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LFC Transfer Rumour Roundup: Spanish duo set to join Reds

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Liverpool look set to have two new recruits at full-back, in the form of two young Spaniards. Henry Jackson takes a look at the transfer rumours affecting the Reds over the last few days.

ALBERTO MORENO & JAVIER MANQUILLO

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On Thursday evening the Echo reported that Liverpool are closing in on the signings of both Moreno and Manquillo.

The two Spaniards, who are 22 and 20 respectively, have both been targets of Brendan Rodgers for a while now, and will hopefully help solve the full-back issue at the club.

Moreno is particularly highly-rated, and it is hoped that the Sevilla man will finally fill the void left at left-back by John Arne Riise when he departed in 2008, with no disrespect to the likes of Jose Enrique and Jon Flanagan.

He is excellent going forward but also solid defensively, and is at an age where he is only going to improve all aspects of his game for the foreseeable future.

While Moreno would likely go straight into the starting XI, Manquillo is more likely to rotate with the likes of Flanagan and Glen Johnson at right-back. He has only featured sporadically for Atletico Madrid, but is a player improving all the time.

With Dejan Lovren already bought in at the back, the acquisition of Moreno and Manquillo will hopefully help sure up Liverpool’s shaky defence.

TIAGO ILORI

 Liverpool's Tiago Ilori in action against Sunderland during the Under 21 FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Daily Mail claims that Ilori could be set for a loan move to Borussia Dortmund in 2014/15.

The talented Portuguese centre-back, who signed for £7m from Sporting Lisbon in September 2013, will have limited first-team opportunities this season, with the likes of Lovren, Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel all ahead of him in the pecking order.

If the deal does materialise, it may actually inadvertently help rivals Manchester United, with reports suggesting it would allow star defender Mats Hummels to move to Old Trafford.

It seems unlikely that the German giants would be willing to replace a world-class player with an unproven youngster, however.

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 move to Sunderland could be back on, according to the Sunderland Echo.

The 23-year-old Italian is deemed surplus to requirement by Rodgers, and Black Cats boss Gus Poyet has confirmed that the two clubs have held talks over a possible move.

The shoulder injury Borini picked up against Roma in the Reds’ pre-season friendly in America last month- starting him in that game was always a disaster waiting to happen- has been the issue behind the transfer, but having been in doubt for a while, it now appears the young forward could be on his way to the Stadium of Light.

WILFRIED BONY

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The Mirror reports that Swansea will allow Bony to leave the club, should the right offer come in.

The Ivorian enjoyed an excellent first season at the Welsh club, scoring 25 goals in all competitions, and he has been linked with a move to Anfield already this summer.

Although it is believed Rodgers is not interested in signing the 25-year-old, the fact that the Loic Remy deal collapsed, and that there are a lack of other strikers seemingly available, his interest in the player could be reignited.

The main thing working against Bony is that he is strictly a centre-forward. Rodgers is reportedly looking for a versatile attacking talent capable of excelling in both central and wide areas.

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5 forwards Liverpool could sign instead of Loic Remy

Чт, 31/07/2014 - 19:10

After Loic Remy’s proposed move to Liverpool disappointingly collapsed, Ben Twelves looks at alternatives Brendan Rodgers could look to sign. 

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during a preseason training session at the Harvard Stadium in Boston on day five of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Remy’s transfer falling through, quality striking options at Anfield remain in short supply and another forward player to share the burden of goal-scoring with Daniel Sturridge is now a priority for Rodgers.

The Frenchman would have been a good fit at Anfield and would have represented a fantastic signing for the money at what would have been a bargain sum of £8.5million. But with the transfer unfortunately dead in the water, Rodgers will now turn his attentions to other targets.

Previous players that Liverpool have been linked with include Swansea’s Wilfried Bony and reported Tottenham-bound Jay Rodriguez and while we know that Sturridge will continue his prolific scoring-rate for the club, what we’re yet to find out is who Rodgers will look to for another quality option.

Here five possible candidates for the Liverpool boss.

Jackson Martinez

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The Colombian striker has proven throughout his career that he knows where the target is – scoring a total of 60 goals in 143 appearances for debut club Independiente Medellin –  before moving to Mexican side Chiapas where he improved on that goal ratio, scoring 35 in 69 games.

Martinez’s goals prompted Porto to offer the striker a route into European football and the Colombian front-man has continued to post impressive goal scoring figures which to date has seen him notch a total of 60 goals in 91 appearances for the Portuguese side.

Like Loic Remy, Martinez is 27 years old and the out-and-out striker would provide Liverpool with another quality striking option alongside Daniel Sturridge.

Ezequiel Lavezzi

The Independent recently linked the Argentine World Cup finalist as £18million target for a move to Anfield, after reports claimed that Lavezzi is set to be offloaded in order to help fund the signing of Real Madrid star and fellow countryman Angel Di Maria.

Liverpool transfer news: Ezequiel Lavezzi emerges as £18m target – reports http://t.co/XupC3AVLSH

— IndyFootball (@IndyFootball) July 29, 2014

At 29 and with Liverpool’s transfer policy well documented, it seems almost impossible that the club would pay anywhere near that amount of money for someone of Lavezzi’s current age but if he was available for the right price however, he could prove to be a shrewd signing by Rodgers.

Able to play anywhere across the forward line, the nippy Argentinian has vast amounts of Champions League experience having previously played in the competition for both Napoli and Paris Saint Germain – to whom he moved to for a fee of £24million in 2012 –  and he has scored seven goals in 19 Champions League appearances since joining the club.

Alexandre Lacazette

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The deal collapsing for Remy has seen some of the clubs’ fan base calling for Rodgers to head after Lyon forward and fellow Frenchman, Lacazette.At the young age of 23, he has years ahead of him and would fit in well with a youthful and progressing team that the Liverpool manager continues to build.

The French international display’s attributes that would tie in perfectly with Liverpool’s system of play, and his versatility in being able to play wide as well as centrally would be a huge buying point as the club look to replace Luis Suarez with a number of genuinely quality options.

He is a technically gifted player who has lightning pace and he is capable of gliding past opposition as well as using either foot comfortably. His awareness and intelligence on the pitch would prove to be a big plus for Liverpool, as Lacazette is a player who’s equally adept at linking play together as he is finishing it off.

The Frenchman scored 17 goals and claimed 4 assists in 44 appearances last season and he really is an excellent option and one that the club should undoubtedly target.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

As Reds everywhere desperately cling onto the hope that tentative ‘links’ with Borussia Dortmund star Marco Rues come to fruition at some stage, there is perhaps another player from Jurgen Klopp’s side that Rodgers should cast his eye over.

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25-year-old Aubameyang would again provide Liverpool with versatility in attack, as he could be deployed both as a central and a wide figure in a 4-3-3 system at Anfield. Two seasons of consistent goal scoring – leading to a total of 41 goals in 96 games for French side St Eitiene – tempted Dortmund to purchase the Gabon international.

In an impressive first season with the German club, Aubameyang registered 16 goals in 37 games in all competitions – with 13 goals and four assists coming in just 21 league starts – and he has already been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, with Chelsea and Newcastle reportedly interested in signing him.

Edinson Cavani

Cavani may be viewed as very much a pie in the sky shout for a potential move to Anfield, but recently Sky Sports claimed that the Uruguayan striker has requested his agent to find him a suitable move to the Premier League.

Sky Sources: Edinson Cavani asks agent to investigate potential move to Premier League. #SSN

— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 14, 2014

The 6″2inch striker has an impressive track record in front of goal, which includes 25 goals in 43 games for current side PSG. The most prolific spell of his career came with Napoli however – where Cavani scored a staggering 104 goals in 138 appearances for the Italian club – before making a big money move to France for a fee of what is believed to be around £60 million.

Sky sources: Edinson Cavani keen on Premier League move this summer. http://t.co/VDtVOaTBpA #PSG #MUFC #CFC pic.twitter.com/USVZP9SmKf — Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) July 14, 2014

With Anfield once again able to offer top European competition and with the help of a glowing reference from a certain friend and international strike partner, a move for Cavani could be something that the club explore.

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Sebastian Coates’ gives Brendan Rodgers food for thought

Чт, 31/07/2014 - 17:42

Sebastian Coates has enjoyed a positive pre-season, much to the surprise of many, and with Daniel Agger reportedly leaving, could the Uruguayan end up being an important squad player this season? Henry Jackson assesses Coates’ future.

