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March 19, 2015
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Liverpool Legends to take on the fans

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A team of Liverpool FC legends will be lining up at Liverpool’s Academy to take on a team of Reds fans on Friday 22 May. Places in that supporters’ team are now up for grabs through the Liverpool Former Players Association.

The match is to be played at the club’s Academy in Kirkby – Anfield itself unavailable due to the work being done on the Main Stand – and is set to feature a long list of successful Reds players which could include the likes of Jamie Carragher, John Barnes, Didi Hamman, Robbie Fowler, Luis Garcia, Jason McAteer and Jan Molby.

The game takes place a couple of days before the end of the Premier League season and a few days before the Istanbul Reunion night on the Bank Holiday Monday, meaning this could be a long weekend to remember for those involved.

Those who take part not only get the chance to show Rob Jones how to score a goal or Alan Kennedy how to celebrate one but they will also be in for some great prizes on the day itself. On top of that, the kit they are provided with for the game has their own name and number on the back, is theirs to keep and – because they get to spend time with the legends afterwards – they can get that souvenir signed making it a unique reminder of their day playing against their heroes.

Places are available in one of two ways.

Most of the places are being auctioned off and fans are able to put their bids in for the position they want to play in from the first eleven,with a ‘buy it now’ price available for each spot too. It’s a 4-4-2 formation (although the Fans manager could yet change that on the day once he’s worked out the weaknesses of the opposition) so if you fancy yourself as a Liverpool left back or a Reds right-midfielder you can bid for that position. There are also four subs places up for auction, with all participants guaranteed fair playing time.

The other way to get a place is by entering the raffle for a place as one of the subs. As with the auctioned places the winner of the raffle is guaranteed fair playing time and is also eligible for the prizes on the day and their own named and numbered kit.

Everyone with a place in the Fans squad can take two guests with them into the Academy to see their exploits up close.

Full details are available on the Liverpool Former Player Association website at 5times.co, via the following links, and although bidding is open for three weeks some places have already been sold, so get your bids in quick!

www.5times.co/game

www.5times.co/raffle

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March 18, 2015
by Jim Boardman
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Liverpool FC heading back to Malaysia

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LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB have confirmed that they will return to Malaysia this summer as part of their 2015 pre-season tour. Brendan Rodgers’ side are set to play a game in Kuala Lumpur for the first time since their 2011 pre-season visit.

The Reds will play the Kuala Lumpur fixture on Friday 24th July against a Malaysian XI at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) are organising the event.

The game itself is just one aspect of what Liverpool are doing to boost their relationship with Malaysian fans, part of “a programme of activity that the Club is delivering in 2015 to bring Malaysian fans closer to the team they support,” the club says.
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March 12, 2015
by Jim Boardman
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Liverpool: Carra and Gerrard take their pick from Reina, Suarez, Torres and Alonso

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LIVERPOOL legends Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard have picked their teams ahead of this month’s all-star charity match at Anfield.

Current skipper Gerrard and former vice-captain Carra are both player-managers for the charity game which will be held at the Reds’ famous home stadium on March 29th. A host of much-loved names from Liverpool’s recent history have agreed to take part – along with one or two for whom the phrase ‘much loved’ has never applied before where Kopites are concerned – in aid of some very good causes.
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March 9, 2015
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Liverpool FC player awards night to be opened up to fans

LIVERPOOL FC have revealed today that they will be opening up this year’s Players’ Awards night for attendance by supporters. Last year’s event, the first one ever, was limited to invitees and a certain number of VIP tables sold for charity – this year will see general admission tickets made available.

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The ceremony sees the club award representatives from its first team, Academy and Ladies sides, along with some awards dished out to fans and former players, and takes place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Tuesday May 19th.
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March 6, 2015
by Jim Boardman
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Robbie Fowler academy opts for Globall Coach tech

THE Fowler Education and Football Academy, which was launched last month by former Liverpool star Robbie Fowler, has announced that it will be using Globall Coach’s football coaching technology when its courses begin in September.

FEFA is currently recruiting 16-19 year olds for the academy, with an open evening set for March 24th at the Hilton in Liverpool, for a course it says has a focus very much on a football academy and sport science education that will give its students the opportunity to obtain the academic and vocational qualifications needed to find a place in university, employment or a scholarship.

The academy plant to integrate Globall Coach software into its sport science, football and sport curriculum and this will give Globall Coach valuable evaluation and feedback from FEFA’s expert team coaches, teachers, sport scientists and physiotherapists. Continue Reading →

March 5, 2015
by Jim Boardman
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LFC: Suarez, Xabi and Torres to make Anfield returns

LUIS SUAREZ, Fernando Torres, and Xabi Alonso are amongst the names set to make a return to Anfield this month – but they won’t be available for current manager Brendan Rodgers to add to his squad.

Liverpool All-Star Charity MatchThe trio are just some of the players taking part in a charity football game being staged to “benefit the people of Liverpool” at Anfield at the end of the month, featuring two “All-Star” line-ups including a number of Europe’s elite players.

The two teams will be selected by Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, who also take on the roles of captain for one team each. The event has been organised by LFC’s official charity, the Liverpool FC Foundation, and sees the two captains choose from “some of the most influential players they have played with or against”.
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March 4, 2015
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Rodgers Aims for Top Three as Liverpool Start to Rekindle Spirit of Last Season

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LIVERPOOL’S win over Manchester City on Sunday gave the club more than just three points. A 2-1 victory may not sound comprehensive, but the manner in which it was achieved will certainly send a statement of intent across the league. Brendan Rodgers appeared to be on the verge of being sacked after a 3-0 crushing defeat against archrivals Manchester United, who had huge problems of their own, at Old Trafford. Yet, he has once again transformed the team into a winning machine. It was a similar run of form that put Liverpool on the verge of a league title last season. Their current form has seen Betfair make Liverpool as the third favourites at odds of 10/3 in the Premier League top four odds

The Reds are only two points behind Manchester United in fourth place, while Arsenal are ahead by another point to occupy third place, which is the final automatic Champions League qualification spot.
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February 25, 2015
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Competition: Win a year’s supply of adidas Originals trainers

FANCY a new pair of adidas Originals trainers every month for a year?

Adidas-SS15-BrandsMainline Menswear are running a competition that will give the lucky winner exactly that, a year’s supply of, at a guess, your favourite brand of footwear.

To get your hands on a monthly box full of 3-stripe goodness see competition details below and then enter over on the Mainline Menswear website at mainlinemenswear.co.uk/competitions/adidas-originals-trainers, where you’ll also find all the rules and terms and conditions.
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February 23, 2015
by Jim Boardman
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The science behind Liverpool’s performances explained

A SERIES of scientific papers explaining the work done by Liverpool FC’s sport science team has just been published.

The team, led by Ryland Morgans, supports manager Brendan Rodgers to enhance the information available to him when making decisions on team selection, with the different needs of players like Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson analysed in great detail.

From left James Morton, Barry Drust, Jordan Milsom, Ryland Morgans, Tom Brownlee, Andy O'Boyle, Patrick Orme, Dave Rydings, Liam Anderson, Olly Morgan and Rob Naughton

From left James Morton, Barry Drust, Jordan Milsom, Ryland Morgans, Tom Brownlee, Andy O’Boyle, Patrick Orme, Dave Rydings, Liam Anderson, Olly Morgan and Rob Naughton

The recently published peer-reviewed articles come from research conducted by all the club’s full-time fitness staff alongside consultants Professor Barry Drust and Dr James Morton. Continue Reading →