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Representing A Continent

Started on 15 November 2019 by TheLFCFan
Latest Reply on 13 August 2020 by OneMoreGame
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A season of new beginnings. A season of triumph and a season of success. Luke Hendricks guided his Liverpool team to multiple trophies in the 2022/23 season. He now has the job of continuing that success.

This is Luke's Liverpool.


The 2022/23 season was one of Liverpool's most successful years in recent memory. They won a remarkable quadruple, with a Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup being added to the clubs famous trophy collection. For Luke Hendricks it was the best first season he could imagine at his new club.

“I thought we were excellent all year. From the first whistle, literally, it took us what, ten minuets to score the first against Arsenal? We were brilliant and remained focused on the next game to win. That is a sign of a squad of winners, they don’t get caught up in celebrating the game or the trophy won that day, they are already focusing on the next one.”

“We had some time off and now we need to regain that focus for the season ahead. Some players will leave, some will arrive. It’s our job as a coaching staff to make sure we make the correct calls in who those players are and to get them all adjusted to playing together again. This is going to be a massive pre-season once more but we are excited and looking forward to getting out there once again.” Luke Hendricks said.

Signings did come and go for Liverpool, Ben Chilwell and Florian Thauvin leaving within the first few days of the window. Whilst nine players had arrived at the club by the end of June with six of those being academy signings. In the first team, Sergio Pulido, Marcênio and young Charlton midfielder Cain Hicks.

“To join a club like Liverpool is something that I had always dreamed about growing up, just like so many young footballers around the world do. It’s a massive club that has a great history with success ingrained in it and I can’t wait to pull on the shirt and walk out onto the pitch for the first time.”

“Many people have questioned my move already, after playing such a big role in getting Charlton, a club I have been at since I was a boy, back to back promotions into the Premier League. I love the club and have great memories there and I will always be thankful to those there for giving me the chance to impress but when the Premier League champions come knocking, you can’t think twice about it.”

“I know that I am going to have to do a lot to prove myself right for the starting role with world class players in the squad already. But I have a lot of faith in myself and believe when given the chance, I will make the most of it. I am very excited to be working with one of the best players to play the role in Paulo Dybala and I will learn a lot from him. When the time comes, I will be ready to make my impact, I truly believe that.” stated Cain Hicks


Hicks, who joined Liverpool for just £4,500,000, a relatively low fee for an English talent, was later joined by Vinícius Júnior and Simone Staub. With the arrivals joining, José Giménez left to China for £63,000,000 signing for Guangzhou Evergrande. Also leaving the club on loans were nine young talents, including Ryan Fraser, Harvey Elliott and Becir Omeragic.

“Getting the loans right are massively important for us here and for many clubs in our position. It takes a massive ask for an eighteen, nineteen, twenty year old to break into a first eighteen of superstars. If you look at our current group, you have Paulo Dybala, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk all starting almost every week. Where does that leave players like Ryan Fraser, Harvey Elliott and Becir Omeragic.”

“They are all very talented players, who will have a future at this club but they are at a level now where they need to be playing every week to be getting the most out of themselves. The Under 23s is a good level, but nothing is as good as First team football week in week out. That’s why we have let so many talented youngsters leave the club on loans this window.”

“Ryan joins Motherwell, a current Scottish Championship side. He will be expected to be starting every game there and impressing in a side that should be getting promoted this season. He may well be called back in January if he does well there and either moved to a different side at a higher level or potentially playing a few minutes at first team level here.”

“Harvey Elliott will play Championship football at Swansea, which again we feel is a level he should excel at currently. With Becir Omeragic going to Stade Rennais to play Ligue 1 football in France. Those three as well as the other six players we have allowed to go on loan this window, have all been allowed to go to a level of football we expect them to succeed at whilst challenging them at a physical level, something that is needed at their ages.” said Loan manager Julian Ward.