 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)

If there was one player that most Liverpool fans didn’t expect much from during pre-season, it was Sebastian Coates.

The 23-year-old has been a disappointment since arriving at Anfield in 2011- that goal against QPR aside- failing to live up to his glowing reputation and making just 24 appearances for the club. Last season admittedly was disrupted by a serious knee injury, with a loan move to Nacional enabling him to get fit for the World Cup.

Since then, Coates returned to pre-season training a week early, aware that he still wasn’t fully recovered from the injury which had ruled him out for 8 months.

With a move away from Liverpool seemingly inevitable this summer, Coates has produced a string of highly impressive performances in the last few weeks, with his assured, classy display against Manchester City on Thursday the best of the bench.

Rodgers on Coates vs Man City:

“Every player has an opportunity. Seba was out for a lot of last season. He’s done well in pre-season, he has been very composed on the ball and he passes it well. He has done well.”

While it would be careless to even talk about the Uruguyan in the same breath as Reds legend Sami Hyypia, there are definite similarities between the two in terms of style.

Like the legendary Finn, Coates is very tall (6″5), dominant in the air and good on the ball. He makes up for a lack of mobility by reading the game well and positioning himself intelligently; the sign of a talented defender lacking in speed.

This is not some knee-jerk attempt to get Coates playing first-team football week in, week out for the Reds because of a few good pre-season displays – Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel are all superior – but with Daniel Agger surely leaving and Kolo Toure something of a liability, he could be worth persevering with.

Also impressed with Sebastian Coates. Looks in Better shape and defended well

— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) July 31, 2014

Very average 45mins. Coates has done very well. City the better side with Jovetic/Navas lively but few clear cut chances

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) July 31, 2014

Let’s not forget that Coates was extremely highly-rated when he first arrived at Liverpool.

He had just enjoyed a superb Copa America for Uruguay in the summer of 2011, culminating in him winning the Young Player of the Tournament award as his side lifted the trophy. He was being lauded as one of the best young centre-backs around, and a future captain of his country by some.

There are definite comparisons to be made between Coates and Manchester United defender Phil Jones. He too signed with an enormous reputation- Sir Alex Ferguson famously claimed he could go on to be the club’s greatest ever player- but is currently something of a laughing stock. He is still just 22 though, and forgetting club rivalry and jokes about his bizarre facial expressions for one second, there is every chance he will come good.

 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)

There is certainly an argument to say that the same could happen with Coates. It’s very easy to forget that he is still only 23, and is still years from his peak.

Maybe the Premier League doesn’t suit him, maybe he was overrated back in 2011, but would it not be worth keeping him for a little longer just to see if we are witnessing the start of a huge improvement? Being fourth-choice centre-back doesn’t exactly mean Rodgers is taking a huge risk in keeping him.

There have been plenty of players down the years who have come close to being sold by Liverpool and ended up thriving- Jordan Henderson is as good an example as any- and you just wonder whether getting rid of Coates this summer, as is rumoured, would be a mistake.

Assuming he takes his impressive pre-season form into the new domestic campaign, he can be an able backup to Lovren, Sakho and Skrtel, and gradually improve his game further.

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Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings in Reds shootout win

Чт, 31/07/2014 - 12:08

Although outplayed for large parts, Liverpool defeated Manchester City on penalties following an enthralling 2-2 draw in New York. Henry Jackson rates each Reds player on the night.

 Liverpool's Jordan Henderson scores the first goal 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)

BRAD JONES- 6

The 32-year-old had another solid night in goal for the Reds, dealing with everything thrown his way comfortably and exuding more calm that we have seen from him in the past.

MARTIN KELLY- 5

Kelly has not looked the same player since injuries have curtailed his progress, and he looked out of his depth against the Premier League champions.

The 24-year-old never quite looks completely comfortable as a right-back, with centre-back his stronger position, and his future looks unclear.

SEBASTIAN COATES- 8

Coates was excellent, and continues his very impressive, and surprising, pre-season form to date.

The Uruguayan made a number of timely interceptions, looked assured on the ball and didn’t put a foot wrong all evening.

KOLO TOURE- 6

Similar to his performance against Olympiakos a few days previously, Toure was barely noticed but largely solid against his former club.

The Ivorian was poor positionally at times, but in general he was reliable.

JOSE ENRIQUE-5

Although you have to take into account Enrique’s injury problems, he struggled against City.

The 28-year-old was given a torrid time by Jesus Navas, while going forward he often lacked quality in key areas. The Reds need a new addition at left-back.

STEVEN GERRARD-6

Gerrard still looks to be easing himself back into pre-season, and he was relatively quiet against Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

The skipper was comfortable but unspectacular in possession, and although he made a few good defensive interceptions, he should have cleared the ball for Stevan Jovetic’s opener.

JOE ALLEN- 6

Allen was quiet but efficient- a typical Allen performance- during his 65 minutes on the pitch.

The Welshman showed some nice turns and deft touches, but there is a nagging feeling that he has to start influencing more matches.

JORDAN HENDERSON- 8

Henderson was easily one of the best players on the pitch, if not the best, and continues to show just what a vital player he has become at Anfield.

His constant running and incisive passing were good throughout, and he curled home a terrific effort to level the scores in the second-half.

 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling scores the second goal 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)

PHILIPPE COUTINHO- 7

The Brazilian has been superb in pre-season, and although it was one of his quieter performances of the summer, he still impressed.

The 22-year-old produced some typically silky touches and mazy dribbles, and had a number of decent attempts on goal.

RICKIE LAMBERT- 5

Lambert has struggled so far during his Reds career, and he just couldn’t really get into the game against City during his 45 minutes on the pitch.

The former Southampton man didn’t link up particularly well with Daniel Sturridge, and he missed a glaring opportunity to give the Reds the lead in the first-half.

DANIEL STURRIDGE- 6

Sturridge had a poor opening 45 minutes, but looked far happier when Brendan Rodgers switched from the 4-4-2 diamond formation to 4-3-3 after the break.

The 24-year-old lost possession and failed to hold up the ball at times, and blazed his penalty over the bar, but he always looked a threat.

Substitutes

SIMON MIGNOLET (on for Jones 46)- 7

The Belgian made his first appearance of the US tour, and he ended being the hero following his saves from Yaya Toure and Navas in the shootout.

GLEN JOHNSON (on for Kelly 46)- 6

The 29-year-old was slightly better than he has been of late, but he did allow City to get in behind him too often in the second-half.

JACK ROBINSON (on for Enrique 46)- 6

The youngster almost made the perfect introduction having come on at half-time, but his shot was saved well by Joe Hart.

Although fairly solid, he was also guilty of allowing City- Navas especially- to get to the byline on too many occasions.

RAHEEM STERLING (on for Lambert 46)- 8

Sterling was superb yet again, and was a definite contender for Man of the Match despite only playing half of the game.

The 19-year-old played a key role in Henderson’s goal, and his clinical late finish took the game to penalties. He also saw an equally ruthless strike ruled out for offside.

EMRE CAN (on for Allen 65)- 7

Can’s introduction added drive and dynamism to the Liverpool midfield, and it coincided with the Reds enjoying the better of the game during the final 20 minutes.

The 20-year-old also scored his penalty in the shootout, stroking the ball home with ease.

MAMADOU SAKHO (on for Coates 75)- 6

The Frenchman didn’t really have time to make an impact, but he did test Hart with a towering header late on.

LUCAS LEIVA (on for Gerrard 75)- 6

The 27-year-old was reliable when he came on, and scored the winning spot-kick to put Liverpool top of their International Champions Cup group.

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Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool: Reds triumph in penalty shootout

Чт, 31/07/2014 - 05:17

Liverpool defeated Manchester City on penalties after a terrific contest in New York. Simon Mignolet saved from Yaya Toure and Jesus Navas in the shootout, as the Reds top their International Champions Cup group.

 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling scores the second goal 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)

Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool (Liverpool won 3-1 on penalties)

Friendly / Yankee Stadium, New York / Thursday, 31st July 2014

Goals: Henderson (59), Sterling (85); Jovetic (53 & 67)

By Henry Jackson

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers made five changes to the side that won 1-0 against Olympiakos in Chicago last weekend, as a Reds-dominated crowd in New York’s Yankee Stadium saw them face Manchester City.

Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Emre Can, Raheem Sterling and Lazar Markovic made way for Martin Kelly, Sebastian Coates, Joe Allen, Philippe Coutinho and Rickie Lambert, with neither Skrtel or Markovic making the squad due to injury.

The game got off to a scrappy start- the appalling quality and questionable dimensions of the pitch certainly didn’t help matters- with Manchester City looking the more threatening of the two sides.

It took 11 minutes for the Reds’ first decent chance to arrive, with Coutinho shooting wide from the edge of the penalty area.

Three minutes later Rickie Lambert missed a golden opportunity to give Liverpool the lead, heading Jordan Henderson’s cross straight at Willy Caballero in the City goal from a few yards out.

Jesus Navas tested Jones, James Milner fired wide and Dzeko saw an effort ruled out for offside, as Manuel Pellegrini’s side continued to dominate proceedings.

The half-time whistle blew with Liverpool having struggled to create chances, and last season’s Premier League champions on top.

The Northern Irishman made four substitutions at the interval, introducing Simon Mignolet, Glen Johnson, Jack Robinson and Raheem Sterling for Jones, Kelly, Enrique and Lambert, respectively.

Robinson almost gave his side a dream start to the second-half, but his shot was stopped by Joe Hart, who had also come on at the break.

Seven minutes into the second-half City broke the deadlock. Navas’ cross was not cut out by Gerrard- the ball squeezed though the captain’s legs- and Jovetic was on hand to poke the ball past Mignolet.

Liverpool were almost immediately level, but Hart again produced a fine save, this time from Coutinho. From the resulting corner Daniel Sturridge headed over.

The equaliser did come, however, with Henderson producing a superb finish inside the box following good link-up play between Sterling and Sturridge.

 Liverpool's Jordan Henderson scores the first goal 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)

City youngster Bruno Zuculini somehow hit the crossbar with the goal gaping minutes later, as the game grew more and more stretched.

It didn’t take long for another goal to arrive, however, with Jovetic squeezing the ball home after it fell somewhat fortunately to the Montenegro international.

An enthralling contest continued, particularly by pre-season standards, with Sturridge and Coutinho both shooting wide.

In the final 10 minutes the Reds took control, and after Can and Mamadou Sakho both came close, they equalised with six minutes left.

Sterling, who looked sharp as soon as he came on, burst into the box to finish emphatically, taking the game to a penalty shootout.

Liverpool prevailed, with Can, Henderson and Lucas all converting, while Mignolet saved from both Yaya Toure and Navas. The Reds are now top of their International Champions Cup group on five points.

Man of the Match:Raheem Sterling

Tactical Overview

Rodgers switched from the 4-3-3 formation used in the recent games against Roma and Olympiakos in favour of the 4-4-2 diamond system.

Gerrard anchored the midfield as usual, with Allen and Henderson either side and Coutinho playing behind Lambert and Sturridge.

They reverted back to 4-3-3 in the second-half, with Sterling on for Lambert and Sturridge occupying the lone strikers role.

Liverpool:Jones (Mignolet 46), Kelly (Johnson 46), Toure, Coates (Sakho 75), Enrique (Robinson 46), Gerrard (Lucas 75), Henderson, Allen (Can 65), Coutinho, Lambert (Sterling 46), Sturridge

Subs not used: Ward, Suso, Ibe, Coady, Peterson

Manchester City starting XI:Caballero, Clichy, Kolarov, Boyata, Nastasic, Fernando, Navas, Zuculini, Milner, Jovetic, Dzeko

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Liverpool’s Top 5 Defensive Signings In The Premier League Era

Ср, 30/07/2014 - 21:00

The signing of Dejan Lovren from Southampton is expected to strengthen Liverpool’s shaky rearguard next season, but who have been the best defenders the club have signed since the Premier League began in 1992? Henry Jackson selects his top 5.

5. STEVE FINNAN (£3.5m from Fulham- 2003)

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Finnan was one of the most consistent, reliable players in Liverpool’s squad during the mid 2000s, as Rafa Benitez made the Reds a force again.

The former Republic of Ireland international was part of an extremely solid defensive unit alongside Sami Hyypia, Jamie Carragher and John Arne Riise, but he could also get forward and provide excellent service from wide areas.

He unforgettably won the 2005 Champions League, and the FA Cup a year later, and went on to make 217 appearances for Liverpool. A real unsung hero.

4. DANIEL AGGER (£5.8m from Brondby- 2006)

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

In a lot of ways Agger’s Liverpool career has been marred somewhat by injuries- he was widely regarded as one of Europe’s best young defenders when he arrived in 2006- but he has still been a terrific servant in his eight years at Anfield.

The 29-year-old is elegant in possession, possessing a wand of a left foot, and a commanding presence when fully fit. His crucial goal in the 2007 Champions League semi-final triumph over Chelsea will live long in the memory.

232 appearance in a Reds shirt is impressive, winning an FA Cup and League Cup in the process, but that total could be so much more more had injuries not hindered the Denmark captain. We may have seen him in a Liverpool shirt for the last time, with Barcelona reportedly close to signing him.

3. MARTIN SKRTEL (£6.5m from Zenit St Petersburg- 2008)

 Liverpool's Martin Skrtel celebrates scoring the second goal against Arsenal during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There’s not much to choose between Skrtel and Agger, but the Slovakian just gets the nod over his long-time teammate for his performances last season.

After a disastrous start to his Reds career, in which he scored an own goal against minnows Havant & Waterlooville in the FA Cup, he has grown in stature to become a very solid performer over many years.

Having lost his place in the side to an ageing Jamie Carragher in 2012/13, Skrtel produced a superb campaign last season, scoring seven times and holding the defence together with a string of influential displays.

He is physically dominant and very quick, and remains a key part of Liverpool’s plans under Brendan Rodgers for the foreseeable future.

2. JOHN ARNE RIISE (£4m from Monaco- 2001)

 Liverpool's John Arne Riise celebrates scoring the second goal against Norwich City during the Premiership match at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The biggest compliment you can give Riise is that Liverpool have never replaced him with a player of his quality since leaving in 2008.

There has not been a better attacking full-back for the Reds in the Premier League era, and the Norwegian gave us many wonderful memories over the years.

From his dazzling run and finish against Everton to his sensational strike against Manchester United, Riise often produced in big games, and truly loved representing the club.

In total he made 234 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 21 times, and he was an integral part of the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup-winning Reds sides of the mid 00s.

1. SAMI HYYPIA (£2.5m from Willem II- 1999)

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There has surely never been a better value-for-money signing in the history of Liverpool Football Club than the acquisition of Hyypia 15 years ago.

For a decade the big Finn was a colossus of a centre-back at Anfield, forming great partnerships with both Stephane Henchoz and Carragher along the way.

He was superb in the air, a wonderful reader of the game and a great leader, captaining the club before selflessly handed it to Steven Gerrard as age began to catch up with him.

When people talk about the greatest defenders to have ever played for the Reds, Hyypia is most certainly among the top four or five.

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COMPLETED: Liverpool sign Divock Origi on five-year deal

Втр, 29/07/2014 - 20:31

Belgium international Divock Origi has completed his move to Liverpool for a reported fee of £10 million, signing a five-year deal at the club.

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The 19-year-old striker, whose progress has been tracked by the club for several years, will return to Lille on loan next season in order to aid his development and guaranteed first-team football.

Origi finalised his deal in the United States, where the Reds are currently on a pre-season tour, and he spoke of his delight at the move.

“I am very, very happy and delighted a club as big as Liverpool showed interest in me. I’m very excited,” he said.

“I know it’s a club with a great history, great fans and a lot of great players. For me, Liverpool is one of the greatest clubs in the world and I’m very excited to be part of this great history.”

Origi made his senior debut in 2012, and went on to score 7 goals in 45 appearances for Lille in France’s Ligue 1.

He has represented Belgium from Under-15 level and upwards, winning 7 caps for the national team to date. He scored the winning goal in his side’s victory over Russia at this summer’s World Cup, further enhancing his growing reputation.

Divock Origi becomes #LFC’s sixth signing of the summer so far… #OrigiLFC pic.twitter.com/s1WSSofZw2

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 29, 2014

The purchase of the highly-rated youngster sees Brendan Rodgers‘ summer of spending continue, with Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic and Dejan Lovren already acquired. Expect more to come.

