‘Salah is on schedule to score 25 goals this season’

Mohamed Salah’s scoring exploits have surpassed Jamie Carragher’s expectations – and the Liverpool legend believes the forward could reach 25 goals this season.

In breaking the deadlock against Maribor on Wednesday night with a deft, angled flick at the Kop end, the summer signing achieved double figures in just his 16th appearance.

The goals have flowed from the very start of the campaign for the Egypt international and Carragher sees no reason why Salah cannot continue to add heavily to that haul:

“Of all the transfers last summer, none has had more impact than Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah”

“When I saw Salah score his first for the club at Watford on the opening day, I felt this was a player who would score 15 this season. I underestimated. He is on schedule to get 25.

“The Egyptian is more than a traditional winger. He is a wide striker with the ability to get into goalscoring positions every time he plays.

“Just as with the signing of Sadio Mane in 2016, [Liverpool] have spent very well in bringing Salah back to England after his disappointing spell at Chelsea.”

Europe’s most expensive football squads revealed

A new study has revealed the most expensive squads across Europe’s top five leagues and one of the eye-catching statistics is the fact Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool squad cost more than German champions and European titans Bayern Munich, according to the Football Observatory. 

The Reds splashed out a hefty amount of money this summer with eight players coming to Anfield in the form of Christian Benteke, Joe Gomez, Nathaniel Clyne and Roberto Firmino.

Meanwhile, Bayern were also busy with Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal amongst those to come in, but it seems as though the Bavarian giants could do with giving Rodgers some advice on how to conduct shrewd transfer business.

The aforementioned study reveals that Liverpool’s squad costs €344 million – the fourth most expensive in the Premier League – whilst Bayern’s is €337 million – the most in Germany, but seven million less than the Reds.

Football Squads

Meanwhile, the study also confirms – not much of a surprise – that Manchester City have assembled the most expensive squad in England, after bringing in the likes of Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Otamendi and Kevin De Bruyne this summer.

Rafa Benitez will have to cope with severe pressure this season after it was also revealed his squad is nearly €200 million more than rivals Barcelona, whilst the gulf in class is evident in Ligue 1 – Paris Saint-Germain’s closest rivals Monaco have a squad which is nearly €400 million cheaper.

Top 20 most expensive squads in Europe:

1. Real Madrid (€587m)
2. Manchester City (€560m)
3. Manchester United (€533m)
4. Paris Saint-Germain (€525m)
5. Chelsea (€407m)
6. Barcelona (€396m)
7. Liverpool (€344m)
8. Bayern Munich (€337m)
9. Arsenal (€305m)
10. Juventus (€301m)
11. Tottenham Hotspur (€231m)
12. Valencia (€226m)
13. Inter Milan (€212m)
14. Napoli (€185m)
15. Southampton (€182m)
16. Atlético Madrid (€180m)
17. Wolfsburg (€163m)
18. AS Roma (€160m
19. Newcastle United (€157m)
20. AS Monaco (€152m)

Liverpool FC home kit 2015/2016

The first ever New Balance Liverpool FC kits were launched on 10th April, confirming many of the previous leaks.  The new Liverpool 15-16 Kits are the first jerseys made by New Balance, after Warrior Football was re-branded as New Balance.  The New Balance Liverpool 2015-16 Kits feature a classical kit design, sponsored by Standard Chartered.

Take a closer look at the strip:

The new red Liverpool 15-16 Home Kit features a classical kit design with a unique kit collar.

On the front of the New Balance Liverpool Kit is a chequered pattern with differently sized squares. It is “inspired by the red and white mosaic formed when supporters on the Kop hoist aloft their Liverpool flags and scarves on a matchday.”

The New Balance logo, the Liver Bird and the Standard Chartered logo are white. The New Balance Liverpool 2015-2016 Home Shirt has yellow and white details.

Red shorts and red socks complete the new Liverpool 15-16 Home Kit, made by New Balance.

 

Liverpool FC: Rodgers hails outstanding Liverpool

Steven Gerrard put a dent in Tottenham’s hope for a top four finish as the skipper slotted home a late penalty that clinched a 3-2 win at Anfield after goals from Luis Suarez and Stewart Downing.

Liverpool climbs to sixth place over Everton, closing the gap on Chelsea to seven points, and retains an outside chance of qualifying for the Champions League.

Boss Rodgers believes the victory is a ‘marker’ of how far the Reds have progressed since the start of the season.  Rodgers reflected:

“It’s a very important win for us. We’re on a great run at the moment and we knew it was going to be a severe test of our qualities and our character against a team in great form who are particularly strong and have been together for a few years.  For us to get the three points and play like we did, and more importantly show the character, was fantastic.  All season people have spoken about us not beating anyone from the top 10, then it was the top eight and top six and top four. Today was a stringent test and they came through it.  We know where we want to be eventually but this is another marker for us in terms of our growth.”

The decision that Rodgers made to bring on Joe Allen for Coutinho during the 60 minute mark played a big part in today’s win. Tottenham were completely dominating Liverpool’s two man midfield and the introduction of Allen certainly allowed us to control the match which eventually gave us a very vital win. A very good move from Brendan Rodgers!!

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.

Responsive Prayer: No it’s the church actually

Church Actually

We used this responsive prayer by Krish Kandiah as part of our response to thinking about our local community at our Churches Together service for unity and prayer on Sunday, it worked really well, and maybe worth you keeping for a future occasion:

This was a “call and response” part of my sermon – I asked the questions and the audience replied “No its the church actually!”

Do you know who provides half of the parent and toddler support groups in the UK. Is it Surestart? No, it’s the church actually.

Do you know who provide the biggest network of debt couselling across the UK with 190 drop-in centres? Helping over 19 141 individuals last year alone? Is it Martin “Moneysavingexpert” Lewis? No it’s the church actually.

Who is it that donated 72 million hours of volunteer work to social initiatives last year estimating a contribution of 1.5 billion pounds a year? Was it the National Trust? No it was the church actually.

Do you know who will feed 100 000 hungry people this year in the UK is it the Redcross? No it’s the church actually!

Do you know who brought hospitals, schools, universities and democracy into our country? Was it the Vikings? No, it was the church actually!

Who invented Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Fulham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Queen’s Park Rangers, Southampton, and Tottenham Hotspur Football clubs, was it the Football association? No it was the church actually!

When the doctors, the police and the social workers move out of an area and go and live somewhere else who is that moves in ? Is it Richard Dawkins and Militant Atheists? No it’s the church actually!

Who is it that is the hope of the world, is it NATO? No, it’s the church actually!

Daniel Sturridge passes Liverpool medical

Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool look set to complete the signing of Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge after he successfully passed a medical at Melwood.

Liverpool will formally announce the deal when transfer window reopens on January 2.

Ex Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez confirmed about the medical when asked to comment on the rumours linking Sturridge to Liverpool.  He said:

“The information I have is that he was there today, passing a medical.  But we don’t have any more information at the moment.”

The fee agreed between the two clubs for the 23 year old is rumoured to be in the region of £12 million with a 3 and half year long contract.

I think if Sturridge could be great for us, I just hope the deal goes through smoothly.  What do you think?