Watch: Every Premier League goal - 2013-14

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 06/14/2020 - 10:15

Liverpool netted 101 goals throughout the 2013-14 Premier League season and you can watch them all again in our YouTube compilation.

Brendan Rodgers’ side launched a thrilling title assault and eventually finished second at the end of an exhilarating campaign, with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge the top two scorers in the division.

Relive every strike in the free video below…

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Why you can ignore headlines of Philippe Coutinho back to Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 06/14/2020 - 10:09

With Philippe Coutinho heading back to Barcelona and with no hope of a future at the Nou Camp, speculation has risen over a possible, highly unlikely return to Liverpool.

The Reds secured an exceptional deal in agreeing a £142 million fee with Barca when Coutinho left Merseyside in 2018, and things have gone awry for the Brazilian since.

He has made 76 appearances for the Spanish side, scoring 21 goals and laying on 11 assists, but lost his place to Antoine Griezmann and subsequently joined Bayern Munich on loan last summer.

It has been promising for Coutinho in Germany, with nine goals and eight assists in 32 appearances, but the finances involved have deterred Bayern from a permanent deal.

Coutinho will return to Barca this summer, with Bayern not taken up their €120 million option, and he will not be part of Quique Setien’s squad, with his agent, Kia Joorabchian, actively touting him to clubs across Europe.

One of those appears to be Liverpool, with journalist Kevin Palmer claiming on Sunday that Coutinho has made a “personal plea to Jurgen Klopp” to secure a move back to Anfield, with Joorabchian ‘confirming’ his desire.

The obvious red flag here is the dubious source, with the story printed in Irish paper the Sunday World, but regardless many fans have latched onto the rumour:

It might just be me, but I'm inclined to believe that Coutinho really would do whatever is necessary in an attempt to force a return to Liverpool. He's learnt that the grass isn't greener.

— Matt (@FalseFMatt) June 13, 2020

Can’t believe Courinho is gonna be our Coutinho replacement

— Carson* (@WC_LFC_Torres) June 13, 2020

I just wanna see Coutinho cut in off the left and smack one in the top bins for Liverpool. Is that too much to ask for?

— Ahmed (@ahmedIfc) June 14, 2020

Palmer presents a favourable situation in many ways: he claims Coutinho would be willing to “take a pay cut to seal his return,” and Liverpool would be re-signing a player familiar with the system and able to add another top-level option in attack.

But it is little more than fantasy at this stage, as despite Klopp clearly still being fond of his old No. 10, the finances of a potential deal would make it almost impossible.

That is the word The Athletic’s Simon Hughes used recently when discussing the possibility of Coutinho heading back to Merseyside, ruling out any chance of a reunion.

 Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Barcelona still owe Liverpool a significant portion of the £142 million fee agreed two-and-a-half years ago, and the 28-year-old is earning upwards of £200,000 at the Nou Camp.

Though the Telegraph recently claimed Barca are willing to subsidize his wages to smooth over any permanent, swap or loan deal, it would take an unprecedented offer for the Reds to accept.

Mohamed Salah is the club’s current highest earner on £200,000 a week, and it can even be argued that, unlike the Egyptian King, Coutinho would not even be a guaranteed starter if he returned to Liverpool.

Klopp’s side has evolved without him, becoming a more well-rounded unit, less brittle in defence—owing largely to the signings of Alisson and Virgil van Dijk, effectively paid for by Barca—and more dominant in attack.

To re-sign Coutinho would require a large-scale restructuring, and there is little room for manoeuvre as the decision to pull out of a £50 million deal for Timo Werner proved.

So unless Barca pull out all the stops to accommodate Liverpool, any rumours of a Coutinho return can be ignored.

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Quiz: Name Liverpool's 20 PL goalscorers at Goodison Park

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 06/14/2020 - 09:20

Twenty Liverpool players have so far scored at Goodison Park in the Premier League era - can you name them all?

The Reds are set to resume their 2019-20 top-flight season against neighbours Everton in a week's time.

Ahead of the campaign restart next Sunday, our latest quiz tests your knowledge of Liverpool's recent league trips across Stanley Park and specifically who was on the scoresheet.

With own goals excluded, how many scorers can you name? You've got eight minutes...

