team full of Scousers, why not?
"It is not a bad thing to be a Scouser, it is a good thing. They are hardworking, it is clear that they will fight like crazy... the characteristics of a Scouser.Liverpool-born Curtis Jones signed a new long-term deal with the club earlier this month
"But the door is always open for all the other boys who want to play good football. Liverpool is a very open-minded club."
Liverpool have also moved to secure the future of London-born Harvey Elliott, signing the 17-year-old to his first professional deal on Monday.
Elliott, who joined Liverpool from Fulham last summer, has made eight senior appearances for Liverpool this season, including two in the Premier League.
Klopp believes he already has the next generation of talent lined up and has been impressed with the maturity of his younger players.
"We have a good team, which already has a good age group, but the future is already prepared with a few really, really good footballers," he added.0:41 Klopp says he has the next generation of talent already lined up at Anfield Klopp says he has the next generation of talent already lined up at Anfield
"I am really happy that the boys see it the same way. For young players, the biggest plus they have is time but when they lose patience, things can go not exactly like they should go.
"Our boys want to play, want to be involved and see everything in training. They are really close but not losing patience that they are not playing 90 minutes every three days, or something like that.
"We try to help them as much possible to become the best player they can be. That's what we do with all the players but with the younger players, the responsibility is obviously bigger on our side.
"That is why I really like how these boys have committed 100 per cent to that way. It is a wonderful sign for all of us that the next few are already lined up."Liverpool travel to face Brighton on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports
Liverpool need 12 points from their remaining five games to set a new Premier League record of 101 points in a season.
The Reds continue their campaign away at Brighton on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports, and Klopp has been impressed with Graham Potter, who looks to set to guide the Seagulls to safety in his first full season in charge.
"It is the biggest challenge as a football manager, to implement your ideas while you have to produce results," said Klopp.
"Nobody waits nowadays for the results, everyone wants to see them immediately. I have a lot of respect for what Graham is doing there."A Super 6 for Newcastle?
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Liverpool banked yet another 3 points at Anfield after a very lacklustre 2-0 victory over Aston Villa. Until Mané put the Reds in front in the 70th minute, we failed to create any chance of note whatsoever, with Villa looking the more likely to break the deadlock with numerous dangerous counterattacks. A win is a win, though, which keeps our remarkable run of victories at home continuing along nicely.
In goal, Alisson unsurprisingly started and played very well. A couple of smart saves were required from him before we took the lead but he was also called upon in stoppage time when Jack Grealish went through on goal. A superb save from the Brazilian denied the Englishman down low at the far post. A goal there for Villa would have left them a few minutes to push for an equaliser but our number one made sure his sheet remained clean.
In defence, the usual back four of Trent, Gomez, Van Dijk and Robertson were named in the lineup. As we were pushing hard for the lead from minute one to no avail, our fullbacks pushed on which left us open to the counterattack on more than one occasion. Both Van Dijk and Gomez dealt well with being outnumbered by the Villa attackers and limited them to difficult shots at best despite their numerical advantage in our third. As for the attacking side, both Trent and Robertson struggled to get into the game. It was a clear gameplan from The Villains to prevent our fullbacks from influencing the game and they succeeding in doing so.
In midfield, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita came in for Henderson and Wijnaldum, while Fabinho kept his place. Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t have the best of games, failing to complete a number of passes and finding it difficult to make anything happen. Naby Keita was probably the pick of the bunch from midfield in terms of his performance and he capped it with a lovely assist for Mané to open the scoring. It was the first time in the match where Liverpool truly attempted to play through the centre of Aston Villa with a couple of risky passes and it paid off. Trent fired a ball into the feet of Keita in the box, who gathered it in and found our Senegalese wide-man with a perfectly directed and weighted pass. Mane took the shot on first-time and rifled it into the net off of the underside of the crossbar. Keita was replaced late on by young scouser, Curtis Jones, who managed to score his first ever Premier League goal for the club after a wonderful team move. Robertson floated a cross onto the head of Mo Salah who, with a lovely cushioned header, found Jones on the penalty spot for him to volley home with help from a slight deflection off of Tyrone Mings.
