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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson hungry for more trophies

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 21:04
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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson says the European champions are determined to "keep making history" by winning more major trophies.

The Reds are in the United States for a pre-season tour which sees them face Borussia Dortmund on Friday.

And Henderson says securing the European Cup trophy for the sixth time in the club's history has made the players desperate for more silverware.

"It's given us a taste of success and we want more of that." he said.

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"We have shown that we can win a major trophy and we want to keep making history for this club and this team. We are very confident we can do that."

It is less than two months since Henderson lifted the Champions League trophy but with the Community Shield against Manchester City kicking off their season on 4 August Henderson knows that there is much work to do to get up to speed.

Liverpool's first-choice front three of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are all absent from the US trip after rigorous international summers - with Mane set to play in the African Nations Cup final on Friday for Senegal.

"We have shown in the last few years that we are always getting better. We just want to continue on that path," Henderson added.

"The experiences of the Champions League and the Premier League last year can help us this season.

"Football changes quickly, you can only focus on what's in front of you. We will never forget what happened in Madrid [when Liverpool lost the 2018 Champions league final against Real Madrid] but we can use that in the right way. We want to achieve more as a team and be as successful as we can be.

"We are capable of competing on all fronts in every competition we are in. The manager may want to bring players in but, if not, we have a fantastic squad of players who are hungry and can keep us on track.

"We have to keep learning from the manager and I'm sure if we do that there will be more success stories to tell in the future."

England midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana should both feature against Dortmund after missing large parts of last season through injury, with Lallana being used in a deeper role similar to that played by Jorginho at Chelsea last season so far in pre-season.

'Manchester City are the big favourites again'

Klopp, who called the Dortmund game at Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana Liverpool's "first proper test of pre-season", says that he is not worried about trying to match last season's remarkable points total in the Premier League.

Liverpool lost just once on their way to 97 points but were pipped by Manchester City.

"It makes no sense to compare seasons," he said.

"If we lose two games this year instead of one - but win the other 36, we will have more points. You just have to be there at the end of the season and then the best team wins.

"It would be great if we can be around Manchester City again. It is already clear that they are the big favourites again, no problem with that.

"They wouldn't have 98 points if we hadn't been around, we wouldn't have got 97 if they weren't around."

Klopp says he does not yet know when Mane will return to the club after his Afcon exploits, but will have to manage the return of his front three through the first few weeks of the season.

"I don't want to look like a moaner but Sadio Mane's season finishes tomorrow night," he said.

"That is difficult, 13 months long. We have to prepare him for the season, hopefully we can get through this period without any injuries, that would be really cool."

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Liverpool: Kamil Grabara signs new deal then joins Huddersfield on loan

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 20:31
Kamil Grabar in action for Poland at the European Under-21 Championships

Liverpool goalkeeper Kamil Grabara has signed a new contract with the European champions before immediately joining Huddersfield on a season-long loan.

The 20-year-old agreed a new "long-term" deal with the Reds, who he joined in 2016 from Polish side Ruch Chorzow.

Grabara is yet to make a first-team appearance for Liverpool and spent time on loan with AGF Aarhus in the Danish top flight last season.

He featured for Poland at the European Under-21 Championships.

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Bradford City v Liverpool play in front of 24,343 in aid of Stephen Darby Foundation

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 10:51
Sell-out crowd of nearly 25,000 at Valley Parade

A sell-out crowd saw European champions Liverpool beat Bradford in a match to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease charity set up by former Reds and Bantams defender Stephen Darby.

The 30-year-old launched the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation along with Chris Rimmer after retiring last September.

Darby gave an emotional speech before the game, which Liverpool won 3-1.

England Women's captain Steph Houghton, Darby's wife, was one of 24,343 in attendance at Valley Parade.

Darby came through the youth ranks at Liverpool and played 239 times for the Bantams between 2012 and 2017, but was forced to retire from football in September after being diagnosed with the disease.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told the Liverpool website: "If you play one game for Liverpool's first team or 400, it doesn't matter - you are one of us."

