Saturday, August 29, 2020

Neither Messi nor Ronaldo and this is thanks to LewanGOALski

Neither Messi nor Ronaldo and this is thanks to LewanGOALski

Neither Messi nor Ronaldo and this is thanks to LewanGOALski


When the Bundesliga, the first of the big leagues, resumed the 2019/20 season after a break due to the pandemic, Bayern München continued their winning streak, and Robert Lewandowski continued to score goals, I realized that he would become a main contender for the Ballon d'Or. The fact this award was canceled in 2020 is a big loss for the Polish striker. I think Lewandowski was the best player in Europe and the world in the 2019/20 season. 

Neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo became the UEFA Champions League top scorer for the first time for the last 13 seasons. And this is thanks to Lewandowski. 

Although he did not score in the main game of the season - the Champions League final. He notched 55 goals for the whole season and was the top scorer in each of the 3 tournaments won by Bayern München. This is a great achievement. His only drawback is just 4 goals out 55 with his left foot.

Neither Messi nor Ronaldo and this is thanks to LewanGOALski


In general, over the past five years, he has been showing stability by scoring 40 or more goals in all tournaments per season. His teammate Thomas Müller persistently calls him 'LewanGOALski' not in vain.  

Regarding the Ballon d'Or, Lewandowski was previously on the list for the award five times. And he even took the prestigious 4th place in 2015 - then the Polish forward was one of those for whom I voted as a juror. 

By the way, I remember Lewandowski since 2008, when playing for Lech Poznan, he scored the winning goal against Azerbaijan's Khazar-Lankaran in UEFA Cup qualification. 

Much has passed since then. The fact that Real Madrid tried to sign him three times also says a lot.

Lewandowski once said: "I motivate myself by the desire to win more trophies. I want to be a better player, and there is no other way of showing it other than on the pitch." Therefore, I am sure that he will try to win the Ballon d'Or next year. 

His age is not a problem either. So Lewandowski told Sport Bild a few weeks ago: "In August I will turn 32, but I feel 27, 28, maybe even less. I want to play at the highest level for many years, I will do my best to achieve it." 

Before resuming the UEFA Champions League in the top three players, I also named Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema, both from Real Madrid. But after the final finish of the season, I changed my mind. Apart from LewanGOALski, I would also name Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund and Serge Gnabry from Bayern Munich among the top three players of the 2019/20 season. 

Rasim Movsumzadeh 
Ballon d'Or juror

Sunday, August 23, 2020

LIGHTS OUT IN LISBON

Bayern Set to Stem the French Resistance at the Champions League Final

The hastily-concluded competitions will never seem satisfying, after an exciting final of the Europa League, which perhaps should be renamed the Sevilla Cup, tonight we will hopefully enjoy an equally thrilling UEFA Champions League Final at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.

Bayern Munich and PSG are worthy finalists, although part of me still thinks Timo Werner's departure from RB Leipzig to Chelsea before the end of his team's unprecedented cup run skewed his team's fortunes.

A Leipzig v Lyon final would have been a great day for the underdog, but the 3-0 scorelines in both semis suggest the cream rose to the top.

Estadio da Luz

Bayern look the sharper of the finalists and with their European pedigree will begin as favourites. It will be their eleventh European Cup final, against their opponents' first.

It is hard to believe PSG have never reached the final before but capital cities tend not to dominate at football - think Liverpool, Manchester, Munich, and Barcelona.

Ligue 1 has historically been the weakest of Europe's big four leagues and a French club has only won it once - Marseille in 1993. History is not on their side.

What is different now of course is the Qatari money behind PSG - millions from the state-owned Qatari Sports Investments, which recruited the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, two star attackers in anyone's estimation.

PSG's transformation has left them open to criticism as an artificial construction, a soft power play-thing for a controversial regime, but looking around at football clubs' owners, one is tempted to say 'let he who is without sin cast the first stone'.

Deloitte calculated PSG have the fifth-highest revenue of any club in 2020, although in overall value are rated only 11th in the world by Forbes. Bayern come fourth in both lists, appropriately for a German business. 

Bayern's financial stability sits in stark contrast to 'new money' PSG splashing the cash. They are a more traditional organisation with former players as directors but they are also closely tied via their supervisory board to big German corporations like Adidas, Allianz and Audi (interestingly not local Bavarian brand BMW) and Deutsche Telekom.