In attack, Mané and Salah started the game alongside Divock Origi who came in for Roberto Firmino. Sadly, poor Divock had an absolutely atrocious afternoon. He looked well out of his depth and this should probably be his last season at the club. Mané got his 50th goal at Anfield for the Reds and also notched his 20th of the season, meaning he’s reached that landmark for the 3rd season in a row. Mo Salah’s assist for Jones puts him onto 100 goal involvements in the Premier League, making him the fastest to do so in history in terms of minutes played. Only Alan Shearer has done it in fewer appearances.
As for Man of the Match, there weren’t too many standout performers. Having said that, I’m going to go with Naby Keita. He was crucial to getting the go-ahead goal with his excellent assist and had a decent game overall.
Curtis Jones‘ perfect weekend has further cemented the belief that he can take up an important role at Liverpool, which could solve a number of problems this summer.
By his own admission, Jones will have exceeded his expectations for the season.
Speaking at the start of pre-season, the teenager simply laid out his objective for the campaign as to “get some minutes” in the Premier League.
Just under a year on, and he has become the club’s youngest-ever captain, scored the winner in a Merseyside derby, the decisive penalty to knock Arsenal out of the League Cup and has now netted his first league goal.
His strike in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Anfield was symbolic; the Reds’ first home game since being crowned champions, Jones gave another promising glimpse into the future.
He was only on the field for eight minutes, including injury time, but he made sure to maximise every second he was afforded, as Klopp acknowledged.
“He came on, the first situation he had was a shot, then he was involved in a foul,” the boss recalled in his post-match press conference.
“I think he had pretty much everything apart from a card in a really short period of time, and then he scored a goal. The goal he deserves.”
Jones’ half-volley beyond Pepe Reina—a player he will have grown up watching, having debuted for the Reds when the midfielder was just four years old—came less than 24 hours after the club announced his new five-year contract.
And the grip Jordan Henderson locked him in as he celebrated showed the esteem he is held in at Liverpool, with James Milner, Andy Robertson and Gini Wijnaldum among those to congratulate him on social media.
Klopp told Jones to take the game “by the scruff of the neck,” and that he was trusted to, and then able to, is testament to the progress he has made this season.
Taking over from Naby Keita in the middle of the park, the 19-year-old supported the front three of Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino, with his express instruction to get on the ball and make things happen.
Up against a similar Villa side to that which pummelled his academy colleagues in the League Cup at the end of 2019, Jones looked at home in midfield.
His natural physique, standing at over six foot, allows him to match up to more senior opponents, but it is his unwavering confidence that gives him the platform to dazzle, and the drive to make it 2-0 late on.
The stutter that accompanies his post-match interviews belies the conviction of a player who knows he has the quality to make it at a club like Liverpool.
Jones knows it, Klopp knows it and the Kop are growing to embrace it—but importantly, that does not manifest itself into the perceived arrogance that allegedly prompted Everton to turn him down as a six-year-old.
“Plenty of young players have the skills,” Klopp explained on the announcement of a deal that will keep Jones at Anfield until at least 2025.
“It’s about more than that if you want to achieve potential, and Curtis is showing it.”
The manager praised his “super attitude,” and this was echoed as academy director Alex Inglethorpe spoke to the Times‘ Paul Joyce, saying “there is a new level of maturity that I have seen in Curtis this season.”
It is no longer about simply picking up the ball and trying out the flicks, tricks and dribbles that made him such an attractive player at an early age, with Jones now accepting that there must be a lot more to his game to make it under Klopp.
Inglethorpe highlighted the Liverpool under-19s’ 7-0 thrashing of Napoli in the UEFA Youth League back in November as a marquee moment for Jones, who scored a hat-trick that day but was also “ruthless” in setting the tone for his team-mates.
