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Quiz: Name the Liverpool goalscorers - round two

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 05/05/2020 - 09:56

It's round two of our goalscorers quiz on Liverpoolfc.com, featuring 12 more memorable matches to test your knowledge.

We recently asked you to identify the players who netted in a dozen famous Reds fixtures down the years.

And a second instalment of the quiz now includes a host of different games - so, how many scorers can you remember?

You've got eight minutes...

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Quiz: Name the Liverpool goalscorers - round two

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 05/05/2020 - 09:56
It's round two of our goalscorers quiz on Liverpoolfc.com, featuring 12 more memorable matches to test your knowledge.
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Liverpool 'ask Timo Werner agents for more time'

HEAD NEWS - Tue, 05/05/2020 - 09:32

Liverpool have reportedly asked Timo Werner's representatives for more time as they weigh up whether to make a £52million transfer bid for the RB Leipzig striker this summer.

Werner had been expected to join the Reds this summer, but the club have had to put the move on hold as Mirror Sport revealed on Friday they are reassessing their summer spending plans amid the coronavirus crisis.

However, the 24-year-old has made it clear he wants to seek a new challenge abroad this summer after four years at Leipzig.

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Liverpool 'ask Timo Werner agents for more time'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 05/05/2020 - 09:32

Liverpool have reportedly asked Timo Werner's representatives for more time as they weigh up whether to make a £52million transfer bid for the RB Leipzig striker this summer.

Werner had been expected to join the Reds this summer, but the club have had to put the move on hold as Mirror Sport revealed on Friday they are reassessing their summer spending plans amid the coronavirus crisis.

However, the 24-year-old has made it clear he wants to seek a new challenge abroad this summer after four years at Leipzig.

Full story: Mirror

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Liverpool 'ask Timo Werner agents for more time'

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 05/05/2020 - 09:32
Liverpool have reportedly asked Timo Werner's representatives for more time as they weigh up whether to make a £52million transfer bid for the RB Leipzig striker this summer.
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Media Watch: Read the latest LFC transfer rumours

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 05/05/2020 - 09:16

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Media Watch: Read the latest LFC transfer rumours

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Liverpool ask for more time in pursuit of Timo Werner

HEAD NEWS - Tue, 05/05/2020 - 09:11

Liverpool have told Timo Werner’s representatives they need more time to decide on whether to make a formal offer for the Germany international as they wait to see what impact coronavirus will have on the next transfer window.

Werner is keen to leave this summer after four years at RB Leipzig and Liverpool are in pole position to sign the 24-year-old, having made clear their interest in him several months ago.

Werner is keen for a new challenge abroad and has told Bayern Munich that a move to another Bundesliga club is not an option at the moment.

Full story: Guardian

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Liverpool ask for more time in pursuit of Timo Werner

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 05/05/2020 - 09:11
Liverpool have told Timo Werner’s representatives they need more time to decide on whether to make a formal offer for the Germany international as they wait to see what impact coronavirus will have on the next transfer window.
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Oxlade-Chamberlain: The club's faith meant the world to me

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 05/05/2020 - 09:00

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has explained why the signing of a new contract with Liverpool last year meant so much to him.

The midfielder put pen to paper on a fresh deal with the club in August, prolonging a spell at Anfield that began two years earlier.

For Oxlade-Chamberlain, the agreement was a symbol of the Reds’ ‘trust and faith’ in him following a lengthy, enforced period on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.

The No.15 went on to score seven times in 34 appearances before the current season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As he recently reflected on his top five moments of the campaign, individually and collectively, Oxlade-Chamberlain highlighted his contract extension as an important personal boost.

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“It was another big moment for me,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“It was really exciting for me, obviously coming off the back of an injury; we were talking for a while if that was the thing we were going to do and coming to an agreement on that meant a lot to me.

“To be at a club that supported me all the way through an injury like that, which for some it can be career-ruining or career-ending, to commit to an extension and a contract, probably at a time where maybe it was a bit of a risk or they had to put a lot of trust and faith in me as an athlete and a person, because after an injury like that no-one really knows how you’re going to come back, for the club to do that meant the absolute world to me.

“I felt very privileged and honoured to extend my time with an amazing football club and an amazing team. Definitely one of my favourite moments of the season.”

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Oxlade-Chamberlain: The club's faith meant the world to me

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 05/05/2020 - 09:00
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has explained why the signing of a new contract with Liverpool last year meant so much to him.
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Joel Matip interview | 'We couldn't drop even one per cent against Barcelona'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 05/05/2020 - 08:30

“It was crazy. It was like a whole machine working together.”

