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Reds install new hybrid carpet pitch at Anfield

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Ahead of the 2022-23 season, Liverpool FC is installing a new hybrid carpet pitch at Anfield.

The new hybrid pitch is a high-quality playing surface formed of a network of artificial fibres and open-structured backing – similar to a carpet – to offer reinforcement for the grass plant.

Its patented technology reinforces the natural grass by holding polyethylene fibres at the carpet base to a height of 45mm to be retained in the grass sward. It is then in-filled with sand, which is carefully selected to deliver optimal drainage and playing performance.

Unlike other sports turf, the hybrid carpet is grown off-site on specially prepared turf nursery field plots designed to provide the best possible growing conditions, including improved air flow and natural sunlight.

Composed of 95 per cent grass and five per cent artificial fibres, the carpet is laid over 10,000sqm and is filled with 40mm of sand across the surface. The surface is then seeded using specially selected cultivars, including four different types of perennial ryegrass – 25 per cent Monroe, 30 per cent Eurocordus, 25 per cent Guldara and 20 per cent Europitch. Each cultivar has different characteristics to perform better at different times of year.

From establishment to harvesting, the pitch has been tended to by LFC ground staff off-site. Once the carpet is fully established it is then harvested and transported to Anfield for installation.

To the naked eye, the pitch will not look any different to last season; however, the new hybrid pitch will provide excellent performance, stability and resilience, while significantly reducing the time period for end-of-season renovations to a pitch ready for competitive use. The average in-stadia pitch renovation window is seven to eight weeks growth from seed. By installing a hybrid carpet system, the club is reducing this window to three to four weeks, providing a bigger window of opportunity for close-season activity, including concerts, major events, play-on-pitch opportunities and pre-season friendlies.

In 2017, the Reds installed the UK’s first in-stadia ‘Permavoid’ drainage system, as well as a new undersoil heating system, installed to help aid growth and also prevent the ground from freezing during the winter months. The new hybrid pitch will be laid on top of the system, providing the ultimate playing surface.

The installation of the new turf has already begun with the removal of the old pitch, including 60mm of rootzone and the existing Desso fibres. LFC ground staff will then undertake preparatory field work ready for the laying of the hybrid carpet at the beginning of July, adding 15mm of fresh rootzone and cultivating the surface.

The pitch is expected to take only three days to be laid, allowing three weeks grow-in and establishment period ahead of the new season – one of the key benefits of the hybrid carpet system. Within days, roots will develop through the backing of the carpet and turf to form a reinforced natural playing surface.

Once laid, data tools will be used to regularly monitor pitch conditions to ensure the playing surface feels and reacts the same as the club’s training pitches at the AXA Training Centre, creating the perfect pitch for playing football.

LFC’s senior grounds manager, Warren Scott, said: “It’s a really exciting project – the installation of a hybrid carpet pitch will allow us to host pre-season fixtures as well as concerts at the stadium.

“Each year this gives us the ability to evaluate the playing surface and make any adjustments if needed after the close-season period to ensure the best possible playing surface.

“The fact that we can start to grow the turf in March at the turf farm will give us the assurance that we are in the best possible position to start the season with a strong, healthy pitch each year in a short timeframe.”

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Melissa Lawley signs new contract with LFC Women

Thu, 06/30/2022 - 13:00

Melissa Lawley has signed a new contract with Liverpool FC Women.

The talented 28-year-old has committed her future to the Reds ahead of their return to the Women’s Super League (WSL) in September.

Lawley joined the club in 2019 and her three seasons on Merseyside have seen her become a firm fans’ favourite.

A skilful winger who loves to challenge defenders one-on-one, she was right at the top of the assists chart in the FA Women’s Championship last season.

LFC Women manager Matt Beard said: “Mel was outstanding last year. A great character, on the ball fantastic.

“I love the way she can just slow the play down, drop the shoulder, beat a player and turn defence into attack on the counter.

“She came up with some goals last year and some really important assists. It’s just great to see Mel play with that smile on her face and with that freedom.

“I think Mel’s coming to the peak of her career now, and I’m excited to see what she can do back in the Super League.”

Lawley herself is delighted to be extending her stay with the Reds ahead of the upcoming campaign.

“It’s a great time to be here and I’m just excited to carry on my journey with this amazing club," she said.

“Last season was an amazing experience and I know there’s more to come from this group of girls.

“Obviously it’s going to be a challenging year, but with the group of players we’ve got and the staff behind we’ll go in as a together team, work hard and the performances will come.”

Lawley has spent most of her career in the WSL with Birmingham City and latterly Manchester City before her switch to Liverpool, and she’s pleased to be taking on the best teams once again.

She added: “I’m looking forward to playing in the top flight again and push on from last season, getting the assists and hopefully scoring more goals, playing with a smile on my face and I know that’s going to happen with this group of girls.

“Beardy has brought the best out of me on the pitch, and I know next season he’s going to push me even more to be even better.”

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LFC supports city’s Pride celebrations with a host of activity

Thu, 06/30/2022 - 12:00

Liverpool Football Club will proudly lend its support to the city’s Pride celebrations throughout July, in support of the LGBT+ community.

The club’s iconic Liver Bird crest will be displayed in full Progress Pride colours across its digital platforms for the whole month, and a new and extended LFC Pride range is also available for Reds to show their colours.

The series of activities, which aim to show support and help raise awareness of the issues affecting the community, are part of the club’s ongoing Red Together campaign, LFC’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. 

LFC staff and supporters will take part and stand side by side in solidarity together at LCR Pride Foundation’s ‘March with Pride,’ which will take place on Saturday July 30 starting at 12pm BST from St George’s Plateau. 

