Thursday, February 07, 2013

Luis Suarez Keen To Discuss New Anfield Contract

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez insists Liverpool can still qualify for next season's Champions League and is keen to talk about a contract extension with the club either this summer or next.

Suarez signed an improved deal, which runs until 2018, last August but he is reportedly a target for incoming Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola when the transfer window reopens.

Asked by Spanish radio station Marca if Liverpool should talk about his future in the summer, he said: ''Yes, we should talk this June or the next one, in 2014. My contract ends in 2018.

''I'm very happy here and my family love the life here too.

''I want to enjoy being at this club where I, like all the kids, dreamed of playing and now I'm fulfilling that dream.

''I'm very pleased and very happy because Liverpool is growing.

''It's not the team that it once was as they have had a dip but now we have a new coach, who has a philosophy of the game with which the players are very happy.

''The only thing missing is to have more positive results so we can finish in a Champions League spot.

''We would like to qualify for the Champions League if possible.

''We are young and growing as a team and when the players mature, we will be stronger.''

Brendan Rodgers' side put in probably their best performance of the season in the 2-2 draw at champions Manchester City on Sunday.

Despite failing to beat any team in the top 10 so far Suarez believes performances against their major rivals, which have all been closely contested affairs this campaign, have provided optimism for the future.

''We showed we can match anyone – we had chances to win many of those matches,'' he said.

''If we go into every game in the Premier League with the same intensity that we've shown in the big matches we can be much higher in the table.

Gerrard Leads England To Brazil Win

Liverpool and England skipper Steven Gerrard spearheaded the Three Lions to only their fourth ever success over the samba stars of Brazil on Wednesday night.

Both the midfielder, who earlier this week was named his country's Player of the Year, and right-back Glen Johnson completed the full 90 minutes as goals from Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard sealed a famous 2-1 win at Wembley.

The hosts last tasted victory against the South Americans back in 1990 when Gary Lineker scored the only goal and you have to go back a further seven years for the last instance of an England side scoring twice against Brazil.

The evening saw Chelsea's Ashley Cole become the seventh player to reach 100 caps for England; a feat Gerrard achieved in the previous fixture against Sweden.

One-time Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson was delighted with his team's display, telling reporters after the game: "I am very pleased with the way the players went about their business. I don't think we stole anything.

"Apart from a somewhat mad spell at the start of the second half when we conceded the equalizer by running the ball out from the back and then a bad backpass and a kick out gave them a second opportunity, I thought we dealt with the questions Brazil asked and posed plenty of our own."

Jamie Carragher Will Hang Up His Boots

Jamie Carragher will retire from football at the end of the season, the club have announced.

Carragher, who use to be an Everton fan, joined the Reds in 1994 as a trainee has made 723 appearances to date since making debut in 1997 in a League Cup tie against Middlesborough.

"This will be my last season at Liverpool and my last as a professional footballer,” he told

"I'm making this announcement now because I don't want the manager or the club to be answering questions on my future when I've already decided what I am going to do.

"I will be fully committed between now and the end of the season to doing the very best for Liverpool Football Club, as I've done my entire career since joining aged just nine-years-old.

"It has been a privilege and an honour to represent this great club for as long as I have and I am immensely proud to have done so and thankful for all the support I have had. There are many memories I want to share and people to thank, but now is not the time for that.

"I won't be making any further comment on this decision until the end of the season; all our focus and concentration should be on achieving the best possible finish in the league this season and trying to win the last remaining trophy we are competing in."

Rodgers: Carragher Has Big Role To Play

Brendan Rodgers believes Jamie Carragher can still write another significant chapter in his Liverpool story before calling time on a glittering playing career at the end of this season.

The boss was reacting to news that the 35-year-old will be leaving the club this summer, ending a first-team career at Anfield that has spanned 16 years.

Carragher broke back into the first team last month when Norwich was dispatched 5-0 at Anfield and has retained his place at the expense of Martin Skrtel.

And Rodgers envisages Carragher having a big part to play for the remainder of this campaign.

"Jamie has been absolutely outstanding for me since I joined the club," he said. "He has been a model professional on and off the pitch and has shown an unswerving commitment to our work.

"We still have a lot to play for as we look to finish as high up the Barclays Premier League as possible and continue our progression in the Europa League, a competition we'd like to win.

"He will have a significant role to play for us between now and May and I know his commitment and dedication on the pitch will remain as it has done his entire career at Liverpool.

"Jamie's focus is always on doing what is best for the team and he has said he doesn't want any distractions while there are still important matches to be played and won.

"But when the time is right we, as a team and a club, will give the man the tribute and recognition he deserves; I know the supporters will want to say thank you to someone who has served them with such distinction for so long."

Agger Rejects Brondby Payment

Liverpool's Daniel Agger has offered former club Brondby a helping hand by turning down a payment from the cash-strapped Danish side.

Agger joined Liverpool from Brondby in 2006 and last September, his former side was ordered to pay a lump sum to all current and former players as result of the club choosing not to pay supplementary holiday pay, pensions as well as other benefits since 2004.

