Liverpool Economy – Liverpool IL http://liverpool-il.com/ Sun, 23 Jan 2022 10:45:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://liverpool-il.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1-150x150.png Liverpool Economy – Liverpool IL http://liverpool-il.com/ 32 32 Inflation likely to fuel cash rate talks | Liverpool City Champion https://liverpool-il.com/inflation-likely-to-fuel-cash-rate-talks-liverpool-city-champion/ Sun, 23 Jan 2022 01:26:04 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/inflation-likely-to-fuel-cash-rate-talks-liverpool-city-champion/ The latest inflation figures this week are expected to fuel speculation that the Reserve Bank of Australia will raise interest rates this year, just days after an unexpectedly rapid drop in the jobless rate. The Australian Bureau of Statistics will release the consumer price index for the December quarter on Tuesday. Economists’ forecasts point to […]]]>

The latest inflation figures this week are expected to fuel speculation that the Reserve Bank of Australia will raise interest rates this year, just days after an unexpectedly rapid drop in the jobless rate.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics will release the consumer price index for the December quarter on Tuesday.

Economists’ forecasts point to a 1% rise in the quarterly CPI, largely reflecting rising gasoline prices and rising new housing costs.

That would take the annual rate to 3.1%, up from 3% in the September quarter, and just above the RBA’s 2-3% target.

The underlying, more interest-rate sensitive measure of inflation – which dampens sharp price swings – is expected to rise 0.7% in the December quarter.

That would take the annual rate to 2.4% and above 2.1% in the previous quarter, which was the first time it had been in target since 2015.

Such a result would be stronger than the 2.25% the RBA was expecting at this point, with the 2.5% level not expected until mid-2023.

Similarly, last week’s December labor figures, showing a dramatic drop in the unemployment rate to 4.2%, were a faster drop than the central bank had expected, not expecting 4 .25% before the end of this year.

Financial markets expect the RBA cash rate to rise this year, after hitting a record low of 0.1% since November 2020.

RBA Governor Philip Lowe has repeatedly said there will be no rate hikes until inflation is sustainably within target, which would require the rate of unemployment is close to 4% and wage growth is at least 3%.

At this stage, wage growth remains weak at 2.2 percent.

“Much depends on the RBA’s willingness to tolerate inflation at or above target until wage growth is closer to 3% and above,” said Taylor Nugent, an economist at National Australia Bank.

The RBA Board holds its first meeting of the year on February 1.

His immediate outlook on the economy will depend on his views on the impact of the Omicron variant on business.

Consumer confidence and household spending have already taken a hit due to the highly contagious Omicron strain.

The weekly ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence Index is due Tuesday. It fell 7.6% last week to its weakest January result since 1992.

NAB will also release its monthly business survey on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Australian stocks look set for a weak start to a trading week shortened by Wednesday’s Australia Day holiday.

It comes after Wall Street suffered another day of losses on Friday on fears that the US Federal Reserve could soon start raising interest rates to curb rising inflation.

The S&P 500 fell 84.79 points, or 1.9% to 4,397.94, posting its third consecutive week of losses.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 450.02 points, or 1.3%, to 34,265.37, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq fell 385.10, or 2.7%, to 13,768 .92.

Australian equity futures fell 49 points, or 0.7%, to 7006.

On Friday, Australia’s benchmark S&P/ASX200 fell 166.6 points, or 2.27%, to 7175.8 points.

The ASX lost almost three percent last week – its worst performance in 15 months.

Australian Associated Press

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Closure of UK tax offices in rundown towns jeopardizes leveling scheme https://liverpool-il.com/closure-of-uk-tax-offices-in-rundown-towns-jeopardizes-leveling-scheme/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 18:03:43 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/closure-of-uk-tax-offices-in-rundown-towns-jeopardizes-leveling-scheme/ Last October’s decision to close the HM Revenue & Customs tax office in the deprived town of Bootle in north-west England was nothing short of a hammer blow to business Nadeem Patel’s newsagent. After two difficult years battling the coronavirus pandemic, the decision saw more than 1,000 jobs relocated to nearby Liverpool city centre. Patel […]]]>

Last October’s decision to close the HM Revenue & Customs tax office in the deprived town of Bootle in north-west England was nothing short of a hammer blow to business Nadeem Patel’s newsagent.

After two difficult years battling the coronavirus pandemic, the decision saw more than 1,000 jobs relocated to nearby Liverpool city centre. Patel said customers at his store in the New Strand shopping center had fallen by 50% on some days, with lucrative cigarette sales falling by almost two-thirds.

“We stopped selling sandwiches because nobody comes to lunch or have cigarettes anymore,” he said. “We really feel the drop in attendance. Every day, I wonder what the future holds for us.

The opposition Labor Party has said the closure of the Bootle Revenue Office – part of a nationwide restructuring by HMRC – goes against the ‘levelling’ promise of the Tory’s 2019 election manifesto aimed at redistribute wealth more evenly, especially in the North of England and the Midlands.

Under HMRC’s plan, which dates back to 2015, 170 small and aging tax offices in cities and towns are being closed, consolidating most of its 65,000 in 13 regional centers in major cities, such as Liverpool Birmingham and Manchester.

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Restructuring has continued since Boris Johnson became UK Prime Minister in July 2019, although his Conservative party won a landslide election victory later the same year, propelled by a mass defection from Labor voters in parts of the country. targeted by the leveling promise. .

Johnson had promised to breathe economic life into what he dubbed the UK’s “left behind” towns. But during his tenure, more than 7,700 HMRC jobs have moved to regional hubs in already prosperous towns, according to data provided by the Public and Commercial Services Union.

Places affected include the English towns of Shipley (924 HMRC jobs lost), Stockton-on-Tees (375), Preston (335) and Grimsby (117), as well as the town of Sunderland (243) and Wrexham (249) in Wales.

Further closures are expected over the next two years in Cumbernauld and Dundee in Scotland, and Nottingham, Peterlee and Salford in England.

