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Liverpool FC - A Legend Returns

Started on 31 August 2014 by RD17
Latest Reply on 7 September 2014 by RD17
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RODGERS LEAVES LIVERPOOL AFTER FURY AT BALOTELLI TRANSFER


Rodgers was thought to be unhappy with the signing of bad boy Ballotelli

Liverpool have confirmed that Brendan Rodgers has left the club, Brendan has terminated his contract after he was left unhappy with the way the board have dealt with the transfer business over the summer. Liverpool recently brought Italian international Mario Balotelli, whom is known for his ‘bad boy’ reputation.
Rogers was left furious when his side confirmed the signing. He was not happy with the transfer due to the unbalance he thought it would bring to the squad. The man from Northern Ireland felt he had lost all trust and respect from the Liverpool board and could not continue with his management of the squad.

Rodgers who took over from Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish was a fan favourite at Anfeild and had a successful reign at Liverpool, finishing 7th and 2nd in the two seasons he had at Liverpool. It is thought he could take up a role at League one side Swindon where his son Anton currently applies his trade.
BBC Sport confirmed earlier today that the front runners for the Job are thought to be Dutchman Rudd Gullit or Liverpool legend Ian Rush, you can also get good odds on Scot Kenny Dalglish returning to the club.
Good start looking forward to more :)

CARRAGHER TAKES ANFEILD HOT SEAT

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Breaking news here on Sky Sports..

Liverpool this evening have confirmed the appointment of club legend Jamie
Carragher. The former defender will take over the vacant managerial position after Brendan Rodgers left the club earlier in the week. Jamie has little to no experience in management and has been recently been working alongside former England team mate Gary Neville as a pundit on Sky Sport’s Monday Night Football. He has only out of Afield for a year, but today finds himself there for a completely different reason.

Carragher spent his whole senior career at Afield in the heart of many strong defences. He tallied up a staggering 737 appearances for the club and scoring 4 goals. Carragher was understood to be keen on taking the role as soon as he heard what was happening at his beloved club, wanting to steady the ship Carragher got in touch with the team at Anfield. It is for sure a shock appointment as Liverpool look to get the fans back in the good books after the shock loss of Brendan Rodgers, a fan favourite. Carragher knows the club very well and fans will be hoping he can take the club to the next level.

We caught up with some fans earlier today, this is what some had to say. ” Carra is a club legend, the City is rocking again”. Carragher is sure to have a lot of work on his hands after the massive turn around at the club over the summer, after nine new faces joining the club and loosing Luis Suarez to the FC Barcelona.
It is believed there is still a very pretty penny left in the transfer funds if Carragher wishes to drop into the transfer market. Sky Sources understood he is looking into the availability of a few players but is unsure yet after Liverpool have already signed a mass number of players.

CARRAGHER SPLASHES CASH ON YOUNGSTERS

Liverpool complete signings of four new faces to add to abundance of new talent. Victor Valdes, Mateo Kovacic, Will Hughes and James Ward –Prowse all join the reds.

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Jamie Carragher has not wasted any time in making some big decisions at Anfield.
The first signing will bring vast experience in the shape of Spanish world cup winning goal keeper Victor Valdes, a free agent after his release from FC Barcelona. The Spaniard will add competition for places against number one Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool’s second signing followed in the shape of Will Hughes, a talent that Liverpool have been sniffing around for some time. A deal which amounts to £6,500,000 overall will see Will loaned back to Derby for the remainder of the season. Hughes is an exciting talent after showing a quick rise to fame due to great performances for Derby, which resulted In a call up to England’s Under 21 side.

Liverpool had previously famously signed three players from Southampton already this summer, they have now made it a fourth. With the young English talent continuing to walk through the Anfield doors. A deal to bring midfielder James Ward-Prowse has been agreed. For around £15,000,000, Ward-Prowse will be loaned back to Southampton for the remainder of the season to ensure he has valuable game time.

