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2005 07 05 Retrieve
[England midfielder finally confirms departure intent. Gerrard admits: ‘I want to leave’] The club has made it crystal clear we want to keep Steven at Anfield. Sadly, he has told us this afternoon that he will not accept our offer of an improved and extended contract because he wants to leave Liverpool. We very much regret the decision he has taken
- 2007 01
- Dubai International Capital (DIC) pull out of a takeover bid after they try in vain to force Liverpool to come to a decision while the club’s board consider a new offer made by American tycoons George Gillett and Tom Hicks.
- 2007 02 02
- American tycoons George Gillett and Tom Hicks offer £435 million for the ownership of Liverpool. This includes £215m for the building of a proposed new stadium on Stanley Park. The club’s board, led by chairman David Moores and chief executive Rick Parry, unanimously recommend that this offer be accepted. David Moores sold his 51% majority shares in the club to the current owners - American businessmen George Gillett and Tom Hicks
- 2007 02 06
- The offer from George Gillett and Tom Hicks is accepted, valuing the club at £218.9m (£5,000 per share), and confirming debts of £44.8m. In their original press conference, Gillett promises work on Liverpool’s new stadium would begin immediately, saying: ‘The spade has to be in the ground within 60 days’
- 2007 05
- Liverpool are beaten by AC Milan in the Champions League final, with Hicks promising afterwards that serious funds will be made available to manager Rafael Benitez with which he can strengthen the squad. It results in the infamous soundbyte: ‘If Rafa said he wanted to buy Snoogy Doogy we would back him’
- 2007 Summer
- Liverpool embark on a major spending spree, adding Spanish star Fernando Torres, as well as Ryan Babel and Yossi Benayoun. Supporters welcome Torres, a club record signing at around £20m, in particular.
- 2007 11
- Benitez and the owners fall out over the Spaniard’s transfer targets for January 2008. Gillett and Hicks reportedly tell Benitez to ‘concentrate on training and coaching the players he already has’. Benitez responds with a frosty press conference in which he repeats that phrase in answer to every question. Liverpool’s form, impressive in the early weeks of the season, begins to deteriorate.
- 2008 01 14
- Hicks admits the club had made an approach to former Germany manager Juergen Klinsmann, with a view to Klinsmann replacing Benitez as manager. The meeting took place at the height of the feud between Benitez and the owners in November. Hicks says, however, that such a move was ‘an insurance policy, to have him become manager if Rafa left for Real Madrid’.
- 2008 01 22
- Liverpool supporters, who have formed the supporters’ union Spirit of Shankly, protest against the Americans’ ownership before, during and after the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa. Banners pledge their support for Benitez, as well as urging Gillett and Hicks to sell to DIC, who are rumoured to be interested.
- 2008 04
- It emerges that Gillett and Hicks are barely on speaking terms, throwing the club into turmoil. Rick Parry, it transpires, was present when Gillett and Hicks met with Klinsmann the previous November, further souring his relationship with Benitez. Days later, Hicks rounds on Parry, accusing the chief executive of failing in his commercial and professional duties, and advising the termination of his contract. Parry would leave his role at the end of the following season.
- 2009 01
- Benitez is left frustrated by the club’s transfer policy, as funds are denied following the sale of striker Robbie Keane, and the club fail to act swiftly over the contract of Daniel Agger. Benitez himself refuses to commit to a long-term deal until assurances are made regarding the control of the club.
- 2009 03
- Rumours surface ahead of the Reds’ Champions League clash with Real Madrid that Benitez has quit. They prove to be unfounded, and days later it is announced that Parry will be leaving the club at the end of the season. Liverpool finish the campaign second, just four points short of Manchester United.
- 2009 06 18
- Former Liverpool Chairman David Moores quits Anfield Board Of Directors. Moores confessed that he was left heartbroken and let down by the new owners, and he follows in the footsteps of chief executive Rick Parry in his decision to step down this summer after twelve years at the club.
2009 08 10 Retrieve
[Liverpool Offer Their Condolences After Death Of Espanyol Captain Daniel Jarque] Everyone at Liverpool Football Club has been deeply saddened by the sudden death of Espanyol captain Daniel Jarque following a heart attack on Saturday. The 26-year-old, who played against the Reds a week ago, died after a training session with his team-mates in Italy
- 2009 Summer
- Christian Purslow, financial expert and Liverpool supporter, is appointed as managing director. His brief is to find £100m of fresh investment, which will help satisfy Liverpool’s creditors. The playing side suffers, with Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa sold, and Alberto Aquilani and Glen Johnson added, but further funds are denied.
- 2009 09
- Gillett criticises Benitez in a meeting with supporters’ union Spirit of Shankly. The American claims that Liverpool’s financial situation is healthier than that of Manchester United, and also denies promising fans that work on a new stadium would begin ‘within 60 days’ of his arrival at Anfield.
- 2010 01
- Liverpool fans are left incensed after Tom Hicks Jnr, a board member at Anfield, responds to an e-mail from a supporter with a foul-mouthed tirade. Hicks Jnr is forced to resign, with commercial director Ian Ayre and financial director Philip Nash added to the board.
- 2010 03
- Reports surface suggesting a bid of £110m has been made from the Rhone Group - a New York-based private equity firm - for a 40 per cent stake in Liverpool. Gillett and Hicks fail to respond to the offer within the deadline.
