Sterling charged with assault


Raheem Sterling has been charged with assaulting a woman.

The 18-year-old winger from Woolton, Liverpool, was summonsed to Liverpool Youth Court on a charge of common assault.

The Police said that a 27-year-old suffered “slight” facial injuries in an alleged incident in Toxteth on 2 November.”sterling1[1]

Sterling did not attend the hearing in person but his solicitor stated that he denies the charge.

He said the alleged offence took place when the footballer was a minor at 17 but, as he turned 18 in December, the matter should be transferred to the adult courts.

Solicitor Mick Hogan said: “I do have instructions to the effect that Mr Sterling will be pleading not guilty to this charge.”

“He is aware of today’s hearing and the club are very supportive.”

The move to the adult courts was supported by the prosecution and Chairman of the Bench Brian Upton adjourned the matter to Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on 22 February.

Reds wrap up Coutinho deal


Liverpool FC have today confirmed the signing of midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan.

The 20-year-old becomes the Reds’ second signing in the January transfer window following the arrival of Daniel Sturridge earlier this month, and has penned a long-term contract with the club.

Speaking to the official website Coutinho said: “I’m feeling very happy, it’s a very important step in my career and I’m expecting to come here and play good football to give my contribution on the pitch.philipe-coutinho-liverpool-inter[1]

“Liverpool is a great club with great players. We’ve always heard about Liverpool’s history in Brazil. They are the club that have been interested in me and that have showed this interest so I know they believe in me and my football.”

Coutinho began his career at Vasco da Gama before moving to Inter Milan in 2010, and has represented the Brazilian national team once.

He becomes the fifth Brazilian to represent Liverpool, following in the footsteps of Fabio Aurelio, Diego Cavalieri, Doni and Lucas Leiva.

Doni leaves Liverpool


Brazilian keeper Alexander Doni has joined Botafogo on free transfer today.

The 33 year old keeper signed for the club in the Summer of 2011 for around £1.5m from Italian club Roma. He has only made four appearances since moving to Anfield and has been away from the club since the Summer.alexander-doni-620-806254691-3005312[1]

He has ten Brazilian caps and will be aiming to return to the international fold now he is back in Brazil.

The goalkeeper recently criticised the club over his position and is unlikely to be missed by many at Anfield after those thinly-veiled comments.

Arsenal 2 – 2 Liverpool


By mowords, 30-01-2013, 23:02:09

With our new number 10 Philippe Coutinho watching on, Liverpool drew with Arsenal at the Emirates after throwing away a 0-2 lead.

The draw leaves us three points behind our north London hosts and but the performance will stoke belief among players and fans that Champions League football is a possibility next year.

The partnership between Luis Suarez and new boy Daniel Sturridge showed again that it just might deliver on its potential with Suarez snatching an early goal in the first five minutes.

The partnership almost bore fruit in the 10th minute when Suarez curled a ball, with the outside of his right foot, at speed around Vermaelen and into Sturridge’s path, but Daniel’s shot didn’t match the pass.

We were strong for the rest of the first half but couldn’t add to our lead until the hour mark when Jordan Henderson silenced doubters with a strong finish to seemingly win the match.

Just five minutes later we fell apart conceding to Giroud and Walcott in quick succession.

Clearly rocked, Liverpool clung on as Arsenal surged forward, but we grew stronger as the game came to a close.

Both sides came close several times in a hectic last ten minutes but Reds will be pleased with some of the quality we showed while lamenting not bagging full points in a dominant first hour.

Rodgers had taken the controversial step of dropping Martin Skrtel to the bench after a run of sub-par performances and his replacement, Jamie Carragher, showed how valuable he still is to Liverpool organising the back line and taking a cracking blow to the ribs for his troubles.

The match was watched by 3,000 travelling Reds and we are the first club to take up our full away allocation at the Emirates, which has been slammed for charging £62 for an adult away ticket.

Liverpool now go on to face league champions Man City in an even tougher away match on Sunday with knowledge that we can launch attacks that can scare anyone.

Oldham 3 – 2 Liverpool


Liverpool crashed out of the FA Cup after losing 3-2 to Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park. An early goal from Matt Smith put the Latics ahead but Luis Suarez was quick to put the sides back on even terms. Smith grabbed a second just before half time and Reece Wabara scored Oldham’s third at the start of the second period. Joe Allen made it 3-2 but Liverpool could not find an equaliser.