Pre-Season at Liverpool was another successful one, with victories over Shamrock Rovers (5-1) Beijing Renhe (6-0) Suwon Bluewings (5-0) Cliftonville (10-0) and Tranmere Rovers (8-0). A draw against Shandong Luneng (1-1) was the only blip for Luke’s side but all looked good heading into the Community Shield final against Arsenal.

“Boss, can I come in?” asked Leonidas who had been sent off against Arsenal in Liverpool's 1-0 defeat in the Community Shield.

“Yes Leo, of course, sit down.” Luke replied.

“Boss, I just wanted to say sorry for getting the red card in the game yesterday. I know it is my fault we didn’t win and if I had stayed on my feet the boys at the back would have likely stopped the attack themselves. It was silly of me and I am very sorry. I know there is a lot in the press at the moment about you possibly losing faith in me and starting someone else in the first game of the season, but I want to promise that won’t happen again and I have learnt from my mistake.” the twenty year old pleaded.

“Leo, firstly, thank you for the apology, not many older professionals are mature enough to come to the office and do what you have here. That shows your maturity at a very young age and I appreciate that. Secondly, don’t listen to the press, they come up with random stories just to get a few clicks and buys, it’s going to happen and you can expect more of it throughout your career. Red cards happen, should you have made the tackle? No. But you are young and have recognised that. Continue to work hard and I have no problem with starting you still.” Luke stated as he addressed his player.

With the Community Shield becoming the first final Luke Hendricks has lost in his career, deadline day was right around the corner, with Liverpool still keen to strengthen.

“How are we doing on the targets Michael?” asked Luke to his Director of football Michael Edwards.

“Well, we have agreed a deal with Newcastle, for Ahmet Özgen, he’s going to cost £14,750,00 all upfront after he handed in his transfer request. On the face of it, it’s an expensive transfer for a player who is still eighteen. But he qualifies as homegrown and he could be one of the countries leading strikers in a few years time. He played three games last season for Newcastle and scored twice.” replied Micahel Edwards.

“Yeah he’s an exciting player that’s for sure. I think I will keep him training with the first team this season, and he will play under 23 games. We could loan him out, but I think we keep him as third choice for now behind Bobby and Erling Haaland.” stated Luke. “What about Sergio Gómez and Alessio Riccardi?” questioned the manager.

“Well, Hoffenhiem have accepted our bid of £30,000,000 rising to potentially £68,000,000 for Gómez but Roma want £90,000,000 for Riccardi. Who would you prefer?” asked Edwards.

“Well we got what, £60,000,000 for Memphis Depay from Barca. So he effectively pays the Gómez fee. I don’t think there is a £22,000,000 difference in quality, so let's go for Sergio.” answered Luke.



With the deadline hitting, Liverpool completed the deals for both Ahmet Özgen and Sergio Gómez. As the deadline ended, Luke had just one thing to focus on, the opening day against newly promoted Burnley.

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Scott:Has to be the goal, will certainly be interesting to see how Luke bounces back seeing it's the first final he has lost as a manager. Could be a good thing that he has the Super Cup almost immediately after this loss.
OneMoreGame:A good point indeed. Could be just what was needed to get us going into the new year.
Justice:Agreed, should be sacked for beating us :(
As ever, smart business from Luke. Liverpool will be keen to retain their title and will want to get off to the right start with a victory against Burnley on the opening day.
Hicks has improved quite a bit from the first time we saw him, so he's clearly on the right track to fulfilling his potential. You managed to get him for an absolute steal! For a newly promoted side to allow their homegrown star to leave for just £4.5m is appalling on their behalf, and they're in for a long season without him imo. I'm predicting at least 20 losses for Charlton this season ;)

Ahmet Özgen looks insanely good already, physically at least, and technically/mentally he's in a good place too. With your coaching staff and some hard work, he'll be replacing Bobby as your back-up striker in the near future, as he just looks so damn good at 18-years old! You've gotten him for a good fee too, so you've done tremendously well in the market this time.