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Quiz: Name Liverpool's 20 PL goalscorers at Goodison Park

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Twenty Liverpool players have so far scored at Goodison Park in the Premier League era - can you name them all?
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'There's nothing better for these youngsters than playing with those at the top'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sun, 06/14/2020 - 09:10

There's a proud and satisfying feeling for Academy mentor Steve McManaman whenever he sees Liverpool youngsters make the most of senior opportunities.

Midfielders Jake Cain and Leighton Clarkson were the latest Academy prospects to receive beneficial exposure to the European and world champions.

The pair featured for Jürgen Klopp's side in a behind-closed-door friendly against Blackburn Rovers at Anfield earlier in the week, with Clarkson completing the 6-0 win by scoring an eye-catching goal. 

Highlights: Liverpool 6-0 Blackburn

And speaking on the new episode of LFCTV’s The Academy show, which airs this Thursday, McManaman believes being in and around Klopp’s team is the perfect environment for young players to flourish. 

He said: “When I see some of the players who are excelling at the Academy, there's nothing better than not seeing them again. 

“I mean that in the nicest way because they move up to Melwood, and I love it when I don't see them again because it means they're at Melwood and they're excelling at Melwood. 

“There's nothing better for these younger players with talent to play with better players, to play with players who are at the top of the game. 

“If you've got anything about yourself and if you want to be a first-team player in the future, you should be able to improve so much by playing with the best players in the world – and that's who Liverpool have got at the moment. 

“I love the fact that Leighton and Jake are there, Neco Williams is there and Curtis has, of course, been there a while, like a number of the older ones. But whenever they disappear to Melwood and hold their own, that means they're improving, that means they're getting better.” 

McManaman, along with former Reds teammate Rob Jones, has held his mentoring role at Kirkby since 2013. 

During the years he's seen a high number of players he's guided go on to claim first-team chances, highlighting the fine work led by Academy manager Alex Inglethorpe. 

“That means the Academy, Alex Inglethorpe and all the boys, all the staff there are doing an incredible job," McManaman continued. 

"They have been doing an incredible job over the last number of years as we know with some of the players that have gone up into the first team and they're continuing that. 

"I love the improvement from all the players – it means that the environment is right."

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'There's nothing better for these youngsters than playing with those at the top'

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Seven days to go: Trent aiming to break his own PL assist record

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 06/14/2020 - 09:05
Trent Alexander-Arnold will aim to break his own assist record when the 2019-20 Premier League season restarts.
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‘Houllier invited me to training’, ‘Jurgen reads my stats!’ – Reds’ official stats man shares his Liverpool Life

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 06/13/2020 - 19:00

In the latest edition of ‘My Liverpool Life’, Liverpool FC club statistician Ged Rea shares tales and stories of his unique life as a Red.

I started supporting Liverpool because…

I suppose like many fans I came from a Liverpool family and I am extremely grateful for that. I was taken to games at Anfield when I was very young and was in awe of the crowds, the chanting, the greenness of the grass, the stands and of course the men in red!

My first game was…

Roger Hunt, Liverpool, 1970 (Picture by S&G S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport)

For someone who spends his life immersed in statistics I am a little embarrassed and frustrated to say I do not know specifically what that first game was. A family friend got tickets for the Main Stand and it was against a team that played in blue. It could have been against Leicester in August 1966 and if so it was a game we won, 3-2.

I was at Anfield for the FA Cup tie the following March vs. Everton which was broadcast on closed-circuit television with more than 40,000 in attendance, while 65,000 were at Goodison to see the game for real.

My favourite season supporting the Reds was…

(L-R) The Liverpool coaching team of Chris Lawler, Roy Evans, manager Joe Fagan and Ronnie Moran celebrate with the European Cup

Among many wonderful campaigns this great footballing institution has had, I think 1983-84 just shades it. To become THE first English club to win three trophies in a season – contrary to what fans of another club may say – was a huge achievement.

We won the league easing up (winning only 2 of the last 8 games), lifting a fourth successive League Cup by beating neighbours Everton in the League Cup Final and then went into the lion’s den in the European Cup Final, defeating a Roma team on their own pitch that included two members of the Italian World Cup squad from 1982 plus Brazilian midfield stars Cerezo and Falcao. Being in the ground that evening is perhaps my best experience as a Liverpool fan.

Nowadays, I follow the club…

 Journalists in the press box during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield. Dominic King, Tony Barrett, Mark Thompson, Richard Buxton, Simon Hughes, Chris Bascombe, James Pearce, Ian Doyle, Andy Kelly, Kristian Walsh, Ged Rea, Melissa Reddy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

..from the privileged position of the Press Box on matchday.

