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Starlord's avatar Group Starlord 2015-01-28 16:21
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Brendan Rodgers to step down as Liverpool Boss

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has ended his reign at Anfield today, despite a successful 2013/14 season with the club, where the Reds secured 2nd place in the Barclays Premier League.

The news comes as a shock to many Liverpool fans, who were confident that Rodgers could lead them to another successful season with the club, and hopefully the coveted Barclays Premier League title, which Liverpool has not won since the 1989/90 season with manager Kenny Dalglish and captain Alan Hansen.

Brendan Rodgers, 42, joined Liverpool in 2012, following a season with former Liverpool player and legend Kenny Dalglish as manager, where they won the Capital One Cup, after defeating Cardiff City, lost in the finals of the F.A. Cup to Chelsea with the final score being 2-1.

After finishing 8th in the Premier League, the team's worst showing since 1994, and failing to qualify for the Champion's League for a third straight season, Dalglish was sacked and Rodgers was appointed as Liverpool boss two weeks after.

Rodgers' first season with Liverpool found the Merseyside club finishing 7th in the Barclays Premier League, a place higher than last season. They were also eliminated from the Capital One Cup in the fourth round after they lost 3-1 to Swansea City, Rodgers' former club.

They also, surprisingly, were eliminated from the F.A. Cup in the fourth round by League One side Oldham Athletic and lost out to Zenit St. Petersburg in the Europa League round of 32. The likes of Joe Allen, Fabio Borini, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho joined Liverpool during this season, while Dirk Kuyt, Charlie Adam, Maxi Rodriguez and more left the club.

Rodgers' second season was a massive improvement from the first, with the club finishing 2nd in the Premier League, 2 points off drawing with the winners, Manchester City. However, Liverpool were knocked out of the F.A. Cup by Arsenal in the fifth round, and suffered elimination from the Capital One Cup after losing 1-0 to Manchester United and their new manager, David Moyes.

The club released this statement about Rodgers' resignation:

"Liverpool FC is saddened to announce the resignation of manager Brendan Rodgers, who will leave the club with immediate effect. Rodgers' has left the club with our blessing and we have wished him well in his future endeavours.

Liverpool FC will now be looking for a new manager, with the likes of Liverpool legends Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen being looked at as potential candidates, whilst Steven Gerrard has been touted as the new manager. Other candidates are French national team manager Didier Deschamps, and Napoli boss and former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez.
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Starlord's avatar Group Starlord 2015-02-03 16:07
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Fowler to take Liverpool Hotseat

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Liverpool Chairmen John W. Henry and Thomas Werner have announced today that Liverpool FC Ambassador and legend, Robbie Fowler, has taken on the role as Head Coach at Liverpool FC.

Fowler, who turns 40 in April, officially announced his retirement from professional football on the 2nd January 2015, had been contracted to a coaching role in the LFC Academy prior to the announcement of his managerial status at Liverpool. Also, it had been rumoured that Fowler had applied for the vacant Managerial role at his old club Leeds United, where he played football from 2001 to 2003, before he was transferred to Manchester City and, eventually, back to Liverpool.

The Liverpool role will be Fowler's second venture into the managerial role, having been given the role of caretaker coach/player with Thai club Muangthong United.

Now that the announcement has been made and the contract signed, many fans believing that 'God', Fowler's nickname whilst at Liverpool, will lead them to glory in the near future. Many pundits have brought up the concern of Fowler's inexperience in management being a roadblock in Liverpool's success, despite his role at Muangthong United. The club's chairmen have shrugged off these suggestions, and have said that they believe in Fowler and have full confidence in his ability to lead Liverpool FC to Premiership Gold.

Fowler said: "I had never thought that I would be sat here, wearing a suit and tie instead of a tracksuit, actually managing Liverpool. It's a scary thought, isn't it? To think that I went from being managed by a coach, to becoming the coach managing people like me. I hope that I can at least do a good job and satisfy the Liverpool fans, after all, I am their 'God'."
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Starlord's avatar Group Starlord 2015-02-03 17:36
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Borini to leave Anfield during the Summer?

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Italian Striker Fabio Borini may be on his way out of Anfield by the end of the summer transfer window, after a reported argument about wages with new Liverpool boss Robbie Fowler has left his future in uncertainty.

Borini signed for the Merseyside club in July of 2012, for a reported fee of £10.5 million. He became the first signing by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who had worked with Borini previously whilst both of them were at Chelsea. He was given the number 29 shirt to wear on his arrival. Borini later stated in an interview that it was his Italian teammate Mario Balotelli who convinced him to leave Roma and join Liverpool, as Balotelli, who would also later join Liverpool, claimed that the Merseyside club 'had the best fans'.

