Writer: Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Sunday February 17 2013
Your easy to digest news update on all things LFC. Snippets this week include youth team results, fixture changes and stadium tour discounts...
After a series of indifferent results for his old side, former Liverpool star Xabi Alonso has urged Reds fans to remain patient with the current team. The Real Madrid midfielder told BBC Sport: "With Brendan, Liverpool are building a project. They need to be patient. We all want to see Liverpool fighting for the Champions League places. I still follow the Premier League and I still feel very attached to Liverpool and I follow them. I consider myself a Liverpool fan."
Reds defender Martin Skrtel set a new record this past week after being named Slovakian Player of the Year for the fourth time in his career. The 28-year-old, who was previously awarded the accolade in 2007, 2008 and 2011, finished ahead of compatriots Marek Hamsik and Marek Sapara in the vote.
Liverpool have three upcoming fixtures in April, against West Ham United, Chelsea and Newcastle United, which have been rescheduled. The Reds will now host the Hammers at Anfield on Sunday 7th April with a 1.30pm kick-off. Our home clash with Chelsea has been moved to Sunday 21st April at 4pm and will be shown live on Sky Sports. Finally the trip to St James Park will be broadcast on ESPN with a planned 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday 27th April. However should Liverpool make progress in The Europa League this fixture will be pushed back to a 12pm start on Sunday 28th April.
Liverpool U18s lost a close league encounter away to Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 on Saturday (16th February). U18s manager Steve Cooper reflected on the result to Liverpoolfc.com, saying: "It was a hard-fought match on a difficult pitch and I think we found it hard to get our passing game going. We created enough chances to win the game - there were three or four clear-cut opportunities. We didn't take them and if you don't take your chances, then you can't expect to take anything from the game."
Previously Liverpool's youngsters had secured progress to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup courtesy of a 4-0 away victory over Histon. The goals in last Thursday's encounter (13th February) were scored by Kristoffer Peterson, Jerome Sinclair, Jack Dunn and Daniel Trickett-Smith.
The victory means Cooper's side will next play Leeds United in the competition on Wednesday 27th February at Anfield - and the game will be broadcast live on LFC TV.
Liverpool U21s have suffered their first defeat of the season after going down 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur this past Monday (11th February). Suso played the full 90 minutes and England U21 defender Jack Robinson enjoyed a run-out at centre half, but overall it was a frustrating afternoon for Alex Inglethorpe's side who just couldn't find the net despite creating some good chances.
A number of players from the two youth teams will combine when a Liverpool U19 side travel to Portugal to face Sporting Lisbon in the last 16 of the NextGen Series on Wednesday 20th February. Kick-off has been confirmed for 7pm and the tie has to be decided on the night. The Portuguese side beat their Liverpool counterparts twice in last season's competition and will be favourites again this time around.
Liverpool FC Ladies emphatically beat Rangers 6-0 in their latest preseason friendly on Saturday (16th February). Lillie Billson and Nicole Rosler both netted twice, while the other efforts came from Lizzie Ince and Louise Fors. In their previous game the new-look Ladies hit eight past Blackburn Rovers without reply.
Following on from well publicised comments by Daniel Agger and Jonjo Shelvey last week, Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has revealed he is finished with using Twitter and social networks in general. The 18-year-old explained the decision to the official club website, saying: "I've deleted my Twitter and Facebook, and come off BBM. I just need to get my head down, really, and concentrate on my football, start scoring goals, stuff like that. I'm going to be more and more professional."
From now until the end of the month Liverpool FC have a 25% off discount on all Anfield Stadium Tours. The deal, which also covers the club's Legends Tour, provides a great family day out idea during this current half-term. The discount applies to all adult, concession and family tickets. Simply enter the promotional code Feb25 when booking. Click here for more details.
Liverpool Football Club has launched a new website for supporters wishing to book hospitality tickets for matches and functions held at Anfield. The site is based on a clever responsive design so works brilliantly across desktops, tablets and smart phones, all of which means it is easier for fans to book their hospitality tickets. Click here to view the website.
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Date:Sunday February 17 2013
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