Lisa Nandy, shadow upgrading secretary, said the move had “stripped” cities of thousands of good, skilled jobs. “The leveling is starting to look like nothing more than a scam gimmick, giving us little pots of money to spruce up our main streets while taking away the good jobs that support them,” she said.

Union representative Dave Gibbons says an alternative office block could have been found in Bootle © Colin McPherson/FT

“You would think that in the context of a ‘race to the top’ the government might want to reassess,” said Peter Dowd, Labor MP for Bootle, standing under the now vacant Triad office building. “But they just kept going regardless.”

HMRC said in a statement that the strategy would help the government’s “modernization plans” and was part of promoting growth and job opportunities in every region.

According to Dave Gibbons, a local PCS representative, the Triad building itself – an eerie 1970s tower – will not be mourned by HMRC staff. But he said a modern alternative could have been found at Bootle.

The Triad office building in Bootle, which was used by HMRC © Colin McPherson/FT

When a third HMRC office in Bootle closes in October, it will leave Liverpool, a culturally vibrant city with myriad attractions worth £3.3billion a year to the economy, home to 4,000 office staff taxes.

Bootle, which has neighborhoods in the top 1% of the UK, has no such attractions. Ironically, the struggling Merseyside city was rejuvenated in the 1960s and 1970s by moving government offices to the area. “It’s like they flipped a switch and sent it into reverse,” Dowd said.

Bootle includes some of the most deprived areas in the UK © Colin McPherson/FT

There has also been no review of HMRC’s restructuring after the government announced plans to move civil servants from London to northern cities in 2020.

Last year Michael Gove, while still Cabinet minister responsible for policy, said the pledge would involve moving 22,000 civil servant jobs out of London by 2030 under the leveling scheme .

Gove, who has since become upgrade secretary, said the plan to open major offices outside London, including a Treasury center in Darlington and a new base for the Foreign Office in East Kilbride, would ensure that policies were “developed and implemented by people from local communities”.

In reality, however, public service jobs have been created much faster in London than elsewhere over the past two years, with a spike in policy experts to deal with Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. .

Since the Tories took power in 2010, there has been a net increase of 15,401 civil servants in London and a net decrease of 58,005 elsewhere in the UK, according to official figures.

Bootle MP Peter Dowd: ‘It doesn’t matter that jobs are moving ‘just down the road’, as the government likes to put it. Having 2,000 people in one place, five days a week, was a significant amount of money for the local economy” © Colin McPherson/FT

Martin Kelsey, group secretary for HMRC workers at PCS, said the Revenue Authority shutdown program was “not compatible” with the vision set out by Gove.

“Gove is making this big, big statement, but the reality of what we are dealing with at HMRC is very different. We’ve seen thousands of experienced staff leave since 2015 because of people who couldn’t get to these regional hubs,” he added.

The Department of Leveling, Housing and Communities declined to comment.

HMRC offered Bootle staff a chance to find other civil service jobs. There is also travel support for staff moving to Liverpool and the option to work from home two days a week. He said the Liverpool hub offered “safe and modern working spaces”.

Trade at the Strand Shopping Center has fallen sharply since HMRC moved staff out of town © Colin McPherson/FT

Bootle suffered a further blow last March when Santander Banking Group, another major local employer, announced its withdrawal. The city’s request for a £17million regeneration grant from the government’s new leveling fund was also rejected.

Dowd said it was cold comfort that HMRC jobs had been moved just four miles from Liverpool. “It doesn’t matter that jobs are moving ‘just down the road’, as the government likes to say. Having 2,000 people in one place, five days a week, was a significant amount of money for the local economy.

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Lebanese man who threatened to blow up bank that withheld his money goes on hunger strike https://liverpool-il.com/lebanese-man-who-threatened-to-blow-up-bank-that-withheld-his-money-goes-on-hunger-strike/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 17:19:40 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/lebanese-man-who-threatened-to-blow-up-bank-that-withheld-his-money-goes-on-hunger-strike/ KABUL, Afghanistan: In a neighborhood of Kabul, a gang of boys kick a yellow ball around a dusty playground, their loud cries echoing through surrounding buildings.Dressed in sweaters and jeans or the traditional male Afghan attire of baggy pants and long shirts, neither stand out when jostling to score a goal. But unbeknownst to them, […]]]>

