It’s about to get easier
There was a huge sigh of relief following Liverpool’s 3-2 win at Norwich on Sunday. Not only did the three points ensure that the Reds would stay top of the Premier League for another week, it also meant that they could finish no lower than third — automatically qualifying them for next seasons Champions League.
A lack of European football was a major hinderance as the club looked to strengthen the squad last summer, but a return to the continent adds both an extra layer of incentive for players to move to Merseyside and money in the bank with a rumoured £40mil being handed to Rodgers this summer. “It has always been tougher in the transfer market when you are not competing at the highest level,” said Liverpool Managing Director Ian Ayre. “That is always a factor. We have always been fortunate to be able to bring great players here despite that, but there is no question it opens up a few doors for us and makes it a little bit easier.”
Video by Seano McGinty
In the end it was a close shave, but Liverpool’s 3-2 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday saw the Reds hang on to the summit of the Premier League table — much to the delight of the Travelling Kop.
Cool as you’d like
A pair of Raheem Sterling goals sandwiched Luis Suarez’s 30th strike of the season as the Red machine rolled on with a 3-2 victory at Carrow Road on Sunday. With Norwich City well and truly out of the way, the focus shifts to this Sunday’s potential title deciding match with second placed Chelsea and what could very well be the defining moment of the Merseysider’s season.
As Liverpool go in search of their first title of the Premier League era, the meeting with Jose Mourinho’s men looms large for not only the supporter, but the players as well. Although the fragile heart of the punter may not be ready for what’s just over the horizon, Sterling isn’t about to sweat it — for him, it’s just another match. “We’re definitely prepared for what is coming this week,” the winger said coolly in the build-up to Sunday’s clash. “Everyone in the changing room is really up for it. This is a really big part of the season and we will just go in there to fight again.”
Missed the match? Click here to stream it for free .
For those of you who may have been stuck working or otherwise indisposed yesterday, the Celebration of the 96 Charity Match has been graciously posted to stream for free on Liverpool’s official website.
The match, positioned as the show-piece event in a day dedicated to celebrating the lives of the 96 Liverpool supporters lost in one of the worst football tragedies England has ever seen, was organized by the Hillsborough Family Support Group and featured a team made up of former “local” Reds fans favourites from the UK and Ireland squaring off against an international outfit filled with stars from abroad. There were a few rusty legs, but in front of a sold out Anfield, the legends played out a wholly entertaining 90-minutes to both raise money for the families affected by the tragedy and to remember the dearly departed.
Raheem was the shining star
Three matches left to play and the big Red machine keeps rolling on; the 3-2 win at Norwich City yesterday was the Reds eleventh on the hop and opened a five point gap over second placed Chelsea. Goals from Raheem Sterling on either side of the half sandwiched Luis Suarez’s 30th of the campaign, but the hosts made things sticky with Gary Hooper and Robert Snodgrass pulling goals back for the Canaries.
Simon Mignolet saved a header from substitute Ricky van Wolfswinkel in the closing stages to ensure Liverpool made the trip back to Merseyside with smiles on their faces; though none, I would imagine, were quite as wide as Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. “It was a brilliant win for us,” reflected the Northern Irishman in his post-match press conference. “In the first 15-20 minutes, we got our two goals and carried on through the first half. We showed great quality and were nerveless in our possession and control.” What he was trying to say is that we looked like champions.