- 2010 04
- Gillett and Hicks announce the appointment of British Airways chairman Martin Broughton, who will oversee the formal sale of the club as soon as possible. The Americans’ statement reads: ‘Owning Liverpool Football Club over these past three years has been a rewarding and exciting experience for us and our families. Having grown the Club this far we have now decided together to look to sell the Club to owners committed to take the Club through its next level of growth and development’
- 2010 05
- Sunday Telegraph reports that Dubai International Capital were close to a £500m takeover prove wide of the mark. The group that initially missed out on buying the club to Hicks and Gillett and were believed to be ready to commit funds for player transfers and for a new stadium.
- 2010 08
- Chinese investor Kenny Huang announces his interest in acquiring the club. After initial claims of backing from his nation’s government and ability to buy any player Roy Hodgson wanted, the 46-year-old officially announces his withdrawal from the race on August 21. The Huang situation was matched by the approach from businessman Yahya Kirdi. The Syrian - who headed a consortium of Middle East investors - initially claimed to be in advanced negotiations on August 4, before he announced he expected to conclude a preliminary deal before the season’s opening fixture against Arsenal on the 15th. Again, no offer was agreed.
- 2010 09
- In a bid to retain control, co-owner Tom Hicks attempts to refinance the £237m debt to the Royal Bank of Scotland. If unable to find fresh credit, the Texan could be forced to relinquish his investment on October 15. Reports emerge on September 19 that a £280m package had been agreed with private equity firm Blackstone. A large-scale campaign from Liverpool supporters follows and the company announces the following day that they had no intention of concluding a deal to leave Hicks stranded.
- 2010 10
- With the date looming to repay RBS or face a £60m penalty charge, rumours emerge that a proposed deal with the New England Sports Venture (NESV) - headed by multi-millionaire Boston Red Sox owner John W. Henry - has been agreed on the 5th.
2014 01 08 Retrieve
[Liverpool defender Agger suffers calf strain] Agger will now undergo further assessment by the club’s medical staff to determine the extent of the problem.
2015 11 28 Retrieve
[Former Liverpool defender Gerry Byrne dies, aged 77] The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool FC are with Gerry’s family and friends at this time
2018 08 24 Retrieve
[Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group insist the club is not for sale following reports of a failed £2 billion ($2.6bn) takeover attempt from an Abu Dhabi consortium earlier this year] FSG have been clear and consistent in their stance that the club is not for sale. What the ownership have said - again clearly and consistently - is that ‘under the right terms and conditions we would consider taking on a minority investor, if such a partnership was to further our commercial interests in specific marketplaces and in line with the continued development and growth of the club and the team
2019 08 01 Retrieve
[Liverpool’s new teenage signing Harvey Elliott has apologised via social media following the publication of a video in which he appeared to mock Tottenham star Harry Kane] I would just like to wholeheartedly apologise for any offence caused on the back of a video of me currently circulating on the internet. The video was taken whilst messing around with friends in a private environment and was not directed at any individual but I realise that my actions were both immature and senseless. I would like to stress that the contents of the video do not represent who I am as a person or how I’ve been brought up, and I am truly sorry
2019 08 01b Retrieve
[Liverpool have said that a video of Harvey Elliott that appeared to show him mocking England captain Harry Kane is completely wrong and not in keeping with the club’s values] The club believes Harvey is right in offering a full and unreserved apology for the comments made in the video. Clearly the use of such language is completely wrong and not in keeping with our values or what we would expect from any employee. Given the clip was recorded prior to the player signing for the club and was not in the public domain at that time, we won’t be making any further comment publicly
2019 08 04 Retrieve
[Simon Mignolet has left Liverpool for Club Brugge in an £8.2 million deal] After completing successful medical tests, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet signs a contract for five years with Blauw-Zwart. Liverpool FC, Club Brugge and Simon reached an agreement on this today
: 2019 08 05 Liverpool are set to sign former West Ham goalkeeper Adrian on a free transfer
: 2019 08 05 Liverpool have completed the signing of former West Ham goalkeeper Adrian following the departure of Simon Mignolet.
: 2019 08 06 Liverpool have held talks with Leeds United over a deal that would see Ryan Kent leave Anfield for the Championship club before the closure of the transfer window
: 2019 08 06b Liverpool winger Harry Wilson has completed a season-long loan move to Bournemouth. Bournemouth have paid a £2.5 million loan fee for Wilson, with another £500,000 due in bonuses depending on performance
2019 08 22 Retrieve
[Liverpool announce ‘ambitious’ Anfield redevelopment plans] Liverpool Football Club today reaffirms its intention to redevelop the Anfield Road stand with ambitious new plans now under active consideration.
2019 08 28 Retrieve
[Rubie’s statement, which was shared by Bobby Duncan on his own Twitter page] There has been a lot of things said the last few weeks regarding Bobby Duncan’s future at Liverpool. And today [Wednesday] is the final straw of the behaviour and dealing of Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards. A few months ago before the end of last season, Bobby had meetings with the club’s hierarchy including academy director Alex Inglethorpe. It was recognised that Bobby wasn’t happy at Liverpool for different reasons and Alex invited us to bring offers to the club for the exit of Bobby Duncan. For a player with zero first-team experience, no clubs were prepared to pay an outright reasonable fee for a player they got for £200,000 last summer.
