Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed how he tried to keep Raheem Sterling on a nominal contract at Anfield in an attempt to keep the youngster from 'changing'.
The winger was given his Liverpool debut by Kenny Dalglish in 2012, but it was under Rodgers' tutelage where Sterling established himself as an England international.Video Loading
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Sterling signed a contract on December 21 2012 aged just 18, which saw his wages reportedly rise from £2,000 to around £40,000.
However, despite seeing him develop into an important player for the Reds, Rodgers was initially keen to see Sterling on a smaller deal to keep him away from the financial pitfalls other youngsters have encountered.
"There is one common denominator when it comes to young players falling by the wayside - money," Celtic boss Rodgers told the Daily Express.Brendan Rodgers talks with Raheem Sterling during a training session at Melwood (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images) Read More
"It distorts reality, it changes people. I'm always cautious of that. I had Raheem Sterling playing for England and a regular in the Liverpool first team on £2000 per week.
"I couldn't do it any longer than about the November time because he was absolutely brilliant, so we had to get him on a different contract.
"But I stretched it out as long as I could.
"With young players, one, they have to earn it and, two, you don't go overboard with them because they have played a couple of good games."Brendan Rodgers talks to Raheem Sterling Read More
Sterling was offered what Rodgers described as "an incredible deal" in February 2015 as talks stalled on a new contract at Anfield. Sterling later gave an unsanctioned interview to the BBC, claiming he wasn't a "money-grabbing 20-year-old" before leaving a few months later.
The wideman left in July 2015 by signing a five-year deal with City.
The Scottish Professional Football League says it cannot take forward an "effective independent review" into the handling of Rangers' EBT use.
It expressed disappointment over the SFA's decision not to participate and said a review would have resulted in "a better understanding" of procedures.
The SPFL had called for a review in July, but the SFA had written to member clubs advising that it would not do so.
Both governing bodies had to be in agreement over a review, the SPFL said.
SPFL chairman Murdoch MacLennan said: "The SPFL board has been clear that any meaningful review would have had to be carried out in association with the Scottish FA and with the full and active co-operation of both organisations.
"The SPFL board has therefore concluded that it cannot, by itself, take forward an effective independent review."
More to follow.
Rangers captain Lee Wallace could be out for two months with a groin injury, manager Pedro Caixinha has admitted.
The injury problems are mounting for the Ibrox club ahead of Saturday's visit by league leaders Celtic.
The fitness of fellow defenders Bruno Alves and Declan John is still being assessed.
"He needs three weeks to rest and then three to five weeks to get totally recovered, so it's six to eight weeks in total," Caixinha said of Wallace.
Alves limped off with a thigh injury during Rangers' 3-1 extra-time League Cup victory over Partick Thistle on Tuesday while John, Wallace's replacement at left-back, also went off with a thigh problem having recovered from an ankle knock to start the match.
"After extra-time you need even longer to recover," said the Portuguese manager. "So we are still assessing Declan, Bruno and all the others who finished the game.
"I'm always positive, always confident but I need to assess. As soon as we have the information we will take a decision."
Looking ahead to the game against Celtic, Caixinha said he had "a clear idea" of what he wanted from the match and insisted his team can win the match whoever plays.Alfredo Morelos has scored eight goals in 10 games for Rangers
He said: "Of course the actors may be different and if the actors are different we may have to change a bit of the script - but not too much."
Caixinha, whose side lost 5-1 to Celtic at Ibrox at the end of last season, says they will not be using the diamond midfield formation used then against their Glasgow rivals.
And he stresses that it is his job to work out whether the reigning champions will use the formation deployed against Paris St-Germain or opt for a back three.
The Rangers boss has also called on his top scorer, Alfredo Morelos, to stay calm under provocation.
Caixinha believes the Colombian striker will be antagonised in the match but urges the player to control his emotional side. However, he admits that, if he were the opposition manager, he would urge his team to provoke Morelos.
Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez is close to full fitness but the striker will have to earn his place because there is "no hierarchy" at Arsenal.