But injuries destroyed Borini's chances of playing for Liverpool during his first season at the club, with a broken foot leaving him out from October until January, before dislocating his shoulder during a match against Swansea in February, which left him out of action for the rest of the season.


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Borini has failed to enter the first-team under Brendan Rodgers, with the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling taking him place instead.


With clubs like Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion, Swansea City and Werder Bremen all being interested in his services, Borini has some things to think about soon, as his future at Liverpool Football Club is become more and more bleak by each passing day.
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Starlord's avatar Group Starlord 2015-02-03 19:43
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Liverpool sign Norwegian Wonderkid



Liverpool have confirmed the transfer of sixteen year-old Norwegian wonderkid Martin Ødegaard from Norwegian club Strømsgodset for a fee of £2 million.

Martin Ødegaard made his official debut for Strømsgodset on 13 April 2014, becoming the youngest player to play in the Tippeligaen, and became its youngest goalscorer on 16 May. His major breakthrough happened with the away match against Sandnes Ulf, in late July, where he was involved in all three goals of his team, scoring one and having one assist.

He made headlines again with the away match against IK Start on 15 August the same year. Placed on the right wing, he made all three assists for Strømsgodset, who won 3–2. He scored a brace in a match for the first time in his career in the 2-1 win against Lillestrøm SK on 19 October. Strømsgodset finished fourth in the league, qualifying for the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League, with Ødegaard having scored 5 goals in 23 games in addition to 7 assists.

In a recent interview, Ødegaard revealed that he was delighted when he reached successful terms with Liverpool, and revealed that he was anxious and excited to play in the Premier League.

Martin Ødegaard is the son of former footballer Hans Erik Ødegaard, who played as a midfielder for Strømsgodset and Sandefjord Fotball and is the assistant manager at Mjøndalen IF, holding the role since 2009.
This post was edited by Starlord (2015-02-08 12:08, 4 years ago)
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Starlord's avatar Group Starlord 2015-02-03 19:54
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Asmir Begović completes Liverpool move




Liverpool have completed the signing of 27 year-old Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begović from Stoke City for the fee of £11.5 million pounds.

Begović made his debut for Stoke against Chelsea on 25 April 2010, replacing the injured Thomas Sørensen in the 35th minute. He kept his first clean sheet for City in a 0–0 draw with Everton on 1 May 2010. He also played in the last two games of the 2009–10 season against Fulham and Manchester United. At the start of the 2010–11 season Begović was handed the number one jersey by manager Tony Pulis.

He made his first league appearance on 30 October against Everton replacing the injured Sørensen. Following this Begović took over from Sørensen as City's first choice keeper. After a narrow defeat at Arsenal in February 2011 Begović believed that Stoke were developing well. The following week against West Ham, Begović made an error gifting a goal to Demba Ba. Begović missed out on a FA Cup Final with second choice 'keeper Sørensen being preferred to play in cup matches.

Begović started the 2011–12 season as first choice 'keeper and earned praise from Tony Pulis after he kept five clean sheets in six matches including a fine display against his new club Liverpool on 11 September. However, Begović then conceded eighteen goals in the next seven matches, including a woeful 5–0 defeat by Bolton Wanderers a performance which led him to apologise to the supporters for his display.

Begović continued as Stoke City's number one stopper in 2012–13 and began the season in fine form conceding just 12 goals in the opening 15 matches. Despite Stoke having a poor second half to the season, Begović remained in decent enough form and won the Player of the Year Award.

Begović remained first choice goalkeeper going into the 2013–14 season under new manager Mark Hughes and produced a man of the match performance on the opening day against Liverpool. On 2 November 2013, Begović scored after 13 seconds against Southampton at a distance of 97.5 yards, after his long kick downfield deceived Artur Boruc. His goal against earned him a place in the 2015 Guinness World Records for the 'longest goal scored in football'.

Begović's arrival has been met with positive fashion, with Liverpool supporter spokesperson Oliver Harris telling local media that they recognized his ambition and determination to succeed and are firmly behind the signing.
This post was edited by Starlord (2015-02-08 11:59, 4 years ago)
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Starlord's avatar Group Starlord 2015-02-03 20:04
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Suso completes loan move to Valencia

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Liverpool's Spanish winger Suso has agreed and completed his loan deal to Spanish side Valencia in the Liga BBVA.

