A selection of Liverpool Football Club-related stories and titbits you may have missed over the past seven days…
Four of Liverpool’s Premier League fixtures in October and November have been moved to accommodate live television coverage. The Anfield clash with Manchester United is now a 12.30pm BST kick-off on Saturday October 14, while the trip to Tottenham Hotspur will be played at 4pm BST on Sunday October 22. Both games will be broadcast by Sky Sports, while rival broadcaster BT Sport will subsequently be showing the visit to West Ham United and the hosting of Chelsea. The former is scheduled for a 5.30pm GMT kick-off on Saturday November 4 and the latter has the same start time but on Saturday November 25. Click here for a full fixture list.
Striker Danny Ings has asked for patience as he looks to rebuild his career following two seasons filled predominantly with rehabbing from a pair of serious knee injuries. “I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me,” commented the England international to Liverpoolfc.com. “At the end of the day, it was an injury and they’re part of the game. They happen to a hell of lot of people, especially nowadays with how fast the games are. The only thing I want from people is patience, which I have had in unbelievable levels and everyone has been so positive. I am where I want to be at this moment in time, but there’s still a lot of hard graft left for me to do before I am back to where I’m striving to get to. Things don’t just happen overnight for you. I know football can change overnight, but when you’ve had such a bad injury you’ve got to be really careful that you don’t try to do too much and pick up little setbacks, so I’ll keep taking it step-by-step until I get there.”
Winger Ryan Kent has signed a new long-term contract with the Merseysiders. Speaking to the official website after putting pen to paper on Thursday, the 20-year-old remarked: “I’m looking forward to kicking on in the future now. It was an easy decision. I am with a manager here that is willing to play young players and invest his time into my progression as a player. Liverpool has the right foundations to make me a good player in the future.”
Fellow wideman Sheyi Ojo has completed a season-long loan move to Fulham. The U20 World Cup winner opted for Craven Cottage over temporary switches to fellow Championship sides Middlesbrough, Derby County and Aston Villa. Fulham have begun the new campaign with successive 1-1 draws against Norwich City and Reading.
Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino have been included in the Brazil squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia. The Liverpool duo are part of Tite’s 23-man squad for the matches on August 31 in Porto Alegre and September 5 in Barranquilla respectively.
Supporters have been given the opportunity to have their say on the biggest issues affecting them via five fan forums. Fans can apply to take part in the forums – the first two are on Ticket Availability and Prices and take place in September – here or by completing a paper application form which can be collected from the Anfield ticket office.
Lucas Leiva helped Lazio to a thrilling Italian Super Cup triumph on his debut for Simone Inzaghi’s side. The midfielder, who swapped Merseyside for Rome in a £5million move earlier this summer, played 80 minutes on his debut as a Ciro Immobile double helped I Biancocelesti to a 3-2 win over Juventus. Luis Alberto, another former Red, completed the full 90 minutes for Lazio.
Liverpool U23s began their Premier League 2 campaign with a 2-0 victory at Swansea City on Friday night. Danny Ings, who enjoyed a 45-minute runout, and Yan Dhanda were the players on target for Neil Critchley’s outfit. The victory was thoroughly deserved and the margin of victory could easily have been far greater. LFC U23s: Grabara, Whelan, Hart, Phillips, Jones, J Williams, Virtue, Kane, Ings (Alves, 46′), Dhanda, Brewster (Gomes, 77′). Unused substitutes: Crump, Johnston, Masterson.
Earlier in the day, Liverpool U18s drew their first competitive game under the tutelage of Steven Gerrard 1-1 at Derby County. The visitors, for whom Dan Atherton saved an early penalty, took the lead via a Liam Coyle header but were pegged back by the Rams in the second half. LFC U18s: Atherton, Hunter, Lewis, R Williams, Glennon, Coyle, Sharif (Longstaff, 76), Tagseth, McAuley (Simmonds, 66), Jones, Millar. Unused substitutes: Lattie, Kelly, Brookwell.
The U18s have been drawn alongside Middlesbrough, Sunderland and West Ham United in Group D of the inaugural U18 Premier League Cup. Gerrard’s side will face each of the three teams once, either home or away, with the winner of the section progressing to the tournament’s quarter-finals. The two best runners-up in the six overall groups will also claim a place in the last eight, with the format then becoming a knockout system, again in one-off ties.
Season tickets can now be purchased for the upcoming FA Women’s Super League. Prices to watch Liverpool Ladies at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes during 2017/18 are a bargain £35 for adults and £17 for children (under 16) and concessions, with a family of two adults and two children costing just £70. Scott Rogers’ side’s first home game of the campaign is against Reading FC Women on September 29. Click here to find out more and to purchase.
The female Reds will embark on the season without Katie Zelem after the attacking midfielder completed a transfer to Serie A Femminile club Juventus Women. The 21-year-old joined Liverpool from Manchester United in 2013 and helped the club win back-to-back Women’s Super League titles in 2013 and 2014.
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