Preview of Liverpool’s premier league trip to West Ham United

Roberto Firmino and Lucas Leiva are doubts for Liverpool’s premier league clash against West Ham United on Sunday.

Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp revealed in a press conference today that the Brazilian duo could both return to training before the fixture, but that they are unlikely feature at the London Stadium.

Lucas, who is Liverpool’s longest serving player, could train today after being hindered by a muscle problem. Firmino is likely to make a return tomorrow.

The 49-year-old German told the press: “Firmino felt a muscle so we have left him out of training. Lucas felt two different muscles.

“These players want to play. Lucas could be able to train today. For Roberto, it could be Saturday. We have to wait and give him as much time as possible.”

Klopp also revealed that he is optimistic that Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana could both play a prominent role after their respective injury troubles.

Reds’ fans will be hopeful that their side can pick up all three points in the capital to maintain distance between themselves and their top 4 rivals, Manchester United and Arsenal.

Meanwhile for the Hammers, former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has been ruled out. Midfielders Cheikhou Kouyate and Mark Noble, the captain, are both also sidelined.

West Ham are currently 12th in the Premier League table; both safe from relegation and unable to qualify for European football next season with two games remaining.

 

 

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Ross Barkley appears battered and bruised in first pictures since nightclub bust-up

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has been contacted by police after he was the victim of an “unprovoked attack”.

Merseyside Police are investigating after footage circulating on social media showed the 23-year-old being hit in the face by a man in a bar.

The attack was not reported to police and Barkley was not seriously injured.

 

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The Premier League footballer was the victim of an ‘unprovoked’ attack when he was punched in the face (Photo: Daily Mirror)

Liverpool bar Santa Chupitos, where the incident took place, said the member of staff responsible for leaking video footage had been sacked.

Barkley, who trained as normal with his team-mates on Monday, has played 22 times for England and was part of England’s most recent set-up.

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Barkley trains with Everton teammates (Source: Gareth Copley/Getty Images Europe)

The Liverpool-born player joined Everton as an 11-year-old and has made 173 first-team appearances.

A force spokesman said inquires into the incident were “ongoing”.

Steven Gerrard to manage Liverpool U18s next season

Steven Gerrard is set to take charge of Liverpool’s U18 team from next season.

The Reds legend has been working at the club’s Academy since January having taken a role across numerous age groups, but will take over the U18s in the summer

The 36-year-old, who has made no secret of his desire to enter full-time management, rejoined Liverpool in January to take up an academy coaching role at Kirkby.

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Liverpool’s longest-serving captain, who won 114 caps for England, called time on his playing career four months ago when he left MLS side LA Galaxy after 18 months with the club.

Following his retirement, the former England captain turned down the chance to become MK Dons manager last November following talks with chairman Pete Winkelman, saying the challenge to replace Karl Robinson at the League One side came “a bit too soon”.

But now Gerrard, who made over 700 appearances for The Reds, is set to take the first step in his coaching career by taking charge of the Liverpool youngsters.

Gerrard’s impending appointment will trigger a reshuffle at the academy’s Kirkby base, with current Under-18 coach Neil Critchley potentially moving up to take charge of the Under-23s.

April in Liverpool – What to do in the City Next Month

Live Music

Bruno Mars – Arena Tour
Liverpool Echo Arena, Saturday 15th April

Bruno Mars brings his arena tour to Merseyside on 15th April. The 31-year-old Hawaiian singer-songwriter will perform at the Echo Arena as part of his latest worldwide tour showcasing tracks from his most recent album ‘24K Magic’. The five time Grammy Award winning artist is set to perform with his group ‘The Hooligans’Bruno Marswith whom he performed at the BRIT awards earlier this year. The event is now sold out but tickets are available on certain resale websites at the price of £70 plus. Anybody lucky enough to have a ticket for the show is in for a treat with Mars being known for his highly energetic performance and the party-like atmosphere brought to the audience.