Suso initially joined the Liverpool Academy on loan until he was old enough to obtain a permit to play for them professionally. On 19 November 2010, he marked his 17th birthday by signing his first professional contract with the Reds. Suso made his first appearance for the first team in a pre-season friendly against Borussia Mönchengladbach on 1 August 2010, and he also took part in Jamie Carragher's testimonial match on 4 September 2010. However for competitive fixtures, he was immediately placed in the reserves, foregoing the Academy. In the 2010–11 season, he made the joint-highest number of appearances for the side with 17, and netted three goals as he adapted well to life on Merseyside. He followed this up with five goals in 17 games during the 2011–12 season, and he also made seven appearances in the NextGen Series.

Suso was included in the squad for Liverpool's pre-season tour of the United States and Canada in July 2012 by new manager Brendan Rodgers. He linked up with his team-mates just two days after winning the U-19 European Championships with Spain. He appeared in the second half of the friendly match versus Toronto, and impressed greatly with his all-round dangerous play and impressive shooting.

On 20 September 2012, Suso made his senior Liverpool début in a Europa League match against Young Boys, completing the full 90 minutes and earning a rave review from manager Brendan Rodgers. He made his Premier League début 3 days later against Manchester United in a 2–1 defeat at Anfield, replacing the injured Fabio Borini at half time. He performed impressively, completing all his passes despite Liverpool being a man down. He then played in the next game against West Bromwich Albion six days later in the League Cup, coming on with 10 minutes to play and making an immediate impact by helping set up Nuri ?ahin's second goal in a 2–1 win. He went on to make his first Premier League start on 29 September in a 5–2 win at Norwich City, where he assisted Luis Suárez's third goal.

On 19 October 2012, Suso signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool, receiving praise from manager Brendan Rodgers for his "maturity and commitment". On 18 December 2012, Suso was fined £10,000 for a remark he made to Liverpool team mate José Enrique on Twitter, which the FA deemed homophobic. José Enrique replied to these charges, saying the remark was "banter" and "just a joke".

On 25 February 2013, after being shut out of the first team due to the signings of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, Suso put in a performance for the Under-21 team against Manchester United. His performance was not good and he acknowledged that on his Twitter account, he tweeted "Sorry about tonight.. I was having some stomach problems during all game but I didn't want to come off of the game... Again sorry!". The game finished 1–0 to United against a very strong Liverpool side that included Raheem Sterling, Andre Wisdom and Jonjo Shelvey. On 19 July, Suso scored the equaliser against Preston North End in a friendly which Liverpool eventually won. On 2 August 2014 he scored the second goal against Milan in the 89th minute in a 2–0 win in the final group game in the Champions Cup.

Suso revealed that he is perfectly happy to travel back to his home country of Spain and go out on loan to suit Liverpool, and his new manager Robbie Fowler's, requirements and needs.
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Starlord's avatar Group Starlord 2015-02-03 20:20
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Liverpool denied by late goal

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Liverpool were left deeply frustrated by a plucky Beijing Guo'an outfit who withstood a ninety minute barrage to come away from the Workers' Stadium with a 2-2 draw.

Liverpool took the lead when flamboyant striker Mario Balotelli scored a fierce shot on 49 minutes. Forward Jiang Jian then equalized for Beijing in the 57th minute with a well-executed finish that snuck past Simon Mignolet.

Tireless midfielder Jordan Henderson then put Liverpool back in front after 78 minutes with a rather fluke goal that snuck past two defenders and the goalkeeper before resting in the bottom right hand corner of the net. Beijing's equalizer came through He Zheng as he seized on a mistake made by Steven Gerrard to score a very well-placed shot. Better late than never for Beijing and the fans were clearly delighted by He Zheng's impact.

Starting XI

Simon Mignolet
Glen Johnson
Martin Skrtel
Mamadou Sakho (sub 78 min)
Alberto Moreno(sub 84 min)
Raheem Sterling (sub 84 min)
Jordan Henderson
Joe Allen (sub 78 min)
Philippe Coutinho
Mario Balotelli (sub 79 min)
Daniel Sturridge(sub 78 min)

Substitutes

Asmir Begovic
Dejan Lovren (on 78)
Lucas Leiva
Rickie Lambert (on 78)
Javi Manquillo
Steven Gerrard (on 78)
Fabio Borini (on 78)
Lazar Markovic (on 84)
Jon Flanagan (on 84)
Brad Jones

MOTM - Jordan Henderson - The central medfielder's accuracy of passing was a constant threat to the opposition defence and contributed to the impressive display that Liverpool showed off to their fans.
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Starlord's avatar Group Starlord 2015-02-03 20:34
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Reds struggle to overcome Deportivo

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Liverpool did just enough to see off R.C Deportivo de la Coruna SAD's challenge in the Semi-Final match at the Philips Stadion. A brace from Alberto Moreno helped them achieve victory.

