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Pick up your LFC Women's programme v Bristol City

LiverpoolFC TV - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 07:00
Liverpool FC Women and Bristol City Women go in search of a first FA Women's Super League win of the season when they meet at Prenton Park on Sunday at 12 noon.
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Jose Enrique: I feel so grateful to play again

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 17:59

Jose Enrique reflected on the emotions of representing Liverpool again after being part of the legends team that defeated Rangers on Saturday.

The former Reds full-back has recovered from a rare form of brain tumour which required the Spaniard to undergo life-saving surgery last summer.

Enrique featured for the full 90 minutes at Ibrox as Liverpool FC Legends claimed a 3-2 win through goals from Luis Garcia, Patrik Berger and Emile Heskey.

Post-match, he explained the gratitude he feels just to be able to participate after the challenges he has had to overcome.

“A year ago I had a tumour in my head, I thought I was dying, and now I’m playing here in front of 30,000 people. I can be grateful and happy to be part of this,” Enrique told Liverpoolfc.com.

“It’s amazing. It has been a very difficult time, probably the most difficult time of my life.

“To [wear] this shirt again, it’s my club – I feel like this is my club – and to play 90 minutes again with this team is amazing.”

Steven Gerrard was at the centre of the Liverpool midfield against the club he now manages at first-team level, while the likes of Jamie Carragher, Dirk Kuyt and Glen Johnson also pulled on their boots again.

A donation from the fixture will now be made to LFC Foundation, the Reds’ official charity, which delivers a range of programmes and partnerships to create life-changing opportunities for children and young people across the city and beyond.

And Enrique was proud to be involved in the occasion.

“There were a lot of goals, all in the first half. It was really good, I really enjoyed [playing] 90 minutes,” he said.

“I don’t even remember the last time I played 90 minutes. I was really happy to see the guys and obviously to play again.

“When you are retired, to come here and play in front of the fans, you have memories and you enjoy it so much. I won’t forget this.”

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Jose Enrique: I feel so grateful to play again

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 17:59
Jose Enrique reflected on the emotions of representing Liverpool again after being part of the legends team that defeated Rangers on Saturday.
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Match report: Liverpool FC Legends beat Rangers at Ibrox

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 17:00

Liverpool Legends beat their Rangers counterparts 3-2 at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon.

First-half goals from Luis Garcia, Patrik Berger and Emile Heskey decided the encounter in the Scottish city of Glasgow that was played in front of 30,488 spectators.

Ian Rush managed the Liverpool side featuring the likes of Jamie Carragher, Dirk Kuyt, Glen Johnson and Rangers first-team boss Steven Gerrard, who turned out for both teams.

The former skipper represented the Reds in the first half and was jokingly booed by the home crowd as he registered the match's first shot on target inside three minutes.

The visitors conceded a penalty minutes later when Carragher brought down Kris Boyd. Boyd stepped up from 12 yards out but ended up dragging his effort wide of Jerzy Dudek's right post.

The deadlock was broken when Kuyt sent in an inviting cross into the box that was met by Garcia's diving header, with Neil Alexander unable to keep it out.

Berger then doubled Liverpool's lead after a counter-attack from Kuyt and Gerrard saw Garcia pick up the ball in the box and square for the eventual goalscorer.

Rangers pulled one back in the 25th minute when Boyd made amends for his earlier miss, converting Lee McCulloch's neat through ball.

Goals for either side were then netted within seconds of each other.

Liverpool's two-goal advantage was restored as Heskey delicately dinked over Alexander, with Gerrard claiming the assist. But that was quickly wiped out when Peter Lovenkrands pounced on loose control from Johnson.

Both teams squandered opportunities towards the end of an entertaining opening 45 minutes. Thomas Buffell missed from yards out, while Gerrard was denied by the post from close range.

After a fast start to the second period, the affair slowed down somewhat and chances were few and far between.

Rangers stopper Alexander repeatedly denied Liverpool from adding to their lead with a string of impressive saves.

There was a standing ovation from all four corners of Ibrox in the 75th minute when Gerrard was replaced by David Thompson and headed straight down the tunnel.

