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Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez has reportedly decidedly to quit Liverpool at the end of the World Cup.
Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are both chasing the Uruguayan striker, one of the hottest properties in world football at the moment and according a Spanish publication, he has told his friends that he wants to leave the club.
Another Spanish publication has gone one step ahead after running a story which said that Suarez is keen to win trophies and Spain is his preferred destination. Barcelona is believed to be the club that he favors with his wife’s family residing just 15 miles away from the Catalan city at Castelldefels.
The Catalan giants, according to reports, are pondering tabling a bid of around £ 68 million for the player who scored a massive 31 goals for the Reds as Liverpool a surprise challenge for the Premier League last season, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League after a gap of five years.
It has also been said that Barcelona plan to use Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez as a makeweight in the deal, which would see the price of Suarez drop by a staggering £ 24 million with the cash strapped Spanish giants willing to sacrifice the Chilean to form their own strike trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Suarez to counter Real Madrid’s strike force of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.
Liverpool have also reportedly held talks with Barcelona for the signing of Sanchez and believe any deal for the Chilean might just clinch a swoop for the Uruguayan hit man, who has already scored twice at the World Cup in one match so far, knocking England out of the competition.
Real Madrid is willing to offer £ 80 million for Suarez but with Suarez preferring Barcelona, they will have to look elsewhere for a striker.
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Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood tried the mind games ahead of the visit to Anfield by claiming that Liverpool are starting to feel the pressure of being in the title. Even though Liverpool have not even drawn a match since the defeat against Arsenal in the FA Cup, Sherwood feels that Liverpool have not been performing up to the best in recent weeks. The Reds managed a 6-3 win over relegation threatened Cardiff after trailing the opposition for long periods of the match. Tottenham do not have a great away record at Anfield, but they will be hoping to take something from the game during the weekend.
This is one of the several tough matches for Liverpool at Anfield before they aim for the first title since 1990. Expectation is high among Liverpool fans that they feel Brendan Rodgers is about to create history. The club has been playing extremely well this campaign and it has been especially true in the second half of the season. Not only has the club been getting goals from Luis Suarez and and Daniel Sturridge, but other players like Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson are also starting to score goals as well.
Liverpool going to the weekend’s match after winning the last seven league matches.
“We’re very relaxed. We’re focused. There was no expectation on us being where we are, so there’s certainly no pressure. I suppose the likes of Tottenham are a team who were maybe looking to be challenging for the league this season. You spend £100m-odd – it’s a group that’s set up to challenge. There’s certainly no pressure on ourselves, and I think we’ve shown that over the course of the season. We’re playing with no fear,” said the Liverpool manager, whose team finished seventh in the league last season after a disappointing campaign.
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Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre is full of praise for Brendan Rodgers and has admitted that it’s the very philosophy of their famous manager that has been the leading push behind the club’s prosperity all through the season.
With ten games remaining for 2013-14 schedule, Liverpool are in the 2nd status in Barclays Premier League, training the present lead Chelsea, by simply 4 points. Rodgers’ dynamic football and edgy attacking style have excited the Red fans & with around 73 strikes at 28 matches, Liverpool is the highest scorer of the division.
Ayre hailed up results as produced by the Northern Irish manager within less than a couple of years at helm post courageously taking up the enormous challenge of resurrecting Liverpool’s success.
“All of us had huge faith in Rodgers while he was taken in as new manager & I feel that he had quite a grand challenge before him”, noted Ayre. “All of us did, yet no body more than Rodgers as he arrives at one among the grandest of soccer clubs of the world. It’s needless to mention that expectations are always high here & so are the works.”
“In his initial season, he admitted that he had to work hard to find his feet & propagate his style & vision to the squad. I feel what we’ve found this very year would cheer growth & prosper in the team. And we would go on adding to our squad & backing him in having additional footballers into the squad.”
“Efforts from both Berndan & our footballers have been really astounding this time. I especially like the fact that Rodgers works with team & sets season into small chunks ensuring 4-5 game runs”, the managing director added further.
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The manager of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, has said that Steven Gerrard might be used in a defensive role in the further matches as well.
Gerrard who is the skipper of the Reds generally plays in an attacking role, but, in the last match against Stoke City, he had made appearance as a defensive midfielder and had done well in that position. That prompted Rodgers to say that the veteran player might be seen playing back in the near future again.
Liverpool won that match against Stoke by a decent margin of 5-3 and moved up to no. 4 in the points table.
Talking to the reporters in the press conference at the end of that match, Rodgers said, “Steven is one of the versatile players in our squad. He can play almost everywhere and you feel great as a manager when you have got somebody like him. He brings a lot of variety to the team.”
“I will consider playing him back in the next games as well. He plays in a defensive role for England at times and does well. So, there is no reason why he can’t do that for us.”
“We both have had a conversation regarding it. We were just waiting for the right time. Today, we tried him in the deep and he didn’t play badly. Apart from that, he led the side fantastically well too.”
Liverpool is one of the strongest contenders to secure a Champions League spot this season. They have maintained their position in top 4 in the Premier league table since the start of the season. But, there is about half of the season still left and they will have to continue their form if they want to be in top 4 at the end of the season as well.