The 2022-23 theme is ‘Come Together’ and has been chosen to represent not only the city region’s LGBT+ community returning to in-person events and much-needed connection to each other, but the need to come together as one united community, now more than ever. 

This is the first in-person Pride in Liverpool March since 2019, with the club having taken part in the charity’s flagship event in a virtual capacity for the past two years. 

LFC Foundation will be hosting its biggest ever Pride football tournament at Anfield Sports and Community Centre on Saturday July 23. The tournament, which will include both a fun and competitive element, will consist of 20 five-a-side teams with some of the club’s key stakeholders set to take part including LFC’s Kop Outs and Mersey Marauders.

This year there will also be an LBGT+ themed quiz and artwork station that teams can participate in to express their creative flair as well as a fun social event afterwards to celebrate together. 

The new and extended LFC Pride range features nine different items available for fans to purchase including three new t-shirts, hoodies and a Pride flag. Proceeds raised from the collection will be donated to an LGBT+ inclusion charity that the club is working with as part of its Red Together campaign. To shop the collection, click here.

Rishi Jain, senior manager ED&I at Liverpool FC, said: “Liverpool Football Club has been involved in the city’s Pride celebrations for 10 years and we are proud to have been the first football club to join the Pride march back in 2012.

“It’s important that we continue to come together, demonstrate our support and help to raise awareness of the many issues that the LGBT+ community continues to face. 

“Our support plays an important part of our Red Together work which details our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion as we strive to ensure LFC is a place where everyone can be themselves and feel welcome.”

To find out more about Red Together - LFC’s commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion - please click here.

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Klopp: Taki is a reason we had to change the Champions Wall so often

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 16:15

Jürgen Klopp views Takumi Minamino's quality and attitude as a big reason for Liverpool's success in recent years.

The Japan forward today completed a permanent switch to Ligue 1 side AS Monaco after two-and-a-half seasons and 55 appearances as a Red.

Minamino arrived at Anfield from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020 and made 14 appearances during his first campaign as he claimed a Premier League winner’s medal.

He was the club’s top scorer in the Carabao Cup and Emirates FA Cup during 2021-22 to help Klopp’s side deliver a domestic double.

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Reacting to the news of Minamino’s switch to Monaco, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s hard to see Taki go, but it’s a great move for him and one he thoroughly deserves.

“An amazing professional; super, talented player. As a person, he is full of warmth and makes everyone feel positive. A manager’s dream, to be honest.

“I’m sure there will be those who think it didn’t quite work out. Those who think this are wrong. I don’t accept that.

“His contribution far outweighs the opportunities we were able to give, in terms of starting matches. He made us better each and every day he was with us – not just in the games he played in but every single session in training. Perfect attitude, winner’s mentality.

“His performances and his goals are the reason we have had to redecorate the Champions Wall so often. His achievements here will stand the test of time.

“I know he will be a big success at Monaco. I’m sure we will look on with a mix of celebration and envy as he progresses and flourishes there.

“He leaves with our appreciation and best wishes. Thank you, Taki.”

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Takumi Minamino completes permanent move to Monaco

Tue, 06/28/2022 - 16:00

Liverpool FC can confirm Takumi Minamino has today completed a permanent transfer to AS Monaco.

Minamino leaves Anfield for Ligue 1 after making 55 appearances in total during his two-and-a-half-year stint as a Red, scoring 14 goals and providing three assists.

He quickly became an important and popular member of Jürgen Klopp’s squad following his arrival in January 2020 from Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg.

The Japan international earned a Premier League winner’s medal in his first half-season on Merseyside, appearing 14 times in the historic and COVID-19-impacted 2019-20 campaign.

He opened his goalscoring account for the club at the beginning of 2020-21 in the Community Shield against Arsenal at Wembley. He then put a brace past Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup before notching a first Premier League strike at Crystal Palace in an emphatic 7-0 victory.

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The attacker spent the second half of that season on loan at Southampton, before he then returned to Anfield last summer to play a vital role in the year ahead.

Minamino helped the Reds to glory in both domestic cup competitions as they returned two trophies to L4 after playing every game available to them.

Leading the way for the team, the 27-year-old scored four goals in five Carabao Cup outings and then followed up with three in four in the Emirates FA Cup.

Due to his quality and first-class attitude, Klopp once described Minamino as a ‘coach’s dream’, with the boss acknowledging the No.18 was deserving of many more starting berths.

However, Minamino made the most of every second of his opportunities – whether that was on the pitch in matches or during training. “Without question, he is a person who helps set our standards,” Klopp said.

And so, Minamino departs Liverpool having left a lasting impression on teammates, coaches and the club’s honours list.

Everyone at LFC would like to thank Taki for his contributions and wish him every success in the next chapter of his career.

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'Corner taken quickly... Origi!' voted Liverpool's greatest ever goal

Fri, 06/24/2022 - 19:30

Divock Origi's iconic finish against Barcelona has been voted Liverpool's greatest goal in its 130-year history.

The Belgian's second strike in the famous 2019 Champions League night at Anfield claims the honour following a supporter poll on Liverpoolfc.com. 

The Trent Alexander-Arnold-assisted goal – widely remembered with its commentary from Steve Hunter, 'Corner taken quickly… Origi!' – sealed a 4-0 victory for Jürgen Klopp's side in the second leg of the semi-final and a spot in the Madrid final, which produced European Cup No.6.

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As part of the club's 130th anniversary celebrations, we dug through the broadcast archives to pick out the Reds' 130 greatest strikes. 

