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Liverpool's Front Three....

Posted by Webster (Match Commentator) at Feb 21 2018, 08:19 PM. One comment

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--Not going to lie, this made me laugh (LFC Stanley House, 21 Feb. 2018)

Firmino v Holgate

Posted by Ste_Macca (Admins) at Feb 21 2018, 07:06 PM. 2 comments

FIRMINO CLEARED

Following a detailed investigation into an allegation of discriminatory conduct against Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino by Everton’s Mason Holgate, The FA can confirm that it will not be taking any disciplinary action against Firmino.

The decision

Having considered all of the available evidence, we consider it is not sufficient to raise a charge against Firmino.

However, we are completely satisfied that the allegation was made in absolute good faith by Holgate and that there is no suggestion of this being an intentionally false or malicious allegation.

We continue to take all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and would encourage all participants who believe that they have been the subject of or witness to discriminatory abuse to report this through the appropriate channels. Holgate and Everton followed the proper process by reporting the matter to the match officials at the time and subsequently to The FA.

We receive a significant number of complaints of discrimination in any one season and thoroughly investigate all complaints we receive. Following consideration of all of the evidence received, not all cases will result in a charge being issued.

The investigation

The evidence for the allegation came from Holgate. During a fixture between Liverpool and Everton on 5 January 2018, Holgate alleged that he had heard Firmino use a discriminatory term towards him.

On hearing this, Holgate followed correct procedures by immediately alerting the match referee of the allegation, along with other Everton players who were in close proximity. The incident was formally reported to the match officials following the fixture and subsequently reported to The FA.

We took statements from a total of 12 players and officials from both teams, the match referee and the fourth official. None of these individuals directly heard the words alleged to have been said by Firmino.

Firmino was formally interviewed by The FA and provided an alternative account to the words alleged by Holgate. Firmino stated that he had insulted Holgate in Portuguese, but denied categorically using any discriminatory language towards him.

As part of the investigation, The FA sought the assistance of a Brazilian/Portuguese linguistic specialist on the words alleged. In addition to this, we also obtained multiple angles of video footage, including broadcast and unseen footage showing the incident, which was assessed by two independent Portuguese speaking lip reading experts.

We appreciate that this has been a difficult process for both parties, and would like to express our thanks to Mason Holgate and Roberto Firmino as well as both clubs for their assistance, professionalism and full cooperation during this investigation.

http://www.thefa.com/news/2018/feb/21/fa-roberto-firmino-mason-holgate-investigation-decision-210218

(LLFC) Lady Red Calls Time On 23 Year Career

Posted by Webster (Match Commentator) at Feb 19 2018, 10:08 PM. 3 comments

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--After 23 incredible years it’s time to bid farewell to my playing career and embark on an exciting new chapter. I’m delighted to be joining Phil Neville's @Lionesses' backroom team! Weds @LFCLadies game will be my last. I’d like to thank everyone that made my dreams come true... (Casey Stoney, MBE - 19 Feb. 2018)

(CHAMPIONS LEAGUE) Liverpool Demolish Porto In 5-0 Away Win

Posted by Webster (Match Commentator) at Feb 16 2018, 03:13 AM. 2 comments

BBC Sport: Porto 0-5 Liverpool

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Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick as Liverpool marked their first Champions League knockout game for nine years with an emphatic victory at Porto in their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie.

Mane opened the scoring when home goalkeeper Jose Sa failed to hold his placed strike. Mohamed Salah then showed wonderful composure to steer the ball home for Liverpool's second and his 30th of an incredible debut season at the club.

With two away goals scored, the visitors could have been forgiven for taking a more conservative approach but instead they went for more.

A swift Liverpool counter-attack ended with Sa spilling Roberto Firmino's shot into Mane's path and the striker made no mistake, before Firmino scored his 21st of the season, sweeping home James Milner's cross. Mane got his third with a driven strike late on to become the first Liverpool player to score a hat-trick away from home in Europe since Michael Owen in 2002, and the second ever.

Porto had lost only two matches in all competitions this season prior to Wednesday's game but simply could not cope with Liverpool's unstoppable forward line.

Otavio had the Portuguese side's best chance towards the end of the first half, placing his shot just wide of the far post after he was put through on goal.

Liverpool will expect to complete the job when they host Porto in the return leg at Anfield on Tuesday, 6 March.

Like they were never away
Liverpool boast a proud record in continental football having won the European Cup or Champions League five times - more than any other English side.

But this was their first involvement in the knockout stages of the competition since 2009, when they lost 7-5 on aggregate to Chelsea in the quarter-finals.

And it was like they had never been away as they made light work of a side that reached this stage of the competition last season and were quarter-finalists just three years ago.

