Thursday, August 21, 2008

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Sixty minutes with Sammy Hyypia

Sixty minutes with Sammy Hyypia

The long-serving Finnish defender is the latest first team star to visit our studios to reflect on the highs and lows of his ten years at the club.

It's a must-watch show and is aired for the first time this evening on the club's dedicated channel.

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60 minutes with Sami Hyypia

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Nabil El Zhar

Nabil El Zhar ( 31 )

Full Name: Nabil El Zhar
Position: Midfield Right, Winger
Squad number: 31
Date of birth: 27/August/1986
Birth place: Ales, France
Former clubs: St Etienne
LFC 1st team games: 13
LFC 1st team goals: 1
International caps: 7
International goals: 2
Career Appearances: 13
Career Goals: 1
Previous Clubs: Olympique Ales, Nimes, St Etienne
Transfer Fee: £0m

Nabil El Zhar Profile

Liverpool secured the signature of winger Nabil El Zhar from St Etienne in October 2006.

The youngster was born in France and played for Les Bleus at youth level before defecting to Morocco, where his parents were raised.

He first caught the eye during the 2005 World Youth Championships when he helped Morocco reach the semis.

Liverpool's number 31, who can play on either flank or behind the striker, made his debut as a 71st minute substitute against Portsmouth on November 29, 2006. It was the first of three appearances in 2006-07.

The following year saw El Zhar score a 25-yard corker in front of the Kop during his first start of the campaign against Cardiff City in the Carling Cup.

He rippled the net again during his senior bow for Morocco versus Belgium in March 2008 before helping Liverpool Reserves clinch the 2007-08 national title.

Damien Plessis

Damien Plessis ( 28 )

Full Name: Damien Plessis
Position: Midfield Center
Squad number: 28
Date of birth: 5/March/1988
Birth place: Neuville-aux-Bois, France
Former clubs: Lyon
LFC 1st team games: 7
LFC 1st team goals: 1
International caps: 0
International goals: 0
Career Appearances: 7
Career Goals: 1
Transfer Fee: £0m

Damien Plessis Profile

Damien Plessis signed for Liverpool in August 2007 from the French side Olympique Lyonnais, at the age of 19. A player of French nationality, he was in fact born in La Reunion, a French island situated in the Indian Ocean.

Plessis signed for Lyon at the age of 15, and was considered to be one of the team's most promising youngsters, following in the footsteps of Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa.

Beginning his Liverpool career in Gary Ablett's reserve team, Plessis played a key role in the centre of midfield as part of the title-winning side during the 2007-2008 season.

Considered to be one of the hottest talents of a strong reserve outfit, Plessis made a surprise debut on 05th April 2008 against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, a match which finished in an honourable 1-1 draw for the Reds.

Plessis has also made an impact on the International scene, forming part of the French side that reached the semi-final of the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Championships, alongside Liverpool newcomer David Ngog.

For the 2008-2009 season, Plessis has been given the number 28 shirt, confirming his integration as part of the Liverpool first team.

Jay Spearing

Jay Spearing ( 26 )

Full Name: Jay Spearing
Position: Midfield Center, Defender Right
Squad number: 26
Date of birth: 25/Nov/1988
Birth place: Wirral, England
Former clubs: LFC Youth Academy
LFC 1st team games: 0
LFC 1st team goals: 0
England International caps: 0
England International goals: 0
Career Appearances: 0
Career Goals: 0
Transfer Fee: £0m

Jay Spearing Profile

Jay Spearing graduated to Melwood in the summer of 2007 after the best part of a decade at the Academy.

The central midfielder cum defender captained Liverpool Under-18s to the second of their successive FA Youth Cup victories in 2007.

A broken leg meant he missed most of the previous campaign, though he did feature as a late substitute when the young Reds beat Man City in the final.

In May 2007, Spearing was voted best player at the Torneo di Renate after a Liverpool under-20s side competed against the likes of AC Milan and Parma.

He then played a crucial role as Gary Ablett's second string clinched the FA Premier Reserve League title in 2007-08.

Reserves coach Gary Ablett said of the petite but combative youngster: "I think he will find that if he advances at this football club, centre-back may not be his position. His understanding and reading of the game in central midfield are there for all to see."

Lucas Leiva

Lucas Leiva (21)

Full Name: Lucas Pezzini Leiva
Position: Midfield Center
Squad number: 21
Date of birth: 09/Januari/1987
Birth place: Dourados, Brazil
Former clubs: Gremio
LFC 1st team games: 40
LFC 1st team goals: 2
Brazil International caps: 3
Brazil International goals: 0
Career Appearances: 56
Career Goals: 6
Former clubs: Gremio
Transfer Fee: £6500000

Lucas Leiva Profile

Brazil international Lucas Leiva signed for Liverpool in July 2007.

The midfielder's arrival from Gremio was seen as quite a coup for Rafa Benitez, with a host of European clubs apparently circling.

Having broken onto the scene in October 2005, Lucas soon became the youngest player ever to win the Bola de Ouro. The honour is given to the best player in the Campeonato Brasileiro and has previously been won by Zico, Romario, Kaka and Carlos Tevez.

The youngster, nephew of former Brazilian footballer Leivinha, captained his country's under-20s to the South American Youth Championship title in 2007, scoring four goals in the process.

No wonder senior coach Dunga was starting to take note. He actually selected the box-to-box midfielder against Al-Kuwait in October 2006, but the game was not an official FIFA tie and so did not count as his international debut. That came a month into his Liverpool career in August 2007 when he came on as a substitute in a friendly with Algeria.

Lucas, who also holds an Italian passport, made his Reds bow as a second-half sub in a Champions League qualifier against Toulouse on August 28, 2007.

The Brazilian notched up more than 30 appearances in his debut season, breaking his Anfield duck in style with a 25-yard curler in the FA Cup against Havant and Waterlooville.

