Get Ready for the 18/19 Season with The Shankly’s Match Day Package

After the excitement and heartbreak of last season’s Champion’s League Final, Liverpool is buzzing with anticipation for a fresh chance to shake things up in the beautiful game. Here at The Shankly, we’re excited to see what the new season brings for the Reds.

Liverpool’s Premier League journey kick-offs on Sunday 12th August with a match against West Ham and there’s no where better to catch all the action than at The Shankly Hotel, the premier destination for a first-class football viewing experience.

And this season, we’re bringing back our Match Day package, ensuring a game day like no-other for every domestic Liverpool match!

What to Expect from the Premier League

The fixtures for all 92 clubs in the Premier League were were released right back in June, and Reds fans were pleased to see that the first match of the season for Klopp’s team is being played at Anfield on Sunday 12th August – something that’s not happened since 2014.

And although dates might change to fit with TV scheduling, we know the rough dates that Liverpool will be facing off their biggest rivals.

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The Reds will be playing their first Premier League match at Anfield on Sunday. Source: Instagram | @lucykehoe

Jurgen’s boys will be battling it out at Anfield on Saturday 6 October against last season’s League toppers, Man City, while neighbourhood rivals Man United will be heading to Liverpool on Saturday 15 December.

The  excruciatingly exciting Merseyside-derby is starting at Anfield, with the Reds taking on the Blues on Saturday 1 December, and Liverpool won’t be returning the visit to Goodison Park until Saturday 2 March next year.

Meanwhile Everton, who finished 8th in the Premier League last season, are set to play Wolves away this Saturday (11 August) in their first match, before welcoming Southampton to Goodison Park for the first home game on Saturday 18 August.

Eyes on the Transfers

All eyes are on Liverpool’s latest transfers, after Alisson Becker became the most expensive goalkeeper ever bought. Following his move to the Reds for a cool £65 million, the Brazilian goalie is set to start against Torino in the final friendly before the season tonight.

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Klopp has also brought in Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to Anfield, creating a strong spine for the team.

And it looks set that the Blues will be signing Brazilian international Bernard today, after new manager Marco Silva played a key role in persuading the attacker to join him at Everton.

The Toffees have also signed Lucas Digne from Barcelona.

Is it the Year of the Reds?

Numerous pundits have suggested that this season might be the moment that Liverpool tops the Premier League.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown, writing for The Daily Mail, said: “I’m going to put my neck on the line and say Liverpool to win it”, while the Mirror’s Mike Walters has said that the Reds are the only team equipped to stop Manchester City and take the title.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has been more hesitant in predictions of the future, however, telling the media that he thinks the team still has room to improve after their 5-0 thumping of Napoli last week.

Football at The Shankly Hotel – The Match Day Package

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

At the Bastion Bar & Restaurant, we’ll be showing all the Premier League matches on our large screen TVs, with a fully stocked bar and a delicious menu to indulge in while you watch.

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And this year, we’re bringing back our incredible Match Day Package!  For just £12.95 per match, you’ll get a match day experience like no other.

Get stuck into a feast of food and drink from The Bastion Restaurant before the game and enjoy our live entertainment and prize giveaways.

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Then, watch the Reds play their rivals on our large TV screens and enjoy exclusive drinks offers only available on match days.

Plus, we’re bringing back In Play Drinks Deals, where events on the pitch create crazy drinks offers at the bar! These incredible offers include:

  • 2-for-1 shots if LFC score first
  • 2-for-1 on the bar at half time if LFC are winning
  • 2-for-1 for an hour after full time whistle if LFC win.

For more information, visit our Match Day Experience page here. To book you place today, call 0151 541 9999.

Stay at The Shankly

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As the only football-themed hotel in Liverpool, The Shankly is the best place in the city to catch all the season’s games.  Whether you’re watching the match here, or heading off to Anfield, make sure you book one of our luxury suites and have the ultimate football weekend.

Each of our suites is inspired by Bill Shankly’s illustrious football career and we like to say that a night at The Shankly isn’t a stay – it’s an experience.

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All our rooms includes ultra-comfortable double beds, spa baths and walk-in showers, as well as 50” flat screen TVs. Air conditioning and free Wifi access.

To book a room or reserve your place for a Match Day Experience Package, call 0151 541 9999 today.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.