Get Ready for the 19/20 Season with The Shankly’s Match Day Package

After the excitement of last season’s Champion’s League Final, Liverpool is simmering with anticipation. Aiming to crack the coveted Premier League conundrum this campaign, we are so eager to see what the season holds and how we can celebrate it adequately with our match day package.

This season, fans can book our match day package – beginning with Liverpool Vs Arsenal on Saturday 24 August at 17:30pm – ensuring a match day experience like no-other.

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Football at The Shankly Hotel – The Match Day Package

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Dedicated to celebrating and preserving the legacy of a club legend, The Shankly Hotel is a living, breathing museum to Liverpool, Shankly and the beautiful game.

At The Bastion Bar and Restaurant – which you can book a table for here – we’ll be showing all of Liverpool’s televised matches across ten huge screens. And, this season, we’re bringing back our incredible match day package.

For just £14.95pp, you’ll get a match day experience like no-other.

Get stuck into a feast of food and drink before the game and enjoy in-play entertainment and prize giveaways. Then, watch the Reds tackle their Premier League rivals and enjoy exclusive in play drinks deals throughout the match. These include:

  • 4-Pin Pitcher – £12.00
  • 5 Bottle of Beer – £14.75
  • Double up on House Spirits – £1.50 Extra

And when Liverpool win, everyone wins with these amazing in-play deals:

  • Liverpool Score – 2-4-1 Shots
  • Liverpool Winning at Half Time – 2-4-1 at the bar (at Half Time)
  • Liverpool Win –  2-4-1 for an hour after the match

Loyalty card holder? show your card for 20% off selected advertised deals.

For more information or to book a match day package – starting with Liverpool Vs Arsenal on 24 August – contact our team on 0151 236 0166.

What to Expect this Season

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The Reds have racked up maximum points so far this season; and we expect more of the same in the coming matches. Liverpool play Arsenal at home on 24 August– which will be screened in The Bastion; as will Chelsea Vs Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City Vs Liverpool and Liverpool Vs Spurs respectively.

Other standout matches include the Merseyside Derby, Liverpool’s Boxing Day trip to Leicester and their final game against Newcastle – which may be a title decider – fingers crossed.

Here’s to hoping that we will be celebrating a lot at The Shankly Hotel this season!

Who to Look Out For this Season

The transfer window slammed shut last week and although the Reds chose not to strengthen, they were able to bring in some exciting young people.

 

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The youngest pay ever to play in the Premier League, Harvey Elliott, joined the Reds from Fulham, while Sepp van den Berg will be hoping to impress in the U23s.

Other notable additions include West Ham’s Adrian and Middlesbrough’s Andy Lonergan – both goalkeepers.

 

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We can’t wait to watch our new recruits and toast their success in The Bastion Bar and Restaurant with our match day package.

The Bastion Bar and Restaurant – Match Day Package

Hosted in The Bastion Bar and Restaurant enclosed by images of Shankly himself, our match day package is brilliant.

So, once you’ve picked your seat and drank your complimentary drink, get ready to watch the match and cross your fingers.

To keep up to date with the latest news and developments at the hotel and restaurant, head over to our Facebook page. And once more, to book a match day package, contact us on 0151 236 0166.

Football History | What We Have to be Thankful For

The game as we now know it is unrecognisable from the game adored by our grandads and grandmothers; choreographed dance routines have replaced more conservative celebrations while the once sacred pre-match pint is no more. Gone are the days of local painter and decorator companies adorning the sides of stadiums, replaced now by Qatari airlines and Chinese banks.

It is undeniable that the era of bursting balconies and sodden stadiums paved the way for the game we recognise today and so, we thought we’d wax nostalgic about football history and what it once looked like “as it is no longer what it used to be,” according to your grandad.

1930-1949 | The Interwar Years

Prior to the interwar years, the game bared no resemblance whatsoever to what we now know and so, we’ve decided to begin with two of perhaps the most turbulent decades in football history: the 1930s and 40s.

The 1930s saw the emergence of notable players including Mathews, Lawton and Shankly yet it was Herbert Chapman, a manager, who revolutionised the game beyond recognition. Tantamount to Shankly who managed Huddersfield Town in 1956-1959, Chapman managed the team from 1921-1925 and although he would go on to win the same amount of trophies with Arsenal as he would with Huddersfield, it was his groundbreaking ideas that earnt him the nickname the ‘moderniser’ and a place in football history.

Formations, numbered shirts, both teams walking out together in the cup final: these were just some of the ideas Chapman implemented during his career, while his iconic ‘WM’ formation paved the way for what we now know to be 3-4-3, the formation that won Antonio Conte the Premier League in 2017.

Like Shankly to follow and Bernabeu before him, Chapman’s workings can be seen in the planning of Pep Guardiola; his value of what would become sports science is evident in Marco Silva; his aura pervaded every action of Sir Alex Ferguson and thus, he set the standard for the modern game back in 1934.

1950-1974 | A Bastion of Invincibility

Chapman was an innovator, a panoramic mind in an era of inward thinking. However, in 1959, Shankly re-reconsidered the role of manager when he nabbed control of one of the bastions of the beautiful game: Liverpool.

