Rodgers pleased with Gerrard contribution


Brendan Rodgers has said that he is delighted to see his team capitalising on Steven Gerrard’s set piece delivery.

rodgerThe England captain played a hand in all four goals in the win over Fulham on Saturday before being withdrawn after 67 minutes as a precautionary measure.

And Rodgers wants his players to continue to make the most of Gerrard’s dead ball delivery from here on in.

“I’ve said to the players that after being here a year and having assessed Steven, I felt that his delivery is as good as it gets,” Rodgers said.

“There’s no-one who delivers a ball like Steven Gerrard. I felt the other players weren’t utilising the quality that we have in his delivery.

“I just asked the players to be much more aggressive when they try to attack the ball; try and win the battle with your defender; try to use your arm to get to the ball.

“Every week, I tell him where I want the ball and he puts it there and you’ve seen in the two goals – a free-kick and a corner – we’ve got incrediblequality on his delivery.”

Moses shortlisted for award


Victor Moses has been named among five players shortlisted for 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year Award.

mosnigManchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has also been nominated, along with Moses’ Nigerian team-mate John Obi Mikel, Burkina Faso’s Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon.

The winner will be announced on 2nd December and will be chosen by a text and website vote by supporters after the shortlist was drawn up by over forty journalists from the African continent.

None of this year’s five nominees have won the award before – with Pitroipa and Aubameyang the first nominees from their nations.

Aubameyang ended the 2012/13 season with 19 goals for Saint Etienne before joining Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund in the Summer transfer window.


Pitroipa has already taken a big award by winning the prestigious player of the cup award in the African Nations Cup with Burkina Faso making it all the way to the final before losing to Nigeria – who see both Mikel and Moses nominated after they lifted the trophy for the first time in almost two decades.

Johnson impressed with squad


Glen Johnson has described the current Liverpool squad as the best he has been a part of.

johnnoThe England defender arrived at Anfield in the Summer of 2009 and has seen several key players leave the club, including Jamie Carragher, Fernando Torres, Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso.

But he feels that the squad is better than it’s been since he arrived at the club from Portsmouth in June 2009.

“We’ve had some fantastic players in the past that have obviously moved on,” Johnson told the club’s official website.

“But in terms of a squad and starting XI, I think it’s the best since I’ve been around.

“Every good team bounces back after a disappointing result. To do that with a clean sheet and four goals is an ideal day.

“When we lose the ball, for the next few seconds we want to try to win it back as quickly as possible. A few of our goals came from that and I think we looked good today.

“We’ve got to make this a difficult place for teams to come and play, and easier for us to play and get the points.

“If we keep working like that, and as we have done in the week, I’m sure we’re going to give every team a good game.”

Gerrard doubt for England duty


Steven Gerrard is likely to sit out the impending England friendly against Chile on Friday after coming off after a little over an hour on Saturday against Fulham.

genglandEngland boss Roy Hodgson is likely to take no risks with his captain and looks set to leave him on the sidelines ahead of the prestige friendly with Germany at Wembley next Tuesday.

Gerrard has been carrying the injury for a few weeks now and will not want to risk missing out on the Germany fixture along with the Mersey derby on November 23rd.

Hodgson has a big squad with a few new faces and so will be be given an extra opportunity to take a look at fringe players – like Gerrard’s team-mate Jordan Henderson.

Agger pleased to be back


Defender Daniel Agger has spoken of his pleasure at returning to the starting eleven.

Agger made his first start for seven weeks in the 4-0 win over struggling Fulham on Saturday having missed five Premiership outings with Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel being preferred in back three.

agger2The 28 year old Dane was promoted to vice-captain in the Summer and is likely to be have been frustrated with sitting on the bench.

“I have been waiting for this chance and, as I have said before, you have to take it when you get it,” Agger told TV3+.

“I feel I have got the right to play, and of course I would have liked it to have come earlier. But in the end it is the coach who decides.”

Agger also spoke of his satisfaction with the win and a clean sheet.

“We didn’t feel threatened, therefore it was just a matter of keeping our concentration and staying focused on what happens and not watch too much football.

“ut we are happy that we had a clean sheet and scored some goals.”

Enrique praises Gerrard


Jose Enrique has heaped praise onto his Liverpool team-mate and claimed that the England captain could play until he’s fifty years old.

enrgerGerrard, who was withdrawn soon after the hour mark on Saturday, played a part in all four goals while Enrique returned from an injury lay off with a substitute appearance.

And the 33 year old caught the eye of the Spanish defender.

“Steven was fantastic. Our captain is really important for us,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“Now he’s deeper when he gets on the ball. He is playing with Lucas in a role he did not play when he was younger but you can see the quality is still there.

“Look at his passes, his crosses and his free-kicks – when he’s 50 years old he could still be doing the same thing. His quality is amazing.

“After what happened against Arsenal it was very important for us to win this game. We are back into second position again and hopefully we can continue like this.

“It was good the way we kept going in the second half. We knew at 3-0 that if they had scored it would’ve given them confidence.

“I know we’ve not been doing that well in the second half of games but it was better against Fulham. We remained in control.”


Liverpool 4 – 0 Fulham


Liverpool bounced back in style from last week’s disappointment with a resounding 4-0 victory over Fulham at Anfield. The win puts them two points behind league leaders Arsenal – who play tomorrow.

