Get Ready for the 17/18 Football Season with The Shankly Hotel

Liverpool is a proud sporting city, with a long history in the football world. This year’s football season kicks off August 12th and The Shankly Hotel is the premier destination for a first class football viewing experience.

As the home of two of football’s best and most exciting teams, Liverpool is a haven for fanatics and lovers of the beautiful game.

What to Expect from the Premier League

The fixtures for all 92 clubs in both the Premier League and the Football League were released in June, with everyone learning their opponents for the highly anticipated season.

Although dates may change to fit in with TV scheduling, Liverpool are set to face their first challenge on August 12th against Watford, before facing neighbouring rivals Manchester United in mid-October.

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The much-loved Merseyside Derby will take place on 9th December and Everton will travel to Anfield to take on the mighty reds. Liverpool’s away derby won’t happen until April 7th, but as always, there will be an atmosphere of excitement and friendly competition in the city on derby day.

Klopp’s team will also be looking forward to returning to the Champion’s League after three years away. To join their premier league rivals in the tournament, they will have to negotiate a play-off tie.

Meanwhile, Everton will face Stoke in their first match of the Premier League and then Manchester City a week later.

The blues finished 7th in the table in the 16/17 season and will be keen to overtake their Merseyside rivals, who finished in a cool 4th.

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Merseyside’s Most Talked About Transfer

17/18 football season

After many rumours and much speculation, Rooney’s return to Everton was confirmed in early July and sent the football world into a frenzy. The football forward began his career at Everton in 2004, scoring 17 goals in 77 games in his original time at Goodison Park.

After moving to Manchester United, he honed his skills and went on to become Captain of the national team. Rooney played a total of 559 times for United and scored 253 goals.

As the football season approaches and Rooney is given the full pitch to test out and brush off the dust on Merseyside soil, Liverpool waits with bated breath to see what’s in store for the blues now their prodigal son has returned.

2018 FIFA World Cup

As well as the annual season excitement, 2018 also welcomes the 21st FIFA World Cup as it takes place in Russia.

The quadrennial international football tournament is arguably the most anticipated event, with everyone from all corners of the world coming together in friendly competition to celebrate their country’s sporting talent.

64 matches will be played in 12 venues across the Eastern European country with the final taking place in the capital city of Moscow on July 15th 2018.

England is still in with a chance of qualifying after taking the top place in their group. Winning four and drawing one of their qualifying matches. The next step is the inter-confederation play-offs.

Football at The Shankly Hotel

17/18 football season

The Shankly Hotel is a living, breathing museum to the beautiful game, Liverpool Football Club and, most importantly, Bill Shankly – former manager and legend of LFC.

The onsite eatery, The Bastion Bar & Restaurant, recognises the importance of football and its place in the DNA of the hotel. With large screen TVs and all the sporting channels, you’ll never miss a match at The Bastion.

With a fully stocked bar and a delicious menu to feast on, there’s no better place to have a football mad weekend.

Why not book an overnight stay and have the ultimate football weekend for an important match. There’s luxury suites, incredible food and even football-focused tours to explore Liverpool.

Get in touch today to avoid missing out on the only football-themed hotel in Liverpool this football season. Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your stay at The Shankly Hotel.

The Shankly Hotel’s Weekly What’s On Guide to Liverpool

Easter time is near and what better weekend to book a family visit to Liverpool and stay at the Shankly Hotel. There are some superb family suites available at the Shankly Hotel, perfect for spending quality time together over Easter bank holiday in Liverpool.

There are also a whole host of events taking place in the city this week including live music and sporting events as well as some brilliant activities for the kids. Check out what’s on weekly guide to see if there’s something perfect for you and your family.

Daytime entertainment

Make some amazing memories during your time together in Liverpool this week and pay a visit to some spectacular one of events taking place across the city.

First glimpse of Minton Tiled Floor Revealed

Where: St Georges Hall 10 am-5pm

When: 13th April

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Okay so this may not sound like something the kids will love, but a visit to St Georges hall will be unforgettable for the whole family.

The stunning interior of the building has long been admired by visitors to Liverpool and it is only this week that another part of St George’s halls amazing history will be unveiled for the public to see.

The Minton tiled floor was concealed in 1860 to protect the exquisite handcrafted mosaic during events that took place in the events space, since then it has remained hidden.

Until now, be among the first to see this stunning piece of Minton pavement depicting scenes of the goddess Neptune and the mythical Liver Birds.

Imaginative Worlds

Where: Albert dock

When: 13:30 -16:30 11th– 13th

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If you have a budding theatrical performer in your family, or you simply enjoy getting hands on and crafty, step into Imaginative Worlds at the Albert Dock this week.

Taking inspiration from the O.K Musical, the Family Collective at Albert Dock’s TATE gallery has organised a series of family friendly workshops inviting you and the family to get dressed up and get involved.