One of their premium commercial sponsors is Qatar Airways.

Germans manage both teams, with Thomas Tuchel and Hans-Dieter Flick squaring up tonight to compare their reputations as world-class coaches.

Flick's transition from Jogi Low's Germany assistant to top-level club management has had a flying start, winning the Bundesliga and German Cup and reaching the Champions League final in less than a full season.

Bayern look awesome going forward and their defence and goalkeeper are solid too - they arrive at the final on a 29 match unbeaten run. There has been no side so skilled at creating attacking angles in the last third this season. Defending against this Bayern side requires complete coverage and invigilation of the channels and spaces.

So the odds must be on a German victory. Robert Lewansowski has scored a whopping 51 goals this season and in Serge Gnabry, Thomsas Muller and Ivan Perisic he has three razor-sharp providers.

What gives PSG hope though is that they have real pace on the counter from Angel Di Maria, Mbappe and Neymar, who are all good dribblers to boot.

When Bayern lose the ball in the last third they will have a chance if they can get the ball forward quickly enough. There is no mystery to PSG's method - they will look to their fast forwards to score. The question is how much Bayern will temper their attacking instincts in fear of this Achilles' heel. 

We can probably expect Tuchel's team to play the underdog and start deep in the hope of springing effective transitions but they may be encouraged to go on the front foot if they sense Bayern have changed their game-plan at all.

As a neutral, we just hope two open and attacking sides can forego their fears in Portugal.

The last thing we need after such a disrupted season is for two naturally attacking teams to sit back and be cautious in the culmination of a most awkward and unusual season.

Even if the stadium is empty we deserve to see some goals tonight.

(c) Sean O'Conor & Soccerphile

Partners unite for LFC's 'Unity is Strength' appeal

Partners unite for LFC's 'Unity is Strength' appeal

Football Club's official partners have come together to support the club's 'Unity is Strength' Emergency Foodbank Appeal, which is raising funds to support vulnerable people in Merseyside. Standard Chartered, the club’s main sponsor, will donate to the appeal that has seen donations of more than £15,000 since the fundraising page was launched via Facebook several weeks ago.

Partners unite for LFC's 'Unity is Strength' appeal


To aid the fundraising efforts, official football video gaming partner EA SPORTS has donated 10 LFC shirts signed by the first team, which will be available to win via a global fundraising raffle, with all funds donated directly to the ‘Unity is Strength’ Emergency Foodbank Appeal. This raffle will go live at the end of May. Foodbank parcels not only provide essential food items.

Partners unite for LFC's 'Unity is Strength' appeal


Toiletries and personal care items are a key part of the items distributed to the people that need them but can often be in short supply. Official men’s grooming partner NIVEA MEN has confirmed it will donate around 5,000 products to the campaign for distribution, including a range of shower gels, deodorants, and shaving gels.

Club partner NH Foods is a long-standing supporter of the club’s work with food banks. Having already donated a fridge and a freezer to North Liverpool Foodbank’s community pantry, the Japan-based food manufacturer has reaffirmed its commitment to helping those in need by donating food supplies of tinned meat to help those who are vulnerable at this time.

The club is supporting a coordinated approach to ensuring food banks across the region have the items they need and, along with a number of club volunteers, will be ensuring these items get to where they need to be. Club partner Joie has now made the transportation of these goods and people a little easier thanks to the donation of its officially-branded taxi.

Forbes Duff, Red Neighbours manager at Liverpool FC, said: "We’re completely overwhelmed by the generosity that has been shown for our Unity is Strength appeal. We are doing everything we can to support the coordinated efforts of food banks across the city to support those who are in a vulnerable position. "These donations from our partners are hugely welcomed and will certainly enable us to help many more people who are in need."

Billy Hogan, LFC managing director and chief commercial officer and trustee of LFC Foundation, said: "We all stand together in times of need and these expressions of generosity and kindness from our partners truly reflect their commitment to the issues that matter most to us and our supporters."

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Relive Euro 1988 and Euro 1992 with the Documentaries “Tor” and “Great Danes!”



With the postponement of Euro 2020 to the great disappointment of many; there is little to no football to watch this summer. This could be an apt time to relieve some classic tournaments from the past with these timeless sports documentaries. 

