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Liverpool Football Club FULL TOUR TEAM


Steven Gerrard (Midfielder)

Once in a generation a player comes along to whom nothing seems impossible. Luckily that man wears the No.8 shirt at Anfield. Our inspirational captain is one of the most complete footballers in the world. Power, pace, touch and a never-say-die attitude, Stevie G has it all, and rarely have these attributes been more apparent than when he skippered the Reds to 2005 Champions League glory in Istanbul. The midfielder has collected almost every club medal during 14 years in the first team and in 2006 was awarded an MBE by the Queen. The one piece of silverware that eludes him is the Premier League title. He also has the honour of captaining England.

Jamie Carragher (Defender)

The ultimate one-club player, and with one of the biggest hearts in football, Jamie Carragher is Mr Liverpool. The vice-captain has been instrumental in the Reds’ success over the last 15 years, during which he’s made nearly 700 appearances. One of the heroes of Istanbul, it’s hard to imagine that famous comeback occurring without him. Though now in the twilight of his career, Carragher is still one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League.

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Lucas Leiva (Midfielder)

Lucas Leiva is a holding midfielder for both Liverpool and Brazil. The South American found it tough to win over supporters during the initial stages of his Anfield career but his class shone through so that now only Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez appear more often on the back of supporters’ shirts. He was voted our Player of the Season in 201011 but sadly missed much of last year through injury.

Andy Carroll (Striker)

Andy Carroll is an England centre-forward who became Liverpool’s record signing in January 2011. At hometown club Newcastle he established himself as a hard-to-handle, often explosive frontman - and now he is aiming to become an Anfield legend wearing the No.9 jersey vacated by Fernando Torres.

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Glen Johnson (Defender)

England international Glen Johnson is an attacking right-back who arrived at Anfield in June 2009. He established himself as one of the Premier League’s top full-backs in the years prior to his big-money move to Merseyside and now he is an integral part of both the Liverpool side and the national team.

Daniel Agger (Defender)

Daniel Agger is a centre-back whose ability on the ball allows Liverpool to build from the back. His style of play – which earns comparisons to Anfield great Alan Hansen – has made him a firm favourite with the fans and he is now established as Martin Skrtel’s partner in the centre of Liverpool’s defence.

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Jose Enrique (Defender)

Jose Enrique became the answer to our left-back conundrum when he joined the club in the summer of 2011. The Spaniard arrived at Anfield from Newcastle United and settled immediately with a series of confident displays, the like of which Kopites had not seen from a left-back for several years.

Jordan Henderson (Midfielder)

Jordan Henderson arrived at Anfield in June 2011 with a reputation as one of the country’s most promising young players. The midfielder, who can play in the centre or on the right, is part of a new generation of English footballers being blooded into the national team, and this summer he was one of six Reds named in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad.

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Stewart Downing (Midfielder)

England winger Stewart Downing arrived from Aston Villa in July 2011. He is a traditional wide man who is capable of playing on both the left and right flank. Downing was our man of the match in the Carling Cup final victory over Cardiff City at Wembley.

Charlie Adam (Midfielder)

Charlie Adam is a ball playing midfielder who represents Scotland. His move to Anfield in summer 2011 followed an inspired season with newly promoted Blackpool. Adam is a set-piece specialist.

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Brad Jones (Goalkeeper)

Brad Jones was brought to Liverpool in the summer of 2010 to provide back-up for Pepe Reina. Jones’s football career was put into tragic perspective in 2011 when his five-year-old son Luca lost his battle with leukaemia.

Alexander Doni (Goalkeeper)

Liverpool announced the signing of Brazilian international goalkeeper Alexander Doni from AS Roma in July 2011. Doni has 10 caps for Brazil. He provides cover for Pepe Reina.

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Jay Spearing (Midfielder)

Jay Spearing graduated from the Academy in 2007 after lifting our second successive FA Youth Cup. The central midfielder featured regularly under former manager Kenny Dalglish and what he lacks in height, he makes up in hunger and energy.

Danny Wilson (Defender)

Danny Wilson is a young centre-back who has represented Scotland. He arrived from Glasgow Rangers in 2010 but, with first-team chances limited, has been allowed to leave for loan spells to gain experience.

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Martin Kelly (Defender)

England defender Martin Kelly is one of the most talented youngsters on Liverpool’s books. The Academy graduate can play across the back four, but currently competes with Glen Johnson for a place at right-back for both Liverpool and England.

Martin Skrtel (Defender)

Martin Skrtel is regarded as one of the best centre-backs in Europe. He arrived at Anfield in January 2008 with a reputation for being a no-nonsense defender - and he hasn’t disappointed. At the end of 2011-12, Skrtel was voted Liverpool’s Player of the Season by fans on the official website.

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Jon Flanagan (Defender)

Jon Flanagan is one of the most promising talents to emerge from the Academy in recent years. The Scouse right-back is already appreciated for the heart he shows on the field despite a limited number of appearances.

Joe Cole (Midfielder)

Joe Cole is a technically gifted midfielder with a penchant for the sublime. Signed by Roy Hodgson, the England international endured a mixed debut season on Merseyside before being loaned out to Lille for the whole of 2011-12 by Kenny Dalglish. However, the indications are that he will be back at Liverpool for the 2012-13 season under Brendan Rodgers, with whom he worked at Stamford Bridge.