Brendan Rodgers opted with Suarez as captain of a very young Liverpool side whose average age of the ten outfield players was only 22. Oldham came out very attacking, a tactic which paid off very early on in the game.

With just over two minutes gone, a miss-hit volley from Lee Croft found its way to Youssouf M’changama on the left wing. He swung a ball into the middle and Matt smith met it with a directed header. The effort sent Jones the wrong way and Martin Skrtel’s last-ditch clearance attempt was not enough to prevent Oldham taking a very early 1-0 lead.

Fazed by the home side’s fiery start, Liverpool failed to find any sort of rhythm in the first ten minutes. Raheem Sterling went into the book after a late challenge on M’changama, the Oldham midfielder unable to continue from injury.

Jones recovered a save after spilling it into the path of Robbie Simpson, but the forward left his foot in after lunging for the ball. Both Jones and Skrtel were unhappy with the challenge, which resulted in Simpson getting booked.

The Reds began to play at a decent tempo and when Suarez strode into the attacking half. He aimed a ball towards Borini but Byrne turned it back into the path of Suarez. The striker knocked it into the box and smashed a low shot past Dean Bouzanis, levelling the score after 16 minutes.

Wabara jumped into a tackle on Suarez on the left side of the pitch and conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box. Jordan Henderson curled the ball into the area and Suarez flicked the ball with his head into the back of the head. The linesman’s flag went up however, denying Liverpool the lead.

After capitalising on a shaky start from their opponents, the Latics’ tempo slowed and Liverpool were able to create more chances. Sterling almost gave his team the lead when Borini played him through with a wonderful first-time flick, but Bouzanis made a comfortable save from the midfielder’s tame effort.

Jose Baxter had Jones worried when he released a low shot from 30 yards towards the bottom left corner. Jones didn’t reach the ball but it swerved the wrong side of the post. Smith tested Jones to punch the ball over when his header looked as if it was dipping under the bar.

As the first half was coming to an end, Oldham pushed the ball into attack. Wabara put in a low cross that Jones should have collected easily, but he fumbled the ball into the path of Simpson. He hammered the ball towards goal and Smith was left with a tap-in, giving his side a 2-1 lead at half time.

The Liverpool players were angry that the goal stood because they felt that Sturridge was fouled in the build-up. The Reds raced out at the first of the second half and Borini was presented with a golden chance to level the scores after seconds of the restart. The Oldham defenders failed to pick up Borini but his first time effort from close-range spun over the bar.

Athletic were also hungry for more goals and Carl Winchester turned Sterling with ease on the left wing and hit a high cross. Wabara met the cross with a header that looped over Jones and into the goal off the underside of the bar. The home side, 3-1 up just after the restart, were playing with the confidence of a team keen to cause an upset.

As the minutes ticked by, Liverpool attempted to move the ball into attack with growing urgency. The introduction of Steven Gerrard and Stuart Downing allowed the Reds to push Oldham’s back line but the home side left hardly any room for manoeuvre. Gerrard had several shots blocked and the Oldham defence were throwing themselves at anything that came their way.

It became harder to control the ball on a very slippery surface after a second half downpour. Oldham had the opportunity to close the game out when Baxter received the ball with just Jones to beat. The striker hit a volley first-time but his effort trickled wide.

With just over ten minutes left, the ball fell to Joe Allen after a half-cleared corner. Allen smashed a first-time volley towards goal and after taking a big deflection off Baxter, the ball planted in the bottom right corner, making the score 3-2.

Liverpool were relentless in attack after their second goal, desperately trying to locate an equaliser. The home side were quick to clear their lines but the Reds fired the ball straight back at them. Gerrard released a fierce shot from 20 yards which cleared Bouzanis but crashed off the cross bar.

Urgency became desperation for Liverpool as they frantically searched for a goal. They were wasteful with possession in attack and could not find an equaliser. Oldham held on long enough to confirm a big upset as well as progression into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Coutinho Deal Agreed


8.5 million pounds is the reported fee that Inter Milan have agreed for the sale of their up and coming midfielder Phillipe Coutinho.

Liverpool had made two previous bids for seven and eight million pounds and had to hold off fellow Premier League challengers Southampton for the Brazilian.