Not that fussed on Sergio Gómez, but I have full faith you'll get 60 assists and 39 goals from him this season to prove me wrong! Would've preferred Vlasic ;)

Liverpool Topple Barca In Super Cup


Europa League winners, Liverpool have claimed the 2023/24 UEFA Super Cup with a 4-2 victory over Champions League holders, Barcelona in a dramatic final in Spain. Liverpool become the third Europa League winners to win the trophy in the last five years.

In the forty-eighth, UEFA Super Cup final, Liverpool have tied the record for most trophies won, with five matching AC Milan's record. Barcelona went into the tie as slight favourites, with the game being played at local rivals RCD Espanyol’s home stadium. But goals from Alphonso Davies, Vinícius Júnior and Mohamed Salah claimed the victory for the English side.

The Super Cup, played between Champions League and Europa League winners at the start of every season, has been looked down upon by many in times gone by. However, both Liverpool and Barcelona went full strength in the tie, with an exciting battle expected. That was what everyone watching received too, with Alphonso Davies, putting Liverpool infront on the half an hour mark, despite Barcelona’s early dominance.

A Paulo Dybala corner was met by Canadian superstar, Alphonso Davies, who isn’t known for his heading ability. However, the twenty-two year old, who scored twenty-five goals in all competitions last season, rose highest and nodded past Marc-André ter Stegen in the Barcelona goal.

It didn’t take long for the Spanish giants to equalise though, with Frenkie de Jong making it 1-1 just five minutes later. Moussa Wagué found £178,000,000 signing, Bernado Silva deep in the Liverpool half with a throw in. The Portuguese playmaker then turned and fed in de Jong who had no issues in firing a shot past the helpless Alisson.

But once again, it was Liverpool who took the lead. Andrew Robertson fired a cross into the Barcelona box, which was intercepted by Bernado Silva. The man who had assisted de Jong’s goal just four minutes earlier, this time spent too long on the ball, allowing Alphonso Davies to take it off his toes and strike the shot. It fizzed past ter Stegen once again, with Liverpool taking a 2-1 lead into the halftime break.

It was another Barcelona mistake at the back that allowed Liverpool to extend that lead further, this time Jean-Clair Todibo at fault. The French center-back was facing his own goal as he tried to clear the ball from danger, but his weak effort found the feet of Liverpool's summer signing Vinícius Júnior. Vinícius, a former player of Barcelona rival Real Madrid had made his way onto the pitch for Alphonso who had received a knock. The Brazilian took the poor clearance and with three touches opened himself up for a shot. The goal was his first in Liverpool colours following his £22,500,000 move from Real Madrid in July.

Another creative Brazilian made the final Liverpool goal, with Leonidas picking out Mohamed Salah on his wing. The Egytian cut inside from his right flank and struck the ball hard and low to seal the game for Liverpool. His former partner on the left of Liverpool's attack who made the move to the Spanish side four seasons ago, Sadio Mané made Liverpool fans twitchy with a goal in the seventy-eighth minute, but the game ended with Liverpool claiming the victory.

The victory sealed trophy number five at Liverpool and trophy number ten in total since he started first team management six seasons ago for Luke Hendricks. It was clearly a happy moment for the manager but he once again ensured to the press, his team were focused on what comes next for them.

Luke Hendricks:
“It’s great to win these trophies and we are all delighted with today’s performance against one of the best teams in the world. It shows that we can compete again this season and I am very happy about that. But we will, just like last season, re-focus from tomorrow on what comes next. That is a game against West Ham at the weekend. We will be prepared for that.” commented Luke.

The Liverpool manager also confirmed that Alphonso Davies was only taken off for a slight knock and no lasting damage is expected.

Luke Hendricks:
“Yeah, Alphonso (Davies) will be fine. He just took a slight knock to the knee which has slightly bruised up a bit but he’s fine. It actually happened before he scored either of his two goals so he could have carried on. It was precautionary but we felt necessary at this point in the season and he will be back in training with the rest tomorrow.”