The way in which Shankly managed Liverpool can not only be seen in the manner in which Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger managed their clubs in an omnipotent fashion, but it can also be seen in how we lambaste the short-termism in the modern game as we are culpable of expecting every manager to build a dynasty just like Shankly did.

This is not to say however, that Shankly was the only manager ever to “circle the wagons” as Ferguson would say, around his club, yet he was pioneering in the sense that he combined his teams underdog status with that of a population who knew nothing else but to fight for what it had.

This is something some modern managers have imitated, be it David Moyes who proclaimed that Everton were “the people’s club” or Fergusons nurturing of The Class of ’92 while some, on the other hand, have failed spectacularly.

Nevertheless, Shankly paved the way for the modern bastions, the all-encompassing juggernauts who manage teams today.

2009-2019 | The Modern Modernisers

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And so, what of todays ‘modernisers’ who those over a certain age say aren’t deserving of comparison to Shankly or Chapman?

One man who has captured the essence of the city in which he works is Jurgen Klopp. The German gets Liverpool, while his innovative gegenpressing approach is sure to be copied by those managing in the future. Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s tiki-taka tactic is as groundbreaking as Chapman’s ‘WM’ formation was.

What we can conclude from looking back is that while football continues to change those who adore it don’t, as what draws you in is a sense of wonderment that never seems to dwindle.

The Shankly Hotel

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Celebrate football history by staying in the stunning Shankly Hotel while also basking in the memorabilia covered walls of the spectacular Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

The beautiful hotel is perfect for overnight stays or just watching the Liverpool match. Sound exciting? Get in touch with our friendly team today by calling 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shankly.com

Keep up to date with everything going on at the hotel by following The Shankly Hotel Facebook or test your knowledge of football history by attempting our Liverpool quiz.

Spend Liverpool Boxing Day & Night at The Shankly Hotel

After so many successful events hosted in The Garden of Eden, organisers at Big Luv Festival will be bringing another of their exciting parties to The Shankly for a Liverpool Boxing Day Night party you don’t want to miss.

Book a Night at The Shankly Hotel

Make the most of your Liverpool Boxing Day and book a stay in one of the exquisitely styled Shankly Hotel rooms.

Each room comes complete with its very own indulgent double Whirlpool Bath bath and enough space to sleep a group of guests in utter comfort.

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Our awesome in rooms packages include welcome drinks, party packages and evening meals meaning you can choose to tailor your stay any way you please.

Check out our amazing accommodation offers here and book your Liverpool Boxing day stay today.

This way you and the gang can enjoy a fun day exploring the city pop up to your room and get ready for the night ahead.

The Boxing Day Ball at The Shankly Hotel

A legendary Liverpool DJ line up from all over the city will be on hand to entertain the crowds during the Big Luv Boxing Night Ball at The Shankly Hotel.

The line-up includes the old skool anthems of Robbie Edwards, Garlands superstar Les Calvert, the touring talent of Mick Willow and many more names you are sure to have heard of from the Liverpool dance scene.

Big Luv Liverpool Boxing Day Ball

Taking over the stunning rooftop venue, The Garden of Eden, Liverpool best DJ’s will provide a soundtrack of all the latest and greatest dance tunes and a long list of classic tracks to take you through the night and into the wee hours of the next morning.

So, step into dance music heaven and ascend to the dizzying heights of the Garden of Eden to enjoy unparalleled views of the city you love whilst partying the night away.

Get your tickets here to the Big Luv Boxing Day Ball here.

What better way to spend a Liverpool Boxing day exploring the culture and post-Christmas sales with all your best mates then going to a rooftop party provided by the city’s best DJ’s? The perfect way to bounce back from the cosy food-induced slumber you slipped into on Christmas day.

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@siganureliving.co.uk to book your stay or to discuss our offers.

Shankly’s Grandson Shares His Thoughts on Sunday’s Derby

It’s that time of year again; and I’m not talking about Christmas!

The Merseyside Derby is both my most favourite and yet most feared fixture of the season. There is often debate amongst Liverpool fans about who you would rather seal a win against, Everton or Utd but for me, it is hands down our blue brothers from over the park.

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Oddly enough I grew up in an era where our record against them was actually quite poor. My school years saw me encounter game such as the one where Kanchelskis tore apart a fairly average Liverpool side that was quite a common sight in the early to mid 90’s and our record at Goodison was one not to be envied. I remember the fear Duncan Ferguson instilled in us, with every corner or set piece a lottery for a Liverpool side whose back 4 or 5 during that era left a lot to be desired. Perhaps that is what gave rise to my choice that a win against the old enemy is one which tastes sweeter than any other.

With the onset of the Houllier era of course our record in derbies began to turn, and we find ourselves in a situation now where the blue half of Merseyside now clamour for the holy grail of a derby victory. There have of course been the odd anomaly to that statement over the years achieved solely at Goodison Park. Memories of Andy Johnson terrorising us, Lee Carsley bagging winners at Gwladys Street, Cahill and Arteta turning the tables and Dan Gosling evoking the magic of the cup, but these have of course been too few and far between for Evertonians.

