A selection of Liverpool Football Club-related stories and titbits you may have missed over the past seven days…
All four of Liverpool’s Premier League fixtures in April have been rescheduled for live TV broadcasts. The game against Everton at Goodison Park is now a 2.15pm BST kick-off on Sunday April 8 (Sky Sports), AFC Bournemouth’s visit to Anfield on Saturday April 14 has been moved back to a 5.30pm BST kick-off (BT Sport), the trip to West Bromwich Albion takes place at 2.15pm BST on Sunday April 22 (Sky Sports) and the month ends with the hosting of Stoke City at 12.30pm BST on Saturday April 28 (Sky Sports).
Mohamed Salah’s strike in the 4-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday set a new Premier League record for left-footed goals scored in a single season. The Egyptian’s effort was his 20th with his left foot this term, overtaking former Reds striker Robbie Fowler at the top of a chart that also includes the likes of Robin van Persie and Gareth Bale.
The Hammers victory took Liverpool past the 100 goals mark for the season (103) and manager Jürgen Klopp has challenged his players to keep it going. “We cannot stop,” commented the German to Liverpoolfc.com. “We have a lot of games to play still. I have said it a lot of times: we have created a proper basis, that’s it. If we hadn’t played football like this or the last game or the game before that, we could not be where we are. We know with the quality we have we are responsible for good results. The only problem we have is that there are a few other teams with quality as well. So we have to score, we have to create, we have to make and score goals, we have to defend and we need to be ready for each game.”
Sadio Mané’s third goal against FC Porto on Valentine’s Day has been named the best strike from the first legs of the Champions League last-16 ties. The winger’s powerful late drive sealed a 5-0 victory at the Estadio do Dragao and scoops the Champions League Goal of the Week accolade ahead of Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan, Willian of Chelsea, Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain and Fred of Shakhtar.
Supporters travelling to Anfield for Liverpool’s Premier League fixture against Newcastle United on Saturday March 3 have been warned about planned strike action by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union. The planned action will cause significant disruption to Merseyrail and Northern Rail services on the day of the fixture. Click here for further information.
Liverpool FC are offering up to 40 per cent off items in the club’s signed merchandise range between now and March 18. Fans can get their hands on discounted souvenirs featuring the signature of their favourite LFC stars in store or online. Click here to browse the full range.
Dominic Solanke notched a hat-trick as Liverpool U23s progressed to the last 16 of the Premier League Cup with a 4-0 win against Stoke City on Sunday. Bobby Adekanye was also on target at St George’s Park in a match that featured a 90 minute run-out for Nathaniel Clyne as he stepped up his fitness after seven months out with a back injury. LFC U23s: Grabara, Clyne, Gallacher, Gomez, Johnston, Dixon-Bonner (Lewis 56′), Camacho (Adekanye 68′), Kane, Solanke, Jones, Dhanda.
The U23s’ Premier League International Cup quarter-final with FC Porto on Wednesday night will now take place at Leigh Sports Village as a behind-closed-door fixture due to weather conditions. The 7.00pm GMT kick-off, originally scheduled for Prenton Park, will be broadcast live on LFCTV.
Liverpool U19s will play Manchester City in the UEFA Youth League quarter-finals after defeating Manchester United 2-0 in the last-16 last Wednesday. The young Reds dominated much of the encounter at Prenton Park and went through thanks to Ben Woodburn’s early header and a stunning late strike from substitute Rafael Camacho. LFC U19s: Grabara, N Williams, Lewis, Masterson, Johnston, Dixon-Bonner, Jones, Kane (Clayton 84′), Millar, Woodburn (McAuley 90′), Adekanye (Camacho 72′).
Liverpool Ladies returned to winning ways in the Women’s Super League last week, after back-to-back defeats, with a 3-1 triumph over Sunderland Ladies. Jess Clarke netted twice, while Bethany England also continued her rich vein of goalscoring form to help the female Reds into third spot in the standings ahead of Arsenal. Liverpool Ladies: Flaherty, Turner, Greenwood, Stoney (Longhurst 90′), Harris, Ingle, Johnson, Coombs, Clarke, Weir, England (Babajide 85′).
Casey Stoney, who was greeted by a guard of honour by both teams prior to kick-off, called time on her distinguished playing career ahead of the match and will now take up a new coaching role working for the England women’s national team under new manager Phil Neville.
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