Rodgers backs Henderson for World Cup

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Brendan Rodgers has told Roy Hodgson that he must take midfielder Jordan Henderson to the World Cup in Brazil next Summer.


Henderson is enjoying his football under Rodgers and has shown that he has the determination to succeed at the club – and will be hoping that can he do the same with the national side.

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And his manager has backed him to do just that.

“I think there is a great opportunity there for Jordan,” Rodgers said.


“I look at Jordan and I think he’s absolutely perfect for the World Cup squad. Firstly, in terms of the performance level he has shown so far this season.

“But also because when you go to a World Cup you are taking a squad with you. You need players who are going to be flexible and can play well in a number of positions and I am sure Roy Hodgson knows that.

“We have seen it already this season when he has played as a wing-back, as a wide midfield player in a 4-2-3-1 and as a central midfield player.

“Jordan plays all those positions really well.”

Henderson hasn’t figured for England since going to Euro 2012, though is believed to be in Hodgson’s thinking for the upcoming November friendlies at Wembley.


Johnson confident of new deal

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Glen Johnson is confident that his contract situation will be resolved soon.

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The England international’s current deal expires in the Summer of 2015 and he is likely to be offered a reduced terms deal.


“It will resolve itself. I’ve got 18 months left and no-one’s mentioned anything further to me, so my job is to warrant a new contract,” Johnson told the Times.

“All I can do is concentrate on working hard and doing well on the pitch. That’s served me well over the last five years and I’m sure it will serve me well in the future.

“This is where I want to be. It’s where I’m happy and it’s what I’m fighting to do at the moment. I’m fighting to get a shirt on again.”

Aspas out injured

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Spanish attacker Iago Aspas has been ruled out for over than a month with a torn thigh muscle.

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The former Celta Vigo was injured during training on Thursday and the club have confirmed that he will miss at least a month of football.


“He is expected to be available for a return by the beginning of December – a month which includes seven Barclays Premier League fixtures for Brendan Rodgers’s team,” a statement from the club stated.

He is yet to find the net for the club since joining in the Summer after netting twelve times for Celta last season.

Aspas started four of the opening five games of the season, but has barely featured since Luis Suarez completed his ten game ban.

Lucas confident of top four spot

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Lucas Leiva has backed the club to claim a top four spot this season after a strong start to the Premiership season.

Liverpool currently occupy second place in the Premiership, level on points with top placed Arsenal, having made a positive start to the season with defeat at Anfield against Southampton a blip on the results.

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And Lucas is confident of that form continuing through the season.

“We have obviously got some encouraging results from the first games and no one will complain about being top of the table. But we would be silly to get too excited after seven games,” he told The Guardian.

“The Premiership is a long and tough journey and we just have to look at our defeat to Southampton to see that. But I’ll give you one thing: maybe we would have drawn that game against Stoke last season.

“There’s a feeling that a couple of things went our way (this time round). But ask me again how I feel in January, because that’s when we will really know what we can achieve this season.

“I don’t see why we should get ahead of ourselves. The race for the top four will be extremely close this year and I still think we are underdogs, given how much money some of our opponents have invested.

“Liverpool are still a massive institution in English and European football and we need to get back into the Champions League. Those nights are unforgettable for players and supporters. It’s about time we all felt that buzz again.”

Johnson and Cissokho back

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toonBrendan Rodgers has announced his team for this afternoon’s game against Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

Glen Johnson and Aly Cissokho return from injury to take their places at wing-back on either flank against the Magpies today, while Joe Allen takes his place on the bench.

There’s no Jose Enrique or Lucas Leiva today, however.

Starting XI: Mignolet, Cissokho, Toure, Skrtel, Sakho, Johnson, Henderson, Gerrard, Moses, Suarez, Sturridge.

Subs: Jones, Agger, Kelly, Flanagan, Alberto, Sterling, Allen.

 

Rodgers: Gerrard is remarkable

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Brendan Rodgers has showered praise on Steven Gerrard – describing the Liverpool captain as a ‘remarkable man’.

Gerrard was in good form during the international break last week – scoring England’s second goal against Poland to secure automatic qualification for next year’s World Cup in Brazil – and heads to Newcastle this weekend in search of his 100th Premier League goal.

And Rodgers was keen to stress that whilst he offers plenty in terms of leadership his quality as a player should not be forgotten.

“It’s remarkable really; you saw him in the game during the week as well,” said Rodgers.

