Luis Suarez stars in festive kids TV show

Scorer of 19 goals in just 12 league games, Luis Suarez is a hero for Liverpool supporters of all ages, especially after signing a new contract last week, but one young Red wasn’t overawed at being given the chance to interview him.
Luis and Finn have a kickabout
The interview, which you can see below, was done for LFC TV’s ‘Kop Kids’ series, returning over Christmas, and a young supporter called Finn got the honours, sitting down for a cuppa with the Reds’ No 7, attempting to nutmeg him and trying to get him to sing along to his own song before finding out his dream is to win the Premier League.

The series also gives supporters the chance for a closer look behind the Melwood scenes as Victor Moses and a number of Academy players battle it out for a ‘Kop Kids challenge’.

Episode two features Philippe Coutinho teaching some Portuguese and learning some English footy phrases. Younger first team stars Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe also meet the magician – and Liverpool fan – Zamaan Ismail. The episode also features the injured Jose Enrique discussing current football issues for Smalltalk.
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New deal for Suarez shows LFC's intent

THERE was delight for Liverpool fans this afternoon with the news that Luis Suárez has signed a new contract for Liverpool FC.

The Premier League’s top scorer, currently on 17 goals from just 11 league appearances, has committed himself to the club in what is described as a “new extended deal”, putting an end for now to any speculation about his future.

Suarez signs a new deal. (Pic: Liverpool FC)

Luis Suarez has signed a new deal. (Pic: Liverpool FC)

In the statement announcing the deal Suárez said: “I’m delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term,

“We have some great players and the team is growing and improving all the time. I believe I can achieve the ambitions of winning trophies and playing at the very highest level with Liverpool. My aim is to help get us there as quickly as possible.”

According to Suárez the supporters have played a part in his decision to extend his deal beyond the two-and-a-half years previous left on it: “Without doubt the backing I have received from the Liverpool fans has influenced my decision.”

He went on: “I am so proud to represent them and go out to do my best for them every time I pull on the shirt. We have a special relationship; they have love for me and in return I love them back. I will always do my best for them and hopefully we can achieve success together.”

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was unsurprisingly pleased with the announcement: “This is fantastic news for everyone associated with the club; the team, the owners and most importantly the supporters.

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New deal for Suarez shows LFC’s intent

THERE was delight for Liverpool fans this afternoon with the news that Luis Suárez has signed a new contract for Liverpool FC.

The Premier League’s top scorer, currently on 17 goals from just 11 league appearances, has committed himself to the club in what is described as a “new extended deal”, putting an end for now to any speculation about his future.

Suarez signs a new deal. (Pic: Liverpool FC)

Luis Suarez has signed a new deal. (Pic: Liverpool FC)

In the statement announcing the deal Suárez said: “I’m delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term,

“We have some great players and the team is growing and improving all the time. I believe I can achieve the ambitions of winning trophies and playing at the very highest level with Liverpool. My aim is to help get us there as quickly as possible.”

According to Suárez the supporters have played a part in his decision to extend his deal beyond the two-and-a-half years previous left on it: “Without doubt the backing I have received from the Liverpool fans has influenced my decision.”

He went on: “I am so proud to represent them and go out to do my best for them every time I pull on the shirt. We have a special relationship; they have love for me and in return I love them back. I will always do my best for them and hopefully we can achieve success together.”

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was unsurprisingly pleased with the announcement: “This is fantastic news for everyone associated with the club; the team, the owners and most importantly the supporters.

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Simon Mignolet opens new LFC store in Birkenhead

Reds keeper Simon Mignolet was the star attraction last night as Liverpool FC officially unveiled their brand-new store in Birkenhead.

The new outlet, at the Pyramids Shopping Centre in the town, was officially opened by the Belgian stopper in front of a large crowd of Liverpool supporters. Mignolet took time out to sign autographs and pose for photos.

Liverpool's new store at Birkenhead, officially opened by Simon Mignolet

Speaking about the opening event at the store over the water, Mignolet said: “It’s a great honour to come and officially open the new LFC store in Birkenhead.

“Liverpool FC is a global brand and the support from our fans is absolutely fantastic, so it’s great that our supporters from across the Mersey now have their very own club store.”
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Reds won't want repeat of Cardiff's last Anfield league visit

CARDIFF CITY are the visitors at Anfield tomorrow, for the first time in a league game since 1959.

That last visit, 54 years ago almost to the day, saw Liverpool lose 4-0 on December 19th 1959 in a Division 2 fixture. It was Bill Shankly’s first game as boss and served as a demonstration of exactly what kind of work he had in front of him.

It could be Cardiff boss Malky Mackay’s last game in charge of the Welsh club, if he is still boss by then, after their owner reportedly sent him a message telling him to resign or be sacked. Brendan Rodgers spoke out yesterday about Vincent Tan’s conduct as an owner of a Premier League side, echoing the views of many a Cardiff supporter in recent times.

Tan went ahead with a move to change the colour of the home kit for Cardiff despite massive opposition. Cardiff, who used to wear blue as their home colour – to match their nickname of the Bluebirds – now wear red, although of course they’ll need to change that tomorrow.

Mackay chose not to attend his own pre-match press conference as the club’s fans await news on his future. Tan is due to fly into the UK to attend the game at Anfield.
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Reds won’t want repeat of Cardiff’s last Anfield league visit

CARDIFF CITY are the visitors at Anfield tomorrow, for the first time in a league game since 1959.

That last visit, 54 years ago almost to the day, saw Liverpool lose 4-0 on December 19th 1959 in a Division 2 fixture. It was Bill Shankly’s first game as boss and served as a demonstration of exactly what kind of work he had in front of him.

