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Christian Benteke could be “the perfect player” for Liverpool – Robbie Fowler

ThisIsAnfield.com - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 19:29

Weighing into the debate over Liverpool forward target Christian Benteke’s suitability to the Reds’ system, Robbie Fowler has endorsed the club’s interest.

 Aston Villa's Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first equalising goal against Liverpool during the FA Cup Semi-Final match at Wembley Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s interest in Aston Villa centre-forward Christian Benteke this summer is well-known.

While the Villans’ £32.5 million price-tag is currently preventing a move, legendary Reds striker Robbie Fowler thinks Liverpool are making the right move by targeting the 24-year-old, saying he could be Brendan Rodgers‘ “main man.”

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo‘s James Pearce, he said: “It’s important we get a proven goalscorer and of the names being bandied about I’d go for Benteke.

“I think he’s excellent.

“I know there are other top strikers out there and probably more prolific scorers.

“But in terms of all-round play – strength, speed, physicality, finishing – I think Benteke could be the main man for Liverpool.”

Fowler, a true poacher-type striker, scored 183 goals in 369 games for the Reds largely due to his intelligent movement and instinctive finishing, believes Benteke can thrive despite possessing a different skill set.

“I’ve watched him a lot and he’s not just a target man,” he continued.

“He can hold the ball well and bring others into play but he’s also mobile and keeps defenders on their toes.”

He later added: “I think he’s ideal for the way Brendan wants to play. It’s probably what we lacked at times last season.

“We had forwards who wanted to drop deep to get involved with the play and we always had that gap up front.

“With a Benteke type, you have someone who will stay up there and stretch defenders.

“If you have someone who stretches the defence and makes the pitch bigger there’s a lot more space for the likes of Firmino, Coutinho and Henderson to run into.

“When you’ve got players who want to drop deep all the time, you’re easier to mark as a team. When forwards drop into Coutinho’s position, it makes it harder for him to get on the ball.

“Liverpool’s game isn’t all about getting down the line and whipping crosses in, it’s about movement but I think Benteke has got that.

“I can’t stress enough how important it is that we get a forward like that – someone to make the pitch big.

“It’s vital for us because it brings others into the game.”

Brushing off Benteke’s lofty valuation, Fowler concluded: “He scores goals, he’s a threat and a real handful for defenders.

“Being honest, I think he’s probably the perfect player for us.”

Having been given a glowing endorsement from one of Liverpool’s greatest ever strikers, the pressure will be on Benteke to succeed on Merseyside if the Reds do opt to sign him this summer.

Whether he truly is the “perfect player” for Rodgers’ side remains to be seen.

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Последние трансферные новости

MyLiverpool.ru - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 19:27


Очередной выпуск трансферных новостей и слухов вокруг "Ливерпуля" стартует с сообщений о том,что большим препятствием "Красных" в попытке подписать полузащитника Миралема Пьянича может стать его трансферный ценник в 45 млн евро.

"Красные", как сообщается, выделяют 25-летнего боснийского игрока в качестве замены для покинувшего команду капитана Стивена Джеррарда, но Gazzetta Dello Sport отмечает, что итальянский клуб "Рома" требует слишком завышенную цену от потенциальных покупателей.

Пьянич присоединился к "Роме" из Лиона в 2011 году, он так же забил 9 мячей в 56 матчах в составе национальной сборной Боснии.

Марио Балотелли не собирается никуда переходить, по крайней мере не в "Ньюкасл Юнайтед".

По отчетам Express сообщается, что новый тренер "Сорок" Стив Макларен отвергнул все разговоры о присоединении итальянского нападающего к своей команде.

Балотелли недавно был связан с переездом на "Сент-Джеймс Парк", однако Макларен отметил тот факт,что он не заинтересован в нападающем.

Одна из долгосрочных целей "Ливерпуля" на трансферном рынке Евгений Коноплянка, которого до сих пор постоянно связывают с переходом на "Энфилд", несмотря на полное отсутствие интереса со стороны клуба - наконец-то получил разрешение покинуть "Днепр" чтобы присоединиться к испанской "Севильи", сообщает Daily Express.

