Rodgers Pleased With New Signings

RodgersLiverpool Manager, Brendan Rodgers is optimistic that the new players signed by the club will help the team compete for major titles this season despite the record sale of Raheem Sterling.

The club have already signed Adam Lallana and are on the verge of adding Aston Villa top hit man Christian Benteke to their line up.

Rodgers believes Sterling’s move will not affect the team and described the 20-year-old as a talented footballer.

Aston villa striker Christian Benteke has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool, who now have money in their pocket following the sale of Sterling to Manchester City in a deal worth up to 49 million pounds.

The Reds are closing in on Benteke who has a 32.5 million pound buyout clause in his contract.

However Aston Villa manager, Tim Sherwood reiterated the club’s stance that he would not be leaving unless the clause was activated.

Rodgers Hails Gerrard’s Recovery After Penalty Miss

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Steven Gerrard celebrates his winning goal during Liverpool’s English Premier League match against QPR at Anfield on May 2, 2015.

Liverpool Manager, Brendan Rodgers, has hailed the determination and quality of Steven Gerrard after the Liverpool captain recovered from a penalty miss to earn his team a 2-1 win against Queens Park Rangers.

The Reds created a host of chances at Anfield and took a lead during the first half when Rickie Lambert expertly teed up Philippe Coutinho to send a curler beyond Robert Green.

But Leroy Fer levelled for the Londoners on 73 minutes and Gerrard was thwarted from 12 yards by a reflex save from the QPR goalkeeper in front of a stunned Kop.

But those same supporters were on their feet in the final moments as the No.8 leapt to meet Coutinho’s corner and glance a header home, securing all three points.

“It’s world-class talent,” said Rodgers to media after the match.

“There’s a very, very small group of players in that bracket, where in the big games they score the big goals and make the big contributions.

“He’s done that, everyone has seen that throughout his entire career at Liverpool.

“He missed the penalty and sometimes you think it may go against us, but there is no-one more determined to score and make up for it than Steven. It was a very, very good header.

“He was very determined, especially after the penalty. You sometimes find with a lot of players that when they miss a big penalty like that, normally their game goes and their confidence goes.

“But he’s the total opposite. He’s one of a unique group of players that whenever they need to respond, they normally do. It was an outstanding header and obviously gets us the win.”

Gerrard left the field to a standing ovation in the closing seconds, marking his penultimate Anfield appearance before he bids farewell to the club at the end of the season.

The personal joy he took from the winner was clear, as was the appreciation from every corner of the stadium, with the time to say emotional goodbyes moving ever closer.

Rodgers continued: “His career is probably all flashing before his eyes now.

“It was brilliant to get it at the Kop end as well – it was a really special moment for him. It all goes very quickly, but you can see he is still contributing at this level.

“There was no-one better, especially when he missed the penalty. I knew that if you keep him on, you’ve got every chance of getting a goal. He always steps up to the plate.”

The victory halted a disappointing run for the Reds.

In the two league matches since enduring the heartbreak of defeat at Wembley against Aston Villa, Rodgers’ side drew against West Bromwich Albion before losing out against Hull City at the KC Stadium earlier this week.

Rodgers concluded his press conference with a message of support for Rio Ferdinand and his family after the QPR defender confirmed the tragic news of the passing of his wife, Rebecca.

He said: “I’d just like to say one thing on behalf of us all here for Rio Ferdinand and his family. I think football was secondary today, with all due respect.

“This is a guy who has been an incredible player and today, when I was coming to the training ground, I heard the news about his wife.

“So on behalf of us here at Liverpool Football Club – the players, fans and the people of the city – we pass on our condolences and respect to him and his family.”

 

Culled from http://www.liverpoolfc.com

Arsenal’s Giroud, Wenger Win Monthly Awards

ArsenalArsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, has been named Barclays Manager of the Month alongside the Gunners’ striker, Olivier Giroud, who clinched the Player of the Month Award.

The Gunners won four Premier League games consecutively in March, scoring nine goals and conceding two.

The French international Giroud scored five times, with a brace at Newcastle adding to goals against Everton, QPR and West Ham in the English Premier League.

