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Four Premier League fixture changes for Liverpool

Tue, 07/05/2022 - 16:00

Four of Liverpool's Premier League fixtures in August and September have now been rescheduled.

The Reds’ opening home match of the campaign, against Crystal Palace, will kick off at 8pm on Monday August 15 (Sky Sports).

Jürgen Klopp’s team will be in action at the same time the following Monday – August 22 – when they face Manchester United at Old Trafford (Sky Sports).

Their visit to Everton on Saturday September 3 has been moved to a 12.30pm kick-off (BT Sport), while the trip to Chelsea will now be played on Sunday September 18 and get under way at 4.30pm (Sky Sports).

BT Sport will also televise the Anfield clash with Newcastle United, which remains an 8pm start on Wednesday August 31.

Liverpool’s opening match of 2022-23 at Fulham had already been confirmed as a 12.30pm kick-off on Saturday August 6 (BT Sport).

All times are BST.

View an updated 2022-23 fixture list here.

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Fabio Carvalho interview: ‘You don’t need persuading to join Liverpool’

Sun, 07/03/2022 - 11:58

Fabio Carvalho is eager to get started after sealing a move to Liverpool that he described as a decision that needed no persuasion.

The 19-year-old attacker is now officially a Red following a hugely impressive 2021-22 campaign in which he helped Fulham win the Championship by providing 10 goals and eight assists.

On his first day with the club at the AXA Training Centre, Carvalho sat down with for an exclusive interview about his excitement for the future at Anfield.

The new No.28 also explained how Jürgen Klopp’s record of developing young talents added to the club’s appeal, discussed his style of play and revealed why his father is a massive Darwin Nunez fan.

Read on for a transcript…

Fab, congratulations – it’s happened, you’re here, you’re a Liverpool player. How does it feel?

I’m a bit speechless, to be fair. It’s just an amazing feeling to be here at one of the biggest clubs in the world, if not the biggest. So, I’m just happy to be here and I can’t wait to get started.

Tell us about the feeling when the interest became clear, that you would have the choice of coming to Liverpool. Why was this club the right move and the right feel for you?

To be fair, I had a bit of interest from a lot of clubs but I didn’t let that get to my head because obviously I had a season to focus on. Once you hear that Liverpool are interested, there’s only one thought in your mind, which is to join them and try to be in and around the team. Hopefully I can achieve big things.

Did it feel right when you had the talks and Liverpool were the frontrunners?

Yeah, I spoke with everyone, and the manager, and it just felt so natural. When things become natural it’s just so much easier to make a decision.

Fans will have read about your story; you came over as an 11-year-old from Lisbon, you didn’t have a route into an academy here, you found your way through an amateur team. Tell us about that…

When I first came to England and the UK it was a bit hard because I didn’t speak the language. Neither did my brother and my sister, and it was a bit hard in the beginning. We were just looking for a team because all I wanted to do was play football. Luckily we found Balham Blazers, it’s not the biggest team in the world but they helped me so much to get here and I’m always thankful for that, because they just helped me to be able to show my full potential and put me on a stage where teams could come and look for me, like Fulham did. And I ended up signing for Fulham. So, the same way I’m thankful for Fulham, I’m even more thankful for Balham Blazers.

What about Fulham, then? What was great about them in terms of helping you to the next stage?

It was good, it was amazing. Like I said, I owe a lot to them because I was there for eight or nine years and I managed to work my way all the way up to first-team level. They helped me every day on and off the pitch, they were really supportive and I owe a lot to them as well.

What an experience last season was, to come up to the Premier League. What was that like, playing in the Championship and helping them to get promoted?

It was an unbelievable experience because obviously it was my first full season as a professional footballer. Like any other player, there’s highs and lows but it was just a great experience being able to establish myself in the first-team environment with all the great players at Fulham, who helped my every day as well. It was just an amazing feeling.

Do you feel the style Fulham played will help you coming here to Liverpool?

Yeah, because Marco Silva, the way he plays football and made us play football, is more like attacking football and getting goals, which is similar to how Liverpool play, which is to score goals and dominate games. That’s what I’m here to do, to be able to help the team with my assists, creativity and goals. I’m looking forward to it.

At the age of 19, with that amount of experience already behind you, does that mean you’re ready to contribute straight away at a high level at Liverpool?

Yeah, of course. I feel like, to be the best player in the world you have to play with the best and that’s what I’m here to do.

You’ll have looked at Liverpool last year probably thinking one day you could play here – how do you look at last season and sum this team up?