With that in mind we have been able to find clubs that were ready to take Bobby on a season-long loan with a (sic) option to buy for amounts of £1.5 million upwards, which is a great return for the club on a player who will never play for the Liverpool first team and who doesn’t want to be there. The club and Michael Edwards specifically made it clear that that kind of deal wouldn’t work. So then myself and my team worked even harder and managed to get a deal on the table for a loan with an obligation to buy after five starts with a higher transfer fee than before and a sell-on to Liverpool. Putting all of that aside, the real reason Bobby missed the U23 game [against Southampton] on Monday is because he has suffered some deep mental health issues with all the stress the club has put him under.
Stress of being told he can leave but then going out of their way to force him to stay against his will. Not only is he on a very small salary but he also has one season left on his contract after this one and Liverpool have flatly said he will not get a new one. Bobby has not left his room for four days because of this and will never go back to Liverpool again and my only concern now is his mental health and well being. The Liverpool hierarchy have shown zero consideration to that and have even gone as far as saying in writing that they will punish him and make him stay at the club until January and beyond to teach him a lesson. This is not really dignified behaviour from a club with the rich history of Liverpool and one who one of their greatest ever players Steven Gerrard happens to be Bobby’s cousin. It’s a sad state of affairs that a club such as a Liverpool can be allowed to get away with mentally bullying and destroying the life of a young man such as Bobby.
I know one thing for sure, and that is he is never going back there again and he’s on such a small salary that no amount of fines will even make a difference. In this situation all that matters is the player’s health and in this case Michael Edwards has totally ignored that because of his own stubbornness and I really pray that his experience doesn’t happen to any young players again
2019 08b 28 Retrieve
[Liverpool respond to ‘unfounded allegations’ following furious rant by Bobby Duncan’s agent] Liverpool Football Club is aware and disappointed by the unattributed comments and unfounded allegations that have been made in the media regarding one of our players. As the interests of the player in question are not best served by either inaccurate speculation, inflammatory statements or public discourse, we will be making no further comment. We will, however, continue our efforts to work privately with the player to find resolution in the best interests of all involved
2019 04 12 Retrieve
[Liverpool legend Tommy Smith has passed away at age 74 after a five year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease] We’re deeply saddened by the passing of our former captain Tommy Smith, aged 74. The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with Tommy’s family and many friends. Rest in peace, the Anfield Iron.
: 2019 05 12 Man City have clinched their second successive Premier League title, overcoming 83 seconds of sheer panic at Brighton - after the hosts had taken the lead - to eventually run out comfortable 4-1 winners. In doing so they became the first team to retain the Premier League title for 10 years
: 2019 05 12b Mohamed Salah will have to share Golden Boot Award, with team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulling level on the final day of the season
: 2019 05 12c Liverpool may have missed out agonisingly on the Premier League title despite Sunday’s win over Wolves, but there was some consolation for goalkeeper Alisson Becker in the shape of the Golden Glove award
: 2019 05 23 Of the 20 teams that competed in the Premier League 10 years ago, for example, only seven have managed to maintain their divisional integrity. They are: Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham and Manchester City. The rest have all tasted relegation. Aston Villa, Fulham, West Ham, Stoke City, West Brom, Newcastle United, Hull City and Middlesbrough have all dropped into the Championship at various stages, while Bolton, Sunderland, Wigan Athletic, Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers tumbled further down the pyramid, dropping into League One
: 2019 05 24 Napoli have made an approach to sign Nathaniel Clyne from Liverpool.
: 2019 05 24 Liverpool youngster Anderson Arroyo is attracting attention with his performances for Colombia at the Under-20 World Cup in Poland.
2019 05 29 Retrieve
[What happened at Heysel? Juventus vs Liverpool European club ban explained. The organisation’s official observer Gunter Schneider said] Only the English fans were responsible. Of that there is no doubt.
2019 05 29b Retrieve
[What happened at Heysel? Juventus vs Liverpool European club ban explained. Eyewitness Ed Vulliamy] The signs had been there all day, as the British fans got drunk and rowdy on their way to the ground. In fact, they had been there for years: Britain was on patriotic turbo-charge after the election of Margaret Thatcher and war in the Falklands, and no one expressed the mood with greater articulacy than ‘our boys’ supporting football teams in Europe. There had already been serious trouble with Spurs and Manchester United; now it was Liverpool’s turn
: 2019 05 31 Imagine Dragons has been confirmed by UEFA as the band that will play before the 2018-19 Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham at Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano.
: 2019 05 31b If Liverpool were to lift the Champions League trophy against Tottenham Hotspur at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on Saturday, not only would it be the first major honour under Jurgen Klopp’s reign at Anfield but a deserved cap to arguably their strongest season in the Premier League era
2019 06 01 Retrieve
[Liverpool’s surprise Champions League hero Divock Origi conceded he can barely believe the events of the last few months after getting his hands on the trophy after Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham] It’s unbelievable. Winning a Champions League is so hard. Today we’re here, we pulled together with the team and supporters and we have to celebrate all together. I think we just did it as a team, we made a positive step forward. We kept improving ourselves and we used the experiences of the past for now. We have a good mix of talent and experienced players and today was just about enjoying it and we did.
[Victory also meant a first title at Liverpool for Jurgen Klopp, finally breaking the German’s final jinx] He fits perfectly in the values of the club. He’s someone who loves the game, is a good man, and he pushes us. Whenever we’re tired we know that we have energy on the side, somebody who is going to push us, and he has a football brain as well. Also the fans. They also push us, they’re special. Again… we did it all together, we needed every single person and we just have to enjoy this
: 2019 06 03 Liverpool will travel to Qatar in mid-season as FIFA has confirmed the country will host the Club World Cup in both 2019 and 2020 before the competition undergoes a substantial revamp
: 2019 06 04 Liverpool have announced that Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno will be leaving the club this summer upon the expiration of their contracts
: 2019 06 09 Liverpool have received approaches from Germany and Spain, as well as from the Premier League, for midfielder Marko Grujic.