The Chilean sat out Sunday's draw at Chelsea but played all of Wednesday's Carabao Cup win over Doncaster.
Sanchez missed the start of the season through injury but manager Wenger said: "You could see he's coming back sharp."
The Frenchman added: "He came back not really fit and then he got injured.
"If you add the injury plus the rest time it was a bit long, but on Wednesday night I left him on the pitch for 90 minutes because I wanted him to have a real go."
Asked if Sanchez was central to his plans, Wenger said: "Not more than any other. There is no real hierarchy.
"I used the team at Chelsea who could be strong on the counter-attack and fight very hard. Sanchez could have played if he was 100% fit from the start.
"I have six or seven strikers but if I go in one game with three strikers, the three who have not played will play in mid-week no matter what game that is. But that is nothing calculated.
"There is no disguised attitude on my side."Wenger substitutes Sanchez during Arsenal's 4-0 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield in August
The Gunners, who are 12th in the Premier League, face West Bromwich Albion at Emirates Stadium on Monday night, but will be without Danny Welbeck who has been sidelined for at least three weeks with a groin injury.
Wenger will, however, be able to select his record £50m signing Alexandre Lacazette, who he believes has settled in well, even if he must still adjust to the Premier League's physicality.
He said: "'He connects well with the other players, he's disciplined, he works hard for the team. On the tactical and technical aspects I'm very pleased.
"He still needs to adapt to the physical aspects of the Premier League and that will take maybe a little bit of time."
Monday's game will see defender Kieran Gibbs face his former club for the first time since leaving north London to join the Baggies last month in a £7m move.
Wenger confirmed that Arsenal did not offer the 27-year-old a new deal in the summer but said: "It will be strange to see him in a different shirt because he is a player who has been educated here from a very young age.
"I am sure that he will have great motivation and will have a huge influence at West Brom, and it can give another push to his career."
- 21 September 2017
- From the section Business
Manchester United has reported record revenues of £581m for the 2017 financial year, as TV cash soared.
In a year when it won the Europa League and EFL Cup, the club also signed 12 sponsorship deals, and saw commercial and matchday revenues increase.
The club benefitted from a huge rise in domestic TV revenues during 2016-17, the first season in the current three-year UK broadcasting deal.
The Old Trafford club is currently second in the Premier League.
It has the same number of points and goal record as leaders Manchester City.
In the year to 30 June, broadcast income jumped to £194.1m from £140.4m the year before, a rise of 38%.
This season the club is back in the Champions League thanks to its Europa League final victory over Ajax in Stockholm in May. The journey to that final also helped to boost TV revenues during the season.
It is the second successive year they have accrued revenues of more than £500m, recording a figure of £515.3m last year.
It comes after the club returned to the top of the Deloitte money list in January.Higher wages
"We concluded a successful 2016-17 season with a total of three trophies and a return to Champions League football," said executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, referring to them also winning the Community Shield during the season.
"We are pleased with the investment in our squad and look forward to an exciting season."
Employee wages - including those of players - increased by 13%, "primarily due to an increase in first team salaries".
Operating expenses for the year were £511.3m, an increase of £74.7m, or 17.1%, on the previous year.Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The club is competing again in the Champions League this season
However, net debt fell by £47.8m to £213.1m.
The club also posted record operating profits of £80.8m, up from £68.9m the previous year.
Commercial revenue rose 2.7% to £275.5m. Money from sponsorship, retail, and licensing was up, but the club said it lost 15% over the year on its digital output.
Match-day revenue climbed 4.7% to £111.6m, but the club said this was "primarily due to playing two more home games in the year".
Meanwhile, German player Bastian Schweinsteiger's return to Jose Mourinho's first-team squad during the year saw him reinstated as an "exceptional credit" item on the annual balance sheet, at a value of £4.8m.
«Ливерпуль» рассматривал нападающего «Баварии» Томаса Мюллера в качестве замены своему хавбеку Филиппе Коутиньо, который мог отправиться в «Барселону», сообщают немецкие СМИ.