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Daniel Sturridge ready to be main man at Anfield

Втр, 29/07/2014 - 18:12

Daniel Sturridge is looking forward to the challenge of being Liverpool’s main centre forward following the departure of Luis Suarez this summer.

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

Manager Brendan Rodgers has predominantly used his preferred 4-3-3 formation during pre-season thus far and that looks like being the case for the 2014/15 season, meaning Sturridge will be the main man up front for The Reds.

Speaking about the partnership with Suarez last season, that fostered 52 goals between them in the Premier League, Sturridge said “It was a unique partnership, and I wish Luis all the best. We shared some good times together. We created history with our goals and became the most successful Liverpool partnership in one season.”

But the 24-year-old is now ready to step up in Suarez’s departure, much like the rest of the squad.

“In terms of next season for the goals, I’ll step up myself and everyone has to” said the England forward.

“It’s everyone’s job to do that, the new boys who have come in as well as the players who have been there all season. We will move forward as a team.”

Following the collapse of Loic Remy’s proposed move, Liverpool are left with only Sturridge, new signing Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini as their centre forward options – with the club having accepted a £14 million bid for Borini from Sunderland.

Where The Reds do have plenty of competition is in the wide forward areas in a front three, with Raheem Sterling, Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho, Suso, Borini and youngster Jordon Ibe all capable of playing on the left or right of attack.

Clearly though, Rodgers wants to add another forward before the end of the transfer window and has been linked with Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette.

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LFC Transfer Rumour Roundup- Two world-class forwards linked with the Reds

Втр, 29/07/2014 - 16:15

Several new transfer rumours regarding Liverpool have emerged over the last 24 hours, and Henry Jackson assesses the likelihood and consequences of them occurring.

EZEQUIEL LAVEZZI

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The Express report that, with Angel di Maria set to join Paris Saint-Germain in a big-money move, the French giants may be forced to sell Lavezzi to avoid breaking Financial Fair Play sanctions.

The 29-year-old forward is an extremely talented player, and one with electrifying pace and an eye for goal. He has scored 23 goals in 90 games for PSG, and also enjoyed great spell at Napoli previously, but the purchase of Di Maria could see him relegated to the substitutes bench next season.

Brendan Rodgers is looking for a replacement for Loic Remy, and not only is Lavezzi a far superior player, his versatility across a front three would appeal greatly to Rodgers.

£18m for a player approaching 30 is a potential risk, but the Argentina international would bring a great amount of quality to Liverpool’s side.

MARCO REUS

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According to the Express, German publication Bild claim Reus has rejected the offer of a new deal at Borussia Dortmund.

Both Liverpool and Manchester United reportedly see the 25-year-old as their marquee signing of the summer, and a move to Anfield would be a massive statement of intent by the Reds.

Reus is one of the world’s best attacking players, and prior to missing the World Cup through injury he was seen by many as the world champions’ star man.

He has scored 42 goals for Jurgen Klopp’s side over the last two seasons, often wreaking havoc from a left-sided attacking role.

The idea of the goalscoring winger moving to Anfield is a mouth-watering one, but whether it materialises is questionable, with heavyweight clubs like Bayern Munich and Barcelona also rumoured to be interested.

DANIEL AGGER

 Liverpool's Daniel Agger in action against Preston North End during a preseason friendly match at Deepdale. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

According to the Daily Mail, Agger is on the verge of joining Barcelona for £12m.

The 29-year-old has fallen out of favour at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers, and the signing of Dejan Lovren has seemingly put him even further down the pecking order.

The Denmark captain has enjoyed over eight successful years at Liverpool, but it would appear that his time at the club is coming to an end.

In total Agger has made 232 appearance for the Reds, finding the net 14 times.

Do you think Liverpool would miss Agger? Who would you prefer out of Lavezzi and Reus? Let us know in the comments section.

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What next for Liverpool after Loic Remy’s move is off?

Втр, 29/07/2014 - 15:00

Where, and to whom, do Liverpool turn next after Loic Remy’s move to Anfield fell through at the last hurdle? Danny Gallagher discusses.

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Loic Remy’s move to Liverpool, we were lead to believe, was a nailed on certainty.

Many journalists, pundits and fans alike had accepted the Frenchman as a Liverpool player and were already cycling through the thought processes of where the 27-year-old would fit in to Brendan Rodgers‘ squad.

A trip to Boston, agreed personal terms and an accepted transfer fee later, the move was to fall through.

With the plug pulled and Liverpool officials yet to explain exactly why, it remains widespread speculation that a minor heart complaint stood as the stumbling block between the Frenchman realising his Anfield ambition.

Alas, the preseason preparation waits for no man, and, as the age old cliché goes, there’s no point crying over spilt milk. Where Brendan Rodgers and co turn their attention to now however is a large and interesting point of discussion.

It is beyond apparent that more striking reinforcements are needed at Anfield, with Daniel Sturridge now seen as the pivotal figure in filling the quite formidable boots left by the departed Luis Suárez.

Is it hopeful that in the coming days the signing of promising young Belgian Divock Origi will be announced to the world.

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during the International Champions Cup Group B match against Olympiacos at the Soldier Field Stadium on day seven of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Yet, despite flashes of brilliance in the recent World Cup, Origi is very much a work-in-progress and thus should see next season with his current club Lille, as a loanee from the Reds.

Here therefore, are just some players of which Rodgers and his scouting networking may divert their eyes back towards in order to keep the goals flowing at Anfield.

Wilfried Bony:

The Swansea hitman has been linked with the Reds quite aggressively during this window, with figures of £20 million being bandied around at will.

After an impressive 2013/14 season notching 16 goals and creating 25 chances, the big Ivorian appears to have successfully used Swansea as a much needed spring-board towards a European-competing club.

Nevertheless, the Swans’ board and boss Garry Monk are said to be resolute in not parting with their prized asset, thus leaning the conclusion of any possible transfer to arrive as a result of an unthinkable Andy Carroll-esque bid.

Jay Rodriguez:

No sooner have Southampton shut up shop than to find their loyal customer Liverpool FC banging on the window once more.

Surely not another pillaging of the Saints, many ask. It’s an outside shot, but many media sources have been covering alleged interest from the Reds regarding the 24 year old, who, until sustaining a season-ending rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament, featured heavily in the Saints’ fine Premier League form.

As per Squawka, Rodriguez’s 2013/14 statistics came in remarkably similar to that of Wilfried Bony, the Englishman scoring only one goal less than the Swansea forward, with total shot accuracy of 43% as opposed to the 44% of Bony.

Rodriguez could be a sound option for Brendan Rodgers, containing all the necessary experience and credentials to cut it in the Premier League. Whether Southampton would will be willing to let another one of their key personnel walk through the doors however is another question entirely. Should this transfer materialise, the opening fixture of the Premier League campaign will certainly be a nostalgic affair for Ronald Koeman’s men.

Alexandre Lacazette:

Another striker falling in the bracket of 15 goals scored during the previous season, Olympique Lyonnais forward Lacazette stands at a similar stature to Loic Remy, boasting pace, power and deft finishing as traits within his arsenal.

The compatibility between the two French strikers is such that it is reported that Newcastle United were sounding out Lacazette as a direct replacement for the departing Remy. Should Rodgers decide to pursue the 23 year old however, not much change should be expected to be received from £20million, with Lyon standing firm on their stance of retaining the in-form striker as a vital component in their planned rise back to the summit of domestic French football.

Romelu Lukaku:

Perhaps one of the boldest of considerations, Lukaku was tentatively linked with Liverpool via the close connection and working friendship of Brendan Rodgers and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. It comes as a shock to many that ‘the chosen one’ quite openly appears not to rate Belgian powerhouse Lukaku, despite an abundance of statistics suggesting his right to the accolade of number one striker at Stamford Bridge.

With the recent acquisition of Diego Costa and the temporary return of Didier Drogba, it appears the door is being shut in the face of 21 year old Lukaku. A move to Anfield would surely work wonders for both the player and the Reds, yet such a transaction would undoubtedly be steeped in a battle of loyalties – Chelsea on one side of the table with Everton glaring scornfully across on the other.

Lukaku’s time spent on Merseyside with the Toffees saw a return of 15 goals and a total of 32 chances created. Likewise the shot accuracy of the Belgian, standing at 63%, considerably eclipses that of fellow Premier League options Jay Rodriguez and Wilfried Bony.