The highest crowd at Valley Parade since the ground reopened in 1986 saw two James Milner goals and a Rhian Brewster strike put Liverpool 3-0 up before Eoin Doyle netted from the penalty spot for the home side in the second half.

Bradford boss Gary Bowyer told BBC Radio Leeds it was an "unbelievable day".

"It shows the measure of support for Stephen Darby Chris Rimmer and the foundation," he said.

"It's been massive and we have raised lots of awareness."

MND is a degenerative condition that affects how nerves in the brain and spinal cord function. There is currently no cure.

England Women's captain Steph Houghton and Stephen Darby James Milner, Harry Wilson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Stephen Darby Gary Bowyer (left) and Jurgen Klopp

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EFL Trophy draw: Manchester United & Liverpool U21 sides discover opponents

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 13:12
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The 16 invited under-21 sides - including Manchester United and Liverpool - have discovered who they will play in the group stage of the 2019-20 EFL Trophy.

The pair, along with Aston Villa, have entered the competition for the first time, joining the 48 clubs from League One and League Two.

United are in Northern Group H with Doncaster, Rotherham and Lincoln.

Liverpool will face Accrington, Oldham and Fleetwood in Northern Group B.

The top two teams in each group will progress to the knockout stage, which remains regionalised until the quarter-finals.

The final, won by Portsmouth last season, will take place on Sunday, 5 April 2020 at Wembley.

Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster Northern groups

A: Grimsby Town, Scunthorpe United, Sunderland, Leicester City U21

B: Accrington Stanley, Oldham Athletic, Fleetwood Town, Liverpool U21

C: Bury, Salford City, Tranmere Rovers, Aston Villa U21

D: Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town, Macclesfield Town, Newcastle United U21

E: Crewe Alexandra, Burton Albion, Mansfield Town, Everton U21

F: Bolton Wanderers, Bradford City, Rochdale, Manchester City U21

G: Blackpool, Carlisle United, Morecambe, Wolverhampton Wanderers U21

H: Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham United, Lincoln City, Manchester United U21

Southern groups

A: Gillingham, Colchester United, Ipswich Town, Tottenham Hotspur U21

B: Crawley Town, Portsmouth, Oxford United, Norwich City U21

C: Leyton Orient, AFC Wimbledon, Southend United, Brighton & Hove Albion U21

D: Coventry City, Forest Green Rovers, Walsall, Southampton U21

E: Exeter City, Cheltenham Town, Newport County, West Ham United U21

F: Swindon Town, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Chelsea U21

G: Stevenage, MK Dons, Wycombe Wanderers, Fulham U21

H: Peterborough United, Cambridge United, Northampton Town, Arsenal U21

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Peter Crouch retires: Ex-England, Liverpool, Tottenham & Burnley striker ends career

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 11:39

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Former England striker Peter Crouch has ended his playing career aged 38 after more than 21 years as a professional.

The former Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Stoke striker was out of contract at Burnley in June.

Crouch played for a total of 11 clubs and earned 42 England caps.

"If you told me at 17 I'd play in World Cups, get to a Champions League final, win the FA Cup and get 100 Premier League goals, I would have avoided you at all costs," Crouch wrote on Twitter.

"It's been an absolute dream come true. Our wonderful game has given me everything. I'm so thankful to everyone who helped me get there and helped me stay there for so long."

Crouch gained notoriety for his trademark 'robot' goal celebration

Crouch said his decision to retire arrived "after a lot of deliberation".

Having started his career at Tottenham, he had spells on loan at Dulwich Hamlet and IFK Hassleholm before moving to Queens Park Rangers.

He then moved to Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Norwich on loan, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth again, Tottenham, Stoke and Burnley.

He scored 108 goals in 468 Premier League appearances and won the FA Cup in 2005-06 with Liverpool and played in the Champions League final in 2007 as part of Rafael Benitez's side.

Crouch admitted the prospect of retirement was "scary" and writing in the Daily Mail added: "To go from being a regular starter to someone whose role is limited to 10 or 15 minutes off the bench has been hard to accept.