There was no alternative for Liverpool, Joel Matip recalls. No other way.

“We could not perform at even one per cent less… we needed everyone.”

Three-hundred-and-sixty-four days have passed since Anfield bore witness to what many have since declared to be its greatest ever night, yet for most reading this it’ll feel like it unfolded much more recently.

Without it, there’d have been no Jamie Webster belting out ‘Allez, Allez, Allez’  into the heat of the Plaza Felipe II air; there’d have been no tip-tapping of Jordan Henderson’s boots on the podium; there’d have been no red fireworks spinning into the sky from the Liver Buildings; no finger-counting from the boss on the top of the bus.

Without it, there’d have been no Madrid; there would be no number six.

And yet to achieve it, Liverpool had to conjure something many deemed impossible.

A 3-0 defeat by FC Barcelona in the first leg had felt somewhat harsh. The Reds, after all, had played well and managed 15 shots on goal at Camp Nou. Lionel Messi, however, took matters into his own hands and seemingly put his team on the brink of the Champions League final with two second-half strikes.

Down and out? Lionel Messi scores Barcelona's third at Camp Nou

In the days that followed, including a dramatic but energy-sapping 3-2 win at Newcastle United, Jürgen Klopp’s side’s hopes of staging something remarkable had taken a further blow when Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah were ruled out of the return meeting due to respective injuries.

“Of course, the game in Camp Nou was not bad but they scored three goals and we knew it would be a really tough, tough game at Anfield - we knew we’d need something special to happen if we were to reach the final,” Matip told Liverpoolfc.com this week as we approached the one-year anniversary.

“We thought, ‘Let’s win this game’ but we never could have imagined how it would turn out in the end.

“Of course, we’d played so well there, in Camp Nou, against Barcelona, against one of the strongest sides in the world at home, so there was something to be positive about - but they scored the goals and we didn’t.

“We knew if we repeated that performance, make a few adaptions and use our chances, then for sure then everyone was confident we could beat them on the night, but we didn’t think about the result in the end.

“Of course, if you miss some players with the quality of Bobby and Mo… every team would miss them and it’s not perfect. We still had enough players and a lot of quality, and the team together can achieve a lot of things. Obviously, it doesn’t make the day better if you hear ‘he is missing and he is missing’, but you have to use the depth of the squad and make the best out of it.”

Over time, details have emerged of the pre-match team-talk delivered by Klopp.

“When we were preparing for the second leg, my team-talk was very straightforward. There was no Rocky this time,” the manager explained himself earlier this season. “Mostly, I talked about tactics. But I also told them the truth. I said, ‘We have to play without two of the best strikers in the world. The world outside is saying it is not possible. And let’s be honest, it’s probably impossible. But because it’s you? Because it’s you, we have a chance.’

“I really believed that. It wasn’t about their technical ability as footballers. It was about who they were as human beings and everything they had overcome in life. The only thing that I added was, ‘If we fail, then let’s fail in the most beautiful way.’”

His words had the desired impact.

“He kept us believing that we had a chance, that we really could create something that we could tell our kids about in the future,” Matip recollects.

“We knew if we could keep a clean sheet it would be important. But even so, it wasn’t a big opportunity for us even if we kept a clean sheet, it was already a hard challenge without conceding.

“So, we knew we had to do it together because you can’t defend these kind of forwards on your own. The whole team was running the whole time, you always had help from wide, from the right, from the left and from the front - everybody knew everybody had to work to keep a clean sheet to have a bigger chance to go to the next round.”

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Matip’s name was next to that of Virgil van Dijk’s on the teamsheet, knowing that the home team not only needed to win handsomely, but also thwart Messi, Luis Suarez and co.

Nevertheless, there was little sense of the scale of the task facing Liverpool as kick-off drew closer at Anfield.

An attitude of defiance reverberated around the stadium as the players made their way out of the tunnel.

And defiance turned to hope when Divock Origi reduced the aggregate arrears after just seven minutes of play.

3-1, game on.

“The atmosphere was already crazy when we came into the stadium, even though everybody knew the first-leg result and who we were coming up against,” says Matip. “But the mood was good and it became better and better. It was just crazy. It was like a whole machine working there together - everyone, the players, the fans.

“We were getting more and more speed with the game. With every goal, everybody became greedier - the whole stands, the players on the bench, the players on the pitch, it was crazy. Everyone became quicker, did everything better.

