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July 1, 2014
by Jim Boardman
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VIDEO: Adam Lallana joins LFC – “I can’t wait to get started”

ADAM LALLANA has signed for Liverpool from Southampton as the Reds continue to add new faces to the squad that finished second in last season’s Premier League. Lallana is the second of those new faces to come from Southampton, joining former Saints team-mate Rickie Lambert who signed before the World Cup.

The 26-year-old expressed his gratitude to his old club, where he began as a schoolboy, but was eager to get this new stage of his life underway: “I’d like to thank everyone at Southampton for what they have done for me,” he told LFCTV, “I’ve been there for the best part of 14 years. Continue Reading →

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June 27, 2014
by Jim Boardman
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CHIELLINI: SUAREZ BAN “EXCESSIVE”

ITALY’S Giorgio Chiellini, the player on the receiving end of Luis Suarez’s latest on-pitch indiscretion, says the Uruguayan’s punishment from FIFA was too harsh.

FIFA acted after video footage showed Suarez apparently sinking his teeth into Chiellini’s shoulder, fining him two-and-a-half days’ wages, banning him for nine international games and adding a complete ban from football for four months. That four month ban not only means he misses 13 Liverpool games, it also means he can’t even set foot inside a football stadium until the end of October.

Chiellini is more upset about Italy’s early elimination from FIFA’s World Cup in Brazil, the Azzurri following their victory over Roy Hodgson’s England with defeats to Costa Rica and Uruguay.

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June 10, 2014
by Jim Boardman
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Suarez fit for the World Cup? Try and stop him.

WHEN Liverpool fans first heard that Luis Suarez had been injured in training for Uruguay and needed surgery the instant reaction was one of fear: Could this mean he missed a chunk of another season for the Reds? Then word came out that it was the kind of injury that takes anything from two to six weeks to recover from, meaning he’d be over it by the time he was due back for preseason at Melwood. Relief. Then the fear returned with the realisation that Uruguay might be more concerned about getting some use out of one of their most important players than about his availability for a domestic league season.

Would they rush him back too soon?

The problem is, if Suarez does make his comeback from injury a little quicker than The Reds’ medical staff back in England would like, it’ll be as much down to Luis Suarez as it will be down to the Uruguayan staff. Imagine trying to stop Luis Suarez from getting on that pitch. The boy lives to play, lives to win, if he can walk he’ll try and get on that pitch.
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June 9, 2014
by Jim Boardman
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A look around Liverpool’s Melwood training ground

AN invitation for a look around Melwood isn’t one that many Reds fans would turn down lightly and I wasn’t about to be one that did. We were here to see what those who take the club up on the offer of a tour of Liverpool FC’s famous training complex get to see.

We meet in reception before tour guide Alan Herr (@AlTourGuide on Twitter) walks us back outside and past one of the executive coaches that are going to be used take guests from Anfield to Melwood for the tour. These are the same Ellison’s Coaches used by the first team, the coaches that the players arrived on Anfield Road in before recent home games to be greeted to a sea of fans carrying flags and banners under the cover of pyro.

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May 7, 2014
by Jim Boardman
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LFC Awards: Smiling Suarez grabs a hat-trick

LUIS SUÁREZ might have been in tears on Monday night but he ended Tuesday night all smiles after picking up a hat-trick of awards at Liverpool FC’s inaugural Players’ Awards Dinner in the city centre.

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24 hours earlier the league’s top scorer had been visibly upset after his side had let a 3-0 lead turn into a 3-3 draw, the club’s fading hopes of the title seemingly all but gone. As he and his team mates arrived at the ceremony there was barely a smile to be seen, and even then only the kind of smiles photographers force out of people stood outside a wedding reception when they’d rather be inside at the bar.

As the night went on a feeling of doom lifted as more and more voices pointed out that “it” was only a little bit less “on” than it was before that game against Crystal Palace, if you think about it. It wasn’t just the drink talking. Fantasy scorelines aside, City needed to drop points in their last two games if the Reds were going to win the league, a fact that remains even now, albeit three points rather than two.

The last time I saw Liverpool’s team bus it was through a haze of pyro in a sea of banners on Anfield Road. Last night it arrived almost unnoticed at the back door of the ACC or whatever that other end of the Echo Arena is called.

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Round the front of the building another door was letting X Factor contestants in and out, as good a reason as any to try and stay round the back. Either that show’s going to take a huge ratings dip this year or this wasn’t the day they pretend normal people can just turn up and queue up for an audition.

The group that gets the Christmas number one could have been walking out of that door but the only group we were interested in was Brendan’s and they were more or less the last to arrive.