: 2019 06 12 Liverpool will demand £12 million for Ryan Kent this summer, with the young winger set to turn down the chance to join Leeds United on loan
: 2019 06 13 Liverpool return to the Premier League in 2019-20 as European champions and will be on a mission to claim the English crown after narrowly missing out last season
: 2019 06 17 Glasglow Rangers are set to complete the signing of Sheyi Ojo on a season-long loan deal from Liverpool.
: 2019 06 19 Schalke and Sporting CP are set for a £10 million battle to sign Liverpool youngster Rafa Camacho.
: 2019 06 20 Liverpool has become the latest Premier League clubs to enter the EFL Trophy, having confirmed their participation in the 2019-20 tournament.
: 2019 06 21 Former Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has announced that he is to retire from football
: 2019 06 24 The 2019 Community Shield will be contested by Liverpool and Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s City, who won the 2018 edition, booked their place in the curtain-raiser event by virtue of winning the 2018-19 Premier League. Ordinarily, the other team in the Community Shield is the winner of the FA Cup, but since City won that too, the team which finished second in the league - in this case Liverpool - is drafted in.
: 2019 06 24b Liverpool are hoping to complete the signing of teenage defender Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle.
: 2019 06 27 Liverpool winger Rafa Camacho has joined Sporting CP in a deal worth an initial £5 million. The Reds will receive a fee for the 19-year-old, with a further £2m in performance-related add-ons forming part of the final deal. There will also be a 20 per cent sell-on clause in the deal, as well as a buy-back option
: 2019 06 30 His former boss Jaap Stam says Liverpool have nothing to lose from signing teenage Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle.
: 2019 07 01 Hertha Berlin have signed Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic on a season-long loan
: 2019 07 01b Alberto Moreno has paid tribute to Liverpool and their supporters following his release
: 2019 07 03 Liverpool have implemented a successful loan strategy, which nurtures some starlets for the first team and generates money from sales from others. The exodus is officially underway. Big departures are not anticipated. Klopp has already allowed the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno to leave
: 2019 07 03b Lazio have confirmed the signing of Liverpool youngster Bobby Adekanye after he decided against extending his contract on Merseyside.
: 2019 07 04 Will Liverpool regret their quiet summer transfer market? It’s a summer of continuity for Liverpool rather than a summer of progress. That is a risky strategy in the Premier League, where it costs money even just to stand still. Within the club they are happy with what they’ve got, more or less, and feel if there were players out there that could improve the squad, then they would be signed
: 2019 07 05 The Premier League confirmed on Friday, July 5 which of the fixtures in the opening two months of the season will be moved for television coverage. The season will begin on the weekend of August 9-11, with Champions League winners Liverpool raising the curtain on the new campaign as they welcome promoted Norwich to Anfield on the Friday night
2019 07 06 Retrieve
[Liverpool expect Naby Keita to recover from an adductor strain in time for the new Premier League campaign] The injury ended Keita’s participation in the tournament and he returned to Melwood for further examination by the club’s medical team. However, he is set to be ready to start pre-season training as planned when back on Merseyside following an end-of-season break later in July
2019 07 06b Retrieve
[Switzerland star Shaqiri was forced off in the Nations League encounter against England] Liverpool will further assess an injury Xherdan Shaqiri sustained during Switzerland’s Nations League encounter with England. The forward is due to return to Melwood in the coming weeks, where the calf issue will be checked by the Reds’ medical team. The knock forced Shaqiri from the field after 65 minutes during the encounter at Estadio D Afonso Henriques in Portugal on June 9
: 2019 07 06c Liverpool and Tottenham have been informed that Fiorentina have no intention of parting with Federico Chiesa, with Rocco Commisso vowing that his club ‘won’t make the same mistake as with Roberto Baggio’
: 2019 07 07 Marc Kosicke pointed out that Germany coach Joachim Low is also on a contract that runs out in 2022 and indicated that taking charge of Die Mannschaft is not out of the question for his client Jurgen Klopp.
: 2019 07 08 Liverpool are set to complete the signing of teenage forward Harvey Elliott from Fulham.
: 2019 07 09 Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool will be without Xherdan Shaqiri for the start of their pre-season programme due to a calf tear
: 2019 07 09b Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino were both called up by Seleção, as Tite’s men pulled off a 3-1 victory over Peru in the final
: 2019 07 09c Villarreal have agreed a deal to sign former Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno on a five-year contract
: 2019 07 11 Fulham wonderkid Harvey Elliott was in attendace for an easy friendly victory for Liverpool on Thursday as he closes on what would be a dream move to Anfield.
: 2019 07 12 Peter Crouch has announced his retirement from football at the age of 38 having represented England, Liverpool, Tottenham and many other clubs across a distinguished career
2019 07 13 Retrieve
[Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson has been treated for an infected hand] Andy Robertson has undergone a minor procedure on his hand after picking up an infection. The defender reported back for pre-season training on Saturday morning but will be temporarily delayed in participating in the usual tests and drills, with the club’s medical team continuing to monitor his rehabilitation from the surgery. Robertson will travel to the United States for the Reds’ pre-season tour next week
: 2019 07 13b Liverpool are facing an anxious wait over the fitness of young striker Paul Glatzel.