The Arsenal boss had earlier won the award 13 times, while this will make it the 14th time of winning the same award in 19 years at Arsenal.

The Gunners are third in the Premier League table with eight matches remaining.

They are seven points behind Chelsea, who is leading with a game in hand and Manchester City who is just a point ahead.

Arsenal’s remaining games also include a home match against Chelsea on April 26 and a trip to fourth-placed Manchester United on May 17.

Fifth-placed Liverpool travel to the Emirates on Saturday.

Although, based on current form, the Gunners seem likely winners against Liverpool on Saturday, Arsene Wenger is not taking chances especially as the international break could have affected the momentum. He just wants to keep on winning!

“It’s a big game and an opportunity for us to continue our run, which is what we want to do,” Wenger said. “We are on a strong run and we just want to focus on winning our games, winning the next one. Liverpool is a big opponent but we play at the Emirates and we want to do it.

“You know after the international break it’s always important that you come back and straight away you are on it.”

Liverpool Manager, Brendan Rodgers, is also confident he can get a result at the Emirates after a disappointing home loss to Manchester United.

“It’s a game we will want to get something from,” he said.

“In terms of the objectives going into the game, it’s no different to what it was before Manchester United. But of course we had a disappointing result and performance last time out.

“We really want to make sure we perform and give ourselves a chance to get a positive result.”

Kyle Promises More Determination As Tottenham Face QPR

TottenhamTottenham Hotspurs defender, Kyle Walker, insists the players are ready to give 100 per cent again at Queens Park Rangers, despite the intense fixture schedule in recent weeks.

Spurs travel to Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon, three days after defeating Swansea City at White Hart Lane and just six days on from the Capital One Cup Final defeat to Chelsea at Wembley.

The Europa League trip to Italy in the last midweek adds up to a congested spell of matches – but right-back Kyle says everyone is raring to go as ever, as they come up against a Rangers side managed by Chris Ramsey, a former Spurs coach.

“The training that we put in throughout the week is very intense and the gaffer makes sure that we can go for the 90 minutes at all times,” he said.

“To be fair we’ve got a lot of good cover on the bench as well, so we’re not just an 11-man squad – we have strength in depth.

“We roll onto QPR now, which is another London derby, so we need to go there and take the game to them as we took it to Swansea in the second half on Wednesday.

“Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand know us well but we need to play our game as I’ve said all season, take one game at a time and hopefully we should get the three points.”

Reflecting on the 3-2 win over Swansea, Kyle regretted the manner in which the team conceded in both halves against the South Wales club.

“I feel that teams are coming here sometimes and we’re probably giving them a bit too easy goals from a defensive point of view, but we showed good character in the second half to come back out and do the attacking.

“With them playing the diamond, it gave us license to go forward a little bit and we saw a good few balls into the box. Danny Rose set up the first goal which was vital to keeping us on track.”

QPR wants Osaze Odemwingie

In the English premier league Queens Park Rangers boss, Harry Redknapp has confirmed he wants to sign West Brom forward Osaze Odemwingie .

Redknapp revealed his interest for the Nigerian international after goalless draw against his former club Tottenham and his optimistic that the club’s chief executive, Phillip Beard will be making a suitable offer soon.

There were however reports earlier in the week that Rangers had a bid for the West Brom forward Osaze but his club rejected the offer.

Rangers will be returning to the negotiation table to try and come up with a better offer.

Carrick says Man. United must bounce back from last defeat

Michael Carrick has insisted that Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils must put behind last week’s shocking defeat at Carrow Road against Norwich City.

The 31-year-old argued that Manchester United has enjoyed a reasonably good start to the season and the Red Devils must continue in that line so as to clinch the EPL title.

The Red Devils got a shock of the season from Norwich last weekend when a second-half goal by Norwich City’s Anthony Pilkington delivered the game to the Canaries with a scoreline of 1-0 at Old Trafford and the loss to Norwich City forced Manchester United to relinquish the number one spot to Manchester City.

United host struggling QPR on Saturday and Carrick believes that, despite enjoying a good start to the season, the pressure is on to earn all three points at Old Trafford.

