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Rodgers rues players tiredness

new-Brendan-RodgersLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits his side lacked the sharpness to break down Blackburn but was aggrieved they did not have at least one penalty in their goalless FA Cup quarter-final at Anfield.

The mid-table SkyBet Championship side certainly had the better of the first half but Rodgers felt Matt Kilgallon should have been penalised for a foul on Adam Lallana.

There was a second incident after the break when substitute Mario Balotelli appeared to have his shirt pulled inside the area, but ultimately Rodgers had to concede his side were not at their incisive best.

Rodgers bemoans penalty decisions

Brendan-Rogers-6Brendan Rodgers was left to bemoan a series of penalty decisions which went against Liverpool as they were held to a 0-0 FA Cup quarter-final draw by Blackburn.

The Reds boss felt his side could have been awarded two spot-kicks in a keenly-contested tie at Anfield in which the Sky Bet Championship side defended tigerishly to secure a replay at Ewood Park.

Rodgers told BT Sport:

“They defended very, very well and when you have that many bodies behind the ball – and they were very brave, got blocks in – and I thought we should have had a penalty.

thisisanfieldThere was little magic in this FA Cup quarter-final on an afternoon when, for once, Liverpool’s free-flowing football deserted them in the face of a committed and well-organised Blackburn side.

A 0-0 draw meant that the Reds failed to score for only the third time in the last 12 matches as mid-tabled SkyBet Championship side Rovers frustrated the home side.

Blackburn succeeded where, a week ago, Premier League champions Manchester City had failed in not only keeping a clean sheet but avoiding defeat as they brought their hosts’ five-match winning run at Anfield to an end.

BR v ChelseaBrendan Rodgers has effectively ruled himself out of the running for the Manchester City manager’s job by insisting that he wants to stay at Liverpool for the long term.

Reports have suggested that the Reds boss is in contention to take over at the Etihad Stadium if Manuel Pellegrini is sacked at the end of the season.

Rodgers guided Liverpool close to their first league title since 1990 last season, when they finished runners-up to Pellegrini’s City.

Luis Suarez Returning To Anfield

luis-suarez-liverpoolThere will be a all-star list of Liverpool and footballing legends heading to Anfield on March 29th for a charity match to benefit the Liverpool FC Foundation.

Among the players that are confirmed to appear are Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, Pepe Reina, Dirk Kuyt, Xabi Alonso, Thierry Henry, John Terry and Didier Drogba.

Not sure what sort of welcome that Terry and Drogba will get from the Kop, but this will be Suarez’s first time back at Anfield since his big money move to Barcelona last summer.

Liverpool Transfer Rumors: James Milner

Liverpool are in advanced talks with Man City midfielder James Milner, reports the Daily Express. The newspaper also believes that the Reds have told the England international that he will have to lower his wage demands in order to seal a switch to Anfield.

Milner completed 83% of his passes against Barcelona
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The 29-year-old Milner joined Man City in the summer of 2010 for a fee of £26 million, as reported by the Guardian. During his five seasons in Manchester, the former Aston Villa midfielder has won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one Capital One Cup.

BR v ChelseaLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed “sensational footballer” Philippe Coutinho to reporters, following his match-winning display against Manchester City on Sunday.

“It is a big win. We still have a lot of games to go yet, but it is a significant win for us because it keeps us on the chase,” said Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

“It was brilliant result and an equally brilliant performance.

“We thoroughly deserved the victory. The players were relentless in their work and intensity and we had great quality in our football.”

coutinho-newLiverpool put a huge dent in Manchester City’s title hopes with a 2-1 victory which dramatically enhanced their own hopes of a top-four finish. Chelsea’s involvement in the English League Cup final had given Manuel Pellegrini’s side a chance to reduce the gap at the top to two points but, as was the case last season, they were cut down at Anfield.

Jordan Henderson’s brilliant opener was matched by an equally good team goal from Edin Dzeko but Philippe Coutinho’s 75th-minute winner eclipsed them all.

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Rodgers: Reds finding consistency

BR v ChelseaLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he had Arsenal and Manchester United in his sights after his team closed on the UEFA Champions League places with a 2-0 success at Southampton.

A glorious 30-yard strike by Philippe Coutinho put Liverpool ahead in the third minute of Sunday’s game at St Mary’s and after a number of vain Southampton penalty appeals, Raheem Sterling sealed victory late on.

Liverpool play second-place Manchester City next weekend before tackling fourth-place United and third-place Arsenal over the next six weeks, and Rodgers is confident they can close the two-point gap separating them from the Premier League’s top four.