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Liverpool’s €16 million signing Mario Balotelli has made 6 Premier League appearances but has not scored a single goal. This is not the way that the Italian forward wanted to kick-start his career in Anfield as Balotelli was signed with the purpose of replacing Luis Suarez.
Luis Suarez was offloaded to Barcelona for a hefty price tag of €64 million and Brendan Rodgers utilized that cash injection by signing new players in all areas of the team with defenders, midfielders and forward being signed but has not made an impact of any kind in his new club.
Jamie Carragher is a legend at Liverpool as the former player of the Premier League club who has made over 699 appearances for Liverpool has stated that Mario Balotelli should start getting dropped more often and give the chance for other players to step up and perform.
Despite all of these unconvincing performances from Mario Balotelli and all of the criticism that the Italian forward has been receiving lately, Brendan Rodgers has backed and supported the former Ac.Milan player by saying that he needs time.
“The criticism of him has been unfair, yes. And that’s because he’s probably seen as the direct replacement for Luis, and as I said before, Luis was irreplaceable and a real world-class talent. And that’s not what’s being asked of Mario. He’s not going to be what Luis was’’
“Mario’s come into here, everyone knows him and they’ve seen him over his career, he’s a great boy, and I’ve really enjoyed working with him. He wants to improve and be better, but it’s not going to happen overnight.” Brendan Rodgers said.
Mario Balotelli spent 2 seasons in Italy performing for Ac.Milan and he managed on scoring 26 league goals while making 43 appearances but the Italian club decided to sell him as he just caused too many problems outside of the pitch and in the dressing room. Let’s see if Brendan Rodgers can turn the Italian forward into a player that can cause less drama but more importantly, score more goals.
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Full-back has been one of the main areas where Liverpool have strengthened in the summer transfer window after bringing in the likes of Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo. The former comes from Sevilla in a £ 16 million deal, while Manquillo has joined from Atletico Madrid on a loan deal that could be made permanent depending upon his performances. Both players started the recent Premier League matches and it appeared into that they are likely to keep the likes of John Flanagan and Glen Johnson out of the first-team this campaign.
After having come through the youth academy at Liverpool, Flanagan holds a special place in the hearts of Liverpool fans. Just like Martin Kelly secured a move to Crystal Palace during the summer, Flanagan appears to have had the opportunities to move elsewhere and get regular first-team football. The defender, though, says that he is confident of returning back to the team and claimed his first-team place. Last season, he made 25 appearances and was a regular feature in the Liverpool team that finished second in the Premier League. However, he has been injured at the start of this campaign and it remains to be seen if he could replace Moreno, who scored his first Liverpool goal against Tottenham in the 3-0 win.
“I don’t think it will be too long now and I think I should be back after the international break if all goes well. It has been frustrating for me but I can’t dwell on it. It was tough to pick up the injury in pre-season but I’ve just got to forget about that now and push on. It’s going to be tough but I’m more determined than ever. It’s a massive season for me and I just can’t wait to get back now,” said the defender.
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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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