After a disappointing sixth placed finish last season, Liverpool are looking to finish in the Premier League’s top four this term. If the Reds achieve this aim, they will secure a return to the Champions League after failing to qualify for the competition in the 2014-15 campaign.
Liverpool opted to keep Brendan Rodgers as their manager and the club have strengthened considerably over the summer. While they were mediocre last season, the Reds are looking much stronger and could even challenge for the Premier League title if they bring another couple of players in at Anfield before the transfer window closes in September. Read more »
Former Everton defender John Heitinga has returned to his former club Ajax after a short spell with German outfit Hertha Berlin.
The Dutchman is widely known for his exploits with the Dutch national team at the 2010 World Cup when they almost won the title. He played in the final against Spain that was narrowly lost by the Dutch. Since that game, however, his career at club level has been on a downhill. He has since left Everton and joined Berlin. He spent only one season in German football where he played 13 games for the club. There was also an intermediate spell with Fulham.
Faced by a lot of injuries as he approaches the final years of his career, Heitinga has decided to return to the place where it all began for him as a professional footballer. The 31-year-old started his career with Ajax in 2001. After representing the Dutch team for seven seasons, he joined Atletico Madrid in 2008. Apart from the spell with Ajax, he is best known for his time in Merseyside with Everton where he went on to make more than 100 appearances during the regime of David Moyes. The exit of the Scot made it difficult for him to impress new boss Roberto Martinez. Read more »
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has been captaining the team for much of the season due to the in and out nature of Steven Gerrard.
Brendan Rodgers has not been relying upon the legendary midfielder match this season. Hence, Henderson has had to fill in as the stand-in captain on more than one occasion. As Gerrard prepares to leave Liverpool permanently in the summer, concerns have been raised about the next captain. Defender Kolo Toure, though, says that Gerrard has taught enough to Henderson to be able to do this tough job.
After having learnt from the master himself,Toure says that Henderson is now ready to take on the mantle of leading Liverpool from here on. It is a far cry from the early days Liverpool for the former Sunderland midfielder. After arriving for £ 16 million, he was heavily criticised for his poor form early on. Yet, he remains as one of the much improved players at Anfield under the regime of Brendan Rodgers. Just as Gerrard gets ready to leave the club,Toure could also be on his way out. The former Arsenal and Manchester City defender is out of contract and there are no signs that Liverpool want to extend it. Read more »
Fulham manager Kit Symons felt that his team should have been given all three points in the recent encounter against Charlton Athletic. The match finished as a 1-1 draw with all of the goals coming inside the 20 minutes of the first half. Ross McCormack opened the scoring after just eight minutes on the clock but Charlton were level not too long after that goal.
Gudmundsson scored after just eight minutes but Symons says that Charlton should have been penalised for offside. The player was not directly outside, but Frederic Bulot was impeding play from an offside position. Read more »