“On the pitch, it was really, really loud - you had to shout louder on the pitch, but in these kind of moments it wasn’t the worst problem to try to get over!

“Every goal was so important, but to score so early gave us more hope. If they’d kept a clean sheet for a long time, it would be a kind of mood killer, but with this goal we already gained more self-confidence and began to think we could get something.”

Matip battles with ex-Red Luis Suarez for the ball

It had been a frenetic opening 45 minutes at Anfield, yet Liverpool couldn’t add to their early strike before the break.

Indeed, Alisson Becker had also been called into action on a handful of occasions during an end-to-end, breathless bout.

Matip remembers: “It was positive at half-time but everybody knew we could not do one per cent less. Even if we played well in the first half, we had to do more. We have to do the same things, we cannot do less, and everybody had to be there to have this chance.”

Liverpool were forced to make a substitution during the interval, with Andy Robertson not managing to shake off a knock.

It meant an introduction for Georginio Wijnaldum, with James Milner moving into the left-back berth.

However, fate would conspire in favour of the Reds and in the space of 122 glorious second-half seconds, Wijnaldum had levelled the aggregate scoreline with a brace within 11 minutes of the re-start.

“I think after Gini’s first one it was like, ‘Oh, we’re going to win this game’ because we’d played well. After his second, I thought, ‘OK, today we can do it’.

“But you never know because you know who you play against and you don’t even have to play badly, these strikers can have a magic moment and can score.”

Now, the tie was on a knife edge. No further goals would mean it would head for extra-time, while a strike for Barcelona would leave the hosts needing to net twice.

And then, perhaps the most defining moment of the whole campaign. One quickly-taken corner, one smart first-time finish and Liverpool were in front with 11 minutes left on the clock.

Matip had a good view of it all, too.

“I was slowly on the way to the box, so in centre-back style I was slowly going from back to front! I thought maybe in 20 seconds there would be a corner coming in or something like this; I came forward and had a nice view of the whole situation.

“It was crazy. I couldn’t believe it, I didn’t know what had happened because he just put the ball in. I thought, ‘What is this?’ Then I saw Divock there and the ball in the net afterwards…

“I was a little bit confused, to be honest. But after a few seconds, everybody was celebrating so I just joined in.”

Job done: Matip and Klopp embrace at full-time

The final whistle brought unbridled scenes of elation and emotion. Liverpool had beaten Barcelona 4-0, Liverpool had achieved what many thought impossible and, most importantly of all, Liverpool were going to Madrid.

“You couldn’t believe it, I would probably say it was the best moment in my time as a professional player because it was special,” Matip explains.

“You’re completely happy and now you could relax because there had been so much tension on you. You try to be focused for the entire game and afterwards you can release and be happy.

“Singing You’ll Never Walk Alone with the fans… just amazing. Amazing and crazy and a moment I will always remember.”

Liverpool would, of course, go on and complete the job a few weeks later as Henderson hoisted the gleaming Champions League trophy aloft in Madrid.

“Winning the final makes the Barcelona memories perfect, otherwise it’d be like a really good moment, still something really special, but winning the final creates the whole thing and made it what it was.

“The Barcelona game is so special because we won the final.

“It was just amazing.”

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Joel Matip interview | 'We couldn't drop even one per cent against Barcelona'

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 05/05/2020 - 08:30
“It was crazy. It was like a whole machine working together.”
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QUIZ: How well do you know Virgil van Dijk? Test yourself here!

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 05/05/2020 - 07:00

He’s our centre-half, he’s our No. 4. But how well do you think you know Virgil van Dijk and his career, before and after Liverpool? We’ve got 10 questions to test you.

Van Dijk has had a monstrous impact on the Reds since his £75 million move from Southampton in 2018, becoming one of the most transformative players in the club’s history.

Prior to his arrival, Jurgen Klopp‘s defence was a clear weakness, but alongside the likes of Alisson, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Fabinho he has played a key role in establishing it as a major strength.

His journey from the Netherlands to Merseyside was longer than many, and given his standing as one of the best players in world football it is something of a surprise it took him so many steps to reach the top.

But that has helped mould Van Dijk as a talent, and no doubt as a character too, which will have endeared him to Klopp as the club ran their due diligence before sanctioning a world-record fee.

His name is now sung at every game, but do you think you know everything about Van Dijk?

Here are 10 questions – see if you can get them all! Try more LFC quizzes here!

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Liverpool’s academy graduates XI: The best to come from youth in the Premier League era

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 05/04/2020 - 19:00

Liverpool have produced a number of exceptional talents from their academy in the Premier League era, including three of the club’s top 10 all-time goalscorers.