KABUL, Afghanistan: In a neighborhood of Kabul, a gang of boys kick a yellow ball around a dusty playground, their loud cries echoing through surrounding buildings.
Dressed in sweaters and jeans or the traditional male Afghan attire of baggy pants and long shirts, neither stand out when jostling to score a goal. But unbeknownst to them, one is different from the others.
At not quite 8 years old, Sanam is a chic bacha: a girl who lives like a boy. One day a few months ago, the girl with the rosy cheeks and mischievous smile got her black hair cut, changed into boy’s clothes and took on a boy’s name, Omid. The move opened up a world of boys: playing football and cricket with boys, wrestling with the neighborhood butcher’s son, working to help the family make ends meet.
In the heavily patriarchal and male-dominated Afghan society, where women and girls are generally relegated to the home, bacha chic, Dari for “dressed as a boy”, is the only tradition allowing girls access to the male world. more free.
According to the practice, a girl dresses, behaves and is treated like a boy, with all the freedoms and obligations that entails. The child may play sports, attend a madrassa or a religious school and, sometimes crucial for the family, work. But there’s a time limit: once a bacha chic hits puberty, she’s expected to revert to traditional gender roles for girls. The transition is not always easy.
It is unclear how this practice is viewed by Afghanistan’s new rulers, the Taliban, who took power in mid-August and have made no public statement on the matter.
Their rule so far has been less draconian than when they were last in power in the 1990s, but women’s freedoms have still been severely curtailed. Thousands of women were prevented from working and girls below primary school age were barred from returning to public schools in most places.
With a crackdown on women’s rights, the posh bacha tradition could become even more appealing to some families. And since the practice is temporary, with children eventually reverting to female roles, the Taliban may not address the issue at all, said Thomas Barfield, a Boston University anthropology professor who has written several books. on Afghanistan.
“Because it’s inside the family and because it’s not a permanent status, the Taliban can stay out,” Barfield said.
It is not known where this practice originated or how old it is, and it is impossible to know how widespread it is. A somewhat similar tradition exists in Albania, another deeply patriarchal society, although it is reserved for adults. According to the Albanian tradition of the “sworn virgin”, a woman would take an oath of celibacy and declare herself a man, after which she could inherit property, work and sit on a village council – something a woman would have been prohibited from doing.
In Afghanistan, the bacha chic tradition is “one of the least researched topics” in terms of gender issues, said Barfield, who spent about two years in the 1970s living with a nomadic Afghan family that included a bacha. chic. “Precisely because the girls return to the female role, they get married, it kind of disappears.”
The girls chosen as bacha chic are usually the loudest and most self-confident girls. “The role fits so well that sometimes even outside of the family people aren’t aware it exists,” he said.
“It’s almost so invisible that it’s one of the few gender issues that doesn’t present itself as a political or social issue,” Barfield noted.
The reasons why parents might want a bacha chic vary. Since sons are traditionally more valued than daughters, the practice usually occurs in families without a boy. Some consider it a status symbol, and some believe it will bring good luck to the next child who is born a boy.
But for others, like Sanam’s family, the choice was a necessity. Last year, with the collapse of the Afghan economy, construction work dried up. Sanam’s father, already injured in the back, lost his job as a plumber. He turned to selling coronavirus face masks on the streets, earning the equivalent of $1-2 a day. But he needed help.
The family has four daughters and a son, but their 11-year-old son does not have full use of his hands due to an injury. So the parents said they decided to make Sanam a bacha chic.
“We had to do this because of poverty,” said Sanam’s mother, Fahima. “We don’t have a son to work for us, and his father has no one to help him. I will therefore consider her as my son until she becomes a teenager.
Yet Fahima refers to Sanam as “my daughter”. In their native Dari language, pronouns are not a problem since one pronoun is used for “he” and “she”.
Sanam says she prefers to live as a boy.
“It’s better to be a boy… I wear (Afghan men’s clothes), jeans and jackets, and I go with my dad and work,” she said. She enjoys playing in the park with her brother’s friends and playing cricket and football.
When she grows up, Sanam says, she wants to be a doctor, commander or soldier, or work with her father. And she will become a girl again.
“When I grow up, I’ll let my hair grow out and wear girl’s clothes,” she said.
The transition is not always easy.
“When I put on girls’ clothes, I thought I was in jail,” said Najieh, who grew up a chic bacha even though she went to school as a girl. One of seven sisters, her boy’s name was Assadollah.
Now 34, married with four children, she mourns the freedom from the male world that she has lost.
“In Afghanistan, boys are more valuable,” she said. “There is no oppression for them, and no limits. But being a girl is different. She is forced into marriage at a young age.
Young women cannot leave the house or allow strangers to see their faces, Najieh said. And after the Taliban took over, she lost her job as a teacher because she was teaching boys.
“Being a man is better than being a woman,” she said, wiping the tears from her eyes. “It’s very hard for me. … If I were a man, I could be a teacher in a school.
“I would like to be a man, not a woman. To stop this suffering.

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List of the 10 richest clubs in football https://liverpool-il.com/list-of-the-10-richest-clubs-in-football/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 02:42:38 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/list-of-the-10-richest-clubs-in-football/ With the start of the new year, the transfer festivities have begun as clubs look to strengthen their squads. The mid-season window opened on January 1 and clubs will be allowed to complete deals until the end of this month. This is a crucial time for clubs as they look for pieces that can fill […]]]>

With the start of the new year, the transfer festivities have begun as clubs look to strengthen their squads.

The mid-season window opened on January 1 and clubs will be allowed to complete deals until the end of this month. This is a crucial time for clubs as they look for pieces that can fill gaps in their squads.

Many times a good mid-season signing can prove to be the difference in a club’s pursuit of glory. As always, some big clubs are connected to some big name players and rumors are floating around here and there.

There are clubs whose names you are sure to hear in almost every transfer window. The reason is that these clubs have a history and a tendency to spend money on talent.

They have to do it because they have to maintain a certain level of requirement in terms of performance because that is what is expected of the giants of the game. But who are these giants?

Top 10 richest clubs in football

So here is the list of the 10 richest clubs in football.

1) Barcelona (value in millions of dollars – 4,760, income – 792 million dollars)

Surprised? U.S. too. Although the club is going through a financial crisis, Barcelona still ranks as the most valuable club in the world. Their success over the years has bolstered the inherent value of the club and it feels like they are slowly climbing out of their debt pit.

The club also made their first signing in the form of Ferran Torres. However, they still have a long way to go as their finances are still in turmoil and clubs have to rebuild their image in the market.

2) Real Madrid (value in millions of dollars – 4,750, income – 790 million dollars)

Real Madrid have always been one of the best clubs in the game. Galacticos are known for their star power and over the years they have earned a reputation for themselves. At present, Madrid are in contention to win La Liga again.

The club are also looking to complete the signing of Kylian Mbappe, one of the leaders of the younger generation. If they can win La Liga this season, they could overtake Barcelona and become the most valuable club in the world.

3) Bayern Munich (value in millions of dollars – 4,215, revenue – 703 million dollars)

At number 3 we have German giants Bayern Munich. Bayern have nearly had an undisputed claim to the Bundesliga title and have only missed out twice in the past decade.

The Bavarians tend to sign the best talents from the Bundesliga itself and it looks like they are following their policy after the signings of Upamecano and Sabitzer this season.

