Midfielder praises Reds captain

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Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has jumped to the defense of club captain Steven Gerrard following another disappointing result for the Reds. Gerrard’s influence on the pitch has been questioned this season following the departure of talisman Luis Suarez during the summer transfer window, but Henderson is convinced that the 34 year old remains one of the most influential players in the Premier League. Gerrard found himself on the scoresheet yet again during this weekend’s Merseyside derby, but the Reds saw a late Phil Jagielka stunner rob the hosts of two points. The result means that Brendan Rodgers’ side have now dropped eight Premier League points during the month of September following back to back defeats against Aston Villa and West Ham United prior to the draw with Everton. Henderson, meanwhile, is convinced that Gerrard can help lift Liverpool back up the table. “Stevie’s still one of the best players in the Premier League,” Henderson said of the club captain, according to Sky Sports. ”There’s no doubting his quality. A lot of teams have been putting someone to man-mark him, which shows just how good he is. I don’t think he deserves any criticism. He’s been the best player this league’s probably seen in a long time and still is.” The Reds are now in 13th place in the league, with just seven points from their opening six matches. Brendan Rodgers’ side have been struggling in front of net this season, finding the back of the net just eight times this season, while conceding nine times. Despite their domestic troubles, the Reds will be looking forward to reigniting their Champions League record on Wednesday night when they travel to FC Basel before welcoming West Brom to Anfield on Saturday. The post Midfielder praises Reds captain appeared first on Premiership Talk.

Rodgers praises Brazilian midfielder

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho, hailing the creative player’s value to a Liverpool squad that is making its return to the UEFA Champions League this season. Coutinho missed out on Brazil’s World Cup squad this past summer, so will be benefiting from a full summer of rest as the Premier League season fast approaches. “He’s certainly a valuable player and a great asset to the club,” Rodgers told liverpoolfc.com. ”He’s come in here and shown his quality, and really developed as a young player. Now he’s moving into the best years of his life as a footballer. “He came back with a great level of fitness – right on the limit of his weight. He’s in great condition, he clearly worked hard in the off season and since he’s come back we’ve seen in the games how strong and aggressive he is. “He’s 22 and hopefully by the time the next World Cup comes around he will be an important part of the Brazil team. I’m sure his best years will be at Liverpool.” Coutinho is in Liverpool’s starting eleven for tonight’s friendly against Manchester United in the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup. The creative midfielder will be battling with the likes of Ander Herrera and Darren Fletcher, who are starting for the Red Devils. Coutinho will be hoping to get the new season off to a flying start on the 17th of August when the Reds play host to Southampton, who have lost Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, and Rickie Lambert all summer, with the latter three joining Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers and his side also play champions Manchester City and Champions League hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur before the end of the month. Stay tuned to Premiership Talk for coverage of the International Champions Cup final from Miami, Florida. The post Rodgers praises Brazilian midfielder appeared first on Premiership Talk.

Rodgers praises Brazilian midfielder

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho, hailing the creative player’s value to a Liverpool squad that is making its return to the UEFA Champions League this season. Coutinho missed out on Brazil’s World Cup squad this past summer, so will be benefiting from a full summer of rest as the Premier League season fast approaches.

“He’s certainly a valuable player and a great asset to the club,” Rodgers told liverpoolfc.com. ”He’s come in here and shown his quality, and really developed as a young player. Now he’s moving into the best years of his life as a footballer.

“He came back with a great level of fitness – right on the limit of his weight. He’s in great condition, he clearly worked hard in the off season and since he’s come back we’ve seen in the games how strong and aggressive he is.

“He’s 22 and hopefully by the time the next World Cup comes around he will be an important part of the Brazil team. I’m sure his best years will be at Liverpool.”

Coutinho is in Liverpool’s starting eleven for tonight’s friendly against Manchester United in the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup. The creative midfielder will be battling with the likes of Ander Herrera and Darren Fletcher, who are starting for the Red Devils.

Coutinho will be hoping to get the new season off to a flying start on the 17th of August when the Reds play host to Southampton, who have lost Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, and Rickie Lambert all summer, with the latter three joining Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers and his side also play champions Manchester City and Champions League hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur before the end of the month. Continue reading “Rodgers praises Brazilian midfielder”

Mata, Rooney start for United

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Manchester United stars Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney have both been named in today’s starting eleven against Real Madrid in Ann Arbor, Michigan in front of over 100,000 fans. The pair have been in great form during this summer’s tour of the States, and will now be vying for a spot in Monday’s final of the International Champions Cup in Miami. A win or draw will guarantee the Red Devils a spot in Monday’s final, where they could be playing Premier League rivals Manchester City or Liverpool. Real Madrid, meanwhile, will be without Cristiano Ronaldo when the match kicks off as the Portuguese international is still struggling for fitness. Iker Casillas will be captaining a side that lost to Inter Milan earlier in the friendly tournament. Goalkeeper David De Gea and defenders Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, and Michael Keane will be tasked with stopping the La Liga giants today, while Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young will provide width as full-backs. Darren Fletcher captains the side from the center of midfield, with Ander Herrera and Danny Welbeck rounding out the eleven alongside Rooney and Mata. Stay tuned to Premiership Talk as we provide coverage of today’s friendly match from Michigan Stadium! The post Mata, Rooney start for United appeared first on Premiership Talk.