Lucas was absent for the start of 2008-09 after travelling to the Olympics in Beijing, where he had to settle for bronze after a semi-final defeat to Javier Mascherano's Argentina.

Javier Mascherano

Javier Mascherano (20)

Full Name: Javier Alejandro Mascherano
Position: Midfield Center
Squad number: 20
Date of birth: 08/June/1984
Birth place:San Lorenzo, Sante Fe, Argentina
Former clubs: West Ham United
Transfer Fee: £18300000 from MSI Investments
LFC 1st team games: 62
LFC 1st team goals: 1
Argentina International caps: 44
Argentina International goals: 2
Previous Clubs: River Plate, Corinthians, West Ham United

Javier Mascherano Profile

Midfield enforcer Javier Mascherano signed from West Ham in February 2007.

Since then his dynamic style has established him as a Kop favourite and one of the first names on Rafa Benitez's teamsheet.

The Argentinean has quite a pedigree having come through the ranks at South American giants River Plate. Such was his potential that he earned his first international call-up before kicking a ball for his club.

Having already represented his country in the FIFA Under-17 Championships, Mascherano made his senior debut against Uruguay in July 2003.

The following summer saw him compete in the Copa America. Argentina lost the final to Brazil on penalties but Mascherano was voted player of the tournament by his teammates. A month later he and his countrymen won Olympic gold in Athens.

By this stage, the youngster had accrued quite a fan club, including one of the greatest players of all time. Diego Maradona described him as "a monster of a player destined for great things."

Mascherano joined Brazilian club Corinthians in July 2005, helping them to win the Campeonato Brasileiro in his first season.

From there he travelled to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where his performances led to links with several of Europe's top clubs.

It was West Ham who eventually clinched Mascherano's signature alongside compatriot Carlos Tevez in August 2006, though his time in east London was troubled at best.

After featuring just seven times in six months, he jumped at the opportunity to try his luck on Merseyside.

Despite the presence of Momo Sissoko, Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso, the new boy quickly established himself as a regular in the Liverpool midfield.

Mascherano made his debut against Sheffield United on February 24, 2007 and three months later won fans' man of the match for his performance in the Champions League final.

While goals are not his forte, he did bag two in the summer of 2007 to help Argentina win the Copa America. A first for Liverpool arrived against Reading in March 2008.

Five months later Mascherano won a second Olympic gold in Beijing.

What he lacks in height, he makes up for in power, and the sight of our number 20 thundering across the field to recover possession is as familiar to the Kop as a Fernando Torres goal or a last-ditch tackle from Jamie Carragher.

Ryan Babel

Ryan Babel (19)

Full Name: Ryan Guno Babel
Position: Midfield Left, right, Winger, Forward
Squad number: 19
Date of birth: 19/December/1986
Birth place:Amsterdam, Holland
Former clubs: Ajax Amsterdam
Transfer Fee: £11500000
LFC 1st team games: 63
LFC 1st team goals: 11
Holland International caps: 28
Holland International goals: 5
Career Appearances: 103
Career Goals: 18
Previous Clubs: Ajax Amsterdam

Ryan Babel Profile

Explosive winger Ryan Babel joined the Reds in July 2007 in a deal worth more than £10million.

The Dutch international is a product of the famous Ajax youth academy, which he joined aged 11.

By the time he was 17 he was deemed ready for first-team action, resulting in a debut against ADO Den Haag in February 2004.

Just over a year later Babel won his first international cap against Romania when he came on as a substitute for former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben. Holland won the game 2-0, with the new boy bagging himself a goal. At just 18 years and 97 days, the strike made him his country's youngest scorer in 68 years.

Despite featuring at senior level, Babel was still eligible for the Under 20s' World Cup in June 2005, at which he scored two goals.

From there, he was part of Marco van Basten's 23-man squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, though made only one substitute appearance against Argentina in the group stages.

In June 2007, the winger was one of the stars as Holland Under-21s won the European Championships on home soil. His two goals included one in the final against Serbia, helping him scoop man of the match.

Babel, who can play on either wing or up front, left Ajax with a record of 14 goals in 73 Eredivisie outings.

His Reds debut came on August 11, 2007 when he appeared as a second-half substitute against Aston Villa.

It wasn't long before our new number 19 was hitting the back of the net, making two Derby County defenders look silly before lashing home at the Anfield Road end on September 1.

Another nine goals followed in a satisfying first year including an audacious flick in an 8-0 Champions League drubbing of Besiktas.

Sadly, just as he was poised to set Euro 2008 alight with Holland, Babel was forced into the treatment room. An ankle ligament injury sustained in training brought with it the heartache of missing Austria and Switzerland.

Jermaine Pennant

Jermaine Pennant ( 16 )

Full Name: Jermaine Lloyd Pennant
Position: Midfield Right, Winger
Squad number: 16
Date of birth: 15/January/1983
Birth place:Nottingham, England
Former clubs: Birmingham City
Transfer Fee: £6700000
LFC 1st team games: 79
LFC 1st team goals: 3
England International caps: 0
England International goals: 0
Career Appearances: 171
Career Goals: 12
Previous Clubs: Notts County, Arsenal, Watford (loan), Leeds (loan), Birmigham City

Jermaine Pennant Profile

Rafa Benitez signed Jermaine Pennant in the summer of 2006 following a long search for a right winger.

The move was seen as an ideal opportunity for the youngster to establish himself as an England international after years of showing great promise.

Pennant began his career at Notts County but was snapped up by Arsenal at the age of 15. The fee of £2million was a new record for a trainee.

The midfielder made his debut aged just 16 in a League Cup match against Middlesbrough in November 1999. It made him Arsenal's youngster ever player, though this record has since been broken by Cesc Fabregas.

Pennant had to wait until August 2002 for his league debut when he came on as a sub against West Ham. His first league start against Southampton in May 2003 saw him score a hat-trick.

