Lallana and Clyne called up for England duty

Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne have been called up for England’s forthcoming international fixtures with Scotland and France.

Gareth Southgate named the Liverpool duo in his 25-man squad for the Three Lions’ games next month on Thursday afternoon.

England face a World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Hampden Park on Saturday June 10 before travelling to Paris for a friendly three days later.

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Manninger set to retire: ‘Keeper on career, LFC experience and future

Alex Manninger

Alex Manninger has confirmed he will retire from professional football upon the expiry of his Liverpool contract this summer.

The goalkeeper will hang up his gloves after a lengthy and distinguished 22-year career within the game, which included spells in the Premier League, La Liga and the Bundesliga and 34 caps with his native Austria.

Manninger – a double winner with Arsenal in 1998 and a league champion with Juventus in 2012 – joined the Reds last summer on a short-term deal from FC Augsburg.

The 39-year-old hasn’t figured in competitive action for Jürgen Klopp’s side, but has been a positive presence at Melwood, offering unwavering support and advice to the club’s goalkeeping ranks and drawing on his experience to help his teammates throughout a busy campaign.

But now Manninger has made the decision to call time on his career – and he caught up with Liverpoolfc.com at the training complex recently to discuss his decision, his year working with the Reds, his thoughts on the current goalkeepers at the club and his plans for the future…

Alex, you’ve made the decision to retire from professional football after more than 20 years in the game…

Yes, it’s true that I’ve made the decision to retire. I wasn’t going to announce it initially, but then I thought if John [Achterberg], yourselves or the club wanted me to, I thought it’d be a nice gesture to announce it via the club I was last with. I thought about it a couple of months ago and I was keen to decide myself, not wait again for the summer and whether I receive a phone call or not. I tried to listen to myself, to my body, and then I said ‘no, that’s enough’. I didn’t want to go too far and let my body decide, or the phone decide if it doesn’t ring, so that’s why I came to the decision of that being it for me. I feel good, I finished at a high level I never dreamed of. If I played for big clubs at my peak, that’s one thing, but to have had this experience now with the staff, coaches and players of Liverpool is fantastic. I’ve had one of the greatest experiences in my career here, but it is time.

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Wilson, Woodburn and Ward set for Wales training camp

Harry Wilson, Ben Woodburn and Danny Ward have been named in Wales’ 26-man squad for a training camp in Portugal next month.

The Liverpool trio will join up with their national team at the Vale do Lobo resort as Chris Coleman prepares his side for their World Cup qualifier against Serbia on Sunday June 11.

Coleman will trim his squad down to 23 players prior to the trip to Belgrade.

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Academy column: Germany calling for the U19s

Academy Column

In our latest Academy column, we speak to Neil Critchley as the U19 squad prepare to take part in a prestigious end-of-season tournament in Germany.

We end a very encouraging Academy season for 2016-17 with a trip to Germany for the U19 squad. We are taking the boys back to Stemwede, which hosts the oldest academy tournament in Europe. We went to this tournament two years ago and managed to win it so it’s fantastic to get the opportunity to come back and defend the trophy. Some of the players we had in that tournament have gone on to make some great progress, like Sheyi Ojo and Cameron Brannagan. We beat Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-final on penalties and we also won the final on penalties after another dramatic shootout, 6-5 against FC Nurnberg. We had a successful time and some great memories from it. This is a great tournament against some really tough opposition and hopefully it will be a nice way to end the season for the boys.

We are in a group along with SV Hamburg, Stuttgart and Galatasary while in the other group there is Tottenham Hotspur, Red Bull Brazil and Werder Bremen. There are some top-class opposition and it’s a really tough tournament to win. We play over three days and the matches only last 40 minutes. We have to hit the ground straight away and we have to play tournament football, which is slightly different to playing our normal league programme over 90 minutes. It is a great test for the boys and gives them a different format and style of games, which we feel is so important for their development. That is our main reason for going.

To play against not only the best teams in your country but also in Europe is really important. If these boys are going to play for Liverpool’s first team then it’s a world league. We have to benchmark our players against the best around, not just in this country, because ultimately that is who they will be playing against in the future. We are looking forward to seeing how our boys get on and how they compare to some of the other teams in the competition. We are taking a relatively young squad with us plus one or two slightly older boys so we will be a mixed team. We have trained well together during the past few days and the boys are raring to go.

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LFC U19s set for special Germany trip

U18S ACADEMY

Liverpool’s U19s will make an end-of-season visit to Germany this week as they take part in the Lebenshilfe Cup alongside an official LFC Foundation inclusion team.

The two sides will compete against the likes of Hertha Berlin, Hamburg SV and Galatasaray in a tournament that will be hosted in Stemwede.

Ahead of the trip, the club’s official charity’s inclusion team visited the Academy to meet the U19 squad before competing in a Premier League tournament at The Hawthorns, home of West Bromwich Albion – see more in the photo gallery below.

On the joint trip, Academy director Alex Inglethorpe said: “This is a fantastic, unique opportunity for Liverpool Football Club to be involved in a tournament such as the Lebenshilfe Cup with an Academy side competing as well as an official LFC Foundation inclusion team.

“This is one of the oldest Academy tournaments in Europe and I know that both teams are really excited to be able to watch each other play over in Germany. I am sure that both teams will really enjoy the tournament so hopefully they are able to add to our trophy collection at Liverpool FC.”

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Reds Down Under: Koalas, Sydney Harbour, Bondi Beach and more

Liverpool’s squad enjoyed a day out in Sydney on Thursday, with trips to Bondi Beach, the zoo, the city’s world-famous harbour and its children’s hospital all on the agenda.

Following Wednesday’s 3-0 post-season friendly victory over Sydney FC, the Reds’ players, coaching staff and legends who have gone Down Under got out and about around the capital of New South Wales.

Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and James Milner were among the players to meet koalas and kangaroos at Taronga Zoo, while the likes of Roberto Firmino, Lucas Leiva and Trent Alexander-Arnold soaked up the sun at Bondi Beach.

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Reds to head to Hong Kong for Premier League Asia Trophy

Liverpool FC has today confirmed that the first team will head to Hong Kong for the Premier League Asia Trophy this summer.

The eighth edition of the tournament will take place at the Hong Kong Stadium on Wednesday July 19 and Saturday July 22.

The Reds will make their second appearance in the competition alongside fellow Premier League clubs Crystal Palace, Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion. Liverpool first played in the tournament back in 2007.

Jürgen Klopp said: “We’re really looking forward to playing in the Premier League Asia Trophy this summer. It’s important that the club takes part in competitions like this as it gives local fans the opportunity to get closer to the action.

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