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Ward exit shocks Liverpoolpublished at 13:4613:46 'A positive and unsung hero'published at 13:3513:35 'Johnson will be deeply missed'published at 14:34 23 November14:34 23 November Reds mourn passing of Johnsonpublished at 11:46 23 November11:46 23 November Winter training camp needs 'rest' over relentless pushpublished at 10:40 23 November10:40 23 November Transfer news: Tchouameni admits Liverpool interestpublished at 07:26 23 November07:26 23 November Did you know...?published at 16:07 22 November16:07 22 November 'You have to be perfect'published at 15:22 22 November15:22 22 November Jones and a new deal - why the hate?published at 12:47 22 November12:47 22 November 'No backbone - that's not how it works'published at 12:18 22 November12:18 22 November 🎧 New episode of The Red Kop available nowpublished at 08:26 22 November08:26 22 November Transfer news: Liverpool monitoring Ricepublished at 08:00 22 November08:00 22 November Why might FSG welcome investment?published at 15:35 21 November15:35 21 November 'What Gerrard did was amazing'published at 12:59 21 November12:59 21 November 'You have to wonder why they are doing this now'published at 10:59 21 November10:59 21 November Transfer news: Oxlade-Chamberlain set for Anfield exitpublished at 08:08 21 November08:08 21 November 'Now is the time to go out there and show the real me'published at 13:56 18 November13:56 18 November 'Love it son'published at 09:54 18 November09:54 18 November Transfer news: Reds aim for Bellingham move in January published at 07:58 18 November07:58 18 November What's your one World Cup wish?published at 16:22 17 November16:22 17 November Jones extends Liverpool contractpublished at 16:14 17 November16:14 17 November
  1. Ward exit shocks Liverpoolpublished at 13:46

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    Liverpool sporting director Julian Ward is to leave the club at the end of the season.

    Ward was only promoted into the role last summer when he moved up from his assistant sporting director position to replace Michael Edwards.

    The Reds are surprised and disappointed by the decision but believe the football operation will continue to function effectively until his departure.

    Ward, who was Manchester City's scouting strategist from 2010 to 2012 before a move to Liverpool, intends on taking a break and there is no indication he is leaving for a new role in the immediate future.

    Ward’s exit will result in Liverpool assessing their transfer set-up, with manager Jurgen Klopp and chief executive Billy Hogan involved in the process.

    It comes amid Liverpool chairman Tom Werner saying the club’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, were “exploring a sale” of the club.

  2. 'A positive and unsung hero'published at 13:35

    13:35

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    Two-time European Cup winner Alan Kennedy has paid tribute to the late David Johnson, marking the former Liverpool striker as an "unsung hero" who was "appreciated" by players and staff at the club.

    Johnson - seen alongside Sir Kenny Dalglish in the image - died on Wednesday at the age of 71 having spent spells at both Liverpool and Everton.

    He won the European Cup three times, including once with Kennedy in 1981.

    "He was a great guy and great player," Kennedy told BBC Radio Merseyside.

    "The spell he had at Liverpool, he was fantastic. I think they broke up the Kevin Keegan and John Toshack partnership, then looked at players in Dalglish and Johnson.

    "I know we needed him in the 1981 European Cup final. He was a thorn in Real Madrid's side. He was one of the great players we had in the team.

    "He was for me, an unsung hero. We talk about the great Dalglish but alongside him you need a support vehicle - he certainly was. And yet he came in with a lot of goals.

    "He really did graft. That's what the players and staff told him. They appreciated him being in the team. He was a wonderful, wonderful player.

    "I always thought David was a positive player on the pitch. He was never one to give up, always positive. That proved later in life, David and I had a coaching school, we'd coach in the Liverpool area. He was always the one with the ideas. I found him a pleasure to work with.

    "Hearing the news, I felt a lump in my throat that one of my great friends has passed away."