Unfortunately for the young wideman, these were to be his only goals for The Gunners as he failed to hold down a place in Arsene Wenger's side.

All the while he was making quite an impression on the international scene. Despite occasional disciplinary problems, he managed to accrue 24 England Under-21 caps - putting him in the all-time top 10 for appearances.

Domestically, Pennant was loaned out to Watford, Leeds United and Birmingham City. He eventually joined the latter on a permanent basis in April 2005 having made just 26 appearances for Arsenal.

The winger's impressive form at St Andrew's was born out by OPTA statistics, which revelead he provided more crosses than any other Premiership player in 2005-06. Despite this, Birmingham were relegated, and another transfer was inevitable if he was to further his career.

Liverpool secured Pennant's signature in July 2006. Wearing the number 16 shirt vacated by Didi Hamann, he made his competitive debut in a Champions League qualifier against Maccabi Haifa on August 9.

After an initial settling-in period, the new boy began to make his mark, scoring his first goal on January 20, 2007 in a league victory over Chelsea. The boyhood Reds fan was one of the stand-out performers during the Champions League final defeat in Athens.


Paul Eaton 17 November 2008
Kicking off a week-long series of articles in which Steven Gerrard counts down his 'Favourite Fives', we ask the skipper to select his top five goals from his ten years at Liverpool.
Number 5:


My first goal against Everton in 2001. I always love playing against Everton, scoring against them and beating them. I had many dreams as a young kid, one of which was to grow up and score against Everton. I just love the games and I think it's because there's such a strong fear of losing because of the stick we'll get. That really helps get me up for the game. My first goal against them - at Goodison as well - is one I'll never forget and had to be included in this list.

Number 4:


Scoring in the UEFA Cup final against Alaves in Dortmund gave me the confidence that I could perform in the biggest matches. I was only young but I knew after that game that I could go on and score many more goals for Liverpool.

Number 3:


At number 3 is my first goal in the 2006 FA Cup final against West Ham. It came at a good time for us and got us back on level terms after going a couple of goals behind. It meant our dream of winning the competition was still alive.

Number 2:


I'm going to go for my second goal in the FA Cup final against West Ham in 2006. It was really horrible in the final minutes of the game thinking that I would soon be watching the West Ham players dancing around Cardiff with winners medals. That's why my goal was so important - it gave us extra time and the chance to go on and win it for ourselves. We had worked so hard on the day on a massive pitch in Cardiff and I had nothing left in the final stages - it was more a hit and hope than anything, and fortunately it went in.
As a kid you always dream of playing in an FA Cup final. It doesn't matter who is involved, you always watch it on the television and so to get the chance to lead the side out in a final, to score and then win the Cup is an unbelievable experience.

Number 1:


At number one has to be my header in the Champions League final. It may have only been a close range header, but in terms of getting us back into the match it was a massive goal.
I think that goal gave us the belief to go on and save the game. At half-time it looked like we could lose 5-0 or 6-0 because we had been totally dominated, but my goal gave the players and the fans belief that we could still come back. That's why it was so important and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Yossi Benayoun

Yossi Benayoun ( 15 )

Full Name: Yosef Shai Benayoun
Position: Midfield Centre
Squad number: 15
Date of birth: 5/May/1980
Birth place:Dimona,Israel
Former clubs: West Ham United
Transfer Fee: £5000000
LFC 1st team games: 63
LFC 1st team goals: 11
Israel International caps: 68
Israel International goals: 18
Career Appearances: 350
Career Goals: 103
Previous Clubs: Hapoel Beer Sheva, Maccabi Haifa, Racing Santander, West Ham

Yossi Benayoun Profile

Skilful winger Yossi Benayoun signed from West Ham in July 2007.

The Israel skipper began his career at Hapoel Be'er Sheva, 30 miles from where he was born and grew up.

He was invited to join the Ajax Academy aged 15 but homesickness meant he spent just one full season in Holland before returning to Hapoel.

Benayoun broke into the first team soon after his return in 1997, scoring 15 goals in his first season.

Despite this, the club were relegated and their star man was off to Maccabi Haifa. Several foreign clubs had expressed an interest, but three years of national service would keep him at home until the age of 21.

International recognition soon came his way, with the player nicknamed The Kid making his senior debut aged 18 against Portugal in November 1998.

Benayoun was developing into one of the shining lights of Israeli football. He was the country's second top scorer in 1999-00 with 19 goals.

In 2000-01 he helped lead Haifa to their first title in seven years, winning the division's most valuable player in the process.

The following campaign brought another title-winner's medal but it was to be his last in his homeland. After four seasons, 130 appearances and 55 goals for Haifa, the midfielder was on his way to northern Spain and Racing Santander.

Benayoun enjoyed three seasons in La Liga, managing 21 goals in 101 matches before financial difficulties forced his owners to cash in.

West Ham reportedly paid £2.5million for the forward in the summer of 2005, though he instantly repaid some of his fee with two assists against Blackburn Rovers on the opening day of the season.

Benayoun quickly established himself as one of the Premiership's best right-sided midfielders.

His five goals and seven assists helped Alan Pardew's side finish 9th in 2005-06 - as well as an FA Cup final against Liverpool.

West Ham may have lost on penalties, but their number 15's disappoint was soon eased with news he was being handed the Israeli captaincy.

The father-of-two bagged another three goals in his final year with The Hammers, taking his total to eight in 63 league appearances.

Benayoun made his Reds debut in a Champions League qualifier against Toulouse on August 15, 2007.

Six weeks later he opened his Liverpool account with a classy run and finish in a 4-2 Carling Cup victory at Reading. More cup joy followed in November 2007 with a hat-trick in an 8-0 drubbing of Besiktas in the Champions League group stages.

Benayoun tallied 11 goals in total during his debut season at Anfield, a credible return considering he wasn't always an automatic choice. in the final group game against Greece.

Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso ( 14 )

Full Name: Xabier Alonso Olano
Position: Midfield Centre
Squad number: 14
Date of birth: 25/November/1981
Birth place:Tolosa, Spain
Former clubs: Real Sociedad
Transfer Fee: £10500000
LFC 1st team games: 179
LFC 1st team goals: 15
Spain International caps: 48
Spain International goals: 3
Career Appearances: 303
Career Goals: 24
Previous Clubs: Real Sociedad, SD Eibar

Xabi Alonso Profile

Cultured midfielder Xabi Alonso became one of the first players to join the Rafalution with a £10.5million move from his native Spain in August 2004.

The pass master is the son of former Barcelona star Miguel Angel 'Periko' Alonso and brother of Bolton midfielder Mikel.

Both sons came through the ranks at Real Sociedad, with Xabi making his senior breakthrough in a Copa del Rey match versus Logrones in December 1999.

From there, he was loaned to Spanish minnows SD Eibar, only to be called back when Kop legend John Toshack took the reins at Estadio Anoeta.

Alonso swiftly developed into a defensive midfielder with an eye for a pass few of his contemporaries could spot.

It came as no surprise when, in April 2003 and aged just 21, he earned his first Spain cap against Ecuador. A year later he travelled to the European Championships in Holland and Belgium, though featured in just one of his country's three group games.

His arrival at Anfield followed hot on the heels of the appointment of Rafa Benitez, who viewed his countryman as the man to set the tempo in a new-look Liverpool.

Alonso made his debut at Bolton's Reebok Stadium on August 29, 2004. Two months later he put in a dazzling performance against Fulham at Craven Cottage which had Kopites purring. With the Reds 2-0 down at half-time, Benitez threw on his new boy. The midfielder duly inspired a miraculous comeback, with the game ending 2-4.

His first season in English football was interrupted by a broken ankle following a tackle from Chelsea's Frank Lampard on New Year's Day. After three months out, he returned in the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Juventus. Alonso played 90 minutes as the Reds held the Italians to a goalless draw and thus progressed to the semis.

Next up were Chelsea, though a wrongly-awarded yellow card following a brush with Eidur Gudjohnsen meant the midfield anchorman missed the second leg.

Never mind, his teammates got the job done, and Alonso would play a pivotal role in Istanbul when the club won its fifth European Cup. It was he who scored Liverpool's third and equalising goal on 59 minutes, knocking in the rebound from his own missed penalty.

The Spaniard's second season in England was perhaps most notable for his performance against Luton Town in the third round of the FA Cup. With the Reds 3-1 down early in the second half, he scored two corkers, including a 65-yard punt from inside his own half.

Reports afterwards revealed the strike won one lucky fan £25,000. Spookily, the gent had placed £200 on the Reds number 14 scoring from his own half during the 2005-06 season.

Liverpool went on to win the FA Cup in Cardiff four months later, with Alonso playing 66 minutes of the final against West Ham.

From there, the popular Spaniard was selected for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where he scored his first international goal in a group match against Ukraine.

Alonso returned to Melwood following a second-round defeat to France to prepare for what would turn out to be another memorable season.

Not only did he play in his second European Cup final, he also scored another goal from inside his own half in a match against Newcastle United. Remarkably, it was his first Liverpool strike since the almost identical effort against Luton, and he remains the only modern player to score consecutive club goals from beyond the half-way line.

In June 2007 Alonso penned a new five-year deal, though sadly much of the following campaign was spent on the sidelines with a metatarsal injury.

Fortunately for Spain, he was back in time for Euro 2008 - and the tournament provided another career high as he and his countrymen defeated Germany in the final. Though not always in the starting XI, Alonso featured three times from the bench and wore the captain's armband in the final group game against Greece.

Jack Hobbs

Jack Hobbs ( -- )

Full Name: Jack Hobbs
Position: Defender
Squad number: --
Date of birth: 18/08/1988
Birth place:Portsmouth, England
Former clubs: Lincoln City, Scunthorpe United, Leicester City
LFC 1st team games: 5
LFC 1st team goals: 0
England International caps: 0
England International goals: 0
Career Appearances: 15
Career Goals: 1
Transfer Fee:£750000

Jack Hobbs Profile

Comanding centre half Jack Hobbs was signed by Rafa Benitez in 2005 from Lincoln City after Hobbs played just three minutes of professional football. During that season he was made captain of the Liverpool reserves and played a key figure in the successful 2006 youth cup side.

His form earned him a handful of appearances including a surprise start against Reading in the Premiership last season. Although he ended the season on loan to Scunthorpe in the Championship. This season also sees Jack out on loan, this time to Leicester City in League 1 along with fellow Liverpool youngster David Martin.

Hobbs will be hoping to build on his five first team appearances for Liverpool and with Sami Hyypia reaching the end of his career it's only a matter of time before Hobbs is a permanant name on the Liverpool team sheet.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Liverpool Songs & Chants

01. You’ll Never Walk Alone
02. Pass & Move
03. Anfield Rap
04. Ferry Cross The Mersey
05. Liverpool Liverpool
06. We Can Do It
07. Let’s All Go To Wembley
08. Liverpool Lou
09. Sitting On Top Of The World
10. Michael Owen - Boy Wonder
11. My Liverpool
12. Scouser Tommy
13. Liverpool (WE’RE NEVER GONNA STOP)
14. We Are Liverpool
15. England
16. Liverpool We love You
17. We Shall Not Be Moved
18. Kenny D The Pride Of Liverpool
19. Liverpool Boys Are In Town
20. You’ll Never Walk Alone - fans
21. Du The Dudek
22. Fields of Anfield Road
23. Just Like Kenny
24. The Team (1989 Squad)
25. Liverpool The Greatest
26. We Won It 5 Times (Short Chant)
27. Liverpool (Clapping)
28. Luis Garcia (chant)
29. Ste Gerrard Gerrard (Short Chant)
30. John Arne Rise, oohh, aaahhh (Short Chant)
31. One Robbie Fowler (Chant)
32. Rafa’s The Special One (Chant)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

100 Player Who Shook The KOP

100 Player Who Shook The KOP - THE DEFINITIVE LIST

Kenny Dalglish was revealed as the number one Kop shaker as our 100 Players Who Shook the Kop series reached a dramatic conclusion on Friday and we now present the definitive list as voted by you the supporters on this website.
Four years after our ground-breaking '100 Days That Shook The Kop', we brought you the most talked about series of the summer. '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' series – was the definitive countdown of the 100 players who have made the biggest impact at Liverpool.