“Tor (Goal)” tell the story of Euro 1988 which was hosted by West Germany. The tournament was won by the brilliant Dutch team which included the likes of Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and of course, Marco Van Basten. The documentary features each participating team to an extent though there is longer focus on the likes of Italy, West Germany, Spain, England and the Soviet Union. The late Jack Charlton and Ireland and their great adventure are also featured in longer segments. 



                                                 Tor! Total Football - Euro 1988





“Great Danes” tell the story of Denmark’s 1992 fairy tale run from rank outsiders to tournament champions and the surprises they cause along the way. 


                                                           Great Danes! Euro 1992 

Liverpool FC launch new away kit for 2020/21 season

Liverpool FC launch new away kit for 2020/21 season

Liverpool FC has today revealed the new Nike away kit for the new season (2020/21), which is now available for limited pre-order online. This season's away jersey makes a bold statement with its vibrant teal and black colourway, designed to embody the unique attitude and confidence of Reds fans around the world and draw on cultural references from across the city of Liverpool. The Liverbird, an iconic symbol across the city, and the club crest heavily influence the colour and is a theme that has been carried through from the home shirt to tie the two kits together. The swirling pattern on the front of the jersey takes its inspiration from Anfield's Shankly Gates. 

Liverpool FC launch new away kit for 2020/21 season


A textured print to the touch, the design also nods to Liverpool's strong musical roots and the flyposters often found around the city to advertise local music events. On the nape of the neck, the 96-emblem encased by the eternal flames sits proudly in memory of the 96 children, women and men who lost their lives at Hillsborough. Liverpool FC captain, Jordan Henderson, said: "I’m a massive fan of the new away kit. I really love the design and how it has been influenced by the city and specific aspects of the club. I can’t wait to get back out there and play in it next season."

The kit launches as part of Nike’s "Tell Us Never" campaign for the 20/21 season, which encapsulates just what it means to be undeniably Liverpool FC - always surmounting the impossible and striving for success. 

Liverpool FC launch new away kit for 2020/21 season


Bringing to life Liverpool’s deep-rooted love for the music scene, well-renowned DJ and broadcaster, Lil C features centre stage on the away kit campaign images, along with local talent, Niloo and Harper. Lil C's love for Liverpool FC is life long and has been fostered through her relationship with her mum who is a die-hard Liverpool FC fan. 

One of Lil C’s favourite Reds moments is the 2005 Champion's League final, a final that defied all expectations and is a true "Tell Us Never" moment. Scott Munson, VP Football Apparel, said: "We have very distinct design filters that are fully demonstrated in the collection we've created for Liverpool FC. First and foremost, we set out to create a collection that celebrates the rich culture of the city of Liverpool and the club. 

The away kit allowed us to be bolder and more expressive in how we brought some of these cultural references to life and we've landed on a look and aesthetic that really reflects that."

The new kit is available for limited pre-order online now and will go on general sale for purchase in store and online from Monday 17 August. It is also 

For more information please visit www.store.liverpoolfc.com

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Classic Hong Kong Seiko Limited Edition Kits Back on Sale

Classic Hong Kong Seiko Limited Edition Kits Back on Sale

Classic Hong Kong Seiko Limited Edition Kits

INCREDIBLE needs to overcome numerous difficulties to make the jersey available successfully. When Keith, the principal of INCREDIBLE talked about the re-enacted PUMA jersey, said: "The sewing process of the original jersey is extremely complicated. For example, the classic double V design on the neckline uses two methods of connection and overlap stitching. It takes a lot of effort. In addition, there are too many points for quilting. 

We need to hire a master to repair the mouth piece by piece to ensure that the V section is not worth mentioning.” Keith said with a smile.

As for the use of fabrics, the first re-enacted version of the jersey sponsored by Puma used the same cotton fabric as at the time; while the Hong Kong Seiko football team used 60% of the man-made fibers and four Cotton and Yin-Yang fabrics are now extremely difficult to find. 
Classic Hong Kong Seiko Limited Edition Kits


INCREDIBLE has successfully replicated 90% of similar fabrics after its own research and development. What's more worth mentioning is that the number 10 was printed on the reissue of the jersey worn by the Hong Kong Seiko Football Team when it announced its disbandment. It belonged to the late Hong Kong player Mr. Hu Guoxiong that year, which shows the preciousness of this reissue. 