Brondby has suffered a decline both financially and on the pitch in recent years and Agger hopes that his gesture can help them out.

"I am not going to claim any money from the club. The club is in trouble and needs help. And I want to help. I hope a lot of other people are interested in helping too," He told Ekstra Bladet.

"Brondby is an important club, not just in football, but also for a lot of people in the local community. It is a huge organization with a huge network. You can tell by the amount of people showing up to the games. They are a huge deal in all of Denmark."

However, although Agger hopes other players will follow his lead in waiving the fee, he says that he won't look down on anyone who chooses to accept the money owed.

"They are fully entitled to their money. But, I hope a lot of players will review their decision to claim this money. It won't be good for anyone if Brondby is not to be found in the best Danish division." He said.

Borini On Fiorentina Radar

Liverpool’s Fabio Borini is on the summer transfer wish-list of Serie A side Fiorentina, reports La Nazione.

The Italian international, who scored the winner in the Under-21 game against Germany on Wednesday, has a major admirer in Viola sporting director Daniele Prade.

According to reports, Prade has already made contact with the Anfield outfit about a player who only left Roma for England in the summer.

Borini, 21, who cost the Premiership giants around €13m, has had an injured-affected first season with The Reds.

The forward, part of Italy’s Euro 2012 squad, broke a bone in his foot in October. He returned to action last month.

Borini Not Interested In Fiorentina Move

Fabio Borini will not be moving to Fiorentina in the summer says his agent.

Borini signed for Liverpool in the summer but the Italian has struggled to find his best form since the move, which has lead to rumours that he may seek a return to the Serie A.

But Borini's representative has moved to rubbish such reports, with the 21-year-old fully focused on being a success in the Premier League and justifying the faith shown in him by Liverpool.

Marco De Marchi told, "I have never been contacted by Fiorentina and I have nothing to suggest they are interested.

"Fabio is happy to play for Liverpool, one of the most prestigious clubs in the world, and is happy with his experience in the Premier League.

"A return to Italy? Fabio is 21 years old and has already changed teams five times. He is tied to Liverpool until 2017.

"If the reported interest from Fiorentina is true, then we should thank them as they are a club that has focused on the nurturing of young talent, but I haven't discussed this with Fabio.

"He is just back from an injury and his season starts now. His mind is wholly focused on Liverpool."

Liverpool Want Ben Arfa Included In Carroll Deal

Liverpool want to use Hatem Ben Arfa as a make weight for any deal that will see Andy Carroll rejoin Newcastle in the summer.

The French international has missed much of the season through injury but over his time at the Magpies he has convinced Reds boss Brendan Rodgers enough to take him to Anfield according to the Daily Mail.

Although the winger did not seek an exit during the January transfer window his affiliation with the club is likely to be put under further pressure despite the fact Newcastle brought in six French players during January.

Ben Arfa has previously stated a desire to play for the rich, Qatari-backed club Paris Saint-Germain.

Carroll has been on loan at West Ham after the £35million signing found it hard to make a mark at Anfield.

He has scored twice in 12 appearances for the Hammers so far, the latest coming on Saturday when he headed the winner against Swansea having returned the side following a two-month injury lay-off.

Sturridge Eyes Rapid Return

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is hoping to be fit for next Monday's Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom at Anfield.

Sturridge has been forced to pull out of the England squad for this week's friendly against Brazil at Wembley with a thigh problem.

The 23-year-old suffered the injury in the 2-2 draw at Manchester City on Sunday, a game in which he also netted his fourth goal since joining Liverpool from Chelsea last month.

"I got a knock on my quad and I'm going to get a scan on it," he told the club's official website. "Hopefully it's not too serious and I'll be okay for next week's game."

Sturridge was injured in the first half at the Etihad Stadium but played on until being replaced in the 89th minute. He reported for international duty but a decision was made to withdraw after speaking to manager Roy Hodgson.

Liverpool now hopes victory over the Baggies can keep them in contention for a place in the top four.

The point against the champions came after another 2-2 draw at Arsenal - two encouraging results from which the Reds believe they could have claimed even more.

Allen Admits He Has Struggled

Joe Allen concedes that his form since completing a big-money move to Liverpool has not been good enough.

The 22-year-old midfielder followed Brendan Rodgers from Swansea City to Anfield last summer, with £15million changing hands.

Allen has, however, struggled to display the consistency which drew so much praise during his time in South Wales.

He admits that he is yet to produce his best for the Reds but, despite losing his place in the team, is convinced that hard work for club and country will get him back on track.

Ahead of an international outing for Wales against Austria on Wednesday, Allen said: "My form hasn't been great.

"I'm a perfectionist and maybe that's my problem. Sometimes I get frustrated and disappointed when things aren't perfect.

"It's been disappointing not to have been involved in every game and play every game.

"But it's up to me now to work hard and get myself back in the team and improve my level of performance."