Giving him the captain’s armband at youth level has helped that, instilling a sense of responsibility that also aided Harry Wilson‘s step up to the senior stage, but so too has the advice of professionals like Milner and Henderson.
One of the most influential figures in the dressing room at Anfield will leave next month, and while Jones will no doubt miss a role model like Adam Lallana, he will also be licking his lips at the opportunity his departure presents.
Fitness issues notwithstanding, it is notable that Lallana has not been involved in a matchday squad since signing a new short-term deal with Liverpool ahead of the Premier League restart.
Lallana’s extension was designed to reward the 32-year-old for his service and the important role he played in the Reds’ resurgence under Klopp, but it came on the proviso that he would not be blocking the next generation.
Jones filled the No. 8 role against Villa, and that is arguably where he is most comfortable, but like Lallana—and particularly a young Lallana—he is capable of operating in a number of positions.
Midfield may be where he sees the most action as he makes his breakthrough, but much of his recent years in the academy have been spent on the left wing.
With Divock Origi again flattering to deceive in his latest outing, it could be that Jones’ flexibility allows him to usurp the Belgian in the pecking order in attack.
He has, after all, only scored two fewer goals than Origi so far this season, with three in nine appearances, despite playing 863 fewer minutes.
Klopp has repeatedly stressed that the young players in his squad will not be given games for the sake of it, but only if they are ready and if the situation dictates it—and Jones’ cameo against Villa proved he is ready.
Ahead of a transfer window that could see Klopp tweak his squad with a handful of additions, but also one that he has already admitted would benefit from “creating our transfers internally,” the way in which his No. 48 has stepped up is timely.
The last time Liverpool won the European Cup, in 2005, their foundation was built on the quality and influence of two local lads in Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.
Now, with No. 6 and No. 19 in tow as Klopp forges a dynasty, perhaps Jones is prepared to join Trent Alexander-Arnold to ensure there are, once again, two Scousers in our team.
There were smiles all around Liverpool FC Women on Monday as the squad returned to training.
Vicky Jepson's side haven't played a game since February 23 and following the curtailment of the 2019-20 Women's Super League season due to COVID-19, found themselves relegated to the Championship.
But, Jepson and her squad have sent out a defiant message that they will stick together and fight as hard as they can to make it their priority to get back into the top-flight as quickly as possible when the new season can start.
Our photographer was at the Solar Campus to capture the session...
Photos by John Powell
Sadio Mane was showered with praise and described as “a fabulous player” with “nothing to dislike” after yet another game-changing goal over the weekend.
Liverpool lacked attacking penetration for much of the proceedings against relegation-threatened Aston Villa until Liverpool’s No. 10 once again rose to the fore.
Mane has netted 16 Premier League goals across 15 games in 2019/20, all of which have ended in a Liverpool win.
Importantly, five were to open the scoring, two were the only goals of the game and a further two have been to seal a victory for Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds – a man for the big moment.
Since signing for Liverpool in 2016, Mane has made 165 appearances with a return of 79 goals and 34 assists across all competitions, where his goal-scoring contributions and all-round game have proven key to catapulting the Reds to the top of club football.
In yet another consistent campaign, Mane’s name has regularly been thrown in the ring to succeed teammate Virgil van Dijk in clinching the Player of the Year award.
And Graeme Souness is the latest to echo the views of many when running the rule over what Mane offers to Liverpool each and every matchday.
“He’d be the last one I’d want to lose. He’s 28 years old, fantastic attitude, he’s a warrior and it would be far easier to say what he hasn’t got, and I can’t tell you what he hasn’t got,” Souness told Sky Sports.
“He’s spot on with his attitude, aggressive, will not be bullied. I think if you were really aggressive to the others, not so much Firmino [but] Salah you could maybe discourage if the rules were slightly more flexible, but nothing discourages this guy.
