Liverpool FC: Coutinho loving Premier League life

Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho believes he has adjusted quickly to life at Liverpool after making an instant impact since arriving at his new club near the end of the January transfer window.

Coutinho has scored two goals and three assists for Reds since his move and the Brazilian winger once again showed his class, as his defense splitting pass set up Jordan Henderson for the equalizing goal in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday.

I have been very well received here,” Coutinho told Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte as he and his new teammates prepare for the final seven games of the Premier League season.

“Everyone has treated me really well and the club is like a family, even with so many great players playing here.  The style here is much more physical, that was hard during my first few weeks here. In Italy they have more tactical discipline, marking is tighter, so there is less space. Here it is faster, there are more spaces to play in, but I also have to be faster. It’s a lot better [for me] playing in England.”

“We have the goal of winning as many games as possible to try and catch up with the top teams. The manager has always made it clear that we have to finish in the top five to qualify for [the Europa League].”

Liverpool FC: Joe Allen has successful surgery

Joe Allen

Liverpool Football Club today confirmed midfielder Joe Allen has successfully undergone surgery on the shoulder problem.

The surgery will rule Allen out for the rest of the season. The 23 year old is expected to be fit for pre-season ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.

‘Joe Allen had surgery this morning, which went very well,’ head of performance Glen Driscoll told Liverpoolfc.com on Thursday.

It’s going to be a relief for Joe that this has now happened for him. It has been quite a long-standing issue. He was repetitively subluxing, so his shoulder was coming out very easily and very often.

‘It was a procedure that was very important. He should be 12 weeks from now, so he’ll be fighting fit for the start of pre-season.’

Driscoll explained the extent to which the injury was affecting Allen, who has played matches without knowing where and when the problem might recur.  He said:

‘I think he has done amazingly well. Anyone who has ever had repetitive subluxations of shoulders will know there is a lot of apprehension involved.  I find it difficult to see how that wouldn’t have affected Joe. It was getting to the point where he would do a high-five to celebrate a goal and would actually feel a sublux.  When you know this is happening, it’s not just the pain that occurs – it’s the apprehension.  He has done very well to get through this and it’s great for him that we can draw a line under this, get him fit and see how he goes next season.’

Liverpool FC: Summer transfer window will be busy

Manager Brendan Rodgers today confirmed Liverpool Football club will be looking to bring in three to four quality players in the upcoming transfer window so that club finally have the squad to compete for the Premier League title.

Swansea skipper Ashley Williams, Blackpool forward Thomas Ince and Feyenoord defender Stefan de Vrij are some of the names that has been constantly linked with Liverpool .

Rodger said:

“There is a natural rebuilding with the likes of Carra going.  I am happy with the squad and if I can then put another three or four quality players to it, then great. But it is quality we are after, not quantity.”

Rodgers is pleased by the impact Phillipe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge are having at the club since arriving in January.  The manager added:

“We see Coutinho and Sturridge’s quality.  There were some key positions we needed support in but I didn’t want to waste the club’s money.  I like to know what we are bringing in.”

Share your opinion.  Who would you be chasing in the summer transfer window and who would you sell?

Liverpool FC: Injury Update: Joe Allen Out For Three Months

Joe Allen

Liverpool summer signing Joe Allen revealed he won’t play for the rest of season due to a shoulder injury and confirmed he will be having an operation in the coming days.

Allen who turns 23 on Thursday fought through the pain barrier to play a part in Reds 3-2 victory over Spurs at the weekend. The surgery date has not been set but suggested the procedure would take place in the coming days.

“It requires another operation which is a bitter blow. These things happen in football, unfortunately, and it will keep me out for around three months when I do get the operation done.  I’m not sure, to be honest (when the operation will be). That’s something that is being decided and I will have to see what comes of it.  I’m not looking to use it as an excuse. It’s something that has deteriorated recently and it has got to a stage where an operation is all that can resolve it. I’m looking forward to getting it done, putting it behind me and moving on from there.  It’s not an ideal situation, but a player carrying an injury throughout the football season is part and parcel of the game and you come to expect it.”

I hope for a quick recovery Allen, he was key for us in our game against Spurs and we want him back asap.

Liverpool FC: Liverpool don’t need to sell despite £40.5m loss

Ian Ayre

Ian Ayre, Liverpool’s managing director has confirmed that there is no pressure on Liverpool Football club to sell their star players despite an increase in the club’s debts to £87.2 million.