Over 110,000 supporters all nominated their own personal Top 10 players in order of impact made. Every player who made the top 100 – and there are some surprises in there - were all honoured on this website via the e-Season ticket console with a specially produced video clip, including archive footage and exclusive interviews.

Since 1892 hundreds of players have represented this club but everyone has their own particular favourites so don't expect this list to be based solely on talent. The greatness of a player can be measured in many ways – obviously, his ability on the pitch is the most important, but 100 PWSTK is much more than that. It's about the impact the individuals chosen have had on this club, be it for a variety of reasons. Maybe it was because of their unique rapport with the crowd, a specific incident that has never been forgotten or anything else that has left a lasting impression.

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Albert Riera

Albert Riera (11)

Full Name: Albert Riera Ortega
Position: Midfield Left
Squad number: 11
Date of birth: 15/April/1982
Birth place: Manacor, Spain
Former clubs: Espanyol
Transfer Fee:£8 M
LFC 1st team games: 14
LFC 1st team goals: 1
Spain International caps: 6
Spain International goals: 1
Career Appearances: 229
Career Goals: 28
Previous Clubs: RCD Mallorca, Bordeaux, Espanyol, Manchester City

Albert Riera Profile

Rafael Benitez secured the signing of Spanish left winger Albert Riera just before the transfer deadline in August 2008.

He is an exciting player who likes to take on defenders and is a good crosser of the ball. Riera was a popular figure at Espanyol and their supporters were sorry to see him leave.

Riera has experience of playing in England before when he had a loan spell with Manchester City during the 2005-2006 season. During that period he made an appearance on the hallowed Anfield turf when he came on as a 78th minute substitute for City during Liverpool's 1-0 win on February 26, 2006.

During his spell in Manchester he played 15 games under Stuart Pearce and scored one goal against Newcastle United.

Riera, who hails from the island of Mallorca, comes from a town called Manacor, which incidentally, is the same place where tennis star Rafael Nadal was born.

Rieira can boast to have matched new teammate Steven Gerrard's achievement of scoring in a UEFA Cup final. However, unlike Stevie, it would prove to be a bitter-sweet occasion for the winger, as Espanyol eventually succumbed to a penalty shoot-out defeat in the 2007 final against Sevilla. The match had ended 2-2 after extra-time.

He scored his one and only international goal in Spain's 3-1 win away to Denmark in a European Championship qualifier on October 13, 2007. He has five caps for his country to-date.

STEVEN GERRARD - A Year In My Life 2006

Steven Gerrard is one of those rare players whose talent demands attention. Since he was handed the Liverpool captain's armband by Gerard Houllier in the 2003/04 season, he has become a fan favorite at Anfield and proven he is worthy of the role. This documentary captures the Liverpool midfielder dealing with highs and lows on the field, as well as exclusive access to his off-the-field life with family and friends. Filmed over 12 months, ‘A year in My Life’ is a fascinating insight into Steven Gerrard Life. (110 min.)


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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard ( 8 )

Full Name: Steven George Gerrard
Position: Midfield Centre
Squad number: 8
Date of birth: 22/July/1980
Birth place: Whiston, England
Former clubs: LFC Youth Academy
Transfer Fee: £0
LFC 1st team games: 457
LFC 1st team goals: 103
England International caps: 70
England International goals: 14
Career Appearances: 457
Career Goals: 103
Previous Clubs: -

Steven Gerrard Profile

Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard was always destined to play for his boyhood club. He has everything you need to be a top class footballer. After impressing as a trainee at Liverpool he signed a professional contract at the age of 17 and within in twelve months he had made his first team debut.

In the coming years, the promising Whiston born lad, was plagued with injuries to his back and groin, caused by his body's growing pains. He got over the worst of the injuries and by the year 2000 was establishing himself as one of the country's finest prospects. Kevin Keegan confirmed this when he handed Stevie his first international cap against Ukraine in 2000. His international career continued to blossom and was included in Keegan's Euro 2000 squad.

As his own career started to rise, his trophy cabinet began to bulge after helping Liverpool to the famous treble of 2001 and picking up the PFA Young Player of the Year award as well. Gerrard's status on the domestic and international stage rose even higher after his first goal for England in the 5-1 hammering of Germany in Munich to help Sven Goran Eriksson's side progress to the 2002 World Cup but injury hit Gerrard again and he was forced to miss out on what should have been his first World Cup. Silverwear continued on the domestic front though as Stevie scored the opening goal in the 2003 Worthington Cup success against Man United.

2004 saw Gerrard receive the biggest honour of his footballing life when he was given the captain's armband at Anfield and not long after he captained England for the first time in a match against Sweden. By this time Gerrard had also been given the number 8 jersey at Anfield, a number that former legends like Hunt and Aldridge had worn.

2005 saw Steven Gerrard cement himself as arguably Liverpool's greatest ever player. The season started with a new manager but nothing changed in our skipper. With only seven minutes remaining between Liverpool Football Club going out of the Champions League at the group stage or progressing into the knockout stages up stepped Steven Gerrard. His goal against Olympiakos with time running out is still one of the biggest goals in the club's history. We desperately needed the goal but the one in Istanbul might have outdone even that goal. 3-0 down at half time but our leader wouldn't let us lie down and submit, he led from the front and his goal pulled us back into the match. His rally cries dragged Liverpool up and onto success in Istanbul. Steven Gerrard could finally hold aloft the Champions League. He also won UEFA's Most Valuable Player award in the same year.