The Reds’ current youth setup at Kirkby was established in 1998, and will soon be the club’s first-team base too, as a £50 million redevelopment nears completion.

Therefore, many of the players to make the step up from Liverpool’s youth ranks to the senior squad since the Premier League began in 1992 were schooled at the facility.

Now it is rare to see two graduates establish themselves on the first-team stage at the same time, but how would an XI built entirely of players to emerge from the academy look?

Here we’ve put together a side from Liverpool’s youth alumni since 1992, based on the following criteria.

  • Only Liverpool players from the Premier League era can be considered
  • Players signed from other clubs, but who spent a significant time in the academy, are eligible
  • It should fit into a defined formation; in this case, a 4-4-2 diamond
Goalkeeper: Peter Gulacsi

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi in action against AS Roma during a pre-season friendly match at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, the second match of the Reds' North American tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool appearances: 0

Clubs: MTK Budapest, Liverpool, Hereford (loan), Tranmere (loan), Hull (loan), Salzburg, RB Leipzig

Due to his time at the club exclusively coinciding with Pepe Reina’s run as No. 1, Gulacsi never actually made a competitive appearance for Liverpool; instead, he warmed the bench a total of 51 times.

But the Hungarian, signed as part of a recruitment drive from MTK Budapest in the late-2000s, has gone on to forge a successful career since graduating from the academy and seeking pastures new.

With his previous experience of senior football amounting to 50 appearances across loan spells with Hereford, Tranmere and Hull, Gulacsi made the decision to join Salzburg, and by association Red Bull, on a free transfer in 2013.

A century of appearances for Salzburg later and Gulacsi made the switch to RB Leipzig, where he is now established as first choice and arguably the standout goalkeeper in the Bundesliga this season.

Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool won 4-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool appearances: 125

Clubs: Liverpool

Right-back is often seen as a ‘safe’ position to bring youngsters through into the first team, and it is where both Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard began their senior careers.

The likes of Martin Kelly, Jon Flanagan, Andre Wisdom, Stephen Wright, Lee Peltier, Connor Randall, David Raven, Stephen Darby and Rafa Camacho have all been utilised in the role after stepping up.

None have settled and made the starting spot their own like Alexander-Arnold, however, who can already be considered one of Liverpool’s best right-backs in the Premier League era, if not the best.

A record-breaking creative outlet, a swiftly developing defensive mind and a two-time European Cup finalist with seemingly unlimited potential, Alexander-Arnold is a no-brainer for this XI.

Hopefully, in time, he will have stiff competition in this respect from another from the current crop in Neco Williams.

Centre-back: Conor Coady

 Liverpool's captain Conor Coady before the NextGen Series Group 5 match against Rosenborg BK at Langtree Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool appearances: 2

Clubs: Liverpool, Sheffield United (loan), Huddersfield, Wolves

Another, like Gulacsi, who barely registered in the first-team picture at Liverpool that has gone on to cement himself as a staple at a top-flight club competing in Europe, Coady is a role model to every youngster in the academy.

A natural leader, Coady was a standout at youth level over the years and led the under-18s and under-21s as captain, and was even nominated for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2010.

He trained regularly with the senior squad at Melwood, and played twice for the first team: starting once in a 1-0 losing effort to Anzhi Makhachkala in 2012, and coming off the bench in a 3-1 win over Fulham in 2013.

But Coady was “always realistic” about his chances at Liverpool, and after a loan spell at Sheffield United and a season with Huddersfield, he found home at Wolves, where he is now captain and first-choice centre-back for a top-six Premier League side.

Centre-back: Jamie Carragher

 Liverpool's Jamie Carragher celebrates scoring the equaliser against Middlesbrough with team-mate Nabil El Zhar during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool appearances: 737

Clubs: Liverpool

One of a handful of selections that needs little explanation, Carragher is one of the best players to emerge from Liverpool’s academy.

A fierce fighter who knew how to work around his limitations and maximise his strengths, he was immovable as first-choice centre-back in his prime, and shone alongside a host of often lesser defenders.

He would be vying with Coady as the vocal presence at the back in this XI, and at least one other for the captain’s armband.

Left-back: Dominic Matteo

 Liverpool's Dominic Matteo in action against Coventry City during the Premiership match at Highfield Road. Coventry won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool appearances: 155

Clubs: Birkdale United, Liverpool, Sunderland (loan), Leeds, Blackburn, Stoke

Unlike right-back, there is a relative dearth of options when it comes to selecting a left-back for this XI.

