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will hughes

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is stepping up his chase for Derby’s highly-rated midfielder Will Hughes, according to the Mirror.

Rodgers sent his chief scout to watch the England U-21 international this week, and views him as the long-term successor to the legendary Steven Gerrard.

Hughes, 18, limped out of Tuesday night’s Championship encounter at Bolton due to a hip injury, but had already impressed in front of watching scouts by providing an assist in the 2-2 draw.

Liverpool have been tracking the teenager for some time now but will not make a formal offer until they feel the time – and price – is right.

However, they may have to fend off interest from Merseyside rivals Everton, who also sent a two-man delegation to watch the starlet in action this week.

Hughes is considered one of the game’s most promising up-and-coming stars and recently said he models his game on Barcelona midfielders Xavi and Andr s Iniesta.

His main strengths are his passing and technical abilities while he has also become known as a “flair player” due to his usage of through balls and mazy runs to create space for teammates.

Despite Everton’s interest, Liverpool are still understood to be favourites to land the precocious youngster, possibly in the January transfer window, but may have to act fast to avoid missing out.

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It looks like Luis Suarez is back in Brendan Rodgers’ good books. The controversial forward has returned to training with the first-team today after talks with his manager, according to media reports.

The Red’s boss had stressed he wanted an apology from the Uruguayan star, after he went to the press in an effort to force a move away from Anfield. He has been the subject of repeated bids from rivals Arsenal, including a 40 million plus 1 bid that both Arsenal and Suarez thought would trigger a release clause for the star.

Suarez, who has scored 30 league goals in 44 appearances for the Merseysiders, will be serving the remainder of a 10-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic until the end of September, and as such, won’t be in Rodgers’ plans until then.

Reports from yesterday suggested that Arsenal were preparing a 49 million ( 57 million) bid for the troubled Uruguayan international, but this twist in the protracted saga may be the final one, for this transfer window at least.

For Rodgers, with a mere 2 weeks left in the transfer window, he’ll hope that he doesn’t have to consider who to replace Suarez with, as time and available strikers are running out fast.

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It’s that time of year again. The January transfer window is open for business and all 20 Premier League sides are looking to strengthen.

As with every season motives are different. Some clubs are trying to stave off relegation, others advance their lot by pushing for Europe. The title race and four Champions League spot remain as wide open as they have in years at the top.

Some managers are known to dislike the winter window, but love it or hate it only the brave or foolish ignore it. Certain teams desperately require strengthening to realize their ambitions and others need to have a quiet month, ensuring they hang on to their prized assets.

Players seeking moves may have extra motivation to do so this January as we are now in a World Cup year. Competition to make the plane to Brazil will be cut-throat for many of the 32 countries involved in the greatest sporting show on earth.

National coaches want their players getting regular football in the run-up to the World Cup. That can cause crazy winter gambles by outsiders to force their way back into the fold in time for June.

All these considerations have been weighed up by the WhatCulture sports team. So, for your delectation we have gone through all 20 English top flight teams, assessed what they need, who they have been linked with and who we would like see join them. We proceed alphabetically, so click next to start with Arsenal.

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is mulling over a January swoop for Fenerbahce’s Turkey international Caner Erkin to solve his left back problem.

A report in the Daily Star claims the 25-year-old, who has been at his current club since 2010, could be sold on the cheap when the winter transfer window opens. The Reds are seeking cover for Jose Enrique.

Erkin has made nine assists in the Turkish Super Lig this term so far, helping Fenerbahce to establish a strong lead at the top. Fellow Istanbul giants Besiktas and Galatasaray – coached by former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini – are seven and nine points behind them respectively.

Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League and level on points with Merseyside neighbours Everton, but have used four different players in the left back berth this term.

Spaniard Enrique has struggled with injury and is out until the New Year after undergoing knee surgery. Summer signings Aly Cissokho and Mamadou Sakho – who both have caps for France – have failed to impress in his absence, so youngster Jon Flanagan has got a run in the Reds XI.