People might say lightning doesn't strike twice but in Steven Gerrard's case it does. 12 months later and again Liverpool were dead and buried this time in the FA Cup final against West Ham. But one man wasn't buried and again up he stepped to smash in two rockets and keep our fight alive. At the end of the match, Gerrard held the FA Cup in his hand and knew this was his final. He had now scored in every major cup final he possibly could at club level. This was his best goalscoring season as well, a fantastic 23 goals in all competitions. Though the accomplishments didn't stop there, he won the PFA Player of the Year as well this year. In 2006 he also managed to top England's goalscoring charts in his first World Cup.

Before another Champions League final in 2007 our influential skipper had broken Ian Rush's goalscoring record in the European Cup, Gerrard's goal against PSV was his 15th, a club record. Steven Gerrard MBE is now his official title after receiving an MBE in 2006.

Gerrard has went onto captain England on several more occasions, most noteably the 3-2 defeat to Croatia which saw the Three Lions fail to qualify for Euro 2008 but this was after a season where Gerrard had scored an impressive 21 goals for Liverpool throughout the season.

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Liverpool Wallpaper

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Godwin Antwi

Godwin Antwi ( -- )

Full Name: Godwin Antwi
Position: Defender
Squad number: --
Date of birth: 07/06/1988
Birth place: Kumasi, Ghana
Former clubs: Real Zaragoza, Accrington Stanley, Hartlepool United, Tranmere Rovers
LFC 1st team games: 0
LFC 1st team goals: 0
International caps: 0
International goals: 0
Career Appearances: 37
Career Goals: 1
Transfer Fee: £0

Godwin Antwi Profile

Powerful centre-half Godwin Antwi is on loan over the water at Tranmere Rovers until January 2009.

The youngster joined the Reds from Real Zaragoza in August 2005 but has yet to make his senior competitive debut.

He was part of the FA Youth Cup winning team in 2006, establishing himself as a rock at the back alongside Jack Hobbs.

Antwi spent the final two months of the 2006-07 season on loan at League Two side Accrington Stanley, where he played nine games and helped keep them in the football league.

The following year took him to League One side Hartlepool United, a period which brought 27 league appearances and a first professional goal.

Antwi is the first Ghanaian to represent Liverpool. Though he also has a Spanish passport, his allegiance lies with the African nation should an international call come his way.

Martin Skrtel

Martin Skrtel (37)

Full Name: Martin Skrtel
Position: Defender
Squad number: 37
Date of birth: 15/12/1984
Birth place: Handlova, Slovakia
Former clubs: Trencin, Zenit St Petersburg
LFC 1st team games: 29
LFC 1st team goals: 0
Slovakia International caps: 28
SlovakiaInternational goals: 5
Career Appearances: 139
Career Goals: 11
Transfer Fee: £6.5m

Martin Skrtel Profile

Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel began his career playing for local side Trencin before moving to Zenit St Petersburg in 2004, quickly establishing himself for the Russian side and the Slovakian national team.

He was a competent ice hockey player in his youth but chose to give it up to concentrate on football, which his father had played for FC Prievidza; and which Martin would do also in his youth. He then went on to sign for FK AS Trencin, where he tried a number of different positions before becoming comfortable as a centre half.

Skrtel´s first major opportunity came with Zenit St. Petersburg, who snapped up the Slovakian in 2004 after spotting his obvious talent. He went on to make 113 appearances for the club, scoring 5 goals in the process and helping Zenit win the Russian Premier League in 2007; his performances helping him win Slovak player of the year in 2007.

Martin signed for Liverpool on 11th January 2008 for £6.5 million, with Rafa Benitez being delighted with his capture.

After a shaky debut against Havant and Waterlooville in the FA Cup, Skrtel established himself as a strong, no nonsense defender with assured displays against Chelsea away, Everton at home and notably in both legs of the Champions League tie against Arsenal. He is seen by fans as an important part of the club's future and as Jamie Carragher´s eventual successor.

His first half-season at Anfield was a very impressive one and he hopes to build on this success in 2008/09. So far so good..

Martin Kelly

Martin Kelly (34)

Full Name: Martin Kelly
Position: Defender
Squad number: 34
Date of birth: 27/04/1990
Birth place: Bolton, England
Former clubs: Liverpool Youth Academy
LFC 1st team games: 0
LFC 1st team goals: 0
International caps: 0
International goals: 0
Career Appearances: 0
Career Goals: 0
Transfer Fee: £0

Martin Kelly Profile

Centre-half Martin Kelly graduated to Melwood in the summer of 2007.

The tall but elegant defender, who missed almost two years of his Academy development due to a back problem, can play across the back four.

"The injury has made me more determined," says Kelly. "Having those two years out meant I missed so much from my development. I was lucky to get a chance to come to Melwood."

Kelly broke into Gary Ablett's reserves during 2007-08, helping them win the league.

Stephen Darby

Stephen Darby (32)

Full Name: Stephen Darby
Position: Defender
Squad number: 32
Date of birth: 06/10/1988
Birth place: Liverpool, England
Former clubs: Liverpool Youth Academy
LFC 1st team games: 1
LFC 1st team goals: 0
England International caps: 0
EnglandInternational goals: 0
Career Appearances: 0
Career Goals: 0
Transfer Fee: £0

Stephen Darby Profile

Right-back Stephen Darby graduated to Melwood during the summer of 2006 after the best part of a decade at the Academy.

The Scouser has yet to earn his senior competitive debut, though did make the bench when Liverpool travelled to the Ataturk to take on Galatasaray in the Champions League group stages in December 2006.

Darby was a key part of the 2006 and 2007 FA Youth Cup victories, wearing the captain's armband in the first of those wins.