He emerged moments later decked in blue to a rapturous reception and completed the remaining nine minutes for Alex McLeish's team.

Alex Rae grazed the top of the crossbar for Rangers in the dying moments, but the Reds held on to the result.

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Match report: Liverpool FC Legends beat Rangers at Ibrox

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 17:00
Liverpool FC Legends beat their Rangers counterparts 3-2 at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon.
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Steven Gerrard plays for both sides as Liverpool Legends beat Rangers

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 16:56

A Liverpool Legends XI was in action against Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon, with Steven Gerrard appearing for both sides!


Rangers Legends 2-3 Liverpool Legends

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Ibrox Stadium

Goals: Garcia (8), Berger (17), Heskey (27); Boyd (24), Lovenkrands (28)

Gerrard, now, of course, the Rangers manager, played the first 75 minutes for the Reds, before switching to the blue of the home side for the final 10 minutes.

It meant the strange sight of Gerrard up against Jamie Carragher, while also playing in centre-midfield alongside Charlie Adam – giving us flashbacks to nightmare Anfield days of eight years ago.

The game itself started as a goal-fest, with five inside the opening half an hour.

Luis Garcia headed the Reds in the lead from close range from a Dirk Kuyt cross, and Patrik Berger doubled the advantage after a driving run from Gerrard in the middle.

Kris Boyd brought one back for the hosts, before Gerrard played in Emile Heskey for the frontman to produce a nice dinked finish over the keeper.

Peter Lovenkrands then made it 3-2 and we’d only played 28 minutes.

The rest of the match, though, produced no more goals – despite Liverpool testing the Rangers keeper numerous times in the second half.

It was nice to see the likes of Jose Enrique again involved after his recovery from cancer, plus Chris Kirkland in goal after his mental health issues.

The match, as ever, was raising funds for the LFC Foundation, Liverpool’s official charity which delivers a range of programmes and partnerships to create life-changing opportunities for children and young people across the Liverpool City Region and worldwide.

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LFC Legends: Dudek, McAteer, Carragher, Johnson, Enrique, Pennant, Gerrard, Berger, Garcia, Heskey, Kuyt.

Subs: Kirkland, Smicer, Warnock, Thompson, Aldridge.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain outlines his targets for the season

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 16:03

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has outlined his aims for the season, looking to “add that little bit extra” to a squad that last season achieved a record ever points haul for the club and lifted the Champions League trophy.


The Reds’ No.15 was absent for most of that campaign after his serious knee injury sustained at the back end of his debut campaign on Merseyside.

And while he recently admitted it could take up to two years until he no longer feels the effects of the injury, he is still keen to make an impression now.

“For me as an individual, my goals are to get back in and around the team and to help push this team forward a little bit more,” he told the official website.

“If we can do that, I can start thinking about what I need to add to my game. For now, the next step is to help the team.”

Predictably, Oxlade-Chamberlain was earmarked as ‘like a new signing’ in pre-season, along with Adam Lallana and Rhian Brewster, by Jurgen Klopp and the player agrees with that.

“I guess I am like a new person in the group he [Klopp] can use and I think I can definitely bring my qualities and provide something different to the other boys in my position.

“We all have our own qualities, we all bring different things, so my job is to do the things I was doing before I was injured.

“I’m another weapon in his armoury again now, although I’m not that new here!”

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain takes over the number 15 shirt from Daniel Sturridge during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City AFC and Liverpool FC at Valley Parade. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Despite his extended injury layoff, the Londoner says he doesn’t let it affect his game, saying: “I wouldn’t say I’m a different player. I’ll still try to dribble. I’ll still sometimes go into tackles that I should leave, but I go nibbling in anyway. I think that’s a good thing.

“I wanted to make sure that I didn’t think about the knee. I thought when I come back I’m just going to go with it and whatever happens, happens. I don’t want to waste my time worrying about what I love doing, and what I need to do, every day.

“Hopefully I can keep getting better, keep getting minutes and get back to where I was when I left off.”

The 26-year-old was absent from Liverpool’s squad for their last match, against Leicester City at Anfield, with no official information supplied as to why from the club.