“You could see he could deal with the English game [at Southampton] but then again it’s making the jump from Southampton, with all due respect, to a club that’s on the world stage where every game you play it could be the other team’s cup final.
“You don’t get easy games if you’re a Liverpool player. Everyone wants to go to war with you, everyone wants to take you on and everyone wants to beat you, you’re a scalp.
“You don’t know how players will react until you get them in and he’s grown, he’s relished every challenge that comes his way and generally wins every challenge that comes his way.
“He’s a fabulous player, there is nothing to dislike about him. He’s smiley, open and you want to work with people like that.
“I don’t think you’d have to say very much to him in terms of ‘train harder today’ or on match day ‘make sure you’re at it’ – I think it’s inbred in him. I think he’d be an absolute dream to work with.”
Mane’s incredible levels of consistency have now seen him score 20 goals, across all competitions, for three successive seasons following his effort against Villa on Sunday.
The joint Golden Boot winner from last season is currently fifth in this season’s race for the gong, five behind leader Jamie Vardy (21) and just one behind fellow Red Mohamed Salah (17).
As Souness alluded to, Mane is an embodiment of a Klopp team and at 28 years of age is at the peak of his powers, ones which have been key in propelling the club to their world, European and Premier League titles.
Liverpool’s lead is 23 points again at the top of the league! Today we have the match reaction, the rumours and the latest on Thiago Alcantara.Third Polish goalkeeper joins Reds ranks
Liverpool have completed the signing of 16-year-old goalkeeper Fabian Mrozek.
The Polish stopper was on trial with the Reds last year but had to wait until turning 16 to join, and will become the third stopper on the club’s books from the country along with Kamil Grabara and Jakub Ojrzynski.
He joins from the FC Wroclaw Academy and spent time training with the first team last year.
Mrozek will go into the U18s squad for 2020/21 and compete with the likes of Oscar Kelly and Ojrzynski for game time, with Vitezslav Jaros and Ben Winterbottom the U23s stoppers.Elliott joins Jones in committing future to Reds
Two enormous talents, two brand new contracts.
Curtis Jones signed a new deal with the Reds over the weekend and then scored at Anfield against Aston Villa straight away afterwards – an ideal way to celebrate, really.
So now we can expect Harvey Elliott to do the same against Brighton in midweek, correct?!
The right-sided forward has signed his first professional deal with the Reds, now that he has turned 17, and joins several other seniors and youngsters in committing their futures to Anfield for years to come.
We have a fantastic squad, but these two have a great chance of being the next wave of talent to keep the trophy haul going—and both Elliott himself and Jurgen Klopp are extremely excited about what lies ahead.Thiago watch
Finances and circumstances dictate that the Reds won’t be linked with an in-his-prime, big-name player like Thiago too often this summer, so while we are, we’re keeping a close eye on fans’ investigations, journalists’ suggestions and more! If you can’t see the tweets below, click here.
#LFC insiders suggest it’ll be a quiet summer, Thiago is far from a typical FSG signing, and midfield isn’t the area most in need of reinforcement. But will Klopp be able to resist a player he has so long admired for such a cut-price fee?https://t.co/pPzuLquk7K
— David Lynch (@LynchStandard) July 6, 2020
?Thiago’s press officer has recently followed our CEO on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/vxzL4vYMg3
— The Anfield Talk* (@TheAnfieldTalk) July 5, 2020
Thiago's departure is almost certain as he wants to leave Bayern.
— Anfield Hour (@AnfieldHour) July 5, 2020
If Liverpool don't sign Thiago we are finished. I can't see us winning the league next season by more than 15 points without him. Finished.
— Ian Mc (@McGlynnimino) July 6, 2020Senior moments
It wasn’t the most glorious of performances, but Liverpool found a way to win against Aston Villa and several players were notable for their impact even when below their best.Quickfire LFC news
An Express “exclusive” (yes!) says Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain want to fight it out for Hector Bellerin this summer.