Accounts released on Monday shows a rise in debt of £21.8 million during the ten-month period from August 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012.

Ayre told Sky Sports:

“We won’t be selling anyone because of the financial position.  If we are selling anyone, it will be because they are deemed by the manager to be surplus to his requirements and if that happens we will be replacing them and bringing new players in as we always do.  There’s no panic on our part. We feel that we are making progress and improving all the time.  Our aspiration for the next couple of years, as the rules will dictate, is to break even and then to make a profit beyond that.”

Andy Carroll(loan), Joe Cole, Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez are some of the players that were transferred out in the last year due to their hefty pay packets at Anfield.  However Ayre has confirmed Liverpool won’t be selling players and confirmed will remain competitive in the transfer market.

The new Warrior kit deal worth £25million a year for six years isn’t included in the recent report.

Liverpool FC: Is Martin Skrtel on his way out of Anfield?

Martin Skrtel

Liverpool FC defender Martin Skrtel has spoken out his frustrations at being benched by Boss Brendan Rodgers in recent weeks.  He admits he does not know the real reason for his recent omission from the starting XI, raising doubts over his future at the Club.

Skrtel has been a regular first team player over the last few seasons also winning the player of the season award last year, but his recent inconsistent form has found himself back on the bench as Jamie Carragher has become first choice partner alongside Daniel Agger.

The 28 year old says his manager told him why he was leaving him out, but claims he doesn’t feel that’s the actual reason for his omission.

He gave me some explanation, but it’s hard to tell if it was the true reason he gave me.  I don’t think it was and think there is something else behind it.  It all happened after our match with Manchester United in the middle of January. We lost 2-1 but I think that particularly in the second half we played very well. Moreover, a lot of sources gave me a good rating. But he [Rodgers] told me we had lost the organization of play in the defensive line and that this would be the reason why I would not play in the following matches.

I don’t know which fixtures he spoke about because we had kept a clean sheet twice in a row and won both matches. Also, we did not disappoint in the game against United.  Anyway, I’m not the type of player who would be chasing the coach and be in his office all the time, asking for explanations why I’m not playing. If the coach wants to tell me something, he will summon me. I would not like to make any unnecessary conflicts.

Skrtel says he is not thinking of leaving “for the present”, but the 28-year-old admits he would have to do so if he was not “kept in the team”:

For three years at Liverpool I was playing in almost every match. I have had various thoughts but certainly I’m not going to make any hot-blooded decision.  I want to be fit as soon as possible and fight for the place in the starting line-up. If the coach should lose interest in keeping me in his team, then we would have to handle it with my agent.

Skrtel certainly is a good defender but his inconsistency has always been a problem in the back four. Liverpool desperately needs to sign some world class defenders to tighten up the defense next season.  Do you think selling the 28 year in the next window will be a good move from Rodgers?

Liverpool FC: Borini declares sugery a success

Liverpool’s £11 million summer signing Fabio Borini underwent surgery this weekend after dislocating his shoulder in Reds 5-0 victory over Swansea a week ago.

Rodgers had already confirmed the 22 year old Italian would miss the rest of the season due to the injury while Borini posted the following message and picture on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.

borini-twitter

I am hoping that Borini makes a successful recovery so he can rejoin the team next season and get some game time to find his form.

Liverpool FC: Rodgers refuses to blame players after shock defeat

Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers avoided blaming his players after their home Premier League defeat to West Brom.

The Reds dominated the vast majority of the tie at Anfield, but slipped to a shock 2-0 loss when Gareth McAuley and Romelu Lukaku found the net late after skipper Steven Gerrard failed to convert from a spot kick in the final quarter.

Rodgers admitted his disappointment following the defeat but insisted he could not fault the efforts of his players.

“These players always react very well. They were very disappointed, like we all were, last night because we wanted to make our home form better in the league.  That’s something we’d done, especially of late. We entered into the game against West Brom with the best defensive home record in the league, so that shows the mark of improvement we were making as a group.  It’s something that left the players disappointed, but they will react in the right manner. They’re good guys here, they want to work well and they’re very good at moving on. That’s something we’ll have to do if we want to progress.”

Liverpool are now down to ninth spot in the table, a gaping 12 points adrift from fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. With 12 matches remaining do you think the Reds will climb back to finish fourth in the table ?