Needing to be on hand to report any stats to the club largely prevents me from attending away games. The home matches give me the opportunity to mix with many of those woven into the fabric of the football club, ex-players who I idolised when they were playing, as well as some of the finest football journalists around.

I have been a regular at Anfield for more than 45 years and a season ticket holder since 1984.

Liverpool is a unique club because of…

1960s Kop Crowd (PA Images)

Its fans. From the swaying Kop of the ’60s and ’70s, the trailblazing footy fan fashion collected from foreign adventures, their creativity displayed in the banners and flags and original songs to the atmosphere on big European nights and more recently to their commitment in supporting foodbanks, highlighting their sense of community.

We have a fanbase renowned the world over for ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, its knowledge and sportsmanship and ability to inspire those on the pitch, especially when all is seemingly lost.

Bill Shankly based his ‘bastion of invincibility’ on the ‘12th man’ while Jurgen Klopp has again unleashed their power and indefatigable spirit.

Where ever you go in the world you always seem to bump into a Liverpool fan and along with the Beatles, the club keeps this wonderful city of ours firmly on the global map.

My best story involving the Reds is…

 Liverpool's manager Gerard Houllier on the pitch at Anfield after a press conference to announce his departure from the club. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In the closing days of the 2003-04 season me and my LFC statistician colleague, Dave Ball, were invited by Gérard Houllier to spend an afternoon at Melwood, watching the team train.

It took place two days before the Reds’ penultimate game of the season at Birmingham. It was fascinating to listen to him speak so passionately about the sport and Liverpool in particular over lunch in his private dining room.

Sadly his tenure in charge was coming to a close and it was testament to the man that he afforded his time to us with so much still to play for (Champions League qualification). We both owe him a lot.

He was a lovely fella. He’s been really good to me and Dave.

The night we played Juventus in 2005, I was walking up Anfield Road and just as I turned into the gates, the stewards were clearing people and this UEFA car was coming through. There was this commotion around the car, the stewards trying to keep people at bay.

Whoever it was, they’d got halfway into the reception, and then as I’m walking past I hear ‘Ged, Ged’ and it was Gerard and he had sort of forced his way out of the throng of people to come and shake my hand and say hello.

How does it feel to know that the Liverpool manager reads your work?

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a press conference ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between CR Flamengo and Liverpool FC at the Khalifa Stadium. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

Most recently, James Carroll (Liverpool’s ‘Head of News’) phoned me from Doha, I was still in bed, and James says ‘have you sent any stats over for the final?’. I’d sent a small package over for the full tournament and we didn’t know who we’d be playing and with the quick turnaround in games I hadn’t done them specifically for the final.

So James says, can you do us a favour and knock something together ASAP, Jurgen likes to read them on the way from the hotel to the stadium (for the press conference). So I did… and they were okay apparently!

It’s rewarding to know the boss reads them!

I once met…

I have been fortunate enough to meet many of my heroes on many occasions and one of the best of these was spending an evening and early morning in the company of Phil Thompson.

Both of us were staying at the Sheraton Hotel at Heathrow Airport in the mid-1990s prior to appearing on Soccer AM the following day and it was a ‘pinch myself moment’ talking about football with him and Sky Sports’ Rob Palmer who had just completed a stint of La Liga commentary.

If I could have dinner with three people from Liverpool’s history I would you choose…

Jurgen Klopp – everything he says always seems to make so much sense and I am fascinated by not only his football ethos but also his socialist values and passion for life.

I would to love to hear the stories of how he went from being a Second Division player in Germany to become one of, if not the, best manager in the world currently.

Scotland and Liverpool's Graeme Souness.

Graeme Souness – for me, the best British midfielder of my lifetime and football’s number one pundit and his no-nonsense style on television now is just how he played. A stylish and smooth operator, I wish I had just an ounce of his self-confidence!

Jan Molby – Like my two other guests around the table when Jan speaks, you listen. He is a man with a sharp football brain and the stories of his days at Anfield and also at Ajax are most revealing and informative. He is a great storyteller.

Having met Jan many times before, he is always interested in hearing your opinion, too. He has been a favourite of mine from the day he signed and this was enhanced when I found out he was born on exactly the same day as me!

It would be an evening of many laughs and one to remember forever!

