Arsenal favourite Ian Wright believes Liverpool should make an approach for Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld during the summer transfer window. The Reds recruited Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in a club-record deal in January, but Wright believes that the Anfield club still require a new centre-back as well as a goalkeeper to strengthen their ranks further.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate, he said: “I can’t wait to see Liverpool’s business in the summer. I am so excited about that. They’ve got to get a goalkeeper. They need another centre-half. Get Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham so they can weaken them and Arsenal can do a little bit more against them!” Continue reading “Wright: Liverpool should sign Alderweireld”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Liverpool is concerned about the fitness of their in-form forward Daniel Sturridge before Merseyside derby match with Everton. This season, Daniel relished a magnificent beginning. He picked up the deal leg while on nationals team’s responsibilities with England, but now there is a huge doubt regarding his availability against rivals Everton.
Brendan Rodgers confirmed the report during a press conference. He insisted that he former Chelsea player has a problem for several weeks and now this is just getting worse.
Rodgers told that he went to England with an injury. He had a dead leg for 3 – 4 weeks, and he has been playing through with it. He hardly trained when he left after the Fulham match. He added that the team would assess his fitness and they expect that he would be ready to play.
Brendan Rodgers said that Sturridge would guide him to decide whether he would be able to play or not. He would be asked by the coach whether how fit he is and he would be able to play or not. According to Brendon, managers are led by their players at times.
The Anfield club is already struggling with many injuries in their team with Jose Enrique joining the injured players’ list.
In the mean time, Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool captain, told that there would be a huge hole in his football career if he says good bye to the game without winning a English Premier League title.
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger was one of the names mentioned as possible transfer target for Barcelona in the summer. The Danish centre back is regarded as one of the finest in the world. He has been at Liverpool since January 2006, and it was thought that perhaps we would like a new challenge at this stage in his career.
The 28-year-old will also have a lot of opportunities to win trophies if he moves to Barcelona. However, the transfer rumours never materialised into serious business and Agger has been an important player for Liverpool this season. Continue reading “AGGER LINKED”
Liverpool suffered a second straight defeat in all competitions after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of arch rivals Manchester United. Before these two defeats, Liverpool were on a run that saw them proudly sit top of the table after a long time. However, the two back-to-back 1-0 defeats have taken the confidence out of the team. Manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he is happy with the way the season has so far turned out for the team. Even though he had brought in several new players in the summer, the former Swansea manager says that he is still not done with his purchases yet.
He is hoping to bring in some new players to the club in January, which is unlikely to go down well with the fans and owners. Several players including Victor Moses have arrived to the club during the summer. Even though they have made a good start, the last two defeats have made people stand up. Last season, the club finished a disappointing seventh in the Premier league under Rodgers. He said that Liverpool will definitely be able to challenge for top four this season, but he has now said that a top six position by January would be great for the team.
“The players have made an excellent start. We were disappointed at the weekend, we were a bit flat and subdued and just couldn’t really get going. Part of that was because of the players we have available, but I know that the players I have give absolutely everything. Now we can only concentrate on the league through to Christmas. We have to make sure we stay up in the top six in the league and keep fighting. Hopefully we can reinforce again in January,” said Rodgers, whose team play against Swansea during the weekend.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that any club looking to sign their striker Luis Suarez should be making a bid that is close to the valuation of the player. Arsenal have been the first club to make an official offer for the player. Their first bid of £ 30 million was instantly rejected by Liverpool, but Arsenal recently came in with a second offer. This time, their bid was £ 40 million plus £ 1. It is believed that Suarez has a clause in his contract that would allow him to talk with an interested club if they came in with an offer of more than £ 40 million.
As expected, Suarez has said that he wants to hold talks with Arsenal despite stating publicly on several occasions that his intention is to mainly leave England. The striker has apparently grown tired of the English media constantly criticising him, while the player also finds the English FA to be biased against him. The striker has suffered more than 15 matches of bans since his £ 25 million move from Ajax in 2011. Arsenal are extremely keen on signing him, but manager Brendan Rodgers has said that any club will want to match the club’s valuation of around £ 55 million in order to sign him.
“If Arsenal want the player, then they have to produce the value for the player. There was an offer a few weeks ago of £35 million and, two weeks later, it is now £40,000,001. I don’t think it is anywhere near the value of what he is worth. It is two-fold, really. A player may want to go, but then somebody has to pay the value or worth of that player. I am not worried about him [in that sense], but there will be no games played at Liverpool. He is part of the group,” said Rodgers.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he wants a quick decision on the future of Andy Carroll, who has been linked with a permanent move to West Ham in the summer. The striker spent the season on loan at the London club, and it is understood that there have been negotiations conducted between the two parties to make the deal permanent. The striker has not been part of Brendan Rodgers’ plans from the day the manager arrived just over a year ago. He does not fit into the passing style of football adopted by the former Swansea manager.
Carroll has enjoyed success after a long time at West Ham, as he has been perfect for West Ham manager Sam Allardyce’s style of play. The striker was injured for most of the campaign, but a strong finish to the season is thought to have persuaded the West Ham owners to discuss a possible deal for the striker. The striker finished the season with 7 goals in his 24 league matches this season. However, he has contributed a lot to the team in terms of creating chances due to his physical presence. West Ham are expected to make a £ 15 million offer for the player who cost Liverpool a British transfer record fee of £ 35 million.
“It’s a difficult one. I spoke to him and we had a good chat. The boy is a talent. It’s just something we need to assess between now and the end of window. In terms of the money, that’s something out of my control. But he’s a talent so we will assess the whole situation. The objective at the beginning of the season was for him to go out and play,” said the Liverpool manager, who brought in Daniel Sturridge during the January transfer window.