“We need to come back quickly and kick on. It’s been a reasonably good start so far, really. We’ve obviously had a couple of defeats but we’ve bounced back each time and now we’re in a good position, so we can be happy. But we’re not getting carried away. We have to be focused.”

The defeat to Norwich marked Carrick’s 400th league appearance but the England international had not even been aware of the milestone.

 

Fellaini injury a chance for QPR against Everton – Hughes

Mark Hughes has started dreaming of QPR’s opportunity to gather points that they are in dying need of against Everton with the news of Marouane Fellaini not being able to make the trip to Loftus Road due to injury for the next round of the Premier League fixtures this weekend.

Fellaini has been confirmed to be side-lined for three weeks with a knee problem sustained in Everton’s latest draw with Wigan and he has since undergone scans while on international duty with Belgium.

He is certain to miss Belgium’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers and the trip to QPR is also liable to come too soon, which could make 2/1 decent value on Hughes’ men gaining a first triumph of the season.

Fellaini, along with Leighton Baines, has been especially important in Everton’s start, playing in an advanced role behind leading striker Nikica Jelavic.

His supreme size has not only resulted in him winning a large percentage of headers, but also bringing the ball down in advanced areas to tee up the likes of Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar.

Fellaini was especially unplayable in the season opener with Manchester United and has certainly developed since being promoted into the role vacated by Tim Cahill’s summer departure.

What is also apparent that Everton suffered a substantial dip in victories last season with Fellaini absent, which included home defeats against QPR and Bolton.

With Fellaini expected to miss no more than a maximum of two games, his injury will not single-handedly ruin Everton’s charge towards the top four, but will have a negative impact.

Everton are currently 7/1 to finish in the top four and the pressure will be on either Steven Naismith or Kevin Mirallas to step into Fellaini’s particularly large shoes to prevent the flying start to the season from derailing.

Alternatively, David Moyes may decide to tinker with his formation slightly for a couple of games that may see Pienaar employed more centrally in the hope of supplying more killer passes to an in-form Jelavic.

 

Taiye Taiwo getting comfortable at Dynamo Kiev

Super Eagles rocky defender; Taye Taiwo opened up about his new passion for Ukrainian football as he has adjusted properly and he is fitting well into his new team; Dynamo Kiev.

The defender who is presently on a loan transfer to Dynamo Kiev from AC Milan at the beginning of the Serie A season said despite many stars and players on the club he has already found his feet and it is that one factor that has helped him settle in quickly into the team.

Taiye Taiwo also revealed that the players in the club are under immense pressure to deliver result in every league game.

Taiwo also known as a goal-scoring defender has played five league matches and he is yet to open his goal account.

Esteban Granero ready for Chelsea in weekend derby

Esteban Granero said he cant wait to make his home debut for QPR in this weekend’s derby clash with Chelsea.

Rangers face a tough task against the in-form Premier League leaders, who have made a brilliant start to their campaign.

And the midfielder, recently signed from Real Madrid, says he is well aware that local pride will be at stake when Roberto Di Matteo’s side visit Loftus Road.

“Chelsea is one of the great teams and also our neighbours. QPR supporters are very excited by this game and expect a good game,” he said.

“It’s a great game for our supporters against our neighbours. It’s not just about three points – it’s more important than that.

“The supporters of QPR are looking forward to this game and so am I – my first game at Loftus Road.”

New-look Rangers have drawn at Norwich and lost at Manchester City since being thumped 5-0 at home by Swansea on the opening day of the season.

But Granero insisted: “At first it’s normal to take time to get to know each other as we have a lot of new players. We will have a good season.

“We have only one point but it’s not the way it’s going to be. This season is going to be great – I can see it.”

 

 

Emmanuel Adebayor secures permanent move to Tottenham Hotspur

Emmanuel Adebayor has finally completed a permanent move for Tottenham Hotspur after a successful loan from Manchester City.

