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Istanbul Reunion Live Stream: Liverpool’s heroes of 2005 reunite for worldwide audience

8 часов 12 минут назад

Exactly a decade after Liverpool’s incredible Champions League final triumph in Istanbul, the heroes are reuniting for a special night at the Echo Arena — and it’s available to stream worldwide.

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Over 10,000 fans will pack into the Arena to relive the game with comments and commentary from those at the heart of the Miracle of Istanbul. The players will take the audience and those streaming worldwide through the build-up, the nerves, the tortured emotions as Milan went 3-0 up.

But they’ll also talk about the sheer enormity of the comeback, the tension of the penalty shoot-out and, finally, the euphoria of seeing Steven Gerrard hoist the cup above his head as Liverpool sealed their place in history.

Jamie Carragher, Liverpool’s vice-captain on the night, said, “If the fans who were in Istanbul on the night come and create that same atmosphere, the roof will come off the Arena.”

 Liverpool's Steven Gerrard lifts the European Cup after beating AC Milan on penalties during the UEFA Champions League Final at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

How to watch the Istanbul Reunion night live

Monday, 25th May 2015 from 7:30pm (UK)

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There’s only a limited number of online passes available, so register early and bookmark this page: www.thisisanfield.com/istanbul

The live stream will begin at around 7:30pm (UK) on Monday, 25th May 2015.

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Brendan Rodgers “150%” sure he’ll keep Liverpool job

9 часов 13 минут назад

Despite being under pressure after a disappointing season, Brendan Rodgers is “150%” sure he’ll still be Liverpool manager come next season.

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers after the Premier League match against Burnley at Turf Moor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SEE ALSO: Raheem Sterling is being led, deserves fans’ support — Rodgers

The Reds will be hoping to seal a fifth place finish with victory at Stoke City on the final day of the season this Sunday — an outcome seen by many as deflating after narrowly missing out on the Premier League title in 2014/15.

Rodgers’ job has been the subject of much speculation, with former boss Rafa Benitez and Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp being linked with the Anfield hot seat.

But when asked by newspaper journalists, including the Mirror’s David Maddock, on Friday whether he’s confident he’ll keep his job, Rodgers replied, “Yeah, yeah. 150 per cent.

“I think you evolve as a manager. Certainly the experiences of this year will make me better. We have been clear with the identity of how we want to play since I’ve been here and obviously it hasn’t quite worked out this season as I would have liked.

“But going forward, I repeat, I will be a better manager for the experiences and hopefully go on next year to be more consistent and we can win more games than we have.”

Reports this week suggested owners, Fenway Sports Group, are set to thorough review the club’s structure, including the much criticised transfer committee.

Stoke v Liverpool gets underway at 3pm on Sunday, 24th May.

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Raheem Sterling is being led, deserves fans’ support — Rodgers

9 часов 24 минуты назад

Brendan Rodgers has urged fans to lend their support to Raheem Sterling who is being “led by his representative”.

 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and manager Brendan Rodgers before the Premier League match against Newcastle United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sterling has been the centre of attention this week with his ongoing contract and transfer saga being played out in public.

Sterling and his agent, Aidy Ward, were expected to formally ask for the 20-year-old to be sold this summer in a meeting with Rodgers and chief executive Ian Ayre on Friday, until the club cancelled the meeting on Thursday.

Rodgers has now moved to calm the storm towards Sterling from some supporter with the England international coming under mounting criticism.

“My message to the supporters would be, look, this is a young boy who in my time as manager has given the football club everything,” Rodgers is quoted in The Telegraph as saying on Friday.

“He was thrust into the team at 17 years of age. He was given that opportunity and he grabbed that opportunity. In the following period he has been exceptional for me.

“Of course he has had dips in form and performances but only because his standards are so high.

“He’s a young man who has obviously passed on his career to other people and, unfortunately, whether people perceive it as right or wrong, he is being led by the representative.

“But the young boy I see on a daily basis and who I work with is still the same boy who wants to learn and I think the supporters will just continue to show what they always do, which is wonderful support for every player in the Liverpool shirt.”

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Liverpool won’t budge on Raheem Sterling’s future – Rodgers

Пт, 22/05/2015 - 22:20

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists the club will not back down in the increasingly acrimonious battle over Raheem Sterling‘s contract.

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers substitutes Raheem Sterling during the UEFA Champions League Group B match against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad at the Vasil Levski National Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Owners Fenway Sports Group have proved previously in their handling of Luis Suarez, undoubtedly a better player and far more valuable to the Reds, they will not be bullied by players agitating for a move.

So the comments about Sterling “definitely not” signing a new contract even for £900,000-a-week made by agent Aidy Ward, although subsequently disputed by him, cut little ice with John W Henry across the Atlantic.

Liverpool’s principal owner famously produced the withering put-down “What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?” after Arsenal made a £40million plus £1 bid for Suarez in the mistaken belief they had triggered the Uruguayan’s release clause.

On that occasion Henry stood firm and, after a brief spell training on his own, Suarez produced arguably the best football of his career, signed a new contract less than six months later and when he moved to Barcelona the following summer Liverpool extracted a top price of £75million.

The circumstances of 2013 now appear to be repeating themselves with Sterling but Liverpool’s stance is exactly the same, indicated by them cancelling Friday’s meeting scheduled by Ward to discuss the future.

“Raheem has two years left and I expect him to see that two years through and continue to behave as immaculately as he has done,” said Rodgers. “The ownership have shown their strength in their time here.

“They took over a club a number of years ago that was in a really critical situation and they have done an incredible job to stabilise the club and point it in the right direction.

“At every opportunity when they have had to show that strength – whether it be with a player or other elements of the club – they have done that.

“In this situation they will show that power and strength again.”

The rift between club and the player’s representative has continued to grow since they rejected the offer of a £100,000-a-week back in January.

However, that does not mean bridges have been entirely burned and Rodgers insists Sterling’s short-term future is not affected and remains optimistic about the longer-term prospects.