Carragher made it no secret he was keen to bolster his midfielder after signing two of the most promising young talents in English football. He has now completed a fourth signing, who is here to stay. Croatian international Mateo Kovacic joins the reds for £20,500,000. Kovacic is thought by many to be one of the hottest properties around in the European game. Kovacic joins after a mixed season for Inter Milan in Serie A. Kovacic revealed it was not a hard choice to come to Anfield.
” When I was young, I stayed up late to watch Liverpool highlights, I love them and their style of play. I cannot wait to get started.”
PRE SEASON REVIEW

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Carragher must improve ahead of the new season

Liverpool suffered a horrid pre- season, losing three out of five games. Which all started with a shocking result away to Ukraine side Dnipro, Carragher fielded a much weakened side compared to the eleven that bless the premier league the previous season, however he would not have been happy with the outcome. The few positives came with a 2-2 draw against Lugo and Jamie Carragher’s first victory, 2-1 at Anfield against Italian side, AS Roma. Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge bagging the goals on that night. Here’s the reaction from the new Liverpool boss:

Well, obviously I’m disappointed about the result. Even when the squad Is being heavily rotated I still expect better results. Players have been given their chances to impress under my new tactics, some defiantly have. However some missed their chance. I have been impressed with the signing’s and how well they have fitted in. Despite the results everyone has worked incredibly hard and we will be focusing on the new season now.
ANFIELD EXPANSION GETS THE GREEN LIGHT


Reports coming out of Anfield this morning suggest that Liverpool are looking to expand their famous Anfield Stadium. The work is scheduled to start at the end of the current season and will increase the stadium capacity to 51,287. An increase of just under 7000 extra seats to the stadium. This is what new manager Jamie Carragher had to say Liverpool are one of the greatest teams in British history, so we will have one of the greatest stadium’s in British History. We want to grow as a club and this is one of the first steps.

Anfield is famously known for the loud noise and great support, this work will give more fans a chance to see the reds in action, in what they hope can be a defining season in the clubs history.
AUGUST REVIEW

Liverpool brush off opponents to start strongly


Liverpool started their Premier League campaign strongly, with a 2-0 victory away to Burnley. Turfmoor was rocking, an electric atmosphere for the Premier League new boys entertained the reds. Carragher was keen to quickly kill the atmosphere in the ground and take control of the game. Carragher named a strong starting eleven with new signings Mario Balotelli and Mateo Kovacic included.
The new signings did their best to re pay the big price tags paid for them, Balotelli and Kovacic showed good understanding and linked up well to send the Italian through on goal. Balotelli ran onto the pass to unleash a powerful shot against Burnley keeper Tom Heaton, Heaton saved however the ball fell kindly into the path of Kovacic who followed the run and finished from a short range.

Liverpool dominated throughout and with half time shortly approaching Sterling showed a burst of speed to get passed the Burnley back line before whipping in a delighted for cross onto the head of new boy Mario Balotelli to make it 2-0.
Liverpool went on to control the game with 58% possession and managed to keep Burnley at bay who failed to register a single shot on target.

REMAINING FIXTURES


Carragher’s Verdict

What a great start, we forgot about our poor pre-season and just focused on a good start to Premier League. This was key for us as I didn’t want the pre-season to affect any of the lads, they have all shown great composure and determination to hold out two of the promoted sides. Which could have been two tough games if we had let the away crowds get to us. The 5-1 thrashing was also particularly pleasing, it was great to see Balotelli continue his goal scoring form and Kovacic has done well since his arrival. He has gone on to win the August Player of the Month Award, something I think was fully deserved.
Thanks for early support on the story! Big transfer news coming up soon!..
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DRAXLER JOINS REDS


Liverpool have confirmed the signing of promising German international Julian
Draxler, Draxler joins from Schalke for a fee of around £30,000,000. A big price tag for a big talent. Carragher was thought to be in the market for a winger after Phillipe Coutinho suffered an injury late into their pre-season campaign.
Draxler is thought be a player in demand after the likes of Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona both made enquires about his availability. Thought to be one of many upcoming stars in Germany and has featured for Germany’s youth team throughout all levels. Draxler had a breakthrough season at Schalke catching the eyes of many with some glittering performances.

Here’s what manager Jamie Carragher had to say: “Julian is a great talent and a real coup for Liverpool as a club, he has a great chance to develop into a world class player here.”

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW

Anfield return for Suarez

Liverpool have been given a tough draw for their return to the Champions League after a five year absence. Almost like it was meant to be, Liverpool was drawn against Spanish giants FC Barcelona. Where they will be reunited with former trouble maker Luis Suarez. The remainder of the group include Ajax and Viktoria Plzen from Czech Republic.