Erkin’s contract with Fenerbahce expires this summer, meaning the club will have to sell him at a cut price in January or risk losing him for nothing in the next window. He began his career with Manisaspor before moving to CSKA Moscow in 2007 and spent the 2009-10 campaign on loan at Galatasaray.

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Arsenal went five points clear at the top of the Premier League by beating nearest challengers Liverpool thanks to classy strikes from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger made one alteration from the XI that started the win at Crystal Palace. Tomas Rosicky replaced Mathieu Flamini. Mikel Arteta served his ban for the red card picked up in that game in midweek. Jack Wilshere missed out with an ankle problem.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was without right back Glen Johnson again due to illness, so academy product Jon Flanagan deptuized. Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho was back on the bench after six weeks out with a shoulder injury.

Czech captain Rosicky worked Simon Mignolet on five minutes after a one-two with Cazorla. Liverpool’s Belgian keeper tipped a shot across goal behind. Jordan Henderson then fluffed his lines as he caught Cazorla in possession and broke for the visitors.

Arsenal began to exert their slick passing on the Reds and were rewarded inside 20 minutes as they broke down the right. Bacary Sagna crossed for Cazorla, and, although his initial header crashed back off the upright, he clinically fired into the roof of the net.

Time and again the Gunners got joy from playing one-twos and Ramsey brought a low stop out of Mignolet. The pattern of play then settled down into breaks and counters from either side, though neither team had sufficient support to capitalize.

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Suarez

Liverpool have rejected Arsenal’s improved offer of just over 40 million for striker Luis Suarez, according to the BBC.

Earlier today, we reported that Gunner’s manager Arsene Wenger was preparing a fresh bid for the unsettled Uruguayan ace after having a 30 million offer knocked back on July 8.

The latest bid is an unusual one in that it is being reported to have stood at 40,000,001, which was designed to trigger a release clause in the 26-year-old’s Anfield contract.

However, it was rejected outright by the Merseysiders, who are technically duty-bound by the clause to listen to offers exceeding 40 million.

But they do not have to sell and have now twice rejected Arsenal’s advances for the ex-Ajax forward.

Wenger has identified Suarez as his No.1 transfer target this summer, and believe the player is keen on a move to the Emirates as they can offer Champions League football next season.

But Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is determined not to sell, and is also bracing himself for a bid from Real Madrid – though the Spanish giants only value the South American at 25 million.

Suarez joined Liverpool’s pre-season tour of Australia at the weekend after being given extended time off following his exertions in the Confederations Cup.

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Brendan Rodgers

Ever since the Premier League began back in 1992, Liverpool have failed to continue the dominance they had in the years previous. Whilst other teams continued to beat Liverpool to the title, fans have been left wondering when they would win their first Premier League trophy and the long awaited 19th title.

The closest the side ever came to securing the Premier League title was when former manager Rafa Benitez, now Chelsea boss, managed the side to 2nd place in the 2008/2009 season. After being runners-up to Manchester United that year, Liverpool failed to make any real impact in the league and for too long their European football has been restricted to playing in the Europa League football instead of the prestigious Champions League.

With all this being said, Liverpool are on the rise once more. Whilst fan favorites Rafa Benitez and Kenny Dalgleish weren’t able to win the league, the club turned to then Premier League new boys Swansea for their next manager.

Brendan Rogers has now been manager for nearly a year at Anfield and despite not making an instant impact In the league, he is clearly the right man for the job. Rogers plays a very similar game to that of Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, in that youth is always a main factor in developing the squad.

The progress of Joe Allen, Andre Wisdom and Raheem Sterling is a notable improvement to the squad and is something which will continue to benefit the team as these players develop. At the moment the squad aren’t getting the results they would of hoped for, but what is more important is building for the future.