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana during a training session ahead of the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Besiktas Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Reporter James Pearce claimed that his absence was due to being “hit in the head by a ball in training at Melwood” and that he was “left out as a precaution as he’s feeling the effects.”

However, such a claim is highly coincidental after Oxlade-Chamberlain was involved in an incident exactly of this type in the pre-match warm-up against Red Star Belgrade three days earlier.

The midfielder was with the other substitutes but hit a stray pass which hit fitness coach Andreas Kornmayer, who was overseeing the starting XI’s warm-up, on the back of the head. The German coach was on the floor clutching his head, while Oxlade-Chamberlain was on the floor laughing. Words were then exchanged between the pair.

With no international involvement for Oxlade-Chamberlain this fortnight, he will be looking to get more minutes once the Reds return, and with six games in 16 days – across three different competitions – that should certainly be the case.

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Liverpool target Kai Havertz to discuss transfer

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 15:31

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz has admitted he'll speak to Germany coach Joachim Low about a move away from the club.

The 20-year-old has been a regular for Leverkusen since he was 17 but last season was a breakthrough campaign for the midfielder as he bagged 20 goals in 42 appearances.

Havertz already has six Germany caps to his name and scored his maiden goal for his country in their 2-2 draw with Argentina earlier this week.

Such form has naturally seen him linked with a move to the Premier League and compatriot Jurgen Klopp is believed to be a huge fan of the midfielder.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to strengthen his midfield following the departures of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera.

Solskjaer’s been given the green light to push ahead with a move for Christian Eriksen but Real Madrid are favourites to sign the midfielder.

Havertz would appear a more likely acquisition and the midfielder admits he will speak to Low about a move.

‘I listen to many people but in the end it will be my decision,’ said Havertz.

‘I will embrace any advice Low will give me because he has a lot experience – it wouldn’t be smart to not listen to him.’

However, it sounds likely that Low would advise the midfielder to stay at Leverkusen.

Low revealed in a recent interview that he felt the club was providing the best base for Havertz to continue his progression

‘I’ll talk to him on occasion, but not now and not this year. He’s supposed to be playing in Leverkusen, where he plays regularly, that’s the biggest advantage for a young player like that,’ said Low.

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Liverpool target Kai Havertz to discuss transfer

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 15:31
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz has admitted he'll speak to Germany coach Joachim Low about a move away from the club.
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Liverpool target Kai Havertz to discuss transfer

HEAD NEWS - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 15:31

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz has admitted he'll speak to Germany coach Joachim Low about a move away from the club.

The 20-year-old has been a regular for Leverkusen since he was 17 but last season was a breakthrough campaign for the midfielder as he bagged 20 goals in 42 appearances.

Havertz already has six Germany caps to his name and scored his maiden goal for his country in their 2-2 draw with Argentina earlier this week.

Such form has naturally seen him linked with a move to the Premier League and compatriot Jurgen Klopp is believed to be a huge fan of the midfielder.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to strengthen his midfield following the departures of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera.

Solskjaer’s been given the green light to push ahead with a move for Christian Eriksen but Real Madrid are favourites to sign the midfielder.

Havertz would appear a more likely acquisition and the midfielder admits he will speak to Low about a move.

‘I listen to many people but in the end it will be my decision,’ said Havertz.

‘I will embrace any advice Low will give me because he has a lot experience – it wouldn’t be smart to not listen to him.’

However, it sounds likely that Low would advise the midfielder to stay at Leverkusen.

Low revealed in a recent interview that he felt the club was providing the best base for Havertz to continue his progression

‘I’ll talk to him on occasion, but not now and not this year. He’s supposed to be playing in Leverkusen, where he plays regularly, that’s the biggest advantage for a young player like that,’ said Low.

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Steven Gerrard: It's brilliant to see Liverpool at the top

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 15:16

Steven Gerrard is relishing seeing Liverpool lead the Premier League but knows Jürgen Klopp will not be looking beyond the next fixture.

Now the manager of Glasgow Rangers after becoming a Reds icon during his 17-year spell in the team, Gerrard watches his former club as a fan.