The Kooks – ‘Best of’ Tour
Liverpool Olympia, Saturday 29th April

Performing their best hits from the past 13 years The Kooks will take to the stage at Liverpool Olympia near the end of the month. Saturday 29th April will see the Brighton band return to Liverpool as part of their ‘Best of Tour’. Luke, Hugh, Peter and Alexis are set to play to a sold-out crowd at the Olympia, although tickets are available on someKooksresale sites at as little as £30. Fans who have followed The Kooks will be in for a treat as the band treat them to a trip back to 2006 and through the years following that performing their top hits from their four studio albums, along with some newer material.

 

Sport 

Premier League Darts
Liverpool Echo Arena, Thursday 13th April

The Premier League Darts comes to Liverpool Echo Arena on the evening of 13th April. The fixtures have yet to be confirmed, however Liverpool will welcome the top names in darts for an evening of exciting competition. Former
winner of the Premier League Darts, Michael Van Gerwen, will be competing along with 14-time winner Phil Taylor and many other familiar names. The event will provide a great atmosphere and is guaranteed to be a fun evening. Tickets are till available online at a price of around £50 per person.

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Liverpool Echo Arena, Saturday 1st April

1st April sees Cage Warriors MMA return to Liverpool Echo Arena for a night set to be packed with young entertaining fighters. Scouse duo Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett and Chris Fishgold are both currently preparing to perform in their bouts in front of a home crowd like no other at the Echo Arena. Paddy, current Cage Warriors World Featherweight Champion, will be hoping to defend his title in a
bout with fellow Brit Nad Narimani. Along with a high number of other fights on the undercard, it is shaping up to be a great night of mixed martial arts here on Merseyside. Tickets are still available online with prices ranging from £33 to £70.

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Theatre

Grease Musical
Liverpool Empire Theatre, Week Commencing Monday 3rd April

The World-Famous West End production ‘Grease’ is coming to Liverpool for 6 days of the week commencing 3rd April. The show will be played Monday to Saturday every evening at Liverpool Empire Theatre, with two showings on Friday and Saturday evening. The show will include all of the hit songs from the original movie including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, and many more. The character Danny will be played by Tom Parker of UK boyband The Wanted, whilst Sandy will be played by Danielle Hope. Numerous other performers in the cast include Darren Day and Louisa Lytton of Eastenders. Tickets are available for as little as £13.50 online.

 

 

 

 

Manchester rival Liverpool for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Manchester has emerged as rivals to Liverpool for the 2022 Commonwealth Games after it was revealed the African City of Durban could no longer host the event due to financial difficulties.

The city of Liverpool was previously preparing a bid for the 2026 games, but are now thought to be prepared to take on the challenge four years earlier than expected.

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The likes of Jamie Carragher , Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Tony Bellew are among the sporting figures who have offered their support to Liverpool’s 2026 bid. 

However, the Manchester Evening News has reported that Manchester are already in deep discussions with the government about hosting the Commonwealth Games – two decades since it was last held there.

Liverpool Major Joe Anderson wrote to sports minister Tracey Crocuh, and said Liverpool would have “no problem” being ready for the Games by 2022.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, he said: “We knew that Durban was in trouble so we met with government officials last week in which we made it clear we would be very keen to host the games in 2022.

“I have also written to Tracey Crouch and assured her that we would be ready for that date – I am very confident that the city will be able to cope with the demands of holding the games then.

“These games give us a great opportunity to regenerate the north of Liverpool and create a lasting legacy.”

The Commonwealth Games Federation will need to consider all options before making a decision, but Joe Anderson believes Liverpool is in “a good position” to host them.

South African sports minister Fikile Mbalula told press agency Reuters: “We gave it our best shot but we can’t go beyond. If the country says we don’t have this money, we can’t.”

After the Commonwealth Games Federation made the final decision to withdraw Durban as the host city in 2022.