4) Manchester United (value in millions of dollars – 4,200, revenue – 643 million dollars)

In the 4th we have the Red Devils. Although United didn’t have much success following Sir Alex’s departure, the club are still one of the biggest names in football. This is also the reason why there is so much pressure on the players because they are expected to play like champions.

For now, United’s current squad look disoriented but they still have Champions League hopes. A trophy this season is the only thing that can unite the team and give it some motivation.

5) Liverpool (million dollar value – 4,100, revenue – $619 million)

Then we have United’s biggest rival, Liverpool. Liverpool have turned over a new leaf under Jurgen Klopp and are now one of the strongest teams in the Premier League.

Liverpool finally broke their PL drought and under Klopp’s guidance, they even managed to win a Champions League title. The German has developed a core that should keep Liverpool in the top 10 clubs in the world for at least 5 years.

6) Manchester City (value in millions of dollars – 4000, revenue – 609 million dollars)

Manchester City is the next to secure 6th position in the standings. They are the 3rd English team in the table, which shows that a lot of money is invested in football in England.

Manchester City came into the picture from 2003-04 when there were big foreign investments in the club. Now under the management of Pep Guardiola, City have become the best team in the Premier League. This season they will fight for everything and be a tough opposition for any team.

7) Chelsea (million dollar value – 3,200, revenue – $520 million)

Chelsea jumped into the picture alongside Manchester City as Roman Abramovich came to take possession of the club. Since then, the Russian businessman has poured a lot of money into the club.

Combine that with Chelsea’s brilliant youth system, the future is bright for the Blues. Chelsea are the defending champions of the Champions League. While a PL title challenge is out of the question now, Thomas Tuchel would like to add another trophy to his coaching career with the Blues.

8) Arsenal (value in millions of dollars – 2800, income – 430 million dollars)

The Gunners are in 8th place on the list. Over the years, Arsène Wenger has kept the club in the top 4 of the Premier League. They even had the Invincible race when the team went undefeated for an entire season.

But after this period, Arsenal could not get their hands on a major trophy. Although they are regulars in the top 4 of the Premier League and have also won English domestic cups over the years. Mikel Arteta has built a solid foundation and now that the club is debt free the ceiling is very high for Arsenal’s future.

9) PSG (value in millions of dollars – 2500, turnover – 599 million dollars)

Paris Saint Germain had the same dominance in Ligue 1 as Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Almost every year, they are winners of Ligue 1. It is the Champions League that they are eyeing.

After the sensational signing of Lionel Messi, PSG’s net worth is expected to rise and they could move up a few places in next year’s rankings. If Messi can lead them to a Champions League trophy, it would be a first for the French club.

10) Tottenham Hotspurs (million dollar value – 2300, revenue – 494 million dollars)

Tottenham Hotspurs are the 5th English team in the top 10 of the table. The reason for this may be the dependence of the English economy on football, many businesses are born from the game.

Spurs have been one of the clubs that have always been in the top 6 of the Premier League. They were on the verge of winning the Premier League a few seasons ago.

They even reached the Champions League final but couldn’t get the better of Liverpool. The objective for Tottenham would be to get their hands on a trophy as soon as possible.

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Liverpool nearly lost Steven Gerrard to Chelsea and could be on the verge of making the same mistake with Mohamed Salah who could feel left ‘unwanted’ and ‘overlooked’ as contract talks drag on. https://liverpool-il.com/liverpool-nearly-lost-steven-gerrard-to-chelsea-and-could-be-on-the-verge-of-making-the-same-mistake-with-mohamed-salah-who-could-feel-left-unwanted-and-overlooked-as-contract-talks-drag-on/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 09:05:33 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/liverpool-nearly-lost-steven-gerrard-to-chelsea-and-could-be-on-the-verge-of-making-the-same-mistake-with-mohamed-salah-who-could-feel-left-unwanted-and-overlooked-as-contract-talks-drag-on/ Liverpool nearly lost their best player when Steven Gerrard felt ‘unwanted’ following protracted contract negotiations, and they could repeat the same mistake with Mohamed Salah. The man who most considers the club’s greatest player, Gerrard, was nearly snapped up by Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea in 2005 as the Reds took their time on a new contract. […]]]>

Liverpool nearly lost their best player when Steven Gerrard felt ‘unwanted’ following protracted contract negotiations, and they could repeat the same mistake with Mohamed Salah.

The man who most considers the club’s greatest player, Gerrard, was nearly snapped up by Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea in 2005 as the Reds took their time on a new contract.

Gerrard led Liverpool to one of the biggest trophy wins ever, but all was not well off the pitch

Mourinho was close to landing Gerrard as Liverpool lagged

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Mourinho was close to landing Gerrard as Liverpool lagged

Are the same thoughts going through Salah's head?

Are the same thoughts going through Salah’s head?

Liverpool managed to hold on in the final hours as Gerrard slipped away, but the club appear to have failed to learn their lesson with current superstar Salah.

Described by some as the best player in the world in his current form, Salah has been above other Premier League strikers this season with 16 goals and nine assists in 20 games.

Goal of the Season contenders against Manchester City and Watford have left fans in disbelief at the Egyptian’s talent as he continues to set the standards since signing in 2017.

It had been non-stop good news in regards to Salah’s love affair with Liverpool, but things have taken a turn as talks with owners FSG over a contract extension drag on.

Salah is in love with Liverpool fans, but maybe not the club's negotiating team

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Salah is in love with Liverpool fans, but maybe not the club’s negotiating team

Salah’s current deal at Anfield expires in the summer of 2023, and he was expected to sign a new deal towards the end of last campaign.

However, no announcements have been made in 2021, and Salah has started using names like Barcelona and Real Madrid to force Liverpool’s hand, as he is now drawn to plea.

Clearly desperate to continue at the club that took him to the top of the game, Salah has made repeated public statements to that effect, saying a deal is in Liverpool’s hands.

