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Luis Suarez returns to Liverpool for emotional goodbye

1 час 11 минут назад

Luis Suarez made a quick trip to Liverpool on Monday morning for the first time since joining Barcelona this summer.

 Liverpool's captain Luis Suarez in action against Tottenham Hotspur during the Premiership match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Uruguayan international, who scored 82 goals in 133 appearances for the Reds, arrived at Melwood to say goodbye to some old friends.

Suarez was seen by Sky Sports driving into Melwood shortly before Steven Gerrard posted this photo to his Instagram account:

Later Suarez tweeted to explain the flying visit…

Hoy me pude despedir de algunos compañeros, fue muy emocionante recordar los buenos momentos que vivimos. (1/2)

— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) September 1, 2014

Gracias por todo lo que me hicieron disfrutar!!!! Buena foto con @glen_johnson, @jon_flan93 y Steven Gerrard!!! (2/2) pic.twitter.com/uinB765BJp

— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) September 1, 2014

Upon leaving the club in July, Suarez thanked the club and fans for their support during his three and a half year stay on Merseyside.

“It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain,” he said. “Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city.

“But most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans. You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters.

“I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision. This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife’s family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right.

“Thank you again for some great moments and memories. You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

All the best for the future, Luis.

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Loan Watch: How Liverpool’s Origi, Teixeira, Wisdom and all are getting on at their loan clubs

2 часа 52 минуты назад

Ben Twelves takes a look at how Liverpool’s loaned players performed in the midweek and weekend fixtures for their temporary clubs.

Divock Origi

Last Tuesday night saw Origi’s loan club, Lille, exit the Champions League after they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat in their 4th qualifying round second leg in Portugal.

Carrying a 1-0 home defeat, and conceding that all important away goal from the first game, Rene Girard’s side had a tough job of turning the deficit around and it proved to be a task too big for his team.

Liverpool’s loanee played all 90 minutes of the fixture, but failed to have an impact on the score line as they slumped to a 3-0 aggregate loss and therefore miss out on the group stages. Origi will still play in European competition this season as Lille enter the Europa League instead.

@LFCTransferNRS #Origi was on the bench. Didn't play due to squad rotation after match with Porto.

— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) August 30, 2014

However, the Belgian was dropped to the bench as Girard’s team returned to league action on Saturday night, when Origi was an unused substitute in Lille’s 1-1 draw at Monaco.

Joao Carlos Teixeira

 Liverpool's Joao Carlos Teixeira in action against Manchester United's Tom Lawrence during the Under 21 FA Premier League Semi-Final match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Teixeira’s Brighton came up against Brad Smith’s Swindon Town on Tuesday night in the second round of the Carling Cup at the County Ground, where a thrilling encounter ended with Sami Hyypia’s side running out 4-2 winners after Extra Time.

Swindon vs Brighton: Brad Smith played full 120 minutes. Teixeira came on at start of ET & involved in 2nd goal. Sami starting to do well.

— MrBoywunder (@MrBoywunder) August 26, 2014

Smith played the full 120 minutes for the League One side but Teixeira started the match on the bench after a string of impressive league performances. Former Reds’ captain, Hyppia, introduced the Portuguese midfielder at the beginning of extra-time as he turned to the creative loanee to change the game, and he did so as he was involved in the goal that put Brighton 2-1 back in front.

Just got back from Brighton v Charlton, Teixeira looked very good, great technician & dictated a lot of play in the 10 role. Almost scored.

— Simon Steers (@sisteers) August 30, 2014

Teixeira continues to build up a reputation for all the right reasons on the south coast, where he played the full match in Brighton’s 2-2 draw with Charlton at Flamer Stadium on Saturday. He started the game centrally in a ‘2’ behind striker Craig Mackail-Smith and the 21-year-old was named man of the match for Hyppia’s evolving team.

Joao Teixiera got man of the match, and throughly deserved it. He's such a quality player. Everything attack went through him. #BHAFC

— Brighton Fanbase (@BrightonFanbase) August 30, 2014

Andre Wisdom

West Brom were taken all the way to penalties by League Two side Oxford United in the Carling Cup second round  at the Hawthorns last Tuesday night.

Boss Alan Irvine made a number of changes to his side, but Wisdom continued in his right back slot where he has so far featured for the Baggies.

The 21-year-old set up the Albion ‘goal’ as his cross was turned into his own net by Oxford’s Jonny Mullins for an own-goal. Wisdom also took a penalty when called upon in the shootout, and he scored, making it 5-5 before West Brom ran out 7-6 winners in the shootout.

Andre Wisdom assisted an (own) goal & scored a penalty in a penalty shootout as WBA beat Oxford.

— MrBoywunder (@MrBoywunder) August 26, 2014

Saturday saw the Baggies beaten 3-0 by an impressive Swansea City, as West Brom remain winless in their first three league games of the new season. Wisdom played at right-back, but switched to the left in the second half when Irvine put on new signing Christian Gamboa for left back Jason Davidson.

Luis Alberto

Bernd Schusters ten-man Malaga failed to build on their opening weekend win over Atletic Bilbao on Friday night, as they were beaten 3-0 by Valencia.

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21-year-old Alberto started for the away side, and played as the central figure in a ‘3’ behind the striker, Roque Santa Cruz. He provided an excellent assist for a Malaga ‘goal’ that was then incorrectly disallowed, frustratingly for the away side.

Sergi Darder’s red card 27 minutes into the match turned the game into an uphill struggle for Alberto’s team and the Liverpool loanee was substituted with 15 minutes remaining and the game already over at 3-0.

Elsewhere

Jordon Ibe was left out of the Derby match-day squad on Saturday for their match against Ipswich. Ibe was signed and registered in time to feature but was left out due to having minimal time around the Derby set-up.

For those asking, Jordon Ibe was signed in time just not selected in the 18 #dcfc @dcfcofficial

— Steve Nicholson (@SNicholsonDT) August 30, 2014

On Ibe, Simpson said: "We discussed it [including Ibe], but we didn’t feel as if anybody deserved to be left out of the squad." #dcfc

— Steve Nicholson (@SNicholsonDT) August 30, 2014

Iago Aspas was again an unused substitute for Sevilla on Saturday night as Unai Emrey’s side recorded a 2-1 win away at Espanyol in La Liga.

Tiago Ilori missed Bordeaux’s 1-1 draw with Bastia on Sunday evening as injury continues to hamper the Portuguese defenders’ chances of match action at his new club.

Tiago Ilori is injured and not involved for Bordeaux today #LFC pic.twitter.com/4FAUepTVl6

— Chris (@ChrisLawley77) August 31, 2014

Brad Smith played 90 minutes for Swindon on Saturday, who drew 1-1 at the County Ground against Coventry City in League One.

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Sunderland want Liverpool’s Sebastian Coates, but haven’t given up on Fabio Borini

5 часов 51 минута назад

Sunderland are interested in making a transfer deadline day swoop for Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates, but haven’t given up hope of signing Fabio Borini permanently, according to Sky Sports News.

 Liverpool's Sebastian Coates in action against Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic during the International Champions Cup Group B match at the Yankee Stadium on day ten of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Uruguayan international Coates has been out of favour at Liverpool since Brendan Rodgers came to the club in 2012 and injury hampered him leaving in the January transfer window.

The 23-year-old has made just 24 appearances for the Reds’ first team since signing from Nacional in August 2011. Now it seems fellow Uruguayan Gus Poyet to keen to take Coates to the Stadium of Light.

The Daily Mail suggest Coates’ move to Sunderland will be done on a loan deal. Joe Bernstein writes:

Sunderland have sorted out terms for the 23-year-old central defender who faced England at last summer’s World Cup and the move is to be confirmed officially on deadline day.

However, Sky Sports News report that the Black Cats are still interested in signing Borini, having agreed a £14 million fee for the Italian forward last month.

Can't Coates and Borini car share?

— Simon Pugsley (@SiPugs) September 1, 2014

It is understood that Borini is keen to stay on Merseyside and fight for his place following his season-long loan spell in the North East, but the signings of Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli this summer have put Borini further back in the pecking order at Anfield.