"I will be 39 in January but I am physically fit and could have carried on. What I didn't want to be was someone who was thrown on to have balls smashed up to them."

The 6ft 7in striker, who scored 22 times for England, was more adept with his feet than his head despite his stature - scenario he demonstrated with eye-catching volleys for both Stoke and Liverpool.

His trademark 'robot' celebration gained him notoriety and later in his career he was part of the successful 'That Peter Crouch Podcast'.

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Divock Origi: Liverpool striker signs long-term contract

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 18:04
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Striker Divock Origi has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool after helping them win the Champions League.

The Reds paid £10m to sign the Belgium international, 24, from Lille in 2014 on a five-year deal.

Origi was loaned out to Wolfsburg for the 2017-18 season but returned to have a big impact at the end of last term.

After scoring twice against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals, he claimed the goal which clinched a 2-0 win over Tottenham in the final.

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Barcelona fountain-push football fan banned from matches

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 13:05

A football fan who pushed a man into a fountain in Barcelona has been banned from attending matches for three years.

Anthony Mullen, 57, had "targeted and humiliated" the Spanish man before Liverpool's Champions League semi-final in May, police said.

He was also found to have pulled down the trousers of a steward near Anfield stadium the following week.

Mullen, of Livingstone Drive North, Aigburth, was handed the banning order at South Sefton Magistrates Court.

His actions in the Placa Reial area of the Catalan capital were captured in videos posted on social media, while others were seen laughing and taunting.

'Innocent men humiliated'

At the time, Liverpool FC said such behaviour was "clearly totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated".

Mullen also pulled down the trousers of a steward when Liverpool played Wolverhampton Wanderers in a home match later the same month.

Supt Paul White, of Merseyside Police, described the incidents as "shocking" and said "two innocent men" had been "targeted and humiliated" by Mullen.

He thanked fans for their help in identifying Mullen and said the force did not want the "mindless acts of a few" to reflect on the football club and city.

The ban also prevents Mullen from being within two miles of Anfield before and after matches, and from travelling to cities when Liverpool play away fixtures.

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Alberto Moreno: Villarreal sign former Liverpool defender

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 17:56
Alberto Moreno holding the Champions League trophy

Villarreal have signed former Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno on a free transfer.

Moreno, 27, has signed a five-year contract with the Spanish side.

The defender, who has been capped four times by Spain, was released by Liverpool last month after five seasons at Anfield.

He played 141 times for the club, having signed from Sevilla in August 2014.

Moreno was first-choice left-back left for two seasons but lost his place to James Milner and then Andy Robertson and made just five appearances in all competitions last season.

He was among the substitutes as Jurgen Klopp's side beat Tottenham in the Champions League final in Madrid last month to lift the trophy for a sixth time.

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Harvey Elliott to Liverpool: Can you name the Premier League's youngest players?

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 08:47
Harvey Elliott

Liverpool look set to sign Fulham midfielder Harvey Elliott - who last season became the youngest Premier League player when he came on as a substitute for the Cottagers against Wolves in May.

Elliott made his first appearance aged just 16 years and 30 days to end a record that had stood for 12 years, but can you name the next 10 youngest players in Premier League history?

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Harvey Elliott: Liverpool set to sign Fulham teenager

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 15:37
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Liverpool are poised to beat Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain to the signature of Fulham's teenage midfielder Harvey Elliott.

Elliott became the youngest player to feature in the Premier League when he came on as a substitute against Wolverhampton Wanderers in May, aged just 16 years and 30 days.

He cannot turn professional until his 17th birthday next April, but it is understood he will reject a scholarship at Craven Cottage and move to the Champions League winners.

If, as expected, Liverpool win the race to sign Elliott, they will have to negotiate a compensation package with Fulham as the England Under-17 international is regarded as a highly prized prospect.

Elliott, who also attracted attention from Arsenal and Manchester City, will become the second emerging talent to join Liverpool this summer after 17-year-old Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg moved from PEC Zwolle.