Salah said the ball is firmly in Liverpool owner John Henry's court

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Salah said the ball is firmly in Liverpool owner John Henry’s court

Klopp had to reassure fans but an extension has yet to appear

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Klopp had to reassure fans but an extension has yet to appear

Manager Jurgen Klopp has had to calm the fans down on more than one occasion, but those with long memories may feel restless after past events.

Following a stunning 2005 Champions League final victory in Istanbul, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard declared his desire to stay at Anfield amid intense interest from Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho.

In his autobiography ‘My Story’, Gerrard recalled: “When I was interviewed shortly after lifting the monster trophy into Turkish skies, I made it clear that I intended to stay at Liverpool.

“I’m sure the manager and Rick Parry will want to sit down very soon and a decision will be made,” I said before giving in to jubilation. “But how can I leave after a night like this?” I wanted to stay. But I heard nothing during the whole month of June and the first days of July.

Gerrard's biggest achievement came in 2005, but his club were still wasting time on a new contract

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Gerrard’s biggest achievement came in 2005, but his club were still wasting time on a new contract

Mourinho was prowling and it was only an intervention by Gerrard's family that stopped the move

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Mourinho was prowling and it was only an intervention by Gerrard’s family that stopped the move

“It gave Chelsea, and Jose Mourinho in particular, a chance to really get into my head. I still don’t know, all these years later, why there was no approach from Liverpool to me.

Despite the new owner, Salah also expressed his unhappiness with his current contract situation, and Gerrard revealed what feeling unwanted can do to a player.

“We reached the final in Istanbul, and the club knew I was ready to commit to a new contract,” Gerrard wrote.

Gerrard confirmed his intention to stay after the match, but heard nothing

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Gerrard confirmed his intention to stay after the match, but heard nothing

“I expected Liverpool to sign me, especially since they had already spoken to Igor Biscan and Didi Hamann about their new contracts.

“Looking back, it looks like they could have issued a contract offer in the week before Istanbul. Even sooner wouldn’t it have been the perfect time to give your young captain a boost before the bigger game of his life? Sign him up and protect him.

“There was negligence in my situation in 2005. I don’t know who was to blame, but should they have offered me a contract after the Champions League final? Yes. I think so.

Gerrard inspired Liverpool with his first goal in the match, coming back from 3-0 against Milan

Gerrard inspired Liverpool with his first goal in the match, coming back from 3-0 against Milan

Salah has since taken Liverpool's best player title from Gerrard, also winning the European Cup

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Salah has since taken Liverpool’s best player title from Gerrard, also winning the European Cup

“I still think they should have come to me next week and said, ‘Let’s fix this. It would have killed all the speculation and saved everyone a lot of heartache.

A Premier League and Champions League winner with Liverpool, Salah recently said he was “not asking crazy things” of the club, which sounds suspiciously like Gerrard’s situation.

“I was also confused because I wasn’t asking for anything out of the ordinary in terms of the bloated economy of football,” the current Aston Villa boss wrote. “I was asking for the going rate paid to a top midfielder in Europe. Chelsea offered more money, but it didn’t matter.

Steven Gerrard at Chelsea (2004 and 2005)

Gerrard was so close to crossing the divide from red to blue

In the end, he stayed to finish his European career with the Reds

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In the end, he stayed to finish his European career with the Reds

But will Liverpool be as lucky with Salah?

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But will Liverpool be as lucky with Salah?

Gerrard eventually stayed at Liverpool as he was “close to signing for Chelsea” for £32m and spent his entire European career with the club between 1998 and 2015 before signing for LA Galaxy.

The English great has spoken candidly about the effect feeling unwanted can have on a player’s decision-making, and it’s hard to feel that Salah isn’t currently under the same stress.

“I didn’t want any abuse. I actually just wanted to play football, ideally for Liverpool, and try to win a few more trophies,” Gerrard revealed.

Will Salah get his deal?  Or will FSG repeat the mistakes of the previous owners?

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Will Salah get his deal? Or will FSG repeat the mistakes of the previous owners?

“It was as simple as that – and yet everything had become so dark and tangled. I didn’t feel wanted. I didn’t feel like they had acted as quickly as they should have.

“I still understood what it felt like to be flattered and chased away. Mourinho, whom I admired so much as a manager, had also spoken about trying to sign me for Inter Milan in the season they won the Champions League.

Salah will likely feel some, if not all, of these emotions as he continues to pressure the owners of Liverpool into a deal.

If a top club like Paris Saint-Germain or Real Madrid were to spring up suddenly, things could change quickly and the Reds won’t have learned from their mistake.

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What’s new for Liverpool in 2022? https://liverpool-il.com/whats-new-for-liverpool-in-2022/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 17:03:13 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/whats-new-for-liverpool-in-2022/ From must-see exhibitions, brand-new theatres, sporting premieres and must-see festivals, Marketing Liverpool showcases the city region’s biggest events and attractions for 2022 – with more to be announced. Marketing Liverpool, the City Region’s destination marketing organisation, today announced some of the highlights of the City Region’s events program for the coming year. The city region’s […]]]>

From must-see exhibitions, brand-new theatres, sporting premieres and must-see festivals, Marketing Liverpool showcases the city region’s biggest events and attractions for 2022 – with more to be announced.

Marketing Liverpool, the City Region’s destination marketing organisation, today announced some of the highlights of the City Region’s events program for the coming year. The city region’s world-class tourist offering is reflected in a year-round program of art, music, sport, theatre, food and drink.

Cllr Harry Doyle, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and the Visitor Economy, said “Liverpool’s visitor economy has seen a truly encouraging recovery in 2021 with a host of new attractions, hotels, bars and restaurants. And we’re building on that recovery with a fantastic program of festivals, exhibitions and attractions in 2022. If you’re looking for travel inspiration, get ready to pack your bags and make sure Liverpool features on your list for 2022.”

Laura Pye, Director of National Museums Liverpool and Chair of the Visitor Economy Board for the Liverpool City Region, said “2022 is shaping up to be a fantastic year across the city region, with many exciting things to look forward to already announced. At National Museums Liverpool, visitors and residents can expect a wide range of experiences – from the science behind Doctor Who at the World Museum, to the fascinating culture and history of the Tudors at the Walker Art Gallery. ‘year.

