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If you’ve got a case of the Mondays, this is the perfect video to get your work week started right — all the goals from explosive Liverpool trio Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling so far this season.
Ian wants that cash
Liverpool announced their financial results
last week, and although the outlook was overwhelmingly positive, the Merseyside outfit dropped out of the top-ten in the Deloitte’s Money League.
Once a year the professional services firm profiles the highest earning clubs in the world’s most popular sport, and with a lack of European football putting a strain on their returns, the Reds dropped to 12th this year.”It is serious in the sense that we are Liverpool FC and we know what good looks like” said Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre when asked about their exit from the top echelon of the list. “We’ve been there and we expect to be the best we can be.”
Numbers don’t lie
It goes without saying that it’s been a breakout season for Jordan Henderson; the £20mil man looked like he was going to be a bit part player when Brendan Rodgers was installed as boss at the beginning of last season, but the former Sunderland man has stepped up his game and has so far appeared in every one of Liverpool’s Premier League matches this season.
With the Reds enjoying a rare lay-off over the weekend after their match with Sunderland was postponed, I took started comparing the 23-year old to some of his contemporaries around the league. Using the stats freely available at Squawka.com, I ran Henderson’s numbers against Chelsea playmaker Oscar, Arsenal pretty-boy Jack Wilshere, Everton upstart Ross Barkley, Manchester City stalwart Samir Nasri, Southampton ace Adam Lallana and Manchester United scapegoat Tom Cleverly. I’m hardly a seasoned statistician, but some of the results were rather surprising.
No chance for Aly
With Glen Johnson back in the starting eleven, on-loan fullback Aly Cissokho has dropped back to the bench and may have played his last match for Liverpool with reports out of Spain indicating that the Valencia man won’t be making a permanent move to Anfield.
The 26-year old has struggled to adapt to the pace of the Premier League since trading the Mestalla for Merseyside in August and it looks like he’ll be heading back to Valencia when his loan expires with Brendan Rodgers reportedly passing up the chance to take up a clause which would have made the fullback available for a mere €4mil. Although nothing has been officially announced quite yet, this looks to be par for the course.
The Kop loves Bill
He made the people happy and Bill Shankly’s home town is looking to honour the memory of the great man with a memorial planned to mark his 101st birthday.
The 10ft monument, which is being designed by John Crosby and is set to be unveiled in September, will be placed in Muirkirk, Scotland — four miles away from his birth place in the mining village of Glenbuck. It will be made of 120 steel sheets and resemble one of the trade union banners that were commonly flown at Anfield during Shankly’s time in charge on Merseyside — a fitting tribute to a true man of the people who believed that everyone should reap the rewards of working together.