Lukaku may well be the desired choice of many if only for the fact that at 21 years old, time is aplenty for the youngster to blossom into one of the most prolific and consistent strikers in European football. Daniel Sturridge’s move from Southwest London to Anfield set the precedent that transfers could occur between the two clubs.

Nevertheless, after witnessing the rise that can occur when strikers are afforded the time and effort invested into them at Anfield, perhaps the Chelsea hierarchy will think twice before risking getting their fingers burnt once more.

Fabio Borini:  

A final and somewhat divergent addition to the list is our very own Fabio Borini.

Rumoured to be the subject of a seemingly generous £14 million bid from Sunderland, the young Italian appeared to not only be vacating a position in the Liverpool strike-force for Loic Remy, but additionally directly bankrolling the transfer via his own move simultaneously.

Word on the Borini front however has since hushed, with the Italian’s eagerness to travel to the USA as part of the Red’s tour perceived as a snub to the Wearside club in favour of staking a claim for a full-time Liverpool jersey.

Black Cats’ fans certainly had much to revere Borini for following the 2013/2014 season, with the striker registering 7 goals and 26 chance creations in a campaign that saw Gus Poyet’s men claw themselves back from what, at one point, looked like imminent relegation.

A rejuvenated Borini’s stay at Liverpool may just be the trump card that Brendan Rodgers never really knew he had. The Italian proved efficiently enough during the previous campaign his adequacy to compete in the Premier League, thus indicating that the Reds could potentially spend the money elsewhere, perhaps on the much speculated full-back positions.

As recently stated – and the recipient of much debate in my previous article – I projected that fans should not be expecting the ‘big’ names to be arriving at Anfield this summer. The Remy scenario, if anything, indicates that this is the case.

The offering of the iconic number 7 shirt to Remy, as was reported by the Telegraph and various other sources such as BBC Football, bodes indicative of the idea that no other marquee names, considered of a higher standing, will be passing through the doors of Anfield to inherit the relinquished shirt of Luis Suárez.

Rodgers and FSG clearly have a meticulously calculated battle-plan for the coming season; the refusal to take up the option of Remy after slight medical issues, even for such a lowly transfer fee, strongly highlights this.

Patience now needs to be kept as we manoeuvre the market once more. Strap yourself in for the ride, it’s going to be an eventful one.

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A Liverpool legend is something to be

Втр, 29/07/2014 - 11:00

According to Kop verse, Brendan Rodgers built a team like Shankly did so that kids would have a story. The man from Ulster is rapidly becoming a hero among Liverpool fans.

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during a preseason training session at the Harvard Stadium in Boston on day five of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rodgers has overseen an astonishing improvement in both performance and achievement. In addition he has surmounted every challenge thrown his way and embraced the clubs history and ethos. Such is the esteem in which he is now held, some fans are referring to him as a legend.

Towards the back end of last season I counted three banners in the ground specifically dedicated to the boss. That was more than for both Shankly and Paisley.

As a huge fan of Brendan Rodgers, I am certainly not knocking this. However, it does make me wonder. Is he a legend? More importantly what does it take to become one?

It has always felt a very straight forward process in my eyes. All you need to do is be successful over a long period of time and Bob’s your uncle.

That worked for me as a Liverpool supporter, because all of our legends were successful over a long period of time. Today though, that theory doesn’t really stand up to close scrutiny.

Forget Liverpool for a moment. At Everton ‘Big Dunc’ is considered a legend, despite not winning a single trophy at the club. I’m certain fans of other clubs have similar stories.

Perhaps that’s fair enough. If the criteria for becoming a legend in the game were restricted to my narrow definition, then they would be very few and far between. Only a small number of teams would ever have legends.

Matt Le Tissier is a legend for Southampton. Aside from being a Full Members Cup finalist in 1992 and a string of player of the month awards, he hasn’t exactly had a glittering career. However, he was a loyal servant of the Saints over sixteen years. He could have moved to a more successful club but chose not to.

So, is that it then? Is loyalty the defining characteristic of a legend? Using that as our benchmark, we could certainly crown Carragher, Gerrard and Hyppia as legends. However, we couldn’t offer the same honorific to Keegan, Souness or McManaman.

 Liverpool's Jamie Carragher applauds the supporters as he is substituted in his 737th and last game for the club during the final Premiership match of the 2012/13 season against Queens Park Rangers at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Then we come to our managers. In this arena there are two men who can lay claim to being undisputed legends of the club. These are of course Shankly and Paisley. All three won major honours and were, over a sustained period of time, successful in their jobs.

Sadly this doesn’t help either. What about Ronnie Moran and Joe Fagan? Are they not legends? They were also part of a dynasty of unparalleled success. So too was Roy Evans. Sadly we refer to him as a servant, rather than a legend.

Skip forward a decade or two and we come to the clubs first two foreign managers. Houllier won six major honours for Liverpool in six years. Is he not a legend? If not, why not?

What about Rafa Benitez? He won the greatest prize in European football for us. He nearly did it again two years later. Some call him a legend, while others would strongly disagree.

There must be a common denominator, some yardstick we can use to objectively judge. For me there might be and it’s wrapped up in the definition of the word. Legend comes from the latin legenda or things to be read.

We are back to the kop song about kids and stories here. Are legends people who provide us with tales to pass on to our offspring? These could be tales of glory or of failure. Often they are stories of falling and rising again. That’s it then. It’s about success and stories. We’ve cracked it. Or have we?

Yes all of these men have given us stories to tell our kids. There are books dedicated to our disasters and triumphs under them. Alas though there others who have done the same, yet failed to become legends.

 Liverpool's team lines up before the the UEFA Champions League Final against AC Milan at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)..Back row L-R: Djimi Traore, Xabi Alonso, Sami Hyypia, Jerzy Dudek, Jamie Carragher, Harry Kewell. Front row L-R: Steve Finnan, Milan Baros, Luis Garcia, Steven Gerrard, John Arne Riise.

After all Djimi Traoré was successful. His Champions League winner’s medal proves it. He gave us stories too. That spectacular Bambi impression against Burnley in the FA Cup was a doozey. He was hardly a legend though. So what is that missing ingredient?

By now you will have noticed that there is one glaring omission from this piece. His is a name that has become synonymous with Liverpool Football Club. He is an undisputed legend and we call him King.

To my mind, Kenny Dalglish has that missing ingredient that alongside the success and the stories means he truly deserves the title legend. I would say that Shankly, Paisley, Fagan and Evans have it too.

They are each icons of the club. By this I mean that during their time they have become representative symbols of the club and what it stood for. They understood the values of the club and tried every day to embody it. You will undoubtedly think of others who match this criterion.

In the case of Houllier and Benitez it gets a bit tricky. Certainly both can claim to have restored the clubs pride. They both strongly identified with the supporters and history of the club. They brought success and stories, but were they icons?

It is said that under these two managers the club ditched its football philosophy. The free flowing attacking football, that had become the hallmark of Liverpool Football Club, was gone.

In its place was a more pragmatic style of play that, while achieving success, didn’t sit well with the clubs purists. Therefore can they really be described as the embodiment of the club that Shanks built?

In fairness to Benitez, he was the only one within the club speaking out against the Hicks and Gillett reign. In this sense he could be seen to be embodying the spirit of the club. This is why he continues to be held in high regard by the majority of fans. Is he an icon and a legend though?

I’m going to leave that to the comments section and skip, conveniently, over the non-event that was Roy Hodgson. Here we arrive at the current incumbent, Brendan Rodgers. Is he deserving of legendary status?

In his short time at the club he has certainly made strides to imbue its spirit and ethos. Most of us would happily say that Brendan speaks for us, understands us and believes in the football we believe in. His speech at the 25th Hillsborough memorial could have been delivered by one of the clubs grandees.

For me though Brendan hasn’t had time to be successful or become an icon at Liverpool. He needs both of these attributes to merit being hailed a legend. I think he may go on to achieve this, but until he does we should spare him the baggage that comes with those titles.

Brendan’s story is just beginning and we should give him space and time to write it. If we don’t we do him and his predecessors a huge disservice.

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Preview: Liverpool v Man City

Втр, 29/07/2014 - 09:33

Liverpool play familiar opposition in the third game of their US tour on Wednesday night when they face Premier League rivals Manchester City. Ben Twelves previews the friendly clash. 