Only PSG (25) scored more goals than Liverpool (23) in the Champions League group stages and the Reds picked up where they had left off in December as their front three proved too much for a nervous Porto defence.

The hosts ultimately became the latest side unable to cope with Liverpool's pace on the counter-attack. This was the 17th time Liverpool had scored three goals or more in a game this season and the 10th time they have done it away from home.

They have also now scored more Champions League goals this season (28) than any other club and, on this evidence, are going to take some stopping in the competition.
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Klopp: 54 Points & There's Space For Improvement

Posted by Webster (Match Commentator) at Feb 12 2018, 09:59 PM. 0 comments

Liverpool FC: Klopp - 54 Points & There's Space For Improvement

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--Liverpool's two-points-per-game record in the Premier League is satisfactory for Jürgen Klopp, but the manager sees plenty more room for improvement.

His side reclaimed third place in the table, and closed the gap to Manchester United in second to two points, with a 2-0 win at Southampton on Sunday. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah took turns apiece to set up the other to score at St Mary’s – “good players, eh?” said Klopp with a smile – and increase the Reds’ tally to 54 points from 27 games.

And while the boss was underwhelmed by certain passages of play on the south coast, he considers the situation a positive rather than a negative.

“I said at half-time that either it was really quick in the counter-attack or we completely stopped,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com after the final whistle. We have this little ‘flu’ – we need to keep and pass the ball more. We can still improve in these situations because we take risks in situations where it’s like, ‘wow, why did we play that pass?’ So, space for improvement. We have 54 points and space for improvement, so it’s good and I’m happy about that.”

Firmino’s opening goal was the Brazilian’s 20th of the season, while Salah is now one away from 30 this term after capitalising on a stunning back-heel assist from his fellow forward to net the second of the match.

Liverpool were indebted to Loris Karius, though, for two excellent saves with the score at 1-0 – and Klopp was eager to spread praise across the whole team. “We are happy and we know about their value and quality. But it was a good performance of a lot of players,” he said. "Loris Karius played a fantastic game – good saves and was really football smart. One time, it was brilliant and he created a goal; the next one, maybe our player was still a little bit surprised, we have to get used to that a bit more.

“Emre was strong. Gini was really strong – especially in the second half. The full-backs were much better in the second half. Both centre-halves were absolutely spot-on. Sadio had a strong performance – close in this or that situation but good on the ball, safe with the ball, good passes and the speed was there. So, a lot of good performances. I loved the game.”

The victory was achieved despite a late, enforced change to the Reds’ travel plans. “We had training [on Saturday] and were sitting at Melwood, and there were some problems with the plane,” Klopp explained. "I said, ‘stay cool, we will find a solution, we’ll come to Southampton if we take the bike!’ In the end, we went home and met [on Sunday] morning. The boys did well. It was different but still good enough.”

Reds' Outlines Proposals For Season Ticket Amnesty

Posted by Webster (Match Commentator) at Feb 9 2018, 10:05 PM. 2 comments

Liverpool FC: Reds' Outline Proposals For Season Ticket Amnesty

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Liverpool Football Club has outlined proposals for a season ticket amnesty with a view to starting the process in June 2018, a timeframe which, if implemented, would ensure it is concluded in time for the start of the 2019-20 season.

Initial discussions took place at the second Ticket Availability Fan Forum which was held ahead of Liverpool’s home game against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday February 4 and will be the subject of further discussion and scrutiny at forthcoming Ticket Availability Fan Forums.

The season ticket amnesty proposal is part of the stadium operational security measures and the key driver behind this amnesty is to know who is the primary season ticket holder and who is in the seat on any given matchday.

Supporters will be aware that, like a lot of other stadiums and other large public arenas, the club has stepped up its general security measures around the stadium and, from this season, further security measures have been introduced with bag searches as supporters make their way through the turnstiles. This amnesty is about ensuring the club has the right information on who is in the seats on any given matchday should it be needed.

Explaining the rationale behind an amnesty, Liverpool’s head of ticketing and hospitality, Phil Dutton said: “We are aware that many of our fans have been urging us to do this and the completion of the Main Stand has now enabled us to make progress on this important initiative.

“I must stress that this isn’t about taking season tickets away from supporters – we are aware that not all season tickets are held in the name of the supporter who attends the matches but this is about bringing our records up to date with the primary owner of the season ticket and providing updated contact details. We are also aware that the primary season ticket holder isn’t always able to attend the match and our ongoing discussions with this Fan Forum will include this point and how best to deal that.

“We have in excess of 26,000 season ticket holders and at the end of this process we will still have in excess of 26,000 season ticket holders.

“We want to make this as easy as possible for supporters to come to take part in the amnesty and we also want to make it easy as possible for supporters to come to games. We also want to be open, transparent and engage fans in this process and that’s the reason we are bringing this issue to the Ticket Availability Fan Forum so we can have an open dialogue.”