Make your own masks, puppets and theatrical props and watch them take to the temporary stage that has taken over the gallery space.

Something fun, family friendly and completely theatrical to keep you and the family busy on your visit to Liverpool.

Meet Lloyd of Lego Ninjago

Where: Liverpool One Lego store

When: 15th April Night time events

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Who didn’t love Lego when they were little?

The ability to hand build your own world and control everyone and everything in it was always enjoyable. Now with the popularity of the Lego Movie and the new Lego Batman, actual Lego has become a part of adulthood too.

That’s why a trip to the Lego store at Liverpool One is the perfect day out in the city for the whole family.

On the 15th take your little ones along to meet the star of Lego Ninjago Lloyd and truly make their Lego dreams come true.

Nightly entertainment in Liverpool

Instead of staying in for the night in your luxury Bill Shankly themed family hotel room, get out into the city and enjoy one of these interesting activities together.

Opening night of the Story Giant

Where: Everyman Theatre

When: 19:00 pm 13th April

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Adapted from the book written by legendary poet Brian Patten, The Story Giant is a fairy-tale adventure about the search for the last book in existence not owned by The Story Giant.

Sadly, without this last story, The Story Giant will perish and with the help homing chickens and plenty of other whimsical characters the Shanty Theatre company will take their audience on a journey throughout the folklore and myths of the world. All in the hopes of finding the last story and saving the giants life.

A perfect family theatre visit that everyone will enjoy during a visit to Liverpool.

Premier League Darts

Where: Echo Arena

When: 18:00 pm 13th April

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Returning to the Echo Arena for a showdown sure to attract darts fans from across Merseyside, is the Premier League Darts Championships.

Those who follow the league will be aware that the coveted trophy is up for grabs from two-time winner van Gerwen.

Now broadcast worldwide and televised by Sky Sports the Premier League Darts Championship has become a popular sporting event that the audience is passionate about.

For darts fans, this is a Liverpool event not to be missed, for those simply looking for a good day out with the family in Liverpool.

Beau Dermott and friends

Where: Philharmonic Hall

When: 19:30 pm 15th April

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Those who tune into Britain’s Got Talent will be aware of Beau Dermott’s sensational singing talents. For those who were not aware of Beau, she quickly became recognised as one of Britain’s most gifted young singers when reaching the finals of 2016’s musical reality contest and winning.

Taking to the stage for the first time in concert, Beau will be performing the tracks that took her to the final of Britain’s Got Talent as well as adding some other well-known pop songs into the mix.

Enjoy watching one of the most well-loved talents to have performed on Britain’s Got Talent alongside a host of other special guests on the night.

The perfect family friendly live music performance in one of Liverpool’s most remarkable entertainment venues.

Staying at the Shankly Hotel

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Whether you’ve booked to stay at the Shankly Hotel already or are thinking of taking a short city break with the family soon, take advantage of these amazing Liverpool accommodation offers.

Perfect for a family visit to Liverpool any night of the week and ideal for making the most of some quality family time together in the city.

For more information or to book your stay call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk

Chelsea vs Liverpool

The Barclays Premier League fixtures have been announced and The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is sure to be a great place for you and your friends to get together and enjoy the game.

Our stylish bar has a selection of great beers, wine and spirits available during the game and our restaurant has the perfect menu to satisfy a hungry footy fans appetite.

We will soon be announcing offers on food and drink for you to enjoy, making The Bastion Bar and Restaurant the place to be this season.

Liverpool vs Leicester City

For a great atmosphere set in chic and stylish surroundings, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is the number one choice to watch Premier League matches this season.

Screening matches across 10 TV’s and 2 Big Screens every seat in the house has a great view. We will also have some wonderful offers on food and drinks during the games, so make sure The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is your number one choice to enjoy the football this season.

Tottenham vs Liverpool

For the best place to watch Liverpool take on Tottenham during the Premier League tournament, join us at The Bastion Bar and Restaurant, where every seat is the best seat in the house.

Coming soon our offers on food and drink for you to enjoy whilst supporting your team

Arsenal vs Liverpool

Head to The Shankly Hotel’s Bastion Bar and Restaurant for the best place to watch this years Premier League matches.

Stay tuned for some fabulous offers on food and drinks available for whilst the games are on.

Shankly football news: Reds right to stick with Rodgers

As we come to the end of 2014; it is unavoidable to say that the majority of Liverpool football fans wouldn’t ever have expected to be finishing the year still in search of our 19th league title.

Struggling in 8th place in the subsequent Premier League campaign. Especially given where we were 12 months ago.

Football is a harsh task master however and it is how you recover from these setbacks that ultimately sets you apart from others.

A good start to the year

Last night’s 4-1 win against Swansea was an ideal tonic to take us in to 2015. We have a good run of games on paper, and two games in sees us with 6 points out of 6.

Next we look forward to welcoming Leicester to Anfield. An ideal opportunity to build momentum to try and retain our top four status.