Melanie Lewis, Managing Director of Shakespeare North, said “After years of planning and anticipation, 2022 will be the year the Shakespeare North Playhouse opens its doors to the public. The Playhouse will celebrate and enjoy Shakespeare and much more – from showcasing new and contemporary writers to emerging talent venues, from comedy to dance school performances and professional speakers, we want The Playhouse to be a place for everyone and we can’t wait to welcome people through the doors.

What to expect in 2022

Liverpool double up as Gotham City for The Batman

March 4, 2022

In March 2022, Liverpool will star in ‘The Batman’ as a Gotham City lookalike. With many stages featuring iconic Liverpool locations such as the Royal Liver Building and St George’s Hall, now is the perfect time to come to Liverpool for a film tour.

For Gotham City, The Batman director Matt Reeves wanted to create “an American city where you’ve never been”. Stop off in Liverpool, the northern English riverside city most commonly associated with football and the Beatles. Batman fans will see the city transform into Gotham throughout the 2022 blockbuster, with Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz filming at many of its most famous locations.

Watch The Batman trailer here.

Space, the universe and everything

February 18 – 27, 2022

An immersive art experience, known as ‘Space, The Universe and Everything’, is set to transform the interior of Liverpool Cathedral with an extraordinary display of lights, projections and sound, which will see visitors surrounded by the awe-inspiring wonders of the universe as they traverse the vast splendor of the building.

Learn more about space, the universe and everything here.

Liverpool Sound City

April 30 – May 1, 2022

Liverpool Sound City is the UK’s leading independent festival for new music taking place in the city center at some of Liverpool’s best-loved music venues. The three-day festival features some of the biggest up-and-coming artists and local talent, as well as a conference on all things music. The first 15 names to celebrate 15 years of Sound City have been announced, as the Lathums take to the stage for their first-ever major festival title. With 100 more acts to be announced, tickets are on sale for one of Liverpool’s biggest musical weekends.

Find out more about Liverpool Sound City 2022 here.

The Tudors: passion, power and politics

May 21 – August 29

Step back in time to the court of the Tudors and learn about the fascinating politics, powerful family ties and unique culture of history’s most famous royals at the Walker Art Gallery. Portraits on display will include Tudor monarchs, alongside their advisers and courtiers, with some of the works never before exhibited outside London, including a portrait of Jane Seymour. The exhibition will examine the Tudors from different angles, highlighting some historically underrepresented aspects of the period, including Black Tudor history and LGBTQ+ history.

Learn more about The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics here.

Doctor Who: Wonderful Worlds

May 27 – October 30, 2022

From epic monsters to costumes and props, science comes alive as you explore some of the Doctor’s many adventures and encounters across space and time in Doctor Who: Worlds of Wonder at the World Museum.

This world’s first exhibition will see visitors engage with original artifacts, sets and more – it’s a must-see for any Doctor Who fan and science enthusiasts too.

Explore the past, present and future of Earth and the vast expanses of the cosmos in this imaginative new exhibition, presented by Sarner International under license from BBC Studios.

Learn more about the Doctor Who: Worlds of Wonder exhibit here.

Taste Liverpool

June 2022

A brand new food festival celebrating the people and food that make Liverpool one of the UK’s most exciting foodie destinations is heading to the city.

More information to follow.

Sound City Presents: David Bowie Worldwide Fan Convention

June 17-19, 2022

In June 2022, during the 50th anniversary weekend of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, an all-star line-up of David Bowie’s closest friends and collaborators will come together exclusively to celebrate the man Who fell to Earth.

To learn more about the David Bowie World Fan Convention, click here.

Shakespeare’s North Playhouse

Summer 2022

The grand opening of this new arts and culture attraction in the North, located in Prescot, Liverpool is just 10 miles east of Liverpool city centre. Prescot has a historic connection to William Shakespeare, thanks to the support he received from the Earls of Derby. Now, four and a half centuries later sees the arrival of Shakespeare’s North Playhouse – at its heart is a 470-seat theatre, a full replica of the courtyard cockpit design popular in Elizabethan times. Next to the theater there will be an outdoor performance garden, an exhibition and visitor center and educational facilities.

To learn more about the Shakespeare North Playhouse, click here.

Rugby League World Cup

October 15 – November 19

For the first time, the men’s, women’s and wheelchair Rugby World Cup tournaments will be held together in 2022 and Totally Wicked Stadium in St Helens has been announced as one of the host venues.

To find out more about the Rugby League World Cup, click here.

The Turner Prize at the Tate Liverpool

October 20, 2022 – March 19, 2023

Liverpool will also live up to its reputation as a hub of contemporary art by hosting the Turner Prize, the UK’s most famous art prize, to be awarded at the Tate Liverpool at the Royal Albert Dock in October 2022. .

Learn more about the Turner Prize here.

River of Light Trail

October 21 – November 6, 2022

Liverpool’s much-loved light trail, River of Light, will return to the city’s waterfront next October for another celebration of light, sound and art. Featuring installations by local and international artists, the concept, although largely hidden, will be tied to the World Gymnastics Championships taking place at the same time at M&S ​​Bank Arena.

Learn more about River of Light Trail from 2021 here.

Liverpool 2022 World Gymnastics Championships

October 29 – November 6, 2022

There will be a spectacle like never before on Liverpool’s waterfront next autumn, as more than 500 of the world’s best gymnasts from 75 countries descend on the M&S Bank Arena for the 51st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. They will compete in all disciplines of artistic gymnastics, to be crowned world champions and qualify for the Paris Olympics in 2024.

Find out more about the Liverpool 2022 World Gymnastics Championships here.