Entries 130-11 were ranked by a panel based on the goal's quality, importance, iconic status and lasting legacy. 

The top 10 were then put to a vote – the results of which were revealed on Friday.

Origi's effort against Barça claimed first place as Steven Gerrard took second and third with his goals in the finals of the 2006 FA Cup and 2005 Champions League respectively.

Enjoy the top 10 of LFC's greatest 130 goals in the video above.

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Watch: Behind the scenes of Calvin Ramsay's first day at LFC

Thu, 06/23/2022 - 09:00

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at Calvin Ramsay's first day as a Liverpool player.

The 18-year-old full-back completed the formalities of his transfer from Aberdeen, subject to international clearance, at the AXA Training Centre. 

Our cameras followed Ramsay around the facility as he became Jürgen Klopp's third recruit of the summer transfer window. 

Watch what was captured in the video below...

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Jürgen Klopp: Sadio made it all possible - he’s a modern-day LFC icon

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 13:00

Jürgen Klopp has emotionally reflected on the impact Sadio Mane delivered to Liverpool during his six brilliant seasons with the club.

The Senegal star’s transfer to Bayern Munich was confirmed today, bringing an end to his stellar and memory-filled Anfield career.

Mane joined the Reds from Southampton in the summer of 2016 and now leaves with Champions League, Premier League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup winner’s medals.

He scored 120 goals in his 269 appearances for Klopp’s side to establish himself as a club legend and one of the best forwards in the world.

So many massive moments in Red that we’ll never forget ❤ https://t.co/fz61yQp8DG

— LFC (Liverpool FC) 22nd Jun 11:37

Offering his reaction to Mane’s departure, the boss told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s a big moment. There is no point in anyone trying to pretend otherwise.

“One of Liverpool’s greatest ever players is leaving and we must acknowledge how significant this is.

“He leaves with our gratitude and our love. He leaves with his status among the greats guaranteed. And, yes, he leaves in a moment where he is one of the best players in world football.

“But we must not dwell on what we now lose, instead celebrate what we were privileged to have.

“The goals he scored, the trophies he won; a legend, for sure, but also a modern-day Liverpool icon.

“Since he first stepped through the door, he made us better. If someone had told us in that moment what he would go on to contribute and achieve for this club, I’m not sure it would have been possible to comprehend in that moment. Not the scale of it at least. Sadio made it all possible.

“To be that good for such a sustained period and continuously improve season on season – no matter how high he set his own bar in the previous one – is an example to any player anywhere on the planet that professionalism and dedication leads to reward.

“I respect completely his decision and I‘m sure our supporters do also. If you love LFC, you have to love Sadio – non-negotiable. It is possible to do this while accepting our loss is Bayern’s gain.

“We wish him nothing but success in every match he plays in, unless, of course, it's against us. His star will continue to rise, I have no doubts.

“I remember last season I was asked, in an interview or Q&A from memory, to describe Sadio in three words. I said at the time it’s not possible to do this.

“If I was to try I’d need to be allowed multiple attempts – because there are so many ways you can describe him using three words.

“World-class player!

“True club legend!

“Ideal role model!

“The perfect teammate!

“Compassionate, caring person!

“But the three words that feel the most appropriate today are also the hardest to say, ‘Will miss you!’”

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Sadio Mane’s farewell interview: ‘I am now Liverpool’s No.1 fan’

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 12:29

Sadio Mane will forever be an ardent Liverpool supporter following his transfer to Bayern Munich.

It was confirmed on Wednesday that Mane’s glittering six-year spell on Merseyside has come to an end, with the forward swapping Anfield for the Allianz Arena.

The Senegal international leaves as a bona-fide club legend.

His signing from Southampton in 2016 proved transformative as he immediately propelled Jürgen Klopp’s team to Champions League qualification and was duly a cornerstone of the glorious years that have followed.

Mane won six major trophies – the Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and UEFA Super Cup – with the Reds, while he also inspired his country to their maiden Africa Cup of Nations triumph earlier in 2022.

Personal accolades have included the African Footballer of the Year and Premier League Golden Boot awards, while his record of 120 goals in 269 appearances for Liverpool puts him 14th in the club’s all-time leading scorers list.

After putting the finishing touches on his move to Bayern, Mane invited Liverpoolfc.com to Mallorca to conduct a farewell interview.

He spoke of his eternal love for all things Liverpool – the club and its supporters, as well as the city – while also reflecting on topics such as his Reds legacy, his development under Klopp, his favourite moment and goal and why he is looking forward to returning to Anfield one day.

Watch the interview now here, or read a full transcript below…

Sadio, thank you for welcoming us to your home for this farewell interview. Your transfer to Bayern Munich is now complete, does it feel a little bit strange to say you are no longer a Liverpool player?

Yeah, for sure, for sure. Obviously it is strange – really, really strange – to no longer be a Liverpool player after six years spent at Anfield. But of course I had a great time, an unbelievable time, and since my first day I really, really enjoyed training, playing, at Anfield especially and in front of these amazing supporters. Now it’s come to the end, so what can you say?

There was a lot of speculation about your future towards the end of last season. Can you explain to us why you felt it was the right time to move on and try a new challenge?

Yeah, sure there was a lot, a lot, of speculation but I’m not a confused boy in my head. Obviously I know what I want and I know what is professional so for me, I was not even thinking about it because I was still a Liverpool player and we had really, really important games. For me that time was so, so important for myself and the team and the boys, and the supporters as well, and that is why I was really, really focused on that. I did not want [to make] any comments about it because winning the Champions League and the Premier League, that would have been fantastic for myself, for the club and for everybody. So that is why I was not even talking about or commentating about the speculation because it is part of football, it will always stay [this way]. It is normal.