Klopp has guided Liverpool to eight consecutive victories since the start of the 2019-20 league campaign, which has opened up an eight-point advantage at the summit.

Gerrard is delighted by the progress of his old side, though acknowledged there is a long way to go, with a trip to Manchester United next up.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com before the match between the legends teams of Rangers and Liverpool at Ibrox on Saturday, he said of the Reds: “They have been brilliant for a while.

“If you go back over the last couple of years, when Jürgen finally got his team and his philosophy across, I’ve really enjoyed watching them.

“I always think they’re going to win, no matter who they’re playing against, whether it’s in the Champions League or whether it’s a top-of-the-table clash, I always fancy Liverpool as favourites now.

“With the front three and the form they’re in, they are unplayable at times. Obviously Van Dijk has been a really big [piece] of the jigsaw, the ‘keeper, and the rest around them are not bad either!

“They are great to watch and it’s brilliant from a fan point of view to see them sitting top of the league. But I’m sure Jürgen is thinking the same thing as me: take the next game as it comes, keep pushing and try to win your next one.”

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Steven Gerrard: It's brilliant to see Liverpool at the top

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 15:16
Steven Gerrard is relishing seeing Liverpool lead the Premier League but knows Jürgen Klopp will not be looking beyond the next fixture.
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Trent Alexander-Arnold: Liverpool’s playmaker and chance-creating King

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 12:00

Trent Alexander-Arnold has just turned 21 but has already made 98 appearances for Liverpool and became the youngest ever player to appear in consecutive Champions League finals.


Tremendously talented and so vital on both sides of the ball, the irrepressible Trent Alexander-Arnold continues to prove what an indispensable member of Jurgen Klopp‘s brilliant side he is.

Starting the season in blistering fashion, the local lad’s offensive exertions have been particularly crucial, for he has been key in creating chances and driving his team forward. So vital to Klopp’s attacking mechanics, he unquestionably adds another dimension and layer of danger to their already multifaceted frontline.

Intelligent with his movement and effective when hugging the touchline or venturing infield into the half spaces, this has formed a strong platform from which to undertake his work.

To start with his efforts when shifting infield, and this has allowed him to get into promising positions to support Liverpool’s offensive construction phases and be an outlet for switches of play to him.

Indeed, inheriting possession in the half spaces has afforded him extra time and space to execute his actions while ensuring he has a fantastic field of view to assess his options.

Tactial understanding

Aside from using his wicked playmaking abilities in dangerous central areas, his underlapping runs on the inside of his winger have been another highlight. In doing so, Alexander-Arnold has subsequently latched onto passes inside the box to fire in high percentage cutbacks into his attackers.

Very adept at timing and directing his overlapping runs too, Klopp clearly encourages him to burst forward when the opportunity arises, in order to provide width and depth to attacks. Stretching backlines horizontally and vertically with his barnstorming runs, he generates disconnects in opposition defensive lines, which notably opens up gaps for his colleagues to explore.

The way the Reds have implemented the overload to isolate principle has enhanced his worth. By initially directing the play down the left, which forces the opposition to shift across, before then rapidly switching to the right, this has meant he can receive quick switches of play in advantageous 1v1 scenarios.

The covering support his nearby central midfielder and central defender provide him deserves mention, for this gives him the foundation to maraud upfield in the knowledge structural security is present in the event of a turnover.

Other positives attached to his positional understanding and awareness have come from how well he reads second ball situations to aid in recovering possession and from his ability to manufacture numerical and positional superiorities to help bypass pressing structures.

Technique

To shift the focus to his technical qualities, and he’s emphatically underlined his quality here. A wonderful passer, who boasts a fantastic range, he has a pass to match just about any situation. Ostensibly serving as an extra playmaker, there’s been so much to admire about his measured and precise distribution. Using his impeccable ball-striking technique, his colleagues have relished being on the end of the terrific service he provides.

So quick to get his head up and spot his colleagues’ runs in behind and into the box, he’s wide awake to the options ahead of him. And, more often than not, if a mate is in a promising position, he’ll oblige their run with a typically classy delivery.