* Thanks to Ged for sharing his ‘Liverpool Life’. You can find Ged – and his wonderful LFC statistics – on Twitter @ged0407.

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How Liverpool took responsibility from Jurgen Klopp to “adapt” to in-game problems

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 06/13/2020 - 16:06

Jordan Henderson has explained how Liverpool have learned to “adapt” to situations in-game without the help of Jurgen Klopp, particularly against sides in a low block.

It has been a problem for the Reds on a number of occasions; due to their overwhelming attacking and counter-attacking play, opponents will often sit back and defend in numbers.

The likes of Burnley, Brighton and Man United have made habit of it in recent years, to varying degrees of success, as the only way to stop Klopp’s rampant side.

But as Liverpool have gained more maturity on the pitch, they have been able to navigate these issues—and have done so without the player widely regarded as the one best-placed to pick locks, Philippe Coutinho.

Speaking to Rio Ferdinand for The Locker Room, Henderson detailed his approach in possession, and how he aims to “find where the space is”—which he believes is a common approach for the Reds.

“We go through so many different tactical plays, whether that be buildup, mid-third, final third, that will depend on your position,” he said when asked what his outlook is when receiving the ball.

“A lot of the time over the past few years I’ve played a little bit deeper as a No. 6, which I’ve had to learn a little bit better, then as a No. 8 a little bit further forwards, so my role changes within the team.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson during the FA Premier League match between Norwich City FC and Liverpool FC at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“If I know I’ve got a little bit of time to get my head up and have a look, or I’ve already scanned and had a look at what’s around me before I receive the ball, I’m basically looking to find where the space is.

“Whether that will be a switch or a bounce first time, or in behind, I’m always trying to look at the opposition, and where the space is within the game.

“That’s something we’ve done really well as a team and found, especially with teams in a low block, you need to find a solution.

“It’s working that out within the game, because you can work on something all week and a team can change formation, they can change personnel, they can change the approach to the game.

“You need to be able to adapt in the game and you need to be able to find solutions and work it out.

“I think I’ve improved on that over time and known where the space is or where the spare man might be.

“Whether that’s to feet with Firmino dropping in, or maybe Mo and Sadio in behind, or maybe switching it wide to the full-backs, it’s just always trying to find that solution to break teams down.”

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates with captain Jordan Henderson after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp and his assistants play a crucial role in spotting ways around these difficult tactical battles, and they certainly deserve credit for moulding Liverpool into a multi-faceted side.

But Henderson went on to explain how the Reds have been able to go above the manager and find these solutions on their own, as there are many occasions in-game when it is not possible to consult him.

“You’ve got to try and do that within the game on the pitch,” he continued.

“Sometimes you haven’t got time to speak to the manager or the coaching staff at half-time, or you might not be able to hear from the sidelines when you’re in the game.

“So I think we’ve done that really well as a team, actually, in certain games, to adapt to the type of game it is, to find the solutions and find the way that we need to win.

“But obviously a lot of that does come down from the manager, whether that will be on the sideline or at half-time, letting us know basically what the solutions are.”

It is a testament to the intelligence and character of the squad Klopp has built that they are able to absorb the information given to them and solve problems on their own.

This has clearly been key to them finding that extra control this season, with Liverpool now more comfortable in all manner of scenarios.

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Jordan Henderson admits he “could never repay” Jurgen Klopp for impact on his career

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 06/13/2020 - 15:42

Jordan Henderson believes he owes an unpayable debt to Jurgen Klopp, for the way in which the Liverpool manager has influenced his game and his success on the pitch.

As Liverpool’s longest-serving senior player, Henderson has played under three different coaches over the past nine years, amassing 359 appearances for the club.

He has been most prominent under Klopp, who has called upon his captain 171 times as the Reds have won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup, and soon the Premier League.

Early in his time on Merseyside, Henderson was offered to Fulham as part of a deal to sign Clint Dempsey, but having fought for his place under Brendan Rodgers, he has taken another step with Klopp at the helm.

Speaking to Rio Ferdinand for The Locker Room, the 29-year-old said he “could never repay” Klopp for his role in his development, and that of Liverpool as a whole.

“I could never repay him for what he’s given me as a person,” Henderson said.

“But not only me: it’s the team really. What he’s done since he’s come into the football club is so special.

“I remember when he first came he said that he wanted to change Liverpool from doubters to believers, and he certainly did that.