“I don’t see Raheem unhappy. I am sure talks will take place over the course of the summer,” he added ahead of Sunday’s trip to Stoke for the final match of the season.

“We want to resolve the situation but it doesn’t change my approach to him.

“There is no problem there. My relationship (with him) hasn’t been affected at all.

“If he is fit, which he is, he will be available for selection.”

While Rodgers insists his relationship with Sterling has not altered the view of supporters is changing for the worse with some fans booing him when he collected young player of the year at the club’s annual awards night. However, the manager will not let that influence his selection for Sunday.

 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and girlfriend Ann Rose Halliday arrive on the red carpet for the Liverpool FC Players' Awards Dinner 2015 at the Liverpool Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Liverpool supporters always back their own players. If he starts or doesn’t start at the weekend, or plays any part in the game, he will get the support of the supporters,” he said.

“The away support in particular has been absolutely incredible. Every game, the stands are packed and they give us great support, and that’s for every single player. I wouldn’t expect that to change.”

The Reds boss expressed his disappointment over the way the situation had deteriorated into a very public fall-out.

“It’s very difficult to comment on what other people speak about but we’ve always been very clear here at Liverpool – if we have any meetings or discussions to take place, whether it’s with players, manager or whatever, it’ll all be dealt with internally,” he said.

“We don’t like to publicise what we’re going to do. We just look to do it in-house and as privately as possibly can be.

“The concentration for myself is to continue to improve Raheem as a football player.”

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“Steven Gerrard will make a top coach” says Liverpool Academy director

Пт, 22/05/2015 - 21:44

Liverpool youth Academy director Alex Inglethorpe has given his backing to Steven Gerrard to go on to be a “top coach”.

 Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard waves to the crowd before a training session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground ahead of their preseason friendly against Melbourne Victory. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Gerrard will hang up his boots on his Liverpool playing career after Sunday’s Premier League clash against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium (kick-off is 3pm).

The 34-year-old currently stands on 185 goals in 709 appearances, having joined the club as an eight-year-old and made his first-team debut in 1998.

With MLS football at LA Galaxy next on Gerrard’s agenda, many are hoping to see the Liverpool skipper return to the club in another capacity someday.

Writing in his final column of the season on the club’s official website, Inglethorpe said, “Brendan Rodgers said Steven is Liverpool last week and that is exactly right as he epitomises just what this great club is all about.

“Steven has been doing his coaching badges here at the Academy and he always interacts with the players and the staff. There’s no doubt about it in my eyes – he will be a top coach.”

Inglethorpe added that the success story of Gerrard — coming through Liverpool’s youth ranks and becoming arguably the greatest player in the club’s history — is an inspiration for future generations.

“We couldn’t wish for a better ambassador,” he continued. “This is someone who joined the Academy at the age of eight, played his whole career at Anfield and inspired this club to some wonderful success.

“Every boy who walks through the doors in Kirkby wants to follow in Steven’s footsteps.

“Our job isn’t to create the new Gerrard because that’s impossible. The job is to create the first door for the next generation and make that pathway for them to work towards playing for the first team one day.

“There’s only one Steven Gerrard and that’s what makes him so special. Our role is to help the next player coming through have his own identity and have his own characteristics while carrying those values that Steven and the club hold throughout their journey.”

SEE ALSO: Video: Steven Gerrard tells Liverpool, “I’ll be right back”

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Video: Brendan Rodgers expects Raheem Sterling to see out Liverpool contract

Пт, 22/05/2015 - 21:07

Brendan Rodgers told the media at his Friday press conference that he expects Raheem Sterling to see out the remaining two years of his Liverpool deal.

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Sterling has been the centre of attention during the final week of the Premier League season, with talks between his agent and the club called off and no resolution in sight.

“Raheem has two years left and I expect him to see that two years through and continue to behave as immaculately as he has done,” Rodgers said.

“I don’t see Raheem unhappy. I am sure talks will take place over the course of the summer. We want to resolve the situation but it doesn’t change my approach to him.

“There is no problem there. My relationship (with him) hasn’t been affected at all.”

Rodgers was previewing Liverpool’s final game of the season away at Stoke this Sunday. Kick-off at the Britannia Stadium is 3pm.

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Video: Steven Gerrard tells Liverpool, “I’ll be right back”

Пт, 22/05/2015 - 20:57

Steven Gerrard says he’s only going away “for a short space of time” and hopes to return to Liverpool in some capacity.

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The Reds skipper will make his final appearance for the club against Stoke City on Sunday afternoon and ahead of his departure to LA Galaxy, he spoke of his plans for the future.

“I still love playing,” he said on ‘Gerrard: My Liverpool’, a documentary to be aired on LFCTV on Saturday night.

“I still want to start, I’m a little bit selfish and shallow when it comes down to it, but I love play and don’t like watching!

“I still feel like I can play, so I want to continue for another year or two and that’ll give me the opportunity to look into what’s next for me.

“I hope I get the opportunity to come back and I’m only away for a short space of time because Liverpool’s such a huge part of my life.

“I want to work and help the club in some capacity further down the line.”

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Liverpool could take inspiration from Ajax and Bayern Munich

Пт, 22/05/2015 - 19:12

Stephen McGarty looks at how Liverpool could turn to former players to improve the club’s leadership off the pitch, in a manner which Ajax and Bayern Munich have adopted.

 Liverpool's Spion Kop before the Premier League match against Manchester United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Firstly I want to start by clarifying a few things. I don’t believe that FSG or Ian Ayre are in any way bad people, or even that they are managing us poorly. The assessment I’m making off them going into this article is that their form thus far has been inconsistent at best.

I think they need to be praised for their handling of the club on the business side. They’re increasing Anfield’s capacity, they’ve significantly cleared our debt and by signing up to so many sponsorship deals they’ve stabilised the club financially. On this side of things they’ve done brilliantly.

It is a shame the same cannot be said for the footballing side of things. Our horrendous history in all things transfer related, be it finding the right players or securing them afterwards, has left the club in disarray. Like I said, we all know it.