: 2019 07 14 Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane is expected to complete a loan move to the Championship this week. Hull City, Brentford and Charlton Athletic are all keen on signing the 20-year-old, who enjoyed a standout campaign at Doncaster Rovers in League One last term
: 2019 07 15 Anderson Arroyo has been denied the chance to play his part on Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the USA due to a broken foot
: 2019 07 15b Liverpool goalkeeper Kamil Grabara has joined Huddersfield on a season-long loan deal
: 2019 07 15c Philippe Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, has said the Barcelona attacker would not consider a move to any Premier League side other than Liverpool.
: 2019 07 21 The Reds are set to complete their second signing of the summer, with the arrival of Harvey Elliott from Fulham expected in the coming days
: 2019 07 23 Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius claims to have turned down five offers to cut short his two-year loan spell at Besiktas,
: 2019 07 23b Liverpool will allow Ovie Ejaria to leave on a permanent basis this summer - but only if their asking price of £3m is met
2019 07 24 Retrieve
[Liverpool also confirmed the injury sustained by Yasser Larouci in a feisty pre-season friendly against Sevilla is not thought to be serious. Larouci was caught by a wild tackle from defender Joris Gnagnon, who was sent off for the challenge and later apologised on social media] Larouci has suffered heavy bruising in his femur bone and the club’s medical team will continue to monitor the injury as it settles. However, the Reds are optimistic the 18-year-old will only be ruled out for no more than a matter of weeks
: 2019 07 25 Injuries, poor pitches and average performances - Liverpool will be glad to get home after testing US tour. Jurgen Klopp’s side ended their three-game American trip by sharing the Western Union Cup with Sporting CP in New York. A difficult tour ended in underwhelming fashion for Liverpool, who drew 2-2 with Sporting CP at New York’s iconic Yankee Stadium
: 2019 07 27 Liverpool have confirmed their star trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker will report to the club on July 29.
: 2019 07 27b Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that Divock Origi is like a new signing after the 24-year-old forward signed a new long-term deal at Anfield
: 2019 07 28 Liverpool have completed their second signing of the summer after confirming the arrival of Fulham teenager Harvey Elliott. Elliott links up with the Merseyside outfit after a memorable campaign at Craven Cottage during which he became the Premier League’s youngest ever player
: 2019 07 28b Reds manager Klopp is now a three-time Coach of the Year winner in Germany - a feat previously only achieved by Felix Magath. The European champion made for an obvious choice as he finished 44 votes clear of second-placed Friedhelm Funkel, the mastermind behind Fortuna Dusseldorf’s unexpected 10th-place finish in the Bundesliga. Eintracht Frankfurt head coach Adi Hutter pipped Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac to third
2019 09 10 Retrieve
[A man who invaded the pitch during Liverpool’s match against Norwich at Anfield last month has been arrested after failing to attend a court hearing. A Norwich Police statement] PC Quinn of Norwich North SNT (Safer Neighbourhood Team) has been out on his police bike patrolling this afternoon and arrested a male in his 30’s for failing to appear at court in Merseyside in relation to streaking on the pitch during the Norwich vs Liverpool game on the 9th Aug 2019
2019 09 10b Retrieve
[Norwich have also banned Grant Sleight from Carrow Road for life after invading the pitch during Liverpool’s match against Norwich at Anfield] Norwich City can confirm the individual who entered the field of play from the stand at Anfield on Friday night did not hold an away membership with the club and did not purchase a ticket via our official club channels. The individual has now been banned for life from Carrow Road and will also be subject to legal proceedings. Please be aware that any other person(s) who encroaches on the pitch at any fixture involving Norwich City will be handed the same punishment
2019 09 10c Retrieve
[When asked about the motivations behind his decision to run onto the pitch, Grant Sleight says] I just decided I was going to do it, I told my friends I was going to do it, and so, I did. I hadn’t touched a drop of anything
2019 09 18 Retrieve
[Two Liverpool supporters have been assaulted by men on scooters in Naples prior to the Reds’ Champions League opener against Napoli on Tuesday] We can confirm two Liverpool fans were reported to have been assaulted in Naples earlier today (Tuesday 17 September). At around 6pm local time (5pm GMT), it was reported a number of males on scooters approached the fans at a bar in the city before assaulting them. Two men from the UK, aged 26 and 46, sustained superficial cuts and grazes to the head and were treated at the scene before continuing to attend the match
2019 09 18b Tweet
[CEO Peter Moore used his Twitter account to update on the condition of Allan, saying he would not be leaving the hospital until he was satisfied the supporter was okay] I’m at the hospital with Steven Allen right now. We will not leave him until we are comfortable that he’s fine, so can everyone stop worrying for now. Trying to get him seen by a doctor, but there’s a distinct lack of urgency here from the police and medical staff
[Twenty minutes later Moore tweeted] Update to this. The hospital staff and the police have now helped Steven and been very cooperative. He’s been seen and will be monitored throughout the night. He asked me to thank everyone for their concern
2019 09 22 Retrieve
[Liverpool refuse to comment on reports of £1 million payment to Man City after scouting hacking allegations] Liverpool Football Club does not provide any comment on any allegations relating to legal agreements it may or may not have entered into with any other club, organisation or individual
2019 09 22b Retrieve
[Man City’s belief that their scouting database had been hacked was widely reported in the press at the time. If such wrongdoing had been proven, it would have represented a serious breach of the Premier League’s rules which state] Each club shall behave towards each other club and the League with the utmost good faith
2019 09 25 Retrieve
[Will football fans get a refund on Thomas Cook trips?] Our priority is to resolve the impact on those supporters for the next two home games at Anfield - Salzburg on Wednesday, October 2 and Leicester City on Saturday, October 5
2019 09 26 Retrieve