Did you feel like you achieved everything you could achieve at Liverpool?

Yeah, sure. Like I said, from the first day I came to the club, I spoke to the boss when I was in Southampton and I think at that time we were not even in the Champions League. He called me and I said, ‘For sure.’ I just decided in my heart that I am coming to Liverpool because that is where I see myself and for me it was the right time and the right club to achieve everything. So, I can say of course we won a lot and I spent a great, great time there. An unbelievable time at Liverpool, we won a lot. Like I always say, my life is always [about a] challenge and when it came I said to the club that I want to leave, I want to go somewhere else to see a new challenge. It is not anything else, it is just a challenge because for me I want to always be challenging myself to get better and better.

You mentioned the boss there. Have you spoken to Jürgen and any of your now-former Liverpool teammates to say goodbye?

Yeah, sure. After when both clubs agreed [the transfer], I sent a long text to say goodbye to everybody, which is normal. They were sad, as I was, but it is part of life. We just have to accept it.

Was it very important to you to leave Liverpool on friendly terms with everyone, from the coaches and players to the staff and the supporters?

Yeah, of course! That was the plan from the beginning because for me, to leave Liverpool in a very good way, that is me because how I have been there. It was fantastic in the club, in the dressing room. I am friendly with everybody, the coaching staff and even the kitchen staff, the ladies in the kitchen! So, for me leaving in a good way is so, so important – and [for] the fans as well.

How have you grown and developed as a footballer and a person since you signed for Liverpool six years ago?

Wow! Incredible, incredible because when I came I think I was 24. I was not that old like now! But yeah, sure, I think I have developed as a human a lot and as a footballer I learned a lot from my teammates of course, these great, great, great players. And of course the staff helped me a lot to become the player [I am] and as well, I work very, very hard. Very, very hard.

During your Liverpool career, you won every club trophy there is to win, as well as AFCON with Senegal this year, African Footballer of the Year, the Premier League Golden Boot… when you arrived in 2016, did you ever dream you would, or could, achieve so much?

I will say that when I was a kid that was my dream, to win everything possible: trophies and individual trophies as well, that was my dream. So that is the reason I never stopped working, I am a very hard worker. Of course, for me it was the right time and the right club, when I was in Southampton, to come to Liverpool to achieve those things and I can say, ‘Yeah, I achieved something’, which is very, very incredible for me and I will be always grateful for this amazing club. I will never forget it and for sure I am looking forward for the next.

This is a very difficult question as there are so many to choose from, but if you had to pick one favourite moment from your time with Liverpool, what would that be?

Wow! I think it’s good but not a difficult question I will say! I will go first of all for 2019 when we beat Barcelona at home, that was incredible, and as well when we won the Champions League. For me, so far that is the best, best moment, or the moment that will stay forever in my head, for sure.

You leave in 14th place on the club’s all-time leading scorers list, with 120 goals in just 269 games. That puts you among some of the greatest players to ever represent Liverpool - it must make you feel very proud to see your name on that list?

[Laughs] Yeah, for sure! I am very, very proud about it. It was not easy for sure and to see your name among these great, great players, I think you can’t complain! You just have to be grateful and thankful and proud of yourself because Liverpool, it is one of the best clubs in the world so to see your name there, I think is just incredible.

So, those 120 goals then… which one was your best and which one is your favourite?

Wow! I will say my first goal at Emirates Stadium against Arsenal on my debut. And then after, my second goal, I will say against Bayern Munich, against Manuel Neuer! Sorry Manu, I am coming but I think the second goal was also unbelievable! So, I will pick these two goals.

Talking of goals, we have to mention the famous ‘front three’ of yourself, Bobby and Mo. You’ve talked so much about how amazing it was to play with them but now you have left, can you share any of the secrets behind your success? Why and how did you three link-up so well?

[Laughs] Wow, for sure, Bobby and Mo – what players! I think there are no other secrets because playing alongside these great players, they make everything easier for me. I think I am just supporting this and especially Bobby, who always dropped and made space for me and Mo, I think it was just incredible. These two players, Liverpool still have great players and you have now Diogo and Diaz also – wow, what a player they have! But it’s normal, it’s the best club in the world, so I wish them all the best, but for me football is always about dedication and to work very, very hard. That’s what I trust and those players did it and are doing it, so I think it will work always well for them.

Another relationship we have to talk about is yours with the manager. How much have you enjoyed working with Jürgen and how has he helped you as a player and as a person too?

Yeah, sure, I think since day one [when] I spoke with him to join Liverpool FC I think we had a really, really, really good relationship and [he is] a great manager. He has heart and also like I said now, he dedicated himself [and that] makes him so special. Of course, he helped me a lot to become the player I am, and the staff and all the boys, the players. And myself, like I always said, I never stopped working hard as well.

You enjoyed an incredible final season at Liverpool, winning two trophies and going so close to the quadruple. I think all fans would say it was one of their best and most enjoyable seasons because of the journey you and the boys took us on. Do you feel that way too?

Yeah, sure. I think it was a great, great, great season. Unlucky for us, we were so, so close but of course still I think it was the greatest season and the [most] enjoyable season I had in Liverpool because I can say we were almost there to win the quadruple, which would have been amazing. But it is part of football, like I always said it is behind us so let’s focus – both sides – on the next. But for sure, I think that was just an amazing, amazing season anyway, which everybody enjoyed.

