Rodgers praise for Sterling

brendan-rodgers1-188x165Brendan Rodgers hailed Raheem Sterling’s “courage and cleverness” in providing the perfect riposte to “unfortunate” criticism of his England omission as Liverpool tiptoed to a 3-2 victory at QPR.

Sterling shook off controversy over claims he complained of tiredness in the build-up to England’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Estonia to mastermind Liverpool’s patchy Loftus Road win.

Liverpool boss Rodgers said he has “no issue” with Roy Hodgson, pledging full support for England in spite of club frustrations over the Sterling revelations.

Gerrard: Liverpool very lucky to win today

rodgers-gerrardSteven Gerrard admitted Liverpool were lucky to come away from Loftus Road with all three points after an injury-time own goal from QPR centre-back Steven Caulker gave the Reds a 3-2 victory on Sunday.

Eduardo Vargas’ two late goals had the hosts edging towards a creditable draw, only for Caulker to put through his own net in the fourth minute of added time.

Richard Dunne’s own goal put QPR behind midway through the second half before Vargas notched his first goal in English football to equalise with three minutes remaining, only for Philippe Coutinho’s deflected effort to restore the Reds’ lead.

Liverpool Escape Loftus Road With Three Points

CourtinhoSteven Caulker’s own goal condemned QPR to a crushing 3-2 defeat at home to Liverpool, rooting Harry Redknapp’s men to the foot of the Premier League table.

Eduardo Vargas’ two late goals had QPR edging towards a deserved and creditable draw, only for Caulker to put through his own net in the fourth minute of added time.

Raheem Sterling, who started for the Reds after the controversy over his England omission last Sunday, had burst clear and tried to pick out the supporting Mario Balotelli before Caulker unwittingly turned the ball in to break Rangers’ hearts.

FSG To Sell Some Naming Rights To Anfield

thisisanfieldLiverpool will consider selling the naming rights for the main stand at Anfield in order to help pay for its 75 million-pound construction costs, but will not be offering up the rights to the stadium as a whole.

A planning application to increase the capacity of the stand by 8,500 seats to 21,000 by adding an extra tier was approved by Liverpool City Council on Sept. 23.

That decision is currently subject to a six-week consultation period, during which legal challenges to the council can be submitted.

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Rodgers: Sterling will stay at Liverpool

sterling-liverpoolLiverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says the club have spoken to Raheem Sterling’s representatives about a new deal – and insists the winger is happy to stay at Anfield.

Teenage England international Sterling, arguably the Reds’ most impressive performer so far this season, has recently been linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The 19-year-old, who joined Liverpool’s academy from QPR in 2010, signed a “long-term” deal with the Merseysiders in 2012.

And regarding the situation in terms of fresh contract talks with Sterling, Rodgers says “everything is calm”.

The manager, quoted by the Liverpool Echo, said:

Rodgers: Win against West Brom was vital

br-liverpoolLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says winning was all that mattered as his side sealed a 2-1 victory against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield.

Rodgers and his captain Steven Gerrard were outspoken in their criticism of the Reds’ performance in the 1-0 Champions League defeat against Basel on Tuesday, but the response that was needed came on Saturday with a welcome three points against the Baggies.

A second-half Jordan Henderson goal was enough to give Liverpool the win against opponents who had been awarded a penalty despite Dejan Lovren’s challenge on Saido Berahino having taken place outside the box.

Match Report: Liverpool 2 West Brom 1

lallana-liverpoolA much needed win for Liverpool at Anfield today as Adam Lallana’s first goal for the club and a cool finish from Jordan Henderson, capping an impressive second-half individual performance, gave Brendan Rodgers side a 2-1 win over West Brom.

But it was far from straightforward as Saido Berahino’s fourth goal in three matches made things uncomfortable for a time just after half-time.

Rodgers made a bold decision in dropping his B£16million signing from AC Milan after just one goal and some less-than-impressive displays in seven appearances.

Liverpool Beat Boro 14-13 On Penalties

anfield-245x165Liverpool had to come through an epic penalty shoot-out to get the better of Sky Bet Championship side Middlesbrough at Anfield and book their place in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

Teenage debutant Jordan Rossiter put the Reds in front after just 10 minutes, despatching a low finish from outside the box, but Boro grew into the game and equalised through Adam Reach’s 62nd-minute header.

Home goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was forced into some smart saves and the Teessiders almost snatched victory when Adam Clayton hit the post in the 85th minute.

Liverpool Face Financial Fair Play Penalty?

We've Won It 5 Times - cover (part one)Liverpool are ‘very relaxed’ amid suggestions they may have almost £7million of Champions League prize money withheld due to breaches of UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations.

Liverpool are due to receive the money next month, after qualifying for the first time in five years – but in order to meet Financial Fair Play regulations clubs must not lose more than £35.4m over a period of two seasons.

Manchester City and Paris St Germain both exceeded that figure and suffered significant penalties.

Liverpool’s losses for the 2012-13 financial year were £49.8m, plus £41m losses for the 10-month period through to May 2012.