Liverpool report losses

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Liverpool Football Club lost close to £50m in the season 2012-13.


Debts decreased 29% to £45.1m and revenue increased by 9% to £206.1m last season and a cash injection of £46.8m by  owner FSG allowed the club to repay a stadium loan.

The club has not been in the Champions League since 2009/10, but looks on course to return to the lucrative competition for next season as the team is on course for a top four finish, currently sitting in second place behind Chelsea.

Despite the debts and losses, the club appear to feel they are moving in the right direction.


“These results demonstrate that the financial health of the club continues to make good progress as we continue our journey to transform the club on and off the pitch.” Ian Ayre said.

“Over the past four or five years, revenue has been consistently increasing from around £170m in 2009 to over £200m today, and external debt has decreased significantly to less than £50m.

“With a hugely supportive ownership group, we have taken a measured approach to bring back financial stability to this great club by ensuring it is properly structured on and off the pitch.”

For trading until 31 May 2013 the club made a loss after tax of £49.8m.


Hodgson: Daniel can get 100 England caps

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England boss Roy Hodgson believes Reds striker Daniel Sturridge has the talent to win over 100 caps for his country.

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Sturridge has been in fine form for Liverpool since signing from Chelsea in January 2013.

His goal record for the Reds is close to almost a goal per game, with 32 strikes in 40 appearances since his switch.

And despite a lengthy spell on the sidelines this season, Sturridge has fired 21 goals in all competitions over 2013-14.


It was no surprise to see the former Chelsea and Manchester City forward named in Roy Hodgson’s latest England squad, with many predicting he will play a starring role for the three lions at the summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Hodgson hopes he will be able to replicate the form he has shown for Brendan Rodgers men on the international stage, and reckons Sturridge has the talent to pass the 100 cap mark for his country.

“He’s a great talent and, if we can bottle his form and he remains fit and able, I’m confident he’ll produce,” the 66-year-old said.

“It’s exceptional the way he’s been playing this year and now it’s incumbent on him that he does that in an English shirt because there’s an awful lot of England supporters out there, not just Liverpool supporters, that would be very happy to see him replicate his Liverpool form in an England shirt.

“He should be looking at 50 caps and, when he has his 50, look at 100 because he’s got the talent.”

 

Gerrard declares Suarez ‘an absolute genius’

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Steven Gerrard was left in awe from another Luis Suarez master-class in the 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday, afterwards declaring the Uruguayan forward “an absolute genius.”

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Suarez opened the scoring for the Reds at St Mary’s, before laying on a crucial second goal for substitute Raheem Sterling.

The 27-year-old won a late penalty which Gerrard converted with aplomb, to take his tally to the season for eight.

And afterwards the Liverpool skipper was keen to pay tribute to the forward, who now has 24 Premier League goals to his name and 10 assists this season.

“It was a huge win for us and Luis showed once again that he’s an absolute genius,” Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.


“People had been talking about him going five games without a goal but his contribution to the team has never wavered.

“He is very unselfish. At times he’s been asked to play in a wider role and he has shown what a great team player he is.

“Even when he wasn’t scoring, he was still terrorising defenders and creating goals for us.

“It was a great way for him to celebrate 100 league games for the club. His record is phenomenal.

“All strikers go through spells where they don’t score but he’s back on the scoresheet now and hopefully there’s plenty more to come from him.

“After the quality of the finish for the first goal, it was a great assist for Raheem and then the way he earned the penalty just underlined the problems he caused them all game.”

 

Rodgers left impressed by Saints win

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Brendan Rodgers described Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday as “hugely impressive.”

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The Reds climbed to second in the table with a win on the south coast, capitalising on Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Stoke City earlier in the day.

The Reds were formidable going forward as is becoming the norm for Rodgers men, but were also impressive defensively, managing a clean sheet against a side who has caused the Reds plenty of problems in the past.

Rodgers saw his side come unstuck at St Mary’s last season, crashing to a 3-1 defeat, whilst Mauricio Pochettino’s men were also the only side to come away from Anfield with three points this season, after a 1-0 win in September.

“To come here and win three goals to nil was hugely impressive. It was significant,” Rodgers said.

 “You only need to look at the results they’ve had here over the course of the season – very few teams have beaten them. And very few teams have kept a clean sheet here, because they are a very good side offensively.

“Tactically, the players were outstanding in how they blocked lines and blocked spaces. Then obviously with the ball we were a constant threat. It was an outstanding team performance; we got three goals and maybe could have had one or two more.”

The clean sheet was particularly pleasing for Rodgers, thanks in no small part to Simon Mignolet, who made a top save to deny Jay Rodriguez late in the first half with the score at 1-0.

Rodgers said: “It was a brilliant save. It was one of the few times that they actually got into our area and had a clean strike at goal. It was a great save.

“I thought, collectively, the team was outstanding. Last week, the defenders were unfairly highlighted – because we defend as a team, it’s about the collective.

“But this week we showed that quality, tactical element and discipline to our game. That was the foundation for us going forward.”

