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Liverpool FC's Brendan Rodgers: This is my toughest test but I'll put things right

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Сб, 22/11/2014 - 02:30
Anfield boss insists Reds will turn their season around ahead of trip to Palace and any blame should come to him alone
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Live: Liverpool FC news and views, November 21, 2014

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Сб, 22/11/2014 - 01:12
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How Liverpool should lineup against Crystal Palace on Sunday

ThisIsAnfield.com - Сб, 22/11/2014 - 00:00

After a 15 day break, Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon when they head south to take on Neil Warnock’s struggling Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers gives instructions to Raheem Sterling during the Premier League match against Southampton at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The respite since the defeat to Chelsea will have given the Reds time to regroup, but all positive feeling ahead of a big effort to turn the season around over the upcoming fixtures has been lost, following the news that Daniel Sturridge is now out for a further six weeks after frustratingly breaking down once again in training, at a time where his return looked imminent.

The news comes a huge blow to Rodgers who would have been hoping that the England striker’s return could inspire a turnaround of results, but his side will now have to do it the hard way and without their most prized asset available for an absolutely crucial part of the season.

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Liverpool are on a miserable run of three straight losses in all competitions and having shown an incredible amount of faith in certain players for the visit of Chelsea but once again losing at Anfield – overlooking those impressive performers in Madrid – Rodgers will be under big pressure to change something within his team’s set up on Sunday to grab a desperately needed three points.

The Team

Little has changed on the injury front for Rodgers, with Sturridge, Jon Flanagan, Mamadou Sakho and Suso all still unavailable and all eyes will be on his team selection for the third match in a row after those players he showed such faith in slumped to another defeat at Anfield last time out.

With pressure mounting on the Liverpool boss, changes to the team are now something that can no longer be ignored and must be implemented with immediate effect.

 Liverpool's Kolo Toure in action against Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With that in mind, Kolo Toure will certainly be hoping for a recall having unfairly made way for Chelsea’s visit as will Javier Manquillo, and Lucas Leiva too will be hopeful that Rodgers drops his blind faith in underperforming players and hands him a chance.

Rodgers has plenty of midfield options available now Jordan Henderson has been declared fit to play, but there is a battle for spaces with Emre Can, Steven Gerrard, Joe Allen and Philippe Coutinho all hopeful of being trusted with a starting place.

Adam Lallana and Lazark Markovic haven’t featured much recently, but both will be looking to be trusted in the attacking midfield areas though they face a battle to start, as they continue to struggle to make an impact since arriving in the summer.

Rodgers says Rickie Lambert will "feature heavily" in games coming up. Balotelli fitness to be assessed before Palace game.

— Neil Jones (@neiljonesecho) November 21, 2014

In attack, it’s a different story for the Liverpool boss with Mario Balotelli set to be assessed ahead of the clash. Therefore Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert will be hopeful of being handed an opportunity to perform – with Rodgers saying Lambert could feature – but with both as well as Liverpool’s £16million Italian struggling for form, playing Raheem Sterling as a striker could be a better option.

Rodgers on strikers: "I have great trust in the players. I would be more concerned if they were moping around or didn't care."

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) November 21, 2014

The Line Up

The time has come for Rodgers to finally end his persistence with under performers, and for that reason there should be two changes to the dysfunctional back four – those being that Javier Manquillo and Kolo Toure should come into the defence ahead of Glen Johnson and Dejan Lovren.

 Liverpool's Dejan Lovren in action against Southampton during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The current situation means that the Liverpool manager has to revisit what works best, and that, as everyone knows, is the diamond shaped midfield. Gerrard should sit at the bottom, with the energetic pairing of Henderson and Can ahead of him to compete in the physical midfield battle.

Philippe Coutinho should occupy the position at the tip of the midfield shape in behind a strike pairing of Balotelli, if fit, and Raheem Sterling in the Liverpool attack.

Those changes to the side should see Liverpool’s first choice line up look like this on Sunday afternoon:

palace first choice

However, Rodgers has hinted pre-match that  Lambert could be set for more minutes, despite  Borini playing himself above the 32-year-old in the pecking order – and if so, he should into the line up alongside the mobile Sterling rather than cutting an isolated and lonely figure like Balotelli.