Talented Winger Isaac Cuenca got Deportivo off to a flying start by scoring a tap-in goal on the 10 minute mark. Liverpool's equalizer came through Alberto Moreno as he seized on Alfonso Alonso's mistake to score a close range effort. Moreno scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 50th minute after a long-range header when Daniel Sturridge brought the goalkeeper too far from his net.

Starting XI

Asmir Begovic
Javi Manquillo
Mamadou Sakho (sub 87 min)
Dejan Lovren
Jon Flanagan
Lazar Markovic
Steven Gerrard
Lucas Leiva (sub 69 min)
Alberto Moreno
Rickie Lambert (sub 87 min)
Daniel Sturridge

Substitutes

Simon Mignolet
Martin Skrtel (on 87 min)
Joe Allen (on 69 min)
Mario Balotelli
Glen Johnson
Jordan Henderson
Fabio Borini (on 87 min)
Brad Jones
Philippe Coutinho
Raheem Sterling

MOTM - Alberto Moreno- The left midfielder's work rate was exemplary as he covered every blade of grass on the pitch.
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Clinical finishing the difference at Philips Stadion

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Liverpool overcame a resilient PSV side in the Friendly Cup Final game at the Philips Stadion this evening.

Deep-lying playmaker Stijn Schaars gave PSV the lead with an accurate finish in the 33rd minute. Winger Andres Guardado doubled PSV's lead with a fierce shot on 45 minutes. Poacher Daniel Sturridge pulled one back for Liverpool after 50 minutes with a deftly-executed finish which found it's target via the post. Luuk De Jong scored a close range finish which was timed impeccably in the 53rd minute to extend PSV's lead further.

Experienced striker Rickie Lambert pulled another back for Liverpool after 58 minutes with a powerful effort from close range. Advanced Forward Fabio Borini then equalized for Liverpool in the 73rd minute with a well-executed finish that wowed the crowd and silenced the PSV fans.

Box-to-Box Midfielder Joe Allen then put Liverpool in front after 85 minutes with a well-placed shot from long range. The Liverpool fans might have been forgiven for thinking that would have been that but the scoring wasn't over as flamboyant striker Mario Balotelli finally rounded off their victory after 91 minutes with a thumping effort from long range.

Starting XI

Asmir Begovic
Javi Manquillo (sub 71)
Mamadou Sakho (sub 71)
Dejan Lovren
Jon Flanagan
Lazar Markovic (sub 71)
Steven Gerrard (sub 71)
Lucas Leiva (sub 70)
Alberto Moreno (sub 71)
Rickie Lambert (sub 75)
Daniel Sturridge (sub 86)

Substitutes

Simon Mignolet
Martin Skrtel (on 71)
Joe Allen (on 70)
Mario Balotelli (on 86)
Glen Johnson (on 71)
Jordan Henderson (on 71)
Fabio Borini (on 75)
Brad Jones
Philippe Coutinho (on 71)
Raheem Sterling (on 71)

MOTM - Andres Guardado -The flamboyant midfielder covered every single blade of grass on the pitch and supported his teammates in many different positions.
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Starlord's avatar Group Starlord 2015-02-03 21:33
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Steven Gerrard ends international career

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England and Liverpool legend and captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football, following a disappointing World Cup from England in Brazil.

The 34 year-old defensive midfielder revealed that it had been a long and difficult decision to make, but that he felt it was the right time to pass on the armband and give his international place to another up-and-coming England star.

Gerrard made his international debut against Ukraine on 31 May 2000. That summer, he was called up for Euro 2000, making only one appearance as a substitute in a 1–0 win over Germany before England were eliminated in the group stage. Gerrard scored his first international goal in the famous 5–1 victory over Germany in a 2002 World Cup qualifier in September 2001, and while England qualified, Gerrard was forced to pull out of the squad due to his ongoing groin problems after pulling up in Liverpool's final match of the season against Ipswich.