Liverpool FC: Jamie Carragher to retire at end of season

Liverpool FC: Jamie Carragher to retire at end of season

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher announced on Thursday that he will hang his boots at the end of the season. The 35-year-old has made 723 appearances for the reds since his full debut in 1997 and is second only to Ian Rush in all-time Liverpool appearances.

“This will be my last season at Liverpool and my last as a professional footballer.  I’m making this announcement now because I don’t want the manager or the club to be answering questions on my future when I’ve already decided what I am going to do.”

Carragher has won three League Cup crowns, two FA Cup victories and one Champions League, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup title.

Jamie Carragher

He will be remembered as a Liverpool legend who always gave his all, there are few who embody Liverpool more than Jamie Carragher.  He was Liverpool as much as Steven Gerrard.  Carragher was the rock in that changing back line that included Sami Hyppia, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger.  Which is why Brendan Rodgers sought him out from the margins to the starting XI.  Carragher’s positional ability and anticipation compensates so well for his lack of speed.

Rodgers was also acutely aware that the man from Bootle, other than Gerrard, brought essential leadership qualities to a transitioning team.  With his retirement, only a handful (Gerrard, Reina, and possibly Agger) are left in the team who have links with the successful Champions League seasons.

But let us be clear, before the end of the season it will be just business as usual for Jamie Carragher.

Aguero strike cancels out Gerrard stunner to earn a point

Aguero strike cancels out Gerrard stunner to earn a point

Stunning goals from new signing Sturridge and skipper Steven Gerrard should have been enough to secure a famous victory at the Etihad stadium, but instead the reds had no choice but to settle for a 2-2 draw after an outstanding equalizer from Sergio Aguero. On the 78 minute mark, after Pepe Reina was caught stranded after going for a ball he was never going to get to.

Boss Brendan Rodgers believes his side’s 2-2 draw against Manchester City today has shown that they will be a “real force” in the Premier League and will be a formidable outfit soon:

“It was an outstanding performance at a notoriously difficult place for teams to even score a goal.  I don’t think they’ve conceded here [in 2013].  What was important for me was to see the confidence of the players, the desire, the quality and the efficiency of their game. I don’t think anyone would deny that we probably deserved to win that game.  The disappointing thing was that it typified our season, really, where we’ve been outstanding in our game and the model of our work but mistakes have cost us.  That’s all a part of our growth.”

What does everyone of the performance? Did Liverpool outplay the champions for most of the match? and how about those goals from Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard?

Liverpool FC: Transfer News Latest

Liverpool FC: Transfer News Latest

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed the club is looking forward to bring in “one or two” more signings by the end of January transfer window, having allowed striker Michael Ngoo to join Hearts on loan until the end of the season.

Rodgers told reporters:

“We hope to do some business between now and the end of the month. The owners have been brilliant and supporting.  We’ve got a young player who’ll go out on loan to get some experience but apart from that I don’t expect people [to go]. One or two, maybe, to come in.  We know we still need one or two additions more. The club is doing everything it possible can to assist me in that.”

According to reports the reds are set to complete the signing of Coutinho in the next 24 hours after the player is believed to have told Inter he wants the Liverpool move.  Who else should Liverpool try to sign before the close of the window?

Liverpool FC: Downing says that Rodgers talks inspired him

Stewart Downing

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing admits his fallout with Boss Brendan Rodgers and being told he could leave Liverpool FC is the inspiration to his recent revival in Reds career.

Downing was told he could leave Liverpool FC a couple of months ago if the right offer came in as he was not a regular under the Northern Irishman. However his performances in the last six weeks have shown a marked improvement and believes he is enjoying his best spell for Liverpool Football Club:

It was very open I wasn’t in the team or playing and he said to me maybe I could look elsewhere because I need to play at my age.  I didn’t totally agree but I understood where he was coming from.  Obviously he needs players who are going to play and not be sat about, but I thought in the back of my mind if I get a chance I can prove myself to him.  Luckily enough I did in the next week.

Our conversations have been very open. If I’m doing well he will say so and if not, I’ll be pulled and told what I need to do.  It’s the same for all the players. It’s good for me and that’s how I like it, to be told if it’s right or wrong.  At the moment it’s all going well and he’s pleased with me, so I have to keep it going.  I said to him I’d love to stay and if I keep playing well, then hopefully it can continue into the seasons after.

What do you think of Downing’s recent performances?  Does he now have a real future at the club?