The togetherness within the team, everyone just seems so close. I know it’s a bit of a clichéd thing to say but it feels like from the outside I can see it as like a big family. Even when things don’t go too well, everyone sticks together. It helps players individually, especially the young players, so I’m looking forward to that.

You mentioned Jürgen Klopp before – what can he do to help you to the next step?

One of the main reasons I joined was because of him; I’ve seen what he’s done to develop players to the next step and I’m sure he’s the right person to do so with me.

You looked around the dressing room before and the names of some of the players you’ll be playing with. You won’t be in awe of these players but how excited are you that you’re going to be in the same team as them?

Yeah, there’s some big names and I’m looking to make a big name for myself as well. There’s big players and I’m just looking forward to learning from every single one of them, from their different experiences. I think they’ll be able to help me and hopefully I’ll be able to help them.

They have had success, they’re winners – are you confident you can contribute to that going forward?

A hundred per cent, yeah. If I wasn’t confident, I wouldn’t be in the position I am today. I just have to be able to show my full football and hopefully I’ll be able to help the team.

The club’s signings have been very exciting this summer. You’re a Benfica fan as well – how excited should we be about Darwin Nunez?

Yeah, he’s good. My dad is a big fan of Benfica as well and he loves him! So, I’m sure my dad is happy as well that I’ll be able to play with him. He’s a great signing and I’m sure I’ll be too as well.

There was a lovely moment earlier when you were looking around the training ground with your dad. The sacrifice your family have made to get you to this stage must be heartfelt too?

Not just my dad, my whole family in general; they help me each day and kept me going because family is one of the most important things. Being able to share these moments with them is everything to me because they mean a lot, as well as my friends and my girlfriend as well. Being able to have everyone around me is what dreams are made of. But I always tell myself, I haven’t really made it because there’s always a next step and I’m always looking to get better each day. Hopefully they’re proud of me as much as I’m proud of myself.

For the fans, it has been a brilliant week. They see you sign and they saw Mo Salah recommit on Friday – it brings a big smile to everyone’s face…

Yeah, of course. I’m happy he’s signed a new deal as well because he’s one of the best in the world and I want to learn from him. I’m sure all the fans are happy and hopefully we can win as many trophies this year.

You’ve got great flexibility about your game; you’ll play anywhere to be in the team but where do you feel most comfortable?

Obviously at Fulham I played more in the No.10 role; it just depends on which formation we play. But I also fancy the wing because I’m creative enough to go one-v-one and create things. But like you said, I’m more than comfortable playing anywhere but those two positions are where I want to play.

Harvey Elliott is someone you know very well – how much of a part did he play in how excited you should be to be part of it all?

I don’t think you really need any persuasion to become a Liverpool player because of how big the club is. But I spoke to him and he just said great things. I spoke to Neco [Williams] and Harry Wilson and they had nothing but great things to say about Liverpool. So, it was kind of an easy decision.

You probably can’t wait to get started with pre-season now?

I’m very excited to get started. Obviously pre-season is not the most fun bit about football but it’s something you have to do and get over and done with. It’s just a good way to get to know everyone and get to know the players, so I just can’t wait to get started. I’m looking forward to every single bit of pre-season and the years to come.

Is there a story behind why you’re sticking with 28 as your shirt number?
To be fair, I only picked it at Fulham because it was the only kind of low number available when I first got into the first team. But I made a promise to the kit man at Fulham that I’m going to keep that number because I did well with that number. So, why change it? If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

What do you dream about, what is the eventual vision for you here?

To win as many trophies as I can at Liverpool and to be the best in the world.

Finally, now it’s a reality you’re a Liverpool player, how does it feel?

Like I said at the beginning, it’s just an amazing feeling. I’m sure my family are proud. All praise to the most high and I’m just happy to be here.

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‘What a talent’ – Jürgen Klopp on Fabio Carvalho arrival

Sun, 07/03/2022 - 11:29

Jürgen Klopp is delighted by the chance to help Fabio Carvalho nurture his blossoming talents at Liverpool in the coming years.

Portuguese forward Carvalho has now officially completed his move to the Reds after chalking up 10 goals and eight assists in Fulham’s Championship-winning campaign in 2021-22.

In reacting to the 19-year-old’s arrival at Anfield, the manager detailed the attributes and characteristics that made him a player the club has tracked for some time.

And Klopp has no doubt Carvalho is coming into an environment at Liverpool that is ideal for his development to continue at pace.

“It’s great to finally be able to welcome Fabio and to introduce him properly to our supporters,” the boss told

“What a talent he is, hey? A player who can bring a stadium to its feet. He puts his personality into his performances, he is confident and adventurous with the ball, and he wants to make things happen.

