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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.

BORINI WILL COME GOOD

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he feels that the striker Fabio Borini will eventually come good for the club. The former Roma and Chelsea striker was signed for £ 11 million in the summer, but he has so far been a major disappointment due to the fact that he has largely been played out of position. Rogers has elected to use Luis Suarez as the lone striker at the club, while playing Borini in a wide position. The 21-year-old has also struggled with a lot of injuries since arriving at Liverpool, while he has recently spent the last three months on the injury table.

The fact that Liverpool recently brought in the Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge for £ 12 million means that the first-team opportunities are likely to be limited for Borini in the second half of the season. Despite this, the manager has reiterated his faith in the summer signing by saying that he expects Borini to add a lot of spark to the Liverpool season. Liverpool will be making the trip to Manchester United on Sunday looking to continue the good run of form, which has seen the team pick up four victories in the last five matches. As a result, they have risen up to the eighth position in the table.

“Other clubs have the depth to bring people off the bench and make an impact. We have been unable to do that in the opening months of the season, which gives incredible credit to the players who have kept us going until now. We have Daniel here now and will have Fabio fit soon and that will give us that spark. Hopefully over the years Fabio can develop into a top performer which I think he can be,” said Rodgers ahead of the visit to Manchester United.

EASE THE BURDEN

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that the Liverpool players should be looking to ease the burden on the star midfielder Steven Gerrard. The Liverpool captain has been one of the important players for the club for more than a decade now. He has been coming to the rescue of the team on numerous occasions in the past, but at 32 years of age, he is coming to the twilight of his career. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has already tried to bring in a number of young players into the squad, with one of the most important being the 17-year-old youngster Sterling.

However, he has not been able to achieve the results he would like to bring to the club in his first few months as the Liverpool manager. Steven Gerrard has been the most used player this season by Liverpool, but he has scored just one goal in the league. The recent defeat at the hands of Tottenham has demoted Liverpool to the 12th position in the league. Rodgers has said that Steven Gerrard has been carrying the club for 13 years now and it is the time for other players to step up into his position. Liverpool will be playing against newly promoted Southampton at home this weekend looking to bring an end to the poor run of form.

“He’s carried this club for nearly 13 years and it’s about time there was more than Steven picking up the baton of responsibility. There are others that we want to step up to the plate and get the goals. Steven been brilliant since I arrived here. His inspiration and leadership within the team has been phenomenal. He might not have got the goals that he wanted this season, but his range of passing, commitment and drive into the box against Tottenham was superb,” said Rodgers.

In the papers: Liverpool

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

After a busy day of newspaper gossip yesterday, things appear to have quietened down somewhat for Thursday. Nevertheless, there are some stories circulating the newspapers about Liverpool and one or two even involve transfers…

The first builds on the reports that have been circulating over recent weeks about Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. According to the Daily Star, Dougie Freedman has told the player that he has a responsibility to do what is right by him and therefore suggests he stays at Selhurst Park. He says that he is at least guaranteed first team football there, something which may not occur at either Liverpool, Arsenal or Manchester City – the three clubs who are reportedly chasing him.

In other news, Daniel Agger has revealed to the Sun the reasons why he signed a new contract. The Danish central defender has said that he is proud to play for the Reds and feels part of the city. He also went on to say that the tattoos on his knuckles were meant to highlight this fact to supporters and that he is not worried about the future under the current regime.

The next report comes from Football Italia and involves a possible transfer. This outlet is claiming that Rodgers instructed scots to go and watch Genoa defender Andreas Granqvist, with representatives supposedly in the stands during Genoa’s recent game against Palermo. The report also goes on to say that Liverpool would have to fork out around €6m to land the player.

And finally, the last story is from the Daily Mail. This newspaper has run a short interview with Rodgers, with the manager stating that he is using the international break to try and crack that magic formula for the club. He also went on to say that Jose Enrique will be back training in the next week or so, which means he could start playing again very soon.