Whether it be piercing through balls over the top or on the ground, plus via accurate crosses and cutbacks into the box, the way Alexander-Arnold tailors his passes to give his attackers every chance to meet them has been very impressive.

Capable of hitting driven, curling, dipping, swerving and lofted balls into the area, it’s been admirable to see him back himself to hit his targets and importantly beat the first defender. What’s more, his shrewdly disguised passes and accomplished throw-ins warrant mention too, as these underrated features of his game can be significant in breaking through opponents.

Accompanying this with his penetrative vertical and diagonal line-breaking passes, which crucially move opposition blocks two ways, and neat combination play in close quarters, this has seen him orchestrate some beautiful passages. Striking his passes ideally so the intended recipient can receive on their preferred foot and with ideal weighting, how he gets these fundamentals spot-on warrants praise.

The quicksilver full-back’s dribbling asks constant questions of his adversaries too, for he uses his skills to either breeze by his tracker, gain separation to fire off his passes or provoke a pressing action from an opponent to free up a teammate upfield.

Calm and composed with the ball at his feet, his ability to handle high pressure situations and weave out of danger only adds to his value. Using a neat array of touches, feints, shimmies, nutmegs and crafty changes of pace and direction, his foes have endured a tough time keeping him quiet.

The creative King

Explosive, intelligent and thriving with the vast amount of attacking responsibility Klopp places on him, the humble Alexander-Arnold is just grateful to the German for giving him an opportunity.

“Without him, who knows what would have happened,” Trent said recently. “He’s the one that’s given me the most opportunities – more opportunities than I could even ask for. He’s put a lot of trust and faith in me personally and I’ve tried to repay him every time he’s done that.”

Jamie Carragher has clearly been impressed with the homegrown hero, who he believes should one day play in midfield, stating what a special player he already is while comparing his distribution to a certain Kevin De Bruyne. “He’s probably one of the best young players in the world if you think about what he has done,” Carra praised.

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“If you talk about [Kylian] Mbappe and he’s won the World Cup, but as a defender and playing at this level and how important he is to the team, he is possibly the most creative player in the team from right full-back.

“People talk about the future and could he come into midfield and be a Kevin De Bruyne type player and he has more quality now that Liverpool’s midfield players.

“You think about the crosses that De Bruyne puts in from the right midfield position and maybe that’s a position where Trent could play.”

By the numbers, his 128 progressive passes (best in the league), 3.36 expected assists per game (second best in the league), 7.02 crosses pg (most in the EPL), 11 total through balls (equal second in the EPL), 89 total long passes (equal second in the EPL), 92 passes into the final third (fourth in the EPL) and 16 deep completions (equal 12th in the EPL) demonstrate how well he’s performing.

Some extra numbers that also catch the eye come from his 1.76 progressive runs pg, 1.52 touches inside the box pg and 1.05 shots pg.

Having already achieved so much and continuing to improve in the ultra-competitive confines at Anfield with every passing week, it’s frightening to imagine how good he could become if he keeps up his remarkable upward trajectory.

A chance-creating king who’s producing the goods emphatically on the attacking end, the accomplished Alexander-Arnold’s certainly rising to the challenge of propelling his team forward with his invention, precision and execution.

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‘I once injured a player…’ & why I chose the Reds over Everton – My Liverpool Life #1

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 10:00

Chris McLoughlin is a senior writer for the Liverpool matchday programme and official magazine; a lifelong Red with a story or two to tell!


We’ve gone all Michael Aspel to share with you stories from colourful Liverpool supporters’ lives.

First up in the hot seat is Liverpool journalist and This Is Anfield contributor Chris McLoughlin.

I started supporting Liverpool because…

Like most kids brought up on Merseyside, I come from a split football family – Red on my mum’s side, blue on my dad’s.

My granddad, a Red, used to stand on the Kop. But so did my dad, a Blue, on Merseyside derby day.

I could’ve easily gone either way, but what tipped the balance in Liverpool’s favour was a 2-0 Anfield defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in 1984, a month before my seventh birthday. Yes, a defeat.