That’s the Bellerin with three years left on his deal, who is just back from 12 months out injured and who is currently struggling to keep his place ahead of Cedric Soares. In an Arsenal defence.
That’ll be a no, then.Tweet of the day
Tonight’s result means Man City’s maximum possible points tally for this season is 81.
Liverpool reached 82 before lockdown #asterisk
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) July 5, 2020What we’re reading
Sean Ingle looks into why there are so few Asian players at top clubs, for the Guardian.
And Sam Tighe ranks the best players since football returned behind closed doors, for Bleacher Report.Worth watching tonight
Spurs vs Everton in the Premier League. 8pm on Sky Sports Premier League. Or on Sky Sports Main Event if you’re a soulless denizen of the underworld who wants to listen to fake crowd chantings at weird moments.
Harvey Elliott is determined to add many more milestones to his 'indescribable' journey with Liverpool after signing his first professional contract.
The lifelong Red put pen to paper on the deal at Melwood on Monday having become eligible to do so following his 17th birthday in April.
As the one-year anniversary of his switch to Merseyside approaches, Elliott is eager to kick on now after eight first-team outings so far in 2019-20.
Watch our interview with the No.67 via LFCTV GO below now, or read on below for a full transcript...
Harvey, congratulations on signing your first professional contract. How do you feel?
I think since the first day I've walked in, it's been an indescribable journey so far. I think now to top it off with my first professional contract is a dream come true for me and my family. I'm excited to see what the future holds and I'm just excited to give everything to the club and the fans.
You've been a Liverpool player for nearly a year now, just how has it been for you?
It's been crazy, to be honest, to be involved in so much with the first team and being in and around the players is crazy. Hopefully I can do more with the team and hopefully I can show what I can do.
How much do you think you've improved as a player and person in that time?
I think a lot, to be honest. Every day I'm learning new things off the players and just from people in and around the club. I think there's so much to learn in and around football and I'm just excited to learn.
You've made eight appearances for the Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup winners. It's not bad for a 17-year-old, is it? You've had that taste and surely you want more now...
Definitely. Ever since the MK Dons game, which was my first little taster of competitive football, I've always wanted to play more games, I've always wanted to feature in games. For any youngster getting tasters here and there, I think they always want to strive to get more appearances, want to just show people what they can do, to express themselves really and, more importantly, just enjoy their football.
Do you think this place, Melwood, is the perfect environment for young players to flourish in?
Definitely. When you come here, there's not an expectation as in you need to stick to what you've been told. For youngsters, especially like me, people always tell me to just go and express myself, to enjoy football and always have a smile on my face but more importantly work hard for the club. For youngsters, to come here is such a friendly environment from the staff down to the players – everyone is helpful, everyone is willing to push you and everyone's wanting you to be the best.
How much have you taken from the senior players in the dressing room, on and off the pitch?
A lot, to be fair. Like I said, you learn so much every day from the likes of Jordan and even down to the youngsters. Even the youngsters may have experiences that I may not have and everyone has different experiences that you can learn from. To be in and around the club – which has players like Mo Salah, Sadio, Firmino, of high quality – I think for a kid it's good.
How often are you told by the coaching staff to be yourself on the pitch and not be fazed by being in a dressing room with the Premier League champions?
Every day I would say. Everybody is saying, 'Just go and express yourself, go and show the people what you can do'. That's sort of what I thrive upon. I just want to obviously show what I can do on the ball and also work hard for the team and just be there if needed.
How much support has the manager and all of his coaching staff given you?
I'd say an unlimited amount, to be honest. Even when I'm at the Academy training, all the coaching staff are all helpful. I think everyone just wants you to be the best and everyone's going to do possibly everything to make you the best.
What's it like knowing you've got a manager who has proven to be willing to give youngsters opportunities?
I think it's every boy's dream to play under someone like Jürgen. Even his coaching staff as well, they're all top people. For a boy to be in and around coaching like that, it's just crazy.