Sky Sports report that Sunderland won’t stretch to sign both Coates and Borini — it is simply one or the other.

Do Liverpool need to keep either Coates or Borini? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, or on Twitter using the hashtag #TIAdeadlineday.

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Raheem Sterling’s Liverpool rise enhanced by stunning performance at Spurs

6 часов 36 минут назад

Alex Saldanha charts the progress of Raheem Sterling, the teenage attacker has gone from peripheral youngster to key man in less than a calendar year.

 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the first goal against Southampton during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There is something about White Hart Lane and Raheem Sterling. Last season it was the ground on which he first earned his position as a regular in Brendan Rodgers’ side, and eight months later it is the stadium in which he has produced the latest in a string of man of the match performances further enhancing his reputation as one of, if not, the world’s most exciting young talent.

Such has been the rise of the teenager, it is strange to think that just 12 months ago some Reds fans were writing him off: a dire performance at the KC Stadium in a 3-1 defeat seemed to be the cause, a loan move to Swansea was mooted to kickstart his young career.

And then things began to change. Firstly he scored an 88th minute goal in 5-1 victory against Norwich – a sidenote in a game centred around the brilliance of Luis Suarez but a confidence builder for the youngster. He would follow this up with a decent performance in the 4-1 midweek victory against West Ham but it was one week later at White Hart Lane where he really exploded to life.

In the Reds’ 5-0 victory, Sterling was truly sensational tearing Tottenham’s defence, and in particular Kyle Naughton, to pieces. On top of his wonderfully taken goal, Sterling was excellent with the ball at his feet carrying the Red men up the field and time and again getting past Naughton in to dangerous positions. Defensively he was also good, more than playing his part in the Reds’ pressing game making three tackles and an interception.

 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the fifth goal against Tottenham Hotspur with team-mate captain Luis Suarez during the Premiership match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

From that point on the 19-year-old hasn’t looked back: from that day he has provided a succession of top quality performances for the Reds, contributing 10 goals and 5 assists in the process.

All areas of his game have been impressive: in the passing stakes Sterling has boasted an 80% completion rate and made 38 key passes. Defensively he has been solid winning the ball back with 25 tackles, completing 9 clearances and making 18 interceptions. And offensively Sterling has really shown his quality completing 65% of his take on attempts and boasting a 28.5% chance conversion rate, a figure even the best strikers in the world would be proud of.

What Next?

So where from here for Raheem? What is clear is that Sterling is only going to get better as he matures under Brendan Rodgers’ tutorship. For someone so young his tactical acumen is extremely impressive, as exemplified by his ease at adapting to numerous different positions, and his raw skill set is top notch: he really has all the ingredients to one day being considered amongst the best, if not the best, players in the world.

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and Raheem Sterling during the Football League Cup 4th Round match against Swansea City at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The one question mark that can currently be levelled at him is over his end product. Although for one so young his total of 10 goals and 5 assists over 26 games is impressive, to be considered amongst the very best he needs to up the regularity of which he adds to these tallies.

The start of the 2014/15 season bodes well on this front: in three games Sterling has already recorded two goals and an assist. The importance of his goal involvement has also to be noted: his two goals have both being the opening goal of the game and his assist was to set up Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool’s winner against Southampton.

Big players turn up when their teams most need them, Sterling is certainly doing that. In fact Sterling’s importance to this Liverpool team can be seen in the fact that he has gained Sky Sports’ man of the match award in each the Reds’ two victories: when Sterling plays well the Reds fire, he is key to the team.

Whatever Liverpool achieve this season it is a sure thing that Raheem Sterling will play a large part in their successes. If he maintains his current form and progresses as expected he is a safe bet to be the recipient of the PFA’s Young Player of the Year award come the end of the season and do not be surprised if he is a strong contender, or winner of, the main gong itself.

Under Brendan Rodgers’ tutelage Liverpool have the capacity to go a long way this season and expect Sterling, perhaps Rodgers’ finest pupil, to be prominent.

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Liverpool’s Transfer Deadline Day: Who Could Go Where

7 часов 36 минут назад

Today is the final day of the summer transfer window, and Liverpool are expected to do plenty of outgoing business throughout the much-talked about ‘Deadline Day’. Henry Jackson runs you through the potential ins and outs on what could be a frantic day.

Transfer deadline day has become one of the most eagerly-anticipated days in the football calender, with plenty of business done right up until the 11pm cut-off point. Today will be no different.

On deadline days down the years Liverpool have announced both the signings and departures of many top class players, whether it be Luis Suarez joining the club in 2011 or Fernando Torres moving to Chelsea on the same day, but how will it pan out this time round?

Here are the players we expect to be heavily involved in today’s transfer circus.

INS

SERGIO ROMERO

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Brendan Rodgers has made it clear that he only really needs to make one more addition to his current squad, and another goalkeeper is most certainly the key area Liverpool need to strengthen.

The Daily Mirror reported on Sunday that the club were close to reaching an agreement for the signing of Romero, who started for Argentina in this summer’s World Cup final and was on loan at Monaco from Sampdoria last season.

The 27-year-old would be a terrific addition, and an undoubted upgrade on Brad Jones, who is not good enough for a top four club. Romero would add greater competition to Simon Mignolet, and it would make the Belgian up his level even more knowing his place in the side was not as assured as it is at the moment.

There is every chance Romero will be the only incoming player at Anfield today.

OUTS

LUCAS LEIVA

 Liverpool's Lucas Leiva scores a penalty against Manchester City during the International Champions Cup Group B match at the Yankee Stadium on day ten of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lucas’ future has been unclear for a while now, but his exclusion from Liverpool’s squad against Manchester City last Monday, coupled with the Mirror reporting a loan move to Napoli was close to being finalised, seem to signal his days on Merseyside are numbered.

With Steven Gerrard clearly first-choice in defensive midfield, and the likes of Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen and Emre Can also considered more important players now, the 27-year-old would be wise to join former boss Rafa Benitez in Serie A.

Injuries have cruelly hampered the Brazilian’s progress in recent years, and he may well have played the last of his 244 appearances in a Reds shirt.

FABIO BORINI

 Liverpool's Fabio Borini celebrates scoring the second goal against Shamrock Rovers during a postseason friendly match at Lansdowne Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Borini’s future has been up in the air all summer, but it has become clear that Rodgers does not see him as part of his plans this season and beyond.

According to the Daily Star, the 23-year-old Italian is wanted by AC Milan, Sunderland, where he spent last season on loan, and QPR.

Liverpool would be happier to sell him on a permanent deal, but if a loan offer comes in, which seems to be the more likely outcome, they will surely accept it.

Borini made 20 appearances in his only full season at Anfield to date (2012/13), scoring just twice.

SUSO

 Liverpool's 'Suso' Jesus Joaquin Fernandez Saenz De La Torre in action against Queens Park Rangers during the final Premiership match of the 2012/13 season at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Daily Star claim that Milan are interested in taking Suso to the club on loan, with a view to a permanent deal should he impress.

The 20-year-old has struggled to become a key part of Rodgers’ plans, and with Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling, Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana all ahead of him in the pecking order in attacking midfield, it’s hard to see that changing any time soon.

The Spaniard has only managed 20 first-team appearances since arriving in 2010, and expect a deal to potentially go through before the 11pm deadline.

OUSSAMA ASSAIDI

 Liverpool's Oussama Assaidi in action against an Indonesia XI during a preseason friendly at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Although some may be surprised to hear it, Assaidi is still a Liverpool player. The 26-year-old has no future at the club, however, and there is every chance he will leave today.

Stoke have maintained a constant interest in the Moroccan wide man this summer, after he impressed on loan there last season, and Mark Hughes could well get his man at the eleventh hour.

Assaidi has managed just 12 appearances for the Reds since joining from Heerenveen in the summer of 2012, failing to score in that time.

SEBASTIAN COATES

 Liverpool's Sebastian Coates in action against Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic during the International Champions Cup Group B match at the Yankee Stadium on day ten of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Despite some very impressive performances during pre-season, Coates is set to join his Uruguayan compatriot Gus Poyet at Sunderland on a season-long loan, according to the Daily Mail.

With Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure all preferred at centre-back by Rodgers, the 23-year-old will be a peripheral figure if he stays at Liverpool in 2014/15.

The Reds boss has said already that he would rather his fringe players leave in order to get the best out of their careers, and Coates’ ability is undoubtedly deserving of playing regular first-team action.

He arrived from Nacional in 2011, but injuries and form have limited him to just 24 appearances in a Reds shirt.

What are your predictions for Transfer Deadline Day? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Liverpool FC Transfer Deadline Day — LIVE!

8 часов 22 минуты назад

Live transfer deadline day updates throughout September 1st 2014.

This page automatically checks for updates every two minutes so long as your device is left unlocked. Click here to manually refresh.

  • Let us know who you want Liverpool to sign today, and who should be sold in the comments section below, or on Twitter using the hashtag #TIAdeadlineday.

07:16

Some early birds catching the worm using our #TIAdeadlineday hashtag on Twitter:

#TIAdeadlineday in Valdes n Song. Out Lucas, Assaidi n Coates.

— Nick Voakes (@nickvoakes) September 1, 2014

Liverpool should get Valdes and Shaqiri and Player like Borini,Assaidi and Jones should depart the club…#TIAdeadlineday

— Next Rated G (@IamFrosh_Hidee) September 1, 2014

https://twitter.com/anuraag_ask/status/506316728205201409

07:05

This Is Anfield’s Henry Jackson has put together a transfer deadline day rumours round-up piece for us. Click here to read.

06:56

There could well be some Liverpool exits today. Fabio Borini, Lucas Leiva, Suso, Oussama Assaidi and Sebastian Coates have all been linked with moves. Full rumour round-up coming up…

06:47

Liverpool have lined up a move for Victor Valdes but are prepared to wait until the autumn in order for the free agent to prove his fitness.

— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) September 1, 2014

06:44

Transfer deadline day isn’t the only thing going on at This Is Anfield today. We’re still celebrating yesterday’s 3-0 win at Spurs.

06:32

 FC Barcelona's goalkeeper Victor Valdes celebrates the second goal against Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)Liverpool could make a deadline day swoop for veteran ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes. He is available as a free agent. (talkSPORT)

06:27

Who should Liverpool buy today, and who should be sold? Let us know your thoughts on this transfer deadline day in the comments section below or on Twitter using the hashtag #TIAdeadlineday. The best tweets will make it to our this live feed.

06:20

Let’s get the day underway with a transfers related poll:

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06:13 BST

We’re here all the way through until the transfer window slams shut at 11pm BST tonight. Liverpool must have conducted all their summer’s transfer activity by then yada yada yada. Here you can find a reminder of the INs and OUTs at Anfield so far this summer.

06:00 BST

Welcome to This Is Anfield’s Liverpool FC Transfer Deadline Day live commentary! What’s for breakfast?

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Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool: Player Ratings

17 часов 6 минут назад

Liverpool eased to a brilliant win over Spurs at White Hart Lane on Sunday, with a number of players impressing. Henry Jackson rates each Reds performer on the day.

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers against Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SIMON MIGNOLET- 6 (out of 10)

The 26-year-old had little to deal with, but he made a solid stop to deny Nacer Chadli with the score at 1-0. His kicking remains a little inconsistent, but he enjoyed a fairly faultless 90 minutes.

JAVIER MANQUILLO- 7

The 20-year-old was dependable all afternoon, and offered more defensive quality than Glen Johnson and should now be first-choice ahead of the Englishman. It would be nice to see him get forward a bit more, however.

DEJAN LOVREN- 6

Although there were undoubtedly some good moments from the 25-year-old, he did not always look completely dependable. He made some good interceptions and was strong physically, but was guilty of chasing the ball and being out of position a number of times.

MAMADOU SAKHO- 6

Like Lovren, the 24-year-old was good for the large part but he looked a little shaky on occasions. He lost the ball cheaply a couple of times, but his general defensive work was good.

ALBERTO MORENO- 8

 Liverpool's Alberto Moreno celebrates scoring the third goal against Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Moreno was excellent all afternoon, showing blistering pace going forward and very capable defensive work in equal measure. He capped off a brilliant display with a wonderful solo effort to make it 3-0.

STEVEN GERRARD- 7

The skipper produced a very fine display, and it was the much-maligned defensive side of his game that was terrific all afternoon rather than his passing and creativity. He read the play expertly, made several very fine challenges and scored clinically from the penalty spot to double the Reds’ lead.

JORDAN HENDERSON- 8

He may not have been quite as noticeable as some of his teammates, but Henderson was Liverpool’s best player on the day. His endless running and pressing was superb throughout, and he provided Raheem Sterling with an excellent pass for the opener. The 24-year-old is one of the most important players at the club now.

 Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring the second goal against Tottenham Hotspur from the penalty spot with team-mates Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

JOE ALLEN- 6

Not the most memorable performance by the Welshman, but he was typically neat and tidy and won the penalty for the all-important second goal. His place in the side is under threat from the likes of Emre Can and the returning Adam Lallana.

RAHEEM STERLING- 8

The 19-year-old ran Henderson very close for Man of the Match, and was a constant menace to the Spurs defence all afternoon. He took his goal brilliantly and almost scored a sensational solo effort in the second-half. Is there a more exciting teenager in European football at the moment?

MARIO BALOTELLI- 7

 Liverpool's Mario Balotelli in action against Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Italian enjoyed a good debut, but was clearly not quite 100 per cent match fit and was substituted on the hour mark. The 24-year-old held the ball up well, showed pace and creativity, with the only negative being some slightly erratic finishing.

DANIEL STURRIDGE- 8

Sturridge was very good throughout, showing some brilliant footwork and clever movement from start to finish. He did superbly in the lead-up to Sterling’s goal, and continued to show he can lead the line without Luis Suarez at the club.

Substitutes

EMRE CAN- 7 (on for Allen 60)-

The German gave the side more pace and power than Allen, and looks a terrific signing.

LAZAR MARKOVIC (on for Balotelli 60)- 6

Didn’t affect the game hugely but looks a huge prospect and oozes class.

JOSE ENRIQUE (on for Sterling 85)- n/a

No time to make an impact.

Who was your star man? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Liverpool fans react to Spurs win: Diamond shape praised

Вс, 31/08/2014 - 19:29

Liverpool returned to the midfield diamond that brought success at the end of last season and with it returned the attacking and exciting football that became their trademark in 2013/14.

 Liverpool's Alberto Moreno celebrates scoring the third goal against Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool
Premier League, Sunday 31st August 2014

Raheem Sterling shone in the attacking midfield role at the tip of the diamond midfield, while there were encouraging signs from Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge as a partnership up front.

The Italian had a mixed game on his Liverpool debut, rusty with his finishing but working hard for the team and creating space for his partner. With defenders now having to worry about Balotelli, others around him——Sturridge, Sterling, Henderson——are afforded more space.

There were certainly some heart stopping moments with Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho in defence, but Liverpool’s two new full-backs, Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno certainly look impressed.

 Liverpool's Alberto Moreno celebrates scoring the third goal against Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Here are the best of the reactions of fans via social media:

Here is Balotelli's touch map to emphasize his work rate and shows twice as many touches in our half than Sturridge pic.twitter.com/gwUTdNRbKB

— Rory Fitzgerald (@RoryFitz9) August 31, 2014

First cleansheet in nine for #lfc. Nervy moments and still plenty questions regarding our centrebacks but fullbacks are a big improvement.

— LFCZA (@LFCZA) August 31, 2014

Praise for Mignolet from ‘DeathOrGlory’ in the forums:

Many things will be said in this thread, but i think one of the most telling moments in this game was that Mignolet save right before half time. That goes in and the game is completely different. Well done Simon!

Have to admit, Rodgers smiling and enjoying watching his team is refreshing to see in football. Should be enjoyed. #LFC

— David Downie (@daviddownie17) August 31, 2014

Could be the best left back Lfc have had since the treble season!!!

— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) August 31, 2014

‘Hope in your heart’ in the forums:

Looking back at the goals, they were brilliant, especially Moreno’s: the pace that lad has is simply astounding… he leaves Townsend (arguably one of the fastest players in the league) for dead there, before taking a perfect shot after such a bust-lunging run… absolutely breathtaking!

