PREVIEW: Joleon Lescott previews Cardiff game

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SCRAMBLE A WIN

Liverpool recently managed a narrow home win over Swansea thanks to a late goal from Daniel Sturridge. The 4-3 win could have easily ended in a draw after Liverpool’s shaky defence allowed the away team to come back into the match numerous times over the 90 minutes. Defender Kolo Toure, who came to the club on a free transfer from Manchester City in the summer, was especially culpable with a poor performance. In fact, he has been very poor in recent weeks, but this has been overshadowed by the ability of the team to score more goals than the opposition.

This has helped them maintain a title challenge for most of the season, despite not being considered as favourites even for a top four place at the start. Toure has now expressed his confidence that the club can go through the entire season by managing to outscore their opposition. Liverpool have managed only two clean sheets in the last 11 matches in the league. However, this win coupled with a defeat for Tottenham at Norwich means that the Reds have opened a six-point advantage at the top of the table.

Toure, who won the league title with City, says that he is confident of helping the club to their first league title since 1990.

“We just need now to keep calm and do what we have been doing, if we continue that we will get the same results. There are going to be some tough games; Southampton [this Saturday] is a tough place to go but I think we can score goals and defend well as a team and we are working hard. We are in a good position at the moment but with 11 games to go there are still a lot of things that can happen,” said Touré.

Joleon Lescott – Cars At Everton

Gods of Football Movie Score: four / 5

POOR DRAW

Liverpool failed to get all three points after a 1-1 draw with West Brom, but it was largely down to their defender Kolo Toure. His lackadaisical pass was quickly intercepted by West Brom, who managed to score from the effort. Until then, Liverpool were dominating the encounter, but this equaliser appeared to take the wind out of them. The dropped points mean that the possibility of winning the title, which still remains realistic, has evaporated slightly. Brendan Rodgers said after the match that it was a great opportunity to maintain their latest top four race, but the team failed to take it.

Victor Anichebe capitalised on the mistake from Touré to score his first goal against Liverpool. The draw is a massive boost for the team, which has been struggling against relegation throughout this season. The recent appointment of Pepe Mel as the manager appears to have brought some stability to the club, but they still remain winless in their last three matches. Touré has stated that the entire squad is disappointed with the outcome, but Rodgers has not been angry with him because of the mistake. The former Arsenal and Manchester City player came to Liverpool in the summer on a free transfer.

He was in excellent form in the first half of the season, but has been making shaky in recent weeks.

“It was a game we should have won 1-0. It was a terrible pass by me. It’s hard because we played well. It was a tough game. I take the call because it was a very bad pass. I haven’t seen him [Anichebe]. I should have just played to Aly [Cissokho]. My pass just put the team in a difficult situation. I haven’t seen him and I shouldn’t have passed the ball there. You have to make decisions. Today I took a bad one,” Touré said.

Liverpool reception at MCG training. Ft Kolo Toure and Luis Suarez

Gods of Football Video clip Ranking: 4 / 5

LOAN MOVE?

The American striker of Los Angeles Galaxy Landon Donovan was being heavily linked with a loan deal and return to Everton that would be done in January but the veteran players shut down those rumors as he confirmed that via twitter.

“I will not be going on loan’’ as Donovan said that he needs to rest and prepare himself for 2014 which will be hectic and busy according to him.

Rumors and reports also emerged suggesting the 31 years old forward that the MX club Atlas was considering on bringing him to Mexico but Donovan had other things in mind as he said in twitter.

“I never say never but I will not be playing in Mexico. Except for playing in TJ to beat them’’. “Donovan said as he went on to talk about the rumors that were linking him to Mexico.

Even at his 31 years of age Donovan still has plenty more to offer in his football career but he is also working on a backup plan when his days of playing in the pitch reach an end. Donovan went on to try broadcasting as he joined Fox Sports’ regular studio team as he took on the role of being a guest analyst for the network’s coverage of the UEFA Champions League.

Donovan spoke his mind about the teams that are fighting it out in the European competition and he is really taking into consideration taking a permanent position or has a more intimate role in the world of broadcasting.

Being a player with such a long career that saw Donovan going from Germany to United States, from the MLS to the Bundesliga, he can provide a better understanding of players and clubs and at the same time staying close to football, is one of the main reasons why Donovan wants to take broadcasting up when his soccer career eventually comes to an end.