Flanagan had his best games in the position in 2013/14, while there were high hopes for both Jack Robinson and Brad Smith at one stage, but none have reached the heights Matteo did over the turn of the century.

Born in Scotland, with Italian heritage, Matteo was discovered playing for Birkdale United by Kenny Dalglish and joined Liverpool in 1984, making his debut under Graeme Souness as a left midfielder, filling in for an injured John Barnes in 1993.

Though his versatility aided him, his best form was arguably produced at left-back under Gerard Houllier, which made his move to Leeds United in 2000 something of a disappointment.

Matteo was a staple of Leeds’ impressive side of the early 2000s, including in their runs in the Champions League and UEFA Cup, and is perhaps underrated having made 155 appearances for Liverpool over seven seasons.

Central midfield: Steven Gerrard

 Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring the third goal against West Ham United during the FA Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium. (Pic by Jason Roberts/Propaganda)

Liverpool appearances: 710

Clubs: Liverpool, LA Galaxy

There is no need to justify Gerrard’s place in this side; a record of 710 appearances, 186 goals, nine trophies and countless unbelievable performances over 17 years speaks for itself.

One of Liverpool’s greatest-ever players, and a legendary captain for the Premier League era.

The only point of contention here is that the No. 8 would be taking up duties as the deep-lying midfielder in this side, as the likes of Jay Spearing, Danny Guthrie and Mikel San Jose are kept out by more refined talents elsewhere.

Central midfield: Curtis Jones

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones during the FA Cup 5th Round match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool appearances: 9

Clubs: Liverpool

Perhaps the most controversial inclusion in this XI, Jones takes his place among more accomplished and esteemed academy graduates as the next most likely to make the grade.

Along with his obvious talent as a roving midfielder capable of operating in a diligent midfield role, further forward as the No. 8 or even on the wing, there is an intangible quality that makes Jones stand out.

There is a reason he is so regularly touted as the current jewel of Kirkby, and why so much faith and responsibility has been placed on his shoulders at such a young age.

He is Liverpool’s youngest-ever captain, and seems poised to break through into the first team on a regular basis to join Alexander-Arnold as one of two Scousers in Jurgen Klopp‘s team.

Central midfield: Steve McManaman

 Liverpool's Steve McManaman in action during the 2-0 Premier League victory over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool appearances: 364

Clubs: Liverpool, Real Madrid, Man City

For many, McManaman’s achievements at Liverpool are soured by the manner of his exit in 1999, when he joined Real Madrid on a free transfer.

Overlooking that—and the clear flaws in such an argument, given the Reds turned down offers for him the previous summer—and McManaman should simply be remembered as one of the most supremely gifted players to graduate from the academy.

A mesmeric presence in midfield, the shaggy-haired Merseyside native could run games from his advanced role, dazzling defenders with his skill and crafting chances from the slightest of angles.

He went on to shine alongside the likes of Ronaldo, Raul, Roberto Carlos, Claude Makalele, Fernando Hierro, Fernando Redondo and Zinedine Zidane at Real, which is testament to an ability that should be more widely heralded.

No. 10: Raheem Sterling

 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the first goal against Manchester City during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool appearances: 129

Clubs: QPR, Liverpool, Man City

The next in a trio of players scorned by the Kop due to his career path beyond Liverpool, Sterling is one of the most prodigious talents to come through Kirkby in recent years.

As the fourth-youngest player to debut for Liverpool in the Premier League, that he went on to make 129 appearances for the club, scoring 23 goals and laying on 25 assists, is indicative of his sheer quality.

Next to Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez he was the driving force of the title challenge in 2013/14, and though it is commonly regarded as Suarez’s season, it can be neglected that Sterling was the best-performing player throughout the run-in.

He has settled as a winger in his impressive career with City since forcing through a move in 2015, but Sterling’s best days at Liverpool were as a No. 10, and at the tip of the diamond in this XI his pace and power could be key.

Striker: Robbie Fowler

Robbie Fowler celebrates after scoring for Liverpool against Derby County, during their FA Premiership football match at Pride Park, Derby. 1999. Rui Vieira/PA Archive/PA Images)

Liverpool appearances: 369

Clubs: Liverpool, Leeds, Man City, Liverpool, Cardiff, Blackburn, North Queensland Fury, Perth Glory, Muangthong United

If it was Fowler’s decision, he would have joined Carragher as a one-club man; or, at least, joined Gerrard as a Liverpool stalwart into his late-30s, before satisfying his desire to test himself abroad.