The away fans sing Mario Balotelli's name as he takes his place on the bench. He acknowledges them with a wave. #LFC

— James Carroll (@James_Carroll84) August 31, 2014

Work to do defensively but we still look one of, if not the most fluid attacking side in the league. Brilliant going forward. #LFC.

— Simon Steers (@sisteers) August 31, 2014

Hodgson is at this game. He’s probably thinking “Why couldn’t Henderson do this for England?” It’s because of you, Roy. Because of you. #lfc

— Dave Phillips (@lovefutebol) August 31, 2014

Great result heading into the international break, loads of positives, looks like we will be a threat to the top again this season. #LFC.

— Simon Steers (@sisteers) August 31, 2014

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Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool: Reds Cruise To Impressive Victory

Вс, 31/08/2014 - 18:20

Goals from Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Alberto Moreno inspired Liverpool to a hugely impressive victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

 Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring the second goal against Tottenham Hotspur from the penalty spot with team-mates Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool

Premier League / White Hart Lane / Sunday, 31st August 2014

Goals: Sterling (7), Gerrard pen (49), Moreno (59)

By Henry Jackson

Brendan Rodgers made three changes to the side that lost 3-1 to Manchester City on Monday evening, with star signing Mario Balotelli coming in for Philippe Coutinho to make his debut. Glen Johnson and Martin Skrtel both missed out through injury, with Javier Manquillo and Mamadou Sakho coming in, respectively.

Balotelli almost had the dream start to his Reds career, but his header after two minutes was saved by Hugo Lloris in the Spurs goal. The Italian should probably have buried it.

Five minutes later, however, Liverpool took the lead. Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson linked up down the right superbly, and the latter’s low cross was met at the back post by Raheem Sterling. It was the 19-year-old’s second goal of the season.

Emmanuel Adebayor missed a glorious opportunity to equalise soon after, lofting the ball onto the roof of the net when clean through on goal, while Sturridge fired wide after showing typically quick feet outside the box.

Balotelli had two further efforts on goal and Sturridge tested Lloris, in what was a breathless opening half an hour to proceedings. Both sides looked threat, but the visitors looked the far more fluent team.

 Liverpool's Mario Balotelli in action against Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Just before the break Nacer Chadli had a wonderful opportunity to level the scores, but he thundered his effort straight at Simon Mignolet.

Rodgers’ men took a 1-0 lead into the break.

Two minutes into the second-half Liverpool were awarded a penalty, following Eric Dier’s tug on Joe Allen. Steven Gerrard expertly dispatched the spot-kick to make it 2-0. It was the perfect start following the interval.

On the hour mark, Alberto Moreno scored a wonderful third goal for the Reds.

 Liverpool's Alberto Moreno scores the third goal against Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 22-year-old dispossessed Andros Townsend on the halfway line, ran at pace with the ball before firing a terric effort past Lloris into the corner of the net. It was reminiscent of John Arne Riise’s goal against Everton back in 2001, and was his first for the club.

Sturridge, Lovren and Sterling all had opportunities to add a fourth, as Liverpool showed the watching world that they are still very much a force without Luis Suarez.

The last 20 minutes or so went by without too much happening, and the Reds eased to their first away win of the season. They now have six points from their three Premier League games so far.

Man of the Match: Jordan Henderson

Tactical Overview

Rodgers switched from a 4-3-3 formation to the 4-4-2 diamond that brought so much success last season, in order to accommodate both Balotelli and Sturridge. The Italian looked a little rusty at times, but showed great promise alongside the Englishman.

Sterling played at the tip of the midfield four and was once again excellent, with Henderson and Allen offering legs either side of Gerrard.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Gerrard, Allen (Can 60), Henderson, Sterling (Enrique 85), Balotelli (Markovic 60), Sturridge.

Subs not used: Jones, Toure, Coutinho, Lambert,

Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Capoue; Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Adebayor.

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LFC Line-up v Spurs: Mario Balotelli starts for Reds

Вс, 31/08/2014 - 15:30

Brendan Rodgers hands a Liverpool debut to new £16 million striker Mario Balotelli, who starts Sunday afternoon’s Premier League clash at Tottenham.

 Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane Stadium before the Premiership match against Everton. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Balotelli returns to the Premier League for the first time since leaving Manchester City for AC Milan in January 2013.

The 24-year-old Italian international partners Daniel Sturridge up front, supported by Raheem Sterling.

Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen play ahead of Steven Gerrard in midfield, whilst injuries to Glen Johnson and Martin Skrtel mean a back four of Javier Manquillo, Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho and Alberto Moreno.

Philippe Coutinho drops to the bench, with Rickie Lambert and Lazar Markovic providing attacking options too.

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Friedel is amongst Tottenham’s substitutes.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Moreno, Lovren, Sakho, Gerrard, Allen, Henderson, Sterling, Sturridge, Balotelli.

Substitutes: Jones, Enrique, Toure, Lambert, Coutinho, Can, Markovic.

Tottenham: Lloris, Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose, Bentaleb, Capoue, Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela, Adebayor.

Substitutes: Friedel, Chiriches, Davies, Dembele, Holtby, Townsend, Kane.

The Reds will be looking to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat to Manchester City on Monday night, whilst Tottenham are looking to maintain their 100% victory record in 2014/15 so far.

Tottenham v Liverpool gets underway at 1.30pm and is live on Sky Sports 1 in the UK. Make sure you’re following @thisisanfield on Twitter for live updates.

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Report: Inter Milan show interest in Borini

Вс, 31/08/2014 - 10:01

Inter Milan are the latest club to show an interest in taking Fabio Borini from Liverpool this summer, according to reports emanating in Italy.

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and Fabio Borini during a press conference at Anfield ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group A match against Udinese Calcio. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, who has had numerous transfer news that has proven to be accurate this summer, claims Inter are interested in taking the former Roma forward on loan.

However, Liverpool have rejected offers from numerous clubs for Borini to leave on loan, instead preferring a permanent move away – having accepted Sunderland’s £14 million bid last month.

AC Milan have also been linked with the 22-year-old, with Sunderland boss Gus Poyet keen to take the player to the north-east again.

The Sunderland Chronicle report a decision is expected this week – hardly groundbreaking news given that the transfer window closes on Monday!

With the player himself seemingly keen to only leave on loan, and thus leave the door open to a return to Liverpool, will the club now allow the temporary move over the next 48 hours?

Speaking on Friday, Brendan Rodgers said:

“I think Fabio’s situation is clear. All the players who there have been doubts about know exactly where they are at.

“Fabio has got a move there to Sunderland which has been ongoing for a number of weeks. He knows where he stands in terms of his position here at Liverpool.

“For him, it’s best to move on and get playing regularly. But that’s something he has to decide.”

With Daniel Agger having completed a move away, Rodgers has made it clear to players like Borini and Ousamma Assaidi that their future lies away from Anfield.

Meanwhile, midfielder Suso is also linked with a loan move to AC Milan.

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No special treatment for Mario Balotelli as Brendan Rodgers puts faith in new striker

Вс, 31/08/2014 - 01:52

Brendan Rodgers is refusing to be drawn into the hype surrounding Mario Balotelli’s arrival at Liverpool.

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The Reds completed the £16 million signing of the 24-year-old striker from AC Milan on Monday and he could make his debut in Sunday’s Premier League trip to Tottenham.

Since news of Liverpool’s interest in Balotelli broke, there has been a wave of interest with young fans standing on bins outside the club’s Melwood training ground to catch a glimpse of the Italian international.

The media, too, has certainly raised the excitement of Balotelli’s return to the Premier League following his headline-making spell at Manchester City between 2010 and 2013.

But Rodgers says Balotelli is no different to any other player at the club and won’t be given any special treatment.

As level-headed as ever, Rodgers is quoted in The Mail On Sunday as saying, “He is going to be treated the same as every player here, that’s for sure. A repeat of what happened at City won’t happen here. It’s a different style. We have different conditions at Liverpool. You have to behave yourself in a certain way. Simple.”