You have mentioned the supporters a few times during this interview. You are loved at Anfield, you have your own song, you have brought the fans so much joy over the last few years. They showed again how much they adore this group of players at the parade a few weeks ago. Just how much will you miss them?

For sure, I think whoever is leaving Liverpool, with those supporters you will always miss them because so far [they are] the best in the world and I have always said it. Especially when [they sing] my name, ‘Mane! Running down the wing…!’ – I don’t know, I can’t sing very well! Of course I really enjoyed the time and they, wow… how can I say it? Playing at Anfield I think always gives you so much power because of the fans. So, for sure I am going to miss you guys but anyway, I love you guys. I still have my house in Liverpool and everything so for sure I will come back, of course, and I would love one day to come back to Anfield to say hi to them and of course to watch Liverpool playing because for me, I am going to be Liverpool’s No.1 fan – after the supporters!

That was my next question actually: Are you a Liverpool fan for life now then? Will you keep an eye on the results and how the team is getting on?

[Laughs] Yeah, of course! After every game! After every one of my games in Munich I will come to the dressing room and I will watch Liverpool, for sure, because I am going to be Liverpool’s No.1 fan forever. I just want to say good luck to them and I have an eye on them. And for sure they will be even better because I know the boys: great players, great talent, great maturity and attitude, so of course, Liverpool will always stay even better, for sure.

You said before about coming back to Anfield one day… who knows, we might see you again soon if Liverpool and Bayern meet in the Champions League…

[Laughs] You know the Champions League and how the draw always goes on, it can happen for sure and if it happens it happens. It is football and of course I have to come and I have to play. But like I said, Liverpool is Liverpool and we will see. We will see what is going to happen.

Finally Sadio, you leave Liverpool FC as a legend and one of the best players to ever play for the club. So on behalf of the club and, I’m sure, the supporters who are watching or reading this interview too, thank you for everything you did for us and we wish you very good luck in the future.

Thank you, thank you. Thank you guys, much love still, don’t worry! Bye, all the best!

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Sadio Mane completes transfer to Bayern Munich

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 12:15

Sadio Mane has today completed a permanent transfer to Bayern Munich.

The Senegalese forward heads to the Bundesliga outfit after six brilliant seasons with Liverpool.

He departs Anfield with the best wishes of everyone and the complete set of Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup winner's medals.

From his 269 appearances for the club, Mane delivered 120 goals, 38 assists and countless smiles and memories.

So many massive moments in Red that we’ll never forget ❤ https://t.co/fz61yQp8DG

— LFC (Liverpool FC) 22nd Jun 11:37

"He is a machine," Jürgen Klopp wrote in April. "What he has done for this club and continues to do puts him in the bracket of ‘legend'."

Signed from Southampton in the summer of 2016, Mane was a key figure during Klopp's first full campaign as Liverpool manager, putting them on course to clinch a fourth-place Premier League finish and a return to the Champions League.

His levels – as well as the team's – would continue to rise year upon year as part of Klopp's devastating forward line.

Mane would break the 20-goal mark in all competitions in 2017-18, with 10 coming in the Champions League as the Reds reached the Kyiv final, which ended in defeat to Real Madrid.

Twelve months later, however, he got his hands on European club football's biggest prize after starring in the victory over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.

Mane was ever-present during the triumphant Champions League journey and had produced his best Premier League campaign with 22 goals to win the Golden Boot, along with Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The following campaign would be a memorable one, on a personal and collective level.

The 2019 CAF African Player of the Year helped Klopp's side make history by ending a 30-year wait to lift the Premier League title.

Mane racked up 22 goals and 12 assists in all competitions throughout 2019-20, when Liverpool became league, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup winners.

Despite a hugely challenging 2020-21 season for the team and player himself, Mane was part of Liverpool's late surge to secure Champions League football, scoring twice on the final day to wrap up a third-place league finish.

In 2021-22, he was rejuvenated as stadiums returned to full capacity and thrived from a mid-season positional switch.

Mane scored his 100th goal for the club against Crystal Palace in September, and a month later brought up his century in the Premier League – becoming just the third African player to reach three figures.

After guiding Senegal to Africa Cup of Nations glory for the first time in February, he returned to Merseyside hungry for more silverware, as the Reds played every fixture available to them.

A starter in the success over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final, Mane continued to operate in a central role during the push for the three other honours on offer.

The FA Cup was added to his medal haul on a memorable day at Wembley in May, although his Liverpool career ultimately ended in heartbreak – narrowly missing out on the Premier League title and suffering defeat in the Champions League final.

But the disappointment of that week cannot come close to overshadowing, in any way, the joy and quality Mane brought to the club in his six-year stay.

A devastatingly effective player with an infectious personality, he will, quite rightly, go down as one of best forwards in Liverpool's illustrious history.

We thank Sadio for everything he has done and wish him the very best of luck in the rest of his career.

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'Bags of potential' - Jürgen Klopp excited by Calvin Ramsay signing

Sun, 06/19/2022 - 11:30

Jürgen Klopp is confident Calvin Ramsay will continue his impressive and swift development after sealing a move to Liverpool FC.

The Scotland U21 international right-back has signed a long-term contract with the Reds to join from Aberdeen, subject to international clearance, where he played 39 games, provided nine assists and scored one goal following a senior debut in March 2021.

A breakthrough season in 2021-22 ended with Ramsay being voted Young Player of the Year by the Scottish Football Writers’ Association.

And Klopp sees in the club’s new No.22 a promising mix of experience for his age and significant scope for more improvement at Anfield.

“Calvin is another exciting young player, so we’re very pleased,” the manager told Liverpoolfc.com of his third recruit of the summer.

