Borini still a Red


Italian forward Fabio Borini still has his sights set on becoming a success at Anfield after scoring the winner for loan club Sunderland against fierce rivals Newcastle United on Sunday.

borini2The former Chelsea striker found himself surplus to requirements for Liverpool this season after the signing of Spaniard Iago Aspas, return of Luis Suarez from suspension and form of Daniel Sturridge since he joined from Chelsea in January.

Borini joined the club in the Summer of 2012 for a fee in the region of £10m from Italian giants Roma. He had previously played under Rodgers at for Chelsea’s youth side and at Swansea City too. He also had a spell back home with Parma. But he sees his future back at Anfield and doesn’t want to keep changing location.

“There has been a squad revolution there but the worst thing for me was getting injured when I was actually playing at the start of last season,” he said.

“I remain a Liverpool player, I’m on loan because there wasn’t space for me and after a year of injuries I needed to get my confidence back, to play some games. But my roots are still there.”

Rush backs Sturridge


Liverpool striking legend Ian Rush has backed Daniel Sturridge to hit “20 or 30 goals this season”.

ianbrushSturridge, who recently started both England games, has already scored ten goals this season – including a penalty against Montenegro at Wembley.

And Welshman Rush doesn’t think there’ll be any stopping him this season.

“Daniel has come to Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers have given him so much confidence,” said Rush

“He always had potential. We always knew that he was a good player, otherwise you don’t play for Man City and Chelsea.

“Every time he plays he looks like he is going to score. And he excites people when he’s on the pitch.

“Daniel has got to be looking for between 20 and 30 goals this season. And I think him playing regularly for England is also going to help him for Liverpool.”

Rodgers looking to “difficult” Baggies game


Kop manager Brendan Rodgers is expecting a tough game when West Brom visit Anfield on Saturday.

rodclarFormer Anfield assistant manager Steve Clarke will bring his side in twelfth place – but they have already gathered some impressive points after a 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford and a point against table toppers Arsenal last week.

And Rodgers knows that they will present a tough proposition – and he knows first hand after 3-0 and 2-0 defeats to the Midlands club last season.

“It’s a difficult game for us.

“West Brom have shown already this season they are a good side. They’ve been to Old Trafford and won, so they’re a dangerous team and we know from our experience last year that they are a threat.

“We also know our home games are vital for us and that in the main, apart from one game [against Southampton], we’ve been excellent at home.

“Even though the difficulty of the game is high, we need to ensure that we get the three points.

“They’ve got some really good players. They have brought players into the club who are quality. Stephane Sessegnon is quality. The back four have been there for a while and they are solid.

“Their centre-halves have been in the league now for a few years and they work well together, their full-backs know how to defend and when to get forward. Their two central midfield players are strong and aggressive and can play simple and pass the ball.

“And obviously they have players in the attacking areas that can hurt you as well. So we know it’s a difficult game, but it’s no different to the rest of the games.

“At this level, whether it’s home or away, it’s a really difficult game and you’ve just got to find the solutions to get the points and perform well.”

Dalglish set for managerial return


dalgKenny Dalglish is being linked a managerial role in the new Indian Super League – which kicks off in January next year.

Reports in India claim that the Reds legend will take control of one of the eight teams in the new competition and will come up against the likes of Peter Schmeichel and Marcel Desailly, who are also being linked with hotseats in the league.

Dalglish hasn’t managed since leaving the Anfield dugout in 2012, but he could be set to coach young Indian players and footballing legends from around the world.

The Scot returned to the club recently as a non-executive director.

Sturridge has Rodgers’ confidence


Brendan Rodgers believes that Daniel Sturridge is destined to become one of the top strikers in the game, but he insists he has set no targets for the England international.

The former Manchester City and Chelsea forward has already scored seven goals in the Premiership this season – in just eight outings.

sturodDespite that stellar form, his manager has not set him any targets and wants to leave him to continue his form under less pressure.

“The way I’ve always worked with Daniel is I don’t set him goal targets – I think he’s a natural goalscorer,” Rodgers told reporters.

“For me, the communication and the talk with Daniel is about him getting into areas and working hard.

“I think you’ve seen already this season the types of goals he can score, whether it be with his head, his left foot, his right foot, his pace or his power.

“I believe he’s a natural goalscorer, it’s just about him understanding his role in the team, with the ball and the intensity without the ball.

“I firmly believe, and I’ve said it before, he can be one of the top strikers in European football over the next two to three years as long as he continues to work hard.”

Rodgers wants Ferguson to apologise to Henderson


Manager Brendan Rodgers has hit out at Alex Ferguson over his derogatory comments on Reds midfielder Jordan Henderson in his autobiography.

The former Old Trafford boss also criticised Liverpool’s decision to appoint Rodgers after the dismissal of legend Kenny Dalglish – but Rodgers has taken that on the chin and is more bothered by the Scot’s verdict on his midfield man.

henrod“It is all about opinion. I’m not here to publicise his book, he’s had enough coverage this week as it is,’ said Rodgers said.

“The one thing I would add is I was bitterly disappointed on Jordan Henderson.

“Sir Alex is someone who worked with and nurtured young players and so the statement in terms of Jordan was inappropriate really.

“Having worked with him for over a season, you won’t get a more honest player.

“He is a young player fighting for his career in the game. He is only 23 and looking to improve.

“In the time he has been here he has improved and improved, and I think when Kenny signed him I thought it was a great signing.