Eureka! Science + Discovery

Fall 2022

Scheduled to open in fall 2022, Eureka! Science + Discovery will be one of the most innovative new tourist attractions in the North West and has been co-created specifically with and for children and young people aged 6-14. Building on the award-winning approach of Eureka! The National Children’s Museum of Yorkshire, the attraction also includes a dedicated area for under-5s and will encourage today’s younger generations to explore and engage with today’s exciting science stories and challenges. today and tomorrow.

Learn more about Eureka! Science + Discovery here.

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NSW Reports 92,264 COVID Cases, 22 Deaths | Liverpool City Champion https://liverpool-il.com/nsw-reports-92264-covid-cases-22-deaths-liverpool-city-champion/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 20:03:01 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/nsw-reports-92264-covid-cases-22-deaths-liverpool-city-champion/ More than 92,264 new COVID-19 infections have been reported in New South Wales after residents rushed to release positive results from rapid antigen tests since the start of the year. The dramatic increase in the number of cases comes on top of another grim milestone as the state reported a record 22 lives lost in […]]]>

More than 92,264 new COVID-19 infections have been reported in New South Wales after residents rushed to release positive results from rapid antigen tests since the start of the year.

The dramatic increase in the number of cases comes on top of another grim milestone as the state reported a record 22 lives lost in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

NSW Health warned that part of the total daily case count included people reporting positive RATs over multiple days and possible positive PCR follow-up tests.

The number includes 61,387 positive RAT results spanning the period since January 1, including 50,729 in the past seven days, as well as 30,877 PCR tests.

Earlier Thursday, Customer Service and Digital Minister Victor Dominello said 82,000 positive RAT results from tests since January 1 had been uploaded to the Service NSW app or website.

The RAT positive result reporting system went live on Wednesday morning and although the requirement did not become mandatory until the same day, NSW residents were asked to add tests performed since the start of the test. year.

As of January 19, the government will begin to impose a fine of $ 1,000 on anyone who does not report a positive RAT result.

Mr Dominello admits it will be very difficult to do, but the government had to send a message that it was important to report a positive result.

“It’s going to be almost impossible to enforce in a lot of ways,” he told Nine Network.

“But the majority of states and territories in the country have chosen to impose a fine or put a fine in place – Tasmania, South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT – and some have taken the other route by simply saying s’ please do this. “

Mr Dominello said the main purpose of recording a test result is to connect those infected with any healthcare needs they may need or financial assistance from the federal government.

Prior to the new RAT reporting regime, state opposition warned authorities to “fly blind” without a clear picture of the spread of the virus in the community.

But in fact, finding a RAT remains a challenge for many, until more supply enters the system.

Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said the government was considering a coupon-type system to distribute the tests.

Some 21.6% of people aged 16 and over received their third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 93.7% received their second vaccine.

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Retail sales hit pre-Omicron record | Liverpool City Champion https://liverpool-il.com/retail-sales-hit-pre-omicron-record-liverpool-city-champion/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 01:31:12 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/retail-sales-hit-pre-omicron-record-liverpool-city-champion/ Retail sales soared 7.3% in November after last year’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions, but there are signs that the subsequent emergence of the Omicron variant has since cut spending, The Australian Bureau of Statistics said retail growth in November was the fourth strongest monthly increase on record and took sales to their highest level ever […]]]>

Retail sales soared 7.3% in November after last year’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions, but there are signs that the subsequent emergence of the Omicron variant has since cut spending,

The Australian Bureau of Statistics said retail growth in November was the fourth strongest monthly increase on record and took sales to their highest level ever at $ 33.4 billion.

The previous sales record was set in November 2020.

“Further easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Southeastern states and territories has allowed the retail industry to regain all of the lost momentum caused by the Delta outbreak,” said Ben James, director of quarterly economic statistics for ABS.

BIS Oxford Economics Senior Economist Sean Langcake expects the emergence of the highly infectious variant of Omicron to have limited impact on December sales figures, but it will pose a challenge in early 2022 .

“Consumer cautiousness will reduce in-store foot traffic, while disruption of supply chains and labor availability will further limit sales,” he said.

Separate data showed consumer confidence plummeted across Australia due to the rapid spread of the Omicron strain.

In the first release for 2022, the ANZ-Roy Morgan Weekly Consumer Confidence Index fell 2.2% from its pre-Christmas level, the last time the survey was conducted.

“The rapid increase in Omicron cases across Australia is likely responsible for the deteriorating outlook during the first week of January,” said David Plank, head of Australian economics at ANZ.

“Confidence has fallen in all the major capitals, Adelaide being the worst.”

Mr Plank noted that over the decade 2011-2020, consumer confidence rose 2.6% on average in the first survey in January.

“So this result is even lower than it looks,” he said.

Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers was unimpressed, saying Australians are once again paying the price for the Morrison government’s failures in handling the pandemic and the economy.

“Just a few weeks ago Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg were talking about the ‘real momentum’ of the recovery, but those gains have once again been wasted,” he told AAP.

However, the Confidence Survey found that respondents were still relatively satisfied with their own financial situation.

The “current financial conditions” opinions sub-index rose 1.4%, while the “future financial conditions” increased 0.7%.

“This potentially sets things up for a quick rebound once people become more confident about the health outcomes,” Plank said.

That said, opinions on “current economic conditions” fell 8.7% to the lowest level since September of last year, when the economy contracted after more than half of the population was locked out. .

The ABS also released international trade figures for November, which showed the surplus had narrowed to $ 9.4 billion after a downward revision of $ 10.8 billion in October,

Imports jumped 6%, surpassing a 2% increase in exports.

Associated Australian Press

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All I got for Christmas was COVID, but I was one of the lucky ones | Liverpool City Champion https://liverpool-il.com/all-i-got-for-christmas-was-covid-but-i-was-one-of-the-lucky-ones-liverpool-city-champion/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 22:45:00 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/all-i-got-for-christmas-was-covid-but-i-was-one-of-the-lucky-ones-liverpool-city-champion/ When my kids made their Christmas wishlists this year, COVID-19 wasn’t on it, but that’s exactly what we all got. It was our second Christmas spent in seclusion after a walk along Manly Beach in December 2020, resulting in a quick 12-hour ride home before the borders closed. A few years ago, going to intensive […]]]>

When my kids made their Christmas wishlists this year, COVID-19 wasn’t on it, but that’s exactly what we all got.