In this article I therefore propose that Liverpool Football Club should look to incorporate the sort of system utilised by Ajax and Bayern Munich, in which former players and coaches have a much greater say in the running and direction of the club.

Much has been made of the fact neither our chairman or principal owner turned up on Saturday to bid farewell to our longest serving captain. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with them not turning up as these are clearly not football people, they’re business men. So leave the football side of the club to the football people.

At Bayern Munich, former player Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is the chairman. Below him, another former player, Matthias Sammer is the sporting director. Gerd Muller is the assistant manager of their B-team. Even as far back as the late 70s, former player Uli Hoeness was made general manager and led the club through a period of success up until his incarceration last March.

At Ajax they seem to have gone even further. On the board they have one former player and another former scout/coach. Marc Overmars is currently employed as the technical director, whilst Edwin Van Der Sar is the marketing director. Both manager, Frank De Boer, and assistant manager, Dennis Bergkamp, came through the club’s youth system and represented it at first team level. This is just the tip of the iceberg for both clubs, dig deeper and you will find ex-professionals who both love and understand the identity of the club scattered throughout youth team staff.

At some point in this article I planned to plead to our own arrogance, saying that we can be the first to bring forth this new way of running a football club. The funny this is that I can’t because we wouldn’t be. Clubs of a similar size to us are doing this and it is working.

Why do I want this? I can hear a few of you ask. Let me explain. We are constantly told that football clubs are now businesses, that we are cattle, that identity and history means nothing. This is being proven elsewhere to not be true, and to no other club in the world should the fact it isn’t true be such a relief. We have an identity, we have a history, we have a fan base as active as any in the world. We also have ex-players who care, they care deeply, and they are being shunned.

Listen to the words of Jamie Carragher talking about Raheem Sterling on Monday Night Football, don’t tell me we couldn’t use a man like that at Melwood. Read the angry words that John Aldridge wrote recently on the lack of accountability caused by the clandestine transfer committee, this is a man who wants things to change and who cares enough to be a part of it. Hear what Steven Gerrard has said about his future, he wants to come back “in some capacity”.

As a club we have a deep connection between players and fans. That shouldn’t end with retirement, nor should it be just something nice we can point to in a blog post, it should be the foundation upon which we build our future. Robbie Fowler, Rob Jones and Steve Mcmanaman have worked a lot with the youth sides. These legends, still in their late 30s / early 40s, clearly want to help and to be involved, we need to embrace that.

 Former Liverpool players Michael Owen, Rob Jones and Steve McManaman during the Under 21 FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This article is ridiculously romantic I know. A man who scores goals is not necessarily the man to organise a goalscoring team, or to run a trophy-winning club, but lets look at what we lack.

Firstly, we are currently lacking any individual with pulling power. Neither Ian Ayre or Brendan Rodgers has any pedigree in the game, and Jordan Henderson‘s few months of Champions League football is unlikely to draw in other top professionals either.

Now imagine these negotiations are run by former Champions League winners? A former Champions League captain even? Screw it, we need to get this marquee signing, send Stevie, Phil and Graeme, three Champions League winning captains should do the trick, ask Kenny if he fancies it as well. If just 10% of top players make great managers/chairmen/DoF’s etc them we can create our backroom staff, transfer committee and board before Gerrard gets back from America to find his own nicely polished desk somewhere in Melwood.

We lack leadership, well we can’t put any of these guys back in the squad. But the influence of having these men, winners, leaders, legends, there at a managers disposal cannot be underestimated.

I also want to make it clear this is not just about ex-pros. The football side should be left to football men, and that includes coaches. If those I mentioned before represent the preservation of tradition and identity, then young coaches like Alex Inglethorpe, Neil Critchley and Pepjin Ljinders represent the way tactics, training and player development have changed, and continue to change, since many of the legends have retired. In fact, in the way many of them are doing now anyway, I would want any ex-professionals to also take there coaching badges, not necessarily the highest ones, but enough to give them a respect for the work the coaches have to do.

Finally, and my hope is the other changes will help this, increased involvement and consultation of supporters groups. Uli Hoeness, when he was still Bayern president, said they did not believe “Supporters were like cows to be milked”, I believe the likes of Dalglish and Rush would feel the same.

As I said before, this is a romantic article. Liverpool is a romantic club. But just allow yourself for a moment to let your mind wonder; FSG have continued to improve the financial state of the club. Dalglish as sporting director, with Jamie Carragher as his understudy? Steven Gerrard has just completed his first season as Liverpool manager, as a result of all the added influences in the club the youth players are stepping up with more confidence. The skills they would always have had now honed by the many fantastic coaches and an array of mentors within the club. In Gerrard’s backroom staff sits Fowler, Hyypia and Inglethorpe.

Liverpool Football Club was built on the bootroom, on hiring from within, on continuing the Liverpool way. Is it not possible that the old ways are sometimes the best?

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Predicting the Liverpool lineup vs. Stoke City – A farewell game for several Reds

Пт, 22/05/2015 - 15:26

Liverpool travel to the Britannia Stadium on Sunday afternoon to play the final game of a hugely frustrating season. Ben Twelves takes a look at the team selection options against Stoke City.

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and Stoke City's manager Mark Hughes during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The curtain comes down on a disappointing season for the Reds as they take on Mark Hughes’ men in the final encounter of the season this weekend, when victory would cement a fifth place finish.

It’s certainly not the league position that was hoped or wanted at the beginning of the campaign, and it’s a finish that sees Brendan Rodgers and his squad fail to achieve yet another season target on the long list – something that is sure to be high on the agenda in the post season review that looms for the Northern Irishman.

Rodgers’ side could still drop to a lowly seventh place however if Southampton and Tottenham win their respective games and the Reds have another unhappy trip to a ground where they have won just once in six Premier League visits – although Liverpool have won all of the last three matches between the two sides.

Rodgers: "Our season doesn't finish until the whistle blows on Sunday. We want to finish strong. That's our ambition at Stoke."