The 20 year old international has had 10 appearances and six goals for his Brazil youth squads and just one cap for the senior team. He was recently loaned to La Liga side Espanyol where he’s scored five goals in 16 appearances.philipe-coutinho-liverpool-inter[1]

Liverpool are reported to offer the youngster a five year deal at Anfield pending his medical early next week.

Coutinho is not the only player to be leaving the blue side of the San Siro this window as Inter Milan recently sold Dutch international Wesley Snijder to Turkish league champions Galatasaray.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was hinting at this deal saying, “We hope to do some business between now and the end of the month. The owners have been brilliant and supporting.”

Blackpool’s Tom Ince and Swansea’s Ashley Williams are two more reported targets that Liverpool may acquire before the 31st.

Gerrard praises Rodgers courage


Steven Gerrard has praised Brendan Rodgers for leaving his ‘comfortable’ position at Swansea and having the courage to take over as Liverpool manager.

Rodgers took over from Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool eight months ago, prior to which he enjoyed relative success with Swansea, leading the Welsh club first to promotion into the Premier League then securing their position with an impressive first season in the top flight. The club received many plaudits for their possession-based style of play, and had a passing rate comparable to Barcelona’s last season.

It was this that prompted the Liverpool owners to make their move Rodgers, and Gerrard believes time will prove the decision to be a good one.gerrard_2920462[1]

“He gave up a top job in a comfortable situation at Swansea, where he’d done fantastically well, and had the bottle and the character to come and take this big job on,” said Gerrard.

“Our fans demand that we are successful and that we win and if you are looking for a young manager out there who has everything going for him who can help us achieve that success I think you pick Brendan Rodgers.”

Gerrard was also keen to highlight the role senior members of the squad have to play.

“Now the responsibility and the pressure is shared with the likes of myself and Jamie (Carragher) because it is a tough club as well with the demands and expectations on a daily basis.”

Rodgers hopeful of new signings


Brendan Rodgers is hopeful of bringing ‘one or two’ new faces to Liverpool before the end of the transfer window next week.

Inevitably for this time of year, this afternoon’s press conference ahead of the FA Cup clash with Oldham featured a number of questions regarding potential transfers.

Questioned on whether there would be any new players at Anfield before the transfer window closes, Rodgers said: “We hope to do some business between now and the end of the month. The owners have been brilliant and supporting.

“We know we still need one or two additions more. The club is doing everything it possible can to assist me in that. If we can, great. If not, we’ll have to review it again in the summer.Rodgers[3]

“We’ve got a young player who’ll go out on loan to get some experience but apart from that I don’t expect people to go. One or two, maybe, to come in.”

As was to be expected, Rodgers was tight-lipped on the identity of any potential signings.

“We got the recruitment team in, the lines are very clear, everyone has an understanding of where we’re at and it’s working how we envisaged it to work.” he added.

“There is a small group who communicate a lot and go through targets, and there is a small group who’ll decide what players we’re going to bring in. It’s worked very, very well, and that relationship will only get better going forward.”

Carragher – Gerrard is Liverpool’s greatest ever


Jamie Carragher has hailed Steven Gerrard as Liverpool’s ‘greatest player ever’, saying that his colleague & current club captain exceeds the standards set by those that preceded him.

Gerrard was being honoured by the Football Writers’ Association at a gala tribute dinner. Tributes were paid by former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier – who first gave Gerrard his chance in the first team – and team-mate Carragher. Former Reds boss Kenny Dalglish was unable to attend but passed on his congratulations.

Carragher was full of praise for Gerrard, and said: “I think we are in the presence of the greatest player ever to play for Liverpool. People will say I am biased because we are good friends and because of the trophies we have won together, but it is a fair accolade to give him.”article-2276450-17688CA5000005DC-954_632x442[1]

He went on: “There are guys like Kenny [Dalglish], Graeme Souness, Ian Rush, all world-class players, but the difference was they were in a world-class team – and Stevie has not played in a world-class team.

“Stevie’s one strength is he has no weakness, he can run, tackle pass and score goals. Football is a team game, but special players do special things at special times, and that is Steven Gerrard.”

Gerrard, 32, was voted FWA Footballer of the Year in 2009 and was delighted to have won the award again.

“Tonight’s award means a lot because these guys have followed me throughout my career, written about me whenever I have played,” he said. “To receive this award from the Football Writers’ Association is a very proud night for myself and my family. I feel very flattered and humbled to receive it.