It could be Cardiff boss Malky Mackay’s last game in charge of the Welsh club, if he is still boss by then, after their owner reportedly sent him a message telling him to resign or be sacked. Brendan Rodgers spoke out yesterday about Vincent Tan’s conduct as an owner of a Premier League side, echoing the views of many a Cardiff supporter in recent times.

Tan went ahead with a move to change the colour of the home kit for Cardiff despite massive opposition. Cardiff, who used to wear blue as their home colour – to match their nickname of the Bluebirds – now wear red, although of course they’ll need to change that tomorrow.

Mackay chose not to attend his own pre-match press conference as the club’s fans await news on his future. Tan is due to fly into the UK to attend the game at Anfield.
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"Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and… Me"

WITH the club having such an illustrious history it’s hardly surprising that there are so many books about Liverpool FC, whether it’s books on certain eras or certain managers, certain tournaments or certain players.

One book that is slightly different is “Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and… Me”, by Mike Yates.

Mike Yates - "Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and... Me"

Mike lived the dream all Liverpool fans had as kids, that dream of playing football in that shirt on that pitch at Anfield. He grew up a blue – like Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen and Steve McManaman amongst others – but once he’d signed for the Reds as a youngster he was as excited as any Liverpool fan about what it could lead to.

In the end it led to a certain amount of disappointment as eventually the day would come that Liverpool would tell him his future lay elsewhere, at least on the field. At the same time as telling him his Reds playing days were over, Steve Heighway offered him a role as one of the first full-time coaches at the newly-created LFC Academy.

Mike combined his role at the Academy with playing semi-professional for Burscough FC and it was whilst playing for the Lancashire side that he got spotted by a scout from Dundee FC.  He signed for the Scottish side, for a club record fee, and played in the Premier League north of the border for three years.

He returned to the Academy in 2001, spending ten years looking after players in the age ranges from under-10 to under-13. Today, in his 23rd year at the club, he works for the LFC International Academy.

The book is a compelling insight into the life of a would-be professional footballer, detailing the time from when Mike was first spotted playing in teams with kids much older than himself through his time as an apprentice and how close he came to that first team. Read more

“Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and… Me”

WITH the club having such an illustrious history it’s hardly surprising that there are so many books about Liverpool FC, whether it’s books on certain eras or certain managers, certain tournaments or certain players.

One book that is slightly different is “Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and… Me”, by Mike Yates.

Mike Yates - "Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and... Me"

Mike lived the dream all Liverpool fans had as kids, that dream of playing football in that shirt on that pitch at Anfield. He grew up a blue – like Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen and Steve McManaman amongst others – but once he’d signed for the Reds as a youngster he was as excited as any Liverpool fan about what it could lead to.

In the end it led to a certain amount of disappointment as eventually the day would come that Liverpool would tell him his future lay elsewhere, at least on the field. At the same time as telling him his Reds playing days were over, Steve Heighway offered him a role as one of the first full-time coaches at the newly-created LFC Academy.

Mike combined his role at the Academy with playing semi-professional for Burscough FC and it was whilst playing for the Lancashire side that he got spotted by a scout from Dundee FC.  He signed for the Scottish side, for a club record fee, and played in the Premier League north of the border for three years.

He returned to the Academy in 2001, spending ten years looking after players in the age ranges from under-10 to under-13. Today, in his 23rd year at the club, he works for the LFC International Academy.

The book is a compelling insight into the life of a would-be professional footballer, detailing the time from when Mike was first spotted playing in teams with kids much older than himself through his time as an apprentice and how close he came to that first team. Read more

Reds donate kit to Claire House Hospice

CLAIRE House Children’s Hospice has received a donation of boxes of official kit from Liverpool Football Club.

The donation was made as part of a long-standing partnership between the club and the hospice and saw the boxes of kit handed over at the Norris Green branch of the charity’s retail stores.

Liverpool FC donated boxes of kit to Claire House

Liverpool FC donated boxes of kit to Claire House

Handing the kit over were Academy starlets Jerome Sinclair, Dahrius Waldron, Pedro Chirivella and Andrew Firth and the lads helped to get it all ready for sale. Read more

Rodgers: Henderson should be fit for Spurs

BRENDAN RODGERS has confirmed that midfielder Jordan Henderson will be available for Liverpool’s game against Spurs on Sunday.

Jordan Henderson set to be available against Tottenham Hotspur

Jordan Henderson set to be available against Tottenham Hotspur

Henderson was injured in the rash challenge that saw Kevin Nolan sent off for West Ham on Saturday and began the week wearing a protective boot in training.

Rodgers says that the club were just taking extra care with the player to ensure he could recover from the knock: “Jordan trained so he’s fine, it was just precautionary the last few days.

“It was a bad challenge that was made on him, but thankfully he’s okay.

“We’ll see how he is tomorrow as well.”

Liverpool already knew they would be without Steven Gerrard for the trip to White Hart Lane, the captain now not expected back until the New Year after leaving the last match early with a hamstring strain.

According to Rodgers he’ll be without his skipper for around four weeks: “Steven is, as reported, probably going to be up to about four weeks or so. So he’ll go through an extensive treatment programme over the next numbers of weeks and, hopefully, we can get him back that little bit sooner.

It might yet turn out to be longer than month, with Rodgers adding: “But certainly at this stage, it was a four to six-week injury and we’ll see how we look with that.”

Liverpool will also be without Daniel Sturridge and Jose Enrique into the New Year due to injuries.

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