Steven Gerrard backs Wayne Rooney for National Team

Steven Gerrard claims that England fans should not be pushing Wayne Rooney out of the national team for a dip in form.

A recent survey indicated that fans overwhelmingly support the decision to drop Rooney in favour of young strikers like Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy. The latter have recently scored in the friendly games for England. Rooney is yet to feature for the national team in 2016, but he finished last year with five goals in eight appearances. His record with Manchester United in the 2015-16 campaign has been extremely disappointing. Young striker Anthony Martial has been frequently able to overshadow him.

Gerrard reckons that there is no loyalty amongst the England fans after having seen Rooney score some vital goals over the past decade. The Manchester United forward is the leading goal scorer for the England national team with 51 goals in 109 appearances. He recently went past Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 goals for the national team. Gerrard says that Rooney should be the figurehead for England at the Euro 2016. The national team go into the competition in buoyant mood after having won all of their qualification matches. They also managed a win friendly against world champions Germany before going on to lose against Netherlands, who did not qualify for the Euro 2016.

“I get those who say Wayne has had a dip in form… he’ll be the first to admit that. But he is still a top class international footballer who can be the match-winner for his country in France. We need him there.I also think there is an issue of respect here.For the last 10 years Wayne has been entertaining England fans — he’s become our greatest goalscorer — and it was not that long ago there were questions about where the next Rooney was coming from,” said Gerrard.

Tottenham can be hugely thankful to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

Tottenham can be hugely thankful to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who has saved a number of points already this season.

However, the Frenchman has revealed that he could have easily left the club had it not been for the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino with his brilliant ideas. Spurs appeared to be struggling for a direction when Tim Sherwood was the interim manager. He was replaced by Pochettino, who had achieved great things with Southampton until then. However, his experience in English football was limited by that stage. Lloris was turning out to be a great signing for Spurs.

This brought him to the attention of clubs like Manchester United, who were contemplating the possibility of signing the Frenchman in order to replace David de Gea who was linked with a move to Real Madrid. However, Lloris turned down any attempt by the Red Devils and he has become one of the best goalkeepers in the world over the last 12 months. Lloris has a contract with Spurs until 2019 and it is almost certain that he will be awarded a new deal in the next few months. The 29-year-old has put in some impressive performances and he has been a major reason behind the club’s impressive defensive record in the 2015-16 season.

Tottenham have let in only 16 goals in the 20 league games.“I’ve flourished completely here. I can even say that since the arrival of Pochettino I found new benchmarks.My second season here was complicated, I had kept a certain level of performance but collectively there were too many gaps.I had not felt a strong club, but rather an unstable one, with a coaching change in the middle of the season, just the opposite of what I like to see in football. I was actually asking myself questions until Pochettino arrived,” said Lloris.

Liverpool sufferred major Setback in Season

Liverpool have suffered a major setback at a crucial stage in the season with the news that midfielder Steven Gerrard has suffered a potential hamstring injury that could keep him out for a few weeks of action.

This injury comes at a time when Liverpool are awaiting crucial matches in the Europa League and FA Cup. Gerrard is in his final season at Liverpool as it has already been announced that the iconic midfielder will be joining LA Galaxy at the end of the season. Liverpool are hoping to send him out on a high by lifting the FA Cup. The 2-1 win over Crystal Palace has put the club in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Even though Gerrard has been cautiously used by Brendan Rodgers so as to prevent tiredness from setting in, the 34-year-old will be absent for a crucial period. After a lot of struggles in the first half of the season, Liverpool are going through their best spell of the campaign. The club has not suffered the league defeat since the 3-0 thrashing at Old Trafford, while they have managed four wins out of the last five. This momentum can be maintained with a fully fit squad and now it will be a challenge to see how Brendan Rodgers responds to the injury.

“Unfortunately, he (Gerrard) felt his hamstring towards the end of the game and he is having a scan this morning and we are just waiting for results to come back.We are monitoring Raheem. He missed a game the other night but we will see how he is.Hopefully they will both be fit for the weekend and that the scans (on Gerrard) won’t show too much. However, we do not have the results yet so I can’t say too much,” said Rodgers.

Liverpool skipper was star in Previous Show against FC Sasel

Steven Gerrard still has it in him. The Liverpool skipper was the star of the show the previous Tuesday in the Champions League home game against FC Basel.

The Reds could not win, but, the way they played in the second half especially in the final 10 minutes or so, it was superb and Gerrard was responsible for that.

Right through the game, the energy level of Gerrard was right up there. He had stepped on to the field with some determination. His shoulder did not drop at all when he saw the comparatively weaker opponent side going 1-nil up. That actually motivated him more. He was screaming, trying to charge his teammates up.

