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Liverpool Addresses Anfield Concerns

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

There is no doubt that Liverpool is committed when it comes to addressing concerns of not only its team but also the residents of Anfield. This was in reference to the concerns faced by residents on match day. The residents staying in the vicinity of football stadium raised an issue over capacity of Anfield which was increased to over 54,000 followed by the Main Stand opening in 2016. However, Liverpool did acknowledge the issue and did all it takes to ease the concerns faced by the residents.

The head of the operation of Infield Simon Smith did reveal the issues. Smith said he had attended forums of a few residents and the feedback regarding the match day was not positive. There were issues related to parking and littering and so on. Smith said as a club, they have to ensure that they are good neighbors and would be unfair to see them suffer. Therefore, the club will take all required steps to make situations better.
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Hodgson not happy with Rodgers two day recovery

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The relationship between Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers and England’s Roy Hodgson has not been the best after Rodgers critiqued Hodgson after Daniel Sturridge sustained a thigh strain during a training session for England and Sturridge is expected to be out of action for around 4 weeks.

It looks like now is the turn of Roy Hodgson to critique and put into blast the training methods of Brendan Rodgers as the coach of England is not in favor of the 2 day recovery period that Rodgers utilizes with his players of Liverpool.

On October 12, England played their 2016 Euro’s qualifying match against Estonia which concluded with the English team coming out with the victory but the player of Liverpool, Raheem Sterling asked if he could be left out of the squad and miss this match due to him being tired.

Raheem Sterling was featured in the match but only played for a few minutes in the 2nd half as he entered the pitch as a substitute player and now Roy Hodgson has started to put into question if the training mechanism of Brendan Rodgers is the appropriate one.

“Raheem might say it is something that is becoming ingrained in him and that he felt the need to talk about being tired more than he would normally do. But we have never had any problems with that. I don’t think there is a lot of medical evidence to support the ‘two day recovery’. So if you want to, you might want to research that one. Sterling told me: ‘I’m feeling tired, I’d rather sit this one out’’ England’s Roy Hodgson said.

There has recently been a number of players not only in England but in other countries that have been picking up injuries on a more consistent basis but this is due to the high amount of matches that certain players lately have had to perform.

Balotelli Makes Disappointing Debut

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Mario Balotelli did not have a debut to remember for his new club Liverpool after he failed to score, despite numerous chances, against Tottenham during the weekend. The £ 16 million signing was making his debut after having completed his move a few days ago. He was expected to make an instant impact especially given that he is not new to the Premier League. Further, Liverpool at Tottenham have scored a number of goals in recent times. Last season, the fixture finished as a 5-0 victory for Liverpool followed by a 4-0 win at Anfield thus bringing a 9-0 aggregate victory over Tottenham.

Balotelli had a number of chances to open his account for Liverpool with the striker receiving a number of chances especially in the first half. However, the 24-year-old was guilty of some poor finishing, but manager Brendan Rodgers refused to criticise him after the match. Rodgers said that he was extremely pleased with the performance showed by Balotelli. Raheem Sterling the scoring for Liverpool before Steven Gerrard doubled their advantage with a penalty. New summer signing Alberto Moreno scored a goal from left back.

Liverpool will be extremely happy with the result, as it helped them overcome a disappointing 3-1 defeat against Manchester City last week.

“He was excellent. I thought the two boys up front and Raheem in behind were a constant threat. He’s a good guy, he’s worked well this week and I think everyone could see the team effort as he was pressing as much as he could. He was very good,” said the Liverpool manager about Balotelli’s performance against Tottenham. “I think he’s flexible and we’ve tried to develop him to not just be a wide player but to also be able to play on the inside – and I thought he was excellent,” said Rodgers about Raheem Sterling.

TORRES ON THE EDGE

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Much to the fans’ surprise, Spain soccer team has dropped some of the most loved veteran strikers. Both Fernando Torres and David Villa have been called off for the upcoming friendly match against Italy.

On the other hand, Diego Costa, the young Brazilian forward, has been called up to take part in the Italy match.

However, the team coach del Bosque has insisted that dropping of Torres & Villa do not signify that these veteran strikers won’t be asked for Spain’s World Cup party. “The current is especially for the match against Italy”, stated del Bosque post the announcement of his full team for the friendly game. “There are 3 months left still for the Worlds & many things could take place to compel us to get other players. We are not closing our door to any possibility.”