That slight alteration would mean this would be the team:

palace lambert

Rodgers continues to favour the unsuited 4-2-3-1 formation for reasons unknown though, and with that, this is how I’d expect Liverpool to line up on Sunday afternoon – providing Balotelli is fit or if Lambert comes in to replace the Italian:

4-2-3-1 palace lambert

The bold and brave changes can no longer be ignored, and Rodgers must make them to his underperforming team in order to spark a transformation in fortunes on the pitch, as Liverpool enter an absolutely crucial part of the season.

Rodgers: "It is my responsibility as manager to get results. Players are giving me absolutely everything."

— Neil Jones (@neiljonesecho) November 21, 2014

Performances and results have to change quickly before those ahead pull away and out of sight, and despite the fixture being a tough one as always for the Reds at the atmospheric Selhurst Park, Sunday presents the perfect chance for the revival to begin.

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U21s notch five in friendly victory

LiverpoolFC TV - Пт, 21/11/2014 - 22:54
Liverpool U21s were comfortable 5-1 winners in a friendly against Burnley at the Kirkby Academy on Friday afternoon.
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Video: Brendan Rodgers on Daniel Sturridge injury problems

ThisIsAnfield.com - Пт, 21/11/2014 - 22:35

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers discussed the latest Daniel Sturridge injury at his pre match press conference ahead of The Reds’ trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace this weekend.

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The England international will not play again until 2015 after a new thigh strain this week ruled him out for six weeks.

It is the ninth separate but similar injury the 25-year-old has had in his career. He recently suggested his problems could be hereditary as his father, a trainee at Birmingham, and two uncles Dean and Simon – both professional footballers – also suffered the same problems.

Rodgers admits the club will now use the next couple of months to explore every avenue in an attempt to find a solution to the problem but the manager absolved the player of any blame.

“It is extremely unfair. He has just been extremely unfortunate,” said the Reds boss.

“The last time he played was August (31) and he is a player who does not want to be out for this length of time. There is no-one more frustrated than him at this present time. I spoke to him today and he was as down as I have seen anyone in terms of not being able to help the team.

“I think now is the time for him and us to go away to see what more we can do to get him onto the pitch consistently. He is world-class talent but he can only fulfil that if he is playing games – but there is no-one who wants that more than Daniel; he wants to be working and playing.

“We need to look to find the answers to allow him over a consistent period of time to perform here at Liverpool. Daniel has had up to nine injuries on that same thigh over a period time, not just over the last six or seven months.

“We have to look across his time as a young player and see where we can find ways to get him out there playing.”

While the club’s medical staff will look deeply into the problem it is likely Liverpool will also explore external specialist advice to get to the root of the cause.

“There are many different ways of dealing with players. I am very proud of my medical and sports science team here – we have shown our ability to get players on to the field is second to none,” added Rodgers.

“Unfortunately for the likes of Daniel over a number of years he has been unable to have that fitness that is going to allow him to play a consecutive number of games.

“There are maybe cases due to a player’s make-up genetically where it can be difficult.

“Hopefully in this adverse moment we can find a way that allows a programme over a period of time that allows him to play and train.

“With him being out we need to refocus on the players who are fit and available. We can’t cry about it, we just need to work really hard as a team with the players who are fit and look to get results.”

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Перед матчем: Кристал Пэлас – Ливерпуль

ЛиверпульФС ру - Пт, 21/11/2014 - 22:24

23.11.2014. Премьер-лига. Стадион "Сёлхерст Парк". Начало в 16:30 (МСК)


Ситуация с составами

Капитан Кристал Пэлас Миле Единак и полузащитник лондонской команды Янник Боласи вернулись из своих сборных без травм и смогут выйти на поле в предстоящее воскресенье.

Степень готовности полузащитника Джеймса Макартура, который некоторое время назад получил небольшое повреждение икроножной мышцы, будет оценена непосредственно перед матчем.

Нападающий Ливерпуля Дэниел Старридж получил новую травму во время недавней тренировки и пропустит остаток календарного года.

Джордан Хендерсон и Марио Балотелли, получившие повреждения в национальных сборных, смогут восстановиться и в воскресенье выйдут на поле.

Статистика и факты

Кристал Пэлас не проигрывал Ливерпулю на домашнем стадионе в пяти последних поединках чемпионата Англии и Кубка Лиги.

"Орлы" одержали только одну победу в десяти последних матчах Премьер-лиги против Ливерпуля. Эндрю Джонсон стал автором победного гола в 2005 году.