Former Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas who is now in charge decided to overhaul the squad with so much momentum with Adebayor’s move and Michael Dawson, the England centre-half, who is close to joining Queens Park Rangers in a deal worth an initial £5.5m as Mark Hughes seeks defensive cover having seen his side exposed by Swansea City so ruthlessly on Saturday, with the potential to rise to nearer £10m which has been agreed in principle between the clubs

The player is now left to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical at Loftus Road. The 28-year-old made only 13 appearances last season after struggling with injury.

However,Mark Hughes is hoping to follow up Dawson’s arrival with that of the Marseille midfielder Stephane Mbia, who is available at around £4m, with talks on-going with the French club over Joey Barton’s potential loan move to the Stade Velodrome.

Also leaving is Sebastian Bassong who joined Norwich City on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee, with Tom Huddlestone –close to joining Stoke – David Bentley, Giovani dos Santos and Jermaine Jenas also available for transfer.

Adebayor has enjoyed his loan spell at Tottenham last season which was part of the reason why he completed the £6m deal which moves him permanently to Tottenham leaving his EPL title winning club Manchester City and the deal was agreed after the severance package was agreed upon by both parties in contract which still had two years remaining for the player to serve Manchester City with a package of a £170,000-a-week.

Adebayor knotted his boot last for Manchester City in December 2010 and Spurs to have pulled off this deal with Manchester City means the club would have parted with the payment of a significant signing-on fee and a lower salary to be incorporated into the club’s wage structure to reach a compromise.

Emmanuel Adebayor said after the successful signing of the deal that he is actually happy to be back at Totteham as he really enjoyed the time he spent at the club last season and he is hoping he can achieve great things with the rest of his teammates again.

The striker is in contention to play against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, although the Croatia midfielder Luka Modric will not be considered while he awaits the outcome of his proposed transfer to Real Madrid.

QPR to sign Chelsea defender; Bosingwa

Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal to have Jose Bosingwa Chelsea’s defender move to Loftus Road so as to play his trade for QPR.

Bosingwa was lucky to mark the end of his contract last season with a Champions League and FA Cup dramatic win for his Stamford bridge club after which he was released by Chelsea.

QPR Boss Mark Hughes has confirmed that discussions on Portuguese fullback’s transfer is now at the advanced stage and if the deal is sealed then Bosingwa can now be set to cross the west London divide as he concluded that QPR is very keen to sign him over which will be concluded in the next few hours.

Mark Hughes said “He is the right quality and has a lot of football left in him as well, he is only 29 and we would be delighted if we could bring him to the club.

“I think he now understands what we are trying to do here and that is why players of his ilk are seriously considering coming to Queens Park Rangers now.” he concluded.

Magistrate clears John Terry of racist charge against Ferdinand

Chief magistrate Howard Riddle has cleared Chelsea defender John Terry of a racially aggravated public order offence against Anton Ferdinand.

The England international, who denied the charge, was alleged to have made the comments during a Premier League game at Loftus Road last October.

Delivering the verdict Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle said: “The issue for the court is not to decide whether Mr Terry is a racist – I have received unchallenged evidence he is not.

“The issue is whether Mr Terry uttered the words as an insult. “

However, the judge then went on to add that: “The only verdict the court can record is Not Guilty.

“Even with all the help received, it is impossible to be sure exactly what were the words spoken by John Terry at the relevant time

“It is a crucial fact that nobody has given evidence about what Mr. Terry said or how he said it.”

The Chief Magistrate went on to describe Ferdinand as “brave” to give evidence and added that:  “Overall I found Anton Ferdinand to be a believable witness on the central issue.”

After the verdict was announced the Crown Prosecution Service stated: “The very serious allegation at the heart of this case was one of racial abuse. It was our view that this was not ‘banter’ on the football pitch and that the allegation should be judged by a court.

“The Chief Magistrate agreed that Mr. Terry had a case to answer, but having heard all of the evidence he acquitted Mr. Terry of a racially aggravated offence. That is justice being done and we respect the Chief Magistrate’s decision.”

Terry, who was stripped of the England captaincy over the affair, left court without a word for the assembled media but Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck added: “Chelsea football club notes that of course we respect the decision of the magistrate today.

“We are pleased that John can now put his mind to football and go back to training and do what he has done for many years.”