Полузащитник был близок к присоединению в ряды "красных" в январе 2014, и был постоянно связан с переходом в клуб,но в настоящее время сага может считаться завершенной, и как представляется, игрок сборной Украины движется в сторону Ла Лиги.

Liverpool and Everton supporters to make case for fans at major European football conference

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 18:01
Blue Union and Spirit of Shankly members to discuss ways to improve engagement between clubs and supporters
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Hendo: New signings show club's intent

LiverpoolFC TV - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 17:49
Jordan Henderson has been delighted with Liverpool's summer transfer business so far and expects the new faces arriving at Anfield to have a 'huge impact' on the club's fortunes.
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Ayre - Liverpool FC will be able to invest even more on players in the future

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 17:41
Reds' chief executive says financial plan will free funds for building squad, reports Carl Markham
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Ayre: Liverpool still a draw

Sky Sports - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 17:33
Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre insists the club are still capable of adding quality to their squad despite not qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
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Steven Gerrard turned down European moves before trading Liverpool for MLS

ThisIsAnfield.com - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 17:29

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he turned down a “couple of nice opportunities” to move to a club in Europe in order to pursue a new challenge with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

 Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard in action against AFC Wimbledon during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at the Kingsmeadow Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 35-year-old midfielder is set to be presented to his new club’s fans at half-time of Saturday’s Major League Soccer game against Toronto.

He will then publicly don Galaxy kit for the first time in an open training session on Tuesday ahead of a press conference, with his debut pencilled in for July 17 at home to San Jose Earthquakes.

Former England captain Gerrard is looking forward to a fresh start after admitting he wanted a new challenge.

“I had some nice opportunities around Europe,” he told Galaxy TV.

“But I wanted a completely fresh challenge, to come out of my comfort zone, live away from home and get a different life experience and choose a place where my family can enjoy themselves and settle.

“When I retire from football in a few years time I want to say I did try something different and didn’t stay in the same place – although I loved every minute of it.”

Gerrard has had to counter accusations he will have an easy life in MLS having played so long in the Premier League, but he is determined not to allow his personal standards to slip.

“I’ve been working really hard alone to make sure my physical condition is still good and to make sure I still have my strength because when I turn up at Los Angeles I want to be ready to go,” he said.

“I don’t want any excuses that I need weeks or a month to get fitness, I’m trying to keep that level so I’m in good condition when I arrive.

“I like to give 100 per cent, work as hard as I can, I don’t like losing, so I’ll do everything I can to try to win football matches.

“I’m a team player, I’m no individual, I never think about myself – it’s all about the team and what I can bring to the team to help us win.”

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Gerrard ready for LA challenge

Sky Sports - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 17:28
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he turned down a "couple of nice opportunities" to move to a club in Europe in order to pursue a new challenge with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
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Ian Ayre assures fans: Liverpool can afford the best players

ThisIsAnfield.com - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 17:15

Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre insists the club can still buy top players within the remit of their “smart and sustainable” transfer policy and a lack of Champions League football does not affect that.

 Liverpool's Managing Director Ian Ayre during the FA Cup 3rd Round match against Oldham Athletic at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds have already made considerable strides with their summer recruitment plans with six first-team signings already in place, including Hoffenheim forward Roberto Firmino, whose £29 million deal will make him their second most expensive signing.

Liverpool also remain in the hunt for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, although they value him at less than his release clause of £32.5 million.

Spending this year has not matched that of 12 months ago, when £110 million was invested in eight players on the back of Luis Suarez‘s £75 million sale to Barcelona.

Owners Fenway Sports Group’s policy is to buy younger players of potential who have a resale value and Ayre insists this is the only way to avoid the financial problems which beset the club before the Americans took over almost five years ago.

“I stood on the Kop for many years as a fan, and like everyone else I’d love to buy all the greatest players, regardless of price,” he told the League Managers’ Association magazine The Manager.

“But, as we saw under the club’s previous ownership, things can all go very wrong financially; then people will hold you accountable for not running the club in the right way.

“You can’t work that way. You have to have a very detailed, thought-out plan and ensure everyone buys into it and adheres to it.

“That is what we have been doing and will continue to do.

“It doesn’t mean we are not investing in or buying good players; we are just doing it in a smart and sustainable way.

“We may not be competing in the Champions League this year but we are still making progress as a club and continuing to add quality to our squad.