Во всех играх Премьер-лиги между Кристал Пэласом и Ливерпулем было забито тридцать шесть мячей, 26 из которых на счету "Красных".

Кристал Пэлас

"Орлы" не побеждали в пяти последних матчах.

Кристал Пэлас сохранил свои ворота в неприкосновенности пять раз в десяти последних матчах прошлого сезона. В одиннадцати турах текущей кампании лондонская команда смогла не пропустить только дважды.

В текущем сезоне большинство голов команда Нила Уорнока пропустила во вторых таймах – 13. Из них семь (в Премьер-лиге) были забиты в ворота "Орлов" в заключительные пятнадцать минут матча.

Дуайт Гейл забил три мяча в двух последних поединках против Ливерпуля.

Ливерпуль

Ливерпуль не выигрывал в трёх матчах Проемьер-лиги второй раз в текущем сезоне. В прошлой кампании команда Брендана Роджерса ни разу не проводила отрезка с тремя поединками без побед.

Десять из четырнадцати очков Ливерпуль завоевал в матчах против команд, находящихся ниже в турнирной таблице.

Ливерпуль и Астон Вилла – единственные команды Премьер-лиги, которые в текущем сезоне не завоевали ни одного очка после того, как пропустили первыми.

Три из четырнадцати голов Ливерпуля в текущем сезоне – автоголы. Столько же на счету лучшего на данный момент бомбардира команды Рахима Стерлинга.

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Перед матчем: Кристал Пэлас – Ливерпуль

LiverpoolFC.ru - Пт, 21/11/2014 - 22:24

23.11.2014. Премьер-лига. Стадион "Сёлхерст Парк". Начало в 16:30 (МСК)

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On demand: Boss previews Palace

LiverpoolFC TV - Пт, 21/11/2014 - 22:23
Brendan Rodgers addressed the media this afternoon ahead of Liverpool's clash with Crystal Palace on Sunday – and you can watch what the boss had to say on demand via LFCTV GO.
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Preview: '60 Minutes' Henderson special

LiverpoolFC TV - Пт, 21/11/2014 - 22:19
A brand new, special edition of LFCTV HD's '60 Minutes With…' series will premiere on the channel this weekend, with the hour-long spotlight focusing on Jordan Henderson and his remarkable rise to become Liverpool's vice-captain.
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Rodgers: No chance of Divock Origi recall in January

ThisIsAnfield.com - Пт, 21/11/2014 - 22:08

Brendan Rodgers has dismissed speculation he could recall Belgium international Divock Origi from his season-long loan spell at Lille as that was a prerequisite of the £10million deal they struck with the French club in the summer.

 Lille OSC's Divock Origi in action against Everton during the UEFA Europa League Group H match at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

For that to change the Ligue 1 side would have to concede to a new agreement, with Liverpool having to pay considerable compensation, and they have shown no appetite to entertain such an option.

“I don’t think there is any (chance). It was never the case,” said the Reds boss. “When he was signed – and there was no discussion – it was one where he had to stay at Lille.

“I’ve seen reports saying he may come back early but that was never the case – one of the reasons we were able to sign the player was that he stayed there all season.

“As far as I am concerned that is still the case.”

That means there is extra pressure on Mario Balotelli, who will be assessed over the next 48 hours to see whether he has fully recovered from the hamstring injury which forced him to leave international duty with Italy early.

Balotelli is yet to score a Premier League goal since his £16million move from AC Milan. However, the misfiring Italian may at last be close to getting the extra support he needs up front after Rodgers confirmed fellow summer signing Rickie Lambert was due for more action in the coming weeks.

“A lot of the focus this season has been on players who are injured and a player who is no longer here (Luis Suarez),” he said.

“I need to ensure my time is devoted to the players who are fit and available.

“Rickie will get an opportunity now – we have so many games in an exciting period and he will feature in those heavily.”

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Premier League preview

Sky Sports - Пт, 21/11/2014 - 20:54
A decade on from the Battle of the Buffet, Arsenal and Manchester United meet in the Premier League game of the weekend on Saturday Night Football.
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Роджерс о Старридже и Ориги

ЛиверпульФС ру - Пт, 21/11/2014 - 20:50

Босс рассказал о травме Дэниела Старриджа, а также прокомментировал слухи касательно отзыва Дивока Ориги из аренды.