The wait for a Derby victory at Anfield, the sweetest of tastes for any blue is now in its 19th year and the pessimist in me says that the law of averages surely dictates a win soon? On paper this is the best Everton side I have seen; and whilst that may not necessarily have transcended onto the pitch just yet, it surely gives rise for optimism. As a Liverpool fan, Richarlison is the main worry; the lad has ability no doubt, and he is the one to watch for me. On paper however, Sigurdsson, Gomes, Digne, Bernard should all carry a threat. We are however a form team, and it is beyond debatable that we are one of the best sides in Europe, meaning we go into the game in confidence and rightly as favourites.

Merseyside Derby’s have given me some of the greatest memories of my life as a Liverpool fan. Dancing jubilantly in the Upper Bullens when Gary Mac did the unthinkable, Fernando burying Robbie Keane’s cut back from the by line and gliding pat the Gwladys Street arms outstretched, Luis Suarez doing what Luis Suarez does best, John Arne Riise running down the wing, and Steven Gerrard fulfilling the dreams of y Liverpool or Everton fan. Even Djibril Cisse got in on the act!

We wait and wonder what the latest instalment brings round this Sunday!

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

The Shankly Hotel is home to one of the best bars in Liverpool to watch football. The Bastion Bar & Restaurant is a go-to spot for catching the action in style. The themed bar also showcases exclusive Bill Shankly memorabilia, perfect for soaking up some football history. What better venue for LFC fans?

Christmas With The Shankly Family

Every household has their own special Christmas traditions and the Shankly family are no different. From special family rituals, to Bill’s favourite festive tipple and the ever-present beautiful game, discover what the festive period was like in the Shankly household.

We spoke to Jeanette Shankly, Bill’s second daughter, about what Christmas was like in the Shankly household with Bill, Nessie and her sister Barbara.

The Early Years

Despite his unwavering commitment to football; Bill Shankly was a big family man and loved to spend Christmas with his loved ones. One of 10 children born to John and Barbara Shankly, his nine siblings were named Alec, James, John Jnr, Bob, Netta, Elizabeth, Isobel, Barbara and Jean. Coming from a large, loving family, Shankly placed a lot of worth and tribute to the family unit and carried these values into his own family.

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The Shankly Family – Bill, Nessie, Nessie’s Father, Barbara and Jeanette

Bill met his wife ‘Nessie’, or Agnes Wren Fisher, whilst he was stationed as an RAF Corporal outside Glasgow at Bishopbriggs, she was serving in the WRAF. They were married in Glasgow in 1944 and had their first child, Barbara, in April 1945. It was another 6 years until Nessie gave birth to Jeanette in Carlisle, on 20 February 1951.

In these early years, the Shankly family did a lot of moving around due to Bill’s managerial career. However, a Shankly family Christmas was always a very traditional affair.

A Very Merry Shankly Family Christmas

Every year, the Shankly’s would spend Christmas at their home and Nessie would cook their traditional Christmas dinner.

It wasn’t until 1959, when Bill became the manager of Liverpool F.C, that they eventually put down permanent roots. They moved to a house in the West Derby area of the City, an area the family have never left to this day.

When she was young, Jeanette remembers their very traditional, happy family Christmases. However, on occasion, Bill would have to work.

“When we were younger, sometimes we were lucky if he was at home to spend Christmas with us. This was because, depending on fixtures, he was usually playing or managing a team on Boxing Day. As a result, sometimes he would have to go away Christmas Eve or failing that, Christmas night.”

If by luck he wasn’t involved in football one way or another, he would spend the festive period with his family. To celebrate this, he would even stretch to having a bit of whiskey in his tea. Shankly wasn’t a big drinker, but on the rare occasion he did, it would always be a small whiskey.

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Jeanette also remembers when Bill was managing Liverpool, every Christmas the Shankly family would receive a huge hamper full of festive food for the family to enjoy. It was always a treat that Jeannette remembered.

The Shankly family grew in size when both Barbara and Jean grew up and married. Barbara would go on to have three children, Karen, Pauline and Emma. Jeanette soon followed suit with Jenny and Claire.

Even then the whole family would usually go around to Bill and Nessie’s on Christmas Day or Boxing Day to celebrate the festive season together. However, it was still always touch and go whether he would be able to stay, as of course, football dominated his life!

Jeannette remembers many happy years spent in the Shankly household at Christmas, filled with presents, a beautiful tree and homecooked food. She would go on to have a third child, Bill’s sixth grandchild and his one and only grandson, Chris. Sadly however, Bill would pass away before he was born.

Right up until the end, Bill’s family was the most important thing to him. Before his death he said: “There’s nobody closer to you than your own kith and kin; your own blood. I’ve got my wife, my daughters, grandchildren, and my sons in law. They’re the closest to me and I would die for them.”

The History of Football at Christmas

Of course, The Shankly Family weren’t the only ones who knew that Christmas Day and football went hand in hand. Today, Christmas Day is football free, however up until the 1950s it was once as much of a Christmas Day staple as the Queen’s Speech and pigs in blankets.

