Jürgen Klopp plays the main part in New Balance’s latest Liverpool FC based video and it’s fantastic.
Klopp is pictured looking around Anfield with plenty of passion and determination. In the note to his future self he pledges to never forget ‘what this was all about’ and how he was given a chance ‘to live his dream’. It really makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up:
We can’t wait to see Klopp on the touchline at Anfield again in less than two months.
Following last night’s dramatic 1-1 draw against Chelsea, Liverpool’s maintenance and ground crews began packing up shop ahead of the completion of the main stand renovation this summer. Christian Benteke’s late header would be the last roar heard at Anfield for this season, as this was the last competitive match to be held there until August.
As soon as the last patron left for the evening, the staff started preparing for the next stage in Anfield’s overhaul. The most notable thing to be taken down was the famous ‘This Is Anfield’ sign that greets the players as they walk down the tunnel onto the pitch.
This sign has become iconic and a momento of good luck for players as they walk out to battle an opponent. It could almost be described as the heart of Anfield. Without it up, it’s almost as if the stadium has lost its heart. At least for the time being. Now we wait for work to be completed on the new main stand and for life—and the sign—to be pumped back into Anfield when Liverpool return for another season in a few months.
Liverpool Football Club will be holding a testimonial match for skipper Steven Gerrard against Greek side Olympiacos. The match will take place on August 3, Liverpools only pre-season fixture at Anfield.
Gerrard’s opponents are the side he scored a dramatic 86 minute goal to send Liverpool into the Champions League knockout stages in 2004- which they eventually went on to win.
“I am delighted to be honoured by Liverpool with a testimonial match and particularly thrilled that Olympiacos have accepted my invitation to play the fixture. Last time we met proved to be such a memorable game both for me personally and Liverpool Football Club. I am also especially grateful that Olympiacos have truly embraced the aim of this match and chosen to donate their fee to charity. I am looking forward to what I know will be a fantastic game and a wonderful occasion.”
All the money raised from events celebrating Steven’s testimonial year will go to the Steven Gerrard Foundation (SGF), a registered charity — stevengerrardfoundation.org
Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers avoided blaming his players after their home Premier League defeat to West Brom.
The Reds dominated the vast majority of the tie at Anfield, but slipped to a shock 2-0 loss when Gareth McAuley and Romelu Lukaku found the net late after skipper Steven Gerrard failed to convert from a spot kick in the final quarter.
Rodgers admitted his disappointment following the defeat but insisted he could not fault the efforts of his players.
“These players always react very well. They were very disappointed, like we all were, last night because we wanted to make our home form better in the league. That’s something we’d done, especially of late. We entered into the game against West Brom with the best defensive home record in the league, so that shows the mark of improvement we were making as a group. It’s something that left the players disappointed, but they will react in the right manner. They’re good guys here, they want to work well and they’re very good at moving on. That’s something we’ll have to do if we want to progress.”
Liverpool are now down to ninth spot in the table, a gaping 12 points adrift from fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. With 12 matches remaining do you think the Reds will climb back to finish fourth in the table ?
The Reds got back to winning ways in the Barclays Premier League after a thumping 5-0 win over Norwich City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon. Jordan Henderson’s 26th minute strike gave Liverpool the early lead before a well-worked move saw Luis Suarez double the advantage nine minutes before the break. £12million signing Daniel Sturridge found the net after the break and became the first Liverpool player since Ray Kennedy in 1974 to score in his first three matches. Steven Gerrard and a Ryan Bennett own goal made it a comfortable 5-0 victory.
Boss Brendan Rodgers was pleased to see the exiting partnership between forwards Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge and now believes the Reds have the front two capable of striking fear into any Barclays Premier League defence:
“They linked very, very well. Luis has done what he’s done for us all season. He’s 100 per cent every game. They are both players who are not just static. Daniel’s got pace and power but he’s also clever. That was important for us today. It gives the opponent someone else to really worry about. Suarez has been incredible for us this season and has had some young players up there with him, but we’ve now got a recognized goalscorer up beside him. If you look at the movements between the two of them. The second goal was a wonderful demonstration of how good players can link together.”