Two "Hong Kong Seiko Soccer Team X INCREDIBLE 50 Years Retrospective Limited Set" will be released on July 18 (the first 1980 Hong Kong Seiko Soccer Team PUMA Reissue Edition Jersey) (HK$1,590, limited edition of 50 sets) and July 25, respectively 

Classic Hong Kong Seiko Limited Edition Kits
On sale (Hong Kong Seiko Football Team's last generation PUMA re-enacted jersey) (HK$1,690, limited to 40 sets). In addition to the re-enacted jersey made in Hong Kong, it also includes a pair of shoe bags and PUMA sports socks.

Shop - Puma in Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Who will win the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League?

Who will win the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League?

The 2019-20 UEFA Champions League matches will resume on 7 August, after an almost 5-month break. 

Who will win the top club competition of Europe? Everyone has their own prediction. Some will say Bayern Munich, some say Manchester City, others Paris Saint-Germain, there are also supporters of Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Real Madrid, etc. 

And who are the favorites of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League based on club rankings?

Real Madrid

Real Madrid?

If we look at the official UEFA Club Ranking, then the clear leader is Real Madrid with 134.000 points. Next in the ranking are three clubs with almost equal strength: Atlético Madrid with 126.000, Barcelona with 124.000, and Bayern München with 123.000. Then Juventus (115.000), Manchester City (112.000) and Paris Saint-Germain (105.000). But here only the results in European competitions and over a 5-year period are taken into account. 

MCFC

That is, the performance of the 2019/20 season is significantly influenced by the previous results. 

Manchester City?
The UEFA 5-year Club Ranking 2020 leader, who became the Spanish champion after a 3-year break, after losing 1-2 in first leg at home in the round of 16 will face a difficult away match against Manchester City, leader of the Global Club Soccer Rankings by Soccer Power Index. 

Bayern


The Soccer Power Index ranks domestic soccer teams in the world based on goals scored, adjusted goals, shot-based expected goals, and non-shot expected goals. These criteria produce offensive and defensive ratings for each team which are then converted to an overall score on the Soccer Power Index. 

Atlético Madrid, Soccer Power Index


According to the index, Manchester City is currently the best club team worldwide, with a Soccer Power Index score of 95.6. Bayern Munich is just behind them with 94.1. Next come Barcelona (91.0), Paris Saint-Germain (89.2), Real Madrid (88.5). 

Or Bayern München?

And in other ratings, Bayern München is in first place. They have become the German champion for the 8th year in a row. In the popular Whoscored, the rating takes into account such data as total goals, shots per game, yellow and red cards, possession percentage, pass success percentage, aerial duels won per game. 

Barca


Due to the long break in European competition, let's look at the rating, where only the results of the national leagues were taken into account. As a result, Bayern Munich is ahead with a 7.15 rating, further Paris Saint-Germain (7.11), Manchester City (7.05), Real Madrid (6.97), Barcelona (6.95), RB Leipzig (6.95), Atalanta (6.93), Juventus (6.88). 

In the World Football / Soccer Clubs Ranking in the Footballdatabase, Bayern München is the clear leader with 2037 points. Then in the ranking comes Manchester City (1966), Paris Saint-Germain (1927), Real Madrid (1924), Barcelona (1923), Atlético Madrid (1900), Atalanta (1875). 

Bayern München leads the Euro Club Index with 4233 points. 
Paris SG
The Top 10 also includes Barcelona (4119), Manchester City (4078), Real Madrid (3895), Paris Saint-Germain (3879), Atlético Madrid (3752), Juventus (3627). 

The Euro Club Index also includes a ranking of clubs with a win percentage in the UEFA Champions League. Here in the top five Bayern München with 24.2%, Paris Saint-Germain with 18.3%, Manchester City with 17.4%, Atlético Madrid with 13.3% and Barcelona with 11.9%. 

RASIM MOVSUMZADEH Ballon d’Or Award juror

RASIM MOVSUMZADEH Ballon d’Or Award juror

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Gunners Beat the Blues in Empty Wembley

THE 2020 ALL-LONDON F.A. CUP FINAL

An empty national stadium for an eventful and entertaining F.A. Cup Final was just and fitting.

'The restart' has been a surreal experience for everyone for many reasons. For me the most jarring change to the norm has been the piped crowd noise absurdly stuck on to televised matches.

THE 2020 ALL-LONDON F.A. CUP FINAL

Sky TV started adding a constant roar to live broadcasts soon after the birth of the Premier League, an aberration immediately seized upon by supporters.

