Category "Players"

The Best Transfer Signings of Richard Hughes: Liverpool’s Sporting Director

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Red Handshake LogoFour of Liverpool’s most favourite sons, The Beatles, wrote and recorded a famous song about revolution back in 1968.

Fast forward the best part of 60 years and there’s very much revolution in the air at Liverpool FC, too.

Jurgen Klopp will depart the club, leaving an almighty void to be filled. One thing that the Reds hierarchy seems very keen to do is present the new head coach, whoever that may be, with a young, hungry and progressive squad to work with.

To that end, Michael Edwards – the club’s CEO – has managed to persuade Richard Hughes to leave his beloved Bournemouth and take up the position of sporting director at Anfield.

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The Most Underrated Players and Managers in Liverpool FC History

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Red Speech Bubble Question MarkJanuary 1964. Roy Evans joins Liverpool FC as a 16-year-old defender after Bill Shankly personally visited the family’s Bootle home to talk to his mum and dad.

In truth, Evans’ playing career at Liverpool never really bore fruit, but it was on the coaching staff – he took up the position of reserve team manager aged just 25 under Shankly’s successor Bob Paisley – that his love affair with the club really began.

He became a member of the infamous Boot Room of coaches, playing his part in planning some of the club’s most famous days on home and international soil, before his qualities as a coach were rewarded with promotion to the first-team manager’s role in 1994.

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Which Liverpool Star Has Won the Most Premier League Player of the Month Awards?

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White Calendar Icon on Red BackgroundIt’s always nice to get the recognition of your peers no matter what your chosen vocation.

For Premier League footballers, being nominated for the Player of the Month award is a happy thing – they have been recognised as the standout players in arguably the best domestic competition on the planet, which is no mean feat.

As you would expect, there’s been no shortage of Liverpool players nominated for Premier League Player of the Month since the division’s inception in 1992, with Mo Salah prominent amongst them.

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The Best Goals in Merseyside Derby History

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Close Up of Traditional Football Hitting Goal NetToday, September 15, marks the anniversary of one of the most memorable Merseyside derby goals in recent memory.

At Goodison Park in 2001, a youthful Steven Gerrard dropped his shoulder, surged past Gary Naysmith and buried an unstoppable cross-shot into the top corner of the Everton net.

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Ten Liverpool Players That Have Become Racehorse Owners

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Close Up of the Eye of a Dark Brown HorseGiven the proximity of Anfield to Aintree, Chester and other racecourses in the North West, it’s perhaps no surprise that Liverpool FC and the sport of horse racing are indelibly linked.

Horses named Van Dijk, Klopp and Mosala – that’s a nod to Mo Salah, if you hadn’t figured it out – have all enjoyed success in British racing, while Jurgen Klopp himself once described speedy forward Darwin Nunez as being ‘like a racehorse’ after his performance against Fulham back in May.

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Young Guns: Ranking Liverpool’s Best Academy Graduates

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Red Cone on Football Training PitchLiverpool have bolstered the ranks of their various academy and youth age group teams this summer.

Trey Nyoni joins from Leicester City, where he made a catalogue of appearances for their Under-18 team despite being just 16. He has also represented England at youth level.

Amara Nallo has also put pen to paper on terms with the Reds, joining from West Ham. The defender was described by his academy coach Carlton Cole as a ‘Rolls Royce’ of a player.

Although the duo haven’t come through the ranks with the Reds, they will now enter Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s ‘finishing school’ of an under-18s side, where they will be hoping to become the latest cabs off the rank to make the breakthrough into first-team action at Anfield.

If they can, they will be following in the footsteps of some Liverpool FC legends….

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From Germany with Love: Has Klopp’s Preference for Bundesliga Signings Been Successful?

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Bundesliga FlagIn comes another one.

As Liverpool flail desperately in a bid to sign a defensive midfield player in the summer transfer window, Jurgen Klopp has turned to a happy hunting ground in the hope of signing the right player.

Wataru Endo looks to be Klopp’s number one choice to fill the void left behind by Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and co. The Stuttgart man is expected to sign for around £15 million, and at the age of 30 brings an end to Liverpool’s traditional transfer policy of signing players for tomorrow as much as today.

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Who Has Captained Liverpool the Most Times?

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Boots of Footballer with Red SocksAt the age of 32, the jury is out on exactly how many games Virgil van Dijk will be Liverpool captain for.

The Dutch defender will replace Jordan Henderson as skipper for the 2023/24 season, so there’s a chance that – combining this term and next – Van Dijk could get close to 80 games as Liverpool captain.

That would just about scrape him into the top 25 players to have captained Liverpool the most….although it’s nigh-on impossible that Van Dijk will catch the man at the top of that very list.

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Gerrard vs Henderson: Who is Liverpool’s Greatest Midfielder of the Modern Era?

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Red Captain's Armband IconWhen it comes to analysing the performances of a footballer, we instinctively turn to quantitative measures – goals, assists, clean sheets and the like.

But for midfield generals, the analysis is often just as much qualitative – their importance to a team going above and beyond mere numbers.

Liverpool have been lucky to have not one but two of the best English midfielders of the modern era in Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson, and in a ‘it takes one to know one’ twist it’s rather ironic that one of Gerrard’s first signings as manager of Saudi outfit Al-Ettifaq looks set to be the Reds’ club captain.

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Who is Liverpool’s Greatest Ever Number Nine?

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3D Number 9 on Material BackgroundA new season provides a fresh start in football – a welcome chance to hit the reset button.

For Darwin Nunez, the 2023/24 season will be one in which his performances are heavily scrutinised – is the Uruguayan productive enough to be described as an elite level player?

At least Nunez himself isn’t shirking the challenge – in fact, the 24-year-old is positively owning it after requesting the number nine shirt for the forthcoming season.

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