Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has criticised the treatment of midfielder Raheem Sterling after his failure to appear in the recent England match. It is understood that the 19-year-old cited tiredness as a reason for not appearing in the latest Euro 2016 qualifiers for England. Roy Hodgson’s team managed a comfortable victory over Estonia in the last of the qualifiers in the month of October. This has put England in a commanding position in their group, but criticism of Sterling has come after he was completely left out of the team due to ‘tiredness’.
The commitment to the national team is often a much debated topic with many feeling that Sterling should have played the match given that he is just 19 years old and the season is only a few months old. There has also been a war of words between Rodgers and Hodgson. The Liverpool manager has been highly protective of his players even during extraordinary circumstances. He completely defended striker Luis Suarez when he was found guilty of racial abuse and biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. He does not appear to have changed from the stance, as he says that the Sterling issue is being blown out of proportion.
“It’s been grossly unfair how Sterling has been put in the back pages for something he clearly didn’t say. He’s back here in a secure environment and the last couple of days he has been back to normal. He was excellent in training this morning and working really well. I’ve been very fortunate to work with a brilliant young player here. He’s been absolutely incredible for me and his maturity has been really nice to see. I hope he will be a key player for England and for Liverpool,” said Rodgers. After the departure of Suarez, Sterling has become a very important player for Liverpool this season.
Daniel Sturridge has been confirmed to be injured from 2 to 4 weeks after picking up a calf injury. The English forward sustained the injury after playing for England in a 2016 Euro qualifying match against Switzerland.
Brendan Rodgers officially confirmed the injury of Daniel Sturridge after Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers which was played on October 19. Continue reading
Chelsea, Manchester City, Southampton, West Ham United and Liverpool currently are the top 5 clubs in the Premier League standings as those are the teams that have added most points from the opening 8 matches of the season which has been played so far.
Liverpool is the club that has conceded most goal out of all of those mentioned previously with a total of 12 goals conceded of 8 matches and the defenders of Liverpool are some of the figures which are usually put to blame but the goal-keeper Simon Mignolet has not convinced fans of the either. Continue reading
Liverpool’s journey to secure the Premier League title of this season has been met with some surprising obstacles and setbacks as the squad of Brendan Rodgers could not defeat Aston Villa and West Ham United during the clubs’ latest league matches.
The overall team of Brendan Rodgers has surely been upgraded compared to last season as the manager sold Luis Suarez and signed a number of reinforcements for different areas of the squad. There still is an issue that continues frustrating Liverpool and it’s trying to find the appropriate player that could replace the Uruguayan forward. Continue reading
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed suggestions that his team were complacent in the 1-0 defeat against Aston Villa. The Midland outfit have been regarded as one of Liverpool’s bogey teams in the Premier league after they lost to Paul Lambert’s team via same score last season. This time around, it was a Gabriel Agbonlahor’s solitary goal that led to the second defeat of the season for Liverpool. As a result, they have failed to take advantage of the slipup between Arsenal and Manchester City last weekend.
Ahead of the match with West Ham United during the weekend, Rodgers has had to fend off suggestions that Liverpool have become complacent due to the return of Champions League football to the club. The manager rested a number of key players like Raheem Sterling for the encounter against Villa, while the likes of Mario Balotelli have also been struggling for form. The absence of Daniel Sturridge since the international break has also been a crucial factor. Rodgers has dismissed several of those reasons by claiming that Villa took all three points at Anfield only because they played well.
Liverpool’s other defeat of the season came in the match against Manchester City a few weeks ago. Liverpool suffered only six defeats throughout last campaign, but they are already up to 2 defeats with only four matches played in the season. “No, we are allergic to complacency here. We are not good enough to do that. Villa played well. We were not playing the same way in March and April last season as we were in September. We played some outstanding stuff last season, but this time last year we weren’t playing like that. We developed over the season, and we will do that this time around,” said Rodgers, whose team only managed to narrow 2-1 win over Ludogorets in the Champions League.
The Belgium international Vincent Kompany might stay at Manchester City till the end of his career. The Sky Blues’ captain, who is 28 years of age at the moment, is all set to be given a 6-year contract extension by the club.
Kompany is regarded as one of the best central backs in the modern game. His performance in the heart of defence for City has been world class in the last 3-4 years. He has, in fact, stood out for the club in every season since joining in 2008.
Before signing for City, Kompany used to play for Hamburger SV in Bundesliga.
At the start of this summer, Kompany was being linked to the Spanish club Barcelona. The City management obviously doesn’t want any such thing to materialize and thus, they have decided to secure the services of their captain for a long time. They are believed to have offered him a weekly salary of two hundred thousand Pounds and the Belgian player is most likely to accept it.
In the meantime though, Manuel Pellegrini, the City boss, is looking for a couple of other centre halves too for future and he is reported to have already sealed a deal. According to the reports, the Chilean manager has had a transfer fee agreement with the Portuguese club FC Porto for the young French player Eliaquim Mangala.
Although City had managed to win the league title last season, they had issues with their defence on occasions and Pellegrini knows well that there’s some work need to be done in that area. So, he wants to bring a few new faces in who can be good back up options for Kompany when he is not available for selection.
As far as Mangala is concerned, he can play at the left back position too.
Premier League giants Liverpool have clinched the signing of French international striker Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers for a reported fee of £ 8.5 million.
The Frenchman, signed by Harry Redknapp for London side in December 2013, spent the last season on loan at Premier League side Newcastle United, scoring 14 goals for the Magpies in the league. But his desire to play in the UEFA Champions League always meant that the North East side had no chance of making his loan deal permanent and with Liverpool already selling Luis Suarez for a whopping £ 75 million to Barcelona, they could make a move for the Frenchman. Continue reading