 

 

‘We have a manager who inspires’

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Reds head of performance Glen Driscoll has served under a host of experienced managers, but believes nobody demands more from his players than current Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

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Driscoll has previously worked under the likes of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Guus Hiddink and Luiz Felipe Scolari, during an eight year stint at Chelsea.

He joined the Reds backroom staff in the summer of August 2012, having first worked with Rodgers a decade earlier at the Reading academy.

“We have a manager who inspires and demands more from his players than any other manager I’ve seen,” Driscoll told Liverpoolfc.com.

“Tactically, he demands both a relentless, high energy press, but also an electric transition and counter-attack. Most teams do one or the other.”

The Reds have been praised for the high pressing game Rodgers has ordered them to play this season, having scored 70 Premier League goals already – more than any other side in the division.

Driscoll revealed how the nature of Rodgers training means he expects the team to improve physically as the season reaches it’s conclusion.

“The application of each player to fulfil their high energy and dynamic roles further improves their fitness and ability to achieve these physical peaks every game,” explained Driscoll.

“It has this cascade affect that Brendan Rodgers’ teams seem to have. They get better and better as the season progresses.

“It starts with the mentality to comply with these demands, which in turn physically conditions the players to further excel. This bodes well for the run-in. We are in great condition.”

 

 

Rodgers admits Reina is unlikely to return

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Brendan Rodgers has revealed Pepe Reina is unlikely to return to Liverpool once his loan spell with Napoli finishes at the end of the season.

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The Spaniard joined the Serie A club on a season-long loan following the Reds capture of Simon Mignolet last summer.

But some indifferent performances in Naples have made a permanent switch at the end of the season unlikely, leading to speculation Reina could return to Anfield as a number two.

However Rodgers does not see that as an option, pointing to the fact Reina already bid farewell to Liverpool fans with an open letter following his loan move.

He said in the Liverpool Echo: “He’s already written his letter, hasn’t he? He wrote a goodbye letter, didn’t he?

“I was surprised at the letter – when you are a loan player I would expect that he should come back, but obviously Pepe made it very clear when he went to Napoli that he was looking to move.

“He penned a great big letter saying he was going to work with the best manager that he’d worked with (Rafa Benitez) and thanked him for his time for Liverpool. So, for me, it probably sounded like he’d made his decision there.”

Rodgers: It’s about the entire squad

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Brendan Rodgers is delighted Liverpool are the current leading scorers in the Premier League, but has also challenged his players to continue their excellent form in front of goal between now and the end of the season.

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The Reds have clocked up 70 goals in just 27 games, and are on course to beat Chelsea’s all-time record in the Premier League, which was set in the 2009-10 season.

By the same point in that season, Chelsea had managed 63 strikes in the same number of games, on the way to accumulating 103.

The lethal form of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez has also led towards Liverpool beating their best ever goal return in the league.

The Reds are just seven efforts shy of beating their highest total of 77 in the 2009-10 season.

However Rodgers was keen to stress Liverpool’s form in front of goal is down to the collective effort of the entire squad.

“It’s all about the collective,” he said. “I think the goals we’ve scored and how strong our attack has been is about the entire squad.

“We’ve put in some outstanding performances over the last couple of weeks and have been exciting to watch going forward.”

Rodgers also explained how improving the team’s attacking form was a major part of the blueprint given to him when he took over at Anfield in the summer of 2012.

“When I came in here, I had a task of improving the movement going forward and that has been achieved and we will continue to work on it,” he added.

“As the squad grows and gets stronger, all aspects of the team’s play will improve. We will continue to work increasingly hard in training every day and do remedial work after games.

“Even when we won 4-0 in the derby game at home, we still found areas to improve, so whether the score is that or 4-3, there’s always room to improve.”

“It’s not about any one player in this team so if we score 70 goals and are the highest scorers, it’s about the entire squad.

“The attackers have been given a platform to go on and create, and if we concede it means we haven’t pressed well enough at the top of the field – so it’s a group effort.

“There isn’t a question about the character in the team; they’ve shown resilience to come back and win games that we would have lost a year ago.

“It’s just about strengthening the composure and concentration in the games. It’s not just about the back four and the ‘keeper, it’s the team. If we defend well as a team, then we attack well as a team.”

 

 

 

Ex- Reds boss thinks Liverpool can win the title

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Ex-Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier believes the Reds are capable of winning the Premier League title this season.

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The Reds go into the weekends round of fixtures in fourth place, just four points behind league leaders Chelsea.

Brendan Rodgers men also have the advantage of not competing in Europe for the remainder of the campaign, with only the Premier League to focus on.

And former Reds gaffer Houllier believes Liverpool are perfectly poised to launch a late push for the title.

“This year they can do it,” Houllier is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo. “If you look at their games they have Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham at home and the way they have been playing they will be confident.

“The games away, apart from Man Utd which is always difficult, are all winnable. I’m not putting pressure on them, anyone from the top four can win it.