Asked to explain how the process would work in practice, Tom Boardman, senior project manager at Liverpool FC, said in the first instance supporters would be required to provide photographic ID.

“This could be done online via an app or in person at the ticket office,” he said. “Individual season ticket holders would be able to upload a picture online in order for those season tickets to be assigned correctly. In future, this might allow pictures to be used on season tickets.”

The latter point was challenged by forum member Anna Burgess who sought further information about the potential for photographic ID being used in the future. “I’m not sure many supporters would be comfortable with this idea,” she said, although forum member Nigel Taylor said he would have no problem with it in principle.

“In the first instance, this would be about allowing us to verify supporters during the amnesty effectively,” Tom Boardman said. “Any ideas of that type would be for the next stage and would be open to debate,” Phil Dutton said. “The first stage is simply about providing supporters with a mechanism that will allow them to put season tickets in the right names.”

Though supportive of the idea of an amnesty in principle, the forum members present raised a number of concerns and issues which they urged the club to address prior to implementation. Forum member Kieth Culvin said: “You need to give people the full information before forcing any of this on them.

“One of the things the club is saying is that they need to know who is coming to the game and I can understand the reasons for that but this is something that can change on the night before a game or the morning of a game. There are more than 50,000 people who come to Anfield for every game and they all have different circumstances.

“If I have a season ticket and it is in my name, what would happen if I was ill would I be able to pass it on to my son at such late notice because if people can’t do that why would they participate in an amnesty?”

“If your son is using your season ticket to come to the game it could simply be a case of transferring your ticket to him on the phone,” Phil Dutton said. “There are a range of options that we are looking at, including a friends and family scheme with season ticket holders being able to make nominations for that at the start of every season because, as I said, we want to make this as easy as possible for our supporters to come to the game.

“This process will likely take a couple of seasons to fully implement and we want to consult with supporters right through that process, this is just stage one of making our systems and processes very transparent and efficient to use.”
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Southampton vs. Liverpool

Posted by Webster (Match Commentator) at Feb 9 2018, 09:56 PM. 57 comments

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2017-2018 Premier League - 11 Feb. 2018, 16:30 GMT (11:30am US EST) at St. Mary's Stadium

Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Posted by Webster (Match Commentator) at Feb 3 2018, 06:11 AM. 77 comments

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2017-2018 Premier League - 4 Feb. 2018, 16:30 GMT (11:30am US EST) at Anfield

(LLFC) Lady Reds' Captain Out For Up To 12 Weeks With Ankle Injury

Posted by Webster (Match Commentator) at Feb 1 2018, 07:40 AM. 0 comments

BBC Sport: Gemma Bonner - England and Liverpool defender out for up to 12 weeks

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England and Liverpool defender Gemma Bonner is set to be out for eight to 12 weeks with ankle ligament damage.

Bonner, who has 10 caps, was part of the Lionesses' recent training camp but will miss the SheBelieves Cup, starting on 1 March in the United States.

The Reds captain, 26, picked up the injury during her side's 2-0 victory over Bristol City on Saturday, attended by new England boss Phil Neville. "Absolutely gutted to be injured," said Bonner. "But the recovery process has already started and I'm determined to be back stronger again."

Liverpool are third in Women's Super League One, six points behind leaders Manchester City.

(LLFC) Lady Reds Sign England National From Watford Ladies

Posted by Webster (Match Commentator) at Jan 29 2018, 11:22 PM. 0 comments

Liverpool FC: Ladies sign England U20 international Babajide

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Liverpool Ladies have today completed the signing of England U20 international striker Rinsola Babajide from Watford Ladies.

The 19-year-old joins Scott Rogers’ side having come through the ranks at Crystal Palace Ladies before moving to Millwall Lionesses in 2015. Following two years with Millwall, she then moved to Watford Ladies in 2017, finishing as the Hornets' joint-top scorer in the Spring Series with three goals in nine appearances.

On moving to Merseyside, Babajide said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining a club as big as Liverpool Ladies and cannot wait to get started. This is a huge opportunity for me to make the step up to FA WSL1 and I am really excited to meet my new teammates. I have really enjoyed my time at Watford Ladies but this is a massive opportunity for me to join a huge club who have established international players throughout the squad. I am really excited about the move and can’t wait to pull on the red shirt for the first time.”

Ladies manager Rogers said: “This is a really exciting signing for the club. Rinsola is a quick, direct player who has a lot of ability and I am sure she will prove what a quality player she is once she settles in at the club. I know that a few other clubs in FA WSL1 tried to sign Rinsola so we are delighted that she has chosen to join Liverpool Ladies. Rinsola is also able to operate right across the forward line so this signing gives us more options as we look to strengthen the attacking area of the team.”
 




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