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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has refused to criticise Steven Gerrard for playing a huge role in the 2-1 defeat against Manchester United. The Liverpool captain came on as a substitute at half-time, but his influence on the match lasted just 38 seconds after he was sent off for a clear stamp on Ander Herrera.
Gerrard had made a crunching tackle on Juan Mata only seconds before. The sending-off changed the game in many ways. Even though it helped Liverpool get a late equaliser through Daniel Sturridge, they were unable to push on and get the much-needed equaliser.
There was a feeling that Liverpool would not have conceded the second goal in the 59th minute if Liverpool had the full complement of players. The club could not question the decision taken by referee Martin Atkinson, as the Liverpool midfielder intentionally made a stamp onHerrera. Gerrard was expected to make a major impact in the match – after having done so in the last eight Manchester derbies. This match was especially important to the 34-year-old, as it would be his last Manchester Derby. Gerrard is leaving for LA Galaxy at the end of the season. He has already spoken about helping Liverpool finish in the top four and lift the FA Cup title before departing. Read the rest of this entry »
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West Brom manager Tony Pulis has admitted that striker Saido Berahino could leave the club before the end of the January transfer window amidst interest from Liverpool. It is believed that the Merseyside outfit are ready to cut their losses on Mario Balotelli and bring inBerahino.
The England U21 international has been in fine form this season and his nine goals is significantly better than Balotelli, who is yet to open his league tally for the season.Berahino is reportedly valued in excess of £ 25 million by West Brom and Pulis has said that the club will sell him only if they receive an unbelievable offer.
Berahino was a relatively unknown quantity just 12 months ago, but he has come through into the first-team by showing incredible maturity and composure for his age. Read the rest of this entry »
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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson says that he expects his former club to finally sell defender Glen Johnson during the January transfer window. The former Chelsea right back was brought to Liverpool in 2009 for £ 16 million from Portsmouth. He has been a major hit at Anfield after being first-team regular from the start. Johnson has not had much competition in his position, but this has finally changed after the arrival of Javi Manquillo in the summer. The Atletico Madrid player may have joined only a loan deal, but Liverpool have the option to buy him on a permanent basis in the summer.
Looking at the performances of the young Spaniard, it is looking highly likely that Liverpool will not think twice about parting with the £ 6 million transfer fee thought to be demanded by Atletico.
Johnson is on the wrong side of 30 and his performances in recent months have not inspired a lot of confidence in the team. A succession of injury problems coupled with poor form have seen Johnson lose his first-team spot to the likes of Javi Manquillo. Lawrenson also says that manager Brendan Rodgers does have enough options in the youth academy with the likes of Jon Flanagan pushing for a starting spot.
“Roy Hodgson effectively called time on Glen Johnson’s England career last week. And I wouldn’t be surprised if the right-back finds himself heading elsewhere in the New Year. Having not yet been given a new contract, it’s clear Johnson is not part of Liverpool’s long-term plans, with Javi Manquillo and, when fit, Jon Flanagan vying for the right-back slot.
Johnson can walk away from Anfield for nothing in the summer.So I’d expect the Reds to look to cash in on him in January,” said Lawrenson. Johnson’s contract expires in the summer and there have been no new talks.
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