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Men wearing high vis jackets snuck onto Anfield roof to watch LFC’s Real Madrid game



Men wearing high vis jackets snuck onto Anfield roof to watch LFC’s Real Madrid game

Two men who snuck onto the roof of Anfield Stadium to watch a Liverpool FC game have been warned that they could have been killed.

Kain Hogg and Stuart Parr donned hi-vis jackets in order to gain entry to the ground via the construction site at the Anfield Road End before clambering on top of the Kenny Dalglish Stand and taking in the Reds’ Champions League quarter final against Real Madrid. A judge yesterday told them that their actions were “ludicrously dangerous”.

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard on Wednesday that police were contacted by the club after the friends, aged 23 and 21 respectively, were seen on the roof in hi-vis clothing midway through the 2-5 defeat on February 21 this year. Ed Rattigan, prosecuting, described how stewards and an officer had to clamber up a ladder to reach them with a drone also being deployed to investigate the incident.

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Hogg and Parr, both of Viola Street in Bootle, then confirmed that they did not have tickets for the match and were arrested. They claimed that they had climbed over a fence at the adjacent building site in order to gain illegal entry.

Mr Rattigan said their behaviour could have led to supporters being evacuated during the “extremely high profile event”. He also highlighted the “risk to the defendants themselves”, as well as the “significant risk to supporters if they had fallen into the crowded stands below”.

Hogg – who wore a black face mask in the dock and appeared with his hair dyed blue – is a well-known urban explorer and YouTuber, with video footage of their exploits later being posted online. Marcella Salter, defending both housemates, told the court that her clients have “personal issues” and added: “They were foolish.

“It was a high profile game. Thankfully, nobody was in fact hurt.

“They complied and cooperated with police throughout. There is some work that needs to be done.

“Both defendants are currently unemployed but are actively seeking employment, and hopefully employment will come. Both have said they wish to apologise for their behaviour and want to put matters behind them so that they can move forward.

“Their hobby, which is how they got there, is no longer a hobby either of them engage in. They have stopped that because they have realised the risk to themselves and the public at large.”

Hogg and Parr admitted obtaining services dishonestly, causing a public nuisance and being found in enclosed premises during an earlier hearing. They were both handed 12-month community orders with 280 hours of unpaid work and rehabilitation activity requirements of up to 15 days, as well as being told to pay £120 in court costs and victim surcharges of £114.

District Judge Wendy Lloyd described them as “two astoundingly stupid young men” whose actions “could have led to abject mayhem”. Sentencing, she added: “You are perhaps comparatively young and have a lot to learn.

“Your behaviour was dangerous and outrageous. You didn’t know if you were going to fall down and bring debris down on others.

“It was ludicrously dangerous activity. You could have killed yourselves and you could have hurt or killed others, and certainly a police officer was put at risk.

“You both have some difficulties. Fortunately, you were brought down without there being any disruption within the crowd or any damage being caused whatsoever.

“The story could have been a different one, but it seems fair to bear in mind what did happen and not what could have happened. The next possibility would surely be imprisonment.”

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Alisson Becker: “We Gave Away A Few Opportunities To Them But That’s Football”

Liverpool Men have now won five on the spin in the Premier League and it may be just enough to make top four, especially following the nervy 1-0 win against Fulham on Wednesday night. A penalty taken by Mohamed Salah after Darwin Nunez was fouled in the box made all the difference, but the scoreline doesn’t mean goalkeeper Alisson Becker had nothing to do all match.


“Really happy to keep the clean sheet. Tonight it was massive to keep the three points as well. It was a really tough game against a really good side,” Becker said following the match.


“They are not getting the results in the last matches but they are playing really well, they are a proper threat to the opponent and tonight they showed that. For us, we worked together as a team, we worked really good on the ball, defensively as well really good.


“We gave away a few opportunities to them but that’s football, there’s the quality of the opponent as well. I’m happy for tonight for the three points and the clean sheet.”


While not the most exciting scoreline, the most important thing was maintaining that lead – even if that took some patience on the home side – something that Becker praised the squad for having, being able to keep control of the match.


“It’s being patient and always keep trying, keep trying. This is part of football as well, you’re not going to get every matchday and score four or five goals,” the goalkeeper explained.


“So you have to be patient, you have to keep working, prepare yourself, prepare the moves and the plays as good as you can. Obviously if we can score this is going to give more confidence for us, but 1-0 is the same victory and same three points as 4-0 or 5-0, so we are happy for that.”


They may not have all been clean sheets, but five wins in a row is nothing to sniff at, especially knowing the kind of season the Men have had up to this point. Shades of confidence have been coming back into the squad during play, and it’s clear that they’re trying to ride the momentum of their work as far as they can.


