A selection of Liverpool Football Club-related stories and titbits you may have missed over the past seven days…
Reds midfielder Adam Lallana will not be suspended from first team duty despite seeing red for the U23s on Monday night. The England international reacted angrily following an aerial challenge with Tottenham’s George Marsh midway through the second half of a Premier League 2 clash at Stevenage. Lallana’s three-match ban only applies to U23 matches.
The incident capped a miserable night for Neil Critchley’s team who ended a 1-0 defeat with nine-men after George Johnston also received his marching orders for two bookable offences. As well as Lallana, Danny Ings, Dominic Solanke and Ben Woodburn all featured, while there was a debut for new signing Tony Gallacher, who arrived from Falkirk last month. LFC U23s: Grabara, Masterson, Johnston, Gallacher, Dhanda (Millar 72′), Kane, Lallana, Lewis, Ings, Solanke, Woodburn.
Loris Karius has set his sights on cementing his place as the first choice goalkeeper at Anfield and hopes to help the club achieve a successful end to the current season. “I just want to present myself well and then I’ll have the chance to play at this club for the next season as well,” remarked the 24-year-old to the Liverpool ECHO. “That’s the challenge facing me personally. I also want to help this team achieve as much as we can. As well as the top four, we still have the Champions League. We want to go forward in that and why not win it? There are lots of big aims for the rest of the season.”
Ahead of Sunday’s trip to former club Southampton, record signing Virgil van Dijk has spoken of the difficulty of adjusting to life on Merseyside after a lengthy spell on the sidelines. “It is not easy to come back,” admitted the Dutch defender to Liverpoolfc.com. “Especially when I have made such a big step as now, with all the eyes on me and they look at every small detail. I am just focusing on the team and myself. The football we play, the pressing, the different options with players, it is totally different. So you need time to get used to everything but I am working on it every day together with the team. I am talking with the manager and everyone who can help me out.”
Van Dijk, along with Nathaniel Clyne and Danny Ings, has been added to Liverpool’s Champions League squad for the remainder of the tournament. Departed quartet, Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge, Marko Grujic and Jon Flanagan, have been removed ahead of the last-16 tie against FC Porto later this month.
Kop boss Jürgen Klopp has been shortlisted for the Premier League’s Manager of the Month award for January. The German oversaw three wins and one defeat, including the pulsating 4-3 victory over league leaders Manchester City, and is up against Carlos Carvalhal (Swansea), Pep Guardiola (Man City), Eddie Howe (Bournemouth), Jose Mourinho (Manchester United), David Moyes (West Ham United) and Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur). Fans can cast their vote via the Premier League’s online Facebook poll.
Supporters have a unique opportunity to own a piece of Reds history on Thursday February 22 when a special memorabilia auction will be held at Anfield. The unique event, which will support the Liverpool Former Players Association, will see more than 380 items from the club’s old Main Stand go under the hammer. For more information on the auction and access, visit liverpoolfc.com/auction.
Liverpool FC has announced leading refiner and lubricant manufacturer Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc. as a global partner in a three-year deal. PCLI, which has researched, developed and produced world-class oil and lubricants for agriculture, construction, automotive, and health and beauty industries for 30 years, will reportedly use ‘its international presence to create unique programmes for its customers and fans alike, including exclusive access to money-can’t-buy LFC experiences’.
The Reds have confirmed the signing of 18-year-old defender Anderson Arroyo from Fortaleza CEIF. Due to work permit restrictions, the Columbian U20 international, who made 22 first team appearances back in his homeland, will spend the next 18 months on loan at Spanish side Mallorca. The Reds previously had the versatile full-back on trial.
Liverpool U18s suffered their first league defeat of the season on Friday as Stoke City came from a goal down to claim a 2-1 win at the Academy. A contentious late penalty proved the difference after Glen McAuley’s opener had been cancelled out in the second half by Jordan Greenidge. LFC U18s: Kelleher, N. Williams, Larouci (Millar 59′), R. Williams (Bearne 82′), Boyes, Clayton, Sharif, Dixon-Bonner, McAuley, Camacho (Brookwell 70′), Tagseth.
U18s attacker Curtis Jones has signed his first professional contract with the club. The youngster, who scored four goals in six UEFA Youth League group-stage appearances, penned the deal with the Reds last week shortly after celebrating his 17th birthday.
Liverpool Ladies progressed to the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup on Saturday afternoon after defeating Watford Ladies 5-0. Ali Johnson, Caroline Weir, Bethany England (2), Martha Harris were the players on target for Scott Rogers’ side. The female Reds will travel to Chichester City in the next round with the tie to be played on Sunday 18 February. LFC Ladies: Flaherty, Harris, Roberts, Turner (Rodgers), Greenwood (Pike), Ingle, Longhurst, Weir, Johnson, Hodson, England (Clarke).
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