He was also skipper when Liverpool Reserves lifted the Dallas Cup following victory over Mexican side Tigres in March 2008, receiving the trophy from Reds co-owner Tom Hicks.

Two months later the defender lifted the national reserve league trophy at Anfield after a 3-0 victory over southern champions Aston Villa.

Philipp Degen

Philipp Degen ( 27 )

Full Name: Philipp Degen
Position: Defender
Squad number: 27
Date of birth: 15/02/1983
Birth place: Holstein, Switzerland
Former clubs: FC Basel, Borussia Dortmund
LFC 1st team games: 2
LFC 1st team goals: 0
Switzerland International caps: 30
Switzerland International goals: 0
Career Appearances: 139
Career Goals: 5
Transfer Fee: £0

Philipp Degen Profile

Right-back Philipp Degen signed for Liverpool on a free transfer in the summer of 2008.

The Swiss international began his career with FC Basel in 1996, making his debut five years later.

Four seasons in the first team followed, during which he claimed three league titles and one domestic cup.

His time at St Jakob Park also gave him a taste of Champions League football. In fact, Degen was an unused sub when Basel claimed a 1-1 draw at Anfield in 2002-03.

In 2005 the defender joined the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.

Degen, who featured four times for his country in the 2006 World Cup, spent three years with the German giants, the last of which was blighted by injury.

The full-back managed to recover in time for Euro 2008, a tournament co-hosted by Switzerland. Unfortunately he did not feature as the Swiss failed to negotiate the group stages.

From there he arrived at Melwood to work with Rafa Benitez, who said: "Philipp is an offensive player with great energy and a winning mentality. His strength is going forward and I am confident he will prove to be a quality addition to our squad."

Degen, who is fluent in French and German, has a twin, David, who also plays professional football.

Emiliano Insua

Emiliano Insua (22)

Full Name: Emiliano Emilio Adrian InsĂșa Zapata
Position: Defender
Squad number: 22
Date of birth: 07/01/1989
Birth place: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Former clubs: Boca Juniors
LFC 1st team games: 7
LFC 1st team goals: 0
Argentina International caps: 0
Argentina International goals: 0
Career Appearances: 7
Career Goals: 0
Transfer Fee: £0

Emiliano Insua Profile

Argentinean starlet Emiliano Insua is one of the brightest hopes among Liverpool's reserve ranks.

The left-back has impressed during a handful of first-team appearances since making his debut against Portsmouth on April 28, 2007.

He was also a key man as Gary Ablett's second string clinched the national title in 2007-08.

Insua started out at Boca Juniors, though never played a first-team game at La Bombonera.

Noted for his attacking prowess, he is a regular for Argentina Under-20s and helped them win the 2007 FIFA World Cup.

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Alvaro Arbeloa

Alvaro Arbeloa (17)

Full Name: Alvaro Arbeloa Coca
Position: Defender
Squad number: 17
Date of birth: 17/01/1983
Birth place: Salamanca, Spain
Former clubs: Real Madrid, Deportivo La Coruna
LFC 1st team games: 73
LFC 1st team goals: 2
Spain International caps: 3
Spain International goals: 0
Career Appearances: 110
Career Goals: 2
Transfer Fee: £2.5m

Alvaro Arbeloa Profile

Versatile defender Alvaro Arbeloa was brought to Anfield in January 2007.

The Spaniard started out at Real Zaragoza before being lured by Real Madrid aged 16.

The Spanish capital was where he first worked with Rafa Benitez, who was then youth team coach at the Bernabeu.

Arbeloa made his full debut for Madrid against Real Betis in October 2004, but managed just one further appearance in the next two years.

By July 2006, the time had come to move on. His destination was northern Spain and Deportivo La Coruna.

Little did he know, however, that within six months he'd be on his way to the Premiership.

It took just 21 appearances at Depor to convince Benitez that Arbeloa was the man to challenge Steve Finnan for the right-back slot at Anfield.

The defender, who represented Spain at every youth level, made his Reds debut as a substitute against Newcastle on February 10.

This was followed by a first start in the Nou Camp, where Arbeloa was deployed as a left-back. It proved a tactical masterstroke on the part of Benitez as the new boy excelled, thwarting Barca starlet Lionel Messi and helping the Reds return home with an unlikely 2-1 lead. The trick was repeated two weeks later and Liverpool were through to the quarter-finals of the European Cup.

The full-back featured 14 times in his first six months on Merseyside, scoring once against Reading and coming on as a late sub in the Champions League final.

Arbeloa's club form finally brought international recognition in March 2008 when he came on with 15 minutes to go as Spain recorded a friendly victory over world champions Italy. Three months later he was part of the squad which triumphed in Euro 2008, though started just one game.

Fabio Aurelio

Fabio Aurelio (12)

Full Name: Fabio Aurelio Rodrigues
Position: Defender
Squad number: 12
Date of birth: 24/09/1979
Birth place: Sao Carlos, Brazil
Former clubs: Sao Paolo, Valencia
LFC 1st team games: 67
LFC 1st team goals: 1
Brazil International caps: 0
Brazil International goals: 0
Career Appearances: 189
Career Goals: 13
Transfer Fee: £0 m

Fabio Aurelio Profile

Fabio Aurelio was the first Brazilian to ever play for Liverpool when he came off the bench in the reds 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the 2006 Community Shield.

After taking part in 2000 Olympics for Brazil he signed by Valencia. A year later Rafa Benitez arrived and he was part of the team that won the clubs first title for 31 years. In the succesful 03/04 year the player suffered a broken leg and only played twice as the team won the UEFA Cup and La Liga.

Aurelio was signed by Benitez in 2006 - his Italian passport helping him to avoid the perils of attempting to gain a work permit.

Fabio can play left midfield or left back and despite suffering with some injuries during his Anfield career eventually took over Riise as the reds first choice left back. With the arrival of Dossena in the summer of 2008, Fabio may go back to playing more on the left wing where he will also battle with Ryan Babel.