[Liverpool supporters’ union Spirit of Shankly have also released a statement in support of the decision] Spirit of Shankly welcome the IPO’s rejection of Liverpool FC’s trademark application, and the club’s decision not to appeal against it. SOS were clear at the outset that the word ‘Liverpool’ is not for FSG or anybody else to own - it belongs to the city of Liverpool and its people. We should all be allowed to use it freely, however we see fit, without fear of legal letters dropping through our doors. LFC have enough legal remedies from their current trademarks to address any issues they may have. Any more is unnecessary. Without fan activism, this issue may not have ended like this. Without fan involvement, there would be no challenge to the corporate greed within football. SOS remain vigilant to the stealth of the club in their relentless pursuit of money at any cost
2019 09 28 Retrieve
[Liverpool face being thrown out of Carabao Cup as EFL opens investigation] The club are aware of a potential administrative issue pertaining to one of our players. We are working with the relevant authorities in order to establish the facts of the matter and will be making no further comment until this process is complete
2019 10 01 Retrieve
[Former Porto employee Vitor Matos has joined Liverpool as part of Jurgen Klopp’s backroom staff] Vitor Matos has officially joined the Liverpool FC staff as elite development coach
2019 10 02 Retrieve
[Liverpool have avoided being kicked out of the Carabao Cup as the Reds were fined £200,000 for fielding an ineligible player in their third-round tie with Milton Keynes Dons. Pedro Chirivella played in that match, a 2-0 Liverpool win, despite having not received international clearance after the expiry of his loan last season with Spanish club Extremadura Union Deportiva] The board noted that the club had sought the assistance of the Football Association in securing the return of the international clearance prior to the start of this season. And the club had been able to include the player on team sheets for Premier League Two matches (under Premier League Rules) and one Leasing.com Trophy match, which resulted in the breach not being identified until the club reported the issue to the EFL and Premier League following the MK Dons match
The rules of the Carabao Cup require clubs to ensure all players are registered and eligible in line with their respective League’s rules before they play. The player was always contracted to Liverpool FC during this period, and the reason he was not eligible was because the club did not have the relevant international clearance following expiry of an earlier loan agreement. The club’s breach was in part due to the challenges it encountered with securing the correct international clearance, and its subsequent ability to include the player on teamsheets despite the lack of clearance. As a result the board concluded the most appropriate sanction was a financial penalty
2019 10 02b Retrieve
[The Reds indicated in a statement that they were comfortable with the punishment handed out by the EFL] The club accepts the judgement, outcome and punishment imposed by the EFL. We believe it is proportionate with the technical indiscretion committed and will be making no further representations. Even though there were mitigating factors, which were beyond our control or jurisdiction, we believe it appropriate we apologise to the competition’s governing body and also to Milton Keynes Dons
2019 10 22 Retrieve
[Manchester United are investigating after a fan in the home section at Old Trafford was alleged to have engaged in racial abuse during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool] Liverpool Football Club takes all allegations of this manner extremely seriously and will support the strongest possible action being taken against anyone found to be responsible.
At this stage it would be inappropriate to comment further on the alleged incident itself other than to welcome the swiftness with which Manchester United have launched an investigation and support their stance that racism and discrimination must be treated with zero tolerance
2019 10 23 Retrieve
[Liverpool vow to take action against fans after racist Divock Origi banner displayed at Genk] Liverpool Football Club condemns the offensive banner displayed in our section of the ground, prior to kick off. To be clear, the image used perpetuated a racist stereotype. This is completely unacceptable. We acted swiftly to have the banner removed and we are now working with the local authorities and stadium team in Genk to identify those responsible. Any subsequent action will be taken in keeping with our sanctions process
2019 10 25 Retrieve
[Liverpool win High Court kit battle as Reds prepare to swap New Balance for Nike] Liverpool FC is pleased with the judge’s decision to rule in favour of the club following the legal dispute with our current kit supplier, New Balance. We will continue with New Balance for the current season, in combination with preparing next season’s Liverpool kits with our new supplier
2019 11 05 Retrieve
[Liverpool confirm plans to play Carabao Cup & Club World Cup simultaneously] Liverpool Football Club can confirm our Carabao Cup quarter-final tie at Aston Villa will take place on Tuesday December 17, 2019. As a result, we will be utilising two playing squads simultaneously, with one squad participating in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar and another in the Carabao Cup. The club would like to take this opportunity to underline that while this is not an ideal scenario, it is an outcome which was arrived at with the best interests of the competition, our fellow clubs and ourselves as the sole motivating factor. We would like to thank the EFL for their efforts to accommodate us and we can confirm alternative dates were discussed, but ultimately none were considered suitable without compromising the scheduling of the competition itself or placing an undue strain on our playing staff
2019 11 25 Retrieve
[Reds will likely field a weakened second-string side for the Carabao Cup] Liverpool Football Club can confirm our Carabao Cup quarter-final tie at Aston Villa will take place on Tuesday December 17, 2019. As a result, we will be utilising two playing squads simultaneously, with one squad participating in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar and another in the Carabao Cup. The club would like to take this opportunity to underline that while this is not an ideal scenario, it is an outcome which was arrived at with the best interests of the competition, our fellow clubs and ourselves as the sole motivating factor. We would like to thank the EFL for their efforts to accommodate us and we can confirm alternative dates were discussed, but ultimately none were considered suitable without compromising the scheduling of the competition itself or placing an undue strain on our playing staff
2019 11 28 Retrieve
[Hillsborough match commander Duckenfield found not guilty of manslaughter. Club statement from Liverpool praised campaigners for their remarkable courage, dignity and resilience] We share the reactions and frustrations by the families today and those affected by the Hillsborough tragedy. We also reiterate that the inquests in April 2016 concluded that the behaviour of Liverpool supporters did not cause or contribute to the Hillsborough disaster. We were disappointed that the allegations were raised again in this process.
