You look better in Red
As the rest of the world looks forward to Liverpool’s trip to Manchester United this weekend, the Football Association distracted Reds captain Steven Gerrard
for a few moments to discuss preparations for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
With a tough group ahead of them, Roy Hodgson’s men face a challenge to even get to the knockout stages and Gerrard, who also moonlights as the captain of the Three Lions, thinks that getting the right result against Italy in their opening fixture could be the key to seeing them through. “It’s slightly different as it was in the knockout stages we met Italy last time, but of course we want the right result, which is ideally a win” said the 32-year old when asked if their last meeting with the Italians will add to their motivation. “But I think if we avoid defeat in the first game it will set us up nicely for the rest of the group.”
Leaving on the cheap?
Wow, there’s been a whole lot of talk about Pepe Reina lately; despite flying under the radar for much of the season while on loan in Italy, with the season winding down, the Spaniard is making a lot of noise — and not all of it has been good.
Although Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has more of less ruled out the 31-year old ever playing for the Reds again, Reina has refused to rule out a return to Merseyside this summer if things don’t work out at Napoli — though he hopes to stay on the continent with “the bestest manager ever” Rafa Benitez. There’s been quite a few suitors rumoured with a move for the shot stopper, but the Napoli manager has remained coy on the ‘keepers future.
Joe loves that style
If Liverpool can turn in the kind of performance that saw them trounce Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield last month, then this weekend’s trip to Old Trafford will be a breeze.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is expect to call on Joe Allen for the short jaunt up the road after the Welshman’s excellent displays holding down the midfield against both Swansea City and Southampton earned him plaudits all around. Although the Anfield outfit may not be able to take the kind of show that saw them decimate the Gunners on the road, that doesn’t mean that the 23-year doesn’t want to try. ”I don’t think I’ve seen a better performance in 20 minutes of football from the first whistle” he told the official site. ”Our target now is to make sure we do that in every game.”
Heading the New World
With the season winding down, it appears that neither Liverpool nor Pepe Reina
know what the Spanish shot stopper will be up to next season – not quite yet anyways.
While the 31-year old is refusing to rule out a reluctant return to Merseyside, it’s a different story altogether coming out of the Reds camp with boss Brendan Rodgers making it clear that the on-loan ‘keeper has played his last match for the Anfield outfit with a rather harsh assessment of the former Kop favorites prospects of plying his trade under him again. With a move certainly in the works, Reina isn’t sure where he’ll end up, but a move to America is something that he’d like to explore in the future.
Smiling for a reason
According to media reports, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has a whole lot to look forward to if he secures a spot for the Reds in next seasons Champions League
– though with the World Cup looming this summer, the clock is ticking.
The Northern Irishman, who admitted that he’s been left in the dark so far regarding his future on Merseyside, is expected to open contract talks with Liverpool primary owner John W. Henry before the end of the season, and early door rumours have the boss getting a healthy bump in pay along with a brand new three year deal. Earlier today, Rodgers talked about pairing success with the stylish brand of football he’s beginning to instill in the culture at Anfield and he’s apparently going to have a substantial budget to do that with.