CARRAGHERS VERDICT

“Any draw we got would of always been tough, it’ll defiantly be tough going to Barcelona and to play against the top talent they have there. Put if we do what is needed of us , I am confident we can qualify”

SEPTEMBER UPDATE
Liverpool lose to rivals

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A fixture that nearly every football fan across the country knows will deliver, Manchester United vs Liverpool. This entered this game on the back of an early exit of the Capital One Cup. Carragher fielded his strongest eleven after rotating to accommodate the midweek game.
A resurgent Manchester United got off to a strong start piling on a lot of early pressure. Juan Mata had two early chances only for Martin Skrtel to deny him with what can only be described as putting his body on the line defending.

Liverpool defended well throughout the first half in what was a very close game. Early in the second half United took the lead from a Juan Mata corner, the corner was fizzed in and landed on the head of centre back Phil Jones.

United were worth their value this game and deserved their win. Liverpool’s best chance came from Lazar Markovic. The Serbian went on a glittering solo effort down the right wing, only to see his strike smash off the crossbar.

United maintained their lead and managed to scrape through with a 1-0 victory, in what was a 1st vs 2nd clash.

Remaining Fixtures


Carragher’s Verdict

Overall a mixed month for the boys. We started where we picked off in August, a draw at home to West Ham, a game which we really should have won, they defended a lot and we just couldn’t get through. Our first game in the Champions League, started well with the 2-0 victory and great to see the English lads bag us our goals.
Sunderland was a great win for us and we defiantly showed the potential to kill off teams. Although two goals came late on, Sunderland never really threatened us. We controlled this game very well.
Watford came along in the third round and it was very disappointing to go out so early, a cup run is something we were defiantly looking for. A heavily rotated side who I still had faith to do the job, however we were struggling after many injuries this month, Coutinho is still out with a broken leg, Lallana out with a shoulder injury and young wonder kid Mateo Kovacic.

TRANSFER WINDOW SLAMS SHUT


The transfer window has slammed shut on the premier league this evening. A day of complete drama and panic for many clubs. However, Liverpool did not bring in any more players since the signing of German Julian Draxler. On the other hand there was plenty of players leaving Anfield. Many of them young players leaving on loan to gain valuable first
team experience.

The big departures were Daniel Agger leaving for a season long loan to AS Roma, Agger is viewed surplus to requirement and is holding out for a move to former club Bronby next season. Also Ossuma Assaidi moving to FC Twente for £2.500,000, Sebastian Coates moving to Southampton to continue to link between the two clubs over the summer for £4,100,000. Fabio Borini also went to AC Milan to gain some playing time after the signing of Mario Balotelli saw him not needed at Anfield.
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October Update

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Liverpool lose in Nou Camp

A very exciting prospect, Barcelona away. Liverpool will not be re united with Luis Suarez unfortunately as he is still under his suspension from his bite during the world cup. Carragher fielded a strong team which included former Barcelona player Victor Valdes on the bench. Kovacic also returned from injury.
Liverpool defiantly showed their worth in what was a tough game, with many expecting Liverpool to lose heavily. However Liverpool performed very well and the game throughout was very close. Both sides only registered five shots each.

In the second half a well worked move was finished off with an accurate finish inside the box by young prospect Rafinha. The Brazilian has got his fair share of game time In this new season and has re paid the manager’s faith in him.

Liverpool came closest through English man Raheem Sterling, a strike that curled just wide of the post.

Unfortunately for Liverpool, Barcelona held on to their lead and took advantage of their group. However this is a result Liverpool can take some pride out of, having achieved this they will be hopeful of qualifying.

Remaining Fixtures


Carragher’s Verdict

We were very unfortunate away at Barcelona and a draw would of defiantly justified the performance and the shift the lads put in. Shortly after that a tough game, a visit to White Hart Lane. The boys had a slow start to this game, understandably after such a tough game previously. Balotelli has continued his great start as a Liverpool player and started the two goal comeback.
Alongside two wins in the Premier League that were left late we also picked up a point against a technically sound Ajax team, they have a lot of great young talent and proved for a tough match. However the point still leaves us in a strong position to qualify.
Nice signing in Draxler hope he turns good for you

Hopefully you will progress in the Champions League tough group though

Will be following :)
Without giving spiolers, but he has been a bit of a flop!

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