“What gets lost with Steven sometimes is that people talk about him as this great captain and a great leader, and what people forget is that he’s still a world-class player. He’s got big talent.

“He scored what you would probably say was a typical Gerrard goal the other night – breaking forward with power and pace and just when it looked like it was getting away from him, he reached and got his toe to it with a great finish.

“It’s something I’ve been fully aware of since I’ve been here. He’s probably the best player that I’ve ever worked with at tempo.

“The quality he can play with when the tempo is really high in a game is incredible.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked with top, world-class players at Chelsea and some brilliant technicians when I was at Swansea.

“He’s a remarkable man and a remarkable captain. England should be honoured to have someone like that represent them on and off the field.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat it again – he looks after himself so well and he’s so professional and he’s still got a number of years left in him yet to turn in great performances.”

Allen says his season just starting

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Welsh midfielder Joe Allen is coming back from his latest injury setback and has stated that his season “starts now”.

The former Swansea midfielder has been out since the League Cup victory over Notts County in August and is hoping to be fit for selection for next week’s game at Newcastle United.

“I’m almost there, basically,” he said.

“The plan is to get back into training, get a good few days leading up to the Newcastle game and hopefully I’ll be available for selection from there on.

“It has been a bit of a frustrating time – it always is when you’re injured – but I’m finally getting there. It was the one I had in the back of my mind anyway, so it has worked out quite nicely in that sense.

“I was disappointed; I thought I would get back for the Wales games but unfortunately they just came a bit soon. But it has meant that I got a bit of extra rehab leading up to that game. I have been able to get ready.

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“With the timing of the injury, I hadn’t really got into the swing of things. This is a fresh start of the season for me personally. It is great to come back with the team doing so well.”

“I tell myself it comes with the territory of this job, unfortunately,” he added. “There are players who have had worse injuries than I have had and have been out longer.

“That’s the way to look at it sometimes when you’re feeling sorry for yourself – you have to remember these things. But I’m through the tough part of it and almost there now, so I’m really looking forward to getting my season up and running.

“The lads have been great, as usual. When you’re injured, you almost feel useless because you can’t get out there and help the team.

“When matchday comes around, you’re disappointed not to be a part of it.

“But the lads have told me to stick with it, be patient and I’ll be back soon.

“I’m grateful to them for that. It’s easy to feel sorry for yourself. Unfortunately, you can be unlucky and these things can happen. You’ve got to deal with it in the best way possible.

“I think the best way to do that is to look further forward at the end product of doing all your rehab – getting back out there playing and doing what you love.”

Aspas aiming for Spain call up

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Iago Aspas has stated his frustration at not being able to hold down a regular place in the first team since signing for the club from Celta Vigo in the Summer.

aspasThe Spaniard has made four starts so far this season and has been unable to make an impact. He’s not managed to break his duck for the club yet either.

Despite this, the twenty six year attacker believes that he can break into the Spanish national squad ahead of next year’s World Cup.

“I’m finding it hard to be a sub at Liverpool having started games in the past few years. When I left Celta Vigo I was aware that to start for Liverpool wasn’t going to be easy. And now the team is winning and we are among the leaders in the Premier League, it’s very hard to get a game.” He’s quoted in the Daily Mail.

“I hope to carry on working hard and little by little to get more game time with Liverpool. I want to change the current situation.”

“Now it’s difficult to get in the Spain team because I’m playing less but I’m not worried about that. However, I will try to get in the squad.” he concluded.

Ngoo returns to Kirkby

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ngooReserve striker Michael Ngoo has returned from his loan spell at Yeovil Town after it was terminated early by mutual consent.

The 20 year had agreed to spend the season with the promoted side, but that agreement has been ended and he will return to Alex Inglethorpe’s youth ranks.

Ngoo made seven appearances for the Glovers, two of which were starts. He failed to score, however.

Gerrard big factor in Suarez stay

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Luis Suarez has told his national media that Steven Gerrard played a big part in keeping him at Anfield this season.

“I do not know if he prayed but what he said is what he feels because he was talking to me all the time.” said the Uruguayan.

“Gerrard, for me, is a legend in Liverpool and a great team-mate that helped me a lot.

“His attitude was an extra boost for me to take the decision to stay in Liverpool – both he and the fans of Liverpool influenced much for that. I admire him for the great player he is worldwide.

“For me he will always be a benchmark and at club level he is the best player I have played with in my career, as a person and as a footballer.” he concluded.