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One of the great festive traditions that began in 1889 and remained very popular until the end of the 1950s, the Christmas Day home fixture was often the occasion when clubs attracted one of their highest home gates of the season.

But throughout the 1950s, attitudes changed towards playing sport on the 25th December. Christmas Day 1957 saw a near full round of fixtures: 37 out of a maximum 46 games took place; in 1959 there were just two games.

Understandably, Christmas Day football was very unpopular with the players, who felt it meant they could not enjoy the festivities and see their families. As transport systems declined and crowds began to dwindle, the fixture eventually disappeared from the football calendar.

The final December 25th programme of games in England was in the 1957/58 season. Today, games are still played on Boxing Day but Christmas Day football is a thing of the past.

A Shankly Christmas

We’ve hope you’ve enjoyed our look inside the Shankly family Christmas. If you and the family are looking for the perfect place to enjoy a festive meal or a Christmas retreat together, look no further than The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool.

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Offering a delicious home cooked menu, a relaxing and luxurious atmosphere and a range of festive entertainment, our hotel is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas as a family. Why not book a stay in one of our beautiful and unique rooms, or take in the fascinating memorabilia that is displayed around the hotel?

From festive afternoon tea experiences, to amazing football tours and wonderful festive events, a family Christmas at The Shankly is always memorable.

If you’d like to book a stay or a table, get in touch with our friendly team today by calling us on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

Keep up to date with everything happening at the hotel by following The Shankly Hotel Facebook.

Merry Christmas!

Our Pre-Season Offer: Grab Some Extra Time With Your Other Half

The friendlies are nearly over and the new season is looming large. In just a few weeks, you’ll probably be seeing a lot less of your other half than you’d like!

No more help with DIY jobs around the house and you can guarantee the fridge won’t be stocked until next May – once the football hits, they’ll be glued to the screen and unable to hold a conversation that doesn’t mention how the new transfers are settling in.

And whether you’re both footie fanatics, or just one of you cares about how Oxlade-Chamberlain’s knee is holding up, our exclusive new offer will ensure that you both get some time-out from the build-up to work on improving team relations at home.

Enjoy the last few football-free weeks with your partner by indulging in a short-stay at one of Liverpool’s premium hotels with our Extra Time deal and make sure you don’t get relegated to the bottom of the couple’s league.

Our Extra Time Offer at The Shankly Hotel

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Designed for couples who feel that Mo Salah is the third person in their relationship once the season gets going, the Extra Time offer includes a luxurious overnight stay in one of our decadent Shankly suites.

Chose between dining in style with a delicious three-course meal at the Bastion Bar and Restaurant, or indulge in an afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches, sweet treats and glass of bubbly.

Plus, this spectacular offer includes breakfast the next morning for you and the Boss, and a special couples gift set (But don’t let them get their hopes up to much – it’s not quite a ticket to Anfield).

Available between Monday 6 August and Saturday 11 August, this luxurious Shankly experience could be yours for only £169 per couple*.

The Shankly Hotel

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Located in the heart of the city, The Shankly Hotel provides luxurious accommodation celebrating the legacy of Liverpool FC’s legendary manager Bill Shankly.

Full of never-seen-before memorabilia, including fan letters, his MBE award and the original LFC contract that the legend signed, the hotel preserves the memory of the famous manager and his renowned footballing career.

Each Shankly suite is luxuriously equipped with comfortable double beds, whirlpool baths, 50-inch plasma TVs, free WiFi and air conditioning.

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We like to say that a night at The Shankly is an experience, not a stay, with each room inspired by iconic quotes and stories about the legendary manager and his treasured role in Liverpool’s history.

The hotel is located on Victoria Street in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre. We’re only a 5 minute walk from Lime Street train station and Moorfields train station. Plus, most of Liverpool’s best landmarks and attractions are just a stone’s throw away.

We can’t wait to welcome you to The Shankly Hotel for a night of relaxation and rest with your other half. And we promise we won’t mention the footie when you check in!

To book this exclusive offer today, call our team on 0151 909 4805 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com. For more information, visit the offer page here.

*£169 per couple Sunday – Thursday. £219 per couple for Friday stays.

Who is Liverpool’s Newest Signing, Alisson Becker?

Last week, Liverpool agreed to a recording-breaking deal when they signed Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker. The Reds paid a rumoured £65 million for the Brazilian, who has agreed to a six-year contract.

But who is Alisson Becker? From his footballing history to his friendship with Liverpool forward Firmino, here’s the low-down on LFC’s new goalkeeper…

He’s the Most Expensive Goalkeeper on the Planet

The rumored £65 million Liverpool paid for the Alisson makes him the most expensive goalkeeper of all time.

Before this deal, the record-holder was Ederson Santana de Moraes, Alisson’s teammate and rival. Manchester City paid £35m for Ederson last year. The pair were both tipped to be Brazil’s starting goalkeeper at the World Cup, but it was Alisson who made the cut.

Alisson is likely to be paid well above the average Premier League wage of £2.4 million a year – a far cry from the years of Bill Shankly’s managerial reign, when the average wage was just £20 a week.

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He’s Only 25

Alisson was born in Novo Hamburgo, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil on 2 October 1992. The city is an industrial settlement in the south of Brazil which was named by German migrants in 1927.