“He was outstanding at Sunderland but going to a big club was going to take him time.

“There was reference to his running style and his gait but every player is different.

“Everyone is medically assessed, you all have strengths and weaknesses, and over the course of their career the elements of their physical and technical qualities will be improved.

“I am sure somewhere along the line, if Sir Alex bumps into Jordan, he will apologise for that because I don’t think it was right and especially (from) someone who knows every word to a young player is important.”

Suarez visits Alder Hey Hospital


Luis Suarez visited Alder Hey Children’s Hospital today to help hand over a £12,000 charitable donation raised by the club’s academy in memory of youngster Stephen Packer, who tragically died in November last year after a battle with cancer.

Packer was treated at Alder Hey.

suarezzzzz“I admire the strength of the family. It must have been difficult to come back to the hospital but they find more strength from being able to help other families who are going through what they did.” Suarez said of Packer’s family.

The money was raised by academy staff taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge in May and fundraising at the inaugural Stephen Packer Memorial Cup in the Summer of this year.

The donation will go towards the building of a new room at the hospital following a request from Packer’s parents.

“We’d like to thank the Academy and everyone who has kindly donated money to such an important cause in Stevie’s memory.” Chris Packer, Stephen’s father, said.


Rodgers unimpressed with Ferguson


rodferBrendan Rodgers says that he thinks former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has broken “old school values and ethics” by speaking out about former players in his autobiography.

The Old Trafford legend has caused a stir with his book this week, released today, after criticising former United stars David Beckham, Roy Keane and Wayne Rooney – and he also had words on Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

The Northern Irishman does not believe that such words should have left the dressing room.

“Anyone who’s been in football knows that whatever is said behind closed doors and in the changing room is something you wouldn’t want to hear again.”  he told talkSPORT.

“It’s something that’s vitally important. You want to know as a human being that you can speak openly and communication is honest, and hopefully wouldn’t get repeated.

“It’s certainly something that in modern time is becoming more difficult. I always felt that years ago you could say those sorts of things, that people were open and honest, but that it would get left behind and you move on.

“As times goes on and all the social communication and technologies come along it makes it that more difficult.


“You would like to think you would still have some old school values and ethics that whatever is said, you take it on the chin and keep it behind closed doors and move on.”

Ferguson also said that he does not believe that Gerrard is “a top, top player” – something Rodgers takes exception to.

“I think everyone who’s seen the comments will think they are harsh,” he said.

“His performance level at 33 years of age shows he’s a top, top player. He’s a great talent – a wonderful player – and I don’t think anyone could argue against that.”

Coutinho nears return


Brazilian maestro Philippe Coutinho is in line to return to the squad for the crunch game at Arsenal next week.

The youngster has been missing since damaging his shoulder in a rough challenge from Swansea defender Ashley Williams on September 16th in the 2-2 Premiership draw.


Brendan Rodgers has ruled him out of returning against West Brom at Anfield on Saturday – but he is back in training with his team-mates.

“He might just be short for this weekend,” Rodgers said. “You always miss quality. He’s rejoined the training group. Philippe’s joined in with the team on a non-contact basis, and I would think after the weekend, he’ll be fine.

“He’s got really good strength in his shoulder now, so it’s a case of getting him up to speed in training with the group. But he’s been in the last couple of days and he’s looked brilliant.

“It’s like he’s never been away, with the flow and fluency he is showing with the ball. His work has been excellent. It’s great to see him back in and it’s another quality player back for us.”

Newcastle 2 – 2 Liverpool


Liverpool fans walked away from St James’ Park frustrated as the Reds had to settle for a point after only managing a 2-2 against 10-man Newcastle.

Yohan Cabaye gave the Magpies the lead with a long-range strike midway through the first half, but Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa gave the visitors a way back into the game shortly before the break – fouling Luis Suarez to earn Liverpool a penalty and himself an early bath.

Steven Gerrard stepped up to convert the spot kick, scoring his 100th Premier League goal for the club in the process.

The Reds could have been considered slightly lucky to go into the break level after a pretty poor first half showing, and travelling fans would have been hopeful for a better showing after the interval. Glen Johnson’s early effort that forced a good save from Tim Krul was an encouraging start, but at the other end Loic Remy provided a reminder of the threat posed by the opposition – with only Martin Skrtel’s touch preventing the Frenchman from scoring.

Disaster struck in the 56th minute though, as Paul Dummett got in behind the Liverpool defence and diverted to fire a looped free-kick past Simon Mignolet.

Brendan Rodgers response to going behind for a second time was to replace Mamadou Sakho with Luis Alberto, switching back to a flat back four. It appeared to have the desired effect as the Reds looked a lot more threatening, and on 73 minutes the scores were level again.

Suarez timed his run perfectly to break free of the opposition back-line, before playing the ball across the six-yard box for Daniel Sturridge to equalise with a diving header.

With the game drawing to a close it was all Liverpool, and Suarez came close to netting the winner with a driven volley that glanced off the crossbar.

Newcastle for their part were doing everything possible to waste time, including their fans who refused to return the ball from the stands at one point. Referee Andre Marriner seemed wise to the tactics though, and the game went well past the allotted four minutes of injury time.

The final chance came in the 96th minute when Suarez lined up a free-kick on the edge of the box. Krul was equal to the Uruguayan’s effort though, and the whistle went to confirm a draw that may have sent Liverpool temporarily back to the top of the league but was sure to disappoint most fans.