“He has bags of potential. He is only 18 years old at the moment, although turns 19 soon and already has a decent number of first-team appearances for a defender of his age.

“He is athletic, smart, confident, with good technical ability and – always crucial – is eager to learn. So there’s lots to like.

“Experiences of European and U21 international football have been really important for him and his development, too.

“Signing so early in the window is fantastic for him as it means he’ll be with us for pre-season. That helps so much, particularly for a younger signing coming to us.

“He and we will have patience with each other. I think we have proved ours is the ideal environment to nurture and harness the qualities and talent of a young player.

“So we’re all really looking forward to working with him and seeing him improve and develop.”

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Calvin Ramsay's LFC squad number revealed

Sun, 06/19/2022 - 11:00

Calvin Ramsay will wear the No.22 shirt for Liverpool FC.

The Scotland U21 right-back has become the Reds’ third new signing of the summer after completing a switch from Aberdeen on a long-term contract, subject to international clearance.

Ramsay has selected the No.22 jersey for his new club.

Previous wearers of the number for Liverpool include Titi Camara, Chris Kirkland, Simon Mignolet and Momo Sissoko.

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Reds confirm Germany and Anfield pre-season fixtures

Fri, 06/17/2022 - 10:00

Liverpool will face RB Leipzig and RC Strasbourg Alsace in pre-season fixtures next month.

The Reds will travel to Germany to play Leipzig on Thursday July 21 at the Red Bull Arena, with kick-off at 6.15pm BST.

Tickets will go on general release on July 8 and will be available to buy here, priced between five and 30 Euros. Please note, tickets will only be made available via the RB Leipzig ticket app; full details are available here.

Jürgen Klopp’s men will also come up against French side Strasbourg at Anfield on Sunday July 31, kick-off 7.30pm.

Tickets will be available to buy on pre-sale from Tuesday June 21, with adults priced at a flat £27 across the stadium, over 65s at £20 and all under 16s free of charge. Please note, ticket sales for this game will take place online only.

All pre-season matches will be broadcast live and exclusive on LFCTV GO. T&Cs will apply.

Further details of the Reds’ pre-season fixtures will be confirmed in due course.

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Behind the scenes of Darwin Nunez's Liverpool arrival

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 16:40

Go behind the scenes of Darwin Nunez's first day as a Liverpool player with our exclusive footage.

The 22-year-old was at the AXA Training Centre on Tuesday to complete his transfer to the Reds from Benfica, subject to the successful granting of a work permit and international clearance. 

Watch what our cameras caught from following the new No.27 around in the video below.

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Liverpool's 2022-23 Premier League fixture list revealed

Thu, 06/16/2022 - 09:00

Liverpool's 2022-23 Premier League season will begin with a trip to Fulham.

The new campaign kicks off with a 12.30pm BST encounter against last season's Championship winners at Craven Cottage, which BT Sport will broadcast live.

An Anfield clash with Southampton is the Reds' final game before a pause for the 2022 World Cup in November, and the season then resumes with a journey to Aston Villa after Christmas.

Jürgen Klopp's men will end the campaign away at Southampton.

See Liverpool's full 2022-23 Premier League fixture list below. Weekend and Bank Holiday matches are 3pm kick-offs.

Please note, all dates and times are subject to change for broadcast purposes and scheduling of European matches.

  • The Official Members ticket sale for the first half of the 2022-23 season (for games played until December) will take place in the week commencing July 18, 2022. More information regarding the sale to follow.

AUGUST

Saturday 6 (12.30pm) – Fulham (A)

Saturday 13 – Crystal Palace (H)

Saturday 20 – Manchester United (A)

Saturday 27 – Bournemouth (H)

Wednesday 31 (8pm) – Newcastle United (H)

SEPTEMBER

Saturday 3 – Everton (A)

Saturday 10 – Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)

Saturday 17 – Chelsea (A)

OCTOBER

Saturday 1 – Brighton & Hove Albion (H)

Saturday 8 – Arsenal (A)

Saturday 15 – Manchester City (H)

Wednesday 19 (8pm) – West Ham United (H)

Saturday 22 – Nottingham Forest (A)

Saturday 29 – Leeds United (H)

NOVEMBER

Saturday 5 – Tottenham Hotspur (A)

Saturday 12 – Southampton (H)

DECEMBER

Monday 26 – Aston Villa (A)

Saturday 31 – Leicester City (H)

JANUARY

Monday 2 – Brentford (A)

Saturday 14 – Brighton & Hove Albion (A)

Saturday 21 – Chelsea (H)

FEBRUARY

Saturday 4 – Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)

Saturday 11 – Everton (H)

Saturday 18 – Newcastle United (A)

Saturday 25 – Crystal Palace (A)

MARCH

Saturday 4 – Manchester United (H)

Saturday 11 – Bournemouth (A)

Saturday 18 – Fulham (H)

APRIL

Saturday 1 – Manchester City (A)

Saturday 8 – Arsenal (H)

Saturday 15 – Leeds United (A)

Saturday 22 – Nottingham Forest (H)

Tuesday 25 (7.45pm) – West Ham United (A)

Saturday 29 – Tottenham Hotspur (H)

MAY

Saturday 6 – Brentford (H)

Saturday 13 – Leicester City (A)

Saturday 20 – Aston Villa (H)

Sunday 28 (4pm) – Southampton (A)

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Revealed: Darwin Nunez's Liverpool shirt number

Tue, 06/14/2022 - 19:00

Darwin Nunez will wear the No.27 shirt for Liverpool.