“The confidence that we get from him, and how we’re playing and how we’ve been over the last few seasons, winning the Champions League, winning the Super Cup, winning the Club World Cup, performing so well in the league. It’s all down to him, really.

“Of course, as players, you’ve got to take it on board, go out there and do it, and we’ve got such a fantastic team, but I feel as though he brought us all together and we then followed his lead.

“And so far it’s been pretty special, so I just hope it can last for a long, long time and we can just continue to grow, continue to learn from him, and win more trophies in the future.”

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson celebrates after the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Henderson has played a variety of roles during his time at Liverpool, some more popular with the captain than others—his stint as No. 6, for example, left him yearning for more freedom on the pitch.

But he now believes this has put him in a better position, with his mindset to do “whatever [the team] need me to do,” sacrificing himself for the Reds’ overall success.

“As a player, I’d like to think I just try to do the best I can possibly do at what I’m asked to do by the manager and my team-mates,” he explained.

“So whatever they need me to do, whatever position that may be, I do it to the best of my ability and I’ll give 110 percent.

“That’s how I’ll look at myself, and I let other people judge in terms of how good the performance levels are.

“But ultimately, when I go onto the pitch, something I’ve learned over the past few years from the manager is it’s not about what you can actually do as a player, it’s about what the team needs you to do, especially within certain games, and your role.

“I’ve learned that over the past few years and it’s really helped my game.”

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“I will tell my grandkids” – Pedro Chirivella’s grateful message to Jurgen Klopp on LFC exit

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 06/13/2020 - 10:26

Pedro Chirivella has expressed his gratitude to Jurgen Klopp on leaving Liverpool for Nantes, vowing to “tell my grandkids” about the honour of working with him.

With his contract due to expire at the end of June, Chirivella has agreed a three-year deal with Ligue 1 side Nantes, with the two clubs confirming the switch on Friday.

It marks the end of a seven-year stay on Merseyside for the 23-year-old, who became Liverpool’s longest-serving foreign player following Lucas Leiva‘s move to Lazio in 2017.

Though there is a wistfulness surrounding his exit, having failed to establish himself as a long-term option for Klopp, it is a move that enables Chirivella to kickstart his senior career.

He has already proved he is capable of shining at a top-flight club, having done so with Go Ahead Eagles and Willem II in the Eredivisie, and now he arrives at Nantes boosted by working with “one of the best coaches in the history of football.”

Chirivella praised Klopp as such in a Zoom interview with his new club while he remains in lockdown in Spain, reflecting on his time at Liverpool and the memories he will cherish.

“I only have words of gratefulness. He’s been very great to me, and I can only thank him,” the Spaniard said of Klopp.

“What you see on TV is what he is like in real life.

“I will tell my kids and my grandkids that I was trained by one of the best coaches in the history of football.”

 Liverpool's Pedro Chirivella during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 235th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Chirivella played just eight times under Klopp, but trained with the first team on a regular basis in the manager’s first season with the club and, more recently, throughout 2019/20.

He was trusted as the most experienced of Liverpool’s academy talents, but the decision to join Nantes came from a desire to play first-team football week in, week out.

“For me, coming to Nantes, I see it as an opportunity,” he continued.

“Of course, it’s very difficult to play at Liverpool and I needed to play, and when Nantes came with the offer I thought it was the perfect move for me. I am very happy to be here.”

It will clearly be difficult for Chirivella to shake his affinity with the Reds, however, even asking fans to sing You’ll Never Walk Alone for him at Stade de la Beaujoire.

“It would be special if you can sing You’ll Never Walk Alone at the stadium!” he said.

“It’s a special song and after seven years at Liverpool, I feel it really deep inside.”

An increasing rarity in modern football, it is refreshing to hear Chirivella speak so fondly of his former club having not agitated for a move despite a difficult spell at Anfield.

His affection for the club is clear, with much of that stemming from his treatment by Klopp, and Nantes’ No. 5 concluded: “I’m very happy to have played for the best club in England.”

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Watch: Every Premier League goal - 2012-13

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 06/13/2020 - 10:00

Watch all 71 Premier League goals Liverpool scored in the 2012-13 season in our YouTube compilation now.

With Brendan Rodgers newly installed as manager, the Reds were spearheaded by Luis Suarez – who netted 23 times in the top flight – while Daniel Sturridge reached double figures after joining midway through the campaign.