The team have a wealth of talent including Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Pepe Reina as well as newest signings Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho.

With the end of the seasons looming its unlikely that Liverpool can snatch a top four spot this season, but if they spend wisely in the summer and retain their current stars they will certainly begin to close in on forth and that Champions League place.

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Etihad

  • Venue: Etihad Stadium
  • Date: Sunday, 3rd February
  • K/o: 16.00
  • TV: Live Sky Sports 1

Team News

Manchester City continue to be without captain Vincent Kompany for Sunday’s clash with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium, but there is some hope for Matija Nastasic (knee), who made the bench at QPR in midweek. Javi Garcia has so far deputised for the centre-half.

Brazilian Maicon has returned to training and could soon return, while Micah Richards (knee) could be back by the end of this month.

Mancini is also without brothers Yaya Tour and Kolo Tour who are still on international duty for the African Cup Of Nations.

New signing Philippe Coutinho will not be in the squad for the City game, as he has briefly returned to Milan after Wednesday’s switch from Inter and will not return until next week. Joe Enrique is likely to start having returned from injury in midweek. Flanagan and Kelly both remain sidelined by knee injuries.

Match Preview

Brendan Rodgers might find his position a little more questioned than it has been to date, after the humiliation against Oldham in the FA Cup last week, plus the surrender of two points against Arsenal a few days later. They face the difficult prospect of a Man City team looking to push themselves on, as well as the daunting stats that they haven’t beaten a top ten side so far this season, and came away from the Etihad the last two times with 3-0 defeats.

A draw is likely to help neither team in their respective quests for points, with City in particular in dire need of the maximum to close the ten point gap that has appeared at the top of the table. Hopefully that means attack, attack.

Likely Line-Ups

Man City

Hart; Zabaleta, Lescott, Nastasic, Clichy; Garcia, Barry; Nasri, T vez, Silva; Ag ero.

Liverpool

Reina; Johnson, Agger, Carragher, Enrique; Henderson, Lucas, Gerrard; Downing, Sturridge, Su rez.

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Source: Telegraph

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It’s now twelve Premier League matches into his maiden season at the helm of Liverpool FC, and with the former ‘top 4’ club sitting in lowly 11th place, just how do Fenway Sports Group (FSG) measure the success of their summer appointment?

With the mercurial talent of Luis Suarez carrying the team over the line whether it be to steal a draw at Stamford Bridge or to stop the nail-biting at Anfield with a well-taken brace, Brendan’s revolution is under way but is it enough for a group of fans who expect success and American Owners who want more exposure via the highly coveted Champions League places?

In all honesty, sitting in 11th place will not appease either FSG or the Kop but what will is the improvements the club has shown in recent weeks under Brendan’s guidance. This article will look at four of those positives…

1. If You’re Good Enough To Play, You’re Old Enough To Play

The promotion of youth has partially been forced on the Northern Irishman this season. Liverpool have had to rely on youth in certain positions but the manager’s decision to not just test players in the Europa League but to offer them a genuine route into the first team through these fringe competitions is something rarely seen by England’s big clubs.

Raheem Sterling is the obvious example of how giving the youth at LFC a chance is paying off not just for the player but the club and most surprising of all for country. In Sterling Liverpool have a wide player with genuine pace, an 84% pass completion rate and bags of confidence derived largely from being given the opportunity to play week in week out.

With Suso, John Flanagan and Andre Wisdom finding themselves ever increasingly in the first team training sessions, the club are starting to reap the rewards from players they either brought through the ranks from scratch or paid very little for. Much like Man Utd during the 90’s utilising the youth at a football club ensures an understanding from the academy to the first team of the club’s culture and playing style. You lose a lot at a club by constantly signing players for the first team instead of bringing those through that know the city and the fans.

And as Alex Ferguson’s kids proved, Hansen’s idea that you can’t win anything with kids was way off the mark and Brendan is now hoping to cement that.

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