Take That – Wijnaldum Is The Anfield Jedi Master

Take That - Wijnaldum Is The Anfield Jedi Master

Today, this columnist awoke to the revelation that tax avoidance guru and all-around blandness salesman, Gary Barlow, is set to feature in the next Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi. That’s Gary Barlow, out of Take That. In Star Wars. As an actor. After repeated failed attempts at gouging out my own eyes with a spoon, in response to this ‘news,’ and with my pathetic efforts at self-immolation lacking a certain spark, I steeled myself against the day. This, however, was a highly inauspicious start and set me on edge.

Predictably, the unpleasantness was only beginning and coincidentally there was, again, a Mancunian flavour to it. Having tweeted something about watching the Oasis documentary ‘Supersonic’ and getting very caught up in the nostalgia, – I may have referred to the fact that Liam Gallagher is probably my spirit animal -, I was greeted by a barrage of sniffy comments and a mini-exodus of followers. I was pondering the fickle nature of my departed online chums when the woman in front of me in the queue for coffee informed the entire shop loudly that “the bastard machine is broken.”

Thankfully, the soothing world of LFC-related trivia was a balm to my caffeine-deprived brain and it was with great enthusiasm that I read of Georginio Wijnaldum’s interest in the welfare and advancement of Liverpool’s developing talent. The Dutchman, it seems, is genuinely concerned with helping the club’s youngsters to nurture their abilities and maximise their potential. Here is a man who would make an excellent Jedi master, passing on the ways of the Anfield Force to the next generation. Take note, Barlow.

“When I see a young player come into Melwood and speak to them about how old they are, how the early stages of their career are going so far and what they would like to achieve, I always think back to my own experience,” Wijnaldum told Goal. “It reminds you of what point you were in your development then, what were the challenges and the lessons, so it helps when you give advice. What I like about them is that when you speak to them, they really listen. They are hungry for advice and it reminds me that now that I’m one of the older players having to speak to them and teach them.”

continue reading here : http://anfieldindex.com/27394/take-that-wijnaldum-is-the-anfield-jedi-master.html

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Lallana could miss six of Liverpool’s last nine Premier League games

International break bites for Reds as star midfielder left struggling with thigh problem

  • 16:49, 28 MAR 2017
  • Updated07:48, 29 MAR 2017

Adam Lallana could miss up to six Liverpool games after being ruled out for up to a month with a thigh problem.

The 27-year-old midfielder completed England’s 2-0 victory over Lithuania but is understood to have tweaked a thigh muscle towards the end of the Wembley encounter on Sunday.

It means of course he will initially miss this Saturday’s Merseyside derby against Everton but the damage will be felt throughout a busy April.

After Everton (April 1), Liverpool will host Bournemouth at Anfield the following Wednesday before the always tricky journey to Stoke for a rare 3pm kick-off on Grand National day (April 8).

continue reading here : http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/lallana-could-miss-six-liverpools-12810409

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Why Jurgen Klopp’s record in early kickoffs presents a challenge for the Merseyside derby

 29 March 2017

Liverpool take on Everton at Anfield in a 12.30pm kickoff on Saturday, throwing up a familiar problem for Jurgen Klopp during his Reds career.

After another frustrating international break that has seen Adam Lallana return from England duty injured, Liverpool are back in action for a showpiece clash.

Having sealed a 1-0 win in the first Merseyside derby of the season at Goodison Park in December, the Reds take on their city rivals in a lunchtime kickoff on home turf.

This stands to be a major test of Klopp’s side in their quest for a top-four finish, and getting things going early only compounds that.

In 15 early kickoffs (up to 1.30pm) so far as Liverpool manager, Klopp has won just five, drawing three and, worryingly, losing seven—a 33 percent win ratio.

Adding to this weekend’s concern, the Reds are yet to win an early kickoff at Anfield, drawing once and losing twice in their three outings.

Away from home, the German has overseen five wins, two draws and five losses, further underlining an inconsistency when tasked with making the first move.

Those victories came against Chelsea, Norwich City, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth last season and Swansea City this term.

continue reading here : http://www.thisisanfield.com/2017/03/jurgen-klopps-record-early-kickoffs-presents-challenge-merseyside-derby/

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Internationals: Mixed results for Klavan, Mignolet and Wijnaldum

Ragnar Klavan, Simon Mignolet and Georginio Wijnaldum were each involved in international friendlies on Tuesday evening.

Liverpool centre-back Klavan clocked up 90 minutes for Estonia as they claimed a 3-0 victory over Croatia in Tallinn.

Simon Mignolet featured for the whole game as Belgium played out a 3-3 draw with Russia, while his Reds teammate Divock Origi remained on the bench.

continue reading here : http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/258334-internationals-mixed-results-for-klavan-mignolet-and-wijnaldum

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Mollie Green departs Liverpool Ladies for Everton


28th March 2017

Liverpool Ladies have confirmed striker Mollie Green is leaving the club to join Merseyside rivals Everton Ladies.

The 19-year-old progressed through the centre of excellence and made three appearances, including a recent substitute outing against the Blues in the FA Women’s Cup, during her time with the Reds.

Ladies manager Scott Rogers said: “Mollie is a player with real potential but we feel as though the move suits all parties.

continue reading here : http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/ladies/258251-mollie-green-departs-liverpool-ladies-for-everton

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32 photos from Melwood: Reds prepare for derby

28th March 2017

Liverpool continued preparations for the Merseyside derby with training at Melwood on Tuesday – and our photographers were there to provide a gallery from the session.

The Reds host neighbours Everton this weekend in the 228th meeting between the rivals from either side of Stanley Park.

See how Jürgen Klopp and his players have been getting ready for the Premier League game in the slideshow of pictures below.

continue reading here : http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/258264-32-photos-from-melwood-reds-prepare-for-derby

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Robbie Fowler: Anfield derbies are always special

Robbie Fowler expects Liverpool’s current crop to relish the opportunity to contest a 228th Merseyside derby meeting with Everton in front of their own fans on Saturday.

The Blues haven’t tasted victory at Anfield since September 1999 and the legendary No.9 hopes that record will be extended as Jürgen Klopp’s charges look to strengthen their top-four claims.

Fowler, who netted six goals in derby clashes over the years, expects a fixture that often provides fireworks to live up to its billing once again.

“The derby’s always special,” Fowler said. “As players, these are the games we live and breathe for.

“Any chance you’ve got to play an Everton side at Anfield in front of your own fans is always special. The crowd’s always up for it.

continue reading here : http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/258214-robbie-fowler-anfield-derbies-are-always-special

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