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Welcome to one of the most iconic cities on the planet.

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For centuries, goods left these docks and rocked

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and rolled their way across every sea to every nation.

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It rocked and rolled its way across the airwaves into peoples

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homes and hearts, but there's a heartbeat in this city that's even

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This may seem like any other park, but this otherwise ordinary field

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of green is all that separates red from blue and two of

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the most successful clubs in English football.

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Right over there is Everton's famous blue Goodison Park,

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whilst that way Liverpool's mighty red stands of Anfield.

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This is a city steeped in footballing folklore,

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constantly writing itself into the history books,

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and behind me are the next chapter, is that right?

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This is our Kickabout Liverpool special, and it's

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MUSIC: "MATCH OF THE DAY" THEME TUNE.

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All that and plenty more to look forward to, including the greatest

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We're here today at Bellfield Academy, and I hear a rumour

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that there are some pretty talented youngsters around.

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And speaking of talent, we've got a guy who's got more

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in his little toe than I've got my whole body,

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Guys, would you like to see him do some free styling?

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Oh, round of applause for John Farnworth!

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Oh, that was brilliant, as expected, John.

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Now, what are you going to be focusing on today?

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Well, I've seen some challenges in my time,

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but one of my favourite things when I was younger was

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Now some people call that the crossbar challenge,

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so I wanted to focus on that today, if that's all right.

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Fantastic, I can't wait to see that, and we've got a special guest coming

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up who knows a thing or two about hitting the crossbar.

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All will be revealed later, but for now, here's a couple

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of superfans telling us all about the blue half of the city.

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Home of Everton FC, the greatest football team in the world.

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Before every game, toffees are thrown into the crowd.

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Probably the biggest club legend is the man, Dixie Dean.

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In the 1927-28 season, Dixie scored a whopping 60 goals.

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Romelu Lukaku has been putting the men all season.

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Romelu Lukaku has been puttig them in all season.

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Brilliant first touch, can he get the second oh, you can!

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We also had a legendary goalkeeper, big Neville Southall.

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He made 750 appearances for the club.

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That's 200 more than any other player.

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Goodison is the only Premier League ground that has a church so close

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Everton never play early on a Sunday to avoid clashing

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Everton have won the league nine times.

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And won the Uefa Cup Winners' Cup once.

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We're going to win the Premier League next year.

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That was a great tour around every turn.

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That was a great tour around Everton.

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Is there any one goal or game that really sticks out

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Well, my favourite was when Tim Harwood scored

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Well, my favourite was when Tim Howard scored

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Are there any goals that stick out for you?

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Lukaku against Chelsea last year in the FA Cup.

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He just ran through the defence and just put it in.

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Lukaku and Lennon heavily outnumbered.

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Lukaku shows great strength there, though, and goes on.

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If you go through all the players maybe that you have ever seen

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or just heard about playing, can you pick one favourite

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from all the years Everton has been around that stands out for you?

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Well, Dixie Dean, he scored 60 goals in one season,

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and I don't think I've ever seen Pele, Lio Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo

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do that, so he's definitely my favourite since Everton was founded.

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Duncan Ferguson, because he was strong, tall and courageous.

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Decent cross from Ferguson's header, and Everton are back in the lead.

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There's so much history in this fantastic footballing city.

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But back at base, we're about to kick off with

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the crossbar challenge, John.

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Well, for me, I've broken down my three top ways

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So, the first one is the chip, everyone knows it, it's way you dink

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underneath the ball with the auto, it goes up and onto the bar.

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It's just a chip, but behind the standing leg.

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But for me as a freestyler, I like to flick the ball up

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and do a few tricks, little volley, little bit

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Oh, some amazing tekkers, there, John,

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but I tell you what, here on Merseyside, they're pretty

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He's going to touch it to Gerard. Big moment this, it is Gerard, and

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he scores. Did he level about?! What a goal from Ross Barkley!