It was our second Christmas spent in seclusion after a walk along Manly Beach in December 2020, resulting in a quick 12-hour ride home before the borders closed.

A few years ago, going to intensive care with “severe respiratory distress” from a “rare” disease left me looking for asthma medication and prednisolone when I was having a simple cold, so I thought COVID would be hard on me.

I was wrong. Maybe it was because I only had my second shot of AstraZeneca four weeks before COVID visited me.

With so much COVID in our community and so many people likely to test positive in the coming days, I have been asked to share my story in the hope that it will help allay some of the fear, but also help ease some of the fear. shed light on the ease with which it can spread among young people.

I know that not everyone will have it as easy as us. I know of some who have made it tough and been affected for six years, but I hope my story helps reduce the stigma of those who test positive for COVID.

I have elderly parents and loved ones with serious co-morbidities that I know I need to protect. By sheer luck and some COVID safety measures, when we were finally able to take our children to see their grandparents that the lockdowns kept us from doing all year round, our youngest child did not pass COVID to them.

When we left Warrnambool for a family vacation, unknowingly taking COVID with us, we met our elderly parents outside and even chose not to stay with them as we normally would.

My eight-year-old, who we believe brought it to our family, was probably not contagious at the time, but we’ll never know – he was asymptomatic and never really got sick at all .

A socially distant vacation of mountain climbing and beach swimming meant there was no contact tracing to be done when our youngest was flagged as close contact and we were all finally tested. positive.

The time of the first negative test, then positive a few days later, meant that we were not contagious in the community of Warrnambool. We spent our wedding anniversary taking a COVID test together.

From what others in my “cluster” told me, it was the Delta variant that visited us over Christmas.

For me it was a runny, stuffy nose and a mild cough for two days. In fact, I probably would have confused it with hay fever, which to me is much worse than COVID was.

My husband was slightly worse, but he still managed to get to his home office and work long hours every day.

My four children – ages eight to 15 – have all tested positive. The most surprising thing for me was that I would never have known they had it, and I would have taken them to school if they had not already completed the year.

My youngest had a temperature of 38.5 one night – something we only checked because we knew then he had COVID. He demanded a new test saying, “I am not sick. I am not going to die”.

Of the other three, one was completely asymptomatic, the other two had only had a headache for one day and were a little tired.

Some of us lost our sense of smell, but it came back after a few days.

Looking back, we were lucky enough to get COVID when we did – no waiting for tests, free RAT tests given to us, and almost daily phone calls from the health care team to check our well-being (although by the time the positive results arrived we were already on the mend).

And as a friend of mine, who also contracted COVID, told me, “The fear is gone.”

The silver lining for us was to see the Christmas spirit like we had never experienced before.

Waiting the full three months to get our AZ meant we were left out of Warrnambool’s vaccinated economy for a few weeks, which also meant we didn’t do all of our Christmas shopping.

Thanks to the kindness of local businesses and friends who dropped off meals, toys and gifts for us, my youngest had something to unwrap on Christmas Day.


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Northern England’s visitor and travel economy leaders call for government support https://liverpool-il.com/northern-englands-visitor-and-travel-economy-leaders-call-for-government-support/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 13:04:15 +0000 https://liverpool-il.com/northern-englands-visitor-and-travel-economy-leaders-call-for-government-support/ Following the relaxation of travel rules for inbound international visitors, leaders of the tourism economy in northern England have written to the UK government asking for help in restoring markets for international visitors to the region. and investment opportunities that depend on direct flight connectivity. The letter, addressed to Secretary of State for Transport Grant […]]]>

Following the relaxation of travel rules for inbound international visitors, leaders of the tourism economy in northern England have written to the UK government asking for help in restoring markets for international visitors to the region. and investment opportunities that depend on direct flight connectivity.

The letter, addressed to Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps MP and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Nadine Dorries MP and signed by Marketing Manchester and 11 other marketing organizations from northern destinations, emphasizes the value of inbound tourism. and suggests a change of direction to help rebuild inbound tourism.

The north of England welcomed 5.31 million inbound visitors in 2019, up 2.3% from 2018, creating a combined total spend of £ 2.63 billion, up 2.9 % compared to the previous year.

In addition, over the past decade international connections to regional hubs including Manchester Airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Newcastle International Airport and Leeds / Bradford Airport have grown considerably. developed with new extended links from Europe, the United States, China and India.

However, international visitors to the north of England have barely returned to a fraction of 2019 levels, and after the introduction of pre-departure and PCR testing in November, passenger numbers at airports such as those managed by Manchester Airports Group fell 13% per week. -on-week.

The removal of these restrictions, which takes effect from today, is expected to boost consumer confidence, and northern DMOs are now calling on the government to recognize the impact of the remaining restrictions on the inbound travel industry and the effects drive for the wider economies of visitors to northern destinations.

Sheona Southern, Managing Director of Marketing Manchester, comments: “Each day that restrictions remain in place represents another dent in consumer and business confidence, in addition to hampering the long-term recovery of the inbound tourism market at this time. which is a vital time of the year to move bookings forward.

“Tourism as a sector doubled globally between 2010 and 2020, but even during this period the UK tourism sector grew at a slower pace and continued to lose market share, especially more than competition from new destinations has intensified with the support of their respective governments.

“Now in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK and destinations like Greater Manchester are facing a huge battle to revive the inbound visitor market, which is already lagging behind and suffering from perception issues negative.

“We must act now and ensure that we do not miss the opportunity to accelerate our economic recovery by encouraging an increase in international arrivals in 2022.”

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