It’s now famous for its shoe-making industry, and is called the capital of Brazilian footwear.

A Former Goalkeeping Coach Called Alisson ‘the Messi of Goalkeepers’

The ex-Roma goalkeeping coach Roberto Negrisolo made the statement back in February, when rumours suggested that Alisson would be sold for €50 million, which Negrisolo thought was well below the Brazilian’s worth.

The ex-coach said:

“I don’t think many people have realized who Alisson is. This guy is a phenomenon. He is the Number One of Number Ones. He is the Messi of goalkeepers, because he has the same mentality as Messi. He is a goalkeeper who can mark an era.”

 

He’s Set to Make his Liverpool Debut in August

Alisson will start his Liverpool career playing a friendly against Napoli in Dublin on 4 August this year, before walking out onto Anfield for the first time on August 7 in the club’s final warm-up game against Torino.

The goalie wanted to join the Liverpool squad immediately after signing and take part in their tour of the United States, but the Red’s manager Jurgen Klopp revealed in an interview that he’d had to persuade the goalkeeper to finish his holiday before joining the team.

“He is desperate to play”, said Klopp, “He could have joined us here [in the USA], he wanted to stay that day, but it made absolutely no sense. He had a long year. As Brazil No 1, it was quite an intense year!”

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He’s a Family Man, Like Bill Shankly

Liverpool’s legendary former manager Bill Shankly was famous for being a family man, and it seems that Liverpool’s latest signing is following in the footsteps of the LFC legend. Becker is married to Natália Loewe Becker and the couple have a daughter, Helena.  Judging by his Instagram, there’s nothing Alisson likes more than spending time with his family.

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And His Wife is a Qualified Doctor

Natália graduated from medical school just five months before the pair moved to Rome. She completed her degree at the Catholic University of Pelotas, in Brazil, and has worked as a paediatrician.

LFC has a history of strong women supporting their footballing partners, including Agnes Wren Shankly. ‘Nessie’ Shankly was Bill Shankly’s famously supportive and outspoken wife, who followed the former Liverpool manager around the country.

Her grandson, Chris Shankly-Carline, has previously written about how the First-Lady of Football was a true philanthropist and people-person, who supported Bill throughout his managerial career at Liverpool and beyond.

He Signed to a Club’s Youth Team at Just 11 Years of Age

The 25-year old Becker started out for Brazilian club Internacional’s youth side at the tender age of 11, making his first-team debut for them just 10 years later in 2013.

He went on to make 83 appearances for Internacional. During his time there, he helped the side top the Campeonato Gaucho – the Brazilian equivalent of the Premier League – four years running.

Before the Liverpool move, Alisson been playing at Roma for two seasons.

Si continua a lavorare!! #AB1 #forzaRoma

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He’s Good Friends with Bobby Firmino

The two Brazilian footballers are good friends. The Liverpool forward was even behind Alisson’s decision to join the Reds.

The new goalie revealed that his Brazil team-mate spoke positively about life in Merseyside, telling him good things about both LFC and the city, encouraging him to make the move.

In the same interview, Alisson also revealed that Liverpool’s Mo Salah nagged him to join the team, sending him a text asking what the goalie was waiting for during advanced stages of the negotiations.

He Comes From a Footballing Family

Footballing, and more specifically goalkeeping, evidently runs in the Becker family blood. Alisson’s older brother, Muriel, is also a goalkeeper who plays for the Portuguese side Belenenses.

 

Here at The Shankley Hotel, we can’t wait to welcome Alisson and his family to Merseyside. We’ll be watching all the televised LFC games at our Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

If you’re travelling to Anfield to watch a match from afar, why not stay at The Shankly Hotel? Situated in the centre of Liverpool, the hotel is a tribute to one of football’s greatest managers and offers spacious rooms, luxurious facilities and unseen Bill Shankly memorabilia  just a stone’s throw away from the city’s main transport links.

Call our team on 0151 909 5729 or book a room online today.

 

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Liverpool FC History: How Bill Shankly Led Liverpool to Greatness

Liverpool FC weren’t always in the top half of the footballing league tables, before Bill Shankly took over as manager, the club were struggling. When Shankly arrived at Anfield on Monday 14th December 1959, Liverpool had been in the Second Division for five years and had been beaten by non-league Worcester City in the 1958 – 59 FA Cup.

However, their success all came down to a pivotal year when Bill Shankly led Liverpool to promotion from Division Two, showcasing both Shankly’s shrewd ability in the transfer market and his outstanding management skills.

We take a look back at some fascinating Liverpool FC history and discover how Shankly built the club into the force we know it as today.

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When Shankly arrived at Anfield, the team and ground was in disrepair. There was no means of watering the pitch, the training ground at Melwood was a shambles and the Liverpool squad consisted largely of average players, with a few promising reserves.

Shankly quickly decided that he needed to strengthen the team through the middle, they needed a strong goalkeeper, a centre half who could stop goals and somebody up front who could create and score goals.

