Rodgers Still Confident Of Top Four Finish

new-Brendan-RodgersDefiant Brendan Rodgers has insisted Liverpool have shown the “quality, desire and confidence” to snatch a top-four finish this season.

The Reds produced a display of attacking brilliance against Arsenal but needed a goal from the bandaged head of Martin Skrtel seven minutes into added time to salvage a point.

The Anfield side are now nine points off a Champions League place having endured their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign.

No team has ever finished higher than sixth with the same points haul after 17 games, but Rodgers is convinced his side can make up the gap, with injured striker Daniel Sturridge set to return in the New Year.

Rodgers: Liverpool On The Ascend

BR-ShanksLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his side’s performance in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Sunday was better than in the 5-1 win over the Gunners at Anfield in February.

Martin Skrtel’s 97th-minute header earned the Reds a point despite being down to 10 men after Fabio Borini’s sending-off, leaving Liverpool nine points off the Champions League places going into Christmas.

Rodgers told Sky Sports: “Our performance today was better than our 5-1 last season, there’s no question about that.

“The dominance we had of the game today was fantastic, and the efforts on goal.

Skrtel Rescues Point Against Arsenal

skrtelMartin Skrtel’s last-gasp header rescued a point for Liverpool after a riveting encounter against Arsenal, easing the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers.

The home side, who dominated for large periods, took the lead through Philippe Coutinho’s cute finish, but were pegged back immediately when Mathieu Debuchy rose highest to head home.

And the Gunners’ went ahead just after the hour mark when Olivier Giroud rifled a low strike past Brad Jones, before the hosts were reduced to ten-men following substitute Fabio Borini’s red card.

But Rodgers’ side responded deep into stoppage-time to snatch a share of the spoils, as a heavily bandaged Skrtel’s towering header sent Anfield into raptures.

Sterling wins 2014 Golden Boy award

Raheem-SterlingLiverpool midfielder Raheem Sterling has been awarded the prestigious Golden Boy award as a reward for his impressive displays for club and country throughout 2014, reports Goal.

The award recognises the best player in Europe under the age of 21 in the calendar year, and it is voted for by journalists from around the continent. Previous winners include Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Aguero, and Paul Pogba, and Sterling is the first English player to win it since Wayne Rooney in 2004.

The 20-year-old’s pace and skill played an integral role in Liverpool’s title challenge last season, and he has also established himself as one of England’s most important players.

Lawrenson: Liverpool have ‘no chance’ in signing Petr Cech

petr-cechEx- Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson reckons that his Liverpool’s chances of landing Petr Cech from Chelsea are very slim.

The 32 year-old Czech shot stopper has seen his first-team opportunities limited this season with the return of Thibaut Courtois from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid.

Cech has mainly featured in the Champions League this season, but has made two appearances in the Premier League due to Courtois being out with injury. Rumours of his exit and moves to Liverpool and a number of European clubs have been circulating recently, despite the player insisting he is happy to remain with the West London club.

Jon Flanagan returns to light training

flanagan-liverpoolLiverpool full-back Jon Flanagan has returned to light training, after six months out of action for the Reds with fluid on his knee which required surgery, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Flanagan has not played since Liverpool’s friendly with Preston North End in July and his return from the knee problem was postponed when it emerged that he had to undergo surgery to correct it.

He has now returned to light training at Melwood, as he closes in on a full recovery from the setback, which will be a boost to manager Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool Transfer Rumor: Lucas Leiva To Inter

lucas-liverpoolLiverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva could yet still be on the way out of Anfield after reports emerged that he is in talks with Inter Milan over a January loan move, according to reports in talkSPORT.

The Brazilian had become surplus to requirements after a number of serious knee injuries troubled his form over the last few years.

After having become a fan favourite, Steven Gerrard has now taken Lucas’ role in the defensive midfield position. However, the former England skipper has been moved around in recent weeks and that has led to the reinstatement of Lucas in the starting XI.

Liverpool Transfer Rumor: Striker Paulo Dybala

thisisanfieldAccording to various reports, Serie A club Palermo are sell highly-rated striker Paulo Dybala to Liverpool in the summer.

Dybala has been attracting attention from Europe with the Argentine impressing the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool due to his performances for Palermo in Serie A where he has scored 7 goals in 15 appearances.

Chelsea have also been keen on the young talent, with Dybala dubbed the ‘next Zlatan Ibrahimovic’. He recently fuelled speculation that he would join Arsenal after admitting it would be “amazing” to play for them, but it seems Liverpool have a pathway paved for them.

Rodgers confirms Dejan Lovren a doubt for Arsenal match

lovren-liverpoolLiverpool have been handed a massive injury concern ahead of a crucial fixture against Arsenal as defender Dejan Lovren remains doubtful for the weekend clash.

The Croatian international left Southampton and joined the Merseyside club in the summer. However, the centre-back has struggled since signing for the Reds and was heavily criticised for his performance against Manchester United.

Lovren picked up a groin injury during the mid week Capital One Cup victory over Bournemouth and Brendan Rodgers admitted that Liverpool will assess his fitness before the Sunday’s clash against the Gunners at Anfield.

Liverpool v Chelsea In League Cup Semi-Final

liverpool-kopLiverpool have been drawn against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup semi-finals, while Sky Bet League 1 side Sheffield United will take on Tottenham in the other tie.

The two-legged tie will be held in the weeks beginning January 19 and January 26 of 2015.

Liverpool and Chelsea have crossed paths on five previous occasions in this competition, most recently in November 2011 – when the Reds triumphed 2-0 at Stamford Bridge en route to lifting the trophy.

“It will be a fantastic tie,” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers told Sky Sports.