A selection of Liverpool Football Club-related stories and titbits you may have missed over the past seven days…
Liverpool have added another date to their pre-season schedule with confirmation of a friendly against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, August 5 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Ticket pre-sales are now open with the general sale commencing from 11am on Friday.
In addition to a spell in Germany for the Audi Cup and a match with Hertha Berlin, Liverpool will be in Hong Kong for the Asia Trophy and they now know that Crystal Palace will be their first opponents before a match with either West Bromwich Albion or Leicester City. The game against the Eagles will kick off at 1.30pm BST (8.30pm local time) on Wednesday, July 19.
Nathaniel Clyne has been forced to withdraw from the England squad preparing to face Scotland and France with a back injury. England take on Scotland in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park on Saturday, June 10, before travelling to Paris to take on France in a friendly match three days later. Adam Lallana will now be the only Liverpool player involved.
Liverpool duo Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi have been called up to the Belgium squad for the forthcoming matches against Czech Republic and Estonia. Roberto Martinez’s side host Czech Republic in a friendly on Monday, June 5 before making the journey to Estonia for the World Cup qualifier on Friday, June 9.
Philippe Coutinho is Liverpool’s most popular shirt name for a second year running, the club has revealed. Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino make up the top three most popular names on the back of the club’s new home shirt, which went on sale on May 19.
On-loan Reds keeper Danny Ward saved a penalty as Huddersfield Town secured promotion to the Premier League with a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Reading in the Championship play-off final on Monday. Ward, who previously saved two penalties in the semi-final defeat of Sheffield Wednesday, also kept a clean sheet during the 120 minutes of goalless action that preceded the shootout drama.
Emre Can’s spectacular overhead kick against Watford, which had already won the club’s official Goal of the Season, Match of the Day’s Goal of the Season and Sky Sports’ MNF Goal of the Season accolades, has now picked up the Premier League Goal of the Season award for 2016/17. Check out Liverpoolfc.com‘s top 10 LFC goals from the recent campaign, including Can’s stunner, below.
Former Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has left 1860 Munich, who were recently relegated to the third tier of German football, just eight weeks after joining. Explaining his decision via the Liverpool ECHO, Ayre sited in-fighting with shareholders as a primary cause for his exit.
Liverpool Ladies’ impressive start to the season came to an abrupt halt on Sunday when they suffered a heavy 7-0 away defeat to Chelsea at Staines Town FC. Despite going into the game unbeaten and leading the way at the top of the Spring Series, the female Reds found themselves behind after just two minutes and things quickly went from bad to worse from there. LFC Ladies: Chamberlain, Hodson, Fletcher (Clarke, 64′), Stoney, Bonner, Ingle, Charles, Coombs, Harding (Johnson, 74′), Weir (Zelem, 70′), Van De Sanden.
A Liverpool U19 side has finished sixth in the 10-team Volksbank Cup in Stemwede, Germany. Neil Critchley’s outfit failed to make the semi-finals despite registering a win and a draw in their two 40 minute contests on Friday. The youngsters subsequently lost 3-2 to Werder Bremen in a play-off for fifth place on Sunday.
The Academy has secured the services of highly-rated Bosnian youngster Dal Varesanovic from FK Sarajevo. The 16-year-old midfielder, who was a rumoured target of Barcelona and Dinamo Zagreb, will link up with the U18s and learn under the guidance of Steven Gerrard next season.
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