Much has ben made about Balotelli’s attitude after alleged fallouts at both Man City and Milan.

But having worked with him in training this week, Rodgers has been reassured about the forward’s maturity.

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers before the Premier League match against Southampton at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Mario wants to prove how much he loves this country,” Rodgers said. “He left as a young guy a couple of years ago but he now really appreciates it.

“I have spoken at length to Mario since he has been here. He is definitely a mature boy. He is very, very bright. I think he now feels that it is time to show the type of player he is. Everyone knows his quality and we have seen it this week in training.

“We have seen the sheer power and pace and the touch that he has. He wants to score goals and I think he wants to do it consistently now. That is why we are working really hard on his football. This won’t be the Mario Balotelli show for the press every week.”

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A System Built Around Chaos

Вс, 31/08/2014 - 00:09

Mario Balotelli’s arrival could kickstart Liverpool’s season, writes Lee Coates.

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers against AC Milan during the International Champions Cup Group B match at the Bank of America Stadium on day thirteen of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Life is about stories. About characters. Imagine Romeo & Juliet without Mercutio, On the Road without Dean Moriarty, Of Mice and Men without Lenny. They exist, but they don’t work. Our football club needs characters to function. Otherwise, we’re lifeless.

The mythical Mario Balotelli. Saint and sinner. A misunderstand Samaritan. A scorer of great goals. A misser of sitters. A warmonger. A troubled kid. A sweet and tender hooligan. A man who shifts through the streets like Spring-heeled Jack. A man who’s ours. A man here to supply chaos.

Chaos has no direction. You can’t point chaos in the right way. Chaos leads its own life.

Losing to City was disappointing for some. We expect our team to win. Hell breaks loose when we don’t. Chaos. Never again. This will never happen again. The players expect to win too, such is the mentality that is now instilled. City think likewise. They’re efficient. They’re a brilliant football team. In a click of their fingers, they’ve got you. We made mistakes and they scored goals. That’s what happened.

 Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action against Manchester City during the Premier League match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sometimes football takes control before you can.

We tried. We tried to take control. After every goal was scored, we kicked off and we passed and we passed. We found space between the midfield and defence. We were playing our game. More times than not, our game defeats the opponent. City were too good. City are champions. That’s what happened.

Our new boys took to the picture like new tiles in the road. They stood out. Shiny and new. Last season we had an eleven. A familiar eleven. Now we’re punctuated by new bodies. They all look promising. They all look unique. Can looks like he can dominate not just one pitch, but two. Moreno looks the left back we always wanted. Pace, courageous, good in the tackle, good on the ball. Lovren, fulfilling The Beatles mantra Lovren’s All You Need. They’re brand new. They’re not quite in shape. They’re unfamiliar of their surroundings. They’ve not been fully woven into the fabric just yet. But they will be.

A system built around chaos. Brendan’s system. Trying to dictate the path of a hurricane. We play this way, but let things happen. Let things happen. Against City, 4-3-3 wasn’t allowing things to happen. They had us. They built their defences and they had us. We’ve got enough players to fit this formation twice over.

4-4-2

4-4-2 brought unrelenting attack last season. Let’s bring it back. Let’s have Balotelli up top with Sturridge. Sterling running free, running wild, in the hole behind them. Coutinho, Henderson, Can, Allen, Lallana, Markovic, whoever, behind him. Get them forward. Get them turning heads, making people dizzy, running through them like a shattered hole in a fortress. City was a one off. A team built to hold us at bay. But not everyone can. And not everyone will.

Chaos brings change. Changes in players. Changes in support. There are always changes.

Mignolet. At fault for the third goal with appalling positional sense, but Mignolet. A goalkeeper who’s changing. The goal can be forgiven. He played most of the match as a sweeper. He was far from his line. He’s there to tidy up. He’s not done this before but he will do from now. Rodgers’ has told him so. Neuer looked pretty mad playing this way for Germany in the World Cup, but he got it right. Time will tell whether Mignolet will. If he does, we’re in for some tense but utterly enjoyable goalkeeping.

Lambert. A change in shirt. A shirt that he didn’t think would weigh any more than his previous one. But it does.

Johnson. A change in form, but he wears red. Remember how you treat them.

Gerrard. A change in perspective. Fans can be stuck, can be against change. Gerrard isn’t Gerrard anymore. Nor are you. You can’t climb trees any more because you’re too old and you can’t control your weight like you used to. Gerrard’s changed. He’s our playmaker. He’s not our man of action anymore. ‘He’s not as good as he used to be’ doesn’t cut it. He’s different than he used to be.

Some characters get introduced. Some characters change. Stories always develop. Things always happen. Things are about to happen.

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Liverpool fans react to Daniel Agger’s departure

Сб, 30/08/2014 - 19:02

Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to discuss Daniel Agger‘s departure from the club after he sealed a return to his former club Brondby on Saturday.

 Liverpool's Daniel Agger, rumoured to be a transfer target for Manchester City, displays the initials YNWA (You'll Never Walk Alone) on his right hand, pictured before the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round 2nd Leg match against FC Gomel at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Agger leaves Anfield after eight years and 232 appearances for the club. He scored 14 goals in that time and won the hearts of many fans with his devotion to the club.

Even upon his exit this weekend, Agger revealed, “I wouldn’t leave here to go anywhere else and that has been proven by my actions in recent seasons – I have turned down many offers to move to other Premier League and European clubs.”

It is understood the Reds will receive around £3 million from Brondby for Agger, who was linked with a move to both Manchester City and Barcelona only last summer.

 Liverpool substitute Daniel Agger against West Bromwich Albion during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A recurrent back problem has caused Agger’s career to slip, struggling to remain part of Liverpool’s first team as Brendan Rodgers‘ side went from strength to strength.

The arrivals of Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain last summer and Dejan Lovren this year had further made game time opportunities tougher for the 29-year-old.

Nevertheless, Agger was a popular figure at Liverpool throughout his stay, absorbing himself into the passion and culture of the city. For that reason, he will be sorely missed.

We’ve rounded up a selection of reactions to Agger’s departure from Twitter. Let us know your thoughts on his sale, and your favourite Agger memories in the comments section below, or on Twitter @thisisanfield.

The word 'loyal' is thrown around far too loosely these days. But Daniel Agger is something else. So lucky to have him. @DanielAgger

— Sai. (@TheEngancheRole) August 30, 2014

@BassTunedToRed Unbelievable that it's already Rodgers' 100th game tomorrow and Agger only chalked up 232 in 8 years.

— Simon (@TalkingAnfield) August 30, 2014

BR – ruthless. Not letting sentimentality get in the way of decisions. Very much his squad now.

— WHAT•A•HIT•SON•LFC (@whatahitsonlfc) August 30, 2014

Loyalty is a rare commodity. Stayed at the club when many didn't during the club dark days… pic.twitter.com/x2ZsyAJ6Wr

— MostarLFC (@MostarLFC) August 30, 2014

Gutted to see Dan Agger leave #LFC, always been one of my favourite players, but pleased he has had opportunity to go home.

— Simon Steers (@sisteers) August 30, 2014

Agger's peak was arguably under Dalglish, when LFC conceded just 26 goals in the 3,505 minutes that Agger played (1 per 135 mins)

— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) August 30, 2014

Sad to see Agger go to such a low level so early. For several years, my favourite player at the club. Rubbish fee for LFC.

— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) August 30, 2014

We’ll miss you Dagger @danielagger

— BrentLFC (@BrentV_RSA) August 30, 2014

He gives out what's deserved too… ;) @DanielAgger https://t.co/9nZl2tVQau

— Rebecca Parry (@beccaparry10) August 30, 2014

Daniel Agger. Rejected Man City, Barcelona, Milan when Liverpool didn't have Champions League, what a man.

— Mootaz (@Mootaz_LFC) August 29, 2014

Nice to see that both Agger and Alonso didn’t want to play for other English clubs, despite the offers.

— Paul Tomkins (@paul_tomkins) August 30, 2014

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Brendan Rodgers on Daniel Agger’s Liverpool departure

Сб, 30/08/2014 - 15:36

Brendan Rodgers has wished Daniel Agger well for the future after the Danish international completed a return to his former club Brondby on Saturday.