“If you look at the progress Liverpool have made over the last couple of years it is impressive. Last season I saw them a lot and you could see what he [Rodgers] was trying to achieve.

“They have momentum, they have got the strikers, they have a good captain in Steven and Brendan has shown he can improve players. Look at Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, I like Philippe Coutinho. They have a good blend in midfield.

“People seem to be talking about the reasons why they cannot win, but there are many, maybe more, as to why they can.”

Rodgers: ‘Outstanding’ Agger will start on Saturday

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Brendan Rodgers has revealed Daniel Agger is set to start Saturday’s game at Southampton, after a week of ‘outstanding’ training.

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The Reds vice captain was withdrawn shortly after the hour mark of Sunday’s 4-3 win over Swansea, and Rodgers confirmed after the game the decision was tactical.

Now Rodgers has moved to explain his decision, and confirmed the Denmark captain will line up at St Mary’s after being left delighted with his reaction at the clubs Melwood training ground over the course of the week.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Rodgers said: “There has been a lot of spotlight, unfairly, on Daniel this week. What happened to Daniel was no different to what happened to any player.

“Just because it’s a defender, it maybe gets highlighted a bit more. But we made the change and we won the game. It’s no different to a winger coming off, or a striker or a midfield player.

“I don’t judge players on the status of where they are in the group – it’s what I think the game needs at a certain time. We made the change and Dan has taken it like the man he is.

“He has been outstanding in training this week and he will play. He will play on Saturday, no question about that.”

Liverpool have suffered back-to-back defeats to Southampton, with the most recent coming at Anfield in September.

Rodgers side also endured a miserable trip to the south coast last March, going down to a 3-1 defeat.

But the Reds boss insists it will be a very different side that takes to the pitch on Saturday evening, pointing towards the level of confidence currently running through his squad.

He added: “We have improved quite a lot. On that day we had injuries that meant we had to put different players into different positions that probably wouldn’t suit how we want to work normally.

“But it doesn’t mean it’s going to be any easier a game – it’s going to be a really difficult game. St Mary’s has been a traditionally difficult place to go, and especially for Liverpool over a number of years.

“But we’ve got great belief and confidence at the moment. We know what we’re going into each game looking to achieve, and we’re going in with the ability and focus to get the results.”

 

Toure: Rodgers is responsible for Reds transformation

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Kolo Toure believes Brendan Rodgers is the reason why Liverpool have shown such a dramatic improvement in the Premier League this season. RodgersToure

The Ivorian centre back believes the man-management skills and training methods implemented by the Northern Irishman have been the key factor behind the clubs progress.

Toure – who arrived in the summer on a free transfer from Manchester City – believes Rodgers tactics and belief in his players has enabled the Reds to challenge at the top end of the table.

Liverpool currently occupy fourth spot in the Premier League, six points clear of fifth placed Tottenham, and only four points behind league leaders Chelsea.

And with just 11 league games remaining, the Reds are in an excellent position to end their five year absence from the Champions League.

“We have a great manager here,” Toure told the ECHO.

“He knows what he wants and as a player he gives you confidence. “Whatever you do, he will always help you.

It doesn’t matter if you have made some mistakes, he keeps talking to you and keeps believing in you.

He’s a really intelligent manager.

“Every day the training sessions are always amazing and that can only improve our quality.

“Coming to Liverpool has been amazing for me. When I came here I saw a group of players who were really focused and concentrated.

“I think the manager has done so well – since he came here a lot of things have changed. Teams know that when we play at home we can destroy them.

“At the beginning of the season no-one was expecting us to be where we are now. We just need to enjoy it, give 100% and fight for each other to win games.

“If we work together we can beat any team.”

Toure knows what it takes to win a Premier League title, having done so with both Arsenal and Manchester City.

And the 32-year-old hopes his experience will play a big part in helping Liverpool’s younger players over the final third of the season.

“At this stage of the season there are a lot of nerves and this is when you need to keep calm, believe and concentrate,” he said.

“I like to help my team-mates, I like to be around the team and bring my experience.

“What has impressed me about the young players here is that they are strong mentally. You saw that against Swansea.

“It’s unbelievable how hard players like Jordan (Henderson) and Raheem (Sterling) work. Jordan is always helping the team and talking a lot.

“This team has everything. We just need to keep our nerve. We are up there but we know there are some hard games coming up.”

Toure came on as a substitute for the final half hour of Liverpool’s nervy 4-3 win over Swansea on Sunday.

The centre back has been under the spotlight recently after a couple of high profile errors against West Brom and Fulham, however he insists those mistakes did not play on his mind when helping the Reds secure a vital three points over the Swans.

“Of course I was able to put those things behind me because it’s part of the game,” he said.

“Only people who take responsibility make mistakes. For me, I like to take responsibility. I like to pass the ball. That’s my job.

“Like a basketball player, if you miss one shot, you have to be brave and take another one.

“You don’t feel sorry for yourself. You don’t think ‘I missed so I won’t try again’. I’ve just kept working hard.”