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) May 22, 2015

With the game being the last time Steven Gerrard will ever take to the field as part of a Liverpool XI, the Reds will unquestionably be looking to make amends for last week’s horror show in front of the Anfield crowd, and produce a far better performance and result for the departing Captain in front of the 2,800 strong travelling Kop.

The Squad

The Reds will once more be without sidelined duo Jon Flanagan and Daniel Sturridge who both face lengthy spells out, but Mamadou Sakho could make a welcome return to matchday involvement for the first time since the FA Cup quarter-final replay win against Blackburn Rovers.

Rodgers: "If Raheem is fit, which he is, he will be available to play on Sunday. It doesn't change my approach to him. He's a good kid."

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) May 22, 2015

Mario Balotelli is a doubt for the last day clash against Hughes’ side, and the Italian’s absence again leaves the Reds desperately short of attacking options, especially if Rodgers chooses to leave Raheem Sterling – who is fit and available for selection – out of the firing line as his transfer-saga rumbles on, which would likely result in Rickie Lambert starting up front.

Squad members such as Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva, who could make his Reds farewell ahead of a possible summer exit, will be hopeful of receiving match minutes ahead of academy graduates in midfield.

The same applies to the Reds attacking options with Lazar Markovic hopeful of returning to the squad after two games of being left in the stands, but with Adam Lallana having netted last time out and Coutinho a first choice pick, the only attacking question mark is over whether Sterling plays or is hidden away, and who features in his absence.

 Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard in action against Stoke City during the Premiership match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Liverpool XI

Against all odds, Rodgers reverted back to the 3-4-2-1 system for the dismal defeat to Crystal Palace last week, just when it looked like we had seen the last of the shape, and the Reds manager could utilise it again on Sunday.

Within the shape, Sakho would ideally come straight back into his left centre back role where he has undoubtedly been missed, though the Frenchman’s fitness will dictate any instant return meaning the calamitous Dejan Lovren could keep his shirt despite a disastrous performance last week.

Rodgers could make an important change to his midfield where he could reintroduce Lucas Leiva for extra physicality in the middle of the park alongside Jordan Henderson, with Jordon Ibe and Alberto Moreno either side of the central duo.

That would see Gerrard move into the front three to play alongside the Brazilian magician and Lambert, who could come in to replace Sterling and make what may be his final Liverpool appearance.

Those two changes would see the Reds line up like this on Sunday afternoon:

Stoke away XI 3-4-2-1

That said, Rodgers could also choose to begin the match in the 4-3-3 shape before inevitably making numerous in-game formation switches.

In the back four shape, the same defensive options would start with Emre Can and Moreno filling the full-back positions either side of a Skrtel-Lovren central pairing, which would allow for a midfield three of Gerrard, Henderson and Coutinho to play ahead.

With mobility needed in attacking areas both wide and centrally in the shape, Lallana and Ibe should occupy the wide roles in support of Sterling, who should play as a striker and show the watching world and those he wants away from just how deserving of a summer move his talent is.

In the 4-3-3 formation, the Reds could line up looking like this come 3pm kick-off time on Sunday afternoon:

Stoke away XI 4-3-3

The end of a disappointing campaign has arrived, but ahead of an extremely interesting summer at Anfield, the Reds must produce a positive performance and result to end the season with a win – if only to make amends for the Captain in his last outing for Liverpool Football Club.

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Report: Brendan Rodgers to sell Lucas as he “prefers Joe Allen in midfield holding role”

Пт, 22/05/2015 - 14:09

In one of the more worrying reports regarding Liverpool’s transfer business this summer, it’s claimed that Brendan Rodgers will sell Lucas Leiva as he prefers Joe Allen in the holding midfield role.

 Liverpool's Lucas Leiva in action against Chelsea during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The claim comes via The Mirror‘s David Anderson, who writes that Rodgers “believes Lucas is not dynamic enough and prefers Joe Allen in the midfield holding role” and is therefore willing to listen to offers for the Brazilian.

Perhaps even more worryingly, Anderson claims: “The Anfield boss feels he would have enough central midfield options in [James] Milner, Allen, Jordan Henderson and Emre Can if Lucas went.”

Of course, we can’t take Anderson’s words as gospel, but if they are indeed the thoughts of the Liverpool boss it’s a pretty alarming viewpoint from the manager.

Liverpool’s best form this season occurred when Lucas forced his way back into the side over the winter months, and since his more recent injury the Reds’ form has dipped again, with their midfield often found wanting.

The 27-year-old returned from injury at the end of April but hasn’t started since then, with Rodgers instead opting to fit Steven Gerrard into the side in the holding midfield role, despite having earlier explained how he realised this could no longer work after the 3-1 away defeat to Crystal Palace back in November.

OPINION: Should Liverpool keep or sell Lucas this summer?

Anderson claims Inter Milan are again interested in Lucas, as they were back in January, while Napoli as noted as potential suitors – something that appears less likely should Rafa Benitez move to Real Madrid as expected.

Anderson’s report though claims Lucas “is believed to want to stay put” whereas previous reports from Merseyside based correspondents have always insisted the player is happy to move on and seek a new challenge, rather than be a bit-part player at Anfield.

If Liverpool do allow Lucas to leave, they surely need to sign a proper holding midfield player, rather than relying upon Emre Can to fill the role next season. Can is just 21 and if Rodgers saw him as the future in that role then surely it would have been wise to at least play Can there in these final games of the season?

And if Rodgers sees Allen as being the de facto holding midfielder, as Anderson claims, then…

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James Milner: Pros and cons of Liverpool signing Man City midfielder

Пт, 22/05/2015 - 13:31

With Manchester City midfielder James Milner heavily linked with a free-transfer move to Liverpool this summer, Jack Lusby weighs up the pros and cons.

 Manchester City's James Milner in action against Bayern Munich's Rafinha during the UEFA Champions League Group D match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

James Milner could be on his way to Liverpool this summer, according to reports.

The most recent line is that the Manchester City midfielder has been offered a deal worth up to £165,000 a week at his current club, but that may not be enough.

With AS Roma and Arsenal also believed to be waiting in the wings, the 29-year-old is clearly not short of options this summer.