Events beyond his control saw him undergo something of a journeyman career as he took in spells with the likes of Leeds, Man City, Cardiff and Blackburn, but the reception he was given on his return to Liverpool from City in 2006 is a marker of his reputation at Anfield.

Fowler is one of the best finishers to ever play for the club, and is the best striker to break through the academy in the Premier League era, with 183 goals landing him sixth in the Reds’ all-time scoring charts.

Of those, 116 goals came in 140 appearances in his first four seasons in the first team, before a cruel ACL injury in 1998 stalled his momentum; he only played over 40 times in two more campaigns in his entire career.

Despite his fading fortunes, Fowler still played a key role in Liverpool’s treble-winning season under Houllier in 2000/01, and is cherished among the Kop today.

Striker: Michael Owen

 Tom Hevezi / PA Archive/Press Association Images

Liverpool appearances: 297

Clubs: Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle, Man United, Stoke

Along with McManaman and Sterling, Owen is another player unpopular in some sections of Anfield, but one whose feats for Liverpool demand a place in this XI.

When Owen broke through he was the most exciting teenager in world football, with pace to burn, quick feet, sparkling skill and an unstoppable finish.

His runs off the shoulder of defenders made him a devastating outlet for Houllier’s side, and with 158 goals in his 297 games for the club he stands as Liverpool’s eighth-highest all-time goalscorer.

A Ballon d’Or winner—still the last English player to do so—Owen’s career was unfortunately derailed by injury and questionable decisions, but he was desperate to rejoin Liverpool ever since leaving for Real in 2004.

In this XI, joining Fowler and Sterling in attack, supported by Gerrard, McManaman and Jones in midfield and with the service of Alexander-Arnold, Owen would be a phenomenal threat.

Liverpool academy graduates XI: Gulacsi; Alexander-Arnold, Coady, Carragher, Matteo; Gerrard, Jones, McManaman, Sterling; Fowler, Owen

Subs: Warner, Kelly, Robinson, San Jose, Spearing, Wilson, Mellor

Manager: Roy Evans

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Clubs continue self-serving approach & Werner decision update – Monday’s Liverpool FC News

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 05/04/2020 - 16:36

There’s still much to sort if we’re to return to regular Premier League action, but as today’s news attests to: everything is about looking forwards.

Only in it for ourselves?

Perhaps the current plight of the world hasn’t yet taught enough people about helping others out, not being selfish, doing things for the common good.

Certainly it doesn’t appear to have breached every corner of the Premier League.

Playing at neutral venues has been put forward as a key factor to restart games, quite possibly over the long haul, partly to prevent local fans from being tempted out to support the team.

And yet some clubs are against it, as it’ll be an unfair advantage. Oh, but wait: they’ll willingly go along with it if the threat of relegation for this season is removed.

It’s a pathetic, cowardly, self-serving and entirely transparent attempt to secure the clubs’ futures in the top flight, no matter what.

Do us all a favour: if this get-out-of-jail card is actually played, never again let anybody bleat about the “integrity of the competition”—it’s no longer a factor when it suits certain teams, clearly.

Brighton reckon playing away, which they already do for half the season, will wreck that integrity. But not having anybody suffer relegation at all won’t?

That’s nothing to do with money at all, definitely not. Absolutely.

No Werner decision yet

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On the transfer front, we’re still set for a lot of waiting and seeing when it comes to Timo Werner.

The big update at the start of the week is…largely that there’s no update.

Liverpool remain very much interested in signing him, but not to the extent that they are rushing into a deal.

With the changing football and economic landscape, the powers at the club aren’t prepared to blink first and make a firm move for the forward, even if that diminishes the chances he’ll arrive in the end.

However, the report from the Independent‘s Melissa Reddy does insist that the Reds will be active this summer, in contradiction to last week’s Mirror suggestion that we’d be doing virtually no business.

Transfers and futures

Goalkeeper Loris Karius of Besiktas during the Turkish Superlig Match between Bursaspor and Besiktas at Buyuksehir Belediye Stadium in Bursa , Turkey on September 02 , 2018 (Seskimphoto/Imago/PA Images)

Time to look at a little more concrete names: those we already own and what the future may hold for them, at all levels.

Leagues restart latest news

The Bundesliga still look set to be first back in action, though player tests have revealed 10 positive individuals for COVID-19 across the top two divisions.

In Ligue 1, the predictable has occurred: Amiens are threatening legal action against their relegation after the French league was ended early. Nobody saw that coming at all.

