What, you ask, has been going on with ex-Barcelona ‘keeper Victor Valdes? The veteran shot-stopper looked primed to join Liverpool on a short term deal once he proved his fitness, only to start training with bitter rivals Manchester United back in October, but his story has taken a bit of a turn since then.
While it looked like Louis van Gaal, who worked with the 3-time Champions League winner during his time in Catalonia, was going to bring the Spaniard into his ever expanding fold at Old Trafford, reports in the media suggest that the 32-year old rejected an offer to link up with the Reds Devils on a permanent basis after leaving, and then re-joining training. Although no one knows for sure, the Dutchman has admitted, rather begrudgingly, that the Anfield outfit could very well sign him up whenever they’d like.
I’m sure there’s more than one Kopite out there who has asked Santa Claus to bring them a repeat of last season’s result against Arsenal for Christmas. How do I know? Well, it was at the top of my list at least.
To be quite fair though, it’s rare that whatever I want ends up in my stocking so I won’t hold my breath for complete and utter capitulation from the Gunners under wave after wave of attacking brilliance from the men in red. That being said, I will take three points for Liverpool however it may come — with these two sides under-performing drastically in the Premier League, that’s not entirely outside of the realm of possibility, is it?
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A brace from Raheem Sterling was sandwiched in between a superb strike from Lazar Markovic as Liverpool downed Championship leaders AFC Bournemouth to move on to the semi-finals of the League Cup. Dan Gosling gave the hosts some hope of a comeback midway through the second half after bundling past Brad Jones, but much to the deligh of Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, the Reds kept their heads to run out comfortable winners.
After missing more chances than I care to mention during the loss to Manchester United at the weekend, it’s a bit surprising to say that Premier League level finishing was the difference as Liverpool ran out deserved winners at Dean Court today.
A pair of goals from Raheem Sterling, who missed more than his fair share at Old Trafford on Sunday, sandwiched a crisp strike from Lazar Markovic before Bournemouth pulled one back early in the second half through former Everton man Dan Gosling. The Cherries missed a host of opportunities to turn up the heat on the struggling Reds, but a lack of composure in front of the net — surprising for a team that scored five at the weekend — was ultimately their undoing.
You’d think that Liverpool would have some sort of advantage running out in a League Cup quarter-final against a side plying their trade in the Championship, but with the Reds recent results contrasting greatly to those of their lower league hosts, there won’t be anything easy about it.
While the Anfield outfit was coming up scoreless in the draw with Sunderland and the loss away to bitter rivals Manchester United, the Cherries were carrying on a twelve match unbeaten run that’s seen them put five past recently relegated Cardiff City, sneak past perennial challengers Wolves and hold a gritty Millwall side to a 2-2 draw. You may be able to pass that off as Championship clubs playing Championship football, but to be fair, our standard hasn’t been all that much higher.