As the Covid lockdown eased, all the TV broadcasters went further and added a soundtrack to matches played in empty stadia. It was weird without fans but that was the reality.

Listening to matches on the radio was an especially unusual and eerie experience, but I made myself accept it because it was the truth.

The closest experience was watching a training match but the shouts of the players are at least authentic.

The TV experience with fake crowd noise was a denial of reality. It is not just that hearing thousands cheering while watching an empty arena suggested England's 20 Premier League teams are followed by invisible spirits who take a couple of seconds to register a goal scored.

The addition of canned cheering implied the football could not stand alone when the tactical evolution has never been more admirable or analysed. Yes, the sport is 'nothing without its fans' etc but surely we can live without fake crowd noise for a few weeks.

Thank God today's match was live so I could mute the noise and place myself in earshot of the players and coaching staff instead. That facility alone has been a rare treat. The closed stadia also let us hear Frank Lampard's recent petulant tantrum against Jurgen Klopp when normally we would have been none the wiser.

Plus today it meant Ian Wright could bellow instructions from the BBC commentary box to his beloved Arsenal players and they could hear him, as confirmed by Gunners defender Rob Holding afterwards.

The final was unusually open, particularly the first 45 minutes. One suspects this was because there was no crowd present but it is impossible to say.

Had 90,000 people been there one wonders if passions would have really spilt over on that humid afternoon into a real card fest with crowd trouble outside between the two sets of London fans.

Chelsea had plenty of cause to feel aggrieved with the penalty award for Arsenal's equaliser, Mateo Kovacic's two yellow cards and the wretched misfortune of injuries to Cesar Azpilicueta, Pedro and Christian Pulisic.

The Blues' defeat following such a positive start and goal scored by the sublime Pulisic was a textbook example of how the 90 minutes is a game of phases. The extra drinks breaks and additional substitutions gave Mikel Arteta the chance to play psychological cards and change the flow of play.

Why Lampard did not react accordingly and prolong the pressure his side were applying from the off is an interesting question. After being on the back foot for 15 minutes, Arsenal began to play long channel balls to exploit the space vacated by Chelsea's advanced wing-backs and the tide had turned from what had looked like a repeat of last year's Europa League final.

The Gunners' sustained possession play approaching half time appeared to come straight out of Arteta's pupillage under Pep Guardiola. Chelsea seemed to have bounced back after the break, bossing a new phase of the game, before the Pulisic injury disrupted their game plan.

Both sides should feel content. In Lampard's first season in charge, Chelsea qualified for the 2021 Champions League and with new recruits like Timo Werner on tap, are sure to be title challengers as well.

Finishing eighth is not good enough for a club of Arsenal's stature but a new coach promises much as well and today's victory at Wembley ensured a happy ending of Europa League football. 

Neither is yet at the level of Liverpool or Manchester City, however.

Although the Champions and Europa Leagues will not conclude until the 21st and 23rd of August respectively, at least the domestic season is over in England.

Moaning about the lack of football seemed churlish at the height of a deadly pandemic, although there was still a residual regret that Liverpool's long quest might be kiboshed by a most unexpected virus.

When the new Premier League season starts on the 12th of September there could still be closed arenas and canned crowd noise. 

Maybe by then we will have all accepted this is the 'new normal'.

(c) Sean O'Conor & Soccerphile

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Reds unveil first Nike home kit for 20/21 season

Reds unveil first Nike home kit for 20/21 season

Liverpool FC has today revealed the new Nike home kit for the upcoming season (2020/21) which is now available to pre-order. The first kit to be designed by Nike as part of the new partnership, the home shirt sees a traditional vibrant red jersey, accented with teal and white around the v-neck collar and sleeves. Red, white, and teal has been a traditional colourway used throughout the club’s longstanding history, relating to the traditional club crest, while also appearing as a prominent feature on the iconic LFC jersey since the club was founded in 1892.

Reds unveil first Nike home kit for 20/21 season

Liverpool FC has today revealed the new Nike home kit for the upcoming season (2020/21) which is now available to pre-order.


Teal is also a colour that represents the city of Liverpool, reminiscent of the colour of the Liver Bird that sits at the top of the famous Liver Building.

On the nape of the neck, the 96-emblem encased by the eternal flames sits proudly in memory of the 96 children, women and men who lost their lives at Hillsborough.