Тяжёлые травмы бедра и икроножной мышцы не позволили лучшему английскому бомбардиру прошлого сезона выступать за Ливерпуль на протяжении трёх последних месяцев.

Долгожданное возвращение Старриджа ожидалось в предстоящее воскресенье, но в начале недели форвард пожаловался на новые боли в левом бедре. После очередного медицинского обследования стало известно, что двадцатипятилетний футболист не сможет выйти на поле до конца календарного года.

"Мне очень жаль Дэниела, потому что неудачи преследуют его по пятам, – сказал Брендан Роджерс на пресс-конференции перед воскресной встречей с Кристал Пэласом. – В последний раз он сыграл в августе, после чего получил несколько серьёзных травм".

"Ему не хочется оставаться в стороне, особенно сейчас, когда у команды начинается один из самых сложных отрезков в сезоне. Он молодой футболист, невероятно талантливый и умный, и он хочет играть как можно чаще".

"К сожалению, он не сможет выходить на поле ещё какое-то время. Пока он будет восстанавливаться и приходить в норму, нам необходимо понять, что мы можем сделать для того, чтобы в будущем неудачи обходили Дэниела стороной и он мог выступать на регулярной основе". 

"Будем надеяться, что нам удастся разобраться с его проблемами и сделать так, чтобы он играл как можно больше. Я считаю его потрясающим форвардом и отличным парнем, который в скором времени сможет добиться больших высот. Старридж хочет развиваться и прогрессировать, поэтому новость о новой травме потрясла его больше остальных".

"Надеюсь, что в этот не самый радостный для Старриджа период нам удастся найти способ, который поможет ему избавиться от регулярных травм, а также позволит играть, полноценно тренироваться и реализовывать его огромный потенциал".

На просьбу прокомментировать слухи касательно прекращения аренды приобретённого прошедшим летом Дивока Ориги, Роджерс сказал: "Мы никогда не обсуждали досрочное возвращение Ориги. Как только клубы договорились о приобретении футболиста, мы знали, что он останется в Лилле ещё на один сезон".

"Я читал, что Ориги может вернуться в Ливерпуль раньше положенного срока, но мы никогда не поднимали этот вопрос. Долгосрочная аренда была основным условием при подписании этого игрока. Эта сделка стала возможна только после того, как мы согласились оставить футболиста в Лилле ещё на один год".

"В последнее время было много слухов о его возвращении, но я не думаю, что сейчас нам стоит на это рассчитывать. Всё предельно ясно и просто – Ориги играет в Лилле ещё один сезон, а в следующем году приходит к нам. Насколько я могу судить, в настоящий момент эта договорённость остаётся в силе".

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Роджерс о Старридже и Ориги

LiverpoolFC.ru - Пт, 21/11/2014 - 20:50

Босс рассказал о травме Дэниела Старриджа, а также прокомментировал слухи касательно отзыва Дивока Ориги из аренды.

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Photos: Build-up to Palace at Melwood

LiverpoolFC TV - Пт, 21/11/2014 - 20:10
Brendan Rodgers oversaw Liverpool's ongoing preparations for a Barclays Premier League trip to Crystal Palace this weekend with a training session at Melwood today – here is a selection of images from the complex.
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Something for the weekend: a look ahead to Crystal Palace v Liverpool FC

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Пт, 21/11/2014 - 20:05
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Kelly keen on a special Reds reunion

LiverpoolFC TV - Пт, 21/11/2014 - 20:05
Although he hopes it does not begin this Sunday, former Liverpool defender Martin Kelly is confident that his old team can rediscover their form and clamber up the Barclays Premier League standings this season.
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Crystal Palace v Liverpool: Team News and Opposition Preview

ThisIsAnfield.com - Пт, 21/11/2014 - 20:03

Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool make a welcome return to action on Sunday afternoon, as they take on Neil Warnock’s struggling Crystal Palace side at Selhurst Park.

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers against West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool return to Premier League action after the final international break of the year looking to post a much improved run of results to the end 2014 and turnaround a poor season to date in the process.

The Reds continue to search for the performance level of last campaign but they will now have to do it the hard way after being dealt a huge blow with Daniel Sturridge once again breaking down in training, at a time when it was widely hoped that his seemingly imminent return could inspire an upturn in fortunes.