Liverpool paid an initial £1.3m for Van den Berg, which could rise to a maximum of £4.4m depending on add-ons.

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Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea fans seek Uefa final changes

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 20:28
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Fan groups from Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have called for support from Europe to demand Uefa improve access to major finals.

The four clubs contested the Champions League and Europa League finals last season but issues around ticket prices and travel prompted heavy criticism.

The fan groups hope their six-point proposal wins approval by Football Supporters Europe (FSE) on Saturday.

FSE represents fans across Europe and can take the proposals to Uefa.

Liverpool's Spirit of Shankly Supporters' Union, Arsenal Supporters' Trust, Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust and Chelsea Supporters Trust believe support from FSE is vital in trying to create change.

The groups say "supporters deserve much better when the finals are played".

What are the six proposals?
  • Allocations: 80% of the total number of tickets for the finals should be made available to the supporters of the two competing teams (40% each) with the remaining 20% to be for sponsors, the football family, key stakeholders and a small general sale or ballot.
  • Affordability: Pricing for the finals should be fair and affordable, with at least 45% of general admission tickets priced at the lowest category of 70 euros (2019 prices). There could be a stretch pricing policy so there is a choice for fans.
  • Capacity: Only stadiums with sufficiently large capacities should be selected. This would allow more tickets to be made available for the fans of both teams as well as the football family. It is proposed the ideal capacity for a Champions League final is in the region of 75,000 or greater, and for the Europa League final in the region of 55,000 or greater.
  • Accessibility and facilities: Any stadium considered must have the highest standards on accessibility for people with disabilities including travel access to the stadium. Any stadium considered must also have sufficient food and drink outlets and washrooms for all supporters, the ability to operate an e-ticketing system and not have been subject to a Uefa charge for treatment of fans or crowd management within the last 24 months at the time of selection.
  • Infrastructure: Final venues should be cities with excellent transport links, including capacity to deal with many additional charter flights and, ideally, good rail links to other cities and airports within reasonable travel distance. There should also be bed space capacity to deal with an extremely high number of visitors.
  • Equality: Host countries should apply no discrimination of any kind to any player or to supporters who wish to travel to the final. Countries staging finals should guarantee to abide by a human rights and equality policy that includes ensuring no discrimination or restriction on entry is applied to any player or supporter.

Liverpool secured a Champions League final win over Tottenham in Madrid on 1 June, while Chelsea claimed the Europa League with victory over Arsenal in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 29 May.

In the build-up to the finals, supporters' groups told BBC Sport they would raise issues fans were facing early in the next season rather than wait to see how teams reaching the finals in 2019-20 were treated.

Liverpool and Tottenham were given 33,286 of the 68,000 tickets for the Madrid final, with tickets appearing on resale website Stubhub priced from 3,450 euros (£3,012).

Arsenal and Chelsea shared just 12,000 of 68,700 seats for their final, with fans highly critical of the logistical difficulties involved with getting to Baku.

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Danny Ings: Southampton sign Liverpool striker for £20m

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 17:01
Danny Ings

Striker Danny Ings has completed his £20m move from Liverpool to Southampton.

The former Burnley forward joined the Saints on a season-long loan deal in August 2018 and they were committed to making the switch permanent on 1 July.

Ings, 26, scored seven goals in 24 games for the south coast side as they finished 16th in the Premier League.

The England international had joined Liverpool from Burnley for £8m in 2015 and scored three goals for the Reds.

Burnley will get 20% of the profit Liverpool made on the sale, meaning they are set to receive £2.3m.

Ings played for Southampton's academy but was released at the age of 10 and subsequently joined Bournemouth.

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Marko Grujic: Liverpool midfielder returns to Hertha Berlin on season-long loan

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 11:01
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Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic has completed a season-long loan move to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.

The 23-year-old Serb impressed on loan at Hertha last term.

He has agreed to move back despite late interest from Brighton and Hove Albion and Atalanta in Italy.