“He is a versatile player for sure and is very much an attacking threat with his creativity and dynamism. 

“It was a wonderful season for Fulham last year and Fabio was a worthy winner of the individual recognition he got as a result of that.

“It doesn’t really need saying, but it is worth reminding everyone that he will of course need patience. It’s a step up, but one we know he is more than capable of making, which is why we were so keen for so long to sign him for Liverpool.

“He has the perfect environment here to learn and develop. He has a dressing room full of the best teachers in football who will help him settle and adapt.

“With us, a player of Fabio’s profile will get opportunity along with space to improve, learn and develop further. I’m looking forward to working with him and seeing him in a red jersey.”

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Fabio Carvalho’s Liverpool shirt number revealed

Sun, 07/03/2022 - 11:00

Fabio Carvalho will wear the No.28 shirt for Liverpool.

The Portugal U21 international joins Jürgen Klopp’s team this summer having been a key figure in Fulham’s Championship victory and promotion last term.

The forward is set to wear the No.28 jersey for his new club, with defender Ben Davies switching to No.24 in the process.

Other previous wearers of the shirt for Liverpool include Steven Gerrard, Danny Ings and Stephen Warnock.

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19 Reds to return for pre-season start on Monday

Sat, 07/02/2022 - 17:15

Liverpool will begin their pre-season programme when 19 senior players return to the AXA Training Centre on Monday.

The Reds’ preparations for the 2022-23 campaign are set to get under way with initial sessions in Kirkby before the tour of Bangkok and Singapore that starts next weekend.

Summer arrivals Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay will be among those beginning work under Jürgen Klopp and his coaches this coming week.

Liverpool will face Manchester United on July 12 and Crystal Palace three days later, before fixtures at RB Leipzig on July 21 and Red Bull Salzburg on July 27.

They take on Manchester City in the Community Shield on July 30 – at King Power Stadium – and wrap up their pre-season schedule against RC Strasbourg Alsace at Anfield the following day.

Players returning for pre-season on July 4: Adrian, Carvalho, Davies, Diaz, Elliott, Firmino, Gomez, Henderson, Kelleher, Konate, Matip, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Phillips, Ramsay, Thiago, N. Williams, R. Williams, Van den Berg.

The remaining members of the squad will join pre-season training later in the week following their international commitments during the summer.

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'I can't wait' - Harvey Elliott excited by signings and new season

Sat, 07/02/2022 - 14:00

Harvey Elliott has revealed his anticipation to link up with the new additions in Liverpool's squad this summer.

Jürgen Klopp's ranks for 2022-23 have been bolstered by the signings of Darwin Nunez, Calvin Ramsay and Fabio Carvalho.

Elliott is excited at the impact the trio can have on the trophy-chasing Reds and is looking forward to welcoming them to the club when pre-season begins.

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"It's just more talent to the group really, with the boys coming in," the 19-year-old told "They're going to help us as a team, as teammates and as people as well.

"So, it's nice to have new people come through the door and, like always, we're going to look after them and bring them in as a team and support them – especially Fabio, it's been a long time since I've last seen him and played with him. 

"To have him in a red shirt, he'll showcase his talent very soon, that's for sure, and show Liverpool and the fans why we signed him. 

"I'm just very happy that I'm going to be playing with him soon and I just can't wait to see how the boys do and get on." 

Elliott and Carvalho will become teammates for the second time in their short careers, having played with each other in Fulham's academy set-up. 

Portugal U21 international Carvalho heads to Anfield after a brilliant season with the Cottagers, helping them clinch the Championship title with 10 goals and eight assists.

"He brings everything, in all fairness," Elliott said. "He has a great attitude, he has the flair, the skill, the determination and he can score and assist as well. 

"He's the perfect player, in my eyes, and to have him on board and to have him in the building and around us, he'll only make us better players as well, and it will only make him a better player. 

"It's been a long time, as I said, and to hopefully share the pitch with him again and to have that link-up, it'll be great and I'm just looking forward to it. 

"Hopefully he can show everyone why we signed him."

Elliott himself heads into the upcoming season with a new squad number and fresh motivation. 

The No.19 made 11 appearances – six of which were starts – during 2021-22, as the campaign ended with a domestic cup double. 

Looking ahead, he said: "I can't wait, especially after last season's disappointment towards the end. 

"I just can't wait to get back and get going again with the boys and work that extra [bit] harder just to make sure we hopefully can top off another great season. 

"There's a lot of hard work to do throughout the season but I'm just so excited to get back and to be able to put the shirt on again and to play for Liverpool. 