    You can listen to Kennedy's chat with BBC Radio Merseyside from 2:24 here

  3. 'Johnson will be deeply missed'published at 14:34 23 November

    14:34 23 November

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    John Aldridge has paid tribute to David Johnson, who has died aged 71.

    The former England striker was the first man to score for both Liverpool and Everton in the Merseyside derby and enjoyed a trophy-laden spell at Anfield.

    Aldridge told BBC Radio Merseyside: "He will leave a hole deep within us. You met him and he is a great character who played for both the red side and the blue side even though he is a massive Liverpool fan.

    "He is such a great character and lovely bloke. My phone hasn't stopped all morning that is how well he is endeared.

    "He is going to be really deeply missed."

    Liverpool paid respects as a club and said the £200,000 paid for Johnson when he joined the club from Ipswich would "prove to be a club-record fee very well spent".

    The club said: "He returned to Everton in August 1982 having left an indelible mark during one of the most successful eras in Reds history that included four league titles, three European Cups, two League Cups and a Uefa Super Cup.

    "Beyond the goals and the medals, David departed with a cherished place in supporters’ hearts and memories."

  4. 12:34 23 NovemberFormer Liverpool and Everton striker Johnson dies, published at 12:34 23 NovemberFormer Liverpool and Everton striker Johnson dies
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  5. Reds mourn passing of Johnsonpublished at 11:46 23 November

    11:46 23 November

    Liverpool greats are paying tribute to Anfield legend David Johnson, who has died at the age of 71.

    Johnson made 213 appearances and scored 78 goals in six years at Anfield.

    Between 1976 and 1982 he won the league title four times and the European Cup on three occasions.

    Johnson then moved to Everton for a second spell with the Toffees having started his career there.

    He was the only man to score a winning goal in a Merseyside derby for Everton and Liverpool until Peter Beardsley equalled the achievement more than two decades later.

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    Absolutely gutted to hear my good friend David Johnson (The Doc)passed away early today.
    What a great bloke and a greet servant to LFC on and off the pitch👏👏👏RIP.YOULL NEVER WALK ALONE PAL🙏

    — John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) November 23, 2022

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    So sad to hear my great friend and Liverpool Legend David Johnson has passed away today.
    Shared so many great moments and memories with ‘Jono’.
    Today is a very sad day🥲 condolences to all Dave’s family.
    RIP ‘Doc’

    — David Fairclough (@DFairclough12) November 23, 2022

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  6. Winter training camp needs 'rest' over relentless pushpublished at 10:40 23 November

    10:40 23 November

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    Liverpool's winter training camp in Dubai should focus on "rest and recuperation" and not relentless fitness work.

    That is the view of some of the panel on BBC Radio Merseyside's The Red Kop podcast.

    Guest Jamie Holme from Boot Room Podcast said: "I've always had this thing that whenever Liverpool go on warm-weather training camps something seems to go wrong.

    "Liverpool have lacked legs this season. We know the much-famed approach of Jurgen Klopp in terms of what we do in pre-season. I know they ran the lads ragged at the start of the season. I’d be worried to see what impact that could have.

    "Klopp likes to have mini pre-seasons. I just don’t think that’s something we could potentially benefit from. I think it’s rest and recuperation.

    "I love the idea of Luis Diaz coming back into the fold. I think you started to see in the last couple of games Liverpool had that unpredictability back.

    "Nunez is chaos in a can, we know that. Bring Diaz back and you could see Liverpool pressing from the front again, which we didn’t really seem to do during the first part of the season.

    "If we bring in a midfielder during the window, you could be looking at a very different Liverpool in the second-half of the season."