And in England, the FA chairman Greg Clarke says fans won’t be returning to games “anytime soon.”

Expect an extended period of games behind closed doors, probably well into 2021.

Quickfire LFC news

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

  • A former team-mate has revealed a “manky foot” is behind Andy Robertson‘s brilliant crossing ability (TIA)
  • Former stopper Bruce Grobbelaar says Alisson is the world’s best and should remain at Liverpool for ever and ever and ever and we are totally on board with this (Goal)
  • Murphy has discussed the changes tactically in the team since Klopp took over (LFC)
  • Emre Can says that Klopp puts family before everything and his players’ well-being is a top priority to the boss – which is why they give everthing in return (Goal)
Around the Prem

 Croatia's Ivan Rakitic in action against Wales during the International Friendly match at the Stadion Gradski Vrt. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Spurs want Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona as Jose Mourinho begins to make good on his promise to develop the young players at the club (Mundo Deportivo)
  • While midfielder Tanguy Ndombele says he’ll fight for his place at The Artists Formerly Known As The White Hart Lane Club rather than move to Barcelona, to which we say “suuuuuuure you will” (Telegraph)
  • Chelsea wide man Pedro is on a free and both Roma and Betis will battle it out for the right to see the world shrug disinterestedly when he signs (Goal)
  • And Man United are in for Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate, which sounds worryingly like a sensible move – less of that, now, and back to your 2019 shambles please (Le10Foot)
Stupid footballer of the day

How many are we up to now? Man United‘s Marcos Rojo is the latest player to decide lockdown rules don’t apply to them.

Instead, he’s been photographed smoking and playing poker with friends. And no, not over Zoom.

Tweet of the day

Just a reminder that the best left back and right back in the world play for Liverpool Football Club. pic.twitter.com/ZGbZ9ks2SS

— Emillie (@emillie_66) May 3, 2020

Competition time

Have you entered our draw yet for a free Liverpool home top? If not, why?! Head over here and claim your chance to win.

What we’re reading

We all love being there for, and then re-watching, those last-gasp goals like Origi against Newcastle, Origi against Everton, Origi against Spurs, right? So imagine being there for Agueroooooooo!!! Will Unwin was and wrote about it for the Guardian.

And James Pearce speaks to Florent Sinama-Pongolle about not being on the bus after the 2005 Champions League final, for the Athletic. Obvious spoiler: He was not happy.

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Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will be prepared for “different circumstances” when football returns

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 05/04/2020 - 15:34

Jurgen Klopp has spoken of how communication has been Liverpool’s lifeline throughout lockdown especially with no definitive end date, as he shared his hopes for the post-pandemic world.

Never has communication and staying in touch been as important, with the time of social distancing ensuring our interactions are widely restricted to online means.

We have seen the squad and various staff members take part in regular yoga sessions on Zoom and interact on their social media platforms whilst they are all away from Melwood.

It makes for light-hearted and uplifting viewing for fans around the world and no doubt has a similar effect on those directly involved in the video calls.

The manager while not necessarily taking part in the yoga himself has been vocal and ever-present, ensuring his Liverpool family remain as such throughout what is an unprecedented time for everyone.

“We have a lot of contact. Some days I have more contact with individual players than I have during a normal day when we train at Melwood,” Klopp explained to NBC Sports.

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

“You cannot see each other so you cannot judge the other person, when I see somebody passing my way I can see ‘oh he doesn’t look well’ so I have to ask now constantly ‘how are you?’ So we have a lot of contact.

“We have a wonderful chat group with about 60 people, so players involved and pretty much the whole of Melwood staff are involved. It’s a really lively chat and that helps a lot.

“We wanted to do that from the first day, we said no one should be alone in that situation and nobody should feel alone for a second.

“So if you feel whatever, it must not be just that if you feel sick or ill but lonely then please we were always like a family so we always have to stay like a family.

“We are pretty good at planning things but usually you plan for a moment and we don’t know when this moment will be.

“We will not if we will start or when we will start, which we all hope for, so it’s not clear and we don’t have to prepare in the moment because all [the scenarios] are completely different.

“We take what we get and if they tell us in three weeks we are able to play then we will use the three weeks to be as fit as possible because that’s the sport, you never have the same circumstances.

“Teams during the season play every three days and other teams can train the whole week so there are always different circumstances so we are used to that.”

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates his side's third goal, scored by Roberto Firmino, during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool won 4-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A return to fixtures in June has been widely reported but as of yet, there remains no definitive date for football’s return, with further talks set for this week.

