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.
Liverpool has been going through a busy summer transfer window as they have already signed Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen and Rickie Lambert who made his way from Southampton.
Emre Can is expected to be officially unveiled as a Liverpool player on July 1 when all of the paperwork is finalized but the 20 year old German midfielder performer has already signed a deal with the side of Brendan Rodgers. Even at his young age, some people already are comparing him to Bastian Schweinsteiger because of his similar playing style.
Liverpool said: “Liverpool have agreed a deal in principle with Bayer Leverkusen to sign 20-year-old Emre Can, subject to documentation being completed.”
Brendan Rodgers is trying to work fast in order to secure the services of all his summer targets before any of his rivals try to sneak in and steal any player away from him. Adam Lallana is another player who remains on the radar of Rodgers as the club has already launched an offer of €25 million for the teammate of Rickie Lambert of Southampton.
During the previous season Liverpool was one of the clubs which scored most goals in the Premier League as they scored 101 goals but at the same time they also conceded 50 goals, which is the highest amount out of the top 5 clubs of the English and Rodgers wants to strengthen that department of the squad with Alberto Moreno being one of his top targets.
Alberto Moreno is a young defender which plays for Sevilla and Liverpool is prepared to launch an offer in the region of €15 million but the Spanish club will only let him go for a higher price which means that unless Liverpool is willing to go deep in their pockets to sign Moreno they have to search around in the transfer market for someone who is more financially available.
At a certain period in time Liverpool were favorites on winning the previous season as they were only a few points away from claiming the league title but a series of disappointing results saw the team of Brendan Rodgers falling to 2nd place as Manchester City got ahead of them.
It still was a fairly impressive season for Liverpool as they secured a Champions League spot but Rodgers revealed that the squad still needs significant strengthening needed to be done before the start of the next season which kicks off in August.
Some of the major targets of Rodgers in this summer Barcelona’s Pedro and Southampton’s Adam Lallana.
Luis Enrique was revealed to be the new coach of Barcelona and he stated that a number of changes will be done in the squad which means that the future of certain players is in doubt.
Enrique said: ‘’the players must know that you cannot let a year pass at Barca. If they are not at the level required then there will be changes. We will reinforce the team in the best way possible, to be as competitive as possible. There is a market there teams ask a lot of money for players. You must manage it all. We will reinforce, maybe in all lines of the team, to have the best players for the club and for me’’.
Pedro Rodriguez played an important role in the last season of Barcelona which is why it will be more difficult for Liverpool to secure his services however with the arrival of Enrique into the club, just about anything can happen.
Adam Lallana from Southampton is on the wish list of Brendan Rodgers as he is going to have meetings and discussions with the player as well as his agent in the next few weeks when the summer transfer window officially opens.
Steven Gerrard earned all of the praise in Liverpool after their match against West Ham United a few days ago as the veteran English midfielder scored which helped his club on continuing their charge at the top of the Premier League.
This match not only saw Gerrard scoring 2 penalty shots but it also marked the return of Mamadou Sakho into the team of Brendan Rodgers. The 24 years old French defender had not played for the Premier League club since December and following the conclusion of the match, Sakho confessed his satisfaction of being back into the team.
“I was very happy at West Ham as I’d worked very hard to get back to full fitness. So that’s been achieved now,” Sakho told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I was simply just making myself available for the team, because the most important thing here is the group, so you need to be ready to give your absolute best when you are called upon’’.
“It’s normal when you are a competitor like me, you always want to be involved and be out there on the pitch trying to help your team out. But [the matches I missed] were games which Liverpool came through extremely well, which was great, and I’m even happier when we win and grab all three points.”
Sakho returned to action after completing his recovery from an injury he sustained and the Frenchman praised the medical staff of the club which helped him overcome a hamstring problem which forced him to be out of action for more than 3 months. Sakho is hoping he can remain fit for the rest of the Premier League campaign and continue helping Liverpool at their charge for the league title.