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.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has stated that the club can be proud of a great campaign irrespective of what happens at Manchester City on Sunday. The club came close to winning the first Premier league title in their history. However, two matches without a win in the last two weeks have proven to be a catastrophic outcome of the club. Prior to the defeat against Chelsea at Anfield, Liverpool went into every match knowing that destiny washing their hands. The 2-0 defeat against Chelsea changed the total outcome.
They suffered a 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace on Monday night – a result that effectively ended their title hopes. Liverpool looked certain to take the title race to the last day of the season but they threw a three-goal lead in the space of nine minutes to finish the season empty-handed. City will now be able to win the title if they get at least a point against West Ham on the final day of the season. After having come so close, Rodgers was understandably a very disappointed man after the final whistle against Crystal Palace.
Ahead of the weekend’s match with Newcastle, he said that the club can be proud of their achievements this season even if they do not win the title.
“It’s certainly not over. But we can only concentrate on our job. We have to win the game. West Ham have some talented players. If you can go to Tottenham and win 3-0, you can certainly go to Manchester City and win. They’ve got the likes of Big Andy (Carroll), and they have a good defensive record, with something like 14 clean sheets this season. They are difficult to play against. The expectancy is, without disrespecting anyone, that Man City will win,” said the former Swansea manager, who is set to sign a new contract with the club.
Despite the heartache of missing out on the Premier League title on the final day, there can be no doubt that Liverpool should look back at the 2013/2014 season with immense pride.
Brendan Rodgers has done a marvellous job in allowing Liverpool to play with creative freedom that culminated in goals galore, and establish a free-flowing style of football in which every player feels comfortable on the ball. The integrating of local lad John Flanagan proved a masterstroke from Rodgers to fill a problematic left back position following the long-term injury suffered by Jose Enrique. Continue reading
Life is a great leveller and so is football. Steven Gerrard whose name was on the lips of each and every Reds’ supporter till yesterday’s game has suddenly become a villain.
The Liverpool skipper had a torrid time on the field against the Blues. It’s not that he was out of nick. No, that was not the case. He actually played well for most parts of the game, but, sometimes, a minor lapse in concentration cost you dearly in sports and that’s what happened with Gerrard. Continue reading