The big news pre-game was the return of Daniel Agger to the starting line-up, with the Danish defender having missed the last few games despite apparently being recovered from the injury that had kept him out initially. Glen Johnson also made a return after recovering from the illness that kept him out of the defeat at the Emirates.

The Reds were on the front foot from the word go, with Agger coming close to marking his return with a goal after one minute. Minutes later Philippe Coutinho saw his effort go wide, before Luis Suarez narrowly failed to play Daniel Sturridge through following a good passage of play. Fulham didn’t even get a look-in until the 15th minute, with the home side dominating possession.

It appeared only a matter of time before Liverpool took the lead, and the moment came courtesy of Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta. Steven Gerrard lined up a free kick after Sturridge was brought down, and the ball went in off the Venezualan’s arm following touches from Agger and Suarez.

A second goal took only three minutes to arrive, and again it came from a set piece. Gerrard swung in a corner which was met powerfully by the head of Marting Skrtel to double Liverpool’s lead.

The Reds were totally dominant, and didn’t look happy to settle for just the two goal lead. Coutinho saw two efforts in quick succession saved, the first of which required excellent athleticism from Maarten Stekelenburg in the Fulham goal. Next Sturridge went close with a clever effort using the outside of his foot.

A third goal was clearly on the cards, and next it was Suarez’s turn to get involved in the action with 36 minutes on the clock. The forward received a good through ball from Jordan Henderson and calmly slotted past Stekelenburg to put the result beyond any doubt.

With the result in the bag and a convincing first half performance in which they had 16 attempts on goal, Liverpool could have been forgiven for taking their foot off the gas after the restart. There was no let-up for the visitors though as the second half began in pretty much the same vein as the first.

It should have been four within minutes of the restart. Stekelenburg kept out first Suarez then Sturridge before the ball returned to the Uruguayan hitman, but he was unable to keep his second attempt on target.

The fourth did arrive though on 54 minutes, with Gerrard again involved in the build up. The skipper played Suarez through with an excellent ball, and this time the forward made no mistake in finding the net.

The Reds continued to pile pressure on until the final whistle, but there were to be no more goals. A late shout for a penalty was correctly turned down, and the final score was confirmed as 4-0, an impressive win to put the Arsenal result out of the minds of the fans.

Adam regrets leaving Anfield


Charlie Adam has spoken of his regret at hastily leaving Anfield last year shortly after the arrival of Brendan Rodgers.

adamThe Scotland international made the switch to Premiership rivals Stoke City, but now feels that he should have remained at the club and fought for his place.

“A new manager went in there and changed the circumstances,’ Adam said. ‘It wasn’t a disaster by any means and that’s why I was so surprised that the club got rid of Kenny Dalglish.

“But when owners put in the money that they do, they want instant success.

“I should probably have stayed the season after and tried to work my way into the team. But I got itchy feet and I wanted to play.

“A decision had to be made. I made the choice to go in the space of 24 hours and it probably wasn’t enough time to think it through properly.”

Rodgers looking to January


Brendan Rodgers has stated his determination to sign players in the upcoming January transfer window who can come into the Liverpool side and make an impact immediately.

Rodgers’ side have made a promising start to the season and despite already having improved his squad in the Summer window Rodgers wants to add more to his ranks.

The former Swansea manager has identified the areas in his side that he wants to add to.

“We need to bring in players for the team,” Rodgers told

“We’ve got a squad and we’ve got enough cover but in the future the focus is on bringing in players that can come straight in and improve our team. We did that last year and benefited from that.

“We know what we need to improve and we know the areas we need to improve but it’s all about timing and all about affordability and can we do it? I always hope that in each window we can improve the team and if we can do that we can rightly be up there.”

The Northern Irishman knows that it is harder to make quality signings in the winter window, but he managed to secure the signatures of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, who both made immediate impacts for the Reds.

“In January it’s difficult but our recruitment guys are working very hard to try to identify that type of player that can come in.

“Last January we got Daniel Sturridge for the money we brought him in for – the same as Wilfried Bony went to Swansea – and he has been brilliant.

“There are players out there but you’ve got to dig deeper to get them in and sometimes they might not be household names but they could have the quality.

“When Daniel came in there were big question marks and he’s answered those questions. Probably a lot of people had never heard of Coutinho but you can see he’s a top young player.

“That’s the challenge for us. We just need to find players that can make the difference for us.”

Reina had agreed Barcelona deal


Pepe Reina’s father has spoken about his son’s agreement for a move to Barcelona in the Summer being scuppered by Victor Valdes deciding to remain with the La Liga champions.

Reina had agreed to replace the Basque keeper only for him to decide to remain at Camp Nou for one more season – leaving Reina in a quandary after Brendan Rodgers signed Simon Mignolet to replace him.

Rafael Benitez came to his compatriot’s rescue by agreeing a year long loan deal for the shot stopper to Italian club Napoli.

“My son came to an agreement with the club”, Miguel Reina told Minuto 116. “But in the end Victor Valdes did not leave.

“That’s why the transfer fell through. A few months ago Pepe was in negotiations with Barca. He came to an agreement with them and had planned to leave.”