Gerrard scored his second goal for the national team in the Euro 2004 qualifier against Macedonia on 16 October 2002 in a 2–2 draw, his third goal was the opener in a 2–1 win over Serbia and Montenegro on 3 June 2003. He was a regular starter in Euro 2004, scoring once to make it 3–0 in England's win over Switzerland in the second Group game of the tournament but England would be eliminated by the tournament hosts Portugal in the quarter-finals losing 6–5 on penalties in a match when Gerrard was substituted off in the 81st minute for Owen Hargreaves.

He participated in his first World Cup in 2006 and scored two goals, both in the group stage, against Trinidad & Tobago and Sweden, although his spot kick was one of three saved by goalkeeper Ricardo as England again bowed out to Portugal in the quarter-finals on penalties.[110] He was England's top scorer in the tournament.

Gerrard was made vice-captain of the England team by coach Steve McClaren, and while he filled in for John Terry as captain, England suffered back-to-back losses to Russia and Croatia that ended their Euro 2008 qualifying hopes. After new coach Fabio Capello took over the team in early 2008, Gerrard was given a trial run as captain but Capello settled on Terry for the role. Gerrard was subsequently replaced as England vice-captain by Rio Ferdinand.

Gerrard helped England qualify for the 2010 World Cup, scoring two goals in England's 5–1 win over Croatia. John Terry was replaced by Rio Ferdinand as captain in 2010, following revelations about the former's private life, and Gerrard subsequently became vice-captain again. When the England team left for the 2010 World Cup, Gerrard was the most experienced player in the squad with 80 caps. During preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, however, Rio Ferdinand was injured, meaning that Gerrard was appointed by Capello as captain for the tournament.

After the tournament Gerrard, part of a group of England players dubbed the "Golden Generation", confirmed that he would continue to be available for selection, despite suggestions from Capello that he would seek to re-build the team.

In August 2010, Gerrard scored twice in a friendly match against Hungary and helped England to a 2–1 win. Due to Ferdinand's continued absence through injury, Gerrard retained the captaincy for the opening match of the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign against Bulgaria, which England won 4–0. He was later named permanent captain by new coach Roy Hodgson, in time for the tournament finals.

This was the first time that he was named directly the captain of England and not in place of an injured or unavailable captain. He provided three assists and won two man of the match awards to help England finish top of their group in the qualifying round, and go through to the quarter-finals. Despite their exit on penalties to Italy, Gerrard was later the only England player to be named in the UEFA Team of the Tournament. On 14 November 2012, Gerrard won his 100th cap for England in a friendly match against Sweden.
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Liverpool Splash the Cash on Schmelzer

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Liverpool have decided to splash the cash on Borussia Dortmund's Marcel Schmelzer, landing the German left-back for a fee of £7M. Subject to conditions, however, the transfer may eventually rise to £8.5M.

Schmelzer was born in Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt. He started his professional career with Borussia Dortmund, making his first appearance on 9 August 2008, in the German Cup first-round match against Rot-Weiss Essen. His first league appearance came in the following week, as he played the final twenty minutes of a 3–2 win at Bayer Leverkusen. Schmelzer had his best season for Borussia Dortmund in the 2010–11 season, where he managed to play every minute of the season for the team who went on to win the Bundesliga that year.

The following season, Schmelzer, who missed the beginning of the Bundesliga due to injury, enjoyed yet another trophy as he helped Dortmund win another Bundesliga titles. In addition to being the left back for the team for the entire season, Schmelzer also helped Dortmund secure the DFB Pokal with a 5–2 win against Bayern Munich, making it 3 titles in 2 years.

On 11 January 2013, Schmelzer extended his contract with Borussia, which would keep him at the club until 2017. On 27 July 2013, Schmelzer won the 2013 DFL-Supercup with Dortmund 4–2 against rivals Bayern Munich.

Schmelzer has been welcomed by the club's supporters, with fan group spokesperson Oliver Harris telling local media that if he showed the same loyalty to Liverpool as he did to Borussia Dortmund, he would have no problems settling in at Merseyside.
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Jer's avatar Group Jer 2015-02-04 01:40
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I would've gone for Ricardo Rodriguez, but we already have a very capable Alberto Moreno and Jon Flanagan (I'd like to see him in RB) and Jose Enrique as well!
Starlord's avatar Group Starlord 2015-02-04 15:29
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2015-02-04 01:40#207438 Pauker : I would've gone for Ricardo Rodriguez, but we already have a very capable Alberto Moreno and Jon Flanagan (I'd like to see him in RB) and Jose Enrique as well!