What sort of advice has the boss been giving you?
Just what I've been saying really, just go and express myself. Obviously every manager wants you to be hard-working for the team, they want you to just go and enjoy football, play with a smile on your face and just go and do what you can do.
You are a Liverpool fan, you've been on the Kop and now you're actually playing for Liverpool. Just how privileged do you feel to be here?
I'd say more than privileged, to be honest. I think when I stepped out on the Anfield pitch when I played Arsenal, I think it was an emotional thing for me. To obviously be watching the players and to be playing them with them, honestly it's a dream come true. To be in and around the fans as well, to hear them singing You'll Never Walk Alone when you're stepping out on the pitch, it did bring a tear to my eye. I just can't wait to give everything back to them and just to show them what I can do.
Do you want to talk about a bit how you were a Liverpool fan and who you admired growing up?
I'd have to say Steven Gerrard, to be honest. He was playing when I was sort of understanding football. To be a fan of the club when I was younger and to be playing now, it's just a crazy experience.
What's the target you've got in mind now after signing this contract?
I think to go on to win everything and anything again, to be honest. The players have shown that they can do that with the trophies that they've won this year. I want to be part of the team in the next couple of years that's going to go on to win a Champions League, going to go on to win a Premier League – I want to be a big part of that.
But you're also aware of the standards you've got to reach to get opportunities in this team...
Definitely. When we are given the chance I think we just need to take it. Like I said, we need to go out and show what we can do. We can obviously show that we are able to play in this team even though there's top players. Us youngsters, as well as senior players, are all fighting for their spot. I'm going to do whatever it takes to make sure I sustain my spot.
In your mind, do you consider this just the start and feel there's plenty more to come from you?
I think so. Definitely.
Last Updated: 06/07/20 4:20pmHarvey Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham in the summer of 2019
Harvey Elliott has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool.
Elliott, who joined Liverpool from Fulham last summer, has been eligible to sign a professional deal since turning 17 in April.2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Aston Villa in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Aston Villa in the Premier League
The club did not confirm the length of the contract signed by Elliott, who can play on the wing or as a forward.
The England youth international has made eight senior appearances for Liverpool this season, including two outings during Jurgen Klopp's side's Premier League-winning campaign.Elliott helped a young Liverpool team record notable victories in the domestic cup competitions this season
"I think since the first day I've walked in, it's been an indescribable journey so far," Elliott told the club's website.
"I think now to top it off with my first professional contract is a dream come true for me and my family. I'm excited to see what the future holds and I'm just excited to give everything to the club and the fans."
The majority of Elliott's appearances during his debut campaign with the club have come in domestic cup competitions. He started three games each in the FA Cup and EFL Cup, featuring in a young side that recorded notable victories over vastly more experienced Arsenal and Everton teams.
Elliott previously became the youngest player to feature in the Premier League when he made his debut for Fulham last season, aged just 16 years and 30 days.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Harvey Elliott's contract extension is 'brilliant news' for the club
"Brilliant news - really happy," Klopp told the club website.
"Harvey is such an exciting prospect. We all know his qualities - we have seen them this season in the first team and U23s.
"I love his attitude - love his enthusiasm - love his bravery - love the fact he has the right amount of football confidence and cheekiness.
"What is critical - so important - is that he is given time and space to develop. He will get that from us. He needs to be allowed to make mistakes while he learns and not feel more pressure than is right and fair.
"What is great is that he has the perfect culture here and we will protect him. The senior players and the coaches really care about him and are as excited as I am about his future. So, we will all be part of his story as it unfolds."Super 6: Three on the spin for Man Utd
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Harvey Elliott put pen to paper on his first professional contract with Liverpool FC on Monday - and our photographer was at Melwood to capture the milestone moment.
The forward has committed his future to the Premier League champions after he turned 17 in April.
Check out our collection of photos from the Reds’ training ground below…
Photos by Andrew Powell