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
Liverpool have continued with the strengthening of the team following the £ 20 million signing of Lazar Markovic from Benfica. He becomes the fourth major signing for the club in the summer, as they target to go one better than last season and win the Premier League title. Liverpool finished second in the table in an extraordinary season. As a result, they will be playing in the Champions League once again in the upcoming campaign. Manager Brendan Rodgers has been constantly stating that he would like to strengthen the team in order to prepare for the more number of matches due to European commitments.
Further, Liverpool recently sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona for £ 75 million. So far, they have been strengthening the squad in the midfield with the arrivals of players like Adam Lallana. Ricki Lambert has been signed from Southampton for £ 4 million, but he is expected to be a backup option only. Lazar Markovic, though, represents an investment for the future from the club. Rodgers recently stated that he regards Markovic to be only behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi when it comes to bringing the wow factor. Even though the Benfica man has been suffering from a lot of injury problems, Liverpool are willing to take a gamble on him.
“I am very happy that I have joined such a great club. I hope that I will fulfil the expectations of the supporters, coaches, players, and all connected to the club. I have seen what the players are like, I have seen what the supporters are like, and I cannot wait to start playing here. I went to Partizan and won the title, I went to Benfica and won the title. Now I have joined Liverpool and want to win the title,” said the player.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has stated that he has no intention of changing the style of football employed at the club since he came in 2012. Liverpool have been playing a brand of football that has been very easy on the eye. The high pressing style led Liverpool to within touching distance of the Premier league title last season. However, it was also one of the reasons for their failure after they could not close games especially against Crystal Palace. The 3-3 draw showed the inept defending from Liverpool for most of the season.
Hence, there has been a suggestion that the club would adopt a pragmatic approach in the upcoming campaign in order to win more trophies – especially the Premier league. Rodgers, who has been given significant transfer funds to spend in the summer, says that there will be no alterations of the playing style despite the failure to win a major trophy in the last three years. Liverpool came close to beating Chelsea’s record of 103 goals in a single Premier league campaign. They finished the season with 101 to their name, but the record was very poor in terms of goals conceded.
Liverpool have already brought in Ricky Lambert from Southampton to add a new dimension to their football.
“What has been interesting is people talking about me moving away from some of the principles and ideas that I’ve always worked with. It couldn’t be further from the truth. As time has gone on, we’ve added penetration – it’s much better. We’re much quicker with our passing, the speed of our game is better and obviously we’ve got quality at the top end of the field. Players are now flooding forward looking to score goals, as opposed to the idea of just keeping the ball,” said the Liverpool manager.