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool v Man City
Wednesday, 30th July 2014, 7pm EST (Midnight UK)

Liverpool are in New York City for their third game in a week on what is proving to be a demanding pre-season tour for the Reds. They will be looking to build on Sunday evening’s performance which saw them claim a 1-0 win over Olympiacos in the ‘Guinness International Cup’.

Rodgers’ side arrived in New Jersey on Monday afternoon, where they are practicing at Princeton University ahead of the game.

Wednesday night will see Liverpool meet the club they ran so close in last season’s incredible title challenge and this time the Reds will be looking to go one better. Like Liverpool, Manuel Pelligrini’s side won their first game of the friendly tournament, breezing past AC Milan with a dominant 5-1 victory which positions them firmly at the top of Group B.

The clash will be played at Yankee Stadium – a ground that has seen capacity downsized from the original 49,600 to 33,400 for football games – which is situated in the south Bronx borough of the city. The stadium is set to become the home of the upcoming New York City Football Club that will compete in the MLS as of the 2015 season.

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Team News

The Liverpool squad thankfully seem to have come out of a niggly friendly encounter against the Greek champions’ unscathed, and everyone apart from the known absentees should be fit to play a part in the match.

Vice-captain Daniel Agger was missing from Sunday’s match-day squad having allegedly been sent home injured, prompting increased speculation of a potential departure from Anfield to Barcelona for the Danish international, as numerous reports have indicated and which now seems likely with the confirmed arrival of Dejan Lovren.

 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)

While the Croatian international prepares to fly out to join his new teammates – although Wednesday’s game is set to come too early for him to take part – Agger has been united with fellow injured teammate and subject of a move away from Liverpool, Fabio Borini, in heading back to Merseyside.

However, new signing Adam Lallana – who will unfortunately miss the rest of pre-season after being ruled out for 4-6 weeks with a knee ligament injury picked up in training – is seemingly to remain on the tour.

Sakho and Mignolet both training here in Chicago after linking up with the squad. #LFC

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Late comers Mamadou Sakho and Simon Mignolet could receive their first minutes of pre-season in New York, as both have now joined up with the rest of the team and returned to training, completing the Liverpool squad.

Opposition

Liverpool know their opponents on Wednesday night all too well, having finished just two points behind them in the Premier League last season, but City have so far fielded much contrasting teams to that of routine Premier League fixtures.

Sunday’s win over Filipo Inzaghi’s Milan saw the City squad feature only six regular first team players – Aleksander Kolarov, Gael Clichy, Matija Nastasic, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic and Javi Garcia. New signing Fernando played a large part of the match which also included forgotten men Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair for a makeshift City.

 Manchester City's James Milner in action against Arsenal during the Premiership match at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Manager Pelligrini has confirmed that none of the World Cup participants who have joined up with the squad will play on Wednesday night, meaning that delayed arrivals David Silva, Yaya Toure, James Milner, Edin Dzeko and Joe Hart are all set to miss the game.

City have won 3 of 4 fixtures of their pre-season campaign so far and have recorded victories in both matches while out in the US – beating Sporting Kansas City 4-1 and Liverpool’s opponents next Saturday, Milan and the match on Wednesday night will be shown live on Sky Sports 1.

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Scouting Potential Liverpool Target: Alexandre Lacazette

Втр, 29/07/2014 - 06:47

After Loic Remy’s proposed move to Liverpool fell through due to medical concerns, Gunnar Lemmermann looks into the possibility of Alexandre Lacazette filling the hole Luis Suarez left in Liverpool’s attack.

The 23 year old, 5ft9in forward currently plys his trade in Ligue 1 at Olympique Lyon. The Frenchman can play in a variety of positions; on both wings or in his preferred position as a forward.

Lacazette earned caps with all French youth teams, beginning in the under-16 team. He scored the winning goal in the 2010 European Under-19 Cup against Spain.

He came through the youth ranks at Lyon and made his professional debut for the club in 2010. He made his Champions League debut as a substitute against Benfica as a second half substitute with his side trailing 4-0. Lacazette made an instant impact – scoring one goal and setting up Yoann Gourcuff, inspiring his side to fight back, but ultimately loosing the game 4-3.

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Lacazette is an all-rounder and has all the attributes for a striker and a winger as well. He is technically gifted, can provide his team mates with assists and is a good finisher. His main attribute is his lightning pace. He has incredible speed and quickness – not one defender in Ligue 1 could keep up with him. He moves very well off the ball and fits perfectly into the mould of players which Brendan Rodgers is looking to bring into his Liverpool team.

He is extremely capable with both feet, has an eye for goal, can score all types of them and could certainly fill Suarez’ place regarding stunning volleys, long shots and one-on-ones.

Lacazette adds flair to any side he’d play in. He uses his agility to skip past opponents and is extremely skilful on the ball. He can choose from a variety of tricks to leave defenders trailing. His physical strength helping his case there.

He enjoys linking up with the other attacking players, providing lots of key passes. His first touch is admirable, the ball rarely ever jumps far from him when he takes it. His close control is especially good as well, which allows him to hold up play if necessary.

At just 5 ft 9, his main weakness is his aerial ability. This will let his game down at times if played as a lone striker. He does, however, have a good jumping reach – something which could definitely help his development in this area.

2013/24 Form Guide

Lacazette made 44 appearances for Lyon last season, including 8 starts in the Europa League, where he managed 2 goals, 17 overall. He aided Lyons course with 4 assists, compiling an average rating of 7.13 according to stat site Whoscored.com, becoming Man of the Match 4 times.

He had an excellent season at Lyon, coming of the back of some rather mediocre ones before. Before this season he was often used on the wings in a 4-3-3 where his potential came through but only roughly and not consistently. This season Remi Gard changed his team to a familiar Diamond-4-4-2. Lacazette played as a centre forward, with Bafetimbi Gomis at hand to support him.

Certainly playing him in his natural position helped him scoring 17 goals. He was able to go wide on either wing and use his pace to turn in behind, or he could get the ball to his feet and set up his team mates.

His pace and ability to leave defenders behind due to his quick feet resulted in him winning a huge amount of free kicks in dangerous areas for his side. A factor which Steven Gerrard certainly could take advantage from.

Conclusion

The 2013/14 season saw Lacazette live up to his potential. There is obviously still room for improvement but if used in the right system his development will continue exponentially.

He was previously linked to Liverpool but Brendan Rodgers decided to go for Loic Remy, whose proposed deal failed due to medical reasons. A few weeks ago the striker was linked with a move to Newcastle after Lyon put a €20M price tag on him, but he rejected the Magpies and said he wasn’t interested in a move to St. James’ Park.

He sees his aims much higher at teams of the calibre of French giants Paris Saint Germain; should no club this size come in for him he would continue his development at Lyon, waiting for the right move.

What do you think? Should Liverpool go after Alexandre Lacazette? Let us know in the comments below.

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LFC Transfer Rumour Roundup- Reds to sign Arsenal captain?

Пнд, 28/07/2014 - 15:57

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers continues to look for reinforcements this summer, and Henry Jackson rounds up some of the transfer rumours affecting the Reds over the last few days.

JAY RODRIGUEZ

With Liverpool’s deal for Loic Remy falling through at the eleventh hour, after the Frenchman reportedly failed a medical, the Daily Star believe Rodgers could bring Southampton star Rodgriguez to the club instead.

The 24-year-old enjoyed an impressive Premier League campaign with the Saints last season, scoring 15 goals in 33 appearance alongside new Liverpool signings Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert. Injury robbed him of a likely place in England’s World Cup squad.

Rodriguez is capable of playing either in a wide attacking role or as a central striker, and he would add undoubted depth to the squad.

Although not in the same class as players like Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge, the former Burnley man would be a useful signing, and one who would not have to adjust to life in the Premier League.

THOMAS VERMAELEN

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The Express reports that Liverpool are interested in bringing Arsenal captain Vermaelen to Anfield.

The 28-year-old, who has long been a target of Manchester United, has seen himself drop behind Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in the Emirates pecking order, and is rumoured to want a new challenge.

With defence clearly an area the Reds needs to strengthen in, and Daniel Agger again being linked with a move to Barcelona, signing Vermaelen would be a very shrewd acquisition.