Ex-United defender brands City star as “bad apple”

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Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has branded Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure a “bad apple” following the Ivory Coast international’s tantrum over his recent treatment at the Etihad. According to Parker, City don’t need to deal with Toure’s antics following his outburst, and praised United’s cross-town rivals for being a solid squad following their recent title victory. “The big question mark for them though has to be Yaya Toure,” Parker wrote in his column for Eurosport. ”At the end of the day, they don’t need a sour apple in the barrel. City have reached a level where they have to be bigger than any one individual and it is one player who is causing problems – he has to go.” City have bolstered their midfield ranks in recent years with the additions of the combative Fernandinho and Javi Garcia, with Jack Rodwell a capable youthful alternative. The likes of David Silva and French international Samir Nasri also give boss Manuel Pellegrini an wealth of attacking riches in midfield, suggesting that the club could afford to offload Yaya if conditions do not improve.

Parker on team chemistry

Parker, who played for Manchester United in the mid 90s, states that team chemistry is imperative for the Citizens if they want to successfully defend their Premier League crown, hinting that Roberto Mancini’s controversial exit must show the importance of the atmosphere around the locker room. “City need to do something similar because they need a happy camp,” Parker continued. “The reason why they didn’t go back-to-back the last time is because the manager upset some of the players. “Again, City just have to look at what their neighbours did when they were successful. If Yaya Toure behaved as he did under Sir Alex he would have gone – simply as that.” City are set to embark on a tour of the United States this summer as they compete in the Guinness International Champions Cup, where they’ll take on AC Milan, Liverpool, and Olympiacos, with a potential final match in Miami before they head back to English shores for the Community Shield against FA Cup winners Arsenal. The post Ex-United defender brands City star as “bad apple” appeared first on Premiership Talk.

Ex-United defender brands City star as “bad apple”

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Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has branded Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure a “bad apple” following the Ivory Coast international’s tantrum over his recent treatment at the Etihad. According to Parker, City don’t need to deal with Toure’s antics following his outburst, and praised United’s cross-town rivals for being a solid squad following their recent title victory. “The big question mark for them though has to be Yaya Toure,” Parker wrote in his column for Eurosport. ”At the end of the day, they don’t need a sour apple in the barrel. City have reached a level where they have to be bigger than any one individual and it is one player who is causing problems – he has to go.” City have bolstered their midfield ranks in recent years with the additions of the combative Fernandinho and Javi Garcia, with Jack Rodwell a capable youthful alternative. The likes Continue reading "Ex-United defender brands City star as “bad apple”"

Ex-United defender brands City star as “bad apple”

yaya-toure
Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has branded Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure a “bad apple” following the Ivory Coast international’s tantrum over his recent treatment at the Etihad. According to Parker, City don’t need to deal with Toure’s antics following his outburst, and praised United’s cross-town rivals for being a solid squad following their recent title victory. “The big question mark for them though has to be Yaya Toure,” Parker wrote in his column for Eurosport. ”At the end of the day, they don’t need a sour apple in the barrel. City have reached a level where they have to be bigger than any one individual and it is one player who is causing problems – he has to go.” City have bolstered their midfield ranks in recent years with the additions of the combative Fernandinho and Javi Garcia, with Jack Rodwell a capable youthful alternative. The likes of David Silva and French international Samir Nasri also give boss Manuel Pellegrini an wealth of attacking riches in midfield, suggesting that the club could afford to offload Yaya if conditions do not improve.

Parker on team chemistry

Parker, who played for Manchester United in the mid 90s, states that team chemistry is imperative for the Citizens if they want to successfully defend their Premier League crown, hinting that Roberto Mancini’s controversial exit must show the importance of the atmosphere around the locker room. “City need to do something similar because they need a happy camp,” Parker continued. “The reason why they didn’t go back-to-back the last time is because the manager upset some of the players. “Again, City just have to look at what their neighbours did when they were successful. If Yaya Toure behaved as he did under Sir Alex he would have gone – simply as that.” City are set to embark on a tour of the United States this summer as they compete in the Guinness International Champions Cup, where they’ll take on AC Milan, Liverpool, and Olympiacos, with a potential final match in Miami before they head back to English shores for the Community Shield against FA Cup winners Arsenal. The post Ex-United defender brands City star as “bad apple” appeared first on Premiership Talk.