Shankly highlighted a list of 24 players that he wanted to replace, all were placed on the transfer list and had left the club within a year. One of the men on the list was legendary Billy Liddell, a player that was so loved that for a short time Liverpool were referred to as ‘Liddellpool’.

Liddell had played for the club for 22 years and remains the oldest goalscorer in the Reds’ history. Although the decision may not have seemed too hard to make, as Liddell was now an aged player, it was still difficult to replace a man of that stature within the club. But, Shankly knew the squad needed a change and he needed to build a whole new team of his own.

Gaining Financial Support

Bill Shankly was aware that Liverpool FC were struggling for money. They hadn’t won a trophy for 13 years and had spent six years in Division Two, meaning that the Board of Directors were reluctant to invest any money in them.

However, with the help of Eric Sawyer, Shankly was able to secure the signatures of the two players at the top of his transfer wish list, Ian St John and Ron Yeats. These two players, as well as goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence, were described as the backbone of the new team.

St John was a hugely important influence at Liverpool and played for the team for 10 years. Similarly, Yeats proved to be a great signing for Shankly and went on to captain Liverpool, lifting seven trophies during his career with them. Both players instantly went down in Liverpool FC history.

Unrivalled Managerial Ability

When Shankly first came to Liverpool, he had orchestrated a lot of departures from the team. However, those that showed real talent and success stayed at Liverpool, which showed Shankly’s real skill as a manager.

Liverpool FC’s key striker, Roger Hunt, was a driving force in the club’s improved performance. He scored 41 goals in 41 league appearances in the 61/62 season and Shankly used Hunt extensively in the two previous seasons, too, showing the strength in his judgement.

It was clear that Shankly was not just selling players to make a profit for a whole new squad, he was remoulding the one he had and making them into a Division One side.

And that is exactly what he did, in the 61/62 season Shankly lifted Liverpool out of Division Two forever. Shankly had built a squad that the fans had no fear would lose, they won their first six games and won the league title in April with five games to spare.

Liverpool FC Become Champions

When Liverpool made the leap from Division Two to Division One, it was a hugely significant event in Liverpool FC history. It kick started the golden age for football on Merseyside, the promotion saw Liverpool gain access to a better level of football and much more prestigious trophies were now up for grabs.

After their second season in Division One, Shankly won the league title with Liverpool FC and the following year they won the FA Cup for the very first time.

In his autobiography, Shankly recounted that among his many achievements, winning the 1965 FA Cup was his “greatest day”.

By the end of Bill Shankly’s management career at the club, Liverpool FC had become a First Division club that had won two FA Cups (1965 and 1974), the UEFA Cup (1973) and the FA Charity Shield in 1964, 1965 and 1966.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our look back some Liverpool FC history and how the legendary Bill Shankly developed LFC into the amazing football team they are today. If you’d like to delve into his fascinating life more, visit the Shankly Hotel and check out the never-seen-before memorabilia in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant. Or, why not try a Shankly Tour Experience and see the Liverpool Shanks loved.

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Looking Back at England in the World Cup Semi-Final 1990

Though choruses of ‘It’s Coming Home’ may have started with a hint of British sarcasm, the greatest plot twist of the World Cup 2018 is that football could actually be coming home.

With waistcoat sales soaring thanks to Gareth Southgate and the sunny backdrop of Britain’s heatwave keeping beer gardens busy, World Cup fever has been spreading thick and fast.

It’s been a competition to remember so far, and it’s safe to say that we’re clinging on to high hopes for the England vs Croatia semi-final.

To celebrate England’s success, we thought we’d take a step back in time to the last time England made it to the semi-final of the World Cup.

England vs West Germany Semi Final 1990

So, it’s back to 1990 we go. The World Cup semi-final of the new decade saw England take to the pitch against West Germany. It’s been 28 years since the game, and football fans who remember the highly anticipated match have been reminiscing on the atmosphere and moments that stood out most.

At the time, England were managed by Sir Bobby Robson. The team had played impressively throughout the competition, finally knocked out of the game by West Germany on penalties.

In Gazza Misses the Final, a collection of minute-by-minute reports written by Rob Smyth and Scott Murray, the classic World Cup match of 1990 is documented as it played out.

One extract summarises:

“England were the better side in normal time and West Germany in extra time. The Germans will go on to their third consecutive final, hoping to avenge their defeats in 1982 and 1986. England go into a third-place play-off with Italy on Saturday after a night of raw emotion and proud heartbreak that will live with us all for ever. Gazza has tears streaming down his reddened face as he salutes the England fans. Time to listen to ‘World in Motion’ on loop while drowning a million sweet sorrows.”

England World Cup 1990 Penalties

A bittersweet era for England supporters, fans shared some of their best memories of the 1990 World Cup with the East Anglican Daily Times.

Chris Wright recalled:

“I had a tough decision to make. Forego my ticket for the Rolling Stones Urban Jungle Tour at Wembley Stadium or stay at home and watch the game. I went to see the Stones and everyone brought along radios, so we were totally in touch with what was going on. Of course these days it would be possibly to watch the game on the phone and be at the gig.”

Though fans remembered the disappointment and heartbreak following the semi-final result, they were also quick to remember the highlights throughout the 1990 World Cup. A particular fond memory amongst fans was David Platt’s goal while playing against Belgium.