«Красные» отправили мюнхенцам официальное предложение по Мюллеру, но последовал отказ. После этого «Ливерпуль» решил не отпускать Коутиньо, так как замена ему не была найдена.
Защитник «Эвертона» Майкл Кин отметил невыразительную игру хавбека «Ливерпуля» Алекса Окслейд-Чемберлена в последнем матче Кубка Лиги с «Лестером» (0:2).
Кин лайкнул «твит» следующего содержания: «Рио Фердинанд - не первый человек, который начал заниматься не своим видом спорта. Например, Окслейд-Чемберлен ушел в футбол».
Напомним, что Фердинанд решил начать карьеру профессионального боксера.
Бывший нападающий «Ливерпуля» Эмил Хески остался разочарован игрой полузащитника «красных» Алекса Окслейд-Чемберлена во вчерашней встрече Кубка Лиги с «Лестером» (0:2). По словам Хески, футболист был практически незаметен на поле.
«Его выступление разочаровывает. Порой я даже забывал, что он присутствует на поле. Ожидалось, что Алекс будет бороздить всю свою бровку, но мы этого так и не увидели».
24-летний англичанин перебрался в «Ливерпуль» из «Арсенала» минувшим летом за 35 млн фунтов.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will speak to the press today ahead of his side's trip to the King Power Stadiumn on Saturday.
The Reds will be looking for a measure of revenge after the Foxes dumped them out of the League Cup with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday evening.
Liverpool are also looking to get back to winning ways after a winless run of four games. The Reds have drawn with Burnley and Sevilla and lost at Man City and Leicester in September.
Who? Jurgen Klopp
What for? To preview the Premier League clash with Leicester on Saturday.
How can I follow it? Right here on the liveblog, with updates from James Pearce.
What sort of questions will they ask? Changes at Leicester. Lovren’s fitness. Leadership. Plenty more.
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has stepped up his rehabilitation following a thigh injury after being given the green light to start running again at Melwood.
The England international was pictured training outside on Thursday morning with keeper Adam Bogdan, who is on the comeback trail himself after rupturing his ACL last November.
Lallana is on course to make his return from injury after next month’s international break.
He was expected to be sidelined for around three months when he suffered a thigh strain in the friendly against Atletico Madrid in early August, but he’s made decent progress and is ahead of schedule.Read More
Speaking last week, Jurgen Klopp said: “Adam made the Champions League squad because it was a moment when we had to think about these things and the medical department told me that in around about six weeks he should be back.
“That was around August 31. It looks all on the right way for him.”
Lallana has been sorely missed with the Reds suffering a four-game winless run ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Leicester City .
Liverpool’s planned £50million new training complex in Kirkby has moved a step closer with the club submitting further details about the design of the redevelopment to Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council.
Outline planning permission was granted earlier this month and the latest submission deals with information around the layout, access, scale and appearance of the proposed state-of-the-art complex.Read More
Liverpool want to transform the Kirkby Academy into a training base for both the first team and youth set-ups.
They have an agreement in place to purchase 14 acres of land at Simonswood Playing Fields at the rear of the Academy in order to expand the size of the current site to around 60 acres. Work would include converting the main pitch at Kirkby into an indoor, covered surface.Rafael Camacho of Liverpool and Kieren Aplin of Newcastle United in action during the Liverpool v Newcastle United U18 Premier League game at The Kirkby Academy on August 25, 2017 in Kirkby (Image: Liverpool FC)
The Reds intend to sell their iconic Melwood home, which has been the club’s training base since the 1950s. A planning application has been submitted to build 160 houses on the site.
If everything goes to plan then Liverpool’s first-team squad will make the move to Kirkby in the summer of 2019.Read More
A club statement today read: “While the submission marks another step forward on the club’s journey to bring its first team and Academy football training operations and facilities together on one site, there are a number of other key milestones and consents required before the certainty needed to progress the redevelopment of the Academy site is achieved.
“It is expected that this reserved matters application will be reviewed by KMBC’s planning department later this year.”