That would give Rodgers four top class centre-backs in Vermaelen, Lovren, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho- Kolo Toure and Sebastian Coates are unlikely to have futures at the club- which is essential when you consider there will be both Premier League and Champions Leage football to contend with.

Whether Vermaelen would be first-choice is questionable, but he is an extremely talented defender who would bring quality and leadership to the squad.

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE

Lacazette has been on Liverpool’s radar over the last year or so, and their failure to complete the Remy deal has seen their interest in the Lyon forward reignited, according to L’Equipe.

The 23-year-old has been a regular for the French club over the last three seasons, and has scored 38 goals and created 28 others in 135 appearances since his debut in 2010. He has also won two caps for France.

He has pace, trickery, an eye for goal and a strong work ethic, ticking many of the attributes Rodgers looks for in his attacking players.

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The Express claim that, although Rodgers is most certainly looking at new striking options following the Remy debacle, neither Bony or Lukaku are in the 41-year-old’s thinking.

Both strikers, who scored 25 and 16 goals respectively last season- Bony for Swansea, Lukaku for Everton on loan from Chelsea- have been linked with moves to Anfield in the past, but that interest appears to have cooled now.

FABIO BORINI

With Borini seemingly set to join Sunderland on a permanent basis last week, a shoulder injury and rumours of the Italian wanting to fight for his place at Anfield complicated matters.

Now the Express is reporting that the 23-year-old could be set to join the Black Cats on a second loan spell, having starred for them last season.

With the likes of Sturridge, Sterling, Coutinho, Lazar Markovic and Rickie Lambert all clearly ahead of Borini in the pecking order in wide and central attacking areas, and a new striker likely to come in too, it’s fair to say his chances will be limited next season.

A move to Sunderland, preferably on a permanent deal, is likely to benefit both Borini and Liverpool in the long-term.

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Olympiacos 0-1 Liverpool: Player Ratings

Пнд, 28/07/2014 - 13:25

Liverpool recorded the first victory of their US tour on Sunday night, with Raheem Sterling’s early strike the only goal in a tight game with Olympiacos. Henry Jackson rates each Reds player on the night.

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BRAD JONES- 6

The Australian was relatively untroubled all evening, but was solid when called upon. Made a good late stop to preserve his clean sheet.

GLEN JOHNSON- 4

Johnson currently looks the Reds’ biggest liability, with right-back an area of the pitch Brendan Rodgers simply must add to this summer.

The 29-year-old was sloppy in possession, weak defensively and generally not switched on whatsoever.

MARTIN SKRTEL- 7

The signing of Dejan lovren has led to some questioning Skrtel’s place in the starting XI next season, but the Slovakian responded with a very fine display.

He thwarted a number of promising Olympiacos attacks, and was Liverpool’s standout defender throughout.

KOLO TOURE- 6

The Ivorian quietly went about his business, and was solid alongside the more noticeable Skrtel.

It seems unlikely that the 33-year-old has much of a future at Anfield, however, with Skrtel, Lovren, Mamadou Sakho and, if he stays, Daniel Agger ahead of him in the pecking order.

JOSE ENRIQUE- 6

The Spaniard produced a decent 45 minutes before being replaced at half-time, and he appears to be making good progress in his recovery from long-term injury.

Liverpool still need to strengthen at left-back, but Enrique can be an able deputy.

STEVEN GERRARD- 6

A quiet display from the skipper, who eased himself back into action following his post-World Cup break.

The 34-year-old played with his usual calm and authority in the deep-lying midfield role, and played a part in the lead-up to Raheem Sterling’s goal.

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JORDAN HENDERSON- 7

Henderson was one of Liverpool’s standout players on the night, showing endless running and quality on the ball. He was one of only three players to last the whole 90 minutes.

The 24-year-old continues to improve, and is likely to be a pivotal player next season as the Reds launch an assault on both the Premier League and Champions League.

EMRE CAN- 6

The German wasn’t quite as noticeable as he has been in other pre-season games this summer, but there was still further evidence to suggest Liverpool have signed a top class midfielder.

The 20-year-old’s box-to-box style was impressive, and his defensive expertise should make the Reds far tougher to break down compared to last season.

RAHEEM STERLING- 8

Sterling produced a match-winning performance in his first game back, scoring the only goal of the game with a good finish, and looking a constant menace every time he got the ball.

The 19-year-old is now a key player at Anfield, and has the world at his feet.

LAZAR MARKOVIC- 6

Markovic showed glimpses of his vast potential on his Liverpool debut, before being replaced at the interval.

The 20-year-old former Benfica man showed good pace, dangerous dribbling and an impressive work ethic. He may take a little time to settle in England, but the Reds have a real gem on their hands.

DANIEL STURRIDGE- 7

Much is expected of Sturridge following the exit of Luis Suarez, and he looked very sharp.

The 24-year-old assisted Sterling’s goal, albeit fortunately, and his movement, speed and underrated creativity looked very good throughout.

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Substitutes

JACK ROBINSON (on for Enrique 46)- 6

The youngster was fairly unnoticed, but he got forward well and looked reliable defensively.

JOE ALLEN (on for Emre Can 46)- 5

The 24-year-old didn’t really stamp his authority on proceedings, and was uncharacteristically sloppy in possession at times.

Needs to do more if he is to become a regular.

PHILIPPE COUTINHO (on for Markovic 46)- 7

The 22-year-old Brazilian has been Liverpool’s best player in pre-season, and his ability to beat a man and superb vision were on display once again in Chicago.

MARTIN KELLY (on for Johnson 60)- 6

Like Robinson, Kelly was solid but unspectacular. He did better than Johnson, however.

SEBASTIAN COATES (on for Toure 60)- 6

Coates has looked impressive this summer, and he produced an assured cameo against the Greek side.

LUCAS LEIVA (on for Gerrard 60)- 4

A very poor showing from the Brazilian, who looked completely out of sorts.

He was painfully slow both on and off the ball, and his ball retention was simply not good enough. Injuries have cruelly affected the likeable 27-year-old, and he is now a weak-link in the squad.

JORDAN IBE (on for Sterling 74)- 6

The exciting youngster didn’t have enough time on the pitch to impose himself, but he did produce a good late run that nearly saw Allen add a second for the Reds.

RICKIE LAMBERT (on for Sturridge 76)- 5

No time to really make an impression.

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Brendan Rodgers on Loic Remy failure and Dejan Lovren arrival

Пнд, 28/07/2014 - 05:59

Brendan Rodgers has discussed the failed Loic Remy transfer and Dejan Lovren’s arrival at the club.

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during the International Champions Cup Group B match against Olympiacos at the Soldier Field Stadium on day seven of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Speaking after Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Olympiakos in the Guinness International Cup at Soldier Field in Chicago, Rodgers was asked about the reported problems with Remy’s medical

“It’s very simple – we’ve made a decision as a club not to go ahead with the deal” explained Rogers. “It’s unfortunate for the player. It’s happened before and it’s happened on this occasion.”

“We’re disappointed for the player but there’s nothing more to be said and we will move on and look at other targets.”

Brendan Rodgers just asked if he is now reviewing alternative striking targets.. "Absolutely right."

— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) July 28, 2014

One player the club have signed though is defender Dejan Lovren from Southampton and Rodgers spoke highly of the Croatian.

Rodgers was initially asked whether he intended to use Lovren as the right or left sided centre-back. “We may play a three” he said, with a wry smile on his face.

“Ive said since we lost Jamie Carragher that we needed leadership and Lovren can provide that” said the boss, hinting that Lovren will be a key player for the team this season and in the future.

Rogers said he’d spoke to the Southampton players and they praised Lovren, and had scouted the 25-year-old while at Lyon.

“He’s a player who can still improve” added the boss.

Rodgers also had praise for Daniel Sturridge, saying he had noticed a positive change in him since his return from the World Cup.

“I’ve seen the difference in Dan (Sturridge) since he came back from the World Cup. He’s ready to take on the mantle.”

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Olympiacos 0-1 Liverpool: Raheem Sterling gives Reds first win of US tour

Пнд, 28/07/2014 - 04:16

Liverpool overcame Olympiacos by a single goal in Chicago, with Raheem Sterling’s close-range strike the difference between the two sides. The 19-year-old shone throughout, while Lazar Markovic made a promising debut.