“We are also improving financially, which means that as we go forward with the plan we will have more resources and will be able to invest more than we have in the past.”

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and Managing Director Ian Ayre during a press conference at the Plaza Athenee Hotel ahead of their preseason friendly match against Thailand. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The way the club’s transfer committee – made up of six members including FSG president Mike Gordon, Ayre, manager Brendan Rodgers and members of the recruitment department – operates has been criticised for seemingly not producing joined-up thinking on signings.

Rodgers has been reluctant to speak about the workings of the committee but has publicly insisted he has the final say over all signings.

Ayre said the general model now installed at the club works and the manager has bought into it fully.

“If your manager doesn’t understand your long-term plan it will never work, because he’s in charge of the biggest cost item – the players,” Ayre said.

“Brendan is very much a team person, he understands budgets and the financial implications of bringing in certain players, and he is very easy to get on with.

“That always helps gel a team together, because it means you can spend time together socially and professionally and discuss things in a relaxed way.”

Of the way FSG have changed the way the club is run since taking over from Tom Hicks and George Gillett, Ayre added: “We needed a plan and a group of people who were committed to it and who would work together to achieve it.

“This ownership and management team is strong and united.

“There are no egos, we are honest with one another and I know I have their full support.

“I have direct and open lines of communication with the owners at all times and we make and stand or fall by decisions as a group.

“The unity that we achieved is exactly what Liverpool needed to move forward.

“It’s now in a far more profitable situation and that is the result of good management and good people, which includes our manager.”

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Football fans’ fury over thoughtlessly scheduled Premier League games

ThisIsAnfield.com - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 17:12

There appeared to be united condemnation from football fans after the Premier League and Sky Sports announced the rescheduling of games for television coverage on Friday.

 Liverpool fans protest against high ticket prices with banners 'A Working Class Sport?', 'Football Without Fans Is Nothing' during the Premiership match against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Bournemouth fans face a 528-mile round journey to Liverpool to make Anfield’s first game of the season for an 8pm kick-off on Monday, 17th August.

A week later Liverpool fans endure the 410-mile round journey to see their Reds take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium — 8pm on Monday, 24th August.

Both games have been moved to accommodate Sky Sports’ television coverage, whilst Newcastle fans face the same problem for their trip to West Ham on Monday, 14th September (a 558-mile round journey).

Amongst other thoughtlessly scheduled fixtures, Everton must make the 478-mile round trip to Southampton for a 12noon kick-off on Saturday, 15th August to accommodate BT Sport’s live coverage.

Just weeks ago Liverpool supporters’ union Spirit of Shankly made a plea to the Premier League, Sky Sports and BT Sport ahead of the fixtures being released:

We are writing to both Sky and BT Sport to request that they consider what moving a match from a 3pm kick off on Saturday to a Monday night at 8pm, actually means to the fans who travel. Particularly when the fixture change means that fans will then be unable to travel home using public transport and will more than likely need to take time off work to attend. Fans should not be expected to travel more than a set number of miles for fixtures at irregular kick off times.

However, it would appear the Premier League has disregarded fan welfare once again.

It wasn’t just Liverpool fans upset over the television scheduling announcement — angry voices came from across football.

Arsenal v Liverpool on a Monday night, something surely has to be done about such journeys midweek/Sundays for travelling fans.

— Graeme White (@Greyz10) July 3, 2015

Poor show by @SkyFootball getting Bournemouth fans to travel to Liverpool on a Monday night

— Ollie Heptinstall (@OliHepy) July 3, 2015

As a punter on Red Issue points out, it's good to see the fans put first as usual. Liverpool v Bournemouth on a Monday night at 8pm.

— Nick Metcalfe (@Nick_Metcalfe) July 3, 2015

Premier League logic. Move the Liverpool-Bournemouth game to a Monday night. I mean, Merseyside is so easy to get to from the south coast.

— David Webber (@DrDaveWebber) July 3, 2015

Can't only complain when its against us, making Liverpool fans travel to London on a Monday night is bollocks.

— Adam (@AdamPembrey) July 3, 2015

Bournemouth fans dragged to Liverpool on a Monday night. Everton to Southampton on a Saturday morning. It begins.