“I have always looked at personal awards a bit of a bonus really. I always try to achieve things with Liverpool or fight to do well for England.

“But when you talk about awards of people like the supporters or people in the press who watch you week in and week out, scrutinise your performances, these mean an awful lot because these guys know their football.”

Liverpool 5 – 0 Norwich City


By jpa90, 19-01-2013, 18:12:30

Liverpool put five past Norwich City at Anfield in a very one-sided game. Jordan Henderson opened the scoring with a brilliant strike and Luis Suarez added a second before half time. Daniel Sturridge made it three goals in three games when he scored his first goal at Anfield for the Reds and Steven Gerrard added a fourth. Ryan Bennett turned the ball into his own net from Raheem Sterling’s shot, topping off a miserable fay for Norwich.

Norwich fell behind when Henderson smashed a ferocious volley past Mark Bunn, giving Liverpool a deserved lead. Sturridge was making his home debut alongside fellow striker Suarez and Anfield will have been extremely pleased to see the two link up for the second, with Suarez claiming his 16th goal of the season.

With Liverpool firmly in the driving seat, Norwich’s poor start to the game only got worse. Sturridge scored a tap in to continue his fantastic form for the Reds and Gerrard’s low effort from 25 yards put the Reds four goals to the good. The visitors had a torrid afternoon, compounded by Bennett’s own goal to put Liverpool 5-0 up.

The opening minutes consisted of Liverpool looking for an early lead. Sturridge was able to release a low shot after linking up well with Suarez. Mark Bunn got down well to save but Sturridge’s rapid movement off the ball was complimented by a clever knock on by Suarez.

The Uruguayan came close to opening the scoring when he played a one-two with Downing on the edge of Norwich’s area. The striker darted forwards and then released a fierce shot from a tight angle. Bunn palmed the ball away to keep the scores level but Liverpool were knocking on the door.

Suarez was teasing the Norwich defence with close control on the edge of the penalty area. Jonny Howson managed to get a foot to the ball and it bounced to Jordan Henderson in the middle. Henderson wrapped his foot around the bouncing ball 20 yards out and it swerved past Bunn and into the top-right corner, giving his side a 1-0 lead.

It had been all Liverpool before the goal and the lead was well-deserved. Norwich were having great difficulty in holding onto possession and the home side continued to pressurise the Canaries.

Sturridge located Suarez with a wonderful first time flick-on after receiving a quick pass from Lucas. The Uruguayan continued his run towards goal and had only the keeper to beat. Bunn rushed out of his goal but Suarez curled a low shot around him and into the bottom right side of the goal, doubling his side’s lead.

Two goals down, Norwich faced a tough task in getting back into the game. Andre Wisdom made a great clearance off the line when Grant Holt’s volley was heading goalwards. At the opposite end, Bunn stopped a low shot from Sturridge on the stroke of half time, keeping the score at 2-0. The visitors had a couple of other chances from set pieces in the first half but Jones was on hand deny them.

The second half started at a slower tempo to the first but the Reds continued to push the visitor’s back line. Gerrard’s distribution was top class as the captain was locating his teammates left, right and centre.

Norwich couldn’t handle Liverpool’s passing and movement in attack. Henderson looped a ball over the defence to find Downing on the right side of the penalty area. Downing played a precise first time cross between Bunn and the Norwich defenders, locating Sturridge with an easy tap-in from three yards.

Liverpool were still not finished as they strode past lacklustre Norwich challenges. Johnson paced into the visitor’s half with ease and squared the ball to Gerrard. The midfielder turned and found an angle from 25 yards. He released a low and powerful shot which crept into the bottom left corner, putting the Reds 4-0 up.

Things went from bad to worse for Norwich when substitute Raheem Sterling knocked the ball past Michael Turner. Sterling beat Bunn with his shot and Bennett’s last-ditch attempt at a clearance resulted in the defender directing the ball into his own net.

Chris Hughton will have been disgusted at his team’s closing down as they let the home side cruise through them on several occasions. Liverpool put in a top performance in every area of the pitch and punished an extremely poor Norwich. Liverpool move up to 7th in the Premier League table whilst Norwich fall to 13th, claiming just one point from their last six games.

Kopworld man of the match: Steven Gerrard