The first to arrive had been Joss Stone, who had shoes on.  She didn’t stop to speak, but it turns out her dad’s a massive Red which in turn means she is too. I obviously wouldn’t brainwash my own daughters into supporting Liverpool. Of course not. Not that you have to anyway, although Johnny Ball should have tried harder with his.

c20140506_182345TV chef Simon Rimmer was one of the guests – without Tim Lovejoy – but in a sign of what some people will say demonstrates all that is wrong with football the chef kept two legendary European Cup winning Red full-backs waiting as he chatted to the club’s TV channel.  It just didn’t seem appropriate for Alan Kennedy and Phil Neal to be left waiting patiently on the red carpet for their turn as Mr Rimmer discussed his tips on getting a lemon meringue just right.

This club has a lot of celebrity fans, even if many of them weren’t there last night. Maybe Daniel Craig could have kept those boys waiting – maybe – but Simon Rimmer? Sorry Si.

At least it wasn’t DJ Spoony. The DJ, he used to be on Radio 1 but Wikipedia doesn’t really say what he does these days, didn’t hold anyone up. He did hold Colin Murray’s can of Red Bull though, the Northern Irishman clearly in need of an energy boost ahead of hosting the awards with Sky’s Natalie Sawyer.

Other  legends – LFC legends – there on the night included Didi and Dizzy. Didi Hamman stopped to speak to some of the media, Gary “Dizzy” Gillespie just wanted to have his photo taken and get in. He still had to speak to LFC TV though.

Ian Callaghan, the man who still holds the LFC appearance record  and is quite possibly the nicest Liverpool legend going, came over and told us that there was still time for a twist and turn in this mad league season. He probably didn’t called it a mad league season but that’s what he meant. As far as he was concerned it’s still on and he’s right. At the time of writing.

Jason McAteer was last to arrive – probably went to the Town Hall first, his former team mates would say – but was happy to give up more of his time to chat. He also thinks it’s still on, and not only that but that Liverpool have set themselves up for more seasons like this one.

Legend of the night probably goes to Ronnie Moran, the 80-year-old former club captain, coach and bootroom boy who still makes regular visits to Melwood. He picked up a lifetime achievement award.

At the other end of the age scale came The Academy boys, looking resplendent, if maybe a little uncomfortable, in their suits and Kris Peterson got the job of doing the interviews. He was gutted about Tranmere going down, he said, and added that he’d made a lot of good friends during his loan spell, becoming something of a fan and making an effort to get to games even after his loan spell was over. He says they’ll bounce straight back.

Matt Beard, manager of LFC Ladies, the league champions, arrived with his team and told us he was happy with the start to their new season, disappointment in the cup aside. Whilst the English game is now a summer season, the Champions League for the ladies doesn’t begin until September but he was quite comfortable with the idea of an extended season. Imagine trying to get his counterparts in the male game to be so understanding.

Before the ceremony got going properly the Liverpool team were introduced in pairs to the audience sitting in the big hall. From an adjoining room we saw player after player line up on stage without smiling, at least until fans’ Young Player of the Year Raheem Sterling came on and laughed as he tried to work out where he was meant to stand. The last pair were the league’s top scorers, the SAS, Suárez and Sturridge. Suárez had a fixed, serious expression on his face, then someone said something and he burst into a massive, broad grin.

That was the massive broad grin that this whole season has been.

Suárez won three awards, including Goal of the Season for his first goal against Norwich (rather than his third, which was surely better). He also picked up two Player of the Year awards, one voted for by fans, one by his team mates, to go alongside the ones he got nationally from players and football writers. He’ll probably use some of these awards as goal posts in the front room when he’s having a kickabout with his kids.

He probably already has.

May 1, 2014
by Jim Boardman
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LFC warn fans about forged and fake tickets

AS the season comes to an end with Liverpool still in contention for the league, if not quite in control of their own destiny, demand for tickets is at a high. Preying on that demand are touts, often selling tickets that either don’t exist at all or are forgeries.

With this in mind the club has issued the following warning to supporters ahead of the final two games of the season:

LFC warns fans of counterfeit tickets ahead of Crystal Palace fixture

Liverpool Football Club has been contacted by a number of fans voicing concerns over supporters who intend to travel to Selhurst Park for Monday night’s sell-out fixture against Crystal Palace without tickets.

The Club is reminding its supporters to be aware of counterfeit tickets, and to only travel to Selhurst Park if they have an official ticket.

Those fans that do have tickets are encouraged to arrive at Selhurst Park in good time ahead of kick-off at 8pm.

The Club is working closely with Crystal Palace to ensure that fans with official tickets can access the stadium with extra LFC stewards on hand to assist with security at Selhurst Park.

Merseyside Police will also be supporting the Metropolitan Police with any illegal ticketing issues around the stadium prior to kick-off.

Both remaining Reds’ fixtures are now sold out and the Club is asking fans to be extra vigilant with tickets and to ensure that their tickets are purchased from authorised selling points.