A month ago; I’d probably have said Liverpool football club had no chance of making the top four. However we now find ourselves five points off the 4th spot, by no means an insurmountable target.

A new source if optimism

The dwindling points difference is by no means the source of optimism for trying to gate crash the top four. It is a factor of course, but the means of there is another source of positivity.

Brendan Rodgers seems to have found the formula to make Liverpool football club threatening again. The formula that sees us pressing high up the pitch looking much more like the LFC of last season.

The right man for the job

Liverpool football manager Brendan Rodgers

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When our season seemed to be imploding and the manager was taking some quite astounding criticism; I however, remained firm in my point of view. I said he was still the right man for the job and that his task was quite clear. He needed to go back to basics.

Trying to make the formation and system we used last season work in this one was clearly the wrong move.

It was no longer fit for purpose.

Why? Because it was geared around getting the best out of players either no longer at the club or those unavailable to play.

The task was to find a plan ‘b’. A new formation that allowed him to get all his best players in the same 11 that would get the best out of them.

Step forward the 3-4-3.

I have to say; on paper it isn’t a formation that I ever thought I would like. It’s a formation that at the back certainly leaves space for exploitation. Brendan however, has utilised it and the selected the right personnel to carry it out.

This formation allows Rodgers to play all the best players in the team at once together at optimum performance.

Previously players like Lallana and Coutinho were being rotated far too often. They couldn’t be accommodated in the old system. Coutinho’s case in particular, whose form, for a player of unquestionable ability was inconsistent to put it mildly.

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With Sturridge injured, Borini seemingly out of favour and Mario Balloteli being, well; Mario Balloteli, the threat up front was pretty non-existent. This for a team who last year outscored every other.

It was no surprise therefore that when the 3-4-3 was deployed, eyebrows were raised. Three front players, none of whom were out and out strikers playing for a team that had been struggling to score goals all season.

It has however worked. Gary Neville said on MNF last night that Liverpool football club have got their threat back.

As a fan, it certainly feels that way. Dare I say it feels like we are exciting to watch again.

Credit to Brendan Rodgers

In the face of mounting pressure; Rodgers sat down with his staff and went about finding a new system to take us forward. A system that gives us our attacking threat back and addresses defensive frailties. Bringing the best out of our available players.

The boy genius returns

I said at the end of last season that Coutinho could and would fill attacking voids left by the departure of players in the Summer. The boy is a genius on his day, a little magician who can run games. Sadly his form this season has been far too inconsistent.

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By deploying him ‘upfront’ he has the freedom to go anywhere he likes on the pitch. No longer shackled by defensive duties that come with being part of a midfield three. He has revelled as a result, and his performances have been much more consistent. Getting amongst the goals and contributing numerous assists, culminating in a fantastic performance against Swansea last night.

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Another star from last nights game Adam Lallana. Now coming forward into a more central role. His two goals last night, although both polar opposites; were typical of the player. The first, sheer dogged determination reaping dividends. The second, an example of the exquisite ability, balance and composure he has on the ball.

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Carra spoke on MNF about his ability and two footedness being reminiscent of a continental player. An educated point to make.

Last season when I was asked who we should buy Lallana was the first name on my list.  He hasn’t disappointed and will only get better.

Our new front three…and Leiva

The front three of Sterling, Coutinho and Lallana are all willing to close down and press. A key factor for the style of play that Rodgers likes and of our success last year. A value that was absent from our play earlier in the year when the likes of Balloteli was starting. Now present once again and vital that the pressing starts from the front before spreading to the rest of the team.

A mention should also go to Lucas Leiva who was fast becoming a forgotten man. His restoration to the first team fold has coincided with our upturn in form. Leiva has brought a solidness we were missing and has also been a key advocate of the pressing style.

Football is fickle

For me, it goes to show that sticking by the manager was the right option. Don’t get me wrong; top 4 is by no means guaranteed. A few decent results means nothing.

The next couple of months will be telling but I think Rodgers has answered some of his critics. Taking things back to basics and implementing a system that, for the time being, seems to have given us our threat and stability back.

Football is a fickle game, last season Rodgers was untouchable. The minute it starts to go wrong, some fans default to asking for the managers head without giving them the chance to put it right.

Look at West Brom. They sacked Irvine last night in the face of poor results but what do they expect?

Gary Neville hit the nail on the head last night. Somewhere between 14th-17th is where they are gong to be expected to finish. There is still half a season left to play so why not give him the chance to get them there rather than shooting from the hip at the midway point.

Steadying the ship

For me it was the same for Rodgers. He had earned his right to be given time to put it right. Fingers crossed he has started to do that. Sacking him and staring again would achieve little.

 

He is a good young manager and we should get behind him as he seeks to steady the ship. All in the wake of a fairly traumatic end to last season and the subsequent Summer exodus of the Liverpool football clubs best player.