But why should Liverpool sign Milner?

It seems to be a potential deal with many more positives than negatives, that’s for sure.

Pros

Firstly, and most importantly, Milner has substantial on-field quality.

This season, in 31 games spanning 1,680 minutes, Milner has scored five goals and made six assists—this averages at a goal contribution every 153 minutes in the league.

No Liverpool player has averaged more key passes per 90 minutes in the league this season than Milner (2.3), which highlights how underrated he is as a creative player.

This is also more than any Liverpool player from the previous, more successful season—Luis Suarez averaged the most, with 2.28.

Over the past 12 seasons in English football, Milner has displayed a great passing ability, both from long range and in tight spaces, as well as an intelligent movement off the ball and a composure in front of goal, as his goal for City against Swansea City in Sunday’s 4-2 win proved.

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Along with this quality, Milner has showcased a defensive tenacity.

He has averaged 2.41 tackles per 90 minutes in the league this season, as well as making 1.18 interceptions on average—only Lucas Leiva (3.74), Emre Can (2.94), Joe Allen (2.76) and Javier Manquillo (2.49) have made more tackles on average this season for Liverpool.

To perhaps make the most direct comparison in terms of regular position on the pitch, Adam Lallana averages 2.08 tackles and 0.59 interceptions per 90, while Jordan Henderson averages 1.73 tackles and 0.91 interceptions.

In truth, however, making a direct comparison between Milner and a current Liverpool player is difficult, due to the large variety of positional roles he fulfils at City—having started in nine different positions in the league this season.

“It’s hard to leave him out. Respect, commitment and performance level: 10/10, fantastic. He’s polyfunctional: full-back – the only position he doesn’t like – attacking midfield, wide. I played him as a forward and the team averaged three goals a game. He gives everything.”

Manuel Pellegrini on Milner, March 2015

City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s testament back in March—in one of many attempts to politely convince the midfielder to stay at the Etihad Stadium for the long term—should be encouraging.

Not only does he perform in many, many different roles, but he does so with consistency and commitment. He’s a hugely experienced player on the biggest stage possible.

To put it in excruciating terms for a Liverpool supporter, but terms which will represent music to the ears of Rodgers—he is a player with immense character.

Cons

Milner’s summer availability comes as the player finds himself at somewhat of a crossroads in his career, and a vital one, given his age.

Next January, Milner will turn 30, and is now looking for a move that will provide him with a regular starting role in the centre of midfield—in Liverpool’s eyes, this would likely be as an upgrade on Allen, or a replacement to Steven Gerrard.

But as one veteran midfielder departs this summer, are Liverpool right to bring in another?

Milner’s potential rejecting of a deal worth up to £165,000 a week at City highlights his worth on the market in terms of wages and, while he would be a free transfer, he would likely command a wage of at least £100,000 a week at Liverpool.

For a club so typically entrenched in youth development, would a long-term, high-value contract for a player on the fringes of his 30s be considered worthwhile?

It depends how long he can keep his performance levels up.

Read further into Pellegrini’s praise of Milner in March, and a more worrying theme comes to the fore:

“I’m Milner’s No. 1 fan. Find me a more complete English player. There are players who’re better technically, yes. Quicker players, yes. Players who head better, yes. But show me one who does all the things Milner does well. There isn’t one.”

Milner is good at all of these things, but perhaps not the best. Which raises the question: do Liverpool need another jack-of-all-trades midfielder?

Should Liverpool sign Milner?

Given Milner’s overriding quality, and experience in the Premier League and in Europe, signing him on a free transfer this summer seems like a no-brainer.

But this particular deal represents somewhat of a quandary for Liverpool, and one that would likely require them uprooting their ideals in the transfer market to complete.

Do they offer him a high-wage contract, knowing the risks of his creeping age?

Do they offer him a long-term role in the centre of midfield, despite the vitality of Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Emre Can? And can Rodgers be trusted not to utilise his versatility?

Much like Milner, Liverpool are at a crossroads this summer. With a considerable squad overhaul on the cards and some big shoes to fill in terms of Gerrard’s departure.

Rodgers spoke this month on the need to “find the solutions [with] an incredible lot of experience, game management and quality [leaving] the team,” and on paper, Milner fits this criteria. He’s an experienced player with proven quality.

He may not be fashionable, but Milner could be a player worth taking the risk with this summer—but Rodgers must consider other, more refined options first.

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Raheem Sterling available vs. Stoke, Rodgers expects him to see out final 2 years of contract

Пт, 22/05/2015 - 13:13

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects Raheem Sterling to see out the remaining two years of his contract irrespective of his current dispute with the club.

 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and manager Brendan Rodgers before the Premier League match against Newcastle United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 20-year-old and his agent Aidy Ward were due to meet the Reds boss and chief executive Ian Ayre on Friday to re-open talks halted in March after the rejection of a £100,000-a-week offer.

However, the club cancelled the meeting yesterday after inflammatory comments from his representative in the Evening Standard which claimed the England international would not re-sign for £900,000-a-week.

With 25 months left on his current agreement, worth £35,000-a-week, Liverpool are prepared to play hard ball in the knowledge the player stands to lose up to £12 million in earnings if he sticks to his agent’s promise not to sign a new deal.

“Raheem has two years left and I expect him to see that two years through and continue to behave as immaculately as he has done,” Rodgers told a press conference ahead of Sunday’s final match of the season at Stoke.

“I don’t see Raheem unhappy. I am sure talks will take place over the course of the summer.

“We want to resolve the situation but it doesn’t change my approach to him.

“There is no problem there. My relationship (with him) hasn’t been affected at all.

“If he is fit, which he is, he will be available for selection.”

Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group have demonstrated during almost five years in charge they will not be bullied into selling players.

 Liverpool's owner John W. Henry during the Premiership match against Chelsea at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Two summers ago Arsenal thought they had triggered a release clause in Luis Suarez‘s contract with a £40million-plus-£1 bid, which prompted principal owner John W Henry to issue the withering put-down: “What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?”