The forward has joined the Reds from Portuguese outfit Benfica, subject to the successful granting of a work permit and international clearance.

And Nunez has chosen to sport the No.27 jersey, which was most recently worn – and is being vacated this summer – by Divock Origi.

The Uruguay international wears ‘Darwin 27’ on the back of his shirt.

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Ronaldinho: I really like watching Liverpool's attacking players

Sun, 06/12/2022 - 12:00

Brazil legend Ronaldinho has revealed his love of watching Liverpool's attacking department in action.

The Reds scored 147 times during their 63 fixtures in the 2021-22 campaign, with forwards Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota each surpassing the 20-goal mark. 

Roberto Firmino and Takumi Minamino chipped in with 11 and 10 respectively, while Jürgen Klopp's options were boosted by the arrival of Luis Diaz in January. 

All that talent and efficiency in front of goal has produced an admirer in the form of Ronaldinho. 

Asked which Premier League side he enjoys the most, the World Cup and Champions League winner told JOE: "It's hard, there are many. I really like a lot of players from many clubs.

"It is hard to choose just one. I think each club has a great player that I like watching, but I think the attacking players for Liverpool are the players that I currently really like watching."

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Billy Hogan’s latest update on LFC’s response to UCL final issues

Fri, 06/10/2022 - 20:00

Liverpool FC CEO Billy Hogan has provided an update on the developments regarding the club’s response to the issues experienced by fans at last month’s Champions League final in Paris.

Hi Billy, we’re approaching a week since your last update. I fully appreciate things are moving around every day, so thanks for taking the time to update supporters on the latest position regarding UEFA and the proposed independent review. Firstly, the French Prime Minister’s office has today published a 30-page report on the issues in Paris. I appreciate it’s just been published but could I get your initial reaction to it?

Yes, we've just picked up a copy of the report from the media reporting this afternoon. I guess it's probably worth noting that we've not been involved in the report, nor been asked for any input. But we do have it now, so we're obviously going to take some time to fully digest it. I think as most people know, it's a 30-page report and probably I've said this a number of times during these updates, but we're really focused on ensuring that there's an evidence-based investigation, which is open and transparent. Obviously this is one report. We haven't been involved in it or had any opportunity to consider it or question it yet. There's a lot more work to go on in moving this forward. So, I can't really comment on the report specifically itself at this point. But what I would say is we do want to make sure – and I'll be picking this up with UEFA – to find out if these findings are going to be used in the UEFA independent review. So I guess in summary, we'll take the time to review it and then any of those findings we'll obviously raise with UEFA as part of their independent investigation.

You mentioned last week that you were writing to UEFA with 13 questions regarding their review. Have you received a response to that letter?

Yes. I think as you said at the start, things have been moving around quite a bit over the course of the last 10 days, almost two weeks now. Just to be clear, we sent the letter to UEFA prior to their announcement regarding the independent review. So some of the questions that we did pose to them were covered in the terms of reference, not all of them. But we're in the very early stages, I would say, in understanding the structure of that independent review. We did have a call with Dr Rodrigues yesterday, with UEFA and Real Madrid also on the call, and it was a very initial first call, so there's a number of outstanding details that we need to understand, and that's what ourselves and Real Madrid will be working on with UEFA and Dr Rodrigues in the days ahead. And again, I keep saying this, but we just need to be satisfied that this is going to be a thorough, independent and transparent investigation. And I would imagine that all of those questions that we have will have to be answered over the course of the coming days and weeks.

Just on the point about actions and what’s been said in the media this week, there are reports coming out each day now with new versions of events – the latest being CCTV footage from the stadium being deleted...

We're aware of a number of reports and, as you said, there's a number of reports coming out on a daily basis. It would be impossible for us to comment on all of them. Our priority still has to remain focused on challenging the independent review, which – if we do it in the right structure and the right process, involving the right people – should uncover all the facts and identify things that went wrong so that lessons are learned and it's never repeated. Clearly, we saw the reports yesterday afternoon regarding the deletion of CCTV footage, which is deeply concerning. We have formally contacted UEFA to confirm whether or not that's the case, so we're waiting to hear back specifically on that. And we're also working to make sure, through the relevant authorities to put requests in, that all evidence related to events around the final are retained. So, clearly concerning, it's something that we're following up on and, as I keep saying, our priority really has to be to make sure that the independent review and investigation takes into account all the evidence. So that's why we've requested that any evidence related to the final is retained.

On more media reports, we’ve seen that the French police are in Liverpool this week, taking statements from supporters who were victims of crime in Paris. Have they been working with the club on this visit?

No, we have not heard from the French police on their visit. I guess maybe worth just sort of commenting as we did last week, we've had over 9,000 forms now completed by supporters with their feedback on what happened in Paris and their experiences. I wrote earlier this week to all of those supporters who took the time to put their experiences down on the form and understanding how difficult that was. We will be analysing and reviewing all of those accounts but, I do want to stress, that those feedback forms are exactly that. They are not formal statements of crime. So in the event that supporters would like to officially report acts of crime in Paris, they should complete the application on the French embassy website. We are going to be writing to all those supporters that filled out the form – over 9,000 supporters – to make them aware of that, and signposting it across digital channels. But just to confirm – and I want to make sure it was clear, the difference between the two – we haven't had any involvement or any contact from the French police, nor were we asked to promote the fact that they're here or any type of reporting process. But, again, I want to be clear that the forms that our supporters have filled out are not statements of crime – they are very different. So if people do want to report statements of crime and acts of crime, then, again, they should go to the French embassy website.