But some of those “different circumstances” Klopp referred to is what is currently dividing the Premier League and its bid to return, as the use of neutral venues has been opposed by clubs threatened by relegation.

But with any decision making out of his reach, Klopp provided his view on how he hopes the pandemic will change people and the world for the better.

“We are so often in our own world and this problem at the moment shows us the whole world has the same problem – in one month we all had the same problem,” Klopp continued.

“Before that, it was Brexit and the want to do this alone and other problems between countries and at this moment we really see that we all live in the same place and we have to take care of the same place.

“And that’s what I really hope that we can learn from this. This generation is good at learning, we didn’t have real problems in the past compared to now, but at this moment we realise we depend on each other so we have to take care of each other.”

Klopp often hits the nail on the head and this time is no different and hopefully, it will not be long before he can spread his words of wisdom with regularity once more.

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Karius terminates Besiktas loan

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Mon, 05/04/2020 - 14:21
Liverpool loanee terminates two-year loan following bust-up with Besiktas hierarchy over unpaid wages

Last Updated: 04/05/20 3:24pm

On-loan Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has terminated his contract with Besiktas following a pay dispute.

Karius announced on Instagram on Monday his two-year loan stint at the Turkish club would be cut short and he will return to Anfield.

It comes after the 26-year-old submitted a complaint to FIFA and had a bust-up with the Besiktas hierarchy for not paying his wages over the course of his stay at Vodafone Park.

"Hi everyone, today I terminated my contract with Besiktas," Karius wrote.

"It's a shame it comes to an end like this but you should know that I have tried everything to solve this situation without any problems. I was very patient for months telling the board over and over again.

"Same things happened already last year. Unfortunately they haven't tried to solve this situational problem and even refused my suggestion to help by taking a pay cut.

"It's important to me that you know I really enjoyed playing for this club a lot. Besiktas can be proud having such passionate fans behind them always giving amazing support.

"You always supported me in good and bad times and I will always remember you in the best way! Also I want to say thank you to all my teammates, coaching staff including all people working for the club. You welcomed me with arms wide open from day one."

Karius has not played a competitive game for Liverpool since the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in 2018 Karius has not played a competitive game for Liverpool since the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in 2018 Karius has not played a competitive game for Liverpool since the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in 2018

In April, FIFA confirmed they were investigating a complaint made by Karius against Besiktas amid reports the German would be suing the club over unpaid wages.

"We can confirm that we have received a claim from the player Loris Karius against the club Besiktas. The matter is currently being investigated and consequently we cannot provide any further comment," said a FIFA spokesperson at the time.

Karius also said he kept in touch with Jurgen Klopp while on loan at Besiktas, but it was "too early to say anything" on his future at Liverpool.

Can Karius revive his Liverpool career? Loris Karius is set to return to Anfield after his loan was terminated at Besiktas Loris Karius is set to return to Anfield after his loan was terminated at Besiktas Loris Karius is set to return to Anfield after his loan was terminated at Besiktas

Loris Karius' loan spell at Besiktas may have com to a premature end after a dispute with the Turkish Super Lig club, but has the goalkeeper done enough to persuade Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to keep him at Anfield next season?

Karius actually impressed early on in the Turkish capital, but it was not long before questions were asked after another mistake against Malmo in the Europa League in October 2018.

His motivation was then questioned by Besiktas boss Senol Gunes after an unconvincing display in a 3-2 win over Konyaspor last March and this season, there have been more glaring mistakes and more bizarre excuses from the German.

Read more here from Sky Sports journalist Richard Morgan

Analysis: Liverpool ready to welcome Karius back Liverpool are ready to have the goalkeeper back at the club, says Vinny O'Connor Liverpool are ready to have the goalkeeper back at the club, says Vinny O'Connor Liverpool are ready to have the goalkeeper back at the club, says Vinny O'Connor

Sky Sports' Liverpool reporter Vinny O'Connor:

"As it stands, Karius will be Liverpool's player next season, so there is the opportunity to challenge Adrian for that spot as Alisson's deputy.

"There's certainly been no decision taken to simply offload him and he will return to Liverpool and work with Alisson, Adrian and goalkeeper coach John Achterburg.

"Long term, clearly, what the player wants will be important.

"Given the high-profile mistakes made in the past and the attention that brings, will he feel comfortable playing for Liverpool again, or ultimately does he feel a new club is the best way to go?

"But from Liverpool's perspective, Karius is their player and they are ready to welcome him back."

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