    Listen to the podcast in full here

  7. Transfer news: Tchouameni admits Liverpool interestpublished at 07:26 23 November

    07:26 23 November

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    France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, 22, says Liverpool made the first move for him but he was intent on moving to Real Madrid from Monaco this summer when the Spanish side came in for him. (Le Parisien, via 90 Min), external

    Borussia Dortmund striker Youssoufa Moukoko, 18, is in talks to remain with the club amid interest from Liverpool, Manchester United, and Bayern Munich. (Fabrizio Romano via Sportbible), external

    Want more transfer stories? Read Wednesday’s full gossip column

  8. Did you know...?published at 16:07 22 November

    16:07 22 November

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    Darwin Nunez recorded the second fastest sprint in this season’s Premier League, as measured by Opta, reaching 36.5 km/h (22.7mph) on his debut versus Fulham.

    It's very impressive, although unfortunately he's not even the fastest in Liverpool with Everton's Anthony Gordon - on 36.6 km/h - the sole player to have gone quicker.

  9. 'You have to be perfect'published at 15:22 22 November

    15:22 22 November

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    Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson says wearing the Brazil shirt at the World Cup comes with a weight of "history" and has warned the much-fancied side face a difficult test if they are to be successful in Qatar.

    The five-time winners - managed by Tite - begin their tournament against Serbia on Thursday.

    "We are confident, but we have a few players that played in the World Cup in 2018 and we know how difficult it is to be there, [to] play games," Alisson told Liverpool's club website.

    "Each opponent you have in front of you has quality, desire and passion.

    "You don't have space to make mistakes, so you have to be perfect if you want to win the competition. We trust in our quality, we trust in our players, we trust in the manager and we know the shirt we are wearing carries history behind it.

    "We feel even stronger when we put the yellow shirt on, so we are going to go there full of desire and passion to represent our nation."

  10. Jones and a new deal - why the hate?published at 12:47 22 November

    12:47 22 November

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    Curtis Jones extended his Liverpool contract until 2027 last week and the panel on BBC Radio Merseyside’s The Red Kop podcast have been questioning why some fans criticised the move.

    Paul Salt from BBC Radio Merseyside said: “I don’t get the fume that there appears to be. The lad is a young player, full of promise, he’s had a rocky road with form and injuries but he was on - for a Premier League player – lower wages – so there was probably a need to secure his value.

    "With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and James Milner all due to be out of contract, to me it makes perfect sense to sign him up and – I hate this phrase – protect that asset.”

    Jamie Holme from Boot Room Podcast was a guest on The Red Kop and added: “It made me very uncomfortable seeing the comments on social media when it was announced. It seems like there is hate being thrown at him for no reason.

    "People saying he’s only getting a contract because he’s a Scouser. If we take the player in isolation, technically, tactically, you can see there is bags of talent there. He has been really unlucky with injuries. I think he would have been Liverpool’s rotational midfielder if he had have been fit. He would have been able to play a lot of football but he hasn’t been able to build that momentum. Now he’s come into a side that for the best part of this season has been struggling. So it’s been unfortunate for him and he’s not quite kicked on.”

  11. 'No backbone - that's not how it works'published at 12:18 22 November

    12:18 22 November

    Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has hit back at criticism accusing European teams at the World Cup of having no "backbone" after they decided against wearing the OneLove armband.

    The captains of seven countries, including England and Wales, planned to wear the armband during matches to promote diversity and inclusion.

    But theplans were droppedbecause of Fifa's threat of players being booked.

    The captains are instead wearing Fifa-approved 'No Discrimination' armbands.

    Same-sex relationships and the promotion of same-sex relationships are criminalised in Qatar.

    Netherlands captain Van Dijk told Dutch broadcaster NOS: "I play in a position where a yellow card is not useful. I became a football player and I want to play these kind of tournaments.

    "There are people who say we don't have a backbone, but that's not how it works.

    "We just want to play football. I would have loved to play with that band, but not at the expense of a yellow card."

  12. 🎧 New episode of The Red Kop available nowpublished at 08:26 22 November

    08:26 22 November

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    The World Cup is here but there is still plenty to talk about for Liverpool.

    In the latest episode of The Red Kop, the panel discuss Curtis Jones' new contract and whether young players are expected to be instant world beaters.

    Other topics include the 'pre-season within a season' and the exciting prospect of Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez playing together again.