Enjoy every effort from that season again below…

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Watch: Every Premier League goal - 2012-13

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Liverpool FC join rest of the Premier League in support of Black Lives Matter

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 06/13/2020 - 09:31

The Premier League released a statement on Friday evening pledging their support to Black Lives Matter, with players encouraged to take a knee before or during games.

Black Lives Matter has gained considerable support following the death of George Floyd while being restrained by Minneapolis policer officer Derek Chauvin on May 25.

As Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, protests have been held across the world to fight institutional racism against black people, with many held in England last weekend.

With the Premier League set to resume on Wednesday night ahead of a full programme of fixtures at the weekend, the top flight have announced a series of measures to support Black Lives Matter.

This comes after clubs across the league took a knee to show their backing, with the Liverpool squad posing for a photograph in the centre circle at an empty Anfield.

A statement from the Premier League has confirmed that every player’s name will be replaced by ‘Black Lives Matter’ on the back of their shirts for the first week of fixtures (a total of 12 games).

There will also be a Black Lives Matter logo on shirts for the rest of the season, and players have been assured that “the league will support players who ‘take a knee’ before or during matches.”

“The Premier League stands alongside players, clubs, The FA, EFL, PFA, LMA, PGMOL and all those who oppose discrimination in any form,” the statement reads.

It concluded: “There is no room for racism, anywhere.”

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In conjunction with the #PlayersTogether initiative—founded by Jordan Henderson—every player across the Premier League shared the same statement via their social media channels on Friday evening:

“We, the players, stand together with the singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect, and equal opportunities for all, regardless of their colour or creed

“This symbol is a sign of unity from all players, all staff, all clubs, all match officials and the Premier League #blacklivesmatter #playerstogether.”

It is a welcome statement from the Premier League, and the Liverpool squad, as footballers continue to set a better example than those supposedly leading the country.

Black Lives Matters will be emblazoned on the back of the Reds’ shirts for the Merseyside derby, which will be held at Goodison Park on June 21.

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'I really appreciate how Steven Gerrard was as my captain'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 06/13/2020 - 08:30

Former Liverpool winger Albert Riera considers it an honour to have shared a dressing room and played in the same side as Steven Gerrard.

Riera spent two seasons as a teammate of the Reds captain after joining Rafael Benitez's men from Espanyol in the summer of 2008. 

The Spaniard, who scored five goals in 56 appearances for the club, has detailed just why Gerrard was such a highly-respected figure among colleagues and opposition during his playing career.

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Speaking on the latest episode of LFCTV's Legends in Lockdown show, Riera said: "At that time when I was with him, when he was talking you had to listen to him. When he was talking it's because it was something important. 

"He's a guy that I really appreciate how he was as a captain and as a guy in the dressing room. Then the rest as a player, we don't need to talk about him. 

"When I came I wasn't speaking English, very little. There were three or four players from Argentina and Brazil who were not really talking much English, and he was there with us and he really helped. He maybe didn't need to say anything.

"He was the captain, he was the legend and he knows that he's going to play every Saturday, it doesn't matter what he is doing. 

"I always remember the first training [session] and he was full [on] until the end – tackling, talking, moving. 

"I was thinking, 'If Steven is training 100 per cent every single day, what do I have to do? Of course, I also have to train 120 per cent.'"

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'I really appreciate how Steven Gerrard was as my captain'

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QUIZ: 10 questions on Trent Alexander-Arnold – how well do you know our No. 66?

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 06/13/2020 - 07:00

He’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alexander-Arnold, Alexander-Arnold, the Scouser in our team. But how well do you think you know Liverpool’s No. 66 and his career so far?

It is not often a player rises through the ranks at Kirkby to establish himself as a first-choice starter for the Reds, and even less often that he reaches world-class status.

If Trent is not there yet, he is very close to hitting that elite level; the 21-year-old is already one of the best right-backs in world football, and the youngest player to start back-to-back Champions League finals.

At such a young age, the boy from West Derby is poised to stay at the top with Liverpool for at least another decade, and is an overwhelming favourite to eventually captain the club.

His connection with the Kop is intrinsic, and Trent can deliver many more memorable moments as the years go by on Merseyside.

Here, we’re testing your knowledge on the young full-back and his career, from Liverpool’s academy to leading right-back.

Here are 10 questions on Trent – can you get them all right? Want more quizzes? Try these!

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