Henry stood firm in his determination not to cave in to pressure from the player and, after a brief spell training on his own, not only did Suarez successfully return to the team he played arguably the best football of his career and signed a new deal less than six months later.

That allowed Liverpool to extract a top price of £75million when Barcelona came knocking last summer. Rodgers expects FSG to play the Sterling saga in exactly the same way.

“I repeat, Raheem has two years left on his contract here. That is the simple fact,” he added. “The ownership have shown their strength in their time here.

“They took over a club a number of years ago that was in a really critical situation and they have done an incredible job to stabilise the club and point it in the right direction.

“At every opportunity when they have had to show that strength – whether it be with a player or other elements of the club – they have done that. “In this situation they will show that power and strength again.”

SEE ALSO: Rodgers’ pre-Stoke press conference on Friday morning

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Brendan Rodgers’ Pre-Stoke City Press Conference – LIVE

Пт, 22/05/2015 - 12:15

Brendan Rodgers speaks ahead of Sunday’s season closer away to Stoke City, with Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard on the agenda. We’re live to bring you the latest.

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Raheem Sterling saga set to rumble on as Liverpool reclaim initiative

Пт, 22/05/2015 - 10:34

The saga over Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling's future is likely to rumble on well into the summer after the club turned the tables on his agent.

 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling feels a pain in his back against Hull City during the Premier League match at the KC Stadium. (Pic by Gareth Jones/Propaganda)

Sterling and representative Aidy Ward were due to meet manager Brendan Rodgers and chief executive Ian Ayre on Friday for the reopening of talks which were halted in March after the 20-year-old rejected a £100,000-a-week deal.

The pair may well have been planning to make a statement of intent not to sign any new contract at the meeting, but they had the rug pulled from under them when the Reds cancelled.

Press Association Sport understands reported comments from Ward earlier in the day, in which he claimed the youngster would "definitely not" agree a new deal – even for £900,000-a-week – convinced Liverpool officials there was little point in going ahead with the get-together.

It was a sign they were trying to regain the initiative after a week in which Sterling's name has been on every back page for three days with speculation growing over his unhappiness at Anfield.

Ward has subsequently distanced himself from the quotes in the London Evening Standard and reportedly threatened to take legal action, although the damage has already been done.

But, while the forward may be in limbo in the medium term – his contract still has two years to run – there is no suggestion he will be sanctioned for the actions of his agent.

Sterling trained with the squad at the club's Melwood complex on Thursday, will do so on Friday and remains available for selection in Liverpool's final match at Stoke, although manager Brendan Rodgers has a decision to make ahead of Sunday with the player having spent all week in the headlines.

 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling looks dejected after missing a chance against Arsenal during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ward has been widely criticised for his handling of negotiations after turning down the club's offer of a substantial increase on the player's current £35,000-a-week deal.

The player conducted an interview, unauthorised by the club, in which he insisted he was not "a money-grabber" before reports emerged earlier this week – played down by Ward – that Liverpool would be told at Friday's meeting Sterling would not sign a new contract.

Ward's latest gambit appears to have backfired after the club moved to take back the initiative in what is becoming something of a very public phoney war which took an explosive turn following the agent's reported comments to the Evening Standard.

"I don't care about the PR of the club and the club situation. I don't care," Ward was quoted as saying.

"He is definitely not signing. He's not signing for £700,000, £800,000, £900,000 a week. He is not signing.

"My job is to make sure I do the best with them (my clients). If people say I am bad at my job, or they are badly advised, it does not matter.

"I am not worried. Worried is making a decision not knowing what is going to happen. Every Premier League club will make a bid for him."

Manchester United were reported to have made an enquiry about the youngster, but senior sources at Old Trafford have said he is not on their list of current targets.

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“They become stars very quickly” – Hodgson worries for England’s young players like Sterling

Пт, 22/05/2015 - 01:45

England manager Roy Hodgson worries about the spotlight young players are put under and believes a lack of strong family support can leave them vulnerable to outside influences.

 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and girlfriend Ann Rose Halliday arrive on the red carpet for the Liverpool FC Players' Awards Dinner 2015 at the Liverpool Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling has been the subject of intense focus all week as his long-term future at the club has been played out in public.

Events reached a head on Thursday when Reds officials cancelled a meeting with the player and his representative scheduled for Friday after reading incendiary comments reportedly made by agent Aidy Ward to the London Evening Standard.

Ward has been a hugely influential figure in the life of Sterling, whose father was murdered in Jamaica when he was nine – four years after the youngster had moved to England with his mother.

“I worry for all these young players, to be honest,” said former Liverpool boss Hodgson. “They become stars very quickly. Their period of potential stardom doesn’t last for very long these days.

“Sometimes a few games in the Premier League and you are a star. Jack Grealish is a good example of that, isn’t he?

“A few months ago he was playing in Aston Villa’s reserves. Suddenly he’s in the first team and now we regard him as a star as well.

“We should never forget we’re dealing with very young people.

“I believe from what I know of Raheem that he’s strong enough to compartmentalise his life – from this side to what happens on the field of play, which is what interests me, but I do sympathise with them.”

Asked what advice he would give a young player, Hodgson added: “If you wanted a one-word answer, I would say ‘family’. Family is very important.

“But of course for some of these young players they don’t have the same strength of family around them as maybe a (Steven) Gerrard or a (Frank) Lampard have had so then you’re in the realms of saying, ‘Who’s going to work in place of those people?’.

“I still believe the managers of their football clubs are important people for them.

“I think that nine times out of 10 if you’re talking about the top clubs the manager will be a top-class guy, a top-class leader, and he’ll be able to give good advice.

“But it’s a very individual thing and quite frankly I wouldn’t dream of commenting on any situation like Raheem’s with Liverpool because I really don’t know the details.

“I don’t know Raheem’s side, his agent’s side, the club’s side. The people who know that are Liverpool Football Club.

“What I have to do is distance myself from it, sympathise with anything that’s going on – from both parties, perhaps – and wish and hope that when he puts that England shirt on, he can leave all that behind him.”