The kit officially launches Nike's "Tell Us Never" campaign for the 20/21 season, which encapsulates just what it means to be undeniably Red - always surmounting the impossible and striving for success.
Liverpool FC defender, Virgil Van Dijk, said: "I've been part of the Nike family for a while now and have an incredible relationship with them. I’m very familiar with the quality of the design and innovation that goes into making a kit like this. Stepping out as champions next season in this kit will be really special."

Scott Munson, VP, Nike Football Apparel, said: "At the start of any new partnership it is important to show maximum respect and we have done that by concentrating on the club’s core identity. What you have is a clean, strong design, which any fan would immediately know belongs to Liverpool."

Billy Hogan, managing director and chief commercial officer, Liverpool FC, said: "We said back in January, when we first announced the new partnership with Nike, about our expectations on them becoming an incredible partner for the club.

We're so excited to be starting this journey with Nike, the global leader in sports apparel, and we look forward to working together to bring performance and lifestyle product to our supporters in the years ahead."

The new kit will be available for pre-order in store and online from 7am BST on Saturday 1 August and will go on general sale for purchase in-store and online from Thursday 6 August. It is also available now for Early Access from nike.com and all other Nike retailers from Thursday 6 August.

LFC's unique name and number style is also available again this season.

The LFC fonts have been designed to embody iconic characteristics of Anfield Stadium and the surrounding area and come in white for the outfield players' jersey.

Following the success of the 2019/2020 season, supporters will also be able to purchase gold Premier League patches and IFA Club World Cup Winners patch to be added on to their shirts.

To celebrate the kit launch, working alongside Red Neighbours - the club’s CSR programme - LFC is also donating 100 home kits to young people in the Anfield area who have made a difference to their local community during lockdown.

The youngsters will be carefully selected by teachers from the 25 schools based near Anfield, local community leaders and the Red Neighbours team for the fantastic contribution they have made to support others in the local area during these challenging times.

Nike is also committed to supporting the local community and is working with Earl Jenkins and the Tiber Street Centre to lower the barriers of access to sport and create pathways for young people from the city.

Nike will also be opening a brand-new shop-in-shop experience at the Anfield retail store from Thursday 6 August, where supporters can purchase the entire Nike range, including home kit, and the new training kit and Express lifestyle collection, which will also be launching on this day.

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Jurgen Klopp

For more information please visit www.store.liverpoolfc.com

Reds donate face coverings to support local community

Reds donate face coverings to support local community

Liverpool FC has donated 25,000 protective face coverings to its official charity, LFC Foundation, which will work with the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation which plans health services for the city, to distribute them for free to the local health system. LFC Foundation will be working with Liverpool CCG to identify those that are in need of these medically approved face coverings.

Liverpool FC has donated 25,000 protective face coverings to its official charity, LFC Foundation.


The Club has also launched a range of LFC face coverings for supporters. Proceeds from the sale of these products will continue to contribute to LFC Foundation’s support in the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These face coverings are now available for fans to pre-order from LFC online and are washable and reusable. Please note, these coverings are not medically certified for professional use. Matt Parish, director of LFC Foundation, said: "We want to make sure we can support the areas of the NHS locally that required additional resource. Through the donation of these vital face coverings from the Club and by working with the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, we can ensure that happens.

It’s great to be able to work in partnership so that we can continue offering support to the amazing NHS staff who are doing so much for us all." LFC Foundation has also launched the 'Big Red LFC Design Competition' to help raise money to continue supporting NHS staff and health professionals at this challenging time. The Foundation is inviting youngsters and their families to get creative during lockdown and draw, sketch, colour or paint a unique design to be featured across a special product range including T-shirts, mugs, water bottles, mouse mats, badges, and keyrings.

All profits from the collection will be donated to NHS Charities Together (registered charity 1186569), supporting NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients, as well as supporting LFC Foundation’s response and recovery work during the pandemic and over the coming months.

Jan Ledward, Chief Officer for NHS Liverpool CCG said: “We are very grateful to the LFC Foundation for this donation, which will be used to protect local NHS staff and patients from COVID-19. “These past weeks have been a hugely challenging period of time for everyone during this pandemic, but one of the biggest positives has been seeing local organisations and individuals coming together to support their local community in new and creative ways. As a city, Liverpool has a really rich history of doing this, and this is another great example.”