Costa, who is a naturalized citizen of Spain, was summoned up for two friendly matches in November, but it was his injury that kept him in the sideline. “I am really glad that they have called me up. Besides, it would be really special to perform against Italy in Vicente Calderon, our stadium”, noted the striker from Atletico Madrid.

Ironically, Costa would presently find himself in the company of some Real Madrid footballers, with whom he had some previous ill-tempered encounters, a number of times.

The Spanish coach, was however confident that Costa’s bitter encounters with Madrid players won’t create much trouble while they would be playing toget5her in one team. He cited previous differences between Madrid & Barca players, reminding that it couldn’t prevent the Spanish team from winning World Cup & 2 European Championships.

“We do not make a huge deal out of it”, stressed the erstwhile Real Madrid manager.

ONE YEAR ON

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Philippe Coutinho signed a permanent deal with Liverpool back on January 30 of 2013 and ever since penning his long-term deal with the Premier League side, he has made an instant impact by scoring 2 goals and providing a few assists to his teammates during the first 4 appearances with the team of Brendan Rodgers.

The midfielder seems to have formed a neat partnership with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. The Brazilian player has earned praise from the players and coaches he is working with in Liverpool.

“Coutinho is a quality player, he’s assisted me four or five times since he has been here. It’s fantastic to be playing with a player of his caliber. He’s a quality player and I can’t praise him highly enough for what he has shown. It’s very difficult to do what he has done in such a short space of time.’’

“I want to say thanks to him because he’s made my job very easy and he’s been very unselfish. He’s put me in many times and it’s fantastic to work with him.” Sturridge said.

Steven Gerrard labeled the Brazilian midfielder and described him as being ’’Magical’ and stated that things can only get better for Coutinho.

Coutinho is a young player that was being watched and wanted by many top European clubs but the 21 years old midfielder shut down claims linking him with a move away from Liverpool as he stated that he wants to continue working and improving.

“I want to continue improving and look forward to working harder – and harder on what I need to do to be considered a great player,”

“I think I have improved with my positioning on the pitch because sometimes I play on the wings and other times in the middle. I have improved my knowledge a lot more and have worked harder on my finishing.” Coutinho stated.

NOT TRAINING PROPERLY

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

The manager of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, has made it clear that Daniel Sturridge was not included in the Reds’ starting line up for the game against Everton because he had not trained properly ahead of the game.

Despite the fact that he was suffering from a thigh problem, Sturridge went to represent the Three Lions in a friendly game against Germany the other day. According to Rodgers, that appearance there at Wembley worsened the injury of the 24 years old striker and in the training session ahead of the Merseyside derby, he was not looking 100%.

However, Sturridge did come to play as a substitute in the 79th minute of that game against Everton and saved his team from a humiliating defeat by scoring a leveller just a couple of minutes before the end of the game.

Despite Sturridge’s brilliant work towards the end of the match, Rodgers didn’t look pleased at all. He expressed his unhappiness in the post match press conference.

The Liverpool boss said, “As a manager, you want your players to be 100% fit before each and every match. Daniel was not and so, he didn’t start. That was obviously gutting because you want to go into the derby firing on all cylinders.”

“The way he was training the other day, it was clear that he was not right up there in terms of fitness. I don’t know who is responsible for that, the guy himself or the FA.”

“No matter how good a player is, he has got to train properly. If he does that, he has every chance to be included in the starting line up.”

Sturridge has put up some top class performances for the Reds this season. He is currently at the second position in the list of leading goal scorers in the Barclays Premier League 2013-14.

RODGERS WATCHES BAYERN

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was at the Etihad stadium along with a few Liverpool players in order to witness the clash between Bayern Munich and Manchester City. The two clubs were playing against each other in the Champions League group stages, which is something that Liverpool have been trying to come back. The Merseyside club have not been in this competition for the last four years. They are one of the prestigious clubs after having lifted the trophy five times in their history. Their last win in this competition came in 2005 under Rafa Benitez.