"As everyone knows, it's the boyhood club of mine, so it's always a pleasure to put this shirt on and to go out and play. I'm just looking forward to doing it."

On his summer break, Elliott added: "It's been OK, not too bad. I've still kept myself going, because obviously you need to through the off-season. 

"But, to be honest, I'm ready to come back and ready to play again. It's been a busy season to say the least and a lot of things have happened throughout the season. 

"But I feel like there's a point to be proven this season for myself and I'm just looking forward to doing it and doing what I can to make sure I'm in the perfect position to come back into pre-season to be firing again."

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Harvey Elliott to wear No.19 shirt for new campaign

Sat, 07/02/2022 - 12:00

Harvey Elliott will wear the No.19 shirt for Liverpool from the start of the 2022-23 season.

The England U21 international has decided to switch from his previous number, 67, which he claimed following his arrival at the Reds in the summer of 2019.

Elliott now takes up the squad number that was last occupied by Ozan Kabak during his loan spell from Schalke 04 in the second half of 2020-21.

Sadio Mane before his move to No.10, Stewart Downing, Ryan Babel and Fernando Morientes are also among those to have worn the shirt for the club in the Premier League era.

Explaining the reason for the switch, Elliott told "Obviously the number became available, some great players have worn it in the past – the likes of Sadio and the list goes on.

"I think it was an opportunity to get down the ranks in terms of the numbers, and for me personally it's a wonderful number.

"I remember having a Sadio shirt with the number 19 on it as a kid. So to be able to wear it after him, it's a great pleasure.

"At the end of the day, a number is just a number, but it's just nice to have a lower number. I think it's a great opportunity going into another season.

"So, hopefully I can prove to myself and prove to everyone that I'm able to have these kind of numbers and able to perform under this kind of pressure, because it comes with it.

"I'm just so excited to put this shirt on and get playing again."

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Interview | Mohamed Salah on new contract: 'I'm ready to go again'

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 17:10

"I'm ready to go again," was Mohamed Salah's emphatic message to Liverpool supporters after he committed his long-term future to the club by signing a new deal.

The forward ensured his five-year stay with the Reds will be extended into the coming seasons by putting pen to paper on the contract on Friday.

And moments after inking the new terms, Salah sat down with during his holiday for an exclusive interview to outline what he is aiming to achieve over the course of the deal.

Read on for a full transcript of our chat with the 30-year-old...

Mo, thank you for allowing us to visit you during your holiday. Can you tell everyone why we're here today?

Well, I just renewed my contract and that's why we're here now.

It's fantastic news, I'm sure all of our supporters are going to be delighted. How are you feeling?

I feel great and [I am] excited to win trophies with the club. It's a happy day for everyone.

There was obviously a lot of talk, a lot of speculation, so how pleased are you to have this done and for the external focus to be on your football?

It takes a little bit of time, I think, to renew, but now everything is done so we just need to focus on what's next.

You turned 30 last month, but the general perception externally is you are a player who still has many years left at the top due to your physical condition. Is that something you agree with?

Yes, of course. I think everybody now, I can say in the last 10 days, has started to reach their peak after 30 or something. I am so excited for the next [few] years.

It was also your five-year anniversary as a Liverpool player last month. It's been an incredible journey so far…

Yeah, it's been... we won so many things together. We had some disappointments, but this is football. I have enjoyed my football here at the club and hopefully I will continue to enjoy it and win many trophies.

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Is it what you expected when you joined Liverpool back in 2017?

If I look back to that time when I came, the club were not winning many things but I think the interview was with you and I told you I had come [here] to win trophies. I think we have won good trophies together [since]! And I think we can do it again.

As a person but also as a player, how are you different to the guy who walked through the door at Melwood back in 2017?

It's different. I have more experience; I know more now. You know the people in the city more, the football more, you know your teammates more, so you just learn every day when you play football. It's completely different.

In terms of you coming to Liverpool, how grateful are you to the people who showed such faith in you to bring you to the club back then?

Of course. I am sure we both did a great job - to bring me here and I did a great job with the team! I want to thank everybody who helped me to come here. There's [still] a long way to go!

It's 156 goals so far in just 254 appearances. You're the club's ninth-highest scorer of all time. You've spoken before about breaking club records, how much of an inspiration is that now you'll be here for longer? 

It's great to see yourself as the ninth-highest top goalscorer for the club, especially when you do it in a short time. It's something great and I think, as I've said many times before, the most important thing is to win trophies. But I think when you score goals and help the team to win games, that's also what brings trophies. It's something I'm proud of.