Duckenfield’s solicitor Ian Lewis, partner at JMW Solicitors LLP, said: David is of course relieved that the Jury has found him not guilty, however his thoughts and sympathies remain with the families of those who lost their loved ones. He understands the public interest in this case, but would ask that his privacy and that of his family is respected, and will not be commenting further
2019 11 29 Retrieve
[Liverpool have revealed that Fabinho will be out of action until 2020] Liverpool can confirm Fabinho suffered ankle ligament damage during the Champions League encounter with Napoli in midweek. The midfielder needed to be substituted after 18 minutes of the 1-1 draw at Anfield on Wednesday night after falling awkwardly during a challenge. Further assessment on the injury has discovered Fabinho will be out of action until the New Year. The Brazilian will begin a rehabilitation programme with the Reds’ medical team at Melwood as he works his way back to full fitness
2019 12 11 Retrieve
[Liverpool director Mike Gordon avoids injury as private plane skids off runway] He [Gordon] would like to pass on appreciation to the amazing staff at Liverpool Airport and emergency crews for their amazing work
2019 12 07 Retrieve
[Liverpool’s two Club World Cup matches have been moved from Al Rayyan to Doha after FIFA was forced to switch the venue for the final] Construction at Education City Stadium is complete and the venue is now operational. However, the necessary certification process took longer than expected and therefore the stadium was unable to host the required test events prior to the semi-final and final of the FIFA Club World Cup at full capacity. The priority is to ensure an enjoyable experience for all fans so it was decided to open the stadium at a later date
2019 12 21 Retrieve
[Due to December fixture congestion in which Liverpool are to play a Carabao Cup quarter-final tie against Aston Villa on December 17, as well as the Club World Cup semi-final a day later on December 18, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that he will field two different teams for both matches] Liverpool Football Club can confirm our Carabao Cup quarter-final tie at Aston Villa will take place on Tuesday December 17, 2019. As a result, we will be utilising two playing squads simultaneously, with one squad participating in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar and another in the Carabao Cup
2019 12 23 Retrieve
[Can Liverpool wear Club World Cup champions badge in the Premier League?] As per the usage guidelines, the winning team can wear the FIFA World Champions Badge from the day it becomes champions up to and including the final of the next edition of the tournament. The badge may only be used on the current official team playing shirts. That means that the FIFA World Champions Badge may not be used on previous [or] historical versions of the team shirts, training jerseys, tracksuits, training tops or any other products
2019 12 22 Retrieve
[Liverpool issue apology after Club World Cup ‘Rising Sun’ posts cause offence in Korea] Liverpool Football Club has recently published two images that some find offensive. As soon as it was brought to our attention, we took immediate action to rectify those errors and remove those images. We would like to apologise to anyone who may have been offended and will do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen again
2020 01 07 Retrieve
[Liverpool announce Nike as new official kit supplier from 2020-21 season] We welcome Nike into the LFC family as our new official kit supplier and expect them to be an incredible partner for the club, both at home and globally as we continue to expand our fanbase. As a brand, Nike reflects our ambitions for growth, and we look forward to working with them to bring fans new and exciting products
We’d like to thank New Balance for their support over the last few years and wish them well for the future
2020 03 13 Retrieve
[Liverpool welcome Premier League postponement in wake of coronavirus despite uncertainty over title win] Liverpool Football Club continues to implement the government’s advice on the coronavirus outbreak and welcomes today’s Premier League statement to postpone all games, including Premier League, FA Cup, academy and Women’s Super League fixtures, in the best interests of players, staff and supporters
The club has implemented its own precautions across its sites to minimise the spread of the coronavirus by minimising contact where practicable and reinforcing the official medical advice for everyone to take responsibility for excellent personal hygiene
2020 04 04 Retrieve
[A statement from Liverpool regarding their decision to furlough] Liverpool FC has placed some staff who are impacted by the Premier League suspension on furlough. The club has confirmed those staff will be paid 100 per cent of their salaries to ensure no member of staff is financially disadvantaged. Last month the club also confirmed that it would pay its matchday and non-matchday staff while the Premier League is suspended. Even prior to the decision on staff furloughing, there was a collective commitment at senior levels of the club - on and off the pitch - with everyone working towards a solution that secures jobs for employees of the club during this unprecedented crisis. There is ongoing active engagement about the topic of salary deductions during the period matches are not being played to schedule. These discussions are complex and as a result the process is ongoing
2020 04 06 Retrieve
[Liverpool reverse decision to furlough staff amid coronavirus pandemic] We have consulted with a range of key stakeholders as part of a process aimed at achieving the best possible outcome for all concerned.
A range of possible scenarios were considered, including but not restricted to: applying to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which pays 80 per cent of salary and guaranteeing the 20 per cent payment; applying to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme with a guarantee to reimburse monies received at a later date; and, thirdly, finding an alternative means to cover our furlough costs.
