Rodgers plays down Philippe Coutinho praise

Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers has played down growing hype surrounding Liverpool ‘s new Number 10 Philippe Coutinho, after the Brazilian starred in a 6-0 win at Newcastle United.

Coutinho was in sensational form when Liverpool ripped Newcastle apart , a 6-0 at St James’ Park on Saturday. Coutinho has become a regular since arriving from Inter Milan for £8 million in January.  We build up players in the country and put them on a pedestal and then quickly nail them down.

“He’s had an outstanding performance and people can see why we brought him in.  He’s 20 years of age and fits the culture of what we’re trying to do here.  He’s technically strong and he’s a very humble boy.  He works hard, you can see the effort in his game, the pressure, the intensity, so he fits in really well, but there’s a long way to go.  If you look at the stats you’ll see I haven’t eased him in gently. He’s played nearly every game.”

How do you rate Coutinho’s performance against Newcastle last weekend. Was he the man of the match? Is he the best signing Rodgers has made for Liverpool?

Liverpool FC confirm Gerrard testimonial

Steven Gerrard

Liverpool Football Club will be holding a testimonial match for skipper Steven Gerrard against Greek side Olympiacos.  The match will take place on August 3, Liverpools only pre-season fixture at Anfield.

Gerrard’s opponents are the side he scored a dramatic 86 minute goal to send Liverpool into the Champions League knockout stages in 2004- which they eventually went on to win.

Gerrard said:

“I am delighted to be honoured by Liverpool with a testimonial match and particularly thrilled that Olympiacos have accepted my invitation to play the fixture.  Last time we met proved to be such a memorable game both for me personally and Liverpool Football Club.  I am also especially grateful that Olympiacos have truly embraced the aim of this match and chosen to donate their fee to charity.  I am looking forward to what I know will be a fantastic game and a wonderful occasion.”

All the money raised from events celebrating Steven’s testimonial year will go to the Steven Gerrard Foundation (SGF), a registered charity — stevengerrardfoundation.org

Liverpool FC: Carragher to extend contract?

Jamie Carragher

Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers says he will hold talks with Jamie Carragher before the end of current Barclays Premier League season in an attempt to persuade the Liverpool defender to resign a new contract and postpone his retirement.

Carragher announced that he would retire from professional football back in February after struggling to break into the first-team earlier in the season.

However, the 35 year old has been a regular in Rodgers’ starting XI in the second half of the campaign, producing a string of impressive performances alongside Daniel Agger.

“He’s been fantastic and I do [believe he could play next season]. Him and I communicate a lot and he’s obviously got something in his mind.  Him and I will sit down between now and the end of the season anyway and we’ll see where it goes. If he does go, I will certainly miss him because he’s been brilliant for me in my time there, going in as a manager of a club of that size.  He’s shown great respect and really helped me and the other guys. The thing for now is to keep performing the way he is until the end of the season and between then and now him and I will chat and we’ll take it from there.”

Share your opinions? Do you think Jamie Carragher should extend his contract and play the next season for the Reds?

Liverpool FC: Euro absence could be a blessing – Rodgers

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Boss Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool could be better off next year if they miss out on a place in the Europa League.

Liverpool currently lies seventh in the Barclays Premier League table, nine points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham.  Even qualifying for the Europa League, which would only be guaranteed if finished fifth, looks unlikely with Liverpool seven points adrift from Arsenal, who currently occupy fifth spot.

However Rodgers believes a successful summer window with no international tournaments to affect pre-season and the absence of Europa league football will be ideal for Liverpool to finish in the top four next season.

Rodgers said:

“It is a double-edged sword for us.  The players and supporters want to be in Europe and as a manager it is a great test and I have really enjoyed the Europa League (which they exited at the last-32 stage) this year.  But you could argue having one season out of Europe would give us an even greater chance of challenging for the top four next season.  That is a real difficult task now with the number of teams up there and the finances involved way beyond ourselves but it (the lack of Europa League action) would give us a real good run to do that.  Ultimately we want to be a club that is in Europe and we want to have a squad which is strong enough to be able to cope with European football and the domestic league and cups.  We will see where it takes us. We will finish as high as we possibly can but if Europe doesn’t end up for us then it might be a blessing for us next year.”

Do you think Rodgers is right with his comments? With the top four being extremely unlikely, where would you like Liverpool to finish in the table?

Liverpool FC: Lucas extends stay at Anfield

Lucas Leiva

Liverpool football club yesterday announced midfielder Lucas Leiva has committed his future with the club by signing a new “long term” contract extension.

The 26-year-old was signed from Gremio in 2007 and has since become a regular at Anfield, playing 143 matches in the Barclays Premier League. Lucas’s previous deal was due to expire in 2015, but the new contract will extend his stay on Merseyside 2018.  The Brazilian couldn’t hide his happiness in front of the reporters and admits that he is delighted to have put pen to paper.

“It’s another long-term contract that I have signed – but it was the same feeling as when I first came here.  I am really delighted to have the opportunity to play for this club. It’s where I belong and where I wanted to stay, so I am very happy and looking forward to a few more years here.  It was an easy decision because after the long period of my career I have had here, I would like to give the best of my time to this club. It was not a difficult decision to make and I am really looking forward to what will hopefully be a few more years with a lot of success.”

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre hailed the impact Lucas has had at the club:

“He has been such a great servant to the club and I think during the period he went through with his two injuries, he put so much work into it and the club supported him through it.  He just goes from strength to strength.  We said throughout last summer and January, we wanted to keep our best, experienced players, and this is another great example of that.”

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: 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: 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.

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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: Liverpool smash Norwich 5-0

Liverpool 5-0 Norwich

The Reds got back to winning ways in the Barclays Premier League after a thumping 5-0 win over Norwich City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon. Jordan Henderson’s 26th minute strike gave Liverpool the early lead before a well-worked move saw Luis Suarez double the advantage nine minutes before the break. £12million signing Daniel Sturridge found the net after the break and became the first Liverpool player since Ray Kennedy in 1974 to score in his first three matches. Steven Gerrard and a Ryan Bennett own goal made it a comfortable 5-0 victory.

Boss Brendan Rodgers was pleased to see the exiting partnership between forwards Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge and now believes the Reds have the front two capable of striking fear into any Barclays Premier League defence:

“They linked very, very well.  Luis has done what he’s done for us all season. He’s 100 per cent every game.  They are both players who are not just static. Daniel’s got pace and power but he’s also clever.  That was important for us today.  It gives the opponent someone else to really worry about.  Suarez has been incredible for us this season and has had some young players up there with him, but we’ve now got a recognized goalscorer up beside him.  If you look at the movements between the two of them.  The second goal was a wonderful demonstration of how good players can link together.”

What did you think of the match?