The leveller was always going to come with that attitude of Gerrard and it was he himself who took the onus when the opportunity popped up in the dying stages with a scintillating free kick. It was sheer class by the former England player. He made the entire crowd go up on its feet.

Liverpool obviously could not qualify for the knockout stages having finished third in the group and it means that Gerrard might not play ever again in the Champions League.

The Reds are not looking like qualifying for the showpiece competition this season and nobody knows if in 2016, Gerrard would be active in the professional arena or not.

So, it might prove to be Gerrard’s last Champions League appearance and if that’s the case, he would be very proud to have finished this way. He set the stage on fire.

The no. of Gerrard’s critics has increased a lot this season. Many people reckon he should not be a regular for Liverpool anymore. But, he showed the world the other night that he could not be counted down and out just yet.

Gerrard Thinks Liverpool Needs To Hunger More For Victory

Steven Gerrard reckons that his boys did not have enough hunger in the European Cup fixture against the Swiss club FC Basel the other day.

The Reds lost that match by 0-1 to slip to no. 3 in Group B. With a win versus Ludogorets Razgard, they had made a great start, but, the outing against Basel did not seem to have impressed Gerrard even a single bit.

In the post match interview, Gerrard said, “I think they were hungrier than us. We were not up to the task. It’s gutting obviously.”

“You’ve got to be tough playing in big games like these, but, that was not the case with us. We were loose on a number of occasions. We conceded again and unfortunately, this time around, that one goal was the difference.”

The margin of defeat might not have been that broad, but, the fact is that Basel appeared to be a far better team on the pitch than Liverpool at St. Jakob-Park.

There was just no organization in Liverpool’s play. There was not even a single instance of them having a clear-cut opportunity during the whole game. They were mostly playing the long balls.

When asked about the set-piece defence, Gerrard said, “There have been a lot of talk about it in the camp, a lot of planning as well, but, eventually, it has to be done out there. Your execution during the game is what matters.”

Mario Balotelli, whom many felt could be the stand out player for the Reds, had probably one of his poorest days on the park as he hardly got any of his shots spot on.

Liverpool’s next challenge is going to be against the defending champions Real Madrid. If they go the same way against the Los Blancos too, they would be ripped apart to shreds.

Gerrard Reveals Advice To Suarez

One of the biggest signings of this summer transfer window is without doubt Luis Suarez’s move to Barcelona for a price tag of £75 as the Spanish club wants to win major titles in the next season which was something that Barcelona failed to do in the previous season.

But even before Barcelona displayed interest in signing the Uruguayan phenomenal there were a number of clubs that were willing to go deep in their pockets and sign Luis Suarez including Arsenal as the team of Arsene Wenger launched an offer of £40m hoping that it would be enough to sign Luis Suarez but it never happened.

The iconic figure of Liverpool, Steven Gerrard has now revealed that he suggested Suarez to not join Arsenal as Suarez is simply too good for them.

Steven Gerrard said: “His dream all along from the first day he came was to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona. Last summer when he was out in the cold and training on his own that’s the conversation I had with him. I said, ‘Don’t go to Arsenal’. With all due respect to them, I said to him that he was too good for Arsenal. I said, ‘If you score 30 goals for us and win the PFA Player of the Year, the press Player of the Year, Barcelona and Madrid will come back for you. I have experience of those clubs myself and I know if you play well they will come back and come back. So I knew they’d be back for him as well’’

Arsene Wenger responded to those statements as the manager of Arsenal replied by saying that any player is never too good to join Arsenal. Taking into consideration that Luis Suarez joined Barcelona, Brendan Rodgers has reinforced other areas of the squad by signing Emre Can, Suso, Rickie Lambert, Lazar Markovic,Divock Origi and Andre Wisdom but the role that the English midfielder Steven Gerrard will play in his remaining few years of his career remain as influential as ever. Even at his 34 years of age, Gerrard continues making an impact at Anfield Road as he concluded the previous campaign of the Premier League by providing 14 assists which was more than any other player in the English league.

Gerrard Instrumental To Liverpool Success

Along with Luis Suarez, there has been another dominant figure throughout the entire season which is one of the main reasons on why Liverpool still continues making a genuine charge at the top of the Premier League and that player is Steven Gerrard.

Steven Gerrard’s performances can be evidenced by one of his recent pieces of silverware as he was awarded with the PFA Player of the Month Award in March. The veteran midfielder had to share the award with Luis Suarez.

Unfortunately for Gerrard, not everything has been a rollercoaster ride to the top as a mistake from him allowed Demba Ba to score the opening goal of the match during Liverpool’s match against Chelsea. Liverpool hosted Chelsea at Anfield Road and goals from Demba Ba and Willian gave the team of Jose Mourinho, the triumph.

This defeat allows Manchester City and Chelsea to keep their hopes of winning the Premier League alive.