Rodgers has been given the responsibility to get to the club back into the top four, but the club only managed a seventh place finish in the league last season. This season, though, they have made an excellent start to the campaign and are currently second in the table. The partnership of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez is expected to finally help Liverpool achieve their ambition. After the match, Rodgers said that he is delighted to have witnessed this excellent tactical battle, which saw Bayern Munich win the match 3-1. Liverpool can go to the top of the table if they win against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

More importantly, Rodgers is targeting a return to the Champions League. “Watching that game was a real motivation. That’s where every coach, every manager, every player wants to operate. You want to compete at that level and be judged at that level. Obviously, this club was for a lot of years. You have learn from performances like that. Tactically, I look in-depth at games too, and what goes on within them, so I learn something at every game,” said the former Swansea manager.

Liverpool are only two points behind table leaders Arsenal after having played six matches. They have failed to win only two of the six.

LIVERPOOL START SPENDING

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Liverpool have been one of the clubs who have spent heavily in the transfer window. They have already brought in four players into the squad. Manager Brendan Rodgers recently confirmed that his transfer activity is certainly not over yet. As a result of spending extravagant amount of money, Liverpool will now be expected to finish in the top four. The club has not been seen in the top four for the last few years. This has subsequently reduced the revenues of the club. The first season under Rodgers was yet another disappointing because they managed to finish outside the top six.

The coming season, though, will be different according to Rodgers, who is expecting a far better performance and showing from his players in the matches. Home form has been one of the major reasons for their downfall in recent years, and it is something that the former Swansea manager is looking to improve. He has said that the strengthening of the team will have a desired effect, and they will be able to finish in the top four finally after 2009. The club has not won the league title for more than two decades, but right now finishing in the top four is the priority according to Rodgers.

“We can get into the Champions League with players who are hungry – players who have that hunger to succeed. With the right profile of player and the right level of coaching we can achieve that. We all want stars but the most important thing is you want players who are hungry to become stars. That’s what we have at the club now – players who are hungry. If we bring them in with a certain profile I think we’ve shown we are able to compete,” said Rodgers, whose team will be facing Stoke on the opening day.

ENDING ON A WIN

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Jamie Carragher has said that he wants to finish his last season for Liverpool on a winning note.

Carragher is going to retire from professional football at the end of this season. He featured for the Reds for almost 17 years and played more than 500 matches for them.

He became 35 years old this year, but, he was still playing at his best. In the first half of the ongoing season, he didn’t get regular opportunities, but, since January, the manager Brendan Rodgers showed faith in him and he stood up to the expectations of the manager. His form has been tremendous in the last few months.

Now, Carragher is looking to finish this season and his career in a memorable way. Liverpool has to play a couple of more games and Carragher is expected to captain the Reds in those two games because the regular captain of the team Steven Gerrard is out injured.

Talking to the reporters, Carragher said, “We have put up good performances consistently this year and now, we want to finish the season on a winning note. We have two games left and we will try hard to win both of them. I would love to retire with a win.”

“This hasn’t been a bad season for us. Yes, in the first half of the season, the consistency was not there. The manager tried to give chances to the youngsters, but, in the second half, he brought in more experience into the starting XI and the results improved significantly.”

“Not too many clubs have performed better than us defensively. We have 15 clean sheets and that’s fantastic. But, we couldn’t match other teams in scoring goals.”

Liverpool’s next match will be against Fulham. That match will be played on 12th of May at Craven Cottage.

A FEW PLAYERS IN

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

After being not at the best in the first half of the season, the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he would like to bring in a few players before the close of the January transfer window in order to strengthen the team. Liverpool have already brought in the Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge for a fee believed to be in the region of £ 12 million. They are currently in negotiations with the Italian club Inter Milan over the possibility of signing the Brazilian midfielder Coutinho. The Welsh captain Ashley Williams has also been spoken of as a transfer target for Liverpool.

Rogers has confirmed that the club are indeed negotiating with several parties, and are hoping to announce a new deal for a player before the end of the transfer window. He has praised the way Sturridge has made an impact at the club immediately after arriving. The former Chelsea and Manchester City striker has formed a great partnership with Luis Suarez. He has said that £ 12 million for a player like Daniel Sturridge might prove to be a great bargain a few years down the line. However, he thinks that the squad will be complete only if they bring in a couple of players before the end of the transfer window.

“We hope to do some business between now and the end of the month. The owners have been brilliant in supporting (me), we knew we were maybe a little bit short in the summer. We all agreed this was a month we would try to reinforce, if we could. Very quickly we got Daniel Sturridge in and he has made a big impact, proving the owners were right to fund the money for him,” said Rodgers, whose team sit just above the 10th position in the table.