    Giulia Bould and Paul Salt also talk to fans Jamie Holme from Boot Room Podcast and Owen Maers from The Anfield Edition.

    Get the episode here

  13. 23:01 21 NovemberWhat will Premier League clubs do during World Cup?, published at 23:01 21 NovemberWhat will Premier League clubs do during World Cup?
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  14. Why might FSG welcome investment?published at 15:35 21 November

    15:35 21 November

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    A failed European Super League, Financial Fair Play rules and a growing trend of state-owned clubs may all be factors in Fenway Sports Group considering a sale of Liverpool.

    That's the view of a leading journalist who has been close to the story since Liverpool's owners publicly stated they would be open to welcoming new shareholders.

    Fenway Sports Group also own the Boston Red Sox and Michael Silverman – sports business reporter at the Boston Globe - has been giving BBC Radio Merseyside his take on matters.

    "They are still trying to grapple with how it's so different in the Premier League and European soccer compared to sport in north America," Silverman told The Weekend Preview with Giulia Bould.

    "Not just the lack of relegation in US sport but in Europe there is the lack of guaranteed revenues. You have to qualify for the Champions League. European fans don’t think anything should be handed to them, you have to earn it. I think it’s something the owners learned the hard way.

    "I think Financial Fair Play is a big concern for them as more nation states own teams in the Premier League. I think you'll see increasing activism by US owned teams to try to compete.

    "Maybe Jeff Bezos of Amazon could compete with Newcastle but not many private billionaires can. It’s all related - Super League and FFP have influenced what we have seen publicly from FSG."

    Asked if a challenging economic environment may limit potential investors, Silverman added: "I haven't seen the latest charts for how many billionaires there are. There’s a desire among them to own a sports property. I don’t think the appetite for buying sports is diminishing at all. It’s unique, unscripted entertainment. That kind of content, there's nothing like it. It’s a goldmine, still."

    Listen to the full interview here

  15. 'What Gerrard did was amazing'published at 12:59 21 November

    12:59 21 November

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    Jude Bellingham says Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard was one of his heroes and has humbly stated he will have excelled if he gets close to the former midfielder's achievements.

    Borussia Dortmund's Bellingham, 19, has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield and Gerrard has on times praised the teenager.

    Asked who his England heroes were, Bellingham told BBC Sport: "Gerrard was probably my biggest one. The character he had was world class and then you add on his ability and it’s a joke really.

    "When yourheroes take the time to appreciate what you have done it is really special. I’m not sure how I feel, it’s almost disrespectful for him really with all he’s achieved in the game - to say that after three years we have similarities. I just want to be Jude and go on my own path. What he did was amazing, if I can get close to what he did then I’ve done well."

  16. 'You have to wonder why they are doing this now'published at 10:59 21 November

    10:59 21 November

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    “Everything is on the table” in Fenway Sports Group’s potential sale of Liverpool, says a leading journalist close to the story.

    The American ownership group have drawn scrutiny after stating they would consider new shareholders at Anfield.

    Their public statement prompted widespread discussion that they might sell the club they acquired in 2010.

    Fenway Sports Group also own the Boston Red Sox.

    Michael Silverman – sports business reporter at the Boston Globe – told BBC Radio Merseyside’s The Weekend Preview Show he believes the Reds’ owners are simply “gauging interest”.

    He said: “At last count I believe there are four scenarios. One is someone buys the club outright, another is someone buys a minority share and over the years it becomes a majority share. Or they get new partners and FSG retains control, or they simply don’t sell at all.

    “Everything is on the table. It’s very much early days. It doesn’t feel like anything is imminent. You can read between the lines that when anyone from FSG speaks publicly, you have to wonder why are they doing this now.”