Early in the first half Bruce Grobbelaar, wearing a red cap, came flying out of his goal to make a clearance but only passed the ball to Imre Varadi, who slotted it into the empty net from an acute outside the box.

Brucie was at fault for the second goal too, but the six-year-old me was fascinated at this crazy keeper running out of his penalty area. From that day on I wanted to be a goalie, I wanted to be Bruce Grobbelaar and I was only ever going to be red.

My first game was…

Liverpool 2 Newcastle United 0 in January 1987

Paul Walsh scored the first goal I ever saw at Anfield – although he couldn’t have been less arsed when I mentioned this to him during his autobiography launch a few years back – and Ian Rush the second.

After years of mithering my dad was finally persuaded to take myself and my younger brother to a game at Anfield, but only if we agreed to also attend a game at Goodison Park later that season.

He was still hoping to turn us blue, but after going to Anfield once I was hooked. We were in the Annie Road end, on the side the away fans now use, in the colourful seats that used to be there. I can vividly remember the green turf, the red nets, the awesome size of the Spion Kop at the other end and the distinctive colours of Liverpool in red, Newcastle in black and white. A 2-0 win made the day even better.

 A view of Anfield from the Spion Kop before the 4th Round of the League Cup at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Later that season my dad did take us to Goodison to see Everton beat West Ham 4-0, but it was a major parenting error. At full-time it was announced that Liverpool had lost 2-1 at Norwich – a big result in the title race. The Everton fans celebrated wildly, I felt gutted. I wasn’t going back there again.

Even though the Blues went on to win the league that season (honestly!), picking Liverpool over Everton will forever be the best decision of my life.

My favourite season supporting the Reds was…

My first full season as a match-going red was 1987/88. I saw Liverpool win the league playing a style of thrilling football not matched until now. Barnes, Beardsley, Aldridge, McMahon, Houghton, Nicol, Hansen – gives me goosebumps thinking about it.

I was 10-years-old at the time, though, and it’s easy to get misty-eyed about that ‘Better than the Brazilians’ side so I’m going to say that last season, 2018/19, was the best of my Liverpool supporting life.

Yes, we didn’t win the league, but 97 points and only one defeat was exceptional. And then there was winning the Champions League. Being in Madrid was truly fantastic, but I was lucky enough to have been in Istanbul too and that night can surely never be surpassed.

However, I can honestly say Liverpool 4 Barcelona 0 was THE best night I’ve ever had at Anfield. For that to lead to us becoming Champions of Europe again makes 2018/19 my favourite season. So far…

 Liverpool players and staff celebrate after the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg match between Liverpool FC and FC Barcelona at Anfield. Liverpool won 4-0 (4-3 on aggregate). (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Nowadays, I follow the club…

I’ve had my season ticket since in the Paddock, now the Main Stand lower, since 1993, but for the last 19 years I’ve also been covering LFC as a journalist.

I spent two years on the Liverpool ECHO, writing the Football Echo match reports from 2000-2002, wrote and edited The Kop Magazine for 15 years and have written for the official matchday programme, the old LFC weekly magazine and current monthly magazine since 2002.

I’ve done a fair few books too. So I follow the club both as a profession and as a passion, something I never take for granted.

Liverpool is a unique club because of…

Liverpool supporters. No explanation needed because if you’re reading this you are one.

My best story involving the Reds is…

I’ve probably got enough to write a book some day, but I was partly responsible for injuring Didi Hamann in early 2001.

 Liverpool's Dietmar Hamann celebrates scoring the third goal against Levski Sofia with team-mate Harry Kewell during the UEFA Cup 4th Round 2nd Leg match at the Vasil Levski Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

I’d been at the (sadly missed) Liverpool Echo Sports Personality of the Year do at the old Moat House Hotel and, long story short, ended up in The Grafton afterwards with work colleagues plus Didi, Jamie Carragher and Stephane Henchoz.

We were all dressed in dinner jackets and it was a free bar. Carnage ensued. At one point Didi ended up on the stage throwing out a few shapes. I’m not sure why this seemed a good idea at the time, but I offered to attempt to catch him on my back if he took a running jump off the stage. Didi, being Didi, did exactly that, landed on my back and sent us both crashing to the dancefloor. He picked me back up seconds later while Carra stood there pissing himself laughing.