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Raheem Sterling (Midfielder)

Raheem Sterling is one of the most talked-about players coming through the LFC youth system. The talented winger became the club’s third youngest player of all-time when he featured as a substitute in a 2-1 defeat to Wigan on March 24, 2012 - aged 17.

Fabio Borini (Striker)

Liverpool secured the services of one of Europe’s most exciting young forwards when they completed the signing of Fabio Borini from AS Roma in July 2012. The deal reunited the Italy international with Brendan Rodgers, who he worked with during his previous spell in England with Chelsea and Swansea City. Firmly regarded as one of his country’s brightest prospects, Borini made his international debut against the USA in February and was included in Italy’s squad for Euro 2012, where the Azzurri were beaten finalists.

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Alberto Aquilani (Midfielder)

Italian international Alberto Aquilani joined Liverpool from AS Roma in August 2009. The playmaker has spent the last two seasons back in Italy with loan spells at Juventus and last season at AC Milan when he played in the Champions League. Now, under new manager Brendan Rodgers, Aquilani aims to use the pre-season tour to impress and show he can have a new lease of life at Anfield.

Daniel Pacheco (Striker)

Spanish starlet Daniel Pacheco arrived from Barcelona in the summer of 2007 and is another player aiming to impress and show Brendan Rodgers his undoubted qualities. The forward has been on the brink of the Liverpool first team for several years after impressing in the reserves, but spent 2011-12 on loan at Atletico Madrid, who subsequently loaned him to Rayo Vallecano.

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Peter Gulacsi (Goalkeeper)

Hungarian U21 stopper Peter Gulacsi arrived at Anfield from MTK Hungaria and is a very capable last line of defence. He started the 2011-12 season on loan at Hull City but returned to L4 to be on the bench for the FA Cup semi-final against Everton at Wembley, to provide cover for Brad Jones with both Pepe Reina and Doni suspended.

Andre Wisdom (Defender)

England U21 defender Andre Wisdom is on the fringes of the first-team squad. The powerful Leeds-born defender is a graduate of our Academy and, though yet to make his first-team debut, his young career has been scattered with memorable moments. He has made great progress under the guidance of Rodolfo Borrell and is a centre back with a great presence. He also captains the reserves.

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Nathan Eccleston (Striker)

Nathan Eccleston is a pacy striker who graduated from the Academy full-time ahead of the 2009-10 season.The Manchester-born forward made his Liverpool first-team debut as a substitute in a Carling Cup fourth round clash with Arsenal at the Emirates on October 28, 2009. A first Barclays Premier League appearance followed three days later as Eccleston was handed a late run out in a defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Krisztian Adorjan (Striker)

Hungarian playmaker Krisztian Adorjan plays just off the main striker and is a talented player with an eye for a pass. He arrived at the Academy from MTK Hungaria in the summer of 2009 and has made good progress working under Rodolfo Borrell in the reserves.

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Adam Morgan (Striker)

Academy hot-shot Adam Morgan has hit the 20 goal mark two seasons in a row for the Academy. The young scouser is a natural goalscorer and has also represented England in the U17 World Cup. He is very much seen as a player for the future and has already scored goals in front of the Kop in the FA Youth Cup and NextGen Series.

Stephen Sama (Defender)

Centre back Stephen Sama was signed from Borussia Dortmund during the summer of 2009 and has made great strides working under Rodolfo Borrell at the Academy. The Cameroon-born starlet, who holds a German passport, has also shown he has good leadership qualities. He made his first team debut as a substitute in the pre-season friendly with Valerenga in August 2011.

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Brad Smith (Defender)

Left-back Brad Smith was born in Australia but represents England at youth level. He has a sweet left foot and has built up a terrific understanding with Raheem Sterling down the left flank. The young defender was spotted whilst playing for the same high school as Jack Robinson and combines solid defending with exciting forays forward.

Ryan McLaughlin (Defender)

Belfast born right-back Ryan McLaughlin was signed from Glenavon and enjoyed a superb debut season at the Academy last term. He was a regular in the U18s under Mike Marsh and was promoted to the reserves under Rodolfo Borrell. Ferocious in the tackle, the Northern Ireland youth international is a determined competitor and a stylish attacker.

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Jordon Ibe (Striker)

Jordon Ibe was snapped up by the Academy from Wycombe Wanderers at the end of 2011 and the talented youngster can play up front or out on the wing. Ibe started his football path at Charlton Athletic, and joined Wycombe Wanderers at the age of 12. He impressed the Wycombe coaches to such an extent that he was given his first team debut on August 9, 2011 when he was just 15, in the League Cup win against Colchester United. His first start for the club was truly memorable when he netted in a 2-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday, and in doing so became the youngest ever Wycombe Wanderers goalscorer in the Football League.

Danny Ward (Goalkeeper)

Liverpool secured the services of highly rated Welsh youth international goalkeeper Danny Ward from Wrexham in January 2012. The stopper is based at the Academy and is eligible to play for Mike Marsh’s U18s and Rodolfo Borrell’s reserve team squad. He signed for Wrexham as a 14-year-old.

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