It is as a direct result of this extensive consultation and our own internal deliberations at various levels throughout the club that we have opted to find alternative means despite our eligibility to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week to announce that we intended to apply to the Coronavirus Retention Scheme and furlough staff due to the suspension of the Premier League football calendar, and are truly sorry for that.
Our intentions were, and still are, to ensure the entire workforce is given as much protection as possible from redundancy and/or loss of earnings during this unprecedented period.
But in the spirit of transparency we must also be clear, despite the fact we were in a healthy position prior to this crisis, our revenues have been shut off yet our outgoings remain. And like almost every sector of society, there is great uncertainty and concern over our present and future.
2020 04 08 Retrieve
[UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin offered some good news for Reds fans on Tuesday] I see no way for Liverpool to stay untitled. If the championship resumes, they will almost certainly win it - theoretically, it has not yet reached the guaranteed level, but it is practically close. However, if it could not be played, it would also be necessary to announce the results in some way and find some key on how the champions should be determined. And, of course, again I do not see a scenario in which that would not be Liverpool
2020 04 10 Retrieve
[Liverpool legend Dalglish tests positive for coronavirus] He would like to take this opportunity to thank the brilliant NHS staff, whose dedication, bravery and sacrifice should be the focus of the nation’s attention at this extraordinary time. He would also ask that they are given the space to do their jobs during what is an extremely challenging time for them and that his own family’s privacy is respected. He looks forward to being home soon
2020 04 14 Retrieve
[Liverpool first stated that they would be furloughing several employees] We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week to announce that we intended to apply to the Coronavirus Retention Scheme and furlough staff due to the suspension of the Premier League football calendar, and are truly sorry for that
2020 04 30 Retrieve
[Liverpool criticise city mayor over claims fans would break coronavirus social distancing rules if they win Premier League] As a club, we are aware of and disappointed by comments attributed to Mayor Joe Anderson in a media interview which was published today. As well as a lack of evidence to support such claims, we would also point to recent discussions with Mayor Anderson relating to the possibility of any behind-closed-doors football, which concluded that it is important that key stakeholders across the city continue to engage and work collaboratively. In recent weeks, we have engaged with supporters’ groups who have informed us of their determination to respect social distancing measures and, in the event of a resumption of football being announced, we would continue to work with them and other key stakeholders in keeping with our collective desire to achieve this crucial objective. As part of our ongoing operations, we are in regular contact with the Mayor and his office and we hope these conversations can continue. In the meantime, our primary focus remains responding to the humanitarian crisis which continues to unfold and in particular providing ongoing support to various NHS initiatives and those experiencing food poverty and social isolation
2020 06 05 Retrieve
[Chelsea champions & Liverpool relegated from Women’s Super League] Liverpool FC is disappointed by today’s decision on how the 2019-20 Women’s Super League season has been concluded, which will see the Reds relegated to the Championship. The Covid-19 pandemic has presented huge, ongoing challenges around the world, the majority far more important than football. The focus of our women’s team and staff since the beginning of the crisis was to be ready to return to WSL play when it was safe and proper to do so. We believe we would have been able to meet all operational requirements but a return to play was deemed impractical
2020 06 12 Retrieve
[Pedro Chirivella to leave Liverpool for Nantes] Everybody at Liverpool FC thanks Pedro for his contribution to the club and wishes him the best of luck in his future career
2020 06 15 Retrieve
[Liverpool’s Taiwo Awoniyi suffers concussion on loan at Mainz] Our striker Taiwo Awoniyi suffered a concussion … and is spending the night in hospital as a precautionary measure
2020 06 25 Retrieve
[Liverpool release England international Nathaniel Clyne following injury-ravaged spell] Liverpool can confirm Nathaniel Clyne will depart the club at the end of this month upon the expiry of his contract. Everyone at Liverpool Football Club would like to thank Nathaniel for his service and wish him all the best in his future career
2020 06 28 Retrieve
[Man charged after firework shot at Liver Building during Liverpool title celebrations] Several thousand people turned up at the Pier Head on Friday June 26 and some chose to ignore the social distancing guidance and risk public safety. The potential danger of a second peak of COVID-19 still exists and we need to work together to make sure we don’t undo everything that has been achieved as a region during lockdown. When it is safe to do so, we will all work together to arrange a victory parade when everyone can come together to celebrate. Until that time, the safety of our city and our people continues to be our number one priority
2020 06 28b Retrieve
[A joint statement issued by Liverpool FC, Merseyside Police, Liverpool City Council and Spirit of Shankly] During the evening the over-exuberance of some of those in attendance, who were setting off flares and fireworks, resulted in a small fire on a balcony of the Liver Building which had to be put out by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
We cannot stress enough that behaviour such as this is wholly unacceptable and those who were setting off fireworks and flares in the crowd were putting the safety of those around them at risk
Clearly we are still in a public health crisis and we need to work together with the public of Merseyside to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19
The potential danger of a second peak still exists and we need to work together to make sure we don’t undo everything we have achieved as a region during lockdown
The government has made it clear this week that if people continue to ignore guidelines around mass gatherings, whether they be at beaches or beauty spots, or for celebrations like we saw last night and the night before in Liverpool, then they have the ability to close down public spaces and will close areas if necessary
We all understand that fans want to celebrate, but now is not the time. We need to get through this first, and know that it is safe, before any victory parade can go ahead