Liverpool will return to training as UEFA Super Cup champions as they await their Champions League group stage draw set to take place in two weeks time. First they have games against West Ham United and Norwich City to focus on back in the Premier League having won their opening game of the season against Burnley.

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Scott:A good recovery following that loss to Arsenal, back to back wins and another trophy added to the collection.
James:It was tough on them in all honesty, they were in no way expected to get back to back promotions up to the premier league and much of that was down to Hicks. He had a release clause and we activated as quick as possible.

Ozgen is a really good player. One of the issues I had with the squad when I first joined was the lack of youth talent so I did a quick scout of the England youth sides and he was the standout. Very pleased to have added him.

Vlasic was looked at if I am honest with you, but Juve has destroyed him and he looks not even half the player we sold to them. He's on the transfer list but they want 30M which isn't happening.
£178m for Bernardo Silva... GTFO! Barca are dumb with money still it appears. A great result for you, though I'm not surprised that Todibo was at fault for a goal with a dumb mistake... it's his trademark irl ;) Davies is a superstar, and you've got quality all over the pitch, so teams aren't able to focus on shutting one specific player down, which is a great problem for you to have caused!

Hoping to see Özgen get some game time in the cups this season tbh, and imagine my shock when I read that Zebre Juve have ruined Vlasic... Jerks :(
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A very encouraging result. It shows that Liverpool certainly have the quality to compete with Europe's elite in the Champions League once again. Great to see Vinicius Jr also get his name on the scoresheet.
I'm glad the Hendricks story gave me some context for Russian football corruption so I'm now understanding the real-world Spartak situation!
Having played just over a months worth of competitive football, Liverpool have already claimed their first trophy of the season. But with games piling up and the Champions League group stage draw to look forward to, will they be able to cope?

This is Luke’s Liverpool.



The community shield was a knock back down to earth for Liverpool, even if manager Luke Hendricks is adamant it wasn’t needed for his Liverpool team. Since then, they have performed to their ever lofty heights, claiming four wins from a possible four to kick off the new season. Those results have seen Luke, named August manager of the month.

“It’s an honour to win these awards as there are a lot of world class managers in this league. But as much as it’s great to win these individual awards, we are all more focused on the bigger team prizes. That’s what we want to be winning once again and that is the only thing I am focused on.”

“So far, so good. We are 100% from our first four, but we know there is room for improvement. The West Ham game for example, that was closer than it should have been and we are disappointed to have conceded twice in that game. We managed to find the victory, but it wasn’t as comfortable as we would have liked.”

“Therefore, we know we still have work to do. Everyone from top to bottom at this club wants to be the best we can and we strive for perfection. We will be happy to have taken twelve points from a possible twelve, but we also know some big games are coming up. They become the focus as we build on this good start” explained Luke Hendricks.

Liverpool's campaign got off to the best possible start, beating newly promoted Burnley 4-0 before victories over West Ham, 3-2, Norwich, 2-0, and Bournemouth, 2-1, have seen Liverpool the only Premier League side to take the maximum number of points.

A huge part of the early success has been due to the continued excellence from Erling Haaland, who has four goals in his opening four games.


“I am happy to be scoring goals again, it is what I love doing the most and it helps the team win games so of course I am pleased. Last year was a very good year for me and I am so thankful to the boss for giving me as much playing time as he did, as it allowed me to show my qualities.”

“I missed out on the golden boot last season, by one goal, so I would love to win that this season. By winning that I will need to continue to score at a similar rate as I am now, as there are so many great strikers here. By scoring at that rate, I should also be helping the team win a lot of points. That is of course the main focus, winning games, and winning the league title for a second year in a row.” said Erling Haaland.

Liverpool's pursuit of glory has seen them lift a trophy already this season, beating Champions League winners, Barcelona in the UEFA Super Cup final. A brace from Alphonso Davies, and goals from Vinícius Júnior and Mohamed Salah, was enough to claim a 4-2 victory over the Spanish side.

