Liverpool: The Vital LFC News Roundup
Your easy to digest news update on all things LFC. Snippets this week include Steven Gerrard's ultimate X1, fixture changes and plenty of youth team updates...
Ahead of making his 600th competitive appearance for the Liverpool first team this past Sunday (4th November), Reds skipper Steven Gerrard named his ultimate Liverpool X1 from players he had played alongside. The 32-year-old went for the following line-up: (4-1-2-3) Pepe Reina, Markus Babbel, Jamie Carragher, Sami Hyppia, Glen Johnson, Didi Hamaan, Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Robbie Fowler, Fernando Torres.
Liverpool U21s produced a brilliant performance last night (Monday 5th November) to recover from an early setback and thrash Wolves 5-1 at Molineux. Dani Pacheco scored twice with the other strikes coming courtesy of Krisztian Adorjan, Joao Carlos Teixeira and Michael Ngoo. The result means Rodolfo Borrell's charges remain the only unbeaten U21 side in the country. Liverpool X1: Ward, McLaughlin, Smith, Sama, Wilson, Roddan (Nacho 78), Ngoo, Pelosi, Yesil (Teixeira 45), Adorjan (Ibe 75), Pacheco.
Liverpool's youngest ever first team player, 16-year-old Jerome Sinclair, netted twice for the club's U18s in a 4-2 win over their Wolves counterparts on Saturday (3rd November). Also on the scoresheet were Seyi Ojo and Kris Peterson. Liverpool X1: Fulton, Cleary, Maguire, Jones, Heaton, Baio (Randall), Peterson, Lussey, Sinclair, Trickett-Smith, Ojo.
A number of the players involved for both the U21 and U18 sides will have been glad to return to winning ways after featuring for the U19s in their NextGen Series defeat to Borussia Dortmund last Wednesday evening (31st November). A number of missed chances contributed to a 2-1 loss and following defeat to Inter Milan in their previous game, victory later this week against Rosenborg now looks crucial (Friday 9th November). Liverpool X1: Belford, McLaughlin, Smith, Sama, Jones, Coady, Ibe (Peterson 75), Pelosi, Morgan, Adorjan, Gainford (Sinclair 60).
Liverpool U18s will begin their FA Youth Cup campaign with a trip to Swindon Town or Cirencester Town. The exact date of the fixture is yet to be confirmed but the tie must be completed before December 15th.
Liverpool have confirmed their January Barclays Premier League fixtures with Manchester United and Arsenal have been rearranged for Sky Sports TV coverage. The trip to Old Trafford will now be played on Sunday 13th January, kick off at 1.30pm. The clash away to Arsenal on Wednesday 30th January will also be screened with a provisional kick off time of 7.30pm.
Summer signing Oussama Assaidi may not have had many opportunities to impress so far but after performing well against Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League recently, he hopes more opportunities are just around the corner. "Every day I am learning about how to be better," he told the official club website. "I want to be better. I go to the gym to make myself stronger. My quality is to take on defenders, get a cross in, cut inside and shoot. I like to create action and to make a cross. That's how I play - I take defenders on. I hope the fans see more from me."
Rising Spanish star Suso, who recently signed a new long-term contract at the club, has spoken about how he would forgo personal success if it helped the Reds to win. The 19-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com: "I haven't scored yet, but I would sign a contract now that said we would win every game but I wouldn't score. I don't care if I do score or not. If I do it is better, but what I care more about is us winning games."
It is now just over a year since Liverpool Football Club took the step to select 18 individuals and form the first LFC Supporters' Committee. A lot of progress has been made in that time and a number of key decisions have been made with the committee's direct input. These have included a ticket price freeze for season 2012-13 and improvements to the Auto Cup Scheme. Click here to find out more about the committee and read their annual report.
A busy close season for Liverpool Ladies has continued with the signing of England international Gemma Bonner. The 21-year-old received her first senior international call-up in March having previously played for England at U17, U19, U20 and U23 level. The Leeds born youngster will know manager Matt Beard well after spending the past two years playing for his former side Chelsea.
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