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Liverpool confirm new deals for Jordon Ibe and Jon Flanagan

Чт, 21/05/2015 - 20:12

Amidst the furore of Raheem Sterling‘s future at Liverpool FC, two other youngsters have penned new deals at the club.

 Liverpool's Jordon Ibe in action against Besiktas JK during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have confirmed that winger Jordon Ibe and defender Jon Flanagan have signed new deals.

Ibe, 19, has agreed a new long-term contract, reported to be a five-year deal, while Flanagan has been given a new 12-month extension to his deal which was due to expire this summer.

In stark contrast to the Sterling saga, the Echo last week revealed how Ibe’s negotiations have been conducted with a minimum of fuss as the player doesn’t have an agent and is instead represented by his stepfather.

Ibe recently explained: “I don’t believe in having an agent. I don’t really see the need for one to be fair. My parents do the same job and they are my family which is number one to me. I can trust them and they are the best people.”

Ibe told LFC’s official site: “I’m over the moon. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to. I’ve spoken to the gaffer and I’m happy it’s over and done with. Now I just want to kick on into next season, as well as the last game of this one.

Ibe’s new contract ties him to LFC until 2020.

Flanagan has been given a year extension despite suffering another huge setback this month with the news that he will be sidelined for six to nine months after undergoing further operation on his knee.

Brendan Rodgers told LFC that Flanagan “has been a huge miss for us this season.”

SEE ALSO: Liverpool cancel meeting with Sterling’s agent

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Liverpool to unveil new third kit vs. Stoke City on Sunday

Чт, 21/05/2015 - 18:45

The Reds have unveiled their new home kit for 2015/16 and the club’s new training range, with the new third kit being unveiled against Stoke City on Sunday.

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Liverpool FC players will debut the club’s new third kit at Sunday’s Barclays Premier League match when the Reds take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in the final game of the season.

Details of the third kit produced by the club’s new official kit partner New Balance remain a closely guarded secret until the reveal on Sunday, write Liverpool FC.

LFC’s defender, Martin Skrtel said: “I’m sure this will be an iconic shirt as it will be the last one worn by Steven Gerrard in his final game for the club. It looks and feels great and I think the fans will really like it too.”

General Manager of New Balance Football Richard Wright said: “The third kit brings an opportunity to mix style with performance. I believe the design team has done an exemplary job in achieving this. New Balance was built on the reputation of leading performance technology and we uphold this for all our kit designs.”

Billy Hogan, Chief Commercial Officer, Liverpool FC, said: “We are delighted to be launching LFC’s third kit in partnership with New Balance. As one of the world’s leading sportswear brands, I am sure that the design will be a popular choice with our supporters.”

The big question, of course, is whether Raheem Sterling will wear the new kit?

Fans can pre-order the new LFC home kit from either the Official Liverpool FC Online Store www.liverpoolfc.com/store or in any Official Liverpool FC Club Store from 3pm, Sunday 24 May. All pre-orders receive a free and exclusive Liverpool FC t-shirt while stocks last.

The kit will be available to buy in store and sent out to fans who have pre-ordered on Thursday 25 June.

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SEE ALSO: Liverpool reveal new training kit for 2015/16

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Video: Roy Hodgson offers sympathetic ear to Raheem Sterling

Чт, 21/05/2015 - 18:40

England manager Roy Hodgson has offered to lend Raheem Sterling a sympathetic ear to air any contract frustrations, but admits he would rather stay out of club business.

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The 20-year-old, named in the national squad to face the Republic of Ireland on June 7 and Slovenia on June 14, has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons as his future at Liverpool comes under increased scrutiny.

His rejection of a new £100,000-a-week deal going public was bad enough, but since then he has been booed by fans at the club's end-of-season awards.

Reported comments from his representative Aidy Ward – subsequently disputed by the agent – on Thursday suggested he would not sign a new contract if the club offered him £900,000 a week and resulted in Liverpool cancelling a scheduled meeting on Friday to discuss the player's future.

Hodgson has not enjoyed the best of relationships with Liverpool or the player after Daniel Sturridge sustained a long-term injury on England duty last September and then he revealed Sterling had asked not to play in a Euro 2016 qualifier as he was feeling tired.

However, he has left his door open if the player wants to discuss any issues when he joins up with the squad early next month.

"I am always available for the players, and Raheem has been with us a long time," Hodgson said.

"I would like to think if the players felt there was some need to talk to me or if it could be of some benefit to them, then they would take the opportunity.

"But as far as I am concerned, the situation between a player and his contract negotiations at his club are purely club business.

"I won't be poking my nose into that business at all.

"Being in a situation where I am often in front of a very inquisitive and knowledgeable media, I would very much like things to be done in private.

"But this is the world we live in and we have an inquisitive press and knowledgeable press, people who research, the stories do leak and get out, so it is a bit naive of people like me to sit here and say this is a terrible thing to happen and should all be done in private.

"Ideally, yes, but good luck to the clubs who can keep these negotiations totally private and can keep these headlines from appearing."

Hodgson has no doubts over Sterling's state of mind when he reports for England duty.

"I'm expecting Raheem to be just as he always is when he comes to England – very supportive of what we are trying to do, very anxious to please us, just as he is anxious to please his club coach, so I have no fears in that respect with Raheem," he added.

"We are always delighted when he meets up. He is a very low-maintenance player from our point of view, always first out for training and last in.

"He never causes us any concerns whatsoever and I have never had the slightest of doubts of his commitment to England and his desire to play for us.

"How he feels about that situation vis-a-vis his current situation, you would have to ask him.

"Unfortunately being in the media spotlight is part of being an exceptional young player who already is being regarded as one of our best.

"I hope that people don't judge him too harshly, whatever he happens to do, but I have to say as a player and a character I find him spot on – I have no criticism whatsoever."

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Liverpool cancel meeting with Raheem Sterling’s agent

Чт, 21/05/2015 - 17:45

Raheem Sterling‘s contract saga with Liverpool has taken another new twist after the club cancelled Friday’s scheduled meeting with the player and his agent.