    Listen to the interview with Silverman here

  17. Transfer news: Oxlade-Chamberlain set for Anfield exitpublished at 08:08 21 November

    08:08 21 November

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    Former England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 29, is expected to leaveLiverpoolas a free agent in the summer. (Fabrizio Romano, external)

    The Reds wanted to sell the midfielder for £10m last summer but could not agree a deal with any other club.(Mirror, external)

    Want more transfer stories? Read Monday's full gossip column

  18. 'Now is the time to go out there and show the real me'published at 13:56 18 November

    13:56 18 November

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    Curtis Jones says he hopes "now is the time" to "show the real me" after extending his Liverpool contract to 2027.

    It was announced the 21-year-old has signed a five-year deal on Thursday - a commitment he says he "didn’t even have a second thought" over making.

    Asked what his next aims are he said: "I would just say really putting a mark out there. Since I came around the team there has always been hype around me, I’ve always been the kid who’s coming in, I’m a Scouser who has scored important goals and stuff.

    "But at the same time I don’t think that I’ve really showed the real me. I’ve spoken a lot about how I have changed my game, I’m adapting, I’m maturing and stuff so I feel that it’s coming together as one now. So, I just feel that now is the time to go out there and show the real me and start to score more goals, assist more goals and help the team even more."

  19. 13:32 18 NovemberFSG 'exploring a sale' of Liverpool, says Werner, published at 13:32 18 NovemberFSG 'exploring a sale' of Liverpool, says Werner
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  20. 'Love it son'published at 09:54 18 November

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    Liverpool have another international player in their ranks after teenage defender Calvin Ramsay made his senior Scotland debut in midweek.

    The 19-year-old came on at half-time in a 2-1 friendly defeat to Turkey.

    He posted this image and wrote on Instagram: "Great experience away with Scotland. Proud to have made my debut!"

    To which Liverpool and Scotland full-back Andy Robertson simply replied: "Love it son."

  21. Transfer news: Reds aim for Bellingham move in January published at 07:58 18 November

    07:58 18 November

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    A January deal could be on the cards for Liverpool to sign 19-year-old England midfielder Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund. (Football Insider), external

    Former Reds forward Emile Heskey says the Reds are "in the hunt" for Bellingham. (Mirror), external

    Liverpool and Juventus are monitoring the ongoing contract negotiations between England midfielder Mason Mount, 23, and Chelsea. (Guardian), external

    The Redshave sent scouts to the World Cup to watchAthletic Bilbaostriker Nico Williams, 20, in action for Spain.(Fichajes.net - in Spanish), external

    Want more transfer stories? Read Friday’s full gossip column

  22. What's your one World Cup wish?published at 16:22 17 November

    16:22 17 November

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    Genuinely, that nobody gets injured.

    I don't agree with this World Cup. It doesn't excite me.

    Luckily, Liverpool only have seven players competing and, of those, only Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Darwin Nunez will start.

    It would be nice if Nunez continued his good form and scored a few, but honestly the fewer minutes the better.

    Check out the full piece here

  23. Jones extends Liverpool contractpublished at 16:14 17 November

    16:14 17 November

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    🤝 Done deal

    ✍️ @curtisjr_10 has signed a new long-term contract at #LFC until 2027

    🔴 The 21-year-old Reds academy product has made 81 senior appearances for the club so far, scoring eight goals, since making his debut in January 2019 pic.twitter.com/3bQQE3ojtQ

    — BBC Sport Merseyside (@bbcmerseysport) November 17, 2022

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    Curtis Jones says Liverpool is the "perfect place" for him to remain after signing a new deal that runs until 2027 with the club.

    The 21-year-old, who has made 81 senior appearances for the Reds, said: “It’s my boyhood club, I’m a Scouser, I’ve supported the club for the whole of my life, so yeah, I’m buzzing and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

    “I think if I was at a different club as well, my goal and aim and dream would always be to come here and play. But I’m here now, I’ve been here since I was six, I’ve gone all the way through.

    “I’ve supported the team for the whole of my life and especially now with how the team is and the coaching staff around me, I just feel that it’s the perfect place for me and again, as I said, I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

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