Date: 21st August 2012 at 8:06am
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In the wake of Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday Reds skipper Steven Gerrard has called on the club’s experienced players to step up. Speaking to the Liverpool ECHO the 32-year-old commented: “I fancied us to go there, dominate and win but things didn’t work out that way. In football you can be left feeling hard done by. After a 3-0 defeat everyone is going to be concerned. It’s important that the likes of myself and the other experienced players take responsibility for a poor defeat.”

New Reds first-team coach Mike Marsh has been speaking to the club’s official website Liverpoolfc.com about his recent promotion from the Academy setup. “It makes me feel very proud. On my way into the interview I bumped into Phil Thompson who wished me all the best and told me to just do the best I can. I think it is important to have someone at the club who knows the history and what’s expected,” explained the former Liverpool midfielder.

Speaking to FourFourTwo magazine new Liverpool forward Fabio Borini has revealed Italian international colleague Mario Balotelli helped convince him to make the move from Roma to Anfield. The 21-year-old, who played in England previously with Chelsea and Swansea City, said: “When I was with Italy at Euro 2012, I was talking to Balotelli about England, and he told me that Liverpool had the most exciting fans to play in front of. He described it as a beautiful experience.”

Rodolfo Borrell’s U21 side kicked off their new campaign with a frustrating 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Kirkby Academy yesterday (Monday 20th August). A strong team featuring the likes of Jon Flanagan, Connor Coady and Dani Pacheco couldn’t sustain a good first 45 minutes in which Michael N’Goo had given the Reds a lead. Sam Winnall hit a fine equaliser for the visitors midway through the second half.

Like their senior counterparts Liverpool’s U18 side also conceded three goals on the opening day of the season this past Saturday (18th August). The young Reds managed to notch three of their own though as they battled back from 2-0 and 3-1 down to snatch a draw against Wolves. Jordan Lussey, Kris Peterson and Sam Gainford got Liverpool’s goals before Jerome Sinclair missed a late penalty for an unlikely victory.

Liverpool Ladies continued their poor form on Saturday as a goal 15 minutes from time condemned new manager Matt Beard and his side to a 1-0 defeat to Bristol Academy. The female Reds currently lie 7th in the 8 team Women’s Super League with only 5 points from 9 games.

This season’s groups in the NextGen Series, a Champions League style competition for U19s, have been announced. The young Reds, who reached the semi-final stage last year, will face reigning champions Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Rosenborg. The first match is in Italy against Inter on 19th September.

Fans attending games at Anfield this season via certain hospitality packages will no doubt notice the club’s extensive summer renovations to both the Shanks and Paisley lounges. Bill Shankly’s grand-daughter, Karen Gill, was part of a group of family members on hand for the official opening during the recent Bayer Leverkusen friendly. “It’s very futuristic and modern, but they’ve also kept an eye on the past too with all of my granddad’s quotes on the wall,” she commented to Liverpoolfc.com.

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