Gerrard was receiving a short pass in the midfield but he fell and gave Demba Ba, the opportunity for him to add another goal to his tally as he only had the goalkeeper left to beat and made no mistake in slipping it past Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool’s defeat cannot only be blamed on Gerrard as the team of Brendan Rodgers struggled to implant their usual playing style on the defensive minded Chelsea and a superb performance from Mark Schwarzer maintains Chelsea Premier League title hopes alive.

The Premier League is reaching its last few matches of the season before the champions can be crowned but all the signs are aiming towards a dramatic final encounter which will be the deciding factor on which club will be lifting the silverware.

NO NEW PLAYERS

Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers failed to secure any new players during the January transfer window and while other of their main rivals of the Premier League did manage to strengthen the squad, it is not the case of Liverpool which are fighting on the top 5 spots of the top tier league in England.

Mohamed Salah and Yevlen Konoplyanka were the 2 main targets that Liverpool was attempting to bring into the squad but both deals ultimately collapsed. Liverpool did manage to offload some of their players including: Adam Morgan, Tiago Llori, Craig Roddan and Michael Ngoo either on loan to a different club or simple released on a free deal.

The side of Brendan Rodgers has been getting fairly disappointing results on some of their more recent matches as they had to settle with a draw against West Bromwich and some weeks prior they dropped more points with a 2-2 draw against Aston Villa.

This puts into question on how well they will be able to do when they have to face off against Arsenal and against Manchester United in March. The Premier League title still remains in their reach but if they continue on dropping points against middle section teams on the Premier League.

During the time that the transfer window remained opened the managing director of Liverpool Ian Ayre flew to Ukraine trying to secure the services of Yevhen Konoplyanka but nothing could be secured and Brendan Rodgers stated that the situation was complicated and could not make the deal.

“There’s obviously an interest in the player but there’s no update.
“We’ll see how it evolves. It is obviously a little complicated but the staff that are over there have done brilliant work in terms of giving us every chance to get a player. We’ve had a list with a number of players on it, so we’ll see how it develops later.” Rodgers said.

GERRARD HAILED

Brendan Rodgers has hailed the return of Steven Gerrard from injury, as he claims that the 33-year-old is still one important members of the squad. Gerrard missed important matches against the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City, and Chelsea.

Even though Liverpool enjoyed a comprehensive victory over Tottenham, they lost in the subsequent two matches to finish in the fifth position on New Year’s Day. The victory over Hull city on New Year’s Day was marked by the return of Gerrard to the first-team action and Rodgers reckons that Liverpool could not have had a much better news.

The club has been criticised in recent years for their overreliance on Gerrard, but the situation has changed comparatively following the arrival of players like Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. The injury to Sturridge and Gerrard left the pressure on Suarez to get the goals, which will now be eased following Gerrard’s arrival. The England international has been used in a deeper role by Rodgers this season and he is not expected to score the same number of goals as he has done in the past.

Liverpool managed a convincing 2-0 win over Hull at Anfield that kept them in contention for the top four. The club face Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup third-round.

“It’s vitally important to have Steven back. His influence in the team is critical for us. He’s worked tirelessly to get back having been out. We just wanted to get him some minutes on the pitch. He wasn’t ready to start the game, but his influence back in the team gives us another player of real quality. Over the course of the next 10 days, he’ll get right up to speed and it’s great to have him back,” said Rodgers.

Liverpool trail leaders Arsenal by six points at the halfway stage of the season.

TOO EARLY TO SAY

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has said that this is too early in the season to start thinking about titles. Liverpool have not finished in the top four for the last four seasons, but they have made a tremendous start to this campaign.

They are second in the table only a couple of points behind Arsenal, which has given their fans hope that they can lift the Premier league title for the first time in their history. Liverpool have won numerous league titles, but never the Premier league title in their illustrious history.

Gerrard has stated that the season is just over 10 matches old and one should not start in about winning the title at this position. The Christmas period is just a month away and teams usually competing for the title at this stage usually remain as competitors towards the end as well.

The brilliant start to the season has largely been built on the form of Sturridge and Suarez, while the lack of distracting midweek European matches has also been a factor as well. Unibet have now made them third-favourites for the title.

The 33-year-old has also stated that he would want to win the title before he retires. “I think it’s important for me as captain of the team not to raise expectations. When you’re talking about winning titles, it’s premature, it’s too early, and I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up. That would be unfair. Our dream and our plan at the beginning of the season was to break into the top four. We’re slightly ahead of where we thought we’d be,” said Gerrard.

Gerrard has won every major title including the Champions league with Liverpool. He has a contract until the next summer. Liverpool have already had crucial victories over the likes of Manchester United, but they have lost to Arsenal in a big match recently.