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Daniel Agger after the 3-0 victory over FC Gomel the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round 2nd Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Agger leaves Merseyside eight years after arriving, having made 232 appearances and scoring 14 goals for the Reds.

“We wish Daniel and his family well for the future,” Rodgers told the club’s official website. “We’ve been discussing Daniel’s future with him during the close season and I know this is a decision he has reached after much soul searching and deliberation.

“Daniel loves Liverpool and the club’s supporters, and has a unique connection with them.”

Injury problems have hampered Agger’s career for some time, and the arrival of Croatian defender Dejan Lovren put the 29-year-old further down Rodgers’ defensive pecking order.

Rodgers added, “When we had the privilege to play Brondby in pre-season, we saw the esteem he is held in and I can understand why he would want to return there.

“On behalf of everyone at Liverpool, I thank Daniel for his service to the club and hope he finishes his career with some happy times in Denmark.”

Agger: “I have turned down many offers to move to other Premier League and European clubs.” #YNWADaniel

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 30, 2014

It is understood Liverpool will receive around £3 million from Brondby.

What was your favourite Agger memory from his time at Liverpool? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Daniel Agger: A Liverpool FC Career Unfulfilled?

Сб, 30/08/2014 - 15:20

Daniel Agger’s Liverpool career ended on Saturday, completing a return to Brondby. Despite being a very fine servant to the club, his Reds career may be looked upon as a slight disappointment, explains Henry Jackson.

 Liverpool's Daniel Agger in action against Manchester United during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Agger’s exit brings an end to a Reds career that has brought us plenty of joy, but could have given so much more.

When the 64-time capped Denmark international joined Liverpool from Brondby for £5.8m in January 2006, he was a 21-year-old with a huge reputation.

The centre-back had impressed enormously five months previously when Denmark thrashed England 4-1, with his ability on the ball and leadership qualities standing out. A number of Europe’s top clubs were interested in signing him, but it was Rafa Benitez who persuaded him to join Liverpool.

With Sami Hyypia slowly becoming more and more of a squad player because of his advancing years, and Jamie Carragher approaching 30, Agger was seen as the long-term solution at centre-back; someone who would be the club’s key defender for the best part of a decade.

Sadly, for both us as Reds fans and for Agger, his career has just not panned out that way.

Injuries have consistently curtailed his progress over the years- he has reached 40 appearances in a season just once in his eight years at the club- and there have not been many periods when he has been the undisputed first-choice centre-back in the side, if any.

He was in and out of the team during his first full season in 2006/07, but he did play a pivotal role in the Champions League semi-final triumph over Chelsea, scoring the only goal of the second-leg to take the game to penalties. He started in the loss to AC Milan in the final too.

 Liverpool's Daniel Agger in action against Chelsea during the Premiership match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The following season was a disastrous one for the Dane, however, with a metatarsal injury keeping him out for virtually the entire campaign. He made just six appearances in all competitions.

Having missed the start of 2008/09 too, he returned in October but struggled to find his top form. His defensive qualities were beginning to come into question somewhat, in particular his ability to deal with physical strikers like Didier Drogba. The Ivorian had bullied him in the aforementioned semi-final first-leg at Stamford Bridge.

Back surgery meant that, once again, Agger missed the first few months of 2009/10, while in 2010/11 was he out for even longer. A knee injury ended his season in March, but he also had numerous niggles before then as well.

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Agger enjoyed one of his more lengthy spells in the side under Kenny Dalglish in 2011/12, and his form was very impressive because of it. He formed an impressive partnership with Skrtel — had it not been for injuries they would have played many, many games together — and although the injury curse still didn’t evaporate entirely, he was more of a feature in the team than he had been for a number of years.

Rodgers’ arrival in the summer of 2012 coincided with Agger going almost injury free for the entire 2012/13 season. He appeared in 35 of the Reds’ 38 Premier League games, and his form was largely solid, barring a disastrous opening game in which Agger was sent-off and conceded a penalty in a 3-0 loss to West Brom.

Agger was named vice-captain last summer by Rodgers following the retirement of Carragher after he decided to stay at Anfield despite reported interest from Barcelona.

He fell out of favour for much of 2013/14 though, with Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho often the preferred centre-back pairing as the Reds finished second after a superb season. Agger played his part, but not as much as he’d have liked.

All of the above may make it sound as though Agger’s Liverpool career has been a disaster, but that’s not the case whatsoever.

He has scored some memorable goals, produced some Man of the Match displays and has been a crucial member of the squad for almost a decade. The harsh truth, however, is that he hasn’t lived up to the huge potential he had when he arrived on Merseyside in 2006.

That is mainly due to his injury woes in fairness, but he’s also never quite progressed at the rate many expected him to when he did get decent runs in the side.

He could have been a world-class defender and a true Liverpool great, but instead he’s had to settle for being a very fine international defender- one who is currently captain of Denmark- and a very good servant for the Reds. It’s far from disastrous.

 Liverpool's Daniel Agger argues with 'Suso' Jesus Joaquin Fernandez Saenz De La Torre after Brondby IF score the opening goal during a preseason friendly match at Brøndby Stadion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

At 29-years-old he should be in his absolute prime, but the amount of injuries he has had have clearly seen him lose a yard of pace, and he looks a less confident player than he once did.

Daniel Agger was terrific servant, but there will always be that nagging feeling that his Liverpool career was unfulfilled.

Do you agree that Daniel Agger hasn’t reached his potential at Liverpool? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Daniel Agger completes Brondby return

Сб, 30/08/2014 - 15:12

Daniel Agger‘s has left Liverpool to return to his former club Brondby, it was confirmed on Saturday.

 Liverpool's Daniel Agger celebrates scoring the first goal against Hull City during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Danish international defender has been hampered by long-term back problems and seen his chances of first-team football at Anfield fade away.

The signing of Croatian international defender Dejan Lovren this summer further set Agger back in the pecking order of Brendan Rodgers‘ team.

A statement by Agger on Liverpool’s official website reads:

Liverpool have been such a big part of my life and my family’s lives for so long, that leaving is extremely difficult.

The opportunity arose for me to return home to Brondby and at this stage of my career it felt like the right decision for me.

I wouldn’t leave here to go anywhere else and that has been proven by my actions in recent seasons – I have turned down many offers to move to other Premier League and European clubs.

I would like to thank the Liverpool supporters for the incredible backing they have given me in my time here and the warmth and generosity of spirit displayed to my family.

This has been our home and somewhere we have been very happy and settled. However, more recently I have started to feel the effects of playing regularly in a league that is as physically demanding as the Premier League is, and I would not want to stay if I did not think that I was able to meet that challenge week in, week out.

The club itself is very special and I shall remain a supporter for the rest of my life. I regard every game I played at Anfield as a privilege.

HAN ER TILBAGE!! @DanielAgger #Brøndby pic.twitter.com/lEITisvzpm

— Brøndby IF (@BrondbyIF) August 30, 2014

Agger was signed by former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez from Brondby in 2006 and was a big part of the team through highs and lows.

It is reported that Liverpool will earn £3 million from the sale of Agger.

All the best, Danny. YNWA.

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LFC Transfer Rumours Round-Up: Agger, Coates & Borini off?

Сб, 30/08/2014 - 02:18

Liverpool have signed nine players this transfer window, and now are looking to move on a few, according to today’s LFC transfer rumours.

 Liverpool's Daniel Agger celebrates scoring the first goal against Hull City during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Having signed Rickie Lambert, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren, Divock Origi, Javier Manquillo, Alberto Moreno and Mario Balotelli so far this summer for a combined £117 million, Liverpool are set to shed a few at the end of the transfer window.

Firstly, the departure of Daniel Agger this summer would be of no surprise to the Anfield faithful, but it’s perhaps his reported destination that may shock.

Daniel Agger looks set to return to Denmark with Brondby closing in on a deal to sign the Liverpool defender.

— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) August 29, 2014

A return to former club Brondby is reportedly on the cards, according to various sources.

The Liverpool Echo, claim that a £3 million move to the Danish Superliga side is set to be completed before the end of the transfer window on Monday.