Vinícius Júnior is one of four Liverpool players to have made their competitive debuts early on this season, along with Sergio Pulido, Simone Staub and latest signing, Sergio Gómez. Gómez who joined Liverpool with a slight injury, made his first appearance from the bench against Bournemouth, coming on and helping secure the win.


“How’s Sergio looking then doc” Luke Hendricks asked Head Physio, Lee Nobes following the Bournemouth game.

“He’s come out of it well Luke. As we know he’s been doing a lot of work in training, but there's nothing quite like the intensity of a first team game, but he came through unscaved and the ankle seems to have reacted well. I wouldn’t be rushing him back into the starting lineup just yet, but he will be more than ok if it is needed.” Nobes replied.

“How about Leo?” questioned the manager, after he’s young star Leonidas had been originally ruled out for four weeks with a twisted ankle suffered against Norwich.

“He’s still in physio sessions, but you know these youngsters, they all feel indestructible and just want to get back onto the pitch. Especially someone like Leo who had such a breakthrough year last year. But we are going to keep him away from the pitch for another two to three weeks. He’s still young and therefore we need to be extra careful to ensure no further damage is done.” the Head Physio explained. “So we can probably expect him to be ready for the Wolves game on September 23rd.” ended Nobes.

Despite Liverpool's Europa League success last season, the fans of Liverpool will be the first to tell you how much they love the Champions League. It is a tournament the club have seen a large amount of success in over the years, with Liverpool the most successful British club in the competition.

“It’s group stage draw day” explained Gary Andrews, lifelong Liverpool fan, “We have got pot one seeded for the draw as we won the league again which is great as we miss a number of the bigger sides, but there are still a number of tough draws.”

“Joining Liverpool in Group D, Atlético de Madrid” came the announcer through the TV in Gary’s front room.

“Tough. They won the league again three years ago, and despite Simeone going to Inter, Conte has done a great job there. They are a tough team to break down and we know whenever we play them it’ll be a good game, both home and away. But Luke has a good history against Atlético. They were his first big win in European football all those years ago when he was still at CSKA.” Gary said.

“Also in Group D, Bayer Leverkusen” the announcer called..

“They have been another good side recently. Surprisingly good in fact. They had been a side consistently finishing around fourth or fifth, up until three years ago. In the last three years they have been third, second and third again and much of that is down to Leon Bailey who will certainly be the one we need to watch. Volland will also be tough but Bailey is certainly their key.” assessed the Liverpool fan.

“Finally in Group D, seven time winners, AC Milan.”

“AC Milan in the Champions League once again. It’s been a few years since our two finals against each other in three years, but we have a good history with them. They have suffered a similar dip to what we did and I think they managed to fall to tenth at one point. But Rafa Benítez has come in and done well there once again, they look good.”

“It’s a tough group, no doubting that, the only one that looks tougher on paper is probably Bayern, Bendica, PSV and Celtic. However, I still expect us to top it. We look sharp once again this season and I am very pleased with our performances. We need to carry on at this level though, and I am sure Luke will be keeping the players in check.” added Gary.

With Liverpool now knowing the outcome of their Champions League group stage draw, they will have to wait two weeks for the next game due to the International break, following that trip to Watford before the first European game against Atlético Madrid. Also rounding out September, an away game to rivals, Manchester United.


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James:I know, it was ridiculous. Just looking at their transfers since the start of the save Mane and Pogba £207M between them Bernado Silva £178M Florintino Luis, Sule and Kessié another £200M between them. Then this summer Depay and Stones for £105M. Fair to say they should be dominating everything but we did very well to win.
Justice:Yeah, yeah.
Scott:Vinicius has been brilliant early on and looks to have been a bargain from Luke. Hopefully he continues in that style.
MidKnightDreary:Your comment intrigued me to have a look at it as I'd missed it. Very interesting what is happening there.
A pleasing start to the season which sets the tone nicely. The Champions League draw hasn't been the kindest but it's still a group that Liverpool will fancy themselves in. The quality of the side is obvious and they'll want to reassert themselves as one of Europe's finest with a decent run in the Champions League at least.