“In football, when you find the momentum and get the confidence you have to keep that,” Becker added.


“It’s too easy to lose and if you lose it it’s really hard to get back, everybody saw it this season. But we are working hard; we always said we were working hard to change our situation and here is the result. We are getting on the winning path again. Still a lot to improve but we are on the right path as a team and I really believe great things will come for us.”


The next match comes quickly as we enter the home stretch of the season, with the Reds playing again on Saturday. Brentford comes to Anfield and Becker knows that the Reds will be ready for the Bees that have given us trouble in the past.


“So good to play at home, the atmosphere tonight was amazing. When the supporters are pushing us we are a better team, for sure. And against a tough opponent; when we played them away it was a really hard game,” Becker said.


“They are a really aggressive team in a good way, really strong and we have to fight again, keep the good rhythm and try to win.”


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Liverpool fans send blunt message to Premier League over national anthem decision

Liverpool fans at Anfield on Wednesday made their feelings clear towards the Coronation Ceremony.

According to a report by the Mail Online, top-flight clubs with a home match next weekend have been contacted to ‘strongly suggest’ that God Save the King should be played before their games take place.

The report also claims that clubs will be provided with an official portrait of the King and The Queen Consort and the Coronation Logo to be displayed on big screens while the anthem is sounded.

During their clash with Fulham on Wednesday, fans in the Kop were heard chanting: “You can stick your coronation up your ar**!”

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Steve McManaman believes Liverpool will not be short on midfield signings this summer even if they do indeed miss out on Jude Bellingham.

The Reds made it known last month that they were stepping away from their pursuit of top transfer target Bellingham after the scale of their required summer midfield overhaul became glaringly apparent.

But some fans were left to wonder whether they would go back in for the England international next summer if he remained at Borussia Dortmund for another season.

However, according to reports today, Bellingham looks set to join reigning European champions Real Madrid. But, speaking ahead of that big news, McManaman stated his belief that there are “players out there” who could do a job for his former club, who could be about to lose James Milner to Premier League rivals Brighton & Hove Albion.

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What Jurgen Klopp called Darwin Nunez after Liverpool win over Fulham

Jurgen Klopp has praised Darwin Nunez after he returned to Liverpool’s starting XI for their 1-0 victory over Fulham on Wednesday night.

The Uruguayan, who has scored 15 goals in his maiden season at Anfield, had started just once in the Reds’ last seven matches since the March international break. Meanwhile, he hadn’t started in his favoured central attacking position since the 3-0 loss away at Wolves at the start of February.

In his absence from the starting XI, Liverpool had put together a six-game unbeaten run, winning their last four matches. But the 23-year-old made a decisive impact as he started down the middle against Fulham, winning the penalty that earned the Reds a hard-fought win.

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Klopp has been critical of Nunez in recent weeks, hinting his struggles with English and Liverpool’s defensive demands had contributed to his spell on the bench. But the Liverpool boss was pleased with the striker’s efforts against the Cottagers.

“Absolutely (we saw what we wanted). It’s super important,” Klopp told reporters after the final whistle. “In the beginning, defending the centre against Fulham is really important because Palhinha is there. He’s their connector and gets on the ball.

“So we were a bit too early out there from Darwin. We tried to fix that but he wanted it. He was a racehorse, he went for everybody.

“We opened up and struggled slightly as they could control it for moments. But we could sort that.

“Apart from that, he played a really good game. He was always a proper option for us. We needed that.

“One of the main thing we had to do tonight was offer in behind. We had three really quick players there. He played a good game.”

Meanwhile, Klopp offered an injury update on Diogo Jota, who had been a doubt to face Fulham, while explaining how the coaching team came to a decision regarding which front three to start, as Luis Diaz kept his place with match-winner Mohamed Salah completing the attacking triumvirate.

“They (the front three) did well,” he said. “We should not forget, you can see with Luis that after 30 minutes, you can see it’s really tough for him. It’s tough for everybody, we play a lot of games.

“We had a discussion, the coaches. ‘Who shall we rest? Is it Cody?’ Because Diogo couldn’t train again. I think the first situation he’s on the pitch, again he has a knock in the back.

“I hope that’s now better because he has a proper, proper bruise on his ribs. It’s really painful. ‘Shall he start? Cody? How do we do it?’ That was the outcome, this line-up.

“For long spells it did really well. Darwin was like a racehorse. Really motivated, really on fire. That’s important to us.

“When Diogo and Cody came on, they were really involved in the defensive work. And we then had a few sensational chances when the last pass didn’t go through and everything was nearly perfect. There we could have done better but it’s fine. I like what I saw.”


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