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  • Gerrard to take on Man Utd again in Carr...

    Michael Carrick has confirmed former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is the latest star name to commit to his testimonial next week. A Manchester United 2008 XI will take on a Carrick All-Star team at Old Trafford on June 4. Griezmann denies Man United reports Gary Neville, R...

    Gerrard to take on Man Utd again in Carrick's testimonial

    Michael Carrick has confirmed former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is the latest star name to commit to his testimonial next week. A Manchester United 2008 XI will take on a Carrick All-Star team at Old Trafford on June 4. Griezmann denies Man United reports Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are among the former players lining up for United in a team that will be managed by Alex Ferguson. And Carrick has revealed Gerrard, who made a Liverpool return in a post-season friendly victory over Sydney FC this week, will be one of the All-Star players trying to get one over United, resuming the many battles he had with the club in his playing days. He will join the likes of Frank Lampard, Robbie Keane, Eric Abidal and Gaizka Mendieta in a team managed by Harry Redknapp. Carrick said of Gerrard: "I have known him for a long time and played with him for England. He is probably one of the reasons I haven't had as many England caps as I would like! "He is such a great player who has done so many great things over the years. I have had some big battles with him over the years, obviously big rivals, playing in the same position.  "But I always felt there was big respect between us. I'm really, really happy that he is coming back to play here in my testimonial."

  • 'I love playing for Wales' - Liverpool s...

    Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn insists he was never tempted to consider switching his international allegiance from Wales to England. Woodburn, 17, got his first senior call-up in March but did not earn a cap when Wales drew 0-0 with Republic of Ireland. But the attacker has ...

    'I love playing for Wales' - Liverpool starlet Woodburn never considered England switch

    Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn insists he was never tempted to consider switching his international allegiance from Wales to England. Woodburn, 17, got his first senior call-up in March but did not earn a cap when Wales drew 0-0 with Republic of Ireland. But the attacker has been included for the country's training squad in Portugal as they prepare for next month's World Cup qualifier away to Serbia. And Woodburn, who made five Premier League appearances for Liverpool this season, stresses he was never tempted to represent England, despite their reported approach. "I like it there, I love playing for Wales and I don't want to be anywhere else," he told the Liverpool Echo. "I didn't really consider switching. "My mum's dad is Welsh and ever since I started with Wales they have been great to me. "I knew all the lads there and the coaches make it so welcoming. Ever since then I have wanted to play for Wales." Woodburn paid tribute to the influence Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has had on his early career and is keen to make more of a mark next season. He continued: "Jurgen has been a great manager for me. He has helped me during my first year with the first team and given me chances. "He has taught me a lot – both in terms of when we are in possession and when we're not. "He has kept my feet on the ground. I couldn't have asked for a better manager to start my career with. "Now it is down to me to push on next season, build on this year and show everyone what I can do."

  • 'Who wouldn't want Coutinho?' - Brazil b...

    Brazil coach Tite feels Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho would fit in perfectly at Barcelona. Liverpool chase £50 million-rated Keita The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Camp Nou following his excellent displays this season, with the Brazilian scoring 13 goals in 31 ...

    'Who wouldn't want Coutinho?' - Brazil boss Tite talks up Barcelona link

    Brazil coach Tite feels Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho would fit in perfectly at Barcelona. Liverpool chase £50 million-rated Keita The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Camp Nou following his excellent displays this season, with the Brazilian scoring 13 goals in 31 Premier League outings to help fire his team into the Champions League. Coutinho recently stressed that he would rather build a legacy at Liverpool than become a squad player at Barca, but Tite has little doubt he would become a key figure for the Catalans if he were to make the move. "It absolutely makes sense for me that Barcelona are after him," Tite told Sport. "I do not want to be pretentious about Barcelona, but who would not want a player like Coutinho, with his magic, his ability to invent and create, to change the rhythm and to build play? "We are obviously talking about a hypothetical situation, but Barcelona have Sergio Busquets sitting deep and two midfielders in front of him. Ivan Rakitic and Andres Iniesta are the thinking men in the Barcelona team. Coutinho could play in that role. "He is an ideal player for Barcelona." Coutinho signed a new contract with Liverpool in January that takes him through to 2022.

  • I'd have won big trophies under Klopp - ...

    Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard believes that the club could have achieved remarkable success had Jurgen Klopp been appointed manager three of four years earlier. Why Chelsea revolution works Club icon Gerrard, who never won a Premier League crown at Anfield, had left for LA Ga...

    I'd have won big trophies under Klopp - Gerrard

    Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard believes that the club could have achieved remarkable success had Jurgen Klopp been appointed manager three of four years earlier. Why Chelsea revolution works Club icon Gerrard, who never won a Premier League crown at Anfield, had left for LA Galaxy by the time the German took charge in 2015, and he rues the fact he never got to work with the former Borussia Dortmund boss, having turned out for the Reds against Sydney FC in a friendly earlier this week. "I was looking around and it was a strange feeling out there," he told the Liverpool Echo. "I was thinking if Jurgen Klopp had been at the club a bit earlier what might have been. "There's no doubt about it, if he had been here three or four years [ago] I believe I would have been part of him delivering big trophies for this club. "It's his aura and the way he is with you – how he makes you feel. "I went out there to play in a friendly and I felt like it was the World Cup final. That's what he gives players. "We're blessed to have him and hopefully we can go from strength to strength over the summer. Everyone is excited." Klopp secured a return to the Champions League in his first full season at the helm at Anfield and is keen to bolster his squad for their additional duties. While the chance to compete at European football's top table will help attract new players, Gerrard believes their German manager will be just as influential in bringing in big names. "If I'm a top player around Europe and Jurgen picks the phone up and I get offered the chance to play for this club, which is moving forward in every single department and has a world-class manager leading it, I'd be jumping at that opportunity," he said. Mou: I'm a nobody at Man Utd "I want to play for him and I am 37 next week! For me, it's such an exciting project. Not just because we qualified for the Champions League but the whole project. "The next three, four, five, six years, whatever it turns out to be, are going to be very exciting and players will want to be a part of what Jurgen is doing." Gerrard will take charge of Liverpool's Under-18s next season so will get to work with Klopp, but not as a player, as he might have wished.

  • Liverpool goalkeeper Manninger announces...

    Liverpool goalkeeper Alex Manninger will retire once his contract expires at the end of June. Klopp desperate for new arrivals The 39-year-old moved to Anfield at the start of the season as third-choice goalkeeper behind Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, but did not make an appe...

    Liverpool goalkeeper Manninger announces retirement

    Liverpool goalkeeper Alex Manninger will retire once his contract expires at the end of June. Klopp desperate for new arrivals The 39-year-old moved to Anfield at the start of the season as third-choice goalkeeper behind Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, but did not make an appearance and will call time on his professional career next month. "I thought about it a couple of months ago and I was keen to decide myself, not wait again for the summer and whether I receive a phone call or not," Manninger, who won 33 caps for Austria, told the club's official website. "I tried to listen to myself, to my body, and then I said 'no, that is enough'. "I did not want to go too far and let my body decide, or the phone decide if it does not ring, so that is why I came to the decision of that being it for me. "I feel good, I finished at a high level I never dreamed of. If I played for big clubs at my peak, that is one thing, but to have had this experience now with the staff, coaches and players of Liverpool is fantastic. I have had one of the greatest experiences in my career here, but it is time." Manninger's career, which spanned more than 20 years, included spells with Arsenal and Juventus, earning him Premier League and Serie A winner's medals.

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