The timeless goal took place as extra time was heading towards a pentalty shoot-out. England got a free-kick with about a minute left to spare. Broadcaster John Motson describes the goal fondly in The Telegraph:

“Bobby Robson and the England bench were signalling frantically as to what they thought they should do with this free-kick but I don’t think Paul Gascoigne was paying any attention at all. Gazza floated his free-kick into the penalty area and David Platt, who was quite new then to international football, swivelled and volleyed it into the net.”

So, with England inching one step closer to the World Cup final once again, we can only hope this semi-final goes in our favour. Supermarkets such as Lidl and Aldi have already taken to social media to announce their employees will finish at 3:00pm should England make it the final on Sunday 15 July.

It seems this enthusiasm has filtered down to smaller workplaces. For example, AMI, a metalwork company in Sheffield has promised to offer all staff a paid day off on Monday 16 July if England really do win the World Cup.

Excitement is certainly building across the country, with nearly 20 million viewers tuning in to watch England beat Sweden in the quarter-finals last weekend.

We’re wishing the England boys the best of luck! Here’s to hoping football’s coming home.

Not sure where to watch the match? We’re showing the World Cup semi-final on our rooftop terrace at The Shankly Hotel. You can register for your spot on the roof here.

Where to Watch the FIFA Club World Cup Live in Liverpool

The FIFA Club World Cup has kicked off to a great start for England if you are wondering where you can catch all the live action, look no further than The Shankly Hotel. In the Garden of Eden, we will be screening each and every match live as it happens on our glorious rooftop terrace.

We inviting you to come and bask in the rare summer sunshine whilst cheering our lads onto glory in style, join us for all the FIFA Club World Cup action.

Here are some FAQ’s answered in detail.

Which Games Will Be Showing?

Let’s start with every England game, and let’s hope there are plenty this year.

England’s competition started well with two goals in the back of Tunsia’s net by the final whistle blow. Now we look forward to seeing what else our lads can do as they face their next opponents.

We will also be showing all the other major contending team matchups as well as keeping you up to date with any exciting news and events surrounding the competition.

Where Is It All Happening?

Garden of Eden - where to watch FIFA Club World Cup

Our stunning Garden of Eden will be transformed into a World Cup spectators paradise complete with huge projector screen, comfortable seating and the chance to soak up some British summer sun.

What’s more, there’s enough space in The Garden of Eden to host your very own football match so the more the merrier.

If the weather allows it our very stunning rooftop terrace will also be opening its doors giving guests an exclusive place to catch all the World Cup action.

Will there be drinks?

Is the Pope a Catholic? Of course, there’ll be drinks!

Garden of Eden FIFA Club World Cup Live

Our Garden of Eden bar will be serving up some of our famous in play offers such as four-pint pitchers for £10, five bottle of Carlsberg for £12 and double house spirits for just £1 extra, if our England boys do well so does your bar tab.

Better still we’ve just unleashed a fabulous new summer cocktail menu which has been beefed up to include more cocktail options with a kick.

What Else Can You Look Forward To?

Well if the Champions League Final was anything to go by the atmosphere on our rooftop Garden of Eden will be a football fans paradise.

Garden of Eden FIFA Club World Cup Live

Those with a passion for the game will love visiting The Shankly Hotel and the unparalleled views over the stunning city skyline are enough to lift anyone spirits up to the heavens.

Did Shankly Ever Play in The World Cup?

The answer is no but he managed a few players who brought home the trophy in 1966.

Gerry Byrne, Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan were all members of the squad that led England to victory in 1966, the year that England hosted the FIFA Club World Cup and the year England beat Germany 4-2.

Callaghan remembers Shankly fondly and says that even after their success he remembers Shanks walking up to him and saying;

Well done, son. But you can forget about winning the World Cup because you’ve got more important things to think about!

To Shankly, all that mattered to the rest of the team, the people of Liverpool and the fans was that Liverpool came out on top again that season.

How Do I Book Tickets?

The best place to watch the FIFA Club World Cup in Liverpool is the Garden of Eden and rooftop access can be bought and pre-booked for just £10.

Once you’re in, you’re in, you can stay and watch as many matches as you’d like for just one entry fee.

Tickets to watch England vs Tunisia - FIFA Club World Cup Live

Everyone and their dog will want to be in The Garden of Eden to watch England play in the FIFA Club World Cup as well as all the other top contending teams. Every game will be screened to watch live as they happen so, to avoid disappointment, get your tickets booked for the games you want to see.

Why Not Make A Night Of It?

Instead of trying to get a taxi home after the match or struggling to get to the train, why not book to stay in the lap of luxury in The Shankly Hotel.

Accommodation for FIFA Club World Cup Live

The superb suites are just a few floors below The Garden of Eden and we have some excellent mid-week offers on during the FIFA Club World Cup this summer.

The Shankly Hotel have the best accommodation offers in Liverpool for groups, couples and families so call 0151 601 8801 to book a room or 0151 541 9999 to arrange your seats to watch the FIFA Club World Cup live in the Garden of Eden.