Anyhow, that was a Monday night and a few days later it emerged in the Liverpool Echo that Hamann had missed training and been ruled out of Liverpool’s next game with ‘a knock’. How he got that knock wasn’t mentioned, funnily enough…

I once met…

Rafa Benitez in a lift.

It was at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton, after a 1-0 defeat shortly after his appointment in 2004, and he was really, really, really pissed off with Mark Clattenburg. Welcome to England, Rafa.

I got involved with This Is Anfield…

in 2015 after The Kop Magazine closed down, for two reasons. The first was because I was asked to as my, er, opinionated style of writing adds something different to the variety of excellent content on the site.

And secondly, because if I don’t promote the Reach Sport products I work on and nobody buys them, I won’t have a job. People assume matchday programmes will always exist – they won’t if they don’t pay their way. * cough *

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

Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan.

I never met any of them, but the thought of sitting around a table and just listening to Shankly, Paisley and Fagan talk football is beyond comprehension.

Plus Shanks would make us eat steak and the three of them would have plenty of Bell’s Scotch Whisky to go round given how many giant bottles of the stuff they won back in the day.

* Thanks to Chris for sharing his ‘Liverpool life’ – lookout for me from this series on This Is Anfield. Follow Chris on Twitter @thekopmagazine.

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Philippe Coutinho holds key to Liverpool's January transfer business

HEAD NEWS - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 08:30

Philippe Coutinho could be key to Liverpool's transfer business in January - because he is pushing Thomas Muller out of the Bayern Munich team.

Former Liverpool attacker Coutinho has jumped ahead of Muller in the Bayern pecking order since joining on loan from Barcelona in the summer, with Muller having started the last five matches on the bench.

Muller, 30, has reportedly decided to leave Bayern due to his lack of playing time, and will be on the radar of Premier League clubs ahead of the transfer window opening in the new year.

While he could be a target for Manchester United, who are desperate to improve their attacking options, Muller has also been linked with Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp reportedly tried to sign him in 2017.

And German football expert Kevin Hatchard reckons a move to the Reds could become a reality.

“I think there is a genuine discomfort for Muller at the moment because he’s been on the bench for the last five games,” he told the Liverpool Echo’s Blood Red podcast.

“People go on about his goal output has dropped, but you look at the assists, he is still very much involved in a lot of the good stuff Bayern can do.

“He’s in a position he’s never really been in at Bayern which is somebody who is having to really scrap for a starting spot.

“The arrival of Coutinho has put him under pressure because Muller operates in that No.10 role. It’s probably the biggest challenge of Muller’s career.”

Hatchard added: “I still think he is a very, very good footballer and any top Premier League team would benefit from having him in the building.

“The fluid nature of it would appeal to Muller, without question because his movement is incredible.

"He’s so elusive, he picks up positions a lot of players simply don’t and I think he’d be a huge boost to Liverpool.

“I think Premier League clubs will be on alert.”

However, Muller would arguably find it just as difficult to break into the Liverpool team, with Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane established as their fearsome forward line.

Hatchard said: “They’ll be monitoring his progress but that block remains, how can you persuade him that he can be a regular first team player.”

Klopp was keen on signing Muller in 2017 but Bayern refused to listen to offers at the time, according to German publication Bild.

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Philippe Coutinho holds key to Liverpool's January transfer business

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Philippe Coutinho could be key to Liverpool's transfer business in January - because he is pushing Thomas Muller out of the Bayern Munich team.

Former Liverpool attacker Coutinho has jumped ahead of Muller in the Bayern pecking order since joining on loan from Barcelona in the summer, with Muller having started the last five matches on the bench.

Muller, 30, has reportedly decided to leave Bayern due to his lack of playing time, and will be on the radar of Premier League clubs ahead of the transfer window opening in the new year.

While he could be a target for Manchester United, who are desperate to improve their attacking options, Muller has also been linked with Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp reportedly tried to sign him in 2017.