Liverpool fans are hoping we still have a lot to see from Fabio, and hope his injury troubles are soon behind him.

Andrea Dossena

Andrea Dossena (2)

Full Name: Andrea Dossena
Position: Defender
Squad number:2
Date of birth: 11/09/1981
Birth place: Lordi, Italy
Former clubs: Udinese
LFC 1st team games: 12
LFC 1st team goals: 0
Italy International caps: 5
ItalyInternational goals: 0
Career Appearances: 194
Career Goals: 5
Transfer Fee: £7 m

Andrea Dossena Profile

Left-back Andrea Dossena signed from Serie A side Udinese in July 2008.

The Italian was a direct replacement for the outgoing John Arne Riise.

Dossena began his career aged 14 with Hellas Verona in northern Italy, coming through the ranks before spending four seasons in the senior squad.

His big break came when he signed for Udinese in 2005, though he was immediately loaned to Treviso FBC 1993 for a year.

The defender returned to the Stadio Friuli ahead of the 2006-07 campaign, where his form eventually earned a first international cap in a friendly against South Africa in October 2007.

By the end of the season his move to Merseyside had been confirmed, with Dossena saying: "Liverpool are a great team and it is great to be linked to such a famous club.

"I want to play Champions League football. The Reds have already won it and they often get to the big games. In England, they are on the same level as Manchester United."

Dossena made his competitive debut in a Champions League qualifier against Standard Liege on August 13, 2008.

Friday, August 8, 2008

2005 Road to Istanbul

Champions of Europe 2005

On May 25th 2005 Liverpool FC’s history books were re-written with the culmination of the most amazing run in a competition ever.

But it all started way before that ‘one night in May’ - almost a year to the day, in fact, when Rafael Benitez arrived at Anfield to succeed Gerard Houllier as manager.

Benitez’s knowledge of European football was impressive and he went on to mastermind an amazing run to defeat the biggest teams in Europe - against the odds - and give Liverpool their fifth European Cup.

The final group game against Olympiakos proved the turning point, followed by victories over Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus and memorably Chelsea. But the final surpassed all of those memories with the comeback of all comebacks.

A disastrous first half saw AC Milan - the impressive Italian’s tipped to win the competition from day one - 3-0 ahead and causing Liverpool massive problems. It was over, most players later admitted they thought it was, fans had hope in their hearts but even they wouldn’t dare to think their side could win it. Some even left at half time.

But the setting of the Ataturk Stadium on the outskirts of Istanbul in Turkey was to become host to one of the most amazing football matches ever witnessed.

The Liverpool fans shocked their Italian counterparts - outnumbered by 4 to 1 - by giving a rousing rendition of the famous anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone despite their teams troubles. Those there admitted it started pretty subdued, more of a hymn than a song, but grew into a rousing inspiration to the players as they took to the field for the second half.

Benitez knew things needed changing and brought on Didi Hamann to stop Milan playmaker Kaka running the midfield. He also made the brave decision to change the teams formation and style.

On 54 minutes Steven Gerrard’s header from a John Arne Riise cross started the impossible. His arm raising encouraged the fans further but still few really believed it could be done. But within two minutes Vladimir Smicer - a forced substitute after Harry Kewell limped off early on - strook from the edge of the box and the stadium erupted into madness. Smicer, playing what he knew would be his last ever appearance for Liverpool, admitted he doubted he would play any part but in the match but suddenly endeared himself to the fans he’d tried to impress for 5 years.

The comeback was completed six minutes after Gerrard’s first goal when the skipper was brought down in the box by Gattuso. Xabi Alonso stepped up to take the spot kick but Dida saved low to his right, only for Alonso to follow it in to the top of the net. Queu pandemonum in the Ataturk, on Merseyside and around the world.

After the disastrous first half - which saw Milan take the lead after just 43 seconds and go 3 ahead courtesy of two goals by Hernan Crespo - Liverpool were level.

Benitez’s tactics after the restart were to attack a Milan team who thought they already had the cup won, it had worked but the players were visibly tiring fast after going at the Italians with the high tempo style of play they had adopted in the previous games leading to the final to knock out Juve and Chelsea.

With Liverpool tiring and Milan’s players shocked by conceeding more goals in six minutes than in the whole of their 12 games leading to the final, the game ended all square after 90 minutes.

Extra time followed and Jerzy Dudek began his heroics. He saved a free kick from European footballer of the year Schevchenko and then denied the same player with an amazing double stop in the dieing seconds. At that point Liverpool’s name was on the cup - and Milan players admitted even they knew it.

Penalties it was and Dudek, inspired by Bruce Grobelaar’s antics in Rome in 1984 - and Jamie Carragher’s encouragement, distracted Milan players by dancing on his line. It worked, Silvinho missed the first over the bar. Hamann scored his. Pirlo stepped up, again Dudek did his dance and this time he saved too. Djibril Cisse stepped up and coolly slotted home to make it 2-0.

But Tomasson scored next for Milan and Riise had his saved by Dida - again to his right just like with Alonso’s, every other penalty was to his left and he saved none. The next two were both scored, Kaka and Smicer. 3-2.

Up next was Schevchenko. Dudek handed him the ball, just as he had done with all the Milan players, and a poor penalty was saved by Dudek’s trailing leg. Liverpool were Champions of Europe.

Triumphant scenes on the night were matched only by the half a million supporters who lined the streets of Liverpool and packed the city square the following day for the momentous victory parade.

For those fans who were lucky enough to have got tickets and travel, stories were retold for weeks and months of incredible journey’s, hospitable Turks and dancing in the now-famous Taksim Square.



- The Night Before
- The Build Up
- The 1st Half
- Half Time
- 2nd Half
- Extra Time
- Penalties
- 606
- The Night After
- The Magnificent Seven Minutes
- The Saves
- From Graz To Glory
- Istanbul : The Inside Story