Book today for one of a kind football hotel experience in the heart of the Liverpool city centre.

Brilliant Boys Offers at The Shankly During World Cup Season

Guys get together for 2018 world cup season in Liverpool’s only football-themed hotel. Enjoy some of these amazing accommodation offers on throughout every one of the world cup fixtures and experience Liverpool’s football fandom on a fab boys break in the city.

Here Come The Boys

No matter what date England’s world cup fixtures happen, our superb Here Come The Boys Offer gives you and the guys the chance to get together to enjoy the game in style.

Our Shankly themed hotel suites can sleep groups of up to 8 in luxurious surroundings and, along with an unforgettable two-night stay, you and the lads will be welcomed by a bucket of chilled beers on arrival.

 

Before or after the match, sample some of the finest drinks ever made on a Whiskey or Rum tasting experience and then the next morning sit down to a hearty full English in The Bastion Bar and Restaurant to refuel after what we hope was a celebratory night on the town.

The entire Here Come the Boys offer is just £159 per person and is ideal for getting the lads together for a few days of football fuelled fun.

Ultimate Boys Weekend

If we are lucky more of England’s matches will fall on the weekend and if so you and the lads can really make a holiday of things with a two night weekend stay at The Shankly Hotel.

Take a break away from the missus and pack your bags for some fun in the city that lives for its football. Check into your luxurious Shankly Hotel suite and get ready for an unforgettable weekend in Liverpool.

Depending on when the match kicks off you can plan your choice of Signature Experience around the main event and chosing from a range of city centre sporting activities.

There’ll be further opportunity to taste some delicious liquor and to fuel you guys up in between a beer and burger each awaits in The Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

What really matters is where you can watch the match and of course, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant guarantees a great seat with views of huge flat screen TVs  no matter where you sit.

Alternatively, our fabulous location provides easy access to the cities top sports bars and big screen public TVs in town. No matter what you’ll be able to get a great view of England’s world cup fixtures in Liverpool from The Shankly Hotel.

The Ultimate Boys Weekend offer is only £189 per person and provides the perfect lads getaway for watching the world cup.

Ultimate Boys Midweek Break

Make any midweek world cup fixtures memorable with the lads by booking a boys break at The Shankly Hotel.

You and the guys can enjoy one night stay in a luxury suite right in the heart of Liverpool city centre. Either catch the game in the Bastion Bar whilst enjoying beers and burgers or head out after enjoying your meal to one of the nearby sports bars.

Choose a sporty Signature Experience such as bubble football, to keep things interesting and spend some quality time with your besties.

After a comfortable nights sleep, you and the guys will love chowing down on a fabulous full English breakfast and recapping all the fun you’ve had together.

Better still the Ultimate Boys Midweek offer is only £79 per person, so it’s a no brainer for any of the world cup fixtures you guys want to see.

To book you and your boys in for an amazing football experience inside Liverpool’s only football themed hotel call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more details.

Make the most of the world cup this year and enjoy a lads break in Liverpool with The Shankly Hotel.

Chris Shankly Carline – My Reflections on The Champions League Final

I don’t think we should be downbeat. Gutted losing the final of the biggest game in world football but we competed with Madrid all game. They weren’t better than us. It’s not rocket science to say they were gifted things at crucial points in the game.

Mo’s injury being the first, it rattled us and we lost our shape. Team wasn’t balanced as Lallana isn’t a wide player as hard as he may try. Mo and Sadio play as inside forwards almost.

Clearly Karius did what he did and we won’t say anything more on it. He cost us the game with what are inexplicable errors. I said from day one he wasn’t good enough and I said I preferred Mignolet out the two. He lacks the basic attributes to be a good goalkeeper. Poor decision making, terrible handling and no command of his penalty area. Just because he makes a few Hollywood saves now and then doesn’t mean he’s a solid good goalkeeper as when you lack those basics you’ll always always get found out. A goalkeeper is a must in the Summer and a world class one. I just hope Jurgen doesn’t fall into the same traps that other managers have at the club, displaying a stubbornness towards players they have signed who clearly aren’t good enough but whom continue to be pushed into the team in the hope there is a ‘Eureka!’ moment with them.

I think we have to take positives that the difference was the goalkeeper and that we competed well despite losing Mo.

The game showed things that we must learn from and address in the Summer, namely the lack of plan B and the fact the squad is way too thin in terms of quality. No disrespect to the bench but there was no real quality in it meaning when Bale scored what is a goal that you simply have to applaud, you got the sense we were spent. That needs sorting ASAP with the goalkeeper situation so we can mount the challenge again next year. It is good to see that we have already begun, with the signing of Fabiano who is a much needed real quality defensive centre mid. Keita coming will also be a fantastic signing meaning a midfield that has often been thin on the ground and most definitely devoid of genuine quality already has the makings of being able to stand toe to toe with the front 3 ahead of it and that of our top 4 rivals. I think Fekir plus a world class goalkeeper would represent fantastic business for the Summer ahead.

I’m proud of us though. They’ve given us some unbelievable moments this season and as everyone says, we’ve seen things they’ll never see. Proud of all the reds over there too who showed what real football fans are.