And German football expert Kevin Hatchard reckons a move to the Reds could become a reality.

“I think there is a genuine discomfort for Muller at the moment because he’s been on the bench for the last five games,” he told the Liverpool Echo’s Blood Red podcast.

“People go on about his goal output has dropped, but you look at the assists, he is still very much involved in a lot of the good stuff Bayern can do.

“He’s in a position he’s never really been in at Bayern which is somebody who is having to really scrap for a starting spot.

“The arrival of Coutinho has put him under pressure because Muller operates in that No.10 role. It’s probably the biggest challenge of Muller’s career.”

Hatchard added: “I still think he is a very, very good footballer and any top Premier League team would benefit from having him in the building.

“The fluid nature of it would appeal to Muller, without question because his movement is incredible.

"He’s so elusive, he picks up positions a lot of players simply don’t and I think he’d be a huge boost to Liverpool.

“I think Premier League clubs will be on alert.”

However, Muller would arguably find it just as difficult to break into the Liverpool team, with Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane established as their fearsome forward line.

Hatchard said: “They’ll be monitoring his progress but that block remains, how can you persuade him that he can be a regular first team player.”

Klopp was keen on signing Muller in 2017 but Bayern refused to listen to offers at the time, according to German publication Bild.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain opens up on his targets for the season

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 10/12/2019 - 08:00

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wants to be a different option for Jürgen Klopp to consider this season.

The Liverpool No.15 missed the vast majority of 2018-19 as the Reds achieved Champions League glory and finished second in the Premier League with 97 points.

Upon the completion of his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury sustained the previous term, Oxlade-Chamberlain featured twice off the bench and was among the substitutes for the European Cup final.

The midfielder has made eight appearances, including four starts, so far in this campaign as he builds towards producing the consistency he showed before being sidelined.

Oxlade-Chamberlain sees his reintegration as a step-by-step process and, firstly, he wants to contribute in his own way as Liverpool seek to improve even further.

He said: “For me, off the back of what the boys achieved last season, it’s: can I add that little bit extra, can I add a little bit more to help us as a squad?

“They did terrific last season and the boys in midfield played a lot of minutes. They played their part, they all rotated really well and came up with really important goals.

“It’s on me to try to bring a little something: run with the ball, link the play and fit in with the rhythm of the boys up front to help them. What they achieved last year was extraordinary.

“To miss out [on the title] in the way we did was heartbreaking, so as a team we need to do better. With teams like Man City, and how relentless they are, we know we have to do more.

“For me as an individual, my goals are to get back in and around the team and to help push this team forward a little bit more. If we can do that, I can start thinking about what I need to add to my game. For now, the next step is to help the team.”

Having joined the club in August 2017, Oxlade-Chamberlain is, of course, fully attuned to the requirements in this Liverpool team under Klopp.

But the enforced length of his absence means he does now represent a ‘new’ alternative for the manager, the Englishman believes.

“I guess I feel like a new option to him compared to last season because he didn’t have me at his disposal, to be able to use me,” said the 26-year-old.

“In that sense I guess I am like a new person in the group he can use and I think I can definitely bring my qualities and provide something different to the other boys in my position. We all have our own qualities, we all bring different things, so my job is to do the things I was doing before I was injured.

“I’m another weapon in his armoury again now, although I’m not that new here!”

Oxlade-Chamberlain is also determined to ensure the nature of his injury – which involved multiple ligament damage – bears no influence on the style of his individual game.

“I don’t think so,” he replied when asked if he is a different player now. “I still try to play in the same way. I don’t try to hold back on doing the things I used to do.

“I haven’t had those games in a row to be at the level yet I was when I left off, but I wouldn’t say I’m a different player. I’ll still try to dribble. I’ll still sometimes go into tackles that I should leave, but I go nibbling in anyway. I think that’s a good thing.

“I wanted to make sure that I didn’t think about the knee. I thought when I come back I’m just going to go with it and whatever happens, happens. I don’t want to waste my time worrying about what I love doing, and what I need to do, every day.

“Hopefully I can keep getting better, keep getting minutes and get back to where I was when I left off.”

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