All tickets purchased are the responsibility of the supporter whose name is on the ticket. Any breach of regulations may be subject to further investigation that could ultimately result in the Club pursuing a ban for each person involved for future LFC games.

Liverpool FC is very proud of our support at every game, not just at Anfield, but wherever we play in the world. Thank you again for your continued support of the team.

April 15, 2014
by Jim Boardman
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IN MEMORY OF THE 96

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NINETY-SIX Liverpool fans lost their lives at Hillsborough, 25 years ago today, in 1989.

It could have been any of us, whoever we support, and the fresh inquests that recently commenced in Warrington must find the truth of what happened and must ensure justice is done.

Those fans had gone to Sheffield to see Liverpool play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final. They went to watch a game of football, they never came home.

Our thoughts are with them, with their families and friends and also with those who survived after going through such unimaginable trauma.

In memory of the 96.

John Alfred Anderson (62)

Colin Mark Ashcroft (19)

James Gary Aspinall (18)

Kester Roger Marcus Ball (16)

Gerard Bernard Patrick Baron (67)

Simon Bell (17)

Barry Sidney Bennett (26)

David John Benson (22)

David William Birtle (22)

Tony Bland (22)

Paul David Brady (21)

Andrew Mark Brookes (26)

Carl Brown (18)

David Steven Brown (25)

Henry Thomas Burke (47)

Peter Andrew Burkett (24)

Paul William Carlile (19)

Raymond Thomas Chapman (50)

Gary Christopher Church (19)

Joseph Clark (29)

Paul Clark (18)

Gary Collins (22)

Stephen Paul Copoc (20)

Tracey Elizabeth Cox (23)

James Philip Delaney (19)

Christopher Barry Devonside (18)

Christopher Edwards (29)

Vincent Michael Fitzsimmons (34)

Thomas Steven Fox (21)

Jon-Paul Gilhooley (10)

Barry Glover (27)

Ian Thomas Glover (20)

Derrick George Godwin (24)

Roy Harry Hamilton (34)

Philip Hammond (14)

Eric Hankin (33)

Gary Harrison (27)

Stephen Francis Harrison (31)

Peter Andrew Harrison (15)

David Hawley (39)

James Robert Hennessy (29)

Paul Anthony Hewitson (26)

Carl Darren Hewitt (17)

Nicholas Michael Hewitt (16)

Sarah Louise Hicks (19)

Victoria Jane Hicks (15)

Gordon Rodney Horn (20)

Arthur Horrocks (41)

Thomas Howard (39)

Thomas Anthony Howard (14)

Eric George Hughes (42)

Alan Johnston (29)

Christine Anne Jones (27)

Gary Philip Jones (18)

Richard Jones (25)

Nicholas Peter Joynes (27)

Anthony Peter Kelly (29)

Michael David Kelly (38)

Carl David Lewis (18)

David William Mather (19)

Brian Christopher Mathews (38)

Francis Joseph McAllister (27)

John McBrien (18)

Marian Hazel McCabe (21)

Joseph Daniel McCarthy (21)

Peter McDonnell (21)

Alan McGlone (28)

Keith McGrath (17)

Paul Brian Murray (14)

Lee Nicol (14)

Stephen Francis O’Neill (17)

Jonathon Owens (18)

William Roy Pemberton (23)

Carl William Rimmer (21)

David George Rimmer (38)

Graham John Roberts (24)

Steven Joseph Robinson (17)

Henry Charles Rogers (17)

Colin Andrew Hugh William Sefton (23)

Inger Shah (38)

Paula Ann Smith (26)

Adam Edward Spearritt (14)

Philip John Steele (15)

David Leonard Thomas (23)

Patrick John Thompson (35)

Peter Reuben Thompson (30)

Stuart Paul William Thompson (17)

Peter Francis Tootle (21)

Christopher James Traynor (26)

Martin Kevin Traynor (16)

Kevin Tyrrell (15)

Colin Wafer (19)

Ian David Whelan (19)

Martin Kenneth Wild (29)

Kevin Daniel Williams (15)

Graham John Wright (17)

Rest In Peace
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April 8, 2014
by Jim Boardman
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Legends train at Melwood ahead of special match

MELWOOD, the famous training ground of Liverpool FC, was the scene of a special training session on Monday featuring the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Roy Evans, Alan Kennedy and Jan Molby.

Legends Training Session 01The session was being held in advance of the ‘Celebration of the 96’ charity match due to take place at Anfield on Easter Monday afternoon, in aid of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) and Liverpool FC Foundation.

Also joining in were former Ireland and Liverpool stars Ronnie Whelan and Jason McAteer.

The game will see a “UK and Ireland” side take on “The Rest of the World” and the squads – so far – were announced earlier:
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