SHOCK DEAL: Agger looks set to complete shock cut-price move to former club Brondby #LFC http://t.co/CWHd84zAVl pic.twitter.com/4TmEqLuFXE

— Liverpool Echo (@LivEchoLFC) August 29, 2014

James Pearce writes that the player “has been linked with Atletico Madrid and Napoli but Agger informed Liverpool he had no interest in playing for anyone else other than Brondby in his homeland.”

However this was “complicated by the fact that Brondby aren’t in a position to pay anywhere near the market value for Denmark’s captain.”

It is suggested that the Danish club will pay the nominal fee, whilst Liverpool are “close to a settlement with Agger over the final two years of his £120,000 per week contract,” suggesting that the 29-year-old will earn significantly less at Brondby.

A return to Denmark would underline the immense loyalty Agger has to his previous, and current, employers—along with Atletico and Napoli, Barcelona and Manchester City have declared interest in the centre-back in the past.

Agger joined Liverpool from Brondby for £5.8 million in 2006, making 232 appearances for the club.

 Who would benefit Liverpool more next season?

Another player that may finally be on his way from the Reds this summer is Italian forward Fabio Borini, who saw his first-team opportunities increasingly limited following the arrival of countryman Balotelli.

The Echo continue by quoting Rodgers as claiming “Fabio has got a move there to Sunderland which has been ongoing for a number of weeks. He knows where he stands in terms of his position here at Liverpool.”

“For him, it’s best to move on and get playing regularly. But that’s something he has to decide.”

The Ulsterman is clearly taking a hard edge with the young striker, after Borini seems to have dug his heels in following Liverpool accepting a £14 million big from Sunderland for his services last month.

 Liverpool's Fabio Borini looks dejected after missing a chance against Valerenga during a preseason friendly match at the Ullevaal Stadion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Black Cats manager Gus Poyet is a big fan of the 23-year-old after a fruitful loan spell with the club last season.

Borini scored seven goals and made two assists in 32 appearances for Sunderland last season.

Rodgers continued by highlighting his first-choice strike options, saying “we will have the types of strikers that I want in Balotelli, Sturridge and Lambert.”

“For Fabio, he will want to play I’m sure. He’s a good kid whose opportunities here been limited. We will see how that develops.”

It is clear that the striker will not see many opportunities at Liverpool this season—a move away may be for the best.

 Liverpool's substitute Sebastian Coates with manager Brendan Rodgers during the final Premiership match of the 2012/13 season against Queens Park Rangers at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Perhaps complicating this potential deal is another involvement between Liverpool and Sunderland this season, with Uruguayan centre-back Sebastian Coates linked with a loan move to Wearside.

Uruguayan publication Espectador claim that a temporary move will be to see Coates “continue adapting to English football, to return to the club and earn a spot.”

Earlier this week the Daily Mail reported the link, suggesting that “Sunderland are looking at loans to strengthen their defence as they push the bulk of their spending budget towards bringing in a striker.”

Coates is 23 years old and has made 24 appearances for Liverpool since a 2011 move to Merseyside.

The notion that a loan for Coates is with a big-money move for a striker in mind ties nicely together with a permanent move for Borini.

Perhaps this will be a ‘you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours’ situation between the two clubs.

In other news, two of Liverpool’s much-reported summer targets are set to join other clubs in the near future.

Chelsea target Loic Remy after Fernando Torres agrees to join AC Milan on two-year deal http://t.co/eqS4WjY1pg pic.twitter.com/MifjLnVXuL

— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) August 29, 2014

Firstly, medical failure Loic Remy is set to join Premier League rivals Chelsea.

The Telegraph writes that “Remy saw a move to Liverpool collapse over this summer following a medical but Chelsea are willing to push ahead with a move for the French striker.”

Remy from QPR to Chelsea for €10m is done, reports @DiMarzio

— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) August 29, 2014

The Frenchman would cost just £8.5 million, with Chelsea competing in the Champions League this season.

Next up, English goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has completed a move to Premier League bottom-dwellers QPR.

Welcome to west London, @Alex_Macca23! #WelcomeAlex pic.twitter.com/To0kLWBedE

— QPR FC (@QPRFC) August 29, 2014

The 24-year-old was strongly linked with a move from Reading to Liverpool, following a wonder performance against Rodgers’ Reds in 2013.

Nice to see Alex McCarthy get a deserved move to the PL. Looks like he'll get the chance to show everyone just how good he is !

— John Bradley (@JBcommentator) August 29, 2014

McCarthy would have provided Simon Mignolet with some much-needed competition, but a move to Harry Redknapp’s QPR should see the young goalkeeper given plenty of first-team opportunities in the Premier League this season.

How do you feel about Daniel Agger leaving Liverpool for Brondby? Let us know in the comments below.

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The Spurs View: Top Four, Kane & Balotelli

Сб, 30/08/2014 - 01:00

As Liverpool face a visit to White Hart Lane to take on Spurs on Sunday, Jack Lusby gets the perspective of Tottenham fan Paul Wells.

 Liverpool's Jordan Henderson in action against Tottenham Hotspur's Mossa Dembele during the Premiership match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Tottenham vs. Liverpool. White Hart Lane, Sunday 31 August, 13:30pm.

A cagey victory over Southampton was followed by a heavy defeat to Manchester City as Liverpool opened their Premier League campaign in mixed fashion.

Two difficult ties are followed by a further test on Sunday, with Spurs the latest opponent for Brendan Rodgers’ men.

The Lilywhites have won both of their Premier League games so far this season, sitting comfortably at the league table’s summit.

We spoke to Spurs fan Paul Wells, who gave an insight into the club’s summer of change under Mauricio Pochettino and predictions for the game and the season ahead.

Hi Paul, are you happy with the way things have gone for Spurs this summer?

After the hectic summer transfers of last season I was very happy to see Spurs putting more thought into their purchases, focussing on young talent that will develop in contrast to the quantity of players brought in during last summer’s reshaping.

You can never base the year’s expectations on pre-season, however our performances during that spell began to highlight the depth and ability to rotate that our squad possesses—something I don’t think I’ve ever seen in a Spurs side.

 Swansea City's Ben Davies in action against Aston Villa during the Premiership match at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Which signings are you most impressed by in particular?

No defender in the Premier League has ever scored two goals in their first two games—not to mention the two clean sheets he played his part in—so I can’t ignore Eric Dier; he’s already won over the Spurs following. An absolute steal for £4 million.

Ben Davies’ signing has had an interesting effect, seemingly spurring on Danny Rose to work hard to keep his place. Davies has looked sharp at left-back (a position Spurs often seem to struggle filling) so I’m excited to see the two pushing for the place.

Who do you tip to break through into the Spurs first team this season? Harry Kane has enjoyed an impressive start so far, whilst Erik Lamela has been hotly tipped.

Kane couldn’t dream of a better time to break through. He’s 21 years old and just beginning to look like he can handle the physicality of the Premier League, during a time where Spurs really need a big presence up top—he’s seemingly above Roberto Soldado in Mauricio Pochettino’s pecking order as well.

If Soldado’s confidence is his major weakness, Kane’s desire to shoot at any opportunity is his greatest strength, similar to Jermain Defoe in his prime.

All Spurs fans love to see a player come through the ranks and become a star, as I imagine Liverpool fans felt about Sterling. A good Europa League run will hopefully allow him to make his presence known.

Lamela can only improve, I’ve believed in him since the day we signed him and have no doubt that his fellow countryman will get the best out of him.

And which players do you expect/want to leave this summer?

As much as it saddened me, Michael Dawson was high on that list. He’s been a loyal servant to Spurs but unfortunately Tottenham had to let him go, he would never make it into a top-four side and that’s where we want to be, so it was an easy decision.

Kyle Naughton is exactly the same, often making individual errors leading to goals. Admittedly he’s spent most of his time being played out of position at left-back, but he’s consistently costing us points. I can’t even blame it on inexperience any more—he’s nearly 26 and most games he just seems to make up the numbers.