— Mark Jones (@Mark_Jones86) July 3, 2015

So Sky put Liverpool v Bournemouth on a Monday night, absolutely no thought for the travelling fans as usual

— Jon Brocklehurst (@JonBrocklehurst) July 3, 2015

Nothing says 'Welcome To The Premier League' quite like Liverpool v Bournemouth on a Monday night, enjoy that trip Bournemouth fans

— Liam (@Macca26efc) July 3, 2015

The 12.45 k.o should be done away with. Where's the thought for away fans in Everton playing at Southampton at such a time @premierleague

— Roger Mottram (@rogerefc) July 3, 2015

@FA @premierleague @SkySports @AVFCOfficial #againstmodernfootball #skystolethesoul fans obviously mean bery little these days!

— George Wheeler (@GRWheeler7) July 3, 2015

But as long as the premier league can be sold all over the world who cares about proper fans

— ScouseNotEnglish (@born2bscouse) July 3, 2015

@thisisanfield worst trip i done was swansea away two seasons ago mon night! left at 11am monday home at 5am tuesday #awaydays

— Pablo (@paul_lauder) July 3, 2015

Is Friday’s television fixture rescheduling a blatant disregard for fan welfare? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Changes to ticket sales for Anfield games

LiverpoolFC TV - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 17:11
Liverpool FC would like to inform all supporters of changes to the general sale and late availability sale dates for home Barclays Premier League games.
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Method to the madness

Sky Sports - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 16:45
It's no coincidence that Liverpool look to Southampton and Chelsea eye Atletico stars, writes Adam Bate...
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Liverpool fan 'stood guard' over Hillsborough victim on the pitch, inquests hear

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 16:30
Court hears evidence about final movements of Vincent Fitzsimmons, 34
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Four of Liverpool FC's first five Premier League games selected for live television coverage

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 16:26
Reds to begin at Stoke City on Sunday 9 August, live on Sky Sports
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Five Reds fixture changes confirmed

LiverpoolFC TV - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 16:11
Five Liverpool fixtures at the outset of the new season have today been rescheduled for television coverage and Europa League commitments.
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Who is Adekanye?

Sky Sports - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 16:04
Liverpool have made their seventh signing of the summer in the form of ex-Barcelona youth player Bobby Adekanye.
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Salomon Rondon: Who is Liverpool’s Venezuelan centre-forward target?

ThisIsAnfield.com - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 16:00

Zenit St. Petersburg centre-forward Salomon Rondon is on Liverpool’s list of targets this summer, and Jack Lusby explores what he could bring to Anfield.

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While Liverpool contemplate whether they can justify spending £32.5 million on Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke this summer, another under-the-radar target has emerged in Zenit St. Petersburg centre-forward Salomon Rondon.

Reports surfaced as Reds CEO Ian Ayre flew out to Chile to seal the deal to sign Roberto Firmino while he was on Brazil duty at the Copa America that Rondon and Carlos Bacca were also being targeted.

Rondon, whose Venezuela crashed out in the group stages after losing to Brazil, is said to be available for £15 million.

With Bacca heading to Milan, Rondon now stands as de facto second choice behind Benteke this summer.

So just who is Liverpool’s centre-forward target?

Strengths

Growing up Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, Rondon started his footballing career with seven years at local side San Jose de Calasanz, before moving on to Deportivo Gulima, and then Aragua, before making the move to Spain to join Las Palmas.

Enjoying a relatively prolific goalscoring success at each of these clubs, it wasn’t until La Liga side Malaga—soon-to-be fronted by now-Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and backed by significant Qatari funding—that Rondon rose to European prominence.

Leaving Malaga in 2012, Rondon joined Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan, before switching to Zenit in January, for an eight-figure fee.

At 6’2″ and over 13st, it is easy to pinpoint Rondon’s natural strengths, and for Malaga, Rubin Kazan and Zenit he has operated in the target-man role up front.

He is strong and comfortable holding the ball up, and intelligent in his use of lay-offs.

However, he is also able to operate as a channel-running forward, working off the shoulder of opposing defenders.

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His finishing ability has progressed rapidly since moving to Russia, and he has averaged almost a goal every other game with Rubin Kazan and Zenit, with 33 goals in 71 Russian Premier Leaaue appearances.

