Midfielder Ryan Babel says that his former club, Liverpool, can be confident ahead of their match against visitors in the Europa League last 16 round.
Brendan Rodgers masterminded a 1-0 victory at Anfield the first leg, but there is certainly nervousness amongst the squad ahead of the return leg.Babel was part of the team that played in several European matches, although it was largely in the Champions League. Besiktas are definitely a good team and they will be posing a huge threat to the Premier League outfit. Istanbul has been a place of very happy memories for Liverpool after they’ve managed to come back from 3-0 down to win the Champions League final in this city.
Rodgers has said prior to the match that the Istanbul 2005 memories will certainly help the team in their quest for a place in the next round of the Europa League. Due to their poor early-season form in the Premier League, this competition is seen as the only way for Liverpool to enter into the Champions League next season. From this season onwards, winners of the Europa League will be going straight into the Premier European competition even without the qualification stages. Babel is no stranger to Turkish football after currently being involved with Kasimpasa. Read more »
Ajax is one of the one of the most talked about clubs in Europe as the Dutch club is being linked with a number of players as well as also being rumored on having their own coach, Frank de Boer leave the team and join Newcastle United but this was denied by the Dutch manager a few days ago.
“I’ve read about the rumors. Newcastle is a sleeping giant, a great club with a fantastic stadium and supporters. But I will stay at Ajax for the second half of the season, at least. If a good club comes in the summer, I will think about it.” Read more »
Liverpool had begun its campaign of 2007-2008 with very exclusive style on the basic level.
They had never tasted any defeats. The run was six draws and five victories. And just contrasting to them was the team of Benitez who were declared runners up for the last season. They had been trying to make a point that had left them to require a win against the Besiktas, and to open chance for some others to make their way through the stages of Knockout.
Benitez had begun the game by attacking players such as Crouch and Voronin. They also kept substitutes on the bench that included Ryan Babel, Harry Kewell and Dirk Kuyt. Andriy knew that for him it was soon going to be a deteriorating time after the fixture. Thus, he has decided to take the back of Crouch. He had also been given a chance of deflecting the ball just before his next attempt after having failed once. This time it was going to be from a very close range since his previous attempt being saved. Liverpool had been unable to add upto their stats but had regained their lost confidence.
There was nothing that be like a preparation to what was going to happen after the first half. Undoubtedly their supporters would be very content on seeing a win of 2-0. There was another point scored. That was when Voronin had set up Riise to go for the situation and play along. All that was left was just three minutes that he needed to get the ball that would decide the fate of the match.
The dominant wins of Liverpool made it come through the knockout stages where they also disposed off Arsenal and Inter Milan. However, Benitez had failed to lead the club. The lost to Chelsea in the semi finals and suffered an aggregate of 4-3 defeat.
Germany striker Lukas Podolski has dismissed speculation that he is looking to retire from international football. The 29-year-old striker has been in and out of the international team due to the presence of players like Mario Gomez and Thomas Müller ahead of him in the pecking order. Podolski has also been struggling for gametime at club level with Arsenal recently signing Danny Welbeck to act as the backup for Olivier Giroud. This puts Podolski as the third choice striker at the club, but the former Bayern Munich continues to have a great record at international level.
After having made his debut for Germany in 2004, Podolski has appeared in 118 matches and scored 47 goals. This goal record is extremely impressive considering that he has been used as a substitute in most of them. Germany recently saw a number of their top players like Miroslav Klose, Philipp Lahm, and Per Mertesacker announce their retirements. Their reasoning was that they could not go out of international football in a much better position after having recently won the World Cup. Podolski says that he is not the kind of person to turn his back towards the national team at any stage.
Even though he has been linked with a move away from Arsenal, Podolski says that he will continue to make himself available for Germany. “I’m still as hungry as ever. My next big goal is the European Championship. I still enjoy playing for Germany and it’s a pleasure to be part of it all. I don’t need to be afraid of anybody in the national team. And I’m not here just because I’m the joker Podolski who raises everybody’s spirits. I’m here because I deserve to be here. I’m part of this team and I will get my games,” said Podolski.
With the transfer window reaching its last few weeks before it officially shuts down, some managers have already successfully completed signing all of their desired players while others are rushing to have it done within the next few days. Having already signed Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, many fans were expecting Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid to not have any more new players but recently the Spanish club has been heavily linked with Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling.
Liverpool is believed to be in the process of increasing the wage and salary of the 19 year old Raheem Sterling as a way to steer off interest from Real Madrid. Now that Brendan Rodgers will be without the services of Luis Suarez, it is critical that he can keep promising players at the club and this is why Liverpool would be willing to increase the salary of Sterling up to 4 times what he is currently earning.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised Sterling as he talked about the youngster during a press conference and said: ‘’this kid is only going to get better. He’s way above the level from when he first came in. Tactically, technically, and what has been beautiful to watch with Raheem has been his maturity. He’s turning into a beautiful young man, with all the responsibility. He’s still only 19, but in big games he’s performed and he’s a wonderful talent’’
Raheem Sterling has a contract with Liverpool that expires in 3 years but the club wants to keep him on an even long period of time and the Premier League club is believed to be willing to increase his current deal of £30,000-a-week to £120,000-a-week in order to keep him tied up with the club on a long term contract and keep him away from the interest of other teams such as Real Madrid.
Liverpool has stepped out of their race in signing Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona as the Chilean midfielder is appearing to be closer and closer to Arsenal and now the side of Brendan Rodgers is starting to look somewhere else for some of their targets.
Even though Liverpool is not likely on signing Alexis Sanchez, Brendan Rodgers is still trying not to fall behind in the transfer market as he has a number of other players that he is eager on adding to the team located at Anfield Road.
Lazar Markovic is a priority of Rodgers and a deal involving the Serbian winger of Benfica is on the works which is expected to be officially completed and announced within this week. If Markovic does indeed make his move to Liverpool, then he will be the 4th addition to the squad after having already signed: Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Emre Can.
If everything goes through the total transfer fee that Liverpool has utilized in this summer will go past the €60 million mark but the Premier League club might be willing on spending even more if Barcelona does sign the Uruguayan attacker with his price tag which is currently standing in the region of €70 million.
Markovic has also been approached by Chelsea but the Serbian player has revealed his intention of moving to Anfield where his chances of playing in the main team are far more likely and guaranteed compared to Jose Mourinho and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Divock Origi of Lille is a 19 year old star who has already represented Belgium at the international stage and it is believed that his impressive series of performances has been more than enough to convince Brendan Rodgers on making a move for him and considering that he only has a price in the region of €10 million, he is a viable option as a replacement of Luis Suarez if the Uruguayan does make his move to Camp Nou.