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First-time strike. Oh, that's marvellous. Osmond...! Nestles into

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the net. Coutinho's shot! It's another belter from Philippe

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Coutinho. He strikes it. That's a stunning goal. Good effort from

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Suarez. That is absolutely stunning. Lukaku shows great strength there,

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and goes on, it's Lukaku! It's a brilliant goal! Sheer brute

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strength. Amazing. Merseyside magic at its

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best. Some cracking goals scored by legendary players, and I'd come here

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to Anfield to meet some of them. Fowler. What a good finish by Robbie

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Fowler! It's McAllister against his old club. I don't believe it. Gary

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McAllister, you are a Liverpool legend despite only playing here for

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two years, so you really made a mark. Gary McAllister! Talk us

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through the first moment he walked out on the pitch at Anfield and

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heard the crowd. As you go down the tunnel to the pitch at Anfield

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watching the Liverpool players touching the big crest, this is

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Anfield, and looking at myself wearing a red kit, I was able to do

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that and that was the first moment I felt I was a Liverpool player. You

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scored on a Merseyside derby. McAllister. McAllister has scored a

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fantastic goal! What's that like? I remember scoring up making my run

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towards the Liverpool fans to celebrate. There were very dour

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faces in the Everton end but then seeing the Liverpool fans and coming

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round to the dugout to see the look of joy on Gerard Houllier a's face

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was amazing. This club is 125 years old, it is huge, you have been all

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over the world promoting it, how big is it marked yellow much bigger than

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anybody thanks, it is such an iconic global club. I have been to every

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corner of the globe and it never ceases to surprise me how many

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Liverpool fans there are. CHANTING. Fowler. He's done it! Robbie Fowler,

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Liverpool legend, thanks for being on Kickabout. How did you end up

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becoming a Liverpool legend Mark yellow I am not sure whether legend

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is the right word. I had a very good career. I grew up an Everton fan but

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I played for Liverpool from ten years old so was never one of the

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bit of supporters who disliked the team, I had so much respect because

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there was a player called Ian Rush who scored a lot of goals and me

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being a striker I looked up to him. As much as I did grow up an Everton

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fan I had loved for Liverpool as well because the players they had.

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You talked about idolising Ian Rush growing up. Did he never inspire you

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to grow a moustache of your own Mark yellow I am in my 40s and still

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struggle to grow a moustache! His was brilliant. Him and John Aldridge

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had the best moustache is like a scene in my life. He scored so many

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goals, the sixth top scorer in the Premier League era. Is there

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anything you are fond? Think the rivalry with Man United or Everton,

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any goal against them is special, not just for me but it means more

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for the fans. Maybe the goal in 2001, last game of the season

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against Charlton which helped us get into the Champions League was

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probably one of our personal favourite goals. You were a great

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striker. Poor people out there who want back clinical edge, what would

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you say is the key? For me the key of practice, practice, practice. You

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think maybe Lio Messi or Ronaldo, the kids relate to them, and they

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got where they are because they practised all the time, nothing

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comes easy, you have to work at everything. Fantastic, thank you,

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that's great. Pleasure, mate. What a privilege to be here at

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Anfield and meet some of the footballers that rocked the club in

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their day, but believe it or not, Liverpool isn't just about football.

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Here's a few stars of Bellfield academies show us around the city.

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CHEERING. Welcome to Liverpool. This is our city.

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The Liver birds look all over the city and they are all so on my

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shirt. This is the famous River Mersey. There is even a song about

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the ferries that go across it every day. For many years, Liverpool was

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one of the most important ports in the world. This is Albert Dock and

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it was built in 1846 but now is full of shops and museums. Liverpool has

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not one but two cathedrals. The Beatles were from Liverpool, and

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they were the biggest band in the world. And of course we've got two

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world-class football teams. Well, at least one of them. Maybe this one.

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This one. Here is Claudia Walker from Everton

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ladies. You have done quite well this season and so her view, lots of

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goals from centre forward. But you are in a unique position in that you

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have also played for Liverpool. Yellow I have. How did that come

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about, moving from one to the other? I was focused on playing and getting

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the best of myself as a player and Everton was where I could do that so

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that's where the change came in. We are going to be doing a few

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challenges and we are wondering if you wouldn't mind taking part. Of

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course I will. Excellent, can't wait to see that.

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We've got Everton legend Graham Stuart joining us. The big success

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we had was winning the FA Cup. They are the moments you live for as a

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player. You came close to scoring. Talk us through what happened. Not

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the greatest ball, hovering into me and I connected with it probably too

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well, smashes the underside of the bar. That far from scoring the

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winner at Wembley which I regret to this minute! We are today looking at

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our crossbar challenge with John Farnworth and we would love it if

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you would take part and try to recreate your stunning crossbar hit

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as I have rebranded it. Would you go for it? Of course, anything to help

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you out and knowing my luck I will miss every time! LAUGHTER.

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What a brilliant city. We've had a fantastic time here at Bellfield

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Academy. Have you guys enjoyed it? CHEERING. Keep enjoying football,

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too, but for now, see you. Goodbye!

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