The race to make it to the finals of the FA Cup 2017 has really heated up! Gone are the days when English football was dominated by a few big teams – now, even though the playing field is not really level, there is much greater competition. The ‘smaller” teams are really challenging for the top spots.
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Liverpool ended 2016 in style. The Reds got the better of Premier League title rivals Manchester City 1-0 at Anfield to move within six points of leaders Chelsea. The performance of the team was far from impressive, but it was the final score that was the topic of discussion and was encouraging.
The Merseyside outfit, though, have failed to maintain that momentum in January and have slipped down to fourth in the Premier League table. A 3-2 defeat to relegation candidates Swansea City at Anfield has put Jurgen Klopp’s side as many as 10 points behind leaders Chelsea. Continue reading
Although he couldn’t engineer the win that all Liverpool fans most desperately wanted and the three points that were required to keep pace with leaders Chelsea, the game against The Old Enemy highlighted once again that Jurgen Klopp is absolutely the right man for The Reds.
Seeing Klopp engaged in a bust-up with Jose Mourinho on the touchline made the German even more popular with Liverpool fans who are no admirers of Mourinho after his tomfoolery as Chelsea manager in the Rafa Benitez years.
Although it was a disappointing result after being ahead for much of the game, a point at the home of Manchester United can be seen as a decent outcome and leaves Liverpool still on the heels of Chelsea with players returning to enhance Klopp’s options over the next few games. Continue reading
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Liverpool forward, Daniel Sturridge missed the team’s training ahead the clash with Australia. His absence brings his fitness into question ahead of Euro 2016 billed for next month. Striker Marcus Rashford is set to start England’s Euro 2016 warm-up match against Australia in his place, according to reports.
Sturridge, 26, who did not play in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Turkey, was sidelined with an unspecified knock. Continue reading
As Roy Hodgson today submits his final squad for France, Tonybet.com has gone out on a limb and decided to offer an incredible 50/1 for England to win Euro 2016 to mark the 50 years it has been since the Three Lions won a major championship! The rest of the market is in the region of 8/1!
Tonybet.com spokesman Warren Lush said: “In 1996, Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds sang about the Three Lions having 30 years of hurt that never stopped them dreaming. What about 50 years of hurt? We think it won’t end and is still a dream and it is 50/1 that Roy Hodgson’s squad come back with the trophy as national heroes. Everybody else is offering in region of 8/1 and we only expect those odds to get shorter!” Continue reading
Jurgen Klopp has had six months in charge of the Anfield club but has yet to field a player for the club that he has personally signed. The German coach has been working with the players his predecessors have taken on but has still managed to reach the Europa League semi-finals and knock out his former club Dortmund in the process.
So despite the Europa League semi-final looming, Klopp will surely have one eye on the summer transfer window and here are five players that could be on their way to Anfield in the coming months. Continue reading
Steven Gerrard has declared that he is ready to go back to Liverpool to take on a coaching role. He is currently playing for LA Galaxy in the MLS but wants to return to England at the end of his contract. Gerrard joined LA Galaxy at the end of last season and still have one year left in his contract.
Steven Gerrard has already started his coaching badges and would want to further his training with a coaching role at the club. He has recently met the current Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp and both men seems to get along with each other.
Klopp has allowed Steven Gerrard to train with the Liverpool side during the MLS off-season, and he believes that having Gerrard around can help boost the team spirit. Klopp has stated that he is impressed with the former Liverpool’s skipper form and that he is still a great player. The manager has revealed that Gerrard has helped him understand the club better and provide him some insights into the club culture.
At the moment, Gerrard knows that he still have a lot to learn – the step up toe professional coaching is similar to swapping playing games at Titan Bet and actually sitting at a table facing off against poker champions!
He stated that a lot of players did not make it as a manager because this is two different roles. He believes that he has still a lot to learn from the other top managers. He is interested in getting as much knowledge and experience as he can and then afterwards he will decide whether he can make it as a manager. One way to do this would be to work at Liverpool and get as much insight as possible for the German tactician.
Alongside his coaching badges, Steven Gerrard has also been offered a job as a pundit and very soon you will be hearing the former Liverpool man’s analysis on the media.
At the age of 31, Alberto Aquilani has already reached the peak of his playing career and his pinnacle is over as well. The Italian midfielder is currently performing for the Portuguese club Sporting CP where he is serving as an off and on player who gets time on the pitch on certain games while there are others where he is simply not there.
Aquilani joined Sporting CP on August of 2015 but before this transfer was officially completed, he was rumoured of making a move to the MLS club Montreal Impact. The veteran midfielder was and might still be viewed by the American outfit as a player that can boost the midfield department in the squad of the Canadian manager Mauro Biello. If you fancy that he will make the move, you can use this bonus for sports betting to stick some money on it happening, and make a few easy pounds on the way.
Lets not forget, the Italian midfielder has also played in a few of the top clubs of the Serie A including: Roma, Juventus and AC Milan. Aquilani has the experience of playing in some of the biggest stages of the world and this is another one of the reasons of why he has attracted the attention of the MLS club.
Besides all of the previously mentioned Italian clubs, Aquilani also spent time playing in the Premier League as he performed in Liverpool and it was a fairly disappointing time in Anfield as he was acquired by the English club back in 2009 as a way to replace Xabi Alonso who had left to join Real Madrid but unfortunately for Liverpool, Aquilani failed to adapt and was offloaded after only 1 season.
Despite the dreadful period of time that Aquilani spent in Liverpool, it seems like there are still clubs interested in securing his services and Montreal Impact is one of those clubs and a move might actually occur depending if whether or not Sporting CP is interested in offloading Aquilani and if the Italian midfielder wants to make his way out of the Portuguese outfit or if he just wants to spend the last few years of his career in Sporting CP.
Christian Benteke believes Jurgen Klopp has unfairly overlooked him particularly after December, with Klopp not starting with Benteke too many times lately.
The reason for that is believed to be that Benteke lacks the moving game which Klopp likes. But, according to Benteke, the perception about him not being Klopp’s type of player is wrong and he has got the game which is preferred in the Reds camp at the moment. Continue reading