Liverpool Scrape United Win


A man of the match quality performance from Liverpool captain, Trent Alexander-Arnold, has seen Liverpool come out 1-0 victors against rivals Manchester United. The victory means Liverpool have won all of their opening seven league games.

A fourth goal of the season for Liverpool winger, Alphonso Davies, saw Liverpool triumph over Manchester United in the pairs first meeting of the season. Liverpool went into the game heavily impacted by injuries, especially in the defensive area, with Andrew Robertson and goalkeeper Alisson both out of the game. Those injuries meant Marcênio, who recently made his Brazil debut, started his first Premier League game in goal, whilst Gwaeron Kassels played his fourth game in a row, following Andrew Robertson’s injury suffered in the victory over Watford.

However, with Liverpool's impressive start and Manchester United's recent struggles, Luke Hendricks’ side went into the game at Old Trafford as slight favourites despite the injury issues. The game got off to an entertaining start with either side having five shots apiece inside the opening twenty-five minutes.

Despite both sides attacking intent, neither side could break the deadlock in the opening forty-five but Liverpool did manage to put the ball past David de Gea in Manchester United's net. A Sergio Gómez freekick was whipped venomously into the area, with Mohamed Salah heading home the wonderful cross. However, the linesman adjudged the Egyptian to have gone to early, with offside given, keeping the scoreline level.

Moving into the second half, it was Manchester United who looked most likely to score, with Amine Gouiri and Ousmane Dembélé both testing Marcênio with good efforts. Hendricks, who made Marcênio fifth Brazilian at the club this summer, had much praise for his summer signing.

Luke Hendricks:
“Marcênio did very well today and it was exactly what we wanted from him. Having Ali (Alisson) available for every game last season was a luxury we knew was unlikely to happen again this season. That is why we went out and spent good money, money some claimed was too much, on Marcênio. He has today proved himself and kept us in the game at points. I am very proud of him.”

Having spent a majority of the second half on the backfoot, Liverpool finally opened the scoring with twenty minutes to play. Trent Alexander-Arnold, who created four big chances in total, made his way down the right wing. The fullback then whipped in a dangerous cross across the box, with Alphonso Davies waiting at the far post. Davies, who hasn’t quite found the same form as last season so far, had an open goal to head home the eventual winner.

The assist for the winner was Alexander-Arnold’s fifth of the league season in just seven matches so far. The fullback who managed ten in the premier league last season, tops the assists chart, one ahead of Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson. His performance against Manchester United earned him the man of the match award, one he was happy to win, but more impressed with his sides start to the season.

Trent Alexander-Arnold:
“I am always happy to win personal awards but they mean nothing unless the team wins and that will always be more important to me. I felt at fault for the Atlético goal the other day and that lost us the match. You can’t be focused on the personal stuff, it’s all about winning games as a team.”

“The league has started very well for us and we have a 100% record but the boss has always made it clear to us that we need to only have focus on the next game. I think that is what made us so successful last season. No focus on what we have won before or the trophy we just lifted, but the next game. We know we have a few months to celebrate the success at the end of each season, during the year we need to be focused on winning the games in order to celebrate.”

Liverpool will now turn their attention to the Champions League group stage, having lost their opening game to Atlético Madrid, 1-0. In Tuesday’s game they will play German side Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

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Scott:The Champions League hasn't got off to the best starts against Atlético but that is arguably the toughest game played away to them. Now we need to get back to winning ways against Leverkusen.
Always nice to see Liverpool put United in their place. A fantastic performance from Trent who seems to be enjoying a great start to the season in spite of his mistake against Atletico. I know Luke will be keen to avenge that loss in Europe with victory against Leverkusen.
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