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Olympiacos 0-1 Liverpool

Friendly / Soldier Field Stadium, Chicago / Sunday, 27th July 2014

Goals: Sterling (5)

By Henry Jackson

Brendan Rodgers gave new signing Lazar Markovic his first start in a Liverpool shirt, with Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge all also playing their first pre-season games of the summer, having returned from an extended post-World Cup break.

Brad Jones, Martin Skrtel and Jose Enrique were the only players who also started in the 1-0 loss to Roma on Wednesday, with Rodgers making a total of eight changes.

It took the Reds just five minutes to break the deadlock. Sturridge’s scuffed shot from the edge of the penalty area fortunately found it’s way to the on-rushing Sterling, and the 19-year-old finished clinically from close-range.

Rodgers’ side continued to dominate the early exchanges.

After a quiet first 20 minutes or so to his Reds career, Markovic won a free-kick in a dangerous area after a fine run. The resulting set-piece culminated in Gerrard firing a shot wide. Shortly after, Sturridge showed quick feet on the right wing, but his eventual shot was erratic.

As the half progressed Liverpool lost their stranglehold on proceedings somewhat- defensively they again looked edgy at times, and the signing of Dejan Lovren is a huge boost in that respect- but they always looked electrifying on the counter attack, with the pace of Henderson, Markovic, Sterling and Sturridge sure to give many Premier League defenders nightmares next season.

The score remained 1-0 until the break, and the Reds were worthy of their lead.

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Rodgers made three changes during the interval, with Jack Robinson, Joe Allen and Philippe Coutinho coming on for Jose Enrique, Emre Can and Markovic.

Olympiacos almost equalised just minutes into the second-half, with Gevorg Ghazaryan rattling the crossbar with a fine effort, and Mathieu Dossevi coming close seconds later.

Coates, Martin Kelly and Lucas were all introduced on the hour mark, in place of Toure, Johnson and Gerrard, and it inevitably killed the earlier tempo and fluency of Liverpool’s play.

Coutinho once again oozed class during his 30 minutes on the pitch, display wonderful dribbling skills and creativity. The 22-year-old has surely been the star of the Reds’ pre-season to date.

The Brazilian’s terrific long-range effort with 16 minutes remaining almost doubled Liverpool’s lead, and it was the only shot of real note on the Olympiacos goal in the second-half.

Although the side lacked something in an attacking sense after the break, defensively they were much improved. Martin Skrtel, in particular, was terrific. Just one unfortunate goal conceded in two games in America so far is a positive sign that things will be improved at the back next season. New full-backs remain a priority, however.

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during the International Champions Cup Group B match against Olympiacos at the Soldier Field Stadium on day seven of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Andreas Samiris tested Jones in the dying seconds, while Allen almost put the icing on the cake after good work from Jordan Ibe.

The final whistle blew in Chicago, with the Reds recording their first victory of their USA tour so far. It was a solid, if unspectacular, performance, but one that saw Sterling and Coutinho once again outline what key players they have become at Anfield, and Markovic showing promise on his debut.

Man of the Match: Raheem Sterling

Tactical Overview

Rodgers went with his preferred 4-3-3 formation, with Markovic and Sterling either side of Sturridge, and Henderson and Can offering dynamism alongside the deep-lying Gerrard.

Liverpool: Jones, Johnson (Kelly 60), Skrtel, Toure (Coates 60), Enrique (Robinson 46), Gerrard (Lucas 60), Henderson, Can (Allen 46), Sterling (Ibe 74), Markovic (Coutinho 46), Sturridge (Lambert 74).

Subs not used: Ward, Coady, Peterson

Olympiacos starting XI: Megyeri, Salino, Siovas, Papadopoulos, Abidal, Ghazaryan, N’Dinga, Maniatis, Dossevi, Diamantakos, Saviola

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Dejan Lovren to meet Liverpool teammates on US tour, confirms Brendan Rodgers

Пнд, 28/07/2014 - 01:45

Brendan Rodgers was delighted to welcome Croatian international defender Dejan Lovren to Liverpool and says he will immediately join the club on their tour of the USA.

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Lovren’s £20 million move from Southampton was confirmed by the club on Sunday night, ahead of the Reds’ second game of their USA tour against Olympiacos in Chicago.

The 25-year-old looks set to be Daniel Agger‘s long-term replacement, with the Danish international linked again with a move to Barcelona on Sunday morning.

Combined with Mamadou Sakho, who was signed from Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool now have £38 million worth of talent in the central defence, and Rodgers believe Lovren brings with him a lot of qualities.

I just signed a contract with one of the biggest club in football history, the great #LiverpoolFC !! pic.twitter.com/zZpZPvawj6

— Dejan Lovren (@DejanLovren05) July 27, 2014

“This is a very important signing for us and I’m delighted it’s completed so Dejan can join up with us on our US tour,” the Liverpool manager told the club’s official website.

“He is a commanding and powerful presence and clearly has leadership skills, which is important; he fits the profile of player we are looking for.”

Lovren is the third player to swap St Mary’s for Anfield this summer following the signings of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, whilst he is the fifth new arrival of the summer after the aforementioned, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic.

Lovren will make his first competitive appearance for the Reds against his former club when Liverpool host Southampton on Sunday, August 17th in the Premier League.

Rodgers added, “He is still relatively young, so his peak years are ahead of him and I believe he will improve and progress even further with us.

“I’m looking forward to him arriving and working with us as we continue our preparations for the new season.”

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CONFIRMED: Dejan Lovren completes £20m Liverpool move

Пнд, 28/07/2014 - 01:03

Liverpool have completed the signing of Croatian international defender Dejan Lovren, the club confirmed on Sunday night.

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Lovren is thought to have moved in a £20 million deal from Southampton — the third player of the summer to swap St Mary’s for Anfield following the signings of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana.

The 25-year-old is the first defensive signing of the summer at Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers looks to fix the leaks in a back-line that conceded 50 goals in the Premier League last season.

Breaking News: Dejan Lovren has completed his medical & is now an #LFC player! Welcome to Anfield #LovrenLFC pic.twitter.com/gMNFJWuVpJ

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 27, 2014

I just signed a contract with one of the biggest club in football history, the great #LiverpoolFC !! pic.twitter.com/zZpZPvawj6

— Dejan Lovren (@DejanLovren05) July 27, 2014

Following the signing of Mamadou Sakho last summer from Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool now have £38 million worth of talent in their central defence.

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio says Lovren has signed a four-year contract worth £60,000 per week.

It leaves question marks over the futures of Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger, who both turn 30 this year.

Upon signing for the Reds, Lovren told the club’s official website, “After I played at Anfield last season, I said to myself: ‘One day I hope I’ll be able to play here for Liverpool’. The fans will know from the first minute that I’m a player that will give 100 per cent on the pitch.”

Earlier in Sunday, Liverpool were dealt a blow as they were forced to pull out of an £8.5 million deal to sign French international striker Loic Remy, who failed a medical.

Lovren could be in attendance at Liverpool’s pre-season friendly against Olympiacos on Sunday night at Soldier Field in Chicago, USA.

The Reds get underway at 11pm and the match is live on Sky Sports 1 and LFC GO in the UK.

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LFC Line-up v Olympiacos: Markovic makes debut in strong XI

Пнд, 28/07/2014 - 00:54

Brendan Rodgers gives first starts of pre-season to several Liverpool first-team players for Sunday night’s friendly against Olympiacos at Soldier Field in Chicago.

 Liverpool players during a preseason training session at the Soldier Field Stadium in Chicago on day six of the club's USA Tour. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds are looking for their first win of their tour of the USA, having lost 1-0 against Roma on Wednesday night.

With less than three weeks until the start of the Premier League season, Liverpool’s preparations are well underway.

England internationals Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge all start, whilst there’s a debut for new signing Lazar Markovic.

Emre Can gets another run out in midfield, whilst Jose Enrique continues his return to fitness at left-back.

Brad Jones gets the nod ahead of Simon Mignolet and Pepe Reina in goal.

Liverpool: Jones, Johnson, Skrtel, Toure, Enrique, Gerrard, Henderson, Can, Sterling, Markovic, Sturridge.

Substitutes: Ward, Coutinho, Coates, Lucas, Allen, Ibe, Kelly, Coady, Robinson, Lambert, Peterson

Kick-off in Chicago is 11pm (UK) and is live on Sky Sports 1. For American Reds, it’s live on Fox Sports 1 from 6pm ET.

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