He was joint-second highest goalscorer last term, behind only Brazil international Hulk (15), having scored 13 goals in 26 games.

However, whether this is due to the comparatively low quality of opposition in Russia is another matter entirely. But he did still average a goal every 196 minutes in his two seasons with Malaga—again, almost a goal per game—having scored 25 in 67 La Liga outings.

In 2012, Pellegrini described him as “a young man who likes to work hard,” and learning from former Manchester United hotshot Ruud van Nistelrooy at Malaga aided his development.

However, there are key weaknesses to Rondon’s game that Liverpool should consider this summer.

Weaknesses

Rondon’s main weakness, which may deter Liverpool targeting him as the first-choice centre-forward that can compensate for the injury issues that Sturridge has faced, is his lack of consistency.

The 25-year-old has long been a player who can switch from Olivier Giroud to Yannick Sagbo levels of output from game to game.

Take his contribution to the 2014/15 Russian Premier League season for Zenit.

Rondon opened the campaign with four goals in his first three games—one in the season opener against Arsenal Tula, followed by a brace at home to Torpedo Moscow, then another goal in a 2-1 win over Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast.

After that, however, he didn’t score for four games before notching a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over FK Rostov in September.

This pattern continued throughout the season, with Rondon suffering a seven-game goal drought immediately following that hat-trick, before scoring another three against Ural in March.

In his last 10 league games, Rondon scored three goals—he is extremely inconsistent, and that is exactly what Liverpool don’t need.

This is largely due to his questionable fitness.

He completed the full 90 minutes just seven times in his 28 league games last term, coming off the bench nine times and being substituted on 10 occasions.

This is all despite the Russian Premier League taking a three-month break over winter, owing to its unplayably harsh conditions.

So there is a huge question over whether Rondon could adapt to the rigours of the Premier League, but if Liverpool believe he is capable of doing so, where does he fit into Rodgers’ squad?

Where Rondon Would Fit in at Liverpool

It is clear that Liverpool need a striker, and going by the well-publicised pursuit of Benteke, it is clear that the Reds are changing their specification of striker required this summer.

Rondon suits that bulky, physical target-man role perfectly, and has also shown he can play within a technical system like Liverpool’s.

He could take up a lone centre-forward’s role in Rodgers’ starting lineup.

His attributes lend to that job description, but also his difference in style when compared to Sturridge suggests they could form a big-man, little-man partnership in a 4-4-2 when the England man is fit, for example.

However, does Rondon have the quality to truly alter Liverpool’s fortunes?

At £15 million, Rondon represents a lower-value alternative when compared to £32.5 million Benteke, but the Venezuelan would be more of a risk signing this summer.

Could he adapt to the Premier League? Could he maintain a higher level of consistency in Rodgers’ system? Could he improve his fitness to compensate for Sturridge’s injury-prone status?

He is a mid-level prospect with potential for growth, and if a Premier League club took a gamble on him this summer, they could unearth a 15-goal-a-season gem a la Giroud.

But there are too many question marks for Liverpool to risk.

In that respect, opting to spend double the money on Benteke would be the more sensible move for the Reds.

It is encouraging that Liverpool’s transfer committee are turning to the South American market this summer, but Rondon may not be the right target to propel the Reds back towards the top four.

Should Liverpool target Zenit St. Petersburg centre-forward Salomon Rondon this summer? Let us know in the comments below.

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Premier League games on Sky

Sky Sports - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 16:00
Chelsea will start their Premier League title defence exclusively live on Sky Sports, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City also on a bumper opening-weekend bill.
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Мартин Шкртел подпишет новый контракт

Liverbird.ru - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 15:43

Liverpool Echo анонсирует, что на следующей неделе словацкий защитник «Ливерпуля» Мартин Шкртел подпишет с «красными» новый 3-летний контракт.
Шкртел согласовал все условия нового соглашения, и в понедельник 6 июля, когда футболисты вернутся из отпусков и соберутся в Мелвуде, будут улажены последние детали.

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North West clubs represented in FA Cup preliminary round draws

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Пт, 03/07/2015 - 15:15
Bootle, AFC Liverpool, Burscough and Warrington Town among those involved
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