Brendan Rodgers’ side return to Selhurst Park – a ground that Liverpool are winless at in their last five visits and haven’t recorded victory at since  December 1997 – doing their best to blank out the painful memories of last season’s disastrous second half collapse as Liverpool battled for the title.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet along with Glen Johnson and Martin Skrtel look dejected as Crystal Palace score the third goal during the Premiership match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The less said about that game the better, but after steaming into a 3-0 lead courtesy of goals from Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, the unthinkable happened and Rodgers’ men headed back to Merseyside with only a point and their title hopes all but finished going into the final match of the season.

Rodgers on returning to Palace: "That wasn't the game that cost us. Maybe the excitement to claw back the goal difference overtook us."

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) November 21, 2014

Team News

Disaster has struck once more with Sturridge set to be out for a further six weeks following suffering a recurrence of a thigh injury in training at Melwood, and the England international now faces another lengthy spell on the side-lines – with Sunday’s game set to be the 15th he’s missed already this season.

Rodgers:"Daniel has just been extremely unfortunate.He's a player who doesn't want to be out for this period of time with the quality he has

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) November 21, 2014

Rodgers: "I spoke to Daniel at length and he's as down as I've seen anyone. We need to go away & find answers so he can perform consistently

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) November 21, 2014

There was further bad news earlier this week over the fitness of Jordan Henderson, with the England midfielder suffering a hamstring strain and missing the midweek grudge match against Scotland as a result, but Rodgers has confirmed that the midfield engine should be fit to play on Sunday afternoon, providing some rare positive news.

Rodgers says Jordan Henderson should be fit for Sunday's trip to Palace. #LFC

— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) November 21, 2014

Concerns remain over Mario Balotelli’s availability for the clash however – after he was sent home early from the Italy camp during the international fixtures having picked up a reported groin injury – and he is set to be assessed ahead of the clash with Rodgers hinting in his pre-match press conference that there could be more action coming the way of Rickie Lambert.

Brendan Rodgers hints at more game time for Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli will be assessed prior to Sunday's game at Crystal Palace.

— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) November 21, 2014

There’s more frustration on the injury front with Mamadou Sakho this time, as the Frenchman looks set to miss the trip as he continues his recovery but Joe Allen, who was on the receiving end of a nasty whack to the face from a Marouane Fellaini elbow in Wales’ qualifying match against Belgium, is seemingly fit for selection and therefore in contention for a starting berth.

#LFC look set to be without Sakho against Palace on Sunday. *Echo*

— Billy Liddell (@Liddellpool) November 20, 2014

Opposition

Neil Warnock’s Crystal Palace side are currently on the joint worst run of form in the division – without a win in five games and only a point to show from that run of fixtures – including a crushing 3-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers Sunderland and a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford last time out.

Rodgers says Palace will be "equally as tough" as last season. Says NW will always get players motivated.

— Neil Jones (@neiljonesecho) November 21, 2014

The Eagles will be looking to make amends for their latest loss on Sunday afternoon, and they have the slight edge over Liverpool in London where the home side have won seven times and drawn six of 19 fixtures in the capital in all competitions – with the Reds winning six times themselves.

Warnock’s men boast an even leakier defence than Rodgers’ side, having conceded the second highest amount of goals in the league – with only QPR conceding more – but the physical Selhurst Park outfit have scored the same amount as Liverpool in the first 11 games of the season – 14.

Palace are set to welcome back captain Mile Jedinak and Wilfried Zaha to the team after they missed the defeat against Manchester United through suspension and as part of a loan agreement respectively, and further good news for the home side is that James McArthur and Kevin Doyle could recover in time to feature after withdrawing from their international squads.

 Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and Martin Kelly during the Premiership match against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A familiar face could line up against Liverpool on Sunday, as former academy product, Martin Kelly, has enjoyed an injury free beginning to life down south, and he could be in line to feature against the club he left in the summer transfer window after a 17-year affiliation at Anfield.

The match is the early kick off on Sunday afternoon, and will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 with kick-off at Selhurst Park coming at 13:30pm.

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WATCH: Liverpool Trends - LFC's Sturridge injury, EFC's Martinez on Coleman and McCarthy and the latest on Bellew and Cleverly

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Пт, 21/11/2014 - 19:52
Your weekly update of what has been trending in Liverpool.
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