Liverpool will receive a £2m loan fee plus £500,000 in potential bonuses. Hertha will pay his wages and there is also a penalty structure in the deal to guard against a lack of game time.

Pal Dardai, who was coach at Hertha last season, described Grujic as "by the far the best midfielder I've seen in my time at the club" - which covered 22 years including time as a player and on the coaching staff.

Dardai has been replaced by Croatian Ante Covic but Grujic is happy Hertha is the best place for him to continue his career before returning to Anfield.

Grujic is very much in Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's thoughts and the plan is for him to be an important part of Liverpool's squad for the 2020-21 season.

Klopp has been impressed by Grujic's maturity and attitude as well his decision to stay at Hertha despite interest from elsewhere. He believes the club provides the ideal platform for the youngster.

Grujic also had a successful loan spell at Cardiff City, who were desperate to keep him after his time in south Wales.

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Wimbledon 2019: Kyle Edmund visits Liverpool for a behind-the-scenes tour

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 06:21

British number one Kyle Edmund gets an access-all-areas pass to see European champions Liverpool at work before he competes at Wimbledon.

The Liverpool fan meets Jurgen Klopp, Jordan Henderson and many more on a special behind-the-scenes tour with BBC Sport's David Ornstein.

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Dietmar Hamann: Ex-Liverpool midfielder pleads not guilty to assault charge

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 07:50
Former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann

Former Germany and Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has pleaded not guilty after being charged with common assault in Australia.

The 45-year-old, who did not appear in court, allegedly assaulted his partner in the early hours of 21 June and was released on bail last week.

The case was adjourned until 12 December after his lawyer entered the not guilty plea in Sydney on Thursday.

Hamann, who won 59 caps for Germany, remains subject to bail conditions.

A member of Liverpool's 2005 Champions League winning side during a seven-year stay, Hamann has been in Australia on an extended holiday since 2018.

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Liverpool keen on signing Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:23
PEC Zwolle defender Sepp van den Berg

Liverpool are interested in signing PEC Zwolle's teenage centre-back Sepp van den Berg but face competition from Ajax, Bayern Munich and PSV Eindhoven.

Sampdoria were also interested in the 17-year-old and the next 72 hours could be crucial to the Reds signing the Netherlands Under-19 international.

Van den Berg made 15 appearances for PEC Zwolle in the Dutch top flight last season.

He would be Liverpool's first signing of the summer if he joins.

The Reds compare Van den Berg to being at about the same level as Joe Gomez when they signed the defender for £3.5m from Charlton in June 2015.

England international Gomez was a key part of Liverpool's defence last season before injury curtailed his season.

The Anfield club see Van den Berg as a player for the long term and, although there is a belief he could be with the first team from day one, the focus initially would be on his development and integration.

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Mo Salah: Liverpool forward should join Barcelona, says Samuel Eto'o

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 14:54
Mo Salah

Former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o has urged Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mo Salah to move to Barcelona.

Salah has been in stunning form for the Reds since joining in 2017, scoring 54 goals in 74 appearances.

He has been linked with a move to Real Madrid but 38-year-old Eto'o, who spent five years at Barcelona from 2004, said: "Barcelona would be a better fit.

"Real gave me the opportunity to leave Africa but I know Barcelona's style and I think it would be better for him."

Eto'o, who was taken on as youth player by Real and made three appearances for Los Blancos, added: "If he has the chance to play in the best league of the world, which is the Spanish one, he has to sign for Barcelona.

"Mo has everything to be one of the best players in the world."

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Fernando Torres: Watch as Spain striker scores winning goal in Euro 2008 final

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 10:09

Watch Fernando Torres score the winning goal for Spain in the Euro 2008 final against Germany. The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker has announced his retirement from football aged 35.

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Fernando Torres scores 'cracker' for Spain at 2006 World Cup

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 09:30

Watch Fernando Torres score a "splendid goal" for Spain against Ukraine at the 2006 World Cup. The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker has announced his retirement from football aged 35.

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