It is an amazing statistic to be ninth on the list already...

Of course, especially when you do it in a short time as a winger, with many assists. It's something great.

You've won every major trophy possible as a Liverpool player, with two more added last season. Are you confident this team is ready to compete and challenge at the highest level once again this season?

Yeah, I think you can see in the last five or six years the team was always going [upwards]. Last season we were close to winning four, but unfortunately in the last week of the season we lost two trophies. I think we are in a good position to fight for everything. We have new signings as well. We just need to keep working hard, have a good vision, be positive and go for everything again. 

As you said, we also went so close in two other competitions last season. This team has shown in the past it responds to setbacks...

Yes, I think so. I think the team has what it takes to win every trophy, to fight for everything from the beginning [of the season].

I know you like the focus to be on the team, but it was a special season for yourself winning the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards and the Golden Boot and top assist-maker in the Premier League. What are your targets for this new season?

Well, hopefully, win them again, but first the Premier League and Champions League!

I think it's important to mention the assists - 13 in the league last season. The attack will look a little different this season with Darwin Nunez coming in and Sadio leaving. How much are you looking forward to linking up with our new signing?

I am so excited, I want to play with him. He had a good season and played good against us, home and away. Also, Sadio has left and I am going to miss him. He had great seasons with the club, so I wish him all the best. I wish Darwin all the best too to score many goals for us.

With 63 games as well as AFCON, it was an intense season for you. How important has it been for you to have some time off this summer and recharge?

It's always nice to have a break and recharge. Last season was a really long season, especially with the Africa Cup of Nations. I wish we'd won more trophies, but you can't complain - you just need to focus on next year and that's it.

You're idolised by our supporters. They've even painted a mural of you near Anfield, which I know you've been to see. What does that mean to you, their support?

It's great. The painting looks unbelievable. I was so happy when I went there [to see it on] the street and take a picture with it. I am going to post one of them soon, but it's unbelievable. 

And speaking of the fans, what were your thoughts on the parade at the end of last season? We'd lost the Champions League final the night before, but over half a million people came out to greet the team...

It's something unbelievable, you wouldn't see it anywhere [else]. I think the people appreciate what we did and what we were doing during the season. There were two big disappointments for us in the last week of the season, but they know we did our best to win those trophies so that's why they were there. I want to thank them for that experience.

What is your message to those supporters today as you sign this new deal?

My message to them is, you know me and I give everything to the club. So, my message is the players in the team want to give our best next season to try to win all the trophies. As usual, you stay behind us and give us a big push and I am sure we are going to win trophies again [together]. 

And I'm sure they'd like to know, are you ready to go again?

Of course I am ready to go again!

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Jürgen Klopp: Salah's best years are still to come – he belongs here

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:29

Jürgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah's finest years are still to come after the Egyptian committed his future to Liverpool with a new long-term contract.

Having scored 156 goals in 254 appearances since joining the Reds in the summer of 2017, Salah today penned fresh terms to ensure his incredible Anfield spell will continue further.

The 30-year-old was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year following a 2021-22 campaign in which he netted 31 times to help Liverpool lift the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup while also finishing runners-up in the Premier League and Champions League.

Klopp hailed the news of Salah’s renewal as the best decision for both club and player, outlining why he expects the No.11 to only enhance his repertoire in the seasons ahead.

“This is a special treat for our supporters to enjoy their weekend even more. I’m sure there will be some celebrations for this news tonight,” the manager told

“Really pleased – really, really pleased. It’s the best decision for us and best decision for him. He belongs with us I think. This is his club now.

“Of course it has taken a little time but that’s absolutely OK and the best things are always worth waiting for anyway. Mo is one of the best players in the world; it’s only normal there are things to sort when you are at his level. So big credit to Julian Ward and Mike Gordon for guiding us to this destination.

“I have no doubt Mo’s best years are still to come. And that’s saying something, because the first five seasons here have been the stuff of legend.

“Fitness-wise, he’s a machine – in the most incredible shape. He works hard on it and he gets his rewards. His ability and his skill level gets higher each season, and his decision-making has gone to another level also.

“He is adored by his teammates. As coaches we know we work with someone special. And the supporters have crowned him a king. So, very cool.

“It is just great news. It makes me smile thinking about it. He stays with us for longer and it means we can achieve more together.”

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Reds install new hybrid carpet pitch at Anfield

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 09:00

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 “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 

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 ❤

— LFC (Liverpool FC) 22nd Jun 11:37

Offering his reaction to Mane’s departure, the boss told “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 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 ❤

— 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 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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