We see Liverpool fans raising concerns every day on social media about this whole process. Have you managed to speak to any of them?

Yes. Honestly, I can't say that a day has gone by where I haven't had multiple conversations with supporters about what happened in Paris. So yes, I've had a number of conversations and all of them have been very difficult. It's probably worth mentioning that we did meet formally with representatives of our supporters' trust Spirit of Shankly yesterday. Unfortunately, I couldn't join the meeting as I was at Premier League meetings but my colleagues did meet with them and really the goal was to just sit down and discuss our shared concerns. I think it's important to note that we were absolutely aligned with all the points that were raised in the meeting by Spirit of Shankly, and we'll be keeping the conversation very much alive and fluid as things progress. It's probably worth saying that our objectives are the same. I know I've said this previously but I'll say it again that we want to be satisfied with the review, that it's independent and transparent. Also, just to be clear that our team has been speaking with members of Spirit of Shankly on a daily basis and that will no doubt continue throughout this process.

And finally, those supporters who were impacted by the events in Paris need support and people to talk to. Is there any update on what’s on offer for those supporters via the LFC Foundation?

Yes. I think we talked about this last week and it was something we were and are very concerned about. And we see our role as the opportunity to support supporters with whatever help and expert advice that they need. As I mentioned before, I've had a number of conversations over the course of the last 10 days and really just incredibly difficult conversations with people about their experiences. So, I know that my colleagues across the club feel the same, that everyone at the club is here to support our supporters and make sure that they know that the club is with you. So, we have been working through our foundation. We now have a number of expert mental health organisations which are able to offer urgent support to fans. We have pledged financial assistance to those organisations. Given COVID and everything else, a lot of these organisations are already in high demand, so we feel it's right and necessary that we support them and [are] absolutely encouraging fans to seek support if they feel they need it. Most importantly, I think it's just important that supporters know that that help is available. 

Also worth mentioning that we're in discussions with Liverpool's director of public health, Matt Ashton, who's already involved with the LFC Foundation, just to make sure that any help that we can provide to supporters is the right help. Again, we're doing everything we can do to continue to signpost to those organisations. So I think it is important for supporters to keep checking the website, keep checking our digital channels and we will keep updating the information with any and all helpful information. I guess [the] final point is just I think it's crucial that people continue to talk to friends, talk to family, talk to loved ones. Again, the conversations I've had with a number of different supporters, nobody should have to go through what we all went through in Paris and we're absolutely here to support you as a club and we want to make sure that people know that and that they know that there's support available.

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Mohamed Salah named Men’s PFA Players’ Player of the Year

Thu, 06/09/2022 - 19:47

Mohamed Salah has been named the 2021-22 Men's PFA Players’ Player of the Year.

The Liverpool No.11 wins the prestigious annual award for the second time, following his achievement in 2017-18, after an outstanding campaign.

Salah was announced as the recipient of the accolade at the PFA Awards on Thursday night, with teammates Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk also having been on the final six-man shortlist.

It is the ninth time a Liverpool player has secured the honour, chosen by his peers, and Salah is the first ever to win it twice while with the club.

“Thank you very much. It is great, always, to win trophies – individual or collective. This one is big. I’m very happy and very proud of that,” he said.

“This one is a really good one to win, especially because it’s voted by players. When I think about it, of course I wanted the Premier League first before anything, the Champions League as well. But as an individual it shows you a little bit that you worked really hard and you get what you worked for kind of. Not just individual – collectively, for sure the team comes first. 

“But you win the journalists’ one, you win the players’ one as well, it shows you the season was really good.”

The Egypt international played 51 games for the Reds last season as they lifted the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup at Wembley, while also finishing as narrow runners-up in the Premier League and Champions League.

He netted 31 times in all competitions, moving up to ninth on the club’s all-time highest scorers list, and also registered 15 assists.

His stunning solo strike against Manchester City at Anfield was voted the Premier League’s Goal of the Season and Salah received the Golden Boot and Playmaker awards for most goals and assists in the top flight respectively.

Salah has also been selected as the club’s Standard Chartered Men’s Player of the Season, the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year and PFA Fans’ Player of the Year.

On how his mindset has changed over the years, he added: “When you get older you feel you are more stable, you deal better with pressure and you know exactly what you want from football. I’m just trying to really chill and help the team.

“That’s why I think I won the Playmaker, because you’re more aware of the game, so you try to make the people next to you better and try to make yourself better as well in the game.”

Previous Liverpool winners of the PFA Players’ Player of the Year include Terry McDermott (1980), Kenny Dalglish (1983), Ian Rush (1984), John Barnes (1988), Steven Gerrard (2006), Luis Suarez (2014), Salah (2018) and Van Dijk (2019).

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Six Reds included in PFA Premier League Team of the Year

Thu, 06/09/2022 - 19:35

Six Liverpool players have been named in the 2021-22 PFA Premier League Team of the Year.

Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were announced as part of the XI – voted for by their fellow professionals – during Thursday night’s PFA Awards.

Their recognition comes after a remarkable season in which the Reds played every available fixture to them – 63 in total across four competitions.

Jürgen Klopp’s team lifted the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup, finished second in the Premier League with 92 points and were runners-up in the Champions League.

It is Mane’s fourth inclusion in the Team of the Year, a third each for Alexander-Arnold, Salah and Van Dijk, while Alisson and Thiago feature for the first time.

Only once before have Liverpool had as many as six representatives in the XI, back in the 1982-83 campaign.

2021-22 PFA Premier League Team of the Year: Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Antonio Rudiger, Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Thiago Alcantara, Kevin De Bruyne, Sadio Mane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah.

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