 Southampton's manager Mauricio Pochettino with captain Rickie Lambert before the Premiership match against Everton at St. Mary's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Southampton’s manager Mauricio Pochettino with captain Rickie Lambert before the Premiership match against Everton at St. Mary’s Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

What is the minimum expectation for Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs this season? Will he be given more time to succeed than previous managers?

I was surprised at how some Spurs fans really didn’t think he was the best man for the job. I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have, given the options following Tim Sherwood’s departure.

Unfortunately acquiring Champions League is a must following our first spell there.

I’d like to think if Spurs finished fifth he will be given more time, but if he fails to cement the team within the top six throughout the season he could go as early as Christmas—Daniel Levy can be very unforgiving.

Last time out saw Spurs humiliate Harry Redknapp’s QPR at White Hart Lane, with Nacer Chadli scoring two. Do you see the Belgian continuing in the first team against Liverpool, or will Pochettino rotate once more?

I would love to see Chadli start again. I’m not afraid to admit I had my doubts about him, especially when we sold Gylfi Sigurdsson, who I rated higher than Chadli.

However, he is giving everything to impress Pochettino and the fans, refusing to be sold this summer, admitting that the step up to the Premier League was difficult last year.

I think we’ll see him alongside Christian Eriksen and Lamela as the three attacking midfielders again, hopefully it will work just as well against a much stronger unit in Liverpool.

 Liverpool's Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring the second goal against Borussia Dortmund during a preseason friendly match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Onto Liverpool, Rodgers has now signed nine players this summer, who are you most impressed with and why?

I hope Liverpool supporters don’t have to endure the same torment of watching the team “gel” as Spurs fans did last season. Many of Rodgers’ additions already have Premier League experience so I imagine it won’t be the same sort of ordeal.

Dejan Lovren was a player I admired last season and based on those performances he should certainly exceed expectations in a much stronger side.

I was massively disappointed when Spurs made no real effort to bring him in, with Pochettino’s influence.

(Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mario Balotelli—will he succeed at Liverpool?

Balotelli often seemed lacklustre when he was at Manchester City—his attitude obviously affecting his football at times—but based on his performances in a frankly awful Milan side last year I think he is Liverpool’s best bet at filling the Suarez-shaped hole up front.

Whatever outcome, I’m forever thankful to Liverpool for bringing him back into the Premier League spotlight.

Who do you see as Liverpool’s main threat overall?

Sterling, without a doubt.

He’s one of the best young talents in the world and I’m terrified at how much of a threat he will be if he fulfils his potential. I hope the chemistry he has with Daniel Sturridge continues to grow and transfers to the England team.

 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the first goal against Southampton during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

How about your predictions for Sunday and the top four in general?

I would be doing a disservice to Tottenham fans if I didn’t back Spurs to win, despite Liverpool’s destruction of us at White Hart Lane last season. So I’m going to say a closely fought 2-1 to Spurs.

It’s important for us to prove ourselves against a top side after this great start to the season, but I doubt Liverpool will take the loss to City as anything but an opportunity to bounce back.

I believe Spurs can achieve fourth place, but it entirely depends on whether Arsenal and Manchester United continue to not play their best, as they have so far, as well as Everton’s continued improvement.

I will be stunned if Liverpool don’t acquire Champions League football again this season.

Finally, who would make it into your Liverpool/Spurs combined XI?

Lloris; Dier, Lovren, Vertonghen, Moreno; Henderson, Gerrard; Eriksen, Sterling, Lamela; Sturridge.

Paul Wells has recently moved his opinion and analysis of Spurs’ 2014/15 season to it’s own home, his Twitter account. Follow Paul for the opposition’s perspective of Sunday’s game.

What are your predictions for Liverpool’s visit to White Hart Lane on Sunday? Let us know in the comments below.

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Tottenham vs Liverpool: Predicting Brendan Rodgers’ starting XI

Пт, 29/08/2014 - 23:00

Liverpool travel to London to take on Tottenham on Sunday afternoon, looking to return to winning ways at the earliest opportunity. Ben Twelves takes a look at how Brendan Rodgers could shape his team for the tough encounter. 

 Liverpool's Jon Flanagan celebrates scoring the third goal against Tottenham Hotspur with team-mate Jordan Henderson, Lucas Leiva during the Premiership match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Tottenham vs Liverpool
Sunday, August 31st 2014, 1.30pm Kick Off

Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool head to White Hart Lane for their third game of the new league campaign on Sunday, where the Reds will face an in-form Tottenham side, who currently sit top of the early season Premier League table.

The Reds will be looking to put the disappointment of last Monday night’s defeat in Manchester behind them when they play in the Capital and the Liverpool manager could look to shuffle his pack again on Sunday afternoon, for a game that will this time round pose a completely different challenge to the one Rodgers’ side faced last December.

BR: Even the 5-0 win at Spurs last season we had to work for. Our organisation was at a high level, we expect a hard game this Sunday.

— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) August 29, 2014

Liverpool have problems with the defensive line, as three of the four defenders who played against Man City picked up injuries. Martin Skrtel, Glen Johnson and impressive debutant Alberto Moreno are all doubts for Sunday’s clash as a result, and the Liverpool boss could be forced to make changes to his side defensively.

Positive news come in the form of exciting new signing Mario Balotelli’s availability for the game, and the Italian international could make his first appearance in the Liverpool red at White Hart Lane. Rodgers has confirmed more good news that Adam Lallana will return to the squad but it’s likely he will only make the bench due to being short of match fitness.

 Liverpool's Adam Lallana during a preseason training session at the Harvard Stadium in Boston on day one of their USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Daniel Sturridge a proven and constant goal threat, it is extremely unlikely that Balotelli would replace the England striker, but instead the Italian could partner him in a two up front. That could see Rodgers opt away from the 4-3-3 deployed on Monday night, and back to the 4-diamond midfield-2 that worked so well in the second half of last season.

The Team

There continues to be question marks over what back line Liverpool could start with on Sunday, but regardless of injuries, now would be an excellent time to bring Mamadou Sakho into the starting team. The Frenchman could come into the side as the left sided centre back and Lovren, who is comfortable with either foot, could shuffle across to the right.

 Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho in action against Swansea City during the Premiership match at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Javier Manquillo is a shoe-in replacement at right back for Johnson – who could struggle to be fit in time – but the England international’s experience could yet again see him given the nod ahead of the young Spaniard if he does recover.

Alberto Moreno, who the Liverpool boss says is recovering well, is also in a race against the clock to fully shake off the twisted ankle he picked up and if he doesn’t, Jose Enrique – the only other natural left back in the squad – could be thrown straight into a starting place, which would worryingly be his first taste of any match-day involvement this season.

Rodgers could consider a change of shape for the clash with Balotelli now available, and if the Ulsterman does revisit the diamond midfield and two up front, the Italian striker should go straight into the team alongside Sturridge with Rickie Lambert continuing on the bench.

Pochettino on Balotelli: "The only thing is that he is a very good player, a star. He is an unbelievable player and has very good skill."

— LFCTS (@LFCTS) August 29, 2014

A change in shape to a four man midfield would also benefit Philippe Coutinho who has struggled to impose himself in either of Liverpool’s two opening games from a wider position, but he should drop to the bench on Sunday in favour of ever-impressive Raheem Sterling operating at the tip of the diamond from the off, with the Brazilian magician in reserve for if and when needed.

The Line-up

The uncertainty over the Reds’ back four makes the defence hard to predict, but Sakho should come back into the team, while Johnson and Moreno should both keep their places if fit.

A change to a diamond midfield should take place allowing Balotelli to make his Liverpool debut alongside Daniel Sturridge in attack. As a result, this is how Liverpool should line up, injuries permitting:

photo (9)

If injuries frustratingly get the better of the Liverpool squad, Rodgers’ side could look something like this on Sunday:

photo (11)

However, if Liverpool boss choses to stick to a 4-3-3 formation, Liverpool should line up like this:

photo (10)

A defeat last time out to the Champions provided the Reds with a harsh reality check and Rodgers’ team will need to improve on the recurring defensive errors if they want to come away with anything from what’s going to be a tough match at White Hart Lane, as Liverpool look to return to winning ways at the first available opportunity.

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