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Sterling’s representative Aidy Ward had requested a sit down with chief executive Ian Ayre and manager Brendan Rodgers to discuss the 20-year-old’s future, having turned down a £100,000-a-week deal in January.

However, in light of comments reported in the London Evening Standard, in which Ward apparently claims Sterling “would not sign a new contract for £900,000-a-week”, Press Association Sport understands the meeting has now been scrapped.

Ward has subsequently disputed the words attributed to him and is reportedly threatening to take legal action but that has carried no weight with Reds officials, who it is understood do not see the point of discussing an issue which appears to have already been decided in the minds of the player and his representative.

Sterling’s agent has been widely criticised for his handling of negotiations after turning down the club’s offer of a substantial increase on the player’s current £35,000-a-week deal in January.

The player conducted an interview, unauthorised by the club, in which he insisted he was not “a money-grabber” before reports emerged earlier this week – again played down by Ward – that Liverpool would be told at Friday’s meeting that Sterling would not sign a new contract.

“I don’t care about the PR of the club and the club situation. I don’t care,” the London Evening Standard quoted Ward as saying. “He is definitely not signing. He’s not signing forB£700,000, £800,000, £900,000 a week. He is not signing.

“My job is to make sure I do the best with them (my clients). If people say I am bad at my job, or they are badly advised it does not matter.”

SEE ALSO: Media and Liverpool fans react to latest developments in Sterling saga

 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling looks dejected after missing a chance against Queens Park Rangers during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sterling was booed by some fans when he picked up his young player of the year award later that day but former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness believes they are entitled to do so.

“If he’s privately making it known he wants to leave Liverpool then that word soon gets out and supporters are entitled to turn on him,” he told Sky Sports.

“Just maybe someone should whisper in his ear and tell him he is not going anywhere.”

Former Reds defender Jamie Carragher was infuriated by the way Sterling – and his representatives – have acted. “For a 20-year-old kid to be taking on Liverpool Football Club over a contract, to the pit of my stomach that just winds me up, it angers me,” he told Sky Sports.

“You keep your mouth shut – get on with playing football.”

However, the Evening Standard reports Ward hit back against those comments. “Carragher is a k***. Everybody knows it. Any of the criticism from current pundits or ex-Liverpool players – none of them things matter to me. It is not relevant,” he is quoted as saying.

Ward is known to be unhappy how details of Liverpool’s contract offer were made public, adding in the newspaper: “How did this all occur? There is no smoke without fire.”

He also suggested he would not be short of takers for Sterling’s signature. “I am not worried. Worried is making a decision not knowing what is going to happen. Every Premier League club will make a bid for him,” he reportedly said.

Manchester United were reported to have made a cheeky enquiry about the youngster but senior sources at Old Trafford have said he is not on their list of current targets.

Read Aidy Ward’s reported quotes here

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Media and Liverpool fans react to latest developments in Raheem Sterling saga

Чт, 21/05/2015 - 17:40

Oh dear, another day another PR disaster for Raheem Sterling and his agent.

 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling looks dejected after missing a chance against Arsenal during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Much like the summer of 2013 when each night saw a new twist in the Luis Suarez saga – a saga that eventually saw the player remain at the club after being forced to train alone and with Liverpool rejecting an infamous 40-million-plus-a-pound bid from Arsenal – each day now brings with it more controversy from Team Sterling.

Sterling’s agent Aidy Ward has denied quotes that emerged earlier on Thursday, with the London Evening Standard quoted him saying that Sterling would not sign a new deal even if he were offered “£900,000 per week”.

Ward’s denial of the reported quotes hasn’t stopped social media being awash with comments about the agent and his supposed words.

Here’s how media and fans have reacted to the developments today.

Somehow can't see myself typing the word "Sterling" when teamsheet is handed out on Sunday afternoon now.

— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) May 21, 2015

Cease contract negotiations with Sterling & Ward. Drop him on Sunday. Leave him on 35k. Tell to come back when they want to behave! #LFC

— Jay (@Jay82_LFC) May 21, 2015

Barely know what to say after having read that. Shocking comments. Even Sterling must have warning bells ringing now. Aidy Ward is a joke.

— Viktor Fagerström (@ViktorFagerLFC) May 21, 2015

Clubs in the queue to sign Sterling currently looking at each other wondering if the others will notice if they back away quietly.

— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) May 21, 2015

The agent is only pushing for his percentage of any transfer deal, tell Sterling we will not be dealing with your agent and you are staying

— Moley (@Moley_LFCDT) May 21, 2015

The world waits for @Carra23’s response to being called a ‘knob’ by Raheem #Sterling’s agent. pic.twitter.com/IV4Zprl5dX

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) May 21, 2015

What Sterling & his money grabbing agent don't realise is there's 2 years left on his deal & John Henry won't be made a fool of. #lfc

— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ96) May 21, 2015

"Every Premier League club will make a bid for him” Accept Hull’s bid. reject the others. Nice one Aidy. #Sterling #LFC

— Karl Matchett (@karlmatchett) May 21, 2015

It's time for the club to take control over this ridiculous situation. Don't make any more silly comments and don't play Sterling on Sun.

— Viktor Fagerström (@ViktorFagerLFC) May 21, 2015

Comment piece from @JamesPearceEcho on Aidy Ward: http://t.co/6T0bmjOrqV pic.twitter.com/oVEAeUUWb0

— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) May 21, 2015

Sent this to the father in law – a City season ticket holder. Doesn't look like he wants Sterling at the Etihad! pic.twitter.com/WiE4oKthog

— Olivavu (@KopWorldEditor) May 21, 2015

Danny Mills: “The advice [Sterling] has had from his agent is horrendous, it’s appalling. His agent is only in it for himself" #TTFLive

— The Bib Theorists (@TheBibTheorists) May 21, 2015

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 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling looks dejected after missing a chance against Queens Park Rangers during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While Liverpool fans have become accustomed to Sterling being left open mouthed at missing open goals this season, they’re now becoming accustomed to being left aghast at the handling of the situation.

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