Pauker- I would have loved to have gotten Ricardo Rodriguez, but I had around 10 million to spend and they weren't budging past 30. So, Schmelzer seemed a decent backup for Moreno, who is a definite starter in my squad. Also, I'll take your advice about Jon Flanagan, although I've been playing him in the left-back position during pre-season and he's done well, so perhaps I'll keep him there for a bit.
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Starlord's avatar Group Starlord 2015-02-04 16:17
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Everything goes to plan for the Reds

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In a stunning performance, Liverpool demolished Liaoning Hongyun 5-0 in the Friendly match held at Honghaitan Sports Centre Jinxiu Stadium. A brace from striker Daniel Sturridge helped Liverpool achieve their victory.

Poacher Daniel Sturridge got Liverpool off to a flying start by scoring a tap-in in the 3rd minute of the game. Then, an error from Liaoning's Tong Ke allowed the flamboyant winger Philippe Coutinho to score a deftly-executed finish at the near post. Raheem Sterling then scored with a close range header in the 72nd minute to extend Liverpool's lead to 3-0.

Sturridge added his second goal of the game with a tidy finish from 12 metres in the 83rd minute, before commanding centre-back Dejan Lovren scored an impeccable shot in the 86nd minute after a mistake from Liaoning's Wang Zhiqiang.

Starting XI

Simon Mignolet
Glen Johnson
Martin Skrtel
Dejan Lovren
Jon Flanagan
Jordan Henderson
Joe Allen
Raheem Sterling
Philippe Coutinho
Mario Balotelli
Daniel Sturridge

Substitutes

Brad Jones
Mamadou Sakho
Lucas Leiva
Fabio Borini
Javi Manquillo
Steven Gerrard
Rickie Lambert
Asmir Begovic
Lazar Markovic

MOTM - Daniel Sturridge -The striker's impressive display was in part down to the threat he caused on occasion to the opposition's defence when he ran at them with the ball.
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AS Roma - The Men from Rome

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Enrique to return to St. James Park

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Jose Enrique is set to return to St. James Park for a fee of £7 million pounds after a deal was ageed between Newcastle and Liverpool.

Born in Valencia, José Enrique started his footballing career at Levante UD before being acquired by Valencia CF. Valencia sent him to Celta de Vigo for a season-long loan spell. At the conclusion of this loan spell, he was signed by Villarreal CF in 2006 after several eye-catching performances for the Vigo side. The highly rated full-back enjoyed a successful 2006–07 season with Villarreal before his transfer to England.

On 6 August 2007, it was confirmed that Newcastle United had signed José Enrique for a fee believed to be £6.3 million. He signed a five-year contract with the club, who beat off competition from Manchester City and Liverpool for his signature. He made his Newcastle debut on 29 August in a match against Barnsley in which he played the full 90 minutes. Newcastle won the match 2–0. While considered a warm up for José Enrique, his recovery pace and calm nature on the ball bode well for his ability. He finally made his debut in the Premier League as a substitute against West Ham United on 23 September.

José Enrique's appearances for Newcastle across the 2007–08 season were somewhat sporadic, with then-manager Sam Allardyce citing the fact that Enrique was still young and settling into the Premier League as the reason for this. In the absence of any other recognised senior left backs, midfielder Charles N'Zogbia was deployed in this position. When José Enrique did play, he showed a great deal of promise, proving to be a strong tackler who is adept at keeping possession. He is also admired for his ability to pick out teammates with long and very accurate passes, particularly off his favoured left foot. During his first season on Tyneside, he helped his side keep seven clean sheets out of the 28 games that he played.

On 11 August 2011, it was officially reported that Newcastle had agreed a £7 million fee with Liverpool for José Enrique, allowing him to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical with the Merseyside club. It was officially announced the following day on Liverpool's website that José Enrique had joined the Merseyside club on a long-term contract after passing a medical and agreeing to personal terms. On 13 August 2011, José Enrique made his debut in Liverpool's first game of the 2011–12 Premier League, starting at left back in a 1–1 draw against Sunderland.

On 17 November 2012, in a league match against Wigan Athletic, José Enrique scored his first goal for Liverpool in the 65th minute, having been increasingly reinvented as a left wing back in an unconventional 3–5–2 formation under the tenure of Brendan Rodgers. He scored his second goal of the season when he finished off a team goal against Swansea City on 17 February 2013. On 30 June 2014, Liverpool FC announced on their Facebook page that Enrique had begun training again after his injury. On 1 October, Enrique made his Champions League debut for Liverpool against FC Basel in Switzerland, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat.
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